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Ijaw Youths Back Maj. Mowarin, Head Of Controversial Amnesty Education Deck

Ijaw Youths Back Maj. Mowarin, Head Of Controversial Amnesty Education Deck

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Western Zone has thrown its weight behind Major Kesiena Mowarin (Rtd), Head of the controversial Presidential Amnesty Programme Education and Logistics Desk. The youths said that they are backing Mowarin to continue his effort to sanitize the rot in the education desk of the amnesty office. BigPen Online recalled that ex-militants had in the past two weeks protesting alleged fraud in the Education deck of the Amnesty Programme and had blamed the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and chairman of Amnesty Programme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh for the development. However, in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri on Wednesday, Information Officer of IYC Western Zone, Comrade Napoleon Kenekeredi, alleged that those who were not h...
No ‘Blackmail’ Will Stop Our CSR Programmes In N’Delta – Brittania-U’s CEO

No ‘Blackmail’ Will Stop Our CSR Programmes In N’Delta – Brittania-U’s CEO

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  The chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brittania-U Nigeria Limited, Mrs Catherine Uju Ifejika has said that no amount of 'blackmail' or campaign of calumny can discourage the company from carrying out its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in the Niger Delta region, particularly in its host communities of Ogulagha Kingdom, Delta state. Mrs Ifejika, a lawyer spoke following claims by General Secretary, Ogulagha Kingdom Youth Council, Comr. Dose Miyenkiriya who alleged Brittania-U had failed in the implementation of its CSR and MOU to the host communities. Speaking in a telephone conversation with BigPen Online on Wednesday, Brittania-U's CEO said that it was not true that the company had failed in any of its laudable programmes in the region, particularly...
Two NDDC Contractors Abducted In Bayelsa

Two NDDC Contractors Abducted In Bayelsa

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Two contractors working on one of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects in Otuogiri Community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa have been reportedly abducted. Lucky Moses, one of the Community Development Committee (CDC) executives in the community, told NAN that the gunmen stormed the area in the early hours of Tuesday. “The gunmen came and began to exchange gun fire with soldiers before whisking away their targets. “The victims were two but one was released on the spot, while the other was whisked into a waiting speed boat which zoomed off to an unknown destination. “The community caught the accomplice who confessed that he gave information to the abductors; the accomplice has been handed over to security operatives,” Moses said. Meanwhile, spokesma
We’ll Return To The Trenches If Boroh Is Touch, Ex-militants Threaten

We’ll Return To The Trenches If Boroh Is Touch, Ex-militants Threaten

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  * Warn those 'sponsoring' calls for his removal Some former militant leaders of the Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters and the Niger Delta Region Scorpion Warriors have threatened to return to the trenches if Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Implementation Programme, Brig. Gen.Paul Boroh is sack following calls for his removal. The groups while dismissing as "sponsored" the recent calls by some groups in the region for the removal of Brig. Gen.Paul Boroh said that if those 'sponsoring' the attacks continue they would be left with no other option than to return to the trenches. The group of former militant leaders described those behind the campaign for the removal of Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh as disgruntled elements, sponsored militants; none existent youth groups a
$16billion EPZ To Take Off Soon, As FG Delegation Visits Delta

$16billion EPZ To Take Off Soon, As FG Delegation Visits Delta

BUSINESS, NEWS, NIGER DELTA
    The Industrial Gas Park component of the $16billion Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project to be sited in Delta state by the federal government would soon take off as a Steering Committee on the project visits Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday. The leader of delegation led by Sheikh Mohamed Bayorh, Executive General Manager, Alpha Grip Management Company, said they came to meet with stakeholders in the project to share ideas and present their road map on how to start and deliver the project according to specification. BigPen Online recalls that the ground-breaking of the project located in Ogidigben, Warri South West Council Area was performed by former President Goodluck Jonathan after several postponements in March 2015. Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, is ...
PANDEF Sets Up 16-member FG Amnesty Interface Committee

PANDEF Sets Up 16-member FG Amnesty Interface Committee

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), premier Niger Delta umbrella body of leaders, elders and stakeholders, has set up a 16 member bipartisan regional Presidential Amnesty Committee to interface with the Federal Government with the view to chant a way of strengthening the Amnesty programme. The committee is headed by His Excellency Air Cdre Nkanga with H.E Senator Prof Osunbor as co chairman. Some other members of the committee are Amb Godknows Igali, Prof G G. Darah, Chief Timi Alaibe, Rt. Hon Chibudom Nwuche, Col Tony Nyiam, HH Sara Igbe, Chief Don Etiebet, Mrs Nella Andem-Rabana SAN, Chief Mike Loyibo and Prince Maikpobi Okareme. Onetime Secretary General of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), Prince Maikpobi Okareme who is also a m...
Ex-militants To FG: Relocate Oil Facilities From N’Delta Before Ending Amnesty Programme Or…

Ex-militants To FG: Relocate Oil Facilities From N’Delta Before Ending Amnesty Programme Or…

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Ex-militant leader and chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, Amb. (Chief) Kingsley Muturu has warned the Federal Government to shelved the reported plans to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2018, saying that the consequences of such moves would be counter productive to the relative peace in the Niger Delta region. Muturu however says the federal government should relocate oil facilities from the Niger Delta before such a provocative move. The Chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, who explained ex-militants’ opposition to the planned termination, said “the ideal of peace and deserved development of the Niger Delta for which Late President Musa Umar Yar’Adua laudably offered and implemented the Amnesty programme remain far from being achieved” would be erod
Clark, Adebanjo, Falae, Nwodo, Ezeife, Jang, Others Set For Mega Rally On Restructuring March

Clark, Adebanjo, Falae, Nwodo, Ezeife, Jang, Others Set For Mega Rally On Restructuring March

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  Barring last minute change, all is getting set for a mega rally as part of the renewed struggle for the restructuring of the country. The rally is being planned by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) as part of its efforts to liberate the Niger Delta from exploitation, oppression and neglect. A communique signed by leaders of PANDEF drawn from all the South-South states of the region and made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta State, said that there would be delegation from the South West, South East and Middle Belt for the mega rally. The rally christened, the "first-ever SOUTH-SOUTH MEGA RALLY ON RESTRUCTURING" to be led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, will hold at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State as agreed by monarchs, past and present p...
Northerners Have Hijacked Amnesty Office From Boroh, Ex-N’Delta Agitators Allege

Northerners Have Hijacked Amnesty Office From Boroh, Ex-N’Delta Agitators Allege

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
Ex-Niger Delta agitators under the auspices of Phase 11 Amnesty beneficiaries have alleged that some Northerners have hijacked the Amnesty office from Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Pogramme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh (redt). The group alleged that Boroh was just a ceremonial head of the programme which they claimed is now being tilted toward the Northern part of the country. In a statement issued in Warri, Delta state and made available to BigPen Online, "Ex-Generals" Lord Agbuke and Lucky Okete who signed on behalf of other leaders, expressed displeasure over the way the programme was being run under Boroh's watch. They claimed that name of original beneficiaries are being short change for people from the North who were not part of t...
N’Delta Youths Hail Brittania-U Boss, Ifejika Over Empowerment

N’Delta Youths Hail Brittania-U Boss, Ifejika Over Empowerment

NIGER DELTA
  The youths across Niger Delta and stakeholders in the region have commended the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brittania-U Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Catherine Uju Ifejika for her laudable contributions toward human development, youths empowerment, and community development. This was made known Thursday in Warri, Delta State, in a statement issued by the Niger Delta Oil Communities Agenda, NIDOCA, which was signed by its National Secretary, Comrade Emma Akpovoka. The group noted that Brittania-U Nigeria Limited, an indigenous oil exploration firm has given immense support and financial contributions to youths empowerment, transformed the lives of several youths, created employments for youths to promote peace and security in Delta state and Niger Delta. It said, ...