The Delta State chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has urged members of the Delta State House of Assembly to ensure speedy passage of constitutional provision which seek to legalize local government autonomy. BigPen Online recalls that the State House of Assembly had earlier deferred voting on the provision on local government fiscal autonomy in the ongoing constitution amendment. The lawmaker also deferred to vote on two other alterations including Section 6 which seeks to strengthen local government administration in Nigeria and section 22 which deals with the establishment and function of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and the need to include it in the exclusive list. The lawmakers said that their decided to defer voting on the th...
A bill to cut the salaries and gratuities of local government Councillors in Delta State is on the offing. Already, the bill christened, “Delta State remunerations, salaries, allowances, gratuities and pensions of certain public office holders and bodies amendment bill" has passed second reading at the State House of Assembly. The second reading of the bill at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, was sequel to a motion moved by the member representing Ndokwa West constituency, Hon Azuka Azaka, seconded by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere. Hon Azaka who sponsored the said bill, explained that the bill was important to protect and stabilize local government councils from financial collapse. According to him, presently, Councils were
The Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), has directed the Vice Chancellor of Delta State University Abraka to release the final year result of one Solomon Ejiro Tedjere immediately, and to graduate him in order for him to proceed with his National Youth Service Corp, (NYSC). The student had petitioned the House through the lawmaker representing Ethiope East Constituency, Hon. Evance Ivwurie who presented the matter before the House on 15th March, 2017. Following the petition as presented by Hon. Ivwurie over the non release of his constituent, Mr. Solomon Tedjere degree result by DELSU, the Delta State House of Assembly Public Petitions Committee on Tuesday presented its report entitled: "the alleged victimization and unjustifiable withholding of the final result belonging to
The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led government of Delta state has concluded plans to forward the State Appropriation Bill for 2018 fiscal year to the Delta state House of Assembly. This is coming amidst controversy trailing the 2017 'blank budget' allegations leveled against the Governor by former Deputy National Chairman of defunct Ali Modu Sheriff-led factional PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, who had challenged the state government to upload the 2017 budget in any online media if there is any for Deltans to scrutinize BigPen Online reports that the Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Mr. Festus Ovie Agas who gave the hint that the 2018 budget would be presented to the Delta State House of Assembly before the end of the October, however dismissed the claims by Ojougboh that Governor O...
Barely few months after approval of N13. 6billion naira for the construction of New Central State Secretariat Complex, the Delta State House of Assembly has again approved the sum of N1.9 billion for the completion of Asaba township Stadium. The state Assembly authorized the financing of the project following a request made by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa through a letter read during the plenary of the Assembly in Asaba by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori. According to Governor Okowa in the letter read at the Assembly, in spite of the huge investment on the ongoing Asaba township project which was inherited from his predecessors, the project was yet to be completed. He said that his administration was determined to complete the project, adding that the project,
Warri-based human rights lawyer and Executive Director, Centre for Underprivileged and Vulnerable Persons, Centrep, Oghenejabor Ikimi, on Thursday announced that High Court 1, Effurun has fixed 16 November, 2017 to hear the suit against the Delta State Government, State House of Assembly as well as the Attorney General of the state over a section of the Criminal Procedures Law (Law of Delta state, as enacted in 2016). The originating summons which was filed on 4th August, 2017, with Suit No: EHC/153/2017 Oghenejabor Ikimi, ESQ., Vs. Delta State Government & 2 others is praying the court for the interpretation of Sections 6(6), 35(1) (4), 17(2)(e) & 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) vis-à-vis the proviso to Section 120 of the Crim
Controversial politician and former Deputy National Chairman of defunct Ali Modu Sheriff-led factional PDP, Chief Cairo Ojougboh has raised a weighty allegations against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, alleging that the governor since inception has been running the budget without a budget passed by the state House of Assembly. But reacting swiftly, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu said Ojougboh was an unrepentant lair and was out to blackmail the governor. According to Aniagwu, the governor signed the passed the budget into law on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at a brief but impressive ceremony at the Exco chambers of the Government house, Asaba and had strictly implemented the budget in accordance with the estimates earmarked by the lawmakers....
The Delta State House of Assembly on Tuesday was notified of the impeachment of the Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area, Mr. Ebikeme Clark, son of elder statesman Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark. As required by the Delta State Local Government Law as amended, the impeachment notice by the Burutu Local Government Legislative Arm would be ratified by the state House of Assembly for it to be effective. BigPen Online learnt Ebikeme Clark was sacked following allegations of misconduct and mismanagement of council funds including non adherence of due process in his dealings. It was gathered that the council legislative arm on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence on him and subsequently forwarded notice of impeachment to the State Assembly. The motion for the vote of no confide
PenTimes Communications Synergy Incorporated, publishers of BigPen Online hereby retract the report title 'Why Delta Lawmaker, Izeze Was Suspended For A Second Time In A Year For ‘Disorderly Behavior’ published on 28 Thursday, 2017 which linked the suspension of Mr. Reuben Izeze, member representing Ughelli South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly to the recent obeisance paid to a respected journalist in Delta State, Mr. Sola Adebayo. In reporting the story about the suspension of the lawmaker, BigPen Online had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Mr. Sola Adebayo whom we holds in very high esteem. We have come to realized that the suspension of Mr. Izeze has nothing whatsoever to do with his respectful way of greeting the notable jour
There was a drama at the hallowed chamber of the Delta State House Of Assembly on Wednesday when the Chairman nominee for the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, Mr. Michael Ogbodu failed to name his constituent member in the House correctly. Ogbodu and other nominees were at the House for screening and confirmation but the DSIEC nominees caused rowdy session in the House which was promptly brought under control by the Speaker. BigPen Online correspondent reports that the nominees threw the House into a rowdy session when they were asked to introduce themselves. Mr. Ogbodu who hails from the home town of former governor, Chief James Ibori, while introducing himself as a "High Chief" and a retired Police Commissioner, failed to name correctly his Ethiope West R