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The Joy And Thrills Of Asaba 2018

The Joy And Thrills Of Asaba 2018

NEWS
By Jackson Ekwugum Except for crass opportunism, blatant mischief and sheer dishonesty, it is unthinkable that any well-meaning Nigerian would dismiss the just- concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, a.k.a Asaba 2018, as a failure the way Reuben Abati did in an article circulating online. Aside from the fact that it is unfair and illogical to assess the success or otherwise of a major championship like Asaba 2018 based on a few glitches here and there, Abati became a victim of social media rumours in his haste to execute a sinister agenda. To start with, it is nothing new to have minor glitches at major competitions like Asaba 2018. What is important is how the organisers rise up to the challenge. In the case of Asaba 2018, following the delay in flight connections f...
Asaba 2018: Okowa Failed Nigeria Shamefully – Reuben Abati

Asaba 2018: Okowa Failed Nigeria Shamefully – Reuben Abati

NEWS
Former presidential spokesman and renowned columnist, Reuben Abati has described the just concluded 21st Africa Senior Athletics Championships as "The Asaba disgrace". Abati, in his article said that Nigeria expended N4 billion in the competition and harvested insults in return. According to him, the Delta state Government messed up the opportunity thoroughly and shamelessly, saying Governor Ifeanyi Okowa promised to host a "superlative event" but "he failed Nigeria". Below is the full article: “I think this is the first and last time I will come to Nigeria to compete. If you are not ready to organise something please don’t…It was three days of travel for some and two days for others; like you are travelling from Africa to Asia or America. I have been to four African Champi
Asaba 2018: “We Were Hired To Fetch Water With Buckets For Athletes”, Protesting Casual Workers Reveal

Asaba 2018: “We Were Hired To Fetch Water With Buckets For Athletes”, Protesting Casual Workers Reveal

NEWS
“We were promised N3,000 for a full day work. We resume 5.30am and close around 8.30pm. We fetched water with buckets for three days after the stadium over head storage water tank collapsed which was not the initial agreement", one of the casual workers engaged by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the just concluded African Senior Athletics Championship, said on Monday. The workers stated this while protesting over the alleged unpaid allowances promised them by some of the contracting firms hired by the LOC for the five-day continental athletics championship tagged Asaba 2018 held at the recently reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State. BigPen Online recalls that a giant tank that was supposed to provide water for the stadium collapsed second day of the co
Delta Govt Earmarked N4b For Logistics For Athletics Championships

Delta Govt Earmarked N4b For Logistics For Athletics Championships

NEWS
  Delta Government has proposed about N4 billion in the hosting of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships aimed at boosting the tourism potential of the state. The championships are scheduled to hold between Aug. 1 and Aug.5, in Asaba. Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who made the disclosure at a fundraising dinner on Thursday in Asaba, said the amount represented the state government’s proposed estimate for general logistics of the event. “We are hosting this event not because Delta is awash with funds but because we believe the event will help to promote our tourism for revenue. “Tonight, we have gathered here to raise funds in support of our effort to meet the demands of a successful hosting of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, tagged, “Asaba 2018”.
Okowa Raises Over N500m In Fundraiser For Asaba 2018 Athletics Championship

Okowa Raises Over N500m In Fundraiser For Asaba 2018 Athletics Championship

NEWS
    Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has raised over N500 million at a fundraising dinner for the forthcoming African Senior Athletics Championship billed to take place in Asaba from August 1 to August 5th, 2018. Zenith Bank Plc led the donors at the event with the sum of N300 million while Bube Dan, gave N20 million, Levant Construction N20 million, Gomene N11 million, Delta State House of Assembly-N7 million, Federal ministry of Sports -N5 million among others. Some corporate organisations and individuals made their donations anonymously. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Dame Okowa, Deputy Governor Kingsley Otuaro, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, President of the Athlet
Delta 2019: Oshiomhole Boast To Sack PDP: He’s Playing Politics – Okowa

Delta 2019: Oshiomhole Boast To Sack PDP: He’s Playing Politics – Okowa

NEWS, POLITICS
  Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the newly elected National chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was merely playing politics like every politician does when he boasted that APC would dislodge PDP in Delta state in 2019. The governor who spoke while fielding questions from journalists during the quarterly media briefing in Asaba, the state capital, said that he would not join issues with Oshiomhole on his desire to oust the PDP in the South South. He said however that it would be better for politicians to be mindful of their utterances, now that the 2019 general elections is fast approaching so as not to heat up the polity unnecessarily. "I believe it is politic he is playing and he has the right to play politics just as PDP has the...
Tight Security As Delta Deputy Governor Presents Staff Of Office To Monarch Amid Court Restraining Order

Tight Security As Delta Deputy Governor Presents Staff Of Office To Monarch Amid Court Restraining Order

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
  The Delta State Government on Wednesday presented a Staff of Office, symbol of authority to HRM Paul Ifenazuchie, the substantive king of Amai Kingdom amidst tight security. BigPen Online had earlier reported that tension mounted the community over the event following a restraining order from the court which ordered that none of the parties to the throne should be presented with the Staff pending the determination of the substantive suit. It was not clear however if the order was vacated before the event as the state government counsel in the last court appearance had tried to convinced the trial Judge to vacate the order. But the state government, however reportedly defying the court order, went ahead and presented the staff of office to one of the King-elect amidst...
BREAKING! After BigPen Online Exclusive, Governor Okowa Reverses Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

BREAKING! After BigPen Online Exclusive, Governor Okowa Reverses Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

BUSINESS, NEWS
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reversed the sadden sack of 568 workers of Delta Line Transport Services Limited by the new management of the transport company, God is Good Motors. The reversal is coming hours after BigPen Online had exclusively reported that the Good Is Good Motors (GIGM) and the state government had disengaged the workers to dodge payment of their outstanding gratuities and other entitlements. Recalls that workers of Delta Line had since Tuesday laid siege to all the company's offices across the state to protest their controversial retrenchment without condition for payment of their gratuities spelled out in the disengagement letter. In an earlier exclusive story by this medium, we had reported that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration, following a recom...
BREAKING: Okowa Approves Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

BREAKING: Okowa Approves Sack Of 568 Workers Of Delta Line

NEWS
  Following the purported partial sale of Delta Line Transport Services Limited, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday approved the retrenchment of 568 staff of the company. BigPen Online gathered that the staff were disengaged today (Thursday) by the management of Good Is Good Motors (GIGM) who buy off 70 percent of the company from Delta state Government at the cost of N161million naira. Dependable sources however revealed that controversies have started trailing the action of governor as the staff alleged the new management have started recruiting non-Deltans employees from Anambra and Imo states at the expense of Deltans who laboured for the transport company for years. BigPen Online learnt that the affected workers who were lay off today would stage a mass protest an...
2019: Ijaws Unite Under DIPA, Adopt Okowa-Otuaro ticket

2019: Ijaws Unite Under DIPA, Adopt Okowa-Otuaro ticket

NEWS, POLITICS
  Ahead of 2019 general elections, a new body, Delta Ijaw Political Assembly (DIPA), was at the weekend inaugurated in Asaba, Delta state capital. The body, which has Mr T.J. Government as chairman, however passed confidence vote on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and vowed to massively mobilize for an Okowa-Otuaro ticket in 2019. Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, named earlier as chairman of the body’s Board of Trustees, unveiled its logo aided by others including Senator James Manager. Otuaro, who spoke in Ijaw language, stated: “I’m impressed by the massive turnout for this inauguration. DIPA is a united front poised to advance the political interests of the Ijaw nation in Delta. "I want to thank the Ijaws for their unique support in 2015. I a