Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has signed the N308.9billion appropriation bill into law. The governor performed the exercise at Government House Asaba, the state capital after which he went into an interactive session with newsmen. Okowa was flanked by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi Ossai, Clerk of the House, Mrs Lyna Ochukor, and other principal officers of the House while he signed the budget into law. BigPen Online recalls that the budget was presented on the 18, October 2017, and passed by the House on the 30th, November, 2017. The 2016 budget which was passed and signed into law in similar manner has been dugged by controversy after All Progressives Congress (APC) chie
The Delta State Government has disowned one of the Governor's aide who made 'official statement' reportedly insulting the people of Isoko nation, saying that only the Commissioner for Information and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor has authority to issue statement on behalf of the government. BigPen Online recalls that reports had quoted the Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on DESOPADEC Matters, Mr. Prosper Edo who described Isoko people who protested last week over the condition of Isoko-kwale-Asaba road as “uninformed miscreants”. Reports had credited the story to the governor, whom it said called Isoko people as bunch of “miscreants” for embarking on the protest in which they reeled out several vex issues. The governor aide while reacting to the protest
Chief James Onanefe Ibori was the cynosure of all eyes, at Government House Asaba, where he once held sway as executive governor. The presence of Ibori electrified everywhere as he was conducted round the new Government House where he was joined by Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike who was also on working visit to the state. Ibori was on everyone's lips as he was ushered to the state House from where the duo joined the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to commission some projects within Asaba metropolis, a source told BigPen Online. The former governor ruled the state between May 1999 and May 2007 was invited as guest of honour in the two-days YAGEP and STEEP Exhibition holding at the state capital. At the venue of the YAGEP and STEEP Exhibition, Ibori was said to ha
The much-publicised National Convention of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has come and gone. For the PDP, the match to reclaim power come 2019 has just begun. Although, its conduct has been a subject of controversy going by pockets of protest, hitches and challenges, the national convention of Nigeria's main opposition party is a done deal. A new set of leaders have emerged and the party have also installed a new set of power brokers. The challenge ahead to outwit the ruling party, All Progressives Congress are still enormous but PDP despite its known power games remain a trusted alternative to right anything the ruling party cannot offer Nigerians who have being frustrated by economic hardship. The party's national convention was successful by all account as promised ...
The newly sworn-in National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Uche Secondus, has started his time as the leader of the opposition party by attacking the All Progressive Congress, especially the foundation on which it was built. Mr Secondus, who was declared the winner of the PDP’s chairmanship election at about 3:30 am on Sunday morning and sworn in shortly after, used his acceptance speech to verbally serve the APC a ‘quit notice’, vowing to lead his party back to power in 2019. “Let me assure you great members and leaders of our party, that by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019. By this, we serve them a quit notice,” he said. In launching his attack on the
The Leadership of the National Convention Planning Committee, Sub Committees and members of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have summoned all the Aspirants and Party State Chapter Chairmen for a strategic meeting tomorrow (Friday) that would usher a new leadership for the country's main opposition party. The meetings which would clear ground for the National Convention of the party on Saturday have been scheduled to hold interalia; National Chairmanship Aspirants at 10:00Am, Other Aspirants for various Offices at 10:30Am while that of State Party Chapter Chairmen will hold at 11:00Am A terse statement signed by Senator Dr Authur Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman, National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Delta State, says the PD...
Former Nigeria's Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida has expressed confidence that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led convention organising committee of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) will conduct a rancour free, acceptable convention. General Babangida spoke on Wednesday when Governor Okowa, accompanied by the Chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and top officials of the party met him at his (IBB's) country home at Minna, Niger State. A statement release by Delta State Government quoted Babangida as saying,"I have here, the chairman of the caretaker committee, former chairman of Kaduna State, the Chairman of convention planning committee, the Governor of Delta State with the officials for the convention, I am glad they are working hard a
Delta State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday says Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is impervious to the pain he is causing Deltans. The party stated this in reaction to the Delta state government claims that it released N800million to lessen the burden of councils in the payment of local government workers salaries. Delta APC however hinted that the N800million was the exact share Delta State Government got from the N28Billion loan package offered to the 35 states of the federation by President Buhari to pay local government workers’ salaries, adding that it was a lie for Okowa to say he released money when he did not add any additional money to relief the burden of the councils. Delta state Chairman of APC, Prophet Jones Ode Erue in a statement made
The Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention planning committee have barred Presidential aspirants including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and ex-governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido from using next Saturday’s convention venue for campaigns and display of posters and banners. The party also barred ex-governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau and Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State from using the event for campaigns. Others whose presidential posters and banners are likely to flood the venue are a former Senate President, David Mark and Senator Ahmed Makarfi who would be bowing out of office few days after the convention. Besides, Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee Ahmed Makarfi, had earlier announced that the party has
The Chairman of the PDP National Elective Committee and the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi okowa has declared that the PDP will be a force to reckon with in the 2019 presidential elections even as he dispels rumors that the Governors are supporting a candidate for the post of National Chairman of the Party. Governor Okowa who made this known on Channels Television’s Politics said emphatically that the party is doing everything possible to ensure a hitch-free convention. “I believe that the National Caretaker Committee of the party is doing a lot to ensure that things are put in place, as for the national planning committee that I lead, we were inaugurated this afternoon (Yesterday) and we have held our inaugural meeting. "Ours as a planning committee is to ensure