Okowa Salutes President Buhari @75.


Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) as he turns 75 years on Sunday 17th December, 2017.

In a statement issued in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa eulogized the Nigerian leader for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation.

He said: “On the occasion of your 75th birthday anniversary today Sunday 17th December, 2017, I write to heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta State.

“In the past 75 years of a life of outstanding accomplishment and great personal fulfillment, you are currently serving our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.

“On the auspicious occasion of your 75th birthday anniversary, I join your family, friends, well-wishers and Nigerians to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfillment," Okowa said.

PREPARE YOUR HAND-OVER NOTE, SECONDUS TELLS BUHARI



▪Governor Wike congratulates new PDP National Chairman 

Newly Elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has formally served the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a quit notice, saying the political party has failed Nigerians.

Speaking after he was sworn-in following his victory at the PDP National Convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Sunday , Prince Uche Secondus argued that the APC's failure is premised on the party's flawed foundation and lack of ideas of development. 

To emerge victorious at the National Convention, Prince Uche Secondus polled 2000 votes to defeat Professor Tunde Adeniran who polled 230 votes and High Chief Raymond Dokpesi who polled 66 votes.

He said, “In the words of the 34th President of the United States of America Dwight Eisenhower, ‘If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power’.

“Judging from this, it is crystal clear to all Nigerians, that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance.”

He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party remains the only credible alternative that was founded on the platform of sustainable development.

“Those founding fathers had in mind, a prosperous and lasting democracy as captured in the preamble of our constitution, clearly stating their desire for a free and egalitarian society,” he said.

“Even in our perceived failure of 2015, we chose to abide by our strong faith in democracy, willingly conceding power to opposition, thereby elevating the democratic status of Nigeria. We are true democrats.

“I can, therefore, say without an iota of doubt that PDP’s contributions to the growth and sustenance of democracy in this country in the last 18 years remain unequalled,” he said.

The PDP National Chairman assured PDP members that the National Wooking Committee would lead the party to electoral victory in 2019.

He said: “With your mandate, I assure you that all necessary steps will be taken to avoid a repeat of our past mistakes. Indeed, we have learnt our lessons and by this convention, we are now set to forge a new path for our great party and Nigeria,” he said.

“Under my watch, internal democracy will be strictly adhered to with a deliberate policy to return ‘real’ power to the people. No more imposition, no more impunity. Every member of this party can from this moment consider him or herself an equal shareholder in our common destiny.”

He lauded those he defeated for the post of National Chairmanship, urging them to bring their experience in the Ĺ•evival8

“You have every cause to stand tall and I now extend my hand of fellowship to you all. Let ‘Us’ rebuild, reposition and regain,” he said

The swearing in of the Newly National Chairman and other officials of PDP was performed by seasoned lawyer, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike congratulated Prince Uche Secondus and members of his executive committee on their well deserved victory, saying that the party will be re-positioned for greater service to the country. 

He said that Prince Uche Secondus emerged through a credible process which will further strengthen the bonds of unity in the party.

He noted that Prince Uche Secondus comes into leadership with a track record of service and loyalty to the party, pointing out that the new party chairman and his executive committee will rebuild the PDP. 

Chairman of Convention Planning Committee and Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said the party is going into the future more united. 

One of the contestants of the post of the National Chairmanship, Chief Raymond Dokpesi said: "I write to thank you most wholeheartedly for voting at the just concluded Elective National Convention in Abuja.The delegates have spoken.I congratulate the newly elected Prince Uche Secondus led National Working Committee. You will recall that i said that the PDP must be the ultimate winner at the end of the contest.God bless the Peoples Democratic Party.Congratulations PDP as i wish all our members the best of luck. "

Simeon Nwakaudu,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.

10th December, 2017.

PDP can take over power in 2019, says Okowa



By Festus Ahon.

CHAIRMAN of the Chairman of the PDP Convention Organising Committee, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Sunday said the party would go into the future reconciled to take over power in 2019 “by the grace of God”.

Chairman Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State discussing with Former Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia (l) during the the PDP 2017 National Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida


Speaking shortly after the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as National Chairman of the party, Okowa who is the Governor of Delta State, said “PDP has had a very credible election”.

He thanked leaders of the party, the Governors forum, the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, security agencies, candidates that contested for different positions, the press and all those who contributed in different ways to make the convention a success.

Chairman of the electoral committee for the convention, Mr Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State described Governor Okowa as a workaholic whose drive made it possible for the PDP to have the best convention since the formation of the party in 1998.

Suswam said; “this is the first ever very transparent election convention that the PDP has ever had, it took Governor Okowa a lot of military tact for us to have what we have today.”

Gov. Okowa Greets Delta APC Leader, Emerhor At 60


Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has congratulated All Progressives Congress, (APC) leader in Delta State, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor (OON), as he turns 60 years on Saturday November 25, 2017.

Okowa in a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, lauded the exemplary contributions of Olorogun Emerhor to the banking and insurance industries in Nigeria, adding that his foray into politics has enriched opposition politics and deepened democracy in Delta State through his personal sacrifice and leadership by example.

Governor Okowa commended the APC chieftain for the series of empowerment programmes lined up to mark the diamond jubilee of his birth.

“It is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, to express very warm felicitations to you on your 60th birthday.

“It is gratifying to note that our administration will continue to welcome constructive criticisms from accomplished, highly respected, statesmen and committed patriots like you as we vigorously pursue our SMART Agenda for Deltans.

"As you deservedly mark this landmark anniversary, it is my prayer that Almighty God will continue to grant you good health, even as He guides, guards and prospers you in the many more years of fulfilling service ahead of you,” the Governor wrote.

2019, PDP WILL SMASH APC IN DELTA - VICTOR NWOKOLO



By: Okowa Reloaded 2019

Going by the abysmal endemic failure that has obviously reduced the All Progressive Congress pivotal to lack of focus, zero developmental principles, continuous blame game and trade in propaganda, a PDP chieftain, Hon. Victor Nwokolo has predicted a mysterious political doom for the party in the 2019 general elections especially in Delta state.

Banging on Governor Okowa's achievements in the past two years, he said, the difference between noise makers and achievers is clear, noting that, Deltans cannot be fooled to be incarcerated into the dungeon called change which has delivered nothing but untold hardship to Nigerians and Nigeria itself.

According to Hon. Nwokolo, APC has acted too many dramas that have made Nigerians conclude on them as a party that lacks the wherewithal to transform policies to work on a he platter of excuses and blame game.

He said, while majority members of the All Progressive Congress are fearful and intimidated by the laudable achievements of Okowa which spell unavoidable doom to their hope, have refused to publicly acknowledge Okowa's feat, instead, they resort to telling lies that make them appear more cheaper and unserious to their mockery by both infants and adult Nigerians.

Nwokolo who applauded the Governor's achievements despite the debacle of the economic recession, extolled Okowa's prudent use of accruing state's resources and Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) for the development of critical areas of needs in the state.

For him, the Emergence Of Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor at such a trying time, was divine to save the state from economic crisis and has injected a fresh breath of hope and firm believe in PDP as a party with hunger and thirst for development. He charged Deltans not to sell their destinies for a plate of porridge in the name of change, saying its time Deltans protect their destinies by showing APC yet another red card in the next elections.

Speaking on workers welfare in the state, Hon. Victor Nwokolo noted that, every government policy is usually criticised by those who are either affected by its initial implementation and those who choose not to see the prospects of such policies.

He recalled how APC rebuffed Goodluck Jonathan's attempt to increase fuel pump price with organized protest and promise to sell fuel pump price at #40 and ended up selling it at #145-150.

He therefore, appealed to Deltans and those affected by any of the government's economic policies to be patient as the state government is still verifying many of such decisions from ministerial reports.

He noted that, as at the time the present administration was inaugurated in May 29, 2015, Delta State had about Seventy Thousand (70,000) work force on its payroll which is even more than that of Lagos state and measuring with federal workforce. Yet, the state was able to meet the obligations to the workers through debt payment re-scheduling, cutting waste, contract reviews, and prudent management despite side challenges which the state is overcoming gradually.

As part of the on-going biometric exercise to weed out ghost workers from the state's government payroll, the State has been able to cut down the size of the workforce to about fifty thousand and some fraction (50,000 +) through BVN and Staff verification which he said, is still on the high side compare to that of neighbouring States.

Hon. Victor Nwokolo also applauded Gov Okowa for completing over fifty five (55) standard roads out of about 90 roads projects embarked upon by his administration from inception which shows the governor's commitment for development of the State.

He noted that, for Governor Okowa to achieve such infrastructural success in such a difficult economic times, he deserves to be trusted for a consolidated development beyond 2019.

He therefore berate those peddlling fake rumour of the Governors' non-achievements to repent urgently of the sins of propaganda, libel and slander.

He noted that, on roads construction, Governor Okowa has achieved a total of 697.36Km roads and 300km of drains located both in urban and rural areas. These roads according the federal legislator include critical inter and intra city roads projects and concrete-line drains.

He stressed that, 276.63 km roads of the total figure, are in the rural areas.

Nwokolo also noted that, Dr. Okowa through his administration's SMART agenda, the YAGEP, PPSP and STEP programmes have empowered over six thousand (6 000) youths and created direct and indirect jobs for delta youths both in the private and public sectors to tackle the menance of unemployment among youths in the State.

On Agriculture Barr. Nwokolo said the Okowa's led administration has also distributed tractors to a confirmed number of sixty four (64) Cooperative Societies to boost farming in the State.

Further more he added that the current administration has also empowered another set of one hundred and six (106) Cooperative Societies with Mellon Shellers while Eighteen (18) other Cooperative Societies were given Outboard Engines and Fishing Gears support packages to boost mechanized agriculture.

The legislator while also recounting Okowa led administration's strides, said that, the state governemnt also distributed improved variety of cassava cuttings, fertilizers, and financial packages to four hundred and seventy five (475) cassava farmers including one hundred (100) fishery farmers who also received fingerlings, feeds and backups financial assistance.

"....still on agricultural empowerment and development, the present administration has also empowered One Hundred (100) Poultry Farmers with two hundred (200) day-old chicks each alongside feeds and cash" he added.

In furtherance of the fulfilment of his campaign promises, he noted that the present administration has also empowered fifty (50) poultry layer farmers with two hundred (200) layers each, feeds and cash. Same way, fifty (50) piggery farmers has so far received ten (10) growers, feeds and cash.

In a bid to encourage and boost tomatoe farming in the state, the Okowa administration has also established Fourty (40) tomatoes farmers with seedlings, Agro-Chemicals and Cash which to a large extent is yielding positive results.

On education, Victor Nwokolo reiterated that, Governor Okowa has so far rehabilitated, reconstructed and upgraded facilities in the three technical colleges, one in each of the three Senatorial Districts of the State which include:

1. Ofagbe Techinical College - Delta South.
2. Sapele Technical College - Delta Central.
3. Agbor Technical College - Delta North.

In his speech, while the Ofagbe and Sapele Technical Colleges have been commissioned, the Agbor is ready for commissioning.

According to him, the Delta State Government has also completed the renovations and construction of some public Primary and Secondary Schools across the State through the SUBEB/UBEC interventions and has also supplied instructional materials, writing and seating desks to a number of schools to facilitate teaching - learning processes.

In the health sector, Hon. Victor Nwokolo scored Delta State Government high and hinted that, the State has renovated some hospitals across the state with Universal Health Insurance Policy for all Deltans.

These projects he listed to include:

1. General hospital, Patani.
2. General Hospital, Abavo. (Newly built).
3. Central Hospital, Asaba (awaiting commissioning).

Victor Nwokolo said, PDP will not settle for anything other than gold in the 2019 general election in Delta State and encouraged all party members and Deltans not to allow elements of APC propaganda to get them confused over the Governor's unflinching commitment to the development of the State.

He said, winning elections is not all about the volume of blackmail, propaganda, lies, deceit and making fake promises in desperation to hijack power, but about good antecedents, contacts with the grassroot, mobilization of the masses based on the masses firm believe in one's ability, competence and experience especially, evidence of achievement for incumbents.

The Honourable member noted that, while PDP does not believe in making noise over what it has achieved because it is their tradition to do justice to the people in terms of providing good governance through participatory democracy and infrastructures as reward for their support, it becomes imperative to clear the doubts posed by APC continuous lies and unreasonable attacks on the party and the Dr. Okowa because, silence in most cases is mistaken by so many for consent.

Hon. Victor Nwokolo therefore, admonished Deltans and Nigerians to dispel rumours making the news and described them as fabricated tales by APC to sow discord.

The Ika Federal Constituency representative therefore urged Deltans to always feel free to ask questions to get accurate answers on areas of doubt rather than trending the fate of media created lies by the reservoir of lies called APC. He said, APC is a political party built on lies and deceit with clear distance from truth as they have shown to the world with their endless falsehood, propaganda and inability to translate promises to achievements.

He urged Deltans to access first hand information through the ministry of information and communication or take advantage of the Governor's town hall meetings to get direct answers on areas of doubt for clarity purpose and possible improvement.

Tompolo To Buhari: Develop N/Delta With Money Spent On Military Deployments


Fugitive, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to channel funds expended in the deployment of over 20 military houseboats in Gbaramatu kingdom alone and other hardwares to develop the Niger Delta for peace to reign.

He said this was what informed the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University at Okerenkoko and the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Gas City Project at Ogidigben in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State by the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former militant, in a statement signed by his media consultant, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo and made available to journalists on Thursday in Warri, Delta State, opined that the continuous military deployment to the region would not solve the problem of the age-long criminal neglect of the region by successive governments.

For absolute peace to reign, Tompolo enthused that the Federal Government should put up a strong political will to address the issue of lack of development in the region, which has been the bone of contention.

The former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wondered so much is being squandered in taking care of the military personnel and wares in the region “without achieving the purpose they are being drafted to the area as the agitation for development of the region continues on daily bases.”

He, therefore, advised that the huge sums of money used to deploy military houseboats, gunships and fighter jets, which is enough to fund the embattled Nigerian Maritime University and other development projects in the region, “will give a sense of relief and belonging to the people as part of the Nigerian project.”

“High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, the Ibe-Ebidouwei of Ijaw Nation has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fund numerous development projects ear-marked and on-going in the Niger Delta region, particularly the coastal area which is a very difficult terrain that no normal human being will love to stay with the present condition, with money used to deploy military men and wares as well as carry out military exercises such as operation crocodile smile and octopus grip by the Army and Navy respectively.

“And that continuous military deployment to the region will not solve the problem of the age long criminal neglect of the region by government.


“It must be pointed out that mere acknowledgement of the fast deteriorating condition of the Niger Delta region by government is not enough to solve the problems there, rather, the Federal Government needs to put up a strong political will to address the issue of lack of development in the region.

“At the last count, there are over 20 military houseboats in the creeks of Gbaramatu kingdom alone.

“So much is provided by the government in taking care of the military men and wares in that region without achieving the purpose they are being drafted to the area as the agitation for development of the region continues on daily bases.

“Government cannot continue to harass and intimidate the people of the region with military might. What the region needs is simply development.

“And that is what the previous administration meant when it established the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.

“The previous government also approved the electrification of Escravos and environs, which has gone half-way, only to be discontinued by the present administration.

“The EPZ gas city and deep sea port project, well thought out by the precious administration to significantly address the issue of unemployment in Nigeria has been abandoned also. This is not fair,” Tompolo reiterated.

He challenged the Buhari-led government to “change the paradigm of military deployment to the paradigm of development and see that relative peace will certainly be attained.”

Check out the pre-wedding photos of this couple that met at Shiloh camp gound four years ago

Check out the pre-wedding photos of this couple that met at Shiloh camp gound four years ago 

 A Nigerian man, Okoronkwo Bishop, who met his girlfriend at the Shiloh campground of Winners Chapel, Ota in Ogun state four years ago, shared their amazing love story online. They would be getting married this November. He wrote
'The Day is almost upon Us.. finding a worthy partner is worth all the waiting!!!! Now the waiting is over... #IkeDobby2017 . A journey of 4years no be beans!
It all started at Shiloh 2013 when I met this confused girl looking for where to charge her phone and I offered to help jump a window so she can charge, little did I know she will be my wife!! After that charging incident we ended up staying in the same area for camping then came the security personal asking everybody to leave that area wen we refused they decided to throw our bags out, this girl was very furious and angry at the security personal everybody begged and asked her to stop but she didn't until I spoke to her she just calm down like Ice water and started crying right there and there I knew I have met my better half.... finally God gave me my wife in Shiloh. Wedding Date - 11/11/2017'

Check out the pre-wedding photos of this couple that met at Shiloh camp gound four years ago
Check out the pre-wedding photos of this couple that met at Shiloh camp gound four years ago

Niger Delta Avengers says, 'we are back and will not spare anything or anyone on our path to actualize a united Niger Delta'

Niger Delta Avengers says,  

Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has just issued a statement on its official website signed by its spokesperson Maj. Gen Murdoch Agbinibo.

The new statement says the Niger Delta Avenger's cease fire on operation 'Red Economy' is officially over and it will not spare anything or anyone on its path to actualize a united and free Niger Delta.

Read the full statement below...
The High Command of the Niger Delta Avengers wishes to bring to the notice of the International Community and the general public that there is no such militant group with the nomenclature, "Reformed Niger Delta Avengers"; it is not operated by any of our operatives but a money making tool in the hands of certain disgruntled Niger Deltan political jobbers in connivance with top government functionaries of the Buhari led Nigerian Government.

 The Intelligence Unit of the NDA has gathered from our sources in the Nigerian Government that the operatives of the said Reformed Niger Delta Avengers are some fraudsters from the Niger Delta region working with government functionaries like the office of the Director General of DSS, office of National Security Adviser and office of the Minister of Transport. The chain of Niger Delta fraudsters is which been led by one Richard Akinaka, Myke Loyibo and Famous Daunumugha and a host of others; has vowed to stop at nothing until they help the Nigerian Government to jeopardize the sincere efforts of the Niger Delta People at Economic, Social and Political freedom.

To the elders of the Niger Delta, PANDEF, we warned you against the antics of the Nigerian Government yet you requested a chance to broker a new vision for our people; we told you and the rest of the world that the Nigerian Government is only interested in our oil wells and not our well being yet you told us the signs are different this time around. 

Instead of allowing us to continue our quest to bring the Nigerian economy to our targeted zero daily production, which recorded huge success; you threatened us with Tompolo to stop the struggle; out of respect for elders and not to the threat of Tompolo we adhered the call and halted our strike actions hoping you (PANDEF) would keep your own side of the bargain.

The question to Tompolo and the PANDEF is to tell us what progress they achieved since we heeded your retrogressive call,  to whose benefit is the move by Tompolo and the Niger Delta elders to impede a mission sanctioned by our ancestors and the Almighty?

Tompolo, we want you to know that we never started this struggled with the intent of living forever but with our lives already offered for a sacrifice for a better Niger Delta. We invite you to come after us with your total force as we are no longer ready to heed uninspiring advise from you or anyone else in the Niger Delta Region.

We have since lost faith in you (Tompolo) and PANDEF and have vowed never to heed any such retrogressive call or advise from you in the future; the recent disruption of the PANDEF 4th National Assembly by the Nigerian Government is the final evidence we needed to conclude that the Federal Government of Nigeria reserves not even a iota of respect for you (Tompolo) and the Niger Delta Elders as the position of the Nigerian Government is made emphatically known to the Niger Delta People that it's ONLY interest remains the flow of oil from our region to the Central Bank of Nigeria. We want to make it known to the PANDEF and the Nigeria government that our call for halt on "Operation Red Economy" is officially over.

Some of us can still remember those good old days in camp 5 when you (Tompolo) were the general of Generals,  you told us (the young combatants) then, that "we are the future of the total emancipation of the Niger Delta, that we should also know we are not  fighting for ourselves rather we are fighting for the next generation". Sometimes we wonder where that charismatic General of Generals, has gone to. We bet, only you can answer dat question. We still believe in you but we are sorry,  like you said 10yrs ago "we are the future of the total emancipation of our people"; and we have since chosen this path and never back out until the total emancipation of our people is achieved.

We have just concluded head count of our operatives across the Country; we are pleased to announce that all our operatives are intact and focused; ready to implement instructions from the High Command of the NDA in the going few days.

To the Nigerian Government, we are aware of Egina FPSO built in South Korea by Samsung to be operated by Total Nigeria is one of the biggest FPSO built in South Korea has started it's voyage to the oil fields of the Niger Delta to further exploit us while our concerns are left unattended. We are presently tracking and monitoring it's movement; and God willing it shall not operate successfully in amidst the return of the fury of the Niger Delta Avengers.

Message to the Oil Companies; Our next line of operation will not be like the 2016 campaign which we operated successfully without any casualties; this outing will be brutish, brutal and bloody, as we are shall crush everything we meet on our path to completely put off the fires that burn to flair gas in our communities and cut every pipe that moves crude away from our region. We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel warmth of the wrath of the Niger Delta Avengers.

To you the operators of the social media Avengers (RNDA), be reminded that the Niger Delta Avengers are not the same as the toothless and cowardly MEND; we are men of our words and may it resonance in thy ears and deep down your bowels and that of your partner's in government whose interest is the suffering of the people of the Niger Delta that we (The Niger Delta Avengers) are back and will not spare anything or anyone on our path to actualize a united and free Niger Delta.

According to John F Kennedy; Those who make peaceful  revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Nigerian girl says she is "keeping herself" for Anthony Joshua

Nigerian girl says she is "keeping herself" for Anthony Joshua 

Anthony Joshua has become hot cake. Everyone wants him...

Nigerian girl says she is "keeping herself" for Anthony JoshuaNigerian girl says she is "keeping herself" for Anthony Joshua

Big Black Woman poses in skimpy lingerie for her 35th birthday and social media users go hard on her


Big Black Woman poses in skimpy lingerie for her 35th birthday and social media users go hard on her 
 
It's becoming a trend for people to have a photoshot for their birthday with number ballons depicting their age but a particular woman's shoot has sparked outrage.

See what she wore below and you'll understand why people are calling her out.

Big Black Woman poses in skimpy lingerie for her 35th birthday and social media users go hard on her
 

Indian Twin Kids Joined At The Skull Successfully Separated By 30 Doctors



Toddler twins joined at the head have been successfully separated today following an 11-hour operation by a team of 30 doctors, 20 nurses and many other paramedical staff.Medics from around the world came together in New Delhi, India, for the risky surgery on Jaga and Kalia, who amazed the health profession by surviving to the age of two-and-a-half.

The twins were born in a village in the eastern state of Odisha with shared blood vessels and some shared brain tissue.

They had undergone the first phase of the separation surgery in August.

“The most challenging job after the separation was to provide a skin cover on both sides of the brain for the children as the surgery had left large holes on their heads,” said Maneesh Singhal, a plastic surgeon who was a part of the operating team.

“The skin was generated from the expansion of two balloons which were placed inside their heads during the first surgery in August,”

The huge operation, their second had to be brought forward after Jaga’s health deteriorated in recent months.

The boys who were originally named Honey and Singh have survived against the odds as twins fused at the cranium have an 80 per cent risk of dying by the age of two if they are not separated.

Odisha health minister Pratap Jena said: ‘Their health is stable, but they will be kept under observation for 72 hours.

Plastic surgeons are on their job after they were separated surgically.’




2018 BUDGET: Delta Earmarks N6.6 Billion For Health Sector


 …..Boosts Health Insurance With 1 billion Naira

TO ensure that Deltans have access to quality and affordable healthcare, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said, his administration has earmarked the sum of 6.6 billion naira to consolidate the ongoing rehabilitation of the health facilities.
It has also set aside 1 billion naira to augment the contributory health insurance scheme.especially the Under-5 and Free Maternal Health Care Scheme.
The Governor made the disclosure while presenting a budget christened “Budget of Hope and Consolidation,” to the Delta State House of Assembly.
While stating that the sum of N6.6 Billion would be spent in the health sub-sector, the Governor reiterated, “our guiding philosophy for this sector is the establishment of a qualitative, affordable and accessible health care delivery system in the State; hence we are focusing on infrastructural development of our hospitals and primary health care centres, as well as the procurement of drugs and cutting-edge medical equipment in major healthcare facilities across the three Senatorial Districts.”
“The Free Maternal and the Free Under-Five Healthcare programmes that were initiated by the previous administration in 2007 and 2010 respectively, are still being implemented. In January 2017, the financing of these programmes was taken over by the Delta State Contributory Health Commission. As at July 2017, total enrolment of these categories of people in the scheme stood at 71,350 (under 5 – 44,445; maternal – 26,905). Registration of civil servants under the scheme has commenced and is currently in progress. Sustaining the Free Maternal and the Free Under-Five Healthcare programmes has been critical in ensuring that the maternal mortality ratio and under-five mortality in the State remain the lowest in the country,” he said.
Senator Okowa emphasised that, “in fulfillment of our pledge to deliver accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare, the Delta State Contributory Health Commission was established in 2016; with just N7, 000 as premium, the health insurance scheme is already providing pre-paid health services to 112,169 registered enrollees; the scheme is currently functional in 63 secondary health care centres, while 97 primary healthcare facilities in the State have been designated to commence provision of services under the scheme.”
“The Delta State Health Insurance Scheme has kicked off and its cardinal objective is to give Deltans access to quality and affordable healthcare no matter their socio-economic status; the sum of N1.2 Billion is provided for the Commission’s activities during the 2018 fiscal year.”
He said, “we have infused vigour and vitality into the teaching hospital at Oghara with critical personnel changes and the overhauling of the MRI and CT scan facilities that are now functional. In addition, we have instituted Public-Private Partnership for some diagnostic services to ensure sustainability, and a grant of N142m was released to the institution to meet pressing needs. Infrastructural work at the Asaba Central Hospital has continued to receive priority attention from this administration and is now almost 70 per cent completed.”
On the issue of environment, Governor Okowa that his administration would respond adequately to environmental challenges facing the state, saying, “this administration has embarked on urban renewal in key towns and cities across the state which involves rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction of new roads, clearing of drains, environmental sanitation, public water supply, and beautification in the form of leisure parks and gardens.”
“The sum of N2.2 billion is proposed for the Ministries of Environment and Urban Renewal in the proposed 2018 capital budget,” the Governor said, assuring, “we are committed to the rapid development of the Delta State Capital Territory in line with the Master Plan of the State Capital territory and we have observed that some parts of the state capital territory currently stand the risk of degenerating into urban slums because of the uncoordinated approach to housing development.”
He stated, “the population explosion being witnessed in Asaba is occasioned by influx of people from neighbouring states; with better town planning and visionary leadership, this growth in population can be turned into financial prosperity that benefits all; the sum of N3 Billion has been proposed for the activities of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency in the 2018 fiscal year.”

Gov Okowa eulogizes Uduaghan at 63



Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Saturday extolled the virtues of his predecessor in office, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, describing him as an embodiment of the ideals of diligence, commitment and exemplary patriotism.

Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, congratulated Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan as he turns 63 years on Sunday 22nd October, 2017.

While praying God Almighty to continue to bless the former Governor with good health and long life, Okowa said; “It is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, to express very warm felicitations to you on your 63rd birthday anniversary. 

“Your contributions to the peace and development of Delta State remains indelible in the hearts of Deltans, especially to the families and children who benefited from the laudable programmes you initiated during your administration".

“As an administration, we have complemented the free maternal health care and under-5 child care your administration pioneered by introducing the Contributory Health Commission in the state with a view to making health care affordable to Deltans and fast track our goal of attaining universal health coverage".

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 63 years of a remarkable life filled with monumental achievements and dedicated service to God and country." the Governor wrote.

Gov Okowa greets Alex Ekwueme at 85



Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated former Vice President of Nigeria and Elder Statesman, Dr Alex Ekwueme as he clocks 85 years on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

In a statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa eulogized the former Vice President for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation.

He said: “On the occasion of your 85th birthday anniversary today Saturday 21st of October, 2017, I write to heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta State. 

“In the past 85 years of a life of outstanding accomplishment and great personal fulfillment, you have not only served our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, you have also brought great pride to Nigeria through your exemplary and pioneering efforts as the Doyen of Architecture in Nigeria."

Governor Okowa noted that Nigeria again tapped from Ekwueme's wealth of experience when he served meritoriously as first elected Vice President between 1979-1983.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health and imbue you with His continued guidance, protection, and enduring provision.”

The Governor wished Dr Ekwueme “a very well deserved happy birthday”.

2017 Budget: Ojougboh’s Allegation is Spurious -Okowa


DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has described the allegation of a blank 2017 Budget by an All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, Dr Cairo Ojougboh’s as spurious.

Fielding questions from Journalists Thursday (19/10/17) shortly after presenting 2018 budget proposal to the Delta State House of Assembly, Governor Okowa noted that Dr OJOUGBOH'S allegation is devoid of intellectual content.

Dr Ojougboh had accused Governor Okowa’s administration of operating a blank 2017 budget but, reacting for the first time, Governor Okowa said, “in the first instance, I will not react to comments made by somebody who, though went to school, but made very unintelligent comments.”

“You (Journalists) were here last year when the budget was presented, the budget was debated by the House, the press was also present when the budget was signed; I have been to the National Assembly and I believe that the Delta State House of Assembly is credible; we have followed all the processes just as we have started to follow the processes again this year, is it possible to have a blank budget?” he asked.

The Governor stated that he was not disturbed by such allegations, "what is the budget if it is blank? So some comments appear stupid and unintelligent, but, we are in a country where some persons can say whatever they want because, there is freedom of speech but, it is only fair that people who went to school should be able to speak in a manner that reflects their intelligence because, when we speak unintelligibly, it is very unfair.”

He also disclosed that his administration has severally, assisted the local government councils to meet with their financial obligations to their workers.

According to the Governor, “in the last two years we have intervened with the excess of N5 billion because, even in January 2016 when it appeared we were good with the allocation from FAAC, we gave N3.26 Billion to the local government councils.”

“We hope that with the improved resources, we will definitely start to look into ways to cushion the gap that they (local government councils) have because, there is an obvious gap that they have on a monthly basis and we hope to improve on what we are using to support them, though, it will take time for us to be able to clear some of those backlogs but, some of the local government councils are actually not owing because they have low number of primary school teachers,” he said, adding, “such local government councils like Burutu, Warri North have very few teachers and are not owing salaries; we are going to encourage those who are not owing so that they will continue to pay and we are going to look at ways to support those local governments that have a very high wage bill".

Delta 2017 Budget: Okowa lashes at critics… Says, ‘Ojougboh is unintelligent’




From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Thursday, broke his long silence on the controversy trailing the operations of 2017 budget of the state.

The governor lashed at his critics, specifically his Agbor kinsman, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, describing him as ‘unintelligent’ for referring to the 2017 Appropriation Bill as blank budget.

Ojougboh, a former national deputy chairman of the defunct Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the People Democratic Party (PDP) had accused Governor Okowa of running a blank budget for 2017, and challenged the governor to make public the details of the budget if there was any.

But fielding questions from newsmen in Asaba shortly after presenting the 2018 budget proposals to the state House of Assembly, Okowa said Ojougboh “though went to school but he is making unintelligent comments.

“You (journalists) were here last year when the budget was presented, the budget was considered and passed by the House, and you were there when the budget was signed.

“I have been to the National Assembly and I believe that the Delta State House of Assembly is very credible. We have followed the due processes which we have again started for next year’s budget.

“Is it possible to have a blank budget? Then what is the budget if it is blank? So his comments appear stupid and unintelligent, but somehow we are in a nation where anybody can say anything because of freedom of speech.

“However, it is only fair that people who went to school should speak in a manner that we went to school. When we speak unintelligently, it is unfair,” Okowa said.

Ojougboh left the PDP last month to join forces with the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in a bid to defeat the PDP in the 2019 governorship election where Okowa will be seeking a second term.

The former PDP chieftain, Ojougboh, has since assumed the role of the unofficial spokesman of the opposition party with frequent criticism of the programme and policy of the state government.

Okowa Takes Road Projects To More Rural Communities


...Commissions Kwale/Ogume/Amai/Obiaruku, Uduophori Roads, Others

IN line with his administration's commitment to providing road infrastructure, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned the Kwale/Ogume/Amai/Obiaruku Road in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Governor who was inspecting and commissioning projects executed by his administration, also, commissioned the Uduophori and Kabowei roads in Patani Local Government Area, also in Delta State.
Governor Okowa who commissioned the projects with the people of the areas coming out in their large numbers to appreciate the quality of work done on the projects, assured the people of the commitment of his administration to delivering people-oriented projects.

At Kwale where he commissioned the Kwale/Ogume/Amai/Obiaruku Road, Governor Okowa commended the peaceful disposition of the people which ensured that projects were executed without hitches.

He assured the people of his administration's commitment to deliver dividends of democracy while at Uduophori and Patani where he commissioned the Uduophori and Kabowei roads respectively in Patani Local Government Area of the State, Governor Okowa said, his administration will not relent in ensuring that the desire of the people are met in line with democratic tenets.

The Governor witnessed a unique scene on his way to Uduophori as the people of Uto-Ewu, Assa, Etefe, Omafuvwie and Edjekuo communities came out to thank him for what he is doing for Deltans and appealed to the Governor to extend such gesture to their communities.

Governor Okowa on the spot, asked the Commissioner for Works to find out what it will take to construct the road, stating that his administration will continue to run an open-door policy, accessible to the people and provide for the people as democracy dictates.

Spokesman of the communities, Mr Jerry Opharomavuo had said they were aware of the developmental strides of the Governor in different parts of the state and appealed for the Construction of roads to their communities.

In a related development, Governor Okowa has assured the people of Utagba-Ogbe of the Construction of the Eke Market.

The Governor gave the assurance today (20/10/17) when he paid a courtesy visit on the Oduosa of Utagba-Ogbe, HRM Isaac Obi.

Governor Okowa who identified with the people, especially, traders for their displacement following plans by the local government council to construct a modern market that has not materialised over the years, stated that his administration will work towards constructing the market.

He also, disclosed that the people will soon have an uninterrupted power supply when an Independent Power Plant (IPP) is completed in Okpai, assuring that there will be step down of electricity in Okpai and Kwale respectively.

The Oduosa who spoke through Chief Dennis Ejechi, had commended the Governor for the numerous roads constructed in the area and appealed to the Governor to construct a bridge across the Ase Creek and also, construct the Eke Market which has been under construction for some years.

Governor Okowa also, paid courtesy visit to the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom.


5.5 Billion Dollar Foreign Loan: Your Debt Profile Is Rising - IMF Warns Nigeria


The International Monetary Fund has warned the Nigerian federal government about its rising debt profile, just as President Buhari seeks approval from NASS to borrow $5.5 billion to fund the budget

- Tobias Adrian, a director at the financial institution, stated that if Nigeria does not put the resources gotten from increased borrowing to good use, it would pose serious challenges for the nation

- However, Catherine Pattillo, an assistant director at the IMF admitted that Nigeria has undertaken lots of positive reforms; but stated that the government must do more especially in terms of mobilizing non-oil revenue

The federal government has been warned about its rising debt profile, especially foreign loans, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The Nation reports.

The financial institution issued the warning on Wednesday, October 11.

This comes following President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent request to the National Assembly for approval to borrow $5.5 billion to fund the 2017 budget.

NAIJ.com gathers that Tobias Adrian, IMF director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, lamented over the fact that the external borrowing of low income countries including Nigeria, keeps rising.

He stressed that if the resources gotten from such borrowing are not put to good use, it would become a serious challenge.

According to data from the Debt Management Office, Nigeria’s public debt as at June 2017 stood at $64.19 billion (N19.63 trillion).

However, Catherine Pattillo, IMF assistant director, Fiscal Affairs Department, admitted that Nigeria has undertaken lots of positive reforms such as improving infrastructure especially in the power sector.

Despite this though, she urged the federal government to do more especially in mobilizing more non-oil revenues.

She stated: “The concern in a number of oil exporters is that unless there is action now, debt which has been rising is a concern because of the interest payments.

“So, if you have continuing rise in debt, the interest payments would consume a large part of any revenue that you collect and you won’t be able to use that revenue for the objectives of the economic growth and recovery programme like increasing growth and employment.

“So for insuring that you have the ability to use those revenues for enhancing expenditure, there is a need to make sure that interest to revenue is kept at reasonable level.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a recent report concluded that the total foreign debt profile of the federal and the 36 states governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), showed a continuous rise since the coming of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Under the current government, Nigeria’s foreign debt profile rose from $10.718 billion in 2015, to $11.406 billion in 2016 and $15.047 billion in 2017
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South Korea develops 'blackout bombs' that can take down Pyongyang without firing a shot

A South Korean Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired last month

The South Korean military is developing a new weapon to fight North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities.

Seoul's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has acquired the technology to build graphite bombs, non-lethal weapons that can take down North Korea's power system in case of a war, according to military sources who spoke to South Korea's news agency Yonhap on Sunday.

“All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD have been secured,” a military official said. “It is in the stage where we can build the bombs anytime.”

Known as “blackout bombs,” the warheads can be dropped by a plane over power stations. A form of cluster bombs, they split into several canister-like “sub-munitions,” which in turn release carbon graphite filaments that short-circuit the electricity supplies.

The bombs were first used by the U.S. Navy in 1991 to black out power supply in Iraq during the first Gulf War. They were later also deployed against Serbia during the Balkan conflict in 1999.

After their use in Kosovo, NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea said that the bomb's impact is mostly psychological, as the targeted country feels literally and figuratively powerless. “We can turn the power off whenever we need to and whenever we want to,” Shea told the BBC at the time.

South Korea is adding the weapons to its arsenal as part of one of its recently-developed military programs, the so-called “Kill Chain,” which aims to detect an imminent missile attack from the North and react with a pre-emptive strike.

As reported by the Korea Times in 2016, the arms build-up also includes the Korea Air and Missile Defense Program, tasked with tracking and shooting down nuclear missiles heading for South Korea, and an initiative known as the Korean Massive Punishment and Retaliation system, which would first strike back against a North Korean attack.

Originally due for completion in the mid-2020s, South Korea has sped up the program's timeline to face North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons development program.

Monitoring groups such as the Nuclear Threat Initiative recorded Pyongyang conducting 19 missile tests this year alone, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland . North Korea also tested a hydrogen bomb in its sixth —and most powerful—nuclear test to date.

The South Korean military says there are no signs of an imminent threat.

“We have yet to detect any signs of immediate provocations from North Korea,” a South Korean military source said on Monday, quoted in Yonhap , adding: “We are maintaining an upgraded monitoring effort to guard against any developments.”

Delta Assembly approves N1.9bn for completion of stadium


The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the request of N1.9 billion for the completion of Asaba township stadium brought to it by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.

The request of the governor was contained in a letter read during the plenary of the Assembly in Asaba by the Speaker of the House, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.

Okowa said that 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, when completed would boost sports activities in the state.

The Governor said that the contract was awarded at the cost of N1.9 billion with a completion period of four months ending in December 2017, based on the contractor’s finance arrangement.

Gov. Okowa said that the state government would make payment to the contractor for a period of 18 months through an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order.

According to Okowa, the State Executive Council at its 10th meeting which was held on June 20 and June 21 had approved the funding approach and issuance of the Irrevocable Standing Payment Order subject to the ratification of the State House of Assembly.

Okowa, therefore, solicited for the support of the assembly for speedy completion of the project.

Consequently, the Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere, who moved a motion for the House to receive the letter for further consideration said the letter was of necessity as it would further promote sports development in the state.

He said that the state government was looking at alternative ways of funding projects in spite of the paucity of funds which should be encouraged.

The motion was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote by the speaker.