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Oborevwori pledges fairness, just in projects distribution in Delta



Sheriff Oborevwori

Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta has pledged to be fair and just in the distribution of infrastructural development projects and political appointments in the state.

The governor gave the assurance at a public presentation of a book on Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa’s stewardship as Delta governor, on Wednesday in Asaba.

The book titled; “Hope and Fulfilment” in Asaba, was co-authord by Messrs Olisa Ifeajika, Frank Igwebueze, Sunny Ogefere, Chukwudi Abiandu, Pius Mordi, Felix Ofou, Nelson Egware and Mr Kingsley Kwubosu.

Oborevwori said all parts of the state would be adequately carried along in his M.O.R.E Agenda for the state.

He held that his administration would not only consolidate on the achievements recorded by the Okowa led administration in the state but would do more for the people and residents of the state.

He also pledged that more appointments would be made in due course and had enjoined those who have not been given appointment not to despair.

He said those waiting should continue to work with the state government in order to expand the frontiers of sustainable development in the state.

According to him, some of the Commissioners designate are people with vast wealth of experience in public life and the younger ones.

He said that those with immense wealth of experience were expected to mentor the younger ones in the discharge of their duties.

Oborevwori applauded the authors for their painstaking research and efforts in putting together, the book which chronicled the massive developmental strides of the Okowa led administration in the state.

He also commended Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments in the governance of the state for eight years.
“We shall be fair and just in the distribution of infrastructural development projects and political appointments across the state.

“This administration will not only consolidate on the legacies of the Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration, we shall improve on them (legacies) and do more for the people.

“I want to appeal to Deltans that appointment are still coming. If you don’t get appointment today, tomorrow may be your turn,” Oborevwori said.

In his remarks, Okowa expressed appreciation to the authors of the book written in his honour.

He thanked the people of the state for the cooperation given to his administration which, he said, enabled it to succeed.

Okowa said that the success story of his administration was made possible by a combination of the collective efforts of the people that worked with him and the cooperation of the people of the state.

“I am actually very honoured to speak at this event. I am very happy that we have started mentoring our youths and l thank our Gov. Oborevwori for being part of the mentorship.

“When you look at the list of Commissioners designate, you will realise that there are about 10 people who are less than 40 years of age on the list,” he said.

The ceremony was chaired by Vice Chancellor, Delta State University, Abraka, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga, while the book reviewer was Prof. Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara.

They said, “Hope and Fulfilment” was a compendium that chronicled the landmark achievements of the Okowa led administration in the state.

Ufuophu-Biri, who applauded the authors of the book for their dedication and commitment in writing the book, said; “the book is a must read for everybody.”
In their separate goodwill messages, Chief Eze Nnajiofor, Charles Aniagwu, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, Fidelis Tilije, Reps. Ndudi Elumelu, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire and Chief Arthur Akpowowo, described Okowa as a good leader who had impacted positively on the lives of the people.

Earlier, one of the authors, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to the former governor, said the book chronicled the massive infrastructural and human capital development achievements of the Okowa led administration in the state.

He said that it was put together to immortalise the phenomenal accomplishments of Okowa in the eight years of his administration.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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