COVID-19: Delta Deny Receiving Cash Donation From FG

ASABA/Nigeria: Against the rumour that the Federal Government (FG), donated money to the Delta State Government to fight the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, the state said those are unfounded and baseless allegations. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, waved off the allegation with the tip of his fingers while fielding questions from Journalists in the Delta State chapter during a media chat in Asaba. He insisted that while Lagos and Kano States were given money to fight COVID-19, Delta through judicious use of fund by the state Governor, Dr.…

UN Team Gains Access To Mali’s Keita, Other Detainees

BAMAKO/Mali: The United Nations said Friday it had gained access to Mali’s ousted president while rebel troops said they had released two other detained leaders, in developments that followed mounting international pressure on the new junta. “Last night, a team from MINUSMA #HumanRights went to #Kati in the framework of its mandate to protect human rights and was able to gain access to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other detainees,” the UN peacekeeping mission said. Kati is a military base near the capital Bamako where the detainees were taken during…

Two Lebanese Bag Two Years Jail Terms for Possessing Of $890,000

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has sentenced two Lebanese to two years in prison each over $890,000 found in their possession. The duo, Chamseddine Waell Mohammed and Dina Jihad Khali were said to have attempted to smuggle the foreign currency out of the country before they were arrested by the Nigerian Customs Service and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement issued on Thursday by EFCC Head, Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, the anti-graft agency secured their conviction before Justice…

Obaseki Appeals to Edolites for Votes

BENIN-CITY/Nigeria: Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sept. 19 governorship election has appealed to supporters of the party to re-elect the present administration for continuity of its people-oriented programmes. Obaseki made the appeal at Ogwa, ward 1, in Esan West Local Government Area, when the PDP Edo governorship campaign council held its rally. He said:“To whom much is given, much is expected. I am aware of your request in this community which include more empowerment, and more appointments. “I am ready…

Jihadist Drops Leaflets In Yobe, Threatens “War” Against Government, Officials

DAMATURU/Nigeria: The War against insurgent in Nigeria Seems to have no solution on sight as reports had emerged that  Jihadists linked to an Islamic State insurgency group have registered their presence in Yobe State, despite claims from the Nigeria Army that the state is free of terrorists. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on August 20/2020 dropped leaflets in Buni Gari region of the state threatening to attack security officials in the region. ISWAP is a splinter group of Boko Haram. The leaflets, written in Hausa and sighted by…

SPECIAL FEATURE: When NMA Delta Celebrated World Hepatitis Day

By Patrick Ochei Important public health information has emerged from the celebration of the 2020 World Hepatitis Day which kicked off from July 28 to August 12, 2020 by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Delta State Chapter, which was by all standards a huge success in spite of the current global public health challenges – the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s event was planned and executed with series of functions, including training workshops by the World Health Days and Immunization Committee on the Celebration of World Hepatitis Day, which was set…

VIEWPOINT: Corruption as An Enterprise in Nigeria

By Pedro Azuogu Both the American Heritage Dictionary (1981) and the Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary (2010) described corruption as an act of being corrupt. Corruption derives it’s meaning from the Latin word corruptus which in itself means tainted, decomposed, putrid, perverted, depraved, deteriorated, debased, dishonest, contaminated, corroded, impure, degenerated, polluted or such like synonyms which portends defilement of fidelity or morality. As ugly as this word is in describing what is demeaning, it has been elevated to a State Enterprise in Nigeria, such that any public official who is not part…

Umusadege Youth President Sues For Dialogue With Oil Prospecting Companies

KWALE/Nigeria: The Umusadege Kwale Youth President, Comrade Osondu Obieze, has appealed to Kwale youths to engage in dialogue rather than take laws into their hands when dealing with oil prospecting companies in Ndokwa West Local Government Area. He stated this  at Kwale when the youths of Ndokwa West barricaded the Ogume Junction in protest of noncompliance by the oil prospecting companies on agreement reached between them and the host community. The oil prospecting companies include Energia, Platform, Midwestern, Pillar Oil, and Sterling Global. The youths are protesting that the companies…

WASSCE: Ukah Scores Teachers, Students High on Covid-19 Protocols Compliance

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by teachers and students involved in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Speaking after monitoring the examination in some schools across the three Senatorial Districts and seeing reports from the ministry’s workers doing the same in all the local government areas, Mr. Ukah scored the teachers and students high on compliance, adding that it was a thing of joy. He advised school heads to ensure…

OPINION: Buhari, NASS and The Re-introduced National Water Resources Bill

By Jerome-Mario Utomi If there are two events in recent times that reinforces King Solomon’s warnings thousands of years ago that when there is no vision, people perish, it is President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s reintroduction of a Bill which was rejected in 2018 by the outgone 8th National Assembly (NASS, entitled “National Water Resources Bill, 2020,” on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The second is the questionable decision by the Femi Gbajabiamila led House of Representatives to reconsider this Bill presented by the House Chairman on Rules and Business, Fulata-which in…