Aniagwu Restates Calls For Diversification Of Nigeria Economy

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has restated calls for the shift from an oil-based economy to diversify into agriculture and human capacity building. Aniagwu made the call today, when he received on a courtesy call, the leadership of Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) in his office in Asaba. The commissioner bemoaned the dislocation suffered by the Nigerian economy over the years and blamed it on the over-dependence on oil exploration and exploitation. “The issue of oil exploration and exploitation has reduced agriculture and our economy. Any…

UNDP Designates Delta SDGs Innovation Hub For South-South

ASABA/Nigeria: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, announced that Delta had been selected as innovation and acceleration hub of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South-South. The Senior Economic Adviser to UNDP, Dr Amarakoon Bandara, disclosed this at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop organised by the Directorate of Sustainable Development Goals, Governor’s Office, Asaba, and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs in collaboration with UNDP. Bandara explained that Delta was chosen for the UNDP’s innovation and accelerator because of its sustained commitment towards the…

1,818 MSMES Benefit From COVID-19 Recovery Package In Delta

ASABA/Nigeria: No fewer than 1,818 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have benefited from Federal Government and the World Bank COVID-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) in Delta. Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa addressed the beneficiaries at the launch of funds disbursement in Asaba on Wednesday. He commended the federal government and the World Bank for the partnership to provide succour for those affected by the pandemic in the country. He said that now that the scheme had been domesticated in the state, the beneficiaries were in the first phase of the…

Okowa; CADA and the Future of Delta State Coastal Dwellers (OPINION)

By Jerome-Mario Utomi Aside from the recently passed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) which took the country over seventeen years to pass, there is another Bill that, if passed, may  help prioritize as extremely important the need to complete a process of socioeconomic rejuvenation of the coastal areas of the Niger Delta region particularly in Delta state which relevant authorities have spent far too long a time to do, assist the Delta state Government provide the needed care at the most fundamental  level while enhancing the lives of the coastal dwellers…

Delta Deputy Chief Whip Stresses The Need For Active Involvement Of The Younger Generation In Nation Building

ASABA/Nigeria: Deputy Chief Whip and Member Representing Uvwie Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon (Chief) Solomon Ighrakpata has stressed the need for active involvement of the younger generation in nation building. Hon Ighrakpata stated this in his office at the State House of Assembly Complex in Asaba, when he received in audience the leadership of the Student Representative Council of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, Uvwie local government area. The leadership of the Student Representative Council, according to the Lawmaker, were in the State Assembly to…

UCHE NWORAH: A Man Of Many Parts (OPINION)

By Isaac Asabor If there is any Nigerian that has for ages remained a reporter’s and writer’s delight, he is unarguably Chief Uche Nworah, popularly hailed as “Ezeudo”, a title honorably bestowed on him by his community, Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. The reason for being a delight to any reporter or writer cannot be farfetched as he is a man that is successful and talented in many areas, and his activities are always positively and pleasantly newsy. For instance, not only is he a staunch…

2023: Political Group Birthed To Address Poor Leadership Problem

ILLORIN/Nigeria: Ahead of the 2023 general elections, some concerned Nigerians of diverse professional backgrounds have formed a non-partisan political group to address leadership problem in the country. The non-partisan political group, known as Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) an initiative of accomplished Nigerians of diverse ethnic, religious and partisan background, committed to charting the course to building a better Nigeria. RNP National Coordinator, Usman Bugaje, speaking at the group’s inaugural national caucus meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, said the group was founded on the premise that the problems of Nigeria all…

NAFDAC To Tackle Use Of Azo-Dyes In Palm Oil, `Sniper’ As Food Preservative, Others

LAGOS/Nigeria: The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says measures are in place to  sensitise Nigerians on some major public health challenges. According to it, some of the various infractions that impact negatively on public health and healthcare delivery system include the use of Azo-dyes in Palm Oil and “ Sniper’’  to preserve foodstuffs. Prof. Mojisola Adeye, Director-General, NAFDAC, made the assertion at the Flag-Off of the agency’s  Sensitisation Campaigns in Lagos on Tuesday. The reports that the sensitisation campaign is taking place nationwide. According to…

Senator Wants Enugu Listed Among Oil Producing States In Nigeria

ABUJA/Nigeria: Sen.Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu) has appealed the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to declare Enugu as an oil producing state, due to the oil wells located in the state. Utazi said this while speaking on Order 43 of the Senate at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that three lawmakers from Enugu, Kogi and Anambra had lobbied for the recognition of the states as oil producing states during the 8th Senate. Utazi said however, that although RMAFC had declared Kogi and Anambra as oil producing states, Enugu…