RISING COST OF CEMENT: FG Blames #ENDSARS Protest, COVID-19

ABUJA/Nigeria: Government says last year’s #ENDSARS protests and the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted production flows were responsible for the skyrocketing of cement price in Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo said this at an event in Abuja adding that the development affected the volume of stock levels in the supply chain due to reduction of cash flow of major distributors and high cost of transportation. Market surveys show that prices of cement and associated products, such as blocks, in many states, including…

Joe Biden Talk Tough on US Denounces Chinese Sanctions On Trump Officials

WASHINGTHON/Nigeria: Joe Biden’s administration on Thursday slammed China’s “cynical” move on the new US president’s inauguration day to sanction nearly 30 officials from Donald Trump’s outgoing government, including his secretary of state Mike Pompeo. According to Beijing, “some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China… have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy movies.” As a result, China decided to sanction 28 people “who have seriously violated China’s sovereignty,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. The officials…

Resumption Of Schools: Ukah Decries Low Turnout Of Students In Rural Areas

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has called on traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and other stakeholders to appeal to pupils and students in rural areas of the state to resume academic activities for second term of the 2020/2021 academic session. Mr Ukah, who stated this while monitoring the level of compliance of the resumption directive by pupils and students in some schools in the state, said that the second term academic calendar have been affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Okowa Calls for Transparency in Local Content Agency Operations

ASABA/Nigeria: Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged authorities of Delta State Local Content Agency to enthrone transparency and strict adherence to enabling law in its operations to enable it to attain its mandate. The governor gave the charge on Thursday in Asaba while inaugurating the Director-General of the agency, Mr Morris Idiovwa. He disclosed that the agency was the creation of the Delta State Local Content Agency Law promulgated on Sept. 16, 2020, and stated that the inauguration of the director-general signaled the formal take-off of the agency.…

Delta To Inaugurate Roads, Schools In Warri

WARRI/Nigeria: Delta State Government on Thursday announced that it would on Feb. 2, 2021, inaugurate completed road and school projects in Warri and Effurun. In continuation of his statewide projects inauguration programme, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta will on February 2, inaugurate two roads and schools in Warri and Uvwie Local Government Areas of the state. The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after inspecting the projects in company with his Basic and Secondary Education counterpart, Mr Patrick Ukah. The roads for inauguration, according to…

Tolerance, Foundation Of Successful Marriage, Says Okolie

By Magnus Emuji OKAPNAM/Nigeria: A newly married couple from Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Chuka Okolie, has identified ceaseless tolerance, love and mutual understanding as fear of God among partners as fundamental ingredients needed for the success of every marriage. Mr. Chuka Okolie, who is the son of a renowned politician and Ihaza of Okpanam kingdom, late Chief Chris Okolie stated this in an interview with newsmen shortly after his marriage with former miss Adasomuso Okonjo , said that it was always a thing…

RIVERS APC CRISIS: Chieftain Says Abe, Aguma Recruiting Thugs To Disrupt Party’s Membership Registration Exercise In Their Wards If The Court Rejects To Grant Them Their Satanic Plea

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: Ahead of the membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress, scheduled to commence Monday, 25 January, 2021, intelligence reports have exposed plots by former Rivers South/East Senator, Magnus Abe and his circle of saboteurs, to unleash terror on party faithful in their various Wards and disrupt the exercise through the machinery of paid hoodlums if the Court fails to give them favourable judgement stopping the exercsie.. Reacting to the scheme, Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New…

OPIONION: Are The Rich Importing COVID-19 To The Detriment Of Other Nigerians?

By Isaac Asabor According to an African proverb, precisely an Edo proverb, “No one is without knowledge except him who ask no questions”. I must confess that I was compelled to ask the foregoing question, which is invariably the title of this piece as the rising cases of COVID-19 among remarkably rich Nigerians is becoming worrisome. So, if I have offended anyone with the scathing headline, I am in this context pleading that I should be forgiven. I could not resist asking the question as another African proverb says “The…

NGO Congratulates US President Joe Biden on Inauguration …Appreciates Biden for Including 3 Nigerians in US Government

WARRI/Nigeria: The National Coordinator of a leading international civil society organisation in Nigeria, the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff has congratulated the 46th President of the United States of America, Mr. Joe Biden on his inauguration in Washington DC on Wednesday January 20, 2021. Chief Mulade, the Ibe-Sorimowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, appreciated President Joe Biden for including three Nigerians in the US Government. President Joe Biden appointed Mr. Adewale Adeyemo as the Deputy Treasury Secretary to the United States. He is…

MOTHER AND CHILD DEATH: Delta Police Absolves Self

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Police Command has absolved its personnel from the incident that led to the death of nursing mother and her child in Effurun, near Warri. According BIGPEN the police stance is came few hours after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ordered the immediate investigation into the death of a woman and her daughter in Warri on Wednesday. It reported that there was palpable tension in Ebrumede Community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State as Policemen from Ebrumede Divisional Headquarters who were chasing suspected internet fraudsters along the…