Editorial: Ndokwa Political Climate and the 2021 Delta LGA Elections

By March 6, 2021 Deltans will go to the poll to elect another set of leaders to oversee the administration of the each of the 25 Local Government Areas for the next three years. It is a well set fact that the Local Government Areas are the closest government to the people, as it’s the main link to other states and countries focus on some vital development of the communities in and around a particular geographical entity. The creation of the local government authourities in Nigeria, had come a long…

Ukah Describes Late Personal Assistant, Simeon Okonkwo as Humble, Hardworking

By Magnus Emuji OKPANAM/Nigeria: Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has described his late personal assistant on Culture and Traditions, Chief Simeon Amobi  Okonkwo as a man of  uncommon humility. Ukah, who made the description in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state during the burial ceremony of the deceased, said that late Chief  Amobi Okonkwo’s way of life was worthy of emulation. The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner, stated that the deceased displayed effective service delivery, not only to him, as his…

Delta Education Ministry Debunks Recruitment Rumour

ASABA/Nigeria: The attention of the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has been drawn to a post on some WhatsApp groups that the ministry is recruiting teachers. A statement by the commissioner in the ministry, Mr Patrick Ukah, in Asaba advised members of the public to disregard the post, saying it is the handiwork of scammers who are out to deceive and possibly defraud unsuspecting members of the public. “For the avoidance of doubt, Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education is not recruiting teachers. If the…

EDITORIAL: Delta Covid-19 Lockdown and Matters Arising (1)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the world was taken unaware and before the world could realise the impact of the disease on human activities, many have died which today, is now counting above 2 million. With the devastating casualties, especially in Europe and America, the world through the World Health Organisation, WHO took some drastic decisions to curb the spread of the devastating pandemic, which was aimed at improving the hygienic conditions of the people to improve their immune system. Amongst the actions taken…

Ravaging Death Among Nigerian Undergraduates: A Call For Action

Since the beginning of this year, hardly does a week pass without the incident of the death of one university student or the other. This is not however to say that the problem has not been with us for a very long time. Recent times signaled the beginning of the alarming proportion of what one can safely describe as a hydra headed challenge that has gradually crept into our national life. Sadly, the appropriate authorities have been very mute, at best inactive to a problem of this magnitude. No serious…

EDITORIAL: The Media and 2019 Election

In the just concluded Delta Online Publishers Forum, DOPF, 2018 Convention, the issue of the 2019 general election was brought to the fore with the reference to how to manage the daunting problem of fake news as it may affect the outcome of the election. While, the gathering which was made of academias, jurists, media executives, and the civil society organisations see the issue of fake news as a major issue that needs a legal mechanism to curb the growing menace especially in the cyberspace, it was also agreed that…

EDITORIAL OPINION:Think Exponentially, Not Incrementally: How The Rules Of The Game Are Changing In Africa’s Banking Sector

Sunil Kaushal, CEO, Africa & Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank By Sunil Kaushal DUBAI, United Arab Emirate: Think exponentially, not incrementally: How the rules of the game are changing in Africa’s banking sector An Abundance of Opportunities We are fortunate to witness a period of monumental progress in Africa. The changes are visible across all sectors. African start-ups have raised a record breaking $560 million in 2017, an increase of 53% from the previous year. African governments have welcomed technology into the continent, hoping to inspire a revolution across…

Editorial: 2019, The Ndokwa Question in the Political and Economic Equation of Delta

One of the Levels of the Under development of Ndokwa Nation, the Beneku Pontoo, serving a community with 24 Oil Operationsl Wells in Ndokwa East Just like four years back, another election year is coming with all the frenzies and great expectation of Nigerians, they had lost hope in the system that they feel should protect them, and emancipate them from hunger, insecurity, lack of social amenities, dilapidated roads, institutions that are corrupt, and very venerable to manipulations. But despite these shortcomings in our value systems, many Nigerians, especially as…

Editorial: The Jabs and Uppercuts of 2019 Governorship Election in Delta State

Governor Okowa, Ibori at Delta South Political Gathering Recently The political turf of Delta state is becoming busier with shades of intrigues being played out by the day. As it were, the atmosphere is getting charged with superior political ideologies displaying parochial and old fashioned ones. The political parties are gearing up for the political derby with invigorated interest and zeal as the tempo of politicking is getting to a feverish peak in the state. No doubt, the fiercest contest for the political offices in the state is set to be…

Rumours, Fake News and Nigerian Politics

There seems to be a lot of similarity between rumours, fake news and politics in Nigeria. And with the increasingly access to the internet by majority of Nigerians, coupled with easy means of information dissemination through the various social media handles, generation of these two societal evils is now a serious concern to the world. It is on record that former American President, Barack Obama, was the first world leader to win election due to the effect of the social media on the younger and new voters in America at…