SHUTDOWN: Delta Affirms FG Readiness to Dialogue on Oil Operations

ASABA/Nigeria: The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro said the Federal Government has put machinery in motion to go into dialogue with oil producing communities after the salah break on the reported threat to shut down of oil operations in the state. Otuaro made this known to journalists last Thursday in Asaba after his meeting in Abuja with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in company of the Minister for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva to explain issues surrounding the recent agitation by oil producing host communities. Stating that the…

Delta Speaker, Oborevwori Commissions Multi- Purpose Townhall, Water Project in Obodo Community

WARRI/Nigeria: The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has commissioned a Multi-purpose Townhall Hall and Water Scheme embarked upon by DESOPADEC for the people of Obodo Community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The Speaker who in his remarks at the commissioning ceremony said he was impressed with the massive turn out of the people  and noted that the  need for a modern and befitting Multi-purpose hall cannot be overemphasized, ranging from community  meetings, social and cultural activities. While saying that  Obodo…

IYC New Exco Charged to be Proactive, Selfless Leaders by Niger Delta Environmentalist

PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: The newly elected Executive Council of the Ijaw Youth CounciL, IYC, has been charged to be proactive, and selfless leaders. A Niger Delta Environmentalist, and the  Ibe-sorimowei of Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Comrade Mulade Sheriff gave this charged while congratulating the newly elected leadership for a successful and transparent election. He advised the newly elected executives led by, Comrade Dcn Peter Timothy Igbifa, which is the Eighth (8th) President not to be influenced by pride and sycophants, but to be proactive and selfless. Speaking with newsmen in Port…

Lawyer Seeks Removal of Akpabio, Pondei, Ojuogboh

President Muhammadu Buhari BENIN-CITY/Nigeria: A human rights lawyer in Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Ojeh, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to remove Mr. Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta. ‘’We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to curb the excesses of Mr. Akpabio by relieving him of ministerial duties of the Niger Delta. He has not been a good example for our people. The trending exchange of immoral accusations in the social media which focuses on the minister is a dent on the image of the Federal Government…

Mulade Rejoices as Tompolo, Others are Freed from all Charges ….Urges Tompolo to Sustain Drive for Niger Delta Development

Comrade Mulade Sheriff WARRI/Nigeria: A traditional High Chief, Comrade Mulade Sheriff, the Ibe-serimowei (Kingdom Promoter) of the Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State, has expressed profound joy over the dismissal of all the 40 count charges against a Niger Delta freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, by a Federal High Court on Wednesday. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, High Chief Sheriff Mulade noted that Tompolo has contributed positively to Niger Delta development even in the face of persecutions, as he…

South-South Governors Support Forensic Audit of NDDC, Deplores Commission’s Crisis

Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa ASABA/Nigeria: The South-South Governors Forum on Thursday declared wholehearted support for forensic audit of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. It deplored, with great concern, the crisis rocking the commission and said that it was convinced and expecting that the audit would serve to put the NDDC on a sound corporate governance footing and reposition it to better deliver on its mandate. In a statement by Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Delta, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, the governors also gave…

Scandal: PDP Chieftain Urges Buhari to Ban IMC, Inaugurate New NDDC Board

Buhari and Onuesoke ASABA/Nigeria: Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain and former Delta State Governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency ban the Interim Management Committee (IMC) set up to run the affairs of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and inaugurate a new NDDC management board free from any external infringement. The PDP Chieftain who made the appeal in view of the alleged   corruption, financial recklessness and voodoo fetish oaths in NDDC under the IMC as unveiled at the recent public hearing…

Pondei-Led NDDC IMC Transparent, Accountable, Says Group

Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: As Nigerians await outcome of the 2-day investigative hearing carried out by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee last week Thursday and Friday on alleged financial recklessness by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a group has debunked the claim of N40 billion scam levelled against the Commission. The group which projects itself as Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative (CQTI) said as a non- governmental organization, concerned with development of the Niger Delta region through close monitoring of activities of intervention…

Corruption Is Fighting Back at Me, says Akpabio

Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio ABUJA/Nigeria: The Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has said that the events of the last few days at the National Assembly were a clear indication that corruption is fighting back at him. Senator Akpabio who was a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and one-time Senate Minority Leader was speaking in reaction to allegations levelled against him by a former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh. He said he was being vilified for his determination…

Leave the NDDC Alone: An Open Letter to the Leadership of The National Assembly

Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta The Ijaw Youth Council has keenly watched the recent happenings going on in the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC). Activities relating to a parastatal responsible for the development of our Ijaw communities is not just a topic of interest for us; monitoring its activities is also part of our responsibilities. In recent months the various NDDC leaderships have been in a series of conflicts with the National Assembly. This is coming at a time when the running of the NDDC has been visibly…