NO DTS 1428: GOV OKOWA CONGRATULATES SHAKA MOMODU, OTHER EDITORS.
NO DTS 1429: DELTA NEEDS MORE UNIVERSITIES — SAYS ORUGBO
NO DTS 1430: URHOBO GROUP REJECTS PIB, LAUDS GOV OKOWA, OTHERS OVER REJECTION
Editor: Johnson Ebigide
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NO DTS 1428: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021
GOV OKOWA CONGRATULATES SHAKA MOMODU, OTHER EDITORS.
Delta State Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Mr Shaka Momodu on his promotion as the Editor of THISDAY Newspaper.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the Governor also felicitated with Mr Davidson Iriekpen as Editor of THISDAY, the Sunday Newspaper and Mr Goddy Egene, Group News Editor of the newspaper.
Similarly, he congratulated Mr Emmanuel Efeni on his elevation to Deputy Managing Director and Mr Christian Ogodo as Managing Editor of ARISE News.
Okowa commended the board of THISDAY and ARISE group for finding the officers worthy for the new responsibilities, saying that their promotions were well deserved.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate Mr Shaka Momodu, Davidson Iriekpen, Goddy Egene, Emmanuel Efeni, Christian Ogodo and all other executives of THISDAY and ARISE group on their well deserved promotions.”
“Over the years, they have by hard work and conscientious dedication kept the media brands moving from strength to strength.”
“They have continued to promote the kernel of journalism by keeping Nigerians and the rest of the world abreast with the most timely and educating news from all parts of Nigeria and the world.”
“As a government, we are proud of your lofty achievements and it is our prayer that your best is yet to come as we hope to see you at the pinnacle of your careers,” Okowa stated.
NO DTS 1429: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021
DELTA NEEDS MORE UNIVERSITIES — SAYS ORUGBO
By Ambrose Ologide
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the Delta State Polytechnic at Otefe-Oghara, Barrister Andrew Ogheneaga Orugbo, has stated that Delta State needed more universities.
Orugbo stated this in a chat with newsmen.
He remarked that establishing of more universities in Delta State was one of the good things Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had done in the state.
Orugbo questioned the rationale of Deltans going to other states of the federation and abroad, looking for university admission,” adding that it was an index of the urgent need for more universities to attend to the very many qualified Deltans seeking university admission in the state.
He argued that multiplicity of universities in the state would not worsen the unemployment situation as being peddled, saying that university education did not equip graduates with knowledge to get only white collar jobs, but a veritable platform to develop the mentality of students to fit in appropriately in different legitimate ventures of human endeavours upon the completion of their studies.
On the agitation of the Delta Central Senatorial District producing the governor of the state in 2023, Orugbo maintained that it was the turn of the district, going by the rotational agreement of governorship among the three districts in the state.
He wondered why some people were attacking the state governor on the issue, saying that those doing so were simply playing to the gallery.
“They are trying to play to the gallery by accusing His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of being against the unwritten PDP policy on zoning of the governorship seat on senatorial basis or against Delta Central producing the governor in 2023.”
“What the governor said was that there was no written agreement, but a gentlemanly understanding, adding that the governor was not God to know who to succeed him, just as he said that at the appropriate time, leaders of the party would seat and decide on the issue.
He reasoned that it would be unfair to deny the deserving district from producing the next governor, if the zoning policy was jettisoned, insisting that those opposed to the it were paying the former governor in the state, Chief James Ibori, with a bad coin.
Orugbo noted that Chief Ibori, while in power, was magnanimous enough to initiate the zoning policy so that other senatorial districts would have a feel of the governorship seat.
“Chief Ibori pleaded with the Urhobos to wait till 2023 before contesting for the governorship seat,” Orugbo added.
The legal luminary further augured that agitating for the governorship seat on the basis of ethnicity was not determinable and that the PDP unwritten zoning policy was sustainable, adding that it had sustained peace and unity among the various ethnic groups in the state.
Chief Orugbo also applauded the South South governors for their support for a South South president in 2023, adding that those opposed to the decision of the governors did not mean well for Nigeria, just as he commended them for the move to ban open grazing in the zone.
NO DTS 1430: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021
URHOBO GROUP REJECTS PIB, LAUDS GOV OKOWA, OTHERS OVER REJECTION
By Ambrose Ologide
Foremost Urhobo socio/political organisation, Urhobo Peoples Integrity Organization ( UPIO), has rejected the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that was recently passed by the National Assembly.
This was contained in a statement issued by Dr (Olorogun ) Ebeneezer Okorodudu and Chief Jerry Eruvbedede (National President and National Secretary respectively and made available to newsmen after the group general monthly meeting at Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
The statement lauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Ijaw National leader, Chief (Pa) Edwin Kiagbodo Clerk, for rejecting the 3% for oil bearing communities as contained in the controversial bill and called on other well meaning Niger Deltans in the corridor of power to also reject the bill.
The statement also lauded Governor Okowa for his policies aimed at achieving the Stronger Delta agenda of the state government, urging Deltans to key into the agenda in order to take the state to greater heights.
It also expressed condolences to parents of pupils and students that lost their lives in the oil tanker accident on the Warri NPA/ Effurun Express Way in the state and called on relevant authorities to implement safety measures to prevent future occurrence of such accidents in the state.
UPIO in the statement congratulated HRM Major General Felix Mujakperuo, Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, over his appointment as the Chancellor of the Nigeria Army University, describing the appointment as well deserved and wished the royal father a successful tenure, just as it lauded the return of flight operation at the Osubi Airport, which it maintained, was made possible by Governor Okowa.