NDDC Wants Olu of Warri, Stakeholder’s Support To Construct Link Road To Escravos
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is seeking support from critical stakeholders, especially the Olu of Warri to construct a link access road to Escravos
It announced its intention to forge a partnership with the relevant stakeholders to maximize the economic potential of Escravos by making the area easily accessible by road during a courtesy visit to the Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Atuwatse III, in his palace
At the Olu’s palace, the NDDC’s Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said that the NDDC was specifically targeting Escravos as a key area for economic development.
“The NDDC has identified Escravos as an area of special economic priority and is taking steps to make it more accessible by rallying the support of well-meaning stakeholders for a broad partnership that will expedite the construction and completion of the Warri/Omadino – Escravos Road constructing a road network within the community.”
He added that the NDDC was actively seeking the assistance of Chevron Nigeria Limited, private companies and other relevant authorities towards the successful completion of the project.
He said: “One major project that is dear to NDDC, which can make Warri Kingdom come back to life is a road connecting Warri to Escravos. Escravos is the hub of oil and gas in Delta State and connecting Warri to Escravos will make economic activities boom in Warri kingdom.
“Through our PPP, we are willing to partner with Chevron Nigeria Limited and Delta State Government in achieving this feat which is capable of making commercial activities in Warri to boom,” said Dr. Ogbuku.
The NDDC Managing Director, who was accompanied by the Executive Director, Projects, Mr Charles Ogunmola and some Directors of the Commission, told the monarch, “We are here to assure you that the NDDC is willing to complete the two major projects (Warri/Omadino – Escravos Road and Koko – Oghoye Road) that will make economic activities boom in Warri Kingdom. We are begging for your support to help us reach Chevron Nigeria Limited and other stakeholders. Please bring all of us together to see how we can partner for Warri Kingdom to regain its lost glory.”
The move is part of the NDDC’s larger plan to generate economic opportunities in the Niger Delta region by improving access to resources and boosting investment opportunities. It is expected that the successful completion of such projects will spur growth, create jobs and improve living standards for the people living in Escravos and the rest of the Niger Delta.
Responding, the Olu of Warri said: “The Chinese have a saying, ‘If you want to end poverty, build a road’, and this has been proven true in many developed countries because roads have a natural way of attracting development.
“Today, what you have described is a road that will connect a township to a place you described as ‘the hub of oil and gas activities (Escravos).”
“I assure you that anything that concerns development in the Niger Delta region, I am your number one advocate and a huge support of NDDC. We will do all that we can to ensure that these projects (the Omadino-Escravos Road Phase I and the Koko – Oghoye Road) that you are proposing receive the necessary support from Delta State Government and all the international oil companies that operate in this kingdom
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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