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Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his Zamfara counterpart, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, on Sunday said the nation’s insecurity challenges requires concerted effort to resolve them.

They stated this while speaking to journalists at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area, shortly after a condolence visit on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on the demise of his father, late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.

Tambuwal who is Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s Forum said there is the need for all leaders to come together and work hard to save the situation.

“Without security there cannot be any development and there cannot be peace and you need peace and security to govern and you also need peace and security for you to carry out business transactions and even worship so its key and very fundamental for development in any society.

“So my charge is that all of us as leaders must come together irrespective of whatever views we may have in terms of approach to how the insecurity should be resolved.

“We should all be seen to be working together in coming up with a synergy and a template for resolving all of these conflicts,” he said.

On the new Service Chiefs, Tambuwal said they should be given a chance to show their capacity to resolve the lingering insecurity issues in the country.

“They have just resumed and i think they should be given a chance to work.

“They know the issues and they know why all of us and many Nigerians came out to say that the other Service chiefs should give way for new hands to come in and they should listen to the people and do what is required of them by securing Nigerians,” Tambuwal stated.

He commiserated with Governor Okowa on the death of his father, saying the late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa lived a very impactful life and would be long remembered for raising children that have made great impacts in the society.

He said that the late Okowa was a great inspiration to his family members and a great patriarch and torchbearer.

On his part, Matawalle said Zamfara had been the epicentre of bandits in Northern Nigeria.

He said his administration has recorded a lot of successes using the kinetic and non kinetic approach.

“As a person I couldn’t just fold my hands and watch my people being killed. We have been fighting that battle using two approaches, the kinetic and non kinetic and we have recorded some successes.

“We are all together, we are the same as one and we have been preaching peace because we want Nigeria to remain one.

“The security of the nation is not just for us as government but for all of us and we have lots of roles we can play as individuals so that we can be at peace as a nation,” Matawalle said.

Responding, Okowa thanked his Sokoto State and Zamfara counterparts for coming to condole with him.

He said his late father inspired him a lot in his political career.

“My dear brothers, I must truly thank both of you for coming because I know how far Sokoto and Zamfara is to Delta.

“I also know that you have security issues in both states but despite that you still found time to come and condole with me on the death of my father.

“Despite the age he passed on, its still a lot of pain to us. In the last two weeks we have received a lot of condolence messages and visits and my siblings and I are truly grateful.

“Upon retirement as a teacher, he went into politics and God used him to guide me when I eventually entered politics years after.

“We missed him a lot but we are further consoled by the love from Nigerians.

“I know what insecurity is to any Governor and I pray that God will enable us to handle the various challenges we have in our various states,” Okowa stated.


LG Polls: PDP presents flags to chairmanship candidates in Delta

LG Polls: PDP presents flags to chairmanship candidates in Delta

The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday presented flags to its chairmanship candidates and their deputies in the 25 local government areas for the March 6, 2021 council elections in the state.

Speaking at the event held at the party’s Secretariat in Asaba, Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso, said that with the numerous achievements of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in the state, the party had many projects to campaign with.

He called on all party faithful to prepare for electioneering and urged them to ensure that they adhered to COVID-19 protocol during the rallies.

Esiso said that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) was ready to conduct free and fair elections, and remarked that the opposition was not prepared for the elections.

He urged leaders to give total support to all candidates of the party to enable win the elections convincingly.

“Today is a very important day in the history of our great party. I apologise to members of our party throughout the state for shutting them out of this exercise; it was due to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The election of chairmen and councilors has been slated for March 6, 2021 and in December, 2020, we took out time to select our candidates in a way and manner that ensured peaceful relations within the party.

“For those not satisfied with the process, we apologise and we are sorry; today is not your turn, tomorrow could be your turn, so be patient.

“We have taken actions to ensure that our party wins the elections come March 6 and we have a lot to campaign with because our Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has performed very well in every Ward in the state.

“So, get yourselves acquainted with all the projects executed in every ward because they are the instruments you will require in the campaigns,” Esiso stated.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of the candidates, Dr Richard Kofi of Ughelli South Local Government Area, thanked the party for the opportunity to have him and his colleagues as its flag bearers and assured that victory would be secured for all candidates on March 6.

Those presented with flags were Kelvin Okwechime, Aniocha North; Jude Chukwunwike, Aniocha South; William Agadi, Bomadi; Godknows Angele, Burutu; Victor Ofobrukueta, Ethiope East; Oghenedoro Ovwoso, Ethiope West; Victor Ebonka, Ika North East; Sunday Tatabuzogwu, Ika South and Christian Iteire, Isoko North.


Others were Victor Asasa, Isoko South; Juan Governor, Ndokwa East; Obi Nzete, Ndokwa West; Isaiah Esiovwa, Okpe; Innocent Esewezie, Oshimili North; Kelvin Ezenyili, Oshimili South; Isaac Aguanah, Patani; Eugene Inoaghan, Sapele; Jite Brown, Udu and Possible Ajede, Ukwuani.


Also given the flag were Godwin Adode, Ughelli North; Richard Kofi, Ughelli South; Ramsey Onoyake, Uvwie; Smart Asekutu, Warri North; Michael Tidi, Warri South and Duke Tuoyo, Warri South-West.

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Okowa lauds Jim Ovia for contributions to humanity

Okowa lauds Jim Ovia for contributions to humanity

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commended Chairman of Zenith Bank PLC, Mr Jim Ovia, for his contributions to humanity and the development of Nigeria.

Okowa gave the commendation on Wednesday at the Government House, Asaba, while receiving Ovia who visited him in condolences over the death of his father, Sir Okorie Okowa.

He said that the Zenith chairman had contributed immensely in making life better for Nigerians, especially in Delta, and urged him not to relent.

The governor appealed to the wealthy in the society to use their God-given blessings to impact on the society and make life more meaningful for the people.

He thanked Ovia for the visit, saying “I am very happy about this condolence visit even when you have spoken with me on the phone. Taking time out of your very busy schedule to be here very early in the day on a working day shows how much love you have for me and my family.

“We give thanks to God for it has pleased Him to call our father because He gave him the opportunity to live a full life at the age of 88 and we cannot but say `thank you to God’.

“We realise that we feel the pain and the pains do not just go immediately but we are consoled by the fact that during the course of his life, he had the opportunity to make his own mark as a school teacher, in the political arena where he was my great adviser and also as a community leader, where he played his role.

“In the church, the Anglican Communion, he played several roles and was a Knight of the Communion. So, we are glad that he has lived a full life and we give honour and glory to God.

“Since he passed on, we have had lots of condolence messages and visits from across the country and that has consoled us a lot because it shows how much love people have for my family and your visit here today is something we truly appreciate as a family,’’ he said.

To Ovia, Okowa said “we thank God for your life and we thank God for the impact you are making in our nation and our community.

“We do not take all your efforts for granted and we will continue to also look up to you and we ask that you continue to render support because at the level you have attained, all you need to do now is to continue to assist mankind to make life better.

“I know that you are doing a lot but I pray that God will give you the enablement to continue to make your contributions to our people, to our state and our nation.’’

Earlier, Mr Ovia, who was in company with the Executive Director of the bank, Mr Dennis Olisa and Group Zonal Head in Delta, Mr Lucky Ighade, had said that he was in Asaba to pay his condolences to the Governor and his family on the passing of their father.

He pledged the support of the bank towards giving the late patriarch of the Okowa family a deserved funeral.

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, today successfully moved the Senate to restore Ethiope West (Jesse-Mosogar) State Constituency 1 which shall henceforth have an elected member in the Delta State House of Assembly. The Obarisi of Urhoboland had earlier on December 10, 2020 also moved the Red Chamber to restore Abraka State Constituency to elect its own member to the House of Assembly.

2.0. Following a detailed motion by the DSP during today’s plenary, the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution approving the immediate restoration of Ethiope West State Constituency 1 as a separate and distinct State Constituency in line with relevant provisions of the Constitution.

3.0. Senator Omo-Agege presented compelling facts supported with valid and subsisting judicial pronouncements confirming that Ethiope West State Constituency 1, which consists of Jesse Ward I, Jesse Ward II, Jesse Ward III, Jesse Ward IV, Mosogar Ward I and Mosogar Ward II, was arbitrarily and unjustifiably suppressed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

4.0. The DSP’s re-election to the Senate is a privilege and a mandate for more courageous, qualitative, and progressive representation for our people. Today’s resolution is yet another fruitful evidence of that. It proves his seamless capacity to network with other leaders to advance our people’s strategic interests. This will continue, as he is totally committed to his solemn duties.

5.0. It can only get better through God Almighty who gives grace, strength, and excellence. May the good Lord protect our Obarisi in Jesus name.


Prince Efe Duku
Special Adviser to the DSP on Legislative & Plenary Matters