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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Mourns Late Oba (Eze Ogba) Of Ogbaland

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RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro. Felix Obuah Mourns Late Oba (Eze Ogba) Of Ogbaland

…Says, We’ll Miss His Exemplary, Progressive, Dynamic Leadership

As tributes continue to pour in following the demise of Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogbaland, His Eminence, Sir (Dr.) Chukumela Nnam Obi II (OON, DSSRS, AP, JP), the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has described the late monarch as one of the nation’s longest serving Kings who provided an exemplary, progressive and dynamic leadership to his people.

Bro. Obuah while reacting to the passage of the legendary Eze Ogba, said the reign of the late monarch was replete with positive transformational changes, characterized by peace, unity, progress and stability in his kingdom.

Noting that Oba Chukumela Nnam Obi II would be missed not only by his beloved people of Ogba Kingdom but Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole because of his wisdom and unrivaled sense of humour which, according to him, was legendary.

“As the custodian of the Ogba culture and the symbol of traditional authority, the Oba fully realized that leadership is a trust that must not be betrayed. Hence, he was never an arm-chair traditional ruler, waiting for his people to pay him homage on a daily basis”, he posited.

Bro. Obuah who is the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state noted that from the inception of Oba’s ascension to the throne of Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogbaland on 19th December, 1970, he has initiated brilliant innovations aimed at improving the living standard of the Ogba people as well as catering for their social, cultural and political needs within the community and its environs.

Extolling the sterling qualities of the late King Nnam Obi II who marked a historic 80th birthday celebration and 50 years on the throne on Friday, November 20, 2020 in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Bro. Obuah charged not only the immediate family of the Oba but Ogba people in general to uphold their faith as Christians in mourning their departed royal father, believing that he is in safer hands of his Creator in the hope that all will meet again on the resurrection day.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also called on them to take solace in the fact that the late Oba Chukumela Nnam Obi II, a renowned Philosopher and meta-physician who held several leadership positions during his life time, lived a life worthy of emulation and also left legacies not only for his children but for those yet unborn.

Jerry Needam

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro. Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA).

Monday, May 3, 2021.

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Strong Sustainability Performance sees Perseus Mining deliver US$385 million to Ivorian and Ghanaian Economies in 2020

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As part of its longstanding commitment to the communities in which it operates, Perseus reported increasing community investment by 71% to around US$1.9M in CY20
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ACCRA, Ghana, May 4, 2021/ — Perseus Mining Limited (TSX & ASX: PRU) (www.PerseusMining.com) has released its CY20 Sustainable Development Report. The report details the company’s progress over the past 12 months in delivering on its commitment to responsible mining operations in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, including an overall economic benefit to host countries totalling about USD$385M.

As part of its longstanding commitment to the communities in which it operates, Perseus reported increasing community investment by 71% to around US$1.9M in CY20, funding critical health and education infrastructure projects for local communities. Additionally, Perseus announced it had increased its proportion of local procurement from 66% in CY19 to 78% in CY20, totalling US$287M, and further expanded its employment of local populations, with 96% of its current workforce local to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

Jeff Quartermaine, Managing Director & CEO of Perseus said:

“Sustainability is deeply rooted in Perseus’s culture and operations and has had a large part to play in our resilience during this challenging year. We believe that responsible gold mining can play a key role in sustainable development, and that investing in our employees and our communities to create enduring social value will remain a guiding force in our growth path and future business operations. I am proud of my team’s effective response to the pandemic which successfully safeguarded our operations as well as our people, enabling us to deliver our Yaouré mine in Côte d’Ivoire this year ahead of schedule. Our approach to sustainability has continued to mature as our business has grown, and in the coming years we look forward to expanding our ESG offering and delivering greater impact across Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.”

Jessica Volich, Group Sustainability Manager at Perseus said:

“Despite the challenges the past year has brought, Perseus’s sustainability agenda has continued to strengthen and evolve alongside its expanding operations. Our wide-ranging efforts and engagement with our local communities and host governments has enabled us to create shared sustainable value for all our stakeholders. We are committed to strengthening these relationships in the coming years as we endeavour to generate socio-economic value for our people, communities and host countries.”

In CY20, Perseus has enhanced its disclosure on sustainability-related risks and opportunities by aligning with the key reporting frameworks used by our stakeholders. These include the World Gold Council Responsible Gold Mining Principles, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Highlights of the report include:

Economic and Social Contribution

Total economic contribution of US$385M in CY20 to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
Increased community investment by 71% (from CY19) to around US$1.9M in CY20, funding critical health and education infrastructure projects for local communities and providing COVID-19 support
Creation of new health clinics near Sissingué to improve health outcomes for the ~27,000 residents of the local communities
Increased in-country employment, with over 96% of total employees from host countries
Local procurement spend of $287M, an increase from 66% in CY19 to 78% in CY20
Held 587 consultations with local communities
Paid >US$69M in taxes, royalties, and duties to Government

Health & Safety performance:

Maintained record of zero workplace fatalities and reduced injuries
Implementation of comprehensive measures and protocols to prevent introduction and spread of COVID-19 and maintain business continuity

Environmental stewardship:

Re-use of 12,495,163 KL of water
Water intensity of 7.46M3/oz gold produced, benchmarked ahead of peers
Enhanced tailings disclosures in line with the Investor Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative, and completed independent audits of all our Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs)

Governance

Worked with independent sustainability risk experts, KPMG, to refresh sustainability materiality analysis and conduct deeper analysis of sustainability risks and opportunities, and start development of a 3-year sustainability roadmap
Announced appointment of a new Director by the end of FY21 to enhance sustainability skills of the Board
Release of the first Modern Slavery Statement to address potential human rights risks in Perseus’ global supply chain

Future ambitions

Establish a 3-year sustainability roadmap, and enhance social value and sustainability risk management through updates to the Risk Management Framework and policy standards
Establish the Yaouré Community Development Fund in FY21
During FY21 and FY22, Perseus will complete and commence implementation of our biodiversity plan at Yaouré in Côte d’Ivoire mine site in and establish our site nursery, to be staffed by local community members
Explore strategic opportunities for community partnerships in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
Achieve full alignment with the World Gold Council Responsible Gold Mining Principles by FY23

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Perseus Mining Ltd..
For more information, please contact:
Claire Hall
Corporate Communications
Perseus Mining Limited
Phone: +61 414 558 202
Email: Claire.Hall@perseusmining.com

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ECA and UNCTAD jointly hosting event to discuss women’s role in cross-border trade in Africa

ECA and UNCTAD jointly hosting event to discuss women’s role in cross-border trade in Africa

Addis Ababa, 15 March 2021, ECA – The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are jointly organizing a webinar on Wednesday 17 March to discuss women’s role in small-scale cross-border trade in Africa.

The virtual event istaking place on the sidelines of the 65thCommission on the Status of Women (CSW), the main global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The topic for discussion is the future for women’s small-scale and informal cross-border traders in Africa, and it comes in response to the global health crisis, as countries in Africa introduced restrictive measures affecting the movement of people and merchandise.

“As has been the case with other shocks, women risk bearing the brunt of this pandemic,” the organizers said, adding: “A more tailored package of measures is needed.”

Speakers to discuss the topic are: Thokozile Ruzvidzo, Director, Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Divisionof the ECA; Simonetta Zarrilli, Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme, UNCTAD; Nomagugu Ncube, Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration in Zambia; Mariana Lopez, Senior Manager GSMA Connected Women Programme; and Goodson Mbewe, President of Cross-border Traders Association of Zambia.

Nadira Bayat, a gender and trade expert at the ECA will be moderating at the session.

 

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Okowa congratulates Obasanjo at 84 

Okowa congratulates Obasanjo at 84

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday felicitated with former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he clocks 84 years.

Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, said the octogenerian former leader remained the conscience of the nation.

He said that the former president had continued to give patriotic and unrelenting service to the country and humanity.

He also stated that Obasanjo had contributed hugely to the peace and unity of Nigeria, adding that the former president had miantained a consistent voice on the issues of Nigeria and Africa.

Commending him for his efforts at re-building Nigeria, the governor said that Nigeria recorded the best economic reforms during the administration of Obasanjo.

According to him, it was during his tenure that reforms that repositioned banking, communication and health sectors, and even Pension matters, were introduced and paved way for the revolution of the Nigerian economy.

“On the occasion of your 84th birth anniversary on Friday, I heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta.

“As a country, Nigeria benefited immensely from your leadership at various times as several key infrastructure and economic reforms were the hallmarks of your leadership.

“Even at 84, you have continued to give yourself to the service of our nation through your fatherly advice.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health, guidance, protection and enduring provisions.

“I wish you, our dear father, a well-deserved 84th birth anniversary celebration,” Okowa said.

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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.

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Delta approves over N16bn for roads Delta Government on Thursday announced the approval of the construction and rehabilitation of no fewer than 15 roads across the state at a cost of about N16 billion. This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa. Briefing newsmen after the council meeting at the Government House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the roads approved were spread across the three senatorial districts for fairness and equity. Aniagwu listed the roads as construction of a bridge across River Ethiope in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku; internal roads in Okpara-inland, construction of Ituru Road, Elume; construction of Deghele-Bateren Township road in Warri South-West. Others are construction of Oporoza Township Roads in Gbaramatu and construction of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri South-West and construction of Dantinajo Gold Resort Road, Oleh, Isoko South. They also include the construction and reconstruction of Iregwa/Baleke and adjoining streets in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje road, Ika North-East. The commissioner also said that construction of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in Ndokwa West; rehabilitation and expansion of Old Lagos By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam Road) as well as construction of critical adjoining roads and discharge channel, Okpanam, Oshimili North, were approved by the council. Others in the area, according to him, are construction of Isoko drive/Sir Eric Obiazi street, Madagwa Street/Amantu Crescent, GRA Phase 5, Asaba, Oshimili South and construction of Flood Control Measures on Summit Road through Nwelih Street, St. Patrick’s College, West-End Mixed Secondary School and Uche Medua Ige close. Aniagwu added that the government had approved comprehensive upgrade of facilities in Central Hospitals in Kwale, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri and Sapele. He disclosed that approval was also given for Delta Cares Programme, a partnership programme with the World Bank, to resuscitate small and micro businesses affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioner also stated that the council approved the payment of retirement benefits to some retirees of Delta State University, whose cases had problems.

Delta approves over N16bn for roads

Delta Government on Thursday announced the approval of the construction and rehabilitation of no fewer than 15 roads across the state at a cost of about N16 billion.

This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.

Briefing newsmen after the council meeting at the Government House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the roads approved were spread across the three senatorial districts for fairness and equity.

Aniagwu listed the roads as construction of a bridge across River Ethiope in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku; internal roads in Okpara-inland, construction of Ituru Road, Elume; construction of Deghele-Bateren Township road in Warri South-West.

Others are construction of Oporoza Township Roads in Gbaramatu and construction of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri South-West and construction of Dantinajo Gold Resort Road, Oleh, Isoko South.

 

They also include the construction and reconstruction of Iregwa/Baleke and adjoining streets in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje road, Ika North-East.

The commissioner also said that construction of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in Ndokwa West; rehabilitation and expansion of Old Lagos By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam Road) as well as construction of critical adjoining roads and discharge channel, Okpanam, Oshimili North, were approved by the council.

 

Others in the area, according to him, are construction of Isoko drive/Sir Eric Obiazi street, Madagwa Street/Amantu Crescent, GRA Phase 5, Asaba, Oshimili South and construction of Flood Control Measures on Summit Road through Nwelih Street, St. Patrick’s College, West-End Mixed Secondary School and Uche Medua Ige close.

 

Aniagwu added that the government had approved comprehensive upgrade of facilities in Central Hospitals in Kwale, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri and Sapele.

He disclosed that approval was also given for Delta Cares Programme, a partnership programme with the World Bank, to resuscitate small and micro businesses affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioner also stated that the council approved the payment of retirement benefits to some retirees of Delta State University, whose cases had problems.

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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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DELTA PDP KICK-STARTS MARCH 2021 LGA ELECTION CAMPAIGN; HANDS FLAGS TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES, AS PARTY URGES FLAGBEARERS TO OBSERVE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS DURING GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

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DELTA PDP KICK-STARTS MARCH 2021 LGA ELECTION CAMPAIGN; HANDS FLAGS TO SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES, AS PARTY URGES FLAGBEARERS TO OBSERVE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS DURING GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

The Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has kick-started its campaign for the forthcoming Delta State Council polls, with the successful Campaign flag-off/flag handing ceremony, to candidates who emerged as the Party’s flag-bearers to contest for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen positions, in the March 6, 2021, Delta State Local Government elections.

A statement by the State PDP Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza reads thus: “The Delta State PDP has successfully performed the Campaign flag-off/flag handing ceremony to our flag-bearers for the March 6, 2021, Local Government elections.

“The low key but very proper and impressive ceremony took place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at the PDP State Secretariat, Asaba, and in line with Covid-19 directives on crowd control, those who attended the ceremony were only the endorsed Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship candidates, the LGA Party Chairmen and three (3) other members of the Party from each Local Government Area.

“All Covid-19 protocols, including the compulsory wearing of facemasks and proper social distancing were fully enforced and maintained during the flag-off/flag handing ceremony.

“The party leadership also directed that following the unexpected outbreak of a second wave of Coronavirus pandemic and the disturbing rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, all flag-bearers should conduct their comprehensive grassroots-based campaigns at the Ward and Unit levels of each LGA only and must ensure that all mandated Covid 19 guidelines and protocols are strictly observed in the course of their Campaigns.

“This is to avoid any potential community spread of COVID-19, which can be easily aggravated by attracting and mobilizing large crowds and gatherings usually associated with political rallies and Campaigns of this nature.

“Covid 19 is real and deadly. Please stay safe and stay alive”

PDP! Power to the People.

Dr. Ifeanyi M. Osuoza
State Publicity Secretary
PDP, Delta State.

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Tim Owhefere: I’ve Lost A Good Friend – Okowa

Tim Owhefere: I’ve Lost A Good Friend – Okowa


Delta Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday described the death of the Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Tim Owhefere, as shocking and devastating.

The governor, who lamented the demise of the legislator when he visited the family on condolence at the Legislative Quarters, Asaba, said the visit was very difficult for him to undertake, “because in Tim, I have lost a good friend and brother”.

He said that the deceased, representative of Isoko North at the Assembly, was a great lawmaker who assisted him a lot in ensuring the unity of the House and in the passage of executive Bills.

The governor appealed to the family members, constituents and colleagues to accept the passing away of the lawmaker by taking solace in the fact that he lived a life of great accomplishments.

“This is one visit that is heart-breaking for me. Hon. Tim Owhefere was a true friend in politics and a true friend in governance.

“He had sent a text message to me when he entered the ICU, saying ‘pray for me because I know when you pray for me, I will not die’

“I prayed for him and sent a message of encouragement but there was no response. I was discussing his issue with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital not knowing that my dad had passed on two hours after Tim.

“For my dad, he lived well and died at 88, but for Tim, he was still very strong and still had a lot to do, particularly in the government of Delta because beyond being a friend, many can attest that he was a stabiliser in the Delta State House of Assembly.

“I have lost a true friend and as a state, we have lost one of the best legislative brains. But no matter how much we miss him, the pain in the family is worse, but can we truly question God?

“He came into this world and made his very strong impact within the family circle, his home and his constituency and made a strong impact in the state. He had friends across the state and he contributed his quota to the development of the state.

“Tim Owhefere lives on even when he is gone because the history of the state cannot be written without Tim Owhefere. The history of the Assembly and the stability we have cannot be properly written without a proper chapter dedicated to Tim Owhefere,” the governor said.

He urged every mourner to be consoled “because life is like a market where people come in and go out. I have come to appeal to you to look up to God who is able to fill the gap. It can be very painful at the beginning but with time the pain heals.

“It is not easy to replace or replicate somebody like Tim because he had his own special ways. He lived a good life and he left a very warm relationship with people and we have so many good stories to tell about him.”

Responding on behalf of the family, Chief Solomon Ukpore thanked the Governor for his assistance to the late lawmaker.

“I welcome you to the family. Tim always spoke glowingly of the love you had for him; he indeed described you as his destiny-helper and the family appreciates you for that.

“He was the star of the family as the family depended on him, and it is no doubt an irreparable loss but as Christians we have been admonished not to mourn like the heathen,” he stated.

In a related development, the Governor also paid a condolence visit to the family of late Second Republic Senator, Obi Nosike Ikpo, who passed on recently at 88.

Okowa said that the late Ikpo was a well known father in Delta and a well-groomed politician, who never stopped giving advice to those who sought it.

“In the course of my political career, I depended on his advice on several occasions and he is one of my inspirational figures in the Anioma nation and we thank God for his life.

“Beyond politics, he was a father figure in Delta and Anioma. He lived a good and fulfilled life and we thank God for the age he lived up to.

“We pray that God will fill the gap that he has left because no matter how old a man is, the children will always feel the pain.

“He lived a life of positive impact and he contributed his quota to our nation, Nigeria. As a state government, we recognise the role he played and I assure you that we will be part of the burial.

“He has left very indelible prints in the history of politics of Delta, particularly Delta North.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I condole with you and the whole of Ibusa on this sad episode,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Tony Ikpo, a son of the deceased, had welcomed the Governor and his entourage to the family house, and disclosed that the family had commenced meetings on the burial.