Doctors said I won’t live beyond 35, but here I am healthy at 70 – Dokpesi

October 12, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr. Raymond Anthony Aleogho Dokpesi is  a Nigerian media entrepreneur and Founder/Chairman Emeritus  Ray Power/ Daar Communications. Ahead of his 70-year anniversary October 25, the trained marine engineer shares the touching story of his life with ABDULRAHMAN A. ABDULRAUF and a few other journalists recently in Abuja.  The media owner who couldn’t speak in the early years of his life was already  ‘sentenced’ to death by Read More

Bye-election: INEC ready for Isoko Isoko South 1 state constituency

September 9, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is ready for the conduct of the Isoko South I state constituency by-election in Delta. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Udoh-Tom, disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen while inspecting the election-sensitive materials at the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Asaba Thursday. The newsmen report that Read More

No previous govt developed Niger Delta like Buhari’s administration – APC group

August 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC), a voluntary think-tank group of the governing party, has said that no previous administration has paid more attention to the plight of the Niger Delta region like the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The group assured that Buhari will not relent in the implementation of his vision of a safe, secure Read More

APC govs celebrate Buhari’s assent of PIB, economy restructuring

August 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has celebrated the assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the current administration has demonstrated unwavering commitment to change Nigeria democratically. The APC governors also said the new PIB present a convincing credential and commitment of the party to restructure Nigerian economy through democratic process in line with provisions of Read More

Aviation: Patronise new Bayelsa route, IYC tells oil companies

August 14, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

 The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has appealed to oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region to patronise the new aviation route to the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport. The IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, in a statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Friday described as historic and commendable the Wednesday’s inaugural commercial flight at the airport. Igbifa, Read More

Buhari completes 12 dams, 3 hydropower projects, 7 irrigation projects – APC group

August 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC), has said out of 116 inherited projects for priority completion in 2016, a total of twelve dams, three hydropower projects and seven irrigation projects among many others have been completed by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC think-tank group also disclosed that Buhari administration signed Executive Order 9 Read More

Group accuses Shell of abandoning Nigerian community after draining resources

August 4, 2021 Blessing Anaro 0

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has accused the oil giant, Shell of “seeking to walk away from its crime scene with billions of dollars in its kitty” after “having almost drained the region dry of oil and gas resources and engaging in ecocide”. Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) deplored the recent disclosure that Read More

Oil steady as virus casts demand shadow

July 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Oil steadied as investors assessed the outlook for global demand amid a resurgence in Covid-19 that’s leading to tighter restrictions. Futures fluctuated near $72 a barrel in New York. The rebound in key energy consumers such as the U.S. and China has helped to underpin increasing fuel consumption and drained bloated stockpiles built up during the pandemic. The fast-spreading delta Read More

PIB: Hold Dickson responsible if violence breaks in N/Delta – South-south forum

July 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and all the Niger Delta leaders to hold former governor Seriaki Dickson responsible in case of any outbreak of violence in the Niger Delta. The forum also described as irresponsible and disgraceful the accusation made against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva by the former governor Read More

PIB: Stop instigating violence in Niger Delta, Bayelsa Senator warns Dickson

July 23, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Senator representing Bayelsa East, Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi-Eremienyo, has warned former governor of Bayelsa state Senator Henry Seriake Dickson to stop instigating violence in the Niger Delta over the contentious Petroleum Industry Bill ((PIB). Degi-Eremienyo was reacting to a press conference by Dicskon on Thursday where where he accused the Minister of State (Petroleum resources), Chief Timipre Sylva of allegedly Read More

Breaking: 3 dead as new Delta COVID-19 variant hits Akwa Ibom hard

July 22, 2021 Editor 0

Three out of 156 persons have lost their lives as a result new Delta COVID-19 cases recorded in Akwa Ibom state. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and chairman, Akwa Ibom state COVID-19 Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who spoke on Thursday called on all citizens of the state to obey all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols earlier announced. He declared Read More

Covid-19: Kano cancels Sallah festivities

July 19, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

In compliance with the federal government’s  pronouncement about the emergence of another variant of Covid-19   likely to hit six states  putting them on  red alert  which include;  Kano, the  state government has  canceled  all Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) festivities. The state commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who announced this, however, said that the Eid Prayers would be held in all the Read More

Delta rewards 10 youths with N5m contract each

July 15, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Delta state government Wednesday said it will reward 10 top talented youths “made in Delta search” with N5 million contract award each for uncommon display of talent. The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on talent hunt,  Mr Ogus Baba, while presenting the 20 shortlisted talented youths in Asaba, Delta State capital said the talent hunt was the new Read More

Create state police to tackle insecurity, Nigerian speakers advocate

June 27, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Conference of speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria has advocated the accommodation of community policing and state police in the ongoing constitution review to enable the country to effectively tackle the insecurity bedeviling it. The speakers made the advocacy in a communique issued by its chairman and speaker Bauchi state house of assembly Abubakar Suleiman at the end of the Read More

Fire guts biggest supermarket in Ogwashi-Uku

June 22, 2021 Amaechi Okwara 0

Goods worth millions of naira were Tuesday razed down the largest supermarket in Ogwashi Uku, headquarters of Aniocha south local government area of Delta state. The walls of the facility, Sylverson Supermarket  situated along the busy old Ogwashi Uku—Benin road which has operated for over 25 years in the premises collapsed as a result of the intensity of the fire. Read More

Hydro plants: NDPHC partners ministry on 240 dams

June 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Managing Director/CEO of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd., Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, has disclosed that plans are on the way to set up small hydro plants on existing dams in the country. To this end, Ugbo sought the support of the Federal Minister of Water Resources to develop small & medium hydro projects in the country. A statement Read More

Former Bayelsa commissioner berates group for issuing 7-day ultimatum to petroleum minister

June 16, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

A former Commissioner in Bayelsa state and Public affairs Commentator, Chief Nathan Egba Ologo, has described the 7-day ultimatum, recently issued to the Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Timipre Sylva by a civil rights group, calling for the withdrawal of the nomination of Dr Samuel Ogbuku for the position of Managing Director of the NDDC, as “highly vexatious Read More

PANDEF wants constitution of NDDC board within 7-days

June 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has given the federal government a one week ultimatum to inaugurate a board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Speaking Friday in Abuja, leader of the forum, Chief Edwin Clark, who gave the altimatum, said the inauguration of a board for the commission was critical in the interest of the people of the Read More

Attack on Journalists: NUJ condemns DSS, Police for harrasing PUNCHman in Abuja

June 10, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has condemned the attack on a Chief Correspondent with PUNCH Newspapers, Friday Olokor, by a combined team of security operatives from the Department of State Services and Police Force. The union describe the development as “reprehensible.” The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chairman of NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, who condemned the act, described it as “the Read More

NDPHC, Eko discos sign MoU on 300MW delivery in Lagos

May 29, 2021 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has signed an agreement with Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) to deliver 300 mega watts of power to Ibeju-Lekki and other franchise area in Lagos state. The agreement, which was sealed in the presence of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will see NDPHC supply electricity directly to Eko DisCo from existing Read More

Ayade appoints Ndoma-Egba chairman of peace c’ttee

May 19, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Cross River state Governor Ben Ayade has appointed the former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba to head the Peace, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation Committee on the Ebom/Ebijaghara and Ediba/Usumutong communal crisis. The crisis, which had claimed many lives with attendant destruction of means of livelihood is believed to have started in the early seventies. Speaking Tuesday while inaugurating the committee, Governor Ayade lamented Read More