IBB @ 80: His unmatched legacies

August 16, 2021 Ibrahim Muye Yahaya 0

Sixty-four years ago, in the early morning of April 1957, aged 16, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, and Abdulsalam Abubakar, who were at various times destined to be the President of Nigeria, were joined by another young lad, late Christopher Bala Kuta. The ‘triumvirate’ headed to Minna Railway Station to catch the early train to Badeggi, enroute Bida as fresher college boys Read More

Navy denies attack on its location in Niger Delta

August 15, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Naval headquarters has denied reports in an online medium that their location in the Niger-delta was attacked by hoodlums. Director of Information, Naval headquarters, Commodore Suleman Dahun stated this in a statement in Abuja. He said the video clip in question is a simulated assault on a militant’s location by the Nigerian Navy Special Service. The statement reads“The attention 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

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

As ‘The Eagles’ celebrate GbaramatuVoice at 6…

July 22, 2021 Jerome-Mario Utomi 0

Recently, I read with excitement, a statement by management of Gbaramatu Publishing Company Limited, owners of GbaramatuVoice newspaper, announcing the programmes for its forthcoming 6th Annual lectures/Niger Delta Awards event slated for Tuesday August 10, 2021, by 10am, at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos state. The statement which was signed by Jacob Abai, the GbaramatuVoice publisher, among Read More

Those waiting for Nigeria’s break-up’ll be disappointed –GYB group

July 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Niger Delta youth group under the aegis of 36 Youths Coalition for Yahaya Bello 2023 Presidency, has said those waiting for the break-up of Nigeria will certainly be disappointed, saying the country will remain strong and more united. Speaking Wednesday in Delta, the organisation’s head, Ambassador Timiseleipre Job Desmond said the country is stronger on daily basis than what Read More

PAP to train ex-agitators on effective communications

July 21, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has assembled experts to train ex-agitators and members of its Strategic Communication Committee (SCC) on skills required to change negative public perception about the Niger Delta region. A certified consultant in human behaviour, Collins Nwosu, a business improvement and communication coach, Barbara Lawrence and a Public Relations expert and journalist, Muyiwa Akintunde, were on Monday Read More

Dikio: The new prince of Niger Delta

July 19, 2021 Hadiza Mohammed 0

As the count-down to 2023 continues and as the political realignment and horse trading begin, I have been monitoring the activities in the political sphere with keen interest. My focus really has been on identifying credible individuals that could make a difference in our troubled and fouled socio-political environment. And as a bona fide patriotic Nigerian, I am not limiting Read More

FUTA: Stop siphoning projects to Onna LGA, Enang tells Gov Emmanuel

July 19, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang has warned Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel against funneling all the state projects to his hometown in Onna local government area. The senator described the act as “politics of gluttony,” saying this follows the alleged governor’s quest to corner and pipe down the recently Read More

PIB: Harmonise all grey areas to avoid litigation, APC Chieftain urges NASS

July 11, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and petroleum expert, Olooye Adegboyega Adegoke has tasked the National Assembly to harmonise all the grey areas in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the good of Nigeria and its people. Olooye Adegoke stated this while speaking with journalists, Saturday, after receiving an award of excellence from the Inner Wheel Read More

Passage of PIB a birthday gift to Timipre Sylva – S’south Forum

July 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has said that it was not by accident that the long awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was passed into law few days to the birthday anniversary of Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva. The minister will be 57 on Wednesday July 7, 2021. The forum said Timipre Sylva’s name has come to Read More

PAP’s scholarship scheme to focus on four courses, says Dikio

July 4, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd) has said that henceforth PAP’s scholarship scheme will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Dikio said the decision to rejig the scholarship scheme by prioritising the four courses was taken to align the manpower needs of the Niger Delta to the world’s present realities. Speaking when Read More

‘Peace in N/Delta region’ll guarantee investment’

July 1, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Minister of State Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva has said that an atmosphere of peace in the Niger Delta region will attract investment and developments. According to the minister, the development can only come to the region in an atmosphere of peace. Sylva, who said this when the Niger Delta All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Vanguard, visited him in his Read More

Welfare: Presidential amnesty organizes cooperatives for ex-agitators

June 29, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has commenced a process of constituting ex-agitators into cooperative societies to enable them own, manage their businesses and live above the N65, 000 stipends. Over 60 delegates of ex-agitators selected for the pilot survey of the programme attended a workshop on modalities to own and run cooperatives organised by PAP in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Read More

Don’t be instrument of corruption, NGOs warn civil servants

June 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

A nongovernmental organisation, Accountability Lab Nigeria (ALN), has urged civil servants to eschew the temptation of being used as instrument of corrupt practices in their establishments. The programme manager of ALN, Mrs Ehi Idaku, gave the admonition Monday during a workshop on Integrity and Accountability in Leadership held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital. She said the organisation, partnering with Read More

Niger-delta coalition urges gov Yayaha Bello to declare for presidency

June 29, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Niger Delta Youth under the ageis of 36 Youths Coalition for Yahaya Bello 2023 Presidency has said that those waiting for the break up Nigeria will certainly be disappointed, saying “Nigeria will remain strong and more united in the eyes of those praying for the evil to break up.”Speaking today in Delta, head of coalition, Ambassador Timiseleipre Job Desmond said Read More

Dikio rekindled our hope in amnesty programme, say ex-agitators

June 28, 2021 Joy Emmanuel 0

Some leaders of the first phase Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) said that they lost hope on the programme until Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd) came on board as its interim administrator. The leaders spoke after meeting with Dikio in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state at the weekend as part of PAP’s continuous engagements with all ex-agitators and beneficiaries of the programme. Those Read More

‘N90m worth vehicles sold for N2m in Niger Delta ministry’

June 25, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Revelations emerged Friday that vehicles worth N90 million were sold for N2 million by top government officials in the Niger Delta between 2014 and 2015. The alleged undervalued and disposal of the government property came to the fore Friday when the 2015 Audit Report, containing the query, was looked into by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts (SPAC). As stated Read More

Effiong Akwa: New NDDC Administrator with a Midas touch

June 23, 2021 Ebi Alex 0

The Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC, Mr Effiong Okon Akwa has in the last few months been revolutionising the affairs of the Commission energetically by liaising with stakeholders across the region for peace and development anchored on accountability. Since its establishment in 2000, the NDDC has been faced with the poser on whether it would ever Read More

NDPHC’s Lafia substation ready for commissioning – Official

June 19, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Construction work on the 330/132/33KV sub-station project in Lafia, Nasarawa State, being built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd, has been completed with the project due for commissioning soon, the Executive Director Networks, NDPHC, Engr.  IfeOluwa Oyedele, has disclosed. A statement by the company’s Head, Communication and Public Relations, Olufunke Nwankwo, on Saturday, quoted Oyedele speaking during the  Read More

Amnesty Programme responsible for peace in Niger Delta region – NYCN

June 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been a conduit pipe for some leaders in the Niger Delta region, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has said the programme has created enabling environment for legitimate initiatives to thrive in the region. Consequently, the NYCN attributes the relative peace existing in the region to the Read More

Omo-Agege applauds move to set up Federal varsity in Ndokwa

June 16, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Deputy President of the Senate , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has commended the move being made in the Senate for establishment of a Federal University in Ndokwa area of Delta State . Omo-Agege who made the commendation while having in audience , a delegation of Okpai Clan Development Committee (OCDC) in his office on Wednesday, said the plan must not Read More

NDDC Board: No rift between Sylva, Akpabio over constitution of members

June 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Minister of State Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva has said that their is no rift between him and Minister of Nigeria Delta Affairs Senator Godswil Akpabio over the constitution of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). In a statement released to newsmen Tuesday in Abuja, media aide to Sylva, Julius Bokoru, those concocting the rift were enemies Read More

Minister, experts meet on mangrove restoration in Niger Delta

May 17, 2021 Helen Oji 0

Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has opened an International Expert Meeting on Mangrove Restoration in the Niger Delta, with special Lessons for Ogoniland. Opening the session, Abubabak said: “Today’s meeting is a turning point for mangrove ecosystems in Ogoniland. Using the knowledge and experience of the experts assembled here today, together, we will be able to restore Read More