Delta,An Investor’s Haven, Says Okowa

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has described the speedy completion of the Asaba City Mall as clear signal that the state was investors-friendly.

The governor who disclosed that he laid the foundation stone of the multi-billion naira imposing structure in July, 2015, expressed joy that Deltans have embraced the culture of encouraging investors.

According to Governor Okowa who spoke yesterday (29/11/16) while commissioning the Asaba City Mall, host to Shoprite, investors from South Africa, Israel, China and other parts of the world have signed memoranda of understanding with government in areas of interest ranging from agriculture, housing, industrial parks, among others.

“Delta State is a good place to invest as the peaceful environment is here; 16 months after I came to lay the foundation stone of this place, the place has been transformed; Deltans are very excited by what they see here today,” the Governor said, stating, “we must continue to provide the enabling environment in this state for investments to thrive for the creation of jobs for the youths, communities and generation of revenue for the state.”

“Like I promised at the foundation stone laying ceremony, 20 per cent of the state share of this project will be ceded to the community, I am pleased to note that Asaba as host community encouraged the execution of the project without any sign of disruption”. Governor Okowa said.

He noted that with the speed with which the project was completed, more of such projects could be sited in other high population density towns of the state like Sapele, Agbor, and Ughelli.

He said, “I want to congratulate the investors for the completion of this mall in Asaba, I believe that in another two years, more of this malls will be completed in the state; I call on the company to ensure local content in its employment, supply of goods and services and ensure that it executes its corporate social responsibility which is vital for the growth of the company, the community and the state.”

The governor used the occasion to thank communities that provided land for investors, disclosing that one of the largest cassava processing companies would commence operation in the state in the nearest future and called for patience among Deltans to enable them benefit from the huge commercial activities that will take place in the state in the year 2017.

While the Chief Executive Officer of Resilient Africa, Mr Eddy Macdonald commended Governor Okowa’s administration for creating the enabling environment for investments to thrive, the facilitator of the project, Mr Olumide Akintanya in a chat, described Delta as a peculiar state for investment to thrive.

“Delta should be every investors’ destination because, the ease of doing business here can be described as 95 per cent and the people are very business-like,” he said.

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There is no impeachment moves against Delta speaker, says CPS

 


 


A statement from the office of the speaker not only distanced the members of the assembly from the impeachment rumour but described the members as highly responsible and patriotic individuals who are more concerned with the peaceful co-existence and development of the state than heating up the polity, as it is being insinuated by a section of the media.


 


The statement signed by Henry Ebireri also came hard on some journalists in the state, urging them not to turn the state into a battle field but to engage themselves in constructive and productive journalism.


 


 He urged them to stop cheapening the profession by publishing unworthy news items and using unprintable words in their publications.


 


“The Rt. Hon Speaker did not exchange blow with any staff”


 


The Chief Press Secretary accused some media practitioners of working tooth and nail with some detractors to cause disaffection and disunity within the state.


 


“The Delta State House of Assembly is not a home for blackmailers, opportunists and hooligans”


 


He described the allegation of inexperience, corruption, high handedness and inability to lead the house as “unimaginable, unthinkable and cheap propaganda by enemies of the state.


 


Ebireri said some media practitioners and their sponsors were executing a plan to discredit the speaker.


 


He fired shot at those saying Igbuya is bringing the house into disrepute and ridicule, describing the view as an irresponsible vendetta.


 


The chief press secretary also accused some journalists of resorting to cheap blackmail and blatant lies in the agitation of the assembly workers.


 


He praised Igbuya for his dynamic leadership, outstanding contribution and commitment to the development of the state.


 


He commended him for stamping his unique leadership style in the management of the assembly and the steps that are essential to the future of the house.


 


 “His life is a flowing tribute of excellence. His leadership style has earned him the gratitude and admiration of many while his conviction and willingness to speak out with a clear voice make him the best House of Assembly Speaker in the history of Delta State” he said.


 


 “The Rt. Hon Speaker has helped to reshape legislative duties in the state. His outstanding leadership is appreciated by Deltans from all walks of life”.


 


He assured the good people of Delta State that Igbuya would not be distracted in his assigned role of developing the state and working for the prosperity agenda of the Okowa administration.


 


“Chief Monday Igbuya has never acted against the interests of the members and the state. He will continue to play his role in the development of the non-oil sector, creation of wealth, reduction of youth unemployment, rapid infrastructural development and inclusive economic growth” Ebireri said.


 


He advised Mister Speaker to disregard the antics of blackmailers.


 


“Igbuya, a legislator so committed to the ideal of a better society and to the welfare of the down trodden, stands very tall in Nigeria as a man of great moral rectitude” he added.


 

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Meet prophet who saw Trump, Buhari, Jonathan’s presidency 

Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi, the prophet who foresaw the elections of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari, and also multi-billionaire Donald Trump of the Republican Party as the next president of the United States has said any prophecy against Trump is demonic.
Apparently referring to Prophet Emmanuel Omale of Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry International Abuja, who in May this year said that Trump will win, but was sent by the devil to cause war and impose 666, Chukwudi said such prophets speak according to the directives of demons in order to cause confusion not only in  the United States, but across the globe.
“He is a demonic and false prophet. TB too Johua didn’t get any revelation. He is playing  on the people’s intelligence, so is Guru Maharajji. They all felt that they understood the direction because everything pointed to Hilary Clinton, but God has told me since last year that the Republican Trump is his chosen”.

Chukwudi had on March 27 granted an online blog, Jungle Journalist an interview, saying that God sent Donld Trump to rule the US.
Chukwudi, whose members fondly address as ‘Professor of Prophets’, had in the past also said that Nigeria’s President Buhari will not complete his term.
He had stated at Ishielu, Ebonyi State that God decided to give power to the Republicans because President Obama misused it. Hear him: “the Lord has been showing me something good about America. I saw spiritually that God has raised a great man, a great leader who will rule Americans with discipline, zero tolerance for corruption. God told me that the current government of Obama is corrupt, and he wants to raise a great leader from the republicans to rule and govern them. He will put all the wrongs right, and correct the wrongs.
“Donald Trump is the next president of America, and the Lord told me that nothing can ever make a Democrat candidate to take power in America. God has rejected that party, because they are corrupt, and God wants to rebuild America in uprightness. That man will fight corruption to zero. The current government of America is very corrupt and Trump will fight it to the zero. God says ‘I have raised that man to rule and govern America’.
Again on September 9, the prophet had spoken again on the matter. His words; “God says mightily to me that nothing will stop Donald Trump.

I am seeing where Obama and Hillary Clinton plans to rig the election but God says to me in a strong voice that Obama and his rigging machine will fail. Their strategies will fail. As long as the Lord God has spoken, Donald Trump will emerge the President of America. Nothing will stop Trump from becoming President of America. Barack Obama will be stubborn and refuse Trump from getting sworn in. There will be a very great problem in America because of this.

 

“I saw a great calamity coming against America due to this, and I also saw Trump getting spiritually attacked. I saw the attack, and Donald Trump must pray against such an attack so that it doesn’t destroy him. 

 

“The truth is that they don’t want him in America. But another truth is that he is the one God has sent to correct the wrongs done against America, the wrongs done against the world. They don’t want Trump to emerge because they know that he is the one with the solution to the problems of the world. That is the solution that will make the world a better place. He is the next President of America. He will be sworn in as america’s next president, whether they like it or not”.
The prophet, who in 2011 prophesied that Goodluck Jonathan will win the 2011 presidential elections, but lose to Buhari in 2015, said that he also sees the president ailing, which might lead to his not completing his first term which will end in 2019, and therefore, called for prayers from Nigerians for the president.
He equally warned that the army would make attempts to hold on to power, but that eventually, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would steer the ship of leadership into 2019.
The prophet, who is the General Overseer of King of Kings Deliverance Church, Mgbo Court, Ohaukwu Local Government, Ebonyi State told our reporter  that he has fears that Nigerians have neglected his calls for prayers for President Buhari and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, the duo of whom he said are winding down on their administrations: “Please step up prayers for them, so they can complete their works as administrators in their various states”, Chukwudi pleaded.

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Delta Govt lauded over 46th National Council on Information

The entire management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture have thumbed up for the Delta State Government on the successful hosting of the just concluded 46th meeting of the National Council on Information in Asaba, the state capital.

According to a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. A. O. Adesugba, equally not left out of the encomiums is the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, and members of management and staff. 

She said that the provision of necessary administrative and logistic support by the government of Delta State went a long way in ensuring the overall success of the event. 
According her, the reception and hospitality of the government and people of the state, coupled with the grand performance at the Gala Night are most cherished in their memories, adding that this has undoubtedly proven that Delta State is indeed ‘The Big Heart’.

In the letter, Mrs. Adesugba expressed profound appreciation to Mr. Ukah and his team for the impressive roles they played in ensuring a successful hosting of the meeting. 
She specially mentioned the humility and attention to details of the Commissioner for Information which are sterling qualities that indeed ensured that arrangements for the event went smoothly as planned. 

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Ukah Eulogises Trend FM At One

The management and staff of Trend 100.9 FM, Asaba,  have been described as team players who are determined to soar higher as they have a sellable product to market. 
This comment came from the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, during the one year anniversary celebration of the station held in Asaba on Wednesday. 
The Information Commissioner stated that the coming of Trend FM to Asaba was a manifestation that the state is an investment friendly one that is conducive for different businesses to strive 
Mr. Ukah shared the joy of the celebration with the management and staff of the station and prayed that they grow from strength to strength. 
The Managing Director of Trend FM, Asaba, Agatha Amata, had earlier outlined the circumstances that led to the establishment of the station in Asaba, stressing that it was actually an act of God. 
She commended staff of the radio station for their doggedness in seeing that the station is always on air as expected, advising them that the sky is their limits if they remain steadfast. 
The General Manager of the station, Niyi Ojemakinde, in his remarks earlier thanked all who turned up to join them in celebrating their one year anniversary. 
Guests were entertained by some staff of the station who used the opportunity to display their talents to the admiration of all. 

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Ukah Eulogises Trend FM At One

The management and staff of Trend 100.9 FM, Asaba,  have been described as team players who are determined to soar higher as they have a sellable product to market. 
This comment came from the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, during the one year anniversary celebration of the station held in Asaba on Wednesday. 
The Information Commissioner stated that the coming of Trend FM to Asaba was a manifestation that the state is an investment friendly one that is conducive for different businesses to strive 
Mr. Ukah shared the joy of the celebration with the management and staff of the station and prayed that they grow from strength to strength. 
The Managing Director of Trend FM, Asaba, Agatha Amata, had earlier outlined the circumstances that led to the establishment of the station in Asaba, stressing that it was actually an act of God. 
She commended staff of the radio station for their doggedness in seeing that the station is always on air as expected, advising them that the sky is their limits if they remain steadfast. 
The General Manager of the station, Niyi Ojemakinde, in his remarks earlier thanked all who turned up to join them in celebrating their one year anniversary. 
Guests were entertained by some staff of the station who used the opportunity to display their talents to the admiration of all. 

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Okowa Has Performed Despite Economic Recession- Ukah 

DELTA State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has disclosed that within the space of one year and six months 22 roads and 47 contracts were awarded by the state government, adding that out of the 47 contracts, 22 have been commissioned by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Mr. Ukah, who disclosed this while fielding questions from journalist in Akwukwu- Igbo, headquarters of Oshimili North Local Government Council, during the visit of state EXCO of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the area, noted that the government has performed exceptionally well considering the economic recession and the short period of time.

On job creation, the commissioner said ” 1,000 jobs were created by the job creation agency. Am not talking about the associated jobs, but the ones that went through YAGEP and STEP. The next set we are training now, we are targeting about 1, 000 jobs in the second year. Look at transport, we have started the mechanic village, we have also started our DESTMA programme to restore sanity on our roads and many other achievements too numerous to enumerate.”

He said the governor’s  ability to achieve such feats within a short period of time was a clear indication that he has interest of Deltans at heart and would do more in this regard if the funds are there, saying,” When a person is doing well, he should be commended.”

” We are not saying that people should start blowing his trumpet or be praising him, but there is need to acknowledge the fact that he is working despite the trying times to fulfill his promises to Deltans. Those who are not happy with the achievements of governor Okowa, are angry because he is not as extravagant compared to what we have seen in the past.”

The Information Commissioner stated that the government under the leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remained committed and focused to delivering the dividends of democracy to Deltans, while urging Deltans to be patient and embrace the SMART Agenda as it has what it takes to turn the fortunes of Deltans around for good.

Mr. Ukah also told newsmen that the government would accept constructive criticism from Deltans so  that it could make some adjustment to meet the needs of the people, while saying that the governor was not out to service his own interest but the interest of Deltans.

” Tells us where you think we are not doing well and we will correct ourselves. The governor we have, is the governor for all Deltans. If you have any idea that will help the government to meet the needs of the people, please, fill free to make it known to us and we will work together to make it come to reality as long as it is for the good of Deltans.”

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Return to your values and prosper, Chidoka urges Ndi Igbo at Synod 

Saturday, the 5th of November 2016 was and will remain memorable to Egbu people of Imo State who played host to one of ​ young and finest administrators, public servant per excellence and orator of uncommon wisdom, Chief Osita Chidoka OFR, Ike Obosi, as a Guest Lecturer during the third session of the Seventh Synod held at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Egbu.
His deep and sound Anglican background came to fore when he regaled the distinguished audience with brief but rich Anglican history.

In his opening remarks, prior to the lecture proper, the former Aviation Minister expressed enthusiasm on the honor and privilege offered him to speak on a topic he long cherished and still holds very dear to his heart which he said, will be localized to Ndi Igbo which he termed “Uche, Uchu na Egwu Chukwu” Restoring & promoting the values for the twenty first century – the role of the church”.


According to him, the choice of his message (lecture) stems from the fact that lots must have been said of Politics, the condition of the country, the promises, the gap between the promises and performance of Nigeria.

In his well delivered message, Chidoka dissected the topic to the utmost understanding of even a child. His core message was encapsulated on restoration of values of Ndi Igbo. He reiterated the fact that the Igbos are reputed for common sense, wisdom, discretion, intellect, knowledge & of course, innovation (Uche), doggedness (uchu) and respect for life & fear of God (egwu Chukwu). 

Chidoka noted that today’s world is a world that has changed so much. He said during one of his discussions with his father who turns 90 years on the 12thNovember he told him that from when he was born in 1926 up till 1940s the difference in time and scope was very little, but as from 1970 to 2016 “the world seem to have changed in quantum leaps.”

“Things that were unimaginable have happened, things you couldn’t think about or conceptualize in your brain now come to pass. And that is the spirit of the twenty first century. We have seen the world move in great strides. We have seen the world change so much that technology has made things we considered inconceivable now present with us.” He said.​
Chidoka said: “But in all of these changes something has remained very significant, there are timeless unchanging values that support these changes we are seeing. That is why when the Igbos gather and complain about marginalization, deprivation, bad state of roads, I say to them, it is because we as a people have somehow departed from the values that made us who we are”. “I say before we think about external issues affecting us, we have to come back to the issues that are within us and the ones that are within our control”.

He tasked Ndi Igbo to imbibe those values that made it possible for Nnamdi Azikiwe to go to America, come back from America with nobody to work with, he sent a group of eight (8) young Igbo people abroad, waited for them to return and by the time they came back, it took Igbos twenty years to cover the gap between them and the Yorubas in Engineering, law, public service & other professions. He noted that in the 1960s, the South East region was the fastest growing regions in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The South East of Nnamdi Azikiwe which he handed over to Michael Okpara was the South East which was reputed to have built universities, built palm plantations from palm kernel. The major export then was palm kernel. This was possible because the Igbo’s of then relied on Uche, Uchu & Egwu Chukwu,” he said.​
The deep soul searching message came with intermittent references to some events from the book, Arrow of God written by Chinua Achebe. While buttressing the point on “Uche”, he made particular reference to why Ezeulu in Arrow of God sent one of his sons to school to learn the white man’s language sensing that the white men may be in their town for a long period of time. Ezeulu by sending his son to learn the white man’s language wanted to make sure his family was not cheated or schemed out on any privilege from the white men by the few who understood the white man’s language. 

Chief Osita Chidoka went on to state that ‘uche’ common sense has been the major driver of technology, growth and innovation.

Continuing he said: “Igbos were very skillful that when they got to some part of America they were the ones that were able to plant and tend tobacco because they came with skills of yam planting”. Igbos are reputed for hard work ‘Uchu’.

The former Minister noted that the Igbos are not known for violence, he said: “In Igbo land it’s an abomination to spill blood, it’s equally an abomination to steal yam in most parts of Igbo land. The Igbos hold sacred so many principles, we have natural fear and respect for the unknown such that when Christianity came it was easy for us to accept it because Christianity reaffirmed our love and respect for human life, it reaffirmed our respect for that which is unseen, it reaffirmed our respect for fellow human beings. And that is the fear of God, which was why the Igbos didn’t know the word corruption and till now there is no Igbo word for corruption simply because it is alien to us, the Igbos”. He said.

Chidoka maintained that the church has a critical role to playin restoring the true Igbo values, pointing out that “our true value of ‘uche’ (common sense) has been replaced today with respect for ‘ndi nnukwu nmanwu’ (the wealthy).” “We have stopped respecting the hard work of our hands and now respect riches/fame, irrespective of the means such sudden wealth was acquired.” 

The former Minister in his lecture made references to the songs of both Late Chief Osita Osadebe and Oliver De Coque. “Osadebe in the 1970s released an album titled ‘Peoples Club of Nigeria’, in the album Osadebe likened members of peoples club to men with good and exemplary characters in Nigeria, he never mentioned that they were rich men.” He said.

“All the businessmen Osadebe mentioned in that album were men with credible source of livelihood. It was until Oliver De Coque came that the praise of people with dubious and suspicious characters took over with his album ‘enwere nnukwu nmanwu new otinkpu, nnukwu nmanwu puta obodo enwelu oso, otinkpu anaeti gidigi bu ugwueze’ then he will start naming all the 419ners and calling them ‘obu nnukwu nmanwu’. So the ‘nnukwu nmanwu’ phenomenon came into Igbo land, then we saw 419 people become House of Assembly members, we saw them become Sirs and Knights in churches, we saw them become example of what the Igbos are not, we saw them detract from the principles that propelled us.” So the church has serious responsibility to restoring the good values of Igbos.” He added.​
“Look at governance in the South East, the southeast has no business waiting for federal allocation every month to run the south east. Before the civil war, eastern region as the fastest growing economy was paying the salary of his workers, was building roads.” “When Ukpabi Asika came back in 1970 after the war and set up the government, he was running it from the resources of the east central state then as it was and with little help from the rehabilitation efforts. It was the federal government’s appropriation of the mineral resources of the country that led to this new federal allocation syndrome.”

Chidoka said those in Igbo land who feel that Nigeria has not treated them well should hold their leaders accountable. He said: “instead of us turning the monthly allocations to a capital for developing the state, we turned it into a consumption capital, security vote, build bridges to nowhere and to load their pockets with that which has been received as the seed capital.” “When a farmer receives yam seedlings and ends up eating the head of the yam, he will definitely not have yam to plant during the next farming season”. 

“So we were eating the capital and we are thinking how the south east can develop. There is no reason why the south east regional zone should not be the first to build an internal rail system to be moving our people and their goods around. There is no reason why the south eastern region would not be the first to ask the federal government to hands-off the federal roads in the south east and allow us to build our roads for the survival of our own people, I’m saying this because at the end of the day our value system is one that promotes merit, equity and growth.”

In conclusion Chief Chidoka who graced the occasion as a guest lecturer to the synod with his wife Iyom Chidinma said: “What we need in Igbo land today is not the ‘nnukwu nmanwu’ syndrome but the ‘ndi eziomume’ syndrome. He however called on the church to take up the responsibility as the prophet of the Old Testament in vision.

Day Osita Chidoka fed ‘5000’ Obosi children with New Yams

On Saturday, 8th October, 2016, the country home of Osita Chidoka, former minister of aviation, and ex Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was a beehive of activities.

It was the Obiora ceremony, a feasting event that heralds the New Yam Festival of the Obosi people. It was at that ceremony that Chidoka fed 5000 children, in a dramatic ceremony in line with the customs of the Obosi people.
Boys and girls, men and women, even spirits, in the form of masquerades came to partake in the feasts.

According to Chidoka who spoke with journalists, the Igwe Obosi, who is the king had held his own Obiora the previous day, to give leeway to citizens of the community to celebrate. Hear him; “In the community, Obiora Igwe happens on Saturday, and the following date, the Ndi Ichie hold theirs in their various families. So its our cultural arrangement. So if you go round Obosi today, the various Ndi Ichie are at home holding their Obiora. The Obiora culture is going on in the various compounds right now”.
Explaining further about the importance of the festival, Chudoka who is  a kinsman of the legendary writer of Things Fall Apart ‘,  Chinua Achebe revealed; ”

Yam is at the centre of Igbo economy. The Igbo economy was at one time defined by yam, so every man that is strong is known by the size if his barn. So you hear the story from Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things fall Apart’, so you hear the story of Unoka as the lazy man who did not go out to tend to his farm.

He continued; “We remember Okonkwo starting off his life, and the first gift he got was seedlings from his uncle so that he can become a farmer. And when he borrowed those seedlings there was a great famine in the town and he lost a lot of yam that year. So yam has always been a defining ingredient between the rich and the poor, the hardworking and the strong. Yam is so essential in the quality of igbo life, it made it possible that Igbo people learnt to be industrious very early, because to plant yam, you need to plant at the right time.
“You need to dig, and put a stick to manage the tendrils to grow well. When it’s time for harvesting, you need to be patient. You have to harvest it gently in order to bring it out from the ground. Any attempt at being fast, lazy or doing it haphazardly will lead to breaking the yam. So the process of yam farming ensures that Igbo people have a natural instinct to industriousness, and that is the reason why during th slave trade era, many Igbos were taken to those colonies where they planted tobacco. Tobacco planting is almost like yam planting. It’s something you have to tend very gently.
“So you find that the Igbo slaves were very adept at the plantations. So if you go through Virginia, South Carolina, Igbo slaves abounded. This was because they were found to be the people who had the temperament, the industry and the hard working ability to manage the tobacco crop. So yam has always been a defining crop for the Igbo. It is our estimation of wealth,and in today’s world, yam still symbolizes our hard work, our industry and our attitude to agriculture”.
The festival, which began in earnest when Chidoka, who is the head of the family stepped out of his obi. He was flanked on two sides by his first son, Chinua Chidoka, and his wife, Barrister Mrs Chidinma Chidoka and the family danced to the admiration of the general public, a move in the spirit if the celebration. While the masquerade groups played and danced as if in a bid to outdo each other, most members of the audience also rocked and danced to the melodious rhythm.
Next, prayers were offered after they were seated, along with the chiefs and other guests, and kolanuts were prayed over, broken and distributed.

Then came the main event of the day. Although the New Yam festival is celebrated in every community of the Igbo nation, each community has ita unique qualities that stands it out from the other. The Obosi for instance, celebrate children, and after cutting roasted yams brought to him, and eating some morsels in red palm oil garnished with pepper, ukpaka, dry fish and other delicious delicacies of the Igbo people, Chidoka set to work.
Ike Obosi(strength of Obosi) as he is fondly called by his people then invited all the children present to feed them. This act is reminiscent of the feeding of the 5000 by Jesus Christ, because, as soon as that call was made, thousands of children flooded the podium.
It took the joint effort of some able bodied young men to organize them and compel them to stand in three lines and wait to receive the piece of yam dipped in palm oil. Each took his and ate with delight as he ir she walked away.
For over 30 minutes, Ike Obosi sweated and worked very patiently, feeding the young chaps. The other teeming guests, who are in consonance with the tradition waited until the kids have eaten.

After the feeding of the children, different types of delicacies were served and everyone began to eat. Chidoka also showed his dancing abilities as he stood up several times and danced with the different masquerade and dance groups.
The Igba Araba and Ajugwu musical groups featured prominently among those who played. Great masquerades like the Ajo Ofia, from whose head fire burned was also among the entertainers that thrilled.
Speaking on the importance the event, an elated Chidoka who was sweating as well as he was happy said; “Every human being has an identity, and once you have an identity, you have a culture. I am first and foremost an Obosi man, an Igbo man and a Nigerian. All of these are what I call our various categories and I make sure that every time in my life, I affirm my own identity and my consciousness. So as an Igbo man, I am very proud and happy to be Igbo. I want to be able to accentuate and project all that is positive about Igbo. In our interactions with the rest of the country, I feel a certain generational burden to reinterprete Nigerians to Ndi Igbo, and intreprete Ndi Igbo to Nigerians. This is because there are lots of misconceptions about who we are, and why we are the way we are. But understanding our history and culture will enable people understand us and build a better Nigeria”.

The former Minister of Aviation offered advice on how Igbo culture can be advanced; ” I think that the whole idea of culture and tourism is something that we are taking for granted in South East. I think that Anambra state can actually  reorganise the new yam festival and make it something that happens simultaneously within the period of one month so that people who come to Anambra will know that they will see masquerade and new yam festival at least  for four weekends beginning from September  all through October. State Government should work towards  establishing that event as a significant portion  of our culture. So you know that if you are in Anambra  this time, it will be a time to celebrate and visit  various  towns.
“Tourism is critical  to every society, any Society  that has tourism, society itself needs to improve to offer something to the tourist”.

​Okowa Decries Contradictory Statements By Govt Officials… Says Ministry Of Information Is Govt Organ For Information Dissemination

IRKED by contradictory statements attributed to government officials, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said it is only the Ministry of Information that is the official organ for the dissemination of government information.

The governor, who took a swipe at those who issue contradictory information from government emphasized, “the Ministry of Information is the officially designated organ of managing and disseminating government information; it is supposed to be the clearing house for all government information.”
Governor Okowa made the clarification in an address he delivered at the 46th meeting of the National Council on Information held in Asaba, Delta State, recently. 
He bemoaned situation where government officials dish out contradictory information, disclosing, “we have seen situations where heads of other ministries and political appointees made public pronouncements that contradicted the official government policy leading to confusion in the minds of the public and loss of confidence in government’s information machinery.”
“I believe the Ministries of Information should serve as sensors of stakeholder and public opinion on and about the policies, programmes and performance of the government through periodic perception audits. 
“The intelligence gathered is very useful in ascertaining the impact and acceptability of government policies and programmes, as well as helping to gauge the public mood, and their perception of the government or governor,” Dr. Okowa asserted. 
Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during the meeting said, “information managers have to be at the forefront of reshaping our country to the time-tested values of old.”

Twenty nine Commissioners of Information and their Permanent Secretaries, including key functionaries in the information sector in the country, attended the meeting which lasted for three days.