Sapele gets eight-hour power supply

The nation’s parlous energy situation took the centre stage on Monday in Asaba as stakeholders lamented the massive power outages in Delta State, particularly Sapele.

They also agreed on eight – hour daily uninterrupted power supply for Sapele.

The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya described the electricity situation in Sapele as unbearable and oppressive.

Igbuya who spoke at length on the recent protest in Sapele, the drop in electricity supply in the country and its effects on people and organizations during a special stake holders meeting to proffer solutions to the worsening electricity situation in Sapele protested the failure of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to provide uninterrupted power supply in Sapele.

He also criticised the tales out of BEDC, the deluge of excuses of non performance and the shifting of responsibilities to the consumers and other partners.

He said the high monthly bills did not reflect the epileptic power supply.

Igbuya while calling for an end to the epileptic power supply in Sapele decried the ever- spiralling cost of diesel needed to power alternative source of electricity.

“What can the good people of Sapele do with epileptic power supply? The situation has killed small and medium scale ventures. It has also increased unemployment and social tension” he said.

He urged BEDC to stop illegal collections by providing prepaid meters.

“Sapele people will pay their electricity bills” he said.

Residents of Sapele in December protested the poor electricity supply to the area by BEDC. They not only condemned the three hour electricity supply a day but lamented that many companies had shut down because of poor power supply.

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Chairman , House Committee on Power, Rt. Hon Peter Onwusanya, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Power and Energy, Hon Evance Ivwurie, Honourable Commissioner of Power, Barrister Newworld Sofugha, the chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon Ejaife Odebala, representatives of Sapele, Eurafric, Sapele, National Independent Power Plant, Ogorode, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria Gas Company, Ekpan, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Sapele and others attended the meeting.

Talk To Your People if you are alive-President Mugabe blasts Buhari

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has chastised Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for behaving like a model instead speaking to death rumors.

Mr Mugabe speaking to a journalist who ask for his comments about rumors going round about the demise of the Nigerian leader as he (Mugabe) has suffered same in the past said “I do not understand the reasons why Buhari is releasing pictures as if he is a model”.
“Instead of talking and assuring your people you are alive and well, you are busily releasing series of pictures like Tyson Beckford, I don’t understand what he is trying to put across “he added
Mugabe continued that, if Buhari continues to be silent, then it’s obvious that he has died and someone is deliberately releasing his old photos which where not public.

Chief Emeka Kalu speaks on Buhari’s rumoured death


‘LOVE IS LIGHTER THAN LIGHT, WHILE HATE IS DARKER THAN DARKNESS’

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 1st John 2:9.

The present hullabaloo over the unsubstantiated death rumour of President Muhammadu Buhari spurred this write-up. This unsubstantiated rumour is a product of darkness.

In accordance with divine disposition, no man is created to live forever, but it is a taboo before God and a sacrilege in African culture to deliberately announce the death of the living. And morally, it is unthinkable for any sane human being to incubate such thought of an improbable alarm upon the living. More worrisome is that majority of those peddling this rumour are the youths – the supposed leaders of tomorrow.

It is disheartening to note that majority of those that were skeptical over the unfounded death story were even wishing and praying fervently for the false news to be true. During our days as youths, we never celebrated death or ever wished to hear of the death of a fellow man, not even an enemy. In fact, whenever we receive the news of death in our community, fear usually envelope us, but today, the reverse is the case. The big question is; when did we give the consent for our consciences and morals to go to the pots?

Hate is a tool of retrogression; it destroys the virtues of the society and transforms humans into animals. As a Christian and one who firmly believe that God is the father or all mortals; I earnestly believe that love is the foremost virtues every mortals must possess. It is certain that we cannot truly love ourselves if we fail to love one another irrespective of the creeds we profess and our respective places of origin.

I can assure you that our progress in this country will be swift if we put away the hurts of yesteryears and begin to see ourselves as one indefatigable and inseparable creatures of God. Let us always ensure that love is the force that propels all our actions and inactions; by so doing, we will begin to feel the bliss of paradise in this country.

God Bless You.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Long live all Nigerian lovers of peace!!

Long live President Muhammadu Buhari!!!

– Chief Dr. Emeka C. Kalu
A BRIGHTER ABIA STATE WITH Chief DR. EMEKA C. KALU IS POSSIBLE.

We have adopted self-determination, referendum as necessary elements in the UPP manifesto-Chekwas Okorie

Founder of All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), and current chairman of the United Progressives Party(UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie has revealed that his party has embedded self-determination and referendum in its manifesto.
Okorie, who spoke with our correspondent in Enugu while fielding questions from journalists said that, following the continued and persistent agitation for self-determination by various ethnic nationalities and regions across the country, his party has included these elements in order to be able to undergo a healthy dialogue with these dissenting voices in order to strengthen unity in the country.
Hear him: “UPP is stable and not factionalized, and it’s orientation, is pro-Igbo, and is also pro-Nigeria ethnic nationalities. It is the only political party that has in the preamble of its manifesto, provision for self determination, provision for resource control through federalism. No other political party has those provisions, even though we are still going to strengthen those provisions and widen it for Igbo people to know that there is a social contract that will reflect their aspirations”.
Speaking further, Okorie informed journalists that his party stands the best chance of winning the coming Anambra State governorship elections: “Our chances of winning the state are very bright as a result of a number of factors. All the political parties that exist today in Nigeria, major political parties are factionalized. It’s a common saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and we have seen that happen in states where PDP went for election, like Edo and Ondo. In Igboland, PDP is a very big disappointment to the Igbo people because practically 70 to 75 percent of their politicians invested so much resources in the PDP for 16 good years- from the inception of PDP till it lost power at the centre. There is nothing that Igbo people can show for their loyalty and support to the PDP. APC, based on President Buhari’s own attitude, especially with regards to appointment have not been able to endear both himself and the party to Ndi Igbo. 
“As a matter of fact, our people see APC as a nightmare, and it will be wishful thinking for anybody to think that the average Igbo man will go and vote for an APC candidate even in the 2017 election in anambra state. I do not know how the President and APC will do it, between now and then to change the frame of mind of the Igbo people. 
“Without sounding immodest, I founded APGA based on a certain vision which many people have come to appreciate. The APGA crises made the party to derail, to veer off, and having founded UPP, based on the same vision, my passion for our people to liberate themselves, to emancipate themselves is too well known and it has robbed off positively. 
“So as I speak to you, UPP has received endorsement from practically every Igbo group, whether Anambra or not, including those in the diaspora. Many groups have visited me during this Yuletide to also declare their endorsement and support. What is left for us is to have a level playing field where a candidate debt will emerge in a transparent, credible primary election. Once that is done, winning Anambra state will be a foregone conclusion. Igbo people generally perceive the election in Anambra as a litmus test to determine their resolution, their resolve to liberate themselves politically”, he revealed. 

DSS: 30 lawyers are coming with me, says Apostle Johnson Suleman

The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has formally been invited by the Department of State Services to appear at its National Headquarters in Abuja.

Our correspondent learnt on Saturday that the cleric was invited for interrogation on Monday (tomorrow) by 10am, based on his recent alleged inciting comments that Christians should defend themselves against attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

“Suleman will be appearing before the DSS with about 30 lawyers because we believe that his persecution has become politicised,” a source stated.

The invitation is coming four days after Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State foiled attempts by the DSS to arrest Suleman in his Hotel room at Ado-Ekiti.

The Christian Association of Nigeria had also raised the alarm that Suleman “has become a refugee in Ekiti State as security operatives are said to be searching every nook and cranny of the state to arrest him.”

The DSS had reportedly invaded a hotel in Ekiti where Suleman and his team, who were in the state capital for a crusade, were accommodated.

Sources close to Suleman told revealed that he had indicated his intention to respond to the invitation.

When contacted, the clerics Communications Adviser, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, confirmed the invitation, saying he would appear before the DSS on Monday.

He said, “Yes, I can confirm to you that he (Suleman) was officially invited and as a law-abiding citizen, he will honour the DSS invitation on Monday. The invitation, though ludicrous and an afterthought, is a welcome development.”

Reacting to the invitation, former Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde, said that Nigeria should not be turned to a “police state.”

Makinde said, “He should be law-abiding, let him go and face the DSS. Let us see if they will detain him and they will detain so many religious leaders in Abuja.

“Nigeria is greater than any religion and Nigeria is greater than anybody. The DSS should watch it. If they like, let me be the next victim. What is annoying them is that Suleman converted from Islam to Christianity.

“Self-defence is permissible; they slapped our first cheek. They slapped the second cheek and we have no other cheek to turn for them. We may therefore resort to self-defence because this thing is becoming intolerable.”

The cleric is expected to tell the DSS how President Muhammadu Buhari would face impeachment threats and how Abuja would experience major fire explosion as contained in his predictions.

Suleman, according to a security source is also expected to give an insight into his prediction that “Buhari will be bereaved in 2017” and that the President’s “health needs attention.”

The security agency is also expected to drill him on his prediction that “Forces in Aso Rock are planning to poison current First Lady (Aisha Buhari).”

The security source said most of the actions and predictions of the prophet could destabilise the country.

Reports attempting to link Okowa to duped SS gov, malicious, wicked-Delta State

PRESS STATEMENT BY DELTA COMMISSIONER OF INFORMATION, MR PATRICK UKAH

Our attention has been drawn to a news item with the above headline published by The Nation newspaper on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and the various attempts to link Delta State Governor, Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa  with the said story. 
It is instructive to state that The Nation, quoting sources from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reported that a serving governor from the South – South region, allegedly diverted $10M from the bail out fund for his state, without mentioning anybody’s name. 
We are appalled by the attempt to link Governor Okowa  with the story by online media. We find it ridiculously tasteless and mischievous. This can only be part of the unrelenting campaign of calumny and the ceaseless peddling of pernicious propaganda against the person and office of the Delta State Governor . 
For the record, the state government has severally in the past given account of how the bailout fund the state got from the Federal Government was used. We will not repeat ourselves here. 
Governor Okowa  is a responsible family man and a well respected public figure. His preoccupation has been and continues to be how to deliver on his promised S.M.A.R.T agenda to the good people of Delta State since he came to office. And he has received applause and commendations from far and near for being so focused and unrelenting in the pursuit of his vision for the state. 
He will not be distracted by any form of organised and orchestrated blackmail from any quarters. And God willing, he will continue to deliver on his promises. 
But we wish to sound this note of warning, that if those who are bent on carrying out their devious and dubious campaign of calumny against the governor refuse to stop this infamous trade of theirs, we reserve the right to take any action deemed appropriate to seek redress.

Patrick Ukah

Commissioner for Information .

PORT HARCOURT MASSACRE: Nigerian Govt deliberately killing Igbos, says United Progressive Party 


First published 21st January, 2017  

 

We woke up this day, Saturday 21st January, 2017, confronted with the heart- rending newspaper publications reporting yet another cold-blooded massacre of unarmed and defenseless Igbo young men and women whose offence appears to be a non-violent rally they held at a location in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in solidarity with President Donald Trump of the United States of America whose inauguration took place the same day in Washington DC, USA.

 

The bold front page caption of Saturday Telegraph of 21st January, 2017, captured the sad event that took place in this manner –“Trump: 11 Feared Dead As Soldiers Shoot IPOB Members”. It is public knowledge that the organizers of the peaceful rally wrote the Police authorities to notify them about their legitimate intentions and to obtain their permission. It is not on record that the Police in turn replied to their letter denying them of their constitutional right of freedom of assembly. It has become rampant for Nigeria’s security agencies to shoot at sight, young men and women of Igbo ethnic nationality anytime and anywhere they assemble for a peaceful rally or demonstration or even to pray to the Almighty God.

 

As a responsible, credible and patriotic opposition political party, we owe it as a responsibility to the Nigerian public to point out any danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria wherever and whenever we perceive it. A situation where an internationally notorious terrorist organization called Boko Haram will unleash unprecedented mayhem on a section of Nigeria resulting in loss of several thousands of lives, unquantifiable damage to property and other assets as well as displacement of millions of Nigerian citizens will be extended hand of fellowship and promised protection and comfort if they surrendered, while innocent unarmed and non-violent Igbo persons will be  massacred in cold-blood and others hounded to prison, sometimes without trial, in other circumstances with trumped up charges, is unacceptable in any civilized society where equity, justice and fair play ought to be cardinal principles of government as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

 

It is in consideration of the spate of injustice, alienation, inequity, inequality, nepotism and abuse of state power that the United Progressive Party has resolved to convene its national convention in April 2017 to ratify its amended Party Manifesto which incorporates provisions for restructuring of Nigeria, true federalism, devolution of power, fiscal federalism, State Police/Community Policing, referendum, self-determination of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities, state pardon/release of prisoners  and detainees whose offences were as a result of their political opinions and expressions. The new UPP manifesto shall be the social contract between our Political Party and the Nigerian people.

Nigeria’s Federating units must be allowed to develop at their own pace. They must be able to explore and exploit their corporative advantages for the benefit and welfare of their people.

 

We therefore, wish to state that the 2019 general election in Nigeria shall be a direct contest between those who accept restructuring as the panacea for the survival of Nigeria and those who choose to maintain the status quo.

 

On a final note, we urge the APC Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to investigate all the unwarranted killings of Igbo men and women from the inception of his administration, prosecute all those found culpable and compensate the families and relations of the victims.

 

Security agencies must be ordered to stop shooting at unarmed, non-violent persons who are only exercising their inalienable right of freedom of association. This is the only way the palpable tension in the country today can be doused. We wish to advice that there is only a tiny line between violence and non-violence. It may just require a little extra provocation to cross the Rubicon. There is an old saying that states that a  stitch in time saves nine.

 

 

 

CHIEF DR. CHEKWAS OKORIE

   OJE OZI NDIGBO

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, UPP

DONALD TRUMP: CLO South-south condemns killing and detention of pro-Biafrans in Port Harcourt

The South South Zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO is worried over the attacks on people on peaceful procession in Port Harcourt on Monday, January 20, 2017 by heavily armed security operatives, including military, police and DSS. It was gathered that the peaceful procession was organised by members of Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB as a show of solidarity with Donald Trump, the new president of US on the day of the inauguration of his administration.
 

We have gathered that the people who were armed with only flags and banners were singing and jubilating when security operatives opened fire at the crowd at very close range. Even as they dispersed and were running for safety, the invading security officials chased them, shooting as they were running. About 11 persons were allegedly killed while many others were injured. We also gathered that scores of others were arrested and taken to different detention centres in port Harcourt where we fear that they may be subjected to tortures and other inhuman treatments. 

 

An eye witness disclosed that one of those killed was beaten with gun butts and nozzles and marched with military booths until his stomach tore open and his intestines gushed out. The security operatives were also said to have broken into peoples’ shops at Waterlines and Garrison areas, looting peoples’ goods.

 

We condemn the attacks on the unarmed crowd and the killing of people who were merely exercising their right to freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association guaranteed under different human rights instruments, including Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which Nigeria is a signatory. 

 

We consider the killings a flagrant violation of their inalienable rights to life. The security officials also violated Article 2 of the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted by General Assembly resolution 34/169 of 17 December 1979 which states that “In the performance of their duty, law enforcement officials shall respect and protect human dignity and maintain and uphold the human rights of all persons”.

 

We condemn the use of soldiers, excessive force as well as live bullets to attack or disperse peaceful protests, which have become a pattern under the present regime. It is the duty of the government to promote human rights under the human rights framework rather than conscripting them.

 

As human rights organisation, we cannot fold our hands and watch human rights being trampled upon with impunity. Consequently, we demand as follows:
* that the officials involved in the attacks and killing of unarmed civilians should be fished out and prosecuted for extrajudicial murder in accordance with the law.
*that the IG and Army chief should recover and return all the items looted by the soldiers or pay for the looted items;
* that the shops and propertied damaged by the soldiers and policemen and DSS should be rebuilt;
*that those arrested and taken away should be released unconditionally as it is not a crime for one to exercise their fundamental human rights;

 

We further demand that security officials detailed to checkmate or contain protests should be made to be guided by principles of human rights. 
 Signed:

 

Karl Uchegbu

Zonal Chairman;

 

StyvnObodoekwe;

Zonal Director

 

   

Goodluck Jonathan becomes 1st African leader to win Martin Luther King human rights award

                                          

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was awarded in the US on Thursday for his leadership in human rights in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria.
Jonathan, who was awarded in recognition of his leadership in “human rights, social justice and universal fight for freedom”, becomes the first African leader to be so honoured.

The presidential award was presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by the late American human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr, best known for his human rights struggles and the I-have-a-dream speech.

In statement on Friday, the former president expressed his pleasure in being so honoured and also meeting the sister of the famous human rights activist.

                                                                                

“I thank Dr. Charles Steele Jr, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and the executive of the SCLC for honoring me today,” he said.

“It was also a pleasure to meet Naomi King, the sister of the late American Civil Rights leader and founder of the SCLC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was kind enough to attend the event and identify with the goals and aspirations of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.

“By this award, I am further inspired to continue to work for the advancement of democracy, peace and progress in Nigeria and Africa.”Jonathan is billed to be in the US for the 2016 Hope Global Forums conference, where he is expected to Succeed the 42nd president of the US, Bill Clinton as keynote speaker.

In the letter sent to Jonathan in December 2015, he was invited to join the biggest 500 companies in the world in their promotion of King’s human right ideals.

“We invite you to join Fortune 500 CEO’s, private investors, financial leaders and government officials to connect and collaborate on this vision,” the letter had read.

“With the theme ‘Reimagining the Global Economy: Inclusive Economics’, the annual meeting is set against the backdrop of the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend and gathers leaders from government, community and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global economy.”

Jonathan was earlier in Florida to welcome his second grandchild, delivered by his adopted daughter, Inebharapu Paul.

UKAH TASKS NGOs, CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ON EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, yesterday (23/01/2017) stressed the need for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other civil society groups to embrace the individual and group specific form of advocacy in establishing a credible interface between the state government and its citizens.

Mr. Ukah said while the conventional mass media advocacy has the advantage

of reaching a wide audience simultaneously, it has the drawbacks of elitism and technological inefficacy, unlike the one to one method of communication that requires no special technology and literacy level.
The Commissioner made the call in his office in Asaba while playing host to a delegation of the Delta State Forum of NGOs.
“When you are considering media advocacy, you are basically talking about television, radio and newspaper, you can estimate the segment of the society that you are targeting; but I think what we need more is the one to one advocacy. We do this by talking to people in town hall meetings, discussions with traditional rulers, youth groups, market women and others. That is what we need now”, he said.
He explained that although the emergence of the social media has made information dissemination and gathering easier, “the online media look elitist in the sense that you have to own and know how to operate handsets and other technologies that will enable you access the Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp and other online platforms”.
Mr. Ukah said a higher population of citizens live in villages, lack adequate literacy and do not have the requisite technological knowledge to explore such platforms, noting that NGOs,which are at the heart of monitoring and evaluating government policies and actions, must device a veritable mechanism of reaching out to Deltans “in their natural habitat” to create adequate awareness on what the current government has achieved since its inception.
The Commissioner for Information, who promised to liaise with the NGOs coalition as

much as possible, commended the forum for including security and peace building in its areas of focus, noting that positive results will be achieved when aggrieved parties embrace dialogue to resolve disputes.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Forum, Dcn. Okezi Odugala, told the Commissioner that the Forum, which was created on July 9, 2015, consists of credible NGOs in the state, disclosing that the visit was to create a synergy between the Forum and the state Ministry of Information as well as seek its support for the media advocacy and campaign of the Forum against unwholesome practices in the society.
Reeling out the achievements of the Forum, Odugala said the Forum had succeeded at resolving a communal clash at Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, promoted peaceful dialogue among aggrieved parties and monitored and evaluated government projects in the state, adding that it is currently in talks with the Ministry of Environment on the promotion of healthier and smarter environment in the state.