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Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday described Big Brother Naija (BBN) 2020 first runner-up, Dorathy Bachor, as a “proud ambassador of the state for displaying leadership traits.”
Okowa, while congratulating Bachor’s achievements, assured her and other talented Deltans of the government’s support to achieve their dreams.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa IIfeajeka, said the 24-year-old Dorathy from Ute-Okpu in the Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, had displayed leadership traits that distinguished her as a model for young persons in Delta and beyond.
The governor stated that he wasn’t surprised that she became the last woman standing out of 10 women among 20 housemates in the competition.
“We are glad she related very well with the housemates and survived all the evictions and avoided controversies in the house. She has portrayed the Delta character of being well behaved and a worthy ambassador of the state,” the governor stated.
Maurice Akueme gets a new title in Enugu State
The new darling of Enugu state referring to Sir Maurice Emeka Akueme has been announced the organization's grand patron of Enugu Progressive Forum on Sunday 2nd August, 2020 during her general meeting which had in attendance over 20 stake holders.
This development was made available to Enugu News Media by one Mr. Edu Dominion who is the founder and Coordinator of the group.
In his statement, he made Enugu News Media to understand that the development came as a result of the immense contributions and humanitarian services poured out on the good people of Enugu state and beyond by an individual in person of Mr Maurice Akueme the UK based accountant, Maurice Akueme is a Nigerian, UK based accountant, who have through his foundation named after his name Maurice Akueme Foundation touched, Palliated, Alleviated and empowered many lives.
Mr Edu in his words classified Mr Akueme thus; "I am not surprised that every body present in the meeting has during the balloting on who will be the organization's grand patron penned down Sir Maurice Akueme which has made him a widely accepted and most suitable candidate for the position such as grand patron to such a reputable organization".
According to the founder cum coordinator; "Enugu Progressive Forum (EPF) is a social political and economic development advocacy group which comprises of all the indigenes and residents of Enugu State"
"Our core mandate is to synergize with the government and good spirited citizens to improve the polity and development of the state"
We prioritize human capital development and humanitarian services, we believe the both acts are the bedrock of any meaningful societal change in any state".
"We are of the view that someone's perception is his realities and that forms his actions, inactions and behavioral pattern".
"Therefore, to create a healthy society, we must remould, re orientate, reshape and refocus the mindsets of an average citizen towards positivism".
To achieve this noble goals, we intend to leverage on humanitarian services to impact effective cultural value development, civic education and value system".
"We intend to create workable citizens participation, engagement, Positive news updates, positive political thoughts, positive ideas that will bring progress in Enugu State and positive prayers for ourselves and our nation".
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Police arrest 60-year-old man for ‘defiling’ 13-year-old girl
A 60-year-old man simply identified as Ogheneovo has been arrested by the Police in Ovwian/Aladja Division for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl in Ovwian community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
When contacted for comments, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the report in a chat with newsmen in Warri on Saturday.
DSP Onovwakpoyeya said, “Yes. It’s true. A 60-year-old man defiled a 13-year-old girl.”
She noted that case has been transferred to the Delta State Police Command for further interrogation as investigation into the matter continues.
It was learnt that the man allegedly lured the minor into his apartment with money and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
Activist Accuses Delta Police Of Complicity In Alleged Illegal Child Adoption By Government Officials
Aright activist, Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, has called on the Delta State Police Command to account for all exploited children transferred to the officials of the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs from 1991 till date.
He said the call was aimed at saving the lives of children, who are now regular victims of trafficking through illegal adoption by government officials in the ministry in connivance with the judiciary.
Aghogho condemned the police for involving in unethical and unprofessional conduct in the transfer of exploited children including suspected orphans from police stations within and across the state to some government officials in Delta.
The activist made the call in a statement on Friday over the incessant cases of illegal adoption by a group of people in government without following laid down procedures.
He maintained that the Delta State Child's Right Law prohibited the collection of money or reward for child adoption except with the sanction of the court.
The statement reads, “It would be recalled that the Area Command Office, Warri, Delta State Police Command had unethically and unprofessionally issued a document dated 2/8/16 reference number AR: 3000/DTS/ARC/WARRI/VOL 39/85 transferring twelve exploited children from the Area Command Office, Warri, to the Social Welfare Officer, Effurun, and same were allegedly trafficked."
Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, while reacting to SaharaReporters’ enquiry on the matter and whereabouts of the children transferred by police to various orphanage homes, said it was not the duty of police to do follow up on adopted children once they had been transferred.
SaharaReporters had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Benin Zonal Office, was currently investigating one Emmanuel Zimi Dolor and the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, including officials of the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs and judiciary on the alleged child trafficking.
Expert Predicts Increase In Oil Bunkering In N’Delta As Oil Price Drop
With observers predicting a new normal of less than $50 for a barrel of oil, an environmental campaigner has told the Nigerian government to expect an increase in oil bunkering if illegal refiners are not integrated into modular refineries soon.
Environmental activist, Dumnamenem Fineface, feels youths of the delta will increase their oil bunkering activities to feed if the government fails to help them transition to alternate sources of living.
Two multilateral agencies Nigeria belongs to— the International Energy Agency and the International Monetary Fund—are calling for efficient management of oil and gas operations to reduce the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas which causes global warming.
The policies proposed by these agencies in a recent report would lead to oil prices staying lower than the 2019 average of $60 if adopted by governments. The two agencies want global leaders to remove subsidies that aid fossil fuel production, invest more in mobile energy storage units, build modular nuclear reactors, and increase investment in solar, wind and hydroelectric sources of energy.
All these would reduce the revenue earned by oil-dependent economies like Nigeria and make life more difficult for the already impoverished host communities.
Fineface, in an interview with SaharaReporters, said, “The impact of COVID-19 and the reduction in oil price on youths in the Niger Delta is this: If they are selling a barrel for like N20,000, they will now have to sell two barrels for like N20,000. Since the products are stolen, they will not drag with potential buyers. Oil theft will be more difficult to control because people have a way of buying it cheaper than they do from the main market.”
With demand for petrol expected to drop in developed economies, following the anticipated replacement of automobiles with electric vehicles, analysts believe refining activities will be restricted to countries like Nigeria, where gasoline engine cars will still remain in vogue.
Fineface said the government should honour its promise to provide modular refineries for Niger Delta youths and harness their abilities to distil crude oil with no formal training.
“The federal government should stick to their promise and subsidise the license for modular refineries for these youths,” he said. “If it were to be other countries, they would have called the youths involved in oil theft and asked them how they can use equipment worth less than N5m to refine when to construct one modular refinery cost between $150m to $250m.”
The promise to integrate illegal refiners into mainstream refining was made by the federal government in 2017 and the act is nowhere to be reduced, except arrests and destruction of refining camps that always spring back up.
However, an energy policy expert, Denyefa Zibima said federal and state governments were paying lip service to help Niger Delta communities survive the new normal of low oil prices.
“At the level of the state, it has always been lip service, playing politics with the fact that they need to diversify, they need to move away from oil revenue and look for something more sustainable in the mid to long term but they understand that sooner or later these revenues will drop. What I hope does not happen is that we shouldn’t implode at a time we are not ready for it,” Zibima said.
With oil companies expected to close more production wells in the mid to long term, he is worried that these firms are not making an effort to decommission these fields according to standard practice and that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has looked away.
“You just need to go to the Niger-Delta, to see the number of abandoned wells that are yet to be decommissioned,” he said. “I’ve seen a well that was abandoned for 10 years and you could see the oil bubbling at the surface.”
To help countries come out from COVID-19 and be more energy efficient, the IEA wants governments to stop fossil fuel subsidies, and increase renewable energy investments. The agency will be making its proposal to global leaders on July 9, during its clean energy transition summit.
Policemen In Delta Forced To Refund N1.2m Extorted From Innocent Man After Being Exposed By Human Rights Group
The Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad, Delta State command, was on Saturday caught by members of Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation after extorting N1.2m from an innocent victim.
SaharaReporters gathered that the incident, which took place along the Asaba International Airport, ended up with the IGP squad transferring back the money into the account of the victim following the swift intervention of the Executive Director of Behind Bars Human Rights Foundation, Harrison Gwamnishu.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, Gwamnishu said his team received a complaint from a resident of the state that he was arrested by the IGP Special Tactical Squad attached to Delta State Police Command without committing any offence.
He said, "On Saturday, we received a complaint from a Deltan that he was arrested by the IGP Special Tactical Squad attached to Delta State Police Command, Asaba, without any offence. He was arrested opposite the Asaba International Airport and his phone was seized. They denied him access to his phone but subjected him to torture.
"His phone was opened by the IGP team and they saw a balance of N1,250,000 and ordered him to pay else they kill on label him a kidnapper. No statement was taken from him, he was not even taken to any police station. After much threat, the team gave him account number and he transferred N1.2m to the team.
"When my organisation heard the story, we swung into action by first reporting to the Delta State Commissioner of Police who frowned at the development. I gave him details of the officers and he pleaded that I visit their operational base and get back to him.
"Getting to the operational base of the IGP team with the victim, the Inspector-General of Police Special Tactical Squad commander paraded his officers to the victim to identify and he identified all the team members. From there I took it up with the team after they had denied extorting N1.2m from the victim, but later accepted and the money was transferred back to the victim's account immediately."
While drawing the attention of the IGP to the criminal activities of some of his police officers, Gwamnishu condemned the act and demanded the immediate prosecution of the corrupt police officers in court.
In the transaction details seen by our correspondent, the team made the transfer of the N1.2m back to the victim from three different bank accounts in three installments of N500,000, N500,000 and N200,000 while in a video recorded in the operational office of the IGP team obtained by SaharaReporters, the team was seen and heard appealing to Gwamnishu to cover up their crime.
Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, on the issue were unsuccessful as calls to her mobile number went unanswered.