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NUJ Delta Inaugurates Platform To Set Agenda For Candidates Standing Elections In 2023

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Comrade Michael Ikeogwu Chairman NUJ Delta State Council

By Patrick Ochei

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council has inaugurated a Committee to set agenda for candidates of political parties standing elections in 2023, naming the channel of activities as “The Platform’.

Inaugurating the Committee, the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said that The Platform was a creation of the Council to enable it interface with candidates of political parties running for the 2023 General Elections for the purpose of bringing them to interface with Journalists in the State.Chief Sunny Neme

He quoted sections of the Constitution of Nigeria where the power to hold government to account and mount surveillance on the society was vested in the media.

He said times are gone when the union would remain silent and not activate constitutional mechanisms to interrogate the processes of elections and the actors involved; thereby declaring that now is the time to get involved by engaging different political parties and their candidates through The Platform.

Comrade Ikeogwu emphasised that the engagement will cover all candidates from House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship. He noted that it will afford the electorates the opportunity to make informed decisions on who to represent them.

He used the medium to call on political parties fielding candidates for the 2023 general elections in Delta State to prepare their candidates for the engagement aimed at showcasing the candidates, their policies, programmes and plans for the actualization of their mandate when they eventually emerge from the elections.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Sony Neme assured the Chairman and the State Working Committee of NUJ that the programme would not fail.

He said that he and other members of the Committee would work to reciprocate the implicit confidence reposed in them to carry out the onerous task of getting candidates standing elections to talk to Nigerians and Deltans in particular.

The Committee comprises of eminent Journalists who had cut their teeth in journalism, and they include Chief Sony Neme as Chairman, Chief Festus Ahon as Alternate Chairman, Deacon Chijioke Ugbolue as Secretary, Barr. Akpokona Omafuaire, Comrade Sunny Apah, Comrade Shedrack Onitsha, Comrade Theophilus Onojeghen and Lady Nneka Ozegbe.

Others are Comrade Felix Igbekoyi, Comrade Nkem Nwaeke, Lady Lucy Ezeliora, Chief Emmanuel Ekebe, Comrade Nelson Agbajor, Comrade Abel Johngold and Comrade Barry Agbanigbe.

In a nutshell, Secretary of the Council, Comrade Patrick Ochei commended the Committee members for accepting to serve the Union at a critical time as this, urging them to make the union proud by representing it in good light.

He said that in times of elections, the people look towards the Journalist as their hope and defender, maintaining that such credible image being portrayed over the years by the NUJ must be nurtured and well represented.

Admiralty University Gets First Chancellor

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Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo being decorated by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Omojo Omaji (right)

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo’s has been installed the first Chancellor of Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN), as he was also awarded Honourary Degree of Doctor of Nautical Science (Honoris Causa).

ADUN, is located at Ibusa near Asaba in Oshimili North council of Delta State and was conceived as model but upgraded to University (private) with Global education of Luminary leaders.

Former Chief of Defense Staff, and chairman, Board of Trustees, Admiral O.S. Ibrahim (rtd), while installing the 56 years old Gambo the first Chancellor, urged him to uphold “jointly and severally the liberties, Customs, Laws and Privileges of the institution, completely without partiality, and without favour, throughout his tenure of office”.

Ibrahim said Gambo’s honour was the Institution’s little way of recognizing the quality service a patriotic leader like Gambo has distinguished himself in the service rendered to Nigeria.”

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Omojo Omaji said ADUN believed and trusted the new Chancellor in taking the institution higher in academic pursuit being a hard working Naval Officer.

Omani posited that ADUN made a right choice by installing Gambo as the first Chancellor of the institution because he, Gambo is a great man who likes the School believe in “doing the right thing, in the right way at the right time for the right reasons”.

He said ADUN is destined for greatness, though the journey to greatness is doubting but achievable.

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, expressed delight, and thanked God as the school authorities found him worthy of the double awards and promised to offer his best for growth of the young institution.

Admiralty University Holds Maiden Convocation With 153 Graduands

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Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN), has graduated 153 students in it’s maiden convocation held at the institution in Ibuza, near Asaba, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Omojo Omaji made the disclosure at the maiden convocation ceremony held at the five years old University, assuring that the standard envisaged by the founding fathers would be jealously pursued.

Prof. Omaji explained that “amongst the graduands, 24 graduated with First class, 76 made Second Class (Upper Division), 52 had Lower Division of Second Class, while only one left with a Third Class”.

He said Mr. Ape Terhemba Moses of Cyber Security Department, who scooped 5 prize awards, was the best graduating student for the 2021/2022 Academic Session.

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Patrick Ukah said the State Government will continue to support the growth of the school in the state.

The guest lecturers, Mr. Tony Elumelu who spoke on leadership, maintained that passion and hard-work were keys to success in businesses.

In his speech for the recognition of his contributions towards the establishment of the University, Rear Admiral C. O. Ezeoba (Rtd), a former Chief of Naval Staff, said words were not enough to express his appreciation for the help and roles played by the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

Ezeoba while receiving his recognition award from ADUN said “apart from his contributions towards the actualization of establishment of the Admiralty University of Nigeria in Ibusa, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi also donated his personal lands on pro-bono that is now part of the land the University is occupying today.

The Ogbuzo of Ibusa, HRM, Luke Nwaoboshi and Chief Okocha were also recognized by the University for their roles.

Other highlights of the event were projects commissioning, tree planting, recognition of those that contributed to the reality and successes of the School so far and awards of honorary Degrees on some notable Nigerians.

Also in attendance were the Pro Chancellor Prof. Salihu Mustafa, Service Chiefs and representatives of the Nigeria Military, retired military personnel including Rear Admiral C. O. Ekeoba (Rtd), HRM Prof Luke Nwoboshi, The Ogbuzo of Ibusa, the monarch of the host community among other top dignitaries that graced the occasion.

Atiku/Okowa Ticket Has Brought Hope To Nigerians – Onyeme

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By FIDELIS EGUGBO

THE Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State, Chief Monday Onyeme, has said that with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the race as the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates of the PDP respectively, there is hope for better future for Nigerians.

Speaking at the PDP ongoing Ward-to-Ward campaign rally at different Wards at Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday, Chief Onyeme, observed that wrong economic policies and overall bad leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has crippled Nigeria and Nigerians are in a haste to vote for the PDP.

He said, “we can no longer afford to buy rice because it is expensive, we can no longer send our children to school because school fees are beyond our reach, are we going to continue like this? (the people chorused, NO.)

“For a better Nigeria, let us vote for PDP, let us vote for Atiku and Okowa, let us vote for Sheriff Oborevwori as Governor because, with that vote, you will be voting for me as Deputy Governor, vote for Ned Nwoko for Senate, Ndudi Elumelu for House of Representatives and Frank Esenwa for House of Assembly and with that, we will have PDP 5/5, PDP, all-the-way.

“For the first time a Deltan is going to be our Vice-President and that is enough for all of us to vote for all the candidates of the PDP.

“Atiku and Okowa will rescue Nigeria from hunger, from insecurity, from the bad government of APC; APC is a Government we should vote out because, it is a bad Government, an expired Government.”

Prince Ned Nwoko, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Hon. Frank Esenwa, reeled out what they will do for the people working closely with Rt. Hon. Oborevwori as Governor and Governor Okowa as Vice-President.

The Secretary to Delta State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, stated that the PDP-led Government have done so much for the people and that they will show their appreciation with their voters cards in the 2023 elections to enable them to continue to enjoy the goodies provided by democracy.

The Chairman, of Delta North PDP, Elder Moses Iduh, had said the rally was to let members of the party work hard to ensure 100 percent votes for all the candidates of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.

Chief Godwill Obielum and Chief Nkem Okwuofu were some of the dignitaries at the rallies.

Delta Most Solvent State – Finance Commissioner

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Delta State Government on Monday said it was the most solvent in the country, with enough credit to liquidate all outstanding fiscal obligations.

The Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, who stated this at a news conference in Asaba said the state government had outstanding commitment of N84 billion to contractors and N27 billion pension arrears.

He explained that the pension liability was part of the over N130 billion arrears inherited by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration at inception in 2015.

Tilije stated that the state could have taken the option to discount the entire N240 billion expected from the 13 per cent derivation refunds as was done by other states but decided to take only N100 billion to complete some legacy projects.

Joined by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, he said that Governor Okowa, being a prudent and considerate leader chose to keep the balance of the funds for the in-coming administration.

He recalled that Okowa administration faced serious financial challenges at inception in 2015, a situation that necessitated some borrowings at that time.

“You will recall that when the administration of Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa came on board, the economy of this state and that of Nigeria was clearly in dire straits.

“Therefore, a lot of rejiging had to be done for us to be able to survive and pay salaries. The salary bailouts was not for Delta state alone,” he said.

“I have said categorically that Delta State is the most solvent state in this country which is why I said that if we were to take a discounting of all the expected refunds due to the state, we would write off all our debts without touching FAAC receipts nor Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

“This means that Delta State today is the only state that can write off all its debts and then run normally the way we are running and still ensure that things are done.

“But then, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa decided not to discount the proceeds of all these refunds that are actually due to Delta state.

“All other oil-producing states to the best of my knowledge, did a 100 per cent discount of all those refunds. If we were to do that, we will clean up all our debts but we didn’t do that,” he stated.

The commissioner said that government expenditures were funded by different sources and expended in making payments to several projects, including recurrent expenditure.

“The one that is trending now is that people are saying that we have taken N240 billion from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The truth is that the N240 billion being referred to is not the totality of the funds we have received from the Federal Government or FAAC as the case may be.

“It is a refund to all oil-producing states because we found out at FAAC plenary that the 13 per cent that were expected to be deducted were not deducted when those expenditures were made.

“I was very clear when I said that the deductions that were not carried out at that point in time was the one that has to do with the excess crude oil expenditure; the second one is on subsidy and the third one is on priority projects,” he said.

Tilije also disclosed that the state government had invested N20 billion in a very large gas project coming up in Warri which, according to him, is expected to restore the economy of the oil-rich city.

“This administration has ensured that the headquarters of the gas company is located in Warri. It is a very large gas project that will restore the economy of Warri as an oil rich city.

“We have invested N20 billion in that project and we are hoping that we could do more. The future is coming and it is in gas,” he added.

On his part the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ifeajika, urged journalists to be circumspect as a lot of politically-motivated stories were being thrown into the media in the rundown to the 2023 general elections.

He said that the state government under Governor Okowa, being a prudent and transparent administration, would continue to be accountable to the people at all times.

Delta AG, Bozimo Urges Staff To Maximise Benefits Of ICT Training

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Mr Osita Okechukwu Okediadi, Head of Revenue Department Ministry Of Justice Presenting Certificate of Participation on behalf of the Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner For Justice, Isaiah Bozimo Esq to Mrs Abidemi Rita Ekpemina and others at the end of a Two week ICT Training Programme for staff in the Ministry.

By Onoriode Etatsemi

Staff of Delta State Ministry of Justice have been called upon to maximise the benefits of their capacity building on ICT knowledge and skills for effective service delivery, especially in their official duties.

Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Isaiah Bozimo Esq made the call in Asaba during the closing ceremony of a two- week capacity Building on ICT for legal and non legal officers of the Ministry.

The Attorney-General, who was represented on the occasion by the Head of Revenue Unit, Ministry of Justice , Mr. Osita Okechuku Okediadi, said that staff of the Ministry had been exposed to several areas of ICT knowledge.Directors in the Ministry of Justice, Delta State and Resource Persons in a group photograh at the end of a Two week ICT Training Programme for the first Batch of staff who just concluded their training programme.

Mr. Bozimo said that with the training , participants would be able to carry out assignments that required sufficient knowledge of ICT with ease.

Speaking further, the Attorney-General’s representive who was also a beneficiary of the training commended Mr. Bozimo for his numerous innovations in the Ministry, adding that the training would impact on their work in the Ministry.

In an interview with newsmen, the Director of Legal Drafting in the Ministry, Mrs. Abidemi Rita Ekpemina said that in the Department of Legal Drafting they made use of several applications and create documents.

Mrs. Ekpemina said that in the course of the training they had been able to practicalised what they had been taught even as she lauded the Commissioner for the initiative.

Bozimo Advocates Data Sharing Structure To Tackle Human Trafficking, Irregular Migration

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The Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner For Justice , Delta State Isaiah Bozimo Esq.

0By Onoriode Etatsemi

Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner For Justice, Isaiah Bozimo Esq has advocated for an institutionalised data sharing structure between the International Organisation for Migration and NAPTIP as well as the states agencies saddled with the responsibility of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration.

Mr . Bozimo made the call while speaking at the Crown FM which was monitored in Asaba.

He said that the State Ministry of Justice had proposed a draft bill against human trafficking and irregular migration, adding that when the bill was enacted , the state would have institutionalised structure that would in turn make case data sharing understanding with the national and international organisations in the fight against the menace.

Mr. Bozimo stated that the Delta State Taskforce on Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration would act as a centre point where different agencies would collaborate so as to ensure that there was no disjuncted approach and efforts in the campaign against human trafficking and irregular migration.

He stated that there was need to come together as one focal point to ensure that they directed and coordinated their fight against human trafficking effectively.

The Attorney-General noted that data collation was important, stressing that unfortunately the State could not have such data as a result of the international aspects to human trafficking even as he said that there were several of such organisations involved in different levels .

He said that the taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration would intensify efforts at ensuring that there was adequate social awareness campaign as part of the strategies to tackle the issue.

Ganduje Harps on Need For Unity Amongst Nigerians

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The Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdulahi Umar Ganduje

……….As Delta Monarch Confers Chieftaincy Title On Him, Wife.

The Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, has stressed on the need for Nigerians to further build on things that straighten unity between the south and northern part of Nigeria and promoting national integration in the country.

Governor Ganduje made the observation while speaking af him and his wife, Her Excellency. Professor Hafsat Umar Ganduje received conferment of chieftaincy title, Olorogun (Erukugbe of Olomu Kingdom)and his wife Olorogun (Omamo-aye of Olomu Kingdom) by His Royal Majesty Ovie Dr. R. L Ogbon, Ogoni, Oghoro 1. Rayal Canon, PhD+ 00N, the Ohworode of the ancient Olomu Kingdom/Chairman, Ukoko R’ vie Run Urhobo Delta State Nigeria.

The ceremony which took place at the palace of the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom weekend, was witnessed by a large turnout of Chiefs of Olomu Kingdom, top Government officials from Kano state, family members of Ganduje, politicians and well wishers.

In his acceptance speech shortly after receiving the title, the Kano state Governor, Ganduje said, ” Today history has been made, which is necessary for the development of our country. I could recalled when the formal head of state , General Yakubu Gowan created and implemented the national youths service corps, it was a policy used to institutionalized national integration.

“Effectively, 1973 i was a student in Amadubelo University when the NYNC was introduced many of us who are students reacted negatively some of us who are young students, we demonstrated in favour of the National youth service corps not knowing that it was a real policy to institutionalize National integration.

“When some of us were posted to the northern part of this country we protested, we say we must be posted to the Southern part of this country. But I was lucky enough. I was posted to Bendel state and i was posted to Isoko Area.

“Most of the time we used to come to warri then the commercial capital of Delta area, it was so motivating, many people were coming to see us as northerners, to pray for us, to greet us, so some were bringing various type of food to us free of charge. It was that time I knew plantain, I thought plantain was a big banana, some where bringing snail’s, goat and Ukodo.

“Really they loved us and we love them too, even after I left, we were still exchanging pleasantries, that is why am in love with the Urhobos, am in love with Isoko, am in love with the Itsekiri what else do you need in Delta State. So, that particular impression is still in me to all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, ethnicity, culture and religion, that is what it should be. What you have done today is to further solidify and make that policy a reality in Nigeria.”

“There is no doubt this chieftaincy title there is history behind it. When late General Oneya was posted to Kano State to serve as military administrator after the demise of the former military administrator through air crash, Col, Mohamed Wasei, I was a commissioner under Col, Mohamed Wasei, when Oneya was posted to Kano to be a military administrator, he desolved the cabinets, and I was reinstated. We became so close because Oneya, we used to call him Abubaka because Kano people love him so much that they used to call him Abubaka , he became so friendly with us, a very hard Working man.”

” Later on he was posted to Benue state as military administrator. A new administrator. came, General Omeya of blessed memory also re- appointed me. So I worked with three different administrators, unfortunately all of them are late now. I maintain good relationship with their families all of them and a living example is the one here, maintain good relationship with the son here up till now.”

“And later in order to take the relationship to a higher level I promoted him to special adviser in charge of Lagos affairs.

“So your royal majesty you can see how Nigeria can be promoted for National integration. Unbehalf of myself and my wife and the entire people of Kano state we are very, very grateful for this coronation. I am happy that the interpretation of the title is let us work together. As far as I’m concerned is naturally means that Nigerians are together as one”. Kano state Governor said.

2023: Vote Candidates of Your Choice,Prophet Ariole Tells Nigerians

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Prophet Austin Ariole JP delivering a sermon during the 3rd year anniversary/thanksgiving service today.

The General-Overseer of Goshen Freedom Tabernacle in Effurun,Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Prophet Austin Ariole JP on Sunday said Nigerians should get ready to vote the right Candidates of their choice in the 2023 forthcoming general elections in the Country.

The cleric made the call shortly after the climax of the third year anniversary/service of Goshen Freedom Tabernacle held on Sunday.

Prophet Ariole said,”We should pray and vote the right candidates of our choice. We should vote the right candidate of our choice because election is by choice.”

He warned that Nigerians should not sell their consciences but to go out there and make decisive decisions.The 3rd year anniversary/thanksgiving service of Goshen Freedom Tabernacle,Elder Atake Eyitemi making a remark.

According to Prophet Ariole,”Don’t sell your consciences but go there and make decisive decisions. I believe, Obedience is better than sacrifice. So, get ready to make your choice.”

Prophet Ariole also urged his flocks to remain steadfast and focused in the business of God Almighty.

“My message to the flock is that they should remain steadfast in God. They should remain focused in the business of God praying and doing good. For everywhere Jesus went, he was doing good.”The Goshen Freedom Tabernacle Choir ministering during the 3rd year anniversary/thanksgiving service held today.

He also spoke on the significance of the third year anniversary/thanksgiving service of Goshen Freedom Tabernacle.

“This anniversary is very important because,it is the third year as a church. We were running prayer houses, prayer meetings. When we became a registered church,this is the third year.”

“Prophetically and by bible standard, the number three (3) represents rising. Jesus died and in the third day he arose and that’s why it is a new beginning. It is a season of lifting because everyone that partook in this anniversary will experience rising.

“We want to thank the members of the church, the church board Chairman, Kester Amahia, Bro. Ewomaje Okpokpo and also Elder Atake Eyitemi who have always been with us supporting us, taking us thus far.

“One thing we want to appreciate God for, no life has been lost. From gloru to glory. Indeed, it is worth celebrating.”

Our Correspondent who covered the third year anniversary/thanksgiving service of the church with the theme”Sound of Victory”,reports that there was wild jubilation amongst members and ministers with invitees of the church as they danced and gave God thanks.

Earlier in a sermon, Prophet Austin Ariole spoke on the topic;” The rhythm in the realm of the Spirit”. He drew his text from Psalm 85:9.

Tompolo donates N150million Relief Materials to Flood Victims in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta

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Mr. Government Ekpemukpolo a,k.a. Tompolo

The Tompolo Foundation yesterday donated relief materials worth N150M, (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira to victims affected by the recent flood in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States as part of measures to cushion the effects on the people.

The President & Chairman of Tompolo Foundation, High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo Alias Tompolo made the donation on behalf of the foundation.

The Executive Secretary of Tompolo Foundation, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo handed over the relief items to Representatives from the various States for onward distribution to the beneficiaries affected by the flood.

The items handed over includes 2,400 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, 200 bags of garri, 5000 tuber of yams, 200 gallons of palm oil, 600 gallons of groundnut oil and others and 2,000 cattons of indomie noodles.

Dr. Bebenimibo said that victims in Bomadi, Burutu and Patani who were affected by the flood are to benefit from the items.

He added that the Tompolo Foundation also extended his magnanimity to the victims in Isoko, Urhobo and Ndokwa Nations respectively.

Dr. Bebenimibo also said that victims affected by the flood in Ahaoda West and East in Rivers State were also beneficiaries of the relief items.

He noted that victims in the seven(7) out of the eight(8) Local Government Areas in Bayelsa State which were impacted by the flood are also to get 600 bags of rice and other items.

Dr. Bebenimibo expressed confidence that the relief items will be distributed to affected persons by their representatives without being diverted.

According to Dr. Bebenimibo, “We have good tidings from the President and Chairman of Tompolo Foundation. It’s no longer news that our country was greeted with massive flood and the impact was overwhelming. People have been in serious disarray in Bayelsa State, Rivers State and Delta STate. The Tompolo Foundation is established to careter for the less privileged.

“We have been in this mission for about ten years. Specifically, sometimes in 2012, a similar flood came. The foundation organized to provide palliatives for the people. And this year we have come again to do our beat.

“I want to inform you that the President and chairman of Tompolo foundation has approved palliative worth 150 million naira to distribute to the good people of BAyelsa State, Rivers State and Delta State. And that’s why I had earlier recognized people that are representing these State and we are here to handover items to the beneficiaries so that they can move them to their destinations and distribute them to the affected people over there.”

The member representing the people of Constituency 4 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, High Chief(Hon.) McDonald Igbadiwe on behalf of the Bayelsa State Governor thanked the Tompolo Foundation for the donation of items to especially for coming to the aid of the victims affected by the flood in his domain. He said the Bayelsa State Governor had spent about one billion naira to careter for the needs of the flood victims in the State.

Igbadiwe said the recent flood situation in the area is compared to that of Pakistan stressing that, it is unprecedented.

The Burutu Council Chairman, Hon. Godknows Angele in a chat with newsmen also thanked High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo and the Tompolo Foundation for the donation of the relief items to the flood victims in his area. He said,”This is what we expected some leaders to emulate.”
He noted that the people in the area had suffered serious as a result of the flood which ravaged their communities saying,”Today, Tompolo has come to the aid of the people.”

The Commissioner representing the Urhobo Ethnic Nationality in DESOPADEC Board, Chief Vincent Oyibode in a chat with newsmen also commended the Tompolo Foundation for gesture saying,”He is a good man.”

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