NDDC seeks Olu of Warri’s support on broad partnership to Link Escravos by road
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has announced its intention to forge a partnership with the relevant stakeholders to maximize the economic potential of Escravos by making the area easily accessible by road.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Atuwatse III, in his palace, the NDDC’s Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said that the NDDC was specifically targeting Escravos as a key area for economic development.
“The NDDC has identified Escravos as an area of special economic priority and is taking steps to make it more accessible by rallying the support of well-meaning stakeholders for a broad partnership that will expedite the construction and completion of the Warri/Omadino – Escravos Road constructing a road network within the community.”
He added that the NDDC was actively seeking the assistance of Chevron Nigeria Limited, private companies and other relevant authorities towards the successful completion of the project.
He said: “One major project that is dear to NDDC, which can make Warri Kingdom come back to life is a road connecting Warri to Escravos. Escravos is the hub of oil and gas in Delta State and connecting Warri to Escravos will make economic activities boom in Warri kingdom.
“Through our PPP, we are willing to partner with Chevron Nigeria Limited and Delta State Government in achieving this feat which is capable of making commercial activities in Warri to boom,” said Dr. Ogbuku.
The NDDC Managing Director, who was accompanied by the Executive Director, Projects, Mr Charles Ogunmola and some Directors of the Commission, told the monarch, “We are here to assure you that the NDDC is willing to complete the two major projects (Warri/Omadino – Escravos Road and Koko – Oghoye Road) that will make economic activities boom in Warri Kingdom. We are begging for your support to help us reach Chevron Nigeria Limited and other stakeholders. Please bring all of us together to see how we can partner for Warri Kingdom to regain its lost glory.”
The move is part of the NDDC’s larger plan to generate economic opportunities in the Niger Delta region by improving access to resources and boosting investment opportunities. It is expected that the successful completion of such projects will spur growth, create jobs and improve living standards for the people living in Escravos and the rest of the Niger Delta.
Responding, the Olu of Warri said: “The Chinese have a saying, ‘If you want to end poverty, build a road’, and this has been proven true in many developed countries because roads have a natural way of attracting development.
“Today, what you have described is a road that will connect a township to a place you described as ‘the hub of oil and gas activities (Escravos).”
“I assure you that anything that concerns development in the Niger Delta region, I am your number one advocate and a huge support of NDDC. We will do all that we can to ensure that these projects (the Omadino-Escravos Road Phase I and the Koko – Oghoye Road) that you are proposing receive the necessary support from Delta State Government and all the international oil companies that operate in this kingdom
Gov. Sule of Nasarawa State wins second term bid
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have declared
The incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) winner of last Saturday’ governorship election in the state.
Governor Sule, who was declared winner on Monday morning, defeated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, David Umbugadu, by a margin of 64,193 to emerge winner.
While declaring the result, the INEC Collation Officer, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, said Sule scored 347,209 votes to defeat his closest rival David Umbugadu of People’s Democratic party (PDP), who polled a total of 283,016 votes.
Candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Abdullahi Maidoya came third with 11,726 votes, while that of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) Mohammed Alfa Nyas got 9003 votes.
According to INEC, Sule won seven out of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state.
The state Collation Officer, said the total number of registered voters were 1,899,244, while the number of accredited voters were 668,978
Abia APGA rejects Governorship Poll results as Labour Party leads
The results of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state has been rejected by the All Progressives Grand Alliance. The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced results in 10 LGAs. In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.” It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process. The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.” Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano. So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.
BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Mutfwang winner of Plateau Gov Election
The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Caleb Mutfwang, has been declared as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The result declared by the INEC Presiding Officer, Musa Yusuf, after counting the votes scored by parties that participated in the election shows that Mutfwang had the highest votes beating the All Progressives Candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda.Recall that the PDP governorship candidate was reported to be taking an early lead as of 11 am when INEC resumed collations of results from the 17 local government areas of the state.Details later…
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