Prudent fiscal planning key to project delivery in Delta, says Okowa

Prudent fiscal planning key to project delivery in Delta, says Okowa

Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (middle); Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye (left) and the Site Engineer, He Shuhong, during the Governor’s inspection of the on-going construction on the Ughelli/Asaba (Sector C) road Dualisation Project. PHOTO: JIBUNOR SAMUEL. Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that in spite of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economies, his administration had continued with projects delivery in the state due to prudent fiscal planning and discipline. Okowa…

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SERAP urges court to compel Buhari to publish govt loan details since 2015

SERAP urges court to compel Buhari to publish govt loan details since 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to order President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the details of loans that have been obtained by his administration since May 29, 2015.The Deputy Director of SERAP, Mr. Kolawole Oluwadare, said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that SERAP also sought the details of the interest rate on such loans, the total amount of debts that have…

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PERSPECTIVE – Humour among thieves

PERSPECTIVE – Humour among thieves

mr. Bashir Abubakar. Mr. Felis Oboagwina. By Felix Oboagwina Assistant Comptroller General of Customs (ACG) Bashir Abubakar has learnt in the hardest way that two rights can turn into a wrong. Just in 2018, the world toasted him for rejecting a bribe of $412,000 (circa N171 million) from unscrupulous Tramadol drug smugglers, but this year he got disgraced out of the service after leading a raid on the warehouse of a suspected imported rice smuggler…

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PERSPECTIVE – Isolating Nigerian workers with hunger

PERSPECTIVE – Isolating Nigerian workers with hunger

President Muhammadu Buhari. Comrade Owei Lakemfa. By Owei Lakemfa. TWO meteors hit humanity early this year. The coronavirus variant called COVID-19 which has so far claimed some 640,000 lives. The virus forced humanity into physical and social distancing; lockdowns and pin downs in what would otherwise have been an unreasonable wrestling match between billions of humans and a microscopic organism. The second is the catastrophic effects on the world and its economy which has been…

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COVID-19: Delta adopts interim fiscal measures to sustain public spending

COVID-19: Delta adopts interim fiscal measures to sustain public spending

From Right: Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Barr. Chiedu Ebie, the State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, and the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu during a press briefing on the review of workers’ salaries in the State.PHOTO: BRIPIN ENARUSAI As part of measure to overcome the debilitating effect of COVID-19 on the national economy, the Delta State government has adopted interim fiscal measures to sustain public spending. To this end, there would…

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Proposed salary cut: Delta’s Finance Commissioner urges Civil Servants to make sacrifice

Proposed salary cut: Delta’s Finance Commissioner urges Civil Servants to make sacrifice

Sir Fidelis Tilije, Delta’s Finance commissioner. The Delta State Commissioner of Finance, Sir Okenmor Fidelis Tilije has appealed to Civil Servants in the state to assist government in the development of the state by making sacrifices for the greater good of the people of the state, adding that the proposed salary cut of senior political appointees and civil servants was for the economic good of the State. Sir Tilije who disclosed this in Asaba said,…

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PERSPECTIVE – The fruitlessness of an Okonjo-Iweala leadership of WTO

PERSPECTIVE – The fruitlessness of an Okonjo-Iweala leadership of  WTO

Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Comrade Owei Lakenfa. By Owei Lakemfa. I first met Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the Obasanjo administration at a conference organised by the newly emergent Due Process Office headed by Mrs. Obiageli (Oby) Katryn Ezekwesili. Okonjo-Iweala was Minister of Finance, so I asked her how much oil Nigeria was producing daily. Conference Chairman, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Now Governor of Kaduna State) fumed: “Mr. Lakemfa, let me tell you, there are three persons…

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WTO Director General: House of Reps endorse Okonjo-Iweala for position in a motion moved by Elumelu

WTO Director General: House of Reps endorse Okonjo-Iweala for position in a motion moved by Elumelu

Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The House of Representatives has unanimously endorsed the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organization, WTO. This was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent importance moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu at plenary on Tuesday 13th July, 2020. In adopting the motion, the House commended ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Governments for…

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NEC, PTF to have further discussions on reopening of economy, schools

NEC, PTF to have further discussions on reopening of economy, schools

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. By Chijioke Okoronkwo The National Economic Council (NEC) says it will hold further discussions with the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) on reopening of the economy and schools. Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta made this known while briefing State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Okowa said the council took the report on the…

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Delta govt. to establish modular refinery

Delta govt. to establish modular refinery

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. Determined to create more jobs for citizens, Delta State Executive Council (EXCO) today, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 approved the setting up of a modular refinery and commencement of work at an agro-industrial park in the state. The government also appointed a committee to assess the state of Africa Timber and Plywood (AT&P), Sapele, and determine how the land it is occupying could be effectively utilised for other ventures. The decisions, which were…

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