N’Delta Youths Issue NDDC 7-day Ultimatum To Pay For Water Hyacinth Job

Youths of Niger Delta, on Thursday, gave the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, a seven-day ultimatum to commence payment to youths and other beneficiaries cutting across oil producing communities in the region, who executed water hyacinth contracts, an empowerment scheme of the interventionist agency, to avoid needless commotion in the region.

The youths, speaking under the auspices of the 21st Century Youths of the Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience, urged the Professor Nelson Branbayefa- led NDDC Board “to do the needful and immediately commence the payment for the water hyacinth jobs before it leads to another unnecessary youth restiveness, loss of lives and properties in the Niger Delta region.”

Leader of the group, self-styled “General” Izon Ebi, in a statement, asserted, “ The water hyacinth job is the only little muscle thrown to the youths of the Niger Delta as a yearly empowerment scheme, which is their right and entitlement in order not to be lured or hoodwinked into crime and criminality.”

The youths alleged, “Almost all directors and top politicians who have slots in the water hyacinth job “have paid themselves and keep dribbling the youths,” adding, “previously, they issued award letters and your place of cleaning, but this board just collected our account and company details.”

“We want to use this medium to warn that failure to commence the immediate payment of the water hyacinth within seven days will give us no choice but to mobilize all beneficiaries of the water hyacinth job and youths to shut down the NDDC until the plight of the youths and beneficiaries is addressed.”

“Professor Nelson Branbayefa should be reminded that the NDDC was created by the sacrifice and blood of fearless and brave Ijaw youths of the Niger Delta and as such, the commission NDDC is not the fiefdom of his family members and APC party members, but for the entire Niger Delta people.

“We urge him to focus and adhere strictly to the core mandate of the commission and always carry the youths along to maintain the desired peace needed in the Niger Delta, which will lead to creation of jobs and empowerment of youths to become entrepreneurs and focus on the development of the Niger Delta as an interventionist agency,” he said.

According to the group, “It is so shameful that even the little muscle called water hyacinth is being hijacked to further frustrate and impoverish the teeming youths of the Niger Delta region that is blessed,  but impoverished by their own leaders.”

“Our warning and call to do what is right and just may sound like the normal empty threat. Those that want to test the resolve and our collective determination in our struggle for fairness and equity should pay deaf ears and test our will,” they added.

Niger State Gov’t Adopts Fresh Measures for Effective Service Delivery

Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has said that the state would partner its law Makers at the National Assembly with the aim of fulfilling the yearnings and aspirations of the people especially in providing them with basic social amenities, NTA News reports.

Governor Sani Bello stated this when he received the Niger Caucus of the Ninth Assembly in his office in Minna, the state capital.

Describing the support of the National Assembly members as crucial in actualizing the goals of the state, Governor Sani Bello called on its Law Makers to support his administration as the task of governance is a collective exercise .

”With the various challenges facing the state , there is the need for collaboration between our members in the National Assembly because we can not do it alone.”

“With the limitations in our resources, we are constrained in being able to do just a little but with your support,we can actualize our goals.”

The Governor who noted that there was communication gap and lack of coordination between the state and the Eighth Assembly expressed optimism that his administration will Improve on the already existing cordial relationship between his Cabinet and its members at the National Assembly.

“We have learnt from our shortcomings in the past and we have opted for the best and open relationship between us and the National Assembly.”

The Deputy Chief Whip, and Senator Representing Niger North Senatorial District, Sen. Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi who led the caucus to the Gvernment house expressed their preparedness to work closely with the state government especially in the areas of infrastructural development ,Education and Health so as to help in reducing the deficit of the benefits of the state and to enable the people of the state feel the impact of the government.

The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate who noted that Niger state with the largest land mass has about 2,165 Km Federal Government road and less than 200 were motorable said Niger state links other states to the southern parts of the country and should enjoy federal government intervention in the areas of infrastructural development.

“As a caucus we want to put our heads together and have a careful and inclusive agreement on how best to tackle the road challenges in Niger state”.

”We are bringing our commitment back home. We have no option than to be committed to putting heads together so that we can support the state government in various areas.” He added.

OPEC Congratulates Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mr. Mohammad Barkindo, has congratulated  Mr TimipreSylva on his appointment as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

Barkindo disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He described the newly appointed minister as a veteran of the oil industry in Nigeria, where he served as adviser to former Petroleum Minister, His Royal Highness, Dr. Edmond Dakouru.

“He will bring his rich experience to bear on his new and heavy responsibilities.

“OPEC looks forward to working with him to advance the implementation of the historic Declaration of Cooperation and Charter of Cooperation,” he said.

It will be recalled that Slyva contributed profoundly to the institution of the Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Silva from Bayelsa State was born July 7, 1964.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Port Harcourt in 1986.

He began his working career with National Minority Business Council as Executive Secretary before his foray into politics and subsequent election into Rivers State House of Assembly in 1991.

He was elected Governor of Bayelsa in 2007.

Before his nomination as Minister he was Chairman, Governing Board of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Bayelsa Gov’ship: PDP Clears 21 Aspirants for Primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party has cleared 21 aspirants from Bayelsa state for the party’s governorship primaries scheduled for September 5, 2019 for the selection of its candidates in the November 16 gubernatorial elections in the state.

Speaking with news men in Abuja on Wednesday evening, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said 21 aspirants from Bayelsa State were cleared.

According to him, those cleared in Bayelsa State are Kaniebi Okoko, Great Maciver, Franklin Osaisai, Ndutime Alaibe, Benson Agadaga, Frederick Agbedi, Reuben Okoya, Diri Douye, Talford Ongolo, Kemlea Okara, Gboribiogha Jonah, Benson Konbowei, Godknows Igali, Johnson Kiyaramo, Paulker Emmanuel, Yariela Oliver, Anthony George-Ikoli, Robinson Etolor, Nimibofa Ayawei, David Alagoa and Igiri Ziperedein.

They were screened at the PDP National Secretariat Wadata, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja by the screening committee headed by the Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde.

Addressing the aspirants, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus said that the party had no preference as to the aspirants, who emerge the governorship candidates in Kogi amd Bayelsa states, adding that the party would ensure transparent governorship primary elections in the states.

According to him, ” the election of the ad hoc delegates will resume from Thursday. The elections will be transparently done to the satisfaction of all. The party and indeed the National Working Committee has no preferred candidates. We can’t do that to the the detriment of the party.

“Our only duty is to ensure that only the best candidates emerge. We will follow the rules to the letter because we want the best. Anyone that tells you that the party has a preferred candidate is deceiving you. The era of impunity in the party is gone.

“As the National Chairman, I will not preside where anyone will claim that he or she is the preferred candidate of the party.”

N537.3m Debt: AMCON to Take over Donald Duke’s Ikoyi Property

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the United Bank for Africa to take over an Ikoyi, Lagos, property of a former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, over an alleged debt of N537,334,360.77, THISDAY reports.

The court made the takeover order in a ruling by Justice Chuka Obiozor.

The order was pursuant to an ex parte application, marked, FHC/L/CS/1373/2019, taken before the judge by AMCON and UBA. Listed as first to third defendants were Stonehedge Investment Limited, Mr Donald Duke and Mrs. Owanari Bob-Manuel Duke, respectively.

The applicants had prayed the court for, “an order of interim attachment, possession and custody of the property being No. 3, Temple Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.”

They told the court that the property was mortgaged by Duke “as collateral in securing the 1st respondent’s indebtedness to the applicants.”

They urged the court to grant them possession of the property “pending the institution and disposal of proceedings for recovery of debt against the respondent, pursuant to Section 49 of the AMCON Act 2010 (as amended).”

They also prayed the court for an interim Mareva injunction to take possession of funds in the accounts of Duke and others in any bank “pending the institutional and disposal of proceedings for the recovery of a debt of N537,334,360.77 made up of the principal debt and interest against the respondents pursuant to Section 50 of AMCON Act 2010.”

The judge granted the prayers, in addition to an order restraining the respondents from “transacting, transferring, changing or howsoever dealing in any manner or interfering with the applicants’ possession” of the Ikoyi property.

The judge ordered AMCON and UBA to ensure service of substantive originating processes on the respondents within 20 days of the making of the order.

He adjourned the case till September 2, 2019.

Buhari Approves Key Appointments For Osinbajo’s Office

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Ade Ipaye as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President.

The President also re-appointed Mr Laolu Akande as Senior Special Assistant, Media, and Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

The President has also approved the re-appointment of Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters; Maryam Uwais who retains her position as Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme as well as Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters.

Also re-appointed is Jumoke Oduwole, who will now serve as the Special Adviser to the President on Ease Of Doing Business.

Equally, President Buhari has also appointed Ahmad Rufai Zakari as Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, as Senior Special Assistant on Education Interventions, Louis Odion as Senior Technical Assistant on Print Media, and Ajuri Ngelale as Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs in the Presidency.

All appointees are to serve in the Office of the Vice President.

Except for Messrs Zakari, Bank-Olemoh, Odion and Ngelale, all the other appointments take retrospective effect from May 29, 2019.

Buhari’s Cabinet: List Of Ministers And Portfolios


Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah

Minister of State Mines and Steel Development


Muhammadu Musa Bello

Minister of Federal Capital Territory

Akwa Ibom

Sen. Godswill Akpabio

Minister of Niger Delta


Dr. Chris N. Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment


Sharon O. Ikeazor

Minister of State Environment


Adamu Adamu

Minister of Education


Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum

Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment


Timipre Sylva

Minister of State Petroleum Resource

Sen. George Akume

Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs


Mustapha Baba Shehuri

Minister of State Agriculture and Rural Development

Cross River

Goddy Jedy – Agba

Minister of State Power


Festus Keyamo, SAN

Minister of State Niger Delta


Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology


Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Minister of Health


Clement IKanade Agba

Minister of State Budget and National Planning


Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment


Geoffrey Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications


Emeka Nwajiuba

Minister of State Education


Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu

Minister of Water Resources


Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning


Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud

Minister of Environment


Sabo Nanono

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development


Maj. Gen. (RTD) Bashir Salihi Magashi

Minister of Defence


Mr. President

Minister of Petroleum Resources


Sen. Hadi Sirika

Minister of Aviation


Abubakar Malami

Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice


Ramatu Tijjani

Minister of State Federal Capital Territory


Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture


Gbemisola Saraki

Minister of State Transportation


Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)

Minister of Works and Housing


Sen. Adeleke O. Mamora

Minister of State Health


Mohammed H. Abdullahi

Minister of State Science and Technology


Amb. Zubairu Dada

Minister of State Foreign Affairs


Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite

Minister of Mines and Steel Development


Sen. Tayo D. Alasoadura

Minister of State Labour and Employment

Rauf Aregbesola

Minister of Interior

Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports

Pauline Tallen

Minister of Women Affairs

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation

Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi

Minister of Police Affairs

Eng. Saleh Mamman

Minister of Power


Abubakar D. Aliyu

Minister of State Works and Housing


Sa’adiya Umar Farouk

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Warri Port Channel: NNPC Sets Up Committee

Group Managing Director, Mele Kyar

Following complaints about the absence of channel management outfit for maintenance dredging of Warri port and the shallow channel of the port caused by the pipelines belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Corporation’s management has constituted a committee to find lasting solutions to the problem, Vanguard News reports.

This is even as the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has commenced the process of establishing a management outfit for the maintenance dredging of Warri port in line with the standards at the Lagos and Bonny ports.

Recall that the contract awarded by NPA last year for the dredging of the port-channel in Warri was hindered by pipelines of the NNPC which made it impossible to for the dredgers to dredge the channel beyond the depth of seven metres.

Confirming this development to Vanguard Maritime Report, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Adams Jato, revealed that NPA has commenced the procurement procedure for the establishment of the channel management outfit for Warri port.

He noted that the channel management outfits for Lagos and Bonny was met on the ground by the present management and stressed that the management is doing everything within its powers to increase utilisation of the Eastern ports.

According to him, “You know we met the channel management outfit for Lagos and Bonny on the ground. What we are doing now is that we just commenced the procurement process. You know the issue of this NNPC pipeline is also a problem; we are looking at the issue of how we are going to deal with the pipeline. Because of that, we cannot carry out a proper dredging of the channel.

“They have constituted a committee to see how they can get around it. The committee is set up by NNPC as a concerned stakeholder to look at the issue of the pipeline.”

Bayelsa Gov’ship: I Won’t Support Any Candidate Outside Restoration Team, Says Dickson

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has insisted that he will not support any candidate outside his Restoration Team on the platform of the PDP for the November 16, governorship election in the state. The PDP governorship primary in the state has been fixed for September 3, Daily Trust reports.

There were 21 PDP gubernatorial aspirants in Bayelsa but only eight of them belonging to the Restoration Team purchased the form and now undergoing screening ahead of the primary.

Gov. Dickson said the leadership of the restoration caucus would decide on who among the aspirants to support during the PDP primary.

In a statement, Special Adviser on Media Relations to the Governor, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Gov. Dickson saying this while inaugurating the restoration governorship primary election committee at the Government House in Yenagoa.

Mr. Soriwei said it would amount to “heavy moral burden” to support any aspirant of the PDP outside the restoration group. Gov. Dickson stressed that his upbringing and values which placed emphasis on reward for sacrifice, loyalty and steadfastness would not allow him to turn his back on those who stood by him as leader of the party in the state.

He also hinged his decision to support a restoration aspirant on the imperative of continuity, effective service delivery and commitment of the restoration caucus to the socio-economic growth of the state.

The governor dismissed those accusing him of refusing to support a certain aspirant, insisting that it was his right to decide who to support during the PDP gubernatorial primary.

Gov. Dickson further said there was no law in the PDP constitution that prevented elected local government officials from becoming delegates in a primary.

He said, “There are people who fought to stop our chairmen and councillors from participating in the last election and they failed. The propaganda out there is that our elected chairmen and councillors are not going to participate as delegates in the election.

“Let me make it clear that no one by the rule of this party will prevent elected council officials from voting as delegates. No one will stop them from entering the venue to vote for a candidate of their choice.”