by By Maobuye Nanagi Obu
Haa Izon! Izon Keme mi.
For those who may not know, the word “Izon” means “TRUTH”. Therefore, I shall be on the path of truth hereon. I know I will be attacked for this, but, before you start batting an eyelid and before you start displaying your verbal cholera, just look around your environment (in any part of IJAW Land) and tell me one tangible investment you can find? Without much ado, to say the IJAW NATION is sinking daily is even an understatement, we are almost going into extinction. Today I write concerning the welfare, vision, mission and way forward of the IJAW Youth Council (the IYC) since it’s inception.
Having perused through the “Mina-Ama Declaration” and others including the “Kaiama Declaration” of December 11 1998 at Kaiama, I find it nebulous to believe if the activities of the IYC today is still in tandem with the succinctly put “Kaiama Declaration’ of 1998? Truth is, one cannot forget in a hurry, the sincere inputs of the illustrious Sons and Daughters of the IJAW NATION who thought it wise then to set up the IYC. Read More →
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said the Niger Delta region will suffer for the actions and inactions of the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan, who lost the March 28 presidential election to President Mohammadu Buhari hails from Bayelsa, a state in the Niger Delta.
Obasanjo spoke while responding to questions shortly after delivering a convocation lecture at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City.
The ex-president said he couldn’t have helped Jonathan to do his job as Nigeria President after helping him to secure the position.
He said, “I became the Head of State because of my performance in the war front. If General Gowon had not sent me to the war front, he would not know whether I could perform or not. He sent me to the war front and because I performed, we both shared the credit. But if I had failed, he would not have shared the condemnation with me. I would have taken that alone. Read More →
Posted by: Mike Odiegwu
The military authorities are currently studying the series of threats to peace and other security breaches emanating lately from the Niger Delta region.
The Defence Headquarters believes that the threats from some youth groups including ex-militants enjoying the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand.
Of particular concern to the military are increasing economic sabotage, kidnapping, piracy and other forms of criminality in the region despite the ongoing amnesty. Read More →
Posted by: David Lawal
Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe is a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Ijaw decent in Delta State.
Born on June 6, 1959, Orubebe was appointed Nigerian Minister of Niger Delta Affairs in 2010 when President Goodluck Jonathan (then Acting President) announced his new cabinet.
He is a graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), obtaining a B.Sc in Political Science in 1985, but later obtained a Masters Degree in International Relations from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, in 2005.
Orubebe became a Supervisory Councilor, and later Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area. In July 2007 under the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, he was appointed a Minister of Special Duties. Read More →
By Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI – FORMER Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Dokubo Asari has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure in office as a period of restrain on the people of the Niger Delta region.
Asari while speaking during the 2015 annual Major Issac Adaka Boro day organised by the Niger Delta People Salvation Front, NDPSF, at Ughelli, Delta State over the weekend, stated that Jonathan’s Presidency has been a mitigation and a restraining order on the advancement of the self determination struggle of the Niger Delta People. Read More →
Written by Isiaka Wakili
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday ratified President Goodluck Jonathan’s anticipatory approvals for four new projects in the Niger Delta region at the sum of N30.983 billion.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Steve Oru, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the council meeting which was presided over by Jonathan.
This was barely two weeks to the end of the incumbent administration.
The projects were the construction of the Zarama-Okodia Iseme Road in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State awarded to Messrs Eneko Nigeria Limited in the sum of N5. 923 billion with a completion period of 18 months and the Agadagba-Akotoko-Iyasa-Ovia Road and Bridge in Irele Local Government of Ondo State in favour of CGC Nigeria Limited in the sum of N15.628 billion. Read More →
Mrs Eunice Jonathan, the mother of President Goodluck Jonathn, has commended the Joint Task Force (JTF) donating a borehole to Akipelai community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The borehole, which is sited at the premises of the Community Secondary School, Akipelai, was commissioned by President Jonathan’s mother, a native of the community.
She thanked the JTF Commander for his efforts towards eradicating illegalities in the Niger Delta region.
The president’s mother also commended him for the professional approach in carrying out the mandate of the task force and urged the people of the community to give him the necessary to fight against oil theft. Read More →