Obaseki approves 2020 public service promotions

As part of efforts to motivate state government workers, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has approved 2020 promotions for public servants in the state. In a statement titled, ‘New Year Message to Civil/ Public Servants in Edo State’, the State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, Esq, said the state government is working hard on actualizing its dream of making the public service of Edo State the best. Okungbowa said the Transformation and Enhancement Project initiated by Governor Obaseki for the State Public Service is firmly on course, adding, “Government has continued to…

Ijaw youths shutdown NDDC new headquarters over alleged double speaking by Interim Administrator

A large number of Niger Delta youth leaders in conjunction with youths from Ibikalama Community, host to new head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Rivers State, shutdown the operations of the Commission on Monday over what they described as double speaking by the Interim Administrator of the Commission, Mr. Effiong Akwa in a purported appointment of former President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Engr. Udengs Eradiri as his Special Assistant on Youth in NDDC.  The youths who came out in their hundreds particularly from communities under…

Tunde Ayeni, can a man be robbed of what does not belong to him?

By Adeyemi SuleimanAs one who has followed with keen interest the business activities of Capt Hosa Okunbo, his business associates in the last few years, both past and present, and Iike many well meaning Nigerians who know how well he (Hosa) has successfully built his business empire with a hard earned reputation, I feel obliged to respond to a recent publication being circulated both on print and online news mediums bothering on a petition by a former chairman of the defunct Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank), Mr Tunde Ayeni, against…

All hands must be on deck to halt human trafficking, says JIFORM

In its message to mark the world day of awareness against human trafficking 2021, Journalists International Forum for Migration(JIFORM) has charged that “every hand must be on the deck in Africa and other continents to halt the heineous crime against humanity.” Said Ajibola Abayomi, President of JIFORM, “everyJanuary 11, being a date set aside  for awareness against human trafficking gathers momentum from the US since 2000 to the other parts of world, to this end, every hand must be on the deck in Africa and other continents to halt the…

Edo launches vigilante network, charges members on tackling insecurity

Edo State Government has launched a vigilante network to strengthen the state’s security architecture to deal with rising insecurity. The vigilante network, an initiative of Governor Godwin Obaseki, is a community-led effort to galvanise local communities to partner with government security agencies to provide security and protect lives and property in the state. A lead expert on the vigilante scheme, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, said the new security arrangement is intended to co-opt key actors in local communities to secure their spaces, gather intelligence, build trust and ensure adequate security across the…

Group congratulates Godwin Obaseki on his ‘very deserved victory’

Fatai Efehi Mustapha, Diaspora Coordinator and Comrade Roy Oribhabor, Convener, Concerned Edo Citizens Forum ( CECF), have congratulated Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki for ‘his well deserved victory’ in the court recently. In a statement signed by the duo and made available to Popular News they said: “We, the Concerned Edo Citizens Forum(CECF), hereby with great joy in our hearts felicitate with Mr. Godwin Obaseki on his victory at the court. “The judiciary has once again demonstrated that of a truth, they are the hope of the commoners. If everything…

Edo Ijaw traditional ruler and his supporters get death threat from Kith and kins

His Royal Highness, Henry Binidodogha, the Ojuaga 1 of Egbema Clan in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State and those sympathetic to him have allegedly been given a 7days ultimatum to step down from his stool or have themselves to blame. This threat message is said to be coming from some youths who claim to be members of the Ijaw Youths Council(IYC) acting out the script of some prominent Ijaw chiefs and elders from Delta State (names withheld). An eye witness told Popular News that on the…

BRACED UNION felicitates with Gov. Obaseki

The BRACED UNION(BU) has extended its felicitations to the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on his victory at the High Court over a litigation against the authenticity of his first degree certificate. In a statement the National President of BRACED UNION, High Chief Monday Wehere JP, congratulated the governor and the people of the state as he wished for better governance to the upliftment of the Edo people. in his words, “While we join with Governor Obaseki to thank God for this victory, it is our desire that the…

Osinbajo welcomes Microsoft’s offer to support Nigeria’s economic sustainability plan

Just as global technology giants including Google Inc., HUAWEI, and top social networking company, Facebook, another international tech heavyweight, Microsoft Corporation, has disclosed plans to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of the Nigerian people, especially young people. Specifically, Microsoft is now offering support for the Digital Transformation pillar of the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Plan. This will be a continuation of the technology company’s investment in Nigeria after the establishment of an African Technology Development Centre in 2020, all in affirmation of the efforts of the Buhari…

COVID-19 second wave: Edo govt, CSOs, traders parley on measures to check spread

Edo State Government has urged representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), leaders of traders’ unions and other relevant stakeholders in the healthcare sector to complement the government’s efforts in sensitizing members of the public to adhere to precautionary protocols to check the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Addressing participants at the sensitization workshop, Executive Secretary, Edo State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr. Erhabor Julie, said the meeting will serve to assist the government in developing an effective strategy in checking the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 and reduce the rate…