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2019 elections: Uduaghan is my boss, I can’t insult him – Fmr Delta SSG, Macaulay

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Immediate past Secretary to Delta State Government, Comrade (Chief) Ovuozourie Macaulay says he didn’t insult his former boss, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as was portrayed by Executive Assistant on Communications to Delta State Governor,  Dr. (Barr.) Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe in an article posted on Facebook.

Macaulay who reacted to the article in a statement on Tuesday signed by his Media Assistant, Mr. Iteveh Ekpokpobe, said that the fact that him and his former boss are now in different political party would not warrant a disrespectful assertions as was credited to him by the said Latimore.

The former SSG who described Uduaghan as his “boss” and “elder brother”, however noted that his decision not to follow the former governor to All Progressives Congress, APC but to remain in PDP was based on “principle” and not because of any frosty relationship.

We gathered that the Governor’s aide known for his media propaganda had made the distorted post reportedly from an earlier news report credited to the SSG where he was quoted to have said; “Isoko Nation is not known for talks. We are known for delivering the figures. Isoko is a PDP nation. We have never failed. We will do it again.”

The statement entitled: “I am Not A Fan Of Armchair Journalism – Macaulay” made available reads:

“The attention of former Secretary to Delta State Government, Comrade (Chief) Ovuozourie Macaulay has been drawn to a post credited to Executive Assistant on Communications to Delta State Governor,  Dr. (Barrister) Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, which is currently making the round.

The post titled, “Delta Decides 2019. Nothing For APC In Isoko Nation; Gov Okowa, Senator James Manager Our Mandate – Former SSG Ovuzorie Macaulay” (sic) ordinarily wouldn’t incite a response due to its Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) orientation. However, there were issues raised which must be addressed for the sake of posterity.

In the first instance, Macaulay never discussed any issue with the writer. He was at the verge of exiting the PDP Campaign Secretariat in Asaba when Latimore ran into him. Been acquaintances for decades, Latimore sought his permission to take a photo shot with him which he obliged. It ended there. There was never any discussion except exchange of pleasantries. Hence, Macaulay is most perplexed about claims contained in that article, to say the least.

Being a veteran journalist, Macaulay is not a fan of armchair journalism. He does not hope to change that stand either in future. He will never be a fan of armchair journalism, which is obviously on crass display with that article.

Latimore claimed that Macaulay “berated the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for abandoning a party (PDP), that baby-nursed him from semi-poverty as a medical doctor with a low-key lifestyle to a prosperous individual of enormous proportion…” A claim taken too far.

Macaulay is known for many virtues including respecting his elders. He would not insult his elders. He would not insult his boss. That they are now on different sides of a political divide will not be a yardstick for such attitude.

He took his stand to remain in the PDP as a matter of principle. Macaulay has instituted structures for the party ahead of the elections. He is a member of the National and State campaign councils of the party. He has campaigned vigorously for the party. He is still campaigning. But he holds it dear that his campaigns are issues based. Insulting his former boss, who by age, is his elder brother, will not be part of his campaign and winning strategy.

The former SSG believes in issues based campaign and will continue to go by that dictate. As a matter of reiteration, he posits that latimore’s claims never emanated from him. Never!”

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DESOPADEC Board Chairman, Michael Diden in trouble as group institutes suit to nullify his appointment

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The Registered Trustees of Centre
for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) have instituted a lawsuit to nullify the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden (aka Ejele) as Chairman of the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,  DESOPADEC.

This newspaper understands that the group, CHURAC and its registered trustees who are the claimants sought the nullification of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s appointment of Ejele as Chairman of the oil commission.

The suit which was filed against Governor of Delta State and 3 other persons has Suit No. W/154/2019.

Among other reliefs, the human rights body is seeking a declaration nullifying the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden as Chairman of the Board of DESOPADEC.

The matter is slated for hearing at the High Court of Delta State sitting in Warri on the 19th of August, 2019.

Details later…

Source: BIGPEN

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Gbenga Daniel honoured, coaches youth on leadership, self independence

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The celebrated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has continued to be an inspiration to the younger generation through his intentional dedication of his time and resources with a true belief that they are indeed tomorrow’s future.

A typical example of this came to the fore when OGD, as popularly called, took a break and graced an event organised by the vibrant youths of University of Lagos to sensitise and empower their peers about leadership and entrepreneurship.

The event, third annual Young Leaders Entrepreneurship conference (YOLEC) for young leaders by producers of Sparklight Entrepreneurship Show, took place on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos as expected, with this year’s edition themed ‘An entrepreneurial mindset: A Solution to the high Unemployment Rate in Nigeria’.

The keynote address was delivered by Engr. Obed Ikem, a project manager with Exxon-mobil, while the CEO of Cars 45 also shared the experiment and risks his company took before becoming a foremost leader in the business community.

Dr.Sunday Adebisi, Associate Professor in the department of Business Administration and Acting Director Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Center University of Lagos who told the audience that the Senate of the University is serious about producing good products but with solid entrepreneur mindset.

The Chairman of the event, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, while appreciating the organisers’ efforts in putting the event together, mentored the youth on the importance of leadership training and how youth could be financially independent becoming entrepreneurs.

“Above all, if you look at the lives of successful entrepreneurs in the world, there is one thing that’s common to them all,” Daniel said.

“It’s perseverance. None of them gave up at any point in time.”

He, therefore, advised them to be tenacious in pursuing their dreams.

In appreciation, the students jointly presented the former governor with an award for his support and being a source of inspiration them.

The convener, Tosin Adesile, also thanked Otunba Gbenga Daniel for always being available to impact the next generation.

Participants which include students, corps members and unemployed graduates enjoyed several opportunities such as CV review, mentoring session and learnt digital skills and technologies like data science and analytics, cyber-security, cloud computing, block chain and more.

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Imo govt takes over Okorocha’s varsity, scraps new institutions

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The Imo State Government has taken over the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko and converted it to a campus of the Imo State University, Owerri.

The 8th Imo Assembly had passed a law allotting 90 per cent equity shares to trustees of Rochas Foundation and 10 per cent to Imo state government.

Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the newly-established Tertiary Institutions in Imo State, Prof. Jude Njoku, said at a press briefing in Owerri on Wednesday that the committee established a prima facie that the institution was established with state funds.

The committee also recommended that both the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Aboh/Okpala and the University of Science and Technology, Umuna should remain campuses of Imo State University while Aboh/Okpala will be the campus for agriculture and veterinary medicine, and Umuna will be for engineering as earlier conceived.

He added that a judicial commission of inquiry would be set up to determine the sources of funding and ownership structure of the university.

He said that from the findings of the committee at the National Universities Commission (NUC), it was established that approval was given to EPU as the second University in Imo, 47th State University and 143 Nigerian university.

In addition, Njoku said that it was discovered that the land was purchased and paid for by the state government.

The committee also scrapped all polytechnics established by established towards the end of the Rochas Okorocha administration.

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