Category Archives: Ika South Local Government Area of Delta


Cairo Ojougboh and his followers should retrace their steps, support Omo Agege’s efforts in building Delta APC

In this online interview he granted Ika Mirror from Canada during the week, the Agbor born legal luminary cum politician Barr. Festus Ofume, a leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ika Federal Constituency has commended the leadership prowess of the Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Ovie Omo Agege and the efforts he is making towards achieving victory for the APC in Delta State come 2023. Ofume has a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of Benin and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the prestigious Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, Canada is also an astute business analyst with many years of experience acquired from both North America and Nigeria. He was one time the Delta State chairman of Young Democratic Party (YDP).

Excerpts: Please may meet you sir?Thank you for the opportunity to grant this interview. I’m Mr. Festus Ofume, a practicing lawyer based in Abuja with offices in Lagos and Abuja. I’m a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC. I’m from Ward 6, in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State. Politically and before joining the APC I was the Delta State chairman of Young Democratic Party (YDP) and her governorship candidate in the 2019 governorship election.

As a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress in Ika South, how is the party doing in your local government at the moment? Generally, in Nigeria the APC is doing very well as a party and Ika South is not an exception. APC is waxing stronger by the day. Recently, you can see the massive defection of members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the APC. The defection is happening everywhere including Ika South. APC is taking over everywhere in Nigeria. In fact, I can tell you without mincing words and you can take it to the bank that Ika South is APC irrespective of the fact that PDP is currently the ruling party in the state. The body language and movement of the people of Ika South have shown that they will support no other party than the APC. In the next few months,we are going to witness a serious defection of members of PDP into APC. We are harnessing them and we have assured them that APC is where all progressive minds belong. We are peace loving people. We believe in good governance and true democracy.

Why is APC in Ika Federal Constituency divided?The APC in Ika Federal Constituency is not divided. We are one family and especially in Ika South. We have one APC where every member belongs. What you are see happening in Ika South is a situation where some group of persons who are known as political jobbers are trying to hijack the leadership of party without following the due process. This set of people have shown to us that they do not believe or understand due process. We are not like that in APC. These persons came from nowhere and want to destabilize the peace and unity of APC in Ika Federal Constituency. We have told them clearly from the beginning that there is no place for them in APC. They are not part of us. They are business people who are using our APC platform as a tool to achieve their selfish aim. The real members of APC are doing their best to grow the party. We are not deterred because we know our real members. Those agents of destabilization do not stand anywhere. We don’t have faction in APC in Ika Federal Constituency.

Recently, Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh was declared the maximum leader of APC in Ika Federal Constituency and one of the leaders in Delta State by his followers. How true is the declaration? I was surprised when I heard the news from the media that Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh was declared the maximum leader of APC in Ika Federal Constituency. I have been asking our party leaders and executives both at the Federal and State about that position and nobody seems to know where that is coming from. The position is alien to the APC leadership at all levels. The truth is that in APC we are process oriented people and we respect hierarchy. Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh was at the House of Representatives to represent Ika Federal Constituency and as an APC member we accord him that respect. The party also have recognized other leaders like Barr Felix Morka, Hon Doris Uboh, Hon Hilary Ibude, Hon Kingsley Noye Philips, among others. For instance, Barr. Felix Morka (Chief Servant) is a pioneer leader of APC and back bone of the party in Ika South. So, to hear that some group persons under the disguise of APC came together and declare Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh as the maximum leader of APC in Ika Federal Constituency is the highest level of rascality. I asked where did that idea come from?. To me it’s an overzealousness and it should not be. However, everybody is free to say what he or she wants to say,but, all we know is that in the APC Constitution there is no provision for a maximum leader.

Why has the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege not working together with Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh,Chief Great Ogboru and Rt Hon Victor Ochei? The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege is the APC leader both in Delta State and South South. He is a good leader who is always making sure that APC moves forward. I don’t know where people are getting the information that he is not working with everyone in the party. Omo Agege is an open hearted leader who is dedicated in building and strengthening APC in Delta State. His office is open to all members of APC. Those who are genuinely APC members are seriously working with Omo Agege ahead of 2023. Large percentage of the successes we have recorded in Delta APC today could be attributed to Omo Agege’s leadership. So, the likes of Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Chief Great Ogboru and Rt Hon Victor Ochei should join hands with Omo Agege to build Delta APC as the invitation is still very much open to them. There is only one APC in Delta State of which Senator Ovie Omo Agege is the leader.

What is your take on a recent interview where Hon Dr Cairo Ojougboh lambasted and called Senator Ovie Omo Agege as a maze snatcher? I’m very disappointed in the manner and approach of Cairo Ojougboh. We expected a leader of his status to be able to address matters based on issues and be very objective in his political utterances. In trying to score points, we must not be negatively destructive. If Cairo Ojougboh wants to assert and assume leadership in Ika South and Delta North, he should show his report card of previous leadership to the people and let the followers decide on whether or not he has merited their loyalty. The time of sentiment has passed. So if a stranger provide a fatherly care and love to me, he is my father irrespective of where he comes from. As I have earlier stated, APC is made up of peace loving people who believe in due process. Senator Omo Agege is number five person in the leadership hierarchy of Nigeria and number one in Delta State as far as APC is concerned. Therefore, anyone fighting Omo Agege either in Delta State or in South South does not understand leadership procedures. APC has not done her party primary for 2023 election and I wondered why people are thinking Omo Agege is the governorship flag bearer of our party in the state. If Ojougboh, Ogboru or Ochei are interested in the governorship seat in 2023 they should talk to Deltans on their selling points and stop fighting Omo Agege. My advice to Ojougboh and his followers is that they should be dealing with issues and not persons. They should stop being personal in party politics. It might interest you to know that I from the same Ward with Ojougboh and from family basis, he is my father but, I must call a spade a spade. Even if he is my father, Ojougboh has erred. His followers should advise him. If tomorrow he becomes vice president of Nigeria we will all respect and support him based on the position which is clearly what the Senator is enjoying.. Today, Omo Agege is the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, it is normal to give him the due respect and support his vision for the party in Delta State. It is the right way to go.

Do you see APC overcoming her internal crisis in the state before 2023?There is no crisis in Delta APC. What people are not getting clearly is thinking that PDP is still relevant in the state. PDP may be the ruling party because it has produced the incumbent governor. APC however, is the strongest political party in the Delta state. At the moment, APC controls two out of the three senatorial districts we have in the state. This is to tell you how strong our party is in the state. With the level our party is right now in the state you can imagine what is going to happen in 2023. The coming together of Senator Omo Agege and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is already victory for our party. We are very happy because the untiring efforts of Omo Agege is yielding good results for our party. The mantle of leadership is upon Omo Agege to deliver Delta State in 2023. Therefore, if he fails, we fail, if he succeeds, we succeed. While Omo Agege exercises his constitutional and party rights, we should support him in complementing the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to move Nigeria forward.

What is the hope of your party in 2023? APC is a goal in 2023. We are taking over governance in Delta State. The evidences are everywhere. We are seriously engaging people on issues, what APC stands for and the failures of PDP. The PDP failed in Ika South, Delta State and Nigeria in general. Our people have said NO to PDP and YES to APC. I congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC leaders and stakeholders for giving us people’s oriented political party to ride on.

What message do you have for APC members in Ika South and Delta State ?My message for APC members in Ika South and the entire state is for them to remain resolute and committed. They should be vigilant, so as to know the enemies of the party and put them where they belong. I’m using this medium to call on all APC supporters and members in Ika South and Delta North to work with our leader Senator Ovie Omo Agege so that we can achieve what is good for us in 2023. They should also avail themselves of the opportunity of the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues voters registration exercise. Our voting cards is our voting right and strenght, hence, we should take the INEC exercise seriously. Above all, we should keep giving our leaders the necessary support and encouragement they need. Together, we are going to achieve our goal of enthroning good governance and true democracy in our state in 2023.
Source: Ika News Agbor

UNIDEL: Commissioner for Education visits COE, Agbor

Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Professor Patrick Muoboghare today alongside the Surveyor General of Delta State, Mr Eboka Alex paid an inspection visit to the former College of Education, Agbor and recently christened University of Delta, Agbor to assess the facilities and infrastructure in the institution.

They were received by the member representing Ika South constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Festus Okoh, the Provost of the College, Dr Hope Ukadike and other principal officers of the College.During the visit, Prof Muoboghare noted that the College of Education, Agbor was considered for the upgrade to a full fledged University not because of political considerations, but due to the fact that of all other state owned Colleges of Education, it is the best equipped in terms of infrastructure, accessibility and qualified manpower.

Dr Ukadike on his part, thanked them for the visit and pledged the full cooperation of management and staff of the College in the course of ongoing inspection tours leading up to the take off of the University of Delta, Agbor.

Provost, COE, Agbor, Chief Dr. Ukadike (4 right), Chuky Dandy (m),Professor Patrick Muoboghare (3rd right) & othersc
The post UNIDEL: Commissioner for Education visits COE, Agbor appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: UNIDEL: Commissioner for Education visits COE, Agbor

Agbor Youths Circle to enroll 50 youths under Delta State Vocational Education Centre

A community base youth organization in Agbor kingdom, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, Agbor Youths Circle, has rolled out plans to train not less than 50 Agbor youths through the Delta State Vocational Education Centre at Mbiri.

This was disclosed during the week by the President/convener, Comr. Marvin Enyosa, who posited that the youths circle was established to unite youths of Agbor kingdom for peace and positive development.He said the scholarship scheme was an approach of the youths circle to cushion the restiveness of her youths, taking them off the street to become relevant to themselves.

We hope to get 50 of our vulnerable youths empowered as trainees at the Delta State Vocational Education Centre, Mbiri.“This project is to afford, particularly vulnerable youths, the privilege of acquiring skills in the following field; Catering, Fashion/ Design, Hair dressing, Barbing, Electrical installation, ICT, Welding, Computer engineering, Event management, General craft, automobile, photography, textile, ceramics, Refrigeration, Entrepreneurship and Cosmetology.

We are going to pay for their registration and hostel accommodation fee as part of our initiative to directly impact on our vulnerable youths.“We are optimistic that beneficiaries become self-reliance, self employed and employers of labour,” he said.Speaking further, Comr. Enyosa disclosed that the programme which will run for a year, would take two parts, as candidates are to spend six months training at the centre and six extra months for industrial training outside the center while at graduation, Government shall empower successful candidates with starter packs.

He added that the project was strictly for ideal youths of Agbor kingdom which according to him shall be selected 10 each from the various zones of Agbor kingdom namely, Ekuku-Agbor zone, Ime-Obi zone, Emuhu zone and Ihu-Iyase zone, respectively.

We are presently scouting for the ideal youths from across the zones for the scholarship scheme. Hence, we are making progress,” he said.He concluded by soliciting support from well meaning sons and daughters of the land, saying that failure to build the youths could create unrest in the society.

Comr. Marvin Enyosa, President, Agbor Youths Circle

From right: Comr. Marvin Enyosa having handshake with an ideal youth for the scholarship scheme
The post Agbor Youths Circle to enroll 50 youths under Delta State Vocational Education Centre appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: Agbor Youths Circle to enroll 50 youths under Delta State Vocational Education Centre

URPM laments deplorable state of Obi road, Agbor

…sends SOS to PDP led government

Members of United Rainbow Peace Movement (URPM) has lamented the deplorable state of the prominent Obi road in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, saying that the situation has adversely affected both the living and socioeconomic condition of residents in the area.

Gory sight of Obi road by Uromi Junction, Agbor

The Chairman of the group and Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Land and Security, Comr. Junaidu Imam, who spoke to Ika Mirror Newspaper, appealed to the People’s Democratic Party led by the amiable Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to urgently rehabilitate the road in order to ease the suffering of the residents.He decried that same road has become “a death trap”, pointing out that major potholes on the road could possibly swallow a whole building.He said, “the road is in terrible shape and we as members of URPM, we have done our bit in clearing overgrown weeds on the road. But that wasn’t enough because the road needs to, at least, be graded to allow easy passage.”

Comr. Junaidu however commended Governor Okowa on his unprecedented strides in road projects across the state, but stressed that same initiative be extended to the said Obi road to enable the residents, who according to him participated immensely to his re-election, to enjoy the dividends benefit.

Some members of URPM while clearing over grown weeds on Obi road

All we ask for is the grading of the road. This will go along way to making the road passable while lifting the danger being experienced on same road.

The Local Government Council can also take this call as sacrosanct being the fact that it has tractors which, if put into a working condition, can grade the road.

The bad road have caused the death of many while others easily fall prey to kidnappers and armed robbers,” he added.

Some members of URPM
The post URPM laments deplorable state of Obi road, Agbor appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: URPM laments deplorable state of Obi road, Agbor

NMA, Agbor Zone, Festus Okoh Foundation Hold One Day School Health Talk

In management of COVID-19 pandemic in schools in Agbor and environs, the Nigeria Medical Association, Agbor Zone in collaboration with the member representing in Ika South LGA at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh’s Foundation held a one day school health programme.

The programme which took place at the College of Education Agbor old site main hall on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 has the theme, “Strategies for the Containment of COVID-19 among Basic Education Students in Nigeria”. Delegates of school present at the programme include Ogbemudein Secondary School, Dein Secondary School, Ime-Obi Secondary School, Ika Grammar School, Kingdom Heritage Model School, Calvary Group of Schools, Prime Group of Schools, Alasi Primary School, CIE, Ika North East, Rock of Ages Group of Schools and Staff Model Secondary.

Speaking on the programme theme, the first resource person and Head of Department Integrated Science Department, College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Mrs. Ifeanyi Oyem harps on the origin of COVID-19 pandemic, symptoms, spread and its preventives.According to her, “The wide spread deadly COVID-19 disease originated from China and it symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. These symptoms are similar to flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19.

Hence, it’s paramount that someone having the COVID-19 symptoms to undergo testing for confirmation and immediate treatment.

COVID-19 can be transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an affected person (generated through coughing and sneezing). Individuals can also be infected from and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face (e.g eyes, nose, mouth). The COVID-19 virus may survive for several hours, but simple use of disinfectant can kill it.

The virus affects everyone but older people and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms.

Dr. Oyem stated that the spread of COVID-19 can be slowed down or prevented by adhering strictly the public health measures of staying home when sick, covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposes of use tissue immediately. Washing of hands often with soap and water and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects, avoiding over crowded places, shaking of hands, use hand sanitizers and face mask.

She admonished the students to be good ambassadors of the programme by sharing the lessons they learnt with their fellow students when they return to their schools, saying that by so doing that the spread of COVID-19 can be managed in schools and maintain good health condition.The second resource person and Vice Chairman NMA, Agbor Zone cum the programme planning chairperson, Dr. Ewere Iwegbu reminded the students the need to maintain daily common tips for personal hygiene to remain healthy which include toilet, shower, nail, teeth, sickness and hand washing hygiene’s.

While third resource person and Chairman NMA, Agbor zone, Dr. Philemon Okolie spoke on the topic, “Lets Unite for Oral Health”, exposing the students to oral health education to helps develop desirable dental health attitude and habits.

The representative of Hon. Okoh at the programme and Peoples Democratic Party Youth Leader in Ika South LGA, Hon. Edwin Okoh in his speech said COVID-19 pandemic has good and bad sides effect on the people, while thanking the schools representatives for coming. He said the programme is very rich and thanked the organizers (NMA, Agbor zone) and his principal, Hon. Okoh, who according to him is legislator per excellence.

Mr. Iwegbu Chuks Justus, who incidentally is the sitting Head of Department of Social Studies Education, College of Education, Agbor eulogized Hon. Okoh (aka Chukky dandy) who is the President of Chukky Dandy Foundation for committing his time and finance that saw the success of the Nigeria Medical Association, Agbor Zone’s School Health Talk.

Speaking further, Iwegbu thanked the Provost of College of Education, Agbor, Dr J.O Ukadike for his express approval without any protocol knowing the impact the Health Program will have on the Students, Staff of the College and the College Community at large. While thanking the NMA, Agbor zone for this laudable and timely program considering the times we are in now occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic, Iwegbu asserted strongly that education, sensitization, awareness and enlightenment campaign on all Environmental and Public Health management issues remain the best way for the prevention of sickness and diseases in the World.

He enjoined NMA members all over Nigeria, Africa and the entire world to take health education and awareness campaigns seriously particularly in this times of deadly outbreak of Yellow Fever in Villages around Ika Land. He advised NMA to always see treatment of patients as the final thing to employ in disease management chains. He thanked Dr Okolie, Dr. (Mrs) Iwegbu, and members of N.M.A present, Dr (Mrs) Idiaghe J.E, the Director of Sandwich Program College of education Agbor,

He further poured encomium on Dr. Oyem who is an Environmental and Public Health Microbiologist for not just attending the program as the keynote speaker but for electrifying the entire program with her magical presentation. Mr. Iwegbu equally thanked the L.O.C. members; Mrs. Augustina Ogwun, Mrs. Stephanie Ogosi and Mr Frank Egajuvwie for their time and energy expended before and during the entire program.
The post NMA, Agbor Zone, Festus Okoh Foundation Hold One Day School Health Talk appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: NMA, Agbor Zone, Festus Okoh Foundation Hold One Day School Health Talk

Dein of Agbor commissions Akpara Tailoring Institute

His Royal Majesty (Dr) Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I, the Dein of Agbor, has commissioned Akpara Tailoring Institute at Ogbeisere Quarters in Ime-Obi, Agbor, Delta State. The well attended ceremony took place last Sunday at Ogbeisere and was witnessed by Agbor Palace Chiefs, the Police Area Commander in charge of Agbor, ACP Imeh Udofia, members of Ogbeisere Community, Dr Donald Peterson, Theresa Ugbobu,Hon Andrew Agwaze, Isoko Isioma, among others.The Royal Father while cutting the tape marking the official opening of the Institute commended the effort and wished the owners of the business outfit, Chief and Mrs Louis Usifoh well in their venture. He thanked them for considering Agbor for the Institute, advising that Agbor sons and daughters should endeavour to invest at home.In an interview, Chief Akpara disclosed that the Institute is out to serve the needs of Agbor residents in the area of fashion. He added that the Institute is equipped with modern facilities, hence, customers’ satisfaction is their watchword. He thanked Dein Keagborekwuzi I, for honouring them with his presence. He also thanked everyone present to witness the ceremony, noting that he is grateful to all of them.

HRM (Dr) Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi I flanked by his Chiefs as he commissionsAkpara Tailoring Institute
The post Dein of Agbor commissions Akpara Tailoring Institute appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: Dein of Agbor commissions Akpara Tailoring Institute

Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor buried

Late Mrs Romina Nkechi Omashor, nee,Ikeoyi has been buried. Mrs Omashor, a retired school headmistress was buried last weekend at Agbor. The burial ceremony was attended by family members and loved ones.

Late Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor (Nee) Ikeoyi was born in Ute-Okpu in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State to late Mr. and Mrs. Ikeoyi.Romina Nkechi was so beautiful and her father have to take her away from his home to enable her grow up well and receive good education. She was taken to late Jinmimah Okoh, who got married to one of the white cooks in Lagos. She went to Igbanke Secondary School where she further took her Education to the next level. She got her TCII in 1978, She taught at Iheoma Primary School and Orogodo Primary School. In 1985, she got her ACE, and Obtained her N.C.E. in 1991.She also got her B.Ed in the year 1991. She taught in many schools eg. Agbor Model Primary School, she was one of the founders of Alibioba Primary School in Agbor.

She got married to Mr. Philip Omashor of Oki in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State. God blessed her with children, grand children and wonderful son and daughter-in-laws.

She was known to have no resentment, bitterness or animosity against anyone. She was always addressed as a happy and smiling beautiful lady.She will ever be remembered by her loved ones.

Due to her excellent character and love for everyone, she was always needed to belong to social organizations, holding offices in all.Her social organizations and offices, include Treasurer in Ute-Okpu General, Ute-Okpu Ladies, 18 Ex-Officio (Politics), Vice President St. Cilia, St. Joseph Catholic Church and many more.

She began her Christian life from Roman Catholic Church in her early age and hold on to God. She always says “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”. She, within a short time grew the church numerically and spiritually, all field with Holy Spirit. She spent nearly all her incomes to equip the church with state-of-the-art facility. She has won many medals for her excellent work and awards for her giving in many areas of the church. She accepted God’s calling to come home and to remain with him in the presence of other saints.

Mummy, on this faithful morning of 21st, June, 2020, left her fleshly body and put on celestial body to be with the Lord forever at an early age.

She is missed by her family, friends and the church. Satan lost, God and heaven gained.In his tribute, the eldest child of the deceased, Mr Kim Omashor said,”The Apostle Paul like other biblical writers, likened death to sleep. He used the word sleep to describe death as a state of unconsciousness. Mummy did not live an ordinary life, she was exceptional in all her endeavors, she was an absolute example of what a mother should be.

Mummy was caring, lovable and always ready to help and give advice to those around. Her smile, can make a dull soul lighten up. Oh death! You have indeed snatched a rare gem from us. Although mummy is no longer with us, but she will continue to live in the hearts of those she has touched with her profound qualities”.

The eldest child of the deceased, Kim Omashor

Late Mrs Romina Nkechi Omasho
The post Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor buried appeared first on IKA Mirror Newspaper Online.
Source: Ika News Agbor
Ika News: Mrs. Romina Nkechi Omashor buried