Delta State: 15 Years of Democracy articles

Antonia Ifeanyi Ashiedu

‘We Have Taken Micro-Credit Scheme to Other Heights’ – Anthonia Ifeanyi Ashiedu, commissioner for poverty alleviation

‘We Have Taken Micro-Credit Scheme to Other Heights’ – Anthonia Ifeanyi Ashiedu, commissioner for poverty alleviation

Anthonia Ifeanyi Ashiedu, commissioner for poverty alleviation, says the ambition of the government in respect of the ongoing leather works factory being built in collaboration with UNIDO is “to be able to compete for international products like NIKE shoes” Your ministry runs one of the star programmes of Delta State government poverty alleviation through micro-credit. How did you come this far? You know, when we talk about poverty alleviation, yes, this is the ministry. But

Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria during the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Moscow, Russia

Leading the Way in Sports

Delta State has for 15 years sustained a leadership position in sports in Nigerian owing to government support and determination to develop talents  It was one victory that came at a time Nigeria as a country and its leadership was under attack by both the local and international media.  Everywhere one turned to, news about Nigeria centred on the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram.  It was a bad

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Governor Uduaghan, a Big Dreamer – Chike Ogeah, Commissioner for Information

Delta State Information Commissioner, Chike Ogeah, a lawyer, gives kudos to the second civilian governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori for his efforts in “setting up a new state” and hailed Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s  “massive vision” of Delta Beyond Oil Economic Strategy which he notes has achieved wonderful results  How has Delta State moved from one point to the other in the last 15 years of democracy? Well, we give God the glory that

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‘Democracy Has Provided a Platform for Arts to Thrive’ – Richard Mofe-Damijo, Delta State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism

Richard Mofe-Damijo, Delta State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, says Nollywood has single-handedly caused a revolution in the entire African continent. In this interview with Adekunbi Ero, executive editor, Tony Manuaka, senior associate editor, Stella Sawyerr, associate editor, Tony Akaeze, senior assistant editor and Adewale Adelola, photojournalist, the renowned actor says in Delta, entertainment “is in our DNA. You cannot talk about the industry without pointing a finger to Delta”.  In the 15 years

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It’s Been Better Life for Delta Women – Betty Efekhoda, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development

Betty Efekhoda, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development says democracy has brought out the best in Delta women  In the 15 years of democracy in Delta State, how has the ministry impacted on the lives of the people? I’ve been in this ministry almost three years now and we have actually done a lot under Dr. Emmanual Uduaghan. First of all, I would want to mention the ultra-modern Mariam Babangida Women Development Centre in Asaba. By the grace

Misan .R. Ukubeyinje ,Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources (5)

‘We Will Take the Lead in Food Export’ – Missan Ukubeyinje, Agriculture and Natural Resources Commissioner,

Missan Ukubeyinje, Agriculture and Natural Resources Commissioner, says a lot of investments is being made in the sector because agriculture is a major factor in Delta Beyond Oil strategy of the state government  What would you describe as the agric policy of Delta State? The agric policy of the state was drawn before I came in. The agric policy we are adopting now was made in 2009 and the policy is basically, one, to give

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‘Democracy has Elevated Civil Servants to High Pedestal’ – Anthony Obuh, Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol

He has experienced both – the military and democratic governments and is in a better position to say the difference. In this interview with Adekunbi Ero, executive editor, Tony Manuaka, senior associate editor, Stella Sawyer, associate editor, Tony Akaeze, senior assistant editor and Adewale Adelola, senior photojournalist, Anthony Obuh, Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, says “Delta State is a state where civil servants should continue to celebrate”. Obuh notes that under the military, training

Sunday Areh,Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor (2)

‘It’s been Great Experience these 15 Years’ – Sunny Areh, seasoned journalist and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Resource Centre)

Sunny Areh, seasoned journalist and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Resource Centre), says in spite of the initial security challenges, the state has moved on to record remarkable achievements  Democracy in Delta State in the last 15 years, how would you describe the journey as somebody who had been part of the two administrations? Well, the last 15 years, the democratic experience has been awesome; meaning that coming from the military era to a

Asaba Airport Terminal, Asaba, Delta State

Asaba International Airport: From Cynicism to Admiration

The Asaba International Airport is considered by many as the flagship achievement of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration though in his humility and good nature, he believes bringing smiles to the faces of majority of Deltans through his free maternal and infant health care programme as well as the free education programme, gives him more satisfaction as a governor. To him, the airport is elitist. But be that as it may, the airport has turned

St. Patric College (SPC) Asaba..

Free And Qualitative Education Programme:Taking Care of Future Leaders

It is the belief in some quarters that anything free cannot be qualitative. It is believed that quality is often sacrificed on the altar of quantity. But this is not true as far as the free education policy of the Delta State government is concerned. In the 15 years of democratic governance in the state, education has remained top on the list of priority of government in terms of attention. Education is not just free,

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