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$16bn EPZ: FG’s Delay Stalling 150,000 Jobs in N’Delta – Ayiri

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  • $16bn EPZ: FG’s Delay Stalling 150,000 Jobs in N’Delta – Ayiri

The Federal Government has been advised to use the prevailing ceasefire with Niger Delta militants to restart the $16billion Gas Revolution Industrial Park and Escravos Environs Power Supply Project in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Niger Delta activist and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Ayirimi Emami, made the call in an open letter to President Muhammad Buhari.

He said the move would go a long way to bringing permanent peace to the Niger Delta, stressing that delay in restarting the project is hampering 150,000 possible direct and indirect jobs in the region.

He said, “I have never been an advocate of the use violence to attract Federal or state governments’ attention, but that does not mean that the Niger Delta Region has not been suffering neglect, despite the huge resources derived from the area.

“But now that the so-called ceasefire has been declared by the militants and their sponsors, permit me to strongly appeal that your administration immediately initiate steps to commence work at the multibillion dollar,” he added.

Chief Emami said the determination of the present administration to diversify our economy from over-dependence on crude oil and gas would be greatly enhanced by the projects, which he said could mop over 150,000 youths off the streets.

“The ongoing strides being recorded by the military hierarchy (against terrorists and militants) will maximally achieve its set goals if construction work resumes at the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP, Ogidigben as well as Escravos Environs Power Supply Project.

“All the Federal and Delta State governments need to do is to create the enabling environment, set the right policy direction as well as ensure adequate security and the project with a massive employment capacity from ready-foreign investors will take-off in earnest.

“The over $16 billion GRIP Project billed to accommodate a major Industrial Gas Hub and Petrochemical, Methanol as well as Fertilizer Plant will create over 150,000 direct and indirect jobs at the construction stage and set the tone for the eagerly anticipated diversification of our economy.

“No doubt, the Agricultural, Manufacturing and Solid Minerals sectors will be greatly boosted, Niger Delta militancy will be brought to non-existence and the ongoing effort to take our country out of recession will be realized,” Emami stated.

In the same vein, the Warri chief appealed to the federal government to revisit the Escravos Environs Power Supply Project, stressing that “This mega project is a part of NGC ELPS System-A Network, which passes the host communities in the Escravos Shore, Warri South-West LGA.

“It must be explicitly stated that 30 oil and gas host/ impacted communities will benefit in the project, which is outside the power supply and distribution network of the National Grid. This is not forgetting the communities’ huge agro-based potentials.”

He lamented that the recent attack on oil facilities have plunged riverside communities in the region into perpetual darkness, noting that with the completion of the project, host communities would have more stake and need to protect gas facilities in their communities.

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Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has now won the remaining Local Government, Ovia South-West Local Government.

Here is a break down of Ovia South-West’s final result. APC recorded 10, 636 votes while PDP amassed 12, 659.

Total valid votes stood at 23,741 with 743 votes rejected and 24,484 votes cast.

Overall, Obaseki won a total of 13 local governments out of 18, while Ize-Iyamu wins 5. See the details below.

Local Government APC  PDP 
Igueben  5,199  7,870 
Esan North-East  6,556  13,579 
Esan Central  6,719  10,794 
Ikpoba-Okha  18,218  41,030 
Uhunmwonde  5,972  10,022 
Egor  10,202  27,621 
Owan East  19,295  14,762 
Owan West  11,193  11,485 
Esan South East  9,237  10,565 
Ovia North-West  9,907  16,987 
Etsako West  26,140  17,959 
Ovia South-West 10,636 12,659
Oredo  18,365  43,498 
Esan West  7,189  17,434 
 Akoko Edo 22,963 20,101
 Etsako East 17,011 10,668
 Etsako Central  8,359 7,478
Orhionmwon 10,458 13,445

 

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Obaseki Beats Ize-Iyamu in His Local Government to Extend Lead

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Godwin Obaseki Wins Ize-Iyamu Local Government to Extend Lead

Governor Godwin Obaseki has won Orhionmwon Local Government Area to extend his lead over Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who hails from Orhionmwon, won his polling unit but failed to win the entire council area as Obaseki wins again.

Orhionmwon was one of the two remaining local governments. Therefore, it now remains one local government area, Ovia South-West, with Obaseki cruising to victory following 17 LG counts.

Obaseki now has 295,296 votes while Ize-Iyamu has 212,983.

Obaseki is no expected to win Saturday’s governorship election after amassing massive votes across each of the 17 local governments counted.

The remaining local government, Ovia South-West has 73,909 voters, below the over 80,000 lead of Godwin Obaseki.

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Obaseki, PDP Members Celebrate Potential Win in Situation Room

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Obaseki Celebrates With Other PDP Members in Situation Room

Following the strong positive support received from Edo people as shown by almost 90,000 vote gap received over Osagie Ize-Iyamu after 16 local government counts, the executive governor of Edo State, Gowin Obaseki, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have started celebrating a potential win ahead of the two remaining local government results.

According to the results of the 16 local governments released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki received 288,572 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, received 202,525 votes.

With just two local governments left to go, it is safe to say Obaseki has won this particular election again.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested against Governor Obaseki four years ago under the Peoples Democratic Party when Obaseki was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress before he fell out with his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.

If wins, Obaseki will be the first gubernatorial candidate to win two elections under the two major parties within four years and vice versa for Ize-Iyamu.

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