United Nations Security Coordination Officer, Francis T. Okoemu, has confirmed his attendance at the the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture holding on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.

Mr. Okoemu, a counter-terrorism expert who worked in the United Kingdom before joining the UN staff, confirmed his attendance in an e-mail message to News Express Publisher Isaac Umunna. A statement issued on Saturday by Umunna quoted him as saying: “Yes, I will be in Nigeria for the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture. It is something I want to be part of because News Express is a paper for which I have great respect.”

A widely travelled Nigerian expatriate, Mr. Okoemu holds a BA Degree in Contemporary Military and International History,  a Master’s Degree in Terrorism and Security Studies, and PGD in Intelligence and Security Studies,  both awarded by the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He has attended counter-terrorism courses in Israel, the United States of America, and other security courses in the UK, which include close protection, intelligence gathering and terrorism threat and response. He is a member of the UK’s Security Industry Authority (SIA) and was Chairman/CEO, Blackwell Security Consultancy, UK Ltd, before he was hired by the UN in 2015.

Mr. Okoemu joins a growing list of important personalities who have confirmed attendance at the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture. The Guest Speaker, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Executive Governor of Niger State, will speak on “National Unity and the Demand for Restructuring — A Governor’s Perspective”.

The Lecture, starting from 12 p.m. prompt, will be chaired by Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of foremost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Company, Zinox Technologies Ltd., and pioneer of online publishing in Nigeria.

News Express, which debuted on August 29, 2012, is one of Nigeria’s most popular and influential online dailies. It is read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and records annual traffic of upwards of 100 million.


Isaac Umunna



Wilson Junior

The Executive Chairman Delta State Board of Internal Revenue DBIR Sir Monday John Onyeme and other DBIR Board Members, in other to boost the Revenue Generation of the State met with Chevron Contractors on Tuesday.

Onyeme in his welcome address yesterday thanked the Chevron Contractors for honouring the invitation. He said the DBIR Board will no longer tolerate any form or act of defaulting taxes by any company noting that the board has already set up all measures to seal off any company who is found guilty of Tax Evasion/Defaulters.

While calling on the informal sectors not to see payment of taxes as a punishment but as a civic obligation that is backed by the law, he called on all to support Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s led administration by paying their taxes regularly.

Also speaking, the DBIR Board member representing Delta Central Hon Solomon Ighrakpata revealed that the DBIR Board will soon commence verification exercise noting that once they are done with the verification exercise and any company is found defaulting; will face the weight of the law.

The DBIR Board member representing Delta South Senatorial District Chief (Dr) Barry Pere Gbe who moved the vote of thanks, appreciated Chevron Nigeria Limited and her contractors for their commitment, he assures the Companies of improved communication between them and the Board.”DBIR Board will from time to time inform Chevron on the response of her contractors as regards to prompt tax payment ” he stated.


Ambrose Nwaogwugwu

For over 13,000 children beneficiaries of Rochas Foundation College – 24th of February, 1998 will forever be a date they will not forget all their life; a day that gave birth to the Rochas Foundation.

Rochas Foundation; is a non governmental organization that caters for the poorest of the poor in our society.

Formed in 1998, three years after its formation, Rochas foundation college came into existence which was given birth to see for the educational needs of the children of the members of our society who could not afford it to have access to education with no payment attached.

They are admitted freely under Rochas College of education situated in Owerri, Ibadan, Jos, Kano, Ogboko ( which has both primary and secondary school and is the hometown of the founder) which made up of the old Rochas Foundation College stock.

From the initial five kick off centres across the country, Rochas foundation college expanded to more states in the country to accommodate more indigent Nigerians in giving their lives meaning through free and qualitative education.

With the new free education centres which spreads across Sokoto, Zaria, Calabar, Enugu, Bauchi and Yola Rochas Foundation college has over 13,000 students nationwide in its academic population.

Out of the 13,000 of the total student population, 4,000 of them have been graduated from Rochas foundation college and out of the 4,000 that have left the college, 1,000 have graduated from the university while 3,000 are still undergraduates at various learning centres across the country and 9,000 more are still currently in the college.

Like every other academic graduands would do the graduates have formed an alumnus body known as Rochas Foundation old Boys Association (ROFOSA).

More like an insatiable quest to see that the children of the less privileges receives education like every other kid; Rochas Foundation is spreading it’s goodwill and benevolent tentacles not only on across the nation but across the continent.

Thus, Rochas Foundation has now expanded outside the shores of the country to make Nigeria’s neighboring countries and members of the African continent partake in the benevolence of Owelle Rochas Okorocha to 55 other African countries with 5 children in each of the 55 countries as inaugural beneficiaries for a start.

And here, Rochas Foundation College of Africa is born.

Rochas Foundation College of Africa is a project 55 : 5 : 55 maxim which dictates that every African kid deserves a right to free and qualitative education and will be unveiled on the 27th of September, 2017 in the Eastern heartland of Owerri the capital city of Imo state where Owelle Rochas Okorocha will mark his 55th birthday with each of the 5 children from 55 countries in Africa.

On 27th of this month; the Project55555 will be born with the inaugural 275 students of Rochas Foundation college of Africa storming Owerri together with the other 4,000 members of Rofosa for the 55th birthday celebration of their adopted father in whom they are well pleased, Owelle Dr. Rochas Anayo Okorocha OON for the celebration of their founder and president of Rochas Foundation who incidentally is the governor of Imo state and the chairman of the APC governor’s forum, for giving their life a meaning through education with project55555.

It will be a time to give back to the fore bearer of project55555 by the students.

One man who has given scholarship as a private citizen to over 13,000 African children; giving hope to lives of the indigents in our soiciety and making them believe in themselves.

This is a feat no body born of a man has been able to achieve in the whole of Africa as a continent.

A celebration of African champion of free education.