SELFISH DEVIL: DELTA LAWMAKER, ERIC OHARISI DONATES TWO MOTORCYCLES TO CONSTITUENTS TO RIDE AND DIE WHILE DRIVING CHOICE CARS LIKE LAMBORGHINI AND ROLLS ROYCE

Secret Reporters

It’s no longer news how Nigerian politicians lavish public funds in carrying out their self-gratification missions and then engage in fictitious youth empowerment programs just to fool and make mockery of the innocent masses.

Constitutionally, one of the primary responsibilities of politicians when elected into office is to carryout community projects, and provide social amenities that will enhance the standard of living and alleviate poverty in their respective constituencies.

Earlier this month, two constituents named Hon. Charles and Hon. Righteous met with the Member representing their constituency, Hon. Eric Oharisi (Ughelli North constituency 2) seeking to be empowered like many other youths, with a source of livelihood like motorcycle from him. The Honorable who saw the plea as a means to selfishly promote himself as a man of the people gave them his words .

In what seemed to be a disdain gesture on Monday 13th November, 2017, the honourable member representing Ughelli North constituency 2 and Chief Whip of the Delta State House of Assembly, kept to his words by “empowering” them with two motorcycles.

This gesture has been seen by many especially members of his constituency as way below what the honourable should offer judging by the almost limitless resources at his disposal, with some of the constituents having the opinion that he should have given the two youths financial assistance to start up something more meaningful rather than turning them into Okada riders.

It’s embarrassing that in the 21st century, humans are still being empowered with ridiculous and downgrading empowerment packages like motorcycles.

POLYTECHNIC OF EXPLOITATION: DELTA STATE POLYTECHNIC, OGWASHI UKU, OVER CHARGES STUDENTS ALARMING FEES.

Secret Reporters

It appears that some Nigerian tertiary institutions are established with the motives of milking students dry financially, instead of its initial objective of education.

Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi Uku has used the excuse of school fees increment in polytechnics to charge its students extremely high tuition.

The bone of content is its demanding of extra N10,000 (ten thousand naira) from students when they come for their files to be signed.

An aggrieved student of the school revealed to Secret Reporters that they still have to pay extra irrelevant dues before administration units in the school attends to them, especially when they need approved signatures and stamps on their files and documents.

He noted that the school fees increment seemed to have a greater effect on Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi, as the other two polytechnics in the state are still charging normal tuition.

Secret Reporters got hold of the polytechnic’s receipt as given by a reliable source.

Below is a summary of the approved fees for Higher National Diploma(Full Time Students). Culled from the receipt of the school.

DELTA STATE POLYTECHNIC, OGWASHI-UKU

APPROVED FEES FOR 2017/2018 SESSION

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA (FULL TIME STUDENTS)

S/N PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

HND I

 

HND II

 

SCHOOL FEES DELTAN NON DELTAN DELTAN NON DELTAN
DEVELOPMENT/ ADMISSION
1 Development Levy 4,000 5,000 4,000 5,000
2 Maintenance Fee 5,000 6,680 5,000 6,680
A.2 SERVICES
3 Registration 4,000 2,000 4,000 2,000
4 Examination Fees 5,000 7,000 5,000 7,000
5 Library Services 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
6 Technological Fees 5,600 8,600 5,600 8,600
7 Access Fees 2,000 5,000 2,000 5,000
8 Sport/Games 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
9 Identity Card 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
10 Students Handbook 2,000 2,000 NILL NILL
11 Laboratory/studio/workshop 3,500 5,500 5,500 7,500
12 Medical tests(New Students Only) 2,000 3,000 NILL NILL
13 Medical Treatment 1,500 1,500 3,500 4,500
14 Convocation Fee NILL NILL NILL NILL
15 Insurance 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
16 Sports Development 2,500 4,500 2,500 4,500
  TOTAL SERVICE CHARGES 45,600 59,280 45,600 59,280
17 Admission Acceptance Fees 15,000 20,000 NILL NILL
  TOTAL 60,600 79,280 45,600 59,280

From this receipt, the Inflated figures is not entirely hidden. A glance at the receipt will reveal the school’s hideosity.

 

NIGHTMARE IN DELTA AS ASABA AIRPORT FACES CLOSURE FOLLOWING OKPUNO’S ULO CONSTRUCTION WITHDRAWAL FROM FURTHER REHABILITATION WORK

Anderson Ekene

Anyone depending on the Asaba International Airport for flight issues should consider having a rethink and planning an alternative as information available to this medium is that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may give order for the immediate downgrade and shutdown of the Airport in no distance time.

Information filtering in from the Delta State Government House where Governor Ifeanyi Okowa seats as the numero uno is that Nigeria’s foremost indigenous construction company, ULO Consultants Ltd, has written a letter of disengagement from the airport beginning from November 20th 2017. The letter we gathered from government house insiders was received by Okowa on 17th November 2017.

According to our informant, the letter signed by Chief Uche Okpuno who’s the company Chairman stated “unfavorably working conditions imposed on them (their foreign partners) indirectly by officials of the State Government Ministry of Works”.

It added that “the estimates prepared by the Ministry of Works in 2014 without our inputs negates due process and principle of contract”, as no reputable Civil Engineering company of competence was involved in the preparing of a competitive Bill of Engineering measurement and evaluation.

We gathered that Okowa instead of reviewing the contract in line with the current economic situation of 2017 insisted that ULO continue to carry out services with same financial obligations of 2014, knowing that the prices of materials used in construction has tripled since recession set in.

The rehabilitation of the runways and taxiways if stalled by ULO letter to disengage we can authoritatively report will mean that the airport is not fit to accommodate planes and therefore will be downgraded and more money spent to upgrade it.

The disengagement of ULO will not be the first in the Okowa’s administration, as other notable construction companies such as CCECC, Setraco and Levante have since pulled out due to these same issues, leaving mushroom companies and enterprises as the only ones used by the government to carry out construction. We gathered that ULO decision to stay while other construction giants were pulling out was due to his indigenous nature and as an ‘Asaba Man’, who must not be seen as sabotaging a government headed by a fellow Anioma indigene.

In withdrawing their entire services from the state, ULO agreed to review all the works done by them in conjunction with the State Ministry of Works to determine if in their obligation to the state, they owe or the state owes them, including a comprehensive cost audit.

Under the immediate past administration of Emmanuel Uduaghan, none of the companies left for the eight years that he held sway, but under the current government; they have all been pushed out with harsh economic policies that can cripple any business.