A SEASON OF POLITICAL ABLUTIONS

A SEASON OF POLITICAL ABLUTIONS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): The year preceeding the general election year in Nigeria is always an interesting one. This is the time when political gladiators, both the serious and the pretenders, jostle for space in their political nests while seeking for attention…

Elumelu Empowers Two Youths With Complete Musical Instruments Worth N7m

Elumelu Empowers Two Youths With Complete Musical Instruments Worth N7m

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: In his avid resolve to ensure engagement of Youths in gainful endeavors, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has empowered two youths, talented in music, with complete musical instruments….

TONY KABAKA AND THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

TONY KABAKA AND THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): Notoriety, bravado and the audacious use of extra-territoriality of state power gained traction and popularity with the dreaded Tony Kabaka as he reigned in the heyday of political thuggery and thundering that is often associated with electioneering campaigns…

BENIN REPUBLIC: A BULLY NEXT DOOR

BENIN REPUBLIC: A BULLY NEXT DOOR

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): The Democratic progression witnessed in the neighbouring country of Benin, which has served as a good example of democratisation in Africa since 1991, is gradually becoming a nightmare. This owes majorly to the clampdown on the opposition by…

STEP Transformed Me From Fulltime Homemaker To Employer -STEPreneur Okeh

STEP Transformed Me From Fulltime Homemaker To Employer -STEPreneur Okeh

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-UTEH: GRACE OKEH, a beneficiary of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Training (Green STEP) in the 2017/2018 Cycle, hails from Okpe Local Government Area. She has an OND in Secretariat Administration from the…

Delta Central 2023: Legacy Of A True Leader

Delta Central 2023: Legacy Of A True Leader

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: One of the most invaluable ingredients in food preparation for most reasonable people in the world over is salt, yet this essential product is not advertised. Its importance is known by all and sundry irrespective…

DSCTDA: The Midas Touch Of Rt. Hon (Evang) Joan Onyemaechi

DSCTDA: The Midas Touch Of Rt. Hon (Evang) Joan Onyemaechi

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: THE Director General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), Rt. Hon (Evang) Joan Onyemaechi, also known as “Ada Anioma” seems to have a wand in her hand to turn everything in her care…

My Farm Proceeds Adequately Takes Care Of My Family, Says YAGEPreneur Osokogwu

My Farm Proceeds Adequately Takes Care Of My Family, Says YAGEPreneur Osokogwu

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-UTEH: VINCENT OSOKOGWU has great passion for farming. He hails from Abavo in Ika South Local Government Area. He is the CEO of Fedvins Enterprise and a graduate of Biology Education from the Delta State University,…

Cabo Verde Establishes Embassy In Nigeria *Watch Video

Cabo Verde Establishes Embassy In Nigeria *Watch Video

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA):- Special Report From Mike SOGBOLA: CABO Verde has established her Embassy in the country to strengthen diplomatic ties with Nigeria and be closer to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission which is headquartered in Abuja,…

AFGHANISTAN: THE TALLEST TASK FOR THE TALIBAN

AFGHANISTAN: THE TALLEST TASK FOR THE TALIBAN

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT is always a different and strange experience when the hunter suddenly turned the hunted. The very reason why the vicious circle of violence may last longer than expected in crisis-ridden Afghanistan. As of today,…

How Gov. Okowa Changed My Unemployment Story to Testimony, Says YAGEP Beneficiary

How Gov. Okowa Changed My Unemployment Story to Testimony, Says YAGEP Beneficiary

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: EROMEDOGHENE EZEKIEL (2016/2017 CYCLE)LGA: ISOKO NORTHENTERPRISE: FISH PRODUCTION That the Delta State Government’s job creation programme has taken thousands of Deltan youths off the streets by training and establishing them in vocational and agricultural enterprises…

KEN SARO-WIWA: 26 YEARS AFTER

KEN SARO-WIWA: 26 YEARS AFTER

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA)  –By Azua ALONU: KEN SARO-WIWA had to follow the path his late compatriot Timothy Paul Birabi, a famous Ogoni nationalist inspired and formed the movement for the survival of the Ogoni people (Mosop) to fire up the flame…

ANAMBRA: THE SOLUTION CALLED SOLUDO

ANAMBRA: THE SOLUTION CALLED SOLUDO

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: PROFESSOR Chukwuma Charles Soludo is undoubtedly, a renowned personality. He is from a large tribe of public intellectuals known for their lucidity in juxtaposing hypotheses and theories against the naked reality of the Nigerian situation….

PDP, STABILITY AND THE NEW VIBES OF OPPOSITION

PDP, STABILITY AND THE NEW VIBES OF OPPOSITION

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: THE signals emanating from the recent concluded national convention of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, shows a brighter light not only for opposition politics in Nigeria, but also for qualitative intra-party politics and stability. Amidst…

Time For Nigeria To Join Hands With China In Upholding True Multilateralism

Time For Nigeria To Join Hands With China In Upholding True Multilateralism

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): ON October 25,2021, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China delivered a Speech At the Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Restoration Of the Lawful Seat of the People’s Republic of China In the…

DOPF Annual Lecture: Emmanuel Uduaghan’s Antidotes On Niger Delta Challenge

DOPF Annual Lecture: Emmanuel Uduaghan’s Antidotes On Niger Delta Challenge

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Jerome-Mario UTOMI: IN a piece entitled; Banters in Lagos, Poverty and Disease in the Niger Delta, posted about four years ago, precisely in February 2018.  Aside from spreading out the needs, interests, aspirations and even their problems were…

STEPreneur Akpotor Advises Unemployed Delta Youths To Acquire Skills For Self-Employment

STEPreneur Akpotor Advises Unemployed Delta Youths To Acquire Skills For Self-Employment

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: SOPHIA AKPOTOR OBRUCHE is our STEPreneur for the week. She hails from Ethiope East Local Government Area. She was unemployed for two years after graduation from Delta State University where she studied Management Studies. Fortunately,…

I Have Achieved A Lot, Made Lots of Progress, Says YAGEPreneur Omokiri

I Have Achieved A Lot, Made Lots of Progress, Says YAGEPreneur Omokiri

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: MICHAEL EJOVWOKE OMOKIRI hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area and is the CEO of Myke Reen Agro Enterprise located in Ughelli. He has a BSC.ED from the Delta State University. He enrolled in the…

Gov. Okowa Made Me Self-Employed, Job Creator -Says STEPreneur Enddy

Gov. Okowa Made Me Self-Employed, Job Creator -Says STEPreneur Enddy

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA)  –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: ENDDY SUNNY-UDJOR is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Delta State University, Abraka and the CEO of NIOC Studios (A Subsidiary of Enddyvisuals Ltd) with 10 employees on her payroll.  She hails from Okpe…

DEATH AT SOWORE’S DOORSTEP

DEATH AT SOWORE’S DOORSTEP

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: THE spate of killings and the orgy of evil pervading the land, especially at the twilight of this regime, has become a painful riddle waiting to be unravelled. Families have been wantonly decimated by daredevil…

INDONESIA: HOME OF HOSPITALITY

INDONESIA: HOME OF HOSPITALITY

–Blank News Online (NIGERIA) –From Editor’s DESK: AS a diplomatic reporter, most of my work is among the diplomatic community. Having covered the foreign Missions in Nigeria for over 10 year now, I can say authoritatively that Indonesians are full of hospitality….

Think Outside The Box Within Our Environment For Needs You Can Provide, Survive On, YAGEPreneur Okafor Tells Delta Youths

Think Outside The Box Within Our Environment For Needs You Can Provide, Survive On, YAGEPreneur Okafor Tells Delta Youths

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) -By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: JOHN OKAFOR is the CEO of G.Husb Enterprise located at Ugbolu. He hails from Ika North East Local Government Area. He holds a BSC, MSC and is about to complete his PhD in Economics from the…

MUCH ADO ABOUT THE COVEN IN KANO

MUCH ADO ABOUT THE COVEN IN KANO

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: JUST like the three witches in William Shakespeare’s classic play, Macbeth, Nigeria politicians from all geopolitical zones, came in thunder, lightning and in the rain; invited and uninvited, fair or foul, just to meet with…

AFGHANISTAN: THE RETURN OF THE TALIBAN

AFGHANISTAN: THE RETURN OF THE TALIBAN

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT was just the right time for the embattled Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani to disappear; with his tail tucked between his legs, he did without looking back. The cover the American government gave him and…

Discipline, Commitment, Key To Success, YAGEPreneur Ogbiye Advises Fellow Beneficiaries

Discipline, Commitment, Key To Success, YAGEPreneur Ogbiye Advises Fellow Beneficiaries

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA)  –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: OGBIYE AYORUNME SIMON is the CEO of Omorovie Fish Farm located at YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster at Egbokodo-Itsekiri in Warri South Local Government Area. He got enrolled in the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme…

ABBA KYARI: A FLY IN THE OINTMENT?

ABBA KYARI: A FLY IN THE OINTMENT?

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: TAFA Balogun was a heavily built, haughty and hawkish cop who once traverse the length and breadth of our policing world. He was a former Inspector General of Police, who fell from office shamefully, with…

How GEEP Made Me Gainfully Employed, Says GEEPreneur Oge

How GEEP Made Me Gainfully Employed, Says GEEPreneur Oge

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: UCHUNU DOMINICA OGE: Many beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Job Creation Scheme have continued to share amazing testimonies of how the scheme took them out of the streets and made them meaningfully engaged to…

BETWEEN PATRIOTIC PLATITUDE, EMOTION AND JUSTICE

BETWEEN PATRIOTIC PLATITUDE, EMOTION AND JUSTICE

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: AMIDST the many compounded issues surrounding the ongoing trials of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Igboho, nationalistic ethos and fabricated echoes are almost always sounding like a broken record in our collective…

YAGEP Beneficiary Ascribes Business Success To Efforts Put Into Training

YAGEP Beneficiary Ascribes Business Success To Efforts Put Into Training

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: HELEN MORRISTER: The testimony of Helen Morrister is another success story of the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP). She is the Managing Director of Odhi Technical and Energy Services Fish Farm…

OF ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY AND ELITE INSENSITIVITY IN RECENT TIME

OF ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY AND ELITE INSENSITIVITY IN RECENT TIME

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: One of the major challenges of the Nigerian state, especially in a supposedly majoritarian rule such as ours, is the gross insensitivity of our elites to the real issue plaguing the nation. The mismanagement of…

FOUR YEARS AFTER, STEP BENEFICIARY SHARES AMAZING SUCCESS STORY -Says Gov. Okowa’s Job Creation Programme Real, Well Thought Out

FOUR YEARS AFTER, STEP BENEFICIARY SHARES AMAZING SUCCESS STORY -Says Gov. Okowa’s Job Creation Programme Real, Well Thought Out

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: ATANO, OCHUKO KELVIN has a BSC in Accounting and a PGD in Business Management from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. He hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area. He got enrolled in the Delta State Government’s…

Neither My Parents Nor I Would Have Afforded Starter Pack, Says STEPreneur Esienakerien

Neither My Parents Nor I Would Have Afforded Starter Pack, Says STEPreneur Esienakerien

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh: ESIENAKERIEN MERCY OMA: This episode of our weekly testimony features Mercy Oma Esienakerien, one of the beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) enrolled in the 2017/2018 Cycle. She was trained in Catering and…

GEEP Changed, Made Me Successful Oil Palm Consultant, Says GEEPreneur Aniuchi

GEEP Changed, Made Me Successful Oil Palm Consultant, Says GEEPreneur Aniuchi

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Gertrude ONYEKACHUKWU-UTEH: ANIUCHI IFEANYI ERNEST is one of the GEEP beneficiaries with IMC Oil Palm Plantations, Nsukwa. He hails from Ndokwa East Local Government Area and is an Agricultural Economics graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka….

MAZI NNAMDI KANU: THE CARROT AFTER THE STICK

MAZI NNAMDI KANU: THE CARROT AFTER THE STICK

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: AMIDST the settling smoke of crossfire and the simmering waters of hate, vexation, rant, threat, abuse and wanton provocation in the Southeast between the government and IPOB agitators, the recent arrest and repatriation of Mazi…

NIGERIA: A NATION LOOKING FOR HER PAST (1)

NIGERIA: A NATION LOOKING FOR HER PAST (1)

-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: IT is often said that when one is consistently nostalgic and desirous of the past, it is indicative of the fact that nothing is exciting about the present. Yet, this is where we found ourselves…

THE SOUTHEAST: A PEOPLE AND THEIR LEADERS

THE SOUTHEAST: A PEOPLE AND THEIR LEADERS

–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Austen AKHAGBEME: ONE of the most sensitive issues of discourse in Nigeria today is the security challenges in the South East. It is sensitive not because of the geographical location but the people, the enterprising and resilient…