Okowa, deputy take oath of office in Delta


Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, took their oath of allegiance to serve the state for another four-year term on Wednesday in Asaba.

Okowa and Otuaro won their ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Their oath was administered by the Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshall Umukoro, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Okowa signed the oath at about 10.43 a.m., while his deputy signed earlier at about 10.28 a.m.

They pledged to abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to deliver equitable development to the people of Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the colourful ceremony was witnessed by many prominent citizens of the state, including James Ibori, a former governor of the state.


The pilot that died after crashing a helicopter on the roof of a New York City high-rise earlier this month was flying “erratically” and “did not know where he was”  moments before the fatal accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Tuesday.

He waited in the lobby of the heliport for around two hours where “he was continuously checking weather conditions using his tablet computer.” McCormack reportedly told staff that he saw a “twenty-minute window to make it out,” before heading back alone to the helicopter for takeoff.

Data collected by the Federal Aviation Administration showed the path of the aircraft that lead to its eventual crash. McCormack first flew south over the East River, before changing his direction northbound. Around 5 to 7 minutes after takeoff he radioed to the Atlantic Aviation heliport that he wanted to return has he “did not know where he was.”

The massive emergency response on Monday after a helicopter crashed on a building in New York City.

The massive emergency response on Monday after a helicopter crashed on a building in New York City. (Greg Norman/Fox News)

The NTSB stated in its report that McCormack “flew erratically over the East River, changed course and altitude several times before making a 270-degree turn” back to the airport before again changing direction and crashing into the high rise.

“A witness recorded video of a portion of the flight as the helicopter was flying in and out of clouds. The helicopter descended rapidly from the clouds in a nose down pitch attitude, appeared to initially transition to a level pitch attitude before climbing into the overcast cloud ceiling and out of view,” the report stated.

Image FDNY released from the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the scene of Monday’s helicopter crash.

Image FDNY released from the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the scene of Monday’s helicopter crash.(FDNY)

The crash site was contained to a 100 feet long by 20 feet wide area where investigators say the seven-seat helicopter was severely damaged and engulfed in flames.

The preliminary report found that weather conditions included an overcast with relatively low visibility compared to flight rules weather minimums.

A look into McCormack’s experience found that he held a commercial pilot certificate with a helicopter rating since 2004 and he had reported over 2,800 hours of total flight experience.

Buhari promises to make police, judiciary more efficient


“Police and judiciary are to be in frontline of law and order. They should be able to know the offender in their communities.

“What the government needs to do is to provide the basic need. People should try to expose criminals in their communities, “ he said.

Buhari hailed Nigerians for their love, respect and trust in him.

He commended them for finding him worthy to rule for the second term in the office.

Buhari linked the secret of love, respect and trust he enjoyed from Nigerian citizens to his hard work to survive in life.

He further promised that he would continue to do his best towards national security.

He noted that his coming to power in 2015 was a relief to North-East of the country because there was reduction of activities of Boko Haram in the region.

He said the administration had ensured food security by making fertilizer available and affordable for the farmers.

The president expressed displeasure on the late passage of 2019 Budget by the National Assembly (NASS).

“ I feel very bad indeed. NASS to hold the Budget for seven months,“ he said.

He said the present administration had worked tirelessly to recover looted money from banks in Europe and U.S.

He explained that the recovery was a gradual process by investigation.

He said government was intensifying effort to fix roads, improve power and other infrastructure to make the business booming as well as encourage foreigners to invest in the country.


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May 2019