­In 1994, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed October 5 to be World Teachers’ day. Having recognized the 5th October 1966 joint recommendations of UNESCO/ILO on the status of teachers, the world came together through the United Nations Agency and adopted October 5 as a day to celebrate teachers.

The International Teachers Day is held annually to commemorate teacher organizations worldwide. It aims at mobilizing support for teachers and ensuring that the educational needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

It is apt to state that the significance of this day applies mainly to most of the third world nations including Nigeria where teachers appear to be neglected and treated as third class citizens.

In our own state, Rivers State, instances abound which prove that our teachers have not fared well since taking over from the missionaries and the Asiatic educational expatriates (the Indians). In this part of the world, teachers still complain of delay in salary, lack of promotion, poor teaching facilities and the absence of effective welfare system. Some teachers in Rivers State have lost their lives to ailments that could have been handled under proper medical care. When an NNPC staff is enjoying the best medical attention, the teacher who taught and groomed him is subjected to the poorest healthcare provision.

Teachers in Rivers State receive 60 to 75 thousand naira as their take home and from that paltry sum, they pay their children’s fees, house rent, medical bills, transportation, feeding etc. How can the teachers get the best medical treatment for themselves and for their families?

The time has come for Rivers State to take care of her own teachers. The policies of welfare packages for the teachers should be legislated upon. Recently, there have been outcries of lack of promotion and delay in the payment of salaries and gratuities for retirees. We need to note that delaying the promotion of teachers and not paying their salaries and entitlements duly, is an inhibition to educational development and should be totally discouraged. The Federal government and the Rivers state government must begin to protect the dignity of Nigerian teachers and cause all relevant authorities to respect the teachers as the catalysts of all-round development in our great country.

With a deep sense of solidarity and with the hope of better days for Rivers State teachers, I wish all teachers in our great Country, Nigeria, a happy World Teachers’ day. I pray for God’s strength and wisdom as they continue diligently, in the service of educating our children.

God bless you all, God bless Rivers State and God bless Nigeria.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs.


APC women leaders of the 23 local government Areas of Rivers State, as well as women members of the state party executive and other prominent women stakeholders of the party, led by the state women leader, Evangelist Caroline Nagbo and her Deputy, Princess Urie, had an interface with Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs on Thursday the 21 September 2017, to further consolidate the unity of the party in the State and pledge full support and loyalty to the leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

The parley, convened solely by the women leaders, as part of their dedicated effort towards mobilizing women for the collective objective of building the party and strengthening the structures and resolve of members to be fully focused ahead of the 2019 electioneering season, equally served as an opportunity for them to highlight the core value of respect, which they described as a virtue that the women of APC hold sacred and which had prompted the interface with a well-respected personality like Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs, in order to promote a sense of unity and belonging and to share ideas on the need to strengthen the party through membership support and loyalty to the leadership in the state.

Addressing the women, after the preliminary official formalities had been dispensed with, Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the women for deeming him worthy of the auspicious invitation to interface with them at such a high level gathering and pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the leadership of the party in the state, even as he applauded them for their dedication and commitment to embrace the challenging but achievable quest to strengthen and unite the APC in Rivers State.

He further commended their zeal, courage and faithfulness to the party over the years and while urging them not to hesitate to call on him whenever the need arises, assured them of his support to their positive efforts and activities in promoting party unity and harmony amongst member at all times.

“Let me start by thanking all of us for our commitment to the APC cause and for finding me worthy of your presence. I am one of you today because you have made appealing impacts as the frontrunners of the party. I am thankful because you kept on with the struggle and even when it looked like the road was very difficult, you kept the APC alive. And today, the APC has become the conscience of Rivers State and it is because of the foresightedness of all of you who are here,” Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs addressed them.

Speaking further, the distinguished legal luminary went down memory lane and extolled the virtues of women and their important role in society, even under very harsh and challenging circumstances and while recalling the brave and courageous initiatives the APC women have undertaken to ensure the continued sustenance of the party in the state, emphasized the need for them and indeed all party members to recognize and respect the leadership of the party always.

He said: “Growing up, life was rough but my mother was always there for me, so I know that I will not be a man today if not for the woman that God gave me as a mother. So, no matter what happens, I value women, I respect them because they remind me every day of the sufferings that my mother went through to raise me. There is enormous responsibility that the women carry, and if not for you, this party will not be anywhere. I thank all of you for holding firm, for agreeing that what we have in Rivers State is one God, one state, one party (The All Progressives Congress) and one leader, the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Now, when you have all of that, it means that your victories are guaranteed,” he assured them.

Encouraging the APC Women and other party members to be firm and committed in their resolve to put the party first and ensure total victory for the APC in the 2019 elections, Chief Lulu-Briggs said, “I want to tell us that 2019 is a defining moment for all of us and nobody appreciates that better than the leader of the party. It means a lot more for him that we win the 2019 election, than it means to almost all of us who are also members of this party and who have all kinds of aspirations. It will be wrong of me or anybody to input wrong motives in his actions, because frankly, it will be more costly to him if we make any mistake in 2019 than it will be to all of us who are aspiring. Therefore, it is important that we give him the benefit of the doubt.


“The leader of the party Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi believes that we must build a Rivers State that will not be hostile to our children, a state that will love them and provide opportunities for them to realize their full potentials. It is important for him to ensure that the state begins to work for every man, woman and child. Today, Rivers State is struggling to find her feet while Lagos State has moved on,” he informed them.

Rounding up his brief remarks to the APC Women, the humble business mogul and loyal party chieftain told them that, “It has to be about you and not about the person contesting elections; it has to be about all of us. So we need to have people who are capable and are willing to expand the economy to accommodate all Rivers people. For whatever opportunity God gives to us, He expects us to use it to enrich the lives of the people. Nothing means more to us than the love that we show to one another, so we should pray to get people who will get into positions and remember that it was never about them, that it is just a position they hold in trust in order to explore resources in a manner that will make provisions for every Rivers man, woman and child,” he enjoined them.

“There are two important moments in the life of everybody; the day you were born and the day you realized why you were born. I have realized that I was born to serve; I was born to share my life with people.  I hope that in 2019, we will be able to bring back that Rivers State that cared for all of us. We have to begin to love again, the money we store in the banks for our children won’t give them happiness; what will give them joy is that they have a society that cares for them,” he concluded.

In her own remarks, the Rivers State APC women leader, Evangelist Caroline Nagbo, thanked Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu Briggs for honouring their invitation, as well as recognizing and also deeming it fit to interface with the women of APC in Rivers State, even as she lauded the humility and altruism displayed by the frontline politician and expressed deep gratitude to him for understanding the plight of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and appreciating the fact that he has made great sacrifices for the growth and development of Rivers State.


The woman leader who spoke deeply about the sufferings of Rt. Hon. Amaechi at the hands of detractors whose trade was to cast down rather than lift up, declared that the leader of the party believes in development and the raising of Rivers people, adding that Amaechi’s resolve to channel resources towards the cause of development, among other things, brought him so much persecution and sufferings.

She then recounted the sufferings that APC women had gone through simply because they stood by their convictions in 2015 and beyond and stated with all sense of pride that despite the obvious challenges and temptations, no APC woman jumped ship as they remained intact and solidly behind Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Describing Rt. Hon. Amaechi as one with great vision for women, the APC Woman leader affirmed that the vision came to a manifestation through the invaluable support of Dame Judith Amaechi, wife of the former Rivers Governor and now the current minister of transportation and the leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC Rivers State Chapter.

Evangelist Caroline Nagbo said: “Dame Judith ensured that there was an adequate representation of women in all aspects of governance. Her husband granted those wishes and positioned women strategically. The women of APC are solidly behind Rotimi for being a good leader and for recognizing the sufferings of women. The leader himself has suffered so much persecution in the hands of detractors but he is God’s anointed; he shall always emerge victorious,” she posited confidently.


Extolling Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs for his humility and the respectful decision to follow the proper channels and the recognized due process defined by the rules and guidelines when he joined the APC, she said, “We are happy with you because your coming into APC didn’t bring sorrow and confusion. Your method of entrance; recognizing the grassroots, the ward executive and units officers, prove that indeed, you are a true politician. Your membership in APC has added value to the party. What is more exciting to us is that you are supportive of our leader, you are loyal and obedient to him, praying with him and committed to the objective of building and strengthening the party. We appreciate your good role sir. God will bless you for recognizing the pains that we have all gone through. We believe in the vision of Rotimi, and will follow him all the way,” she enthused.

Exhorting Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Rivers APC top Woman admonished that, “It is written that when a man humbles himself, God lifts him up. We are touched by your level of humility. Humility is the way of our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Our leader is a very compassionate man and your remarks about him today tells us that you are that proverbial child that sits at the feet of his father and learns wisdom. You are loyal, obedient and supportive, God will reward you equally,” she prayed for him.


Dumo Lulu-Briggs


Nigerians have been advised to embrace ways and acts of rendering quality service to their communities, in order to add greater value to the lives of their people and empower coming generations to be properly equipped to face the emerging developmental challenges of the future.

This admonition was given by distinguished Rivers state legal luminary and front-line chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state, Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, as he paid his last respects to the departed late Chief Anson A-U Bibu Nke-ee, Father of Hon. Friday Nubari Nkee (a.k.a Fenco International), of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

It was indeed a day of solidarity and deep expression of love as Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, in the company of his close associates, travelled all the way to the peace loving and agrarian town of Okwale in Khana LGA of Rivers State, to fraternize with the bereaved Nke-ee family on Saturday 16 September, 2017.


Delivering a brief eulogy at the occasion, Chief Lulu-Briggs described the late Pa Nke-ee as a father figure and role model who impacted his community and the lives of his people positively throughout his long and worthy existence.

“We are here to pay our last respect to late chief Anson A-U Bibu Nke-ee. He is the father of my good  friend, Numbari who we address popularly as “Fenco International” and he has done tremendously for his community”

Speaking further Chief Lulu-Briggs observed that though the late Pa Nke-ee had no formal education, his visionary disposition and love for his community motivated him to embrace education as a priority not just for his family but indeed for his community.

“Chief Nke-ee had no formal education but he made sure that all his children, not just his children, but those of even other members of the community went to school.

“He understood the importance of education and did so much for his community. As a man who clocked 96 years of age in a world of so much uncertainty, I have no doubt in me that Chief Anson Nke-ee lived a good life. I urge Nigerians to emulate the exemplary life of Chief Anson Nke-ee and render such quality and humanitarian service to their comminities” he enthused.

Describing the funeral event as one that aroused mixed feelings of sadness and joy, Barr. Lulu-Briggs noted however, that the departure of Pa. Nke-ee to eternity, has created a vacuum that will always be felt by his entire family and he will always be missed.

“Today you could see in the rains, how people troopped out to honour a man who had given so much to his community. We had to defy the rains, not just because his son has done well both as a former commissioner, but now as a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and we are proud of him, but most importantly, that Pa Nke-ee had done tremendously well for his people and community and lived till he was 96.

“God honoured  him with long life. God blessed him with fantastic children and a great family and you can see that the entire community is happy. That is the reason we joined them today as they are paying their last respect to a man who had given them so much in life. It is on this note that we decided to come and comfort our brother, Hon. Friday Nubari Nke-ee and his family. That’s why we are here today,” Chief Lulu-Briggs eulogized.

He then thanked the people for the wonderful reception accorded him and his entourage to the event, and prayed for God to turn the family’s grief to joy and bless them abundantly.

Departing from the solemn event in Khana LGA, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and his entourage arrived Port Harcourt and  proceeded to the joyful celebration with the family of former member of the Federal House of Representatives and now Executive Director Marine and Operations, Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies, on the occasion of their daughter, Lady Odima-a Winston Dagogo’s marital journey with Mr. Obinna Kanu, which was concluded on Saturday 16 September, after a colourful Traditional marriage last week, which was also graced by the presence of Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs.

A well respected personality in the social circuit, Chief Lulu-Briggs attended the wedding reception where he felicitated with Dr. Sokonte Davies and while  expressing his delight over the successful nuptial ceremony, shared in the joy of the family, even as he wished the newly wedded couple a marital union full of bliss and God’s blessings.

Chief (Barr. ) Dumo Lulu-Briggs was accompanied to both functions by eminent and distinguished sons and daughters of Rivers state.


At the Port Harcourt Digital Skills Training program organized by Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation (DYF23) in conjunction with Google


Hurrying from the land of Queen Elizabeth (the United Kingdom) to honor the young Riverians who converged at The Arena in Port Harcourt on the last day of the digital skills acquisition program, his bird touched down at a Lagos Airport, then at the Port Harcourt International Airport, and quickly after the night’s rest, he broke into a sprint at the given chance to coalesce with the young people at the Digital Training ground.

He didn’t prepare any speech; there was no need and time for that. He is already well educated and equipped on the matter; Industrial advancement is his trade and passion, plus, he has the oratorical advantage, and so he took the rostrum right away and said thus:

“My name is Dumo Lulu Briggs. I feel excited today, and my excitement is that Rivers state is getting prepared to take the lead in this country.

I was praying that our youths will be interested in learning because the impression everywhere all over the country is that our youths are more interested in guns and not in education. Now, your example yesterday and today has just proven them wrong. What it clearly means is that we have not bothered to invest enough in our young. We have not bothered to give them direction, and there is no greater responsibility that we have, whether you are government, whether you are in business, if you are an elite, you have no greater responsibility than to educate the next generation. And then we know that our economy is also oil dependent, but you can see that as though there’s a conspiracy; all over the world, there’s an effort to reduce dependence on oil. Very soon, even the cars that you drive will be electric. So, it tells you that technology is the way to go. ICT, Information Communication Technology is the oil of the 21st century.

I am glad that you are getting actively engaged because today, you can use it in all spheres; you can use it to socialize, use it to communicate; I mean as you do on the social media groups etc.

Most of us think that we can use ICT to just engage with our friends; just gist, (how are you? Good morning, how was your night). The world over is using ICT to make money, ICT is a business. And that is why we deemed it fit to partner with Google to come and explain to our young how to make the most of the next economy. You are going to be very active players, we expect a revolution in Rivers state, we expect to be number one, and I am glad that we are so actively engaged. We have to use education for everything; it has to be the corner stone of any development plan. And there is no better group to equip with that plan than the young people that I see here. I see all of these faces and I can tell you that Google is also very proud of you; this is the largest crowd at any Google event. The world over, this is the largest crowd at any Google event, so, it tells me that we are prepared to take positive advantage of any opportunity given to us. We are a resource people, we are highly intelligent, we just need to be motivated, and I personally will continue to invest in the youths of Rivers state.

I’ve had to set up a foundation to see how we can help our young more through mentorship. We don’t have to throw money at situations. We have to teach our people how to fish rather than give them fish and I know that all of you are eager to take on every opportunity that would come your way. I am also prepared. We are going to have another event much larger than this; I didn’t anticipate that we were going to have a crowd like this. Now that I know that there is that zeal; that desire by all of us to learn, we are going to organize very shortly, perhaps in the next two-three months, we are going to have another event like this, much bigger. And we are going to also try to see how you will not just come and learn; if there’s any other form of assistance we can give to take you slightly from point A to point B, we shall make all of those provisions.

My interest is you, I had to cut short a program I was having in the UK, because I didn’t think that I would have done you well if I didn’t try to come and encourage you and see the faces of young people that is the hope of this state; the hope of this nation. So I had to cut short my engagement and I arrived Lagos last night and I took the flight to be here today.

I thank you for allowing me to engage with you; it’s actually my honor, it’s a privilege that I will not take for granted, and I am going to very quickly drop the microphone so that you can continue to learn. The essence of this gathering is for you to be equipped with the tools that you need to succeed in this very highly competitive 21st century. My coming to speak to you is just to encourage you but I tell you that in the next two three months we shall have a bigger event, more enlightening, richer than this and I assure you that you will go back with something slightly in addition to what you’ve had between yesterday and today.

I thank you so much and I thank Google.

There are two important moments in the life of every human being: the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born. I discovered that I was born to serve people and we don’t have to wait to be elected into any position to do that service. So, be assured that this engagements shall continue until we get to a point where we know that yes Rivers State is born again in terms of education. We have lost our status in the Nigerian Economy; we have to recover that, we have to be the California of America, if we cannot, because Lagos is so far ahead of us right now; we have to at least be the Texas of Nigeria. So, we are starting a revolution to educate our people and that revolution begins with you. Thank you.”

It is unquestionable that words spoken from the heart and not from papers, bear the mark of originality and passion. May God strengthen DLB and bless Rivers people.




A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has felicitated with Muslims in Rivers State and Nigeria on the occasion of the 2017 Eid-il-Kabir celebrations.

Chief Lulu-Briggs in a statement released by his Media Team, on Friday September 1, in Port Harcourt, enjoined all Muslim faithfuls in Rivers State and Nigerians in general to always display the spiritual tenets of the Eid, which are love, peace and justice in their daily living and contribute to the development of the state and nation.

“I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-il-Kabir celebrations.

“As we celebrate Eid-il-Kabir, which signifies obedience and sacrifice in commemoration of Ibrahim’s (Abraham) obedience to a command from God, it is my hope and prayer that we imbibe the spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, as well as display tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty.

“On behalf of my family, I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid-il-Kabir in Rivers State, Nigeria and around the world.

“Let us also remind ourselves in this joyful period, of the importance of respecting the faiths and beliefs of all. I therefore wish to enjoin all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation. Our strength as a nation is in our unity and I want to appeal to all Nigerians to always put the interest of the country above all other considerations in all we do. We have no other country so lets join hands to make Nigeria work for us and our future generation.

“May the lessons and blessings of the this holy period positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or place of origin and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.

“It is my hope that this holidays will bring joy to all of your homes, both here in Rivers State, Nigeria and around the world,” he felicitated.

DLB Media Team


As the realities of the failures and inability of the current administration to deliver on promised dividends of democracy, many Rivers people are already clamouring for the APC and Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs (DLB) to emerge and change the status quo.

A political group, Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) made this assertion when it paid a solidarity visit to Chief Lulu-Briggs at his office in Port Harcourt.

Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

Leader of the group boasted of twelve thousand voting strength in Ward 15 of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Nwoha Boniface Obinuchi said the visit became necessary as the people have lost confidence in the current government’s ability to rescue them from insecurity with killings, beheadings and kidnappings becoming recurring events in recent times.

Mr. Nwoha Boniface Obinuchi (M), Leader of the Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN)

The group said it sought to find out DLB’s stance, whether he will consider be contesting the 2019 election and appealed on behalf of Rumuekini people that he makes himself available for the number one position in the state as they believe he has the will and capacity to redeem Rivers State from the dwindling fortunes occasioned by misgovernance.

Concern Rumuekini Foundation Forum (CRFF) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

Similarly, another group, the Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) with membership of different political parties from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state has equally entreated the frontline Rivers politician to vie for the governorship of the state under the APC come 2019 as Rivers youths were looking up to him to make the difference.

Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

YALN is a youth pressure group that is clamouring for Rivers youths to be meaningfully engaged politically as against the cheerleaders and errand boys role they currently play during elections.

Leader of the group, Comrade Promise Ukachukwu said they have been monitoring DLB’s antecedence and his huge investments in youths through the DYF (Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation).

Comrade Promise Ukachukwu (M), leader of Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN)


Comrade Ukachukwu said the group is convinced DLB is the only one amongst other frontline Rivers politicians that truly understands the importance of youth development and therefore appealed to him to consider taking up the challenge to run for the governorship of Rivers State.

Young Aspiring Leaders Network (YALN) Excos with members of the Liberation Movement

They also formally invited him to address Rivers youths during their youth confab holding on the 14th of September, 2017 at the NUJ secretariat in Port Harcourt.

Amieye Farouk (AKA Baba T), addressing the groups

Receiving both groups separately on behalf of DLB who was out of town, Hon. Okem Okocha the DG. of the Liberation Movement and Amieye Farouk (AKA Baba T) promised to convey their message to the business mogul and urged the youths to maintain their non violent disposition to cause the change they are aspiring for.

Hon. Okem Okocha, DG. of the Liberation Movement

Hon. Okocha thanked them for the visits and urged them to go back and mobilise their members to register with the APC in their wards and also make sure they get their PVCs ready if they seriously desire a change in the leadership of the state.


It is not out of place to describe Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs as a rare personality on account of his exceptional ability to perform as a topmost businessman, grassroots politician and celebrity. Dumo is an all-rounder that achieves excellence with so much humility and easy.

In one week, the Chairman and Chief Executive of several blue-chip companies and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) could meet with his partners in London, preside over Board meetings in Lagos, hold political meetings in Port Harcourt and his hometown, Abonnema and still finds time to honour social functions.

Our camera lens captured recent social activities of this Rivers State born philanthropist.

L – R: Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Dame Judith Amaechi and Joi Nunieh at the Thanksgiving of Nsima Ekere’s

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with the former governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Timipre Sylva

Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs attended the thanksgiving Service in honour of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere at the Council premises at Ikot Abasi Local Government headquarter.

Mr. Nsima Ekere, Managing Director, NDDC


Chief DLB with Dakuku Peterside at the thanksgiving of Mr. Nsima Ekere



Senator Daisy Danjuma, the celebrant

Senator Daisy danjuma, wife of General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd.) recently celebrated her 65th birthday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

Senator Daisy Danjuma and husband, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd).

Some face of celebrities at the bash:

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with Joi Nunieh and the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with celebrant (Sen Daisy Danjuma), Joi Nunieh and Mrs Chris Najomo

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Niyi Adebayo, Joi Nunieh and Ruth Osime

Celebrant, Sen Daisy Danjuma, with Joi Nunieh (L) and a friend

Chief DLB with Senator Adede and wife, Joi Nunieh and other friends

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with Justice Oguntade of the Supreme Court and his wife.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs with Senator Adede

Chief DLB with immediate past country MD of Shell, Dr. Somonu and Joi Nunieh

Chief DLB with Tony Elumelu, Chairman, UBA Group and HEIRS Foundation

Chief DLB with Herbert Wigwe, Group MD, Access Bank and Joi Nunieh

Celebrant, Senator Daisy Danjuma with husband, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (Rtd), rocking the dance floor



The All Progressives Congress in Akuku-Toru LGA, on Saturday 29th July, 2017, conducted the APC STATE-WIDE CONGRESS, meant to elect delegates for the party’s forth-coming National delegates Convention.

The Congress which witnessed the presence of party chieftains, Party faithfuls, INEC observers led by Ajiwa Adeye, DSS, Police and Independent observers was peaceful, hitch-free, and successfully conducted. The Media was also handy to cover the event which lasted amidst a heavy downpour.

The Congress, held at the AKULGA multi-purpose hall, saw the emergence of Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Madam Ngoba Karibi Whyte and Chief Dabo Dappa as the elected delegates.

Speaking on behalf of the elected delegates, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs thanked everyone for their support in making the congress run smoothly and above all the trust reposed on them the elected delegates to represent the LGA at the National Convention; promising that they (the elected delegates) will serve to the best of their abilities. Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs reiterated the fact that as party members, their first responsibility is building the party at the State level under the leadership of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. According to him the new narrative for him is “one God, one party, one State, one leadership and all round victories.”

The exercise, conducted by the APC Delegate Convention Committee was led by Peterside Godwin as Chairman Returning Officer, Allwell Brown Ibifama as Secretary, and Joyce Ali as member; while Hon. Dabiri Tubotamuno, a member of the statutory delegates anchored the congress. Other statutory delegates also present at the congress include Hon. Nicholas Ikiriko (secretary), Hon. Fredericks Alalibo (member).

Congratulations to the newly elected State-wide APC Delegates.




The best foundation any one can lay for the future is one erected on the platform of good education. This was the eloquent statement made by Platform Petroleum on Wednesday June 28, 2017 at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Side view of the building

The occasion was the commissioning of a brand new, purpose-built Geosciences Department building donated by Platform Petroleum and built in honour of its pioneer Managing Director, Austin Avuru.

It was a momentous and joyous occasion that had the academic community of dons and students commending the oil company for providing a much improved teaching and learning environment for both the lecturers and students of the Department of Geology.

Cutting of the tape by the Honourable Minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

It was equally auspicious on account of the fact that the facility was not only built and named in honour of an alumnus, it was also commissioned by another illustrious alumnus, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

Speaking at the commissioning an obviously elated Austin Avuru said “look behind me and you will see my old department where I graduated from 37 years ago. It almost lost its academic accreditation, so when Platform Petroleum asked what they could do in my honour I did not hesitate. It came as a huge relief to the department.”

L-R: Orjiako, Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs; Vice Chancellor, Austin Avuru; Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; HRM Dr. Edmund Daukoru and Engr. Osarienwen Owieadolor

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, acknowledged that Platform Petroleum has indeed “provided a solution to the dearth of staff offices, classrooms, laboratories and workshop in our Department of Geology and established a platform for making the Department a global Centre of excellence in the study of Geosciences.”

Austin Avuru(R) with dignitaries at the event

In his own comments, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman of Platform Petroleum said the company took up the challenge because of their belief in qualitative education.

Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman Board of Directors, Platform Petroleum Limited

According to him “the more equipped our children are the more inspired they would be to move the country to greater heights.”

Dr Ibe Kachikwu commended Platform Petroleum for the gesture while calling on other corporate citizens and alumni of Nigerian institutions to emulated Platform.

L-R: Dr. Nwapa; Prof Kalu Mosto; Austin Avuru; Nathaniel Ibini; Austin Abaneme; Moshe Amaechi


“The building is not significant only in terms of the mortar and bricks. It is significant in terms of what message it is sending. The message is that graduates of Nigerian Universities who study in the best schools and the best environments can produce the best results.”

L-R: Engr Osariewen Owieadolor; Chief (Barr.) Dumo Lulu-Briggs; & Austin Avuru

The new building is larger and more conducive than the old departmental building and according to the Acting Group Managing Director of Platform, Moshe Amaechi, the idea is to “increase the quality of learning in the university and enhance the quality of education for the staff and students of the Department of Geology.”

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And as if echoing that sentiment, a student said “we are very, very happy about the building because it is going to create a lot of things we didn’t have before.”

Engr. Longfellow Atakele; Engr. Osariewen Owieadolor; Akindele Ono; HRM Dr. Edmund Daukoru; Senator Bassey Henshaw; Anne Ene-Ita

Platform Petroleum Group of Companies is an indigenous exploration and production oil and gas producing companies in Nigeria, who are committed to giving back to the society through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

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Press Release


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs has congratulated Senator Magnus Abe and other APC members on their victories at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja. The other members are Dr. Barry Mpigi, Hon. Maurice Pronem, Hon. Josiah Olu, Hon. Innocent Barikor, Hon. Friday Nkeeh, Mr Chidi Wihioka and Azubuike Wanjoku.

In a congratulatory message issued in Port Harcourt, Chief (Barr.) Dumo-Lulu Briggs said the tribunal’s ruling was an affirmation of the mandate freely given to these worthy representatives by the good people of Rivers State.

“I received with delight, news of the judgement of the Election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja which upheld the elections of chieftains of our great party in the December 10th Rerun legislative polls in our state.

“This significant judgement is an affirmation of the mandate freely given to these APC chieftains by their constituents” he said.

“I wish to felicitate with a lawmaker per excellence, the very articulate Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe, and my brothers, Dr. Barry Mpigi, Hon. Maurice Pronem, Hon. Josiah Olu, Hon. Innocent Barikor, Hon. Friday Nkeeh, Mr Chidi Wihioka and Azubuike Wanjoku as their prayers were granted by the elections petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja.

“The judgement no doubt is a clear indication of their overwhelming victories at the December 10th polls. I therefore commend the judiciary for renewing the faith of Nigerians in the tenets of rule of law and justice,” he added.

Chief Lulu-Briggs stressed that the victory of the APC chieftains is a confirmation of the love and trust Rivers people have for the APC and the ability of the party to win every free and fair election in the State.