Okowa Urges Council Chairmen To Ensure Payment Of Salaries

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa presided at the swearing-in ceremony of the Chairmen of Ethiope East and Ughelli North local government areas, Chief Faith Majemite and Hon. Godwin Adode respectively, saying payment of salaries should be a priority.

According to Governor Okowa who spoke at the impressive ceremony that took place at Government House, Asaba, chairmen of councils “should pay salaries first before engaging in any other venture.”

He also, challenged the Chairmen of Councils in the state to pay special attention to environmental cleanliness, noting that clean cities and towns are necessary to attract inventors and make such areas habitable.

“We must institute lasting measures to keep our environments clean, it is the duty of local government councils to keep the environment clean, our environment must be clean for investors to come in, make us healthier and happy,” the Governor said

He observed that the state government had intervened severally in the area of making the state clean despite the fact that it is the duty of local government councils to ensure such.

Governor Okowa also, urged the Chairmen to take issues of primary health care serious by cooperating with the state Primary Health Care Agency, and harnessing the benefits of the contributory health insurance scheme of his administration.

The Governor who congratulated the Chairmen and the Vice Chairmen, including the Councillors for their victories at the polls, used the occasion to also, take the issue of security serious in their areas and ensure that they leave within their council areas, asserting, “we will not have absentee chairmen and councillors, live in your local government areas, at all times we should note that our position is to serve the people, we must be humble with the way we relate with people.”

“You (council chairmen) should find out what is going on at the state government level and ensure that your people key into the programmes of the state government, be prudent with the management of resources and do not be lousy on the job,” the Governor said.

Responding on behalf of her colleague, Chief Majemite assured Governor Okowa, the government and people of Delta State that they will carry out their functions diligently with rendering of selfless service as the watchword.

Dr Chris Oharisi in a chat with journalists shortly after the event, observed that the inauguration of the two chairmen showed the beauty of democracy as their election was held at a date different from that of their colleagues.

“Today, we are here to cheer our Chairmen, show solidarity with our party, you know the first set of 23 Council Chairmen were sworn-in last Monday and today, we just witnessed the swearing-in of two other chairmen, it is the beauty of democracy and showed that the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) carried out its job diligently and ensured that elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere,”
Dr Oharisi who is a member of the Governing Council, Delta State School of Health Technology, Ofuoma – Ughelli said.

DTSG Approves More Drainage Control Measures In Asaba

Delta State Government in her determination to checkmate the menace of incessant flooding from rain water, has approved the construction of more storm water control measures in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Disclosing this today in a meeting with Zonal Chief Engineers and Superintending Engineers in the 25 local government area, the Commissioner for works, Chief James Augoye, explained that the storm water control measures are sited on Ralph Uwechue and DBS Roads and would discharge into the Anwai and Amilimocha rivers respectively.

Chief Augoye expressed displeasure that the contractors were yet to return to site despite the payment made to them by the State Government in December and directed all contractors handling road projects in the state to mobilize back to site before Monday, January 15th.

He further stressed that they make judicious use of the dry season as the rains would likely set in early as forecasted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

The Works commissioner enjoined the Superintending Engineers not to hesitate to report any contractor who flaunted the directives stressing that Government would do everything to ensure that all on-going projects were completed by within this dry season

Chief Augoye told the superintending Engineers to do a little more above performance by supervising contractors closely to ensue that works are done according to specifications.

Responding on behalf of the Superintending Engineers, the Engr Eric Chukwu pledged their resounding support to the actualization of the SMART Agenda of Governor Okowa.

Star Projects Depend On Benefits Derivable By The People – Okowa

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed confidence that all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will be quartered within a vicinity to ensure efficiency in service delivery.

Governor Okowa made the disclosure while inspecting on-going work at a multi-billion naira secretariat complex in Asaba.

According to the Governor, “when people talk about star projects, we wonder what they mean because, what we look at before engaging in the execution of any project is the benefits of such projects to Deltans; over N12 Billion is being spent for the construction of this Secretariat which on completion, will house 27 MDAs to ensure development, management, and ease of communication between government agencies.”

“The Secretariat when completed will be a complex of 6 floors and as you can see, 90 percent of the workers at the site are sourced locally, this is what gives me joy and the contractors have assured us that the project will be delivered within two years,” the Governor said, adding, “we are carrying out inspection of projects because we are committed to ensuring that projects are delivered to specifications and will stand the test of time.”

Governor Okowa who also, inspected the construction of Fear God Street (Bonsaac) and construction of Pat Kanayo Okonta Street/Amaechi Uzuegbu Street/part of Nze Francis Street/Onwa Nwa Chinemelu Street, Phase 1, Asaba in Oshimili South local government area, expressed confidence at the level of work being done at the sites, noting that the box culvert drains would ensure that flood water is properly channeled in the area.

He observed that the area is densely populated and requires government infrastructure, assuring that the State Universal Basic Education Board will work in union with the traditional rulers to provide public schools in the area.

The Governor who was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, the member representing Oshimili South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, some members of the state executive council was applauded by residents of the areas visited for providing amenities in their areas.

He also, inspected the level of work done at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba preparatory to the 2018 edition of Confederation of African Athletics’ [CAA] organized African Senior Athletics Championship which will be hosted by the state.