NEWS BULLETIN ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

NO.DTS 0738: DTSG ASSURES OF PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR WORKERS, DELTANS
NO.DTS 0739: DELTA URBAN RENEWAL COMMISSIONER SAY NO CONFLICT EXISTS WITH WORKS MINISTRY
NO.DTS 0740: ATIKU ABUBAKAR EXPECTED IN ASABA TOMORROW AS NAME SPEAKS ON RELEVANCE OF VISIT
NO.DTS 0741: OKOWA SAYS NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER WHEN THERE IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD
NO.DTS 0742: OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS LEADERS TO LIVE EXEMPLARY LIFE
NO.DTS 0743: HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST ADVISES UDU YOUTH AGAINST RESTIVENESS

Editor: Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0738: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
DTSG ASSURES OF PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR WORKERS, DELTANS

The Government of Delta State today expressed worries over the practice by some unscrupulous civil servants who allegedly collude with dubious contractors to compromise professional standards in project execution across the state.

Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Joseph Ogeh who expressed this concern during a ministerial press briefing in Asaba, warned that any civil servant caught in the act will be made to face severe sanctions.

Ogeh told newsmen that the compromising attitude of some staff of the ministry with dubious contractors which end up in the delivery of sub-standard projects was a major challenge to the government.

He said some staff who were caught in the unholy romance with contractors had been demoted, adding some were made to resign while others were made to lose their promotion to the next level.

Ogeh who did not, however, reveal the number of personnel that had been sanctioned for compromising standards in project execution, state that the specifics could be obtained from the Office of the Head of Service.

He said that the sale of Guinea House, a property of the state located in Lagos was carried out by the immediate past administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in line with the established due process.

According to him, “This is not supposed to be an issue because it is a property of the state. It was sold by the last administration, we only came to meet the documents. Based on the documents, the sale followed due process.”

Ogeh stated that the ministry has embarked on housing projects aimed at providing affordable houses for Deltans and other residents of the state.

He said a fresh contract for the completion of 154 three and four bedroom bungalows at Okerenkoko was awarded to Disek Integrated Global Limited in October last year at 2,905,385,852.23.

Ogeh stated that ministry had equally be involved in the renovation of government residential quarters and offices just as it completed the construction of Head of Service office complex in Asaba at the cost of N477,169,721.05, among other projects.

The housing Commissioner disclosed that the Ministry has structured out modalities to ensure civil servants and private sectors to own their houses.

The Commissioner further listed the renovation of government quarters and some offices at Asaba, to include the construction of the Head of Service office complex and office building for state independent electoral commission as well as the remodeling/rehabilitation of Governor’s lodge Abuja as major activities embarked upon by the Ministry.

On the redevelopment of the Junior Staff Quarters, the commissioner said that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa placed a very high premium on the state civil servants to own their homes, saying that it was why the governor approved the owner-occupation policy.

Mr. Ogeh noted that the Ministry of Housing had aligned to SMART Agenda of the state government, explaining that the multiplier effect had led to the wealth creation and provision of Jobs direct and indirect jobs for Deltans as well as the transformation of the environment through urban renewal.

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NO.DTS 0739: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
DELTA URBAN RENEWAL COMMISSIONER SAY NO CONFLICT EXISTS WITH WORKS MINISTRY

The Commissioner for Unban Renewal, Mr Peter Asupa Forteta, has clarified that no conflict exists between his ministry of that of works.

The commissioner who made the clarification today at a press briefing in Asaba said that the budgetary allocations of both ministries were clearly spelled out, noting that his ministry was an interventionist department of government.

Mr. Forteta debunked insinuation that the Ministry of Urban Renewal was not having Asaba in its agenda, saying that if the need arises, projects would be executed in Asaba, alongside the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency.

Forteta added that some of the road projects awarded between December 2016 have gotten to advanced stage such as Obotobo 1 and Obotobo 11 – Sokobolu -Yokri Road in Burutu L.G.A, 18.71km length road awarded 9th DEC 2016 at a total sum of N1,667,629,659.70, the project which is ongoing and at 60% completion.

The road at Orerokpe/Oviore road with a bridge in Okpe L.G.A is 20% completion and also the construction of N.C.C. Institute/Housing Estate/ CBN housing estate road, off Asaba, Ugbolu – Illah road in Oshimili North with 1.86km road awarded on 15th may 2018 at the cost of N493, 790, 753.93, is ongoing and 20% at completion.

The commissioner urged Deltans to have confidence in the present administration as some of the projects being executed under his ministry were on verge of completion, assuring that within the next two months its project in Aboh, Ndokwa East, Ugbolu in Oshimili North and Obotobo in Burutu would be completed.

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NO.DTS 0740: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
ATIKU ABUBAKAR EXPECTED IN ASABA TOMORROW AS NAME SPEAKS ON RELEVANCE OF VISIT

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, will arrive Asaba, the Delta State capital tomorrow, as a foremost destination for the realizing of his presidential ambition.

The visit, according to the State Chairman of the National Aticulate Movement 4 Emancipation (NAME), Mr. Jerry Ewuruje, will underscore Atiku’s desire to seek the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‎and put the state working committee on notice.

“This is because, from all angles, the Adamawa born entrepreneur politician is a friend of Delta State from all fronts, Mr. Ewuruje said, justifying his position saying, “Firstly, his huge business interest has a deeper root in the oil-rich Warri city, the hottest business zone of Delta. Secondly, the founder and National Chairman of Friends Of Waziri Atiku (FOWA), Chief Ejiofor Onyia is a native of Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Thirdly, the National Chairman of the National Atikulate Movement 4 Emancipation – NAME, Adm. Tola O. Ajemitsogbe is from Warri North Local Government of the State and on top, all of these, is the Road Master Governor (RMG), Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa. A performing governor, standing tall in the state as the nation’s most talented politician with his SMART Agenda that has taken the state to an enviable status since he assumed leadership three years ago.”

Continuing, Mr. Ewuruje noted, “This is why the visit to Asaba, by the Hero Of Democracy (HOD), Waziri Atiku Abubakar is strategic, purposeful and politically relevant to his ambition and that of the state economic growth and development.

Mr. Ewuruje reckoned that Atiku Abubakar had earned the respect of the new generation politician for giving them hope through what he referred to as “his sacrifice by annihilating the dreaded life presidential ambition of a political figure in the past.”

“The National Atikulate Movement 4 Emancipation, who today is representing the voices of the new generation politicians has sat waiting to receive the HOD as he set his legs on the soil of Delta to declare his ambition to the largest opposition political party in Africa – the PDP and to the RMG, a true party man per excellence.

“Like Waziri will always say, ‘this umbrella can never tear again’. The meeting of these two political giants, that is the Hero Of Democracy (HOD) and Road Master Governor (RMG) in the big heart is an attempt to add value to the PDP fortunes in the State in particular and South-South in general.

“The well publicized, well planned and heroic visit of Tuesday 26th June 2018 will not only reposition the PDP and the National Atikulate

Movement 4 Emancipation – NAME ahead of 2019 general elections but will reshape the South-South region in general”, the NAME State Chairman stated.

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NO.DTS 0741: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
OKOWA SAYS NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER WHEN THERE IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to obey the word of God to achieve a better, more peaceful society.

The Governor made the call over the weekend at the second matriculation and graduation ceremonies of The Meaningful Life Institute of Evangelism and Church Management at Mosogar, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to the Governor, “If we are committed to winning souls for Christ, obey the commandments of God, we will have a society that is very peaceful where people do things with the fear of God, we will have good governance too.”

The governor observed that God had blessed Nigeria with abundant resources, and what the people required was to obey the word of God.

He commended Rev. Gideon Oyibo, the Acting Provost of the institution, for investing in an institute to groom men of God, adding that it was also laudable that the institute was tuition free and had lecturers who volunteered to teach without salary.

The Governor admonished graduates of the institute to share the virtue of the Lord, Jesus Christ, stating, “Jesus was not only a teacher but a friend and companion, the Christian message should always be at the core of your lives.”

Rev. Oyibo had in an address, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for creating the enabling environment for private ventures and the word of God to thrive.

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NO.DTS 0742: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS LEADERS TO LIVE EXEMPLARY LIFE

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged Christians who are in positions of authority to live an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service to mark the birthday and appointment of Pastor Emmanuel Emefienim as Executive Director of Sterling Bank yesterday (24/06/18) at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Champions Cathedral, Warri, Governor Okowa stated actions should be used more by Christians in positions of authority to win souls for Christ.

“We must ensure that our lives in service, no matter what we do or say, should be impactful unto men that God will be happy,” the governor who was accompanied to the Church service by aides said.

He emphasized, “Many people are not interested in what you say, they want to emulate your lifestyle and we must realize that people are looking at us, the greatest preaching we can do is for our lifestyle to depict that truly, we are serving the Lord.”

Governor Okowa commended Pastor Emefienim for thanking God, observing, “Those who give thanks to God are happy people with a lot of peace in their heart, seek the peace and joy of the Lord because it is more than riches of the world.”

“In every elevation, there are greater expectations from you, to use the position to serve God; the Lord expects us to be epistle to others because, when you live an exemplary life, you impact on so many lives,” he stated.

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, represented at the occasion by his Special Assistant on Evangelism, Pastor J. T. Kolajaiye in a sermon, said, giving thanks to God brings about increase from God.

According to him, “If you know how to appreciate the Almighty God, you will know how to receive from the Almighty God, if you want God to multiply your little, give thanks to God.”

He continued, “Thanksgiving can provoke restoration, it also brings about more blessings; any time you are giving thanks to God, you are doing the right thing.”

He also admonished Christians to put their hope in God and lay less emphasis on things of the world, emphasizing, “Know that there is life after death.”

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FROM THE LGA

NO.DTS 0743: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST ADVISES UDU YOUTH AGAINST RESTIVENESS

BY AMBROSE OLOGIDE

Renowned human right activist, Comrade Derrick Agberien, has advised Udu youths against restiveness.

He gave the advice in his address during the kicking off of the Campaign for the Defence for Human Right (CDHR) activities at Orhuwhorun Road, Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area over the weekend.

Comrade Agberien called on youths of the area to always think of what they could contribute to the positive development of the society by being useful to themselves, their families and the society.

He warned them to shun all forms of vices stressing that indulging in vices could cut short their aspiration of having a bright future as leaders of tomorrow.

In his keynote address at the event, the CDHR, Comrade Prince Taiga, commended Comrade Agberien for his efforts in the growth of the group in Udu Local Government Area and concern for the development of youths of the area.

He described Comrade Agberien as a forthright and fearless human right activist who according to him had brought good reputation to the group in Udu.

He noted that the event was very timely, saying that it was held at a time of youth restiveness in the area.

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Atiku, Okowa Restate Commitment To Restructuring; As Atiku Consults Delta PDP on his Presidential Ambition

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa have said that there must be restructuring for Nigeria to make progress.

The duo made this assertion at Asaba when the former Vice President paid the governor a courtesy visit to consult on his aspiration for the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.

While Alhaji Abubakar disclosed that he has been in the forefront for the restructuring of the country since 2004 as it will bring out the best among Nigerians, Governor Okowa stated, “I strongly believe that the way out of the challenges of the country is to have stronger states, stronger federating units.”

Senator Okowa commended Alhaji Abubakar for engaging in consultation visit, assuring that delegates to the Presidential Primaries of the PDP will make their decisions based on acceptability, reach, experience and level of intelligence of the individual aspirants.

He urged the aspirant not to relent in moving to different states of the country, stating that more efforts should be made for the PDP to be in control of more states of the country to enable it to clinch the Presidential position in 2019.

Alhaji Abubakar had said that his aspiration to be Nigeria’s President was borne out of his passion to ensure that the country makes progress, disclosing, “the security architecture of the country must be reviewed and decentralized.”

He decried situation where security agencies do not take orders from the state governors, asserting, “as an individual, I don’t think this is true federalism, we must restructure the security architecture.”

The former Vice President also listed ways to tackle unemployment in the country observing, “to create jobs, you must liberalize the economy, support the private sector, create incentives to make the private sector boom and open up the economy to foreign direct investment.”

“I will have a very small federal government with powers and resources devolved to the states to manage the affairs while they pay tax to the federal government; with this, each zone can survive on its own without leaning on oil money,” he emphasized.

Earlier at a courtesy call on Governor Okowa, Alhaji Abubakar had said he was in the state to consult the people, to seek the support of the people to enable him to emerge as the Presidential flag bearer of the PDP.

While noting that Delta State was home to the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar commended the developmental strides of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Okowa in the development of the state.

“Delta State has been a PDP state, each successive government continues from where the previous one stopped in terms of infrastructure development, you (Governor Okowa) have continued to develop infrastructure, especially roads, your efforts in executing your programmes and policies, especially in the creeks are highly commendable as they will reduce agitations, it requires wise leadership for communities to live in peace and have sense of belongings and I must commend you for doing this in the state,” he stated.

Others who spoke at the event include former Governor of Ogun State, Otumba Gbenga Daniel, his Imo State counterpart, Chief Achike Udenwa, former Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, among others.

Town Hall Meeting, Inspection, Commissioning Of Projects To Hold In Burutu Tomorrow

The 4th phase of the Town Hall meeting, inspection and commissioning of projects by the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will hold in Burutu Local Government Area tomorrow (21/06/2018).

A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman of the organising committee of the event, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the Governor and his entourage will commission two projects and inspect three, before holding a Town Hall meeting with the people of the Local Government Area same day.

According to Ogbueshi Ukah, the Governor will commission Burutu Township Roads and upgraded facilities of Burutu Grammar School, Burutu.

He further revealed that the 18.5km Obutobo 1/Yokiri Road, renovation of Ogulagha Model Secondary School, Ogulagha, and the construction of Burutu Modern Market will be inspected.

The activities for the day will be rounded up with a Town Hall meeting that will hold inside Burutu Tent, Burutu.

Registration For The 2017/2018 Students’ Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS)

13th June 2018.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly students of Delta State Origin in tertiary institutions, that the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board has commenced registration for the 2017/2018 Students’ Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS).

The site for the online registration for the State Government’s 2017/2018 Students’ Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS) will be open from Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Eligible students are advised to log on to www.dsbsb.dl.gov.ng and click APPLY HERE to login and revalidate their details for old students or submit the bursary application form for new students.

Candidates are to print and sign a copy of the acknowledgment card and email to 2018bursary@dsbsb.dl.gov.ng to complete the bursary registration.

To apply, the student must:

* be of Delta State origin;

*must have registered with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC),

*either be in second year or above (200 – 500 Level) in the University or;

*be in OND II and above in the polytechnics/mono-techniques;

*be in 200 level and above for colleges of education students;

*have a CGPA of 2.2 and above in the previous academic year examination.

Double application will be disqualified and all applications must be processed and submitted online.

All inquiries should be channeled to helplines: 056290617 and 08143871532 and support email address: support@dsbsb.dl.gov.ng

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Gov. Okowa Commissions More Roads; Charges Deltans To Partner Government On Waste Management

As part of efforts to beautify and carry out urban renewal in Asaba, the state capital, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned new roads in Asaba and urged Deltans to partner with government in the proper disposal of waste.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of Kanayo and Oboduku Streets, Akwuebulu Senator Okowa said that his administration is determined to provide infrastructural projects to the people of the state and urged Deltans to partner with the government on waste management to ensure a clean Delta.

“Deltans should desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse along the median of major roads and engage the Private Sector Partners (PSP) to evacuate their refuse. I call on the Waste Management Board and Oshimili local government to work out how best to properly manage waste in the town and enlighten the people on how to properly dispose of their waste to maintain a healthy environment,” he said.

While appealing to Deltans to engage the services of PSP and keep Asaba clean, Senator Okowa charged the waste management board and local government council to partner and enlighten Deltans on proper waste disposal, stating that if we need to keep our towns and cities clean we must ensure effective waste management.

The governor called on Deltans to continue to maintain peace in the state assuring them of more developmental projects even as he stressed that no part of the state would be left behind.

“We know what our people expect from the government and my administration is accessible to Deltans that is why we are executing people-oriented projects that are positively affecting the lives of the people, we are focused and will continue to pursue our vision of providing the dividends of democracy to the people.”

Earlier in their separate addresses, Mr. Sunday Obi, representative of Chairman Oshimili South Local Government and Mr. Godwin Okoye, representative of impact community, commended governor Okowa for the infrastructural projects in Asaba and assured him of their support and co-operation.

2018 CAA COMPETITION: Stephen Keshi Stadium To Be Ready In July – Gov. Okowa

As Delta State prepares to host the 2018 Confederation of Africa Athletics [CAA] Senior African Athletic Competition in Asaba in August, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship would be ready in July.

The governor who spoke during an inspection of the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba expressed satisfaction with the pace and level of work at the stadium stating ” there is an appreciable increase in the pace of work at the site, a lot of coordinated work is going on as you can see. I will visit again next week, and I hope we will be talking about the finishing touches by then, I believe the stadium will be ready by the first week of July”

Senator Okowa speaking on the forthcoming 2018 Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia, which kicks off on Thursday, June 14th, 2018, charged Nigerians to pray for the success of the National Team, the Super Eagles as they participate.

Senator Okowa explained that the utilization of the stadium will announce itself to the outside world and attract a lot of international sporting activities adding that the state was grooming young athletes in local sporting activities and they will utilize the equipment in the stadium.

 

 

DTSG To Renovate 107 Primary Health Care Centres

The Delta State government has approved the renovation of 107 Primary Health Care Centres operating the Contributory Health Scheme in the state.

This was one of the decisions taken on Tuesday (12/06/2018) during the State Executive Council meeting held at the EXCO chamber, Government House, Asaba.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, speaking after the meeting, stated that the approval was in tandem with the determination of the state government to continue to give Deltans dividends of democracy by bringing health care services to the people.

He further revealed that the EXCO gave it’s nod to the establishment of Oduke Secondary School, Asaba, to take care of the educational needs of people living within the area.

Also approved was the installation of 200 Watts LED street lights from Amukpe/NTA roundabout to Total Filling Station at Okirighwre junction, Sapele.

In addition, the reactivation of Airfield Ground Lighting Systems at the Asaba International Airport and the renovation of the existing transformer-powered street lights in Warri and Effurun metropolis were approved.

News Bulletin Asaba, Nigeria, Monday, June 11, 2018

NO.DTS 0679: OKOWA PLEDGES TO IMPLEMENT LAWS ON FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY … SWEARS-IN OBUH, EFENUDU AS CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY OF PENSIONS BUREAU

NO.DTS 0680: GOV OKOWA ASSURES DELTANS OF MORE DEVT PROJECTS

NO.DTS 0681: RAS KIMONO WAS A TRUE MUSIC LEGEND – OKOWA

NO.DTS 0682: DTSG ASSURES DELTA LINE NEW MGT OF SUPPORT, PLEDGES TO OFFSET SALARY ARREARS

NO.DTS 06783: GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO TRAINING, RETRAINING OF WORKERS- OYIBO

NO.DTS 0684: OSSAI COMMISSIONS DEGBELE STREET ROAD… AS MIKINDE PROMISES MORE FOR NDOKWA NATION

NO.DTS 0685: WARRI NORTH COUNCIL BOSS PROMISES TO REVAMP NON FUNCTIONAL PHCs

NO.DTS 0686: CIE COUNSELS PARENTS, GUARDIANS AGAINST AIDING STUDENTS IN EXAM MALPRACTICE

Churchill Oyowe (Editor)

Tel: 08062269772

Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0679 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
OKOWA PLEDGES TO IMPLEMENT LAWS ON FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY … SWEARS-IN OBUH, EFENUDU AS CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY OF PENSIONS BUREAU

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the bill on the financial autonomy of the State Houses of Assembly and Judiciary which was recently accented to by President Mohamadu Buhari was made possible by collective efforts from relevant stakeholders.

The governor made the clarifications today in Asaba while swearing-in Mr. Tony Obuh and Comrade Lawson Efenudu as Chairman and Secretary of Delta State Pension Bureau respectively.

According to Governor Okowa, “I want to place on record that the constitutional amendments involved the National Assembly, the State Houses of Assembly and eventually the final bill is assented to by the President.”

“So, it is a result of the constitutional amendment in which both tiers of government have been effectively involved in the decision making and I think that it is important that any section of the constitution that is finally signed into law is the constitution that we have given to ourselves as a people to operate, so, every arm of government is involved in its making, but, very important, as a state, as soon as it is finally transmitted to us we will be implementing the law as it is because we have sworn to adhere to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So be rest assured that we will do so and just for all of us to realize that financial management is a very difficult thing to undertake. But I believe that both the Speaker of the House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of the state are experienced enough to handle their affairs along with the distribution of funds in line with what is budgetarily available and will be able to manage it in such a manner that all of us will be on the right path in terms of accountability,” the Governor stated.

He congratulated Mr. Obuh and Comrade Efenudu on their appointments, noting that as experienced technocrats and labor leaders, they should carry out their functions accountably and in a transparent manner to enable them to win the confidence of labor unions.

“I believe that the Nigerian workers, especially those in Delta State have been very cooperative with this government, we have developed a partnership which enables all of us to work together because there is no government that can do well without the workforce and the workers have taken us thus far in the course of this administration,” he emphasized.

Responding on behalf of Mr. Efenudu, Mr. Obuh commended Governor Okowa for deeming them fit to serve the state as Chairman and Secretary of the Bureau of Pensions, assuring that they will do their best with the cooperation of all Deltans to ensure that pensioners in the state get their entitlement as at when due.

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NO.DTS 0680 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
GOV. OKOWA ASSURES DELTANS OF MORE DEVT PROJECTS

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi, has attributed the success of the state to the power of God assuring Deltans of more developmental projects.

Speaking during the 10th Anniversary of the Altar of New Beginning in Government House today, Gov. Okowa who was represented by his Chaplin Rev. Charles Osemene, said Delta was a covenant state where the power of God was witnessed in all spheres of life.

According to him ” Delta State is a covenant state, we thank God for this Altar of Prayer in Government house, let us continue to look up to God for greater things to come.”

“Delta State is a place where the power of God is at play in all we do, this power is evident in the peace and development going on in all part of the state.”

He explained that the state would attain greater heights as the glory of God continue to rest on us and l urge you to continue with the good works you are doing through this alter.

In a brief exhortation, the Assistant Coordinator of the Altar, Lady Gerry Eluche thanked God for sustaining the center for the past 10years and for the grace of prayer going on every hour of the day for the state and country and encouraged members to continue in prayers in order to attain greater heights in the state.

The Coordinator of the Altar, Barrister Kessina Samson, said anniversary was not about numbers but about accomplishments and stock taking stressing that our achievements should be able to add value to the lives of the people, ” this is what we have been able to achieve through our prayers in this altar.”

The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the anniversary cake by the wife of the immediate past governor of the state, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan flanked by the permanent secretary of Government. House, Mr. Eddy – Ogidigbegbaje among others.

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NO.DTS 0681 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
RAS KIMONO WAS A TRUE MUSIC LEGEND – OKOWA

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Sunday commiserated with the Nigeria Music Industry, family, and friends of reggae music exponent, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday at the age of 60.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa sent condolences to the Music industry and the Onicha Olona community in Delta State over the loss.

He described the deceased as a true music legend whose songs entertained Nigerians in the 80s.

The statement read, “I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend. He will be remembered for his hit song ‘Rumbar Stylee’.

“I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belongs to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria”.

The Governor noted that Ras Kimono spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment, and healthy community relations.

“As one of the legends of reggae music, I commend the late Ras Kimono for contributing to the development of music in Nigeria, and sustaining his interest in the music industry even in old age by participating in several music concerts” the governor stated.

Governor Okowa affirms that the music industry in Nigeria benefitted from the contribution of the late musician, who also mentored many younger Nigerian musicians.

The Governor prayed the Almighty God to accept the soul of the departed, and comfort the family he left behind.

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NO.DTS 0682 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
DTSG ASSURES DELTA LINE NEW MGT OF SUPPORT, PLEDGES TO OFFSET SALARY ARREARS

Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan has assured the new management of Delta Line Company, ‘God is Good Motors’ of Government support at all times.

Mr. Uduaghan gave the assurance at a meeting he had with his Finance counterpart, Chief David Edevbie, the Permanent Secretary in the Directorate of Transport, Mr. Edwin Abraka, management of God Is Good Motors, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Transport, Comrade Charles Uwajeh and union leadership.

The Transport Commissioner stated that Government would not compromise on the agreement reached with the new investors of Delta Line Company, saying all necessary support would be provided by the relevant organs of Government.

He also assured the union Leaders present of Government decision to settle the inherited four (4) months backlog of salaries in 2015 as well as clear all salaries from February – May 2018.

Mr. Uduaghan, who in the course of the meeting visited the Accounts Department as well as the Mechanic Workshop, told the workers to be dedicated to their duties and cooperate with the new operators in order to achieve the best for the company and themselves.

On severance allowance and payment of outstanding salaries, the Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie, disclosed that those that may be affected by administrative changes would duly be paid their entitlements.

He warned that a proper financial audit would be carried out concerning the finances of the outgoing administration, stressing that anyone found culpable would be sanctioned.

The SSA to the Governor, Comrade Charles Uwajeh, who was in charge of Delta Line before now, introduced the new investor (God is Good Motors) round the various departments, as well as the loading bays at Koka Junction and the one opposite Grand Hotel, Asaba.

Earlier, the Investors affirmed that they were already on ground to understudy as well as make inquiries in order to acclimatize, saying they were in a familiar business environment.

Good is Good Motors, the new management of Delta Line Company official took charge of running the company on June 1, 2018.

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NO.DTS 0683 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO TRAINING, RETRAINING OF WORKERS- OYIBO

The Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Comrade Olumami Oyibo has assured of the state government’s commitment to the training and retraining of its workforce as a means of improving the knowledge and skills of the personnel connected with literacy.

Comrade Oyibo stated this at the just concluded 2-Day Refresher Course organized for heads of departments (HODs), Adult Education Supervisors and Educations Officers in the Adult and Non-Formal Education Agency, in Sapele.

According to the Local Government Service Commission Chairman, literacy plays a vital role in the growth and development of any nation, adding that expert had discovered that there was a correlation between income and illiteracy, saying that literacy eradicates poverty.

“An illiterate population is a fertile breeding ground for terrorism, armed robbers, dangerous and gullible miscreant to thrive. This will further increase insecurity in the society thereby impending on the development as well as the growth of the society”, he stated.

The Permanent Secretary in the Agency Dr. Caroline Ajuya, said that the refresher course was meant to create awareness, sensitization as well as enhance job performance amongst participants.

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FROM THE LGAs

 

NO.DTS 0684 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
OSSAI COMMISSIONS DEGBELE STREET ROAD… AS MIKINDE PROMISES MORE FOR NDOKWA NATION

BY SIMON OFOTOKUN

Dugbele Street, Kwale, a road constructed by Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) has been commissioned with a call on the benefiting community to put the road to good use.

The member representing Ndokwa/Ukwanni Federal Constituency, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, who commissioned the newly constructed road in Kwale, commended the management of DESOPADEC for all the projects the Commission had executed in Ndokwa nation.

Hon. Ossai noted that the residents of Dugble Street were almost cut-off from other parts of Kwale because of the inaccessibility of the road until it was constructed by the Commission.

He urged the people of the area to continue to support the SMART Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who he described as the roadmaster because of the network of roads he had constructed across the State.

Earlier, the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Chief Williams Makinde, said that DESOPADEC was poised to develop the oil producing communities in the state in line with the SMART Agenda of Governor Okowa, adding that more projects would be sited in Ndokwa nation.

While commending the Commissioner, Hon. Flenjor Oputa, who attracted the road to the area and the contractor for the quality of the job and completing the project on schedule, Chief Makinde applauded the youths in the area for ensuring that there was no disturbance during the execution of the project.

For his part, a representative of the Oduosa of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom, Chief Lucky Efe, expressed gratitude to DESOPADEC for the road and urged them to do more.

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NO.DTS 0685 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
WARRI NORTH COUNCIL BOSS PROMISES TO REVAMP NON-FUNCTIONAL PHCs

The Chairman of Warri North Local Government Council, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, has promised to revamp and stock all nonfunctional primary health care facilities in the local government area, while on an assessment tour to some facilities.

Hon. Okorodudu who was accompanied by the Head, Departments of Health, Mrs. Ochie Temisan, and that of Works, Engr. Jerry Atigan, councilors, and engineers from the works department, to PHCs in Koko, Abigborodo, Ogheye, Ajagbodudu, Tisun, Jakpa, Opuama, Ogbinbiri, Ebrohimi, Ogbudugbudu, Okibfanba, and Tsekelewu, stated that the tour was aimed at proactively responding to the challenges crippling their functionality.

Such challenges which were very extensive in nature included lack of water, power supply, leaking roof, nonavailability of walkway jetty, lack of drugs, and equipment, flooding, lack of septic tank, and so many others.

The council boss bemoaned the state of neglect of the facilities and affirmed that his administration was poised to making all PHC facilities in the LGA functional, adding that with the ongoing construction of a standard PHC centre, with staff quarters at Korobe road, Koko, the people should be rest assured that rehabilitation work would commence soon on affected facilitate.

According to him, the engineers on the team would take back to the council the reports they gathered during the course of the tour for onward review.

He disclosed that drugs and equipment would be distributed to health centers in the riverine communities and that assessment tour to the remaining communities with PHCs would continue in the coming weeks.

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NO.DTS 0686 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
CIE COUNSELS PARENTS, GUARDIANS AGAINST AIDING STUDENTS IN EXAM MALPRACTICE

BY RACHEL OKITIKPI

The chief inspector of education (CIE) in Okpe Local Government Area, Mrs Susan Okuyade, has called on parents and guardians to desist from aiding their children and wards in indulging in examination malpractice.

Mr. Okuyade gave this warning recently while playing host to newsmen in respect of the ongoing Junior Secondary School Examination.

The CIE noted that parents and guardians who encourage their children and wards to engage in examination malpractice by enrolling them in special centers would have themselves to blame as their children ward would eventually become unable to defend their certificates thereby rendering such students academically handicapped.

She, however, lauded the efforts of the state Government which according to her, made sure all schools in Okpe Local Government Area received adequate examination materials during the period of the examination.

The chief inspector further encouraged parents to assist their children in making judicious use of the long holidays by enrolling them in computer classes in order to better prepare them for senior secondary school.

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Gov. Okowa Assures Deltans Of More Devt Projects

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has attributed the success of the state to the power of God assuring Deltans of more developmental projects.

Speaking during the 10th Anniversary of the Altar of New Beginning in Government House, Gov. Okowa who was represented by his Chaplin Rev. Charles Osemene, said Delta was a covenant state where the power of God was witnessed in all spheres of life.

According to him ” Delta State is a covenant state, we thank God for this Altar of Prayer in Government house, let us continue to look up to God for greater things to come.”

” Delta State is a place where the power of God is at play in all we do, this power is evident in the peace and development going on in all part of the state.”

He explained that the state would attain greater heights as the glory of God continue to rest on us and l urge you to continue with the good works you are doing through this alter.

In a brief exhortation, the Assistant Coordinator of the Altar, Lady Gerry Eluche thanked God for sustaining the center for the past 10years and for the grace of prayer going on every hour of the day for the state and country and encouraged members to continue in prayers in order to attain greater heights in the state.

The Coordinator of the Altar, Barrister Kessina Samson, said anniversary was not about numbers but about accomplishments and stock taking stressing that our achievements should be able to add value to the lives of the people, ” this is what we have been able to achieve through our prayers in this altar.”

The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the anniversary cake by the wife of the immediate past governor of the state, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan flanked by the permanent secretary of Government. House, Mr. Eddy – Ogidigbegbaje among others.

‘Appraise Yourselves’, Okowa Admonishes Political Appointees; As DTHA Holds 6th Assembly Thanksgiving

AS the countdown begins for another general election, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged elected office holders to reflect on their performance to the electorate within the past three years.

He spoke at the 3rd-anniversary thanksgiving service of the 6th assembly of the Delta State legislature at the Living Faith Church, Asaba, Delta State.

According to the Governor, “this is a time for reflection, it is a time to look at the last three years and assess our relationship with the people who elected us into office.”

“We should reflect on whether we have met with the aspirations of our people, as another election comes up. When you trust in the Lord, you have nothing to fear, if every one of you has worked hard, the Lord will reward you,” he stated, emphasising, “be not be deceived, the Lord cannot be mocked, whatever a man sows, he shall reap, we must accept to do better from today and it is my hope and prayer that you will all have a lot of good things to reap.”

The Governor commended the legislature for giving thanks to God saying, “the true and real thanksgiving is the service that you offer to the people from the position you find yourselves but you have done a good thing to come to the Church and give thanksgiving.”

Preaching at the service, Pastor David Popoola said it was important for people to live their life serving God, asserting, “live for God and He will bless you amazingly.”

Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori was at the event where the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori took the first lesson.

Members of the National Assembly, House of Assembly members, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Stella Oghene, among others attended the church service.

Prayers were offered for the Governor, the legislature, Delta State and the country while the anniversary thanksgiving cake was also cut at the occasion.