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NO.DTS 0950: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018SIR ONYEME EMERGES LIONS CLUBS GOVERNOR… PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF INSTALLATION COMES UP SATURDAY AUGUST 11… GOV OKOWA TO GRACE OCCASION AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

 NO.DTS 0947:         OKOWA CONDOLES WITH GOV. DICKSON OVER MOTHER’S DEATH
 
NO.DTS 0948:         ASABA 2018: HOSTING NOT WASTE OF FUND, DTSG TELLS ABATI

NO.DTS 0949:         OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE CLOSER TO GOD

NO.DTS 0950:         SIR ONYEME EMERGES LIONS CLUBS GOVERNOR… PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF INSTALLATION COMES UP SATURDAY AUGUST 11… GOV OKOWA TO GRACE OCCASION AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR 

NO.DTS 0951:         EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING, MAJOR CHILD SURVIVAL STRATEGY ADOPTED GLOBALLY TO COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION – DR ONONYE
 
NO.DTS 0952:         FORMER NATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER TURNS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER
 
 
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NO.DTS 0947: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
ASABA 2018: HOSTING NOT WASTE OF FUND, DTSG TELLS ABATI

The Delta State Government has described the contents of an article ‘The Asaba Disgrace, What a big disgrace’ written by Dr Rueben Abati, former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, as absolute falsehood heavily supported with unconfirmed reports.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, in Asaba on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, revealed that the article was a figment of the imagination of the writer who was not in Asaba during the recently concluded African Senior Athletics Championship hosted by the state. 

The Commissioner for Information stated that for the article to be made public almost immediately after a similar statement by an All Progressives Congress (APC) member from the state, Prof. Pat Utomi, on national television stations, was a clear manifestation that it had political undertones. 

Mr Ukah wondered if the unwarranted outburst of the duo was not connected with sinister plans by the Patito’s gang, led by Prof Utomi, a neophyte in Delta State and national politics, to feed the people with lies capable of leading them astray. 

He said that Abati in haste to do his paymaster’s bidding claimed that Tanzanians protested and boycotted the championship, but Mr Ukah said that Tanzania did not register for the competition so would not have come to Asaba in the first place. 

He expressed surprise that a championship that received high accolades from athletics and eggheads such as the President of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lord Sebastian Coe, and the President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, could be scored low by a novice in the field. 

According to the Commissioner, “For us as a state, taking delivery of the stadium after several years of abandonment, coupled with high commerce that took place in terms of sales, transportations and hotel bookings during the competition is of great importance.”

Mr Ukah disclosed that for anybody to say that the money used in hosting the competition was a waste was an indication that such a person did not know the millage the country had gained through the hosting. 

He cautioned journalists and opinion leaders to get their facts right about happenings in the state straight before running to the press, especially on issues that they had little or no knowledge about. 
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NO.DTS 0948: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
 OKOWA CONDOLES WITH GOV. DICKSON OVER MOTHER’S DEATH

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has commiserated with the Government and people of Bayelsa State on the demise of Mrs GoldCoast Dickson, mother of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.

In a condolence message to Governor Dickson and the government and people of Bayelsa State, Okowa said that Mrs Dickson’s death was a great loss not only to Bayelsa State but the nation in general, given her invaluable contributions to the cause of humanity.

Governor Okowa’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, wherein the Governor, described the late Madam GoldCoast Dickson as a quintessential mother, devout Christian and community leader who devoted her lifetime to the service of God and humanity.

Governor Okowa paid glowing tribute to Madam Dickson for being a good mother and urged the Dickson family to take solace in the fact that the late matriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by her children culminating in the emergence of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa State.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with my brother, friend and colleague Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Executive Governor of Bayelsa State on the painful loss of his beloved mother, Mrs GoldCoast Dickson”, Governpr Okowa stated.

He called on the bereaved family to uphold the cherished ideals of community service, kindness and generosity associated with the matriarch of the Dickson family and prayed the Almighty God to grant repose to her soul, and give the Dickson family, the people of Bayelsa State and the entire nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
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NO.DTS 0949: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE CLOSER TO GOD

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to have relationship with God and be humble in whatever they do.

The governor gave the advice today at the service of songs organized in honour of Mrs Titi Akpami, mother-in-law of Hon. Otimeyin Adams at Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to him, “You can only have a glorious exit when you have a relationship with God; we should strive on daily basis to have a relationship with God because, as soon as God takes away that breath, you are ordinary sand.”

“Many times, men are proud of what they have achieved forgetting that when you are humble, you are in a position of strength,” the governor said, adding, “When you are gone, the way you lived will determine how people will relate with the family you left behind, the seed that you have sown will remain when you have gone.”

He continued, “Living well is good, so, we must give our lives to God so that on the last day, we will be with God, if you confess that you are a Christian and you live a life that is unworthy, people will run away from you but, If you live a worthy life, people will emulate you.”

While condoling the family of the deceased, Governor Okowa disclosed that Hon. Adams had been his personal friend from when they were chairmen of their different local government councils.

Ven. Clement Oburoh in a sermon, admonished Christians to always be aware that they were created to serve God and urged them to always prepare themselves to be with their creator on the last day.

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The Chairman of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Sir Monday Onyeme is to be decorated as Governor of District 404A1 Nigeria of International Association of Lions Clubs in the 2018/2019 Lions Year on Saturday, August 11, 2018.


The presentation ceremony scheduled to hold at the Event Centre, Asaba, will have the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as Special Guest of Honour and will be chaired by the Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, Taraba State University, Jalingo.


Briefing journalists today in Asaba, Sir Onyeme, stated that the 2018/2019 Lions Year, with the theme, “Empowerment Through Service”, would be focus on reaching out to the poorest of the poor.


“We do not intend to patronize them by giving out handouts, Sir Onyeme said, adding, “Rather we shall focus on impacting skills to these our brothers and sisters to enable them take their destiny in their hands. This task is onerous but we are determined to follow the goals through by the grace of God and support of you all.”


The new District 404 A1 Governor whose tenure commenced since July 1, 2018 and to end June 30, 2019, stated that the district intended to continue with the tradition the International Association of Lions Club was known for with greater urgency and vigour.


“Our target audience are the poor, sick, disabled, unemployed, underprivileged in our society” he said, saying “Accordingly, our scope of activities include but not limited to Free Diabetes screening and awareness, Pediatric Cancer awareness campaign, Free Cornea transplant and cataract surgery, Relieving hunger and Tree planting and other environmental friendly projects.


“We shall also procure and distribute to primary and secondary schools as well as some tertiary institutions in our area of coverage. As a matter of fact, the textbooks have arrived the shores of Nigeria and arrangements for the distribution have reached advanced stage.


“We shall continue to consolidate on the gains made in this area by reaching out to larger numbers of our people in need, in addition to expanding our horizon to include building of 75 public convenience, equipped with boreholes in our public schools, motor parks, markets etc.”

Sir Onyeme expressed joy at the giant strides Lions Clubs within the district, comprising Delta Edo, Ondo Ogun and parts of Lagos State, had made in executing key projects for the benefit of the people, stressing, “We appreciate all men and women of goodwill, donor agencies and multilateral organizations that have partnered with us in alleviating the plight of the vulnerable in our society.”


According to him, 93 Lions Clubs exist in District 404 A1 Nigeria administered under 10 Regions with membership strength of 2,400, noting that a large number of the citizens were in need of assistance to keep their heads above water.


He called for every hand to be on the plough and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to either identify with the laudable objectives of the International Association of Lions Clubs by becoming a Lion or partner with Lions Clubs to bring succor to the vulnerable.


The District Governor said that membership drive was going to be given a very high premium during this 2018/2019 Lions Year, recalling that the association came into Nigeria through the initiative of Lion Akintola Williams in 1964 and since then, the impact of Lions Club in the different part of the country had been very immeasurable.


Lions Club International, he said, was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest service organization, with 1.5 million members in no less than 70,000 club spread out in 203 countries and geographical areas of the world.

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NO.DTS 0951: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 “EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING IS A MAJOR CHILD SURVIVAL STRATEGY ADOPTED GLOBALLY TO COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION” – DR ONONYE


Mothers have been called upon to practice exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life of their babies in order to guide against malnutrition that has become a source of public health concern in the state.


The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made the call during the activities that marked the end of the 2018 World Breast Feeding Week celebration in Asaba.


Dr Ononye said that exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life and the introduction of adequate complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond were major child survival strategies adopted globally to combat all forms of malnutrition.


The Commissioner who referred to the Year 2016 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey said that there was a high rate of stunted children under the age of five years with 43.6% classified as stunted, 10.8%, wasted, 31.5% underweight and only 23.7% were exclusively breast fed which was poor indices for Nigeria.

He stressed the need for the protection, promotion and support of breast feeding in its entire ramification failing which the poor indices that were being recorded would persist or even worsen in the near future.


However, to address the poor indices, Dr Ononye revealed that Delta State in collaboration with UNICEF had established breast feeding support groups in 11 Local Government Areas of the State with over 800 women as members.


He added that government had distributed information, education and communication  (IEC) materials on breastfeeding to pregnant women and nursing mothers with children 0 to 24 months, saying it was a critical irreversible window period of the first 1,000 days of babies.


Dr Ononye reiterated government’s commitment at reducing infant morbidity and mortality through various child health care programme initiatives such as immunization, vitamin A supplement and free under-5 treatment.


The Commissioner who said that the theme of this year’s celebration was “Breast Feeding: Foundation of Life” revealed that there were several benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the mother, child and the nation at large.While noting that exclusive breastfeeding could not be over emphasized, he stated that early initiation of breastfeeding  within 30 minutes of birth had saved  over a million children in world.


Activities carried out to mark the Week included visitation and breastfeeding lectures at major public hospitals during antenatal visits; television and radio discussions; and baby show competition and award of prizes.

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FROM LGA


NO.DTS 0952: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 FORMER NATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER TURNS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER
By Ambrose Ologide


An Ovwian born former midfield maestro, Emmanuel Egbetah, has proven that Nigerian youths are not lazy and idle as he is amongst one of those commercial bus drivers plying Hausa Quarters Warri to Effurun Roundabout on daily basis.


The young former football star who is in his 30s, in a chat with our reporter explained that he took to driving commercial bus after he suffered an ailment that prevented him from playing football.
He said that he had tried both orthodox and traditional medicine to cure the ailment but to no avail.


Ogbetah who said that he often indulge in physical exercises  and gymnastics before going to work, stated that after spending over a season without playing football, he decided to throw in the towel so as not to be idle.


He therefore appealed to the Delta State Sports Commission to give him a coaching job to groom the younger generation in the round leather game of soccer.


Ogbetah, who had a National Diploma Certificate in Computer Science from the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, started his professional carrier in football with Invincible Leopard Football Club of Warri in 1997 and later played for Delta Power Stars of Ughelli and NEPA Football Club of Abuja.


According to him, he later went abroad and played professional football for various clubs for four seasons.


Upon his return to Nigeria, he played for Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, Bayelsa United Football Club of Yenagoa, Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna, Kaduna United Football Club of Kaduna, Enugu Rangers Football Club of Enugu and Giwa United Football Club.


Emmanuel Egbetah won the national challenge cup at various times with Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Bayelsa United FC, Niger Tornadoes of FC and Kwara United FC.

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