ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
NO DTS 0062: POLITICAL BLACKMAIL: DELTA RESTATES COMMIMENT TO STRONGER DELTA AGENDA
NO DTS 0063: ASABA AIRPORT RECORDS ANOTHER MILESTONE … GETS DIRECT FLIGHTS TO KANO
NO DTS 0064: DTSG AWARDS OWANTA GULLLY EROSION PROJECT TO LEVANTE
NO DTS 0065: 2020 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY ENDS IN DELTA STATE
NO DTS 0066: UKAH PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR ADULT EDUCATION AGENCY
NO DTS 0067: WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD ASSURES OF FAIR DEALINGS IN ENFORCEMENT EXERCISE
NO DTS 0068: GANAGANA TASKS CIVIL SERVANTS ON PUNCTUALITY
NO DTS 0069: DISCIPLINE AND COMPLIANCE IS KEY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CORPS MEMBERS- EGWUNYENGA
NO DTS 0070: ELOZINO OGEGE MURDER TRIAL RESUMES…PROSECUTION CALLS HER 6TH WITNESS
NO DTS 0071: OKORODUDU TASKS EX- SERVICE MEN ON EMBRACING STRONGER DELTA AGENDA
NO DTS 0072: OKPE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR APPRECIATION OF FALLEN HEROES
NO DTS 0073: UGHELLI NORTH LEGIONARIES CHIDE LG CHAIRMAN OVER NON REDEMPTION OF PLEDGES
NO DTS 0074: OSEME EULOGISES FALLEN HEROES FOR SACRIFICES
NO DTS 0075: ARMED FORCES REMEMBRACE DAY: GOLLY ADVOCATES GENEROUS SUPPORT
NO DTS 0076: ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: TIDI CALLS FOR PEACE
NO DTS 0077: UVWIE NIMC BOSS CALLS FOR OPENING OF MORE OFFICES
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO DTS 0062 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
POLITICAL BLACKMAIL: DELTA RESTATES COMMIMENT TO STRONGER DELTA AGENDA
NO DTS 00623 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
ASABA AIRPORT RECORDS ANOTHER MILESTONE … GETS DIRECT FLIGHTS TO KANO
The Asaba International Airport has recorded another milestone as Aero Contractors commences direct flights from Asaba to Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano with effect from Jan. 20.
A statement by the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu indicates that the Asaba to Kano flight is slated for 9.50 am Mondays to Fridays and Sundays.
He noted that the growing business activities in the airport was as a result of the huge investments made by the Okowa administration to upgrade the airport.
“As part of the upgrade of the airport, the administration has concluded the air filed lightings and is about to concluding the final processes that will lead to the calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS).
“It would be recalled that the last quarter of 2019, AZMAN Air commenced operations at the Airport and since then sustained daily return flights from Asaba to Abuja and also Asaba to Lagos.
“I therefore urge air travellers and Deltans to take full advantage of the innovations and opportunities from the airport to enjoy world class air transport services to their various destinations.” Aniagwu stated
NO DTS 0064 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
DTSG AWARDS OWANTA GULLLY EROSION PROJECT TO LEVANTE
As part of efforts in controlling the menace of erosion, the Delta State Government has signed a 2.4 billion naira contract with Levante Construction Limited for the Owanta Gully Erosion Project in Ika North-East Local Government Area.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, witnessed the signing of the contract between the Delta State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management project (NEWMAP) and Levante Construction Limited.
According to Mr Ebie, the administration of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa saw the need to partner with the World Bank through the Delta State NEWMAP to tackle erosion challenges in the state and called on Levante Construction Company to ensure that the project was executed on time and to specifications.
He said that the project was expected to last for 18 months and that the state government had identified four other critical erosion/natural disaster sites in the state which needed urgent attention and they would be tackled one after the other.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Christian Onogba, said that the contract signing agreement between NEWMAP and Levante Construction Limited was historical, saying the menace of erosion in the area would be a thing of the past and that it would erase the impression of pessimists who thought the project was a fluke and a political deceit.
Mr Onogba also said that the importance of the project could not be overemphasized, explaining that it would impact positively and improve the livelihood of residents who hitherto had been suffering untold hardship as a result of the erosion in the area.
Earlier, the Project Coordinator of Delta NEWMAP, Mr Isaac Ofiofio, commended Governor Okowa for his intervention in ameliorating the sufferings of the people and expressed happiness that the project would commence soon.
In the same vein, the Senior Project Coordinator of Levante Construction Limited, Mr Emma Adidi, thanked the Delta State Government for awarding the contract to the company while promising that they would ensure that a standard project was delivered according to the contract specifications.
NO DTS 0065 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
2020 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY ENDS IN DELTA STATE
The 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations has ended in a grand style in Asaba at the Cenotaph of the Unknown Soldier with the laying of wreaths by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro.
Those who also laid wreaths at the event which attracted dignitaries from across the state were the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshall Umukoro and command chiefs of the Nigerian Army and Navy.
Others are, Commander, 371 NAF Detachment, Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Secretary to the State Government, representative of traditional rulers, representative of religious leaders, chairman, Nigerian Legion, Delta State, and representative of widows of fallen heroes.
The deputy governor who represented the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the event, inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by the military before laying of wreaths.
There was also the ceremonial 21-gun salute in honour of the fallen Heroes while symbolical release of pigeons as a sign of peace was carried out.
Also in attendance include were members of the Delta State House of Assembly, civil commissioners and other top government functionaries.
NO DTS 0066 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
UKAH PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR ADULT EDUCATION AGENCY
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has pledged his continued support for the board of the Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education to enable them actualise their mandate.
Chief Ukah gave the assurance in his office in Asaba when the Chairman of the Board, Mr Akaeze Ibonye led members of the board on a courtesy call to the ministry.
While congratulating the chairman and his members on their appointments by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief Ukah noted that with the integrity of the members of the Bboard, he had no doubt that the team would add value to the education sector.
Chief Ukah, who stressed the need for robust advocacies and sensitization programme on the activities of the board, called for collaboration with the ministry at all times as well as integrate private participation initiatives.
Earlier in an address, the Chairman of the Board, Mr Ibonye, highlighted the functions of the board to include establishment of adult literacy centres, provide curriculum and scheme of work for mass education, provide infrastructural and training materials for literacy and non-formal education programme and regulate, monitor and ensure quality control of all adult and non-formal education programmes.
According to him, the board also recruits and pay Non-formal Education, Vocation and literacy facilitators in collaboration with local government councils and undertake advocacy, publicity and mobilization for mass literacy.
He added that the challenges confronting the board to include nonpayment and irregular payment of facilitators stipends, lack of funds to carry out advocacy and sensitization in the 25 Local Government Areas, and non-availability of funds for annual celebration of International Literacy Day among others.
He appealed for office accommodation in Delta State for the National Commission for Mass Education, provision of classrooms equipped with special seats and computers to make the learning end conducive for adult learners and provision of funds for advocacy and sensitization activities.
NO DTS 0067 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD ASSURES OF FAIR DEALINGS IN ENFORCEMENT EXERCISE
The Delta State Waste Management Board said nobody will be witch-hunted in the course of enforcing environmental cleanliness in the state.
The Chairman of the Board, Mr Emmanuel Chinye, when he led a team of officials on an enforcement drive and emphasized that the exercise was not intended to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure that residents and corporate bodies keyed into the efforts to keep Delta state clean
At least three corporate clients in Asaba, including a Petrol Filling Station on Tuesday faced the wrath of the law in the hands of the board for violating the law requiring them to register with Private Sector Participants in refuse disposal.
Mr Chinye said the public private partnership was conceived to make for a more efficient and effective waste collection and disposal system that would significantly reduce the incidence of indiscriminate dumping of waste.
The Board Chairman explained that the Private Sector Participants had been repositioned for improved efficiency in the discharge of their duties and urged residents to register with them in the various zones to ensure a evacuation of waste to approved dump sites as anyone caught dumping refuse in unauthorised places would be prosecuted.
He charged the PSPs to ensure that all residential apartments, offices and business premises in their zones were registered and regularly visited for waste collection as any PSP found wanting would be sanctioned.
Mr Chinye reminded residents and organisations that they could also register at the Delta State Waste Management Board Office, off DLA road Asaba, as there would be no excuse for not registering.
NO DTS 0068 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
GANAGANA TASKS CIVIL SERVANTS ON PUNCTUALITY
Civil servants have been charged to take punctuality to work seriously as it is the soul of business and a virtue that would help develop a stronger Delta.
The Commissioner for Energy, Rt Hon. Basil Ganagana, gave the charge during a management meeting held in his office to mark the beginning of a new year.
The Hon. Ganagana while stressing the need for the ministry to develop a work plan for the year 2020, charged the staff to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.
The commissioner noted that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gives the State ministry of Energy the power to enact an Energy law which would guide the state in its operations and dealings with the Generation companies and Distribution companies (GENCOS and DISCOS).
Rt.Hon. Ganagana speaking on the restructuring of the Engineering departments,said that his Excellency Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is passionate about the energy sector and is willing to do all in his power to ensure steady power supply is achieved in the state.
In his remark, the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy Dr. Francis Onojeta said that workforce in the ministry of Energy is ready for the year 2 0 2 0 and that the Ministry will do all in its power to ensure the stonger Delta agenda is achieved.
In a vote of thanks, the Director Electricity Power Supply Engr. Samuel Udi expressed gratitude to the commissioner for all the suggestions and deliberations made during the meeting assuring him that all will be put into proper practice in order to move Delta forward.
NO DTS 0069 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
DISCIPLINE AND COMPLIANCE IS KEY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CORPS MEMBERS- EGWUNYENGA
Discipline and compliance with laid down rules have been identified as key factors in the development of youth corps members.
The Delta State Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade ifeanyi Egwunyenga, made this assertion when he hosted the new State Director of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Olutayo Samuel JP.
He stated the NYSC is a place where corps members are prepared for the future, saying that with proper monitoring and sanctions for airing corps members, NYSC will be able to uphold her standard.
Comrade Egwunyenga maintained that the discipline he got as a corps member pulled him through thus far, stressing the need for the corps members to be included in the mindset, value reorientation, which he said will go along in redirecting their thought processes.
While expressing gratitude to them for their visit, he said the NYSC is a brand with good ambassadors, stating that Governor ifeanyi Okowa believed in the future of the youth.
He stated that NYSC projects is been taken seriously due to the fact that it is the last stage in the lives of corps members before they go into the world.
He commended the NYSC for its exceptional performance, and that it was not a surprise that they have been made the Headquarter for South-South.
Earlier in her opening remark, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Olutayo Samuel JP, expressed gratitude to the state government and the commissioner, for what they have done towards the uplifting of the NYSC camp, and also stated that the commissioner has also represented them well before the governor.
She stated that, she had to come personally to say thank you and also to inform the commissioner that she has resumed.
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of the legal document of the NYSC.
NO DTS 0070 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
ELOZINO OGEGE MURDER TRIAL RESUMES…PROSECUTION CALLS HER 6TH WITNESS
Hearing in the Murder trial of the four defendants accused of killing Elozino Ogege, a 300 level Mass Communication Student of the Delta State University, Abraka resumed on Monday 13th January 2020 at the High Court of Justice Asaba.
The defendants, Macaulay Desmond Oghenemaro, Ojokojo Robinson Obajero, Nwosisi Benedict Uche and Enaike Onoriode are facing an 8 count charge filed by the Attorney-General of Delta State against them.
The Prosecuting State Counsel, Omamuzo Erebe Esq, Director Department of Legal Drafting in the State Ministry of Justice, who led P.U Akamagwuna Mrs, Director Sexual Offences Unit, called its sixth Prosecution witness.
The witness, Dr. Francis Nwanchokor, a Morbid Anatomist and Head of Pathology Department Igbenedion University Okada, told the Court through his written statement on oath that he conducted a post mortem examination on the corpse of the deceased at the Central Hospital Warri.
He stated that at the end of post mortem examination he concluded that the cause of death of the deceased was due to the injuries inflicted on her.
Under Cross-examination by Counsel to the 1st and 2nd Defendants, S.C. Okehielem Esq, the witness told the court that the corpse of the deceased was identified to him before the commencement of the post mortem examination by her paternal, Uncle Pastor Ogege.
Under further cross-Counsel examination by the 4th Defendant Counsel, P. Okoh Esq, the witness stated that he was not aware that the report he issued after the post mortem examination was subjected to review by any other Pathologist.
Counsel to the 3rd Defendant A. Ajayi Esq. had no questions for the witness.
Other counsel present in Court included I.J. Ifenedo Esq., holding a watching brief for the nominal complainant.
The matter has been adjourned to Wednesday 29th January 2020 for further hearing.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0071 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
OKORODUDU TASKS EX- SERVICE MEN ON EMBRACING STRONGER DELTA AGENDA
By Temi Boyo
The Warri North council chairman, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu has called on men of the Nigerian Legion, Warri North chapter, to embrace the Stronger Delta Agenda of the administration of Governor Ifeayin Okowa.
While stating this during this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations, the council boss, who was represented by the leader of Warri North Legislative Arm, Rt. Hon. Jolomi Esiategiwa, called on them to shun all acts of violence, and exhibit tolerance, promote peace, and unity, nation building, adding that the governor is a man of peace.
He noted that the country is not oblivious of the untold hardship experienced by the widows and children of the fallen heroes or those maimed in the line of duty, maintaining that, the way to sustain the peace fought for by them, is for everyone to support generously the launching of the emblem.
He emphasized that the sacrifice of the departed heroes can deeply be appreciated when the society starts reflecting on the horror and devastation, wars could cause if allowed to spread unabated.
NO DTS 0072 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
OKPE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN CALL FOR APPRECIATION OF GALLANTRY OF FALLEN HEROES
By Rachael Okitikpi
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day has been described as an annual tradition towards acknowledging and appreciating the gallantry sacrifices of veterans in the First World, Second World and Nigerian Civil War.
This was the statement made by the chairman of Okpe local Government, Chief John Scott during the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held in Orerokpe Headquarters of the local government.
The council boss while addressing the audience in his speech said that the fallen heroes did sacrifice their lives for us all which has brought peace to our country.
He said that the celebration reminds us of the resolve as citizens to remain in one united country.
Also speaking at the occasion is the occasion is the legion chairman Lt. Col Weldon Agbosa (rtd), he enjoined us all to appreciate the efforts of our gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of the families they left behind especially their widows and children.
The council chairman went further to State that an acknowledgement was needed not just in the spirit of showing appreciation for what had been done in the past but also to assure those still in active service that their efforts and sacrifices would not be in vain.
The highlight of the occasion was the laying of wreath
NO DTS 0073 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
UGHELLI NORTH LEGIONARIES CHIDE LG CHAIRMAN OVER NON REDEMPTION OF PLEDGES
Balogun Mabamije/ Apumami Erhuvwu
The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Ughelli North Chapter, Major Amos Ekpuke has described as unfortunate the attitude of the Ughelli North Council Chairman towards the non- redemption of the money pledged for the launch of 2019 emblem and non- payment of 23 months’ salary arrears owed its members amounting to N7.2 million for services rendered to the local government.
Major Ekpuke who was represented by Captain Alexander Obire made this remark during the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Ughelli general field.
He noted with sadness the attitude of the Ughelli north local government council towards the celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day and the absence of the chief Imam and widows of the fallen heroes.
Major Ekpuke urged the people present to generously support the legionaries, saying that the proceeds of the fund raising was for the welfare of widows and orphans of members of the armed forces who died in peace keeping all over the world
The Chairman of the Ughelli north local government council, Chief Godwin Adode, who was represented by the HPM of the council, Mr Mudiaga Omodion, said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration was low keyed due to the present harsh economic situation of the country. He noted the pathetic situation of the legionaries and promised to meet the financial obligation of the council to them as soon as the economy improve.
Earlier in his message taken from the book of Hebrews 12:14, Pastor Nathan Onokpanuru, urged the people to continuously pray for peace in the churches and at home.
Pastor Onokpanuru said some people laid down their lives to make us happy today, while others have been maim for us adding that without peace, it would be difficult to move forward.
The high point of the celebration was intercessory Prayers for peace in Delta State and Ughelli north.
NO DTS 0074 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
OSEME EULOGISES FALLEN HEROES FOR SACRIFICES
By Austine Enunwa
The Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government Council , Mr Chuks Oseme, has said fallen heroes who lay down their lives in defence of our father land during the First and Second World Wars and also the Nigerian Civil War (1967—1970) no doubt exhibited the highest level of patriotism an loyalty to the country, hence they paid the supreme sacrifice.
Hon Oseme, made the assertion at the grand finale of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Issele Uku, headquarters of the local government.
He commended their sacrifices saying that it was worthy of emulation by all and sundry, and urged the people not to abandoned the dependants left behind by the fallen heroes and other disabled soldiers.
The Chairman thanked the dignitaries who graced the ceremony and wish the legionaries a very happy celebration.
In his address, the Legion Chairman, Aniocha North hapter Lt Col. Nwosu emphasized that there was no celebration in 2019 in the local government and appealed to the council to redeem the pledge made two years ago.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the laying of wreaths
NO DTS 0075 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRACE DAY: GOLLY ADVOCATES GENEROUS SUPPORT
By Clementina Wewele
The 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day was celebrated in a grand style in Ethiope West Local Government Area.
The Council Chairman Solomon Golley in a key note address appealed to well-meaning individuals in our society, corporate organizations, companies and non – governmental organizations to identify with the celebration of the Armed Forces remembrance day by donating generously towards the launching of the Emblems as it will enhance the living of the dependants of the fallen heroes and Ex – service men who have contributed immensely to the sustainability of peace and unity in the country.
The Council Boss reiterated that financial empowerment program through skill acquisition and scholarship for the children of the fallen heroes will go a long way in appreciating the sacrifice of the fallen heroes.
Golley promised to always give all necessary assistance to the legion in the area.
While appreciating all who have come to honour the fallen heroes and the ex – service men, the chairman of the Nigeria Legion Ethiope West chapter LT. Col. Anthony Omayeju said the main Objective of the annual event is to honour the falling heroes of the first and second world wars, the Nigeria civil war, various international peace keeping operation and most recently, the Boko Haram insurgency.
The chairman of the Legion urged the Council Boss and all present to assist by donating generously to the launching of the emblems to support the widows, children of the fallen heroes and the disabled.
Prayers were said on behalf of the departed soldiers and the disabled.
The local government Chairman opens the launching of the emblems with some amount of money and bags of rice, others present also supported the Council Boss with the launching of the emblems.
The event witnessed the laying of wreaths by the Council Chairman Solomon Golley, Deputy leader of the legislative arms of the Council Terry Etacherure, DPO Oghara division represented by SP Nuhu Amodu, the Ovie of Oghara Noble Eshemitan represented by High Chief Frank Edeydey, the Chairman of the Nigeria legion LT. Anthony Omoyeju among others.
NO DTS 0076 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: TIDI CALLS FOR PEACE
Ruth Omigie/Elohor Foghola/Rita Fregene
Chairman Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, has called for peaceful coexistence and tolerance in order to immortalize the efforts of our Armed Forces
Dr Tidi made this call today at the 2020 grand finale of Armed Forces Remembrance Day Service at the Warri South Council Secretariat
He said we must imbibe the spirit of peace through dialogue, consultation and inter-ethnic harmony rather than conflict so that the soldiers who died in the course of fighting for the unity of Nigeria will not be in vain
While launching the year 2020 Armed Force Remembrance Day emblem the Chairman appealed to all to donate generously for the welfare of the dependants of the fallen hero as well as disabled soldiers.
Responding, chairman Nigeria Legion Warri South Council, Commandant R E Idudu expressed his gratitude to the Chairman, who is also the Patron of the Legion for his continued support and donation towards the legion
He also said the legion would want the government to give more support to members of the legion who are sick aged and disabled and also set up scholarship scheme for orphans of these heroes.
Present at the service were the Vice Chairman, Mrs Divine Iniovosa; Secretary of local government, Mr Joseph Oriboye, and Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria Warri South, Rev. Etaoghene Triumph, among others
NO DTS 0077 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
UVWIE NIMC BOSS CALLS FOR OPENING OF MORE OFFICES
By Ambrose Ologide/ Stella Oziwor
The Officer in charge of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Uvwie Local Government Area, Mr Sito Ezonarere has called for the opening of more offices of the commission in Nigeria.
Mr Ezonarere made the call in a media chat with our correspondents on the postponement of the use of National Identification Number (NIN) by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB ) for enrollment of candidates at Uvwie Local Government Council Secretariat’ on Wednesday January 15th,2020.
While also calling for the recruitment of more manpower and provision of more equipment, he explained that the call was necessitated by the need to overcome the rush for the exercise.
He further noted that the postponement of the use of NIN for enrollment of candidates for JAMB has reduced the volume of jobs of the commission.
Ezonarere had earlier reasoned that NIN was the right way of identification of Nigerians.