ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY JUNE 5, 2020
NO DTS 1143 GOVERNOR OKOWA SIGNS JUDICIARY AUTONOMY BILL TO LAW
NO DTS 1144 2 MONTHS-OLD BABY DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19
NO DTS 1145 COVID-19: ANIAGWU TASKS DELTANS ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
NO DTS 1146 COVID-19: DELTA SSG’S STAFF ENJOINED TO OBSERVE SAFETY MEASURES
NO DTS 1147 WE WILL SUSTAIN ATTENTION TO ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE IN DELTA – OKOWA
NO DTS 1148 RIVAL CULTS CLASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES IN WARRI
NO DTS 1149 DELTA NORTH MONARCHS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON OKOWA
NO DTS 1150 POWA APPRECIATES WARRI POLICE AREA COMMANDER OVER PALLIATIVES
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO DTS 1143: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
GOVERNOR OKOWA SIGNS JUDICIARY AUTONOMY BILL TO LAW
Speaking on the issue, the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro commended Governor Okowa for the laudable and bold step taken to grant the much desired autonomy amidst the challenges that trailed the legislative process.
Justice Umukoro who equally applauded the Delta State House of Assembly for ensuring the speedy passage of the Bill, noted that the autonomy would enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the state, improve work conditions and facilitate development of infrastructure.
While assuring that the Judiciary would live up to its constitutional responsibility and ensure prudent management of funds accruing to it, Justice Umukoro pointed out that with the assent to the Bill, the Governor has shown for the umpteenth time that the interest of the Judiciary was his priority, even as the Chief Judge reaffirmed the existing cordial and harmonious relationship between the Executive and Legislature and the Judiciary in the State.
Section 6 of the Law provides that the Delta State Judiciary shall have the power to manage its Capital and Recurrent Expenditure in accordance with the provisions of the Law.
NO DTS 1144: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
2 MONTHS-OLD BABY DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19
The Commissioner for Health in Delta, Dr Mordi Ononye, on Friday, confirmed that a two-month-old baby was among the 116 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state.
Ononye, who made this known at a news conference in Asaba, said that pediatricians were taking care of the child and expressed optimism that the baby would get better and be discharged.
He said that the state currently had 116 confirmed cases of the pandemic, with 31 discharged and 77 active cases.
“We have recorded eight deaths which is about seven per cent fatality rate and have conducted 850 tests and have received 7, 708 calls on our hotlines.
“We have investigated 850 suspects and at present, 13 health workers have been infected.
“No one should doubt that Covid-19 is real; there are confirmed cases in 13 local government areas of the state and 66 per cent of those affected are males while 34 per cent are females, with bed occupancy rate of 48 per cent,” Ononye said.
He affirmed the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration to curbing the spread of the virus in the state and appealed to the media to assist in creating more awareness of the pandemic.
He disclosed that a lot of the patients still at the Isolation Centres were waiting to be discharged as they had been tested two times and found negative after treatment.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, announced that the curfew of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. imposed in the state by the government was still in force and urged Deltans to obey safety measures set by the government to check the spread of the virus.
“Covid-19 is real and you don’t need government to pursue you to obey set protocols; we ensure that boundaries across the state are monitored, though, it has not been an easy task because some people just want to flout government’s directives.
“The curfew is still in place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and I plead with all Deltans to obey the advice of government.
“I thank the private sector for their support which has come in different forms – cash, food items, medical consumables, among others, ” Ebie said.
At the news conference, the Index Case of Covid-19 in the state, Chief Austin Eruotor and the fourth victim of the pandemic, Mr Jerry Azinge, shared their experiences.
They said that it was important for early diagnosis and for those affected to get early treatment as Covid-19 came in different forms and symptoms.
On his part, Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Augustine Uroye, appealed to the public not to stigmatise discharged patients of Covid-19, and commended the state government for commitment to the fight against the virus.
NO DTS 1145: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
COVID-19: ANIAGWU TASKS DELTANS ON PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Charles Aniagwu has again reiterated the need for all Deltans to adopt personal responsibility with regard the maintenance of all laid down health protocols in the pursuit of our goal of flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve.
The Commissioner gave this admonition today during a press briefing to appraise Deltans on the efforts of the state government in the fight against the COVID-19 virus as well as to invest Chief Austin Eruotor, the discharged COVID-19 index case in Delta as the Covid 19 Ambassador of the state, at the Government House Press Centre, Asaba.
Mr Aniagwu stated that the media plays a pivotal role in the mobilizing the people to join hands with Government through adequate sensitization of members of the society, noting that the increase in the number of cases could be attributed to inadequate sensitization, disregard and non-observance of laid down protocols.
The Commissioner urged Deltans to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing as well as those of others around them, by ensuring the strict observance of all protocols put in place to reduce and eradicate the effects of the pandemic.
To this end the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to the prevention of further spread of the pandemic amongst Deltans, by the appointment of the index case in Delta, Chief Austin Eruotor as the Delta State Covid-19 Ambassador, to join the Government in educating Deltans about the reality of the Covid-19 virus and the need for all to maintain all standards established to check and control the spread of the virus.
On stigmatization of victims of the virus, Mr Aniagwu urged members of society to desist from ostracizing patients as the disease is not a death sentence and the patients once recovered can go ahead to lead normal lives.
The Commissioner also warned against the self-administration of drugs, saying that it leads to more complications stressing that early reporting to appropriate quarters is advised for proper medical attention to save the life of the patient.
While reemphasizing that the state government’s ban on interstate movement was still in force, free movement of certain categories of workers, businessmen and goods would still be allowed as long as they were on the essential services list.
NO DTS 1146: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
COVID-19: DELTA SSG’S STAFF ENJOINED TO OBSERVE SAFETY MEASURES
He said as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic a new world order had been established which has necessitated the need for life style adjustment in the work place.
Mr. Ebie said such adjustments included observing physical distance, wearing of face mask and a renewed consciousness in terms of improved sanitation and personal hygiene.
He tasked the senior staff to ensure that they sensitize and school their subordinates when they resume on the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to observe all the protocols and guidelines as we are now in a community transmission phase.
In her pep talk, Dr. Grace Orofuke of the Ministry of Health said the Covid-19 virus was a new strain of Corona virus which was a respiratory tract infection which had no cure for now.
Dr Orofuke said “For one not to contact the virus one must act like everyone was a suspect and as such all necessary protections and precautions should be applied by observing all the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines.”
She equally said that everyone had a role to play in the fight against the pandemic as the numbers are still on the increase.
In his vote of thanks, the functioning Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SSG, Dr Chucks Nwani thanked the SSG for the initiative in organising the pep talk for the senior staff who will be expected to enforce the new office protocols and ensure that their junior and younger colleagues are properly educated and adhere to the new rules in the work place.
NO DTS 1147: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
WE WILL SUSTAIN ATTENTION TO ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE IN DELTA – OKOWA
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on yesterday restated the importance of roads connectivity to economic development of the state, saying in spite of prevailing Coronavirus pandemic, governance and infrastructural development of the state would be sustained.
The governor made this known while speaking to newsmen shortly after inspecting the Alihami-Agbor-Nta-Oki road in Ika South Local Government Area, Owanta Erosion Control and road project and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Training School, Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area.
He said that connecting the state with roads and bridges would ensure economic growth of communities and assured Deltans of his administration’s commitment to executing projects that would impact on the people.
Okowa, who was conducted round the projects by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba and his Housing counterpart, Chief Festus Ochonogor, said “we will continue to execute programmes and projects that will make our people to be prosperous,”
“In spite of the COVID-19 and the slowdown of so many things we are doing as a state, there was the need to go down and check the things that we intend to continue in the next few weeks.
“I first visited the Alihami-Agbor-Nta-Oki road; it was a surprised visit and the contractor himself was not on site but the workers were on site and it afforded me the opportunity to have first-hand knowledge of level of work being done; a lot of drainage work has been done and some sections of the road have been stone-based.
“That road is very important because when it is completed to Edo State junction, it means that those going to Jesse, Oghara and Sapele axis will have a much faster route and that is very good for us and our people because it connects Delta with a section of villages that are actually in Edo, and then to the Jesse end.
“The road interconnectivity is good for commerce and economic development of the benefiting communities and we will continue to construct as many roads as our finances can enable us,” he said.
On the Owanta gully erosion and road project, the governor said that before now, the place was terrible as several homes had been lost to the erosion, but expressed optimism that with the work being done now, several homes had been saved.
“It’s actually a project of Delta State with the World Bank. This is one of the five sites in Delta and the contractor, Levante Construction, is doing well. We are happy with the work being done and he has assured us that even through the rain they will continue working to ensure that a lot of homes are saved.
“We are in the process of awarding contracts for other erosion control projects in the state,’’ he said.
He said the FRSC training school was a collaborative project between the state and the agency.
“It is a partnership between the state and the Federal Road Safety Corps because we believe that the school will have an impact on the economy of this area.
“We are providing the buildings; they will provide other needed infrastructure and provide the staffing to enable the school take off.
“Right from the lockdown, we allowed some contractors to return to site with strict adherence to the NCDC protocols and that was why we allowed the erosion control project to continue because it could have been very devastating but am glad that the contractors are on course and they have assured me they will continue to work throughout the rains,’’ the governor said.
On COVID-19, he said that Delta’s confirmed cases had risen to 106, adding that the numbers were restricted to certain local government areas while the state was monitoring the development.
“For us in Delta State, we have 106 cases of COVID-19 now but they are actually restricted to certain l governments at the moment and we are monitoring the trend and whatever decisions we are going to take as we move into future is going to be based on the data that is available before us.
“This is to ensure that we are taking informed decisions and having a targeted approach; that is our intention and we hope that God willing, we will continue to do our best to combat the pandemic,” he stated
NO DTS 1148: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
RIVAL CULTS CLASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES IN WARRI
By Ambrose Ologide
Law abiding residents in Essi Layout, nearby Sido Street and environs in Warri were living in fear following the clash between two rival street cult groups that claimed two members one each from both sides in Warri on Tuesday June 2nd, 2020 and on Wednesday June 3, 2020.
The identity of the dead suspected cultist who was killed in Essi Layout was not known but the one that was killed in Sido Street was simply identified as Chinese, paternally Itsekiri, maternally Urhobo and lived in a storey building along Cemetery Road by Iyara Junction, Warri.
The Police Public Relations Office in Delta State Police Command, Asaba when contacted for confirmation stated that ” Only one was confirmed, but we were told that he was shot by a group of five boys . We don’t know if they are cultists.”
NO DTS 1149: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
DELTA NORTH MONARCHS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON OKOWA
By Christian Ogoh
The Traditional Rulers in Delta North Senatorial District, led by the Obi of Owa, HRM, Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor has passed a vote of confidence on the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
According to the Owa Monarch, we invited our sons and daughters here so that we can rob minds together on issues affecting us especially on the area of security.
While describing them as men of honour and integrity in their various capacities, he noted that they have been responsive to the yawning of the people and in line with the Governor’s agenda.
“We therefore pass a vote confidence the Governor Okowa. We will continue to support as well as pray for his success. We are indeed proud of him”. He added.
Speaking further, the Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council also congratulated the Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori on his birthday anniversary.
“We celebrate with you and commend you and the members of the house for making the act of governance smooth in the state”. He added.
He however charged journalists to continue to effectively advance the society by engaging themselves in quality reporting.
Among the prominent traditional rulers who graced the colourful event is the Dein of Agbor kingdom, HRH, Ikenchukwu kiagborkwuze 1.
NO DTS 1150: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020
POWA APPRECIATES WARRI POLICE AREA COMMANDER OVER PALLIATIVES
By Ambrose Ologide
The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) Warri Police Area Command has appreciated the Police Area Commander in charge of the command, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mohammed Garba over his donation of palliatives to the association which has membership strength of over 300 from all the police divisional headquarters in the command.
The food items donated to members of the association at the office of the Police Area Commander in Warri last weekend include: one carton of idomie noodles, one giant size of tuber yam and one sizeable loaf of bread each.
The police officers’ wives were also treated to delicious meal of English and African dishes shortly after the donations.
The joyous women sang and dance to the praises of ACP Garba at the event.
The Chairperson of the association in the command area, Mrs Promise Harris Nyawene who spoke to our correspondent at the event, described the gesture of ACP Garba as wonderful, saying that they never expected it.
She then urged members of the association to always support and pray for their husbands.
In a brief media chat with our correspondent, ACP Garba stressed the importance of POWA to the police as he praised members for being supportive to their husbands.
He disclosed that he emulated the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Commissioner of Police (CP), Delta State Police Command area in the donation of the palliatives.
ACP Mohammed Garba who recently donated dozens of face masks to some residents in the area, commended the people of the police area command for their orderly manner so far during the lockdown, saying that the Police Warri Area Command was one of the most peaceful of the police commands in the state.