NO DTS 1412: KWALE/BENEKU RESIDENTS COMMEND DTSG FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD, BRIDGE
NO DTS 1413: DTHA PASSES COMMUNITY SECURITY CORPS AGENCY BILL INTO LAW
NO DTS 1414: ASABA HIGH COURT SENTENCES 30 YEARS OLD CHIDOKWE TO DEATH FOR ROBBERY
NO DTS 1415: MAN SENTENCES TO 12 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
NO DTS 1416: MRAKPOR HAILS JUDGEMENT, SAYS TASKFORCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING NOT RESTING ON ITS OARS
NO DTS 1417: DTSG COMMISERATES WITH OKIRIKA FAMILY, DESCRIBES LATE PATRIARCH AS PEACE BUILDER
NO DTS 1418: UKAH MONITORS TRCN EXAMS, SAYS DELTA WILL CONTINUE TO EMBRACE CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
NO DTS 1419: SALARY REDUCTION: OKEME APPEALS TO AFFECTED WORKERS TO BE PATIENT… SAYS GOVT TO REVERSE WHEN ECONOMY IMPROVES
NO DTS 1420: WE’LL SUSTAIN SYNERGY WITH MDAs TO ENHANCE GOVT, WORKERS’ CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP- OKEME
NO DTS 1421: NDDC DISTRIBUTES EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS IN ANIOCHA NORTH
NO DTS 1422: TIDI CELEBRATES PA OKI AT 78
NO DTS 1423: GOVERNOR OKOWA IS DETERMINED TO MAKE DELTANS ENJOY BASIC AMENITIES- EBONKA
NO DTS 1424: YOUTHS COUNSELLED ON PURPOSEFUL DEVT
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NO DTS 1412: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
KWALE/BENEKU RESIDENTS COMMEND DTSG FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD, BRIDGE
By Tina Oki
The people of Kwale-Beneku in Ndokwa West and East Local Government Areas have expressed appreciation to the state government for the timely construction of the approach road and bridge to Beneku.
Speaking in an interview, a resident and trader in the area, Mrs Elohor Igwara said the construction of the project is a welcome development as it would put an end to the untold hardship the people of the area had been experiencing.
According to Mrs Elohor, “the only means of crossing to and from Beneku was through the local ferry Pontu which work when it suits the operators.”
“Lives had been lost in the past, particularly pregnant women who could not access health facilitates on time due to the epileptic services of the Pontu.
“With the construction and completion of the project, evacuation of agricultural produce from Beneku and it’s environs would be easier and faster thereby boosting the socio-economic activities of the people in the area,” Mrs Elohor explained.
Also speaking, a commercial cyclist in the area, Mr Francis Chukwudi said that the construction of the road and bridge projects would make movement seamless, pointing out that the commercial cyclists would no longer visit the mechanic workshop frequently.
He commended the contracting firm handling the project for the pace and quality of job done, noting that the project when completed would improve the aesthetics of the area.
NO DTS 1413: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
DTHA PASSES COMMUNITY SECURITY CORPS AGENCY BILL INTO LAW
By Augustine Akanigha
The Delta State Community Security Corps Agency Bill, was on Wednesday 22nd July, 2020 Plenary at Asaba the State Capital, read the third time and passed into law by the State House of Assembly.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over the plenary said that the passage of the Bill, is the right step in the right direction as the State will now join other States that has passed similar laws in addressing the high level of insecurity in the country.
“At the committee of the whole, the Bill was considered clause by clause, section by section with germane contributions and amendments were proposed by members and were considered by all” he said.
The Speaker added that, “Distinguished colleagues I congratulate all of us for the professonalism shown in the passage of this Bill. It will no doubt improve the security Archetecture of the state, that will further protect the life and properties of all Deltans”.
He thanked His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his response in addressing the various security challenges in the state.
Earlier, during plenary, the lawmakers received the report of the House Committee on peace and Security on a Bill for a law to provide Security for public safety, Detection and prevention of crime in public places, and for other matters connected there with.
Presenting the report on the floor of the House was the chairman of the committee Hon. Asupa Peter Forteta, Member representing Burutu I Constituency.
According to the chairman, in line with the mandate given to the committee, the committee met severally and scruntinized the bill clause by clause, and owing to the covid-19 protocols, the committee had to make online conference meeting with stake holders with a view to Soliciting their Input and recommendations which were of great assistance to the committee, adding that the committee therefor have produced the bill with proposed amendments there in attached to the report as an annexure.
On receiving the report, The majority leader Hon. Barr. Tim Kome Owhefere moved that the report be received by the Honorable House for further consideration and was seconded by Hon. Anthony E. Elekeokwuri, member representing Ika North East.
The speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwore slatted committee of the whole House for final deliberation on the bill for Tuesday 28th of July, 2020.
NO DTS 1414: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
ASABA HIGH COURT SENTENCES 30 YEARS OLD CHIDOKWE TO DEATH FOR ROBBERY
By Timothy Agbaragu
A high court in sitting in Asaba, Delta State has sentenced one Amechi Stanley Chidokwe to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Amechi, 30, who hails from Umudora Anam in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State was arraigned before Justice Mabel Omovie for three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.
The charges are punishable under Sections 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria; 2 (1)(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special provision) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and 3 (1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special provisions) Act Cap R11, Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The defendant who pleaded not guilty was arraigned before the Court on the 20th of November, 2017.
According to the evidence of the nominal complainant, Mr Kenneth Oseji, on the 13th of January 2017 was accosted by a man at gun point in his premises when he drove home after work at about 5pm and demanded for his car key.
He further testified that when he kicked the man who was joined by two others, the gun fell off from his hand. He raised an alarm which attracted neighbours and ran outside the gate; the assailant and his cohorts also ran away in different directions. Some of them entered a waiting tricycle outside the gate and with the help of neighbours who started pushing the tricycle, it fell into a ditch and the other occupants ran away while the defendant who was driving the tricycle was apprehended.
At the close of evidence, counsel to the defendant Mr K. O. Ajayi submitted in his written address that prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond reasonable doubt, even as he urged the Court to discharge and acquit the Defendant.
While the Assistant Chief State Counsel E. U. Ogbolu urged the Court to convict the defendant as charged having effectively discharged the burden of proving its case of conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.
Citing copious judicial and statutory authorities, the learned jurist held that considering the gamut of evidence before the Court, the prosecution has successfully proved beyond reasonable doubt the three counts of conspiracy, attempted robbery and illegal possession of firearms against the defendant.
NO DTS 1415: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
By Aruoriwo Ivovi
A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, the Delta State Capital has sentenced one Ufor Papa Samuel to 12 years imprisonment without an option of fine for the offence of human trafficking.
The Federal High Court presided over by Honourable Justice T.B. Adegoke found the 38 years old defendant guilty of the three count charge preferred against him by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on count 1 of the charge and 7 years imprisonment on count 2 without an option of fine.
The court, however, ruled that the sentences are to run concurrently and to start counting from the date he was arrested and remanded in custody.
The charges preferred against him by the National Agency for the Prohibition Against Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) bothers on Sections 13(4)c,18 and 24 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administrative Act, 2015.
Ufor Samuel who was arraigned before the Federal High Court, Benin Division on the 27th day of February 2018 and later transferred to Asaba upon the creation of the Asaba Division of the Federal High Court, was arrested at the Seme border by Immigration Officers while attempting to traffick his victim, a 20 year old Cynthia Uden from Agbor, Delta State to Mali for prostitution.
The convict had deceived his unsuspecting victim that she was being taken to Mali to be engaged as a Sales girl with an annual salary of one million cefas.
The convict, whom NAPTIP described as serial human trafficker was also charged for trafficking another female, simply known as Blessing to Côte d’voire for prostitution.
NO DTS 1416: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
MRAKPOR HAILS JUDGEMENT, SAYS TASKFORCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING NOT RESTING ON ITS OARS
By Aruoriwo Ivovi
The Chairman of the Delta State Taskforce on Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has hailed the court’s verdict sentencing the human trafficker, Ufor Samuel to jail.
Mrakpor, who is the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice stated that human trafficking is a barbaric, cruel and a serious offence against humanity, and vowed that the crime will not be allowed to thrive in any part of the State.
Speaking further, the Chairman of the Taskforce disclosed that the Delta State Government under the auspices of the Taskforce Against Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration was not relenting on its oars in ensuring that the crime was brought to its knees.
He called on parents and guardians to be vigilant and enjoined members of the public to report suspicious activities of human traffickers and their agents to law enforcement agents.
NO DTS 1417: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
DTSG COMMISERATES WITH OKIRIKA FAMILY, DESCRIBES LATE PATRIARCH AS PEACE BUILDER
Delta State Government has commiserated with the Okirika family and the people of Benikrukru Community over the death of their Patriarch, Late (PA) John Akunojuya Ogio-Okirika, the Ama-Okosowei of Benikrukru Community in Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, Deputy Governor of Delta State who led high powered government delegation to condole with the family, expressed government’s condolence to the entire Okirika family.
He described the late PA. John Akunojuya Ogio-Okirika as a peace builder and lover of people all through his sojourn on earth.
Deacon Otuaro said that “Pa. Ogio-Okirika, the Ama-Okosowei of Benikrukru Community died at the age of 91 and left legacies and vacuum behind which will be difficult to fill.”
He added that “the role late Pa John Akunojuya Ogio-Okirika played as a community leader in advocating for peace between oil companies operating in Benikrukru Community and in the advancement of the ijaw nation will ever remained an ever-lasting legacy.”
“As government, we deemed it necessary to come and express our condolence to this family and Benikrukru Community considering the role he played in the promotion of peace in the community and the State,” he stated.
Otuaro explained further that Pa. Ogio-Okirika, was a mentor and a community leader who has groomed many of them to what they are today.
The Deputy Governor remarked that the late Patriarch built them into the ladder of leadership and that they have come to condole with the family and to strengthen them.
Otuaro added, “Pa Ogio-Okirika’s death is a great lost to his entire family and the people of Delta State, stating that the pains of his death is not only for his family and Ijaw people but to the entire Delta State. My prayers to the entire family is that God should give them the grace and fortitude to bear the lost of their father.”
The deputy governor who signed the condolence registered assured the family that the government of Delta State will support them to ensure the departed patriarch is given a befitting burial.
“This is what we can do for him since we can not bring him back again. His death affected us all not just his immediate family,” he said.
NO DTS 1418: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
UKAH MONITORS TRCN EXAMS, SAYS DELTA WILL CONTINUE TO EMBRACE CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has reiterated that the state will continue to embrace the certification of teachers as a deliberate strategy to enhance professionalism.
Chief Ukah, who stated this today at the College of Education, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state while monitoring the commencement of the 2020 Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) examination, commended the council for interfacing with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in the conduct of the examination.
The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner encouraged teachers in the state to register for the examination and be armed with the certificate so as not to be found wanting as regards the mandate of the TCRN.
In her remarks, the State Co-ordinator, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Sarah Uge, reminded the Commissioner that in accordance with the mandate of the council, it was compulsory for every teacher in the country to possess the TRCN certificate.
Mrs. Uge said that 315 teachers registered for the examination in the state, adding that in line with the adherence to Coviid19 protocols on social distancing, out of the registered number, only 80 teachers would seat for the examination each day, just as she disclosed that 57 teachers participated in the first day of the exercise.
She emphasized that the 23 teachers who were scheduled to participate in the first day of the examination but were absent would be given opportunity to come for the examination that will come o a close on Saturday, July 25, 2020 as all that registered for the examination will be accommodated.
In another development, Chief Ukah, while speaking during a courtesy visit to the Provost of the College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Joseph O. Ukadike, recalled that the 1000 teachers employed by the Okowa administration were basically holders of Bachelor Degree in Education.
Earlier, Dr Ukadike appealed to the state government to recognize College of Education graduates in employment, adding that government policy on employment nowadays had not benefitted Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) holders.
NO DTS 1419: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
SALARY REDUCTION: OKEME APPEALS TO AFFECTED WORKERS TO BE PATIENT… SAYS GOVT TO REVERSE WHEN ECONOMY IMPROVES
By Chukwudi Asoya
The Special Adviser to Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on SERVICOM and Labour Matters, Comrade Mike Okeme has appealed to Delta State workforce, especially government workers on grade level 7 to 17 whose minimum wage would be temporarily suspended as a result of the dwindling revenue generation occasioned by the effects of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
Comrade Okeme who made the appeal in Asaba during a press briefing with journalists, said that Governor Okowa had always been workers friendly and had been treating matters concerning the welfare of the state workforce seriously.
While affirming the support of the various labour unions including the office of SERVICOM and Labour matters to ohe decision, Comrade Okeme stated that as soon the economy improved the temporary suspension of the minimum wage of the affected categories would be reversed in tandem with the agreement between labour and the state government that it should be suspended for period of six months.
Comrade Okeme noted that there was an agreement for temporary review of the workers salary with effect from July, 2020, adding that during the early stage of the Okowa led administration, government at a time found it difficult to meet up with payment of workers wages due to the large number of worke force in the state.
NO DTS 1420: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
WE’LL SUSTAIN SYNERGY WITH MDAs TO ENHANCE GOVT, WORKERS’ CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP- OKEME
By Chukwudi Asoya
The office of the SERVICOM and Labour Matters has reiterated its determination to sustain its robust interface with all relevant government agencies in order to strengthen smooth and healthy flow of workers in Delta State.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on SERVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme stated this recently when he paid a courtesy visit on the Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Amgbaduba in his office in Asaba.
Comrade Okeme who however informed the commissioner of the forthcoming PENGASEN Delegate Conference billed to hold in Warri, adding that his office was always ready and willing to synergize with every organization as long as it was for the progress and growth of the state.
Responding, Hon. Amgbaduba commended Comrade Okeme for his expectional leadership qualities and role especially in the manner he had been piloting the affairs of labour in the state.
Amgbaduba added that such qualities could only be seen and felt from no other person but him (Comrade Okeme) who according to him had been one of the longest serving political office holders in the state.
He further commended the Governor Okowa led administration for the prudent management of the state economic resources, stressing that since the Coviid19 period, resources coming to the state had drastically dropped yet activities and payment of workers had been steady.
The gas and oil boss promised to put in all his efforts towards making sure every sector in the oil and gas as it concerns Delta State were handled well without any crisis or setback.
NO DTS 1421: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
NDDC DISTRIBUTES EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS IN ANIOCHA NORTH
By Austine Enunwa
The ministry of basic and secondary Education in Aniocha North today commenced the distribution of materials to schools across the local government Area.
The exercise which was supervised by the chief inspector of Education Mrs Herrienta Obiegba, at the council Secretariat Issele-Uku explained during a chat with newsmen that the materials were donated by NDDC to complement government efforts in educational development in the state.
She listed the materials donated to include plastic chairs/table, white board, marker, and text books / note books, amongst others.
The education Boss, disclosed that some schools were not captured therefore would not benefit from the on going distribution as directed by the NDDC, just as she explained some schools will receive chairs / table but will not be given Text Books / note Books or the white Board.
Mrs Obiegba, further explained that schools that were not captured now would benefit in the next batch as indicated by the NDDC.
The NDDC warrior office representative Mr Matty Oritseju also said that the commission embarked on the project in all Niger Delta States to support the state government to improve the condition of teaching and leaning in every state.
NO DTS 1422: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
TIDI CELEBRATES PA OKI AT 78
By Ruth Omigie
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Dr. Michael Tidi, has celebrated renowned Warri based educationist and father – figure, Pa Churchill Oki, on the occasion of his 78th birthday today, Wednesday July 22.
In a goodwill message, Dr Tidi described Pa Churchill Oki as an embodiment of positive mentorship and elder statesman with impeccable track record.
While expressing absolute faith in God’s promise of longevity and sound health for a God – fearing father – figure like Pa Oki, the Warri South Council Boss, admonished upcoming generation of Nigerians to take cue from the moral uprightness, due diligence and hard work the septuagenarian represents.
NO DTS 1423: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
GOVERNOR OKOWA IS DETERMINED TO MAKE DELTANS ENJOY BASIC AMENITIES- EBONKA
By Christian Ogoh
The Chairman of Ika North East Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Ebonka says that his bid to ensure conducive environment for traders in the food market at Ebuo-owa is in line with Governor Okowa’s Smart Agenda.
Hon. Victor Ebonka made the statement when he was monitoring the sand filling of some roads in the Market.
He noted that the Senator Okowa led Government is determined to make Deltans enjoy basic amenities such trading in conceive and clean environment.
Speaking further, he urged the traders to be reciprocal by observing laid down protocols and carrying out their activities in an orderly manner as well as keeping the environment clean.
“We don’t expect that anyone should force you to use your face mask or that you should was your hands or to observe the already spelt out protocols”. He added.
Several trips of localized concrete stones and sands were used in the interim to level erosion prone areas in the market; aimed at ensuring that every part of the market is accessible.
On the on going construction of Owa main market, the council chairman urged the traders to exercise patience with the pace of work at, adding that the Contractor is doing his best to produce a befitting market that everyone will be proud of.
NO DTS 1424: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
YOUTHS COUNSELLED ON PURPOSEFUL DEVT
By Ifeanyi Omenogor
Youths in lshikaguma Quarter of Amai in ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta state have been advised to continue to live in peace and unity for the purpose of development.
Chief Godspower Epochi Etu gave the advice in a chat with newsmen at Amai.
He urged the youths to continue to work hard, engage themselves in the various youth’s empowerment programs by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to better their lot.
While saying that youths are the bedrock of every nation, he called on Ishikaguma youths to abstain from acts capable of putting them in trouble, live in the fear of God, adding that Ishikaguma youths are peace loving youths.
Chief Etu, who is also the spokesman of Ishikaguma Quarter, lauded Dr Dele Omenogor for his notable contributions to the development of Amai kingdom.
He said Dr Dele Omenogor’s various philanthropic gestures earned him the traditional title of odogwu adi ebuo of Amai kingdom, opining that his kinds were not easily found.
Chief Etu said that the recent solar electrification of Ogbe-Umu-Agbor Street at Ishikaguma by Dr Dele Omenogor was pointer that he has the interest of people at heart, praying God to continue to protect him and his entire family.