ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
NO. DTS 0510 BOMADI AND ENVIRONS TO ENJOY PORTABLE WATER
NO. DTS 0511 WE WILL DO OUR BEST – IGBUYA
NO. DTS 0512 OKEME COMMISERATES WITH LATE ISICHEI FAMILY
NO. DTS 0513 CHIEF JUDGE HARPS ON MOBILIZATION OF YOUTH CORPERS
NO. DTS 0514 OKWUOFU INAUGURATES PANEL OF ASSESSORS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
DELTA STATE OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.delta state.gov.ng
NO. DTS 0510, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
BOMADI AND ENVIRONS TO ENJOY PORTABLE WATER
Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije, has assured the people of Bomadi and its environs of the State Government’s resolve to restore potable water supply for them.
Sir Tilije gave the assurance when he paid an inspection visit on the 50,000 litre tank water works in Bomadi town, meant to serve both Bomadi and Kpakiama communities.
The Commissioner disclosed that the water works was awarded in 2013, saying his office received complaints that the project had not started to deliver water to the people even after over 70 percent payment had been made.
He further disclosed that the project covered about nine kilometre of piping of water to deliver standpoint pumps across Bomadi and Kpakiama towns but expressed dissatisfaction that most of the pipes and overhead tank materials were still lying fallow.
Sir Tilije, who was accompanied on the visit by the functioning Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Emmanuel Odogun, said the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, was deeply concerned about the lack of potable water in the local government, promising that something very important would soon happen to the project.
On arrival at the project site, the Bomadi Zonal Maintenance Officer of the State’s Water Board, Mr Newyear Selekeowei, told the Commissioner that the already completed 30,000 overhead tank water work had a faulty treatment plant and that only one borehole out of the three was functional, saying that as a result, water had not been supplied to the community for the past one year.
He said a report on the situation had already been lodged with the Zonal Manager of the Water Board.
Reacting to the claims by the Zonal Maintenance Officer, one Mr Broderick Agakoko, a staff with the Post Primary Education Board, said that pipe borne water had not run in Bomadi town for over 20 years, which was corroborated by Hon. Alex Ofurobiri, who said he was a former councillor in the Bomadi local government council and one time Chairman of Bomadi community.
They appealed to the Commissioner to come to their aid by restoring pipe borne water to the community to ease their suffering of consuming bad water that frequently compromised their health.
NO. DTS 0511, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
WE WILL DO OUR BEST – IGBUYA
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Monday Igbuya, on Saturday commended Deltans at home and abroad for projecting the state in positive direction.
He also paid homage to prominent personalities who laid the foundation of the state.
Igbuya who spoke to journalists in Asaba on the journey traversed and the tasks to accomplish in the period ahead said the Sixth Assembly in its first year made tremendous progress.
“We have accomplished great tasks. However, we can never consider what we have achieved to be sufficient. We are determined to accomplish even more and greater tasks. We shall raise Delta State to the level of the most prosperous in the country” he said.
The Speaker who described members of the Delta State House of Assembly as noble characters not only demonstrated his conviction about collective governance but commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his judicious use of resources and meticulous planning to overcome potential challenges.
“Government is a serious business and if we ever hope to set out of the nation’s grim economic predicament, we must of necessity employ the fundamental principles of serious business”.
He promised that the current administration would deepen the socio-economic and political development of the state.
“The current administration will put in place extensive infrastructural facilities and services with equitable and fair spatial outreach in order to better the standard and quality of life of all citizens. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in Delta State will narrow the urban-rural development gap and reduce socio-economic disparities” he said.
Igbuya, enjoined the people to reach for the highest goals, saying; “We have the great responsibility to carve out a better future and to make all possible efforts for the peace and prosperity of Delta State”.
“Delta State House of Assembly has done the people proud. It has created and developed the institutions that are necessary for the development of the state” he added.
Meanwhile the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Henry Ebireri on Saturday described Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya as a great man worthy of emulation.
He also applauded the speaker for touching the lives of individuals and groups within and outside Delta State.
In a congratulatory message to the speaker, Ebireri described the birthday of the Right Honourable Speaker as a celebration of hard work, integrity, patience, trust, commitment, discipline and success.
Ebireri who congratulated Igbuya on the occasion of his birthday, praised the presiding officer of the Delta State House of Assembly for his purposeful and responsible leadership and applauded his immense contribution to the development of Delta State, particularly Sapele.
He also praised him for upholding the principles of democracy and rule of law. He said the exemplary leadership qualities of Igbuya before and even as speaker would remain indelible in the hearts of the good people of
Ebireri, who recalled the quality of motions and bills passed in the first year of the sixth assembly, said “Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya is moving with great zeal and vigour to make the difference.”
The CPS while appealing to Deltans to continue to pray for Igbuya, urged politicians in the state to tap from his wealth of experience and knowledge.
NO. DTS 0512, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
OKEME COMMISERATES WITH LATE ISICHEI FAMILY
The Special Adviser to the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on SERVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme, has emphasised the need for the establishment of a Veteran Association in the state.
Comrade Okeme, who advocated this when he led a team of Advisory Committee on Labour Matters in the state to pay a condolence visit to the family of late former Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta Chapter, late Samuel Isichei, in Asaba said that the news of his death of was a great shock to him and others.
He reiterated that death was a price everybody on earth must pay whenever the time comes, noting that late Comrade Samuel Isichei would be remembered by all for his dogged fight and struggle in the labour movement which according to him won him the name’ General’.
Comrade Okeme, who was sorrowful over the death, noted the fact that late Comrade Isichei was known in labour movement as a mover because of his peculiar nature of producing positive result in every task he was appointed as the Head of Committee.
While thanking God for a life well spent, as he lived his later days in the worship of God and humility, he described him as a refined gentleman and a jolly good fellow whose death would not be easily forgotten by all Deltans mostly the various labour unions in general.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser stressed the importance of establishing a Veteran Association in the state in honour of the fallen hero, popularly called ‘General’ Isichei which would among other things; cater for the welfare of the labour movement in the state.
For his part, Comrade (Dr) F.O.P Nwugo, former Chairman Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), from 1992 to 2001, said that his joy about Comrade Isichei’s death was that he died in the hands of God, adding that it was always a thing of joy for one to end his sojourn here on earth by dying in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He said that Comrade Isichei would surely have eternal life, adding that his transaction was a smooth one as he ended life in Christ.
Responding, the wife of the Comrade Isichei, Mrs. Joy Isichei thanked the Special Adviser for the visit, saying that it had really encouraged her a lot.
Among the Advisory Committee members that were present at the occasion were Comrade Jerry E, Okousun, Chairman AUPCTCRE, Comrade(Elder) Tony Toki, Chairman NCSU, Comrade Menone N.O, Secretary AUPCTCRE, Comrade V.A Uchuno, Pioneer Secretary NUT, Delta state, Comrade Ofuonyeadi Innocent, state Secretary NLC, Comrade Victor Ogbogu, Ex state Secretary NLC and Comrade Alex Akpe, State Secretary RATTAWU.
It would be recalled that late Comrade Samuel Isichei was the former Vice Chairman NLC under the leadership of Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay and also the former state Chairman of National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW).
NO. DTS 0513, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
CHIEF JUDGE HARPS ON MOBILIZATION OF YOUTH CORPERS
The Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro, has advocated for greater synergy between the National Youth Corps (NYSC), and institutions of higher learning to enable it overcome the challenges of over mobilization of Corps members for the exercise.
Honourable Justice Umokoro made the call when the new coordinator of NYSC posted to Delta State, Mr. Omotade Ayodele Folarinsho and other officials paid him a courtesy visit in his office to introduce himself to the Chief Judge.
The Chief Judge who described NYSC as a laudable programme, identified lack of planning in the establishment of educational institutions as the major challenge confronting the effective operation of the scheme, even as he enjoined NYSC and educational institutions to develop a temple to work out modalities to ascertaining how many graduates the scheme can accommodate from each institution every year, as being practiced by the Nigerian Council for Legal Education which regulates entrants in the legal profession.
Describing Delta State as peaceful, Honourable Umukoro assured the Coordinator of his assistance, stressing that the Judiciary and the NYSC are partners in progress in the business of securing the welfare of youths in the State and the nation in general.
He appealed to the State coordinator to feel at home in spite of the unsubstantiated media reports about the State, stressing that the press should focus more on positive reportage of events.
Earlier, the new State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Omotade Ayodele Folarinsho, disclosed that he was in the Chief Judge’s Office to familiarize himself with the Judiciary, and to solicit for the continued support and assistance of Judiciary.
Mr. Ayodele who commended the Chief Judge for judicious carrying out his statutory functions of swearing in corps members posted to the State, called for greater cooperation between NYSC and the Judiciary.
Contrary to people’s perception of NYSC as FEDERAL Government Programme alone, the State Coordinator asserted that it is actually everybody’s programme, since the administration, management and implementation of the programme is particularly meant for the states where the corps members are deployed.
The coordinator, who was accompanied by Director of NYSC, explained that about 10,000 Corps members posted to the State, over 90 percent were deployed to schools in remote areas where they are rendering valuable services to the State.
NO. DTS 0514, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016
OKWUOFU INAUGURATES PANEL OF ASSESSORS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS
The Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Dame Patience Nkem Okwuofu, has inaugurated a 12-man Panel of Assessors to screen serving Civil Servants who passed the ASCON Public Service Examination conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Dame Okwuofu while congratulating members of the panel for their appointment stated that the screening exercise was long expected by many civil servants, even as she thanked God for bringing it to reality.
She pointed out that the members of the panel were choosing based on their experiences and ability, urging them to expedite action without further delay on the assignment given to them.
The panel is expected to complete the assignment within one month.