ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
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NO. DTS 0114 GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH NGO’S – UKAH

NO. DTS 0115 YOUTH CORPERS, FRSC CARRY OUT CAMPAIGN ON ROAD SAFETY IN OSHIMILI SOUTH

NO. DTS 0116 SEEFOR – CDD LAUNCH ELECTRICITY REHABILITATION AND EXTENSION IN OBIOR

NO. DTS 0117 INFORMATION FIELD OFFICE CHAPEL GETS NEW EXCO

NO. DTS 0118 ONUESOKE CALLS FOR UPGRADE OF ILLEGAL REFINARIES

NO. DTS 0119 IYASERE ASSURES CONSUMERS OF VALUE FOR MONEY

NO. DTS 0120 LAW TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ABUSE UNDERWAY IN DELTA: DELTA ATTORNEY- GENERAL ASSURES PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS

NO. DTS 0121 GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO RESPECT COURT RULINGS AND JUDGMENT – MRAKPOR

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NO. DTS 0114 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH NGO’S – UKAH

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah has assured women organizations of the State government’s partnership in a bid to move the State forward.

Mr. Ukah gave this assurance when he played host to the Elegant Ladies Club of Asaba in his office.

The Commissioner stated that government need associations like the Elegant Ladies Club to form an interface between government and the people, saying that such body would be able to relate government activities and programmes to the communities.

He specially praised the Club for the various initiatives for the education and welfare of the girl child, stating that there is need to give the girl child what she needs to develop, even as he stated that the Okowa administration is poise to rejuvenating the State’s technical education schools to help the youths acquire needed vocations and skills that will enable them become self-employed and employers of labour instead of waiting for white collar job that are not available.

Mr. Ukah also urged the Club to create awareness and sensitize the communities of the various government programmes which include STEP, YAGEP and GEEP aimed at creating jobs for the teaming unemployed youths in the State which are in line with the initiatives of the Elegant Ladies Club of Asaba.

He promised to give the club adequate publicity on the various activities lined up for the Annual General Meeting coming up very soon.

Earlier, the President of the Club, Mrs. Vivian Okolo thanked the State Government for its laudable programmes and activities to promote the welfare of the girl child in the State, even as she solicited for financial assistance to enable the club complete its various projects in the State.

She had in her address stated that the Club is building a Civic Centre, along Ibusa Road, which will have a multi-purpose hall, a multi-purpose library, a gym, a computer centre, and a skill acquisition center to cater for the girl child.

Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of Veracity magazine to the members of the Club by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah.

Present at the occasion include the functioning Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, the Director of Publication and printing, Mr. Dona Obuseh, the Director of Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Kinglsey Olomukoro, the Director of Administration, Mr. Frank Akpoku, the Director of Finance and Account, Mr. Dominic Omogbesiayeh.

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NO. DTS 0115 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
YOUTH CORPERS, FRSC CARRY OUT CAMPAIGN ON ROAD SAFETY IN OSHIMILI SOUTH

The 2016 Batch B and C of the National Youth Service Corps in Oshimili South Local Government Area with Federal Road Safety Corps, held a campaign today on road safety tips.

The Commander in Chief (Community Development Service) Mr. Nelson Emeka Offor and the President Mr. Bamidele Bashiru jointly averred that they have noticed the high rate of accidents on the high ways, hence they want to educate the masses on road safety tips, which include, buying new tyres, and knowing the expiring dates, know your speed rating, don’t drink and drive and to always wear seat belt while driving.

Tips were also given on how to know the expiry date of tyre, as the expiry date is usually indicated on the side walls which comes in four digits, indicating the week and year of manufacture e.g *0510* or sometimes it comes with pre-alphabet letters e.g. (PHN0510), adding that the first two of the four-digit numbers on the round-ended box shows the week the tyre was manufactured, while the last two digits represents the year.

There were also tips on cases of tyre blow-outs on motion, which are, do not panic, remove your leg from the accelerator pedal to reduce speed, do not apply brake, and be alert and conscious of the environment.

The campaign ended on the note that, the resultant effect of good engine and motion, all depends on tyres and other chassis system, hence special attention should be given to the tyre maintenance always.

Vehicle contact with the road is tough on the tyre, check your tyre always.

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NO. DTS 0116 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
SEEFOR – CDD LAUNCH ELECTRICITY REHABILITATION AND EXTENSION IN OBIOR

The former Deputy Governor, Chief Benjamin Elue, has described the Okowa-led administration strides in infrastructural development as a true reflection of the ideals of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which is anchored on making lives more meaningful to the people, particularly rural dwellers in the state.

Chief Elue, who stated this at Obior during the project launch for the electricity rehabilitation and extension under the SEEFOR-CDD social scheme of the World Bank and European Union initiative said that the electricity project would attract more development to the Community even as he expressed happiness for the freedom of his former principal, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, the eight-term governor of the state.

Earlier, the Chairman of Aniocha North local government area, Hon. Chuks Oseme thanked the international donor agencies, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the people of Obior Community for the effective collaboration, adding that more Communities from the council would key into the scheme in order to ensure the development of their areas.

In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev(Mrs.) Omatsola Williams who was represented by Mrs. Juliana Ireyefoju at Obior Community and Mrs. A. A Orubu in Ekuma-Abavo community in Ika South Local government area advised the Communities to justify the confidence reposed in them through the execution of the project in accordance with the World Bank specifications.

Rev (Mrs.) Williams, however, admonished the Communities to utilize the funds judiciously so as to achieve success while applauding the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for paying the state counterpart contribution and for keying into the project.

In a goodwill message, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Project, Mr. Benson Ojoko represented by Mrs. Atinor Overedjor enjoined the Community to shun shoddy job and follow the guidelines.

Speaking separately in their various Communities, the Chairman of Obior Project Management Committee, Engr. Awunor Edmond and his counterpart in Ekuma-Abavo in Ika South, Mr. Okonta David said that the projects would impact positively on their lives.

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NO. DTS 0117 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
INFORMATION FIELD OFFICE CHAPEL GETS NEW EXCO

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Ministry of Information Chapel, Field Office has elected new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the field officers of the Ministry for the next four years.

The election was held at the Ministry’s field office, Warri South Local Government Council Secretariat on Thursday February 16, 2017.

The executive committee members include Comrade Mabamije Balogun, Chairman; Ofotukun Simon, Secretary General; Mrs. Diana Oluwole, Assistant Secretary General; Omonegor Ifeanyi, Financial Secretary and Mrs. Obanyendo Ebi as Treasurer.

Others are, Mr. Egbadju Joseph and Mr. Epue Mike as Ex Officio.

In his acceptance speech the new Chairman of NUJ, Ministry of Information Field Officers chapel called for a close tie amongst Field Officers in the Ministry in order for the Union to wax stronger, adding that members should work as a team.

He thanked the immediate past Chairman of the Chapel Comrade Joseph Egbadju for piloting the affairs of the chapel successfully in the past eight years, even as he appealed for advice and assistance from his predecessor in managing the affairs of the Union.

Comrade Egbadju expressed appreciation to the Screening/Electoral Committee of the Congress Chaired by Mr. Ambrose Ologide for the successful election of the new Executive Committee.

In his speech at the event, the out-gone Chairman of the Union Comrade Egbadju advised his successor to carry all members of the Union along and always relate with the headquarters of the Ministry of Information Asaba, in running the affairs of the union, stressing that there is the need for members of the union to see themselves as one.

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NO. DTS 0118 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
ONUESOKE CALLS FOR UPGRADE OF ILLEGAL REFINARIES

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and Delta State governorship aspirant in 2007 general election, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has called for the recognition and upgrading of illegal refineries instead of the destruction by security agents.

Onuesoke who made the appeal while speaking to group of selected journalists in port-Harcourt, Rivers state postulated that instead of destroying the illegal refineries, government should bring the operators of modular refineries on board and see how the crude methods of refining the product can be improved upon.

He advised that the indigenous technology of refining crude oil to finished petroleum products should actually be encouraged, standardized and regulated, adding that such local technology is the springboard to development and empowerment of the people at the same time.

Onuesoke who is an environmentalist pointed out that the destruction of the illegal refineries by security agents has caused a lot of problem in the area of pollution, environmental degradation and other social factors, adding that the legalization of modular refinery would help in the reduction of the importation of fuel from other nation, increased local production, generate employment, safe our foreign reserve and prevent environmental pollution.

“Since we do not have functional and legal refineries, we should embrace illegal once and make it legal. We should engage, equipped and train the operators in modern technology. China, India, Japan and even America do not criminalize illegal business; instead they tap their knowledge for economic and valuable use.

“Modular refinery has been proven to be flexible and cost-effective supply option for crude producers in remote regions. This is particularly true where there is a need to adapt rapidly to meet local demand. Relatively low capital cost, speed and ease of construction are key advantages of a modular refinery.” Onuesoke explained.

He postulated that setting and upgrading illegal refinery will enable employment opportunities to be created for the citizens.
Hear him, “When you have a job, you could train your children; you could have banks, hospitals, grocery stores, carpenters, accountants, lawyers, all kinds of occupations to support a town.”

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NO. DTS 0119 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
IYASERE ASSURES CONSUMERS OF VALUE FOR MONEY

The Chairman of the Delta State Consumer Protection Committee, Barr. Mrs. Mary Iyasere has said that the committee is committed to protecting consumers and ensuring that they get value for their money.

Barr. Iyasere, who is also the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, gave this assurance when members of the committee took their campaign to the Oko Hausa Market in Asaba.

Barr. Iyasere, represented by the Secretary of the committee, Mr. Felix Oseji, emphasized that the committee would ensure that goods that were in the market are fit for human consumption.

The Commerce and Industry Commissioner said consumers must be able to seek relief or remedy against manufactures who sold sub-standard goods.

She said the committee would raise the levels of service and compliance in order to improve the quality and standard of goods that are sold in the market.

The Chairman of the Onions Market Traders Association, Alhaji Yusuf Kadiri, promised to pass on the message to other members.

The committee was also at the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) headquarters in Asaba where the Deputy Commandant, Ageh Richard, received the team and promised to work with them to achieve set objectives.

The Delta State Consumer Protection Committee is empowered by the Consumer Protection Act to ensure speedy redress of consumers compliant through mediation and reconciliation, and ensure replacement of hazardous products and their elimination from market.

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NO. DTS 0120 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
LAW TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ABUSE UNDERWAY IN DELTA: DELTA ATTORNEY- GENERAL ASSURES PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS

The Attorney-General of Delta State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has assured persons living with disability in the State of Government adequate protection of their fundamental rights and against all forms of molestation, discrimination and abuse.

He said an Executive bill that incriminates abuse and discrimination of persons living with disability would soon be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for consideration and passage.

The Attorney-General stated this when he granted audience to Persons Living with Disability from Delta North Senatorial District of the State in his Chambers on Wednesday, 15 April, 2016 in Asaba.

Barr. Mrakpor while emphasizing that it was the responsibility of Government to protect and promote human dignity and rights of all persons in society against torture, harassment, inhuman or degrading treatment, maintained that every individual is entitled to respect irrespective of status and abilities.

The Justice Commissioner who accepted to be the Patron of the Delta North Chapter of Persons Living with Disability sought for their contribution towards the enactment of a law that protects their rights. While promising to look into a case of an alleged illegal arrest and detention of one of their member, a deaf and dumb by the Police who could neither read nor write and cannot speak because of his condition, the Delta Chief Law Officer told them to report any case of persons living with disability in prison custody for review.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the group, Ojeme Monday while presenting several issues that affect Persons Living with Disabilities in the State, thanked the State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his empowerment package and monthly stipends for some of their members across the State. They also thanked the Attorney-General for initiating a draft bill for an enactment of a law against discrimination of persons living with disabilities in the State.

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NO. DTS 0121 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO RESPECT COURT RULINGS AND JUDGMENT – MRAKPOR

The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has reiterated the State Government absolute respect for the rule of Law and obedience of Court orders of competent jurisdiction.

The Attorney-General made this known when he granted audience to the Executive Members of the Delta State Chapter of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria who were in his Chambers on an advocacy visit on Wednesday.

While reacting to a judgment of the National Industrial Court said to be in favour of the Association which the Association said has laid to rest the status of Medical Laboratory Services as an autonomous Department in the Health Sector and clearly defines who is qualified to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, the Justice Commissioner maintained that his office will not waste State Government resources to pursue frivolous appeals which will not succeed especially court rulings delivered in accordance with the law.

Mr. Mrakpor who accepted the invitation to attend the Annual Scientific Public Health Lecture of the National Body of the Association to be hosted by the State branch on the 24th and 25th of February, 2017 in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, described the theme of the Lecture which is “Malaria: Diagnosis, Diagnostics and Physiotherapy” as not only relevant but apt and timely as according to him, malaria is a silent killer disease responsible for over a million death annually in Sub-Sahara Africa.

While frowning at the upsurge of quackery in the profession, the Attorney-General advised patients to only patronized certified professionals for the right diagnosis and treatment of malaria and warned against self-prescription. He said right diagnosis and treatment will not only reduce mortality rate but will address the allegations of incidences of witchcraft and superstitious beliefs.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the Association, Comrade Adjekuko Collins in his address said that based on the Court Judgment of the Abuja National Industrial Court dated 27th day of January, 2016 that ruled in their favour which declared the status of Medical Laboratory Services as an autonomous department in the health sector, called on the Attorney-General to prevail on the Ministry of Health to create a Department of Medical Laboratory Services to allow their members to advance in their career as well as also deal with the challenge of quackery in the sector.

Comrade Adjekuko Collins while declaring the Association’s unalloyed Support for the Justice Sector and the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man also called on the Delta State University to establish a Department of Medical Laboratory Services as according to him the State is one of the States that lacks facilities for the training of Medical Laboratory personnel.

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