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Asaba, Nigeria, Friday, June 9, 2017

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NO. DTS 0544: DTSG APPROVES AWARD OF CONTRACTOR-FINANCED ROAD PROJECT ACROSS 4 LGAs ACROSS 4 LGAs, ADDITIONAL 7 OTHERS

NO. DTS 0545: DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT DENIES STOPPING FREE MOTHER, CARE PROGRAMME

NO. DTS 0546: I WILL NOT RUN LGA WITH CARETAKER COMMITTEES – GOV OKOWA

NO. DTS 0547: LET’S ERADICATE CULTISM, IMPACT SOUND MORAL VALUES ON OUR CHILDREN, GOV OKOWA URGES PARENTS

NO. DTS 0548: DELTA TO REBRAND IMAGE THROUGH PAGEANTRY, VALUE REORIENTATION

EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO. DTS 0544, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
DTSG APPROVES AWARD OF CONTRACTOR-FINANCED ROAD PROJECT ACROSS 4 LGAs, ADDITIONAL 7 OTHERS

The Delta State Government has approved the award of a contractor-financed road project to Mutual Commitment Company Limited. The State Government has in addition awarded contracts for seven roads across the three Senatorial Districts.

The company is to handle the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Umunede/Otolokpo/Ute-Okpu/Ekuku-Agbor/Ndemili/Obeti/Umutu Road in Ika North East, Ika South, Ndokwa West and Ukwuani Local Government Areas.

This decision was taken on Tuesday during the State Executive Council meeting held in Government House, Asaba.

According to the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, the approvals were in fulfillment of the electioneering campaign promises made by the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

The EXCO, the Commissioner explained, also approved the variation of the contract for the construction of Joseph Ebolo and Madonna School Road in Asaba, saying they were additional work to be carried out by the contractor.

The Information Commissioner listed other approved road projects to include the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Obutobo 1-Obutobo 11-Sokeboluo-Yokri Roads in Burutu Local Government Area; rehabilitation of Jesse/Boboroku Road in Ethiope West; and the rehabilitation of Issele-Uku (from Obi’s Palace junction) to Onicha Ugbo Road in Aniocha North.

Mr. Ukah further stated that the EXCO further approved the construction of Ovivi-Olomu/Egodo Road, Ughelli South, construction of Okwagbe/Otutuama/Esaba Road (Phase 1: from Okwagbe to first Bridge) in Ughelli South and the construction of Okotomi Road/Obi Okonkwo Crescent/Pato Okonkwo Chukwuemeka Lane/part of Samuel Dietake Street/Diokpa Bishop Odu Street, off Okpanam Road, in Oshimili North Local Government Area.

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NO. DTS 0545, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT DENIES STOPPING FREE MATERNAL, CHILD CARE PROGRAMMES

The Delta State Government has described as false reports making the rounds in the media, particularly the social media, accusing the government of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of stopping the free Maternal and Under-Child care programmes in state-owned hospitals initiated by the past administration.

A statement from the Ministry of Information clarified that the government at no time stopped the free Maternal and Under-Five programme in Delta State, noting that the said programmes were still in place and ongoing in the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

According to the statement, Governor Okowa had not only continued the free programmes under his administration, but had also made it sustainable to last beyond his administration through the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.

The statement explained that the Governor had since signed into Law where 0.5% of the State Consolidated revenue should be used to pay for the healthcare service of all pregnant women, children under five years, the elderly over 65 years and the physically and mentally challenged residents of Delta State, saying that the same affected pregnant women and children of 0 -5 years.

The statement signed by the Media Assistant to the Commissioner for Information, Mr Sam Ijeh, reaffirmed that the free cesarean section aspect of the Free Maternal programme was still on and had been extended to the Primary Healthcare facilities.

It recalled that under the previous administrations, the programmes were restricted to the General Hospitals, saying they were far away from most rural communities, and stressed that under the Governor Okowa administration, the programmes had been extended to the Primary Healthcare Centres, stating it had made the programmes more accessible to those in the villages and other rural communities.

The statement disclosed that over 60,000 pregnant women and children under-five years were currently receiving free treatment in several accredited hospitals across Delta State.

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NO. DTS 0546, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
I WILL NOT RUN LGA WITH CARETAKER COMMITTEES – GOV OKOWA

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said that he will not run the Local Government Councils with caretaker committees.

The Governor made the declaration while fielding questions from members of the public during a Town Hall meeting held at Agbor.

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa stated that his government was committed to conducting the local government elections, adding that dates for the electioneering processes would soon be fixed.

In his words, “We are making plans to conduct the local government elections as soon as those in office bow out. One thing I can assure you is that the local government councils in Delta State will not be managed by any caretaker committee.

On the dredging of the Orogodo River, the Governor said that he would take out time to visit the place, decrying the incompetency of the contractor awarded the contract.

He reiterated the state government’s resolve for zero tolerance to kidnapping, cultism and other social vices, saying anyone found guilty would go in for it.

He stressed that properties of accomplices of kidnapping would either be confiscated of destroyed.

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NO. DTS 0547, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
LET’S ERADICATE CULTISM, IMPACT SOUND MORAL VALUES ON OUR CHILDREN, GOV OKOWA URGES PARENTS

Parents have again been reminded of the urgent need to inculcate sound moral values on their children as a major panacea for the eradication of cultism in the society and by extension Delta State.

Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa made the call, while speaking during the Ika South Town Hall Meeting held at the Ika National Hall, Agbor.

He said parents must balance family needs with morality by spending quality time to impact enduring moral values on their children, adding that by so doing the high rate of cultism across the country would be reduced to the barest minimum, if not completely eradicated.

Gov Okowa decried a situation where parents avoid their primary responsibility of raising up children in the way of the Lord by passing such vital role to the schools, spiritual leaders, house helps and the Church.

He reminded parents that God mandated them to show their children the right attitudes at their early age in life so that as they grow older, they would not depart from same.

Meanwhile, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Communication, Barr Fred Oghenesivbe, quoted Okowa as saying “I am pained over the spate of cultism amongst our children. It’s so bad that it has extended to primary and secondary schools.

“Society is losing grip of core moral values and we must do something fast about it. It is no longer funny because we are at risk as a result of the moral decay and disregard for human lives due to the rising cases of deadly and dangerous cult groups across the country.

“To this end, the Executive Assistant on Orientation in Delta State and his team have been going round the three Senatorial districts; educating our youths about the evils and dangers associated with cultism.
“I am therefore appealing to parents to partner with Delta State Government so as to restore good moral values which have been disregarded and fast diminishing from our society and families,” Okowa added.

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NO. DTS 0548, FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
DELTA TO REBRAND IMAGE THROUGH PAGEANTRY, VALUE REORIENTATION

The Delta State Government said it is poised to ensure that the image of the State is rebranded through beauty contest and cultural reformation.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, stated this while receiving on courtesy call the winner of Little Miss Queen Delta Beauty Pageant Contest, Miss Kelechi Osirike, in Asaba.

The Commissioner noted that he was impressed with the courage and high sense of maturity displayed by the winner and counseled to see herself as an embodiment of the face New Delta and image-maker of the State.

He advised little beauty queen to be part of the crusade against cultism, child abuse, indecent dressing and teenage prostitution, adding that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to encourage creativity and talent display among youth in the State.

The Information Commissioner used the opportunity to reaffirmed government’s policy in ensuring that both public and private schools in the State would no longer receive approval without sporting activities, noting that already schools had been given a time frame to upgrade.

The winners of Little Miss Queen Delta, appealed to the State Government to support her with necessary assistance to enable her succeed.

While thanking those that contributed to her success, Miss Kelechi Osirike pointed out that she would partner with the relevant agencies to enable her execute her pet project.

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