NO DTS 1548: OKOWA SAYS COVID-19 BATTLE NEEDS COLLECTIVE EFFORT FOR VICTORY
NO DTS 1549: JUSTIFY CONFIDENCE REPOSED IN YOU, OKOWA CHARGES NEW ADVISERS
NO DTS 1550: ONYEME EXPLAINS PURPOSE OF TAX PALLIATIVES
NO DTS 1551: DELTA APPROVES TEN PRIVATE SCHOOLS FOR NATIONAL BECE… JS 3 STUDENTS TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 8
NO DTS 1552: DELTA CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION TO MEET WITH MDAs AUGUST 13
NO DTS 1553: SUBEB WARNS CONTRACTORS AGAINST SHODDY JOBS
NO DTS 1554: MACAULAY ADVOCATES EQUITY, JUSTICE AS PANACEA FOR PEACEFUL POLITY
NO DTS 1555: ISOKO NORTH PDP LEADERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR PARTY UNITY
NO DTS 1556: ENTREPRENEUR URGES GOOD SPIRITED INDIVIDUALS TO HELP LESS-PRIVILEDGED
NO DTS 1557: IWERE COLLEGE TEACHERS LAUD FUMIGATION OF SCHOOL FACILITY
NO DTS 1558: UVWIE RESIDENTS APPEAL FOR BUILDING OF PEDESTRIAN FLYOVER
NO DTS 1559: I’LL ATTRACT MEANINGFUL DEVELOPMENT TO MY WARD IF ELECTED- ENAIKE
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NO DTS 1548: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
OKOWA SAYS COVID-19 BATTLE NEEDS COLLECTIVE EFFORT FOR VICTORY
Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for collective efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state and the country.
He made the call in Asaba today while receiving three ambulances donated to the state government by Bua Group to support the state’s effort at curtailing the virus, and stressed that defeating COVID-19 would not be an impossible task if all Nigerians obeyed set health protocols with commitment.
“It is important that we work together to be able to beat the virus, because there is nothing we can do if people continue to disobey the guidelines that have been put forth; if such continues, then all the battles we are fighting against the virus will just be a waste.
“I want to appeal to Deltans and Nigerians in general that we should try to put on our face masks in public; it’s important and it will help us quite a lot in the fight against COVID-19.
“You should also learn to wash your hands and make sure that as much as possible, you keep a safe distance from others.
“The virus will continue to fight back if we do not do the right thing; but, when we are able to do the right thing, we are able to slow down the level of transmission and eventually we will be able to win in the battle.
`I hope that Deltans will please, just strive to obey the rules and ensure that we all put our hands on deck to fight this battle together,” the governor said.
He thanked the Chairman of Bua Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, for donating the ambulances to aid the state in the fight against COVID-19.saying “it is a privileged honour that the state has received from him’’.
“One very good thing that I must put on note is that we did not make a request, and the gesture is how you know those who are philanthropic.
“We did not make any request; he just called and said, as part of his assistance to various states, that he wants to make a donation to the state.
“That is how you know people who genuinely, from their heart, want to be of assistance to the people, and I am very much aware that the Chairman of BUA Group has done quite a lot.
“He is part of the private group leading CACOVID and they have done a lot in terms of providing palliative, in terms of providing equipment, in terms of providing other logistics, and beyond what he has done in support of that group, he has also deemed it necessary to bring us three fully-kitted ambulances as a state.
“I think it is a very good gesture; we are very happy as a state and on behalf of the government and people of Delta State, we appreciate this and we believe that if Nigeria can continue to have more men like him, I’m sure that this country will be a much better place for us.
“There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has come to affect the world in a very unexpected way, and it has affected not only the health of the people, but has also come to impact very negatively on the economy of the nations and in Nigeria, it has impacted very badly on our economy.
“And, at this time that we need a lot of logistics for movement, being able to move patients from one point to the other; I think that the ambulances are very useful to us and we are very grateful, it has come in timely,” Okowa added.
Earlier, Head, Corporate Communications, Bua Group, Mr Otega Ogre, had said that Okowa’s administration had done a lot in the fight against COVID-19 and that the ambulances were Bua Group’s contributions to assist the state in the fight against the global pandemic.
High point of the event was the presentation of keys of the ambulances to the governor.
NO DTS 1549: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
JUSTIFY CONFIDENCE REPOSED IN YOU, OKOWA CHARGES NEW ADVISERS
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today, charged political appointees to bring innovative ideas and strategies to bear in the discharge of their duties, to justify their appointments.
He made the call while swearing in two new Special Advisers in Asaba. The new advisers are the immediate past National Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-South, Mr Emmanuel Ogidi and former member of House of Representatives, Chief Sunny Emeyese.
The governor said that the new advisers were men of great pedigree in politics and governance, and were expected to bring their wealth of experience into governance as the state continued to wade through the fog of uncertainty occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
He charged them to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and to work selflessly for the good governance and development of the State.
According to him, Emma Ogidi and Sunny Emeyese have been part and parcel of our political journey since 1999.
“They have proved themselves to be men of insight, competence, probity, and firm believers in the advancement of the collective good of our people, ever-willing and ready to contribute their quota to the growth and development of Delta.
“Messrs Ogidi and Emeyese have never shied away from the call to serve, notwithstanding the office ascribed to them. It speaks volumes of their faith, loyalty, commitment, and sincerity of purpose.
“I am persuaded, beyond any shadow of doubt whatsoever, that this administration stands to benefit immensely from their wealth of experience, wisdom and political sagacity. In the unusual times that we live in, we need every capable hand on board.
“Let me reiterate the fact that Special Advisers occupy a distinct role in our modern democratic setting. We need them for their expert policy inputs and ability to marry politics and policy to actualise the administration’s vision of a Stronger Delta anchored on Prosperity, Peace and Progress.
“To the new appointees, I charge you to discharge your responsibilities in accordance with section 196 (Sub-section 1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“Having been part of our SMART Agenda, I believe you are sufficiently acquainted with the key policy thrusts of this administration; hence I expect you to hit the ground running,’’ he said.
Okowa pointed out that his administration had less than three years to fully deliver on its mandate, and remarked that the disruption caused by COVID-19 had placed a demand on citizens to work with a greater sense of urgency, unflagging enthusiasm, more creativity and innovative strategies,” he said.
According to him, every citizen, including appointees, needs to work assiduously to make up for time lost during the lockdown.
The governor charged the appointees to be fair and just in the discharge of their duties.
“I urge you to make fairness and equity your watchwords in the discharge of your duties. Public servants constantly come under the pressure to give preferential treatment to their kith and kin, but you must guard against such nepotistic considerations.
“While you are expected to be very active and contribute meaningfully to your immediate constituency, you must also realise that your obligation is to the good people of Delta, irrespective of their ethnic nationality, party affiliation, socio-economic status, or educational background.
“Having known both of you for a considerable length of time, I am confident you will justify the confidence reposed in you by this appointment,” he added.
Ogidi responded on behalf of the new advisers and thanked the governor for considering them worthy to be part of the team to build a stronger Delta.
He told the governor that they identified with his vision and would work with him to attain the desired objectives of his administration.
NO DTS 1550: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
ONYEME EXPLAINS PURPOSE OF TAX PALLIATIVES
BY Giovanni Emephia
Chief Tax Officer of Delta State and Chairman, Delta State Internal Revenue Service Sir Monday Onyeme, said tax palliatives recently approved by the State Government was government’s way of assisting private businesses in the state to stay in business and retain their workers, in a Covid-19 era global economic downturn.
Speaking today in Asaba, Sir Onyeme explained that the tax relief included waivers on the statutory 25 percent interest on delayed tax remittance as well as the compulsory 10 percent penalty for tax default.
According to the revenue service boss, private schools and hospitals, eateries, publishing houses as well as entrepreneurs in the informal sector would also benefit from the tax relief provided they showed justifiable cause through a formal application.
Sir Onyeme further explained that the tax incentives would cover fiscal 2011 to 2019, and advised those within the announced business categories to take advantage of the offer by approaching the Revenue Service for consideration.
The chairman thanked the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for approving the tax relief, stating that it was further demonstration of the governor’s goodwill and resolve to ensure the stability of the economy of the state through positive interventions when necessary.
NO DTS 1551: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
DELTA APPROVES TEN PRIVATE SCHOOLS FOR NATIONAL BECE… JS 3 STUDENTS TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 8
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has approved ten private schools in the state as centres for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner in the ministry, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in Asaba today (09/08/2020).
According to the statement, the examination is for only JS 3 students in private schools who registered for the national BECE and they are expected to resume school from tomorrow (10/08/2020).
Mr. Ukah disclosed that the schools are Master Care Secondary School, Asaba, Heaven Point High School, Asaba, Deeper Life High School, Opete, Udu, DSC Tech High School, Udu, Top Grade College, Umunede, Wingate Schools, Warri, James Hope College, Agbor, Graceville College, Asaba, Graceville High School, Okpanam and Day Spring Christian College, Opete.
The students are to revise for two weeks before the examination scheduled to start on August 24, 2020.
The statement revealed that the committee set up to monitor compliance with approved COVID-19 protocols will go round the schools and any of them found wanting will be shut down.
Mr. Ukah added that other schools whose names were not mentioned but are writing the examination must seek for clearance from the ministry.
According to the statement, JS 3 students in public schools who registered for the state BECE are expected to resume on September 8, 2020 to start revision for their examination billed to begin on September 21, 2020.
Mr Ukah appealed to stakeholders to be patient as the decision to stagger the resumption of schools in the state is to ensure that the health of teachers, students and pupils are not jeopardized.
NO DTS 1552: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
DELTA CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION TO MEET WITH MDAs AUGUST 13
The State Civil Service Commission, will embark on monitoring activities of ministries/departments/agencie
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Dona Obuseh, said adherence to COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed.
According to the statement, only eight (8) representatives from each MDA, which must include the permanent secretary, heads of department/agencies and director of administration/personnel, will participate at the briefing/interactive session.
While saying that the interactions will be in two sessions, the statement adds “The first session, which will run from 10.00 am – 12 noon will involve 30 MDAs, namely: Office of the Head of Service, Directorate of Establishments, Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, Government House and Protocols, Deputy Governor’s Office, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Ministry of Higher Education, Directorate of Transport, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Science and Technilogy, Ministry of Environment, Office of the Accountant-General, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency and Directorate of Local Government.”
Others also included in the first session, the statement said, are Ministry of Works, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Housing, Auditor-Genera (Local Government) Directorate of Orientation, Ministry of Information, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Bureau for Special Duties, SEMA, Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board, Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, Sustainable Development Goals, SERVICOM/Labour Relations, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development.
The statement adds that the second session, which will run from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, will involve 31 MDAs, namely: Technical and Vocational Education Board, Ministry of Economic Planning, Directorate of Youth Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finace, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Office of the Executive Assistant (ICT) to the Governor, Project e-Delta, Fire Service, Rural Development Agency, Ministry of oil and Gas, Ministry of Urban Renewal and Ministry of Justice.
Others for the second session, the statement further notes are Ministry of Lands, Surveys and Urban Development, Office of the Surveyor-General, Directorate of Political and Security Servicess, Adult and Non-Formal Education Board, Ministry of Agrictulture and Natural Resources, Bureau for Pensions, Contributory Health Commission, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, BRACED Commission, Delta State Scholarship Board, Auditor-General Office (State) Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Bureau for Local Government, Ministry of Technical Education and Civil Service Commission.
It enjoins all officers concerned to be at the venue 30 minutes before the scheduled time and and insisted that they must wear facemasks.
NO DTS 1553 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
SUBEB WARNS CONTRACTORS AGAINST SHODDY JOBS
By Sharon Ivovi
Contractors handling various UBEC/SUBEB intervention school projects across the State have been warned against the use of substandard construction materials in executing projects.
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),Hon Sunny Ogwu handed down the warning when he paid an unscheduled visit to one of the project sites in the state.
Hon.sunny Ogwu who was represented by the Member representing Delta South in the Board Mr. Paul Kurugbe frowned at the practice of using recycled building materials by some contractors saying that such unprofessional practice would not be accepted by the Board.
The Chairman who directed the contractor to remove all such recycled materials including ceiling boards, disclosed that the board will redouble its monitoring efforts in ensuring that contractors handling various projects for the board comply with standard and quality.
NO DTS 1554: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
MACAULAY ADVOCATES EQUITY, JUSTICE AS PANACEA FOR PEACEFUL POLITY
By Stella Odika
The DG, Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, (WUEDA), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay has charged leaders at all levels of governance to ensure fairness, equity and justice in the allocation of resources, infrastructures and facilities.
Macaulay, a former Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), gave this charge at a Peace Advocacy workshop in Ozoro, headquarters of Isoko North Area of the state, posited that it was a major way to guarantee conformity and peace in the facilities.
According to him, there cannot be peace in an environment prevalent with oppression, nepotism, imbalance and where the people are not permitted to speak their minds.
“You cannot talk of peace in the absence of justice, equity and fairness. We must strive as leaders and those in authority to ensure these values are entrenched in our policies and programmes at all time.
“At all levels of governance – local, state and national – we must imbibe the principle of fairness in the distribution of facilities and assistance to the people especially to the youths.
“This way, you win the people’s trust and confidence, this way they get carried along; you avoid instability, crises and disorder, resulting in the prevalence of peace and tranquility in the society,” he stated.
Besides, Macaulay harped on the need for parents and guardians to pay closer attention to what their wards and children do particularly with respect to their sources of income.
This, he argued, was another means of curtailing the excesses of the youths and in the process enthrone orderliness and peace in the society.
Similarly, the President General of Isoko Development Union (IDU), Chief Amadhe Iduh stressed on the need for equity in the spread of projects to make for peace in the society.
In addition, he admonished the political leadership in Isoko to come together as one, speak with one voice and allow one person to lead them at any point in time to ensure unity and peace in the area.
Also speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor stated that there was need to enable peace in the state to achieve the goal of development and the mantra of a Stronger Delta.
NO DTS 1555: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
ISOKO NORTH PDP LEADERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR PARTY UNITY
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Isoko North local government area, met in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Saturday, resolving to ensure the party remains one united family.
The Isoko North leaders also congratulated the newly elected State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party led by Olorogun Kingsley Esiso on their successful re-election and urged them to continue in their onerous task of administering the party to further victories in future elections.
Member Representing Isoko Federal Constituency, Hon Leo Ogor, who presided over the meeting, said that the leaders agreed to continue working as a united and strong political family.
A statement by the Chairman of the party in the area, Prince Godwin Ogorugba, indicated that the meeting was attended by Hon. Tim Owhefere, Majority Leader Delta State House of Assembly; Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, Director General Warri Uvwie and Environs Development Agency (WUEDA); Hon. Oviemuno Oghoore, Commissioner for Transport; Dr Paul Oweh, DESOPADEC Commissioner; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Okoro, Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural and Community Development; Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor, Chairman Isoko North Local Government Council; and Pharm. Patrick Ferife, former Commissioner for Lands and Survey.
Others include Prince Godwin Ogorugba, Chairman Isoko North PDP; Engr Jonathan Ukodhiko; Dr Patrick Akporuno; Dr Peter Emaziye; Comrade Zino Onaemor; and Mr Kome Okpobor.
The communique issued at the end of the meeting indicated that the party discussed various issues bordering on unity, oneness, and togetherness in the Isoko North PDP, and how to reposition the party.
The communique read in part: “The Leaders of the PDP in the 13 Wards of Isoko North, met on Saturday, 8th August 2020, discussed extensively on various issues bordering on the unity, togetherness and progress of the Isoko North PDP and resolved as follows:
“That the PDP Isoko North remains an indivisible, united, and virile political family committed to the progress and development of the people.
“That the party congratulates the State Chairman, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso and all members of the newly elected and inaugurated State Executive Committee of the party.
“The leaders also commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his outstanding leadership which culminated in the successful and peaceful congresses held across the state.
“That the party resolves to remain transparent, united and focused on the task of improving the welfare of the people of the area, by providing good governance and leadership by example at all times.
“The above-mentioned resolutions of the meeting are intended to create a sense of belonging, fairness, justice, and unity and will be fully implemented as we progress in our programmes in the future to come.”
NO DTS 1556: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
ENTREPRENEUR URGES GOOD SPIRITED INDIVIDUALS TO HELP LESS-PRIVILEDGED
By Magnus Emuji
The need for good spirited individuals and corporate organisations to bring their humanitarian gesture to bare in the life of every of the financially downtrodden in the society particularly those seeking for freedom has been stressed.
An Entrepreneur and CEO of BTCBAR SZL group of label and entertainment company, Mr. Ebenezer Akarah , an innovationist in diversed technology, stated this in Asaba in a chat with journalists.
Mr Akarah urged all well-meaning individuals to contribute their quota towards the upliftment of the lives of the less privileged in their area and the society at large.
He said that as part of his established tradition, he had continued to sustain his initiative to sponsor the release of some prisoners with minor crimes whose freedom had been stalled by financial inability to pay for their bay in order for them to secure their freedom.
Mr. Akarah , who recalled that similar gesture was carried out in Abuja in 2019 , stated that he had reached out to the specific category of prisoners that fell within the bracket of those freedom was denied as a result their poor financial status to pay the required amount for their release.
The philanthropist, who is also a frontline entrepreneur noted that though detention of any pronunced criminals by courts of relevant jurisdiction was allowed, it was not idea to continue to deny minor offenders of their freedom as a result of their financial inbility to pay for their release.
He identified lack of job opportunities as one of the major reasons why some youths indulge in unnecessary crimes and urged government to put critical measures in place to secure the future of the youths.
He urged youths to shun crimes and engage themselves in meaningful ventures that would impact positively on their lives and the society in general, Mr Akarah
According to him, apart from his usual annual sponsorship of the freedom of certain inmates in the prisons, he said that his company had designed measures to rehabilitate as well as integrate them into the society through skill acquisition and job opportunities.
Mr Akarah said that he had been a strong advocate for the empowerment and advancement of the youths by empowering them for business and financial solutions, adding that his company had been in FX and stock investments since 2010.
NO DTS 1557: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
IWERE COLLEGE TEACHERS LAUD FUMIGATION OF SCHOOL FACILITY
Teachers of Iwere College Koko, have lauded the fumigation exercise carried out yesterday on the school facility by the Ministry of Environment.
The fumigation exercise, which should have been done before resumption, did not however deter teachers and students in the senior certificate classes from resuming academic activities on the stipulated date for reopening schools.
Speaking to some of the teachers, on the adherence to school resumption they said that they were happy to be back at work even though students from other classes were yet to resume.
Commenting on the level of compliance by staff and students to the state government directive on covid-19, the principal of the school, Mrs Omatseye Omayeli Amah said that so far, the placement of students stands as 19 students per class as against 20 directed by the government.
” You can see we are wearing our face masks, and we always advise the students to wash their hands regularly, and wash their masks after every use,to imbibe the culture of personal hygiene.” She explained.
Mrs Omatseye noted that though the pandemic seriously affected the academic calendar,salvaging the whole situation should not be left for government alone, but by all stakeholders.
She commended the teachers for their efforts towards making sure the students are prepared for their upcoming certificate examinations.
She later urged parents and guardians of students in the junior certificate classes to ensure that their wards resume classes on 24 August, as it will go a long way to complement government’s effort.
NO DTS 1558: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
UVWIE RESIDENTS APPEAL FOR BUILDING OF PEDESTRIAN FLYOVER
By Ambrose Ologide
Some concerned residents in Ekpan , Uvwie Local Government Area have appealed to the Warri/Uvwie Urban Renewal Development Agency to build a pedestrian bridge across the Warri / Effurun Express Way by the fly over .
Those who spoke to our correspondent include motorists and pedestrians. One of them, Mr Onajemo Ejaife asserted that the road was a death trap to pedestrians that cross the roads undermining the dangers of speeding vehicles and that some person mostly commercial motorcycle (okada) and their passengers lost their lives in avoidable accidents.
Speaking in the same vein , Mrs Alice Otemiewo noted that the usage of the area as vehicle parks by commercial motor cycle riders ( okada) , commercial tricycle ( keke) riders and commercial bus ( kpelegbe ) drivers also constitute a danger as she said that some of the riders and drivers did their businesses with impunity in the middle of the road not minding the presence of other road users.
“So, the agency constructing the gutter on the express way should please give the building of a pedestrian bridge in this area, a food for thought in order to save lives. A stitch in time saves nine”
While Mr Felix Jemide in his opinion, said that traders doing business under the flying over should be asked to vacate the area as he noted that they were attracting people to the areas in their numbers on daily bases even during odd hours.
He further called on the authorities concerned to implement the ban on okada and keke from the express way in order to avoid avoidable accidents.
NO DTS 1559: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020
I’LL ATTRACT MEANINGFUL DEVELOPMENT TO MY WARD IF ELECTED- ENAIKE
By Onoriode Etatsemi
Ahead of the forthcoming council elections in Delta State, a councillorship hopeful in Ward 18, Ethiope East Local Government Council of Delta, Mr Wilson Enaike has vowed to attract meaningful development that will change the fortune of his people if elected.
Mr Wilson Enaike the councillorship aspirant in Ward 18, Ethiope East Local Government Council, who was accompanied by his family members and party faithfuls of the Peoples Democratic Party to his ward executive officers at Oviorie, told the people that he has listened to the cry and plights of his people who requested him to serve them at the council level.
He said from time immemorial, “No one had emerged from this axis of seven communities hence I was called upon to represent my people this time”
The councillorship hopeful who addressed his people in Urhobo language explained “I came today to inform you that I have offered myself to serve you and as well solicit for your support. I know with you by my side, I have won the election and victory is sure. During my time, I will attract dividends of democracy to my ward through the Chairman who I will lobby effectively.”
He added that his people having suffered untold hardship for so long a time , he has entered into politics to bring them from the shackle of poverty so that they could be partakers of the modern day political dispensation.
Enaike explained further “Just imagine, things are not going well with my people, we do not have health centre, no good water, no jobs for our teaming youths. These are some of the things that prompted me into politics.”
He remarked, saying, “I am happy my people including the leaders have given me their mandate to go ahead for the race. I want to assure that I will be so close to the council chairman so that I can bring in all dividends of democracy to my people through lobby, good laws and dialogue ”
He appreciated all persons that attended the event for their cooperation, steadfastness, prayers and support for him just as he prayed to God almighty to them and their families and for God to continue to give them the wisdom and good health to continue to live on planet earth.