NO.DTS 0768: SPECIAL CONVENTION: PDP EXTENDS MAKARFI’S TENURE, AS OKOWA CALLS FOR INTROSPECTION
NO.DTS 0769: DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO REDUCE MORTALITY OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN
NO.DTS 0770: SCHOOL OF MARINE TECH ACCREDITATION: UDUAGHAN COMMENDS GOVERNOR OKOWA
NO.DTS 0771: KPATEGE COMMENDS MEMBERS OF TEAM IBORI FOR OKOWA 2019
NO.DTS 0772: DTSG TACKLING CHALLENGES IMPEDING RELOCATION OF CHARITY FM, ASABA
NO.DTS 0773: DESTMA TO IMPOUND VEHICLES WITHOUT NUMBER PLATES
EDITOR: OGERUGBA ISAAC
NO.DTS 0768: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
SPECIAL CONVENTION: PDP EXTENDS MAKARFI’S TENURE, AS OKOWA CALLS FOR INTROSPECTION
The Peoples’ Democratic Party [PDP], has extended the tenure of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi’s led Caretaker Committee for a period of four months at its Special Non-Elective National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, with Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, calling for introspection amongst members for further electoral victories.
The PDP Congress in its resolutions extended the tenure of the Senator Makarfi’s led National Caretaker Committee for another four months in a motion moved by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio and seconded by Dr Sule Lamido.
The convention which was attended by dignitaries including former President Goodluck Jonathan, serving and former PDP Governors, National Assembly members past and present, also ratified all concluded state and zonal congresses and dissolved the state executive committees in Adamawa, Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Osun, Lagos and Ogun States.
In a welcome address, Governor Okowa, Chairman Convention Planning Committee and Governor, Delta State, said that PDP needs to carry out self-examination so as to prepare to take over power from the ruling APC in 2019, stressing that Nigerians were desirous for the PDP to get its act together and play the role of a strong and vibrant opposition, which is critical for sustainable democracy in the country.
“It is time for self re-examination and a return to do what is right. To build a solid team, we must be warm and inviting; the love for impunity and exclusion must cease. There must be integrity and discipline in our democratic system at all levels of party governance, and we must put to the fore those things that add value to the growth of our party”,
Senator Okowa also, added “We need to reaffirm our commitment to the democratic ideals of internal party democracy, sovereignty of the people, majority rule and minority rights, the rule of law and good governance, respect for civil and political rights, and inclusive participation of all in party administration.”
“As leaders we must read the times and take responsibility. We must condition our hearts for a new beginning. We must root out the past mistakes and model the right attitudes.
As a party firmly anchored to the grassroots, connected to the people in a unique way that recognizes that power truly belongs to the people, we must realize that there is a champion in each and every one of us in the party, and that a collective leadership and partnership, resolved to do things right is all that we need to build the strength to recapture power.”, he said, assuring that “Nigerians have also had the opportunity of experiencing another party govern at the national level. They can now compare and contrast.”
He observed that the party failed to win in 2015 because internal democracy took a backstage while aggrieved party members were disregarded and impunity became the order of the day at various leadership levels in the party, stressing that “this wilderness experience however, has afforded us the rare opportunity to look inwards and do some soul searching, it has further refined us, sharpened us and made us stronger as we now know ourselves better, like the saying goes, sometimes it is better you have to go through the wilderness experience before you get to the Promised Land.”
NO.DTS 0769: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO REDUCE MORTALITY OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN
The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to the reduction of deaths of maternal and perinatal deaths – death of pregnant women and deaths of children between 28 weeks in the womb and seven days after delivery to the barest minimum.
The Delta State Commissioner for health Dr. Nicholas Azinge stated this at the opening ceremony of the 2-days Sensitization and Institutionalization of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response at Local Government Level Training held at Nelrose Hotel, Asaba.
He said the training would boost the capacity of the participants on how to determine the maternal and perinatal deaths occurring in the Primary Health Centres and their causes with the aim of reducing the preventable diseases that are responsible for the deaths.
Dr. Azinge revealed that Delta State had been in the forefront of the implementation of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response process in Nigeria as it did earlier with the Maternal Death Review process, which was inaugurated in March,2014 and made tremendous impact locally and nationally.
According to him the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Steering Committee which was inaugurated in July 2016 metamorphosed from the Maternal Death Review had been functional and also received support from the World Health Organization and UNICEF which assisted in the State to step down the process to the Zonal/Facility level.
The Commissioner explained that there are presently 13 Zonal/Facility Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Committee in the State including the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba which covers all the State’s secondary and tertiary health facility reporting all Maternal and Perinatal Deaths since April this year. The reporting rate has reached 100% by May this year though with mortalities being minimal.
Arising from the identified recurring factors reviewed from the few reported cases, proposals for collaboration with the State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme were put forward to help indigent women and children and also step down the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response process to the Local Government Level.
Earlier, Dr. Winful Orieke, Executive Officer, State Primary Health Care Development Agencies, in his welcome address stated that the Primary Health Centres are the foundation for health care delivery in the State and the Country at large and a function one would no doubt improve on the health indexes in the State.
He urged the participants not to limit their activities to the Primary Health Centres alone but also reach out to the traditional birth attendants so as to get a holistic grip of the populace.
Goodwill massages were received from the functioning Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Ofili and Director, Primary Health Care Centre, Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. C. Oyem.
NO.DTS 0770: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
SCHOOL OF MARINE TECH ACCREDITATION: UDUAGHAN COMMENDS GOVERNOR OKOWA
Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan has commended the State Governor for the role he played in the accreditation of courses in Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu.
Mr. Uduaghan gave the commendation in his office in Asaba during a meeting with the management of the Directorate.
The Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, when he discussed the progress of the school with the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Transport, Mr Edwin Abraka, Director of Marine Transport, Engr. Victor Omoniyi and other senior management of the Directorate.
Mr. Uduaghan noted that despite “numerous financial challenges from different quarters in the State and the urgent desire of Government to develop other Sectors of the State, the Governor equally took the issue of School of Marine Technology Burutu to heart.”
He further stated that “it was heartwarming to the Staff of the Directorate of Transport, Staff and Students of the School of Marine that the process of accreditation of courses was successful with the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE)”
He appealed to well-meaning individuals, companies, philanthropic organizations to assist the school either by cash or by providing books, in Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nautical Sciences, Maritime Transport, Ship and boat building as well as Business Study to enhance students’ performance, stressing that, “government cannot do everything.”
Mr. Uduaghan advised lecturers and other non-teaching staff to live up to their expectation, stressing that there was need for the students to “imbibe the culture of reading at all times and equally engage themselves in some sporting activities to be physically and mentally balance.”
The Chairman and Board Members of the School Governing Council, the Provost, Dr. Selle Ebisine, and Community Leaders in Burutu thanked the State Governor in one voice that the achievements so far recorded in the institution was as a result of Governor Okowa’s commitment of ensuring that the school was key to the Maritime Sector across the Niger Delta Region.
NO.DTS 0771: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
KPATEGE COMMENDS MEMBERS OF TEAM IBORI FOR OKOWA 2019
Members of Team Ibori for Okowa 2019 have been commended for propagating the political philosophy of a former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, that the three Senatorial Districts of the state will complete two tenures in office for the sake of equity, fairness and justice.
A former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state and now the Chairman of the Governing Board of the state Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Chief Champion Kpatege, gave this commendation when members of the group visited him on Sunday in Warri.
He stated that as things are now and based on the same philosophy, the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is not just a sellable candidate for the 2019 governorship election, but a great achiever whose performance will make Deltans and non Deltans alike to vote for him in 2019.
Chief Kpatege urged members of the group not to lose focus of the aims and objectives for which it was formed, but should strive to continue to contribute it’s quota to the realization of the second tenure desire of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
The state Coordinator of the group, Hon. Edmond Guanah, had earlier briefed their host on the aims and objectives of the group which is principally anchored on the fact that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will remain in Government House after the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Hon. Guanah was accompanied on the visit by Hon. Markson Ukuli, Barr Kingsley George, Diamond Eshalomi, Emmanuel Ekporaroh, as well as other local government Coordinators from across the state.
NO.DTS 0772: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
DTSG TACKLING CHALLENGES IMPEDING RELOCATION OF CHARITY FM, ASABA
The Delta State Government has asked authorities of Radio Nigeria Charity FM, Asaba, to be patient as the government is tackling the challenges impeding it’s relocation to a new site.
The decision to relocate the station was made by the previous administration in 2011 based on the hazards posed to air traffic by the height of the radio station mast and the interference of the signals from the station with the signal of air control facilities at the Asaba International Airport.
A statement issued in Asaba on Monday by the Media Assistant to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sam Ijeh, disclosed that approval for the assistance sought by the station could not be obtained before the expiration of the tenure of the previous administration in May 2015.
According to the statement, on assumption of duty by the present administration, a memo requesting for appropriate land and a cash grant of twenty million naira to assist the station to relocate was approved by the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and the process to release the fund to the station is on.
The statement revealed that the State Commissioner for Lands, Surveys and Urban Development has been informed of the approval and requested to seek for an appropriate land for the radio station.
Mr. Ijeh, however, noted that most plots of land in the vicinity the station seeks the land had been allocated and it may take a little while to secure an appropriate land for the station.
NO.DTS 0773: MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
DESTMA TO IMPOUND VEHICLES WITHOUT NUMBER PLATES
Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) will commence the impounding of vehicles without number plates plying the streets and highways in the State.
A statement released from the office of DESTMA, stated that owners of vehicles and motorists without vehicle number plates on the streets and highways in Delta State and whose number plates were confiscated by DESTMA, for Traffic offences, would be impounded starting from Friday September 1, 2017.
The statement also stated that all unauthorized motorists with covered number plates are reminded of a government order, which restricts members of the public from covering their Registration Number Plates, with the exception of Heads of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary.
Also, that all defaulting motorists without their number plates should pay their penalties to the State IGR account and collect their Number Plates, saying that the call to uncover Number Plates is necessary as the action would assist to check the current wave of social vices such as kidnapping, gangsterism, robbery amongst other vices.
All unauthorized motorists who find it trendy to cover their Number Plates and those without Number plates are advised to immediately desist from such, as failure to comply with government order will attract sanctions as provided by the law establishing DESTMA.