NO DTS 1493: OKOWA ASSURES OF BOOSTING DELTA ECONOMY THROUGH PROJECTS
NO DTS 1494: DELTA SCALES UP MEASURES FOR SCHOOL RESUMPTION… DISTRIBUTES COVID-19 PREVENTIVE EQUIPMENT
NO DTS 1495: OKOWA CONGRATULATES OMO-AGEGE AT 57
NO DTS 1496: GOV OKOWA CELEBRATES JAMES IBORI AT 62
NO DTS 1497: DELTA GOV SALUTES PROF SAM OYOVBAIRE AT 79
NO DTS 1498: COVID-19: NAPPS EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO GOVERNOR OKOWA FOR TRAINING OF TEACHERS
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NO DTS 1493: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
OKOWA ASSURES OF BOOSTING DELTA ECONOMY THROUGH PROJECTS
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today, assured that the state government would continue to give priority attention to projects that would boost the economy and enhance the living condition of the people.
The governor gave the assurance while inspecting some ongoing projects in Asaba.
The projects were Leisure Park and Film Village, Illah Road and the new Asaba Technical College located in the premises of the old site of Federal College of Education (Technical).
Okowa disclosed that the twin-project of Film Village and Leisure Park would serve as a community where people would go for entertainment, relaxation and making of movies.
He said that the project, would on completion, also create employment opportunities for many persons, especially during this period where the number of the unemployed was increasing.
The governor remarked that Asaba had always been a “movie town’’, and said that the Film Village would positively impact on the economy of the city.
He disclosed that the project would be completed in 2021, barring unforeseen circumstances, adding that the Leisure Park was of “great importance to us because whatever you do, there is need for relaxation and we believe that the park will provide that relaxation for both our children and adults.
“People need somewhere to go and relax in a fast-growing city as Asaba, and I believe that the Leisure Park is going to be of great value to our people beyond the fact that it is going to be a project that would generate quite a lot of funds, with good management.
“The facility is going on side-by-side with the Film Village and you know that Delta State, particularly Asaba, has been the hub of Nollywood actors and I believe that after we had met with them, they made a request and we found out that it was important to encourage them.
“At the film village, we are going to have a lot of facilities that would encourage more and more of our Guild of Actors to come to Asaba to shoot their movies.
“The Village which is properly sited will create a lot of economic activities and, also, create a recreation for our people.”
On the new technical college in Asaba, the governor commended the contractor handling the project for the level of work achieved and urged them to sustain the pace of work so that the project would be delivered on time.
He said that building nine new technical colleges, which were at various levels of execution, was a proactive step by his administration to give residents of the state the opportunity to acquire technical education, to turn youths into an army of entrepreneurs.
The governor said that he would also visit the sites of the other eight technical colleges.
Okowa and his entourage were conducted round the Film Village and Leisure Park by the Consultant of the project, Mr Kester Ifeadi, who assured that the project would be delivered in 2021.
NO DTS 1494: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
DELTA SCALES UP MEASURES FOR SCHOOL RESUMPTION… DISTRIBUTES COVID-19 PREVENTIVE EQUIPMENT
By Magnus Emuji
In adherence to the Federal Government guidelines on COVID19 protocols, especially for school reopening, Delta State Government has put adequate preparatory measures for the resumption for 29,525 students sitting for the West African School Certificate Examination (WASSC) in the state.
The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, stated this in Asaba today while briefing journalists.
Chief Ukah, who said that maximum of 20 students would sit in each class in tandem with the COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines, highlighted the critical measures put in place.
Some of the measures, according to Chief Ukah, include the fumigation of schools in the state by the Ministry of Environment, provision of infrared thermometers, soap and hand sanitizers, adding that hand towels and face masks would be distributed to each student and teacher in the state.
He further said that water storage tanks had been made available in schools for the supply of water and that sickbays had equally been provided where health officials would use for handling the treatment of any ailments.
The commissioner emphasized that whenever there was any signs of COVID-19 ailment in any class, all the students in the class would be quarantined for immediate attention.
Chief Ukah particularly noted that teachers and students would undergo temperature check on daily basis, adding that one student and a teacher would serve as minders.
He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for his continued support to the ministry, especially towards ensuring that all the requirements for COVID-19 protocols were provided in the schools,
The basic and secondary education commissioner said that a 5-man committee comprising officials of his ministry and that of Ministry of Health had been put in place to monitor activities in the schools.
He reiterated that a total of 5,697 teachers in both public and private schools were trained recently by the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education on COVID-19 protocols, saying that other teachers had been trained by them on curtailing measures of COVID-19 protocols in the schools.
DTS 1495: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
OKOWA CONGRATULATES OMO-AGEGE AT 57
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, as he turns 57 on Monday.
Okowa said that Omo-Agege had made Deltans proud with his outstanding performance as one of the Senators with the most number of Bills in the 9th Assembly.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor said that Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central Senatorial District, remained an amiable and very illustrious son of the state in whom Deltans are extremely delighted about for his sterling and audacious political accomplishments.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate my brother and friend, the Deputy President of the Senate, an illustrious son of Delta and a leader of inestimable value, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on the occasion of his 57th birth anniversary.
“Your Excellency, you have made invaluable contributions to nation-building, especially with your no fewer than 18 Bills in the 9th Senate, including the recently-passed Sexual Harassment Bill which seeks to combat sexual harassment as part of a broader move to uphold ethics in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
“As a committed patriot, diligent and focused leader, Deltans and indeed, Nigerians, can attest to your unrelenting commitment to the fight against corruption in our institutions of government.
“You have also demonstrated a strong commitment to the welfare of our citizens with the number of persons you have touched their lives in many ways, including employment.
“On this special day of your 57th birth anniversary, it is my prayer, Distinguished Deputy President of the Senate, that God will grant you many more years in good health to use your good office to attract more developments to our state as we navigate towards bequeathing a Stronger Delta for our people,” he stated.
DTS 1496: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
GOV OKOWA CELEBRATES JAMES IBORI AT 62
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has congratulated former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, as he clocks 62, tomorrow, Tuesday.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, today in Asaba, Okowa eulogised Chief Ibori for his path-finding and immense contributions to the development of Delta, outstanding input to nation-building.
Felicitating with his boss whom he served as two-term Commissioner, he remarked that Ibori’s deep knowledge of politics and his administrative acumen put him ahead of his contemporaries, and stood him out as a worthy and legendary leader of all time.
Okowa commended Ibori for his championing and doggedness in the fight for Resource Control, which one of the results was the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government as an interventionist agency for the development of oil-producing communities.
He said: “My distinguished leader, I can recall clearly that you and other great leaders fought very hard for the oil-producing states of the Niger Delta to enjoy 13 per cent derivation of the nation’s oil resources.
“As a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, you were among the true patriots who struggled for the establishment of a regional interventionist agency to address the issues of development and environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, which gave birth to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“As a respected voice in Nigeria’s democratic experience, we were not surprised when your colleagues in the Forum of former Governors named you as “Patron” of the group in an obvious recognition of your political sagacity and amiable disposition to the unity of the country.
“As the father of modern Delta, let me commend you for the visionary and inclusive leadership that you epitomised in the eight years of laying the foundation of the desired modern Delta laced with building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with your family members, friends, political and business associates on this occasion of your 62nd birth anniversary.
“It is my prayer that your best years are yet to come even as God Almighty grants you long life, good health and wisdom to keep navigating Nigeria’s political and business landscape fruitfully.”
DTS 1497: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
OKOWA SALUTES PROF SAM OYOVBAIRE AT 79
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with former Minister of Information, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, as he turns 79 on Tuesday.
Oyovbaire, who chairs the Delta State Advisory Council and the Governing Council of Delta State University, Abraka, is a renowned academic and politician of consummate repute.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, today in Asaba, Okowa commended the renowned Professor of Political Science for his contributions towards the realisation of his administration’s visions and programmes as well as the development of Delta and Nigeria.
He recalled that Oyovbaire played a significant role in his emergence as governor having served as Chairman of his Campaign Council and had continued to support the government in uplifting the state.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I wish to congratulate our father and leader of inestimable value, Prof. (Chief) Sam Ejite Oyovbaire, on the occasion of his 79th birth anniversary.
“Over the years, you have given yourself to the course of peace and development in Delta and our country. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude.
“It is my pleasure to join your family, friends and well-wishers in thanking Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 79 years.
“Your life has been marked with great forthrightness, outstanding patriotism and accomplished service to humanity and nation-building,” Okowa stated.
DTS 1498S: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
COVID-19: NAPPS EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO GOVERNOR OKOWA FOR TRAINING OF TEACHERS
By Ambrose Ologide
Private school owners have expressed appreciate to the Governor of Delta State, Senate Ifeany Okowa, for two-day training program on COVID-19 protocols organized both public and private school teachers in Asaba.
The Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) , Uvwie Local Government Area Chapter, Mrs Rose Obi made the known on behalf of NAPPS members
Obi who spoke to our correspondent in a telephone chat on Thursday, July 30, 2020, noted that the governor’ s gesture was applaudable and therefore appreciated by members of the association in the local government area.
“We are prepared for reopening of private schools in Uvwie Local Government Area. We have taken time to train our teachers on the prevention of the spread of covid-19 and also have put preventive equipment in place,” she said.
The NAPPS chairman however urged parents and guardians to provide face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for their wards.
She also stated that Christians should embark on fervent prayers against the wiping away of the pandemic from the earth.