ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
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NO. DTS 0089 PEACE AS A SINE QUA NON TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

NO. DTS 0090 AZINGE CALLS ON STAKEHOLDERS TO PROMOTE HEALTH PROGRAMMES

NO. DTS 0091 CHEVRON COMMENDS KOKODIAGBENE COMMUNITY FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

NO. DTS 0092 OKOWA CALLS FOR ACTIONS TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF KEROSENE AT THE RIGHT PRICE

NO. DTS 0093 HON. NWOKOLO SEND MEDICAL MISSION TO IKA, FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY

NO. DTS 0094 OGHARA KINGDOM HOLDS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING FOR CHIEF IBORI

NO. DTS 0095 NIGERIA NEEDS PRAYERS, SAYS OKOWA

NO. DTS 0096 MARY MOUNT COLLEGE HOLDS CULTURAL FIESTA/MAGAZINE LAUNCH

NO. DTS 0097 GOV. OKOWA CHARGES NIGERIANS TO PRAY FOR NATION’S PROGRESS

NO. DTS 0098 DTSG APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ROADS IN THREE SENATORIAL DISTRICTS

NO. DTS 0099 UKAH ASSURES OSHIMILI NORTH PEOPLE OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS

NO. DTS 0100 NIGER DELTA: OKOWA URGES UK, OTHERS TO INVEST IN EMPLOYMENT GENERATING VENTURES

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NO. DTS 0089 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
PEACE AS A SINE QUA NON TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Delta State Government has lauded the contributions of Delta State Conflict Management Alliance, DSCMA, in complementing government’s efforts in tackling security challenges in the State.

The Secretary to the State Government SSG, Hon Festus Ovie Agas, gave the commendation when members of the DSCMA paid advocacy visit to his office to brief him on peaceful engagements carried out by the platform in the State.

The SSG, who described peace as a sine qua non to sustainable development and realization of prosperity for all Deltans, reiterated that one of the cardinal thrust of the SMART Agenda of the Senator Dr Arthur Okowa-led administration is anchored on meaningful peace-building platforms aimed at political and social harmony.

While commending the DSCMA for her wonderful works geared towards bringing about peaceful co-existence in the state, Hon Agas said, ” from the analysis of your report, you have done extensive study on the strained relationship between herdsmen and farmers,” stressing that Nigerians should learn to be governed by laws, to co-exist, avoid self help, even as he stated that Delta State Government believes in constructive engagement of stakeholders as the panacea to mitigate clashes between pasturers and farmers.

He assured that the DSCMA would be involved in subsequent stakeholders meetings of cattlemen and farmers, which is facilitated by the State Commissioner of Police to enable the group bring to bear her requisite skill and knowledge in resolving disputes in the State.

The SSG equally thanked the DSCMA for her intervention in settling the land dispute between Okolori and Onuabo, Onicha-Olona Obiship tussle, human rights abuse of Ovre-Eku community women among others, adding that the level of engagement by DSCMA in the State was unprecedented among nongovernmental organizations.

Earlier the convener of DSCMA, Mr. Esike Ebruke Onajite disclosed that the essence of the advocacy visit was to present a report of the outcome of the meeting between the chairmen of Ndokwa East and Aniocha North Local Government Areas on the land dispute between Okolorri and Onuobo communities as directed by him, and to intimate the SSG of the activities of the Group in Delta State since its inception two years ago.

Mr. Onajite who is also a development expert revealed that during the period under review, the DSCMA has stemmed recurrence of herdsmen and farmers clashes, created awareness on the Delta State Peace and Vigilante Law in 19 Local Government Areas in the State, engaged Ovre-Eku community in Ethiope East Local Government Area over women allegedly flogged by the Nigeria Army in March 10, 2016 and the profiling of secret cults in the State among others.

The DSCMA implored the State Government among others to engage the expertise of the Group to address conflict and violence issues, commence sensitization and implementation of the Anti-cultism and Kidnapping Law, include DSCMA platform in the 33 persons Peace Advisory Committee, and facilitate negotiation and eventual demarcation of the boundary between Okolori and Umugwo based on the map provided by the parties as exhibit in courts.

He thanked the SSG for availing the DSCMA the Conference Hall of the Office Complex for her meetings.

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NO. DTS 0090 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
AZINGE CALLS ON STAKEHOLDERS TO PROMOTE HEALTH PROGRAMMES

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge has said that improving the health of Deltans required concerted efforts of all stakeholders in the health sector noting that no sacrifice or effort would be too much to undertake to promote health.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge stated this in Asaba when he received members of the Centre for Population and Environmental Development led by Prof. Gideon Omuta, Chairman, Board of Trustee on a project briefing visit.

While calling for cooperation and synergy from stakeholders, the Commissioner pledge the readiness of the Ministry to work with the Centre as they are in possession of knowledge gained from their research work on the State and which was carried out through sound methodology.

He said that with the decline in support from donor organization in the area of funding in the health sector and the inability of government to take over the support due to the decline in revenue occasioned by the current economic recession, working together with the Centre and its crop of erudite scholars will find a lasting solution and way forward for the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

Earlier Prof. Gideon Omuta, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Centre for Population and Environmental Development who said they were in the Commissioner’s office to brief him on their activities and solicited the support and cooperation of the Ministry in the implementation of the Centre’s project in the State.

He said the Centre is a not-for profit, independent research organization based in Benin and dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development through policy –oriented research and active engagement on development issues in Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta region.

He listed the Centre’s research projects and intervention areas to include but not limited to Health Systems and Health Care Delivery, Education and Development, Peace Building and Development, Gender and Development, and Climate Change with particular reference to wetland and coastal regions.

Prof. Omuta disclosed that for a decade, the Centre has implemented quite a number of developmental projects in Delta State, amongst which was the just concluded research project on ‘Equitable Access to Primary Health Care in Delta’ (2013-2016), and the on-going 2-year action research project on ‘Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’ Care in Okpe Local Government Area which began in 2016.

According to Prof. Omuta, “the results of the primary health care research we conducted in the State show that Delta State has done quite well when compared to other states in Nigeria in the area of health care service delivery but that there are still real gaps that need to be closed if the health of our people must be improved as much as possible”.

He listed what they have done so far in Delta State to include: mobilization of LGA authority, communities and relevant stakeholders; initiation of Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS); assessment and renovation of the Primary Health Care facility at Okwabude, Okpe LGA where the CHIS will be domiciled and provision of potable water; and the training and support for volunteer Village Health Workers to carry out some community outreach activities amongst others.

On the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS), Prof. Omuta revealed that the communities have agreed to pay the sum of five thousand naira for the registration of each household for the scheme despite their low average income level.

To this end he called for the Ministry’s support of the scheme for its sustainability, either in terms of essential commodities and drugs or in cash to purchase such.

The highlight of the event which had the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji in attendance, was the presentation of the Centre’s findings and recommendations for improvement documented in policy briefs, monographs, policy papers, articles and books to the Commissioner.

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NO. DTS 0091MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
CHEVRON COMMENDS KOKODIAGBENE COMMUNITY FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST

The people of Kokodiagbene in Warri South West Local Government Area has carried placard protesting over the refusal of Chevron Nigeria Limited to provide electricity for the people of the community.

In their peaceful demonstration to the Utunana flow station of Chevron, the protesters alleged that they have dialogue with the company over the connection of electricity to their community for a very long time but the multinational company highlighted their plight to include: clearing of the bush path to the flow station, provision of pole and cable to connect the light.

The chairman of the community, comrade Sheriff Mulade said the community is appealing to Chevron to help them fix the light within fourteen days, just as he reiterates that the community has promised to clear the land while the multinational company should assist in connecting the cables as part of their corporate social responsibility.

He added that the company has been enjoying peaceful atmosphere of operation and mutual cooperation from the community, adding that the company should help the Kokodiagbene people to enjoy electricity by converting the gas flared into light for them.

Other people that aired their opinion including Pastor Alfred Ebiewe, comrade Isaac Imoni all appeal to the appropriate authority to prevail on Chevron Nigeria Limited to attend to their request to ensure good relationship and development with the company and the community.

The representative of Chevron Nigeria Limited Mr. Aku Musa commended the people of the community for conducting themselves in an orderly manner, and He promised to communicate their grievances to the appropriate authority.

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NO. DTS 0092 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
OKOWA CALLS FOR ACTIONS TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF KEROSENE AT THE RIGHT PRICE

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called for necessary actions that would ensure regular supply and appropriate pricing of petroleum products to ease the suffering of Nigerians.

Governor Okowa made the call at the commissioning of an ultra-modern filling station owned by North-West Petroleum and Gas Company Limited in Asaba.

The governor observed that it was unacceptable that most Nigerians buy kerosene above the official price, yet the product was not readily available, stating that any action which would ease the suffering of the masses would be welcomed, especially in Delta State.

“Our people have been finding it very difficult to get kerosene at the appropriate prices, so, we are very much interested in its regular supply at the right pricing,” Governor Okowa said, adding, “it is our hope and prayer that the kerosene will never be out of stock and we thank God that we are going to get it at the official price at this ultra-modern filling station; it has been an unlikely thing in the past few months to have kerosene at the appropriate prices and I believe that this will lead to greater competition and also drive other filling stations to try to keep their prices at the price that has been stipulated by the authorities.”

While commending the management of North-West Petroleum and Gas Company Limited for its interest in establishing ultra-modern filling stations in the state, Governor Okowa urged the company to take advantage of the availability of crude oil and gas in the state to establish modular refineries, assuring that his administration was ready to facilitate acquisition of land for such investment.

“We would rather want a modular refinery to be established here in Delta State than in other places; after all, we produce the crude, the transport of the crude will be close by and we will find a place that is very close by for you so that you would not need to have transportation challenges and I think that even if that refinery is already established elsewhere, I know that it will not be the last that you will establish, so, please put Delta State into consideration as you move forward because, I truly think that if we have a proper direction in our country, the modular refinery is the best process to go through now and the more we have it in various areas, particularly where oil is being produced, the better it will be for our nation;”

“it will improve employment opportunities, improve on the availability of products, reduce restiveness and ensure continuity and the constancy of crude oil production in our nation,” he said, reiterating, “with this station, we want to encourage other private investors to invest more and provide this kind of project that will help to improve the lives of our people.”

He expressed satisfaction that investors are having more confidence in establishing their business in the state, disclosing, “not too long ago, just before the Christmas, the Shoprite complex was commissioned in Asaba and barely two months after, we are witnessing another commissioning ceremony of this ultra-modern filling station; it shows that the environment is friendly and economically viable; we welcome the development because, it will ease the movement of people, beautify the environment and I know that it is also going to above all, create jobs for the people.”

A director in the company, Dr. Olaolu Modashiru in a welcome address, stated that the friendly environment for investment attracted the company to Delta State, assuring that the company has a reputation of having products at all times at the right price.

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NO. DTS 0093 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
HON. NWOKOLO SEND MEDICAL MISSION TO IKA, FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY

Beneficiaries of the free medical mission sponsored by member representing Ika Federal Constituency, Hon. Victor Nwokolo, has described him as a saviour, saying that he brought succor to the people.

Mrs. patience Okoh said she has suffered for years with different ailments, and felt through this medical exercise she was told she is suffering for high blood pressure.

While displaying the free drugs given to her, she prayed that God will continue bless and uplift him. How could I, have afforded all these drugs, she added.

Also speaking, the duo of Vincent Momah and Uche Ayetin who were given eye glasses noted that in spite of the biting economic downturn Hon Victor Nwokolo took it upon himself to render free medical mission, they maintained that the gesture goes a long to explain his concern for the people. “as you can see both the rich and poor are benefiting”

As at the time of filling this report, scores of people where being attended by the team of medical personal.

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NO. DTS 0094 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
OGHARA KINGDOM HOLDS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING FOR CHIEF IBORI

The people of Oghara Kingdom with gratitude to almighty God, for the safe return of their amiable son, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, former Governor of Delta State, recently organized a Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church Oghara to celebrate God’s grace and mercy over the life of their son.

This special Thanksgiving Service was organized in Honour of the Ex-Governor and to appreciate God and thank Him for the great and marvelous things He had done in our lives said the Arch Bishop Goddowell Awomaka (CAN Chairman South–South).

The CAN Chairman in his sermon admonished all to be strong , stating that many are the affliction of the righteous but God deliver them all, adding that Chief Ibori stood tall and depended on God, and he delivered him from all afflictions whereas when Samson died the people of Israel went into bondage , the people of Delta were not ready to be in bondage, so they prayed without ceasing for their leader to come back home.

Speaking further he said, chief Ibori united the government and the church, how can such a man with a very good heart be in captivity… “Error” he noted. “I thank God today that we are all thanking God for the arrival of our son. Thus I admonish all Christian to serve God whole-heartedly and protect the rich and educated people they have in their family. Be a good shepherd he added.

Chief James Onanefe Ibori, expressing his gratitude stated that his life is a testimony of her own, the pain of the people kept me going, when I was in a very dark place, their thoughts gave me courage to forge ahead.

Chief Ibori further stated that it was a pragmatic decision to plead guilty to the crime he was charged of, not that he was guilty. “I give glory to God for answering your supplication and prayers rendered on my behalf. I charge you all to believe in God he will never fail you, no matter the plot to bring you down he would always be there for.

The Ovie of Oghara, HRM, Noble Oyibo Eshemittan, The Orefe III of Oghara Kingdom in his speech, noted that the journey was a very long and tiring one, but Almighty God took pre-eminence and stood by our dear son.

Speaking further, he said our lovely son had given our clans international recognition, that “when I tell people that am a monarch from Oghara they immediately honour me” the name Oghara command respect anywhere in the world he added.

Hon. Solomon Golley, chairman Ethiope West Local Government Area, in his statement said he is very happy about the returning home of the Ex-Governor, noting that the thanksgiving service is for the people of the land to appreciate God for the healthy arrival of their great leader, political guru, architect of Delta State, philanthropic son, a great man according to great man’s theory amongst other distinctive qualities he possesses. All glory and honour belong to God he added.

Present at the occasion was Olorogun Sen. Ighoyotya Amori, Olorogun Joe Omene, HRM Sampson Omene, the Ovie of Mosogar Kingdom, HRM Luke Kalamana, The Pere of Akugbene Mein Kingdom, Olorogun Jerry-Wilson Omene, Hon. Ben Igbakpa, Hon Funkekeme Solomon, Prince Charlse Abutor, Amongst others.

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NO. DTS 0095 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
NIGERIA NEEDS PRAYERS, SAYS OKOWA

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Nigerians to pray for the country and her leaders, saying that with prayers, Nigerians can be assured that God will continue to see the country through the many challenges besieging her.

Speaking recently in Lagos at The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) 9th Founder’s Day Annual Lecture and Awards Ceremony, the governor noted that but for the prayers by God’s children; nobody could tell where Nigeria as a country would have been today.

Governor Okowa, who was represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, commended The Bible Society of Nigeria for its efforts at propagating the words of God.

According to the Governor, “for us in Delta State, we believe in prayers, because it is part of the cornerstone of our faith, there is no doubt that, but for the prayers of the children of God, given what the country has gone through, we could have been worst off.”

He told Christians that the time of being passive observers is over, stressing that It is time for them to become active participants in the process of governance, adding “Join now and make a difference by virtue of who you are. Nigeria needs you now more than ever before. Stand up and be counted.”

“The Bible Society of Nigeria has been doing a great job in the propagation of the Word of God. Please don’t relent. The enormity of the social and moral challenges of today makes it imperative for you to continue the good job for a better society and country” Governor Okowa stated.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Ayo Opadokun, challenged Christians to wake up to the reality of the day by providing sound and godly leadership for the country.

In his lecture titled “Mono-Economy: Antithetical To National Growth And Development”, Pastor Bayo Olugbemi traced the economic path the country has gone through in arriving at recession point. He urged Nigerians to work assiduously for the diversification of the economy.

The General Secretary of the society, Richard Dare Ajiboye, enumerated the various efforts and plans of the BSN in translating the Bible into indigenous languages and called on all to support the efforts of the body in making the Bible available in as many languages as possible in Nigeria.

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NO. DTS 0096 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
MARY MOUNT COLLEGE HOLDS CULTURAL FIESTA/MAGAZINE LAUNCH

Reviving cultural heritage was the focus of a one day cultural fiesta/ launching of the Third edition of Tidings Magazine organized by management of prestigious Mary Mount College Boji Boji Owa.

Speaking, the principal of Mary Mount College, Winifred Diagboya noted the school is celebrating culture in its entirety, putting into consideration the core activities tell the story of a group of people within a locality.

According to her, when we are making a journey back into our roots, we are telling ourselves that we have an enviable past, and that we are celebrating our cultural heritage wherein lies our source of strength, unity and peace.

She observed that modernity has done muck damage to our cultural beliefs and practices, adding that today’s generation see culture as archaic, old fashioned and unrealistic.

The principal decried the fact that value for respect for elders, custom and traditions is fast eluding us and replaced by modern ideas and ways of doing things in a bid to maintain the status quo that negates our very identity as Africans.

She further stated that their quest was to showcase culture at its best, and that indepth studies was carried on four cultural groups; Ika, Akwa Ibom, Oyo and Zulu cultural groups.

High point of the well attended ceremony was the elegant display of different cultures by the staff and students.

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NO. DTS 0097 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
GOV. OKOWA CHARGES NIGERIANS TO PRAY FOR NATION’S PROGRESS

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has charged Nigerians to seek the face of God through prayers and fasting for the progress of the nation.

Senator Okowa who gave the charge during the Asaba Manna Mountain Prayer Conference at the Cenotaph said every Nigerian have a role to play in removing Nigeria from the present economic recession and should contribute their quota through prayer and righteous living.

According to him “Every one of us have a role to play individually and collectively to make our nation better. We need to return to God, seek his face so that he will heal our land, this can be achieved if each and every one of us play our role through prayer and fasting, then God will hear our prayers and heal our land as stated in his words.”

He said there is no individual too small to positively impact on the challenges faced by Nigeria currently “so we need to play our role as Christians by always praying for our leaders and country for a better Nigeria rather than always complaining about the bad situation and our leaders.”

The Governor commended the Publisher of Our Daily Manna, Bishop Chris Kwakpovwe for his contributions in spreading the Word of God round the world and introducing Christians to ways of righteous living stressing that ” God will bless this effort you are making through your programmes to heal the land”

In a brief response, Bishop Kwakpovwe thanked the Governor Okowa for finding time to attend the two days programme in Asaba and prayed that God will take the centre pace in his administration.

He called on Deltans and Nigerians to stop complaining about the government of the day but to always pray for those in authority for God to continually direct them and give them the necessary wisdom they need to pilot the affairs of the state/country for the benefit of all.

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NO. DTS 0098 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
DTSG APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ROADS IN THREE SENATORIAL DISTRICTS

As part of the quest of the Delta State Government to give Deltans motorable roads, the State Executive Council has approved the contracts for the construction of roads in the three Senatorial Districts.

Speaking to journalists after the State Executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Thursday, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the contracts are the construction of Idheze Bypass to Okpe Isoko in Isoko South Local Government Area and the construction of Agbor-Alidinma Road in Ika South Local Government Area.

Also approved is the reconstruction of failed portions of Ewhu-Orere Road and the construction of Ataiga Street in Ewhu, Ughelli South Local Government Area.

Mr. Ukah revealed that the construction of Idheze Bypass to Okpe Isoko will provide a shortcut between Idheze and Okpe-Isoko; it will save travel time and enhance evacuation of agricultural produce.

The construction of access road to Agbor-Alidinma will also enhance evacuation of agricultural produce as well as provide access to Agbor-Alidinma and Obiduhon communities, the Commissioner for Information said.

He added that the reconstruction of failed portions of Ewhu-Orere Road and construction of Ataiga Street, Ewhu, will link major institutions within Ewhu community, enhance evacuation of agricultural produce and provide access to Orere and other communities on the other side of the Orere River.

The Commissioner for Information further disclosed that the maintenance of roads in Warri and Effurun are either fully completed or near completion.

He listed the roads to include PTI Road, Alegbo/Ugbolokposo Road, Jakpa Road, Esize Road, Swamp Road and NPA Bypass.

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NO. DTS 0099 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
UKAH ASSURES OSHIMILI NORTH PEOPLE OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS

The people of Oshimili North Local Government Area in general and Okpanam in particular have been assured that they will get a fair share of various developmental projects being executed by the state government.

Giving this assurance during a recent meeting of ward 9, Oshimili North Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) held in Okpanam, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, stated that as a local government area that is 100% PDP, the people are bound to reap adequate dividends of democracy.

He disclosed that the ongoing grading of Ogbeosadi-Okotomi Road, which is being done by himself in conjunction with the contractor handling the Asaba-Okpanam dualisation project as part of his corporate social responsibility, is only a palliative measure pending when the state government will award the contract for the construction of the road.

Mr. Ukah further revealed that the road and some others in the community will be awarded to competent contractors by the state government subject to the availability of resources.

In addition to the increased speed of work on the dualisation of the Asaba-Okpanam Road, he stated that about 35 persons from the local government area have benefited from the various empowerment programmes put it place by the state government between 2015 and 2016, while over 20 persons from the area are in line to get an agricultural loan very soon.

He advised youths in the local government to take advantage of the various empowerment programmes put in place by the state and federal governments in other to be self sufficient in any area of their choice.

Mr. Ukah expressed satisfaction with the large turn up of members of the party in the ward which included past Chairmen and executive members and urged them not to relent in attending ward meetings.

The Commissioner for Information charged the people to continue to pray and support the present administration in the state and join to propagate the good works being done by the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.

The Chairman of the PDP in the ward, Mr. Fred Odanwu, thanked Mr. Ukah for attending the meeting and pledged the continued support and loyalty of the party to the administration of the state governor.

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NO. DTS 0100 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
NIGER DELTA: OKOWA URGES UK, OTHERS TO INVEST IN EMPLOYMENT GENERATING VENTURES

TO consolidate on the existing peace in the Niger Delta region, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged the United Kingdom and other countries who have stakes in the region to invest in employment generating ventures.

The Governor was speaking when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba.

According to the governor, “anything that will create more job opportunities for the youths should be encouraged.”
“I want to reassure you that peace has returned to Delta State and we look forward to having investors from the UK and other European countries; Delta State is blessed with fertile land apart from being rich in oil and gas, and we are encouraging our youths to go into agriculture to be employers of labour; we are giving hope to our youths,” Governor Okowa said.

While noting that most of the crises in the region were blown out of proportion, the governor disclosed that only the creeks of the state was affected by the pipeline vandalism asserting, “we had some pipeline vandalism in some parts of the state but, efforts have been made for us to achieve peace which led to the Vice President visiting the state and the people are further encouraged to strengthen the existing peace.”

“One of the issues at stake was the Maritime University and it is receiving deserved attention; it is our hope that the peace process will be consolidated within the next few months,” he added.

Governor Okowa assured investors that the state was not only safe and investment friendly but that his administration was committed to ensuring quick returns on investments for companies doing business in the state.

Mr. Arkwright had in his speech said, he was in the state to look at areas of economic benefits for his country, observing that Delta was one of the key states in the country.

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