NO. DTS 0014 OTUARO CAUTIONS NSUKWA COMMUNITY ON PETITION AND ALLEGATIONS
NO. DTS 0015 GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS WORLD BANK, EU DONOR ASSISTED PROJECT AT UTE-OGBEJE
NO. DTS 0016 IGBUYA FELICITATE WITH THE OHWORODE OF OLOMU KINGDOM
NO. DTS 0017 SAFUGHA URGES STAFF TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS
NO. DTS 0018 MOTHERS’ WADE INTO UVWIE KINGDOM SOCIAL MEDIA DISPUTE
NO. DTS 0019 OGIDI COMMENDS OKOWA FOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
NO. DTS 0020 AKELE IMMACULATE WINS GOVERNOR OKOWA YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD
NO. DTS 0021 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATION UNIQUE -UKAH
NO. DTS 0022 GOVT. WILL ENSURE EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN THE STATE – AGAS
NO. DTS 0023 OKOWA EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE ON SUSTENANCE OF PEACE IN THE NIGER DELTA
NO. DTS 0024 BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL OLD GIRLS HOLD ANNUAL DINNER
NO. DTS 0025 ST PIUS XTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL ANNUL GET TOGETHER HOLDS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
NO. DTS 0014 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
OTUARO CAUTIONS NSUKWA COMMUNITY ON PETITION AND ALLEGATIONS
Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro has cautioned that the administration of Senator Okowa will not seat back and fold its arms while people and communities perpetrate trouble in order to hinder development in their communities and the state.
Barr. Otuaro stated this while seeking ways to resolve the issues of petition, allegation and counter allegations of traditional administration, rites, financial mis-appropriation between the Nsukwa Patriotic Union and the Obi of Nsukwa Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State.
The deputy governor who was represented by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, advised the leaders, chiefs and stakeholders not to see modernization as a platform for turning traditions and traditional institutions upside down more so when such institution is duly recognized by government.
While asserting that it is expected of all traditional rulers to uphold the tradition of the people and carry everybody along in their day to day administration, he noted that Patriots are those who strive to initiate development of the wellbeing of the people and not for their own personal interest.
The deputy governor appealed to the various parties to shelve their sword of discord and practice the politics of accommodation for the overall development of their community. According to him, “Nobody wins in a family fight, everybody is a loser at the end of it all, so we need to look beyond our personal position and look at the interest of our community and the state”. He stated.
While appealing to the leaders, chiefs as well as the Obi of Nsukwa to seek ways of resolving their differences, he noted that there are certain issues that does not warrant all the trouble in the area, adding that communities needs to be peaceful for development to take place.
He urged the chairman, and vice-chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council as well as the traditional ruler’s council not to relent in their efforts in ensuring that they proffer solutions to the problem at hand and report back to government within the shortest possible time.
NO. DTS 0015 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONS WORLD BANK, EU DONOR ASSISTED PROJECT AT UTE-OGBEJE
The Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev (Mrs.) Omatsola Williams, has reiterated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s unwavering commitment towards enhancing the education sector through effective collaboration with the donor agencies such as the World Bank and European Union, saying education policy is a critical area in his administration.
Rev(Mrs.) Williams, who stated this in Ute-Ogbeje Community in Ika North-East local government area during the official commissioning of the Science Laboratory built and equipped through the World Bank and EU collaboration with the state government’s and Ute-Ogbeje Community counterpart contribution under the community-driven development scheme.
The Women Affairs Commissioner, who said that the Science Laboratory equipment would encourage students in the area to increase their interest in Science subjects during West African Examination (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations as well as contribute in producing engineers and doctors in the near future, even as she advised teachers in science related subjects to take advantage of the equipment to impact more on the children.
In his remarks, the President-General of Ute-Ogbeje Community Development Association, Sir Ignatius Ebigwai who underscored the importance of the Science Laboratory equipment, said that the equipment would increase their children zeal in science subjects as well as improve their performance, adding that Ogwa Ute project had to be abandoned in order to pursue the science laboratory equipment and the ICT which were unanimously voted as their top priority.
Sir. Ebigwai Ignatius, who lauded the initiative of the World Bank, EU and the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for bringing succour to the rural areas through the scheme, said that the science laboratory would enable their children from secondary schools to compete favourably well with the counterparts in today’s world where science and technology took centre stage.
In an interview, Pastor Osahon Robert, the Chief Inspector of Education in Ika North East local government area, Mrs. Igumbo Hope, who represented the state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebieh and the Principal of Ute-Ogbeje Secondary School, Elder Onwuegbuezie Paul identified education as the best investment in the society, adding that the project would bring more development to the Community, particularly in the area of human resources in the near future.
For his part, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Projects, Mr. Benson Ojoko, represented by Mr. Greg Agbongiagwe enjoined the Community to continue to assume ownership of the project and put it into judicious utilization.
NO. DTS 0016 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
IGBUYA FELICITATE WITH THE OHWORODE OF OLOMU KINGDOM
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, on Sunday described the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, Ogoni-Oghoro 1, as an easy-going leader, friendly and effortlessly charming.
He also expressed his admiration for His Majesty’s leadership style, commitment to peace and high sense of patriotism.
In a congratulatory message to His Royal Majesty on the occasion of his 100th birthday and 29th anniversary of his ascension to the throne, Igbuya extolled the monarch’s exemplary dedication to service.
“Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro 1, JP, OON remains the measurement of positive leadership, courage, accountability and performance in the country” he said.
He also commended the oldest reigning king in the state for preserving and celebrating the culture and tradition of Urhobo, mobilizing Urhobo communities for developmental purposes and socializing the people.
Igbuya who acknowledged the erudition, modesty and charisma of the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom commended him for responding to the needs of the people with understanding regardless of their appearance, reputation or mood.
He praised him for using his intellectual endowment for the boosting of community development and advancement of his people.
“I wish Your Majesty good health and happiness. I also wish the good people of Olomu kingdom peace, progress and prosperity” the message ended.
NO. DTS 0017 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
SAFUGHA URGES STAFF TO REDOUBLE THEIR EFFORTS
The Commissioner for Energy, Barr. NewWorld Safugha has urged the management and staff of the Ministry to redouble their efforts in the New Year.
Barr. Safugha gave the charge during the maiden meeting he held with the management for the year 2017.
The commissioner commended the management and staff of the ministry for their dedication to duty in the year 2016, while asking them to remain committed and focused in this New Year as this was the only way the ministry of Energy could remain relevant to the SMART agenda of his Excellency Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
He promised that he would continue to create the enabling Environment for the management and staff of the ministry to do their jobs well.
During the course of the meeting, the Hon. Commissioner called on the various directors to speak on their achievements and challenges experienced in 2016 and on the way forward in the year 2017.
The commissioner thanked the management for the cordial relationship between and the management and urged them to be optimistic about the future as the year 2017 would be better than the previous years.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Energy, EngrIke Oduah who spoke on behalf of management, assured the commissioner that they would continue to support him so that the ministry can achieve its mandate.
NO. DTS 0018 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
MOTHERS’ WADE INTO UVWIE KINGDOM SOCIAL MEDIA DISPUTE
Mothers in Uvwie kingdom otherwise known as Eghweyarhe and other cross sections in Uvwie kingdom are to pronounce ostracization on the Ighedo Family of Ekpan at Afieki (Effurun Market Square) for an alleged social media (facebook) abuses by a member of the family Shedrack Ighedo on HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso (JP), OON Abe I, the Ovwie of Uvwie Kingdom.
The decision to enforce the ostracization on the Ighedo Family was taken at a well-attended Town Hall meeting organized by the Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) at Uvwie Town Hall along Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Road, Effurun on Thursday 12th January, 2017 where printed scripts of the alleged abuses on the highly respected Ovie of Uvwie kingdom was read by the president general of UGIU Chief Austin Ukuwrere to the annoyance of the people of Uvwie who deliberated on the issue.
The said Mr. Ighedo, according to the scripts accused HRM Abe I for taking sides with Chief Newton Agbofodoh the Unuevworo of Ekpan Community accusing the monarch for refusing to remove Chief Agbofodoh from the exalted position of Unuevworo of Ekpan Community.
The Ovie of Uvwie kingdom had earlier in a statement made it clear that it was only a court of competent jurisdiction that can decide whether Chief Newton Agbofodoh (who is presently arraigned at a law court) guilty of the alleged crimes levied against him or not and that if Chief Agbofodoh is found guilty of the crimes levied against him, he the (Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom) will not hesitate to strip him (Chief Agbofodoh) of his chieftaincy title.
Abe 1 had also made it clear that he is the only traditional prescribed authority that can re-arrange the traditional chieftaincy structure in any part of Uvwie kingdom (Ekpan Community inclusive).
Therefore, in a communiqué issued by Uvwie people at the Town Hall meeting, some persons in Ekpan were accused of arrogating to themselves the authority to dissolve/appoint the traditional authority for Ekpan Community and for refusing to obey the directives or instructions of the traditional ruler “but in defiance of the Ovie of Uvwie kingdom sacred authority proceed to pronounce that Ekpan chiefs, Ighuvwie and eghweyerhe should not honour/attend the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie kingdom, “A traditional sacrilege unheard of in the history of Uvwie kingdom.”
The communiqué alleged further that in attempt to enforce the illegal resolution one Shedrack Ighedo went viral on facebook in three different posts to pour abuses on HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso (JP). Apart from the abuses on the reverend monarch the post where capable of: (a) causing inter-communal crisis (b) causing Balkanizing the “Uvwie kingdom.”
The community again added “surprisingly, over five days after the repudiate post went viral on facebook, no member of Ighedo Family have disclaimed the posts.”
NO. DTS 0019 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
OGIDI COMMENDS OKOWA FOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has been commended for sustaining the ideals and policies of the People’s Democratic Party especially in the area of meaningful infrastructural development such as roads construction aimed at ensuring socio-economic well-being of the people in the society.
The first vice National Chairman of the South -South Peoples Democratic Party, Bro. Emma Ogidi, made the commendation in Asaba when he paid a courtesy call on the Special Adviser to Governor Okowa on SERVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme, adding that the PDP-led administration had continued to adopt multifaceted approaches geared towards improving the living standard of the people.
He lauded Comrade Okeme for the key role he had been playing between government and labour in the state, adding that Comrade Okeme’s antecedents as a veteran labour leader had contributed immensely to the industrial harmony currently enjoyed in the state, while describing the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as labour-friendly governor who had continued to ensure that the welfare of the state workforce was given priority attention.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Delta State Governor on SERVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme noted that he had been working closely with Bro. Emma Ogidi even before they had been sworn in as Special Advisers until his recent elevation as the first vice National Chairman of South-South PDP and described their friendship and union as a source of joy.
Comrade Okeme thanked Bro. Emma Ogidi for the support he had been giving to the Okowa administration, saying that the state government had been labour friendly and lauded the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state led by Comrade Jonathan Jieyemiregbe for cooperating with government to ensure industrial harmony in the state, even as he told Bro. Emma Ogidi that the crop of labour leaders in the state were friendly.
In his remarks, the Delta state President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jonathan Jieyemiregbe described Comrade Mike Okeme as a father whose foot-prints as labour leader would continue to inspire the state work-force especially labour leaders to ensure industrial harmony.
NO. DTS 0020 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
AKELE IMMACULATE WINS GOVERNOR’ OKOWA YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD
The Delta State Government is committed to diversifying the economy away from dependence on oil as the singular revenue source of the State.
The State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa stated this while presenting an award to the winner of the Delta State Governor’s Young Scientist Award, Akele Immaculate of Federal College Demonstration Secondary School, Asaba, at Delta State Innovation Hub, Asaba.
Governor Okowa represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Jude Sinebe said the Governor’s Young Scientist Award is an opportunity to nurturing young minds and encouraging them to pick interest in science based subjects and courses with a long term goal of developing scientific capacities in the State.
Senator Okowa said his administration recognizes the role of scientific knowledge in sustainable development that is why the government is developing innovation and science initiatives as the key drive of the State economy.
The Governor noted that the programme will complement the numerous educational skill acquisitions, scientific and technological policies that the State Government has outlined in the SMART agenda.
Governor Okowa while congratulating the winner of the Governor’s Young Scientist Award appealed to parents to encourage their children and wards to show greater interest in the sciences.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hon. Joyce Overah said the overall objective of the programme is to select the best Science student in the State and also to encourage and develop the interest of young Deltans in science and technology.
Hon. Overah represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Augustina Onokpise added that the programme is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the State Ministries of Science and Technology in the thirty six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Commissioner disclosed that a total of twenty five best science students selected from across the Local Government Areas of the State participated in a competitive test, which is in two stages (Computer Based Test and Quiz), covering five science subjects of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Science and Computer Science.
He further explained that at the end of the programme the winners in the State level will represent Delta State at the National level for the Seven Hundred and Seventy Four Young Scientist Presidential Award.
At the end of the competitive test, Akele Immaculate of Federal College Demonstration Secondary School, Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area emerged the winner while Diemesor Gabriel of Challenge Academy, Orhuwhorun, Udu Local Government Area came second with Sorokwu Desmond of Lords and Kings Academy Warri, Warri South Local Government Area took the third position.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of Tablets Mobile Phones to the three best students and Desktop Computer, Printer, and Scanner to their respective schools.
Consolation prizes were also given to students who made it to the top ten positions.
NO. DTS 0020 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: OKOWA OTHERS LAY WREATHS IN ASABA
The 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration was marked throughout Nigeria with the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa leading prominent Nigerians to lay wreath on the foot of the statute of the “unknown soldier”.
The ceremony was of great significant as Asaba witnessed its first rain fall shortly before the commencement of the ceremony which took place at the Cenotaph, Asaba and featured parade by the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and the Nigerian Legion.
Though, the rain was not heavy, it added to the solemn nature and reduced dust at the event which was attended by civil war veterans who adorned their ceremonial uniforms.
The ceremony which was witnessed by former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, traditional rulers, clergymen, political office holders, among others also, featured a 21 one gun salute in honour of the fallen heroes while pigeons were released to signify peace.
Every year, on January 15 the Nigerian government honours soldiers who died in wars, especially, the World War and the Nigerian civil war in pursuit of the pursuit of peaceful co-existence.
NO. DTS 0021 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATION UNIQUE -UKAH
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has said that the celebration of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day is very unique in view of the exploits of the military in the fight against Boko Haram.
Speaking during the grand finale of the ceremony held at the Cenotaph, Asaba, , the Information Commissioner stated that the gains recorded by members of the armed forces is a devastating blow to the activities of insurgents who have been terrorizing some parts of the country for some time.
He noted that the routing of the insurgents from their stronghold, the sambisa forest, and the takeover of the hitherto dreaded forest by the Nigerian armed forces is commendable.
The Commissioner for Information congratulated them for their bravery and urged them not to rest on their oars until the remnants of the terrorists are arrested and brought to book.
Mr. Ukah called on Nigerians to continue to support and, most especially, pray for members of the armed forces who risk their lives to ensure the protection of law abiding citizens.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the course of duty, in addition to good health and long life for serving and retired officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces.
NO. DTS 0022 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
GOVT. WILL ENSURE EFFECTIVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN THE STATE – AGAS
The Secretary to Delta State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, has assured of the readiness of government to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health in its Nigeria Supply Chain Integrated Programme (NSCIP) initiative towards ensuring effective health care delivery in the state.
The SSG gave the assurance while receiving a delegation from the federal ministry of health during an advocacy visit to the state.
According to him, the present administration under the leadership of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, places high premium on effective health care delivery to its citizens.
He said “the Governor who is a medical doctor by profession is very passionate about good health care delivery and therefore will support any programme that will add value to the health of our people.”
Speaking earlier, the Director of Pharmaceutical services, federal ministry of health, Mrs. Atu Uzoma, said the objective of the visit was to sensitize stakeholders in the state to key into the new strategy of an integrated programme for distribution and redistribution of donor drug vaccines and immunization as well as public sponsored pharmaceuticals for hospitals all over the country.
According to her, the Nigeria Supply Chain Integrated Project kicked off in 2014 using 14 states as pilot programme.
She further stated that the goal of the initiative is to integrate the HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis vaccines distribution for accurate data as this will facilitate the correction over stocking, under stocking and expired drug syndrome.
Mrs. Uzorma noted that as of today, the initiative has created six warehouses covering the six geopolitical zones of the country adding that the Calabar warehouse is the location that serves the South South.
NO. DTS 0023 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
OKOWA EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE ON SUSTENANCE OF PEACE IN THE NIGER DELTA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed confidence that the prevailing peace in the creeks of the Niger Delta would be sustained.
The governor dropped the hint when the Ambassador of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency. Stuart Syminton paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba.
According to the governor, for more than four months, pipeline vandalism has not been experienced in the creeks, especially those in Delta State, asserting, “we are doing a lot to ensure that we have peace and it is our hope that we sustain the peace, it is in our best interest to do so.”
“We are looking forward to a peaceful and progressive 2017,” Governor Okowa reiterated, adding, that it is in the collective interest of all stakeholders for the peace to be sustained.
While commending the USA government for doing business in Nigeria, especially in Delta State, Governor Okowa assured investors that Delta State is safe for business, observing that the people are friendly and accommodating to visitors.
Earlier, the Ambassadors who was accompanied by top Embassy officials disclosed that they were in the state to see how to deepen their business relationship with the people.
NO. DTS 0024 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL OLD GIRLS HOLD ANNUAL DINNER
The Old Girls Association, Baptist Girls High School, Agbor Asaba Chapter, will hold their maiden Annual Dinner on Thursday January 19, 2017.
A statement signed by the Chairman Planning Committee, Mrs. Josephine Aluemunor, indicated that the event will take place at Hotel Nelrose, along Anwai Road, Asaba by 5.00 pm.
The statement further stated that all Old Girls should be in their best Old Girls Uniform for the event.
All members of the Old Girls of Baptist Girls High School are enjoined to attend the ceremony.
NO. DTS 0025 MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
ST PIUS XTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL ANNUL GET TOGETHER HOLDS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Arrangement has been concluded for the 2016/2017 end of year/beginning of the year annul get together party of St Pius Xth Grammar School, Old Boys Association, Oshimili South Local Government Area Branch, Asaba.
A statement signed by Mr. Austin Mowah, a retired Permanent Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the Association stated that the party will take place at the residence of the branch Chairman, Engr. Ike Oduah at the Core Area, GRA, Asaba on Sunday January 29, 2017 starting at 2.30pm.
Old Boys of the School, expected at the event include Prof. Sylvester Monye, Prof. Felix Mafiana, Admirah Dele Ezeoba, Mr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, Brigadier General Lawrence Fejokwu and Colonel Raymond Ochei.
Earlier, the wives of the members of St Pius Xth Old Boys Association, Asaba Branch under the aegis of Piusian Ladies had attended a Thanksgiving Mass in appreciation of God’s providence for the husbands and family for the year ended 2016 and a blissful 2017.