NO. DTS 0041: CHEST AND TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IS IN A STATE OF DISARRAY – MUKORO
NO. DTS 0042: LION CLUB DISTRICT 404 FELICITATE WITH UVWIE MONARCH
NO. DTS 0043: OHWORODE OF OLOMU: FANTASTICALLY SOUND AT 100 YEARS-ONUESOKE
NO. DTS 0044: TEACHER DISRUPT SCREENING EXERCISE IN IKA SOUTH
NO. DTS 0045: GOVT MEET WITH ELECTED AND POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS
NO. DTS 0046: DELTA BEGINS STATEWIDE TESTING AND ANALYSIS EXERCISE FOR WATER
NO. DTS 0047: COMMANDING OFFICER, 19TH BATTALION KOKO HANDS OVER TO A NEW HEAD
NO. DTS 0048: SSG LAUDS DELTA STATE CHAMBER OF MINES AND AGRICULTURE
NO. DTS 0049: OGERUGBA GODSPOWER LAID TO REST
NO. DTS 0050: POWER CRISES IN DELTA COMMUNITIES TO BE RESOLVED SOON – SAFUGHA
NO. DTS 0051: CHIEF JUDGE RESTRAINS STATE GOVT., OSHIMILI SOUTH FROM PAYMENT OF STIPEND TO ASAGBA
NO. DTS 0052: ONUESOKE TO NORTHERN GOVS: MONITOR YOUR BORDERS WITH MALI, SENEGAL HERDSMEN
NO. DTS 0053: OKOWA HAS URHOBOS AT HEART… ONOTOR
NO. DTS 0054: GOV OKOWA FLAGS OFF WATER ANALYSIS TEST TO ENSURE HEALTHY LIVING
NO. DTS 0055: OKOWA HAILS BAYELSA GOVERNOR, SERIAKE DICKSON @ 51
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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NO. DTS 0041 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
CHEST AND TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IS IN A STATE OF DISARRAY – MUKORO
The Ughelli North local government chest and tuberculosis clinic now poses a great danger to patients and staff of the clinic as part of the building is broken down while the other part has been taken over by snakes and dangerous reptiles.
Speaking to newsmen, the head of the clinic, Mr. Mukoro said the clinic was built in the colonial days and is long overdue for a new one, stating that the clinic has become a hiding place for snakes.
Mr. Mukoro appealed to the state and local government as well as cooperate bodies and well meaning individuals to come their aid to build a new clinic.
NO. DTS 0042 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
LION CLUB DISTRICT 404 FELICITATE WITH UVWIE MONARCH
HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso (JP) OON the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom has assured voluntary organizations wishing to establish projects in Uvwie Kingdom of adequate security and other assistance.
The traditional ruler gave the assurance in his speech during the visit of Lion’s Club of Nigeria District 404 A1 to his temporary palace along Jakpa Road, Effurun on Thursday January 19th 2017, urging the public and government to ignore the negative statement of Uvwie being a violent place , noting that violence is universal and a sign of the end of time according to the Holy Bible.
The Uvwie monarch who spoke through the Usavwre of Ekpan Community High Chief Victor Otomiewo urged voluntary organizations to embark on projects that will be beneficial to the less privileged such as orphanage homes and primary health care, saying that ” education is one of the pet project of our royal father, when it comes to education, he does not discriminate. It may interest you to know that he has offered scholarships to scores of non indigenes in Uvwie kingdom.”
Speaking earlier, the district governor of Lion 404 A1 Lion (Dr.) Olayinka Ajayi expressed profound gratitude to the Ovie of Uvwie for his enormous support for the group.
While discussing that the group has commissioned 3 water projects, six toilets, provided 400 writing materials to pupils and students in Uvwie Dr. Ajayi noted that the achievements of the group so far recorded in Uvwie were made possible through the support and prayers of Abe 1 who he said donated a large piece of land to the group for the execution of its project some time ago.
He then explained that the visit was to inform the Ovie of Uvwie of the mini conference of lions billed to take place in Uvwie and also to assess the performance of its members so far “. I am proud of what lions are doing in Uvwie so far. All these were made possible through your prayers and support for us. We are indeed grateful. May God continue to bless you and Uvwie Kingdom in Jesus name, Amen”
In his brief speech retired Air Vice Marshall and a past Council Chairman of Lion 404 AVM Tony Okpere disclosed that Lion’s Club has the biggest orphanage home in Nigeria with over 108 babies and that the projects of the group are
tailored towards the benefit of the less-privileged in the society.
Okpere who harped on unity amongst Nigerians gladly disclosed that he and the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom were secondary school friends in Esan Grammar School in Uromi just as he commended the Ovie of Uvwie for his humility and closeness to God.
High point of the colorful event was the award of ‘Selfless Service to Humanity’ to HRM Abe 1 by Dr. Olayinka Ajayi on behalf of Lion’s Club. Discover something new.
NO. DTS 0043 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
OHWORODE OF OLOMU: FANTASTICALLY SOUND AT 100 YEARS-ONUESOKE
Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and Governorship aspirant in 2007 generation, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has felicitated with His Royal Majesty, Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro 1, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, on his centenary birthday celebrated on Friday and the 29th anniversary of his coronation to the ancient throne of his forefathers.
Speaking to journalists at Ohworode’s palace during the celebration of his birthday on Friday, Onuesoke said Ohworode of OLOMU is fantastically sound at the age of 100 years as a king. ONUESOKE went further to enjoin Urhobo people in particular and the nation in general for reasons to celebrate the centenary birthday of the Monarch because as the oldest King in Delta State, he still reads without glasses, walk without aide, drives and display the strength of horse.
He recalled that the Monarch in company of his immediate family recently caused a stir when he drove himself in a black Lexus jeep to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ogoni-Olomu for a special thanksgiving service.
“His kind of Monarch is rear. He need to be commended for being able to maintain such a sound health and mind at the age of a hundred years old, when majority of his age group cannot walk alone, speak, see, read or write.
His ability to be physically sound at this age is evidence that he had maintained a discipline personal habit that had seen him through to this age,” Onuesoke observed.
He commended His Royal Majesty for demonstrating exemplary leadership, worthy of emulation and for being a role model and source of inspiration for many within and outside the Olomu kingdom.
He further extolled Ohworode for upholding the highest ideals and virtues of traditional institutions in the country and for playing significant roles in the promotion of harmony, socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among diverse peoples.
His Royal Majesty’s 29years reign is not only eventful but beneficial to the kingdom and humanity. The peace, progress and prosperity in Olomu kingdom can be ascribed to his wise and freehearted leadership.
“I pray that Almighty God continues to strengthen and prosper him even as He blesses him with many more years of fulfillment,” Onuesoke stated.
NO. DTS 0044 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
TEACHERS DISRUPT SCREENING EXERCISE IN IKA SOUTH
Teachers in Ika nation has staged a peaceful protest over what they described as marginalization and dehumanizing act meted to them.
The protest erupted at Ika National Hall where a screening exercise was going on.
According to Comr. Daniel Iduh, NUT chairman Ika North/East, we were undergoing a screening exercise when some teachers started chanting that they are being dehumanized and the NUT is not doing anything about their predicament, all effort to calm them fell on deaf ears.
Comr. Iduh said the aggrieved teachers blamed the screening team for unjustly reducing their levels and steps. He recounted how they gathered to sort promotion issues that were made last year, instead of promotion implementation, teachers were demoted.
He noted also some teachers had their salaries slashed by the screening team over their inability to provide their Teachers Registration Certificate, but argued that it was not included as a requirement during the screening exercise, adding that all the teachers has it being it is what makes them professionals.
The Chairman however urged the state government and relevant bodies to look into the matter, saying that there is heavy tension among teachers in the area. The irate teachers were spotted along the busy on Lagos Asaba road chanting solidarity songs.
Meanwhile two teachers were made to suffer more losses following the theft of the motorbikes.
NO. DTS 0045 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
GOVT MEET WITH ELECTED AND POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS
The State government has challenged all Elected and Appointed Political Office Holders in the state to contribute their quota in ensuring that they better the security challenges in their various constituencies.
The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr Kingsley Otuaro gave the charge at the Unity Hall Asaba, during a meeting with Elected and Appointed Political Office Holders from Delta South Senatorial District in the state.
Barr. Otuaro while thanking the political appointees for their support and belief in the state government noted that the meeting is at the instance of the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in relation to some security challenges that is bordered on the various communities in the state.
Barr. Otuaro asserted that the meeting was to share the different thoughts and sentiments on the issues of security challenges in most constituencies, adding that government and governance is all about gathering to know what are the challenges of the people and seek ways to addressing them.
The state deputy governor noted that, government is expressing worries over the constant relocation of companies from the state to other states due to some community restiveness and hostilities to these companies. He called on all elected and appointed Political office to leverage on their appointment in engaging the youths in their various constituencies on the need to have a peaceful environment for development and the companies to thrive in the state.
He noted that one of the cardinal points of the Dr. Okowa S.M.A.R.T mantra is to create wealth and bring prosperity to all Deltans, saying that the state government is achieving that through the STEP and YEGEP programme in the state. He added that most oil companies and none oil companies are moving out of the state due to these security challenges.
“The state government through these programmes is putting much effort in ensuring that our youths are engaged, that they become self reliant and should be able to put food on their table. But we cannot achieve all this when we don’t have a peaceful and conducive environment to thrive”. Barr. Otuaro stated.
Barr Otuaro noted that in spite of all this laudable programmes by government, the state is still experiencing security challenges in some constituencies, noting that government find this development quite disturbing and worrisome. He urge all elected and appointed Political Office Holders to put more effort in engaging the youths and relevant stakeholders in their various constituencies on the need to have a peaceful environment for development to take place.
He noted that the state government through the ministry of Oil and Gas is working hard in ensuring that these companies relocate back to the state and noted that some of them are ready to return but they need the assurance of a peaceful environment to operate on.
The Director-General Special Programme, Chief Frank Omare, Prince A. Abugo, amongst others who spoke, noted that the challenges observed by government is hinged on youth unemployment, lack or shortage of power supply and outrageous bill from the electricity providers.
Others they noted include the uncooperative nature of most of the companies operating in the state. They asserted that most companies undermined the communities and their people and engage people from outside to work in their company without considering the youths of the host community.
They posited that there is need for strong government policies and advocacy in order to address this issues, stressing that the companies needs to be inform on the importance of working with the people while government will also enlightened the youths through the various appointees on the need to harmonize with the various companies operating in their area.
The Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Hon. Mofe Pirah, while addressing the audience noted that government and appointed political office holders should see the need to discourage all form of development levy commonly known as “Deve” applied by youths in various communities to disturbed investors and companies, adding that it does not bring development to the state, rather it is driving various companies and investors from the state.
Hon. Pirah asserted that government and the people needs to encourage these companies to stay and woe others that has left to return, adding that all that is needed is the right environment for these companies to operate.
He noted that the Ministry of Oil and Gas will soon commence on community to community enlightenment and advocacy campaign and appealed to all political office holder to go back home and talk with their people adding that it is time for everyone to put on their thinking cap for the betterment of the state.
NO. DTS 0046 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
DELTA BEGINS STATEWIDE TESTING AND ANALYSIS EXERCISE FOR WATER
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterate government resolve to implement policies aimed at providing safe and sustainable water supply in the State.
The governor stated this in Asaba while flagging off the statewide testing and analysis exercise of water produced through all sources in the State.
Governor Okowa, represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Hon. Tam Brisibe, revealed that 60 percent of Deltans depended on borehole as their source of water, for domestic, industrial and agricultural uses and expressed worry over the safety of the water.
He said that the practice of citing boreholes close to septic tanks, house graves and petroleum storage tanks had further compounded issues saying that there had been serious cases of typhoid, diarrhea, cholera, kidney failure, infertility, cancers and neurological disorders.
The governor said the water testing and analysis exercise would determine the status of the water quality and also provide essential data for water resources management in the State, calling on residents to cooperate with the Ministry of Water Resources Development to ensure the success of the programme.
The Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije, said that the programme was in tandem with the Delta State Urban Water Board Law, promulgated in the 2000, explaining that it empowered government to among other duties, license the construction of all water production sources including private boreholes, collect water rates and renew annual licenses for all existing once.
He said that based on water experts recommendation, boreholes should be serviced at least once every year and announced plans by government to subsidized the testing and analysis exercise for residents of the State.
According to Sir Tilije, private borehole owners would pay N5,000 while commercial and industrial operators would be charged N20,000 and filling stations N50,000, saying that the charges would cover a one year period.
The Chief Executive Officer of Emani Global Network Limited and Principal Consultant of the programme, Mr. Emmanuel Osiegbu, said Delta was the first among other states in the Country to embark of the programme, stating that it would be effective in combating health risks associated with the consumption of unsafe water.
Some participants, Mr. Eddy Ugbome and Mr. Salami Kingsley, commended the programme, saying it was a good gesture by government to subsidize the rate, saying that it would afford them the opportunity to patronize the testing and analysis services.
NO. DTS 0047 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
COMMANDING OFFICER, 19TH BATTALION KOKO HANDS OVER TO A NEW HEAD
It was a ceremony of appreciation, farewell and welcome on Saturday 27th January, 2017 when Lt. Col. A E Ozemhoya handed over the Command of the 19th Battalion of the Nigerian army station at Koko, Delta State, to Lt. Col. Ma Ma’aji.
The event take place at the Barrack but the outgoing Commanding Officer deemed it fit to invite the press and the general public because of the working relationship he had with them during his stay at Koko, the Headquarters of 19th Battalion of the Nigerian Army.
In his handing over speech, Lt. Col. A. E. Ozemhoya thanked the press, the gallant Soldiers of the Battalion and the general public for their co-operation in making his task at the Command a success.
He urged the incoming commander to do more to improve on the task of ensuring Peace, security and adherence to the rule of law in Koko, Sapele, Oghara, Jesse and the towns and Cities around Koko, which are the mandate areas of the Command.
Also speaking at the occasion were beneficiaries of the Skills Acquisition programme put in place by the outgoing Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. A.E. Ozemhoya who commanded him for the kind gesture he extended to them which have gone a long way to better their lives.
The New Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Ma Ma Ma’aji in his speech, thanked God for the wonderful opportunity of being assign to the 19th Battalion which he sees as a unique location. He also thanked the Nigerian Army for giving him another opportunity to Command a Battalion.
Lt. Col. Ma Ma’aji equally thanked the outgoing Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Ozemhoya for the good legacy he has put in place at the Command in Koko. He said the outgoing Commanding Officer happen to be his Course mate at their training College and pledge to improve on what is already on ground.
Highlight of the occasion was the handing over proper which was done in Military style and with glamour.
NO. DTS 0048 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
SSG LAUDS DELTA STATE CHAMBER OF MINES AND AGRICULTURE
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 non-governmental 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 Okolori 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.
NO. DTS 0049 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
OGERUGBA GODSPOWER LAID TO REST
An illustrious Deltan and Pastor, Godspower Emozino Ogerugba of Okpe-Isoko in Isoko North Local Government Area; has been laid to rest over the weekend in Atan Cemetery, Lagos.
During a brief exaltation at his interment, Pastor Afolayan Sunday of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Mushin enjoined the people to apply their hearts to wisdom by trusting God to teach them to number their days.
Taking his reading from Psalms 90:12, Afolayan said that death happens by chance to everyone, and appealed to all and sundry to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ so that they would have life eternal, adding that heaven and earth is real.
Godspower peacefully slept on into eternity on January 4th, 2017; An Electrical engineer by profession, he was until his demise the Managing Director/ Project Manager of Gifton Services Electrical Contractors Limited, Lagos.
Late Ogerugba who joined the Deeper Life Bible Church in the year 1995 was a Location pastor until his death.
He was aged 54 and survived by a wife, mother, brothers and sisters among whom where Isaac Ogerugba; Information Officer, Ministry of Information, Asaba, Delta State; Roseline Okolobe, Mike Ogerugba and Luke Ogerugba.
NO. DTS 0050 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
POWER CRISES IN DELTA COMMUNITIES TO BE RESOLVED SOON – SAFUGHA
The Delta State Commissioner for Energy Barr NewWorld Safugha has charged communities experiencing power problems not to take the laws into their hands as government was doing everything within its power to ensure that electricity is restored back to their communities.
The Commissioner gave the charge during a meeting he held with representatives of Sapele, Agbon, Ozoro and Anwai camp 74, concerning the challenges being experienced in their communities as a result of lack of Electricity supply in their areas.
The Commissioner assured them that the Ministry of Energy was working with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, (BEDC) Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Generation Company (Genco’s) operating in the State to bring lasting solution to the power crises in the Communities.
Barr. Safugha expressed his displeasure at BEDC in the way they treat their customers and asked them to put on a human face when treating matters that affect them because without the customers BEDC would not be in business, while assuring BEDC of Government support at all times.
The Member representing Ethiope East Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly Hon Evance Ivwurhie and the Chairman of Sapele Local Government, Barr Ejaife Odebala who were part of the meeting asked BEDC to urgently fix the power problem in their Communities as the Economy of the Various towns was gradually going down and this was having negative impact on the people.
The State Head of BEDC Mr. Ernest Edgar said the power problem experienced by the Communities was as a result of low power generation from the National Grid which was a general problem across the country, while assuring the communities that his organization would tackle the issues raised by them.
NO. DTS 0051 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
CHIEF JUDGE RESTRAINS STATE GOVT., OSHIMILI SOUTH FROM PAYMENT OF STIPEND TO ASAGBA
The State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro has restrained the Oshimili South Local Government Council and the Delta State Government by themselves, servants, agents, privies, from continuing to release any amount whatsoever known and described as 5% monthly stipend for Traditional Rulers in Oshimili South Local Government Area to His Royal Highness Professor Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba.
The Chief Judge further ordered the Oshimili South Local Government Council and the Delta State Government to pay any unpaid fund known and described as 5% monthly stipend to Traditional Rulers in Oshimili South Local Government Area to the Assistant Director of the State High Court, Asaba who shall deposit same into an interest yielding account in either Union Bank Plc, Asaba, UBA Plc Asaba or Zenith Bank Plc, Asaba.
The orders of the Chief Judge resulted from the Suit and Motion on Notice for an order of interlocutory injunction instituted by His Royal Majesty Engr. Anthony Osidi Onwuka, the Akor of Oko Anala recognized traditional ruler in Delta State who was presented with a staff of office on 29th December, 2012 by the Delta State Government.
The Claimant contended that between December 2012 and May 2016, His Royal Highness the Asagba of Asaba had converted the monies due to the Traditional Rulers in Oshimili South Local Government Area solely to himself thereby depriving the Claimant of his rights and legitimate earnings as a traditional ruler.
The Claimant averred that all efforts made to make the Asagba of Asaba do the proper thing met brick walls, hence recourse to the Judicial Process.
Delivering the Ruling on the Motion for an order of interlocutory injunction, the Chief Judge Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro referring to several judicial authorities and the supporting affidavit coupled with the address of the Claimant’s Counsel, R. Isitor held.
“..that it is fair and just to clamp the order on the 2nd and 3rd Defendants to temporarily stop the release of the monies due to Traditional Rulers in Oshimili South Local Government Area to His Royal Highness Professor Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit. The substantive suit comes up on 16th February, 2017 at 9.00 am.”
NO. DTS 0052 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
ONUESOKE TO NORTHERN GOVS: MONITOR YOUR BOARDERS AGAINST MALI, SENEGAL HERDSMEN
Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governorship aspirant in 2007 general election, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has advised Governors of Northern Nigeria to monitor and protect their boarders against the incursion of Senegalese and Mali herdsmen that have created havoc in Nigeria.
Onuesoke who gave the advise in Abuja while reacting to Northern Governors’ claim that Fulani herdsmen from Senegal and Mali were responsible for the havoc created by herdsmen in Nigeria, argued that if their statement is anything to go by, they are expected to execute their responsibilities as Chief Security officers of their various states by monitoring and preventing herdsmen from this two countries from entering Nigeria instead of making it a public affair.
The PDP Chieftain who doubted the claim of the Northern Governors wondered how they want Nigerians to believe that Senegalese and Mali herdsmen would come all the way from 3,000 miles to attack Nigerians in their country.
“Isn’t this silly for anyone to even imagine it, I wonder how these governors want us to believe this story. It is the same card they played when Boko Haram was breeding. We were told that they were not Nigerians. Now Fulani herdsmen are not Nigerians. These guys must be imagining that Nigerians are all kids fanaticize in fairy tales and folklores. This time got it wrong again.”
“Thank God that the governors admitted that the massacres are done by herdsmen. I cannot imagine that they are strangers from other countries and none of them has been arrested and prosecuted. Which country in the world will allow Nigerian immigrants to be raiding and killing their citizens and all they will do is to open one nameless register. What is the duty of Nigerian Military force whose sole priority is to protect the Nation’s territory from all enemies both foreign and domestic instead,” Onuesoke argued.
The PDP Chieftain lament that it is unfortunate that Nigerians are playing politics with everything including the lives of those they seek to govern, adding that the statement credited to the northern governors showed the highest level of insensitivity on the part of the people they are angling to govern and an indictment on Nigerian security agents.
Hear him, “Is a shame and heavy to hear that foreigners from small Africa countries can attack Nigerians not at the borders of the country, but deep in the heart of Nigeria and the government and by extension the whole security agencies are watching helplessly, but are quick to effect the arrest of those who advice self- defense against the so called foreigner.”
NO. DTS 0053 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
OKOWA HAS URHOBOS AT HEART… ONOTOR
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Youth Leader in Warri South Local Government Area Hon. Goddei Onotor has stated that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has Urhobos at heart.
Onotor who made the remark in a media chat with our correspondent during the grand finale of the 100 years’ birthday anniversary of HRM Ogoni 1 the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom at Otor Orere Olomu in Ughelli South Local Government Area last weekend explained that his remark was based on the governor’s active participation in Urhobo affairs of recent such as the 10th coronation anniversary of the Orodje of Okpe kingdom and the 100 years’ birthday anniversary celebration of the Olomu monarch. “This is no politics. On these two occasions he (Governor Okowa) has shown that he loves the Urhobos. He was personally present and did not send any person to represent him”.
While commending Governor Okowa for providing adequate security during the last UPU emergency congress at Uvwiamuge Agbarho the Warri South PDP youth leader further commended the governor for his achievements recorded so far in the Smart Card Agenda in spite of the lean resources from the APC controlled Federal Government, expressing confidence that his party will bounce back at the Federal Level in 2019.
“The suffering Nigerian Masses cannot wait to see the APC led federal government being flushed out in 2019. We have never had it so bad at the federal level.
He urged the Urhobos and indeed Deltans to continue to support and pray for governor Okowa and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy through the Smart Card Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.”
NO. DTS 0054 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
GOV OKOWA FLAGS OFF WATER ANALYSIS TEST TO ENSURE HEALTHY LIVING
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed his administration’s commitment to provide sustainable water scheme for Deltans to ensure a healthy living for all.
Senator Okowa who stated this during the flag off ceremony of Testing and Data Analysis of Water sources organized by the Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with Emani Global Network Limited in Asaba said the analysis would help determine the status of the quality of water consumed by Deltans.
According to him it is a known fact that over 60% of Deltans depend on ground water (boreholes) whose quality may not be quite safe for domestic, industrial or agricultural uses, this is because many chemical components and disease causing organism are found in boreholes” he said, adding that “these harmful effects could result in diseases such as cancer, infertility among others.”
“The state government cannot afford to ignore the obvious health implications of the consumption of unwholesome water by its people and the resultant bills our citizens spend on water borne diseases, hence the state wide water testing and analysis programme will help to determine the status of the quality of our water sources, particularly of boreholes which most of us now depend on” he said.
The governor said that the programme would assist in the reduction of incidents of water borne diseases stressing “Our water need to be regularly tested whether for domestic or industrial use and if found wanting, it will be treated to the required quality for drinking water, indeed water experts recommend that all water boreholes must be serviced at least once a year.”
In a welcome address, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Sir Fidelis Tilije explained that the programme was intended to wage war against water borne diseases in the state for a better health condition of Deltans.
He said the analysis is to provide a comprehensive water policy in the state, stating that ” The governor directed that a Delta State Water and Sanitation Policy be put in place and the bill is before the State House of Assembly to be passed into law, all these is to ensure that we have good health in the state.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Emani Global Network Limited, Mr. Emmanuel Osiegbu, opined that the need to test the water we use was critical in order to help reduce the rate of water borne diseases among our people ” l believe that a healthy nation is a productive nation and Delta State is one of the state in this nation that has embarked on this policy.”
NO. DTS 0055 MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
OKOWA HAILS BAYELSA GOVERNOR, SERIAKE DICKSON @ 51
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has congratulated Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, on the occasion of his 51st birthday celebration on 28th January, 2017.
Governor Okowa said in view of the several development projects so far recorded by the Dickson administration, the people of Bayelsa State are blessed to have Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson as their Governor.
In a birthday message on Saturday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa noted with appreciation, the immense contributions of Governor Dickson to the development of Bayelsa State and Nigeria in general.
Okowa further stressed that Gov. Dickson had every cause to celebrate and thank God Almighty for His benevolence on the joyful occasion of his 51st birthday anniversary.
While thanking Bayesians for their love and support for Governor Dickson, the Delta State Governor sued for more support for the PDP at all levels.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Delta State, I write to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 51st birthday anniversary, today, January 28, 2017.
Over the years, you have given yourself to the cause of peace and development in Nigeria and Bayelsa State. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude. Okowa stressed.
“In a life that has seen you reach an enviable height of your public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many political associates and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you,”
Okowa wished Gov. Henry Seriake Dickson a very happy birthday and prayed that God Almighty will continue to guide and bless him.