DTS 0663: SARAKI, OKOWA, IBORI EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN NIGERIA’S UNITY
DTS 0664: DELTA STATE SIGNS MoU WITH INTERSWITCH, eCLAT ON CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME
DTS 0665: AQUACULTURE: 29 PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT FROM GOVT FISH FEEDS
DTS 0666: UNIVERSITY DON SAYS PARENTS, SCHOOL AUTHORITIES HOLD KEY TO QUALITY EDUCATION
DTS 0667: URHOBOS TOLD TO EMBRACE ON-GOING VOTERS’ REGISTRATION EXERCISE
DTS 0668: PDP CHAIRMAN SAYS NO VACANCY EXISTS IN DTGH COME 2019
EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
DTS 0663: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
SARAKI, OKOWA, IBORI EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN NIGERIA’S UNITY
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, former Governor James Ibori have expressed faith in Nigeria’s democracy and unity.
Speaking at the 60th birthday thanksgiving Mass of the Senator representing Delta North, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi at St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Ibusa, they stated that Nigerians should put the interest of the country first before self.
Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan were also at the service which was attended by more than 40 Senators, including Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan; and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor was also at the service which was attended by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and his Niger Delta counterpart, Uguru Usani as well as an array of traditional rulers, Priests and politicians.
Senator Saraki in a remark said, “I want to assure the clergy that we will continue to seek for your prayers for this great country of ours; the challenges facing the country are enormous, it goes beyond roads and infrastructure; the peace and unity of this country is paramount and should be upheld but, equity and Justice where every Nigerian has a say must be the watchword.”
The Senate President who congratulated Senator Nwaoboshi stated that the Senate was one family and would ensure that Nigerians get their dues.
To Governor Okowa, “The church should continue to pray for politicians for they work under very serious circumstances; we will continue to encourage ourselves to be good representatives of our people; we need the partnership of all Nigerians and Deltans to develop our communities and we will continue to support the Senate in its defense of democracy.”
The Governor who paid glowing tribute to Senator Nwaoboshi, asserted, “People of Delta North supports him and as Delta Northerners, we are very proud of him as Senator representing us.”
Former Governor James Ibori in his speech, observed, “In a democratic dispensation, you have assigned duties – it is the duty of the legislature to make laws, the executive to implement the laws and the civil society elders and clergy will tell the truth to those in power.”
“I am yet to see an elected officer that does not have the interest of the people at heart,” the former Governor reiterated, disclosing that Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was a committed son of Anioma (Delta North) who fought for the emergence of a Delta Northerner as Governor.
Elated Senator Nwaoboshi at the occasion said he had every reason to thank God on his 60th birthday, noting that selfish, ethnic interests were put aside in the interest of the nation.
“We have more APC (All Progressive Congress) Senators here than PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) Senators in this church, and it tells you that we think of Nigeria rather than self, party or ethnic interests because, the Senate President has made it fair for us to think and work for only Nigeria,” Senator Nwaoboshi said.
Very Rev. Fr. John Aduba had in a sermon, urged political office holders to be the voice of the voiceless, observing, “There is a lot of suffering and smiling, people are being denied the basic things of life, no road, no water, no electricity; you might be comfortable but, those who elected you to serve, how do they feel?”
The Priest urged Christians not to only receive the words of God but should treasure the words into practice.
DTS 0664: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
DELTA STATE SIGNS MoU WITH INTERSWITCH, eCLAT ON CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME
Delta State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Interswitch, for a health financing management platform and online real time electronic payment systems and, with eCLAT Health Care, for provision of identity and healthcare management solutions in Primary and Secondary Health Care Centers in Delta State as part of the Strategic Implementation Plan for The Delta Contributory Health Scheme.
At the ceremony which held at the office of the Secretary to the State Government, the SSG, Rt. Hon Festus Agas said, the signing of the MOU was apt as it would enhance payment of the premium for the health scheme, afford the state opportunity to store her data and further help the Government carry out other programmes that would enhance health care delivery system in the State.
He said Delta state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa placed high premium on human capital development which he said could not be achieved without the health of the people being given priority, saying that the wealth of Deltans was predicated on her wealth.
The Director General of Contributory Health Commission, Dr Ben Nkechika, said that the Scheme would register enrollees across the state through the ICT platform and operate from all accredited public and private health care facilities in Delta State.
He said that the ICT platform would involve a Registration and Authentication System, an Enterprise Management System for premium payments and management of the Scheme, a Data Storage System, as well as a Financial Management System for the Commission’s operations.
He further stated that registration would occur at fixed and mobile locations across the state while the payment system would be via POS, Quickteller, Cash at Banks Web payment and ATM Stations.
In their separate remarks, the chairman eCLAT Healthcare, Mr. Jonathan Ogufere and Divisional CEO Industry Vertical Market, Interswitch, Chinyere Don Okhuofu, commended the Delta State Government for being in the forefront of making the Contributory Health Scheme a reality and workable despite all odds and also applauded Dr Ben Nkechika and his team for working relentlessly in realizing set goals for the Scheme.
Present at the signing of the MOU, were the Attorney General of Delta State and Commissioner for Justice Barrister Peter Mrapkor, Member representing Ukwuani Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Alphonsus Ojo; his counterpart, Hon Evans Iwuvrie, representing Ethiope East; Chairman Delta State Contributory Health Commission Board Dr Isaac Akpoveta and representative of Hon Commissioner for Health, Dr Charles Ofili, among others.
It would be recalled that a similar MOU was signed with SERVIER PHARMACEUTICALS of France with the aim of giving succor to Hypertensive and Diabetic Patients in the State.
DTS 0665: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
AQUACULTURE: 29 PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT FROM GOVT FISH FEEDS
In line with the State Government’s Aquaculture Programme, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has distributed 10 bags each, of fish feeds to 29 active participants at the Mbiri Fish Cluster Farm in Ika North East Local Government Area.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie while addressing the participants stated that the cardinal point of the programme was to empower the youth to achieve the SMART agenda of the Okowa led administration and his promise of Prosperity for all Deltans.
Hon. Chikezie urged the youth to make judicious use of the resources provided for them to justify the huge investment of the State Government.
The Commissioner who maintained that the Ministry would not be liable if the fingerlings die due to the carelessness of the participants advised them to elect a leader who would always channel their complaints or challenges to government for necessary assistance.
He revealed that it was customary to distribute feeds to participants before the distribution of fingerlings so that immediately the fingerlings were given they could be fed, saying that the fingerlings would be distributed before the end of the week.
However, Hon. Chikezie stated that the initial plan of government for the Fish Farm was to dig Earthen Ponds instead of the tarpaulin facilities but discovered that the Mbiri soil was porous and could not be good for earthen ponds hence the Ministry used the tarpaulin method.
In his response, the Chairman of Mbiri Fish Cluster Farm, Mr. Ekpu Austin thanked the State Government and the Ministry for the provision of the facilities and promised that they would make judicious use of them.
DTS 0666: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
UNIVERSITY DON SAYS PARENTS, SCHOOL AUTHORITIES HOLD KEY TO QUALITY EDUCATION
The president General World-Wide, Government College Old Boys Association (GCOBA) Ughelli, Professor Oritsegbemi O. Omatete has said that the slide in quality education in the country can be stopped if parents and school authorities partner and synergize.
Professor Oritsegbemi who spoke extensively on various issues affecting education in the country, made this remark recently, during the presentation of awards, prizes and testimonials to students of the college and outgoing SSS III.
He stated that standard of education had declined greatly in the country hence examination malpractice had become the order of the day.
He stressed that there was sharp difference between the quality of education acquired by our forefathers, the preceding generation and the present day and charged parents to collaborate with the school and institute the old reading culture on students for them to get quality education.
“The GCU old boys participation in promoting education and our effectiveness have helped many of government college, Ughelli students acquired problem solving skills necessary to build a healthy home” he said, adding, the awards would spur other students to sit tight in their examination.
Speaking further on the topic “Excellence and the Government College Brotherhood” Professor Oritsegbemi opined that the excellence in government college began with the selection of the students into the college, who according to him undergo vigorous examination, physical check up and exercise and those admitted were made to obey rules and follow instructions, saying they acquire a sense of self-discipline, humility and honesty, which remained with them throughout their lives.
He added that GCU culture enshrined both mental and physical development, as well as availability of the best sports facilities and qualified teachers hence the excellence.
Recounting the numerous benefits he obtained from being a student of GCU, Prof Oritsegbemi said despite coming from a poor family background, in 1958, he won the first Shell-BP post secondary school scholarship in the western region and in 1961was amongst the twelve GCU students who won the African scholarship program for American Universities.
He charged the graduands to emulate and exhibit the high qualities that GCU old boys were known for so that they could contribute to the development of the college in the nearest future.
The president general also advised the graduands to remain knitted as brothers who were now bound together henceforth in the brotherhood of Government college Ughelli.
The principal of the school, Evangelist Odename Godspower said he would uphold strictly the mission of the school in raising god-fearing, intelligent and morally upright students to impact their generation positively through provision of quality education and conducive learning environment as laid down by the old boys.
Evangelist Odename said the laid down foundation was capable of nurturing students to become future leader and appealed to the general public to take cognizance of the need for partnership in the education sector as government alone cannot provide all the facilities needed for conducive learning.
Prizes and testimonials were later presented to deserving students and graduands respectively.
DTS 0667: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
URHOBOS TOLD TO EMBRACE ON-GOING VOTERS’ REGISTRATION EXERCISE
Urhobo Peoples Integrity Organization (UPIO), an Urhobo Socio/Political Group has called on all eligible Urhobo sons and daughters to register in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
The National President of UPIO Olorogun Ebenezer Okorodudu made the call while briefing the press on the deliberations of the monthly general meeting of the group held at his Ekpan Uvwie Local Government residence on Sunday recently.
The two time former commissioner in Delta State urged Urhobos who have challenges with their voters’ cards to address the challenges in the exercise, explaining that the call was necessitated by the fact that the exercise could come to a close anytime because according to him, no programme was design to last forever.
He further appealed to the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) to embark on sensitization and mobilization of Urhobos on the exercise
Okorodudu who expressed the determination of the group to work for the victory of Governor and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019, urged the Urhobos to do same to reciprocate the achievements of the Governor and the party in Urhobo Nation so far.
The Okpare Olomu born political icon disclosed that the group in their deliberations at the meeting expressed its determination to correct the doctored map of Warri South and oil production quantum in Urhobo land
He seized the opportunity of the press briefing to congratulate governor Okowa on his 58th birthday anniversary.
The meeting was richly attended by members of UPIO such as Hon Pius Ovbije, Hon Jerry Eruvbedede, Chief Israel Abido (JP) Chief (Mrs) Martha Okparayote, Hon Westham Adehor (JP), Hon Titsene, Apostle Sam Efetobore, Comrade Akpojotor Adjarho, Hon Sannu Ejukonemu, Hon Lucky Okoro, Engineer Christian Avbarefe amongst others.
DTS 0668: MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
PDP CHAIRMAN SAYS NO VACANCY EXISTS IN DTGH COME 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chairman of Ika North East, Chief Edwin Ogadi has declared that there is no vacancy in Delta State Government House come 2019.
Chief Ogadi who made the declaration at Alizomor at an enlarge meeting of the Party, said that that SMART agenda was living up to its billings.
The Party Chairman said that the government had done well in the areas of infrastructure and human capital development across the State.
He assured participants that lagging social amenities in the area will soon receive government attention, adding that some urgent ones are already meted upon.
While saying that Delta State is a PDP State, he observed that PDP has never lost any election in ward 6 which consisted of Owa Alizomor, Offien and Owa Ekei in ika North/East local government area.
Speaking further, he described Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a politically gifted individual who has the interest of the masses at heart, saying his SMART agenda was carefully designed to ameliorate the deficient areas of needs of the people.