NO. DTS 0701: GOV OKOWA SIGNS 5 BILLS INTO LAW, RESTATES COMMITMENT TO THE PROSPERITY MANTRA
NO. DTS 0702: OKOWA SAYS STAFF TRAINING, VITAL FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE
NO. DTS 0703: PARENTS TOLD TO GIVE PRIORITY ATTENTION TO CHILDREN EDUCATION
NO. DTS 0704: BIZ TYCOON WANTS OGWASHI-UKU YOUTH TO BE PART OF NATIONAL DEV, DESIST FROM VICES
NO. DTS 0705: OUTGOING IKA SOUTH CHAIRMAN WANTS GOV OKOWA RE-ELECTION COME 2019
NO. DTS 0706: CHAIRMANSHIP HOPEFUL CANVASSES SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA
EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
NO.DTS 0701: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
GOV OKOWA SIGNS 5 BILLS INTO LAW, RESTATES COMMITMENT TO THE PROSPERITY MANTRA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has signed 5 bills into law, assuring that, the people will always get good governance.
According to the Governor, “we will collaborate with the Delta State House of Assembly to ensure that laws are passed to impact positively on the lives of our people.”
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborovweri, accompanied by Principal Officers of the Legislature, presented the bills to the Governor
in Asaba, and were signed in the presence of top government functionaries.
Bills which were signed into law were, Delta State Investment Development Agency Bill 2016; Delta State Agency for the Control of HIV/Aids Bill 2016; Delta State College of Education, Mosogar Bill 2016; Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Amendment Bill 2016) and the Delta State Hotel Occupancy, Restaurant and Department Stores Consumption Tax Bill 2017.
“I must truly appreciate Mr. Speaker and members of the House for being able to complete the process of passing the bills into law; there is no doubt that the Delta State Investment Development Agency Bill is something that will help to improve on the investment climate of the state and we need the growth of industries; this bill has helped to create an agency that will directly partner with would-be investors and to a very large extent will shorten the time required to process documents and have partnership that yield results between our state and investors,” Governor Okowa disclosed.
Gov Okowa further explained, “with the bill on the Delta State Agency on the Control of HIV/AIDS – we have that agency already in place but, they can only become operational with the signing into law of this bill,” he said, adding, “the College of Education Bill, Mosogar was created on the fact that it was just a College of Physical Education, but, after the visit at their last convocation, at the request of the College and that of the community, we believe that it would be better if the College became a fully-fledged College of Education but, with specific attention to physical education and I am glad it has been passed into law which will enable the College admit students in the next academic session.”
“The Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority amendment bill was to give strength to the operations of the agricultural extensions services because, if we are going to do well in the agricultural sector there is a need to strengthen the agricultural services in such a manner that our farmers are exposed to modern agricultural techniques which will improve on their farm skills and also, enable them have access to new techniques from our research teams,” he said, stating that “the Delta State Hotel Occupancy, Restaurant, Departmental Store Consumption Tax Bill is a bill that will help to generate revenue for the state and in partnership with various owners of restaurants, hotels, it is my belief that we will be able to generate revenue that will help improve on our economy, which will in turn impact positively on our people.”
He reiterated, “I am proud of the Delta State House of Assembly, it is aptly, the most vibrant legislature in the country and I have lost counts on the number of bills that have been signed into law; I am confident that more bills will be signed in the next few months.”
Rt. Hon, Oborevwori had, while presenting the bills for accent, told the Governor that the bills passed through all the processes required for them to be passed, assuring that the legislature would continue to partner with the Delta State government to deliver dividends to Deltans.
NO.DTS 0702: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
OKOWA SAYS STAFF TRAINING, VITAL FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said training and retraining of staff are very vital for effective governance.
According to the Governor, his administration would not compromise on actions that will ensure effective and well-disciplined civil service.
The Governor made the disclosure at the swearing-in ceremony of Dr. Mrs Philomena Oyearone, as a member of the Delta State Civil Service Commission (CSC).
“It is my hope that we take cognizance of the importance of staff development; if the staff are not properly developed, they will not carry out their duties efficiently, which will lead to indiscipline,” Governor Okowa said, emphasizing, “The Civil Service Commission is involved in the employment, promotion and discipline of staff.”
The Governor who expressed happiness with the way the Commission under the leadership of Chief Nkem Okwuofu is handling its affairs, stated that it was good that promotion exams were being conducted for civil servants, which he said was a paradigm shift from situation where they were promoted based on years of service.
“I am happy that staff now writes exams for promotion, rather than the situation where they progress automatically after staying in a position for three years; promotion is now given to those that deserve it.” The Governor stressed.
While congratulating Dr Oyearone on the appointment, Governor Okowa urged her to put her experience to bear in ensuring that the Commission remained on its steady part of progress, especially in the area of discipline, reiterating that a disciplined staff would lead to improved productivity.
Dr Oyearone thanked Governor Okowa for the appointment, assuring that she would be a team player as a commissioner in the State Civil Service commission.
NO.DTS 0703: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
PARENTS TOLD TO GIVE PRIORITY ATTENTION TO CHILDREN EDUCATION
A call has gone to parents in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State to pay proper attention to their children’s education for the purpose of a better future for the children.
The Vice Chairman Aniocha South Local Government Council, Hon. Steve Asikawili made the call during the Graduation Ceremony of primary six pupils of Ani-Nshi Primary School at Ogwashi-Uku.
While congratulating the management, teachers and pupils of Ani-Nshi Primary School for organizing the event, he said it is the first of its kind, seeing pupils graduating with academic gown.
He lauded the head teacher of the school, Mr Iduh F.O. for his initiative in organizing the programme, adding that he (Iduh) is highly creative, Innovative and hardworking.
The Vice Chairman said the council will address some of the needs of the school, to enable it move to a greater heights.
The Chief Inspector of Education in the local government, Mrs. Nwanji Juan who was present on the occasion also urged parents in the area to take their children education very seriously.
She said even when the children are on holidays, parents should give proper care and prepare them for their resumption, stating that a well trained child is a blessing to the family and the nation in general.
Earlier in his address, the head teacher of Ani-Nshi Primary School, Mr. F.O Iduh said the essence of the occasion is to inculcate self confidence and to remove phobia whenever the pupils are interacting with other pupils and equally to inculcate all round development of education, such as social, intellectual, mental, spiritual and moral.
Mr. Iduh said on resumption in office, he met a lot of challenges, ranging from water system toilet without water, Constant accident along the entrance to the school gate, vandalism of school properties like aluminum windows, ceilings and chairs and tables.
The head teacher enumerated some of the achievements of the school under his administration to include influencing an illustrious son of Ogwashi-Uku, Dr. Celestine Iwendi, who constructed a deep well with overhead tank, that provided water for the school, construction of speed breaker along the road by the school gate by the PTA headed by Mr. Molokwu, the school taking first position during children carnival organized by the council.
Other achievements he said is maintaining one hundred percent pass in Cognitive/Placement Examination, provision of 40 ceremonial dresses for the pupils and good success in sporting activities among others.
He said the school needs include replacement of aluminum windows, repair of blown off sheets, provision of mowing machines to clear grasses and provision of night guard for security.
Mr. Iduh appealed to parents to provide school materials for their children and equally to allow them partake in the ongoing home grown food feeding programme introduced by the Federal Government.
He lauded the PTA chairman and his executives, parents of the pupils of Ani-Nshi Primary School, Chief Inspector of Education, Aniocha South, Mrs. Nwanji Juan, Secretary Local Education Authority, Prince Jude Elue and the head of Personnel Management Mr. Odiachi for their support to the school.
NO.DTS 0704: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
BIZ TYCOON WANTS OGWASHI-UKU YOUTH TO BE PART OF NATIONAL DEV, DESIST FROM VICES
A call has gone to Ogwashi-Uku Youths in Aniocha South local government area of Delta State to engage in programmes that will enable them contribute in their community and national development.
The Chief Executive Officer of Big Apple Hotel and Aboh production Service, Chief Andy Bestman Omenogor made the call in a chat with newsmen at Ogwashi-Uku.
He said that Youths are the bedrock of every nation, hence they should be reasonable, focus and abstain from social vices, such as cultism, robbery, kidnapping that are capable of putting them in trouble.
The CEO urged youths who believe in short cut to success to have a rethink, because short cut to success according to him always lead to sorrow, adding they should engage in programmes that will give them a guaranteed future, rather than involving in crime.
He appealed to the sons and daughters of Ogwashi-Uku kingdom, home and abroad to come home and develop their place, saying the idea of developing only the cities is uncalled for.
Omenogor said many cities of the world like London, New York, Abuja, Lagos, are already congested hence they should extend their investment home, reminding them that there is no place like home.
He said the idea of investing in his local government and Ogwashi-Uku in particular, is to enable him contribute his quota to the development of his area.
NO.DTS 0705: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
OUTGOING IKA SOUTH CHAIRMAN WANTS GOV OKOWA RE-ELECTION COME 2019
This Chairman of Ika South Local Government Council, Hon. Fred Ofume said he is focusing on how Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa will continue as governor in 2019.
The Chairman made the declaration during a chat with members of NUJ Ika correspondents’ chapel at Agbor.
According to Hon Fred Ofume, his number one focus is to ensure his boss, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa remains in power come 2019.
He averred that he is not after re-contesting for chairmanship seat but wants to position himself to help Okowa continue with his highly commendable SMART Agenda.
The council boss revealed that the local government has reclaimed the parcel of land from one Alex Ikpeazu, saying plans are on ground to build a market and slaughter slabs at a place referred to as Musa slaughter.
Hon Ofume who maintained his achievements are born from prudence and frugality, said they cuts across health care, grading of roads in all 18 federal wards, curbing unnecessary expenses, and renovation of offices, among others.
On his relationship with Dr Cairo Ojougboh, he described their relationship as very cordial, saying “he is not just an uncle, he like blood brother to me. God used him to facilitate my emergence as chairman, he added.
He noted that the said tussle between the council executive and legislative arm is a result of lack of understanding of his plans on the part of the legislature.
He commended the council workers for their input and cooperation.
NO.DTS 0706: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
CHAIRMANSHIP HOPEFUL CANVASSES SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA
A Chairmanship hopeful, Dennis Kabeje Tabuko, has stressed the need for the Udu people to support Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for second term come 2019.
Dennis Kabeje Tabuko said Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has proven that he is a good manager of human and material resources, saying with what the country is passing through, the governor who is still executing projects across the state.
He expressed the belief that come 2019, Udu people and Deltans will return him to government house.
Dennis Kabeje Tabuko while declaring his intention to contest for the chairmanship position of Udu Local Government Council under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) promised to bring in an all round development that will attract investors into Udu Local Government Area.
Tabuko who made the declaration at the PDP Ward 10 Secretariat, also promised to pay regularly party dues in order to fully implement the manifesto of the PDP which includes an all round development of the economy.
According to Tabuko, “As a son of the soil and as a grassroots politician, I know the yearnings, aspirations and challenges facing the Udu people. To that extent I am assuring you that I and other PDP stalwarts will sustain the present peace in the local government area and ensure that the PDP wins all elections in the area come 2019”.
Tabuko, a former President General of Aladja community, stated further that he will initiate a massive and aggressive revenue drive to ensure that council workers are paid as at when due, adding that he does not need to wait for monthly Federal Allocation before workers will be paid.