ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
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NO. DTS 0622: OKOWA APPOINTS ONYEMAKA DESAA MD

NO. DTS 0623: DELTA WINS 2017 OUTSTANDING STATE GOVT HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME AWARD

NO. DTS 0624: UKAH FROWNS AT SECURITY LAPSES INSIDE THE OLD SECRETARIAT

NO. DTS 0625: AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT: DELTA TO PARTNER WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

NO. DTS 0626: ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY APPEALS TO GOVT TO RESCUE THEM FROM EROSION MENACE

NO. DTS 0627: ALLOW PROFESSIONALISM / GOOD CONDUCT BE YOUR WATCHWORD – NAVY BOSS

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NO. DTS 0622, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
OKOWA APPOINTS ONYEMAKA DESAA MD

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the appointment of Mr. Onyemaka Kenneth as the Managing Director of Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency (DESAA).

The appointment letter signed by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, stated that the appointment takes effect from the 1st of June, 2017.

The Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency will take charge of the management of signage and outdoor advertisement assets in the state.

It will be recalled that as part of government’s determination to regulate signage and outdoor advertising activities in the state, the Delta State House of Assembly recently passed the state structure for signage and advertisement agency amendment bill and which has been signed into law.

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NO. DTS 0623, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
DELTA WINS 2017 OUTSTANDING STATE GOVT HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME AWARD

The Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, introduced under the administration of the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has won the 2017 Outstanding State Government Healthcare Programme of the Year Award for its innovative health Insurance programme.

The award, which was presented at the just concluded Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) in Lagos, was in recognition of the state’s outstanding service delivery in the field of healthcare in Nigeria and the State Supported Health Insurance Scheme under the Delta State Contributory Health Commission which is now in its 6th month of operation.

Delta State Government commenced its State Supported Health Insurance Scheme on the 1st of January 2017, the first state to commence such a programme in Nigeria and now has over 60,000 enrollees registered and receiving healthcare services across the state.

An activity to scale up the scheme’s portfolio is currently at an advanced stage with emphasis on the vulnerable members of the society to ensure that no one is left behind.

The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) is an annual event which celebrates distinguished personalities and organizations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigeria health sector in the year under review.

Speaking while receiving the award on behalf of the state government, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Olorogun Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, thanked the organizers for the recognition given to the great strides of Dr. Okowa towards institutionalizing in the state the Health Insurance Scheme he started as Chairman Senate Committee on Health.

He assured that the Delta State Contributory Health Commission will ensure continuous advancement of the State Health Insurance Scheme for all residents of the state.

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika, expressed delight in the recognition given to the state and enjoined all Deltans to get involved in the health scheme as the strategic roll-out activities of the scheme continues across the state.

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NO. DTS 0624, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
UKAH FROWNS AT SECURITY LAPSES INSIDE THE OLD SECRETARIAT

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has frowned at the security lapses inside the old secretariat complex in Asaba.

Mr. Ukah bared his mind yesterday (July 3, 2017) when he visited the section of the Ministry of Information in the premises to inspect the armoured cable which was vandalized by unknown persons.

He expressed surprise that such an evil act will be carried out without anyone seeing the perpetrators considering that stores and drinking joints are around the location.

The Commissioner for Information, who was conducted round by the Director of Printing Press in the ministry, Mr. Lucky Omokri, however said that it was a thing of joy that the hoodlums were unable to take the cable away.

Mr. Ukah pledged that he and his colleagues will put heads together to see how to beef up security to avoid a recurrence of the ugly incidence.

The functioning Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, and Aides of the commissioner accompanied Mr. Ukah for the visit.

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NO. DTS 0625, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT: DELTA TO PARTNER WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Delta state Government has stated its readiness to partner with Michigan State University for the development of agriculture in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, stated this in Asaba when scholars of agriculture from the Michigan State University paid him a courtesy visit.

The Governor, represented by the Secretary to State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, said the policy thrust of the present administration was anchored on the SMART agenda, adding that one of the ways to actualize it was through agriculture to provide gainful employment for Deltans.

He expressed happiness with the group for the collaboration, especially in the training of students and Professors from Delta state University.

While saying that the state government had embarked on series of programmes including oil palm development, Aqua culture, rice production as well as collaborating with the CBN in the agricultural sector, the Governor expressed the hope that the partnership would be mutually beneficial.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and natural Resources, Hon Austin Chikezie had stated that the scholars were in the State to collaborate with the Ministry on how to improve on the agricultural prowess of the State through policy analysis and planning in the area of agriculture.

The leader of the group, Assistant Professor, international Development, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Dr. Oyinkan Tasie, said they were in the State to partner with government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Delta State University towards developing strong agricultural policies in the state.
He said the partnership would involve the training of professors and students of agriculture in the state.

Mr. Oyinkan further noted that their programme cut across seven states including Delta, Ebonyi, Niger, Benue, and Kaduna among others.
He stated that Michigan State University was the fourth best University of agriculture in the world and said they were ready to work with government to develop a viable agricultural sector in line with the administration’s SMART agenda.

Meanwhile, the group was organizing a 3-day workshop for staff and directors in the Ministry of Agriculture to build their capacity as they are key to the implementation, monitoring and study progress of policy that affect agriculture as it is laid down in the SMART agenda of the State Government.

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NO. DTS 0626, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY APPEALS TO GOVT TO RESCUE THEM FROM EROSION MENACE

Abala-Oshimili Community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State has appealed to the Delta state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State House of Assembly and the National Assembly as well as the international donor agencies to rescue the people of the Community from the serious erosion menace ravaging the Community from the bank of river Niger.

A frontline Abala-Oshimili Community leader, Hon. Samuel Uzor, who was one time Special Assistant to former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and presently Special Assistant to the Director, Delta North in the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) made the passionate appeal while speaking to journalists in Asaba.

Hon. Uzor, who also decried lack of government presence in terms of infrastructures in Abala-Oshmili Community, said that the Community was at the verge of being disconnected from neighbouring Communities as a result of lack of assessable road network, adding that the people now found it difficult to connect Onitsha and Asaba through the spill boats across the river owing to the erosion.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Augustine Nwacheli who is also an Abala-Oshimili indigene called on government to come to their aid by constructing the road leading to Abala-Oshmili through Oko in order to fast track socio-economic wellbeing of the people in the area and listed other social amenities lacking in the Community to include electricity, classroom block and pipe borne water.

Mr. Nwacheli said that the erosion had taken almost all the houses in the Community, just as he commended the World Bank, European Union and the state government for their counterpart funding of the SEEFOR-CDD Social assisted classroom block and assured that the facility would boost academic activities in the area.

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NO. DTS 0627, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
ALLOW PROFESSIONALISM / GOOD CONDUCT BE YOUR WATCH WORD – NAVY BOSS

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Logistics Command Oghara, Delta State, Rear Admiral Peter Agbo Onaji has advised members of the Nigerian Arm Forces to display the highest standard of professionalism and be of good conduct as they discharge their duties to the Nation.

Rear Admiral Onaji stated this during a “One Day Route March” by combine military and Para-military officers at the Command in Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The flag officer who addressed the combine military and Para-military officers at the Naval Logistics Command barracks, Oghara after a “One Day Route Match” at the Naval Logistics Headquarters in Ogharefe as a part of their quarterly exercise in the spirit of togetherness and esprit d corps.

The FOC stated that the officers as arms bearers must conduct themselves as members of one family and a team that “brings security to our mother land.”

He advised them to uphold tenaciously, the ethics of the force as he said “those of us who bear arms in this country, we should display professionalism in weapon handling. All of us should see ourselves as one and friendly forces.”

Rear Admiral Onaji who assumed office at the command headquarters Oghara a week ago, added, “we must leverage our collective strength to ensure our country remain safe. The enemies must not have upper hand in our quest for peace for this country. The security agencies are capable of ensuring the security of this country. Any enemy of this Nation must be considered as our own enemy.”

Rear Admiral Onaji impressed with the performance of the officers, maintained that they must discharge their constitutional role to this country effectively, remarking further that the successes they have recorded in the outing should be improved upon for its sustainability and that they must put into practice maximally the training they derived so far on the job, “the only way we can show to our high command that has led us well” he said.

During the event which started at about 6am at the weekend, over 300 officers drawn from the Nigerian Army, of the 19 battalion Koko/Sapele, Naval logistics command Oghara, mobile police force, squadron 51 Oghara, regular police, youth corps members, civil defence corps, men of the directorate of state security service (DSS) protocols Oghara chapter participated.

High points of the “Route match was, a long walk/jugging round the streets of Ogharefe, by the officers, address to the officers by the flag officer commanding the Naval logistic command Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji which climaxed with a morale song rendered by the F.O.C “IF F.O.C is behind us, we shall not be moved, but remain firm like the tree planted by the river side.”

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