NO. DTS 0549: GOV OKOWA CALLS ON AGITATORS TO EXPLORE DIALOGUE
NO. DTS 0550: DELTA GOV KICKS AGAINST WAR IN NIGERIA
NO. DTS 0551 DELTA SPEAKER URGES DELTANS TO REMAIN GRATEFUL TO GOD AT ALL TIMES
NO. DTS 0552: DTHA TO MAINTAIN CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EXECUTIVE ARM —- SPEAKER
NO. DTS 0553: URHOBOS SOLIDLY BEHIND OKOWA – ONUESOKE
NO. DTS 0554: GOV OKOWA: A GIFT TO IKA NATION – COMRADE IMAGHODOR
NO. DTS 0555: IMPACT POSITIVELY ON THE LIVES OF OTHERS THROUGH LOVE, CARE – MR ADOH
EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
NO. DTS 0549, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
GOV OKOWA CALLS ON AGITATORS TO EXPLORE DIALOGUE
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on those behind the group, New Delta Avengers to toe the line of dialogue rather than resorting to threats in resolving issues.
The Governor who was reacting to a publication by the group threatening bloodbath in the creeks of the Niger Delta stated that it was unfortunate that at a time when everything was being done through due process in a democratic atmosphere, some persons were still resorting to threats as the best ways of achieving desired results.
The Governor who spoke to the press in Asaba through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said, “At the moment, the Governor is interfacing with the people of the state by holding town hall meetings after the commissioning and inspection of projects in the various local government areas of the state, where the people are given free latitude to bear their minds to speak up about what they want the government to do and what they believe that government may not have done satisfactorily, in which case, nobody is being gagged, so, for anybody to want to blame the media, civil society or the opposition of not living up to expectation is very far from the truth.”
“If indeed this new group is desirous of having government develop the creeks, is desirous of having us live in peace, is desirous of having us protect the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters who live in these oil bearing communities, they cannot be talking about bloodbath because, bloodbath will affect most likely those who live in that environment much more than anyone else and so, you cannot begin to raise arms
against those that you claim to protect,” he said, adding, “If indeed their desire is for the development of the creeks, we cannot take actions that is capable of further polluting the creeks, if indeed their actions is to bring prosperity to the people of the oil bearing communities, you cannot go and destroy the infrastructure that will bring dividends of democracy to our brothers and sisters who live in these areas, but most importantly, this government is already constructing roads in Okerenkoko, today you will see that work is ongoing in Ogulagha where internal roads are being tarred, if you go to a larger part of Burutu, you would never even know that we could get a road that will be up to 18 km within the creeks that is being constructed by Governor Okowa’s administration.”
He continued, “All these are being done to make life much more meaningful for our people in the creeks and the empowerment programmes initiated by this administration, you will discover that our people in the creeks are not left out, so, it is a holistic approach that the government has adopted with a view to ensuring that everybody is brought on board.
“We want to believe that these individuals are not Deltans because Deltans are very peace-loving, they are people who yearn for development because they are development-minded and anybody who wants development cannot begin to speak the way that this particular group is speaking, but. if it happens that they are from Delta State, we plead with them to give peace a chance because it will help everybody, it will help our brothers and sisters in the creeks because what touches them also touch us all; we plead with them to embrace dialogue at all times more so, now that there is a platform made possible through the town hall meetings where there is a no hold back session between the government and the people.
“I am addressing specifically, the publication credited to a group that calls itself New Delta Avengers because, we must set the record straight; it is not true for anybody to accuse the government of neglecting the oil bearing communities; it is also wrong for anyone to accuse the government of not properly funding DESOPADEC, and I do not want to address our mind to the group’s motto which says, ‘bloodbath to anyone who opposes or seen as a traitor.’ This administration has special respect for the ethnic diversity of the state and indeed respect to the three senatorial districts, respect to the 10 federal constituencies and respect to the 25 local government areas that make up the state; everybody is being carried along because we believe that together, we will be stronger as a state.”
While stating that his administration was working without preference to any special group, Governor Okowa disclosed that to the recession that hit the country, there was no way allocation to DESOPADEC would not be affected explaining that salaries of workers and the stability of the state were equally important.
NO. DTS 0550, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
DELTA GOV KICKS AGAINST WAR IN NIGERIA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has kicked against anything that will cause war in the country.
Speaking at the 2nd anniversary thanksgiving service of the 6th Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly held at the Living Faith Church, Asaba, Governor Okowa said, “In this time, we don’t need another war, it is time for us to think and reflect on the past and build a greater, more united country.
“Nigeria needs God to survive; by the grace of God, Nigeria is one and will remain as one. Christians should continue to pray for the country, we don’t want to see war.”
He reiterated, “It is time to re-examine ourselves, examine our homes and to think of our existence; we need to reflect on things we do as parents and what we are inculcating into our children because, as parents, we must build in our children the knowledge of God for us to have a better society.”
At the thanksgiving service which was attended by the Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Honourable Members of the State House of Assembly, traditional rulers, featured the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori taking the first reading.
Governor Okowa who commended the DTHA for a successful anniversary, observed that the legislators had been very diligent in serving God and working with him to serve Deltans.
“I believe the Lord has been very faithful to you and you have worked very diligently with God and has worked very diligently with me,” the Governor stated, reiterating, “We deserve to give Him thanks and praise and I am glad that all the members of the House of Assembly are here to serve God; if you don’t look up to God and trust in Him, you are going to have problems.”
Earlier in a sermon, Pastor Julius Oyinloye stated, “thanksgiving is expression of peace in our lives, thanksgiving is the will of God, giving Him thanks is application for more.”
Earlier in his sermon, Pastor Julius Oyinloye stressed the importance of thanksgiving and told the people to always celebrate what is good.
He added that each time they gave thanks they were asking God for more things to come.
In his words;”The Glory of God must be given to Him. Every time you give thanks to God, you are asking for more. Give thanks always for everything.”
NO. DTS 0551, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
DELTA SPEAKER URGES DELTANS TO REMAIN GRATEFUL TO GOD AT ALL TIMES
Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has urged Deltans to remain grateful to God irrespective of challenges facing the State and the Country in general.
The Speaker said this In a media chat with journalists after the 2nd Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the 6th Assembly, that was held at the Living Faith Church, Ibusa Road, in the State Capital, Asaba.
Rt Hon Oborevwori said that Deltans and Nigerians in general must draw closer to God and remain prayerful, saying that with God all things would be made possible.
The Speaker stressed the need to always give thanks to God especially at the end of a legislative year saying; “We are here today to thank God for our journey so far in the Delta State House of Assembly. God has been very faithful to us; you cannot do anything without God. Deltans and Nigerians must put God first in all that they do and this is why we came here today to thank Him for what He has done for the Delta State House of Assembly and what He will still do for us in the nearest future in the House”.
The State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, congratulated the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and members of the State House of Assembly on the occasion of the second anniversary of the sixth Assembly.
NO. DTS 0552, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
DTHA TO MAINTAIN CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EXECUTIVE ARM —- SPEAKER
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori said the House will maintain the cordial working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive Arm of Government just as he promised to take the House to enviable height.
The Speaker who spoke at a press briefing in Asaba to mark the second anniversary of the Sixth Assembly, described the working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive Arm of Government as very cordial with a promise to maintain it.
He saidt: “I want to commend His Excellency, Senator, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State for his support to the Sixth Assembly. His favourable disposition towards the progress of this House is essentially inspired by the co-operative spirit existing between various arms of government in Delta State. On our part, we will continue to reciprocate the benevolent attitude of the Executive Arm by giving prompt attention to passage of bills”.
The Speaker added that; “In a speech I delivered after my emergence as Speaker, I promised that the Legislature would continue to maintain a cordial working relationship with the Executive Arm of Government. I restate that promise here today. We are determined more than ever to improve on our performance as we enter into the third legislative year. In the next parliamentary years, the House will ensure that it retains its focus. I am determined to take the House to enviable height.
NO. DTS 0553, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
URHOBOS ARE SOLIDLY BEHIND OKOWA – ONUESOKE
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has asserted that 87 percent of the total population of Urhobos in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are solidly behind Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in his ambition to come back in 2019.
Onuesoke made the assertion recently while speaking to journalists in Asaba, Delta State after arising from a meeting with the new Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
Onuesoke, a former governorship aspirant in 2007 general election said that with the support of Urhobos and other ethnic groups in Delta State, Senator Dr Okowa return in 2019 was guaranteed.
Reiterating his loyalty to Governor Okowa and the new Speaker, Onuesoke appealed to all Urhobos to support the Governor in his determination to win the state governorship election in 2019, adding that his victory in 2019 would give him (Governor Okowa) the opportunity to complete the good work he had started in the development of the state.
He maintained that the governor had executed numerous projects across the state in fulfillment of his SMART Agenda, and commended the entire people of Delta State for the confidence vote passed on Okowa, while still appealing for their continued support.
According to him, since Okowa assumption of office and informed by its desire to promote technical and vocational education, he had reconstructed the state-owned technical colleges in Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele.
“In his drive to create jobs, Delta State Government under Okowa Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) initiative had trained no fewer than 1,027 youths and made provisions for them to start their own businesses. Another 256 people were trained under the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP). So far, the government has created over 17,000 private sector jobs,” he disclosed.
He affirmed that the Governor had constructed fifty roads projects covering over 148 kilometres, including 113 kilometers of concrete-lined drains, adding that preparations are on top gear for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and completion of twenty nine roads across the state.
“Some of the roads are Oteri Township Roads, Ughelli, Oleh/Emede/Olomoro Road, Owhelogbo/Abbi Road, Idumu-Ughoh Road, Agbor and Ejinyere/Orode Road, Orerokpe.
Others are Alisimie-Ozanogogo Road, dualisation of Nnebisi Road, Asaba and Sapele Road from Amukpe junction to AT&P,” Onuesoke explained.
He stated that the government was equally focusing on infrastructural development of hospitals and primary health care centres as well as the procurement of drugs and cutting edge medical equipment in major health care facilities in the three senatorial districts.
NO. DTS 0554, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
GOV OKOWA: A GIFT TO IKA NATION – COMRADE IMAGHODOR
The National President of Ika Youth Peace Movement Comrade Austin Imaghodor has described the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as a gift to Delta State.
Imaghodor who spoke to our correspondent in a media interaction at Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area asserted that the governor’s performance so far had already earned him a second tenure
“The Anioma people, the Urhobos, the Isokos, the Itsekiris and Ijaws assessment of governor Okowa’s achievements in the past two years is a vote of confidence by Deltans on the Governor and the confidence is an assurance of the governor’s second tenure come 2019”.
He called on Deltans to continue to support Governor Okowa and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) till 2019 explaining that it would enable Governor Okowa implement his SMART Agenda in full and that Deltans would be better for it.
The Youth Leader also called on Ika people to participate fully in the ongoing National Voters Registration Exercise.
NO. DTS 0555, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
IMPACT POSITIVELY ON THE LIVES OF OTHERS THROUGH LOVE, CARE – MR. ADOH
Members of the public have been enjoined to impact positively on the lives of others through love and care.
A Community Development Officer in the State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mr. Wilson Adoh gave the advice at Umusadege Utagba-Unor Community in Ndokwa West Local Government Area during the burial ceremony of his step mother Late Madam Lucy Igwe Okonye (nee Ngbor Nwa Ogolor).
Mr. Adoh who is also an Operations Officer in the office of the Community-Driven Development Social Implementation Unit (CDDSIU), Asaba positive impact on the lives of others was a veritable means to leave legacies worthy of emulation.
He described late Madam Lucy Igwe Okonye as a woman of humble background whose motherly care and advice to those around her had continued to put them in the right direction, adding that the deceased was his step mother who took care of him from the age of six month when he lost his mother.
The Community Development Officer said that they would sustain the legacies of his step mother who died at the age of 90 years, saying that the deceased had inculcated in him critical moral values as well as the spirit of hard work and faithfulness in God.
He recalled that the scripture made it clear that there was time for everything, time to born and time to die, noting that death was a visitor that must be hosted by all indicating that it should come at a ripe age.
Reciting the biography of the deceased, her grandson, Master Azuka David Okonye said that the deceased was a successful business woman that lived her life with the fear of God, even as her only biological child, Inspector Emmanuel Enwelim Okonye said that the vacuum created by the death of his mother would be difficult to fill.