NO DTS 0539: OKOWA COMMENDS ARMY FOR INCREASED FORMATIONS IN DELTA
NO DTS 0540: SAFE DELTA: OKONTA COMMENDS OKOWA FOR INAUGURATING 63 BRIGADE HQS
NO DTS 0541: OKOWA CELEBRATES AYADE AT 52
NO DTS 0542: DTSG ASSURES OF COMPLETING UGHELLI-ASABA ROAD DUALIZATION PROJECT BY MARCH 2021
NO DTS 0543: EJIOFOR PLEDGES CONTINUOUS MENTORSHIP, RIGHT GUIDANCE FOR DELTA YOUTH
NO DTS 0544: PIRAH WARNS RESIDENTS OF FLOOD RESURGENCE… FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF MATERIALS TO 2019 FLOOD VICTIMS
NO DTS 0545: SDGS, NBS SIGN DATA BOND FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVT
NO DTS 0546: DRIVERS WELFARE CLUB CHARGES NASS TO ENACT LAW PROFESSIONALIZING DRIVING
NO DTS 0547: AVALDORA HELP FOUNDATION ORGANISES CARE SESSIONS FOR MENTALLY-CHALLENGED PERSONS
NO DTS 0548: AVALDORA HELP FOUNDATION ORGANISES CARE SESSIONS FOR MENTALLY-CHALLENGED PERSONS
NO DTS 0549: PARENTS TOLD TO ADVISE CHILDREN AGAINST DESTROYING SCHOOL PROPDRTY
NO DTS 0550: UMUSADEGE YOUTHS URGED TO SHUN CULTISM, PREPARE FOR FOOTBALL TOURNEY
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NO DTS 0539 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
OKOWA COMMENDS ARMY FOR INCREASED FORMATIONS IN DELTA
Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commended the Nigerian Army for increasing its formations in the state, saying the measure has strengthened security in the area.
The governor made the commendation while inaugurating 63 Brigade Headquarters of the Army today in Asaba.
He said that security was serious business and expressed delight that the army chose Asaba for the brigade headquarters.
The governor said, “I must thank the Chief of Army Staff for bringing this brigade to Delta and I thank God that made the provisions for making us have the headquarters we are inaugurating today.
“This Brigade will help us in boosting security in our state and I am confident that making it operational will assist us to achieve desired peace.
“As a state, we take security matters seriously, because the issue of security is a serious business.
“As a government, we hold security meetings twice monthly in the state and we have perfect working relationship with security agencies to ensure that we have peace in the state.
“Delta is largely peaceful, though we have had incidents that made us not so happy; herders and farmers clash, cases of kidnapping are low though, but still occurring.
“So, obviously, we still have a lot to do and it is our hope that with these security agencies working together, sharing information, our state and the nation will be more secured.’’
He added that the state government appreciated the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for also locating 181 Battalion at Agbor.
“We know the importance of security and want to assure the security agencies that we will do our best to continue to support security agencies working in the state,” Okowa assured.
Earlier, Buratai had commended the governor for his interest in the security of lives and property which led to the donation of the land and structures for the 63 Brigade Headquarter.
He disclosed that a lot was put into consideration before the Brigade was established.
The COAS stated that the brigade had been operationalised and thanked Okowa and all Deltans for their support and hospitality.
He disclosed that the achievements of Operation Crocodile Smile 4 showed that a lot could be achieved in maintaining peace in the country.
NO DTS 0540 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
SAFE DELTA: OKONTA COMMENDS OKOWA FOR INAUGURATING 63 BRIGADE HQS
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi has been commended for the successful inaguaration of the 63 Brigade Nigeria Army Headquarters Complex in Asaba.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Investment Programmes (SIP), Chief Isioma Okonta gave the commendation today in Asaba
Okonta who spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the epoch event said “It’s no longer news that the Delta governor has displayed unwavering committement in actions in taming the menace of killer – herders and other sundry crimes bedeviling the state.
“Penultimate week, it was donation of almost three dozens of Security Patrol Vans to security agencies while today March 2, 2020, the newly built 63 Brigade Headquarters Complex, Asaba was unveiled by the governor with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in attendance.
“The timely construction and inauguration of the 63 Brigade Headquarters Complex Asaba by His Excellency, Sen, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is another affirmation of his hunger for the protection of lives and property of all Deltans.
“On behalf of the Welfare Ambassadors, staffers, enrollees and my humble self, I heartily commend our leader and governor, Sen (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa with the Stronger Delta Team on the provision of the gigantic military edifice to the Nigerian Army praying that it would hopefully lead to more responsive handling of security challenges in our dear state.
“Without mincing words, this is another attestation to the already known truth that the safety and well-being of all Deltans remain your priority-indeed, you meant well for all Deltans.” Okonta said.
Chief Okonta urged all Deltans of good conscience not to relent on their unallowed support for the performing smart governor with his Stronger Delta crew assuring that Governor Okowa would finish strong.
Recall that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Governor were the SSG, Chiedu Ebie (Esq) welcomed and ushered him into the Government House, Asaba.
NO DTS 0541 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
OKOWA CELEBRATES AYADE AT 52
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated his Cross River counterpart, Prof Ben Ayade, as he turns 52 years today.
In a statement in Asaba by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, his Chief Press Secretary, Okowa described the Cross River Governor as a “brilliant and courageous leader with great accomplishments”, recalling that he won the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Ibadan in 1994.
He said that the contributions of Ayade to academics, especially in his work in groundwater remediation in Nigeria, where he invented a sewage treatment plant powered by solar energy, had remained remarkable.
Okowa said “As an academic, you saw it all having risen to the rank of a Professor and as a lawmaker; you were outstanding as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“As a governor, you are a leading light and a role model for upcoming politicians.
“My brother governor is a man of many parts. He is a lawyer, an administrator, a professor and a leader of impeccable character.
“There is no doubt that he is doing great things for the people of Cross River and I am glad about his bullish drive for the industrialisation of his state.”
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I write to felicitate with you, Prof. (Sen.) Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade on the occasion of your 52nd birth anniversary, today, March 2, 2020.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to bless you with good health and many more years of great accomplishments,” he added.
NO DTS 0542 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
DTSG ASSURES OF COMPLETING UGHELLI-ASABA ROAD DUALIZATION PROJECT BY MARCH 2021
The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, has revealed that the Sector C 1 from Ossissa to Ogwashi-Uku and C11 from Ogwashi-Uku to Asaba will be completed in March 2021.
Chief Augoye revealed this when he fielded questions from journalists in his office in Asaba on government activities and programmes in the state.
The works commissioner stated that the Governor Okowa-led government was fully committed to completing all awarded projects before the end of the life span of the administration.
The works commissioner said, “Work is on-going in all the sites, as contractors have mobilized fully back to site. The sector C1 and 11 of the project which was initially awarded to ULO, had been re-awarded to CCECC and the contractor is on site and work is progressing is very well.”
Chief Augoye, who said that funds would not be a problem for the completion of the project, reaffirmed Governor Okowa was committed to his promise to pay contractors as soon as job certificates were raised for work done.
He commended the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for being committed to infrastructural development in the state, saying, “The government is doing very well and will continue to improve on that.”
NO DTS 0543 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
EJIOFOR PLEDGES CONTINUOUS MENTORSHIP, RIGHT GUIDANCE FOR DELTA YOUTH
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Lawrence Ejiofor has pledged continual mentorship and right guidance to the youth of Delta State.
The commissioner made this pledge in his office when he received a delegation from the Nollywood actors involved in NYSC movie production, expressing delight at the initiative to produce a movie that would serve as a positive guide of this generation.
He commended the effort of the actors and producers of the movie, titled, “A Call to Service” assuring them of the support of the directorate, saying that they would always accommodate such positive and relevant initiatives being lovers of the youth.
Mr Ejiofor enlightened his guest on recent development in the state especially the plan for a film village which would create an avenue to explore creativity and keep youths engaged for a responsible life style.
He welcomed stated that the state was open to every form of youth development and empowerment through the instrumentality of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Stronger Delta Agenda.
The General Managerof Delta State Tourism Board, Ms Josephine Anyameluhor at the meeting, encouraged the crew to make use of more exteriors in the State for the settings of the movie, adding that the state had several beautiful sites.
She urged the group to explore more virgin sites rather than overflog frequently used ones
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Olutayo Samuel JP, who led the delegation, observed that the NYSC scheme was now being trivialized by a lot of youths who, according to her, saw it as a waste of time rather than a process to help shape their lives.
She said that the Idea of the movie was to help drive home certain lessons and values that may be missed due to the high levels of nonchalance displayed by youths with regards to their service year, books and other vital sources of growth, noting that most youths would rather stay glued to their screen than engage in other activities.
Mrs Samuel applauded the state governor and state for being youth-friendly and for always supporting their cause.
The movie producer, Mr Jariuspaul Osazuwa, noted that the easiest way to get the attention of the youth was through entertainment, saying the movie would be an educative material clothed in form of entertainment, disclosing that the movie would be premiered first in Asaba.
Mr Osazuwa appreciated the DG NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim for the opportunity to create the enlightenment among youths and thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for creating a conducive environment for youth development and the commissioner, for his warm reception.
He named some members of the cast to include Pete Edochie, Ali Nuhuu, Imeh Bishop and Steve Eboh among others as he appealed for the support of the Directorate and the State as a whole in furthering their cause.
NO DTS 0544 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
PIRAH WARNS RESIDENTS OF FLOOD RESURGENCE… FLAGS OFF DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF MATERIALS TO 2019 FLOOD VICTIMS
Delta State Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mr Omamofe Pirah has called on residents of vulnerable areas to get prepared ahead of a possible reoccurrence of the floods.
Pirah made the call yesterday in Asaba when he flagged-off the distribution of relief materials to 2019 flood victims as donated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
While charging people to tidy their surroundings and evacuate debris that clogged drainages and made it difficult for water to flow, the commissioner stressed the need for those living on flashpoints to prepare themselves for the rains and its attendant challenges.
Addressing victims of the 2019 flood disaster, Pirah stated that other affected local governments across the state would be captured in subsequent batches, adding that beneficiaries of the first tranche included Oshimili South and Oshimili North Local Government Areas.
Earlier in his remarks, the Head of NEMA, Edo Operations Office, Mr Dahiru Yusuf, said that some of the communities were not accessible during the floods, saying the situation prompted the agency to delay distribution of relief materials.
Listing some of the items distributed to the beneficiaries, Yusuf said, ‘’We have rice, beans, garri, vegetable oil, seasonings, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, and diapers, among others’’.
Mr Yusuf expressed the readiness of NEMA to alleviate the sufferings of disaster victims and commended the Director of Delta SEMA, Mr Karo Ovemeso and his team for their efforts in ensuring speedy delivery of the items.
As testified by Madam Bridget Obunseli, Mallam Yakubu Yusuf, Blessing Osenyem and Pastor Bartholomew Enebechi on behalf of the beneficiaries, they said they never expected the gesture from the government.
In the same vein, they applauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and NEMA for coming to their rescue throughout their moments of despair as a result of the floods in 2019 and prayed for both the state and federal government to actualize their set goals.
NO DTS 0545 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
SDGS, NBS SIGN DATA BOND FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVT
Strategic to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs (OSSAP) have signed a data bond and supply responsibility framework.
The sub-national level event for South-South geopolitical zone which was organized by OSSAP-SDGs in collaboration with National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and State Bureau of statistics (SBS) took place in Asaba recently, attracting stakeholders from Bayelsa, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Delta State.
In her opening remarks, Princess Adejoke-Adefulire, SSA to the President on SDGs, who was represented by Dr Kenku Akeem, stressed that effective execution of the SDGs required sustained production of statistical information by relevant stakeholders.
Charging all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to cooperate with the NBS and states bureau of statistics, Adejoke-Adefulire reminded them of their statutory responsibility to provide the government with comprehensive, reliable and timely data for the formulation of policies, programs and projects.
‘’On our part, OSSAP-SDGs as the coordinator of the entire process, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Nigeria moves on the path of getting it right through the installation of the necessary infrastructure for sustainable data production to enable the monitoring and tracking of the implementation of the SDGs,’’ she said.
Delivering his Goodwill message, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on SDGs, Dr Andy Ilabor, testified about the success story of SDGs in the state, stressing that the governor had approved funds for data mapping for the year 2020.
The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale, in a keynote address, emphasized monitoring and reporting as elements that distinguished the SDGs from its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Represented by Yemi Adeniran, Kale underscored the importance of data in decision-making, adding that the underlying concept of the data bond and responsibility framework aimed to identify mandates and potential roles of MDAs to create an environment for meaningful progress.
‘’For the first time, the system is committing itself by way of signing a bond to provide the much-needed data and information critical to the success of our country’s development. This is a big demonstration of our resolve and willingness to make progress as a statistical system’’ he said.
Earlier, Delta State Director of Statistics, Mr Joe Odho Gbe, reechoed the need for collaboration between all stakeholders in data generation, adding: ‘’Worthwhile effort cannot be made in achieving SDGs without a sound statistical system producing data upon which the government can plan and act.’’
NO DTS 0546 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
DRIVERS WELFARE CLUB CHARGES NASS TO ENACT LAW PROFESSIONALIZING DRIVING
The National Assemble (NASS) has been charged to enact law to penalize any unidentified or unqualified driver to reduce the rate of crime and insecurity on Nigerian highways
This charge was made recently by the President of the Drivers Welfare Club of Nigeria (DWCN), Comrade Monday Elimigbe during the unveiling of the club in Abuja.
Comrade Elimigbe explained that drivers welfare club was a nongovernmental organization (NGO) registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as and the Ministry of Trade and Investment since 2003.
He stated that, the mission of the body was to become a global player in the transportation industry by improving the drivers’ welfare, empowerment, integrity, professionalism, trading and firm sanity on the roads.
The president emphasized on the protection of Nigerian drivers’ image who have suffered from societal stigma and deprivation as well as unhealthy conditions of service for several years without end.
According to him, drivers suffer tremendous neglect and were often abandoned by their employers at the event of social assistance, employment security, health care and other social rights due to workers under the national and international labour laws, adding that DWCN had over five hundred members both commercial and corporate.
He said that they were in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRCN) to deploy marshals everywhere to properly check touting, drunkenness, over-speeding, over-loading and other unethical behavior on Nigerian roads.
Comrade Elimigbe appealed to private companies, government establishments, agencies, embassies, commercial vehicle fleet operators and other employers who have drivers at their services to register and capture the identities of the drivers the National drivers Data base (DDB) the vehicles in the care of your driver are worth millions of naira he added.
Capturing the identities of the drivers, including every detail about them, Comrade Elimigbe reckoned, would ensure safety of vehicles, safety of passengers and peace of mind for the owners and companies, ministries and other employers.
He charged the National Assembly of Nigeria to enact a law that would make it an offence for people who are not properly identified practice driver as a profession.
Meanwhile, the health insurance representative at the event, Mr Femi Adebami, explained that divers play a very crucial part in the delivery of goods and services in every modern economy, and as a result, contributing significantly to the country’s GDP.
According to him, some drivers resorted to the use of drugs and alcohol as a means of stress relief thereby compounding an already dangerous situation where road maintenance was poor.
In order to reduce the back locked, the National Drivers’ Welfare Club said it has made provision affordable health insurance through reputable health management organization (HMO) this includes both out-patient and in- patient.
It stated that the services to members include diagnosis, obstetrics and gynecological, accident and emergencies, dental, ophthalmological, surgical and other services.
In the face of all diversion, the sole sponsor of the unveiling of driver’s welfare club event Mr Hudson Okolo and CEO of Eniway magazine promised continuous support to the club.
Mr Okolo practically registered over seven hundred drivers and displayed the successful registrations in the data base on the screen.
He further encouraged them to put the necessary materials and logistics in the proper order and stand firm, stressing that in no distant time, Nigerian driver would come to appreciate their efforts of making them even better than the international standard.
The Eniway Magazine CEO urged drivers to get a smart phone to enable them get updates of what happens within the club and around the country.
NO DTS 0547 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
AVALDORA HELP FOUNDATION ORGANISES CARE SESSIONS FOR MENTALLY-CHALLENGED PERSONS
The maintenance or improvement of health by means of prevention, diagnosis treatment, recovery or cure of illness, and other mental impairments in people were practically carried out by Avaldora Help Foundation on 8th February, 2020, at Ugbolu, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ugbolu community is known for trading, fishing and a hug settlement for people from different parts of the country to find greener pastures.
In Ugbolu community, the number of the less privileged is high; hence, Avaldora Help Foundation picked them as beneficiaries of the free Health care services rendered recently.
Avaldora Help Foundation is a nongovernmental organization that focuses on humanitarian services to meet the need of the less privileged.
This foundation has been transforming lives by away of poverty elevation, healthcare, and empowerment through the provision of entrepreneurial skills, care for widows and more.
At the outreach, over 625 (six hundred and twenty-five) patients benefited from the free health care held on 7th February, 2020, where members of the community expressed gratitude and showered prayers on the foundation.
Meanwhile, over the years, Avaldora Help Foundation has been touching lives in several ways such as school pep talk against cultism, sexual abuse and drug abuse.
The foundation has also been taking care of students whose parents were not able to afford their school fee and further enroll them to write junior and senior school certificate examinations.
Widows have equally been taken care of over the years, following the door to door food giveaway to over 150 (one hundred and fifty) families at Oko, Kwale Camp and Ogbogonogo Market.
It is on record that a 15-year old girl from Okwe Secondary School was rescued from her father who abused her sexually.
Recently, Avaldora Help Foundation, in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Asaba Delta state, rescued a drug addict lady and her new born baby.
This sad experience was later turn into joy as the drug victim, was sent to rehabilitation centre in Warri while the baby is being taken care of by an orphanage home.
Although, the young victim seems to be very stubborn, Avaldora Help Foundation hope that the police will take it from there if need be.
The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Onome Onowakpoyeye, pledged the command’s unflinching support to the fight drugs addiction, child abuse and other social vices and urged all to be vigilant and report any crime around.
The experience gathered by Avaldora Help Foundation in the course of recuing the drug addict has led to their call to the state government to provide a rehabilitation home in Delta State as there is none to admit victims.
They further urged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to wake up to its responsibility, saying that the menace was taking over the youths.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0548 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
NULGE ELECTIONS: WARRI NORTH COUNCIL BOSS ADVISES AGAINST EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE
By Temi Boyo
The Warri North Local Government council chairman, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, has called on the Electoral College presiding over the National Union of Local Government Employees elections, and men of some of the security agencies to guide against external interference during and after voting.
Hon. Okorodudu who cautioned against any act that will truncate the whole process while briefing stakeholders at his office today before the commencement of the elections, urged security operatives to ensure that the elections were peaceful, free and fair.
He maintained that he would work with anyone who emerged winner, even as he enjoined all contestants to accept the outcome of the elections, and work for the good of the union.
While responding to the call for free and fair elections, the spokesperson for the electoral body, Comrade Azikiwe, thanked the council boss for the reception accorded them, and promised to ensure that his plea was adhered to the letter.
Comrade Azikiwe however revealed that the a total of 551 staff released on the new updated staff nominal row, have been cleared to vote with the authorized staff identity card, as against the total of 600+.
He added that those who were recently transferred to the council, and those on their compulsory retirement leave, would be allowed to vote, arguing that their union dues were still being deducted.
NO DTS 0549 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
PARENTS TOLD TO ADVISE CHILDREN AGAINST DESTROYING SCHOOL PROPDRTY
By Clementina Wewele
The President of Ogini Grammar School Ogharefe-Oghara Old Boys Association, Mr Solomon Omamugho has called on parents to advise their children and wards to desist from destroying school property.
The president while discussing on how to bring Ogini Grammar School to its former glory in a meeting organised by the old boys association in collaboration with the parent/teachers association, said that the teachers and parents needed to work together.
Mr Omamugho said that Ogini Grammar School was the only government school in Oghatefe, a sub community in Oghara and called on everyone to work hard for its progress.
He lamented that the school’s property had been vandalized by the people benefitting from them, wondering why they take the school desks made for students home as fire wood.
The Principal of school, Mrs Florence Odeseneka, said that the school was facing security issues, saying most of the area boys come around the school premises even during school hours to smoke and do all sorts of things detriment to the school.
Mrs Odeseneka said that most of those boys gain entrance to the school premises through the back fence which she said had been destroyed by the same boys and also by climbing the fence.
The principal pleaded with the house to help in curbing the situation, saying that she had tried on her own to an extent, and urged the house to help with barb wire on the fence and rebuild the broken part of the fence, among other measures.
While the house agreed to cover the broken part of the fence, an old boys, Chief Charles Abotor said that he would take the issue to the palace for deliberation with a view to proffering solutions to the issue.
The highpoint of the meeting was the donations and pledges towards the project of a 4 and 3 bedrooms for corps members and principal lodge by the old boys association.
NO DTS 0550 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020
UMUSADEGE YOUTHS URGED TO SHUN CULTISM, PREPARE FOR FOOTBALL TOURNEY
By Simon Ofortokun
The President of Umusadege Youth in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Comrade Osondu Ezeoba, has called on youth to shun cultism and engage their God-given talent in activities that will bring development to their community.
Comrade Ezeoba stated this during the maiden edition of the yearly football competition among various quarters in Ndokwa West Local Government Area tagged “Unity Cup Challenge’.
He said the first price will attract the sum of one hundred thousand naira and a goat while the second price will attract the sum of fifty thousand naira and a goat.
The third place, he stated, will get thirty thousand naira and a goat,, fourth position twenty thousand naira and a goat, while the fifth to seventh position will all go home with the sum of ten thousand naira and a goat each.
Comrade Ezeoba said that the idea was to unite all the families in Umusadege and also bring peace and stability among the youths.
He said that he had secured lifetime job opportunities for three youths and was still engaging the oil prospecting companies to convert the forty casual workers to permanent staff.