NO.DTS 0343: OKOWA CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS FOR LESS PRIVILEGED … AS IBORI BAGS IZONFINOWEI OF AKUGBENE-MEIN KINGDOM
NO.DTS 0344: DTSG INAUGURATES COMMITTEE TO CHECKMATE DISEASE OUTBREAKS
NO.DTS 0345: DELTA ESTABLISHES 290 CENTRES FOR TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT
NO.DTS 0346: DELTA TASKFORCE ON GROUND RENT DECRY FAKE CLAIMS OF PROPERTY OWNERS
NO.DTS 0347: EBIE PROMISES TO MAKE COGNITIVE PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS RELIABLE, CREDIBLE
NO.DTS 0348: NDOKWA WEST CHAIRMAN CONDEMNS KILLING OF POLICE SERGEANT
NO.DTS 0349: NEED FOR DILIGENCE, HARDWORK STRESSED
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0343: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
OKOWA CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF EDUCATIONAL ENDOWMENT FUNDS FOR LESS PRIVILEGED … AS IBORI BAGS IZONFINOWEI OF AKUGBENE-MEIN KINGDOM
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on traditional rulers and other wealthy Nigerians to establish educational endowment funds and scholarship schemes to cater for the educational development of the less privileged and vulnerable people in the society.
Governor Okowa made the call inAkugbene, during the 20th Coronation Anniversary Celebrations of HRM Pere S.P. Luke-Kalanama VIII, (JP), Pere of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom.
The Governor said that the State Government is doing a lot to bring quality education to Deltans, stressing that wealthy Nigerians should partner with government on the education of the less privileged in the society.
“I want to urge as many Deltans as possible to continue to support our children because there are a lot of them who will want to improve on their knowledge, but the very harsh economic conditions do not provide them with that opportunity to educate themselves, so for everyone particularly our traditional rulers that do assist the less privileged to obtain knowledge; of course there is a lot of blessings that come to that kingdom with the gesture from the traditional institution”, Senator Okowa said.
He commended the traditional rulers of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom for the scholarship scheme, stating “I am truly very happy for the bursary that you (HRM Pere S.P. Luke-Kalanama VIII), started in 2012. I pray that God will empower you because there can be no better development than giving education and the right to knowledge to your people. I also want to make this pledge that the Delta State Government will support your bursary scheme annually in the course of my tenure as Governor.”
Also, Dr Okowa commended former Governor James Ibori for laying the foundation for development in the state especially the construction of the Bomadi Bridge across the Forcados River.
He asserted, “I must thank our leader, former Governor James Ibori, who because he is a courageous and bold man he took on a project at that time that was nearly impossible for state governments to undertake, the building of the bridge across the Forcados River.
It is a thing of joy today that we were able to drive to your kingdom. It is a thing of joy that will ever remain in the hearts of all persons from Akugbene Mein Kingdom.”
Governor Okowa congratulated the Pere for the peace and development in his kingdom and called on his subjects to continue to support him for more developmental success.
The Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, in a brief address, called on traditional rulers to sensitize their subjects on Voters Registration Card to enable them to vote for leaders of their choice.
Former Governor James Ibori was honoured with the chieftaincy title of the Izonfinowei of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom in appreciation of his administration’s construction of Bomadi Bridge linking the many communities in Ijaw land.
Earlier, the celebrant, HRM Pere S.P. Luke-Kalanama VIII, presented an award of excellence to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chief James Ibori and Rear Admiral F.F. Ogu an illustrious son of the kingdom.
NO.DTS 0344: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
DTSG INAUGURATES COMMITTEE TO CHECKMATE DISEASE OUTBREAKS
Delta State Government has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information for Disease Prevention, Outbreak and control to prevent and checkmate disease outbreak in the State.
Inaugurating the Committee in Asaba, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, stressed the need for collaboration between the Committee and the grassroots.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, stated that the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Disease Prevention, Outbreak and Control was a synergy between various Ministries on disease outbreak in the State.
According to Mr Ukah, the essence of the Committee was to, “Reach the larger number of Deltans from the top level to the grassroots and to know what is happening at the lower level of the populace, to know when there is disease breakout and to know how well we have been able to go through the line to see that we have touched every aspect.”
Continuing, Mr Ukah said, “It is through you we would be able to know if there is any outbreak. It is through you we will be able to know at the top level of government how well all the measure put in place is being implanted.
“We don’t want to hear rumours. It is only with information that the Ministry of Health and the Government would be able to intervene immediately if there is any disease outbreak.”
He told the Committee to be diligent and work hard, because without them there would be a gap in government intervention programme, saying “With your wealth of knowledge, you will be able to advise government properly on what to do when there is any disease outbreak in the State. Giving the right information as it is so as to apply the right intervention measure.”
The Information Commissioner charged the Committee to meet regularly and periodically to update and also carry out campaigns, informing the people on how to prevent some of the diseases.
Members of the Committee were drawn from the Ministries of Information, Health, Higher Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Environment, and Directorate of Local Government, as well as Chieftaincy Affairs in the Office of the Deputy Governor.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the inauguration of the Committee by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye.
NO.DTS 0345: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
DELTA ESTABLISHES 290 CENTRES FOR TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT
The Delta State Government has so far established over 290 centres in its health facilities across the state for the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB).
The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this known during a Statewide broadcast as part of activities to celebrate the 2018 Tuberculosis Day in THE State over the weekend.
Dr Ononye said that other TB services readily available across the State under the Delta State TB Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control Centre were the 10 Gene-Xpert Centres and 80 Microscopy Centres for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis disease.
He said that efforts by government to arrest the disease were yet to yield the desired result, saying that majority of people had no awareness about the disease and its transmission, the mythical beliefs and exercise of faith while some patients refused to be treated even with financial encouragement from Partners, adding that they all hindered access to care.
According to Dr Ononye, Delta State was one of the 22 high burden States for Tuberculosis and Multi-Drug resistant Tuberculosis, stating that his Ministry had notified 2,258 new cases of TB in the year 2017, which he said represented only 14.2% of the expected notification but expressed dissatisfaction that the figure fell short of the estimated 16,000-plus cases of TB living with us.
To Control the diseases, the Commissioner said, ‘We need to find these infected unaccounted over 13,000 persons that show the symptoms and signs of cough lasting two weeks or more, which is the major sign and symptom of the disease with or without other accompanying signs like fever, Night sweat, weight loss, loss of appetite, coughing of blood, chest pains.”
He added that over 200 cases of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis had been notified in the state till date.
Giving the Statistics of the disease Worldwide, he stated that there were three million TB patients undetected in 2016 worldwide while 10.4 million new cases of TB were estimated to have occurred in the year 2017.
He added that the 2016 Global TB Report showed Nigeria had the highest TB burden (at least in terms of absolute numbers) in Africa and ranked fourth on the list of countries with TB.
He further said that Nigeria was a high burden country for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis and HIV and that in 2016, Nigeria notified less than 20 percent of the total TB cases estimated for the year, implying that there were many undetected TB cases in communities.
Dr Ononye revealed that unfortunately opinion leaders, societal and community leaders that should identify with the problems of Tuberculosis were hard to come by as stigmatization, discrimination and fear were still rife in the society.
He described the theme of the celebration ‘Wanted: Leaders for a TB- free World’ as very apt saying there was a need for leaders from all walks of life to be engaged, even as they themselves would be engaging others in a coordinated manner towards eradicating the disease from all conceivable angles.
He thanked various partners and stakeholders for their assistance to slow down the tide of the scourge such as the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme, World Health Organization, Global Fund, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, German Leprosy and TB Relief Association and Caritas Nigeria, among others.
NO.DTS 0346: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
DELTA TASKFORCE ON GROUND RENT DECRY FAKE CLAIMS OF PROPERTY OWNERS
The Delta State Task Force on Ground Rent has expressed concern over an alleged attempt by some property owners to falsify claims of payment of ground rent.
The Taskforce described the allegation as regrettable, warning the act was not only a disservice to the progress of the state but a chargeable crime that could end culprits in prison, urging citizens to take advantage of the current relief put in place to mitigate accumulated debts.
The Chairman of the Task Force, Mr Moses Ojor, revealed that following the commencement of enforcement of ground rent payment on March 13, proofs of payment tendered by many defaulters who visited the office of the Committee and Task Force to make claims of compliance were found to be fake and bogus.
“The State embarked on full enforcement on defaulters on ground rent after series of warnings and moral suasion and concessions have failed in the past years. The concessions given by the Delta State Government include substantial reductions of the number of years owed by the defaulters in spite of which many have not complied to date.
“We, accordingly, commenced enforcement in the state capital, Asaba, on Monday, March 13, leading to the sealing of business premises through court orders for seal up or impounding of properties of such defaulters.
“Following the operation, many defaulters came visiting the Committee and Task Force offices to make claims of compliance but we have found that many of the claims are fake and bogus.
“Particularly regrettable is that several persons in connivance with officers charged with the responsibility, provided companies and individuals with proofs of payment up to 2020 as evidenced in the bogus receipts tendered whereas Ground Rent is not paid upfront but annually,” the Taskforce Chairman stated.
Indicating that the Task Force would soon extend operations to Warri and other major cities and towns, he enjoined all defaulting property owners to do the needful and pay up on all outstanding stressing that no defaulters would be spared.
It would be recalled that the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, in January 2017, inaugurated the Ground Rent Committee under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie, with the mandate to advise on policy formulation for Ground Rent implementation and collection including making claims on behalf of the government.
NO.DTS 0347: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
EBIE PROMISES TO MAKE COGNITIVE PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS RELIABLE, CREDIBLE
Delta State Basic and Secondary Education Ministry has pledged to make items generated for the Cognitive/Placement Examination for Primary Six Pupils and the Basic Certificate Examinations for JSS 3 students reliable, valid and credible.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie, made this known when he declared open a workshop on the Generation of Test Items for the 2018 Cognitive/Placement Examinations and the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for selected teachers in the State at the St Patrick’s College Hall, Asaba.
The Commissioner said his ministry would endeavour to sustain the established standards that have been set in the Education Sector of the State.
Mr Ebie said that workshop was aimed at reviewing past evaluative instruments viz a viz the generation of new test items in other to enrich the question bank for these examinations.
He said that 2018 Test Item Generation Exercise marked a paradigm shift from the usual analogue system to a digital phase which according to him was time-saving and cost-effective.
While urging the participants not to lose sight of the ethics, integrity and credibility associated with the conduct of the Examinations and in particular the Generation of Test Items, the Commissioner noted that the outcome of the workshop would enable the Ministry to adequately and efficiently assess the prospective candidates for the Examinations.
Earlier, in his welcome address the Director, Examinations and Standards, Dr Moses Bragiwa urged the participants to take the workshop seriously saying it would provide a unique opportunity for them to be taught on issues related to cognitive evaluation of children and the use of ICT to generate test items for the Cognitive/Placement and the Basic Education Certificate Examinations.
NO.DTS 0348: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
NDOKWA WEST CHAIRMAN CONDEMNS KILLING OF POLICE SERGEANT IN EMU OBODOETI
The Chairman of Ndokwa West Local Government Council, Hon. Ifeanyi Osakwe has described as barbaric, the alleged killing of a police sergeant, the injuring of two other officers and the making away with an AK 47 riffle by suspected Emu-Obodoeti youths during their festival.
Hon Osakwe who visited the community in the company of the Commissioner for Bureau of Special duties, Barr Ernest Ogwezzy, the Assistant Commissioner of Police and a detachment of security agents, noted that the people of the local government area were peace-loving and not known for violent disposition towards Law Enforcement Agents.
The Chairman maintained that as the chief security officer of the local government area, he would stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the matter, stressing that nobody or community under any guise or sponsorship would destroy in one day and go unpunished the goodwill the local government had built over the years.
At the Palace of the Ezemu of Emu Kingdom, Obuenwe Johnson Ulu at Emu-Unor, the story was not different as the royal father condemned the attack on the policemen describing it as disheartening.
As part of efforts to return peace to the troubled community, the Commissioner for Bureau of Special Duties, Barr Ernest Ogwezzy, the Council Chairman, Hon. Ifeanyi Osakwe and the Assistant Commissioner of Police appealed to the royal father to use his traditional institutions to bring peace to the community.
They also resolved at the Palace that the parties involved in the crisis should be invited separately to a meeting in order to ascertain the immediate causes of the unwarranted attack on the policemen.
Trouble was said to have started on Sunday, March 11, 2018, when crisis erupted between two factions in the community while singing folklore songs to mark their festival.
The clash between both factions led to the exchange of bullets which brought about the presence of policemen in the community who were shot at by irate youths killing one, injuring two and in the process snatching away one AK 47 assault rifle.
NO.DTS 0349: MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
NEED FOR DILIGENCE, HARD WORK STRESSED
The need for diligent labour as a means of overcoming difficult times has been emphasized.
This was the position of Elder Lawrence Ejobowen, a block moulder from Olomoro, in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, who said he had been in the business for about 25 years and had eked out a living from the job.
According to him “I am in the job now close to 25 years. Most of my children have graduated and some are still in school. Also from this job God has given me my own compound. I am not a tenant again for close to 10 years now. All from this block moulding.”
Elder Lawrence Ejobowen said he decided to make it a family business, and also train his wife and daughters in the job since it was the only means of livelihood and with the assistance of his wife and the children, he had been able to achieve much.
He said that he was happy doing the job and advised those going about looking for money through dubious means to desist from such act and hold on to a particular trade, assuring that with God on their side, success would be waiting for them.
“I am happy doing this job and all my children are cooperating with me, all the girls, and I want to advice those out there that any condition you find yourself, hold on to something and be serious with it; do not be wary until God will make a way for you”, he advised.
On her part, his daughter Elo, an SS3 student said she loved helping her parents in the block moulding business since it was through it her parents were training her.
Elo said initially, the job was stressful but had become smooth at present and advised children to always assist their parents wherever there was a need, stressing the need for youths to learn any vocation even though they intend to further their education.