NO.DTS 0521: OKOWA CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DEVELOPMENTAL REPORTS BY STATES, LGs
NO.DTS 0522: NIPSS COURSE 4 STUDY TOUR: DELTA SSG AFFIRMS STATE’S NUMBER ONE STATUS IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
NO.DTS 0523: GOV OKOWA DECRIES GET-RICH-QUICK SYNDROME AMONG NIGERIANS
NO.DTS 0524: OKOWA GREETS EKWEREMADU AT 57
NO.DTS 0525: ANIOMA MEDIA ASSOCIATES REWARD UKAH WITH OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD
NO.DTS 0526: UKAH CHALLENGES DBS WARRI ACTING GM ON OPTIMIZING APPOINTMENT FOR SERVICE DELIVERY
NO.DTS 0527: NUJ DELTA RECEIVES FOUNDING FATHER’S BLESSINGS… AS MACAULAY URGES MEMBER TO UPHOLD UNION’S CONSTITUTION
NO.DTS 0528: OMU DUNKWU CONGRATULATES UGOANI ON DOCTORATE AWARD, DISSOCIATES SELF FROM STATEMENT SIGNED BY CHIEFS
NO.DTS 0529: IKA NORTH EAST INAUGURATES COMMITTEE ON PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT LAND
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0521: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
OKOWA CALLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DEVELOPMENTAL REPORTS BY STATES, LGs
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the Federal Government to ensure that reports from studies, especially, those from the National Institutes of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru are made available to respective states of the country for implementation.
Governor Okowa made the call today when members of Executive Course 41 of NIPSS paid him a courtesy call in Asaba.
According to the governor, “The NIPSS over the years have changed the narrative of governance of this country including the state and local governments through its numerous research and studies; it is good to hear that a lot of studies still take place in our nation and both the states and local governments will benefit and utilize the reports if the Federal Government can make the reports available to them.”
“I know that the input of participants who are from diverse background will enrich reports from NIPSS and the reports will be very beneficial to states where the studies took place,” the governor stated.
While lauding the theme of study, ‘Funding Universal Healthcare in Nigeria’, Governor Okowa observed that to achieve universal health coverage, there should be adequate manpower, training and proper funding for the primary healthcare sector.
He noted that medical tourism could only be curbed when the primary healthcare sector was effective which he stressed would give rise to functional tertiary health sector and reduce medical tourism.
Governor Okowa used the occasion to call for full implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004 so as to increase health care coverage across the country, noting that it was sad that Nigeria had 12 per cent health insurance coverage 15 years after the Act was signed into law.
Earlier, the Director-General of NIPSS and leader of the study team, Mr Jonathan Juma had in his speech, lauded the contributions of Governor Okowa to the development of the country, disclosing that they were on study tour of Delta State.
NO.DTS 0522: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
NIPSS COURSE 4 STUDY TOUR: DELTA SSG AFFIRMS STATE’S NUMBER ONE STATUS IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
Proud of its health success story in the last four years, the Delta State Government today flaunted its contributory health insurance policy to delegates of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru for replication across the country.
Addressing Course 4 participants of the institute in Asaba, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Festus Ovie Agas said that the theme of the study tour ‘Funding Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria’ was sustainable as countries all over the world strive to provide access to affordable healthcare services to its citizens.
“I am delighted to mention that as a state, we have reached an appreciable level which warranted the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to give an award of excellence to Delta State for having the best healthcare scheme and the highest number of children under-5 years and pregnant women benefitting from a free Healthcare scheme in Nigeria.
“Good health is necessary for individuals to make the most of life and create the inner strength to harness human potentials needed for national growth and development. Improving the wellbeing of the people is paramount to government and a lot has been done to address healthcare challenges in the state.
“One of such efforts is the establishment of Delta State Contributory Health Scheme at the inception of this administration to increase access to healthcare services” he said.
Continuing, the SSG stressed, “Government has continued to improve the quality of health services through physical infrastructure upgrades to enhance institutional capacity for service delivery, re-launching of emergency ambulance services to provide medical care and transport to definitive point of care as well as successful containment of disease.”
In another development, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori said Delta State under the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa remained a model to other states as far as the health sector was concerned.
The speaker, represented by the House Committee Chairman on Health, Hon Alphonsus Ojo, said that upon his (Okowa) assumption of office in 2015, one of the first things the Governor did was to transmit the Delta State Contributory Health Bill to the legislature for consideration, stressing that other health laws such as the Sickle cell law were also operational in the state.
While receiving the policy makers to the state on their study tour, he suggested that other states should emulate the strides recorded by Delta State in the health sector.
The Course 41 team also visited the Ministry of Health where the the Commissioner, Dr Mordi Ononye stated,”The policy of the state government is Health for all Deltans, which guaranteed quality, affordable, available, accessible and comprehensive health care for all Deltans” stressing that the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme formed the cornerstone of the walk to universal health in the state.
The commissioner stated further. “Out-of-Pocket expenditure has been an identified challenge of our people in getting healthcare services at the point of need. This prompted the state Contributory Healthcare Scheme initiated by Governor Okowa in 2015. In doing so, we had to establish structures across the state and an appropriate finance and funding scheme to enable us achieve sustainability because the issue of healthcare cannot be left to government alone.
“The state government is presently working on having at least one functional Primary Healthcare Centre in all the wards of the state. We also have Delta State Primary Healthcare Development Agency charged with the responsibility of overseeing all the primary health centers in the 25 local Government Areas of the state.”
The course participants who were drawn from various fields of public endeavor such as the civil service, the military, the police, the media and the health sector among others, expressed satisfaction after an interactive session with concerned stakeholders in the state government.
In his remarks, the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Jonathan Juma mni, said that the essence of the study tour was in fulfillment of admission into the institute and onward transmission of findings to the Presidency for consideration, even as he admitted the warmth and hospitality of the state since their arrival.
NO.DTS 0523: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
GOV OKOWA DECRIES GET-RICH-QUICK SYNDROME AMONG NIGERIANS
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has decried the craze for wealth and material possessions among Nigerians and called for people to be more committed to the affairs of God.
The governor spoke yesterday at the 1st session of the 15th Synod of the Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ubulu-Okiti, in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to Governor Okowa, “The inordinate desire for wealth and material possessions inevitably results in compromise, covetousness and corruption; this is, perhaps, our greatest undoing as a nation today as people want to make money at all costs and the result is what we are seeing all around us – rise in cases of ritual killings, kidnappings, advance fee fraud (popularly known as yahoo yahoo), violent crimes and even occultism in churches.”
“While God is committed to meeting our needs, it is also His will that we do not make making money our main pursuit in life; His command remains to seek His kingdom first and all other things will be added (Matthew 6:33),” he stated.”
He observed that the theme of the synod, ‘The Pursuit of the Vain and the Evanescent’, addresses “The concerns of mortal beings that are daily caught in the dilemma of whether to pursue after that which is spiritual and, therefore, eternal or that which is material and, therefore, temporary; the choice is not often as easy as it may sound in a Sunday school class because out there in the real world things can get really sticky.”
“Truth be told, we need many God-fearing leaders in all facets of our national life; men and women who will think less of themselves but more of the people that they have been called to serve, because, it is against the divine order for any leader to attempt to use his position to oppress and boss people around,”
The governor who was accompanied by a retinue of aides to the event said, “My advice is that we simply live our lives to worship, love, obey, trust God and leave the rest to Him.”
Earlier in a sermon, Rt. Rev. Markus Danbinta, Bishop, Diocese of Dutse, urged Christians to store their treasure in heaven rather than on earth, stating, “Your deeds here on earth is your treasure in heaven; the deeds of kindness done to the people in need are done for Christ and are treasures in heaven.”
“We are so mindful of our own things; we don’t give much attention to other people which is not good and we should know that your character will also, determine if you will go to heaven or not; don’t be too attached to the world, see yourself as someone on pilgrimage earth and aspire to make heaven with your deeds,” the Bishop said.
NO.DTS 0524: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
OKOWA GREETS EKWEREMADU AT 57
The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu as he turns 57 years on Sunday 12th May, 2019.
In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday in Asaba, Governor Okowa extolled the leadership qualities and astute contributions of Senator Ekweremadu towards Nigeria’s democracy saying, “Ekweremadu has carved a niche for himself and deserves an enviable place in history for his immeasurable contributions to the Senate over the years”.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I wish to congratulate my brother and dear friend, the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, a party stalwart and leader of inestimable value, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR, on the occasion of his 57th birthday anniversary celebration”.
“Your Excellency, the invaluable contributions you have made to national development is worthy of note in the minds of Nigerians. You have remained committed, diligent, focused and dedicated to the service of mankind”, the statement added.
The Governor noted that Ike Oha Ndigbo, as he is fondly called is no doubt a gentleman par excellence, a team player and above all, a God fearing Nigerian. He expressed his appreciation to Senator Ekweremadu for being such an amiable and able leader in the Senate, and on behalf of himself, his family, the Government and people of Delta State, prayed God Almighty to guide, protect and grant the Deputy President of the Senate more fruitful years of contribution to nation building.
NO.DTS 0526: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
UKAH CHALLENGES DBS WARRI ACTING GM ON OPTIMIZING APPOINTMENT FOR SERVICE DELIVERY
The Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah, has challenged the Acting General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri Pastor Malcolm Oteri, to optimize his appointment for effective service delivery.
Chief UKah gave the charge when he received the Acting General Manager, accompanied by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATTAWU) in his office today.
The Commissioner who emphasized the need for the broadcast outfit not to be run aground, called for strong synergy between the management and staff, saying they should believe in themselves to raise the standard of service delivery offered to the public.
The Information Commissioner, who was accompanied on the reception of the DBS Warri team by the Functioning Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Paul Osahor JP and senior management staff, said: “We need to work in partnership and believe in ourselves,” the adding, “If you don’t believe in your leadership we cannot move forward.”
Chief Ukah used the occasion to clarify on the working relationship between ministries and their parastatals, explaining that the Ministry of Information concerned itself with the statutory role of overseeing capital projects in line with the needs of its parastatals to ensure they function optimally.
While admonishing the Acting General Manager and his team to investigate the veracity of rumours they hear, he noted, “This ministry does not breathe down on its parastatals, more so when you have a board. The ministry is not responsible for giving you imprest but the Office of the Acccountant General, so there is no way the ministry can withhold your imprest.”
He said that his paramount concern was to look at ways he could entrench legacies that people coming after could leverage on, adding “I have highlighted before His Excellency, the Governor the needs for training on the use of the equipment in the station and there are plans to change your equipment to digital for modern digital transmission.”
The commissioner called on the Acting General Manager to be mindful of the financial situation he met, saying he was not bound to be tied down by bottlenecks in previous financial transaction, saying the ministry had received the approval from the state governor to constitute an administrative panel of inquiry to look into the management of the service.
On the untidy state of the premises of the broadcast outfit, Chief Ukah promised to liaise with his environment counterpart, Chief John Nani to carryout fumigation exercise to rid the place of dangerous reptiles.
Early, Acting General Manager, Pastor Malcolm Oteri, said he had spent one day in office after receiving the handing over note from the former General Manager, My Tunde Omodode Igrammar, adding that he had met with union leadership, saying they had agreed to sheath their sword.
He reassured the commissioner that situation at the outfit had returned to normal and the atmosphere ready for government work.
NO.DTS 0527: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
NUJ DELTA RECEIVES FOUNDING FATHER’S BLESSINGS… AS MACAULAY URGES MEMBER TO UPHOLD UNION’S CONSTITUTION
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta State Council, yesterday received the blessings of its founding father when Comrade Michael Ikeogwu led members of his Executive, including the National Vice President, Zone F and other leaders of the union to the Asaba residence of the pioneer Chairman of NUJ Delta State Council and former Secretary to State Government, Comrade Chief Ovouzuorie Macaulay.
The former SSG who was pleased to host the union he led as pioneer Chairman in the State, blessed the NUJ while assuring his active fatherly role going forward.
Comrade Macaulay, who was also a former chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta Council and astute politician, disclosed the need to bring back the lost glory of the NUJ, calling on members to always uphold the tenets of the union’s constitution.
He affirmed that NUJ as the umbrella body of all practicing journalists should be the pride of all; adding that all hands must be on deck to making it a biting dog not just a watching dog.
The simple but firm veteran journalist appreciated the effort made by the current leadership of the NUJ and its elders to meet with him and iron out any gray areas in their relationship.
According to him, “I have nothing against the union I have led as pioneer chairman. Even though I did only a term and moved up to Chair NLC in the state, my achievements for the union are still glaring for all to see.
“Let’s move on and make NUJ to work again. I am a blessed man rising through the union activities, and there is no reason why NUJ should not be blessed to remain relevant and formidable in the scheme of things.”
“Going forward, we must defend our NUJ constitution. Nobody puts dignity in you, it is you that should create dignity for yourself”, Macaulay advised.
Earlier, the National Vice President of NUJ Zone F, Comrade Edward Akpati Ogude eulogized the former NUJ leader for his sterling leadership qualities both in the labour movement and politics.
Ogude had presented the mission for the visit to Chief Macaulay, seeking his forgiveness for any wrongs done him and for him to join hands to move the union forward as the founding father.
The immediate past Chairman of the Council, Comrade Norbert Chiazor also eulogized the former SSG, stating that he remained the supreme authority and life leader of NUJ in Delta.
Chiazor affirmed that the present achievements recorded by the union in the areas of acquiring land for the press centre, starting the foundation, donation of a bus and a corolla car to the union and others too numerous to mention were all the efforts of Comrade Ovouzuorie Macaulay.
Comrade Chiazor appealed to the the immediate past SSG of Delta State not to abandon his root, but to continually have it in his memoir that the success story of NUJ could not be told without the mention of Comrade Ovouzuorie Macaulay.
The State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu thanked the pioneer leader for his blessings and promised to partner the union going forward.
He assured him that henceforth, he would see a new NUJ that would pride itself in performance and maximum use of the counsel of Comrade Macaulay.
It was indeed a moment of conviviality and sublime reunion as another former Chairman of the council, Comrade Osita Biose prayed for Comrade Ovouzuorie Macaulay who was flanked by his friends and associates who were also of the media constituency.
NO.DTS 0528: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
OMU DUNKWU CONGRATULATES UGOANI ON DOCTORATE AWARD, DISSOCIATES SELF FROM STATEMENT SIGNED BY CHIEFS
The Omu of Okpanam and Anioma, HRM Obi Martha Dunkwu has congratulated the Ugoani of Okpanam community, HRM Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu on his recent award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Arts in Peace, Conflict Resolution and Community Development by the European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica, African Regional Operations.
According to Omu, “The award is a good one, being that the recipient is a renowned labour leader who must have made achievements in peace and conflict resolutions.
“It’s our desire in Okpanam that this award will spur our Ugoani to doing more in peace building and conflict resolutions in the community and beyond, as evidence of what he was seen to have accomplished at the Union level, which orchestrated the award in the first instance.
“I as the mother of the community, the spiritual guide to the community and the traditional ruler, leader of the women, custodian of the markets, custodian of Nze Omu shrine (staff of office of the Omu), hereby congratulate our king for this Honorary Doctorate Award”, Omu said.
Omu Martha Dunkwu however dissociated herself from an earlier statement purportedly signed by the Chiefs of Okpanam where her name was included, stating that there was never a time she attended any meeting with the chiefs and signed a congratulatory statement to Ugaoni.
The Omu Anioma, prayed for God’s wisdom and sound mind to continue to be with Ugoani Ogbolu for the leadership of Okpanam. She also prayed that the honour done him by the university would be maximized for the progressive benefit of Okpanam and humanity at large.
NO.DTS 0529: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
IKA NORTH EAST INAUGURATES COMMITTEE ON PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT LAND
In a bid to curb incessant encroachment on lands and unlawful acquisition of Government properties in the area, the Chairman of IKa North East Local Government Council, Hon. Victor Ebonka has Inaugurated Committee on protection of government properties.
Hon. Victor Ebonka, while inaugurating the committee in his office at the council secretariat, noted that the committee headed by Mr Amos Ikechukwu Agbobu, was with immediate effect and with the responsibility of fishing out all those encroaching on government lands.
According to Hon. Ebonka, the committee was also charged with the responsibility come up with strategies on how to recover lands already encroached on.
“You, the committee members have the duty to identify those trespassing on government land, put a stop to the development of such land and other untoward activities, he added.
The council chairman stated that with the new committee, government properties should be under watch to avoid any unauthorized use, maintaining that whosoever purchased government land does so at his or her risk.
Responding, the committee Chairman, Mr Amos Agbobu, an engineer, thanked Hon. Victor Ebonka for the confidence reposed on them assuring him that they will not fail in their responsibilities.