NO DTS 1968: DELTA TO RECRUIT 40 PHARMACISTS TO BRIDGE MANPOWER GAP
NO DTS 1969: CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER WILL COMPLEMENT DELTA’S FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY– OKOWA
NO DTS 1970: #BBNAIJA: OKOWA CONGRATULATES DORATHY, NEO
NO DTS 1971: OKOWA SALUTES OVIE OF AGBON AT 70
NO DTS 1972: INSTITUTE INDUCTS MRAKPOR, REWARDS HIM WITH COMPETENCY AWARD
NO DTS 1973: EKWUOMA COMMUNITY MARKS OGBANIGBE FESTIVAL
NO DTS 1974: ARIEKPE ADVISES ON PERSISTENCE IN DRIVE FOR SUCCESS
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NO DTS 1968: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
DELTA TO RECRUIT 40 PHARMACISTS TO BRIDGE MANPOWER GAP
Delta Government on Monday, gave approval for the employment of 40 pharmacists to bridge the manpower deficiency of pharmaceutical personnel in government hospitals across the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the approval while playing host to the leadership and members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Delta State Chapter, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
The governor expressed worry that out of 64 government hospitals in the state, 39 had no pharmacists, stressing that such was not a healthy development to the health care policies and programmes of his administration.
According to him, no hospital could perform optimally without the professional input of a pharmacist.
He explained that despite the present global economic challenges, his administration would ensure that government hospitals in the state are fairly staffed to meet the health care needs of the people.
Governor Okowa pledged to look into all the issues presented to him with a view to addressing some of them for the overall good of residents of the state.
On the alleged issue of harassment by some government agencies, he urged members of the society to take up the issue with the relevant agencies if they noticed that what they (such agencies) were doing was not in line with the position of the law.
While saying that many Nigerians don’t pay tax, Governor Okowa harped on the need for Nigerians to always pay their taxes to enable government to continue to perform its obligations to the people.
“If we have 40 pharmacists with 64 hospitals, we know that obviously is not right. I don’t see why we would allow the situation to degrade to that very level because I, also know that recently, I gave approval for the Hospitals Management Board (HMB) to employ doctors and nurses and I don’t think that reasonable provision was made to employ pharmacists.
“Because for us to have 39 of our hospitals without even a single pharmacists, obviously is not right and it ought not to be so.
“So, the Chairman of Hospitals Management Board, at least that one (the issue of shortage of pharmacists in government hospitals) I know I can attend to, I want a memo that will get to my table before the close of the week to employ 40 pharmacists.
“Actually, I don’t need a clap for this. The real truth is that every hospital should have at least one pharmacist. We have been employing people along the line. The huge numbers of staff that we have in this state and the exposure that we have in terms of salaries that we pay does not seem to collaborate this position because if we have been employing staff in many other places (areas in the state civil service) I don’t see any reason why there should be lack of pharmacists within our hospitals. I think that is an anomaly and it must be corrected,” he added.
Earlier, the Delta State Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist (Dr.) Kenneth Otenne disclosed that the visit was to commend Governor Okowa for his monumental achievements in all the positions that he had held as a politician and to also, seek ways of partnership in moving the health care sector in the state forward.
Dr. Otenne outlined challenges inhibiting the professional body in the state to include shortage of pharmacists in government hospitals; denial of internship of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, (DELSUTH) Oghara and other state hospitals; absence of accommodation for pharmacists on internship and non inclusion of pharmacists in the running of the primary health care as well as contributory health insurance scheme among others.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of an award of excellence in the health sector to Governor Okowa by members of the society.
NO DTS 1969: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER WILL COMPLEMENT DELTA’S FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY– OKOWA
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today said the launching of the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme in the state will complement his administration’s efforts at fighting poverty.
Okowa disclosed this during the flag off ceremony for the CCT Scheme of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) at Aniocha North Local Government Council Secretariat, Issele-Uku.
He stated that Deltans were delighted that the Household Uplifting Programme (HUP) as it is also known was formally taking off to focus on the poor and vulnerable households in the state.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Barry Gbe, the governor lauded the Federal Government for the gesture, saying it would help to address extreme poverty, social exclusion and vulnerability, through the transfer of monetary benefits of five thousand naira monthly to the poor and vulnerable households to enable them meet some of their basic needs.
“The formal launching of this laudable programme is indeed a great pleasure for me and a source of joy for us in Delta.
“Studies and experience from other nations have shown that the targeted cash transfers to the poor represents a formidable and effective tool not only in combating poverty but also in addressing inequality and promoting socio-economic development.
“At a time when our dear country an indeed the world at large is grappling with the crippling socio-economic effects of COVID-19, there can hardly be a better time to launch the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in our state.
“I am sure the scheme will complement the measures my government has put in place to support the poor and vulnerable members of our society during this harsh economic time and will go a long way in facilitating socio-economic recovery and overall development of Delta.” the governor stated.
He said the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU) which is domiciled at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, had commenced full operations with the required staff compliment.
He assured that the state government would give maximum cooperation and commitment to ensure the effective implementation of the programme, saying that its lofty objectives would be fully achieved in Delta.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk represented by Mr Raphael Obi, a director in the ministry, said, “The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme was a statutory programme designed right from inception by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a social protection scheme to help the poor as they grapple with the effects of the harsh economy.
“The programme is a continuous one until the people were lifted out of poverty.
“This is a fulfilment of the promise made by the President during the celebration of Democracy Day on June 12 to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years.”
Earlier, in her welcome address, National Programme Coordinator, National Cash Transfer Office, Dr Temitope Sinkaiye, represented by the Delta State Focal Officer Mrs Bridget Anyafulu, said that the scheme was intended to help vulnerable households to improve consumption and overcome extreme poverty.
She said that the national office of the programme accorded high priority to its successful implementation nationwide and therefore was delighted at formal commencement of the scheme in Delta.
In his closing remarks, the Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government Council Hon. Chuks Oseme, commended the federal and state governments for the scheme assuring that his administration would continue to support its implementation in the local government area.
Some beneficiaries of the scheme said they were elated at the commencement of the programme, saying that it will go a long way to ameliorate their sufferings especially in these trying times.
NO DTS 1970: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
#BBNAIJA: OKOWA CONGRATULATES DORATHY, NEO
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today congratulated Dorathy Bachor and Neo Akpofure, two citizens of Delta among the five finalists in the 2020 #BBNAIJA concluded on Sunday, describing them as proud ambassadors of Delta.
Bachor was Runner-Up in the competition while Akpofure was eliminated among the five finalists in the vote to get the winner.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that the state government was proud of Bachor and Akpofure as good ambassadors and reaffirmed that the government would continue to support talented Deltans to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
He said that 24-year-old Bachor from Ute-Okpu, in Ika North East Local Government Area and Akpofure from Kokori Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state displayed leadership traits that distinguished them as models for young persons in Delta and beyond.
For Bachor, the governor stated that he wasn’t surprised that she became the last woman standing out of 10 women among 20 house mates in the competition “because of her exemplary conduct in the Big Brother house, did not bring any embarrassment to the state.
“As a state we are very delighted that our daughter, Dorathy Bachor, emerged the Runner Up in the just-concluded #BBNaija competition.
“We are glad that she and Neo related very well with the other housemates and survived all the evictions and avoided controversies in the house.
“They have portrayed the Delta character of being well behaved and worthy ambassadors of the state,’’ the governor stated.
He thanked the people of Delta and Nigerians for making their votes count for Dorathy Bachor and Neo Akpofure.
Okowa advised them to continue to conduct themselves responsibly at all times and wished them well in their other endeavours.
NO DTS 1971: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
OKOWA SALUTES OVIE OF AGBON AT 70
Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, Ogurime-rime Ukori I, Michael Omeru, as he clocks 70 tomorrow, Tuesday.
He saluted the traditional ruler for his exemplary contributions to the growth and development of Agbon Kingdom and Delta State in general.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, today, Okowa described the respected monarch as “a symbol of peace, stability and development” of his people of Agbon Kingdom and Deltans in general.
According to him, Ukori I remains not only a shining light and custodian of the culture and traditions of Agbon people, he is also a revered monarch whose wise counsel to governments remain invaluable and enduring.
The governor urged the monarch not to waver in his belief in the peace and unity of his fatherland, but to do all within his power to ensure that his domain continued to be a model for peace to other kingdoms.
“Your majesty, you have remained a symbol of humility and ontributing immensely toward the attainment of a Stronger Delta by our administration.
“Under your reign, the Agbon kingdom has prospered with incredible infrastructural transformation and continuous peace to the kingdom.
“I urge you to remain committed to the unity of our state, and continue to do all within your power to ensure that your domain continues to enjoy greater peace.
“As a renowned businessman and construction giant, you have continued to play active roles in our Stronger Delta vision and we are grateful for your kind support always.
“Your reign has immensely benefited the people of Agbon Kingdom, Delta and indeed the nation.
“Worthy of commendation is Your Majesty’s efforts in tackling issues of development, unemployment and value-orientation among youths of Agbon kingdom and Urhobo nation in general.
“Of remarkable note is your royal carriage which is visible in the exemplary manner you have discharged your duties and has remained a source of pride and splendour to the traditional Institution,” he said.
The governor, on behalf of his family, the government and people of Delta, congratulated “Your Royal Majesty, Ogurime-rime Ukori I, Michael Omeru, the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, on the occasion of your 70th birth anniversary.
“We pray that the Almighty God will continue to give you good health and wisdom to pilot the traditional affairs of your kingdom and offer valuable contributions to the development of our dear state.”
NO DTS 1972: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
INSTITUTE INDUCTS MRAKPOR, REWARDS HIM WITH COMPETENCY AWARD
By Aruoriwo Ivovi
The Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor has added another feather to his cap as the Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy Management conferred on him the highest membership status of fellow of the institute.
Mr Mrakpor was among other prominent Nigerians who were inducted into the fellowship membership category of the Institute having satisfied all the professional requirements for the conferment.
The attorney-general was also conferred with the institute’s 2020 Competency Award in recognition of his professional, administrative, and leadership competence in tandem with the core values of the
Mr Mrakpor, in a statement, thanked the President and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute, Professor Muhammad Abdullahi on his induction as Fellow as well as the conferment of the Institute Competency Award on him.
While dedicating the award to God Almighty for the recognition, Mrakpor paid special tribute to the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for the opportunity given to him to serve and earn
Mrakpor, who was recently shortlisted for elevation to the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators
He is also a recipient of several awards and commendations for his innumerable contributions for the advancement of law and legal practice in Nigeria, his philanthropic gestures and
numerous humanitarian services.
The Chartered Institute of Information and Strategy Management is a professional body under the Companies and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act of 1990, authorized to train and issue her membership certificate.
The Institute is affiliated to several Universities and other professional
bodies nationally and internationally.
The Institute upholds and promotes the values of integrity, professionalism, competency, best practices, accountability, leadership and discipline as well as equipping members with the right capacity that would enhance them to gain competitive advantage in information and strategy management.
The plaque of award and induction certificate has since been presented to the AG at the institute’s head office located at Abuja.
NO DTS 1973: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
EKWUOMA COMMUNITY MARKS OGBANIGBE FESTIVAL
By Christian Ogoh
Ekwuoma community in Ika North East Local Government Area has celebrated its annual Ogbanigbe festival.
The ceremony which was adjudged very peaceful, witnessed a large turnout by sons and daughters of the community including traditional chiefs and friends from neighboring villages.
The Ajeh of Ekuoma Community, Mr Samuel Chukwujindu, while receiving the people at his home, attributed the success of this year’s festival to the hand work of God.
He urged the people of the community to go about the celebration peacefully and desist from any act that would lead to the breach of law and order.
Speaking further, Mr Chukwujindu disclosed that Ogbanigbe was an annual festival where the people were expected to rejoice and eat fresh yam harvested by them.
The Ajeh observed that the people of Ekuoma were very excited, saying that made them to come out en mass to express their love for their heritage and tradition.
While thanking God for preserving his life and that of the people to witness this year’s festival, he prayed that the future would brings abundance and good health to the people.
NO DTS 1974: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
ARIEKPE ADVISES ON PERSISTENCE IN DRIVE FOR SUCCESS
By Ambrose Ologide
An author, Elder Michael Ariekpe, has advised persons aspiring for success not to be deterred by lack of finance but rather make friends with successful professionals in various fields of human endeavours.
Ariekpe who is the author of the book, ‘Your Success Is Certain’ made the assertion, in a chat with journalists shortly after he released the book in Effurun recently.
He stressed that lack of money could not be an impediment to success, as he advised that those who desire to be successful in life should be friendly with clergies, legal practitioners, medical doctors, engineers and resourceful persons in other professions.
While disclosing that the philosophical book would be launched in no distant time this year, the retiree of Nigerian Gas Company (a subsidiary of NNPC) Ekpan, disclosed that he had other three inspirational and life-changing books to be published soon.