NO DTS 1261: GOV OKOWA DEPLORES RISING CASES OF COVID-19 IN DELTA
NO DTS 1262: OTUARO MOURNS DEMISE OF OGBABURHON
NO DTS 1263: FREGENE HAILS OKOWA’S TRANSPARENCY ON COVID-19
NO DTS 1264: EDAFIADJEBRE ADVOCATES TRADITIONAL PUNISHMENT AGAINST RAPISTS
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NO DTS 1261: ASABA, NIGERIA, SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020
GOV OKOWA DEPLORES RISING CASES OF COVID-19 IN DELTA
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has deplored the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state, saying it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and frightening proportion.
In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the governor said that it was regrettable that many persons still think that the Coronavirus disease was a hoax.
“It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some prominent citizens.
“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realize that the coronavirus disease is real,’’ he said, disclosing that as at Saturday, number of confirmed cases of the virus in the state was 781,’’ he said.
According to him, On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Delta State recorded 106 cases, coming only behind Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic. The latest figure from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that on Friday, June 26, Delta recorded 66 additional cases.
“ This brings the total number of infected persons in the State so far to 781. The local governments mostly affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66),’’ Okowa stated.
He explained that “the State Government allowed normal business activities to go on in essential sectors of the economy to enable citizens take care of their families. It does not in any way suggest that the danger is over.
“We made this decision with all sense of responsibility while counting on your partnership with the Government to defeat this virus. Regrettably, it does appear our people have not taken this matter as seriously as they should.
“Our isolation centres are currently overwhelmed with the number of cases and unless we proactively and collectively take drastic actions to reverse the trend, we stand the risk of becoming another epicentre for the pandemic.
“In the absence of a specific curative drug, the only way to check the transmission of the virus is for all of us to adhere strictly to the NCDC-issued guidelines and safety protocols, which are as follows:
-Stay at home as much as possible. Only go out if it is essential for you to do so.
– If you must go out, please ensure that you maintain about six feet distance from other persons. This is because the virus is transmitted through droplets – either due to coughing, sneezing, or talking – of an infected person.
– Wear face masks once you are outside your home. This will shield you from droplets from a carrier.
– Avoid crowds and large gatherings as much as possible.
– Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible. If this is not readily available, make sure you have a potable alcohol-based hand sanitizer to rub your hands.
– Refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands, especially outside your home.
– Avoid hugs and handshakes.
“My dear Deltans, this is a clarion call to arms. We must brace up and take responsibility for our collective health and safety now.
“It is very worrisome that many of our people still walk the streets without wearing a face mask or even observing physical/social distancing.’’
The governor ordered that henceforth, banks, supermarkets, malls, stores, salons, and motorists MUST admit limited persons per time and strictly enforce the physical/social distancing rule.
“In addition to providing hand wash stations/alcohol-based sanitizers, banks, salons, supermarkets, stores, and malls MUST deny entry to patrons without facemasks. Where there is more than one person, occupants of private vehicles MUST also wear face masks.
“The number of guests at social events – weddings, funerals, traditional marriages – should not exceed 50 with appropriate physical distance set in place. People without face masks MUST be turned back. I also implore our religious houses to implement all the safety protocols as agreed.
“Residents in the most affected local governments – Oshimili South, Warri South, Uvwie, Oshimili North, Ughelli North, Ethiope West, and Sapele – are particularly advised to be on red alert.
“Let me emphasise once again that the coronavirus disease is real, and anybody can contact it. It is neither a rich man’s nor a poor man’s disease. Anybody can be affected.
“I call on every resident in the State to act responsibly to protect yourself and others, and do not forget to continue praying for God’s merciful intervention to stop this raging pandemic.
“Together we shall beat this virus,’’ he added.
NO DTS 1262: ASABA, NIGERIA, SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020
OTUARO MOURNS DEMISE OF OGBABURHON
Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, has mourned the death of Chief Austin Ogbaburhon’s saying the death is “A painful loss of another brother in Urhoboland.”
Otuaro had, a week ago, lamented the death of Gen Orho Obada, Ex-Acting Chief of Air Staff and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) as one who expended his intellect in stabilising the polity just as he held out Hon Joyce Overah, Chief Tom Amioku and wife of Archbishop Goddowell Avwomakpa, Victoria, as “peace and development drivers in the state while alive”.
“I know Chief Austin Ogbaburhon to be a strong, grassroots, go-getter politician who worked hard for the welfare of his people. His contributions to the development of Delta State as Chairman, Okpe and Udu council areas, Chairman, Delta State Waste Management Board and House of Representatives member, would project him as model beyond his death”, Otuaro told newsmen in Asaba, at the weekend.
“My heart goes out to his family, Orhuwhorun community in Udu LGA where he hails from and the people of Delta State for the loss. I am partly from Emadadja in Udu LGA, so Ogbaburhon is more like a brother whose death strikes the heart”, Otuaro lamented, adding: “May Almighty God grant the the family the fortitude to bear the loss”.
NO DTS 1263: ASABA, NIGERIA, SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020
FREGENE HAILS OKOWA’S TRANSPARENCY ON COVID-19
By Clementina Wewele
A Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor Okowa on Community Development, Hon. Jude Fregene has hailed the governor for transparency in governance saying the disclosure of COVID – 19 infection on his daughter and some top government officials is a clear indication the governor is transparent in all his dealings.
He said the news came as a shock to him while he lauded the governor for being a man of integrity who does not mislead his subject but revealing to Deltans what they needed to know and at the same time ensuring their safety.
Fregene, a lawyer, advised as many who still believe that the virus does not exist to adhere to health and government directives of regular washing of hands, wearing of face mask in public places, as well as observing social distancing, stressing the virus is no respecter of anyone.
The SSA prayed God to grant the governor’s daughter and those that are infected of the corona virus quick recovery.
He urged all Deltans and the general public to pray fervently for the governor’s daughter and all infected by the virus for speedy recovery in line with God’s word “By his stripes we are healed.”
He also recalled Psalm 34 Vs 19, which reads “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the lord delivereth him out of them all. “
NO DTS 1264: ASABA, NIGERIA, SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020
EDAFIADJEBRE ADVOCATES TRADITIONAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPISTS
By Ambrose Ologide
The Odo of Owhurie (Agbassa Juju) in Agbarha Warri Kingdom, Warri South Local Area, Chief Julius Edafiadjebre (JP) has advocated that traditional punishment should be meted to rapists.
The renowned traditionalist made the suggestion in a media chat with our correspondent in his office at Igbudu Unit 11 Warri at the weekend
He noted that vices such as rape and incest were taboos and as such perpetrators of the evil acts should be dealt with in the traditional way as was done in olden days before the coming of the white man.
“Rape and incest are not committed in the air. So traditional rulers or community leaders in where they were committed should place curses on the perpetrators. And if the perpetrators are known, they should be ostracized. This would deter those nursing the idea of committing the evil acts,” Edafiadjebre said.
He acknowledged the importance of invoking law as a punishment to rapists but he stressed the efficacy of applying traditional way of meting punishments to rapists.
Edafiadjebre who is the acting Unuovwodo (representative of the Ovie of Agbarha Warri) of Otovwodo (Agbassa) Community posited that a wealthy or influential rapist could buy his way through cannot have his way when curses are placed on him, saying, “Curses could lead to his sudden death or caused unbearable punishment to him.”
He advised victims to always speak out just as he emphasized incest is evil and condemnable by all religions and therefore stated that perpetrators sould be punishment even if they hide it.
While commending the media for the campaign against rape, he warned against the neglect or abuse of traditional religion, adding: “Even the white man has his traditional religion which he believes in.”