NO DTS 0696: OKOWA URGES HELPING HANDS TO SUPPORT NEEDY IN SOCIETY
NO DTS 0697: OKOWA MOURNS AS PROF IJOMAH DIES AT 83
NO DTS 0698: IBORI MOURNS PROF IJOMAH
NO DTS 0699: DTSG REVIEWS RATES ON LAND CHARGES
NO DTS 0700: DELTA CJ LAYS FOUNDATION FOR UDU NBA LAW CENTRE
NO DTS 0701: COVID 19: ONONYE ADVISES CORPS MEMBERS TO IMBIBE GOOD HYGIENE
NO DTS 0702: EGBABOR INTRODUCES INTERVIEW FOR APPOINTMENT OF HEAD TEACHERS
NO DTS 0703: CHRISTANS URGED TO IMPACT ON LIVES… AS LATE MADAM BEATRICE DIKE IS BURIED
NO DTS 0704: TENSION IN IDJERHE KINGDOM AS HERDSMEN TAKE OVER FARM LAND… KINGSHIP TUSSLE TEARS COMMUNITY APART
NO DTS 0705: SAPELE CONSTITUENCY: INEC APPEAL AGAINST UPIO HEARD IN ASABA APPEAL COURT
NO DTS 0706: 10-MEMBER CARETAKER COMMITTEE SET UP FOR EKAKPAMRE COMMUNITY
NO DTS 0696 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
OKOWA URGES HELPING HANDS TO SUPPORT NEEDY IN SOCIETY
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has stressed the need for the privileged to always extend helping hands to others in need so as to make the society a better place.
The governor, who was speaking during the funeral service for late Mrs Idowu Timi, mother of Hon. Tonye Timi in Afinaware Quarters of Patani town, urged the children of the deceased to take solace in the fact that their mother lived a memorable life worthy of emulation.
According to the governor, “A lot of good things have been said about Late Mrs. Idowu Timi, adding that from what has been said about her, it is clear that she was a peaceful, gentle and friendly woman as well as a devout Christian.”
“That she lived a life of generosity means that she must have inculcated that virtue of generosity in her children and I thank God for her life,” he added.
The governor urged the children of the deceased to live peaceful and generous life that their mother was known for by being kind and generous to people around them.
While saying that life should not be about self and family members alone, Okowa harped on the need to extend helping hands to others in need, even as he prayed that people would remember the late Mrs. Idowu Timi through her children.
Earlier in his sermon during the open air funeral service, the Bishop of Southern Izon Diocese of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Edafe Emamezi said life was not about earthly achievements alone, but the relationship established with God because of the reality of heaven and hell in death.
Bishop Emamezi who said that the Late Timi lived her life for God and humanity, reminded the congregation of the need to draw near to God for them to have a permanent place in heaven at death.
To those in position of trust including politicians and traditional rulers , the cleric said that they should lead with the fear of God.
One of the children of the deceased, Hon Timi Tonye who is an Education Consultant to the state government, described his late mother as a disciplinarian, pointing out that she moulded them to become responsible citizens.
He promised that they (Mrs. Idowu children) would uphold the good virtues she impacted on them, just as he expressed appreciation to the governor, his deputy and other dignitaries that attended the burial ceremony of his late mother.
The open air funeral service was attended by the state deputy governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, Senator James Manager, Hon Julius Pondi of the House of Representatives, some members of the National and State Assembly, Commissioners, Political Advisers and other top government officials.
Late Idowu Timi who died at the age of 88 was interred at her son’s premises in Patani.
NO DTS 0697 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
OKOWA MOURNS AS PROF IJOMAH DIES AT 83
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed deep sadness on the demise of author, scholar, academician, and elder statesman, Professor Benedict Ijomah.
Ijomah, a renowned professor of Political Sociology, who hailed from Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, died on Friday, March 13. He was 83.
The deceased as an activist, was the first President of Students’ Union at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, from 1960 to1961. He was the first National Vice-President of the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) and was also the first President of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on yesterday in Asaba, Okowa commiserated with the people of Ndokwa East, Aboh community in particular and the University of Nigeria over the passing of the renowned scholar and elder statesman.
He described late Prof. Ijomah as a “thoroughbred researcher”, academician, refined politician, prolific author, orator and a man of the people and assured that his government would continue to promote scholarship and excellence which the renowned professor epitomized in his lifetime.
According to him, the deceased was a well respected scholar and an incurable quantitative researcher in Sociology, whose work on Coastal Erosion in Nigeria successfully predicted the instability of the ocean in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The governor assured that his government would continue to build on the Stronger Delta legacies, visionary foresight and solid foundations laid by the founding fathers of the state which Prof Ijomah was part of.
“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Ndokwa East, Aboh community in particular and the University of Nigeria over the passing of the renowned elder statesman and Professor of Political Sociology.
“As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great political depth and insight, a leader of leaders, he contributed immensely to the development of our state and country in the several capacities he served.
“As a government, we acknowledge his role and efforts as one of the founding fathers of Delta as well as his efforts in pioneering the South-South People’s Conference (SSOPEC), which no doubt gave vent to a South- South President in 2011.
“As a scholar, Professor B.I.C Ijomah authored 10 books and over 100 published articles. His work on Coastal Erosion in Nigeria, which successfully predicted the instability of the ocean in Victoria Island, Lagos remain an indelible contribution to the academic world.
“In acknowledgement of his outstanding contributions to the academia, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka named the Centre for Policy Studies and Research after him because of his numerous contributions to the institution.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of a great elder statesman, Professor Benedict Imeagwu Chukwumah Ijomah, whose fountain of knowledge has remained an inspiration to many.
“He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he impacted positively in his numerous writings and it’s my prayer that God will grant his soul repose and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.” Okowa said.
NO DTS 0698 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
IBORI MOURNS PROF IJOMAH
Chief James Ibori has described Professor Benedict Imeagwu Chukwuma (B.I.C.) Ijomah who passed on Friday 13th March 2020 as a consummate educationist who excelled as both teacher and administrator from the secondary school to the university, a social activist, uncommon nationalist, global church leader and a towering world class intellectual.
In a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, Chief Ibori said that Prof Ijomah was outstanding in all he did.
He recalled that Ijomah set a high standard when he taught briefly at St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu-Uku, from where he gained admission as a foundation student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1960, and emerged the first President of the UNN Students’ Union, 1960 – 1961.
Several other firsts followed; he was the first National Vice-President of the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS), and has remained live member of NUNS since 1962. He was the first President of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Nsukka, and the first President of the university’s National Alumni Association.
Uncannily combining academics with administrative work, he delivered a globally acclaimed lecture at the 1977 World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77) Colloquium, in Lagos.
Ijomah was the founding Registrar at Federal Polytechnic, Akure, which was later moved to Ado-Ekiti, and he was there to build the new site from scratch. Then, he become a Professor of Political Sociology and was for several years, the Head of the Department of Sociology, from Nsukka to Ambrose Alli University where he served as Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1985 – 1989.
He remained Head of Department of Sociology, at Ekpoma, until he retired in 2002. He also meritoriously served as an Education Commissioner in late Samuel Ogbemudia’s Bendel state administration in 1983.
Chief Ibori said that apart from his academic exploits, Prof Ijomah was a thorough-going patriot who wore his being from Delta state as a badge of honour. Ibori described Prof Ijomah as “an erudite orator, a remarkable nationalist, one of those respected elders and political leaders who sat together and negotiated the amiable creation of Delta and Edo states from the old Bendel.
During my watch as Governor from 1999 t0 2007, I gained a great deal from the wholesome golden nuggets of advice that came from the incandescent mind of this uncommon intellectual. Prof Ijomah was a shining light, a repository of history, an unrelenting social activist, a soaring intellectual whose death could be compared to the burning of a vast and immense library.
Chief Ibori sent his condolence to the people of Aboh, Ijomah’s home town, and the entire Delta state. He also condoled the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which Ijomah continued to relate strongly with, until he drew his last breath.
He prayed the Almighty God to grant Ijomah, an ardent Catholic and lover of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was installed as a National Patron of the World Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima in 2010, eternal rest.
NO DTS 0699 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
DTSG REVIEWS RATES ON LAND CHARGES
In order to boost internally generated revenue, the Delta State Government has reviewed the rates on land charges.
The new rates on land charges are contained on the newly released Delta State Gazette 2020.
According to the gazette, the charges affect all lands whether privately or state owned, with or without Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) in any part of the state.
The document enjoins residents in the state who own lands and property to get themselves acquainted with the new rates by visiting the offices of the Ministry of Lands and Surveys across the state.
NO DTS 0700 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
DELTA CJ LAYS FOUNDATION FOR UDU NBA LAW CENTRE
The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association, Udu Branch Law Centre at Otor-Udu in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The centre, which is situate at the High Court premises comprised 400 capacity hall, male and female cloak rooms, rest rooms, two offices and a business centre.
While laying the foundation of the centre, the Chief Judge affirmed that the laudable project would boost both professional and social activities of the branch.
Justice Umukoro who decried non presence of legal practitioners from Urhobo extraction and Delta state in sensitive organs of the profession and federal parastatals, charged young lawyers to engage in self development by acquiring higher education and identify their potentials and area of focus at the cradle of their practice, saying: “As lawyers you have limitless opportunities; you must chat a part for yourself.”
He frowned at the unconscionable practice of lawyers who indulge in writing frivolous petitions against judges and magistrates, even as he advised them to humbly approach those who have carved a niche for themselves and experienced members of the Bench and Bar for relevant guidance on how to make a mark in the profession.
The chairman of the occasion ,Mr. Goodie Ibru commended members of the branch, especially its chairman for mooting the idea for the landmark project.
Mr Ibru encouraged lawyers to diversify their practice by delving into more lucrative areas such as business and commercial law practice, which develope businesses and create wealth for the teeming youths, rather than limiting their practice in overcrowded areas of land matters and litigation.
Narrating his successful career in commercial law practice, Mr. Ibru who was one time president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, disclosed that his practice in commercial law made it possible to acquire controlling shares of Lagos Sheraton Hotel and employed 500 people, Ikeja Hotels PLC, Federal Palace Hotel among others.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Udu branch, Chief Benedict Asaboro appealed to members of the Bench and Bar to join hands with the executive in building the Law Centre.
Chief Asaboro thanked the State Chief Judge for magnanimously granting branch the parcel of land to build the centre, even as he expressed confidence that, with their support, the centre would be completed in record time.
Present at the ceremony were judges, immediate past deputy governor and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Amos Agbe Utuama, SAN; represntative of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Pellen-Joseph Ezeana-Ejiofor; the Ovie of Udu Kingdom, Barrister E.B.O Delekpe and his council of chiefs; Ayo Asala, SAN; magistrates and chairmen of sister branches of the Nigerian Bar Association.
NO DTS 0701 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
COVID 19: ONONYE ADVISES CORPS MEMBERS TO IMBIBE GOOD HYGIENE
Corps members have been charged to imbibe good hygiene culture in order to keep themselves healthy and not to spread the viruses that causes Lassa Fever /COVID19.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye gave the advice last Friday during his inspection visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation camp, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area to ascertain the level of health measures put in place to protect the health of inmates.
Inspecting the camp clinic, Dr. Ononye advised the corps members manning the clinic to have a high index of suspicion and protect themselves when provide medical care to patients.
He said that there is no need for anyone to panic on account of the infectious diseases presently being experienced in the country and the world at large.
Dr. Ononye assured corps members of the State’s preparedness stating that holding centers have been created across the 25 Council Areas and the rapid response team is on high alert.
He urged the corps members to make use of the hand washing and sanitizer stands positioned at strategic locations in the camp.
Addressing the clinic workers, Dr. Ann Ojimba, Incident Manager, State Emergency Operation Committee, directed them to treat as a suspect case any patient that presents with a fever that is up to 37.5 degrees and take all precautionary measures to protect themselves.
She explained to them the proper hand wash processes and assured them that more personal protective equipment will be delivered to them in addition to their hand gloves.
During the gathering at the multipurpose hall, the Commissioner informed the corps members that he and his team were at the camp to have first hand information of their welfare and well-being.
He said that a child who grows up unhealthy stands very slim chance of attaining his/her optimal in life hence the need to take the issues of health very serious.
At her lecture presentation to the corps members at the multipurpose hall, Dr.Ojimba called on corps members not to result to self medication when they fall ill but visit the camp clinic.
She said as responsible persons they should protect themselves and everyone around them from COVID 19 and also change their coughing habits by coughing into their elbow and not their palms which they use to shake hands and touch objects which increases the spread of germs.
Dr. Ojimba said corps members should maintain a social distance of 5ft which is 1.5m from anyone coughing or sneezing as this space prevents others from inhaling the droplets.
The Commissioner also inspected the camp kitchen area.
Members of the Commissioner’s entourage include Dr. Richard Ikwuogu, State Epidemiologist, Mrs. Nwakaego Egbue, State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (DNSO) and Aniocha North DNSO, among others.
NO DTS 0702 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
EGBABOR INTRODUCES INTERVIEW FOR APPOINTMENT OF HEAD TEACHERS
In a bid to ensure efficiency and productivity in Public Primary schools, the Chairman of Isoko North Local Government Council, Hon Emmanuel Egbabor has introduced written and oral interviews into the appointments of head teachers in public primary schools in the local government area.
Speaking yesterday at the maiden edition of the exercise in Ozoro, the Chairman said the exercise became necessary in order to improve on the standard of education in the area.
He said “if we need to get the standard of education to improve, then we must first address it head-long, we must know the capacity, competence and commitment of the persons we appoint to head the schools.
“This is imperative because, you can’t get healthy teeth from a rotten mouth” he stated, adding: “It is the heads of schools that are expected to drive these changes and if they don’t have the finesse and the depth to push for these reforms then we can’t get it right.”
“This is therefore a clarion call on teachers to ensure that they improve on themselves regularly. They must update themselves with modern teaching and learning techniques if they are to compete favourably with their counterparts in the private schools,” he further addied.
The exercise which had 14 senior teachers in attendance, were drilled on both written and oral examinations on the art of leadership and modern trends in teaching and learning.
The exercise was monitored by the Secretary to the Local Education Authority, Mrs Margaret Egbabor, Chairman of Conference of Primary School Heads of Nigeria COPSHON, Isoko North Chapter as well as his counterpart in the Nigeria Union of Te
NO DTS 0703 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
CHRISTANS URGED TO IMPACT ON LIVES… AS LATE MADAM BEATRICE DIKE IS BURIED
Christians have been called upon to always display the actual doctrines of Christ in their daily relationship with one another by impacting positively on the lives of others especially that of the needy in the society.
A visiting Priest from St Dominic Parish Catholic Church, Yaba–Lagos State, Rev. Fr. Felix Onemhghie, who made the call at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area, in a sermon during the burial ceremony of madam Beatrice Dike (nee Dunkwu), said that all individuals, especially christians must live life worthy of emulation at all times.
Revd Fr Onemhghie recalled that the deceased was an astute lover of christ and had touched many lives on earth, adding that late madam Beatrice Dike -Dunkwu was an uncommon inspirational leader whose lifestyle was worthy of emulation.
The Catholic priest noted that no mortal being shall escape the judgment of God, and advised Christians to worship God in all sincerity.
He said that the deceased would continued to be remembered for the good things she had done on earth, particularly for her community, Okpanam, just as he urged all to embrace God as their saviour.
Revd Fr Onemhghie admonished the deceased children to sustain her sterling legacies, adding, that late madam Beatrice Dike was a woman of substance.
In their various tributes to their late mother, Dr Anthony Dike, Dr Victor Dike, Mr Francis Dike, Mrs. Folake -Alison Dike and the Odogwu of Okpanam, Chief Peter Dunkwu, who is the deceased immediate elder brother, described their mother and sister respectively as a disciplinarian of high repute.
They also said that she was a God fearing woman and a kindhearted mother who had sacrificed so much for her people and the society in general.
On his part, the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, lauded the children of late madam Beatrice Dike for their numerous support to the society and Okpanam community in particular.
He praised them for single-handedly building an ultra modern gate at Okpanam Junction Off Benin /Asaba Express Way, urging other well meaning Okpanam indigenes to emulate the gesture.
Others who spoke in similar vein included the traditional ruler of Okpanam kingdom, HRM Dr. Michael Ogbolu Mbanefo, Hon. Victor Dunkwu, PDP stalwart in the area, and Rev. Fr Malachy Okonkwo of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Okpanam.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0704 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
TENSION IN IDJERHE KINGDOM AS HERDSMEN TAKE OVER FARM LAND… KINGSHIP TUSSLE TEARS COMMUNITY APART
Protesting Idjerhe Community women who thronged Jesse police station, in Jesse town and the premises of the Idjerhe Youth Council President, have cried out to the President of the country and the Delta State Government to prevail on herdsmen to leave their farm land.
The women who came from all over the 36 villages across Idjerhe kingdom to Jesse town, a community that has in recent times faced with intense leadership crisis, decried the recent influx of herdsmen who came in their large numbers after they were chased away from neighbouring Orhiowon Local G overnment area of Edo state for offences ranging from killings, raping of women and destruction of crops on farm lands which they herdsmen have also resumed in their villages in full swing.
The leader of the Protesting women Mrs Omatie Obire said since the influx of the killer herdsmen arrived their community, the where about of about six youths in the community was unknown while several have been maimed, farm land completely destroyed, many women raped, a situation that now kept them at home from fear of the frequent attack.
Mrs Obire added that they decided to embarked on this protest because of the latest attack on two of their youths who narrowly escape death at Irhodo village near a pipeline when they were accosted by herdsmen who opened fire on them but were too lucky to have fled into the bush leaving their bike behind which they also alleged the herdsmen set ablaze.
The women explained further that their anger was heightened when one Bello Adamu, the leader of the Fulani Herdsmen in the area came into Jesse with Military men demanding for Idjerhe Youth Council President Comrade Osiebe Francis and others, pointing out that the Fulani leader had claimed that one of their herdsmen is missing and the youth leader should come and explain to them the where about of their missing person.
In a swift reaction, the leader of Idjerhe Youth Council Comrade Osiebe Francis and his Scribe Comrade Blessing Ogbeburu maintained that Idjerhe Community Youth are very peaceful people who never engaged in any form of violence no matter the level of provocation, rather they prefer dialogue to any contending issues advising the youth further never to engage themselves in any act of lawlessness.
They said the leader of the Fulani Herdsmen actually came looking for him to arrest with the Military men, without authority from the Jesse police Division, a situation the Youth president said the DPO of the station frowned at, alleging that the DPO in turn asked Mr Adamu that” if actually one of your men is missing as you claimed, then why the military when the police is on ground to handle such matters effectively”?
Comr Osiebe said Adamu told the people he met around at his house while the women protest was on that one of his men was killed around Irhodo village pipeline and that he Osiebe should follow them to the military base in Koko to give explanation to what he knew nothing about )but for the presence of the protesters, he could not be arrested.
Comrade Osiebe and his scribe told the Protesting women and the youths to be calm assuring that their request will be communicated to the government and the political leaders of the community whose duty it is to restore peace to the entire land.
Meanwhile at the time of filling the report, the entire Idjerhe kingdom was in tensed atmosphere resulting from the kingship tussle where one Chief Angus Omasoro was alleged to have forcefully crowned himself as the king of the community, a situation some described as against the wishes of majority of the people and king makers.
NO DTS 0705 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
SAPELE CONSTITUENCY: INEC APPEAL AGAINST UPIO HEARD IN ASABA APPEAL COURT
By Ambrose Ologide
The appeal filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against judgment in favour of Urhobo Peoples Integrity Organization (UPIO) on the suppressed Sapale Constituency 11, case was heard in Court of Appeal Asaba on Thursday March 12th, 2020.
When the appeal was called for hearing, INEC lawyers pleaded that they should be given time to file in certain papers.
Their pleading was granted but for only a week, after which a date would be fixed for further hearing of the appeal.
It would be recalled that the foremost Urhobo socio/ political group had dragged INEC to a Warri Federal High Court over the suppressed Sapele Constituency 11 and judgement was given in favour of UPIO in March, 2015
Scores of members of the group led by her national president, Dr Ebenezer Okorodudu and National Secretary Chief Jerry Eruvbedede were sited at the the Court of Appeal Asaba.
The Sapele Local Government Council Chairman, Chief Eugene Inuaghan, Chief Ejaife Odebala, Chief Joyce Overa were amongst Okpe personalities that witnessed the court of appeal proceedings.
NO DTS 0706 ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
10-MEMBER CARETAKER COMMITTEE SET UP FOR EKAKPAMRE COMMUNITY
By Ambrose Ologide
A 10 man caretaker committee has been set up for Ekakpamre Community in Ughelli South Local Government Area.
Prince Victor Bighoro told newsmen in an interactive session in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area on Monday March 9th 2020 that the caretaker committee was set up based on an order pending the hearing and determination of a case in Suit Nos : HCG/41/2015 made on Monday 30th July 2018.
Bighoro who is a claimant in the suit , disclosed that the court order has been served to the defendants and companies operating in the community.
He therefore urged the defendants and companies in the area to abide by the order, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
Members of the caretaker committee included Prince Daniel Bighoro (Chairman); Mr Isaac Kabu (Vice Chairman), Mr David Samuel (Secretary); Mr Sunday Damatie (Assistant Secretary); Mr Amos Boloje (Treasurer); and Mr Ejenavwo Akpourhobo (Financial Secretary).
Others were Mr Godwin Dafe Shakarho (Internal Auditor), Mr Patrick Abitor (PRO) Mr Abraham Ovie ( legal Adviser ) and Madam Elizabeth Ebi ( Women Leader)
The Caretaker Committee Chairman Prince Daniel Bighoro who also spoke at the interactive session promised to attract more developments to the community pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
He solicited the support and cooperation of the people of community for the caretaker committee.