NO DTS 0849: DTSG COMMENCES PAYMENT OF BURSARY LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS
NO DTS 0850: COVID19: RESIDENTS URGED TO COOPERATE WITH HEALTH WORKERS IN CONTAINING SPREAD
NO DTS 0851: CORONAVIRUS: STAY AT HOME, CLOSURE OF ENTRY POINTS DIRECTIVES, NOT PUNITIVE MEASURES – UZUM
NO DTS 0852: OKOWA SALUTES BOLA TINUBU AT 68
NO DTS 0853: COVID – 19: TIDI SEEKS TRADITIONAL RULERS’ SUPPORT AHEAD OF LOCKDOWN
NO DTS 0854: UGHELLI NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN SETS UP SENSITIZATION COMMITTEE… CHARGES COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BE SERIOUS IN WAR AGAINST COVID-19
NO DTS 0855: COVID – 19: COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTERS APPEAL FOR SUSPENSION OF SALES OF TICKETS
NO DTS 0856: SAPELE RESIDENTS STILL LACKADAISICAL ON COVID 19 AMIDST RISING PRICES OF GOODS
NO DTS 0857: ONICHA-UGBO, EZI MONARCHS BAN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
NO DTS 0858: PEACE, UNITY AMONGST INDIGENOUS ETHNIC GROUPS WILL ATTRACT DEVELOPMENT TO WARRI – ORHIFI
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NO DTS 0849: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
DTSG COMMENCES PAYMENT OF BURSARY LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board has commenced the payment of bursary for the first batch of students of Delta State origin in the Nigerian Law Schools for 2018/2019.
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Dona Obuseh, advised shortlisted students in the law schools to send photocopies of local government of origin, call tobar certificate, valid national identity card and band account details to email@example.com on or before Monday April 13, 2020.
The statement said beneficiaries should check the Pointer Newspaper of Monday March 30, 2020, for confirmation of their names, and call 0703 742 9816 for further enquiries.
NO DTS 0850: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
COVID19: RESIDENTS URGED TO COOPERATE WITH HEALTH WORKERS IN CONTAINING SPREAD
Residents in Delta State have been called upon to be vigilant and also cooperate with relevant authorities assigned with the task of containing the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this call yesterday when reacting to the unfortunate incident where Surveillance Officers of the Emergency Operation Committee on COVID19 were assaulted in Okpanam while on official duty.
Dr Ononye, who confirmed the incident, said surveillance officers who acted on information of a returnee from London that failed to self-isolate in line with government directives visited the returnee but were assaulted by him.
According to the commissioner, members of the Okpanam Community had reported of a recent returnee from London who did not self-isolate for which reason the officers promptly responded by visiting him.
In his response, the commissioner called the returnee in question on phone and advised him on the need for immediate self-isolate.
The commissioner also directed the returnee to apologize to the officers concerned which he eventually did by calling them on phone and subsequently apologized for his unruly behaviour.
The returnee was subsequently taken to Okpanam Police Station for questioning but was not detained in line with best practices, as it will pose a health risk and further spread the disease if positive.
The health commissioner said that the man’s excuse of being “treated as a leper” since his return from London and transfer of aggression on the health workers was not acceptable.
However, the returnee has since been escorted home where he is currently under self-isolation under the watchful eyes of the security personnel, and will be monitored daily by the surveillance team until the mandatory self-isolation period is completed.
The commissioner used the opportunity to advise residents not to be hostile to health workers, saying that they were at the frontline in the fight against the spread of COVID 19.
NO DTS 0851: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
CORONAVIRUS: STAY AT HOME, CLOSURE OF ENTRY POINTS DIRECTIVES, NOT PUNITIVE MEASURES – UZUM
The Director-General (DG) of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Mr Eugene Uzum, said the stay-at-home directive and closure of all entry points into the state by the state government are meant to save lives and not punitive measures against residents in the state.
Mr Uzum, a lawyer, stated this in Asaba while observing compliance of the stay-at-home directive of the state government to prevent the occurrence of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He said that the state government placed very high premium on the safety and lives of residents, adding that necessary precautionary measures had been put in place to prevent the entry of the virus into the state.
The orientation DG enjoined residents in the state to adhere strictly to laid down preventive measures against any possible contracting of the virus, adding that it was better to avoid the virus than hoping for a cure, stressing that no medically approved vaccine had been found for its treatment.
Uzum categorized residents in the state into five major groups to include the vulnerable aged, returnees from Coronavirus high risk countries, non believers of the existence of the virus, those so deep in religious faith and cultural norms and adherents to the preventive measures against the virus.
He said that while the aged were vulnerable to easy contracting of the virus, adherents of religious faith and cultural norms stood the chances of being infected owing to their exposure to it.
The DG added that those who heard the message on how to prevent the virus and had taken it seriously should be commended for complementing the state government efforts at preventing its occurrence in the state.
NO DTS 0852: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
OKOWA SALUTES BOLA TINUBU AT 68
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta congratulated former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as he clocks 68 years today, Sunday March 29.
Okowa said that Tinubu’s role in the attainment of democracy in the country and promotion of peace and unity as well as his leadership role in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must be appreciated.
In a statement issued yesterday, Saturday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor recalled with gratitude the APC Chieftain’s patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation, describing him as a worthy leader with great vision and aspiration.
According to him, Tinubu deserved some commendation for his leadership role in improving the nation’s political space, noting that Tinubu worked so hard from the opposition to lead his party to take over power at the centre.
He urged members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to learn from Tinubu’s consistency and loyalty to APC’s course by remaining committed to ensuring that the party returned to power in 2023.
“Tinubu’s selfless service to the nation and his many accomplishments in personal and public life readily comes to mind at a time like this.
“As national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has continued to play significant roles in the growth and development of the nation as political bridge-builder.
“Let me urge members of my party, the PDP to learn from the patience, consistency and loyalty to the course of opposition as epitomised by Bola Tinubu.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as he celebrates his 68th birth anniversary.
“In the past 68 years of a life of outstanding accomplishments and great personal fulfillment, you have not only served the people of Lagos as a two-term governor, you also served our great nation as a Senator.
“In the process of your political journey, you have inspired many to become great leaders in our polity and business world and we can’t thank you enough,” he said
“I join your family, friends, business associates and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health and imbue you with His continued guidance, protection, and enduring provision.” Okowa added.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0853: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
COVID – 19: TIDI SEEKS TRADITIONAL RULERS’ SUPPORT AHEAD OF LOCKDOWN
By Elohor Foghola
The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, on Saturday March 28, stepped up his administration’s advocacy against the COVID – 19 Pandemic, with a visit to traditional rulers in Warri South.
Dr Tidi during the visits, pleaded with the royal fathers to prevail on their subjects to adhere to the lockdown declared by the Delta State Government, effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Dr Tidi, who led some members of the newly constituted Warri South COVID – 19 Rapid Response Team on advocacy visits to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Ovie of Agbarha, Warri, Orhifi Ememoh 2 and the Okere – Urhobo Traditional Council of Chiefs.
He enjoined the traditional rulers to also educate their subjects on the need to respect the advisory on social distancing and basic preventive measures such as continuous hand washing as well as the use of sanitizer.
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, who commended Tidi’s administration for the advocacy, recalled efforts already made by him to educate his subjects worldwide on the imperative of staying safe as the COVID – 19 pandemic ravages the globe.
The Monarch stressed the need for everyone to abide by the stay – at – home order, saying, “A dead man does not do business or go to church.”
The Ovie of Agbarha, Warri, Orhifi Ememoh 2 and Okere – Urhobo Council of Chiefs, in the same vein, acknowledged that the COVID. – 19 pandemic was real and efforts were already in place to sensitize their subjects.
Chief Wilson Eboh, spoke on behalf of the Okere – Urhobo Council of Chiefs.
The Head of Environment Department of Warri South Local Government Council, Mrs. Mode, illustrated the basic preventive measures against COVID – 19 at the palaces of the monarchs.
Members of the Warri South COVID – 19 Rapid Response Team, also visited Chief D. Akoma and took the advocacy to Ubeji Market, Warri.
NO DTS 0854: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
UGHELLI NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN SETS UP SENSITIZATION COMMITTEE… CHARGES COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BE SERIOUS IN WAR AGAINST COVID-19
By Erhuvwu Apumami
As part of measures to follow up and to ensure total compliance with the directives of the state government, the Chairman, Ughelli North Local Government Council, Chief Godwin Adode yesterday commenced a sensitization campaign to create awareness.
The chairman also held a meeting with various stakeholders in the local government area on the need for all hands to be on deck to check the spread of the coronavirus.
The stakeholder’s meeting comprised traditional rulers from various communities, security agencies, market and religious leaders, to flag off the sensitization campaign.
The Chairman, Chief Adode, ordered with immediate effect, an indefinite ban on all forms of social gatherings and occasions such as burial, marriages and birthdays ceremonies.
Chief Adode, who gave order to the police and community vigilantes to enforce total compliance, also placed a ban on all forms of community conferences and town hall meetings.
He said that all super markets, hotels and business outlets must display hand washing spots and sanitizers at entry spots, and must ensure that customers obey these protocols and as well maintain social distancing.
The Chairman however emphasized the need for the various stakeholders to go back and educate their people on the various preventive measures put in place to check the spread of the virus.
He stated that the measures include the stay-at-home policy of the government, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded places as well as regular hand washing, adding: “The only way for us to succeed is to unite and fight this fight.”
“Today we decided to call the various community leaders in our local government area, the Area Commander, the Army, SSS, various religious leaders and traditional rulers, to discuss about Covid-19.
“We want to pass a strong message to them, to go back to their various communities, to educate their people on the reasons why they should obey the stay at home policy of the government and not involve themselves in any gathering of more than 50 persons, as well as avoiding shaking of hands.
“We are going to go round the entire local government area because everywhere is important to us. For today, we will be visiting the markets, parks and garages. Then from tomorrow, we will begin to touch other places because the exercise is going to last for several days,’ Chief Adode stated.
The Chairman revealed that various measures have also been put in place to ensure compliance by everyone to the directives from the state government.
“We are also involving the task force, security personnel and community leaders to go round. If they see anyone acting contrarily, they should immediately report to us. We will spring into action immediately. For example, if they see any form of gathering exceeding more than 50 persons, they should inform us and we will immediately go and stop them in order not to spread the disease if there be any,” he stated.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, Primary Health Care Authority in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Dr Cecil Abere, enjoined everyone to collectively work together as a team, pointing out that it was only with collective efforts that could stop the spread of corona virus.
He also charged everyone, especially the community leaders to always report persons who recently came from abroad, so they can be told to self-isolate themselves.
The Secretary, Primary Health Care Authority, Dr. Johnson Uyovwiesepha, urged everyone to have hand washing spots and sanitizers in front of their homes, for anyone coming in to wash their hands before entry.
He said that the measure was to prevent the spread of the virus but laments that the poverty rate of Nigerians, saying that most Nigerians live on daily hustle, expressing fears that the poverty problem might affect the control of this disease in the country.
Dr. Uyovwiesepha advised everyone to always wear the face mask when they find themselves in a gathering of more than five persons, saying that one might not be too sure who was already carrying the virus.
The following numbers below were given to report any suspected case of Corona Virus in Ughelli north local government area.
Chairman, Primary Health Care Authority on 0802 826 6375; Disease Surveillance Officer on 0706 247 2896; and Secretary, Primary Health Care Authority – 0806 507 3078.
NO DTS 0855: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
COVID – 19: COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTERS APPEAL FOR SUSPENSION OF SALES OF TICKETS
By Ambrose Ologide
Following the Delta State Government Directives on social distancing in commercial vehicles as part of measures aimed at preventing the spread of corona virus, some commercial transporters have appealed to the Delta State Ministry of Transport to suspend the sales of tickets within the lock down period.
A commercial tricycle (keke) rider who simply identified himself as Bobson Kiniovo who spoke to our correspondent on the issue in Effurun on Saturday March 28th, 2020 commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the measures so far taken on the fight against the spread of Covid-19 to Delta State especially on social distancing in commercial vehicles.
He however noted the two passengers per keke directive would adversely affects keke riders in terms of income generation.
“More so , when majority of us ( keke riders ) are on balance and take ( hire purchase). Besides, we still have to maintain our keke.
“So at the end of the day, we would be operating at a huge loss with the directive of two passengers per keke,” he stated.
Mr Kiniovo therefore appealed that the sales of the daily Delta State Government tickets to keke riders should be suspended within the lock down period.
A commercial bus (kelebe ) driver who plies Hausa Quarter by Warri / Sapele Road to Effurun Roundabout and who identified himself as Harry Mudiaga, spoke in the same vein as he appealed that the daily multiple collections of levies from commercial bus drivers within the period be suspended by Governor Okowa.
It was observed that some commercial tricycle (keke ) riders have increased their fares to one hundred naira per drop in order to cover up for the two passengers per keke directive.
Meanwhile, prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed in most of the markets visited by our correspondent in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas since the lock down period was announced by Governor Okowa.
A basket of garri which used to sell for seven hundred and fifty naira was sold for one thousand naira and above.
Same with a basket of foreign rice which sold for two thousand naira was sold for two thousand, five hundred naira and above in a panic situation as at the time of filling this report.
NO DTS 0856: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
SAPELE RESIDENTS STILL LACKADAISICAL ON COVID 19 AMIDST RISING PRICES OF GOODS
By Valerie Oyibo-Itie
Sapele residents are not yet cautious about COVID 19 scare, a tour round the town today has revealed.
At the Sapele Main Market, there was beehive of activity, as many persons were seen busy buying and selling foodstuffs to stock their homes mingling freely even as prices of things have gone up.
For instance, half basin of garri that was sold for N3, 500 on Tuesday last week now sells for N7,000 while prices of other commodities such as tomatoes, onion, yam, etc have also gone up.
There was also vehicular holdup at the main market as everyone was striving to beat the April 1 deadline.
At pharmaceutical stores, some were already selling face mask for N400 per mask while others still maintain N300 for the product.
Prices of sanitizers were still high and chloroquine tablet that use to sell for N10 per tablet now sell for N50.
It was nevertheless observed that stores in town provided detergents and water at the entrance of their shop for customers to wash their hands but many customers ignore the facility.
Social activities in town were low keyed as many marriages and burial ceremonies weekend were postponed.
However, at a church visited along Okpe Road, a wedding ceremony was ongoing but the church authority closed the church gate after about 50 persons had entered the Church for the ceremony.
Our correspondents who followed them to the reception ground, held at Gana area in Sapele, reported that there were no restrictions, saying that people mingled freely.
Interacting with an okada rider, he said he did not believe all these stories about covid –19. According to to him, he is not ready to take any precaution and will still come out as from Wednesday next week for business as his means of livelihood depends on his daily hustling.
At Ojolu, a suburb in Sapele, awareness was very low and anyone seen with face mask was mocked and tag “corona virus”.
By and Large despite the efforts of the Local Government Chairman, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan in creating awareness of this virus by asking health personnel to go round town with vehicles to create awareness, many are not ready to adhere and there is disbelief in the mind of many.
Many are yet to harm themselves with hand sanitizers still mingle freely, even at the main market; many stores do not have water and detergents for customers to wash their hands.
Many residents expressed the view that at this rate, should there be any carrier in Sapele, the disease would spread faster than can be imagined, appealing that In the coming days, the governments at all levels needed to do more in educating the people and enforcing compliance on COVID 19.
NO DTS 0857: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
ONICHA-UGBO, EZI MONARCHS BAN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
By Austine Enunwa
In line with the directives of the Governor lfeanyi Okowa of Delta State, the Obi of Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North Local Government, His Royal Majesty, Obi Chukwumalieze 1 has announced the suspension of social activities in the community.
The activities according to the Obi include all burial ceremony, weddings, conferences, family meetings, parties and other social gatherings as well as group activities.
A statement from the palace made available to journalist, said the suspension would last for a period of one month and would take effect from today, Sunday 29th March 2020.
Also, the monarch advised the indigene of Onicha-Ugbo residing outside the community to suspend their visit during the period.
Obi Chukwumalieze appealed to residents to cooperate with the state government and comply with the directives to prevent the spread of corono virus disease currently ravaging the entire world.
In a related development, the President General of Ezi, Mr Joseph Ofodeli, in a chat with journalists at his country home, affirmed that the community had already complied with the directives from the state governor.
Mr Ofodile who spoke on behave of the Obi of Ezi, His Royal Majesty, Obi Mohanye 1 also said that the people of Ezi as a law abiding citizens will always do the needful especially when it involves the safety of life .
NO DTS 0858: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
PEACE, UNITY AMONGST INDIGENOUS ETHNIC GROUPS WILL ATTRACT DEVELOPMENT TO WARRI – ORHIFI
By Ambrose Ologide
The Ovie of Agbarha Warri Kingdom, Orhifi Ememoh 11 (JP), said genuine peace and unity amongst the Warri indigenous ethnic groups would attract meaningful development to the area.
The traditional ruler popularly known as Orhifi stated this in his speech during the courtesy visit of Association of Justices of Peace, Warri Division at his temporary palace at Igbudu Warri last Tuesday March 24, 2020.
While thanking the group for the visit, he noted that traditional rulers by virtue of their positions were justices of peace.
He praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his advice to members of the group on their visits to himself, the Olu of Warri, the Ovie of Uvwie, the Orodje of Okpe and Ovie of Udu concerning their forthcoming peace conference.
While disclosing that the Olu of Warri and himself had decided to work for the peace and unity amongst their subjects, he lamented that lack of peace and unity amongst the Warri indigenous ethnic groups had robbed the area of its glory.
He gave his full support and blessings to the forthcoming peace conference of the group
Earlier, Chief Westham Adehor and Chief Victor Okumagba (Chairman and Secretary Planning Committee respectively of Association of Justices of Peace forthcoming peace conference) in their separate speeches, disclosed that the visit was to inform the traditional ruler on the forthcoming peace conference in Warri.
They affirmed that the visit was based on the advice of Governor Okowa, disclosing that the earlier 31st March date of the peace conference had been shifted indefinitely on the directives of the Delta State Government as parts of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the dreaded corona virus.
They further disclosed that in the group visits to the Olu of Warri, Ovie of Uvwie Orodje of Okpe and Ovie of Udu, the group got their blessings for the forthcoming peace conference.