NO DTS 1958: OKOWA URGES VOTES FOR PDP IN 2023 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
NO DTS 1959: WORLD TOURISM DAY: DELTA CLOSER TO BECOMING A PREFERRED TOURISM DESTINATION – EJIOFOR
NO DTS 1960: EJIOFOR ADVISES LADIES TO STAY FOCUS ON ASPIRATIONS
NO DTS 1961: MODEL SCHOOLS WILL RAISE STANDARDS OF EDUCATION, SAYS UKAH
NO DTS 1962: SUBEB CONCLUDES SCHOOLS MONITORING EXERCISE, HARPS ON OBSERVANCE OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
NO DTS 1963: PRIMARY SIX EXAMINATIONS SMOOTH, ORDERLY IN UVWIE, WARRI LGAs
NO DTS 1964: READERS BEMOAN DEPLORABLE STATE OF WARRI LIBRARY
NO DTS 1965: OKORODUDU FELICITATES WITH UDUAGHAN ON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
NO DTS 1966: UKWUANI COUNCIL STAFF ELECT NEW NULGE OFFICERS
NO DTS 1967: UZUM CHALLENGES YOUTHS ON BENEFITS OF SKILLS ACQUISITION
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NO DTS 1958: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
OKOWA URGES VOTES FOR PDP IN 2023 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Nigerians to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to take over governance in the country in 2023.
The governor made the call today at a thanksgiving service by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta, Chief Kingsley Esiso, in Sapele.
He said that the PDP would do everything possible with the support of the people of Nigeria to win the 2023 presidential election and restore good governance, including infrastructural development in the country.
Okowa stated that the party was working very hard to win more states in the country as a precursor to getting back control of the presidency which it lost in 2015.
According to him, with the abysmal performance of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, Nigerians were already convinced on the imperative of voting back PDP to power in 2023.
While congratulating Esiso on his re-emergence as the Chairman of PDP in the state, the governor urged him to brace up for future challenges, stating that he should be prayerful for God to enable him surmount challenges associated with such position.
He thanked party faithful for their support which led to the re-election of Esiso as chairman of the party.
Okowa also thanked leaders, youths and women for their support for the party since inception, adding that with such encouragement, PDP would take over the Federal Government in 2023.
“We have come here to give thanks to God because whatever we achieve in life is not the work of any man.
“Man can try but whatever we do is by the will of God that we triumph and it is only normal that we return all the glory to God.
“Chairman you must learn to work with everybody in the state irrespective of their tribe because everyone matters in building a political party.
“I can attest that the Esiso-led executive has brought sanity into the party because before the last general elections, we assured our members in the state that we will organise free, fair and credible primaries for all aspirants.
“At the end of all the primaries, our party members realised that we meant business when we said we will organise credible primaries for aspirants because some aspirants close to me lost while some that are not close to me also won.
“Once we are able to recognise that everybody matters in the party it becomes very easy to control the party and I am convinced that, this is the stand of the Esiso-led executive,” Okowa stated.
He solicited support for the State Executive Committee of the party to succeed and urged all political appointees to support their wards to hold meetings.
He cautioned aspirants in the upoming local government council elections in the state to exercise restraint in their consultations and campaigns as the election would not hold in January, 2021 as being speculated.
“Delta Council election is not coming up in January, so please you must all slow down and not waste your money before time.” Okowa added.
Earlier, Esiso had in an address expressed delight at the grand reception in his honour.
He gave thanks to God for emerging victorious in his re-election bid as chairman of PDP in the state.
“I am not a perfect person and in the course of my duty I may have offended some people, please forgive me.
“Let me thank all the leaders in Sapele PDP for their support and i believe that in politics everyone has his own day,” Esiso said.
He appealed to members to remain united and strong towards the realisation of the party’s dreams.
He cautioned aspirants to Council elections to be cautious as the electoral commission in the state was yet to announce a programme for the exercise.
Chairman Sapele PDP LGA Chapter, Chief Perkins Umukoro thanked the governor and Delta PDP for returning Chief Esiso unopposed as State Chairman of the party.
Host of the ceremony, Chief Ufuoma Obule congratulated Governor Okowa for his contributions to the successful re-election of Chief Esiso.
He said Esiso had attracted several infrastructural development to Sapele and would continue to work with him to take the party to greater heights.
Pastor Victor Hill of Living Faith Church, Sapele in a sermon titled “Understanding the power of thanksgiving ” said there is need to understand the reason for thanksgiving.
“The best any man can achieve without God is nothing as whatever we become in life is the handwork of God and it is wisdom to return all glory to God for what we are in life.” he said.
Eminent personalities, including Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro; Senator James Manager, Chief Efe Afe of the House of Representatives; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, attended the ceremony.
NO DTS 1959: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
WORLD TOURISM DAY: DELTA CLOSER TO BECOMING A PREFERRED TOURISM DESTINATION – EJIOFOR
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Sir Lawrence Ejiofor has assured Deltans that the State is steps closer to achieving its vision of becoming a preferred tourism destination.
The Commissioner made this statement at a press briefing today to mark the World Tourism Day with the theme, “Tourism and Rural Development”.
He stated that World Tourism Day which is celebrated every 27th day of September all over the world is a day set aside by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for all member states to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.
According to him, the theme aims at celebrating the tourism sector’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, and in those communities that would otherwise be left behind.
Furthermore, World Tourism Day 2020 highlights the important role tourism plays in preserving and promoting culture and heritage all around the world.
Sir Ejiofor, announced that the Delta State Directorate of Culture and Tourism had been playing its own part within available resources to aggressively identify, document, develop, promote the various cultural assets in the rural communities.
He stated that the effort was towards in a bid to sell and market the state as the preferred tourism destination.
The commissioner further stated that tourism was a major way to diversify the economy and a means to create more employment opportunities for the youth.
He praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, whom he said had been gracious enough approve the Leisure Park and Film Village project, and also to support the tourism industry in achieving major feats despite the adverse effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ejiofor revealed that work on the project had gone to an appreciable level, adding that plans to upgrade Lander Brothers Anchorage through private partnership had been concluded and work would commence any moment from now.
The commissioner noted that the celebration of the World Tourism Day would be done on Monday, explaining that September 27, 2020 fell on a Sunday.
He however stated that due to the pandemic, it would be low keyed, as opposed to last year.
NO DTS 1960: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
EJIOFOR ADVISES LADIES TO STAY FOCUS ON ASPIRATIONS
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Sir Lawrence Ejiofor, has advised young ladies to stay focused on their dreams and aspirations as beauty is only an added advantage.
The commissioner made this remark at the Queen National Pride Beauty Pageant organized by Risus Domum Ltd held at Onitsha-Ugbo in Delta State.
He urged the participants to focus on their academics and other ventures in life, stating that the world needed brains alongside beauty and wished them the best of luck and a fair selection process.
The Chief Executive of Risus Domum Ltd, Mr Anthony Iduh, disclosed that the maiden edition of the Queen National Beauty Pageant saw participants from across the country together in a house for a period of time after which only eleven participants emerged to contest for the crown.
He said that the grand prize for the winner is a Toyota Camry and sponsorship deal with the company.
Iduh expressed hope of the state government supporting the event subsequently for a more excellent production.
The highlight of the event was the emergence of the Queen Adigwe Joy Benedicta representing Edo state.
The runners up, Nwosu Vera representing Katsina State, Eluemunor Precious Fumnanya representing Benue State and Kingslia Israel representing Anambra State all went away with grand compensation prizes.
NO DTS 1961: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
MODEL SCHOOLS WILL RAISE STANDARDS OF EDUCATION, SAYS UKAH
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, said the idea behind the establishment and rehabilitation of model schools in the state is aimed at upscaling standards of education and make schools more conducive for learning as it is in Unity Colleges across the country.
Mr Ukah stated this during his inspection visit to model schools in Ughelli South, Ughelli North and Warri South Local Government Areas to ascertain the level of work on those undergoing rehabilitation as well as evaluate the facilities in the model schools.
He said that the Okowa administration’s commitment to the education sector, especially priority to the model schools, was designed as a key strategic measure to enable Delta schools compete favourably with International standards;
He added that the reconstruction work in some of the schools that needed to be revamped followed an early assessment of the conditions of the schools.
The commissioner emphasized that the initiative to give the schools a face lift would help to boost the population of students in such schools and called on the contractors handling the rehabilitation works to deliver the projects in record time.
He said that the hostels and dinning halls that were being reactivated in some of the schools would provide accommodation for the students, stressing that boarding schools always provided the children opportunity to be morally disciplined.
Some of the schools inspected included Girls Model Secondary School, Evwreni, Unity Model School, Agbarho, in Ughelli North and Nana College and Hussey College, both in Warri, among others.
NO DTS 1962: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
SUBEB CONCLUDES SCHOOLS MONITORING EXERCISE, HARPS ON OBSERVANCE OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
The State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) has stressed the need for all public primary schools in the state to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 safety Protocols as part of measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in schools
The member representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Board, Mr. Paul Kurugbe, stated this last Friday at Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area at the end of the 5-day monitoring exercise to public primary schools in the district.
Mr Kurugbe who disclosed that the monitoring exercise was to ensure that primary six pupils who were having their classes as at the time of the visit in preparation of the First School Leaving Certificate Examination that held on Saturday, was done in accordance to all laid down safety protocols as announced by the State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.
Speaking further on the reason for the 5-day monitoring exercise, the board member stated that it was to also ascertain the level of teachers’ compliance with the directive for resumption.
On some of the safety measures put in place by the Delta State Government for re-opening of schools which include that of sitting arrangement of not more than 20 pupils in a classroom, observance of social distancing, wearing of face masks and regular washing of hands as well as use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Mr Kurugbe expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance by both teachers and pupils to the COVID-19 safety protocols in all the schools visited.
He, however, decried some teacher’s attitude to work that bothered on absenteeism, lateness to work and closing before government approved time.
While commending some of the teachers for their dedication and commitment to duty, the board member appreciated mostly primary six teachers responding to the clarion call and for preparing the pupils adequately for their common entrance examination.
He urged them to continue to display exemplary conducts for their pupils to emulate, saying the future of every child rested mainly on the teachers.
He assured parents and guardians that the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s led administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that necessary facilities and teaching aids were made available in schools to aid learning as well as to promote the quality of education in the state.
Over 16 public primary schools that cut across the eight local government areas in Delta South Senatorial District were visited by the monitoring team.
NO DTS 1963: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
PRIMARY SIX EXAMINATIONS, SMOOTH, ORDERLY IN UVWIE, WARRI LGAs
By Ambrose Ologide
The external primary six examinations in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas that commenced held Saturday, September 26, 2020 was smooth and orderly in some private and primary schools visited by our correspondent.
At City Child Foundation School, Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area, there was strict adherence to government directives on measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and the examinations were conducted under an orderly manner.
The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Rose Obi who is also the Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS), Uvwie Chapter in a chat with our correspondent, affirmed that everything was alright.
She however, noted that there were mixed feelings amongst the pupils, as according to her, some of the pupils had prepared for the examinations before the sudden lockdown, occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The counselor however added that the pupils should be encouraged, noting that questions on the examinations would be based on what they were thought right from primary one.
Obi who is the facilitator of ‘ Bring Back Primary Six ‘ advocacy however appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for writing of the examinations as she noted that it would afford pupils the opportunity to advance academically.
Similarly, at Sharma Schools, Enerhen also in Uvwie, the Proprietress, Dr Onyi Ikemefuna, remarked that her pupils were in a stable condition for the examinations.
She disclosed that during the lockdown, the authorities of the school were in touch with the pupils through online programs, noting that the resumption period was also helpful in the preparation of the pupils for the examinations.
She however suggested that governments should involve parents in the scheme of work of pupils, explaining that involving them would raise standard of learning in schools.
At Okugbe Primary school in Ekpan and other primary schools in Uvwie and Warri South Local Government Areas, it was the same success story.
However, most officials in public schools in both local government areas declined comments as they said that they were not authorized to do so.
NO DTS 1964: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
READERS BEMOAN DEPLORABLE STATE OF WARRI LIBRARY
By Henry Aghoghovbia
Readers using the Delta State-owned Warri Library have bemoaned the deplorable state of the library.
Those who spoke to our correspondent at the library last Friday 25th September, 2020, expressed deep concern over the dilapidated library building and over grown weeds enveloping it as they feared that the bushy environment could be habiting dangerous reptiles.
Some of the respondents called on the authorities concerned to give the Warri Library a face lift like the state-owned library in Asaba which they noted was the best in the country.
A staff of Warri Library who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, disclosed that in the time past, the library was maintained with the resources put together by staffs, adding: “But now, we can not do that because of our poor financial state.”
The staff of Warri Library listed other challenges confronting Warri Library to include: poor power supply, lack of pipe born water, outdated books amongst others.
The staff appealed to Delta State Library Board, Warri/ Uvwie Development Agency Authority, non governmental organizations (NGOs) and public-spirited Nigerians to urgently come to the aid of the library which was built during the defunct Bendel State.
NO DTS 1965: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
OKORODUDU FELICITATES WITH UDUAGHAN ON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
By Temi Boyo
The Chairman, Warri North LGA, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, has felicitated with Mrs Roli Uduaghan, the wife of the immediate past Governor of Delta State, on her birthday celebration.
The chairman, in his birthday message, described Mrs Uduaghan as an epitome of motherhood and one committed to the welfare of widow’s, children and less disadvantage persons in the State, through her pet project “Master-Care Foundation” during her husband’s administration as governor.
Okorodudu rejoiced with her on her birthday celebration and wished her many more years of Happy returns,
He also prayed God Almighty to grant her good health and enablement to continue in her service to humanity.
NO DTS 1966: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
UKWUANI COUNCIL STAFF ELECT NEW NULGE OFFICERS
By Joshua Ekenwerigha
The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, Ukwuani Local Government Chapter, now has a new elected chairman in the person of Mr Sylvester Chukubueze.
Mr Chukubueze pulled 113 votes out of 119 to defeat four other chairmanship aspirants in a keenly contested election held at the council secretariat, Obiaruku at the weekend.
The newly elected NULGE chairman disclosed shortly after his election, that he would run an all-inclusive chapter of the union.
He promised to revamp the union and ensure even and adequate welfare for the staff of the council and thanked the workers for the mandate to lead, assuring them of his commitment to turn the fortunes of the council around.
Other members elected included: Blessing Orogun who was returned unopposed as Vice Chairman, Anthonia Odimegwu, Secretary, Eugene Ewheariemu, Treasurer, and Chukwuma Osekene, PRO.
Also elected are: Diokpala Chukwutem, Auditor, Victor Emetem, Welfare Officer, Martins Agbabi, Trustee, Agatha Salami, Women Committee Chairperson and Patience Eghobamien as Young Workers’ Representative.
NO DTS 1967: ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
UZUM CHALLENGES YOUTHS ON BENEFITS OF SKILLS ACQUISITION
By Christian Ogoh
The Chairman of Ika North East Association of Artisans, Mr Patrick Uzum, has reiterated the need for Nigerian youths to obtain the needed skills for hand work in order to better their lives.
Mr Uzum made call after he and his executive were inaugurated as the pioneer executive of the group in Boji Boji Owa.
According to him, this association was the mother body of those who earned a living through their hand work such as barbers, mechanics, welders, and fabricators tailoring among other associations.
“Gone are the days school leavers seat idle and for white collar jobs. Instead of waiting and wasting learn a skill that will put food on the table for you. Most of our member are graduates but have made a great choice by learning a handcraft,” he said.
Speaking further, the chairman observed that the major purpose of the association was to entrench unity among various unions under the Ika North East Artisan Association.
He emphasized that they were established with the mandate to have a unanimous voice and also to gain relevance as well as recognition in the local government and the state at large.