NO. DTS 0357 OKOWA GREETS OVIE OF UGHELLI AT 64, CONGRATULATES MONARCH ON 25TH CORONATION ANNIVERSARY
NO. DTS 0358 CATHOLIC PRIEST URGED DELTANS TO EMBRACE CULTURAL FESTIVALS
NO. DTS 0359 WARRI SOUTH COUNCIL TOLD TO ADDRESS PERENNIAL FLOODING OF GINUWA ROAD
NO. DTS 0360 EWU AXIS YOUTH COUNCIL PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA AHEAD OF 2019
NO. DTS 0361 ONUESOKE CANVASSED SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA, RECEIVES INTENDING APC DECAMPEES
NO. DTS 0362 ELEKEOKWURI PROMISES COMMITMENT, QUALITY REPRESENTATION
EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
NO. DTS 0357 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
OKOWA GREETS OVIE OF UGHELLI AT 64, CONGRATULATES MONARCH ON 25TH CORONATION ANNIVERSARY
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has paid glowing tributes to the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, HRM Dr Oharisi III, as he turns 64.
Governor Okowa noted that Ughelli Kingdom has remained peaceful and investor-friendly since His Majesty ascended the ancient throne of his forefathers.
In a statement issued in Asaba on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa, said Dr Oharisi’s reign has immensely benefited the people of Ughelli Kingdom, Delta State and indeed the Nation.
“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.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate your Majesty on your 64th birthday and 25th Coronation 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 Delta State,” he said.
NO. DTS 0358 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
CATHOLIC PRIEST URGED DELTANS TO EMBRACE CULTURAL FESTIVALS
Deltans have been told not to see watching of cultural festivals as sinful.
A renowned Catholic Priest and the Chaplin of St. John Chaplaincy, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Rev. Father Dr. Ambrose Oghenejode in a media chat with correspondent at this year’s celebration of Idju Owhurie festival popularly known as Agbassa Juju at Otovwodo (Agbassa) Community Warri last weekend.
He posited that it is the intension of the person watching such festivals that determines whether festivals are sinful or not, pointing out that people watches cultural festivals for different purposes. “Some are here for social reasons, some are here for political reasons while some are here for spiritual reasons.” He stated.
While insisting that cultural festivals afford one the opportunity to know about the culture of a people and to also reconcile African tradition with the teaching of Christ, he warned that if a Christian is not strong in faith, he should not watch cultural festivals “if you know that watching a cultural festival will influence you, then do not watch it”, he said, insisting that he would profess no other God than Jesus Christ and therefore advised Christians to do same.
On his part, a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Dafe Akpedeye who is maternally related to Agbarha Warri lamented that one of the greatest bane of the Urhobo nation is the loss of identity just as he asserted that culture has all the attributes of the good, the bad and the ugly.
He stated that the good aspect of culture is that it brings people together, advising that the Urhobos should celebrate their festivals. “We should propagate what we are, who we are and where we are coming from. We should unite and come together that is why I am here,” he said.
In his contribution a member of Delta State House of Assembly, Representing Warri South Constituency II, Hon (Chief) Dennis Oghenebukome Omovie an indigene of Agbarha Warri Community of Edjeba asserted that the Idju Owhurie (Agbassa) Juju Festival is a symbol of unity amongst the people of the seven sub clans of the kingdom namely, Otovwodo (Agbassa), Ogunu, Igbudu, Edjeba, Oteghele, Ukpokiti and Okurode (Ekurede Urhobo).
He commended the members of the organizing committee of the festival for making it a successful one, expressing hope that future celebrations would be more successful.
He further expressed delight that the Urhobos from other kingdoms as well as Itsekiri and Ijaw neighbours were at the event celebrating with the Agbarha Warri people.
NO. DTS 0359 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
WARRI SOUTH COUNCIL TOLD TO ADDRESS PERENNIAL FLOODING OF GINUWA ROAD
A Warri based Public Analyst, Comrade Joshua Akpobor, has called on Warri South Local Government Council to solve the perennial flooding on Ginuwa Road by J.J.C area Warri.
Akpobor who spoke to newsmen on the matter shortly after a recent heavy down pour in Warri lamented that over the years nothing has been done to put a permanent solution to the menace of the flooding.
He said the flood had damaged many valuable properties of residents of the area and that the regular water log in the area has earned the road the unenviable name of “Ginuwa waterside” amongst motorists and riders of commercial tricycles popularly known as keke.
“As a result of this ugly situation keke riders and other vehicle users avoid this road during rainy season. An aged woman almost lost her life when she fell into a very bad spot at the JJC area of the road. So let me use this medium to send a ‘save our soul’ (SOS) message to the Warri South Local Government Council authorities to do something urgent to solve this permanent flooding on this road before the peak of the raining season,” he stated.
Findings by our correspondent indicated that one of the causes of the flooding was block drainages linking Ginuwa Road through Mowoe Road, Ukpokiti Street and the Warri Canal.
It was observed that some unscrupulous residents of the area empty their waste into the drainages.
It was also observed that most of the drainages have also collapsed due to erosions like the ones at the side of Agbassa Primary School by Mowoe Road, Warri.
NO. DTS 0360 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
EWU AXIS YOUTH COUNCIL PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA AHEAD OF 2019
The Ewu Axis Youth Council has pledged it support for Governor Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.
The group in a statement issued at Ewu recently passed a vote of confidence on the Governor who they also endorsed for a second tenure in 2019.
The group further hailed some political leaders from the area in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who it said, have contributed to the positive development of the area. Those mentioned in the statement include, Hon Amos Itihwe DESEPADEC Commissioner representing the Urhobos of Warri, Uvwie, Ughelli South and Udu in the Board of DESOPADEC, Hon. Rueben Izeze, Delta State House of Assembly member representing Ughelli South, Hon Ochetigho Michael, PDP Chairman Ughelli South Local Government Area and Senator Emmanuel Aghwariawodo Senior Adviser to Governor Okowa.
The group however appealed that the Ewu Axis of Ughelli South be allowed to complete its second tenure of the chairmanship position of Ughelli South Local Government Council like other Axis in the Local Government Area who had served two tenures in the Council chairmanship position.
NO. DTS 0361 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
ONUESOKE CANVASSES SUPPORT FOR GOV OKOWA, RECEIVES INTENDING APC DECAMPEES
2007 Delta People Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant Chief Sunny Onuesoke has called on youths in Delta State to support the administration of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
The Delta State PDP strongman made the call when over 500 All Progressive Congress (APC) in his Ughelli North Constituency 1, paid him a solidarity visit at his Agbarha Otor residence during the visit of executives of Urhobo National Youth Congress (UNYC).
The youths who initially decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) displayed various placards condemning the bad governance of APC at the Federal Government Level and at its disunity at the state level declared their intention to join the PDP again pleading with Chief Onuesoke to assist them in doing so.
Responding, Chief Onuesoke commended the APC youths for the decision and their visit.
He stated that the APC has nothing to offer Nigerians other than hardship just as he assured the PDP would accommodate APC members that have truly turned a new leaf and ready to work for the positive development of the party and the state.
He called on youths of Delta State and indeed Deltans to continue to support Governor Okowa and the PDP by listing the laudable achievements so far recorded by the Governor.
Meanwhile, the Urhobo National Youth Congress has nominated Chief Onuesoke for a merit Gold Award.
In a letter dated March 27, 2017, the body described the Delta State PDP strong man as a distinguished Deltan who has demonstrated high level of patriotism in politics in Urhobo Nation, Delta State and Nigeria.
The group in its letter also explained “the award is designed to honour, encourage and celebrate distinguished Urhobos, Deltans and Nigerians who have contributed to the development and improvement of our Father’s Land in their respective profession and political positions.”
NO. DTS 0362 THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
ELEKEOKWURI PROMISES COMMITMENT, QUALITY REPRESENTATION
The Member representing Ika North/East in the DTHA, Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri has reassured the people of Umunede Kingdom of his unrelenting commitment to give them quality representation.
He gave the assurance during the occasion of 70th Annual conference of an apex group in Umunede Kingdom, Umunede progressive Union.
Hon Elekeokwuri noted that his focus was to attract growth and development to the area in line with the state government’s SMART agenda.
He however appealed to them to eschew any form of bitterness or any action that could negate the flow of transformations that is going across the state.
On his part, the traditional ruler HRM Ezeagwu Ezenwali Agadagidi 1, stressed on the need to embrace unity and harmony saying they were the brain behind the emergence of Umunede progressive Union.