NO DTS 1523: ASABA AIRPORT SET TO RESUME OPERATIONS
NO DTS 1524: DELTA GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE COMMUNITIES-OTUARO
NO DTS 1525: UKAH SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AS SCHOOLS REOPEN
NO DTS 1526: ENVIRONMENTAL MARSHALS, TASKFORCE TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS IN WARRI, SAYS MACAULAY
NO DTS 1527: UVWIE MONARCH COMMENDS LABOUR, CALLS FOR INDUSTRIAL HARMONY
NO DTS 1528: OKOH APPEALS FOR ENERGIZING OF TRANSFORMER
NO DTS 1529: CIE COMMENDS OKOWA ON MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19
NO DTS 1530: FOUNDATION INSISTS ON UNITY OF UKWUANI COMMUNITIES
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NO DTS 1523: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
ASABA AIRPORT SET TO RESUME OPERATIONS
Asaba International Airport in Delta State is set to resume flight operations several months after it was shut down due to Coronavirus pandemic which paralysed business and socio-economic activities across the globe.
The Secretary to Delta State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who gave the hint while inspecting the airport today ahead of the resumption of aviation operations expected to begin in a few days, said that the airport was ready.
Ebie said that the state government had put necessary protocols in place at the airport for passenger compliance with COVID-19 injunctions given by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for aviation activities.
He explained that the inspection was to ascertain the level of preparation on the part of the management of the airport for full resumption of flight operations in the airport.
Ebie said that he was impressed with the level of compliance with guidelines by Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the NCDC against the spread of COVID-19.
He stated that personnel of the airport were currently undergoing training to enable them function optimally in line with the “new normal’’.
The SSG said that when flight operations would resume, no fewer than six airlines, including Ibom Air, Azman and Arik Air, would be on the Asaba route.
He assure that the state government would work out modalities to ensure that physical-distancing and wearing of face masks were maintained in the airport operation.
On the fares to be collected by the airlines, Ebie said that the state government had no right to regulate the fare as the airlines were in business, adding that government would continue to do its best to ensure that the airport remained one of the best in the country.
Earlier, the Special Project Director of the airport, Mr Austin Ayemidejor, had said “Steps have been taken to ensure that there is physical-distancing, compulsory wearing of face masks, washing of hands at the point of entry and temperature check”.
Ayemidejor who conducted the inspection team comprising the SSG, Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Sir Fidelis Tilije and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief David Edevbie; said the airport was fully set to host full flight operations.
Areas inspected at the airport were the ticketing hall, departure and arrival halls as well as other sections of the airport where a lot of facilities were already fixed in compliance with the fight against COVID-19.
NO DTS 1524: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
DELTA GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE COMMUNITIES- OTUARO
By Onoriode Etatsemi
Delta State Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro said the state government will continue its routine of always engaging communities and kingdom in the state against the backdrop of its pursuit of a Stronger Delta for the people.
Deacon Otuaro stated this yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen in his office in Asaba after a meeting held with delegates from Egbema Kingdom in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The deputy governor noted that the meeting with the Egbema leaders of thought was to look at some issues that had to do with the developmental needs of the people and how they could be an integral part of the ongoing Oil Mining License issue of the federal government.
According to him; “Egbema kingdom in Warri North local government is one of those major Oil and Gas kingdoms in the state and we have so far had some far reaching understanding to mutually pursue the objectives.”
“It is government understanding that issues will always arise weather it is developmental or political. And as a government, we have always proposed that the way out to solving all of these issues is to always engage the people through dialogue and ensuring that we are on the same page in achieving that which we have billed to achieve,” Otuaro stated.
Amb. Ebitimi Ukori, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the delegation, commended the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for taking the lead in projecting the interest of the marginalised people of the Niger-Delta on the issue of the marginal fields and other similar issues.
Amb. Ukori, noted that the people of Egbema kingdom had suffered continoous adverse consequences from the oil production in the area, adding: “A classic case is the destruction of the Polobubor (Tsekelewu) community due to the dredging of the Polobubor Creek into the Atlantic Ocean to allow Chevron Nigeria Limited to bring in heavy duty equipment in the construction and operation of the Opuekebe Flow Station and the Ikpalakpalabou Oil Well facilities located in Egbema kingdom. This singular act has wiped out freshwater vegetation resulting in great siltation and making it difficult for navigation.”
He noted that the meeting was to meet with the state government to help place their demand that, the federal government should allow host communities Rights of First Refusal before throwing the bid process open to outsiders.
The delegation leaders said that 25 per cent Equity Holdings in the Marginal oil Field was for host communities, adding that this do not need a constitutional amendment to go through but a sense of judgement and political will on the side of government.
Amb. Ukori, noted that other demands includes, Egbema representation in the on-going discussions on the marginal fields and related issues of development at the state and national levels. He added that this assuage the youth who are already agitated and are running out of patience.
He appeal to the state government to address the political marginalization of Egbema people by having one of their own in the state Executive council and also that the next Chairman of the Council of Warri North come from Egbema after 26 good years.
NO DTS 1525: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
UKAH SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AS SCHOOLS REOPEN
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has urged stakeholders in education, especially parents and teachers, to support students as schools reopen in the state.
Mr. Ukah gave this admonition during the continuation of the monitoring of schools in the state yesterday (05/08/2020) in order to ascertain the rate of compliance with the resumption by teachers and students.
He however expressed displeasure that some parents brought their children late to school advising such parents to always ensure that their children were brought to school early enough.
Mr. Ukah also frowned at parents who allowed their children to resume school without their uniforms as some of the students were seen in classes on mufti.
The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner urged teachers to always continue to display exemplary attitude and behaviour for their students to emulate, noting that the future of every child rested mainly on them.
While stressing the need for parents and community leaders to prevail on their children, especially the SS 3 students that had not resumed to come back to school and participate in the revision classes before their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) scheduled to commence from August 17, 2020.
He said that students in other classes, particularly JSS 3 students and Primary Six pupils, had not been told to resume, adding that in no distant time, they would be informed of their resumption dates.
Mr. Ukah, who called on communities to own and protect school facilities in their areas, said that government would not condone any act of vandalism of school infrastructure.
Schools visited by the commissioner included Government Model Secondary School, Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Otulu Mixed Secondary School, Otulu, Aniocha South Local Government Area, Anglican Grammar School, Akwukwu-Igbo, and Illah Grammar School, Illah,
Others were Ebu Grammar School, Ebu, Basic and Secondary School, Illah, and Ukala-Okpuno Mixed Secondary School, Ukala, all in Oshimili North Local Government Area, as well as Boys’ Model Secondary School, Onicha-Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area.
Others members of staff of the ministry and those from the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) were also monitoring the resumption of schools throughout the state.
This is in addition to a 5-member committee put in place in all the local government areas of the state to monitor compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the schools.
NO DTS 1526: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
ENVIRONMENTAL MARSHALS, TASKFORCE TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS IN WARRI, SAYS MACAULAY
By Stella Odika
As part of measures to change the narratives which put the tag of slum on Warri/Uvwie and environs, due to decades of infrastructure decay, Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has approved various projects for execution to give the axis a facelift.
Besides, the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA) charged with the development of the area is putting a taskforce in place to sustain the tempo of work.
The Director General of WUEDA, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay disclosed this at a press briefing in Warri, to mark the first-year anniversary of the inauguration of the Governing Board of the Agency.
He said that within the short period of the Agency’s existence various projects including Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase I), Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase II), Construction of Access Road to Federal Housing Estate, Ugboroke, Uvwie LGA, Rehabilitation of First Marine Gate Road in Warri South LGA,
Rehabilitation of Odibo Street in Warri South LGA, Construction of Atse Olu Community Road in Warri South LGA etc., have been approved for execution.
“Most of the projects already awarded are at various stages of completion while in some others, we are waiting for the raining season to subside to mobilize for work,” Macaulay who is a former SSG to the state Government, added.
He affirmed that the modest milestones achieved so far with the execution of some of the projects has made tremendous impact on the environment and residents of the environs, as the menace of flooding and dirt was gradually disappearing.
The DG noted that in order to sustain the tempo and mileage already achieved within this short period and to put an end to the cycle of unhygienic behavior by some of the residents, as well as regularly clear resurfaced overgrown weeds and grasses, the Agency is to put in place a taskforce and other necessary measures.
“I assure you that necessary steps are being taken by the Agency to keep the axis clean with a proposed initiative to engage ad-hoc staff of sweepers, monitors, environmental marshals and taskforce to carry out follow-up maintenance works in the Agency’s mandate areas,” he stated.
He expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers, community leaders and the residents for their cooperation, and commended Governor Okowa for the approvals and support for the Agency.
NO DTS 1527: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
UVWIE MONARCH COMMENDS LABOUR, CALLS FOR INDUSTRIAL HARMONY
By Patrick Omagbemi
Labour leaders in Delta State and beyond have been called upon to ensure that they show decorum in the process of collective bargaining while protecting workers interests in order to promote industrial harmony.
The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel Sideso Abe 1, JP OON, made the call while receiving Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, Chairman NLC Delta State Council in his palace recently.
The Ovie commended the Labour leadership of Comrade Ofobruku in the state, adding that there is need ensure a cordial working relationship with the state government regularly without compromising the interests of workers.
He said “We all know that the essence of labour unions to protect the interests of workers, but that must be done in such a way that is constructive and devoid of destruction of the system to maintain industrial stability.”
His Royal Majesty pointed out that it is only through the option of dialogue, and constant dialogue that labour unions can build mutual understanding with its publics and achieve her set objectives, he added.
Speaking earlier, the NLC Chairman, Delta State Council, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku said that his visit to the king was private, adding: “It feels me with nolstagae and this is homecoming for me.”
The labour leader revealed that as a son of Uvwie Kingdom, it was proper for him to visit the Ovie to seek his Royal blessings and acquaint himself with the palace.
Comrade Ofobruku described the Ovie as a father to all and a blessing to the good people of Uvwie, noting that his reign has brought peace and Progress to the Kingdom. While thanking the Ovie for receiving chim, Ofobruku prayed that God will continue to bless the Ovie with long life and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the land.
In his separate remarks, Chairman of the Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) Asaba Chapter, Chief Benjamin Okobaroh said that he decided to led other members of the association to accompany Comrade Ofobruku on the visit as a way of support and solidarity to him. He informed the Ovie that the labour leader has been supportive and receptive of the association on different occasions.
Highlights of the visit was the breaking of kolanuts and prayers said by the Ovie for Comrade Ofobruku and others before the taking of group Photographs.
NO DTS 1528: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
OKOH APPEALS FOR ENERGIZING OF TRANSFORMER
By Ambrose Ologide
The former Vice Chairman of Ughelli South Local Government Council, Chief Eunice Okoh has appealed for the energizing of the electric transformer at Otu – Jeremi / Otor- Udu Junction.
Okoh made the appeal in a media interaction with our correspondent at Otu – Jeremi , Ughelli South Local Government Area on Thursday August 6th, 2020 .
The philanthropist disclosed that the said transformer was donated by DESOPADEC during the administration of former of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and that after the installation, she provided every necessary fitting for the electric transformer to start working.
“All that is needed now, is the energizing of the transformer by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).”
She disclosed that the project had been inspected and commissioned by DESOPADEC, adding: “I have made several appeals for the energizing of the transformer to no avail. In the course of my appeal, I was told that it was the responsibility of the contractor that executed the project to prevail on BEDC to energize it ”
While stressing the importance of the transformer, she said that if energized, would serve the energy needs of residents of the two oil rich communities of Otu – Jeremi and Otor – Udu, stressing “More so, the transformer is located a stone throw from Otorogun Gas Plant. They should please come and switch it on, without any further delay.”
NO DTS 1529: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
CIE COMMENDS OKOWA ON MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19
By Austine Enunwa
The Chief Inspector of Education in Aniocha North Local Government, Mrs Herrienta Obiegba, has commended the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the provision of all the necessary preventive measures that will mitigate the spread of the corona virus diseases in schools.
The Education Boss made the commendation in a telephone chat shortly after the inspection of schools in Aniocha north on the first day of re opening to ascertain the situation on ground,
She affirmed that government have provided all the COVID – 19 preventive materials to schools and also the necessary training of teachers were carried out before the reopening of schools.
On the over grown grasses in the schools the CIE stated that government have paid the money to schools but some money was hanging in the bank due to change in school’s administration as some principals and bursers have retried.
She However, appealed to the traditional rulers to assist mobilized the youths help in the clearing of the grasses surrounding the class rooms and buildings.
The CIE hailed the principals for their cooperation towards the preparation of the schools re opening just as she admonished the not to relent, similarly she expressed satisfaction for the turn out of students in their number.
NO DTS 1530: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020
FOUNDATION INSISTS ON UNITY OF UKWUANI COMMUNITIES
By Ifeanyi Omenogor
Members of Odogwu Adi Ebuo Peace Foundation have clarified that the entire Ukwuani is one and that nothing can separate them.
The members made the clarification during a meeting presided over by the President and Founder of the Foundation, Sir Dr Dele Omenogor at Amai, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta state.
They said the incessant crises between Amai and Umuebu over land ownership was uncalled for because according to them the entire Ukwuani is one.
They called on the warring factions of Amai and Umuebu to sheath their swords and be their brother’s keeper, adding that the people should show love to one another.
The foundation also appealed to the state government to put a permanent boundary on the land without further delay to enable permanent peace return to both communities, describing the situation where brothers will be fighting and killing one another because of land as unfortunate.
Members of Odogwu Adi Ebuo Peace Foundation said that the foundation was registered and that one of its major good objectives was to ensure peace and unity in the entire Ndokwa Nation and Nigeria at large.