NO. DTS 0035 OKOWA ASSURES SECURITY AGENCIES OF ADMINISTRATION’S CONTINUAL PARTNERSHIP
NO. DTS 0036 OKOWA WILL ENSURE SPEEDY DEVT OF OIL BEARING COMMUNITIES – ANIAGWU
NO. DTS 0037 URHOBO PROGRESS UNION LAUNCH WEBSITE FOR OHWORODE
NO. DTS 0038 OKOWA CALLS FOR IMPROVED LEGAL SERVICE TO DECONGEST COURTS
NO. DTS 0039 VERIFICATION EXERCISE: DELTA RECOVERS N1.9 BILLION
NO. DTS 0040 OKOWA SALUTES RENOWNED DIPLOMAT EMEKA ANYAOKU AT 84
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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NO. DTS 0035 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
OKOWA ASSURES SECURITY AGENCIES OF ADMINISTRATION’S CONTINUAL PARTNERSHIP
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa has said his administration will continue to partner with security agencies for Delta State to remain safe for socio-economic activities to thrive.
The governor gave the assurance in Asaba when the Assistant Commandant-General, Zone G of the Nigeria Society and Cilvil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Bassey Onoyom Bassey led officials of the security agency to pay him a courtesy visit.
According to the governor, “as a government, we have always rendered assistance to security operatives to enable them carry out their functions; we will continue to work together and it is our hope that working with all the security agencies, we will be able to secure our state.”
Governor Okowa commended security agencies for the roles they are playing for a secured society to be achieved, noting that the NSCDC in particular has distinguished itself in the protection of oil facilities.
While expressing hope that the peace which has seen to a lull in the destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta region would be sustained, the governor, reiterated that such would amount to having more funds for developmental projects.
He said, “we thank God that peace is returning to our state and our nation and by the grace of God, we will find ways to assist you; we are very hopeful that we will have a better year, 2017 which will translate to improved revenue to our nation and our state for developmental projects.”
Earlier, Mr. Bassey had thanked Governor Okowa, for his numerous assistance to security agencies and appealed for more logistics to enable them carry out their functions.
NO. DTS 0036 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
OKOWA WILL ENSURE SPEEDY DEVT OF OIL BEARING COMMUNITIES – ANIAGWU
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Mr. Charles Aniagwu has said the Governor will not discriminate in ensuring speedy development of the state, especially, oil bearing communities.
While disclosing that Governor Okowa was not happy with the level of development in the creeks and riverine communities in the state, Mr Aniagwu stated, “the governor has a strong passion for the upliftment of standard of living of all Deltans and he is greatly disturbed that at this 21st century, people are still suffering the way they do in the creeks and riverine communities.”
“Agreed that the communities have contributed immensely to the development of the country because of oil revenue and have little to show for it, we cannot lose sight of the fact that these communities can be tourists haven of the state and contribute greatly to the production of fish which can be for export if they are encouraged and the areas are developed,” the CPS added.
Mr Aniagwu who was addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Warri, continued, “over the years, there have been serious neglect and underdevelopment in the Niger Delta especially in the oil bearing communities and am glad that even Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo during his visit to Delta State on Monday, acknowledged that there is dearth of infrastructure in our oil bearing communities.”
“The Okowa administration has taken steps to make life more meaningful for all Deltans, hence the 2017 budget was embedded with several infrastructural projects,” the Governor’s spokesman stated, adding, “no matter how beautiful and promising a budget will look like, without adequate revenues to fund the projected expenditures, it would be an exercise in futility, hence, we are intensifying efforts in pleading with our brothers agitating for better deal for our people to support the peace process already initiated by the Federal and State governments towards bringing a lasting peace and development to the troubled oil rich region.”
He emphasized, “we are hoping that they will show understanding because when there is relative peace in the region, it will translate to more money from derivation which will make DESOPADEC and the State Government to function well.”
Mr. Aniagwu assured Deltans that the Governor Okowa led government will do more in 2017 in terms of infrastructural development as lots of projects will be executed across the state beyond what has been witnessed within the last one and half years.
He continued, “if you take a look at the Oil city, we have constructed several roads including the Okere Urhobo community roads, Ejinyere, Dederu streets as well as the PTI road rehabilitation which is currently ongoing and adequate provisions have been made for the reconstruction of the Effurun Sapele road, Ugbomro road; and for the first time in many years, efforts are being made to construct roads in our riverine communities of Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Ogulagha, Burutu, Ogidigben among others”.
The Governor’s image maker said despite the challenges of an over bloated workforce with its attendant huge wage cost, the Okowa administration has made the payment of salaries a top priority, observing that despite the downturn in the economy, the government has recorded huge success in executing projects that have great economic values to the people of the State.
He thanked journalists in the state for their support and promised to ensure quarterly press briefing with Governor Okowa and journalists in the state.
“I have had the privilege of interacting with members of the NUJ via the congress and other avenues, and i must thank my colleagues for the understanding and cooperation we have been receiving from journalists across the state.”
Meanwhile Chairman of the Delta State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Norbert Chiazor described the CPS as a good ambassador of the union who has carried out his functions as a professional and assured that the NUJ will continue to partner with the state government in its developmental programmes.
On his part, Chairman of the Warri Correspondent Chapel, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu thanked the CPS for finding time to have interactive sessions with journalists, stating that such moves give room for issues to be clarified.
NO. DTS 0037 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
URHOBO PROGRESS UNION LAUNCH WEBSITE FOR OHWORODE
All is now set for the grand finale of activities marking the 100 years birthday anniversary celebration of HRM Ogoni 1 the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom at Otorere Olomu traditional headquarters of the kingdom on Friday 20th January, 2017.
A website for the event was launched by Olorogun Moses Taiga the newly elected president general of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU). The website is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event which started since Friday January 13th, 2017 has so far featured conferment of chieftaincy titles , novelty football match at Otu-Jeremi Stadium and public lectures at P.T.I Conference Center Effurun.
Some of those who were conferred with chieftaincy titles are Prof. Sam Oyovwaire, Prof. Onigu Otite, Prof Peter Ekeh, Dr. Peter Oboakponovwe, Comrade Jerry Eruvbede de, Chief Westham Adehor amongst others.
The one week event will be rounded off with a thanksgiving service.
NO. DTS 0038 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
VERIFICATION EXERCISE: DELTA RECOVERS N1.9 BILLION
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said the sum of N1. 9 billion would be recovered from public servants who fraudulently falsified their records.
Receiving the report from the Committee on ‘Verification of Date of Birth and Employment of Public Officers in Delta State’ in Asaba, which had Chief Nkem Okwuofu as Chairman, Governor Okowa decried falsification of documents and also, condemned attitude of those who aid and abet such actions.
“From the report before us, out of 1,113 persons who were invited by the committee, only 376 officers were cleared, 291 are supposed to have retired which means they are receiving salaries they ought not to receive,” the Governor stated, asserting, “these set of persons and those who failed to appear before the Committee should be expunged immediately from the payroll.”
Governor Okowa, who bemoaned the connivance of staff of Directorate of Establishment and Pensions in the falsification of records, directed the Office of the Head of Service to carry out an investigation and ensure that those culpable were disciplined.
He said, “a lot of questions need answers from the Directorate of Establishment because, these anomalies should not arise if they did their work creditably; those involved in these anomalies should be brought to book; this is a wakeup call in the Public Service that a lot need to be done to sanitize the system because we also have had situations within the public service, especially in the Local Government System where people who are not entitled to promotion were promoted and those who were due, were denied.”
On the issue of some civil servants who can no longer carry out their functions due to ill health, Governor Okowa directed the office of the Head of Service to liaise with the Ministry of Health to set up a Medical Board to handle such cases, emphasizing, “the verification exercise is not a witch-hunt but to ensure that salaries are justifiably earned and only those who worked for it are paid.”
While presenting the report, Chief Okwuofu disclosed that out of 1, 113 numbers of persons invited for the verification exercise, 951 persons were screened, 376 persons cleared and 162 did not appear.
“The Committee discovered that some staff on the payroll who ought to have retired but, for the falsification of records and others whose dates of birth were adjusted, were reversed to their verified dates and this has resulted in financial gains of N1, 976, 845, 123.21” Chief Okwuofu who was accompanied by members of the Committee said.
Deputy Governor Kingsley Otuaro and members of the State Executive Council witnessed the event.
NO. DTS 0039 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
OKOWA CALLS FOR IMPROVED LEGAL SERVICE TO DECONGEST COURTS
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for improved legal service delivery to decongest the courts.
The Governor made the call in Asaba during the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Vincent Ofesi as a Judge of the Delta State High Court.
According to the governor, there was the need for improved legal service delivery “in accordance with our democratic principles and the rule of law,” asserting that such should manifest in the decongesting of the courts.
Governor Okowa who congratulated Justice Ofesi on his appointment, observed that “the National Judicial Council has deliberated and found Hon. Justice Vincent Ofesi suitable for appointment as a Judge; he represents one of our finest materials on the Bench and is coming to this position with wide and varying experience for the benefit of our State and citizens.”
“I expect you (Justice Ofesi) to do what is required by dedicating your services to uplifting the image of the judiciary in our State and the nation, through your discipline and the maintenance of a high level of integrity,” Governor Okowa advised, adding, “this assignment requires deep knowledge, wisdom, commitment and fairness and I sincerely hope you will strive to make the State, nation and your family, proud by your actions on the Bench.”
Responding, Justice Ofesi while thanking those who contributed to the success of the event, assured the government and people of Delta State of his commitment to discharging his functions without fear or favour and to the best of his abilities.
The ceremony was attended by members of the state executive council, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Stella Oghene, judges and family members of Justice Ofesi.
NO. DTS 0040 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
OKOWA SALUTES RENOWNED DIPLOMAT EMEKA ANYAOKU AT 84
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Elder Statesman, Chief Chukwuemeka Anyaoku as he clocks 84 years on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
In a statement issued in Asaba on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa eulogized the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation.
He said: “On the occasion of your 84th birthday anniversary today Wednesday 18th of January 2017, I write to heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta State.
“In the past 84 years of a life of outstanding accomplishment and great personal fulfillment, you have not only served our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, you have also brought great pride to Nigeria through your notably successful service as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. Till date, you continued to give yourself in the service of the fatherland.
Governor Okowa noted that Nigeria again tapped from the diplomatic experience of Chief Anyaoku when he served as Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Relations (PACFR).
“I join your family, friends 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.”
The Governor wished Chief Anyaoku “a very well deserved Happy Birthday.”