NO DTS 1321: ASABA STORM WATER DRAINAGE READY IN 3 MONTHS
NO DTS 1322: OKOWA SUES FOR UNINTERRUPTED OIL OPERATIONS
NO DTS 1323: NUJ DELTA COUNCIL GETS CARETAKER COMMITTEE… AS JOURNALISTS APPLAUD ANIAGWU ON ELECTIONS SUCCESS
NO DTS 1324: FUNKEKEME FELICITATES WITH OKOWA AT 61
NO DTS 1325: COVID 19: SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS RESORT TO ARTISANSHIP
NO DTS 1326: COVID-19: MEDICAL PRACTITIONER RESTATES FEARS OF SECOND SPIKE
NO DTS 1327: OKOWA HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO HUMANITY SINCE HIS TENDER AGE – MAJEMITE
NO DTS 1328: OKOWA HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR IGBOS – OHANEAZE
NO DTS 1329: OKOWA HAS DONE WELL – ONUORA
NO DTS 1330: OKUMAGBA COMMENDS OKOWA OVER HIS PATRONAGE OF WARRI URHOBOS
NO DTS 1331: SPECIAL FEATURE: WUEDA DELIVERING ON ITS MANDATE
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
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NO DTS 1321: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
ASABA STORM WATER DRAINAGE READY IN 3 MONTHS
The Okpanam storm water drainage project in Asaba channeling flood to “Iyi-Uku River’’ in Okotomi Quarters would be ready for inauguration within the next three months.
Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, disclosed this on Thursday while inspecting the project.
Augoye, who was in company with his Information counterpart, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the 4.6km drain was a proactive measure taken by the state government to address the flooding from Okpanam to Shoprite area in Asaba, adding that so far, 2.9km had been completed by the contracting firm.
He disclosed that the depth of the drains were 3.5 metres by 1.2 metres, 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres and 0.9 meters by 0.9 meters depending on the topography of the affected area.
The commissioner said that the state government was already tarring five roads around Okpanam Road in a bid to control flood which was already a big problem on the road, adjoining streets and Okpanam community.
“We are also constructing some adjoining streets, about 12 of them. The essence is to reduce the volume of silts (sands) that move from this area to block the drains along the Okpanam Road. These are the areas through which the flood water moves from Okpanam down to Asaba. So, we have to take care of that,” he said.
While saying that many other roads were being constructed and tarred in Warri and Uvwie, Chief Augoye charged the contractors to redouble efforts to meet deadlines for the various projects in the state.
On the Okpanam/Okotomi storm water drain project, the Works Commissioner said that 60 per cent of the marked buildings for demolition have been paid for, stressing that those that built without proper acquisition would not be paid.
He gave assurance that the various projects were being supervised by his ministry to ensure that Deltans get value for money spent on road infrastructure.
The Project Manager of Levant Construction Company, the firm handling the storm water drain, Ghassan Fadel said that the drainage project was on course, pointing out that it would be completed in the next three months.
Speaking on the project, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu said that the COVID-19 pandemic cannot deter the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration from embarking on projects that would make life conducive for Deltans.
Aniagwu said that Governor Okowa was desirous of building a stronger Delta through infrastructure transformation and human capital development.
Some residents of the area where the storm water drain project is being executed commended the state government for coming to their aid, even as they pledged their support to the present administration in the realisation of set goals.
NO DTS 1322: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
OKOWA SUES FOR UNINTERRUPTED OIL OPERATIONS
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has advised aggrieved Ijaw of Gbaramatu Kingdom and Itsekiri in the Escravos area of Warri South-West LGA to sustain dialogue to achieve win-win outcome with the Federal Government (FG), over pending demands.
In an earlier world press conference, the Gbaramatu Kingdom in statement by its spokesman, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, threatened to shut down oil operations in its area with an ultimatum expiring today (Thursday), over alleged Federal Government adamant to longstanding demands.
Also, the Itsekiri citing similar demands in a statement through Mr Besidone Samuel, spokesman of Itsekiri Oil/Gas Producing Communities, said if the Escravos Gas Revolution Industrial Park, Deep Sea Port in Gbaramatu in Warri South-West LGA, Omadino-Escravos Road projects are not kickstarted, including stopping the recent FG-announced bidding round for 57 marginal oil fields, it would shut down oil operations in Itsekiri communities.
But addressing newsmen in Warri, yesterday, Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, who stood in for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, appealed to Ijaw of Gbaramatu and Itsekiri of Excravos area “to rescind the planned shut down of oil operations for a win-win strategy/outcome which the Delta State Government was envisaging in its engagement with the FG. I personally appeal that the oil communities consider jettisoning the idea of shutting down oil operations, as a birthday gift to our Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, and to enable his team more time to deepen discussions with the appropriate authorities”.
He added: “I want to thank the Itsekiri and the Ijaw of Gbaramatu for peacefully airing their demands for worldwide attention. But I think that resorting now to shutting down oil operations by Ijaw and Itsekiri in place of the present peaceful path would be seen as confrontational owing to the present financial situation of the FG which the Gbaramatu people acknowledged in their own protest. It would additionally cripple Federal Government capacity to address our clearly legitimate demands and erase outside sympathy for the cause. It could lead our vulnerable people thereby deprived of world sympathy to be on collision course with the FG.”
“The world has been watching the commendablly peaceful protests of Gbaramatu Ijaw and the Itsekiri, over pending demands. It has noted the unfair deprivation of the Modular Floating Dockyard (MFD) for training of students of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko. The demand for Escravos Processing Zone (EPZ) or Gas Revolution Industrial Park project is a legitimate quest for benefitting from oil industry funded by their oil. The world knows it is unconscionable to deny the oil producing people Oil Mining Licenses (OML) and Marginal Fields generously given to others to their exclusion. The world is persuaded that it is immoral to keep the communities in darkness while their oil powers never-dimming lights in premises of the oil companies around”, Otuaro said.
“Let me assure our people that results-producing dialogue is a process, not an event. Let us keep the peace and the faith. Dialogue has yielded some fruits however slow. The FG has awarded the electrification project that will benefit about 50 communities in the said Escravos area and work is ongoing but need be expedited. The Delta State Government Committee on the Modular Floating Dockyard chaired by myself, Commissioner of Finance, as well as Barr. Bosin Ebikeme, Hon. Kelly Penawou amongst others, has not closed discussions with the FG on sending the Modular Floating Dockyard to Okerenkoko area for intended purpose while presently supporting the FG efforts in running the Nigerian Maritime University. As a government, we also made helicopter-assisted aerial tour/observations of communities impacted by oil pollution ahead of the dying fishes saga mentioned in the Gbaramatu people’s protest, and commissioned soil/water samples for laboratory investigations to enable us push a strong case for environmental remediation,” Otuaro pleaded.
and Sunday Egede as members.
NO DTS 1323: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
NUJ DELTA COUNCIL GETS CARETAKER COMMITTEE… AS JOURNALISTS APPLAUD ANIAGWU ON ELECTIONS SUCCESS
By Ambrose Ologide
The Honourable Commissioner for Information Delta State, Charles Aniagwu has been applauded over his role in the success of the just concluded caretaker committee elections of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Chapter held at the state headquarters, Asaba on Thursday July 9th, 2020.
Chairmen and secretaries of the chapels in the state and their teaming supporters, who spoke to our correspondent shortly after the conclusion of the elections stated that but for the official mouth piece of Delta State (Aniagwu), the elections would have ended in a deadlock.
Besides the advice of Mr Aniagwu for a peaceful election, he also charged the new caretaker committee to conduct a credible election for Delta State NUJ council as stipulated by the constitution of the Union.
Members of the Prize and Redemption groups involved in the elections went home satisfied with the outcome of the elections as they believed that it was a no victor, no vanquish situation.
It would be recalled that elections of executive committee of the state council of the union scheduled to hold at St Patrick College Asaba a week earlier ended in a stalemate prompting the National executive committee of the union to call for election of a caretaker committee by chairmen and secretaries of the chapels of the union in the state.
The seven members of the caretaker committee inaugurated by the national vice chairman of NUJ, Comrade Edward Ogude include Onobunjo Sonia (Chairman), Emmanuel Ekebe (Secretary) Gilbert Olie, Dominic Adewale, Nelson Agbajor, Florence Nwabuonwu and Sunday Egede as members.
NO DTS 1324: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
FUNKEKEME FELICITATES WITH OKOWA AT 61
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, Rt Hon Solomon Funkekeme, has felicitated with his Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on his 61st birth anniversary.
In his goodwill message, Rt Hon Funkekeme described Governor Okowa as an administrator per excellence with an unwavering faith and commitment to the development and growth of the state.
Rt Hon Funkekeme said that Okowa’s leadership quality and diligence in the management of human and material resources was manifestly glaring in his developmental strides as well as in his efficient and effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
According to The Senior Political Adviser, Governor Okowa’s vision to leave behind a Stronger Delta is unshakable noting that “The Path Of The Just Is As The Shining Light That Shineth More And More Unto The Perfect Day” Proverbs 4:18.
He said the Governor and his family are in God’s presence and prayed God to restore his health and that of his family members that recently tested positive to Covid-19.
Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon joined family members, friends, well wishers and the good people of Delta State to wish Governor Ifeanyi Okowa good health, love and more years of fruitful service to God and humanity.
NO DTS 1325: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
COVID 19: SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS RESORT TO ARTISANSHIP
By Balogun Mabamije
As Schools in the state remain closed due to the increasing numbers of coronavirus in the state, and in the country at large, most secondary school students have taken to apprenticeship in one trade or the other to kill idleness.
A survey carried out by our correspondent who went round Ughelli metropolis and environs showed that most beautification centers have young female apprentices between the ages of 12-16 years old, who are secondary school students.
According to one of the apprentices spoken to, Miss Rejoice Oru of the “Sophie Beauty World,” Affiesere, said she was tired of sitting at home hence her parents decided to sign her up with the vocation centre in the meantime.
Miss Oru complained that the continual sitting at home had adverse negative impact on the lives of most students especially the girl child, saying that the “idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
She attributed the rise in rape cases and criminality in the society to idleness and urged the youths to get a trade for themselves, which they could hold on to in the future. “I want to advise youths, to at this time pick up something like a trade for themselves and kill idleness,” she stressed.
Miss Oru also appealed to Deltans to comply with directives of the State Government to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the State for schools to reopen, saying that the continual closure of schools in the country could create academic apathy in the minds of the youths.
Another student of Afiesere Secondary School, master Rukevwe, a 16year old SS1 student who signed for Auto Mechanic, equates time to money and advised against unnecessary waist of time.
“I decided to take up Auto Mechanic for the main time to keep me busy because it is not good to sit at home doing nothing. You see time is money so we need to make good use of our time,” he stated.
Master Rukevwe who advised youths to keep themselves busy at this time by taking up a relevant trade that could add meaning to their future, said he missed his friends at school and appealed to government to open schools as soon as possible.
An Ughelli based auto mechanic, Mr David Ototahor, in his remarks, described learning as everyday affair, saying that the closure of schools for a long time would spell doom for the Pupils and the nation.
Mr Ototahor who has many apprentices amongst whom are secondary school students, advised residents to follow the measures put in place by the state government to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
NO DTS 1326: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
COVID-19: MEDICAL PRACTITIONER RESTATES FEARS OF SECOND SPIKE
A Medical practitioner, Dr Joseph Amofagi, has restated fears of a second spike of COVID-19, warning faithful of all religions that the virus is still with us despite the relaxing of lockdown measures.
Dr Amofagi who is the Medical Director of Central Hospital, Oghara, stated this while creating awareness on COVID-19 pandemic at a Christian gathering at Ebenezer Baptist Church Sapele.
He pointed out that there was urgent need for all to strictly adhere to all precautionary measures spelt out by the state government and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
Amofagi said that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria was rapidly on the increase and the disease was already in Sapele with 77 confirmed cases.
In his words “This is not the time to throw caution to the wind. The battle is not over yet, in fact it is getting tougher.”
He pointed out that at this rate, there might be a second spike very soon that would lead to tremendous increase in infected cases and possible death, if caution was thrown to the wind,
Dr Amofagi, a one time aspirant for local government chairmanship position for Ethiope West Local Government Council, prayed God to help us keep to precautionary measures highlighted by the authorities.
NO DTS 1327: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
OKOWA HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO HUMANITY SINCE HIS TENDER AGE – MAJEMITE
By Ambrose Ologide
A former commissioner in Delta State, Chief Fred Majemite has remarked that governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been helpful to his people and humanity right from his tender age.
The frontline politician made the remark in an interaction with our correspondent on the birthday anniversary of Governor Okowa at his Ughelli residence on Tuesday July 7th, 2020.
He recalled that Senator Okowa became a medical doctor at a tender age just as he traced the history of Governor Okowa political successes in appointments and elections right from his days as councillor to his present governship position.
The Ekiugbo – Ughelli born political icon noted that Governor Okowa had used and still using his positions to help his people and humanity.
He noted further, saying “He (Governor Okowa) kept to his electioneering promises, that was why he won his second tenure convincingly. Deltans are happy with him. We are happy with him the more for his agenda of a stronger Delta”
While congratulating Governor Okowa on his birthday anniversary, he wished the governor and his family quick recovery from COVID – 19 in order not to distract him from doing his good works for Deltans and humanity.
NO DTS 1328: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
OKOWA HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR IGBOS – OHANEAZE
By Ambrose Ologide
The lady President of Ohaneaze Ndigbo, Delta Central and South Senatorial District, Ambassador (Mrs) Onyi Ikemefuna said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has done so much for the Igbos in Delta State.
Mrs Ikemefuna stated in her goodwill message to Governor Okowa on his birthday anniversary, describing the governor as a born administrator after the welfare of all in Delta State in respective of state of origin.
She, on behalf Igbo ladies in the area, congratulated Governor Okowa on his birthday anniversary as well as wished him and his family quick recovery from COVID- 19 pandemic.
NO DTS 1329: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
OKOWA HAS DONE WELL – ONUORA
By Ambrose Ologide
Former Special Assistant (SA) to the Delta State Governor on Non-Indigene Affairs, Nze Francis Onuora, has stated that Governor Okowa has done well so far in his administration of Delta State.
The Warri based Sports wares and equipment merchant stated this while commenting on the birthday anniversary of Governor Okowa in Warri on Tuesday July 7, 2020.
“Since he has done well and he is still doing well, Deltans and non Deltans should also wish him well
“Personally, I believe that it would be difficult for any governor to surpass his record in terms of achievements” he stated.
NO DTS 1330: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
OKUMAGBA COMMENDS OKOWA OVER HIS PATRONAGE OF WARRI URHOBOS
By Ambrose Ologide
The political leader of Warri Urhobos, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over his patronage of Warri Urhobos.
Chief Okumagba made the commendation in a chat with our correspondent on the birthday anniversary of Governor Okowa at his Warri residence on Tuesday July 7, 2020.
He congratulated Governor Okowa on his birthday anniversary as well as wished him and his family quick recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
NO DTS 1331: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
SPECIAL FEATURE: WUEDA DELIVERING ON ITS MANDATE
BY Stella Sanu
It is no longer news that the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA) is progressively delivering on its mandate to bring about the needed development in the area as it is currently embarking on numerous massive projects.
The agency which started off incipiently by creating a positive change in the environment through a clean-up exercise, clearing off dirt in most areas especially the median along NPA Expressway, Effurun Roundabout, DSC Roundabout and other adjoining areas truly gave the twin cities a facelift.
Also, WUEDA in upholding a clean environment for the people, has evacuated large numbers of illegal dump sites that has being in existence for decades within the area and also involved the Private Sector Participants (PSP) in ensuring appropriate disposal of refuse, as well as embarked on enlightenment campaign through town criers in different strategic places, such as motor parks, business areas etc, in its sensitisation campaign on the need for clean environment.
The Director General (DG), of the Agency, who is a former Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG) Comr. Ovuozourie Macaulay, described in many quarters as proactive and strategic, did not mince words when on one occasion he declared, “I am not here to play politics. My task is very clear and simple. I’m here to restore cleanliness and development to Warri, Uvwie and its environs.”
Indeed, he is undauntedly acting on his words, with his enormous wealth of experience and understanding of the dynamism in the work of the agency. He affirmed that the integrity of jobs by the agency must be protected, stating: “I don’t want haphazard job.”
According to him “I will not seat in my office waiting for site Engineers report, I will be coming out to see the level of work done”, which has helped in great measure in the progress of work ongoing.
The agency is currently embarking on the following projects:
● Construction of Access Road to Federal Housing Estate in Ugborikoko, Uvwie LGA, handling by the Contractor, Messrs Neodede Nigeria Enterprises.
● The Rehabilitation/Asphalt overlay of Apala Road, Okumagba Layout in Warri South LGA, handling by the Contractor, Sharpston Company Ltd.
● Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase I), at Warri South LGA, handling by the Contractor Levant Construction Limited.
● Flood Control Measures in Effurun/Warri and Environs (Phase II) at Uvwie LGA, handling by the Contractor CCECC.
● Rehabilitation of Failed Sections Between NPA and Chevron Gate U-Turn in Uvwie and Warri South LGA, handling by the Contractor Obafua Nig Ltd, and;
● The Construction of Trapezoidal Drains on the Median along NPA Expressway, handling by the Contractor, Messrs Dabemi Nigeria Enterprises.
There is no doubt that the completion of the above projects by WUEDA will ultimately end the perennial flooding challenges faced in the area, attract investors, and bring about the needed change and development that the people desire.
Also, the agency has visited various sites where illegal structures are obstructing waterways, and awareness campaign is ongoing in that regards for people to remove such structures or risk demolition of same when the time comes.
Apparently, with WUEDA pivoting a new dawn in the environmental renewal of the area, people of Warri/Uvwie and environs are sure going to feel the impact of the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration as his vision in establishing the Agency is rapidly becoming impactful with regards to the numerous significant projects being carried out by the Agency, and this according to the DG is not restricted to Warri and Uvwie alone, but extends to some other parts of Udu, Okpe and Ughelli South local government areas.
Suffice to say that, the Macaulay-led agency has been able to ride steadily on a sustained progress towards creating a new metropolitan Warri/Uvwie city.
Governor Okowa, with the establishment of WUEDA has written his name in gold in the sand of time and surely, the verdict of history will be kind to him and Comr. Macaulay’s team.
Stella is the Public Relations Officer of WUEDA.