NO DTS 0756: TAMBUWAL LAUDS OKOWA AS HE INAUGURATES PROJECTS IN DELTA
NO DTS 0757: COVID-19: TAMBUWAL COMMENDS OKOWA ON ESTABLISHMENT OF ISOLATION CENTRE
NO DTS 0758: COVID19: SOUTH-SOUTH STATES SYNERGIES TO TACKLE DISEASE
NO DTS 0759: COVID-19: REVENUE STAFF APPEAL TO GOVT TO SUSPEND BIOMETRIC CLOCKING
NO DTS 0760: DSPHCDA TRAINS OFFICIALS ON COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION
NO DTS 0761: CHINYE PROMISES PROPER MANAGEMENT OF APPROVED DUMPSITES
NO DTS 0762: SURVEY WORK TO COMMENCE ON MODULAR REFINERY, PETROCHEMICAL PROJECT IN KOKO
NO DTS 0763: FILING STATIONS IN UVWIE, WARRI, YET TO EFFECT NEW PUMP PRICE
NO DTS 0764: MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY KEKE ARMED BANDITS
NO DTS 0765: MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY KEKE ARMED BANDITS
NO DTS 0766: SENSITIZATION TOUR: EGWUNYENGA MEETS YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN UGHELLI SOUTH
NO DTS 0767: INTELLECTUAL ABILITY AND THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN IS GOVT GOAL- UGHELLI NORTH CIE
NO DTS 0768: COVID-19: BISHOP ENAKIRERHI URGES CHRISTIANS TO SHUN FEAR
NO DTS 0769: EDUCATION SECRETARY TO PARTNER DESTMA ON STUDENTS, PUPILS SAFETY
NO DTS 0770: POLY STUDENT LEADER TASKS MEMBERS ON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, HARD WORK
NO DTS 0771: KOKO COMMUNITY HEAD PASSES ON
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NO DTS 0756 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
TAMBUWAL LAUDS OKOWA AS HE INAUGURATES PROJECTS IN DELTA
The Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for enhancing the socio-economic life of Deltans through his sustained commitment towards promoting good governance in the state.
Tambuwal who is Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum was speaking in Asaba while inaugurating the Mariam Babangida dual carriageway which was constructed by the state government, said that Okowa has been demonstrating strong strength in providing excellent leadership.
He noted that the Okowa led administration in the state was doing quite more in terms of infrastructural development anchored on the threshold of good governance, pointing out that he was, also happy that the dual carriageway was named after Maryam Babangida.
While saying that he was delighted to have been invited to perform the official inauguration of two roads in the state, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum stated that the PDP family in the country were impressed with the performance index of Governor Okowa.
“Governor Okowa has done very well in providing good leadership in all aspects of governance,” Tambuwal said, noting that Delta State government had, apart from its exploits in roads infrastructural development initiative, done well in the areas of educational development, empowerment and human capital development among other sectors of the state economy.
While, also, performing the inauguration of the 7.5 kilometres Ogwashi Uku /Ubulu Uno Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state equally constructed by the state government, the Sokoto State governor noted that the road was strategic to the growth of the town, even as he affirmed that the road would among other benefits, connect the town to other parts of the state.
Earlier in his remarks during the inauguration of Maryam Babangida Road, Governor Okowa noted that the road was strategically unique to the people and government of the state as it houses the most important aspect of governance in the state such as the old and new state secretariat complex, Asaba division of the Appeal Court Complex, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asaba branch and the state library complex among others.
“Apart from the fact that road is very important to us, it is named after a dear daughter of Asaba and Delta State, Maryam Babangida; the road houses the most important aspect of governance in the state.
“First, we have the old secretariats (two of them) and the new secretariat complex that is coming up which, in the next few months, would house all the state government ministries, departments agencies with the support of the two existing old secretariats. I am sure that we took the right decision to truly dualise the road,” Okowa added.
At Ubulu-Uno, Okowa said that the Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Uno Road project became necessary following the inability of people to access the agrarian community in both dry and rainy season, pointing out that the palace road in Ubulu Uno would be looked into when the economy improves.
On the COVID-19 scourge posing health risk globally, Okowa urged Deltans to observe all precautionary measures, affirming that his administration was doing its best to keep the virus in check should there be any incidence in the state.
Meanwhile, he commended the people of Aniocha South for their peaceful disposition and support for his administration, just as he pledged to continue to pursue programmes and projects with direct bearing on the lives of Deltans.
Also speaking in Asaba during the inauguration of Mariam Babangida Road, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye said that the drainage on both sides of the dual carriageway was made up of 2.46 kilometres with a shoulder of 1.5 metres, adding that the length of the road was 1.88 meters.
He disclosed that before 2018, the road was not motorable, a development, which according to him, made some of the property owners on the road to sell them as a result of inaccessibility to their property.
On the 7.5 kilometers Ubulu Uno/Ogwashi Uku Road project which has 12.8 kilometres drains, the Commissioner said that the road project was executed with high professional acumen because of the terrain to enable it stand the test of time.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, Comrade Uche Osadebe and his Aniocha South counterpart, Chief Isaac Anwuzia as well as the Obi of Ubulu Unor, Obi Kikachukwu Afamefune who spoke through Professor Jiff Mokobia, applauded Okowa for executing the road project, just as they pledged their loyalty to his administration in the realisation of the stronger Delta Vision.
NO DTS 0757 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
COVID-19: TAMBUWAL COMMENDS OKOWA ON ESTABLISHMENT OF ISOLATION CENTRE
Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, today commended his Delta counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for establishing an isolation centre and adopting other measures to check Coronavirus case when detected in the state.
He made the commendation in Asaba while fielding questions from newsmen after inspecting facilities at the centre located at the Federal Medical Centre.
Tambuwal, who was in Delta to inaugurate two road projects – Mariam Babangida Way, Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Uno road, expressed joy that Okowa had taken proactive steps to ensure the safety of citizens.
He described the governor as a workaholic, who believed in the delivery of democratic dividends.
“I have been in the state since morning; I have gone round and before now, I have been aware of the infrastructural developments being pursued and completed by the government of the state under the leadership of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“I must commend him and his team for the transformation of the state in spite of paucity of funds and general economic depression; other sectors in the state are not suffering because he has achieved great results when it comes to job creation for the youths in the state.
“A lot of progress is ongoing in the state and the isolation centre will help to tackle the effects of Covid-19 which is affecting several nations globally and a lot of modifications have been made to accommodate patients, should there be victims of the disease in the state.
“With all the preparations being made, I believe that Delta State is getting ready for the virus and we hope that we shall not have any reason or cause to use this centre.
“On medical emergencies such as this, we do not look to one direction for solutions as it is our collective responsibility like Gov. Okowa is already taking preventive measures to tackle this crisis.
“This goes to show that it is our collective responsibility as leaders, to look after the welfare and wellbeing of our citizens,’’ he said.
Tambuwal urged leaders in the country to rise to the challenge of the global pandemic.
He said “I am appealing that as leaders, we should collectively rise to this challenge which is why when Governors of North West met in Kaduna, we resolved that public schools in the region be closed.
“We made sure that we took certain proactive measures which also includes coming up with isolation centres such as this.
“So, it is a collective responsibility of all, but, I will as well appeal to the Federal Government to do more, especially in terms of making the people to be aware of the dangers that Coronavirus truly pose.
“The government should take more drastic measures, such as closure of airports, to limit the entry of people into our nation.”
Responding to some question, Okowa stated that the effects of the coronavirus on nations called for concern and that the isolation centre which had been established for such cases was important.
“We have just finished touring the isolation centre and a lot of modifications had to be made the moment the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) came and gave their advice on how best to tackle the disease.
“The modifications made will ensure the greater safety and care of patients as well as the medical staff that will be attending to them.
“It will also ensure that patients can safely interact with their visitors and family members without having to pass any infection to them, and with an incinerator provided, equipment used to treat any patient in this facility will be immediately incinerated to ensure proper care of patients,” he said.
The residents and tricycle (keke) operators of Asaba have commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the full rehabilitation of Mariam Babangida way, in Asaba.
According to some of the road users, Mariam Babangida Way was referred to as failed road which had made life difficult for people who ply the road as access link to their homes and offices.
The dual carriage Mariam Babangida way was inaugurated by the Governor of Sokoto state Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwa at the instance of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday and was described by residents as a major hallmark of development in the state Capital territory.
They said the road being an access link to several state government offices and federal agencies like Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branch office and federal Court of Appeal, deserves the quality rehabilitation and beautification it now wears.
The Council Chairman of Oshimili South Local government, Hon. Uche Azuka Osadebe said in spite of the strategic location of the road as a gate way to the Central District of the seat of Government, it was left in very deplorable condition for many years.
He further stated that the road was dedicated to the memory of Mariam Nneamaka Babangida, a daughter of the Land and once a first Lady of Nigeria.
One of the residents, Mr Stanley Osaiga could not hide his Joy while recounting how difficult it was plying the road in the past. He said the hardship would have been better imagined than experienced. “I thank God for keeping me alive to witness the transformation that has taken place in Mariam Babangida way. To me, it’s a wish come true” he said.
A commercial tricycle (keke) operator, Mr Columbus Osakwe said “I started plying this road since 2015 as a commercial tricycle operator and over the years before 2019 we keke riders suffered allot. We had to swim through the deep gullies of flood to cross over with our passengers along the road. I thank Governor Okowa for making life easier for us”.
In the same attitude of gratitude, Civil servants have also commended the State Government for implementing the rehabilitation and beautification of the road. According to Mr Chime Emmanuel who is a staff of Delta state ministry of Environment, the road will serve better and will contribute to the ease of doing government business and activities especially during rainy season.
NO DTS 0758 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
COVID19: SOUTH-SOUTH STATES SYNERGIES TO TACKLE DISEASE
The needs for States in the South-South geo-political zone in Nigeria to synergize anà Id pool ideas and resources together to enable them protect their citizens from the scourge of Lassa fever epidemic and Corona virus infection has been stressed.
Ambassador Joe Keshi, Director General, BRACED Commission made this known in Asaba during the meeting of the Honourable Commissioners’ for Health in the South-South Geopolitical Zone on how to contain the infectious diseases being experienced in the country.
He stated that the meeting was at the instance of the South-South Governors’ Forum which mandated the BRACED Commission to work with Commissioners for Health in the Zone to strengthen the Zone’s preparedness and response to epidemic disease outbreaks.
According to him ‘we live in extraordinary times most especially because of the rapid spread of corona virus infection which began about three months ago in Wuhan, China but has now spread to almost all the countries of the world leaving along its path unprecedented disruptions and devastations.
He said that the world’s economy is today at a cross road with fears of global recession as almost every sector have been adversely impacted of which the World Health Organization after much reluctance has declared it a pandemic.
Ambassador Keshi further stated that the worst hit is the travelling and tourism industry and it is causing a lot of strain on nations health resources and infrastructure especially the Western hemisphere as they struggle to contain its spread and safe people particularly the elderly within the age bracket of 60 to 80 years and those with underlying health conditions who are adjudged to be at risk and most vulnerable.
He explained that from the South-South Governors’ Meeting of about 2weeks ago in Asaba, issues of security, economy, and regional infrastructure and of course health issues because of their concern for Lassa fever epidemic and COVID 19 pandemic was discussed.
The Governors discussed the readiness and preparedness of the South-South region to collectively mitigate against the spread of the infection should it arrive our shores he said.
Dr. Keshi stated that the region is not unmindful of the actions being undertaken by the Federal Government but maintained that the region must be adequately prepared to respond to any situation that may occur.
He said the region will not be complacent as the Japanese, South Koreans and Americans initially were but are now paying the huge price today.
He stressed that since the region do not have the resources, capacity and health infrastructure to fight the virus, it is imperative that the States be prepared and most especially in preventing the spread of the virus which is much cheaper for government than when it is allowed to come and cause huge damages.
Earlier, in his address the Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye welcomed his colleagues from the sister States to Delta State and urged them to contribute significantly to the deliberations with a view to adding value to the meeting so as to protect their people from the scourge of Lassa and COVID 19.
During the meeting each State made presentations on their efforts at curtailing Lassa fever and Corona virus disease outbreaks, challenges being experienced and recommendations on ways forward with the view to learning from each other.
Other persons who made presentations include the representative of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Belu Abaye and a Professor of Epidemiology, Professor Ehimario Igumbor.
The meeting ended with a communiqué which will be forwarded to the Governors for approval to enable effective implementation.
NO DTS 0759 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
COVID-19: REVENUE STAFF APPEAL TO GOVT TO SUSPEND BIOMETRIC CLOCKING
Staff of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue have appealed to the State Government to urgently consider suspending the biometric clocking system put in place for public servants to avoid exposing workers to the risk of contracting the fast spreading Corona virus ravaging various parts of the world.
Speaking at an informal staff forum at the Board Headquarters in Warri, a cross section of staff who requested not to be named, stated that the process of clocking in and out which requires individuals to place their fingers on the machine could become an easy means of spreading the disease as every staff is required to place their fingers on the same spot for verification of their fingerprints.
Responding to the concerns of the staff, the Director of Other Revenue Mr. Felix Ojie thanked the staff for their observation and promised to convey their concerns to the appropriate authorities, noting that the Administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has continued to show commitment to the welfare of all Deltans and would take all necessary steps to protect the health of those living in the state. Mr. Ojieh however advised staff to take the basic precaution to protect themselves through increased personal hygiene.
It would be recalled that the Corona virus, or Covid-19, which originated from the town of Wuhan in China, had been declared a global health pandemic by the World Health Organization which had also advised countries worldwide to take all necessary precautions as there is currently no cure for the disease.
NO DTS 0760 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
DSPHCDA TRAINS OFFICIALS ON COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION
For effective management and treatment of malnutrition among children under five (5), the Delta State Primary Healthcare development agency (DSPHCDA) has organised Nine (9) days training of trainers workshop for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM).
Dr. Isioma Okobah Executive Assistant to The Governor on Primary Healthcare and Chairman of DSPHCDA while performing the closing ceremony of the workshop today said cases of malnutrition among children below 5 is becoming worrisome.
Dr. Okobah said the training became imperative to train health officers in management of malnutrition with the use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Fomular (RUTF) as it has been proven as remedy for malnutrition cases.
She commended the Federal Ministry Of Health for establishing three CMAM sites in the state for pilot phase, said the Agency will seek ways towards establishing more CMAM sites in the state.
The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Winful-Orieke Jude urged the trainee trainers, to use the training to build their capacity in order to adequately train the community volunteers.
Dr. Jude implored the trainers to teach mother’s and the community volunteers on the need for exclusive breastfeeding and proper preparation of nutritious locally produced foodstuffs to prevent new case of malnutrition.
The Executive Director appreciated the Chairman of the local Government Areas piloting CMAM sites- Ughelli North, Warri South and Aniocha North for providing facilities and stipends for the community volunteers.
The head facilitator and deputy director Nutrition Federal Ministry of health, Mr Elue Dominic said that the introduction of RUTF would aid the elimination of malnutrition. He added that the RUTF comes in satchet form would be administered based on body weight, was easy to use by mothers and caregivers.
The participants where drawn from Executive Secretaries, Nutrition officers and Ward Focal persons from the three pilot LGAs received their certificate of participation and would cascade the training to community volunteers at their respective LGAs.
Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and nutrients resulting from poor diet or a lack of food. It happens when the intake of nutrients or energy is too high, too low, or poorly balanced.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition is a silent crises and the gravest single threat to global public health. Globally, it contributes to 45 percent of deaths of children aged under 5 years
NO DTS 0761 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
CHINYE PROMISES PROPER MANAGEMENT OF APPROVED DUMPSITES
The Chairman Delta State Waste Management Board, Honorable Emmanuel Chinye said the board will ensure government approved dumpsite are not overfilled.
Honorable Chinye was speaking when he visited the Agbor dumpsite to ascertain whether the dumpsite had been cleaned to the required level.
He said the work was in line with government’s efforts at keeping The state clean, while advising residents not to dump refuse on kerbs and drains.
Honorable also advised the private sector participants, PSPs who use government dumpsite to adhor to the zones allocated to them.
He started that the operation show your receipts exercise would be carried out in all 5 pilot zones in the state,
Honorable Chinye decried the usage of illegal dumpsite around Warri and Uvwie axis and warned that several sanctions will be given.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0762 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
SURVEY WORK TO COMMENCE ON MODULAR REFINERY, PETROCHEMICAL PROJECT IN KOKO
By Elohor Foghloa
Survey work for the hugely anticipated Modular Refinery, LNG and Petrochemical plants’ project situated in a 400-acre expanse of land at Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State, will commence next week.
This much was disclosed Wednesday March 18 by Rowland Diamond Tonwe, the Group Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, CEO of DELTAZONE ENERGY LIMITED (the indigenous company that owns the project) when he played host to members of Modular Refiners Association of Nigeria, MRAN, in Warri Delta State.
Mr. Tonwe explained that 150 acres will accommodate resort, trade centre and hotel, while the Modular Refinery, LNG and Petrochemical plants, will occupy the remaining 250 acres.
He also disclosed that the project comprises of 500 Housing Units, 500 Unit Office Space and 3-Star Hotel.
The Chairman/Head of Technical Team, Modular Refiners Association of Nigeria, MRAN, Hon. Benjamin Iwetan, in his remarks, noted that the body which was founded in 2015 and came to limelight after a conference held in Abuja on the behest of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was poised to take away youths and women from pipeline vandalism, illegal refining and economic sabotage.
While noting that MRAN is the official body mandated by the Federal Government to handle issues of modular refining in the country, Hon. Iwetan described Deltazone Energy tripod project in Koko as a welcome development that will boost the economy of the State.
Lead Consultant to MRAN, Dr. Smart Erikowa, Niger Delta Coordinator of MRAN, Chief Kalaiti Jephthah and Engr. Tuoyo Woligho, MRAN’s Head of Administration, were among members of the association that spoke extensively during the interactive visit.
NO DTS 0763 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
FILING STATIONS IN UVWIE, WARRI, YET TO EFFECT NEW PUMP PRICE
By Stella Oziwo
Twenty four hours after a decrease in pump price was announced by the Federal Government, most filing stations visited by our correspondent in Uvwie and Warri South local government areas were yet to effect the new price at as the time of filling this report.
All the pump attendance who spoke to our correspondent at some of the filling stations in Warri Garage and Refinery Road , Effurun areas , explained that they were waiting for orders from above before they would adjust to the new pump price.
While others explained that they wanted their old stock to be sold off before they would effect the new pump price as they said that they said that they sell at loss if they effect the new pump price immediately.
However most motorists who commented on the issue in a media chat with our correspondent at the said filling stations, condemned the attitude of the filling stations.
A Warri based public analyst, Chief Akpojotor Adjarho who also spoke to our correspondent on the issue, noted that if it were to be an increase in pump price, the said filling stations would have effected the new price immediately.
He then called on DPR to sanction defaulting filing stations.
NO DTS 0764 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY KEKE ARMED BANDITS IN WARRI
By Ambrose Ologide
A middle aged man, named Oghenekparobo Kpedi was stabbed to death by yet to be identified run away armed bandits in Ginuwa Road at about 8pm on Monday March 16, 2020.
Kpabo as he was popularly called, aged 41 years,met his untimely death when he was said to have walked into the hands of men of the underworld who were said to have robbed a pregnant woman moment before the sad incident.
He was said to have been stabbed severally at his chest region by the hoodlums who did not dispossess him of his handset, money and other belongings
Meanwhile the incident has thrown relations, friends of Kpabo and other residents of the area into mourning as the disease whose father has a compound closed to where he was murdered was said to be very popular.
The remains of Kpabo who hailed from Egini in Udu Local Government Area have since been deposited at the mortuary of the Warri Central Hospital.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer to confirm the incident proved abortive.
Meanwhile those who spoke to our correspondent on the incident described Ginuwa and the adjoining streets as the most dangerous areas in Warri and Uvwie in terms of insecurity.
Some of the respondents in the area suggested that a government security post be established in the area in order to reduce the frequent operations of hoodlums.
NO DTS 0765 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
WARRING UDU COMMUNITIES EMBRACE PEACE, SIGN PEACE PACT
By Ebiseri Goldpin
The two communities in conflict over land and boundary adjustment dispute in Udu Kingdom; Oghior and Ukpiovwin communities have agreed to embrace lasting peace in the area even as they finally, signed a peace pact.
The peace pact, which was signed at the instance of the Senior Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, who also presided over the meeting and the Udu Council Chairman, Hon. Jite Brown, was the outcome of the Emergency Peace Accord Meeting held at the Office of the Council boss yesterday, March 18th, 2020.
According to Chief Uzor, the signing of the peace pact by the warring communities was the only way to bring to an end the one week long crisis, which has already claimed four lives.
Chief Uzor stressed that, the step is government’s measure to forestall further hostilities in the two communities as well as avert untold losses to the State as, the crisis can further deepen the fall in the State’s quantum of Oil production, adding that in the face of global fall in oil prices due to the coronavirus pandemic, communal clash of this nature is a disservice to the State.
He further emphasized that, the administration of Governor Okowa strongly believes in the critical and cardinal role of peace in engendering economic growth and development which informed the creation of his office.
Chief Uzor, therefore, advised representatives of both communities to go back and caution their wards, children and subjects to heed strictly to the terms and conditions of the the peace pact as anyone perceived or caught defaulting it shall be made to face wrath of the Law.
In the same vein, the Council boss, Hon. Jite Brown, had earlier called on the Communities to eschew further hostilities and embrace peace by abiding by the peace pact, while expressing his displeasure at the way they went back on the initial truce with impunity, adding that it was not going to be business as usual for anyone who attempts to go that route again.
On his part, Chief Steve Sokoh who headed a nine man committee set up on the 12th of March, to investigate the remote causes of the crisis in order to come up with workable resolutions and recommendations, said his committee, after due consultation with both parties came up with the following findings and recommendations; that both parties have agreed to cease hostilities, that the presidents of both communities would be held responsible for breach of any of the resolutions by their subjects; and, that the traditional institution of the Udu Kingdom and the Local Government Council shall be responsible for the proper delineation of the land under dispute.
Representatives from both parties spoke in unison that they would abide by the terms of the peace pact while pleading for security agents to be allowed to still remain in the area in the to avoid further attacks and killings.
NO DTS 0766 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
SENSITIZATION TOUR: EGWUNYENGA MEETS YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN UGHELLI SOUTH
By Sandra Izobo
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comr. Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, last Monday 16th March, 2020 continued his sensitization tour to Ughelli South Local Government Area where he met with stakeholders at in the Unity Hall of Ughelli-South Local Government Council, Otu-Jeremi.
The official visit which is geared towards meeting with the Youth Leadership in all seventy-two communities in Ughelli-south regarding the Training and Empowerment Programme of His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was fully attended with Youths Leaders from the various communities.
The council boss, Hon. Dr Richard Kofi (JP), in his welcome address, thanked his Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for appointing Comr. Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, who is a youth friendly individual as the Commissioner For Youth development, as well as sending him to Ughelli-South, which shows that Ughelli-South is on his mind.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank his Excellency, governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for appointing a youth friendly personality; Comr. Ifeanyi Egwunyenga as Commissioner For Youth development and sending him to us in Ughelli-south. This shows that his Excellency has the good people of Ughelli-south in mind,” he stated.
Addressing the youth leadership, the commissioner explained the categories of the programme in English and pidgin for better dissemination of the information.
“We understand that there are different categories of youths, that’s why we have different categories of programme. For the rural Youths, we are looking for those youths that has skills, they are trained but can’t start business. We don’t want the Programme to be that type we do from asaba, we want to be local government based, it will be here. The trainers will be here, the beneficiaries will be here, the training will take place in your local government, so before you move round your community, you will see the various beneficiaries and you will know them and be able to tell that this person has been trained, from this particular village and he has this skill or that. The reason why we are looking for such people is because it is easier to give such people empowerment as they are already trained,” Egwunyenga said.
Comr. Egwunyenga also explained the other category of the Programme to the Youth leadership gathered.
“We also have a programme for those that have gone to school, they are literates. Our governor made commitments to the seven institutions across the three senatorial districts. His Excellency made a promise to them that he will train these youths and empower them in school. It means this people must be Deltans and from our various communities. So what it means for those people, their own training is different, it’s not a skill acquisition programme but entrepreneurship
“There’s need for Youth leaders to be engaged in capacity training, so you don’t see yourself in just your immediate environment, so that when you speak, there is a feel of exposure and understanding in what you know,” he further stated.
Speaking on behalf of the youth leadership, Comr. Peter Darah, former SA to the governor on Community, thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for sending the Honourable Commissioner to meet with the Youth leadership, noting that it has never been so since the emergence of democracy in 1999.
“I want to thank the Honourable Commissioner for Youth, for coming to Ughelli-south today to come and hold this Sensitization programme with us.
“From the mandate given to me to speak, we have not have it like this before. None of the Commissioners from 1999 has come to have a Sensitization programme with us like this.
“For that, we are commending you, Honourable Commissioner sir, we also commend His Excellency, the governor of delta state for giving you this privilege to come to us today and to bring this good news to us; we are very delighted,” he said.
The Okobaro of Ughievwen kingdom, HRM Matthew Ediri Egbi, Owahwa 11 saluted the gesture of His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, regarding the training and empowerment of the Youths of Ughelli-South, stating that it will go a long way in shaping the lives of the youths, urging the cooperation of the youths in harnessing this initiative.
“the reason why I’m here is re-emphasize the need why we should open our brains, for us to cooperate with government initiatives, gatherings particularly on the youth activities and the community at large,” the monarch said.
NO DTS 0767 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
INTELLECTUAL ABILITY AND THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN IS GOVT GOAL- UGHELLI NORTH CIE
By Balogun Mabamije
The Chief Inspector of Education in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Dr John Ojovwo, said one of the key intentions of the present administration is to ensure the development of the Intellectual and physical ability of our children.
Dr Ojovwo stated this yesterday, during the Afiesere Secondary School 20th Annual Inter-House Athletics competition, held at the school sports ground, Ughelli.
He said that the essence of the Inter-House Athletics competition was to discover young talents in the area of sports who would represent the state in future sports events.
Dr Ojovwo said that schools in Delta State had no choice but to organize Inter-House athletics competition as directed by the state government.
“The schools have no choice because the state government has set up the stage for schools to organize sports competition,” he emphasized.
The CIE disclosed that Ughelli North Local Government had 10 gold medals in the just concluded Schools Sports Festival and encouraged school heads in the local government area to put effort towards achieving government goals.
The Principal of the school, Sir Christian Ahweyevu (KSJI) said that his desire was to encourage the young ones to get the best out of them academically and in the area of sports.
He described sports as a means through which one could improve on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, saying that it was good for both young and old.
Sir Ahweyevu said that the greatest challenge of the school was the completion of the perimeter fence of the school, which according to him, was at the stage of competition.
The Principal commended the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie and the Commissioner for Education, Chief Patrick Ukah for their love and support for sports and educational development in the state.
Sir Ahweyevu decried elimination malpractice and said that since he came to Afiesere Secondary School, he was able to lay a solid foundation of academic excellence and restore self confidence in the students, saying that the NECO and WAEC results of the school were clear testimony of diligence and hard work.
NO DTS 0768 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
COVID-19: BISHOP ENAKIRERHI URGES CHRISTIANS TO SHUN FEAR
By Balogun Mabamije.
The Delta State Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigerian (PFN), Bishop Kingsley Enakirerhi, has urged Christians in the country to remain calm and shun fear in the face of the coronavirus plaguing the world.
Bishop Enakirerhi, who is also the General Overseer of the Heroes of Faith Ministry in Ughelli, stated this recently while chating with our correspondent in his office.
He said that Nigeria already had problems worse than the coronavirus such as bad government, herdsmen killing, and Boko Haram, saying that God would not allow the coronavirus to compound our problems.
Bishop Enakirerhi said that the Holy Spirit through the mercy and the love of God in us was watching over the country.
He quarried Christians who were afraid of coronavirus but not afraid of the coming judgment of God upon the world, saying that fear brings torment and would not make anyone perfect in the love of God.
The PFN Chairman noted that apart from coronavirus, death through other means had been in existence since creation of the world and the fear of death through coronavirus should not force the church to close down in Nigeria.
“After all, people have been dying of various sicknesses before now. We should not be afraid of coronavirus but should be of good cheer, “he said.
He added that as Christians, if we live, we live for Christ and if we die, we die for Christ, so death should not put us in fear.
Bishop Enakirerhi who described Nigeria is the headquarters of the gospel in world and also the headquarters of wickedness urged Christians to keep faith in God for protection and deliverance from any destructive weapons of the devil.
He attributed the curtailment of the spread the disease in the country to handiwork of God, saying that it is a proof that God is in this country.
Bishop Enakirerhi who also spoke on his coming program, “Zion World Festival” with theme, “Believer’s Authority” bared his mind on the power of God and the authority that Christ has given to Believers, saying that the program would help to enlighten Christians on their authority and what they can do through this authority.
He disclosed that the weeklong program was billed to run from April 6-12, 2020.
NO DTS 0769 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
EDUCATION SECRETARY TO PARTNER DESTMA ON STUDENTS, PUPILS SAFETY
By Christian Ogoh
The Education Secretary (ES) Local Education Authority, Ika North East Local Government Area, Hon. Christopher Ekamagule shas pledged to make safety of school children top priority as he partners with the men of the Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA).
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Hon. Ekamagule reassured parents and caregivers of students and pupils in public schools in the area of safety of their children on the road.
“I am concerned about the safety of school children coming and leaving the school at the end of the day especially those in the urban area occasioned by high volume of traffic around the schools” he added.
According to him, in this regard, late last year Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Agbor unit to educate the students and pupils on road Safety tips.
Continuing, Hon. Ekamagule noted that in order to continue the good work of putting additional safety measures to safeguard the lives of our children we have decide to partner with DESTMA.
“The welfare and safety of our people that regularly ply these busy routes to school and work places are Paramount,” he added.
The Education Secretary however enjoined motorists to compliment their effort by obeying DESTMA officials who control traffic in any school areas in order to avert casualties
NO DTS 0770 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
POLY STUDENT LEADER TASKS MEMBERS ON ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, HARD WORK
By Ifeanyi Omenogor
The Students Union Government (SUG) President of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashiuku, Comrade Francis Osilonye, shas called on students of the polytechnic to strive for academic excellence through hard work.
Osilonya, who made the remarks in a chat with news men in his office at Ogwashiuku, lauded the entire students of the institution for their peaceful co- existence, calling on the students to be committed to their academic pursuit.
While reminding the students that their purpose of coming to the institution was to study, he urged them to abstain from act capable of truncating their future, saying that they should respect constituted authorities of the school.
Comrade Osilonya who is also an evangelist, thanked God for the peaceful and smooth running of his administration, since his inception in office, adding that one of his major objectives is students welfare.
The student leader commended the Governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his numerous contributions to the development of polytechnic and other tertiary institutions in the state, describing him as a governor that had great love for youths and education.
He lauded the Rector of the institution, Professor Stella Chiemeke and her management team for their notable contributions to the development of the school, adding that the rector brought her wealth of knowledge to bear in the development of the institution.
He noted that the rector’s digital experience had reduced examination malpractice, with her introduction of ICT based examination.
Osilonya equally commended the Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council, Chief Isaac Anwuzia for his development strides in the council.
NO DTS 0771 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
KOKO COMMUNITY HEAD PASSES ON
By Temi Boyo
Koko community has been thrown in to mourning with the death of its paramount head, Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, who passed on to the great beyond in the early hours of today, at the age of 99.
Speaking to journalists at his office after plenary, the leader of the Warri North Legislative Arm, Rt Hon. Jolomi Esiategiwa, disclosed that the sad event occurred at about 4:30am today.
He noted that the short time he spent as the community head of Koko community was memorable and prayed for the repose of his soul.
It would be recalled that the late community head, was formally installed as Koko community head, some eight months ago before departing to the great beyond.