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NO. DTS 1346: OKOWA WADES INTO NPDC, DELTA COMMUNITY CRISIS

NO. DTS 1347: DTSG REMAIN CONSISTENT IN INCLUSION OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS – OKOWA

NO. DTS 1348: DELTA GOVT. INAUGURATES N35M GREEN HOUSES FOR VEGETABLE FARMING PROJECT

NO. DTS 1349: DTHA RECEIVES REPORT OF ACCOUNT OF STATE GOVT FOR 2016 – 2018

NO. DTS 1350: DTHA SPEAKER HAILS GOV OKOWA FOR INTRODUCING MEDIUM TERM EXPENDITURE FRAMEWORK

NO. DTS 1351: CSC CONDUCTS INTERVIEW TO CONVERT SERVING CIVIL SERVANTS OCTOBER 17

NO. DTS 1352: IMENE HAILS OKERE URHOBO PEOPLE FOR THEIR UNIQUE CULTURE

NO. DTS 1353: DELTA STATE CHAPTER OF TROPCON ELECTS ABE 1 AS CHAIRMAN,

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NO. DTS 1346: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

OKOWA WADES INTO NPDC, DELTA COMMUNITY CRISIS

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has waded into the crisis between Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Ubogo community in Udu Local Government Area of the state.

Okowa commended the NPDC and Ubogo community for agreeing to resolve the crisis that had temporarily halted the company’s operation and its migration from Oil Mining Licence 65 to OML 49 for oil exploration activities in the area.

Represented by the State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emman Amgbaduba, the governor charged both parties to embrace Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) in resolving the crisis.

Okowa, who met with the representatives of the warring parties at the Government House Annex, Warri, yesterday enjoined them to embrace peace in the interest of development.

The governor, who had separately met with representatives of both parties before a joint meeting, said his administration is committed towards providing enabling environment for companies to operate.

Okowa, while bemoaning the rising cases of disagreement between oil firms and their host communities, pleaded with host communities against shutting down oil facilities in their domain as the action affects the revenue of the state.

He appealed that whenever there are problems, stakeholders should come together and put the issues on the table and find a proper solution to them.

According to him, “As a government, we are not pleased with the incessant dispute between Oil companies and their host communities.

“The Okowa administration is strongly concerned about the interest of all Deltans, so is the production of Oil and Gas that generates revenue for the government to deliver on her manifesto to Deltans.

“So, there must be a meeting point between the interest of the communities as well as that of operators of these facilities because when you shut down oil companies operations you are reducing the revenue accruable to the government which should have been used to carry out development activities in our communities.”

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is concerned about frequent crisis between Oil companies and their host communities and that’s why the state government mooted the policy of the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU).

“Our ministry is ever ready to mediate between oil companies and their host communities and as such I appeal to you all to allow the company carry on their operations while we seek alternative means to resolve this dispute” he added.

Earlier, the representatives of Ubogo community led by the President-General of Ubogo community, Timothy Larry, told the governor to prevail on NPDC to urgently settle issues that led to the face-off, adding that the community had not benefited anything from the company.

“We have agreed to give peace a chance because we have tremendous respect for our amiable Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa whom God has used to bring development to Udu Kingdom as well as other strategic appointments and empowerment programmes.”

“However, because of the love and respect we have for our amiable Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, we have agreed to obey the government’s appeal as a mark of respect for the Governor for his unprecedented infrastructural development in Udu Kingdom and for appointing our son Chief Vincent Oyibode as DESOPADEC Commissioner.”

On their part, Deputy Manager, Community Relations of NPDC, Noble Imabibo, while appreciating the state government’s intervention, appealed to the community to sheathe their sword assuring that both parties will work together to ensure peace and development of the area.

He noted that the company will continue to tow the part of peace with her host communities, adding that NPDC was willing to work with the State Government and its host communities by embracing the policy of GMoU in their areas of operations.

The peace meeting was also attended by DESOPADEC Commissioner, Chief Vincent Oyibode and Com. Emmanuel Eyakagba, Executive Assistant to the Governor on HOSTCOM.


NO. DTS 1347: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

DTSG REMAIN CONSISTENT IN INCLUSION OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS – OKOWA

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed that, his Government has remained consistent in the inclusion of traditional rulers in the scheme of things, in view of their vast backgrounds, experience, training and exposure.

Governor Okowa, disclosed this when he presented a staff of office to HRM Obi Fredrick Chukweloe Egbunkonye II of Abala Kingdom.

He maintained that traditional rulers have no doubt contributed immensely to the maintenance of peace and harmonious coexistence in the development of our society.

Governor Okowa who was represented by his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro at the event, pledged government continuous partnership with traditional rulers in the enthronement of peace and total development of communities in the State.

The governor noted that traditional ruler’s infusion into government machinery has made them to play pivotal roles as custodian of the traditions, customs, heritage and indeed the conscience of the society.

“Since the coming on board of my administration, the inclusion of traditional rulers has remained consistent in our determination to ensure the inclusion of traditional rulers into the affairs of governance in the State. This synergy has contributed immensely towards the sustenance of peace and harmonious coexistence amongst diverse people in the State.” Gov Okowa stated.

Governor Okowa while congratulating Obi Frederick Egbunkonye II, for earning the grace of the Almighty God and found worthy to ascend the throne of his forefathers and appointment as the 32nd Igwe of Abala Kingdom, prayed God to grant him sound health, wisdom and foresight in the task of superintending the traditional affairs of his people.

He appealed to the newly installed Igwe to discharge his responsibilities in a transparent manner by being fair and just to all, adding that he should consider his enthronement as a call to duty and an opportunity to create an atmosphere that would facilitate rapid development of Abala Kingdom and its environs.

He commended the kingdom for the various self-help projects they had embarked upon over the years that had complemented the efforts of government, as he urged the people to strive to promote the integrity of the stool by according the king the respect and honour he deserved.

“Abala Kingdom is well known for its abundant production of crops and fish. I, therefore use this opportunity to call on the sons and daughters of the Kingdom, to take advantage of the various programs of government particularly the Delta State Production and Processing Support Program and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise scheme, to improve on the production capacities. I urged you to form cooperative societies, so that you can access credit to increase and add value to your harvests.” Gov Okowa added.

Gov Okowa who pay special tribute to the late Igwe who he said was reputed to be an exemplary monarch during his reign, disclosed that following the demise of the 31st Igwe of Abala, HRM, Obi Frederick Enubokili Ogbukaa who joined his ancestors on 12th February, 2016, it was statutory for the State Government to present Staff of Office to the new traditional ruler after due installation and enthronement by his people.

Earlier in his speech, the President General of Abala Development Union (ADU), Chief Abel Nweze disclosed that Abala Kingdom was made up of three communities and several farm settlements, which include Abala-Uno, Abala-Obodo and Abala-Oshimili, positing that their main occupations were farming and fishing.

Chief Nweze stated that some of the challenges facing the Kingdom include lack of all season access road to any of the three constituent communities, absence of electricity supply, potable water, police security station, healthcare centers, youth unemployment, dilapidated and poorly equipped schools and many others.

He said that the aforementioned challenge include serious ecological problems, especially continuous shoreline erosion along the bank of the river Niger at Abala-Oshimili and massive invasion of Ezute River by the water hyacinth, a free floating aquatic plant at Abala-Uno and Abala-Obodo.

The President General of ADU added that of strategic importance is the completion of Oloa-Ossissa, Atukpai, Osumei, Abala-Uno, Abala-Obodo road and bridge projects awarded to Inter-Bua Construction Company by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) but has since be abandoned by the company as well as to undertake shoreline protection projects on bank of River Niger to curb the ever menacing erosion which had consumed several houses and other landed properties at Abala-Oshimili.

The highlight of the occasion which attracted top government functionaries and several chiefs from Abala Kingdom was the official presentation of Staff of Office to HRM Obi Frederick Chukweloe Egbunkonye II as the 32nd Igwe of Abala Kingdom.


NO. DTS 1348: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

DELTA GOVT. INAUGURATES N35M GREEN HOUSES FOR VEGETABLE FARMING PROJECT

Delta State Government has inaugurated a N35 million, cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming, a World Bank counterpart sponsored project in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi who commissioned the project at Ukala Okpunor in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state said that the project is a novel one which will revolutionise agriculture in the state.

According to the commissioner, “The project which is a cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming by Fadama Users Group (FUG) is the first of its kind in Delta. The Project is a subproject of the State for Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR).

“The Project is a novel one which will revolutionise agriculture in the state because the use of green houses is an approach to agricultural production that will expose the farmers to global best practices.

“It is expected to boost productivity, improve livelihood, incomes of beneficiaries, food sufficiency and jobs creation drive of the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration,” he said.

He thanked the donor agencies and charged the people of the community to protect the project through peaceful coexistence, saying, “The smooth and sustainable management of the enterprise is key to attracting further intervention from government and development partners.”

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Austin Oghoro, disclosed that the project cost a total of N35 million to execute and that the green houses were expected to support the production of vegetables, adding that the first cycle started with pepper production.

“A total sum of N35 million was expended on the sub project for the provision of the green houses kits comprising of assets and inputs, capacity building, 20KVA power generating set, borehole and accessories.

“The green house subproject is quite unique because the technology of using green houses provides a controlled environment for production with timed application of agro-chemicals and with minimal risk of pest and diseases.

“This is a way to go as the current trend globally is intensification of agriculture using appropriate technology,” Sir Oghoro said.

The permanent secretary who thanked SEEFOR and Fadama 02588//14706+ said “With this project, agricultural development, food security and increased incomes of our rural farmers in line with the development focus of the state will no doubt be achieved in due course.

The Council Chairman, Chief Louis Ndukwe and other community leaders in their various remarks thanked the World Bank and the state government for attracting such project to the rural community to boost agriculture, create jobs and incomes for the rural farmers.

Responding on behalf of beneficiaries and the FUG, Mr Anthony Ejiofor, thanked the state governor, SEEFOR and Fadama for the gesture while pledging their commitment to grow the project in the nearest future.

He however appealed to the state government to create motorable road to the farm and security to ensure that the project was not vandalized, saying, “I want to assure that we will replicate the 10 green houses in the shortest time,” he said.

The highpoint of the event was the commissioning of the 10 green houses by the Commissioner for Agriculture and natural Resources, Mr Julius Egbedi.


NO. DTS 1349: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

DTHA RECEIVES REPORT OF ACCOUNT OF STATE GOVT FOR 2016 – 2018

The Delta State House of Assembly at plenary has received the report of the Auditor General for state on the accounts of the state government for the year 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Speaker Delta State House of Assemble, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over the plenary, commended the Auditor General for the prompt submission of the report in line with the requirement of the state financial law.

The Speaker, who commended the House Committee on Public Accounts, headed by, Hon Anthony Elekeokwuri, representing Ika North East Constituency, however referred the report to the public accounts committee for scrutiny and to report back to the House on November 10, 2019.

The House also at plenary received the report of the ad-hoc committee on the review of the Customary Court Law 2019.

The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Hon Tim Owhefere who is also the Majority Leader of the House who presented the report said that the ad-hoc Committee in carrying out its mandate scrutinized the various sections of the law and also received inputs from the State Customary Court and other relevant stakeholders.

He said a proposed amendment was made on section five, subsection three which tenured the position of a judge instead of a pensionable position.

The House adjourned plenary to Tuesday October 15, 2019 and also slated the reading of the Bill till same day.


NO. DTS 1350: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

DTHA SPEAKER HAILS GOV OKOWA FOR INTRODUCING MEDIUM TERM EXPENDITURE FRAMEWORK

The Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has commended the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for introducing the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) in the state.

Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori gave the commendation at a 2-day workshop on Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Budget Process for members of the Delta State House of Assembly.

THE Speaker said, “I wish to seize this opportunity to express our profound appreciation to His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his foresight in introducing the MTEF process to the State.”

The Workshop, with the theme, “The MTEF as a Mechanism for Effective Service Delivery to the Citizens”, according to the Speaker, promises to be exciting engagement, adding that the workshop was held to serve as a refresher course for returning members and to expose new members to the MTEF document and Budget process.

Rt. Hon. Oborevwori outlined the objectives of the workshop to include, enhancing participants understanding of the Delta State Fiscal Responsibility Law and ancillary matters, improve participants understanding of the MTEF, FPS and other related concepts and principles to enable them effectively engage in the deliberation of the 2020 budget.

It also include providing a platform for the House to reflect and agree on positioning the House to effectively review the 2020 MTEF and Budget of the State as well as monitor/oversight its implementation.

“My dear colleagues, one of the principal duties of the legislature has always been to exercise control over the raising and spending of public revenue. We exercise this function in the consideration and passage of the Annual Budget of the State. Lately, a global best practice in Budgeting, MTEF, was adopted by all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries to strengthen Budgeting process in Governments”, he said.

The Speaker added that, “Nigeria is a member of the OECD. As a State, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) was introduced in 2016 by His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa. The purpose of MTEF is to indicate the financial resources needed during the Medium Term covering a period of three years.

“Any moment from now, the 2020 – 2022 Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEF) of the State will be sent to the House by His Excellency, the Governor. Therefore, this workshop is apt and cannot hold at a better time than this.

“Distinguished Colleagues, I can assure you that once we get the MTEF process right, our considerations of the anticipated 2020 Budget will be less cumbersome for Committees. I therefore urge Members to pay attention to the lectures and actively participate in the technical sessions,” he said.

The Speaker expressed the hope that at the end of the workshop, “Our understanding of the concept of MTEF, its guiding principles and purpose, and the general budget process will be enhanced.”

Earlier, the Clerk of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs Lyna Ocholor said that the 2-days workshop as geared towards providing a learning curve for the first timers and as a refresher course for the ranking members as the state look into the budget process and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy paper as it concerns Delta state.

Mrs Ocholor said that the MTEF/FSP is a three-year rolling expenditure plan that spelled out the medium-term expenditure priorities and provide the basis for the preparation of the annual budget of the State.

She lauded the leadership of the House for taking the initiative to organize the workshop before the presentation of the 2020 budget, saying that, “It is my sincere belief that at the end of this workshop, members will be ready to engage MDAs and other stakeholders in critically examining the budget estimates as it relates to the MDAs they oversight.”


NO. DTS 1351: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

CSC CONDUCTS INTERVIEW TO CONVERT SERVING CIVIL SERVANTS OCTOBER 17

Delta State Civil Service Commission has concluded arrangement to conduct the last phase of interview to convert serving civil servants in the Civil Service who passed the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) Public Service Examination in 2019 on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 9.00am.

A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor stated that the interview will take place at the Civil Service Commission, Asaba for officers who were recommended by the Panel of Assessors set up by the Civil Service Commission.

The statement further stated that all serving civil servants who appeared before the Panel of Assessors are advised to check for their names at the Civil Service Commission, New Secretariat Complex (1&2) if they were recommended by the Panel of Assessors for the final interview at the Civil Service Commission.

It stated that officers concerned are requested to appear for the interview with the original copies of their letters of first appointment, confirmation, last promotion, letter of approval for study if any, staff identity cards, local government of origin for reason of identification as well as any other documents which will assist the Panel to determined their suitability or otherwise for the desired transfer.


FROM THE LGAs

NO. DTS 1352: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

IMENE HAILS OKERE URHOBO PEOPLE FOR THEIR UNIQUE CULTURE

By Ambrose Ologide

The Publisher of The Urhobo Voice Group of Newspapers has hailed the people of Okere Urhobo kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area over their unique culture in Urhobo nation.

Imene who spoke to journalists during the final rite of passage of HRM Prof. Paul Okumagba, Idama II the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom in Warri last weekend was very impressed of the rich cultural display of the Okere Urhobo people during the four day events.

He also extolled the virtues of Late Chief Daniel Okumagba, late Okumagba 1, Benjamin Okumagba and Chief Emmanuel Ono Okumagba for their immense contributions towards the cultural advancement of the Okere Urhobo people.

Speaking on the cultural values of traditional institutions, he advised traditional rulers to confer chieftaincy titles in Urhobo nation on merit and that should reflect the personality of the conferee.

“There should be a distinction on the categories of chieftaincy titles. To my understanding, Onotu is conferred by a compound or street, onwowore is conferred by a community while Olorogun is conferred by a kingdom,” he said.

The publisher was also full of praises for Reverend Father Dr Ambrose Oghenejode Abaka for distinguishing himself in Catholic priesthood. “Rev Father should be spotlighted by the press for his intellectual advancement in catholic priesthood.”


NO. DTS 1353: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

DELTA STATE CHAPTER OF TROPCON ELECTS ABE 1 AS CHAIRMAN,

By Ambrose Ologide

The Traditional Rulers of Oil Producing Community of Nigeria (TROPCON), Delta State chapter has elected HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso OON, Abe I, and the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom as its chairman.

At the election was held at the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli in Ughelli, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, HRM Maj-Gen Felix Mujakperuo, was elected National Chairman of TROPCON designated.

The Okpe monarch would represent zone one of the group which comprised of Delta, Ondo and Edo in the election of the national chairman of TROPCON in the forthcoming national conference of the group.

In his acceptance speech, the Uvwie monarch on behalf of the newly elected executive committee of TROPCON, Delta State chapter, thanked the traditional rulers for their election, even as he promised to be transparent and render stewardship of the committee at regular intervals.

The monarch however solicited for cooperation of members to enable him take TROPCON to greater height and to attract development to Niger Delta region.

The Ovie of Udu Kingdom HRM Owhorhu 1 was elected the legal Adviser of TROPCON, Delta State chapter.

Forty traditional rulers from oil producing areas graced the event that was presided over by the Pere of Simbri Kingdom, HRM Ayemi Botu.


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