NO. DTS 0515 2016 CYCLE OF SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING BEGINS SOON
NO. DTS 0516 OKWUOFU URGES RETIREES TO BE PATIENT
NO. DTS 0517 ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION: DTSG PARTNERS UNION DICON ON CASSAVA CULTIVATION, TO SET UP PROCESSING PLANT
NO. DTS 0518 INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT: GOV. OKOWA ADVOCATES IMPROVED FUNDING
NO. DTS 0519 RESIDENTS OF EFFURUN SHUT INDOORS AS FLOOD OVERRUNS JAKPA REFINERY ROAD
NO. DTS 0520 ONUESOKE TO MASARI: JONATHAN WAS NIGERIAN PRESIDENT NOT NIGER DELTA
NO. DTS 0521 AGBARHA NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL APPEALS FOR SUPPORT
NO. DTS 0522 GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH UNICEF- UKAH
NO. DTS 0523 UBULU-UKU: BACK BONE OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATION IN DELTA – UKAH
NO. DTS 0524 OGONI-CLEAN UP: EMU DEDICATE APPOINTMENT TO BUHARI
NO. DTS 0525 STAKEHOLDERS OF OIL AND GAS COMMUNITIES CONGRATULATE OMENE
NO. DTS 0526 ADIOGRE APPOINTMENT: GROUP COMMENDS BUHARI
NO. DTS 0527 OGHAREFE CELEBRATES OKI’S EKPESHIP
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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NO. DTS 0515, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
2016 CYCLE OF SKILLS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING BEGINS SOON
The Delta State Government is set to begin the 2016 Cycle of its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP).
The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, disclosed this during a workshop organized to interact with resource persons selected to train YAGEP trainees on instruction on Fishery and Crop Production at Songhai Delta, Amukpe in Sapele Local Government Area.
Prof. Eboh stated that the training scheduled to hold at Songhai Delta would comprise classroom-based training and practical demonstration after which they would be posted to accredited farms across the state for internship.
He said the State Government will, after the trainings, establish them in clusters of fish and crop farms across the three senatorial districts in the state.
The Chief Job Creation Officer charged the resource persons to build the confidence and competencies of the trainees by inculcating in them high quality farm management skills and knowledge.
Some of the courses in the curriculum under Fishery are Hatchery Management- management of fries and Fish Techniques and Administration while Crop Production has courses on Maize, Rice, Cassava, Plantain and Oil Palm Farming.
In a similar development, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, has tasked Orientation Resource Persons for the Course on Personal Effectiveness for trainees into the 2016 cycle of STEP, YAGEP and GEEP to motivate trainees to be disciplined, dutiful and regular in all training sessions and activities.
He said the Orientation Camp for the trainees is aimed at promoting mind-set change, life skills and personal effectiveness to prepare them as entrepreneurs, managers and leaders.
He pointed out that the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP) is designed to encourage unemployed graduates with professional training and with good business plan to partner with one another in order to establish a business together with emphasis on agro-processing.
NO. DTS 0516, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
OKWUOFU URGES RETIREES TO BE PATIENT
The Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Dame Patient Okwuofu, has appealed to retirees in the State to exercise patient with the government over the payment of their emolument and gratuity.
Dame Okwuofu made the appeal when members of the Association of Contributory Retirees of Delta State paid her a courtesy visit in Asaba recently.
The Chairman stated that Governor Ifeanyi is someone with human feelings and who is ready to help citizens overcome their financial distress as soon the economic quagmire is overcome.
She told them that prayers and patience was what was needed in this present situation.
She remarked that the pensions problems has been there for long and was beyond the government of Senator Okowa, but however sympathize with the retirees, saying it was a pitiable situation occasion by the global economic meltdown.
Speaking further, Dame Okwuofu stated that she cannot speak much on the issue and advised the Association’s members to channel their grievances through State Bureau of Pensions and Local Government Pensions Commission as the Civil Service no longer handles retirement and pensions’ matters.
The Association speaking through its Vice Chairman, Mr. Osanekwu pleaded with the State Government to look into their plight to enable them get their payment.
NO. DTS 0517, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION: DTSG PARTNERS UNION DICON ON CASSAVA CULTIVATION, TO SET UP PROCESSING PLANT
As Delta state seeks to diversify its economy, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed that the agricultural sector would engender growth, stimulate the economy and create employment for the people of the state
Speaking when he received on a courtesy call management team of Union Dicon Salt PLC and GEA Groups, West Africa led by Mr. Chika Mordi and Dr. Anthony Osunde in Asaba, Senator Okowa said the nation needed to diversify its economy from oil dependence so as to drive an inclusive and sustainable economic growth, create jobs for the youths and put an end to the current economic challenges faced by the nation.
“We are happy that you are investing in the state, this your 10,000 hectares of cassava production will generate jobs and economic activities in the communities, this is in line with our SMART agenda, as we believe that we should not just produce cash crops but also process it to get added values, this will stimulate growth and the small scale farm holders in the areas will benefit from this your project”, he said.
“We are interested in growing the agriculture sector in terms of growing wealth for our people, our over dependence on oil has had its challenges and has disoriented our youths, we need to return to agriculture and agro- business which will stimulate the economy and enable an inclusive and sustainable growth for our people”, the governor added.
Governor Okowa reassured investors of the provision of an enabling environment for their investments in the state and commended Union Dicon and its partners for their investment in the project
“l believe this Bio-Ethanol and industrial starch processing mill project will transform Delta State into an industrial hub for Africa and stimulate economic growth, we are happy to partner with you in this value added cassava production project”
Earlier, the Managing Director of Union Dicon Salt PLC, Mr. Chuka Mordi said that they were in the state to inspect the takeoff of their value added cassava farming, bio-ethanol and industrial starch processing mill project, adding that they have acquired over 10,000 hectares of land for the project.
He explained that the processing plant would produce 18,000 tonnes of industrial starch per annum, and 22,000 litres of bio-ethanol per day when fully operational.
NO. DTS 0518, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT: GOV. OKOWA ADVOCATES IMPROVED FUNDING
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called for adequate funding of infrastructural development in the country so as to stimulate economic growth.
Speaking in Asaba, when he received the President-General, Comrade Amechi Asugwuni and the National Executive Council of National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture, and Wood Workers on a courtesy Visit, Senator Okowa said that efforts should be geared to free up more fund for infrastructural development as that would ensure economic growth, create jobs and improve investors’ confidence.
“I want to commend you for the theme of this meeting-“Infrastructure and Policy Improvement: The Panacea For Economic Growth”- it is critical that we realise that infrastructural development provides an enabling environment for investment to thrive, it also create jobs for our people, everything should be done to free funds for infrastructural development as it will stimulate the nation’s economy”, Governor Okowa said.
“We have to reduce recurrent expenditure and concentrate on capital expenditure, when we spend over 80 percent of our revenue on recurrent expenditure, it portends a great danger to the construction industries and capital projects “. Okowa stressed.
He commended the Labour leaders in the state for the cooperation and support in the handling of labour issues in the state explaining that through their support the state have been able to maintain the payment of workers’ emolument despite the dwindling receipts from the federal government.
He assured the Union of the state government’s readiness to partner with them in the development of a housing estate for workers stressing that enabling environment would be provided for the development of the project.
Earlier, Comrade Asugwuni has informed Governor Okowa that they were in Asaba to hold the union’s national Executive Council meeting which has the theme ““Infrastructure and Policy Improvement: The Panacea For Economic Growth”.
He commended the governor for his labour friendly posture and for making the payment of workers’ emolument a priority in these challenging times.
NO. DTS 0519, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
RESIDENTS OF EFFURUN SHUT INDOORS AS FLOOD OVERRUNS JAKPA REFINERY ROAD
It was like a drama on Tuesday morning when residents of Eke Avenue, Jakpa road and that of refinery road, both at Effurun, woke up to discover that their surroundings have been engulf in flood.
Most people decided to stay indoors in order to avoid the risk of falling into ditches or being bitten by snakes.
While speaking, some of the residents decried how this problem has caused untold hardship to business and vehicular activities, but they however appealed to the appropriate authorities to help alleviate their nightmare.
NO. DTS 0520, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
ONUESOKE TO MASARI: JONATHAN WAS NIGERIAN PRESIDENT NOT NIGER DELTA
Former Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has reiterated that former President Goodluck Jonathan was President of the whole Nigeria and such would not have concentrated in the development of Niger Delta alone at the expense of other parts of the country.
The PDP Chieftain who made the Statement in Warri, Delta State, while reacting to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari’s allegations on social media accusing former President Goodluck Jonathan of non-performance in Niger Delta region in his six years in office observed that Jonathan as President of Nigeria concentrated more in the development of Northern Region than Niger Delta region where he hailed from because he was a not an ethnic or regional leader.
He argued that Masari would have directed such accusation to his Northern leaders who ruled Nigeria for a greater part of the fifty six years as a nation yet there is nothing to show for it nationally, while there was so much underdevelopment, poverty and illiteracy in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Reviewing the various achievements of Goodluck Jonathan during his six years reign, Onuesoke recalled that Jonathan’s administration diligently implemented its agenda for national transformation in priority areas, including power, rehabilitation and expansion of national infrastructure, agricultural development, education and employment generation among others.
He said despite coming from Niger Delta, it is evident that Jonathan concentrated more in developing the Northern and other parts of the country because he believed his constituency is the whole Nigeria and not Niger Delta region.
According to him, “The educational sector under his administration achieved a tremendous transformation as twelve federal universities out of which four are situated in the North-West cities of Dutsinma in Katsina, Dutse in Jigawa, Gusau in Zamfara and Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi State, while 125 Almajirai Schools were constructed and commissioned with adequate teaching facilities to provide basic qualitative education to the less privileged in the society.”
Besides the aforementioned, he pointed out that the developmental impact of Jonathan’s administration was equally felt in infrastructural development, agriculture, transport, employment equality, productivity, sports and electricity supply among others across the country
“Nigerians are difficult to satisfy. As a President, if Jonathan embarked on full development of Niger Delta at the expense of other parts of the country, people like Masari would have accused him of being biased and regionally minded. Now that he has decided to developed even Masari’s region than his own, they still find fault in him,” Onuesoke lamented.
NO. DTS 0521, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
AGBARHA NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL APPEALS FOR SUPPORT
The Agbarha Warri Improvement Union has appealed to the Warri South Local Government Council, Delta State Government, Federal Government and other relevant agencies as well as corporate bodies to support the Agbarha National Youth Council in developing youths in Agbarha Kingdom Warri.
The Agbarha Warri Improvement Union who made the appeal in a statement issued and signed in Warri by its president general Chief Emmanuel Ememu (JP) and secretary general Mr Thomson Ipemu drew the attention of government and the general public to some unscrupulous persons and groups who are false-fully parading themselves as executives of the youth council ” thereby impeding the growth and productivity of the council”
The statement therefore listed the names of the authentic leaders of the Agbarha Warri apex youth body to include: Hon Benson Obire (President), Mr Eyes Davis (Vice President) Mr Edward Onomavwe (Secretary), Bini Ebimoketimi (Assistant Secretary) Eguono Okpe (Financial Secretary) Victor Mukoro (Assistant Financial Secretary) and Terence Eriye (Treasurer) Others are Samuel Ajejevwe (PRO) Moses Atori (Provost) Ogagaoghene Jedo (Spokesman) Awuri Akuruli (Sports Officer) Ese Ohanoma (Arts and Culture) Precious Bazunu (Auditor) and Joseph Agboire (Welfare Officer)
The statement further warned that any youth caught impersonating the executives of the youth council shall be arrested and handed over to the police for necessary action.
NO. DTS 0522, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH UNICEF- UKAH
The State Government has pledged to partner with relevant agencies in bringing needed development to the state.
The Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah made the pledge today when he played host to representatives of the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in his office, Asaba.
Mr. Ukah said the four-cadinal programmes of UNICEF in the state including maternal and newborn health care centers, primary health care centers elimination of polio and provision of potable water were in consonance with the development programmes of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
He said the issue of Standard Health centers and water sanitation and hygiene will ultimately enhance the life expectancy of the people.
The Information Commissioner assured the UNICEF officials that the awareness campaign about their programmes would be given adequate publicity on radio, television, newspapers, and other areas of communication.
The Chief of Port Harcourt field Office of UNICEF Mr. Wilboard Nganbi said the visit was to seek partnership with the Ministry of Information on the programmes of the International agency.
Mr. Nganbi said the issue of polio, portable water, health care, for mothers and children, elimination of mother to child transition of HIV/AIDS will be given adequate attention.
The Director Overseas Development Agency (ODA), Ministry of Economic Planning, Mrs. Patience Ogbevwe thanked the Ministry of Information for its support to the programmes of the agency.
NO. DTS 0523, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
UBULU-UKU: BACK BONE OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATION IN DELTA – UKAH
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Patrick Ukah has described Ubulu-Uku Kingdom as a backbone to media and information dissemination in Delta State.
He gave the statement yesterday when a played host to a courtesy delegation from Ubulu-Uku Development of Council to officially invite him to the presentation of staff of office to their new monarch, HRM Agbogidi, Obi Chukwu Noah Akaeze slated to hold on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Royal Palace Ubulu-Uku.
Ukah pledged to assist in every way possible to see to a befitting realization of the ceremony and prayed that the coming of the new King in the Kingdom will trigger the beginning of new and better things for them.
He assured them of his presence and commitment and promised that the coronation will be aired live for thirty minutes among other print media publications, even as he called them to maintain peaceful co-existence.
Earlier in his speech, the president, Ubulu-Uku Development Council, Comrade Jones Ofunne while dictating the essence of their visit, commended the government for their efforts so far in ensuring peace tranquility in the Kingdom following the circumstances that surrounded the transition.
He said, ‘We are here to formally invite you to the presentation of staff of office to our new king, His Royal Majesty, Agbogidi, Obi Chukwuka Noah Akaeze and to appeal that use your good offices to ensure appropriate media coverage for the ceremony.
We thank the Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his huge contributions and efforts towards the actualization of peace and enabling environment for the presentation of staff of office’.
Highpoint of the event is the presentation of invitation card, radio and television jingles to the Commissioner.
Members of the delegation include; Ozoma of Ubulu-Uku and Head of the Royal family, Chief Sunny Ofunne, Palace Secretary, Barr. Joe Obazeth, Mr Emma Banor, Mr. Pius Mordi, and Former Assistant General Manager, Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, Mr Joe Isiekwene.
NO. DTS 0524, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
OGONI-CLEAN UP: EMU DEDICATE APPOINTMENT TO BUHARI
The National Chairman, Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM,Prince (Dr.) Mike Emu has dedicated his appointment as a member of the Board of Trustee into the Ogoni-Cleanup in the Niger Delta region to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bishop Emu made the dedication to the President during Praise and Worship service marking his one year in Office as National Chairman of HOSTCOM at the Warri branch of Greater Glory Mission Inc, a.k.a, V.I.P Chapel.
He said “I want to dedicate my thanks today to Mr. President who appointed me as member of Board of Trustee of Ogoni land to represent all the Oil Producing Communities in Nigeria. I am happy because our boys,the freedom fighters are listening to us now our mothers and fathers, traditional rulers of the host communities are all happy with what is happening now. That’s what led us to the fellowship, worship and appreciation at today’s service.
I was inaugurated into Office as the National Chairman of HOSTCOM by the founding father, Chief (Dr.) Wellington Okirika on the 10th of August 2015. And I am one year old in office, within this one year, tremendous results, manifestations, miracles have taken place.”
Bishop Emu who described his appointment as a surprise and the biggest in the State noted that he inherited a total of eleven million naira debts as National Chairman of HOSTCOM in addition to the current Niger Delta crisis, criticism and the pressing economic situation in the country.
While noting that he got the appointment by the grace of God, Bishop Emu noted that, on assumption of office, HOSTCOM had no E-mail address, website and bank accounts pointing that, with his emergence in the last one year, “HOSTCOM now have a website, e-mail and bank account, an office in Warri and Abuja and a guesthouse in Warri and in Abuja.”
Bishop Emu vowed that his tenure as National Chairman of HOSTCOM, will focus on the agricultural sector, empowerments, pipelines and others just as he enjoined the people of the Niger Delta to support the Federal Government ably led by, President Muhammadu Buhari who has promised, to commence the clean-up of Ogoni-land, commence payments of gas flare prizing money as well as the rehabilitation of all Federal roads in the Country.
He stressed that, If we give them a lot of support, there will be lot of things in the Niger Delta, remarking that he has met with leaders that matters like the Olu of Warri, the Oba of Benin, King Diete-Spiff, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, Chief. A.M. Bubor, Chief Wellington Okirika and all other traditional rulers that are putting their heads together to make sure that total transformation comes to Niger Delta.
According to him Mr. President has actually decided to listen to all traditional rulers from the Niger Delta, hinting, that a conflict resolution committee has been set up.
“The Chairman of the Board of Trustee, first Governor of Rivers State now a traditional ruler, King Alfred Diete-Spiff is appointed to be Chairman of the crisis resolution committee. The founding father of HOSTCOM, Chief Wellington Okirika also has been appointed to represent Ijaws and Delta State. We are looking forward towards tremendous results, agriculture, youths empowerment, pipeline protection is our focus and I believe all Nigerians will celebrate soon.
NO. DTS 0525, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
STAKEHOLDERS OF OIL AND GAS COMMUNITIES CONGRATULATE OMENE
Comrade Samuel Oghenegare Agadia, the Youth leader of Host communities of Nigeria, Producing oil & Gas (HOSTCOM), Urhobo nation, has congratulated Chief Engr. Joe Omene, the President General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) over his outstanding leadership of the Urhobo Nation.
Agadia, in a press statement shortly after a stake holders meeting of the forum at Ekakpamre, Ughelli South; LGA, Delta state, extolled the leadership quality of Chief Engr. Joe Omene and his Exco whom he described as a man with great and unquenchable stamina with a big heart of love, for his ability to sail through the turbulent waters and also to be able to absolve the shocking and traumatic experience during the stormy days of power tussle.
According to Agadia the Urhobo Youth leader, Chief Engr. Joe Omene, the substantive President of UPU is a man with a deep love and sincere desire for the development and progress of the Urhobo nation.
He remarked that, the pure heart of Engr. Joe Omene towards the Urhobo cause is what moved the God of Urhobo nation to vindicate him at last.
While soliciting the support of the duo of chief Ofotoku and chief Tuesday Onoge to work with Chief Omene, Agadia charged leaders in Urhobo land to know that no single man can be greater than his nation, emphasizing that it is far better, for every player in the UPU affairs to put off the fetters and toga of malice, so that they can close ranks with Omene to move the Urhobo nation forward.
NO. DTS 0526, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
ADIOGRE APPOINTMENT: GROUP COMMENDS BUHARI
The National President of Save Urhobo Group (SUG), cum, National Communities Liaison Officer (CLO) of Host Communities of Nigeria, producing oil & Gas (HOSTCON), Chief Francis Vevakpor has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the laudable appointment of a seasoned technocrat, Engr. Samuel Ajenakevwe Adjogbe as Executive Director on Projects (EDP) in the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Chief Vevakpor, who spoke to news men in HOSTCON office recently, noted that, President Buhari has done well for the Urhobo people that have been waiting patiently for appointment in the APC led Federal Government.
The HOSTCON boss observed that, all other ethnic nationality around the Urhobo nation have gotten one appointment or the other, a gesture which nobody or group from Urhobo land reacted against.
While advising President Buhari in to disregard the spurious allegations by some self styled leaders from other ethnic nationalities, Chief Vevakpor pointed out that, the mischief makers should know that, Urhobo, as the fifth largest ethnic nationality is peace loving and law abiding, and therefore deserves their due entitlement of the appointment as the federal government has rightly done.
Vevakpor, while describing Engr. Samuel Ajenakevwe Adjogbe as a man with the requisite knowledge and the needed expertise to reposition the NDDC, and also to key into the CHANGE Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari in the delivery of more dividends of democracy to the people, vouched that, even those who are averse to his emergence now will later see the good qualities Adjogbe is made of as he settles down to work for the betterment of the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.
NO. DTS 0527, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
OGHAREFE CELEBRATES OKI’S EKPESHIP
In line with tradition the Ogharefe Council of Chief & Elders Oguedion R’Ogharefe led by High Chief William Ibori, the Unugbrogodo 1 of Oghara Kingdom has listed 8 persons to be conferred with traditional Chieftaincy title at an event to honour Chief Julius Oki, The Ekpe of Ogharefe Sub-Clan, Oghara Kingdom having successfully celebrated the statutory number of years as Ekpe of Ogharefe, Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West local government Area of Delta State.
According to a release signed by Chief Duncan O. Ewhere, head Administration Committee which was made available to the press, the names of the recipients in the order of Igue, meaning kneeling down at the Oguedion are: Mr. Atuma Glory, Prince Abutor Charles, Ugo Amukpo E. Newton and Ugo Okorodiden Samson.
Others are: Mr. Adiaro Simeon, Mr. Omobrohwuche Isaac, Hon. Abijor Richard and Mr. Igbivwie I. Russel.
The eight Chiefs who passed through the Ogharefe Oguedion clearance will be conferred with Chieftaincy titles by the Ovie of Oghara Kingdom HRM Orefe III, within nine days, after the kneeling down rite at the Oguedion.