NO DTS 1857: UKAH PLEDGES PARTNERSHIP WITH SCOUTS TO ENHANCE DISCIPLINE AMONG STUDENTS
NO DTS 1858: DELTA REASSURES OF PRIMARY SIX PUPIL’S SAFETY AGAINST COVID-19
NO DTS 1859: COMMANDING OFFICER IMPLORES UVWIE INDIGENES TO ENLIST IN ARMY
NO DTS 1860: DELTA HEALTHCARE AGENCY SUES FOR SYNERGY WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION
NO DTS 1861: OSAWOTA LAUDS INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS OF OKOWA
NO DTS 1862: CLERIC THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND FG, SAYS DEREGULATION BEST OPTION FOR OIL SECTOR
NO DTS 1863: WIDOWS SHOWER PRAISES ON OKOWA FOR SUSTAINING MONTHLY STIPEND
NO DTS 1864: DELTA GOVERNMENT APPLAUDED OVER RESUMTION OF PRIMARY SIX CLASSES
NO DTS 1865: CIE COMMENDS DTSG FOR FACILITATING SCHOOLS’ REOPENING WITH NECESSARY MATERIALS
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NO DTS 1857: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
UKAH PLEDGES PARTNERSHIP WITH SCOUTS TO ENHANCE DISCIPLINE AMONG STUDENTS
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, has pledged his Ministry’s partnership with the State Scout Council towards promoting good behaviour and moral discipline among students in schools in the state.
Ukah stated this in his office in Asaba when the Caretaker Committee, Delta State Scout Council led by it’s chairman, Comrade Mike Okeme, paid him a courtesy call.
He said that extra-curricular activities such as Man’ O War and Scout movement, among others, would help to build not only the academic but moral and physical well-being of the children at all times.
While saying that the Ministry under his watch had made it mandatory that every student to be involved in minimum of two extra curricular groups, Mr Ukah said that participating in such activities was one of the measures to tackle idleness and social vices among children.
The basic and secondary education commissioner urged the Scout Council in the state to come up with plans on how the body would partner with schools in the state to promote the ideals of morals and discipline.
Earlier, Comrade Okeme said that the activities of the scout movement in the state and to fashion out ways the State Scout Council could collaborate with the ministry to improve on the behaviour of the students.
Comrade Okeme, who is the Special Adviser to Delta State Governor on SERVICOM and Labour Matters, said that the objective of the body was to fight against all forms of vices in both secondary and primary schools, adding that they would strive to inculcate moral discipline among students.
The caretaker committee chairman appealed to the commissioner to put mechanism in place to ensure that teachers were available for their planned training.
He commended Mr Ukah for his inspiring contributions in building the younger generation, just as he disclosed that the committee’s six months assignment was to articulate proper scout structures in the state.
NO DTS 1887: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
DELTA REASSURES OF PRIMARY SIX PUPIL’S SAFETY AGAINST COVID-19
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, said all necessary measures in line with the COVID-19 protocols geared towards safeguarding the lives of primary six pupils ahead of the forthcoming Cognitive Placement Examination have been put in place.
Mr Ukah gave the assurance on Tuesday (15/09/2020) while addressing journalists shortly after supervising the distribution of hand sanitizers, hand towels, infrared termometers, liguid soup and face masks, among others, for 1,126 public primary schools in the state.
He stated that the resumption of the primary 6 pupils in the exit class was the third phase of the reopening of schools after the lockdown since March following the earlier resumption of SS 3 and JS 3 students.
While stating that monitoring and surveillance activities would be intensified as a result of the difficulty associated with managing primary school pupils, Mr Ukah maintained that their forthcoming Cognitive Placement Examination would hold on September 26, 2020.
He said that in Delta State, no student contacted coronavirus during the just finished Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and expressed optimism that the pupils in the primary school arm would not also contact the disease.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ukah yesterday (16/09/2020) monitored the resumption of primary 6 pupils in the state.
He told school heads and teachers to ensure that the pupils adhere to the COVID-19 protocols outlined to protect them against contacting the decease.
Among the schools visited were Uzoigwe Primary School, Royal Mira All Saints International School, Zappa Primary School, Ogbe-Afor Primary School and Abu-Ator Primary School, all in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area.
Others were Mgbala Model Primary School and Umegbali Primary School, both in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area.
In another development, Mr Ukah represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Felix Ideh, monitored the resumption in Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area.
The Commissioner advised the teachers and pupils to always adhere to all the COVID-19 protocols, adding that they should put on their face masks at all times.
Schools visited included Ugwu-Atakpo Primary School, Akwe Primary School, Omu Boys Primary School and Anioshe Primary School, all in Ibusa.
Other officials of the ministry and those of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) also monitored the resumption across the state. The monitoring exercise continues.
NO DTS 1859: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
COMMANDING OFFICER IMPLORES UVWIE INDIGENES TO ENLIST IN ARMY
By Ambrose Ologide
The Commanding Officer (C O) 3 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Effurun, Major I. Hussein had encouraged Uvwie indigenes to enlist in the Nigerian Army.
Major Hussein stated this during his courtesy visit to the Ovie of Uvwie,HRM Dr Emmanuel Sideso (JP) OON, Abe 1, at his palace, GRA, Effurun on Monday September 14, 2020.
The visiting military officer who hinted that recruitment into the Nigerian Army was on, noted that the exercise would take some unemployed Uvwie youths out of the street and thanked the traditional ruler for his support and cooperation
In his response, the Uvwie monarch thanked Major Hussein for the visit as he assured him of his continuous support and cooperation.
Abe 1 stressed the need for Uvwie indigenous traders to be encourage in the trade of tomatoes in the area.
The highpoint of the visit was a special prayer said for Major Hussein by the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom.
The Executive Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council, Hon Ramson Onoyake, President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU), Austin Ukuwrere; the Unuevworo of Ekpan Traditional Administrative Unit, Chief Peter Ifie; a palace aide, Chief Sunny Popo; and the Seriki (leader) of Arewa Community in Uvwie Local Government Area, Alhaji Suleiman Jauro were amongst personalities present during the visit.
The Seriki of Arewa Community in Uvwie Local Government Area, Alhaji Jauro and a palace aide, Chief Sunny Popo in a chats with our correspondent shortly after the visit, commended the C. O, 3 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Effurun for the visit as they noted that it would further strength the cordial relationship between the Nigerian Army and Uvwie people.
NO DTS 1860: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
DELTA HEALTHCARE AGENCY SUES FOR SYNERGY WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION
By Ewomazino Egbo
The Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Board Dr. Mrs. Isioma Okobah has called for synergy between the local government service commission and the Delta state primary health care development agency to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Dr Okobah made the call today when she led Board and management of primary healthcare development agency on advocacy to the Local Government Service Commission.
Dr Okobah said in order to achieve quality effective, efficient and affordable healthcare services mostly for rural dwellers, there is need for synergy between the Agency and the local government service commission.
The Board Chairman noted the pivotal role local government health workers play in the primary health centers as they are in the grassroot, appealed to the chairman to address discipline among health workers.
Responding the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Joseph Otirhue said he understand the importance of primary health care centres as he was once a local government chairman.
He said His Excellency the Governor desire of universal health coverage for Deltans which can be achieved in the Primary health centers is on course with the deployment of Executive Secretary as medical Officers of Health in the Local Government Areas.
While Promising the support of the local government service commission in improving the services of the Primary health centres, Hon. Otirhue said the issue of manpower, human resources and indiscipline will be addressed.
Members of the DSPHCDA Board and management that accompanied the Board Chairman are Dr. Omiwere-Ete George Boyo (Delta South) Hon. Florence Johnson (Delta North) Dr. Winful- Orieke Jude (Executive Director), Dr Mrs Gloria Patrick- Ferife(Director Planning Research Statistics),Mr. Itobore Onoriode (Director Administration),Mrs. Scholar Edosomwan (Director Finance and Account) Mr. Mumbor Innocent (Rep. Social mobilization and Advocacy)
NO DTS 1861: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
OSAWOTA LAUDS INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS OF OKOWA
By Chukwudi Asoya
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa has again been commended for his holistic approach in governance especially in the area of driving key infrastructural development in the state.
Giving this commendation was Chief Andrew Osawota, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Chieftaincy Matters/ Judiciary who is also the Chairman Prerogative of Mercy Committee during an inspection tour of some projects around Asaba, the State Capital.
The special adviser who was overwhelmed with the stage and quality of work on going at the Judiciary High Court, Asaba said that despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, Okowa-led administration was still committed in driving critical infrastructural development projects in the state.
At the ongoing Judiciary High court building he was conducted round the different departments by the one of the site Engineers who said the job was almost at 90 precent completion.
Chief Osawota also inspected the Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat in Asaba where he was elated that the project had reached 90 percent stage of completion, adding that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was irrevocably committed towards proving a conducive environment for the traditional rulers in the state.
He described the traditional rulers in the state as partners in progress, stressing that their modest contributions in the existing peace and security in the state was commendable and used the opportunity to thank Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa for finding him worthy to serve in his administration.
While saying that Okowa was able to put up such gigantic and befitting structure for the comfortability of the traditional rulers even in the face of the dwindling revenue occasioned by the global pandemic, Chief Osawota stated that the gesture was in demonstration of the regard the governor had for them.
It could be recalled that during the inspection visit, Mr Friday Oseh, an engineer, of Toppet Nigeria Enterprises was on ground to take the special adviser round the building.
NO DTS 1862: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
CLERIC THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND FG, SAYS DEREGULATION BEST OPTION FOR OIL SECTOR
By Balogun Mabamije
The President of Shalom Christian Mission, Bishop Pius Onephronjire, has commended the Muhammadu-Buhari led administration for the bold step taken in the removal of fuel subsidy which has attracted condemnation from different persons in the country.
Speaking to our correspondent in his office in Ughelli, Bishop Onephronjire said when he first heard of the fuel pump price increase, he made inquiry on why government decided to increase the fuel pump price and when he discovered it was for subsidy removal, he gave the federal government full support.
Bishop Onephronjire who described subsidy payment as criminal, said deregulation of the oil sector was the only way to flush the system of fraudsters whom he said were bent on siphoning the commonwealth of the nation through subsidy collection.
“The petroleum subsector must be de-regulated. Because until you make it that way, the people who are busy importing fuel and sabotaging our refineries so that they can continue to import fuel and collect subsidy will always use that medium to siphon the wealth of the nation.
“I feel that if a government is bold enough to take them up and remove fuel subsidy, it deserves my prayer and support. That’s my position. Because until we do that, the uncertainty in fuel price will continue to be there,” Bishop Onephronjirestated.
He agreed that the fuel pump price increase may have negative impact on the common man but stressed that the only way to break the trend of fuel subsidy was the deregulation of the oil sector.
Bishop Onephronjire assured that Nigerians would soon begin to enjoy the deregulation, explaining that more investors would invest in the oil sector and the market force of demand and supply would bring the price down.
A case in point, according to him, was that of the mobile phone (network), saying: “I bought my first mim card at the rate of N14,000 but because of competition in the market, the price of sim card is now reduced to N200.
Bishop Onephronjire while giving kudos the federal government for the subsidy removal, urged organized labour and Nigerians to be patient with the present administration, reassuring that Nigerians would soon enjoy the benefits.
NO DTS 1863: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
WIDOWS SHOWER PRAISES ON OKOWA FOR SUSTAINING MONTHLY STIPEND
By Christian Ogoh
Widows in Ika North East Local Government have described Governor Ifeanyi OKowa as God sent.
The widows who are drawn from the 14 wards in Ika North East made this known when while receiving their monthly stipend at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat, Boji Boji Owa.
Speaking at the event, the Coordinator of the widow’s programme in Ika North East Local Government Area, Hon. Sunday Bamah, noted that Delta State Government started paying the widows since January 2018 and had sustained the gesture till date.
Hon. Bamah, who isalso an Executive Assistant to the Governor Okowa on Peace Building and Community Development, noted that the beneficiaries, mostly women, were very grateful to God for the Governor.
“Anytime they are invited, they usually come excited, appreciative and orderly. You to hear them pray heartily for his Excellency, it is really an experience to behold,” he said.
Also Speaking, the Executive Assistant to Governor OKowa on Women Development and Special Duties, Chief Mary Agbogwe, said that Governor OKowa was living up to his promises by taking care of widows in different measures across the state.
She noted that the gesture had brought succour to the widows and reduced the chances of them getting depressed.
In their separate remarks, some beneficiaries, Elder Faith Ojo and Cecilia Egbon described Governor OKowa as God’s messenger of succour in their moments of needs.
“We now have something to look forward to and rely on. We cannot thank him enough. This money has helped us in so many ways, medicals, feeding etc. God will surely bless Ifeanyi OKowa for us,” they said.
NO DTS 1864: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
DELTA GOVERNMENT APPLAUDED OVER RESUMTION OF PRIMARY SIX CLASSES
By Clementina Wewele
All primary six pupils in Ethiope West Local Government resumed school as directed by the Delta State Government as all schools visited in the area were fully equipped with all items needed in adhering to COVID -19 rules of staying safe.
It was gathered that the pupils in public schools were given free nose mask by the state government including other items such as hand sanitizers, running water and soap as well as fund to make the school premises neat for a conducive learning.
The head teachers said that they were very happy over the resumption, saying they were already tired of the long period of stay at home caused by the corona virus.
Speaking to our correspondent, the Head Mistress of Udurieh Primary School, Oghareki, Felicia Onanore, said the government had done a lot.
she noted that it was now the turn of the teachers and head teachers to play their role by making sure all pupils adhere to the COVID-19 rules even as they receive their lectures in preparation for their exams.
Also speaking in Uherevie Primary School, Ogharefe, Christiana Edoso, who is the head teacher, said that all teachers and pupils of primary schools were fully on ground as they were already tired of staying home.
She commended the efforts of the state government for making sure every item needed by pupils and teachers to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations were all provided.
Teachers were on ground in all primary schools visited as pupils were seen in classes receiving lectures with their nose masks on in order to keep to the social distance rules, the numbers of pupils allowed in a class were 20 in numbers.
NO DTS 1865: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
CIE COMMENDS DTSG FOR FACILITATING SCHOOLS’ REOPENING WITH NECESSARY MATERIALS
By Austine Enunwa
The Governor of Delta State, Senator lfeanyi Okowa, has been commended for the provision of all the necessary materials required in the reopening of primary schools in the state.
The Chief Inspector of Education (CIE), Aniocha North Local Government Area, Mrs Herrienta Obiegba, made the commendation in her office during the distribution of the COVID–19 preventive measures to mitigate the spread of dreaded disease.
She said that the governor had fulfilled all the COVID 19 protocols in line with the requirements outlined by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for for schools’ reopening.
She affirmed that the 36 primary schools in the local government were all prepared to resume academic studies, as according to her, teachers were also ready, saying all bushes in the schools’ premises had been cleared and fumigated. as directed by government.