NO. DTS 0347 GOV OKOWA CHARGES DBIR TO IMPROVE IGR DRIVE THROUGH INFORMATION SHARING
NO. DTS 0348 WE’LL COMMENCE TOWNHALL MEETINGS IN MAY – OKOWA
NO. DTS 0349 GOV. OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS ON EVANGELISM
NO. DTS 0350 OKOWA MOURNS AS SEN. ISIAKA ADELEKE DIES AT 62
NO. DTS 0351 GOV. OKOWA EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER DEATH OF FOOTBALL FANS IN CALABAR
NO. DTS 0352 CRIMINAL TRIALS TO BE CONCLUDED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF COMMENCEMENT
NO. DTS 0353 NUJ CONGRESS: DOUBLE TRAGEDY AVERTED
NO. DTS 0354 UWAJEH TO DELTA WORKERS: BE SERIOUS WITH YOUR DUTIES
NO. DTS 0355 CAUSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, FACE THE LAW, UDUAGHAN TELLS ROAD USERS
NO. DTS 0356 COUNCILOR HAILS HARMONY IN PDP, OKOWA’S ENDORSEMENT
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
NO. DTS 0347 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
GOV OKOWA CHARGES DBIR TO IMPROVE IGR DRIVE THROUGH INFORMATION SHARING
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), through sharing of information with MDAs that have the documentation for data collection
The Governor stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to DBIR Headquarters in Warri, saying that information sharing will provide the template to facilitate capturing of eligible tax payers into the tax net.
He challenged the Board to look beyond ‘Pay As You Earn’ (PAYE), where the bulk of the taxes that are paid comes from, emphasizing that other areas should be exploited to generate more funds.
Dr. Okowa who is the first Governor to pay a visit to the revenue generation outfit, disclosed that he was encouraged by what DBIR was doing in the light of the reasonable improvement in the revenue collection since the beginning of 2017.
“I am encouraged by what you are doing in DBIR, in the past few months there has been an increment” Governor Okowa said.
The Delta State Governor, who also addressed the workforce, urged them to work hard and remain focused to achieve a breakthrough in its IGR collection, promising to look into the challenges militating against the smooth operations of the organization.
Earlier in his briefing the Executive Chairman of DBIR, Sir Monday John Onyeme, expressed the preparedness of the Board to take revenue generation to greater heights, and commended the Governor for his open door policy and support.
NO. DTS 0348 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
WE’LL COMMENCE TOWNHALL MEETINGS IN MAY – OKOWA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said Town Hall meetings will be held across the 25 local government areas in the state to brief the people on the activities of government.
The Governor stated this at the weekend in Warri while addressing party faithful at the PDP Delta South Senatorial District stakeholders’ meeting hosted by Immediate Past Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The meeting was attended by party leaders and top government functionaries including, National Vice Chairman, South-South, Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, State Chairman of the party, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, Senator James Manager, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Leo Ogor, Hon Daniel Reyenieju, members of the Delta State House of Assembly and, Council Chairmen.
Governor Okowa said that such town hall meetings were important to enable government hear directly from the people.
“We shall soon embark on Town Hall meetings which will commence from May 9, starting with the two Isoko Local Government Areas. This tour is very important to us because it will enable us appraise ourselves and talk to the people directly and also hear from them on the policies and programmes of government.’
While commending the people for their support, Senator Okowa stated that the State Government has embarked on several road projects in the riverine areas including Ogulagha, Okerenkoko, Oporoza, Ogidigben, Ode-Itsekiri township roads among others.
“Beyond the road projects, I am also pleased to inform you that our law faculty in Oleh campus has received full accreditation from the Nigeria Universities Commission”, he said.
He thanked the people of the district for their prayers and contributions to the peace that has returned in the area asserting “I thank you for recognizing the little we have done despite the economic recession. By the grace of God we will continue to do more especially as peace has returned to our oil producing communities’.
On Local Government Council elections, the Governor cautioned aspirants to exercise restraint and await directives from the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC assuring “when the time for election comes, we will ensure a free and fair election.’
Earlier in his welcome address, immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan thanked Governor Okowa for the laudable projects he has executed despite taking over government at a difficult time.
He cautioned against rumour mongering adding that the party is stronger in the state despite the challenges at the national level while assuring that all the leaders of the party are united and that no one is leaving the party.
The Chairman of the party in Delta South, Chief Emman Agbaduba appreciated party leaders and stakeholders for their support for the party.
High point of the meeting was the passing of a vote of confidence on the governor and his Deputy Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and an endorsement for a second term come 2019.
NO. DTS 0349 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
GOV. OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS ON EVANGELISM
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has described evangelism as one of the greatest reasons Christians are in this world.
The Governor gave the description at a thanksgiving Mass in honour of Mrs. Mary Otakudemu Duvbiama, deceased mother-in-law of the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro.
The service which was also, attended by a retinue of government functionaries and politicians, took place at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ekakpamre, Ughelli South local government area of Delta State.
According to the Governor, “we came into this world to evangelize; in whatever we do, we should impact on the lives of others; in whatever we do, we must try to win souls to God.”
He thanked those who identified with the Chief Judge on the loss of his mother-in-law saying, “Justice Umukoro is a good man, thank you for showing him love.”
Rev. Fr. William Egedegbe had in a homily; urged sinners to depart from their ways and reconcile themselves with God to enable them make heaven.
According to the Priest, “no matter how dark our past might be, the doors of mercy are always open.”
“The mercy of God endures forever, the love of The Lord is everlasting; Jesus came and died on the Cross and introduced the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so, when you come to the church and tell God, I have sinned and I am sorry, your sins are forgiven,” he said.
Rev. Fr. Egedegbe continued, “All that we need to do is to also show mercy to those who have wronged us because, blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”
He emphasized that Christians should not be selective of those who they show mercy to but, have a good heart towards every one.
NO. DTS 0350 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
OKOWA MOURNS AS SEN. ISIAKA ADELEKE DIES AT 62
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has condoled with the government and people of Osun State over the death of first Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
Adeleke, a serving Senator representing the people of Osun West Senatorial District died today at a private hospital in Oshogbo at the age of 62.
In a condolence statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa noted that the late Senator Adeleke lived a life of service to humanity which was epitomized in the lives he impacted on while in active public service.
Governor Okowa eulogized the former Governor for leading Osun State as first Executive Governor of the state.
“The passing away of Senator Adeleke at this moment is no doubt a great loss to the family, Ede community, the people of Osun West Senatorial District and Nigerians in general as his advice and wise counsel was most needed by all.
Governor Okowa recalled with nostalgia how Late Adeleke was a man of integrity who served his state with humility and passion to the admiration of all and faced life challenges with courage and determination
Okowa remarked that Senator Adeleke was a humanitarian and philanthropist who instituted a scholarship award for 100 indigent students in tertiary institutions across the country.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of a great politician, administrator, lawmaker and business man who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched in several ways”, he said.
Governor Okowa prayed God Almighty to grant the family and the people of Ede, the fortitude to bear the loss.
NO. DTS 0351 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
GOV. OKOWA EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER DEATH OF FOOTBALL FANS IN CALABAR
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent condolences to the families of football fans who died while watching Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League.
Governor Okowa, who expressed shock and sadness over the death of the fans, described the incident as tragic.
Okowa in a statement on Friday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, commiserated with the immediate families of the victims, the government and people of Cross River State and football enthusiasts across the country over the sad incident.
He called on viewing centre operators to ensure that football viewing centers were made safe and conducive across the country.
Governor Okowa commended the prompt response of the Cross River state government and emergency management agencies to the sad occurrence while praying for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives, and quick recovery for the injured.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the Cross Rivers State government on the unfortunate and avoidable loss of football fans in Calabar on Thursday.
“As a government, our primary duty is to ensure that our citizens are safe and protected, whether during leisure hour or work period.
“I commend the government of Cross Rivers State for their prompt attention to the sad incident, and I urge governments at all levels to ensure that what is necessary to make our people secure in both public and private spaces is given the deserved priority at all times”, the statement added.
NO. DTS 0352 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
CRIMINAL TRIALS TO BE CONCLUDED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF COMMENCEMENT
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has expressed deep optimism that with the several radical and novel provisions introduced into the Delta State Administration of the Criminal Justice Law, 2017, criminal trials will now be concluded within six months of commencement.
The Attorney-General who was full of enthusiasm while addressing staff of the Ministry during an enlarge meeting on Thursday in Asaba, commended the State House of Assembly on the passage of the bill, saying that the Governor will not withhold his assent to the bill as the Law is aimed at fast tracking justice delivery. According to the Justice Commissioner all previous provisions such as trial within trial, admissibility of statements, consent orders and no case submission which slowdown trials have been expunged from the new Law paving way for accelerated trial.
While highlighting the immeasurable contributions of the Ministry toward the enactment of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Barrister Peter Mrakpor promised to make copies of the new law available to Lawyers in the Ministry free of charge. He told staff of the Ministry to brace up for the challenge ahead as the Ministry of Justice was poise to deliver quality service to the people and Government of the State.
On the creation of the Public Advisory Services Unit, the Justice Commissioner disclosed that the Unit offers free legal advice to Deltans and non-Deltans alike irrespective of social status in line with the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration believe that the right of the people to access to justice and legal representation must be protected. He said with the establishment of the Public Advisory Services Unit, Deltans irrespective of status can take now advantage of the initiative which he described as laudable and people oriented.
Speaking further, the Attorney-General while explaining the modus operandi of the new Unit, disclosed that the Ministry was working in synergy with the Members of the Nigerian Bar Association that have indicated interest to render pro bono services to litigants.
Other Units created by the Ministry to render specialized legal services include Rape/Sexual Assault/Child Rights Unit, Justices of the Peace merged with the existing Civil Service Unit, Legislative Drafting Unit and Commercial Drafting Unit, Office of the Public Defender Unit, Litigations and Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit.
As part of efforts to rebrand the Ministry and boost the morale of Legal Officers, the Attorney-General unveiled the new logo of the Ministry while he announced plans to design lapel pins with the Ministry’s new logo, branded ties for male officers and scarves for female lawyers to be worn during special events and NBA conferences to showcase Delta State.
Speaking on the appointment of Justices of Peace in the State, the Attorney-General affirmed that Justices of the Peace plays critical role in the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law and to enhance their responsibilities, stamps and seals, brooches, customized car stickers and vehicle plate numbers will be assigned as part of efforts to reposition the Justices of the Peace.
While commending Staff of the Ministry for their dedication to duty and exhibiting professionalism and competency in the discharge of their duties, Barrister Mrakpor explained that the creation of the Legislative and Commercial Legal Drafting Units was aimed at reducing consultancy in government business.
Earlier, the Acting Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Ben Odigwe in his welcome remarks said the meeting was in furtherance of the Attorney-General’s promise of having regular meetings with staff to sensitize them on the new direction of the Ministry. While soliciting for the support and cooperation of all staff, Mr. Ben Odigwe commended the Attorney-General for all the reforms programme and initiatives embarked upon for improved service delivery.
NO. DTS 0353 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
NUJ CONGRESS: DOUBLE TRAGEDY AVERTED
It would have been a double tragedy for members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State if not for God who saved the lives of some journalists of the Union, who were returning from the ill-fated congress of NUJ at Asaba on Thursday April 20, 2017, when the front side tyre of the eighteen seater commercial bus they were travelling in got burst along Kwale/Asaba Road where four secondary school principals lost their lives in an accident recently.
God was in control as the driver of the bus who was on high speed was able to pilot the vehicle to safety when he was advised by some journalists in the vehicle who have experience in driving not to apply brake on the speedy vehicle immediately the tyre got burst.
Among those in the vehicle hired by Ughelli NUJ Chapel were three Urhobo Voice correspondents, a member of Delta State Ministry of Information Field Officers Chapel and his colleague from Local Government Information Officer Chapel who were given a lift by members of Ughelli Chapel in the said vehicle.
Main while, the Delta State NUJ congress/election of executives could not hold due to irregularities in the list of voters. Consequently, the state executive committees of the union comprising of all chairmen and secretaries of all the chapels in the state deliberated on the matter and constituted a care taker committee headed by the chairman of Delta Broadcasting Service DBS Warri, Chapel Daniel Oji to pilot the affairs of the union.
In a statement issued by the Senior Assistant, National Secretary of NUJ Comrade Gbenga Bamidele after a prolong meeting with the executive of SEC of the union stated that the care taker committee “shall take over and run the affairs of the union and conduct fresh elections as stipulated in NUJ constitution.”
NO. DTS 0354 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
UWAJEH TO DELTA WORKERS: BE SERIOUS WITH YOUR DUTIES
The Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the State Governor on Transport, Hon. Chibuzor Charles Uwajeh, in-charge of Delta Line Transport Company has charged all staff of Delta Line Transport Company to be serious with their duties as all cases of lateness, absenteeism and indolence amongst other offences would attract serious sanctions.
Hon. Uwajeh gave the warning when he paid an unscheduled visit to some loading stations outside Asaba, where he cross-checked loading Clerk booking records, daily expenses books, parcel service records as well as other relevant company documents.
He charged the staff to always be punctual to their duty post, attend to customers with civility and avoid acts that could bring the company in bad light before the public. He equally appealed to them to shun all “financial malpractices that could bring about financial hardship”.
Hon. Uwajeh further added that “the transport business needed urgent attention like the pregnant woman in every department”.
According to him, the appropriate time for booking Clerks and the Station Managers to be at duty post was 5.30am and 6.30am respectively, while he said that the practice of “deleting of Passengers” by staff and drivers should be discouraged as heavy sanctions awaits any staff found wanting.
He observed, during the unscheduled visits, cases of arrogance, improper dressing, absenteeism, while some staff were issued queries and warning letters as expected depending on their offences.
The Senior Special Adviser paid visit to Onitsha Station, all Asaba Stations, all Agbor Stations, Issele-Uku, Ughelli, Sapele, Illah and Ogwashi-Uku in anticipation of reaching other stations.
NO. DTS 0355 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
CAUSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, FACE THE LAW, UDUAGHAN TELLS ROAD USERS
The State Commissioner for Transport Mr. Vincent Amejuma Uduaghan has charged all illegal park operators in Warri, Effurun and Asaba causing traffic congestion to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of law enforcement agencies and possible prosecution.
Commissioner Uduaghan gave the charge recently when the Directorate of Transport mobilized officials of DESTMA and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) in a well coordinated exercise of dismantling illegal parks as well as indiscriminate parking of tricycles (keke) and taxi-cab in various road junctions at P.T.I junction, Effurun roundabout, Refinery fly-over and at Ugbuawangue market and equally at the Ekpan end of the Warri/NPA Expressway and the busy Ibusa junction.
The exercise was designed to make sure roads in Warri and Effurun metropolis were free of traffic congestion and obstructions, as well as to regulate traffic related activities.
Accordingly at Ugbuawangue Market all tricycles (keke) causing traffic congestion formerly have relocated as a result of the “operation make our roads free of all obstruction and traffic congestion”.
Commissioner Uduaghan has directed that the officials of VIOs be permanently deployed to man and control traffic at the Ugbuawangue market.
Mr. Uduaghan remarked that “all law abiding citizens in Delta State should observe all traffic regulations, especially operators of Commercial Tricycles (keke) and taxi-cab drivers in order for all to enjoy some sanity on our roads”.
In the same vein, Commissioner Uduaghan addressed representatives of Taxi-Cab Drivers, Tricycle and Motorcycle riders on the need for their members to maintain law and order as well as to operate within the ambit of the laws guiding their activities in the State, in order to avoid friction with the State Government.
NO. DTS 0356 TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
COUNCILOR HAILS HARMONY IN PDP, OKOWA’S ENDORSEMENT
The councilor representing Enerhen in Uvwie Local Government Council Hon Rotimi Obukohwo Ukwade has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hierarchy in Delta State led by Barr. (Olorogun) Kingsley Esiso for their decision not to work with the Senator Modu Sheriff faction of PDP as published in the media recently.
The Uvwie Local Government Council law maker who spoke to journalists in a media chat at his Enerhen’s residence stated that it was good for the governor and PDP hierarchy in Delta State to declare their stand on the matter. “So I commend him (governor Okowa) for his declaration. It has given members of our great party a sense of direction on the matter. The party leadership in Delta State has taken a stand and its decision is binding on every member of the party, for we cannot be in two factions under one party.”
Ukwade called on other PDP governors and members in other states to emulate the PDP in both Delta Central and South Senatorial districts for their endorsement of governor Okowa for a second tenure, urging the Delta North Senatorial Districts hierarchy of the party to do same so that the endorsement of our hardworking governor for a second tenure will be complete.
While congratulating the governor for the endorsement he has so far received in the state, the law maker remarked that the endorsement was as a result of the governor’s huge contributions to the growth of the party in the state and at the National level as well as his laudable achievements so far recorded.
Ukwade also hailed the leadership of PDP in Uvwie local government for the growth of the party in the area.
He however reiterated his appeal to governor Okowa to look into the plight of Local government councils in the area of payment of salary areas in order to compliment the governor’s laudable achievements so far in the state, just he called on the party hierarchy in Delta Central to give automatic senatorial endorsement to Hon. (Bar) Evelyn Oboro owing to her laudable achievement to the people of Okpe/Sapele/Uvwie federal Constituency. “It is my belief that if she becomes the senator representing the senatorial district the district and the Urhobo Nation will be better for it