NO.DTS 0736: OKOWA REASSURES INVESTORS OF ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
NO.DTS 0737: GOV OKOWA SAYS TAKE-OFF OF MARITIME UNIVERSITY, OKERENKOKO WILL CONSOLIDATE PEACE
NO.DTS 0738: BE GOOD AMBASSADORS- OKWUOFU CHARGES CIVIL SERVANTS
NO.DTS 0739: CENTRAL HOSPITAL, ASABA TO BE COMPLETED NOVEMEBR, 2017 – AZINGE
NO.DTS 0740: NEMA ASSESSES FLOOD DISASTER IN ASABA
NO.DTS 0741: TRANSPORT DIRECTORATE CONSTITUTES COMMITTEE TO CHECK TRAFFIC FLASHPOINTS
EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
NO.DTS 0736: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
OKOWA REASSURES INVESTORS OF ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has assured investors, of government’s support in the provision of an enabling environment for economic development of the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Rain Oil Ultra Modern Mega Station and Mall in Asaba, Senator Okowa said that the state was investors’ friendly and economically viable to support investors willing to impact on the state economy.
“I am glad at your zeal to impact on your immediate society, I want to assure you of the support of government to impact on the economy of the state, I want to urge all Deltans with investments in other places to come and invest at home, your investments will help generate employment for the youths and impact on the state economy”, Governor Okowa said.
He commended the Group Managing Director, Rain Oil Ltd, Engr. Gabriel Ogbechie for his investments in the state and his infrastructural contributions to his community stressing that the Ultra modern Mega Station and Mall would generate employment for the youths and yield a lot of economic activities for the state.
He assured the management on Rain Oil that Delta State Government would continue to partner with the company.
“We are proud of what you have done and we look forward to a greater partnership in the future, we will continue to support you as you impact on the economy of the state.” He stressed.
Earlier in his address, Engr. Ogbechie thanked Governor Okowa for providing the enabling environment for investments to thrive in the State while assuring that the State was a focal point in the company’s investment decisions and it would expand its business in the state.
NO.DTS 0737: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
GOV OKOWA SAYS TAKE-OFF OF MARITIME UNIVERSITY, OKERENKOKO WILL CONSOLIDATE PEACE
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the expected take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko would consolidate on the existing peace and security in the Niger Delta Region.
The Governor stated this in Asaba when Hon. Mohammed Bago, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration and other members of the Committee paid him a courtesy visit.
Senator Okowa said that concerted efforts by all stakeholders were needed to consolidate the peace and security.
He stressed that “with everybody working together, the state, Federal Government and National Assembly, peace is achievable, it is important that we get the university started because it is one of the promises made to maintain the peace. We are encouraged that the National Assembly has taken the bull by the horn and we hope that the law will be passed by September and the university will get started by the end of the year”
“The university is sited in a difficult terrain, but we produce oil there, therefore we need to ensure that the university comes to fruition because it will serve a lot of people in that area and affect the lives of the people positively”, he added.
Dr. Okowa commended the zeal of the National Assembly to help maintain the peace in the region assuring that their visit would douse the tension already building in the region and reassured the people of government’s commitment to the take-off of the Maritime University.
Earlier, Hon. Bago said that they were in the State to get a first-hand assessment of the level of work at the University promising that the committee would conclude its work early to enable the university take-off this year.
NO.DTS 0738: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
BE GOOD AMBASSADORS- OKWUOFU CHARGES CIVIL SERVANTS
As the Delta State Civil Service Commission begins its mandated monitoring exercise, civil servants have been charged to remain exemplary in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking in Asaba when she led members of the Civil Service Commission on a Monitoring visit to the Directorate of Government House and Protocol, the Chairman, Dame Nkem Okwuofu, said that as civil servants they had the responsibility of not only carrying out their duties diligently but also should be good ambassadors of the commission and the state.
According to her “As civil servants, you have to be good ambassadors of the Commission and the State, you have a responsibility to execute your duties diligently and efficiently.”
Addressing the issue of promotion, Dame Okwuofu assured civil servants of the Commission’s determination to ensure that promotions were effected as at when due saying “we are determined to ensure that promotions are done as at when due so that civil servants can benefit the fruits of their labor.”
Earlier in a welcome address, Sir Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje, Permanent Secretary Government House and Protocol said that the essence of the exercise was to ensure that civil servants remained focused in the discharge of their duties and thanked the Commission for the monitoring visit.
NO.DTS 0739: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
CENTRAL HOSPITAL, ASABA TO BE COMPLETED NOVEMEBR, 2017 – AZINGE
The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to the November, 2017 completion date for the renovation and remodeling of the 250 beds pace Central Hospital in Asaba.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge made this known during a scheduled inspection visit to the ongoing renovation and remodeling of the Central Hospital Asaba.
Commissioner Azinge said the visit was a follow up to the Governor’s earlier visit to the hospital in June this year in order to ascertain the progress of work done so far in line with specifications and meeting up with the deadline for project delivery.
Dr. Azinge emphasized that the need for the remodeling of the hospital was to meet globally accepted standards as the hospital plan was designed many years back, which has been overtaken by modern technology and methods.
Dr. Azinge expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far and added that the section housing the Sickle Cell Centre, which was part of the hospital and dedicated ward for Sickle Cell Centre would be ready and delivered in August this year.
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Agas Oghenekevwe, Director-General 05 Initiative, representing Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, Wife of the Delta State Governor, who was part of the inspection team, said that while finance was basically everything, she was optimistic that the Sickle Cell Centre which was part of the hospital would be completed and delivered to the 05 Initiative as promised by the contractors.
On his part, the Project Engineer, Deux Limited Mr. Dele Olawale said electrical fittings and paintings of some parts of the building were the major works outstanding.
Mr. Olawale also expressed optimism in the delivery of the hospital by 30th November as deficiencies in the building plan are being taken care of by the remodeling to meet global best standards.
According to him, the work programme would be completed in four phases – Phase 1: out-patient department (OPD) namely accident and emergency, pharmacy, treatment, physio clinic, ante-natal, medical records and consulting units, Phase 2: theatre, store, radiology, laundry, kitchen and mortuary, Phase: 3 comprises of wards A to F; while the 4th Phase entails construction of internal roads, external paintings.
He explained the work done since the last visit of the Commissioner to include the installation of AC units in the pharmacy, painting of walkway roof membrane, tiling of the walkway (40%), 50% installation of electrical fittings in phase 1 section and landscaping.
In a similar vein, the Commissioner inspected the furnishing of the office building designated for the Institute of Medical Research Asaba, Outstation.
Officials who accompanied the Commissioner in the visit included Dr. Charles Ofili, functioning Permanent Secretary, Dr. Pemu Akpofuoma, Chief Executive, Hospital Management Board among others.
NO.DTS 0740: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
NEMA ASSESSES FLOOD DISASTER IN ASABA
Following the devastating effects of the flood in Delta State, especially in Asaba and its environs, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has visited the State Capital for an on the spot assessment of the disaster with a view to collaborating with the State Government on how to assist victims.
The NEMA team led by the Head of operations in charge of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States, Mr. Walson I. Brandon was conducted round the affected areas by the Commissioner in charge of the Bureau for Special Duties, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy.
Areas visited were the Directorate of Establishment and Pensions; State Fire Service; Government Printing Press and Post Primary Education Board all located within the premises of the Old State Secretariat Complex as well as Ministry of Women Affairs Primary School, Asaba; Saint John Mary Vianney Catholic Church; Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Camp 74 Fish Farm.
Speaking after the assessment visit, Brandon who said that they were in the State to assess the level of damage caused by the flood disclosed that they had collated the number of victims affected by the flood, adding that they would send their report to the National Headquarters of NEMA in Abuja for necessary action.
In his remarks, Barr Ogwezzy who was accompanied by the Director of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs. Gladys Pogeren and top management staff of the Bureau, implored victims of the disaster to keep the faith as the government would assist them to cushion the effect of the disaster.
The Commissioner, who described the disaster as a great devastation to the people of Delta State, said that the government would, however, help to cushion the effect of the monumental disaster.
“My assessment of what happened is one of great devastation to the people of Delta State. We are going to work with the Ministry of Environment to see how we could assist the fish farmers”, he said, reiterating that the state government would, in collaboration with NEMA, assist victims of the flood disaster.
Meanwhile, Barr. Ogwezzy called on Deltans to always clear their drains, saying that those living in flood prone areas should relocate to upland, even as he urged residents in the state to stop erecting structures (buildings) without approved building plan.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment, John Nani said that the State Government was, through his Ministry, taking far reaching measures aimed at checkmating the incidence of flooding in the State, adding that residents in the State should do the needful by engaging the services of PSP to clear their household wastes.
In his remarks, the leader of the fish farmers, James Ogbo who disclosed that the rampaging flood had swept their fish away from their respective fish ponds, however, appealed for assistance from the State and Federal Governments to enable them get back to their business.
NO.DTS 0741: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
TRANSPORT DIRECTORATE CONSTITUTES COMMITTEE TO CHECK TRAFFIC FLASHPOINTS
In order to address traffic anomalies as well as traffic recklessness on our roads, the State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan has constituted a Committee to address all traffic flash points in Delta State.
Commissioner Uduaghan disclosed that “the Committee was set up as one of many strategies that is being implemented to check traffic recklessness, hazardous parking in strategic and busy junctions amongst other traffic irregularities on our roads during a management meeting with Directors of Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO’s), Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) and other relevant concerned organs in his office.
Mr. Uduaghan reiterated that “on several occasions I have personally accosted motorists driving against traffic, making use of phones while on their wheels as well as not using seat belts” he added that “these were acts that could be of grave consequences to the motorists as well as other road users.
He condemned in strong terms the attitude of motorists parking in busy and sensitive road junctions, such as Summit and Ibusa Junctions on both sides within and around the Abraka Mega Bus-Terminal, the Asaba Head Bridge and the periphery of the Roundabouts in the State at large.
He pinpointed some Traffic Flash Spots to include D.S.C Roundabout Effurun Roundabout, Epkan Junction by NPA Express Way, NPA Road by Refinery Fly-over, Ugbuangwue Market, Igbudu market as well as P.T.I Junction amongst others.
The Commissioner appealed to motorists and all Road Users, to always be cautious of how and where to park their vehicles, even as he advised traders to always place their wares far from the roads.
He reiterated that “Motorists and other road users have been obliged to co-operate with the constituted Committee, DESTMA officers, as well as the officials of the Vehicle Inspection Department and other organs of the Directorate, empowered to check all the mentioned traffic irregularities in the State.
“Defaulters, who kick against the directives of the mandated Officials, will face Traffic Mobile Court”, he stated.