NO. DTS 0832 OKOWA FELICITATES WITH SENATE PRESIDENT, BUKOLA SARAKI AT 54
NO. DTS 0833 REGISTRATION OF CONTRIBUTORS TO NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN DELTA TO COMMENCE SOON – AZINGE
NO. DTS 0834 DELTA TO BUILD ULTRA MODERN CULTURAL CENTRE – OGWEZZY
NO. DTS 0835 URHOBO ETHNIC HOSTCOM INAUGURATES LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXCO
NO. DTS 0836 ONUESOKE SATS PDP IS THE LARGEST POLITICAL PARTY IN AFRICA
NO. DTS 0837 UVWIE PEOPLE URGE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF COLONEL UMUSU
NO. DTS 0838 STRENGTHENING LEGISLATURE, VITAL FOR DEMOCRACY”, SAYS GOV. OKOWA
NO. DTS 0839 N-POWER: GOVT COMMENDED FOR EXTENSION OF REGISTRATION
NO. DTS 0840 OKOWA SUES FOR GODLY POLITICIANS IN NIGERIA
NO. DTS 0841 OKOWA URGES TRADITIONAL RULERS TO WORK AGAINST INTER-COMMUNAL CRISIS
NO. DTS 0842 UKAH ADMITTED FULL MEMBER OF NIPR
NO. DTS 0843 FADOLA GIVES DAUGHTER OUT IN MARRIAGE
NO. DTS 0844 SPECIAL ADVISER PAYS FINE TO REDEEM CONVICTS AS SHE CELEBRATES 5OTH BIRTHDAY
NO. DTS 0845 OKOWA TASKS POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS ON HUMILITY
NO. DTS 0846 FELIX ANIRAH FOUNDATION DOLES OUT SCHOLARSHIP TO INDEGENT STUDENTS
NO. DTS 0847 OKOWA CHARGES PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS ON SERVICE DELIVERY
NO. DTS 0848 3rd IJENYO CUP 2016, HOLDS AT OTOR OGOR TECHNICAL COLLEGE OTOR OGOR
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
NO. DTS 0832 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
OKOWA FELICITATES WITH SENATE PRESIDENT, BUKOLA SARAKI AT 54
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with the President of the Senate, Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki on the occasion of his 54th birthday anniversary on Monday, December 19, 2016.
According to Governor Okowa, the sterling contributions of Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki to the development of Nigeria and the legislature are legendary and commendable.
The Governor noted that Senator Saraki has remarkably succeeded in stepping into the shoes of his late father, Senator Olusola Saraki, who was a former Senate Leader, Kingpin of Kwara politics and a ranking nobleman of the Ilorin Emirate.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor eulogized Saraki’s tremendous contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the service of his country over the years as a two term Governor, Chairman of Governor’s forum, distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and President of the Senate in the 8th Assembly.
“As Chairman of the 8th National Assembly, it is on record that over 22 Bills were passed within the first anniversary of the Assembly including the long delayed Disability Bill.
“You have significantly achieved milestones in the execution of your Legislative Agenda which aims to improve governance, ease of doing business and the quality of life of Nigerians, especially those at the lower rung of the ladder.
“On the auspicious occasion of your 54th birthday anniversary, I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfillment.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you and pray that Almighty God continues to strengthen, guide and prosper you,” adding “As you deservedly celebrate this anniversary, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 54 years of a life of forthrightness and outstanding patriotism with which He has blessed you.”
According to Aniagwu, the Governor wishes the Senate President, a very happy 54th birthday celebration and prays that God Almighty grant him many more years of good health and strength to continue with his devotion to making Nigeria a society governed by the tenets of rule of law and justice.
NO. DTS 0833 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
REGISTRATION OF CONTRIBUTORS TO NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN DELTA TO COMMENCE SOON – AZINGE
The state Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge says that the State Contributory Health Commission will soon roll out the Health Insurance Scheme.
Dr. Azinge stated this in Asaba during the ongoing ministerial press briefing by the State Executive Council members on the activities of his Ministry, saying that registration of would be contributors will commence shortly.
The Commissioner emphasized that the present administration was determined to ensure that quality healthcare was made available, accessible, affordable and delivered to all Deltans with appropriate technology and accountability.
He explained that the establishment of the Commission in record time was one of the greatest achievements in the Health sector by the Governor, Senators Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa Administration, adding that the commission would regulate, implement and monitor the mandatory Health Insurance Scheme and its entire operations for all residents of the state.
The Commissioner said that Health infrastructure upgrades at all levels of health care is not negotiable and that training institutions across the three senatorial districts were on going, just as he said that renovation of facilities has commenced in selected hospitals in the three senatorial districts of the State.
Dr. Azinge said that the free maternal and free under-5 Health Care programmes would be rolled into the Health insurance scheme to take care of vulnerable citizens when the scheme comes fully on stream.
He also stated that maternal mortality has been reduced through increased supervision of registered facilities and closure of unregistered clinics.
The Health Commissioner further said that 224 nurses and 115 mid-wives graduated from the state’s schools of nursing and midwifery, respectively in 2015 adding that 597 students who satisfied requirements of their respective national examination bodies graduated from 15 Departments in College of Health Technology.
NO. DTS 0834 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
DELTA TO BUILD ULTRA MODERN CULTURAL CENTRE – OGWEZZY
The Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Barr. Ernest Ogwezzy, has indicated plans by the Directorate to build an ultra-modern cultural center in the State capital on concessionary basis.
Mr. Ogwezzy who stated this at the inter-ministerial press briefing said that the Directorate was currently seeking for partnerships to execute the project.
He explained that the proposed center, when completed would have a standard theatre for play productions, conferencing facilities, dance studios, lounging and recreational areas adding that the project would improve the State’s economy .
Mr. Ogwezzy also said that the Directorate was currently partnering with professional bodies like Performing Musician Association of Nigeria (PMAN) to create a database of all musical artistes in the State as well as find ways of assisting the Association to domesticate the copyright law to enable registered artistes to earn royalties for their works.
He further said that the Directorate was collaborating with some corporate entities to further promote the entertainment industry in the state, adding that Delta Talent Quest and Reality TV show was being reinvigorated.
On development in Arts, Mr. Ogwezzy stated that 43 students graduated from the Directorates of Arts and Craft center at Emede in June this year stressing that these graduates are now entrepreneurs.
NO. DTS 0835 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
URHOBO ETHNIC HOSTCOM INAUGURATES LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXCO
Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (Hostcom), Delta Central Chapter of Urhobo Ethnic Nationality, has inaugurated its local government executive officers at the Songhai Delta, Amukpe, Sapele, Delta State.
The officers who sworn to their oath of allegiance as administered on them by the Chairman of Delta Central Hostcom, Comrade Akponofuo Pemu Festus for the eight local government areas of Delta Central and Warri South Local Government Area are Comrade Ohwaguono Akpos–Chairman, Abobo Johnbull – Secretary for Ethiope West, Comrade Fine Omorohowovo and M. Oborigho–Okpe Local Government Area, Edudu Lucky – Chairman, Sunday Omovie–Secretary, Ethiope East, Pemu Felix – Chairman and Newton Iwo – Secretary Sapele, Oghenekaro Nathaniel – Chairman Udu, Ghedi Eugene – Secretary Udu Local Government Area.
Others are Comrade Monday Onovughakpor – Chairman, Agare Oke–Secretary, Warri South, Pastor Avwadjuyo Jonathan – Chairman, Ughelli North, Elder Isaac Ibuakevwe – Chairman, Ughelli South and Mr. Gabriel Uti – Secretary, Ughelli South Local Government Area respectively and others.
Officers of the Delta Central that did the swearing-in of the above executive officers are Comrade Akponofuo Pemu Festus, Chairman, Comrade Bossman Omughele, Vice Chairman, Comrade Adidi Ese, Secretary, Comrade Eyuren Godspower O, Asst. Secretary, Comrade Abasa Jeffrey Emoefe ,Youth Leader, Comrade Honder Ufuoma, Asst. Youth Leader, Comrade Mrs. Happy Otojareri, Woman Leader, Comrade Mrs. Gladys Enawore, Asst. Woman Leader.
Other Officers of the Delta Central include, Chief Mrs. Mercy Awhana, Financial Secretary, Deaconess Anna Nikoro, Treasurer, Hon. Murphy Oleju, Public Relations Officer, Comrade Harry Edafe, Publicity Secretary, Comrade Daniel Majemite, Organizing Secretary, Comrade Mrs. Newworld Otaide, Asst. Organizing Secretary and Comrade Ogheneochuko Paris, Provost.
The Hon. Commissioner for Science and Technology, Delta State, Hon. Joyce Overah, the State Chairman of Hostcom Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, Comrade Iweta Benjamin including the National Public Relations Officer of Host, Chief D.O.D. Okereka, who were special guest of honour at the epoch making event, while congratulating the newly inaugurated local government area officers for their appointments, charged them to live above board by upholding tenacity every aspect of their constitution.
The trio reminded them in their respective speeches that they should always be guided by the ideals of the body which is developmental drive to the Host Communities, adding that they should shun every form of corruption, personal interest and acts that are inimical to the growth of oil bearing communities while working in synergy with relevant authorities including their leaders to pursue all means that will fast track development to their respective Local Government Area.
They charged them to always work in tandem with their Delta Central leader, Comrade Akponofuo Pemu, who was carefully chosen to pilot the affairs of the body because of his pedigree and experience, affirming absolute confidence on his ability to perform by attracting development to the oil bearing communities of Urhobo land, even as they appealed to other leaders of Urhobo land to give him their blessings, prayers and support for the onerous task ahead of him.
The elated Delta Central Chairman Comrade Akponofuo Pemu Festus soon after the inauguration of the local government area officers, pledged that he would not fail as the leader of the body but will do all it takes to maintain the confidence reposed on him by his people, charging the newly sworn-in officers to keep faith in their course, by forging ahead to attract development to their various Local Government Area, positing that there should be “no going back now that they have laid their hands on the plough.”
He appreciated Prince S.G. Kohwo, Comrade Green Adatire Aziza and other Urhobo leaders for their fatherly roles in Hostcom in Delta Central, and appealed to DESOPADEC and oil companies operating in the area to follow due process and rule of law in dealing with communities/persons in contributing their quota towards the development of Urhobo (Hostcom) in Delta Central and Delta State in particular as enshrined in the law.
He reminded the people, that despite the legal processes they have, some persons are still illegally parading themselves as Hostcom Executives in the process misleading DESOPADEC and other oil and Gas companies in the area as he appealed to the commissioners representing the Urhobo Ethnic Nationality to take note of this by stopping further dealings with such persons.
He pledged further, that his leadership of the Delta Central Hostcom is not to witch-hunt any person(s), companies, DESOPADEC or other government representation, but to make sure that what belongs to the communities for development are given to the communities.
Comrade Akponofuo affirmed that he will be a chairman fully dedicated to his duties and responsibilities and make a point before the end of his administration, stressing that he will not undermine the very constitution he sworn to uphold at the beginning of his administration nor seek to remain in office unduly or through the back door.
Responding on behalf of other local government executive officers, Elder Isaac O. Ibuakevwe, Chairman, Ughelli South local government area Hostcom, he commended the Urhobo nation for the confidence reposed on them to serve, promising that they will never betray the confidence their people placed on them, assuring that they will go back home to their respective local government areas to work with their central leaders to fast track development to their communities without resting on their oars, while keeping the peace at all time by listening to their leaders.
NO. DTS 0836 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
ONUESOKE SAYS PDP IS THE LARGEST POLITICAL PARTY IN AFRICA
Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and governorship aspirant in 2011 general election, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has reiterated that despite losing the Presidency to All Progressive Congress (APC)in last general election the PDP still remain the largest party in Africa.
Onuesoke who made the comment in an address he delivered during the celebration of the end of year party organized by PDP Solidarity Youths Forum in Kano said it is inimical for anyone to state that PDP is not the largest party in Africa when it is glaring that the current leadership of APC is being controlled by PDP members of 2014 and 2015.
“Is it in the House of Senate, Representative or office of the governor? You will discover that seventy five percent of the current office holders are members of PDP who either decamp to other parties, while others are still in PDP. The beauty of it all is that majority of the PDP defectors to APC are loyal to PDP and this is where PDP makes the different,” Onuesoke observed.
He argued that despite that PDP lost the Presidency to APC but it is still large enough to act as a formidable opposition to the ruling party, adding that PDP still has about 12 states in its’ control as well as the deputy senate president and a handful of senators and honorable members.
“If you go to any unit in the country and shout PDP, even a child will reply, because the party has structures in all parts of the country. No other political party has such national reach.
“Our party remains the largest party in Africa. We are determined to follow the provisions of the party’s constitution which is aimed at transforming the country and also providing the basic needs of our people.” he stated.
Onuesoke, however, appealed to leaders of the party to close ranks as they move closer to 2019 general elections for maximum result.
NO. DTS 0837 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
UVWIE PEOPLE URGE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF COLONEL UMUSU
The Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) has called on the Presidency to as a matter of urgency show concern over the death of Agbarha Otor Delta State born Lieutenant Colonel Otobrise Umusu a son in-law of Uvwie Kingdom who was killed by the notorious Islamic Boko Haram sect on Monday December 12th, 2016 at Zare near Gudumbali 250 km from Maiduguri.
In a statement issued and signed by the President-General and the Secretary-General of UGIU respectively. Chief Austin Ukuwrere and Hon Lucky Okoro at the Union Headquarters along Petroleum Training Institute (P.T.I) Road Effurun dated Monday December 19th 2016 made available to the press it called on the Presidency to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Colonel Umusu immediately after he was injured by the improved explosive device and allegedly left to bleed to death.
While appealing to the Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, Ukokor’ Ivie (Association of Urhobo Traditional Rulers), human right activists and other public spirited Nigerians to prevail on the presidency to yield to its call, UGIU in the statement noted that the slain gallant military personnel died on duty while defending the unity of Nigeria and as such his death should not be treated with levity, questioning why the military authority has not issued a statement on his death or pay condolence visit to the family of the fallen Urhobo born military officer.
UGIU in the statement disclosed that its branch executives in Abuja were detailed to pay a condolence visit to the wife of late Colonel Umusu, Mrs. Ufouma Umusu and other family members in Abuja.
The statement further commensurated with Prof. Igho an indigene of Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government Area and father in-law to the late Colonel Otobrise Umusu ” His sudden and tragic death is an irreparable loss not only to his family but to Urhobo Nation, Delta State and Nigeria . We however take solace in the fact that he died defending the honours of his father’s land.”
NO. DTS 0838 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
STRENGTHENING LEGISLATURE, VITAL FOR DEMOCRACY”, SAYS GOV. OKOWA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that the strengthening of the legislature in the country is vital for the growth of democracy.
Speaking when he received the National Assembly Joint Committee on Works led by Senator DR. Kabiru Gaya in Asaba, Governor Okowa said that the legislature must cooperate with the executive arm in carrying out their oversight functions in order for the growth of democracy.
Other members of the Committee are Senators Clifford Odia [Vice chairman], Bukar Ibrahim, Biodun Olajumoke, Barnabas Gemade, Mao Ohabunwa, Abdullahi Danbaba, Ben Bruce and Hon Solomon Maren and Hon. Sani Abdu.
“National Assembly is doing very well, it must continue to maintain their watch dog functions, you must work hand in hand with the executive and apply your watchdog functions”, the governor said, adding, “the strengthening of the legislature is vital for the democracy.”
While decrying the destruction to the roads by articulated vehicles, Senator Okowa called for the regulation of the movement of heavy duty vehicles in the country.
“There is the need to have a policy direction in which heavy duty trucks will not be allowed to ply designated roads, a lot of roads have been destroyed by these trucks especially those above 30 tons as they ply roads not originally designed to carry their weight”, he said, adding “some federal and state roads have failed because of this, we need to designated appropriate roads for them to ply as is done in other clime.”
Governor Okowa commended the Committee for its oversight on the second Niger Bridge stating that “the bridge will reduce the traffic gridlock in the area and encourage the private sector to partner with government on projects.”
Earlier, the Committee Chairman, Senator Gaya informed Governor Okowa that they were in Asaba to supervise the progress of work on the second Niger Bridge “which is dear to the federal and state government and link Delta State and other South Eastern States”
While commending Governor Okowa for his infrastructural development projects and the quality of state representation in the National Assembly, He said that the bridge is a Public–Private project and government has earmarked funds to meet its part of the counterpart funding.
NO. DTS 0839 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
N-POWER: GOVT COMMENDED FOR EXTENSION OF REGISTRATION
Delta State Government had been commended for the extension of the just concluded Verification Exercise for the N-Power beneficiaries.
This commendation was made by Mrs. Patricia Maduemezia, Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officer in charge of Oshimili North local Government, and some of the beneficiaries of the N-Power programme.
Mrs. Patricia Maduemezia (COMO) stated that the success of the N-Power verification exercise was majorly achieved in the course of the extension.
While speaking, Mr. Wisdom Chuks, an N-Power beneficiary, remarked that the extension had given opportunity to many people who were initially unaware of the verification exercise to be verified.
He stated also that, the N-Power programme was void of any political interference, stressing that his name came out meritoriously without godfatherism or political influence.
He added also that, the N-Power programme was indeed a right channel through which people at the grassroots across the country gained access to Governments’ empowerment.
NO. DTS 0840 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
OKOWA SUES FOR GODLY POLITICIANS IN NIGERIA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said knowledge of God by politicians will bring about a better Nigeria where everyone will be happy.
The governor dropped the hint at a thanksgiving cum empowerment programme organized by the member representing Okpe, Sapele, Uvwie Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Evelyn Oboro. The thanksgiving service took place at the Word of Life Bible Church, Warri while the empowerment programme for her constituents took place at the Osubi Trade Fair Complex, Osubi, also in Delta State.
According to Governor Okowa, “my prayer every day is for every politician to know God because, it is then they can impact more on the lives of the people.”
He added, “Always know that no matter the position you are holding, it is only possible because of God; you must attribute whatever you have, wherever you are to God and use it to impact on the lives of the people.”
The governor who congratulated Hon. Oboro for always identifying always with her constituents called on politicians to avoid nursing grudges stating, “Don’t bear grudge against anybody and with such, we will have a better society.”
Hon. Oboro in a speech, observed that since she gave her life to God, things have been easy for her, “this is the place I learnt the meaning of Lord’s Prayer; it was here that I learnt how to forgive.”
She attributed most of her success stories to Governor Okowa, disclosing, “Governor Okowa knew how I started as a Councilor on the platform of GDM (Grassroots Development Movement) platform; he has always encouraged me.”
In a sermon, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor urged Christians to confess their sins because, “God will forgive your sins.”
“Anyone who confesses his sins will be forgive; if you hold on to your sin, you hold on to judgment; if God forgives you, no man can condemn you,” he said, adding that Christians should always give thanks to God.
At Osubi, where Hon. Oboro gave out tricycles, motorcycles, deep freezers, generators, grinding machines, sewing machines and hair dryers, Governor Okowa commended political office holders for their commitment towards alleviating the sufferings of their constituents as a result of recession.
Those who spoke at the occasion include, the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso, former Chairman of the party in the area, Chief Tom Amioku, among others, observed that the empowerment programmes were clear evidence of the magnanimity of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) as the biggest political party in Nigeria as the empowerment programmes cut across political party lines.
Excited Hon. Oboro assured her constituents of good representation at all times and thanked the people for their support.
NO. DTS 0841 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
OKOWA URGES TRADITIONAL RULERS TO WORK AGAINST INTER-COMMUNAL CRISIS
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged traditional rulers in the state to ensure that their subjects are not involved in any action capable of causing inter-communal crisis.
The governor who described the killing or beheading of individuals as barbaric and not in tune with what is happening in the 21st century, observed that such killings were capable of igniting retaliatory attacks capable of leading to inter-communal crisis.
While assuring of his administration’s commitment for dialogue to be harnessed as the best form of resolving disputes, Governor Okowa stated that peaceful communities would translate to a peaceful state.
The governor spoke yesterday at a thanksgiving service held at the Church of God Mission, Olu Palace, Warri as part of activities lined up for the celebration of the 1st coronation anniversary of His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri.
Governor Okowa who stormed the Olu Palace accompanied by retinue of political office holders asserted, “we are in a very serious situation, things that happened when people never knew God are happening now.”
“You must forgive who you think must have wronged you, a heart which is forgiving always lives in peace,” Governor Okowa said, adding that giving thanks to God was very vital but the greatest of all thanksgiving is, “giving a reconciled heart to God because, whatever you have given in thanksgiving is nothing if you don’t have a forgiving heart.”
He congratulated the Olu of Warri on his one year anniversary and used the occasion to call for prayers for the country, the state, local government and different Kingdoms in the state.
“Your Majesty (Olu of Warri), I congratulate you and thank you for giving your heart to God and we believe you reign will be peaceful, if we have peaceful Kingdoms, there will be peace in Delta State,” he said.
Earlier in a sermon, Bishop Mike Laju urged people to live a life of thanksgiving, a life of giving, stating, “what makes a man great is not what he has but, what he has done with what God has blessed him with; what will God remember you for?”
NO. DTS 0842 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
UKAH ADMITTED FULL MEMBER OF NIPR
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has been admitted as a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
Dated December 13, 2016, the membership certificate was signed by the President/Chairman of Council, Dr. Rotimi Mathew Oladele, and the Registrar, Dr. Ben Ahiante.
According to a statement signed in Asaba by the Media Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Sam Ijeh, the admission was given under the authority of the Council of the Institute in accordance with Decree No 16 of 1990, now NIPR Act No 16 of 1990, Volume 12, Cap N114 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Mr. Ukah was among the two persons who made it to the rank of full membership of the council (mnipr) out of a total of 83 inductees.
The Commissioner for Information is also Fellow, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) and Associate Member, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), among others.
NO. DTS 0843 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
FADOLA GIVES DAUGHTER OUT IN MARRIAGE
It was aglow over the weekend as Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fadola, Assistant General Manager (Marketing), Delta Printing and Publishing Company of the Pointer Newspaper gave their first daughter Abimbola Rosemary out in marriage to March Adebayo Akinkuolie.
In an exhortation during the solemnization of marriage which took place at the Chapel of Christ the Light (Interdenominational) Alausa, Ikeja-Lagos, The Very Rev. Ayokunle Oyadotun said that for Christians, marriage is not only to reproduce offsprings and satisfy oneself but that it is meant to help and comfort one another both in prosperity and adversity.
Reading from The Book of Mathew 19:4-9, Rev. Oyadotun who frowned at divorce emphasized that in marriage husband and wife belong to one another for life. He says marriage “must not be undertaken carelessly, or selfishly but reverently, responsibly and after serious thoughts”.
Speaking in the same vein during the reception at Koga Event Hall, Ikeja; the Chairman of the Day, Mr. Sunday Bakare in his speech inferred that all people in the world are brothers and sisters saying that when God created the world he only made Adam and Eve, and so husband should treat their wives as sisters and vice versa.
Using the ideology of the tongue and the teeth, Bakare said though they sometimes bite themselves and do have misunderstanding that does not mean they would leave the mouth. Cautioning parents not to interfere with the matrimonial life of their children, he encouraged the couple to build their marriage on prayers.
The father of the bride, Mr. Fadola who was overwhelmed with joy as he spoke with newsmen during the occasion gave all the glory to God saying ever since he had Abimbola, she had never given him cause to regret in life. He said she listens to him and that she is one in a million children that everyone prays for. Fadola who expressed love for his daughter said that God loves him greatly and has never disappointed him. Stating further that, for giving him worthy children; God has made him the most blessed child on earth.
The bride, Abimbola Rosemary is a pharmacist, a graduate of The Madonna University, Elele, Okija-Anambra State and currently based in UK where she met the groom who is also a medical Doctor. The wedding ceremony was well attended by family members, friends and well-wishers among whom were representatives from the Pointer newspaper and the Delta State Ministry of Information.
NO. DTS 0844 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
SPECIAL ADVISER PAYS FINE TO REDEEM CONVICTS AS SHE CELEBRATES 5OTH BIRTHDAY
It was jubilation all through at the Federal Prisons Sapele, Delta State as four inmates regained their freedom courtesy of Evangelist (Mrs.) Mary Diden, Special Adviser to the Governor of Delta State on Women Mobilization on her 50th birthday celebration.
The four prisoners whose releases were effected by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Delta State after she paid their fines are Mr. Amejuma Philip, Mr. Abraham Atuma, Mr. Aghogho Oroyeh and Mr. John William.
The Comptroller of the Sapele Prisons DCP Ejekline Ahmed who received Mrs. Diden and her entourage to his office before the inmates were set free commended her for the gesture which he said is not common amongst women in the generation.
The prison comptroller, while appreciating God for giving her the courage to do good for humanity, prayed that as she continues to touch the lives of the less privileged in the society, God too will on His own, take care of her life including every member of her family, remarking that in the same vein in which these ones were set free without their knowledge, “God will continue to embarrass her and herfamily with abundant blessing from above.”
Mary Diden who mounted the chaplain pulpit at the prison, where thousands of worshippers/inmates were gathered for a brief church/birthday service, told the prisoners that she decided to come and put smiles on their faces, because God has saved her life all through various stages of life and also found her worthy of all material blessings, especially since forces of life could not hold her back because Jesus Christ is with her.
She explained that to celebrate a golden jubilee is worthwhile, hence she decided to celebrate with them since they too are important before God, remarking that many of the prisoners found their ways into the prison yard for offences for which they do not commit, while praying and admonishing them to have faith in God who only can set them free.
She charged them to put their trust in God only for the challenges they are passing through at the moment for God will take care of them, advising them to believe in men of God and their cases will be different, as she reminded them of her own case which had been very different because she trusted served her God diligently, as she gave a vivid account of all the blessings of God in her life through a wonderful testimony before the bewildered inmates, remarking that her appointment as a Special Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, is a divine position which she never lobbied for, but came from God himself.
She told them that because God has put smiles on her face, hence she too decided to visit them to put smiles on their faces, stressing that they “must key into the word of God and He will bless them”, while reading the scripture from the word of God in II Kings 2:7 to buttress her point.
Rev. Chukwuma Blessing, the Minister in charge of Mega Praise Church Sapele, founded by Deacon Mike Diden and his wife Deaconess Evangelist (Mrs.) Mary Diden in a sermon he titled “Without the Word of God, you are nobody”, Proverb 3:1, said the word of God is powerful, which all the inmates must key into.
He told the inmates that they should allow the word to stay in their hearts, since it performed signs and wonders, and that it is the same word of God that will set all the inmates free and that if they have Jesus as their companion, they have everything.
He said the word of God breaks the York, and that in its presence, no demon can overcome them, as he advised one present to be happy always and trust in God because God will send His people to set them free, reminding them that God allow them to be in the prison so that they can have testimony tomorrow because they are not useless to themselves and the society.
High points of the 50th year celebration of Mrs. Diden was the release of prisoners through the payment of their fines she made on their behalf, presentation of bags of rice, garri, provision, including toiletries, etc and special thanksgiving service at the Mega Praise Church of God where she also presented church electronic equipment to the church in appreciation to God for seeing her through.
NO. DTS 0845 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
OKOWA TASKS POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS ON HUMILITY
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged political office holders to be humble in all their dealings with the people while in office.
Governor Okowa stated this at the weekend during the grand civic reception organized by the Okpara Patriotic Union in honour of the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, [PDP], Olorogun Barr. Kingsley Esiso at Okpara Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area.
At the occasion which was attended by top political and public office holders in the state including House of Representatives’ Minority Leader, Hon Leo Ogor, Chief Ighoyota Amori, members of the State House of Assembly, Commissioners and Local Government Chairmen, Senator Okowa noted that no political office holder can succeed if he is arrogant, stressing that “Our Chairman cannot succeed if he is arrogant, he can only succeed when he is humble. As politicians we know the temptations associated with political office. I therefore urge you to always pray for him to always imbibe the spirit of humility in all his dealings as State Chairman of our great party.”
He said politicians should always seek the face of God for wisdom to carry out their assignments, and called on the people to always cooperate with the political class in forging a common front for the overall development of the state and the nation.
“We must serve our people with humility, because it is when you are humble that you are respected. It is my prayer that everybody in government should imbibe the spirit of humility and respect our people as they serve.” he added.
While commending the people of Okpara community for honouring the state PDP Chairman on his elevation, Governor Okowa assured them that his administration would not relent in its resolve to develop the area with a view to strengthening the confidence of the people in government.
He disclosed that his administration has awarded two road projects in Abraka and assured the people that rehabilitation of Ejaife Primary School Okpara, Ekrerawhen-Oroakpor-Isiokolo road and Okurekpo-Samagidi-Eku road phase 1 would be awarded in the first quarter of 2017.
He thanked the traditional ruler of Agbon Kingdom HRM Ogurimerime, Ukori I, for ensuring peace in the whole of Agbon and challenged traditional rulers in the state to work together to resolve inter ethnic and communal wars in some parts of the State.
Earlier, The State Chairman of the PDP, Barrister Kingsley Esisio assured the people of Agbon Kingdom of more government projects, while promising to ensure unity and peace in the party with a view to making it more formidable.
In their remarks, the Chairman on the occasion, Chief Peter Obakponovwe and the President General, Okpara Patriotic Union, Chief Love Ojakovo affirmed the support of the people of Agbon Kingdom to the present administration, while commending Governor Okowa for his developmental strides in the area.
NO. DTS 0846 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
FELIX ANIRAH FOUNDATION DOLES OUT SCHOLARSHIP TO INDEGENT STUDENTS
As part of measures at ensuring quality education and bright future for the children from under severed communities, more than 40 persons were empowered at the official inauguration of the Felix Anirah Foundation/ awards of scholarship to indigent students/pupils, grants to students in tertiary institutions and empowerment of widows recently.
The event which took place at the famous Sapele Athletic Club’s indoor complex, was attended by 18 persons from different primary schools, 13 from secondary schools and 2 undergraduate presented with scholarship awards, while 12 widows were empowered with cash ranging from N30,000 -N50,000, as a start up in any small scale business of their choice.
Speaking at the event, the President of the foundation, Chief Felix Anirah said, ‘the foundation is our little way of helping people who are in real need, and we do it from the little we have’.
He said though the foundation have been running for over ten years, he has decided to lunch it so as to fulfill his heart desire ‘We know how it feels to have a child who want education but no money’ He added.
He then advised the awardees the to make use of the opportunities judiciously.
On his part, Chief (Barr.) Obule, who is one of the foundation trustees, expressed delight with the path Chief Anirah has decided to tread, urging them to keep up the good work.
Lectures were delivered by Engr. Peter Aruoture retired director of work local government services, who spoke on the power of the mind; while Prof. Bernard Owumi of the department of Sociology Ibadan, spoke on vulnerable education and societal development: A fictional paradigm and Prof. Tonukari Nyerhovwo equally spoke on the topic, “Education is the great equalizer.”
Highlight of the event was the presentation of bags, books and shirt to the awardees.
NO. DTS 0847 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
OKOWA CHARGES PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS ON SERVICE DELIVERY
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has described urged political office holders to focus on effective, accountable and result oriented service delivery.
Speaking at the150 million naira Endowment Fund for Youth Development and Empowerment Programme by the Senator Representing Delta North in the National Assembly, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi in Asaba, Governor Okowa said that political office holders should focus more on ensuring that they deliver on their promises to their constituents and desist from identifying with praise singers if they must make positive impact on their people, observing that the electorates were vested with the responsibility of telling their leaders the truth at all times.
The governor said politicians should always identify and interact with their people instead of staying away from them, pointing out that conscious steps must be taken by political office holders in putting smiles on the faces of their constituents especially in the yuletide.
Senator Okowa thanked the people of Delta North Senatorial District for their tenacity and doggedness in their support for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and promised to always carry Deltans along in the governance of the state.
He commended Senator Nwaoboshi for the empowerment programme, and urged the beneficiaries to put them into judicious use as well as intensify their support and prayers for the Federal lawmaker and the present administration.
Senator Nwaoboshi in his address pledged to partner with Governor Okowa in building a transformed state, anchored on prosperity, security and human capital development, pointing out that the empowerment programme was targeted at giving back to the society and empowering his constituents.
Items presented were Tricycles, Motorcycles, Cassava Processing and Grinding Machines, Sewing machines, Generating Sets, bags of rice, cash gifts well as a fifty million naira education endowment funds.
NO. DTS 0848 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016
3rd IJENYO CUP 2016, HOLDS AT OTOR OGOR TECHNICAL COLLEGE OTOR OGOR
The 3rd edition of Late Chief Oberhiri Ijenyo Football Tournament, Ijenyo Cup 2016, will hold at Otor Ogor Technical College Otor Ogor in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta.
A statement issued by the organizers of the soccer fiesta indicates that it will commence from December 21, 2016, and that it is open to all Oghughwa kingdoms which include Ogor, Agbarha, Ughelli and Orogun kingdoms.
The tournament is expected to be great as it will as usual attract seasoned football administrators and eminent personalities from within and outside Delta State even overseas.