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NO. DTS 0786 OKOWA CALLS FOR HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS ERADICATING MALARIA, OTHER NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES

NO. DTS 0787 MEDIATION CENTRES WILL PROMOTE PEACE AND HARMONY –
MRAKPOR

NO. DTS 0788 PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BOOST SMALL
AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES

NO. DTS 0789 OTU-JEREMI: NIGERIA YOUTH ORGANIZATION INAUGURATES EXCO

NO. DTS 0790 TRANS-WARRI-ODE ITSEKIRI: AUGOYE WARNS TRESPASSERS

NO. DTS 0791 KENNETH OGBA HOCKEY COMPETITION HOLDS ON FRIDAY
DECEMBER 9, 2016

NO. DTS 0792 ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH OBIARUKU HOLDS 2016 ANNUAL
HARVEST THANKSGIVING

NO. DTS 0793 FELIX ANIRAH FOUNDATION LAUNCH BILLED FOR FRIDAY
DECEMBER 9, 2016

NO. DTS 0794 OKOWA CHALLENGES MANAGERS OF GOVT INSTITUTIONS ON
ACCOUNTABILITY, COMMISSIONS 14, 000 CAPACITY STADIUM, OTHERS

NO. DTS 0795 OSHIMILI SOUTH HOLDS VALEDICTORY SESSION FOR LATE AWELE
NWAEZIGWE

NO. DTS 0796 BENEFICIARIES OF DELTA STATE JOB CREATION PROGRAMME TOLD
TO BE DEDICATED

NO. DTS 0797 AUGOYE TO ROAD CONTRACTORS: USE DRY SEASON AND
OMPLETE ONGOING ROAD PROJECTS

NO. DTS 0798 WORKSHOP ON ROLL BACK MALARIA HOLDS IN KOKO

NO. DTS 0799 COMMANDANT, 19 BATTALION KOKO FLOATS ENVIRONMENT
CLEANING OUTFIT

NO. DTS 0800 CONSTRUCTION OF OGWASHI-UKU, UBULU-UKU ROAD IN ON
COURSE – AUGOYE

NO. DTS 0801 OKOWA SAYS TOURISM IS AN UNTAPPED GOLDMINE IN DELTA

NO. DTS 0802 DELTA TO KEY INTO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOMEN
NO. DTS 0803 ORODJE DOLE OUT CHIEFTAINCY TITLE TO 30 INDIGENES OF OKPE

NO. DTS 0804 CALVARY POLYTECHNIC COMES ON STREAM

NO. DTS 0805 ANIOMA PEOPLES ASSOCIATION TOLD TO BE SOURCES OF
EMPOWERMENT TO MEMBERS

EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO. DTS 0786 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
OKOWA CALLS FOR HOLISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS ERADICATING MALARIA, OTHER NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has canvassed a holistic approach to tackling neglected tropical diseases in the country.

The governor made the call in Asaba when he received on a courtesy visit former Nigeria Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon who led the South South advocacy group on the control of Malaria and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

While lauding the use of long lasting mosquito treated nets to check malaria, Governor Okowa observed that holistic approach to tackling the issue would bring greater relief to Nigerians.

“I support the campaign for the distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets but, we should try a holistic approach to control malaria scourge,” he said, reiterating, “until we do this, we will find that year in, year out, we will keep on distributing nets while we are not controlling malaria holistically.”

He added, “we need to combine both the net and other control measures in the fight against malaria; this is possible because, until we start driving our nation in that direction, we may not get the desired result; in the long run, we will find that the money that we have put into the distribution of mosquito net could have produced better results using the holistic approach.”

The governor commended General Gowon for his commitment to the Nigerian project, assuring that his administration would relentlessly support the fight against tropical diseases.

Earlier, General Gowon had told the governor that they were on advocacy visit for the eradication of malaria, river blindness, elephantiasis and other neglected tropical diseases.

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NO. DTS 0787 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 2016
MEDIATION CENTRES WILL PROMOTE PEACE AND HARMONY – MRAKPOR

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Peter Mrakpor says the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration avowed determination to prevent crime and promote peace and security has embarked on vigorous reform process of the various aspects of the State Criminal jurisprudence.

The Attorney General stated this at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba during the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing organised by the State Ministry of Information.

Mr. Mrakpor while giving account of his stewardship said the Ministry under the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa administration has purchased over 230 laptops for officers in the Ministry equipped with electronic library known as Law Pavilion. He said the move was part of the computerization efforts of the Ministry by ensuring that officers discharge their duties efficiently and speedily.

He also said the Ministry provided modern office furniture for staff towards ensuring that they operate under a conducive environment.

On the area of law and order for good governance of the state, the Attorney General said the Ministry prepared over 20 executive bills and sent to the House of Assembly which was later assented to by His Excellency, the governor after all legislative processes.

Speaking on promotion of peaceful and harmonious relationship especially in the area of ease of doing business in the State, the Justice Commissioner disclosed that the Ministry has established Mediation Centres across the 25 Local Government Areas of the State to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanism in the amicable resolution of disputes between host communities and investing companies, employers and employees and landlord and tenants amongst others.

Mr. Mrakpor added that in a bid to encourage the use of ADR in the State and make the Mediation Centres efficient, effective and professional, sponsored over 50 staff of the Ministry to the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of professional mediation course.

He announced that on Tuesday December 29, 2016 all the trained staff would be inducted as chartered Mediators while himself would be inducted as a Fellow of the Institute.

On criminal prosecution of cases’ the Attorney General said the Ministry has been reorganized and strengthened to diligently prosecute all criminal matters and expressed the State zero tolerance for all forms of crimes including kidnapping, rape, defilement and armed robbery amongst others.

He said the Ministry was currently reviewing all criminal cases handled by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) to ensure that nobody was held in prison custody unjustly.

The Justice Commissioner while saying that the Ministry within the period under review carried out several reforms and restructuring of the operation of the Ministry for more effective and efficient service delivery disclosed that the Ministry of Justice was wearing a brand new look through total renovation work done by the current administration.

Other achievement highlighted include generation of revenue for the State Government through drafting of legal contracts, hoisting of the Ministry of Justice Official Website, launching of a TV enlightenment programme know as Justice Half Hour and provision of other were creation of additional zonal offices at Ogwashi-Uku, Issele-Uku and Asaba zones as well as the establishment of Appeals Unit, Domestic Violence, Rape and Defilemnt Unit and the general welfare of staff to boost their morale.

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NO. DTS 0788 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
PROVISION OF ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BOOST SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES

The Commissioner for Energy, Barr NewWorld Safugha has said that in a bid to sustain micro, small and medium scale enterprises for the overall prosperity for all Deltans, the present administration of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has improved electricity power supply in all parts of the State.

Barr. Safugha made this known during the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing holding at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, organised by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Delta State Council.

The Commissioner said in realising this, the government of Okowa has embarked on the provision of requisite electrical infrastructure including transformers of various capacities to boost power supply carried out reactivation of broken down infrastructure, reinforcement of electricity supply lines and construction of substation, high tension and low tension distribution lines among others.

The Energy Commissioner stated that the provisions of electricity infrastructure will boost power supply to all operators of businesses under the enterprises and this has tremendously enhanced the living standard of this set of citizens, adding that the move was also aimed at providing employment opportunities for the teaming population of unemployed youths in the State.

Barr. Safugha revealed that the present administration has expended a total sum of N963, 457, 218.69 in response to power supply projects in the State.

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NO. DTS 0789 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
OTU-JEREMI: NIGERIA YOUTH ORGANIZATION INAUGURATES EXCO

In an effort to move the youths of Nigeria to a greater height and to build a virile and dynamic nation, the Ughelli South chapter of the Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO), Delta State, recently inaugurated her 13 man executive members of the group that will pilot the affairs of youths in the Local government Area.

While inaugurating the executive members which took place at Otu-Jeremi Primary School by the State chairman of the organisation represented by Comrade Civic Osagie, charged youths in the area to work for peace, harmony and in synergy with one another in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the organisation

According to him, “we are here today to formally inaugurate you people. I urged you to see this inauguration as a call to serve. So you are to carry everybody along in humility, love and patriotism in all ramifications

“Because as a youth we are the leaders of tomorrow, therefore, you are to respect the elders and the leaders of our nation for you to lead well”

Those inaugurated are: Gometi O. Crested (chairman), Governor Ogbon (Vice Chairman), Ayede Samuel (Secretary), Victor Forcados (Director of Finance & Economic planing), Umukotete James Emuobor (director of treasuring & banking), Edeamrigho Aghogho Naoh (Director of Media & Publicity), Philomina O. Erhuen (Organiser), Jacob Ochuko (Orientation & Programme Strategy).

Others were: Uvuema Faith Queen Mary (director of women affairs), Obijekor Marcus (director of legal Admin), Emmanuel Omote (director of security & intelligent), Samuel Bigla (Director of Contact & Mobilisation) and Okereke Ejike Peter (director of non/diaspora).

In his acceptance speech, the chairman, Gometi O. Crested promised on behalf of his executive members to abide by the rules and regulations of the organisation as he said that “I will work with my executive members to move the organisation to an enviable height, we will not disappoint the confidence reposed in us, we will also work with other youths of the local government, and I also used this medium to appeal to other youths to cooperate with us for the organisation to grow from strength to strength for a tree cannot make a forest”

He thanked the state executives of the group and other personalities that made the inauguration ceremony a successful one.

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NO. DTS 0790 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
TRANS-WARRI-ODE ITSEKIRI: AUGOYE WARNS TRESPASSERS

The state Government has warned communities in the state against encroaching into government acquired lands.

The State Commissioner for Works chief James Augoye gave the warning when he noticed that a land meant for the construction of a bridge on the Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri road and bridges had been sold off during an inspection tour of access road to Ubeji and Trans-Warri Ode-Itsekiri.

He instructed the Superintending Engineer to write an official letter to the Ministry of Lands and Survey to reclaim the land revealing that the said land was the kick off point for the construction of the bridge that would link Ode -Itsekiri to the urban world.

Chief Augoye who said the project contained about nineteen bridges with eleven already completed confirmed that efforts were on to mobilize the contracting firm back to site next year.

The special project director, Chief Adams Otimieyin appealed to the state Government to speed up the mobilization process stressing that the project linked ten communities of which five has already been linked remaining five at the other end of the river.

He confirmed that most of the internal roads in Ode-Itsekiri have been completed.

The works Commissioner, Chief James Augoye was as also at the shagwolo Ubeji roads.

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NO. DTS 0791 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
KENNETH OGBA HOCKEY COMPETITION HOLDS ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2016

Hon. Kenneth Ogba 5-Aside Hockey Championship Holds On Friday Arrangements for the successful hosting of the 1st edition of the Hon. Kenneth Ogba 5-Aside Hockey Championship has heightened with the organisers tightening loose ends.

The one-day event is slated to hold at the Oleh Township Stadium, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, on Friday, December 9, 2016.

According to the Secretary of the Organising Committee of the competition, Mr. Anthony Ukah, male and female teams from Asaba, Agbor, Oleh, University of Benin and other clubs in Edo State are billed to participate in the tournament.

Mr. Anthony Ukah further disclosed that the competition is named after its major sponsor, Hon. Kenneth Ogba, who is the Supervisory Councillor for Works in Isoko South Local Government Area.

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NO. DTS 0792 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH OBIARUKU HOLDS 2016 ANNUAL HARVEST THANKSGIVING

The St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Obiaruku have celebrated their 2016 Annual Harvest Thanksgiving with an admonition to Christians to give their lives wholly to God before their material gifts.

In a power packed sermon delivered by Ven. Frank A.C Emeni during the general thanksgiving service, he noted that harvest thanksgivings are seasons of rejoicing and celebrating God’s faithfulness and that nothing should separate the true child of God from such services.

He encouraged the congregants to always have passion for God and zest for the things of God instead of focusing only on their dreams and desires, adding that, it is not coming to church that matters but their devout commitment in the things of God because according to him, God rewards all those who faithfully serve Him even when the church do not recognize such persons for their services in His house.

The clergy who read from the Book of Nehemiah Chapter 2 and II Corinthians Chapter 9, urged believers not to put their trust on the things of this world but to absolutely depend on God no matter what life throws at them.

He stressed the importance of thanksgiving in the life a Christian, and encouraged them to have a consistent heart of gratitude to God for the tangible and intangible blessings He has being making available for His children day-by-day; every child of God should cultivate the habit of giving and especially to the things of God. “A man that gives generously always prosper and never runs dry but has God’s blessings and unending supplies all seasons”, he added.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the thanksgiving service, the Vicar in charge of the St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Obiaruku, the Rev. Victor Okwuazu expressed his gratitude to God for His abundant blessings to the God numerically and financially, and especially for the success of the 2016 harvest thanksgiving.

He said it was a harvest of hope, that is, according to him looking unto God for greater things to come in life and in the coming year 2017. He prayed God to give the members the strength and passion to reach out to those around them.

On his part, the Harvest Chairman, Mr. Frank Edoja thanked God for the success of the thanksgiving. He also appreciated the members for their co-operation and love for one another before, during and after the harvest.

The highpoints of the service was the ACM presentation, opening of dish and the general thanksgiving by the members.

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NO. DTS 0793 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
FELIX ANIRAH FOUNDATION LAUNCH BILLED FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2016

The management of Felix ANIRAH Foundation (FAF), A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Sapele, has concluded plans for the official launching of the foundation billed for December 9, 2016 at Sapele Athletic Club, Delta State.

According to a release signed by the foundation’s Media Officer, Comrade Onitsha Shedrack, the programme that day will feature award of scholarship to some indigent students and pupils, 10 from secondary school and 20 from Primary school, who recently passed the screening exams conducted to select successful candidates.

The foundation is also giving out grants to 20 students in tertiary institutions across the country, ranging from N50, 000 to 100,000. 10 widows will be given financial grant as empowerment to enable them start up a small businesses.

The release also stated that the event will attract prominent personalities from the academics, medical cooperate and traditional institutions, adding that, the foundation is out to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society, especially by giving access to education to indigent students and pupils and also meeting aged people’s medical needs.

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NO. DTS 0794 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
OKOWA CHALLENGES MANAGERS OF GOVT INSTITUTIONS ON ACCOUNTABILITY, COMMISSIONS 14, 000 CAPACITY STADIUM, OTHERS

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged managers of government institutions to ensure that finances were accountably utilized to the benefits of the masses.

Governor Okowa who commissioned series of projects executed at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro said the recession affecting the country has called for proper utilization of resources to avoid any form of wastage.

At the polytechnic, Governor Okowa commissioned a 14, 000 capacity Olympic size stadium, laboratory building for science laboratory technology department, engineering workshop for the department of chemical engineering, restructured Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro main gate, fire fighting station building, fire fighting truck and back up truck and 2 kilometer campus roads.

“It is one thing to generate fund, it is another to make accountable use of such fund,” the governor said, observing that the governing council and management of the Ozoro Polytechnic had done very well in utilization of revenue generated by the institution.

He also commended the institution for providing the enabling environment for academic activities to thrive, noting that while the courses offered by the institution have increased, the courses have also, been accredited 100 per cent.

“I believe that students will leave this institution well equipped for the future,” Governor Okowa reiterated, and used the occasion to sue for peace in the state to ensure speedy development.

Governor Okowa who took the kick off at a commemorative football match between students of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi and the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro which was watched by more than 14, 000 persons, asserted, “it is time we sheathe our swords, it is time we embrace dialogue as the best form of dispute resolution; a lot of investors are coming to our state but, we should create the enabling environment for such investments to thrive; it is my belief that God will continue to assist us as a state and we are convinced that we will continue to be accountable and do a lot more for our people.”

The Ovie of Ozoro Kingdom, HRM Anthony Ogbogbo, Ibuka I lauded Governor Okowa for providing pragmatic government in the state which was transcending to all sectors in the state.

Earlier, Chairman, Governing Council of the Institution, Hon. Funkekeme Solomon had commended Governor Okowa for his assistance which made it possible for such landmark projects to be executed while the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Jacob Oboreh disclosed that the projects were executed by the staff and students of the institution.

“I have firm belief that as a Polytechnic that trains manpower for the technical development of our nation, we have the manpower and all the skills required for the execution of these projects,” he said, adding, “we adopted a model whereby staff and students in engineering, building technology and quantity surveying departments are involved in the construction and execution of all our projects under the co-ordination and supervision of the Director of Works who is a COREN registered civil engineer.”

The occasion which witnessed a lot of fanfare featured different dances, and other sporting competitions.

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NO. DTS 0795 , DECEMBER 6, 2016
OSHIMILI SOUTH HOLDS VALEDICTORY SESSION FOR LATE AWELE NWAEZIGWE

The Flag in Oshimili North Local Government Council flew low as the Politicians and the Staff of the Council reflected sobriety during the valedictory procession in honour of late Hon. Awele Nwaezeigwe, the pioneer Executive Chairman Oshimili North Local Government Council.

The Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Area, Hon. Louis Ndukwe, in his tribute, described the late Hon. Awele Nwaezeigwe as the first generation politician through whom the construction of the Oshimili North Local Government Council Secretariat evolved.

He added that Hon. Nwaezeigwe was a man of good intelligence, Humility and passion, whose name needed to be immortalized.

In the bid to immortalizing the name of the late Hon. Awele Nwaezeigwe, the Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Area, Hon. Louis Ndukwe, declared that the road leading to the Home of the deceased at Ibusa be named after him.

The occasion which attracted the presence of political dignitaries included, Hon. Chuks Obusom, Chairman Oshimili South Local Government Area, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, S.A on youth Development, Hon. Austin Ogidi, former Local Government Chairman Oshimili North, Hon. Edward Onwuli, Head of the Legislature Oshimili North Local Government Council among others.

Hon. Austin Ogidi, in his sermon, admonished the children of the deceased to forge ahead with their lives positively irrespective of the demise of their father.

While speaking, Mr Ifeanyi Nwaezeigwe, son to the deceased, remarked that the best tribute he and his siblings could give to their late Father was to emulate the good qualities of their father, so that when they depart, they too would be remembered for good like their father.

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NO. DTS 0796 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
BENEFICIARIES OF DELTA STATE JOB CREATION PROGRAMME TOLD TO BE DEDICATED

Monitoring and mentorship have been described as key to success and the sustainability of enterprises engaged in by beneficiaries of the Delta State Job Creation Programmes.

The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, made the remark when the members of the newly created Directorate of Youth Mentoring and Monitoring (DYMM) paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

Prof Eboh said the State Government demands value for the huge funds being injected into its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Production and Processing Support Programmes (PPSP), Micro Credit Scheme and other job and wealth intervention programmes for youths.

He added that the future and destiny of the beneficiaries of these programmes are at stake and as such, they need to be guided to take full advantage of the programme to develop their full potentials to become entrepreneurs that the State can be proud of.

He said setting up such a structure as DYMM is to ensure that the aims of introducing STEP, YAGEP and PPSP are achieved as well as ensuring a reliable feedback mechanism from the beneficiaries.

While congratulating the members for their appointment, he pledged to maintain a harmonious working relationship with them for the common objective of producing self-employed and employable youths that are self-sustainable.

Earlier, the Head of the Directorate and the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Mentoring and Monitoring, Mr Eddy Mekwunye, said the visit was to intimate him of their functions and programmes, soliciting for a harmonious working relationship between the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer and the Directorate.

He disclosed that the Directorate has designed a mentorship and learning programme for all beneficiaries of the State Government’s Job and Wealth Programmes aimed at assisting them with necessary information and guidance to ensure they succeed in their enterprises.

The functions of the Directorate comprise thorough mentoring and evaluation of job creation and wealth creation interventions programmes for youths; mentoring and monitoring of established youths until they are able to stand on their own; proactive communication and flag-off of issues that may hinder the growth of job and wealth creation programmes for youths; providing technical support for all youth and wealth creation programmes and provision of statistical information and liaison with various MDAs with responsibility for youth job and wealth creation.

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NO. DTS 0797 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
AUGOYE TO ROAD CONTRACTORS: USE DRY SEASON AND COMPLETE ONGOING ROAD PROJECTS

The state Government has instructed contracting firms in the state to take advantage of the dry season to complete all on-going road projects in the state.

The state commissioner for works Chief James Augoye stated this today in a meeting with contractors at the state ministry of works office.

Chief Augoye said the directive was to ensure that roads were in good condition for the yuletide season as Governor Okowa intends to commission some roads between now and April next year.

He warned against delivering substantial jobs and especially the use of wheel barrow and shovel to spread stone base and subtlety of drainage work to unprofessional in host communities in the name of pleasing them.

The works commissioner said the present administration would not want to repeat the mistakes of past administrations and instructed the contractors to work in line with specifications.

While commending the contracting firms for being patient as regards funding Chief Augoye said the state government had stopped the usual down payment of twenty five percent until they have done a reasonable job on ground.

He revealed that about sixteen road contracts have been terminated so far and gave the contractors two weeks to submit their work plan for proper assessment.

Chief Augoye earmarked roads to be completed before Christmas to include Eku-Agbor Road, Issele-Uku Road, Effurun Township road among others.

Some of the contractors thanked the commissioner for the meeting saying it had given them opportunity to iron out gray areas and pleaded for prompt payment of funds to enable them carry out their job effectively.

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NO. DTS 0798 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
WORKSHOP ON ROLL BACK MALARIA HOLDS IN KOKO

A non-governmental organization, Development Africa in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health, has organized a roll back malaria training workshop for community agents in all the communities in Warri-north local government area.

The workshop which is coming immediately after the flag off of the roll back malaria program sponsored by NNPC/Chevron joint venture ,will equip the participants with techniques as well as the materials that will be handed over to them after the one day workshop, to properly sensitize their communities on ways of preventing malaria.

One of the facilitators who dealt extensively on the issue of the proper use of mosquito nets by families, Dr. Ifeanyi Onukafor , urged the participants to see themselves as caregivers before the doctor or nurse come into the scene, stressing on the need for them to properly educate their communities that the nets are not for preventing pest from infesting their crops or vegetation, but the overall item for preventing malaria.

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NO. DTS 0799 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
COMMANDANT, 19 BATTALION, KOKO FLOATS ENVIRONMENT CLEANING OUTFIT

The 19 battalion Koko , under the command of Lt. Col .,Anthony Ozemhoya , has inaugurated a non-governmental organization charged with environment cleaning and maintenance of Koko community in Warri- north local government area.

The organization which kicked off its activities in the community on the 26th of November has twenty six volunteers presently, with Comrade Gabriel Akuno as its coordinator.

Speaking with the Coordinator of the group on its importance to the community, Mr. Gabriel noted that the untidy state of the environment prompted Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya to setting of the organization. He lauded the efforts of the 19 battalion for its immense contributions to the development of the community and Warri- north at large ; aside its core mandate which is keeping the territory safe and secured.

He however stressed that though it is voluntary in nature, a little stipend is not out of place to boost the morale of the volunteers.

One of the volunteers, Mrs. Mabel Ughwufebe lauded the 19battalion for the intervention on environmental issues in the community and called on well meaning individuals to avail themselves with the organization’s services

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NO. DTS 0800 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
CONSTRUCTION OF OGWASHI-UKU, UBULU-UKU ROAD IN ON COURSE – AUGOYE

The State commissioner for Works Chief James Augoye has reiterated Governments commitment to open up all agrarian communities in the state to the urban world.

Chief Augoye stated this when he inspected the on-going construction of the 7.5 kilometres Ogwashi-Uku Ubulu-Uku Ubulu-Unor road in Aniocha South Local Government Area.

He said the road which has six culverts as discharge points would boost the socio-economic activities of people in the three communities connected by the road.
These communities according to the works commissioner are Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Unor and Ubulu-Uku.

The Commissioner instructed the contracting firm handling the project to smoothen the body work of the drains for longevity and speed up work so as to complete the project the at the stipulated time.

Chief Augoye also inspected the on-going rehabilitation of the 2.4 kilometre Issele-Uku town road leading to the palace of the Obi of Isele-Uku.

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NO. DTS 0801 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
OKOWA SAYS TOURISM IS AN UNTAPPED GOLDMINE IN DELTA

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has described the tourism industry as an untapped goldmine.

The governor who commissioned an ultra-modern hotel, Hotel De Copperfield in Asaba, observed that apart from being rich in mineral and material resources, the tourism industry in the state is a huge money spinner that needs to be tapped.

He commended the foresight of the Managing Director of Hotel De Copperfield, Chief Chukwuma Nwaobi for his interest in investing in the hospitality industry in the state, noting that such edifice would encourage tourists and present the state as not only investors-friendly but, a haven for tourists.

“We thank God that you have come to invest in the hospitality business, we are excited that you started by constructing a road to the hotel which has made it to be accessible,” the governor said, noting that it was a thing of joy that the private sector has seen reasons to invest in the state.

According to him, “the private sector is actively collaborating with us to develop our state and it is a thing of joy that all over the state, our people have accepted that with private sector investment, there will be job opportunities and the socio-economic life of the people will get a great boost.”

Chief Nwaobi in an address, said, “Your Excellency, we are happy that you have made Delta State investment friendly and the signs are all over the place; we took time to choose Delta State as our investment spot above other states due to the monumental potentials we discovered in this state; your ability in making Delta State one of the safest states in Nigeria is one of our topmost motivation.”

High point of the event was the commissioning of the 235 meters road constructed by the management of the hotel by Governor Okowa who was accompanied to the event by top government functionaries.

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NO. DTS 0802 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
DELTA TO KEY INTO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FUND

The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev. Mrs. Omatsola Williams has said that the Ministry has been collaborating with non-governmental organizations and civil society groups in the state to alleviate poverty through various interventions and programmes.

Reverend Mrs. Williams stated this at day four of the Ministerial Press Briefing by members of the State Executive Council held at the Unity Hall Government House Asaba.

Rev. Mrs. Williams announced that fifty persons with disabilities will next Tuesday commence an empowerment training to enhance their self reliance even as about two hundred and fifty persons have already benefitted from the Government sponsored programme.

She disclosed that the Ministry in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is enforcing the National Women Empowerment Fund being implemented by the Federal Government adding that the names of beneficiaries have been forwarded to Abuja

The Women Affairs Commissioner listed other activities of the Ministry to include gender development, consultative meeting with selected NGOs, rehabilitation of destitute, maintenance of persons affected with leprosy
and so on.

Responding to questions from news men Rev. Mrs. Williams said it was not possible to mop up all mentally deranged persons from the streets as only private Psychiatric Centres run presently in collaboration with the state Government.

She stated that the Community Development Department of the Ministry serves as Government instrument for mobilizing grassroots support for service delivery and successful implementation of policies and programmes geared towards the transformation of the rural communities in the state.

The ministerial press briefing was attended by journalists across the state

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NO. DTS 0803 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
ORODJE DOLE OUT CHIEFTAINCY TITLE TO 30 INDIGENES OF OKPE

The Governor of Delta State has enjoined the people of Okpe to embrace peace and shun violence.

Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa gave this charge during the grand finale of the tenth year coronation anniversary of the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

Governor Okowa congratulated the Orodje and thanked him for making Okpe a peace loving community, just as he advised the youths to desist from any activity that will bring chaos to the community.

As part of activities marking the tenth year anniversary, thirty notable sons of the soil were given chieftaincy titles, including the member representing Okpe Local Government in the Delta State house of Assembly, HON Chief Sheriff Oberowvori who asked all those conferred with chieftaincy title to follow the footstep of the older chiefs in the community.

One of the chief’s who was honoured with the title, the EGUONO of Okpe Kingdom, Chief Henry Ojanikele, told newsmen that he is very happy with the honour given him by the Orodje and the people of Okpe Kingdom and this has strengthened his resolve to do work with the Orodje to bring peace and more development to Okpe Kingdom.

On his relationship with the youth, he described it as very cordial and advised all to be truthful and honest as these virtues pays, insisting that honesty and truthfulness have earned him a place among the people of Okpe Kingdom.

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NO. DTS 0804 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
CALVARY POLYTECHNIC COMES ON STREAM

The proprietor of Calvary Polytechnic Owa Oyibu, Chief Nkenchor Okwuokenye says that he is poised to give quality education to Nigerians.

Chief Okwuokenye made this statement while receiving a merit award from members of NUJ Ika Correspondence Chapel.

He stressed that Calvary Polytechnic is already receiving application from several students, adding that their major aim is to train people that will sell the instruction and to create a legacy that will outlive him.

Chief Nkenchor Okwuokenye who is also the proprietor of Calvary group of schools revealed that the school has over the years given scholarship to about 260 pupils and students ranging from intelligence, less privileged as qualifications.

In his remarks, NUJ Ika correspondence chapel chairman, Comr. Maxwell Momah noted that as the watch dog of the society, we do not look out for wrong actions but positive contributions to the society.

Comr. Momah stated that Calvary Polytechnics is not just the first private polytechnic in the area but that the people will benefit from the effort.

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NO. DTS 0805 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
ANIOMA PEOPLES ASSOCIATION TOLD TO BE SOURCES OF EMPOWERMENT TO MEMBERS

Socio-cultural organizations have been told to make themselves sources of empowerment to their members.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Okenmor Tilije, gave the charge when he received the executives and members of the Anioma Peoples Association (APA) on a courtesy visit.

Sir Tilije stated that it was high time socio cultural organizations started becoming entrepreneurial in focus and use their time for productive endeavours rather than turn themselves in to beggarly individuals.

The commissioner bemoaned the proliferation of different socio cultural bodies, lamenting that their activities hardly correlate with their set objectives.

He called for a united Anioma group, saying it would help to give the people of Delta North a stronger and better voice within the State and Nigeria.

Sir Tilije promised to give the needed support to facilitate the association’s planned programme billed to take place soon.

Earlier, the President General of Anioma Peoples Association (APA), Comrade Henry Ogochukwu, said the objective of his organization was to foster unity, peace and bring prosperity and development to Anioma land.

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