NO DTS 1406: OKOWA MOURNS ISA FUNTUA
NO DTS 1407: DTHA COMMITS COMMUNITY SECURITY CORPS AGENCY BILL FOR FINAL DELIBERATION
NO DTS 1408: EREYITOMI MOURNS PASSAGE OF PA IREYEFOJU @ 81
NO DTS 1409: PDP EMPOWERS PARTY FAITHFUL IN SAPELE
NO DTS 1410: COVID-19: OVIE OF UVWIE SUSPENDS CULTURAL FESTIVALS
NO DTS 1411: SPECIAL FEATURE: BEAUTY OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT: THE IKA SOUTH EXPERIENCE
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
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NO DTS 1406: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
OKOWA MOURNS ISA FUNTUA
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the passing of his age-long friend and in-law, Mallam Isa Funtua, at 78.
Okowa also condoled with the family of the deceased, who he described as a consummate leader, shrewd boardroom player and elder statesman.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, today in Asaba, Okowa said Funtua’s death was a huge loss to the president and the entire nation, especially at this period in our fledgling democracy.
He recalled that the deceased, who was Minister of Water Resources in the second republic, pioneer Managing Director, Democrat Newspaper and former President, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), presented the Independent Newspapers’ “Man of The Year, 2017’’ award to him as Chairman of the occasion.
The governor urged Buhari and the entire Funtua family to be consoled in the legacies of integrity and capacity exhibited by the elder statesman who reportedly died on Monday night at an Abuja hospital after a cardiac arrest.
He assured them of the support and prayers of his family, people and government of Delta at this their trying period.
According to Okowa, “It is with great sadness that I, my family, the government and people of Delta commiserate with Mr President, the Isa Funtua family and the people of Katsina State on the passing of a septuagenarian and elder statesman, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua.”
“His death remains a great loss not just to his family and President Buhari, but to the entire nation given his role as a successful businessman, media patron and exceptional statesman.
“Indeed, the late Funtua was very supportive of the president and I can only imagine the grief and sorrow that has befallen our dear president on this loss.
“Mallam Funtua will be sorely missed by newspaper publishers and all those whose lives he had touched in positive ways.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Buhari and the entire nation that the soul of the deceased rest peacefully and may God grant his immediate family the fortitude to bear his demise,” Governor Okowa said.
NO DTS 1407: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
DTHA COMMITS COMMUNITY SECURITY CORPS AGENCY BILL FOR FINAL DELIBERATION
By Augustine Akanigha
The Delta State House of Assembly has received the report of the Joint Committee of special committee on bills and the House Committee on Peace and Security on a bill for a law to establish the Delta State Community Security Corps Agency, to assist in maintaining Law and order in Delta State and for other connected purposes.
Presenting the report on the floor of the house during plenary today at Asaba, the state capital, was the Chairman of the Joint Committee and Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Tim Owhefere, member representing Isoko North Constituency.
According to the chairman, the importance of the bill to the state, prompted the the joint committee to convened a meeting.
“The committee diligently worked on the bill and scrutinized it clause by clause from its long title to the last part. The committee also consulted with various stake holders in carrying out its assignment,” he stated.
Hon. Owhefere who drew the attention of members to the fact that the house was vested with powers to make laws for the peace, order and good government of Delta state, as provided for in section 4 (7) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
According to him, the Joint Committee in giving thorough analysis and scrutiny to the bill, consulted similar laws in other states bothering on the same subject matter to ensure the benefits of the bill in addressing cases of Insecurity in the state, adding that the committee had therefore reproduced the bill with proposed amendment attached as annexure.
Immediately after presenting the documents of the report on the floor of the house, the majority leader moved that the report be received by the house for further consideration and was seconded by Hon. Asupa Forteta, member representing Burutu I Constituency.
The Speaker Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori (JP) slated Committee of the whole House for final deliberation on the bill for Wednesday 22nd July, 2020.
NO DTS 1408: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
EREYITOMI MOURNS PASSAGE OF PA IREYEFOJU @ 81
Warri Federal Constituency mourns the passage of an academic don and erudite scholar, Late Rev. Dr. Pa. Jackson Ireyefoju who passed on at the age of 81 few days after celebrating his birthday in Warri, Delta State.
Late Dr. Jackson Ireyefoju was a retired Senior Lecturer at the Delta State University, Abraka where he sojourned well in the academic world teaching and transforming different lives as well as imparting knowledge to people irrespective of tribe, race and religion even while and after full time lecturing in the university.
Member Representing Warri Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja, Hon. Chief Thomas Ereyitomi who was in shock over the passage of Dr. Jackson Ireyefoju described him as an academic don who had paid his dues in making sure good character and quality teaching and learning were well bequeathed to people he came in contact with while alive.
Ereyitomi stressed the need for people to live right and emulate the quality virtues of Dr Ireyefoju whose venture and success in the academic world, commanded respect for him and his family as well as Delta State and in diaspora,
He added that despite serving Delta State, Warri and Nigeria, Pa. Ireyefoju was dedicated, generous to people and did not hurt even his students while in classroom teaching career and post retirement.
The Warri Federal Lawmaker noted that Rev. Dr. Ireyefoju was a preacher of God’s gospel using his well-established ministry to propagate the word of God and wining souls to God, showing love and determination to things of Jehovah on earth.
He disclosed that Pa. Ireyefoju was a man of honour always resourceful delivering and making justice to several issues with facts whenever he is called upon to deliver lecture on any topical issues
Chief Ereyitomi advised the wife, children, family members and other close associates to take solace in God urging, them to emulate the humility and good legacies their father has left behind for the family as well as the entire Warri federal constituency and Delta state at large and beyond.
NO DTS 1409: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
PDP EMPOWERS PARTY FAITHFUL IN SAPELE
By Valerie Oyibo-Itie
The Peoples Democratic Party, Sapele chapter recently initiated a novel programme of empowering hardworking party faithful in Sapele local government area, begins with Ward 1 and 2.
The Chairman of the party, Perkins Umukoro who champions the empowerment programme said the programme will go round all wards in the local government beginning with ward 1 and 2 and a total of 200 faithfuls had been earmarked for empowerment.
At the gathering for the empowerment held at ward 1, strict compliance was given to COVID -19 precautionary guidelines and Party faithfuls defy the heavy downpour to grace the occasion.
Umukoro, while addressing newsmen said the programme will be a regular exercise and is geared towards promoting party unity and cohesion as well as encouraging and rewarding party faithful that have worked tirelessly towards remarkable successes of the party.
Umukoro tasked party members to continue to sustain the tempo of support towards the party and in reaching out to evangelise and bring in more people to the party.
He expressed delight at seeing members of the party working passionately for the general interest of the party, stressing the party will surely be victorious in every election because they have worked hard for it, saying the visible infrastructural development across the local government area speaks volume.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of cash gift to party faithfuls by the leader of the party.
Present at the occasion were Chief Felix Anirah, Member Representing Sapele Constituency at the State House of Assembly; Hon. Julius Egbedi, Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, Chairman Sapele Local Government Council and Mr. Austin’s Ayemidejor, Director Special Projects, Asaba International Airport.
Others were Comrade Benson Okorodudu, Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Peace Building; Mr Harrison Ekeleme, Secretary, PDP, Sapele chapter, Mr. Rex Ogbakpa, Ward Chairman, and Mr Gods-Time Adidi, Ward Chairman, among others.
NO DTS 1410: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
COVID-19: OVIE OF UVWIE SUSPENDS CULTURAL FESTIVALS
By Ambrose Ologide
The Ovie of Uvwie – In -Council has suspended all cultural festivals in Uvwie Kingdom pending when the spread of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic is contained.
Speaking to newsmen at his palace today, the traditional ruler explained that the decision was collectively taken in order to curb the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, more so when Uvwie Local Government Area was ranked amongst the highest in numbers of local government areas that have affected persons so far in Delta State.
Abe 1 disclosed that before the decision was taken, he had several meetings with the said the Uvwie Council of Chiefs, saying: “Uvwie is strategically located, there is no way the festivals can be celebrated without the problem of crowd control. So, the decision is for the safety of all. The two festivals and other cultural festivals are hereby suspended in Uvwie Kingdom pending when the spread of the disease is curtailed.”
While commending governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his efforts in the fight against the spread of covid-19 so far, he urged residents in the local government area to abide by to all government directives aimed at preventing the spread of the pandemic just as he charged all religious leaders to pray fervently for the wiping away of the disease from planet earth.
All those present at the meeting corroborated the statements of the Uvwie monarch in their various speeches.
Chief Akasa in chat with our correspondent, applauded the traditional ruler for his visionary style of rulership and love for his subjects as he urged Uvwie indigenes to always pray and support him (Abe 1) in his efforts of taking Uvwie Kingdom to greater heights.
Present at the joint meeting with the Ovie were the traditional apostles of Edjor ‘ R Uvwie and Owhoru deities, the Unuovworo (traditional mouth piece) of Etche R ‘ Alegbo (traditional administrative unit) Chief Hope Akasa, and the Usavwre (traditional key) of Etche R’ Alegbo, Chief Kenneth Okowhe.
Others were the Secretary of Uvwie Traditional Council of Chiefs, Chief Dr Samuel Eshenake (JP), the President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU), Chief Austin Ukuwrere, the Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council represented by the Secretary to the local government council, Mr Francis Umurho.
NO DTS 1411: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
SPECIAL FEATURE: BEAUTY OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT: THE IKA SOUTH EXPERIENCE
By Okwudili Akaeze
The Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa was nicknamed ‘Road Master’ because of his huge investment and great attention on the massive construction of road in the State. Some critics who never see any good in whatever somebody does continue to criticize him. Some ask whether construction of road is major priority of the state; others that most of the road are being constructed by NDDC while some argued that the roads are poorly constructed and would not last. There is nothing that one does in this world that can please everybody. It is a proven fact.
One thing about the Governor of Delta State is that he is an experience seasoned administrator who lived all his life in the grassroots and knows the need of his people as well as their challenges. He started as a grassroots politician and not Abuja based politician. This attest to a lot of decisions he takes and makes.
The focus of this write up is the massive road construction in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, in particular. For those born or brought up in Boji-Boji metropolis in particular and Ika in general in the 70s to 80s they will attest to the fact that the heart and beauty of Agbor land in those days were the streets near the Orogodo River in Agbor, such as Okoh, Umudein, Queen, Baleke Streets and other adjoining streets, such as Gbenoba, Akpenyi, Oseji, Osuhun, Upper Queen, etc.
These streets harbored the residences of who is who in Agbor in those days to the extent that most of the names of the streets were names of big men who lived very big in the streets. The streets were full of lives because most of the administrators, captains of industries, bankers that came to Agbor preferred to live in these streets. The good road network and well mapped out layout of the streets gave them uniqueness. Also, well good road network accessibility attracted people to reside in them.
As the days went by the life of these streets began to decrease, dwindle and age especially with the springing up of new streets and upsurge push of Agbor metropolis towards Emuhu axis. However, the good road net which used to give the streets their uniqueness collapsed and dilapidated and successive government never cared until the streets aged and dilapidated into near extinction to the extent that they became ghettoes and slums that no new comer into Agbor goes there to look for accommodation. Everybody gave up on these streets because they felt that no good things could come out of them.
However, wonder happened recently when the governor brought his road master experience to bear on the streets. He ordered the constructions of the streets by awarding their contracts. Most of all, the streets have not yet been completed before life started creeping back into them. The construction of the streets made sun to rise on them that they began to exude lives again.
Queen Street which cut across the Old Lagos/Asaba Road and the Lagos/Asaba Express Road become the cheapest alternative to access the Lagos/Asaba Express Road from the old road since its construction. Business activities came back into these newly constructed streets. New stores are being built as well as caravans being mounted for business purposes thereby creating more jobs for the owners.
These one-time ghettoes are coming back to life with lively looks all due to the road mastery prowess of the amiable governor.
Digressing a little, Ozanogogo in Ika Souh Local Government, an agrarian community known for its prowess in up wine tapping and blessed with a huge deposit of Kaolin or native chalk is a community that is highly united in taking decisions.
When the governor visited the community during his campaign before his first tenure in office, he promised to construct the only link road to the community from Agbor which was in a very bad shape. In fact, it was just a track road. After election, and in fulfillment to his campaign promises, Governor Okowa awarded a contract for the construction of the road which was started and completed to the extent that Ozanogogo became a city full of lives. Ozanogogo indigenes are ready to die for the cause of the governor, just for this singular gesture.
Abavo axis being the second kingdom in Ika South Local Government Area has also benefited massively from the road construction of Delta State Government. Many of the villages are now motorable and accessible.
Agbor Obi, the city of the great king, the Dein of Agbor kingdom has benefited immensely from the road construction of Delta State and the road construction is still on going with new roads being constructed. The governor has practically touched every nook and cranny of Ika South Local Government. Alihagw/Oki Road, another very bad area is under construction.
Recently the governor awarded a contract for the construction of Agbor/Sakpoba Road that cut across Alihame, Aliokpu, Aliagwa, Agbor-Nta and Oki communities not minding that the road is a federal road and the road is under construction.
The importance of this road is that it is the shortest link road to Sapele, Amukpe and towns in that axis as well as link road to Sakpoba in Benin City. It is the cheapest alternative road to Agbor- Warri Road which is very busy and in a very bad shape. This road has also reduced the suffering of the farmers who use to find it difficult to bring the goods to town.
However, the indigenes of the communities along the Agbor/Sakpoba Road under construction are drawing the attention of the governor to the road construction which they feel is not being constructed properly by the contractor handling the project.
There are many other important streets being constructed and opened up in Ika South especially in the up town of Agbor metropolis and a lot of other areas which the write up have not been able to capture. This ordinarily is hope for other areas that might not have benefitted from the road construction. Patience is the virtue needed while their expectation of being carried along in the scheme of development is drawn to the attention of the state governor.
Akaeze, the Public Enlightment Officer in Ika South, writes from Agbor