ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
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NO. DTS 0770 CHIEF JUDGE INAUGURATES UDU REVENUE COURT

NO. DTS 0771 OKOWA SALUTES RESOURCE CONTROL ADVOCATE, PROF. DARAH AT 69

NO. DTS 0772 MINISTERIAL PRESS BRIEFING BEGINS NEXT MONDAY

NO. DTS 0773 ST PIUS Xth OLD BOYS HARP ON SECURITY

NO. DTS 0774 AUGOYE TO CONTRACTING FIRMS: STICK TO APPROVED SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARD

NO. DTS 0775 OKOWA MOURNS WOMEN OF AFRICA FOUNDER ALICE UKOKO

NO. DTS 0776 OKOWA SALUTES FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN AT 59

NO. DTS 0777 TRAILER DRIVER SEND TAXI DRIVER TO EARLY GRAVE

NO. DTS 0778 OKOWA CONGRATULATES ORODJE OF OKPE ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY

NO. DTS 0779 WORKSHOP ON ENDPOINT REPORT ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BEGINS IN ASABA

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NO. DTS 0770 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
CHIEF JUDGE INAUGURATES UDU REVENUE COURT

The Chief Judge of Delta State, Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro has called on Councillors of Udu Local Government Council and community leaders to carry out effective grassroot sensitization to enable them comply with the jurisprudence and judgments of the council revenue court.

The Chief Judge made this call during the official inauguration and opening ceremony of the revenue court, Udu local government council.

Hon. Marshall further stressed on the need for the dividends generated to be felt by all by the provision of health centres and portable drinking water.

Earlier, in his address, the chairman of the council area, Chief Solomon kpomah had emphasized the need for established laws and structures to guide and guard effective and efficient internal revenue generation, as according to him, funding is key and critical in the effective functioning of Local Government system.

According to the council chairman internally generated revenue has become much more necessary owing to the present economic situation as such revenue will augment the federal and state allocations.

He further asserted the importance of a revenue court in checkmating the activities of some community executive and youth leaders who have taken over the running of market and motor parks, which are veritable sources of revenue generation to the local council.

It was also the opinion of the council chairman that the revenue court is a veritable tool for rapid development and a mechanism for quick dispensation of justice and the resolution of revenue disputes.

He stated, that the court was not established to punish or oppress anyone, but to promote friendliness as well as prevent uncertainty in the payment of levies, rents and taxes in accordance with relevant revenue laws.

The occasion was graced by eminent personalities amongst whom are, the former deputy governor of the state, Prof Amos Utuama, President General of Udu, Steve Sokoh, Olorogun Moses Odibo, Rt. Justice Dugbo, former Attorney General of delta state and Andrew Orugbo, amongst others.

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NO. DTS 0771 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
OKOWA SALUTES RESOURCE CONTROL ADVOCATE, PROF. DARAH AT 69

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated literary giant, academic odyssey politician and elder statesman, Prof. Godini Gabriel Darah as he clocks 69.

Governor Okowa in a statement in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu extolled the virtues of the literary icon and described him as one of Nigeria’s literary encyclopaedia.

According to Aniagwu, Governor Okowa recalled with joy the radical and intellectual contributions of Prof G.G. Darah to the Niger Delta struggle where he remains the famed intellectual of resource control and fiscal federalism in Nigeria.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate Prof. Godini Gabriel Darah on the occasion of his 69th birthday.

“Prof. Darah’s contribution to resource control and fiscal federalism in Nigeria remains indelible in the Sands of time.” the Governor stated.

The statement added that Prof Darah was nicknamed “Professor of Resource Control” in recognition of his contributions to the Niger Delta struggle which he enunciated by his numerous public lectures, keynote speeches, interviews and essays.

“As Chairman of the Editorial Board of Daily times and Guardian Newspapers, Prof. G.G. Darah contributed immensely to the shaping of the journalism profession through his fiery, thought-provoking articles and editorials on the state of the nation.

“As a Delta State delegate at the 2014 National Conference, you made Deltans proud with your didactic and insightful contributions at the conference.

“May the Almighty God grant you more fulfilling years as an eminent professor and statesman to continue to lend your experience, knowledge and wisdom to our dear nation as it seeks to make progress in all facets of national development”, the Governor added.

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NO. DTS 0772 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
MINISTERIAL PRESS BRIEFING BEGINS NEXT MONDAY

Arrangements have been concluded for the Ministerial Press Briefing by Members of the State Executive Council.

Official statement from the Ministry of Information indicates that a time table has been prepared to enable members of the State Executive Council take turns to brief the Press on their activities, especially the achievements recorded in their various ministries since the inception of the present administration in the State.

The Scheduled Press Briefing is in line with the Ministry’s mandate of informing and educating the public on the programmes, actions and achievements of government.

According to the official statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Ovie Agas is scheduled to kick start the briefing on Monday, November 28, 2016 by giving an overview of the activities and the directions of Government since May 2013 till date while other Commissioners will take turn after him to brief the press on the date and time scheduled for each ministry.

The statement added that all the press briefing will take place at the Press Center, Old Government House, Asaba, starting at 10:00 am each day.

All accredited journalists are to be seated at the venue by 9:30am daily.

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NO. DTS 0773 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
ST PIUS Xth OLD BOYS HARP ON SECURITY

Members of St Pius Xth Grammar School, Onicha-Ugbo Old Boys Association, Aniocha South Local Government Chapter has called on the state government to explore the possibilities of establishing an indigenous community policing outfit that has a traditional and cultural oriented outlook.

This was part of the resolutions reached at the general meeting of the Old Boys Association at the residence of the Chairman, Chief (Barr) Edmund Ojeogwu in Ogwashi-Uku.

The Old Boys noted with dismay the unprecedented wave of crimes being perpetuated in the area by men of the underworld which include kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and child trafficking adding that one sure way of stopping the incidence of such crimes was to evolve a traditional and culturally oriented community policing which would encompass trusted and tasted indigenes of the town police officers with proven integrity and other security agencies with track record of honesty and integrity.

In a separate contribution, Honourable Gerry Osai, an Old Boy of St Pius Xth Grammar School and Commissioner for Agriculture, stated that before now there use to be a definited information orientation network within the various towns and villages whereby any new face or visitor will easily be detected and surveillance put on him in a matter of minutes.

The group noted that time has come for each village and towns within the Council Area to be ready to give information about those who are involved in these notorious acts adding that the criminals live among the people and are not spirits as some people tend to portray then.

The Old Boy Association decried a situation where some of the ‘bad boys’ have successfully infiltrated into and made members of some community vigilante group, a situation that does not support veritable community policing.

According to the Old Boy Association, the activities of the proposed Traditional and Culture Oriented Community Policing outfit will compliment the efforts of the statutory security outfits who will be members of the outfit.

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NO. DTS 0774 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
AUGOYE TO CONTRACTING FIRMS: STICK TO APPROVED SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARD

The State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye has instructed contracting firms handling road projects to stick to the approved specifications and standard when executing projects in the State.

Giving the instruction at the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of the Ekakpamre-Ekrokpe-Usiefurun- Orhoworun Road in Udu Local Government Area, Chief Augoye said strict adherence to the approved specifications would ensure that roads in the State stand the test of time.

He maintained that delivery of sustainable roads gives the contracting firms credibility to attract further patronage from the state government.

The Works commissioner stressed that the administration of Gov Okowa was poised to providing sustainable road network accross the State and would not tolerate shoddy jobs.

While commending the contracting firm handling the Okpare- Umolo -Owodokpokpor- Kiagbodo road Ughelli South and Burutu Local Government Areas, for the quality and early completion of the project, and charged other contracting firms to follow suit.

Chief Augoye also inspected the rehabilitation and overlay of Ozoro-Oleh Road and the reconstruction of Ughelli-Afiesere-Ufuoma road in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

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NO. DTS 0775 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
OKOWA MOURNS WOMEN OF AFRICA FOUNDER ALICE UKOKO

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed sadness over the demise of the Founder of “Women of Afrika” Charity, Mrs Alice Ukoko who died at a London hospital on November 19, 2016.

Governor Okowa in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu lauded the late Mrs Ukoko’s contributions to the fight against female circumcision tagged “Female Genital Mutilation” and her commitment to the empowerment of the women of Africa as well as her vision for the future of women in the Africa Diaspora and around the World.

The late Mrs Alice Ukoko created and directed the drama “The African Maiden” to enable the culture recognise the damage it does to African girl children throughout their lives.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of the iconic Mrs Alice Ukoko who fought against harmful traditional practices against women and the girl child.

Governor Okowa noted that The African Maiden contributed to the enactment of the British Female Circumcision Act of 2003.

The statement further said “Mrs Ukoko will be sorely missed by lot of women she has empowered through her foundation “Women of Afrika” Charity adding that ” her contributions to women development globally brought pride and recognition to Nigeria and Delta State where she hails from.

“In order to immortalize the late women liberation heroine, I urge women of Africa to emulate the ideals of the late Mrs Alice Ukoko by ensuring that women always stand for their own.” the Governor stated.

Until her death, Mrs Ukoko was an activist for women’s right and political liberation who hails from Uzere in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

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NO. DTS 0776 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
OKOWA SALUTES FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN AT 59

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has eulogized former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, describing him as a committed patriot whose administration gave vent to the rule of law.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, noted in a statement in Asaba that Governor Okowa wrote to felicitate with former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the occasion of his 59th birthday which comes up today, November 20.

According to him, Governor Okowa prayed that Almighty God will continue to bless the former president with good health and long life.

Aniagwu quoted the Governor as saying: “It is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, to express very warm felicitations to you on your 59th birthday.

“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 59 years of a life of forthrightness and outstanding patriotism with which He has blessed you.”

“It is gratifying to note that our Administration can continue to count on
the solidarity and support of accomplished, highly respected statesmen and committed patriots like you as we vigorously pursue our SMART Agenda for Deltans.

“As you celebrate this historic day, it is my prayer that the Almighty God continues to prosper you and imbue you with robust health and wisdom as you continue to give yourself in the service of our dear nation and the world at large,” the Governor wrote to Dr Jonathan.

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NO. DTS 0777 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
TRAILER DRIVER SENDS TAXI DRIVER TO EARLY GRAVE

Life ended in a sad note for a taxi driver who got killed by a reckless trailer driver.

It was a terrific sight to behold on Thursday November 17, 2016 when a trailer driver knocked down a taxi driver at the popular Petroleum Training Institute [P.T.I] junction Effurun, Uvwie.

As at the time of filing this report, the remains of the driver had been removed though he had yet to be identified.

What a sad way to end this year.

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NO. DTS 0778 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
OKOWA CONGRATULATES ORODJE OF OKPE ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with the 1st Vice Chairman of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Gen. Felix Muojekperuo (Rtd), on the 10th anniversary of his ascension to the ancient throne as Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Monday in Asaba, Okowa described the 10 years reign of the Orodje as “beneficial to the kingdom and humanity’’.

Governor Okowa particularly thanked the Okpe monarch for encouraging harmonious and peaceful coexistence among ethnic groups in Delta State and commended His Majesty for using his exalted position for the service of the people.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, i congratulate His Royal Majesty, members of the traditional council and the people of Okpe kingdom on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the monarch’s ascension to the ancient throne.

“In the last 10 years on the throne, His Royal Majesty, Orhue 1, has demonstrated exemplary leadership by living above board, while remaining as the rallying point and inspiration for his subjects.

“As a custodian of culture and tradition, the Orodje has played significant roles in the promotion of harmony among the Okpe people and the Urhobo nation.

“He has also helped socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among the Urhobo and other ethnic groups in the state” the statement added.

The governor wishes the Orodje well as he celebrates and also congratulates the people of Okpe kingdom for giving the monarch all the needed support and cooperation in the past ten years.

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NO. DTS 0779 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
WORKSHOP ON ENDPOINT REPORT ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BEGINS IN ASABA

The Delta State Government has charged statisticians in the State Civil Service to put together a comprehensive and reliable end point report of the Millennium Development Goals, in order to start the Sustainable Development Goals agenda on a sound footing.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs gave the charge at a workshop titled “Workshop on Questionnaire and Instruments for Data MOP up for Endpoint Assessment of Implementation of the MDGs in Delta State”, was organized by the Ministry of Economic Planning in collaboration with ‘United Nations Development Programme’ in Asaba.

Represented by Mr. Nwani Onyeabor, the Senior Special Assistant explained that partnership is a critical element in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and therefore solicited for collaboration with MDAs in order to have statistical evidence for its implementation.

He commended the statistical department for a job well done and encouraged them to identify pitfalls in the implementation and achievement of the MDGs even as they prepare to key into the SDGs which will run from 2010 to 20130.

Earlier, the State Director of Statistics, Mr. Joe Odhogbi in his welcome address disclosed that the workshop is an endpoint assessment of the implementation of the MDGs in the State which started in 2007, the progress and preparation for moving into the SDGs.

He implored all the participants to take the training seriously as they will bring their training to bear in the field.

The highlight of the event was the declaring open of the workshop by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on SDGs.

Other dignitaries present at the ceremony were the Director Project Support Unit, Mr. S. Agbaluwa, Deputy Director of Statistics, Mr. Dick Osaiga, Mr. Nzerem D. O, Director, Planning Research and Statistics and Consultants, Mr. Isaac Sahhitu and Mr. N. Osheke.

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