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NO. DTS 0605    NDDC EMBARKS ON REHABILITATION OF ROADS WITHIN ASABA METROPOLIS

NO. DTS 0606    MAKINDE PREACHES PEACE AS NIGERIA CELEBRATES 56 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

NO. DTS 0607    FIRE OUTBREAK CAUSE HAVOC AT TANKER DRIVERS PARK

NO. DTS 0608    PRAY FOR NIGERIA: OVIE OF UVWIE URGES SUBJECTS

NO. DTS 0609    AKOSA COMMENDS UVWIE MONARCH

NO. DTS 0610    UVWIE 2016 PRAISE DAY ENDS AT EFFURUN

NO. DTS 0611    NIGERIA WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER COUNTRY, ONUESOKE REPLIES SEGUN ONI

NO. DTS 0612    UMUNEDE KINGDOM HOLDS ANNUAL NEW YAM FESTIVAL

NO. DTS 0613    INNOVATIVE BIODATA EMPOWER KOKO YOUTHS

NO. DTS 0614    GOVERNMENT COMMISSION MORE SEEFOR PROJECTS

NO. DTS 0615    OKOWA CHARGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO BE FEARLESS IN PREACHING GOD’S WORD

NO. DTS 0616    OKOWA EULOGIZES MIMIKO’S OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AT 62

NO. DTS 0617    OKOWA URGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO DWELL MORE ON GOSPEL THAN PROSPERITY

NO. DTS 0618    NIGERIA @ 56: OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE PROUD OF THEIR COUNTRY

NO. DTS 0619    NWAOBOSHI ADMONISHES PEOPLE OF OKPANAM COMMUNITY

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NO. DTS 05605 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
NDDC EMBARKS ON REHABILITATION OF ROADS WITHIN ASABA METROPOLIS

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has commenced a major rehabilitation of roads in Asaba and its environs.

The rehabilitation works, currently covering the Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) estate, also involved the reconstruction of fallen drains.

According to the Project Manager of the contracting firm, A&J Construction, Mr. Misan Uwejeyan, the works would extend to roads and drainages in Infant Jesus, Ezenei, Submit and other areas in Asaba.

Mr. Uwejeyan explained that the rehabilitation was part of efforts by the NDDC via its special intervention programme to complement that of the Delta State Government in giving a facelift to some roads in Asaba that had suffered deterioration over the years.

He appealed to residents in the affected areas to show understanding with the firm in the restriction of vehicular movement, saying it was meant to ensure that the jobs processes were perfected without hitches.

A visit to one of the entrances to the DDPA estate opposite the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters showed that a major drainage work was going on.

The Project Manager, Mr. Uwejeyan explained that the drainage was embarked on to de-flood the estate, which he said usually suffered perennial flooding.

The residents of the estate and other parts of Asaba thanked the NDDC and President Muhammadu Buhari for the developmental facelift.

A resident of the estate, Barrister Emmanuel Pippa lamented that the neglect of the estate for years had made it a squalor but thanked the NDDC for the gesture for bring succor to them, saying that the community had once again gained its lost glory.

‘It is commendable and with what is happening, the estate is now more habitable’, Barrister Pippa said, urging both the state and federal governments to bring in more infrastructure development to make way for meaningful progress in Asaba.

Barrister Moses Odibo, a prominent politician and resident of the estate, commended the contracting firm for the quality of work done and the speed with which it has covered a section of the road within a few days.

Another resident and prominent Deltan, Barrister JT Government was full of praises for the initiative in constructing fresh drainage works, describing the depth as superb, saying it finally provide lasting answer to channel water to the main drain on Okpanam Road.

Other residents who spoke on ground of anonymity equally commended the NDDC for remembering them when they least expected, calling for sustenance of the gesture.

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NO. DTS 05606 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
MAKINDE PREACHES PEACE AS NIGERIA CELEBRATES 56 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

As Nigeria celebrates 56 years, the Managing Director/CEO of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) Olorogun Williams Makinde urged the people of the oil producing areas of the state and all Deltans to remain focused and supportive of the Okowa’s administration.

Makinde in his Independence message in his home town Oghara described Nigeria as a blessed and unique country.

He called on all Nigeria and those living in the country to always see the peace and the security of the country as a collective responsibility, stressing that with peace and unity, Nigeria can attain its rightful position as a country to be reckoned with in the highly competitive global arena.

The managing director said all that is required for the country to move forward is to work together in unity undermining religion and tribal differences.

Olorogun Williams Makinde, who also paid glowing tributes to the nation’s founding fathers, enjoined those in positions and all Nigerians to imbibe the positive virtues of sacrifice, honesty, patriotism and love, which were the principles and qualities the founding fathers lived and died for.

Makinde urged Deltans to keep faith with the SMART Agenda of the Okowa led administration adding that the governor will continue to accord security of lives and property which is the utmost priority, as effort is being intensified in improving manpower development, health, education and other sectors of the state’s economy.

While assuring the people of the state government commitment towards them, he pleaded with them to show some understanding with the current situation of the economy which is not peculiar to the state.

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 NO. DTS 05607 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
FIRE OUTBREAK CAUSE HAVOC AT TANKER DRIVERS PARK

An incident of fire outbreak has occurred in the petroleum tanker drivers’ (PTD) park located at the Niger Cat area of Ekpan in Uvwie Council area.

The fire which destroyed a substantial number of petroleum tankers began between the hours of 6 and 7pm and lasted all through the night till the following morning.

The fire, as it was reliably gathered occurred as a result of the transfer of petroleum products from a previously loaded tanker to another because the latter had developed some mechanical faults.

However, some eye witnesses who witnessed the very onset of the fire outbreak claimed that the fire was caused by a stick of cigarette not properly put off by the smoker.

The fire was so great that it would have consumed all the tankers in the depot but for the timely and swift intervention of the tanker drivers who were seen making frantic efforts to quell the fire.

Some persons who live nearby were seen vacating their homes for fear that the fire would spread to their homes.
Some tankers already loaded with petroleum products and a nearby fence fully engulfed in the fire were destroyed in the process.

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NO. DTS 05608 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
PRAY FOR NIGERIA: OVIE OF UVWIE URGE SUBJECTS

The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso JP OON Abe I has urged religious leaders to continue to pray for peace in Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State and Nigeria.

The Uvwie monarch made the call in his address during this year’s Uvwie Praise Day held on Saturday October 1st, 2016 at his permanent palace G.R.A, Effurun where he noted that no meaningful development can take place in the absence of peace. “It is only a peaceful environment that can attract investors to the land. “Let us continue to pray for peace in Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State, Nigeria and the World in general”.

Abe I also asserted in his key note address at the event that was jointly organized by Uvwie Indigenous Ministers Forum and Ovie of Uvwie Palace that dialogue is necessary in resolving disagreements “let’s embrace dialogue in our social interactions. We should talk to each other and we should also listen to one another. In this way, we can sustain peace.”

Reverend A.B. Umanaka (Jnr.) the General Overseer of Christian Rainbow Assembly who spoke briefly at the event expressed optimism that Uvwie has a bright hope that will bring adoration to Jesus Christ even as he prayed for the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom and the entire Uvwie people.

Rev. Dr. Great Omatsheye in his sermon at the event noted that there is always a battle in human endeavours but however quickly assured that “When you are child of God, you will always have a shout of triumph over any battle”.
Omatsheye who urged clergies in the area to always pray for the Ovie of Uvwie kingdom and peace of the land asserted further that Uvwie is blessed because Uvwie has a king that knows God.

He however admonished the people in his sermon that in order for anyone to have a shout of triumph over his battle he must receive the salvation of Jesus Christ and also support the work of God.

In his welcome address the Chairman of Uvwie Indigenous Ministries Forum of Nigeria Rev. Emmanuel Efechaobor disclosed that Uvwie Praise Day is an annual event that holds in every 1st day of October just as he expressed appreciation to the Ovie of Uvwie for his immense contribution to the success of the event annually.

He stated that the mission statement of the group is to reawaken the effective use of Uvwie dialect of Urhobo Language by speaking and teaching it in all schools operating in Uvwie Kingdom, to unite Uvwie ministers of God with the aim of interceding for Uvwie Kingdom, to serve as basis for response to the needs and aspiration of Uvwie Christian believers of gospel of Jesus Christ and to promote understanding, peace, unity and love among the Uvwie and other people in Uvwie Kingdom.

Besides praise and worship which the Uvwie royal couple was involved, intercessory prayers were said for the Uvwie monarch, leaders and youths of Uvwie by renowned clergies who were present at the event.

High point of the event was a special thanks giving offering by the Uvwie royal couple assisted by the chiefs, Eghweyare (mothers in Uvwie), Uvwie traditional foot Soldiers and other guests present.

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NO. DTS 05609 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
AKOSA COMMENDS UVWIE MONARCH

Engineer Hope Akasa has hailed HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso (JP) OON, Abe I the Ovie of Uvwie for his visionary style of rulership of Uvwie Kingdom.

Akasa who hails from Alegbo Traditional Administrative Zone (Etche) of Uvwie Kingdom made the commendation in a chat with journalists at the Uvwie Praise Day held at the Permanent Palace of Ovie of Uvwie G.R.A Effurun on Nigeria’s Independence Day.

“What we just witnessed now is a testimony of the fact that Umogu is a king that loves God. His love for God and style of rulership has brought a lot of positive developments to Uvwie land of which we never experience before.

“He is a gift from God to Uvwie Kingdom. We have never had it so good before.

Engineer  Hope Akasa also used the opportunity to call on Uvwie indigenes to continue to unity under the Ovie of Uvwie and also  give him the necessary support in order to enable the Uvwie monarch to carry out  his good agenda for the kingdom. “He needs our prayers and supports at all time. And this we must not fail to do for him”.

He had earlier commended the Uvwie Indigenous Ministries Forum of Nigeria for its initiative of organization a Uvwie Praise Day in conjunction with the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom as he noted that a kingdom or people that love God will always have a shout of triumph over any battle.

“I also want to commend them for their choice of the theme of this year’s Uvwie Praise Day which is “Shout of Triumph” it was spiritually inspired. For I am optimistic  like most of the ministers of God that spoke earlier that Uvwie will have a shout of triumph in whatever battle confronting us”.

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NO. DTS 05610 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
UVWIE 2016 PRAISE DAY ENDS AT EFFURUN

His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel E. Sideso, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom has advised everyone to continue to pray for peace as no meaningful development can take place in any given society in the absence of peace.

He gave this advice on the occasion of the 3rd edition of Uvwie Praise day 2016, organized by Uvwie Indigenous Ministers’ Forum of Nigeria in conjunction with Ovie Palace on Oct. 1st, 2016 to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary.

The event held at permanent palace, G.R.A. Effurun in Uvwie local government council area.

The Ovie of Uvwie appealed to his subjects to continue to pray for peace in the Uvwie kingdom, Delta State and Nigeria in general as only a peaceful environment can attract investors to the land, he said.

“As humans we sometimes disagree but we need to know that all such disagreements will result into peace for good. Dialogue is therefore necessary in resolving such disagreements” he added. Let us embrace dialogue in our daily lives to resolve issues and in this way we can sustain peace, the Ovie advised.

Speaking further at the occasion, the Chairman of the Uvwie Indigenous Ministers’ Forum of Nigeria (U.I.M.F.N), Rev. Efechaobor O. Emmanuel urged the people of Uvwie both old and young to continually pray and praise God for the sustained peace and development in the kingdom in recent years.

In a sermon to thank God for the sustained peace in the kingdom, Rev. Dr. Blessing Omadeye, the G.O., Heroes of faith, Holy Ghost dominion bible church, commended the Ovie for his steadfastness with God and for committing his kingdom and his subjects to God which has led to the sustained peace in the kingdom, he said. He further urged the people of Uvwie to continue to pray and praise God for the kingdom as it is the only weapon for sustainable peace and development which will eventually give birth to shouts of triumph in the kingdom.

The high point of the occasion titled “Shouts of Triumph” was the intercessory prayers by Ministers of God to pray for continued peace in the kingdom, Delta State and Nigeria as she marks 56th independence anniversary amidst praise and thanksgiving to God.

Those present at the occasion were the Commissioner for Delta central, Local government service commission, Hon. Peter Abugewa, Council of chiefs and many indigenes of Uvwie.

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NO. DTS 05611 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
NIGERIA WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER COUNTRY, ONUESOKE REPLIES SEGUN ONI

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and Delta State PDP 2007 Governorship Aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has reiterated that Nigeria would have been a better country without President Muhammadu Buhari emerging as President.

Onuesoke made the assertion in Abuja Airport, Abuja in reaction to the statement of former Governor of Ekiti State and now Deputy national chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Segun Oni that without Buhari Nigerians would have been refugees by now.

He  said  it is unfortunate that people in the likes of Segun Oni  would continue to make excuses upon excuses to justify the conspicuous failure of the present APC administration instead of  rolling up their sleeves and get down to doing the serious job of managing  and growing  the economy.

Hear him, “When a lie is repeated over and over, it begins to sound like the truth. In the darkest periods of Babangida and Abacha regime did Nigerian people became refugees? This is just a part way to keep on with excuse of failure and ineptitude. Segun Oni should realize that Nigerians are not only refugees under this present administration, they are suffering from kwashiorkor and mental affliction induced by the wayward mismanagement of the economy by the APC led administration. Move around the nooks and cranny of the country, from North to South, East to West and you will admit that things cannot be worse than what Nigerians are experiencing under this administration.”

Justifying his argument that without Buhari Nigeria would have been a better country, Onuesoke argued that since the coming of APC administration inflation rate had tripled, adding that  bag of rice has increased from N6000  to N20,000, Dollar exchange rate increased from  N168 to N500, bag of beans from N6,000 to N15,000,   PMS that was N86 then,  now N145 and diesel 135 then now sell N220.

He stated that there is no hope that the inflation will stop.

The PDP Chieftain recalled that  leaders in the like of Segun Oni who  fought former President Goodluck Jonathan when he was trying to put the economy in the right perspective are the same people who are now finding fault with his administration.

“Jonathan was trying to save for the raining days but members of Governors Forum under the leadership of Rotimi Amaechi protested demanding for the sharing of the fund in the federation account. When Jonathan said we should remove subsidy to save the economy was Segun Oni not among those who protested in Lagos for seven days. But when Buhari removed it they all kept quiet because they are members of APC,” he recalled.

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NO. DTS 05612 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
UMUNEDE KINGDOM HOLDS ANNUAL NEW YAM FESTIVAL

Umunede Kingdom was agog as she marks her annual Iwa Ije festival amidst colourful ceremony featuring diverse activities including dancing and other traditional rites.

In a chat with news men, the Ebi of Umunede Kingdom and Chief Priest Nkwor Nwaekodi said that yearly Iwa Ije festival in Umunede is designed to showcase the robust and rich cultural heritage in the kingdom.

He noted that the event is historic and serve as a medium for uniting the great people of Umunede, adding that its import can never be over emphasised.

The Chief Priest maintained that the atmosphere of the kingdom during the festival is usually gracious with the presence of friends and visitors from home and abroad.

The community leader lauded the efforts of the Monarch HRM, Dr Ezenwali Agadagidi 1in advancing the kingdom.

He urged well to do indigenes of Umunede in the diaspora and at home to contribute to development of Umunede Kingdom.

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NO. DTS 05613 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
INNOVATIVE BIODATA EMPOWER KOKO YOUTHS

Honorable Eyituoyor Francis Maku has pledged his honor to empower fourteen Koko youths with the sum of fifty thousand each at the 56th Independence Day celebrations in Koko, the administrative headquarters of Warri- north local government area.

The council boss who made the announcement while presenting a cheque of one hundred thousand each to the deserving youths in behalf of Innovative Biotech USA and Special Market Application and Research Technology (SMART), called on the elites to see it as a necessity to help others when God blesses them.

In his address presented at the well attended independence celebration, Hon. Maku urged everyone to place the unity of Nigeria and the Delta state above all other personal interests, and solicited for their cooperation and support for Governor Okowa’s administration.

Hon. Maku also used the occasion to appreciate the efforts of the 19 Battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya for his great contributions towards the success of this year’s Independence Day celebrations in the council area.

The celebration featured match past by Para-military groups, special change of guard parade, hoisting of a brand new Nigerian flag, and the release of peace pigeons.

Prayers were also offered for the council area, the state, and the nation; while a beautifully decorated cake was cut by the Olaraja of Koko, Chief Victor Nana, the council boss, and Lt. Col. Ozemhoya to climax the celebration.

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NO. DTS 05614 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
GOVERNMENT COMMISSION MORE SEEFOR PROJECTS

The need for stakeholders to guide and protect all facilities within their domains aimed at ensuring their sustenance in their domains for their future generations have been stressed.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev(Mrs) Omatsola Williams, stated this during commissioning the Unenurhie Science Laboratory and Oguname-Agbarho Classroom Block construction projects in Ughelli North local government area, adding that both projects would impact positively on the academic performance of students, especially those in science related fields.

Rev. (Mrs) Williams, recalled that they were Community-Driven development of the World Bank, the State government and the European Union initiative geared towards complementing the developmental programmes of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration and commended all the contributors including the Communities for the project.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Unenurhie Community Project Management Committee, Mr. Arerierian Julius thanked the stakeholders for the Science Laboratory and equipment, saying that the project would boost academic performance of the students in the area, especially those in the science related fields.

Mr. Arerierian disclosed that the project had facilitated the approval  of the Unenurhie Secondary School as examinations centre by the National Examination Council(NECO) and the West African Examination Council(WAEC), adding that the Community would maintain and sustain the micro-project for the benefit of their future generation.

Speaking in an interview, the Principal and Vice of Unenurhie Secondary School, Mr. Monday Igweku and Mrs. Oyegbeda A. O appreciated the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the Delta State government for the laudable initiative geared towards enhancing development in the state.

The duo said that the Science Laboratory and equipment project had impacted much on the students, teachers, especially those handling science subjects and the school in general and assured that the school would take advantage of the laboratory to produce  sound science students who would  be the pride of the society in time to come.

Earlier in a goodwill message, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Project, Mr. Benson Ojoko represented by Mr. Greg Agbongiagwe advised the Community to always take ownership of the project by making adequate utilization of the facility and ensure its sustenance through consistent maintenance.

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NO. DTS 05615 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
OKOWA CHARGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO BE FEARLESS IN PREACHING GOD’S WORD

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has charged religious leaders to be fearless in preaching the word of God to those in positions of authority.

The governor made the call in a brief speech during a special church service by the Deeper Life Bible Church which had the General Overseer of the Church, Pastor William Kumuyi in attendance.

Governor Okowa, accompanied by his wife, Edith and top government functionaries attended the service which took place at Asaba, Delta State.

“At this very challenging time in our nation, it is time for Christians to speak out without fear and without seeking for any favour; it is time to say the truth to our leaders that we may in our various offices, work with the fear of God,” the Governor said.

He stated that it was important for those holding positions of authority to serve the people with the fear of God, quoting Isaiah 55: 7,  “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

According to the Governor, God will heal Nigeria if the people genuinely, turn to Him, disclosing that there was strong hope that Nigeria would come out from the recession stronger and more united.

While commending Pastor Kumuyi for his steadfastness in preaching the word of God, Governor Okowa urged the church not to relent in praying for the state and the country.

He assured Deltans of his administration’s commitment to selflessly serve them and with the fear of God.

Pastor Kumuyi who spoke on the theme of the service, “Redemption and Restoration” said, God will redeem His people and restore what they have lost if they turn to Him and genuinely repent from their evil ways.

Some persons were healed of various ailments at the church service which attracted people from different parts of the state and beyond.

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NO. DTS 05616 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
OKOWA EULOGIZES MIMIKO’S OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AT 62

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has applauded Ondo State Governor and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Dr. Olusegun Rahman Mimiko for his exemplary dedication to the service of Ondo State and the PDP on the occasion of his 62nd birthday on October 3, 2016.

Okowa in a statement in Asaba, Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described Mimiko’s life as one of outstanding professional and political accomplishments and lauded his commitment to the ideals of diligence, humility and perseverance.

The statement further said Okowa joined the people of Ondo State and other well-wishers across the country in rejoicing with the governor and prayed that God Almighty grants him many more years of exemplary service to his state and country.

“I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of Delta State to rejoice with you as you mark your 62nd birthday anniversary”.

“In a life that has seen you achieve a flourishing medical practice culminating in your becoming a two term Governor of the Sunshine State, there is great cause for you, members of your family, the people of Ondo State, and your well wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.

“The afflatus touch of your administration in various areas of health, education and social services, remains a reference point for contemporary and future leaders to emulate even as the World Bank recommended the Ondo State’s Safe Motherhood Programme tagged the “Abiye Initiative” as a model for achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals on maternal health within the African continent.

“It is my prayer that He continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness and fulfilling service to your state, Nigeria and our great party,” the governor wrote.

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NO. DTS 05617 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
OKOWA URGES RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO DWELL MORE ON GOSPEL THAN PROSPERITY

Delta State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged religious leaders to preach more of the gospel of God than laying emphasis on prosperity.

Governor Okowa made the call at the weekend when he played host to the general overseer of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi in Asaba.

According to Governor Okowa, it was becoming worrisome that some religious leaders were paying more emphasis on prosperity than impacting the gospel of The Lord on the people, asserting, “with the knowledge of God and love of humanity, every other thing follows.”

He emphasized that the word of God will rekindle family values and reduces societal vices in the country.
Governor Okowa used the occasion to call for prayers for Nigeria and the state, disclosing that it was a thing of joy that peace was returning to different troubled areas of the country.

“Peace has started to come and we appeal to you to  put us in prayers for the peace to be sustained,” the governor said, disclosing that a lot of lessons have been learnt from the current economic challenges facing the country.

Earlier, Pastor Kumuyi had told the governor that he was in Asaba for a special revival, crusade cum church service to commemorate Nigeria’s independence anniversary.

He urged Governor Okowa not to relent in his empowerment and other people-oriented programmes.

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NO. DTS 05618 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
NIGERIA @ 56: OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE PROUD OF THEIR COUNTRY

As Nigerians celebrate 56 years of being together as a nation, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has admonished Nigerians to be proud of their country.

Speaking at a colourful ceremony in Asaba yesterday (01/10/16) to mark Nigeria’s annual independence celebration, the governor stated, “We should be proud to be Nigerians. God in His infinite wisdom did not make a mistake in His decision to plant us in Nigeria as Nigerians,” Senator Okowa said, asserting, “today (yesterday) is a day to celebrate the free spirit of Nigeria; we should be gratified to be part of such a glorious state and great nation; let us pay tribute to our countrymen and women who sacrificed so that we can celebrate this day; we should never forget their sacrifices.”

While conceding that the journey has not been easy for the country witnessing economic and political setbacks; bloodletting occasioned by misguided religious extremists, Governor Okowa asserted, “it is important we remain strong, exercise patience and be of good faith at this critical period of economic challenges.”

He emphasized, “fellow Deltans, militancy and vandalism are not the solution to our developmental problems, I urge our youths to lay down their arms as all hands should be on deck to bring our country out of the current economic doldrums; we should all abide by the tenets of our religion and pray for God’s grace on our nation because, all religions preach peace, love, charity and holiness.”

Governor Okowa used the occasion to thank Deltans for their support and cooperation for his administration and used the occasion to urge them to pray for the state, the nation and as “law-abiding and hardworking citizens, to back to the land for agriculture.”

“We cannot continue to depend on oil; agriculture has proved to be a very sustainable venture that we can engage to revive the economy,” he reiterated.

The celebration featured match past by military, Para-military organizations including, students of secondary schools and other civil organizations.

Prayers were also, offered for the state and the nation while a beautifully, designed cake was cut to mark the climax of the celebration.

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NO. DTS 05619 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
NWAOBOSHI ADMONISHES PEOPLE OF OKPANAM COMMUNITY

The Senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Nwaboshi, has admonished all stakeholders in the society to always respect their traditions and cultural values and norms, saying they are symbols of their identify.

Senator Nwaboshi, who gave the admonition in Okpanam in Oshimili North local government area during the new yam festival by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said there was need to continue to sustain one’s rich cultural heritages for the benefit of human existence.

While urging the people of Okpanam and Ibusa to continue to strive for the development of their areas as well as ensure peaceful-existence, the lawmaker at the Upper Chamber and the Chairman of the Committee on NDDC, recalled that both Communities had age-longed common tie and understanding because they are brothers.

He used the occasion to call on the people to rally support for the Peoples Democratic Party led administration in the state in order to sustain its developmental initiative and advised women in the society to have value re-orientation and uphold cultures that placed premium on respect for their husbands.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who was visibly elated at the calibre of the party’s chieftains that graced the occasion, including the Senator Peter Nwaboshi, the Chairman of Oshimili North local government council, Hon. Louis Ndukwe, the Chairman of PDP in Oshimili North, Chief Nduka Ogwude, the Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tony Okowa Hon. Pascal Adigwe, Hon. Innocent Esenweze among others, thanked Senator Nwaboshi for having the interest of Delta North at heart in the scheme of things.

Mr. Ukah further appreciated the lawmaker for his unwavering commitments towards sustaining the party’s values in which the distinguished Senator was one of the founding fathers through robust legislation aimed at bringing succour to his constituents.

The Information Commissioner also lauded the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his purposeful leadership through the ‘SMART’ agenda, particularly in the area of empowerments despite the prevailing financial crunch and expressed the optimism that things would soon be better.

On their part, the Chairman of Oshimili North local government area, Hon. Louis Ndukwe, the PDP Oshimili North Chairman and the Councillor representing Okpanam ward 9, Hon. Alex Chibuzor Okocha said the party remained committed to the overall being of the people through positive policies and programmes,  just as they expressed satisfaction with the Okowa-led administration in the state.

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