NO.DTS 8379: TOWN HALL MEETINGS: OKOWA, UDUAGHAN, OTHERS BRAINSTORM ON HOW TO MAKE WARRI, KOKO PORTS FUNCTIONAL
NO.DTS 0380: GOV OKOWA PLEDGES ADMINISTRATION’S SUPPORT FOR GENUINE INVESTORS… SAYS STARS UNIVERSITY WILL BE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
NO.DTS 0381: DELTA CHIEF JUDGE TASKS PARENTS ON SOUND MORAL UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN
NO.DTS 0382: ASABA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY, TAXIWAY SHUTDOWN FOR SIX WEEK
NO.DTS 0383: 2018 SERIES SECRETARIAL EXAMINATION HOLDS APRIL 9 – 12
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0379: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Town Hall Meetings: Okowa, Uduaghan, Others Brainstorm On How To Make Warri, Koko Ports Functional
ISSUES of dredging the Koko and Warri Ports took centre stage today as Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa held town hall meetings with the people of Warri North and Warri South Local Government Areas.
At the town hall meetings which took place at Warri and Koko respectively, Governor Okowa disclosed that his administration was working with relevant authorities to see that Warri and Koko ports were dredged for them to function optimally.
The town hall meetings were in continuation of series of town hall meetings going on in different local government areas of the state.
Governor Okowa who stated that his administration was committed to ensuring a state where facilities were functional, observed that making the seaports active would bring a lot of benefits to the people, the state and Nigeria as a nation.
“The cost of dredging the Ports is alarming, but, we are exploring different opportunities for the Ports to be functional,” the Governor said.
He commended the people for their support for his administration, disclosing that the town hall meetings provided fora for him to tell the people what his administration was doing and also, get reactions from the people about the achievements of his administration and their expectations.
The Governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Barr Kingsley Otuaro and top government officials, assured the people that there would be consistent efforts for potable water to be distributed, and urged the people to embrace the compulsory health contributory scheme.
According to him, the health contributory scheme was designed for Deltans to have easy access to health facilities, assuring the people that the health centres in the areas would be made functional because of their importance to the people at the grassroots.
Governor Okowa also disclosed that his administration was constructing markets despite the fact that it was the function of local government councils because, the Councils do not have the capacity to construct such, saying, “We construct the markets and handover to the Councils to manage.”
He also explained that due to the high cost of scholarship for Deltans wishing to go out for their post-graduate studies outside the country, his administration had worked out a model for such students to be given scholarship to study in the country as it was more cost-effective to do so.
Former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, stated that it was important for the Ports to be made functional, noting, “While Koko has free trade status, it is deep but, the channel is shallow.”
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Hon. Michael Tidi had during the town hall meeting in Warri, said, “The monumental Ode-Itsekiri Internal Roads network represents a watershed in the annals of the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people, a true marvel to behold, it stands as a prominent testament to the legendary resourcefulness with which you (Governor Okowa) approach governance; the Itsekiri people are very grateful for that unique insight of giving Ode-Itsekiri and environs vehicular civilization for the first time in our history, we appreciate His Excellency for your commitment to the Trans-Warri/Ode-Itsekiri Bridge that would link neighboring communities, amongst other growth catalysts.”
“It takes a man of courage and integrity to make promises, keep them and still come back to listen to more requests, we consider this Town Hall meeting to be a rare privilege, indeed and we most sincerely appreciate you, our Governor for providing such a veritable platform for our people and other critical stakeholders in the society to meet and interface with the number one citizen of the state,” Hon. Tidi added.
At each of the town hall meetings, people of all walks of life spoke freely, while most of them commended the Governor for his numerous achievements, others drew the attention of the Governor to areas his administration needed to act on.
NO.DTS 0380: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Gov Okowa Pledges Administration’s Support For Genuine Investors… Says Stars University Will Be First Of Its Kind In Sub-Sahara Africa
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared his administration’s determination to continue to support and encourage individuals with genuine intention to bring development to the state.
Dr Okowa made the declaration while performing the official groundbreaking ceremony of the STARS University, Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area yesterday.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr Jude Sinebe, in his speech said that when completed the university would be the first of its kind in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as in Nigeria, just as in the case of the College of Physical Education, Mosogar.
Governor Okowa described STARS University as uniquely designed to train athletes in various sporting activities, expressing optimism that the university would open up the area and also accelerate development in the entire state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Rtd Captain Joseph Okubor, asserted that prince Ned Nwoko had a huge passion for his people’s well-being which he said had been re-enforced by the groundbreaking ceremony, stressing that it would usher in unprecedented development in the community.
According to him, a seed had been sown with the groundbreaking ceremony of the STARS University and urged the people to strive to become role model rather than chasing wealth at all cost.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Project Implementation Committee, Prof. Nduka Uriah, described Ned Nwoko as a visionary politician and legal luminary of great repute.
Prof. Urial, started that when completed the university would be a center of excellence for sports/conventional university, stating that all the academic requirements by the National Universities Commission (NUC) had been met.
The founder of the University, Hon Prince Ned Nwoko, said that the sports university would also offer conventional courses, and joint honour degree would be awarded.
While thanking the people of Idumuje-Ugboko and those who graced the ceremony, he explained that STARS University represented Sports, Technology, Arts and Research Sciences.
NO.DTS 0381: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Delta Chief Judge Tasks Parents On Sound Moral Upbringing Of Children
The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has reiterated the need for parents to imbue in their children good moral and scriptural principles that would make them viable citizens.
Justice Umukoro gave the advice when the International Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA, Delta State chapter, paid him a courtesy call in Asaba to intimate him of the existence and activities of the Association.
The Chief Judge, who was reacting to observations of the group concerning nursing mothers awaiting trial in prison custody, attributed the increase of baby mothers and crime in the society to dysfunctional family system.
While expressing reservation on the ability of orphanages to take adequate care of motherless children removed from their mothers in prison custody, Justice Umukoro stated that the reason such mothers were being kept behind bars should be inquired into without sentiments for the interest of the larger society.
He disclosed that the Judiciary was collaborating with the State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development to appoint competent members from the Area Courts as Assessors to sit with Judges and Magistrates in the six Family Courts in the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
He used the occasion to advise parents, especially mothers, to exercise due diligence while profiling the background of prospective suitors before giving their consent, even as he promised members of the Association his support during their forthcoming FIDA/Delta week.
Earlier, the Chairperson of FIDA, Mrs Okus Lauretta Omezi, said that they were in his office to intimate him on activities of the group and solicited his support, being the number one citizen of the Judiciary in Delta State.
Mrs Omezi, who was in company of executive members of the Association, disclosed that the Association had been resuscitated to be alive to its responsibilities, saying it was established in Delta State 15 years ago and had branches in 32 States of the Federation.
The Chairperson, who is also a President of Area Customary Court, enumerated objectives of FIDA to include enhancing and promoting the welfare of women and children, to establish friendly international ties on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples, and to provide advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children.
While thanking the Chief Judge on the increasing rate of transfer of cases to ADR, the Association appealed for more transfers affecting women and children to enable them benefit from access to justice.
They equally brought to the attention of the Chief Judge cases of nursing mothers and persons of unsound mind on awaiting trial and could not competently withstand trial, even as they called on him to ensure that specialists were appointed to man family courts.
NO.DTS 0382: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Asaba International Airport Runway, Taxiway Shutdown For Six Week
The Asaba International Airport runway and taxiway will be closed for traffic for six (6) weeks beginning 9th April to 15th May, 2018, to operators of Airlines and Passengers.
This closure, according to a statement signed by the Delta State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, is to make way for the rehabilitation work of the middle section of the runway to be executed and completed.
The general public, especially airline operators are by this announcement advised to take note of the closure.
The Delta State Government and the Contractor handling the rehabilitation work of the Asaba International Airport, Setraco Limited, called on the general public and airline operators to take note and expressed regret all inconveniences the closure may cause them.
NO.DTS 0383: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
2018 Series Secretarial Examination Holds April 9 – 12
The 2018 series of the Delta State Secretarial Examination for Confidential Secretaries and Secretarial Assistants in the Delta State Public Service has been scheduled to hold from Monday, 9th April to Thursday, 12th April, 2018.
According to a statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, the schedule became necessary following the gracious approval by the State Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko mni.
The statement noted that the examination will hold in two centres, namely Staff Training Centre, Asaba and Hussey College, Warri, and called on interested candidates to take note of the date and venues for the examination.