Asaba, Nigeria, Wednesday, August 10, 2017
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NO.DTS 0742:         SPEAK TO THE CONSCIENCE OF POLITICAL LEADERS, OKOWA TELLS CLERGYMEN

NO.DTS 0743:         PARIS CLUB REFUND: HOW DELTA SPENT HER N10BN — GOV. OKOWA’S SPOKESMAN

NO.DTS 0744:         PDP SETS TO TAKEOVER POWER IN 2019 — GOV. OKOWA

NO.DTS 0745:         OKOWA SALUTES MAKARFI @ 61

NO.DTS 0746:         GOV. OKOWA HAILS IGHOYOTA AMORI @ 65

NO.DTS 0747:         PDP INAUGURATES CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE

NO.DTS 0748:         UKAH CONDEMNS PROPONENTS OF ETHNICITY, NEPOTISM, HATE SPEECHES

NO.DTS 0749:         KEY IN TO BENEFIT FROM GOVT, UKAH URGES ANGLICAN PARISHIONERS

NO.DTS 0750:         DSTG PARTNERS NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA FOR QUALITY HEALTH CARE

NO.DTS 0751:         DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVES 24 SCHOOLS

NO.DTS 0752:         DELTA STATE SCHOOL OF NURSING AGBOR, READY FOR ACCREDITATION

NO.DTS 0753:         DTSG AWARD 2.5 DIAMETERS SEWAGE UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE SYSTEM TO CURB FLOOD MENACE

NO.DTS 0754:         RECIPROCATES GOVERNMENT GOOD GESTURE, FORTETA TELLS YOUTHS

NO.DTS 0755:         WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK: DTSG ESTABLISHES BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS

NO.DTS 0756:         DELTA STATE TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION BOARD VISITS OBI OF OWA

NO.DTS 0757:         OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS, CHAPLAIN OGBOI COUNSELS MOTORIST        

NO.DTS 0758:         DELTA CP TO ADDRESS ALLEGED CASES OF HARRASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS

NO.DTS 0759:         EFFURUN-OTOR UNIT OF N.U.R.T.W INAUGURATES FIRST EXCO

NO.DTS 0760:         NUJ CONDOLES DBS ASABA OVER DEATH OF PHILLIP SODJE

 NO.DTS 0761:         MONARCH CALLS FOR URGENT REDESIGN, REHABILITATION OF ACCESS ROAD TO EFFURUN-OTOR

 

EDITOR: Ogerugba Isaac

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WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

 

NO.DTS 0742: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

 SPEAK TO THE CONSCIENCE OF POLITICAL LEADERS, OKOWA TELLS CLERGYMEN

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the clergy to speak to the conscience of the political class through undiluted messages of salvation.

Speaking at in Aragba-Orogun, Ughelli North Local Government Area during the Remembrance Service of the Founder, Holy Spirit Redeemed Mission, Baba Moses Obarue, Governor Okowa said that the clergy was responsible for telling political leaders the truth at all times no matter whose ox is gored, pointing out that his administration was committed to managing the state’s resources for the benefit of all Deltans.

He described the late Prophet Obarue who died five years ago as a man known for his messages of holiness and his boldness in speaking the truth to highly placed politicians and leaders.

Recalling his encounter with the late servant of God, Governor Okowa stated he genuinely gave his life to Christ under his ministration and urged Christians to seize every opportunity to impact on the lives of people around them.

Senator Okowa urged Deltans to put their trust in God if the state must overcome its challenges, adding that with constant prayers and fasting, God would heal the nation and restore its lost glory.

In a sermon titled “What Would You Be Remembered For?”,  Reverend Asifor Akunkpimi described the late Prophet Obarue as an addicted soul winner, with an incurable passion for fasting and prayers, urging Christians to impact positively on the lives of those around them, so that when they die, their legacies would continue to be celebrated.

Governor Okowa later joined the wife of the late Prophet, Mama Grace Obarue and her children to make thanksgiving to God.

 

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NO.DTS 0743: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

PARIS CLUB REFUND: HOW DELTA SPENT HER N10BN — GOV. OKOWA’S SPOKESMAN

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Mr Charles Aniagwu had disclosed how the Delta State Government spent the N10bn it recently received from the Federal government as part of the Paris Club excess loan deduction refunds.

Mr. Aniagwu disclosed that out of the N10bn, Local Governments in the state were given N2.1bn as their statutory share while about N5bn was set aside to settle certain issues relating to certain aspect of salary arrears, co-operative deductions and pensions. The sum of N2bn plus was earmarked for priority projects that require urgent attention and payment of contractors.

The Governor’s Spokesman stated this while answering questions on ‘Trend talk’ a Radio Programme on Trend 100.9Fm Asaba.

He noted that the Okowa led administration was committed to the prudent, transparent and accountable management of the state’s resources just as he is committed to taking decisions that would be in the best interest of the people.

“Governor Okowa has vowed to remain prudent, transparent and accountable to the people because he realizes that the ultimate political power rests on the people who overwhelmingly voted him into office.”

“He has assured that Deltans will get value for every money that accrues to the state at all times.

While answering questions bothering on the payment of local government workers salaries, Aniagwu stated that the local governments are a separate tier of government, adding that the State Government is not responsible for the payment of their salaries.

“Even though we assisted them in the past, we couldn’t continue in the present economic circumstance as we have our own challenges because a man cannot give what he doesn’t have.”

Justifying the setting aside of about N3bn for infrastructure and payment of contractors, Aniagwu stressed that government exists for everybody and not just for the payment of salaries of workers which are less than 2 percent of the population of the state.

“If the government spends virtually all that comes to pay salaries of workers, what happens to the larger chunk of the population? He queried.

He assured that the State Government with the support from the Nigeria Society of Engineers would tackle headlong the flooding of Asaba while also reiterating the government’s commitment to completing the Okpanam road, DLA and Maryam Babangida roads.

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NO.DTS 0744: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

PDP SETS TO TAKEOVER POWER IN 2019 — GOV. OKOWA

Chairman of the 2017 PDP Special Non-Elective National Convention and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to take over power at the national level in 2019.

Governor Okowa stated this at the meeting of the Convention Planning Committee at the Party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.

The Committee Chairman noted that the Party had realized areas they didn’t meet up with the expectations of Nigerians and had vowed to make corrections and provide Nigerians with good governance, anchored on accountability, rule of law and improved welfare of the citizenry.

“Yesterday we were inaugurated with the task of organizing a successful National Convention for our great party, it is our hope that the various committees will set out to work immediately as we have barely few days to go

“As an organised party, I’ve confidence in our leaders of the various sub-committees that we will be able to deliver a successful National Convention that we can all be proud of.

“I trust in your abilities because I have seen a good number of committed party members who are dedicated to the cause of ensuring we return back to power in 2019.

“Our party is back alive and with the National Convention, PDP will send a very strong message that will make Nigerians to realize that we are very much ready to take over power come 2019,” he said.

Members of the planning committee include Barr. Kelechi Igwe; John Jonah, Deputy Governors of Ebonyi and Bayelsa States and Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of all the Sub-Committees attended the meeting.

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NO.DTS 0745: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

OKOWA SALUTES MAKARFI @ 61

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, as he marks his 61st birthday anniversary.

Governor Okowa acknowledged the gargantuan contributions of the former Governor, Lawmaker, Accountant, Banker and Teacher.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor lauded Senator Makarfi for agreeing to steer the ship of the party at a time he was called upon.

He said, “As a party, we owe you immense gratitude for your purposeful leadership which has culminated in the rejuvenation of our great party.

“Since he became National Chairman of our party, he has consistently demonstrated that he is a consummate statesman who always puts the interests of the Nigerian people first.

“As you celebrate your 61st birthday today, On behalf of my family, party faithful, the government and people of Delta State, I wish you continued wisdom and foresight as you steers the ship of our great party.”

According to the statement, Governor Okowa joins Makarfi’s family, friends, party faithful and admirers in celebrating another year of good health and strength for a man who has shown uncommon dedication to peace, progress, stability and development of Nigeria.

The Governor commended the PDP Chairman’s patriotism, hardwork and leadership in managing the affairs of the party through the period and in the aftermath of the party’s intra- leadership crisis and litigations.

He added that Senator Makarfi’s leadership qualities, commitment and dedication to democratic ideals had indeed endeared him to many Nigerians and party faithful who would continue to draw inspiration from his leadership style.

The Governor prayed that God Almighty would grant Senator Makarfi many more years of happiness and good health to lead the party to greater heights.

 

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NO.DTS 0746: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

GOV. OKOWA HAILS IGHOYOTA AMORI @ 65

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated former Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Chief Senator Ighoyota Amori, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa, extolled the leadership qualities and astute contributions of Chief Amori towards the winning streak of the PDP in Delta State.

Okowa said, “On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I wish to felicitate with a political leader of inestimable value, Chief Ighoyota Amori, JP, on the occasion of his 65th birthday anniversary celebration.

He described Chief Amori as “A sagacious politician of repute, well-respected for his political tolerance and perseverance; which has earned him the reputation of a celebrity and political colossus.

“The immeasurable and invaluable contributions you have made to the infrastructural and human capital development in Urhobo Nation and Delta State is indelible in the minds of Deltans.”

The Governor expressed his appreciation to Chief Amori for having been such a committed, amiable and able leader in the PDP and on behalf of the family, the Government and people of Delta State, prayed God Almighty to guide, protect and grant him more fruitful years of contribution to nation building.

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NO.DTS 0747: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

PDP INAUGURATES CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has inaugurated the party’s National Convention Planning Committee headed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa with a charge that they immediately devote themselves to the preparations for the Special Non-Elective National Convention on August 12.

Speaking at the brief ceremony held at the Chida International Hotel, Abuja, Senator Makarfi said that the members of the National Convention Planning Committee have exhibited high level of commitment and loyalty to the party stressing that the national leadership has confidence in their ability to organise a hitch-free convention.

“We appreciate your commitment towards ensuring that we are back to power at the Centre and in more states, I urge you all to work together as a team to ensure the success of the convention and be rest assured of the party’s support where necessary.”

The Chairman proclaimed that with the inauguration of the committees, the party is officially set to recover its lost grounds.

In his response, Senator Okowa, Chairman of the Committee, thanked the party for the opportunity to serve, promising that the members would immediately devote themselves to the onerous task of making the special non-elective national convention a successful one.

“The Committee is comprised of eminent Nigerians and party chieftains with vast experience. We shall organize a convention that will not only positively shake  Abuja but the entire country, The task before the committee is a daunting one as we have barely 48 hours to plan and this requires that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the Committee delivers on its mandate,” he said.

Present at the inauguration were party chieftains including Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Senator Liyel Imoke, Babangida Aliyu and Celestine Omehia,  former PDP Governors ofDelta, Cross River, Niger and Rivers States.

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NO.DTS 0748: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

UKAH CONDEMNS PROPONENTS OF ETHNICITY, NEPOTISM, HATE SPEECHES

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has condemned the attitude of some Nigerians who are fanning the embers of ethnicity, nepotism and hate speeches and called on those involved to change their attitude positively in the way they think and act.

The Commissioner stated this during an interaction with the State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Delta State Directorate, Mr. Okoro Ivan Jifbioced, when he led a team of his staff on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner in his office.

He also said that the Delta State Government will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure that the unity and progress of Nigeria is not compromised.

Mr. Ukah stated that the Delta State Government will continue to work with all well meaning Nigerians to make the Nigerian project a success.

The Commissioner stated that  the state Ministry of Information will collaborate with the Agency to inform, educate and sensitize all, especially Deltans, on the policies and programmes of both the federal and state governments.

Mr. Ukah noted that Delta State also has an Orientation Agency whose duties are in agreement with that of the NOA promising that the Ministry of Information will support the Agency as it carries out its mandate in the state.

Earlier, Mr. Okoro Ivan Jifbioced told the commissioner that he was in his office to get acquainted with the ministry having resumed as the State Director of the NOA a few weeks ago.

Moreover, the need for the Agency to work closely with the ministry prompted the visit since the two government agencies are very important in the area of social mobilization, sensitization and advocacy on behalf of the federal and state governments respectively.

He therefore appealed for assistance from the Delta State Government in order to carry out the Agency’s core mandate in the state which included ‘change begins with me’ and doing the right thing which will be as a result of thinking the right way.

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NO.DTS 0749: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

KEY IN TO BENEFIT FROM GOVT, UKAH URGES ANGLICAN PARISHIONERS

Parishioners of the Anglican Communion have been urged to key into the prosperity for all Deltans agenda of the government of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in order to benefit from the SMART Agenda of the government.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, made the call recently while delivering a paper to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion.

The Commissioner stated that some persons are missing out on the many platforms provided by the government to empower Deltans because such persons lack the needed information hence the need to enlighten the parishioners.

Speaking on the different platforms, Mr. Ukah stated that the governor, among others, repositioned the agricultural sector since the state can boast of major agricultural products like rubber, oil palm, rice, yam, cassava, potato, tomato and fish.

Among these, the government is laying more emphasis on three key areas for value chain development. They include oil palm, cassava and aquaculture, while also encouraging cultivation of other crops such as tomato and rice.

The Commissioner revealed that as part of deliberate effort of the government to focus on agriculture, the state is planning to establish centralized geographical area for agro–processing, agribusiness, marketing and value adding activities supported by a dedicated concentration of infrastructural facilities and amenities. The initiative, he said, has reached advanced stage as Ogwashi Uku was chosen for the pilot project which is estimated to cost 30 million US Dollars.

Mr. Ukah stated that other areas of achievements include distribution of 220,000 Improved oil palm seedlings to farmers for enhanced yields, institution of two rice mills in Obior and Ikweghu – Agbarha, institution of two cluster fish farms in Mbiri in Ika North East and Ewulu in Aniocha South Local government areas, establishment of a cane rat cutter (Grass Cutter) and goat multiplication centre at ADP Ibusa, and rehabilitating fisheries laboratories in Warri,

He therefore urged the parishioners, especially the youths, to key into the different programmes of the government aimed at empowering all in order to achieve the prosperity of all Deltans mantra of the Okowa-led administration.

In his remarks, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Anglican Communion,  Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, commended the state government for all it has been doing to empower Deltans and appealed to the government to assist schools that were returned to the Missions since it has not been easy to run the schools from the time they were returned.

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NO.DTS 0750: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DSTG PARTNERS NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA FOR QUALITY HEALTH CARE

Delta State Government has said it will partner with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to ensure quality health care delivery to Deltans.

The Secretary to State Government, Hon. Festus Agas, stated this in Asaba when officials of the Council visited him.

Hon. Agas said the Okowa led administration placed high premium on effective health care in the State, even as he emphasised the need for qualified medical personnel in the state’s health institutions at all times.

He stated that the State Government was committed to creating enabling environment for learning in the state, adding that it had provided hostel facilities and qualified staff in the state’s School of Nursing Agbor and others.

The SSG told the team that the state was however handicapped with limited number of students approved by the Council for admission and urged it to increase the number so as to widen the opportunity for admissions.

Earlier, the leader of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Farouk, who is also the Registrar as well as the Secretary General of the Council, said they were in the state for inspection of facilities in the Nursing School, Agbor towards the accreditation of the school.

Alhaji Farouk expressed happiness with the State Government for its political will and assured that that Council would partner with the State to provide timely accreditation as required to all health institutions in the state.

Present during the visit were the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge and officials of the state’s Ministry of Health.

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NO.DTS 0751: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVES 24 SCHOOLS

The Delta State Government has approved 24 schools in various communities in the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

Speaking after the State Executive Council meeting held in Government House, Asaba, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that out of the 24, 8 are primary schools, 14 are secondary schools and two secondary schools that were closed down by the Buhari/Idiagbon Military regime.

According to Mr. Ukah, the primary schools are Saitoru Primary School, Enekorogha; Akporowo Primary School, Youbebe; Iyeye Primary School, Iyeye; and Bobougbene Primary School, Bobougbene, all in Burutu Local Government Area.

Others are Ozumu Primary School, Ugute-Ogume, Ndokwa West; Jero Primary School, Aza-Ama; Olubakagbene Primary School, Olubakagbene; and Ugogomeje Primary School, Koko, all in Warri North.

The Commissioner listed the secondary schools to include, Isioma Onyeobi College and Agulu Secondary School, both in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area; Oruchi Comprehensive High School, Amachai, Okpanam, Oshimili North; Ugwa Secondary School, Obodougwa-Ogume, Ndokwa West; Government Secondary School, Owhelogbo, Isoko North; Orie Secondary School, Orie-Irri, Isoko South; and Odovie Secondary School, Odovie, Ughelli North.

Also approved are Odedegho Secondary School, Odedegho, Ughelli North; Obi-Obeti Secondary School, Obi-Obeti, Ukwuani; Wobomini Secondary School, Uyabebekorogha, Warri North; Umulo Secondary School, Umulo-Olomu, Ughelli South; Apelebiri College, Bolou-Apelebri, Patani; Egbo-Ideh Secondary School, Egbo-Ideh, Ughelli South; and Abalagada Secondary School, Abalagada, Ndokwa East.

The two schools that were closed down but now re-opened by the State Government are Ogbolubiri Secondary School, Ogbeigbene, Burutu Local Government Area and Omosuomo Secondary School, Omosuomo Waterside, Ughelli South.

Mr. Ukah further revealed that the State Executive Council also approved the completion of the new town resettlement for Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu, Warri South West Local Government Area.

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NO.DTS 0752: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DELTA STATE SCHOOL OF NURSING AGBOR, READY FOR ACCREDITATION

All is now set for the accreditation team from the Nigerian Council of Midwifery to visit the State School of Nursing, Agbor, Delta State to assess the readiness of the institution to secure accreditation for the school.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge made this known when he visited the Palace of the Obi of Owa, HRM Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II to intimate him on the efforts government was making to bring to reality the accreditation of School of Nursing, Agbor.

According to the Commissioner, the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was solidly behind the Ministry in this regard which was evident in the completion of a 300 bed space hostel facility in the school, its furnishing and the provision of a conducive learning and work environment for the students and Staff respectfully.

Explaining the rational for the efforts at getting the accreditation, Dr. Azinge revealed that on yearly basis candidates who had good scores during the entrance examination are denied admission into the School of Nursing, Agbor due to limited spaces.

He stated that almost 2,000 candidates applied for the just concluded entrance examination for the three State Schools of Nursing with a little over 600 students who applied for the 30 available spaces for School of Nursing, Agbor.

Dr. Azinge said that the nod from the accreditation team would lead to the increase in the admission capacity from 30 to about 100 spaces which would again translate to more students getting admission and hence engaged with meaningful activities that would better their lives.

This according to him would in turn lead to the availability of more qualified nurses at the disposal of health institutions in and outside the State that can benefit from their services thereby improving the health indices in the State in this regard.

Dr. Azinge added that after the State gets the accreditation for Agbor, it would commence the process for the Schools of Nursing in Eku and Warri to get accredited also.

Responding, the Obi of Owa, HRM Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor II thanked the Commissioner and his team for their efforts and pledged the support of the palace and the entire people of Ika land in this endeavor to actualize the accreditation of the State School of Nursing, Agbor.

According to the Obi, the accreditation project is important to the people of Delta North and Delta State in general explaining that a good product does not need much advertisement compared to a not too good product.

He stated that the churning out of more qualified nurses from the institution would no doubt go a long way in improving the wellbeing of residents of the State health wise.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Ika-South Local Government Area, Hon. Fred Ofume, said the Council was committed to see the project through since it has the approval of His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and also was a project that would benefit the good people of Ika land.

The Commissioner was accompanied by the functioning Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Ofili, the Principal, State School of Nursing, Agbor, and Mrs.  Tessy Onwuka, among other officials of the Ministry.

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NO.DTS 0753: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DTSG AWARD 2.5 DIAMETERS SEWAGE UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE SYSTEM TO CURB FLOOD MENACE

The State Commissioner for Works Chief James Augoye has revealed that a sewage underground drainage system with 2.5 diameters, worth N1.7billion, connecting DLA, Jesus Saves and Agric Roads in Asaba, was awarded last year by the Okowa Administration to curb the menace of flood in the State capital.

Chief James Augoye stated this today when he featured on the Hot FM, Radio Program “The People’s Parliament.”

He said there are two discharge points which are Marble Hill and Cornerstone connected to Iyiabi River across the Asaba Benin expressway.

Chief Augoye appealed to residents of the state capital to be patient as the incessant flooding would soon be a thing of the past.

While noting that work cannot commence on the DLA /Jesus Saves axis until the underground drainage is completed, the works commissioner said the state government has contracted a firm to do a study of the DBS road which is the lowest point of Okpanam road.

Chief Augoye stated that he has also instructed the contracting firm handling the Okpanam road project to place caution barriers at the Manholes on the Okpanam road walkway to avoid people falling in during flood, stressing that covering up the manholes would make de-silting the drains impossible.

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NO.DTS 0754: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

RECIPROCATES GOVERNMENT GOOD GESTURE, FORTETA TELLS YOUTHS

Youths have been called upon to reciprocate the good gesture of Governor Okowa by creating a peaceful environment for investors to come in and establish their business for the overall benefit of the people of the State.

The Delta State Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Asupa Forteta made the call in Asaba in a press briefing to mark Year 2017 Youth International Week Celebration.

Mr. Forteta, who stated that no society survives in an atmosphere of war and crises, urged the youths to always embrace dialogue and mutual understanding in resolving issues that might degenerate into crises in the society.

According to him, “by so doing anarchy, hostage taking, destruction of lives and property, kidnapping and arson would be avoided.”

He urged the Youths to change their mind set about using violence in achieving their goals, saying that the road to success is a difficult and tortuous one and so in pursuing their dreams, they should be patient and avoid those things that would make them resort to violence.

The Commissioner, who revealed that the theme for year 2017 International Youth Week Celebration is “Youth Building Peace”, maintained that the theme is appropriate considering the trend of events taking place in the country today.

The Youth Commissioner explained that as part of Government efforts to resolve crises through dialogue and mutual understanding, Okowa administration had put in place different training and empowerment programmes as well as other social security by the federal government to ensure that the youths get the best and reduced unemployment among them.

“I urge you to be patriotic and to do your best in any circumstance you find yourselves. The unemployed among you should avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the Delta State Government through the Youth Development and Skill Acquisition Centres across the State to learn any of your choice”

“Also the job creation office has done creditably in the area of youth training and empowerment. Therefore in our concerted efforts to eradicate poverty and unemployment, you owe us a whole lot of responsibility to be registered for any area of interest in the various youth training centres across the State”

My dear youth of Delta State I urged you to abstain from actions or ventures that are inimical to your developmental goals and embrace those qualities that promote peace, patriotism, honesty hard-work, humility and love for one another and our community” Mr. Forteta stated.

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NO.DTS 0755: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK: DTSG ESTABLISHES BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS

 In order for Delta State to achieve two thirds reduction in infants and under 05 morbidity and mortality in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), in collaboration with UNICEF have been involved in the establishment of Breastfeeding support groups in the State.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge stated this during the occasion to mark the 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), celebration in Asaba.

Dr. Azinge who was represented by the Executive Director, DSPHCDA, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke Stated that the intervention include Exclusive Breastfeeding, Adequate Supplementary Feeding, Growth Monitoring and Promotion, Vitamin A and Iron Folate Supplementation and Salt Iodization and other key house-hold practices for child survival and development.

Dr. Azinge who thanked Oversees Development Agencies (ODA), for their support and contribution towards maternal and child survival strategies in the State called on all fathers and mothers especially expectant mothers to start breastfeeding their infant within one hour of delivery.

He urged parents to take advantage of the numerous health and nutrition services that are available in the State Health facilities, even as he advised all and sundry to support early initiation, protect, promote and support breastfeeding, immunization and other health and nutrition interventions.

While enumerating the benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding, Dr. Azinge stated that these include reduction in maternal blood loss at delivery and the risk of post partum heamorrhage, promotion of uterine contraction thereby favours uterine involution, reduction in the risk of breast cancer, reduction in the risk of allergy, reduce the risk of sudden infant death and enhancement in physical and mental growth.

Others benefits include support for mothers at time of stress, emotional bonding between mother and child which results in less child abuse and neglect, breast mild being the first child immunization a child takes, breast milk contains anti-infections substance which protects children from illness and breastfeeding causes delays in the return of menses and helps bring child spacing.

Dr. Azinge who advised mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding stated that breast milk is a natural renewable food that is environmentally friendly, safe, produced and delivered without pollution, packaging or waste.

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NO.DTS 0756: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DELTA STATE TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION BOARD VISITS OBI OF OWA

The Chairman Delta State and Vocational Education Board, Mrs Clara Obanoh has urged the people of Ika nation and Deltans in general to key into the Technical Education revolution in the State by encouraging their wards to enroll in the newly revamped technical schools.

Mrs Obanoh stated this when she led the management team of the Board on an advocacy visit to the palace of His Royal Majesty, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor OON, the Obi of Owa Kingdom and Chairman Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Mrs. Obanoh said the Board was in Ika to sensitize indigenes to maximally utilize the facilities available at the Technical College Agbor, even as she expresses shock at the low enrolment at the training facilities despite the huge funds invested by the Delta State Government.

“It is disappointing that despite the huge funds invested in the Technical colleges, we still have low enrollments. It is therefore imperative that all hands must be on deck to canvas for students for the Technical school. ‘’The state government has kept faith by revamping Technical colleges. It is now our responsibility as a people to encourage our children and wards to enroll in these schools to acquire relevant skills that will be beneficial to the students, youth and Deltans in general towards living a fulfilled live.’’ She stated.

She said, “Technical College is better for our children because apart from teaching relevant subjects taught in the conventional secondary schools, the technical also teaches the acquisition of relevant skills; they will not only earn certificates.”

Also speaking, the First Member of the Board Engr. Smart Ikem called on Ika community to utilize this rare opportunity towards achieving the requisite skills, because Technical and Vocational education was the key putting into consideration, the present unemployment challenges Nigerians are facing.

Responding, the Obi of Owa kingdom, Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor thanked the Board for bringing the prosperity message to his kingdom and called on his subjects to key into the program of acquiring skills from Technical College as the era of white collar job was over considering the rising rate of unemployment in the country.

In remark, the President General of Agbor community, Mr. Larry Egun Onyeche assured the Board of the community’s support to enable indigenes of Ika and Deltans in general towards enrolling and utilizing the facilities on ground at Agbor Technical `College and environments.

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NO.DTS 0757: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS, CHAPLAIN OGBOI COUNSELS MOTORISTS

Motorists have been advised to obey all traffic rules and regulations when driving.

The Uvwie Area Commandant, Eagle Chaplain Corps of Nigeria, Chaplain Patricia Ogboi stated this during an interview with newsmen in Uvwie Local Government Council.

Chaplain Ogboi stated that the Eagle Chaplain Corps is a Voluntary Paramilitary Organization trained by military personnel to control traffic, hence they are always at Jakpa junction to ensure  free flow of traffic now that the electric traffic lights are bad.

She explained that their activities at Jakpa junction especially on Effurun market day ensure free flow of traffic and a relief to road users.

The Deputy Area Commandant of the organization, Chaplain Abira Isaac said that their work was not to witch-hunt anybody but to ensure easy flow of traffic, he urged all road users to obey driving rules as no one was above the law.

He commended the Uvwie Local Government Chairman, Hon. Mrs.  Stella Dabunor for all the support given to the chaplain and pleaded to the Government to come to their aid by providing all the necessary facilities that was needed to facilitate their work most especially during the rainy weather.

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NO.DTS 0758: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

DELTA CP TO ADDRESS ALLEGED CASES OF HARRASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS

Delta State Police Command has given an assurance to investigate and address all cases of alleged harassment of journalists carrying out their legitimate duties in the state by some policemen.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Zanna Ibrahim gave the assurance in Asaba when the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Delta State Council Comrade Mike Ikeogwu led other executives and some members of the council on a courtesy visit to the command.

Mr Ibrahim who noted that the command had zero tolerance for impunity, harassment and corruption said men and officers must respect the human persons.

The Delta CP said, ” If anybody harasses any journalist; that means you want to create problems for me, and I cannot be friendly with any policeman who does that. I have said it times without number that policemen must respect the human persons.

”Please, I will like you to get me the inventory of such cases so that we can address them one after another, and if there is anything subsequently, let me know so that we quickly address it because as far as I am concerned, the Press, the Judiciary, the Bench, the Bar; all these, I want to be friendly with as much as possible. I know that once in a while, there may be frictions but what is important is how we do manage it, Mr Ibrahim emphasized.

While urging journalists to key into the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government to expose corruption, the Police Commissioner Ibrahim also tasked them to emphasize more on reports that will douse or cushion the effects of agitations for restructuring, resource control, state police and split, rather than heating up the polity with sensational stories.

He called for concerted efforts by all Nigerians to strengthen the unity of the country and refrain from making hate speeches.

The Delta Police Boss restated the readiness of the command to partner NUJ in its efforts to combat crimes in the state just as he implored the body in the state to come up with a position paper at a public hearing to be convened by the State House of Assembly on a proposed Executive Bill on e-surveillance, which when passed will make it a necessity for all premises whether public or private to install CCTV; Smart Cameras to help in the fight against crimes.

”On the issue of e-surveillance, I need to tell you that the governor has just submitted a proposal to the State House of Assembly in this respect. I expect that as partners in the fight against crimes, that NUJ should make a submission so that the bill can go through and it will assist all of us,” the CP added.

The Chairman of NUJ Delta State Council Comrade Mike Ikeogwu represented by the Vice Chairman Comrade Patrick Ochei said the visit was to strengthen collaboration with the command on ways to correct the ills of the society for the betterment of all.
Comrade Ikeogwu told the CP that journalists were often attacked by policemen at the slightest provocation when accessing information, and called for actions to be taken to forestall reoccurrence.

”There is no reason why a journalist and a policeman should clash while carrying out their statutory functions. But this we have always witnessed, most times, police restricting journalists’ access to information or attacking them at the slightest provocation. We have been in office for just two months, yet we have received about five complaints of police harassment….Sir, the journalist in the state need police protection, and not harassment” , he lamented.

The NUJ Chairman however lauded the efforts of the Delta State Police Command in fighting crime which according to him is yielding enormous result.

He said, ”Recently you went into partnership with Sunny crown Technologies to introduce Community E- Surveillance with the use of Public CCTV and Intruder Alarm.

These are commendable crime combative achievements coming from a highly cerebral police chief like CP Ibrahim Zanna.”

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NO.DTS 0759: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

EFFURUN-OTOR UNIT OF N.U.R.T.W INAUGURATES FIRST EXCO

The National Union of Road Transport Workers, N.U.R.T.W, Ughelli South branch, Effurun-Otor unit has inaugurated its’ first executive team headed by Comrade Dievudavwe Paul to pilot its’ affairs for the next two years and can also contest for a fresh tenure of four years.

The inauguration ceremony which took place at Effurun-Otor town in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state was well attended by eminent personalities from the kingdom and friends as well.

Some dignitaries present are: The President General of Effurun-Otor, Chief Patrick Odukugbe; Comrade Charles Kwode, first vice chairman Delta state N.U.R.T.W., chapter; Comrade Oghenekaro Odjimogho Pius, youth chairman Ekiugbo community; Comrade Efe Shalomi, chairman Effurun-Otor Vigilante among others.

The newly inaugurated executive are: Comrade Dievudavwe Paul, chairman; Comrade Patrick E. Ejuvwerume, vice chairman; Comrade Oyibo Kingsley, secretary; Comrade Ucho Augustine, assistant secretary; Comrade Sunday Omarejivwe, treasurer; Comrade Omoyibo Paul, PRO; Comrade Paul Evughare, financial secretary; Comrade Edafe Orororo, auditor; Comrade Ojefia Charles, head of operation and Comrade Faith Akerhomebe, provost. The oath of office was administered to them by the First Vice Chairman Delta state Chapter and Ughelli South Chairman, Comrade Charles Kwode.

Shortly after the inauguration, Comrade Charles Kwode congratulated the newly inaugurated executive and charged them to obey senior hierarchy of the union, respect constituted authorities and be law abiding while discharging their duties. He also urged the chairman to maintain a cordial relation with his executives.

In a media chat, the unit Chairman, Comrade Dievudavwe Paul felt grateful to God Almighty, to the king of Effurun-Otor, the President General and the good people of Effurun-Otor to allow the union exist in the kingdom. He promised to work closely with all relevant bodies and his executive in accordance with the union rules to reflect government wish.

Comrade Dievudavwe also appealed to the state government and other development agencies to build more roads in the kingdom ensure the finishing of the ongoing bridge and also provide transportation buses, tricycles (keke), motorcycles (Okada) to aid the transport system and to enhance the standard living of the peoples in the kingdom, adding that Effurun-Otor is a city of its own.

Speaking further, he said that Effurun-Otor kingdom just like Olomu kingdom which he hitherto belongs to has its own king piloting the affairs of the kingdom, definitely they can also stand on their own than been under Olomu and believe they can do more better.

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NO.DTS 0760: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

NUJ CONDOLES DBS ASABA OVER DEATH OF PHILLIP SODJE

Delta State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has paid a condolence visit to the Management and Staff of Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS Asaba over the sudden and untimely death of Felix Sodje who until his demise was a cameraman with the station.

At the solemn ceremony, Chairman of the Council, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu accompanied by other executives said they received the news of Phillip Sodje with rude shock.

He described the loss as very painful, saying that Sodje during his life time was respectful, jovial, outspoken and fair to all.

”We have come to let you know that what affected DBS Asaba, also affected NUJ because we are one family. We are bereaved as we share in your pains. We are also talking about the flood that ravaged the station just recently, and another one is happening now but only God knows why Sodje died, he said.

Comrade Ikeogwu continued, ”For us to lose Felix Sodje at this point in time when we needed him most is a painful one to the NUJ.  We commiserate with you, and we pray that God should grant all of us, the DBS family, and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. ”

The NUJ Chairman promised to send a delegation to join the DBS Chapel and other journalists across the state for the burial of Felix Sodje on Saturday.

In brief remarks, the General Manager, DBS Asaba, Lady Evelyn Binitie, represented by the Deputy General Manager, Sir Grey Almona expressed the management heartfelt gratitude to Comrade Ikeogwu and other executives of the union for the condolence visit.

While commending Comrade Ikeogwu administration for identifying with DBS Asaba, Lady Binitie also thanked the NUJ for approving the Union’s bus for DBS Chapel use on the day the remains of Felix Sodje would be laid to rest.

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 NO.DTS 0761: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

MONARCH CALLS FOR URGENT REDESIGN, REHABILITATION ACCESS ROAD TO EFFURUN-OTOR

HRM King Duku 11, the Orovworere of Effurun Kingdom has called for the urgent redesign and rehabilitation of the flooded access road to Effurun-Otor from Ughelli Express Way and the Effurun-Otor/Uvwor Olomu Bridge.

King Duku made the call in Ughelli in view of the flooded portions of the Effurun-Otor Road from Ughelli and the Effurun-Otor/Uvwor Bridge Project.

The monarch in a press briefing with newsmen  described this year’s flood as unprecedented, adding that the flood had overflowed three portions of the Effurun-Otor Road and the wooden Bridge linking Effurun-Otor to Uvwor-Olomu Community that was awarded  for a bridge project.

The traditional ruler called on the Delta State Ministry of Works to measure the level of flood on the Effurun-Otor/Uvwor Bridge so as to redesign it.

“If they have already put all these into consideration before the commencement of the project, fine. But if they have not, they should consider this suggestion in order to avoid a situation where you construct a bridge this year and the bridge is over flooded next year” he said.

The Orovworere, who explained that his subjects have now resorted to the use of canoes to move to the neighboring Uvwor-Olomu Community instead of walking across the wooden bridge, lamented that the ravaging flood overflowed farm lands, rubber plantations and fish ponds in his kingdom.

“What this indicates is that there will be famine in Effurun-Otor next year because cassava and other crops that were prematurely harvested are meant for next year.” The monarch stated.

He urged his subjects not to hold any grudge against government for their plights, even as he advised the people to take their losses with magnanimity.

King Duku appealed to Government and corporate bodies to provide relief materials and cash for subjects, even as he called for construction of culverts on the sides of the road in order to check mate the menace of flooding on the road.

Speaking, the President General of the oil rich kingdom, Chief Patrick Odukuye stated that the major means of livelihood of the Effurun-Otor people is farming; he therefore appealed to Government and other corporate bodies particularly those doing business in the area to come to the aid of Effurun-Otor people by providing them with relief materials and cash.

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