NO.DTS 0942: OKOWA BAGS WATERMAN AWARD IN ABUJA… EXCO APPROVES MORE PROJECTS FOR DELSU
NO.DTS 0943: OKOWA CALLS FOR STEADY EFFORTS TO CHECK NIGERIA’S HOUSING DEFICIT
NO.DTS 0944: DTSG URGES DELTANS, RESIDENTS TO ENROL FOR NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
NO.DTS 0945: OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS – DESTMA BOSS TELLS DELTANS, MOTORISTS
NO.DTS 0946: COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OWNER, OTHERS LAUD OKOWA OVER DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION
NO.DTS 0946: EBONKA APPEALS FOR STOPPAGE OF STREET TRADING, CALLS ON ‘OKADA RIDERS’ TO OPERATE FROM PARKS
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0942: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OKOWA BAGS WATERMAN AWARD IN ABUJA… EXCO APPROVES MORE PROJECTS FOR DELSU
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has bagged The Waterman Award of the Nigerian Water Supply Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the water sector in the state.
This was the fallout of the briefing of the State Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije, during the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting held yesterday, Tuesday at Government House, Asaba.
Speaking after the meeting, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the Governor, who was represented by Sir Tilije, was decorated with the award by the Minister for Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, during the 1st International Conference/Exhibition On Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene held in Abuja.
Mr Ukah also disclosed that EXCO commended the free eye treatment initiated by the wife of the State Governor, Dame Edit Okowa, in conjunction with the State Ministry of Health, who carried out free eye surgeries for Deltans, especially those poor rural dwellers who would not have been able to pay for such surgeries.
He stated that two projects were approved for the Abraka and Asaba campuses of the Delta State University which were the award of the contract for the completion of the construction of a multi-purpose Lecture Theatre at the Abraka Campus, as well as the contract for the completion of the construction of Faculty of Environmental Science in Asaba Campus.
Mr Ukah further revealed that Council also approved the construction of Burutu Township Roads (Phase 111) in Burutu Local Government Area.
NO.DTS 0943: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OKOWA CALLS FOR STEADY EFFORTS TO CHECK NIGERIA’S HOUSING DEFICIT
The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for steady efforts towards addressing the housing deficiency in the country.
The Governor made the call at the unveiling of Governance Villa Housing Estate, Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, “There is a lot of gap in the nation’s housing sector and the more we provide affordable houses for the civil servants and all Nigerians, the better for our nation. With steady efforts, with determination for every house that is built, we are reducing the housing gap in our nation.”
The Governor emphasised, adding that his administration would continue to work with the private sector, mortgage finance banks to develop the housing sector in Delta State.
While observing that a lot of progress had been recorded by his administration in creating the enabling environment for housing development, Governor Okowa said that mortgage institutions had a lot of roles to play in encouraging civil servants in particular to own their houses.
He used the occasion to urge private property developers to work with relevant government ministries in designing their building plans to avoid going against the laws of the country, saying that it would be wrong for buildings to be erected under high tension power-lines.
The Governor who attended the ceremony accompanied by top government functionaries, commended management of Juniuc Nigeria Limited for contributing to the housing development of the country.
Chief Executive Officer of Delta Trust Mortgage Bank Limited, Mrs Rubby Okoro had in an address, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for private sector to thrive in the state and urged Deltans to utilise the services rendered by the mortgage bank to own their houses.
The CEO of Juniuc Nigeria Limited, Mr Godwin Nonyalim in an address, said, “My huge debt of gratitude goes to our amiable Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for actualizing the need for housing under the SMART agenda; by this, he endorsed the creation of housing for all and as well as creating enabling environment for young and upcoming developers like me.”
NO.DTS 0944: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
DTSG URGES DELTANS, RESIDENTS TO ENROL FOR NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Delta State Government has urged all Nigerians, especially legal residents in Delta State who are yet to register for the National Identification Number (NIN) to go to the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre to enroll for their National Identity Card.
A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, said the National Identification Card is the document that affirms an individual’s identity anywhere and anytime, and could be used as registration for and renewal of Driver’s License/International passport.
According to the statement, the Nigerian Identity Management Commission said that the National Identification Card could provide the bearer access to government special scheme benefits, bank account opening, recruitment into public service and business registration at CAC.
The statement further stated that the National Identification Card remained a vital means to secure government contract, tax filling and documentation, pension administration and admission into schools.
It urged residents in the State who have not enrolled to visit any NIMC Registration Centre nearest to them with valid documents to enroll for the National Identification Number.
NO.DTS 0945: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS – DESTMA BOSS TELLS DELTANS, MOTORISTS
Deltans, especially residents in the state and motorists in particular have been advised to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations so as to avoid unhealthy incidences that may cause accident.
The Director-General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DETSMA), Chief Stephen Dieseruvwe, who gave the advice in Asaba, said that the Agency was poised to deliver on its mandates to the public.
Chief Dieseruvwe said that DETSMA was established to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses from road traffic accidents conflict, congestion and delay on public highways in the state through the employment of modern traffic management techniques in order to instil discipline among motorists.
The DESTMA DG, however, highlighted the functions of DESTMA to include traffic control and enforcement of the state and federal laws, regulate the safe use of vehicles on the road, undertake proactive and targeted enforcement of traffic laws in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force and deter as well apprehend traffic offenders.
He warned motorists to desist from making or receiving phone calls while driving and enjoined them to wear their seat belts at all times, saying that the law establishing the Agency was passed on October 24th, 2013, even as he cautioned his officers to shun unnecessary extortion from motorists.
The DESTMA Boss commended the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for the support given to the agency, assuring that the agency would continue to carry out its duties with utmost sincerity and commitment.
Chief Dieseruvwe called on his officers in the field to book any traffic offender and guide them to pay to the bank.
NO.DTS 0946: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OWNER, OTHERS LAUD OKOWA OVER DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION
By Ambrose Ologide/ Henry Aghoghovbia/Stella Oziwo/Stella Othobor.
The Chairman/CEO of Faith Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr George Eburu and commercial tricycle (popularly known as keke) riders have lauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for embarking on the on-going drainage construction projects on both sides of the Effurun/Sapele Road, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.
Speaking to our correspondents on the project in a media interaction, Mr Eburu hoped that the drainage construction projects when completed would solve the flooding problems in Enerhen Junction.
He sadly noted that immediately after any heavy down pour, the Enerhen Junction area would be over flooded with water making it impassable for vehicle users and even pedestrians to access the road and that it also caused heavy traffic jam if the level of the flood is not high.
On his part, a keke rider, Lucky Ogheneovo spoke in the same vein, “When there is such a chaotic situation, we record low patronage in business.
So Governor Okowa should been given kudos for embarking on the project. It shows that he is a governor that listens to the plights of the people”
He however urged the contractor handling the project to hasten up work on the project to allow easy flow of traffic on the said road as he bitterly complained that work on the road often caused traffic hold ups.
A fellow keke rider, Comrade Desmond Ukpong, said that he was concern about the quality of the job done as he identified poor quality of job as the cause of the perennial flooding in Enerhen Junction, saying “It is my prayer that they should get it right this time around “
A site engineer who preferred anonymity, assured that the construction firm handling the project, Planet Project would do a quality job, promising further that the project would be completed without delay.
He solicited for the continuous patience and understanding of vehicle users plying the ever busy road.
NO.DTS 0947: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
EBONKA APPEALS FOR STOPPAGE OF STREET TRADING, CALLS ON ‘OKADA RIDERS’ TO OPERATE FROM PARKS
By Christian Ogoh
The Chairman of Ika North East Local Government Council, Hon Victor Ebonka, has appealed to residents to stop street trading, saying the implications are usually regretful urging them to rather rent shops where they can display their wares.
Hon. Ebonka also charged motorcycle riders popularly called ‘Okada’ to make due use of the various parks provided for them instead of plying major roads looking for passengers, thereby constituting traffic congestion.
The chairman who spoke during an inspection tour of the Boji-Boji main market, stressed that street trading was the major cause of gridlock in the area and along adjoining streets.
He noted that the local government frowns at the act saying it also constituted an environmental hazard and called for conscious effort by all to avert any harm to the environment.