ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
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NO. DTS 0819 HON. OKOH SPONSOR ENTERTAINMENT/TALENT HUNT

NO. DTS 0821 YULETIDE: OKOWA CALLS FOR A MORE UNITED NIGERIA

NO. DTS 0822 IGBUYAH KIDNAPPERS SENTENCED TO 104 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

NO. DTS 0823 DELTA HAS ACCESSED THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION FUND – EBIE

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NO. DTS 0819 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
HON. OKOH SPONSOR ENTERTAINMENT/TALENT HUNT

Delta State Government has been called upon to invest more in the entertainment industry in order to harness talents among youths which in turn can create hundreds of jobs and make the youths self-reliant.

This call was made by Mr. Mavin Nwani, coordinator of G. Concept, an organization which is into entertainment/talent hunt, in collaboration with Staff Model Group of School during a fun show entertainment held at the Old Site Main Hall of College of Education Agbor for Primary and Secondary Schools, In Agbor.

The fun show which featured instrumental competitions, dancing, Christmas carol remix and a lot of other side attractions had Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh also known as Chukky Dandy, member representing Ika South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly as the Chief Sponsor.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mavin Nwani exclaimed at the magnanimity that Festus Okoh exhibited in accepting to sponsor the fun show with all sense of humility and commitment.

Nwani described him as a man with a very large heart and a treasure to Ika South Local Government Area who has never relented in helping the youth while calling on other Ika Indigenes who are well placed to emulate him.

He described G. Concept as a body made up of like minds whom are into show business, organization of talent hunts in all areas of entertainment industries.

He urged the youths not to be deterred by the current unemployment rate in the country and appealed them to remain focused in life believe in themselves and look inward to discover those God given potentials in them and work hard to develop them since Government alone cannot conveniently employ everybody.

He advised Nigerians generally to limit their spending patterns, prioritize their life styles in order to be able to cope with the economic realities that Nigeria as a nation is currently facing.

The high point of the occasion were presentations of prizes to schools that won various positions in the different competitions as well as the arrival of Santa Clause, the popular Father Christmas who was welcomed into the hall with great ovation as all the children stood on their feet to catch a glimpse of the Father Christmas.

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NO. DTS 0820 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
YULETIDE: OKOWA CALLS FOR A MORE UNITED NIGERIA

IN the spirit of the yuletide, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called for a more united Nigeria where those in positions of authority freely give to the needy in the society.

The governor made the call during his annual thanksgiving at the Government House, Chapel, Asaba.

According to Governor Okowa, Nigeria will be a greater country when those in positions of authority are charitable to one another, asserting, “We must learn to live in unity with one another, encourage one another, be supportive of one another realizing that only through being godly that we can make heaven.”

“As politicians, we must care for our constituents, we must learn to give in a godly manner not expecting anything in return,” the governor said, disclosing that the thanksgiving service was necessary because the year, 2016 was turbulent.

He said, “the best way to end the year is by giving thanks to God; 2016 has been challenging to us as a people and as a government; the year has been turbulent with low oil price and pipeline vandalism, but, we have decided to come in thanksgiving to God for keeping us alive and sustaining us to this day.”

“You can never go wrong with God, wherever you are, what are the things you think about? In everything, where do you place God? There is a lot to learn as politicians, civil servants and ordinary Deltans because, at some time in point in your life, you have to understand that the things of the world are vanity; you can only have peace and love when you have God and that is when you can be a happier man,” Governor Okowa who spoke on the theme: “Living the life of service in this challenging time,” stated.

At the well-attended thanksgiving service, Governor Okowa urged the people to be humble and honest, emphasizing, “God is calling on all of us to partner with Him, God will promote a new state filled with love when we seek Him, the more we give our lives to God, the more He will continue to bless us as a people and as a state; the gossips, the put-him-down syndrome among us must stop.”

The Chaplain of the Chaplaincy, Venerable Charles Osemene admonished Christians to always live their lives with the consciousness of where they will spend eternity.

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NO. DTS 0821 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
IGBUYAH KIDNAPPERS SENTENCED TO 104 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

A Delta State High Court sitting at Kwale and presided over by Honourable Justice O. Jaloggo-Williams has sentenced eight accused persons responsible for the kidnap of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly Honourable Monday Igbuya on May, 21, 2009 at Sapele to a total of 104 years imprisonment.

The accused persons are Godspower Ikoro, Godspower Omoniyi (an ex-soldier), Ernest Atteh, John Adapamu, Ife Freedom, Sunday Uba Tiemo, kemi koinyang and Isaiah Mumbor.

The eight accused persons who were charged to court after their arrest by Security Agents on Charge No S/1c/2010 were later transferred from the Sapele High Court in 2011 to Kwale for trails on a six count charge of conspiracy to commit a felony to wit, kidnapping, armed robbery and the substantive case of kidnap of Monday Igbuya and demanding with menace the sum 100 million as ransom.

Monday Igbuya was subsequently released on 27th may 2009.

The Court in its ruling found all the accused persons guilty on the count of kidnapping and demanding property with menace and sentenced them to 10 years (for kidnapping) in jail each with hard Labour and 3years in imprisonment (for demanding N100 million with menaces). They Court further held that the sentences are to run concurrently.

Justice Jaloggo-Williams however discharged them on the count of armed robbery for lack of sufficient evidence by prosecution.

The accused persons were charged under the criminal Code Law Section 364 (I.) & (in.) that prescribed 10 years jail term for Offenders before the Delta House of Assembly enacted Anti-Kidnapping Law, 2016 that now prescribed life imprisonment for Offenders.

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NO. DTS 0822 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
DELTA HAS ACCESSED THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION FUND – EBIE

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Mr. Chiedu Ebie has expressed the present administration of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commitment to provide qualitative education for all children of school age in the State.
Mr. Ebie stated this during the ongoing ministerial press briefing by his Ministry to give account of his stewardship for the past one year in office.

The Commissioner explained that the present administration is committed to providing conducive and enabling environment aimed enhancing qualitative teaching and learning in the school system.

He disclosed that the sum of two billion naira has been spent on the provision of infrastructural development and equipment in the various Technical Colleges in the State, which include Agbor, Sapele, Issele-Uku, while that of Utagbogbe technical college is still ongoing.

The Commissioner disclosed that Delta State is one of the very few states in the country that have religiously accessed the Universal Basic Education Fund (UBE) provided by the Federal Government for accelerated basic education service delivery.

Mr. Ebie revealed that during the period under review many projects were completed in the various schools across the state, even as schools furniture were also provided for schools, adding that a good number of teachers were also promoted.

The ceremony was attended by Permanent Secretary’s and directors from various ministries.

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