NO. DTS 0031 A UNITED, PEACEFUL, DEVELOPED NIGER DELTA, RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL – OKOWA
NO. DTS 0032 OSIBANJO’S VISIT TO DELTA SHALL CEMENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FG, NIGER DELTA – UKAH
NO. DTS 0033 CHIEF JUDGE STRUCK OUT DEFAMATION SUIT AGAINST OGBOGU, CLAIMANT TO PAY N3, 633, 138.86
NO. DTS 0034 MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ORGANIZES TRAINING FOR RICE VALUE CHAIN AND OIL PALM FARMERS
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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NO. DTS 0031 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
A UNITED, PEACEFUL, DEVELOPED NIGER DELTA, RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL – OKOWA
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on all well meaning Nigerians especially Deltans to support the efforts of the Federal and State government in bringing peace to the Niger Delta especially the oil bearing communities.
Governor Okowa was speaking while reacting to a statement credited to Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, a former Minister of State for Education, in which he was quoted to have dismissed the benefits of the visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and also insinuated that the Urhobo ethnic nationality was taken for granted.
In a statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa expressed concern that Olorogun Gbagi, a notable son of Delta State who have had the privilege of serving as a Federal Minister could proceed to pooh-pooh the laudable objectives of the fact-finding mission of the Vice President, a gesture described by many as a confidence building process.
“Reading through the statement credited to Gbagi, I found it very disturbing that someone who should be much more concerned about how we can build more bridges of unity rooted in equity, fairness and ethnic harmony, could descend to the arena to fan the embers of ethnic disunity and hatred, how could anybody imagine that as a Governor who had enjoyed and continue to enjoy the cooperation of royal fathers from across the different ethnic groups in the state, will take steps that will undermine the revered stool of our royal fathers, let alone taking a very well respected ethnic group like the Urhobos for granted,” the Governor stressed
“It is further condemnable for anyone to disparage the Office of the Vice President more so when the sacrifice and the efforts of the Vice President is already engendering confidence in the entire Niger Delta region.
“I must make it clear that our determination to foster lasting peace that will pave way for a genuine development of the region cannot be sacrificed on the altar of politics of convenience laced in the guise of being an ethnic champion, as a Governor, I shall continue to defend our people”.
Governor Okowa thanked the traditional rulers and all stakeholders for their cooperation and understanding towards restoration of lasting peace in the region.
NO. DTS 0032 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
OSIBANJO’S VISIT TO DELTA SHALL CEMENT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FG, NIGER DELTA – UKAH
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Hon Patrick Ukah, has stated that the visit of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to Delta State for fact finding and confidence building shall cement the relationship between the Federal Government and the people of the Niger Delta.
He stated on Tuesday in Asaba that the state government has hope and relies on the Federal Government for the expected peace, insisting that the visit was a good omen by both arms of government to partner to achieve the expected and lasting peace.
The Commissioner for Information stated that the state government has for long being yearning for the lasting peace, insisting that it is only in a peaceful environment needed development can take place and then achieve the prosperity for all Deltans Agenda.
‘’It was a good development and the state government is happy about it. It is difficult and expensive to achieve peace. Considering what the state government has put in place to cultivate, stabilize and sustain peace in the state, the visit of the Vice President is timely, appreciated and the good people of Delta state will take the advantage to make sure that peace has finally taken the position of crisis in the state.’’ Ukah maintained.
According to him, the visit has resolved issues surrounding the Maritime University, stating that the people of the Niger Delta want meaningful, visible and tangible projects and that people can rely on the Federal Government for its honesty and sincerity that it was not a political visit.
While believing that the visit shall find lasting solution to the lingering crisis in the minds of the people of the Niger Delta, he said it shall also cement the relationship between the Federal Government and the people of the Niger Delta.
According to Ukah, the state government and the leaders in the area would take the advantage of the reception of the people to put machineries in place to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment to ensure that meaningful projects are carried out unhindered.
NO. DTS 0033 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
CHIEF JUDGE STRUCK OUT DEFAMATION SUIT AGAINST OGBOGU, CLAIMANT TO PAY N3, 633, 138.86
Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro sitting in High Court Asaba has struck out a defamation suit instituted by Mr. Paul Eduoizor against Mr. C. K. Ogbogu and First Bank of Nigeria PLC following the death of the first defendant before judgment was delivered.
Justice Marshal Umukoro also found the claimant liable to pay the second defendant (First Bank of Nigeria Plc) total sum of N3,633,133.66 (Three million six hundred and thirty-three thousand, one hundred and thirty three naira and sixty six kobo) in a counter claim suit in the same case.
Striking out the defamation suit, Honourable Justice Umukoro held that the learned defense counsel to the second defendant admitted in the open court and in the presence of counsel to the claimant “that first defendant is dead and burial ceremony concluded two weeks ago. This is the burial notice.” He held that in the absence of any contrary evidence about the fact that C. K. Ogbogu is dead, he came to the inevitable conclusion that C. K. Ogbogu as the first defendant is dead.
Citing copious judicial authorities, the Honourable Chief Judge held that in a defamation suit of this nature, the action suffered abatement and therefore the action of the claimant against the first and second defendants founded in defamation died the day C. K. Ogbogu died and it is deemed abated and ended.
On the suit of counterclaim by the second defendant, evidence was led to the effect that the claimant lodge a cheque of N300, 000 issued by Shell SPDC West Multi-Purpose Cooperative through a deposit slip and in filling the teller, he wrote N300, 000 in words but three million in figures and his account was erroneously credited with N3, 000, 000.
Following this, he issued several cheques worth more than the value of the N300, 000 in excess of credit standing on his account.
Rather than paying back the excess of N2.7 million to the second defendant, he started issuing cheques which he knew he did not earn as admitted under cross examination that he was not paid any gratuity.
The Judge queried that from exhibit M, the claimant having admitted that N3, 000, 000 was erroneously credited into his account why did he begin to issue cheques on the account for money not earned, stating that from the period of the said 21/11/05 to 25/01/06, no money was paid into the claimants account yet he kept on issuing cheques far in excess of the said N300, 000.
Honourable Justice Umukoro held that where a cheque was drawn for a sum in excess of the amount standing to the credit of the drawer’s current amount, it is in effect a request for a loan or overdraft.
The Court therefore adjudged the claimant liable to pay the second defendant the sum of N3, 166, 133. 66 plus 10% interest from the day of the judgment till the said total sum was financially liquidated.
NO. DTS 0034 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ORGANIZES TRAINING FOR RICE VALUE CHAIN AND OIL PALM FARMERS
The Delta State Government has restate its readiness to making improved disease resistant rice seeds available to farmers and empowering them in cash and kind to undertake all season rice cultivation in the State.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie disclosed this at ADP Training Hall, Ibusa during a one day training organized for beneficiaries of the 2016 Rice Value Chain Development Programme by the State Government.
Hon. Chikezie stated that the State Government will assist partly in farmers land preparation and provide improved rice seeds, herbicides and fertilizers as loans.
He said that the State Government Rice Development Programme has three components which include production, processing and market linkage, saying that the production segment will serve the purpose of facilitating outgrowers’ scheme, while processing/market linkage would provide off-take and market for the produce.
The Agriculture Commissioner also stated that under the programme, the State Government is providing three multi-level Rice Processing Mills to Rice Cooperative Societies in the State which comprises of paddy thresher, pre-cleaner, steam parboiling and mechanical batch paddy rice dryer.
Others according to the Commissioner included huller, de-stoner and other ancillaries, even as he disclosed that one of the mill has been installed at Obior, Aniocha North Local Government Area while that of Agbarho and Onicha-Ukwuani will be installed before the end of February this year.
Meanwhile, a one day training workshop has been organized for selected oil palm farmers in the Oil Palm Development Programme of the State Government at Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Songhai in Sapele Local Government Area and Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Austin Chikezie, while declaring the workshop open stated that government has introduced the programme to assist farmers own or replant their palm plantations through the provision of elite palm seedlings, wire collars to safeguard their palms even as he stated that 220, 000 oil palm seedlings will be distributed to farmers.
He also said that the government will provide fertilizer and support for land preparation, even as he stated that farmers will pay back later the cost of seedlings, collars and fertilizer but will not pay for the cost of land preparation.
The Agriculture Commissioner stated that a total of 500 hectares of oil palm will be planted in the first phase while five (5) 1.0 ton per Hour Oil Palm Processing Mills be distributed to 5 Processors in the three Senatorial Districts of the State to enhance processing.
He urged the trainees to pay special attention to the training as it will help them tackle any challenge in future.