ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
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NO. DTS 0707: OKOWA MEETS GBARAMATU, OGBE-IJOH, ALADJA COMMUNITIES, SAYS DIALOGUE REMAINS THE BEST OPTION TO SETTLING DISPUTES
NO. DTS 0708: DTSG WORKING TO ALLEVIATE EFFECTS OF FLOOD
NO. DTS 0709: EBIERIN OTUARO ADMONISHES CHRISTIANS OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
NO. DTS 0710: MISSING 40 YEAR OLD HUNTER FOUND DEAD IN A LAKE
  
 EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
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NO.DTS 0707: WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
OKOWA MEETS GBARAMATU, OGBE-IJOH, ALADJA COMMUNITIES, SAYS DIALOGUE REMAINS THE BEST OPTION TO SETTLING DISPUTES
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has sued for peace between the people of Gbaramatu, Aladja, and Ogbe-Ijoh communities in the state, saying communities should always apply dialogue as the best way of settling dispute.

Addressing the press after a closed door meeting with security operatives, traditional rulers, members of the peace-building council and some stakeholders from Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja Communities that lasted for more than two hours at the Government House annex, Warri, Governor Okowa disclosed that the meeting was necessary to avoid escalation of hostilities among the communities.

According to him, “the meeting was to maintain peace in the area while the Police carry out its investigation into what happened in the area.”

“At the meeting, we appealed to the communities to remain peaceful and we have a favourable outcome as we have been assured by the communities that they will maintain the peace,” the Governor stated.

On the outcome of the committee set up to find lasting solution to the crisis, the Governor assured that the right thing would be done, noting that the committee had submitted its report saying, it required a process for the white paper to be released, reiterating that his administration would ensure peaceful co-existence among the people.

Earlier in an opening remark before the meeting went into closed-door, Governor Okowa said, “it is unfortunate that we have lost some lives when the crisis erupted when I was on vacation, the Deputy Governor who was acting has briefed me appropriately and we are here with members of the Peace Building Council, traditional rulers and members of the state security council to fashion a way forward for us to live in peace.”

“I appreciate the Gbaramatu community for the restraint and I believe that there is nothing that can be better than peaceful co-existence,” he added.
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NO.DTS 0708: WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
DTSG WORKING TO ALLEVIATE EFFECTS OF FLOOD
Delta State Government said is is working assiduously to alleviate the effects of the flood which recently devastated parts of the state including Asaba, Warri, Ughelli and other towns and communities. 
 
The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, stated this during a press conference on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Government House, Asaba. 
 
Mr. Ukah said the Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was very much concerned about the effects of the flood on the citizens of the state. 
 
He further stated that it would not be possible for now to quantify the damages done in government and other properties, including Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, because the relevant agencies were still taking stock.
 
Speaking on Camp 74 Asaba, the Commissioner made it clear that work on that area and other areas affected by the flood would receive due attention as soon as the rains eased off. 
 
The Commissioner, who was accompanied by his Works counterpart, Hon. Chief James Augoye, further appealed to Deltans to be safety conscious by staying off flood prone areas while the Government was putting measures in place to stem the tide.
 
He revealed that in fulfillment of the Governor’s electioneering campaign promises, the State Executive Council approved the construction of Trans Warri/Ode- Itsekiri Bridges and Access Roads (completion of 12.8 km main alignment), the award of the construction of Idheze by–pass to Okpe–Isoko, Isoko South Local Government Area to Rossurd Construction Limited, and the award of the rehabilitation of Aviara/Okpame Road and construction of Okpare/Okpawa Road in Isoko South Local Government Area.
 
Also approved are the repudiation of contract for the construction of 132 KV DC, Delta State Grid Transmission line from Afiesere to Ozoro, and the withdrawal of the appointment of Chief Ikpahwo Uroroke as Regent of Okpolo Enwhe and appointment of Chief Ayeghemese Otidi as Regent (Oba) Elect of Okpolo Enwhe Kingdom in Isoko South Local Government Area.
 
Meanwhile, the Commissioners for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah and his counterpart, Ministry of Works, Hon. James Augoye visited Camp 74 and Okpanam Road to inspect the effect of the heavy down pour that took place in Asaba, on Saturday July 22, 2017 which caused major damages including at Delta Broadcasting Service and Post Primary Education Board in old Secretariat.
The Commissioners who lamented the extent of damages done by the ravaging flood stated that the State Government was committed to ameliorating the suffering of Deltans.
Mr. Ukah while also inspecting the road that leads to Camp 74, stated that Government would evolve a temporary measure to stop the three gullies that were already being formed on the road thereby hampering the free flow of humans and vehicles.
The Commissioner who was in the company of the Director General, Asaba Capital Development Territory, Hon. Clement Ofuani said that the State Government was working very hard to see what could be done, to clear all the drainages in Asaba, so as to channel the volume of water from Okpanam axis to the River Niger.
He urged residents to stop the habit of throwing debris/dirt into the drainages as that was a sure way of blocking them and causing flood.
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NO.DTS 0709: WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
EBIERIN OTUARO ADMONISHES CHRISTIANS OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Christians have been advised to maintain good relationship with God in order to attract more of His divine blessing.
 
The wife of the State Deputy Governor, Engr Ebierin Otuaro, gave the advice during the daily morning devotion service with staff of her Office.
 
Engr Ebierin Otuaro stated that to maintain good relationship with God, they must be steadfast in prayers and have faith in Him in order to be blessed all round.
 
She maintained that Christians should appreciate God for His numerous blessings instead of complaining of things they have not achieved.
 
Speaking on the topic, “Seeing from a Higher Realm” and quoting Genesis 17 verses 4-5, Engr Otuaro noted that Christians should look out for what they could do in God’s vineyard and remember to apply the Word of God when faced with challenges.
 
The service featured prayers, worship and praises for the staff, state and country in general.
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NO.DTS 0710: WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
MISSING 40 YEAR OLD HUNTER FOUND DEAD IN A LAKE
A missing forty year old man, Augustine Oyubu has been found dead in a lake at Otumara Road Ogharefe in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.
 
Augustine Oyubu who was until his death a hunter and lived with his wife, Mrs Itite Oyubu in Oghara the head quarters of Ethiope West Local Government.
 
Mrs Itite Oyubu told journalist that her husband left for his normal hunting job by 6:30 pm, and that she called him at about 8:00 pm to know the state of the husband.
 
According to Mrs Oyubu, her husband reported that he arrived his hunting destination but was drenched by the rain. She said that was the last conversation she had with her husband, disclosing that her husband went hunting and had not returned.
 
The news of a missing hunter rented the air prompting a search party into the said bush area where he normally go for hunting, that the search was fruitless as the situation entered day four to no avail.
 
A team of traditionalist, sooth-sayers and native doctors storm the area for a thorough search, but yielded no result.
 
However, the lifeless body of the hunter was found in a lake by one Dr Israel Futighe, with no injury inflicted on him but the head and face was swollen.
 
Such a death according to the people is a taboo that had desecrated the land and would not be buried in Oghara land unless the Inotu and Chief priest will liaise and perform all the necessary rituals and sacrifice.
 
The death of Augustine Oyubu was felt by all members of Oboromudu Community and close associates in the kingdom, as the incident served as a lesson for all hunters in the area, that the bush is no longer safe for hunting.
 
At the time of filing this report, the family had liaised with Chief priest and as Oghara tradition demands the remains of Augustine Oyubu would be buried at the place he was found since the cause of death was unknown.
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