NO. DTS 0628: DTSG COMMITTED TO EFFICIENT ELECTORAL PROCESS – GOV. OKOWA
NO. DTS 0629: RECESSION TIDE: DELTA IMPLORES FISCAL DISCIPLINE, PRUDENT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – BARR OTUARO
NO. DTS 0630: OKOWA MOURNS AS MAITAMA SULE DIES AT 88
NO. DTS 0631: UKAH CALLS ON ADVERTISING PRACTITIONERS TO REGULATE THEIR ACTIVITIES
NO. DTS 0632: PARTNERS ON PEACE: DELTA YOUTHS APPEAL TO GOV. OKOWA FOR MORE PRO-ACTIVE MEASURES ON PEACE
NO. DTS 0633: CHILD STEALING: MAGISTRATE COURT SENTENCES ONYEMAECHI TO 11 YEARS IMPRISONMENT
NO. DTS 0634: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: OVIE OF OGOR DOLES OUT CHIEFTAINCY TITLES
NO. DTS 0635: UVWIE KINGDOM: OSTRACIZED INDIGENES RE-UNITE WITH KINSMEN
NO. DTS 0636: BE LAW ABIDING – MONARCH URGES SOUTH AUTOMOBILE TECHNICIANS
NO. DTS 0637: POLYTECHNIC RECTOR ADVICES STUDENTS TO SHUN SOCIAL VICES
NO. DTS 0638: GOV OKOWA COMMENDED FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION SECTOR
EDITOR: Cele Ofuani
NO. DTS 0628, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
DTSG COMMITTED TO EFFICIENT ELECTORAL PROCESS – GOV. OKOWA
Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed that the state government was committed to the provision of proactive strategies for efficient electoral process in the State.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this in Asaba while receiving the report of the six man committee on the Post Mortem evaluation of the bye-election in Warri South I Constituency.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the Senior Political Adviser, Chief Festus Ochonogor said the committee’s report would help guide the PDP on how to surmount challenges facing the party as it prepared for future elections.
According to him “As a government, we believed that proactive strategies should be in place when it comes to conducting free and credible elections in our state so this exercise would be a learning tool which I believe would provide further insight into achieving more successful, efficient and economic friendly elections in our state”.
He said the April 26, Warri South One Constituency bye-election was a clear indication that the party remained a formidable force in the State and provided a platform in which further elections would be conducted efficiently and successfully in the state.
While commending members of the committee for their dedication and diligence, the Governor promised to implement the recommendations so as to reposition the party for future election victories, saying “I am really impressed with the commitment shown and it is my belief that this report will give be a guideline into achieving credible elections.”
The Chairman of the Committee Sir Dandy Idundun disclosed that the exercise was a success due to the awareness and sensitization of the general public especially party stakeholders as well as the collaborative efforts from neighbouring local governments.
While commending Governor Okowa for promoting the unity of the party, he said the recommendations of the report would help strengthen and overhaul the PDP.
NO. DTS 0629, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
RECESSION TIDE: DELTA IMPLORES FISCAL DISCIPLINE, PRUDENT RESOURCES MANAGEMENT – BARR OTUARO
The Delta State Government had said that it has been able to move against the tide of recession through fiscal discipline and prudent management of resources.
The State Acting Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro stated this yesterday, when he played host to the president and members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, (ANAN), during a courtesy call to Government House Asaba.
Barr. Otuaro said, at the inception of the present administration, the issue of militancy and pipeline vandalism reared its ugly head that crumbled oil production and exploration adding that the quick intervention by government and relevant stakeholders help in addressing the challenges.
The acting governor said, amidst the economic downturn, the SMART agenda has held government to set its priorities right resulting in the success stories recorded in all sectors on the state economy including education, health, agriculture and physical infrastructure and human capital development.
Barr. Otuaro described the theme of the ANAN programme in Delta State as timely as it will help develop the professional capacity of members in the modern day financial management.
He said the input of accountants was indispensable in any society resulting in the appointment of accountants in key positions by the Delta State government, adding that government will look into the request made by the association and given due consideration.
Earlier, the President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Alhaji Shehu Usman Ladan, said the association is in Asaba for the 3rd session of its Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) aimed at retraining its members to be in tune with changes in accountancy profession.
Alhaji Ladan while appreciating the state government and expressing his thanks to the governor for his support given to the branch of ANAN, he noted that ANAN was the first professional body in Nigeria to introduce retraining programme of professionals in 1996.
The president who said ANAN’s mode of training is collegiate in nature, appeal to the State government to consider the upgrade of members of the Association in the state public service who are still below Grade level 10 to Grade Level 10.
Also, Alhaji Ladan appealed to the governor for the sponsorship of members of the association in State Civil Service to ANAN Training Programmes as well as appointing its members into key positions in state, noting that it will impact positively in their work.
NO. DTS 0630, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
OKOWA MOURNS AS MAITAMA SULE DIES AT 88
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has commiserated with the government and people of Kano State over the death of two time Minister and Former Nigeria Permanent Representative to United Nation, Alhaji Maitama Sule who died on Sunday at an Egyptian hospital at 88 years.
In condolence statement issued in Asaba on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa lauded the politician for his exemplary leadership and oratory qualities.
“Alhaji Maitama Sule was a leading statesman whose demise would be missed by all and sundry. He was a gifted Nigerian whose knowledge of the Kano emirate earned him the traditional title of Dan Masanin Kano.”
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, we mourn the exit of a legend and elder statesman, Alhaji Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule who died at 88 at an Egyptian hospital in Cairo on Sunday.
He will be sorely missed as the first Ombudsman and former Nigerian Permanent Representative at the United Nations.
Governor Okowa prayed for repose of the soul of the late Elder Statesman and politician while commiserating with the family, the government and people of Kano State.
NO. DTS 0631, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
UKAH CALLS ON ADVERTISING PRACTITIONERS TO REGULATE THEIR ACTIVITIES
Advertising practitioners in Delta State have been urged to take advantage of the new law regulating their practices in the state to streamline their activities in line with professional best practices.
This call was made by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, while playing host to the newly appointed Managing Director of the Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mr. Onyemaka Kenneth, who led a team of his officers to visit him.
Mr. Ukah noted with pleasure that with the new law, the environment, which had previously been littered and defaced, will start wearing the expected look.
He said that the agency will not only boost the internally generated revenue of the state, but will improve the general outlook of the cities in the state by ensuring that posters and bill boards are pasted and mounted in accordance with the law.
The Commissioner for Information commended the Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for choosing Mr. Onyemaka to run the affairs of the agency.
While congratulating the Managing Director on his new appointment, the commissioner promised that the Ministry of Information was poised to give adequate publicity to all government agencies and that the ministry will partner with the agency with a view to making the populace to be informed and educated about the mandate of the agency.
Earlier in his speech, Mr. Onyemaka told the commissioner that he came with his team to get acquainted with the commissioner and the ministry as well as solicit the assistance of the ministry in enlightening Deltans on the activities and mandate of the agency.
NO. DTS 0632, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
PARTNERS ON PEACE: DELTA YOUTHS APPEAL TO GOV. OKOWA FOR MORE PRO-ACTIVE MEASURES ON PEACE
Delta State Youths under the aegis of Delta Youths Assembly (DYA), a socio-political pressure group for peace, unity and development of the state have mapped out strategy to collaborate with Partners for Peace in the Niger delta for youths sensitization against violence, cultism and other social vices.
The collaborative effort was realized during a workshop held at Asaba, the Delta State capital today organised by P4P, a network dedicated to promoting peace in the Niger Delta region.
Commenting on the feat, Comrade Gilor Kelly Peres – National chairman of Delta Youths Assembly (DYA) restated that “there cannot be any meaningful and sustainable development in the state without first pursuing peace in its purest form, the youths in Delta State stands for peace as the only way to address the many issues stampeding the growth of the state”.
“I want to use this opportunity to call in the government of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to support the efforts of Delta Youths in the drive for peace in the state; the vices we see in many of our inner towns can be surmounted, and DYA have chosen to stay in the fore front of regaining and sustaining the peace in the state”
Partners for Peace in the Niger delta Asaba Chapter program was facilitated by Chief Africas Lawal the Network Coordinator and Dr David Udofia the Capacity building Coordinator of the integrated Peace Development Unit of PIND foundation.
Reacting to the partnership for peace with Delta Youths, Chief Africas Lawal the Network Coordinator emphasized that “P4P is a platform where people with different backgrounds and perspectives can come together, not to point fingers or take sides, but to understand and address the root causes of conflict and build peace”.
“We bring individuals from diverse professions and tribes for training as peace ambassadors in Niger Delta in matters of conflict resolution by mediating in any form of stalemate between communities, individuals and organizations”.
NO. DTS 0633, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
CHILD STEALING: MAGISTRATE COURT SENTENCES ONYEMAECHI TO 11 YEARS IMPRISONMENT
A convict, one Onyemaechi Alor has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment without option of fine for conspiracy and child stealing by an Asaba Magistrate Court.
Mr Alor was arraigned before an Asaba Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Okonkwo Okanume in Suit No. CMA/368c/2014 COP v. Onyemaechi Alor on two counts charge of conspiracy to commit child stealing and child stealing, offences punishable under sections 516 and 371 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21, Vol.1 Laws of Delta State, 2006.
According to prosecution witnesses, on the 21st of May, 2014 the accused stole two young boys, Godspower 5 and Destiny 7, while playing in their housing estate on the pretence of taking them to a barber to have their hair cut. Rather than taking the boys who usually referred to him as ‘uncle’ to the salon, took them to Abia State where he sold them at #700,000 and #400,000 respectively to a woman who kept them locked up in a room.
The accused person and his accomplice,(the woman) were later arrested by two police officers disguised as Alhajis (buyers) and recovered the boys. The culprits were afterwards taken from Abia State to Delta State Police Command where they were eventually charged to court.
Citing copious judicial authorities, the trial Chief Magistrate held that the positive, direct and equivocal confessional statement of the accused coupled with evidence of PW1, PW2 and PW3 established his guilt and enough to sustain a conviction, maintaining that the prosecution has proved the allegations against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt.
Sentencing the accused person to five and seven years imprisonment without option of fine in counts one and two, the Court stated that child stealing was very prevalent in the society, and those caught in the act ought to be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
NO. DTS 0634, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: OVIE OF OGOR DOLES OUT CHIEFTAINCY TITLES
Some members of Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, Otor Ogor in Ughelli North Local Government Area conferred with chieftaincy titles for their immense contributions to the development of youths and growth of the Urhobo Nation by HRM Okiemute Onajite Igere the Ovie of Ogor Kingdom.
Those honoured with the chieftaincy titles include the National President of the group Comrade Francis Arhiyor, the pioneer National President Hon (Chief) Westham Adehor (JP),the National Secretary Comrade Vincent Oyibode,, Comrade Femi Okumagba,, Hon Austin Atiti, Hon Ernest Nikoro, Comrade Godwin Okporoko, Comrade Efe Okpodu and Comrade Tony Ofoni While other distinguished personalities who accompanied the patriotic Urhobo youth leaders that were also conferred with chieftaincy titles by the traditional ruler are Hon(Chief) Dennis Oghenebukome Omovie, Mrs Cynthia Atiti and Chief Sapele Omatseye.
Shortly before the conferment of the chieftaincy titles, the Ogor monarch in a brief speech commended members of the group for their immense contributions to the growth of Urhobo Nation particularly in the development of Urhobo youths and that the group should be proud of producing a traditional ruler in the person of himself.
Earlier the National Secretary of Urhobo Youth Leaders Association Comrade Vincent Oyibode in his speech explained that the visit was to felicitate with the Ogor monarch on his ascension to the throne as a former member of the group
With permission from the national leader of the group Hon (Chief) Adehor in his brief speech, announced the elevation of the Ovie of Ogor Kingdom as a grand patron of Urhobo Youth Leaders Association to the acceptance and delight of the Ogor monarch
While Comrade Arhiyor in his speech on behalf of the group thanked the Ovie of Ogor for the honor given to members of the group as he said that the honour will spur them to do more for Urhobo Nation and humanity
Prince Mike Igere, Prince Alex Igere, Hon Anthony Akpomiemie, Chief Jite Brown, Chief Titus Ezeweze, Hon Kingsley Edafiadjebre, Hon Igherebo and Barr Emmanuel Omovie were amongst the distinguished guests who graced the colorful occasion
NO. DTS 0635, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
UVWIE KINGDOM: OSTRACIZED INDIGENES RE-UNITE WITH KINSMEN
HRM Dr. Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso (JP) OON Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom and Uvwie people have de-ostracized the Ighedo Family who was ostracized at Uvwie Town Hall, Effurun in 2017 because of a member of the family who allegedly insulted the Ovie on the social media.
In a town hall meeting on Monday July 3rd, 2017, the President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) Chief Austin Ukuwrere disclosed that after the said ostracization of Ighedo Family, the family through some undisclosed traditional rulers and others appealed to the monarch for forgiveness and based on the appeal the Uvwie monarch presented the matter to executives of Uvwie Traditional Council of Chiefs and UGIU who set up a committee that recommended a fine for the Ighedo Family and also a letter of apology to HRM Abe 1 that should be aired and published in the media and that Ighedo Family has paid the fine and met other conditions for the de-ostracization and that the family also agreed to write the letter of apology to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom and aired and published it in the media.
In his brief speech, at the event High Chief Hope Akasa the Unuevworo of Alegbon etche (traditional administrative zone) commended the Ovie of Uvwie for his spirit of forgiveness just he warned that the ostracization of Ighedo Family should served as a lesson to Uvwie youths on respect for elders and constituted authorities advising further that children should honour their parents so that their days will be long on earth according to the injunction of the Bible.
Similarly speaking, the most senior chief in Ekpan at as the time of the event High Chief Victor Eghwrujakpor Otomiewo thanked God for the huge success of the event even as he prayed for peace based on justice. While Chief Ukuwrere in his chat with media men at the event expressed joy over the success of the occasion. He however stated that there was no political under tune on the matter, warning that the unruly behavior of Shedrack Ighedo should not repeat itself again in Uvwie Kingdom.
The Executive Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council Chief (Mrs) Stella Dabone who was represented at event by the Supervisory Councilor for Agriculture in Uvwie Local Government Council in her contribution expressed happiness over the success of the occasion as he noted that peace is one of the agenda of governor Okowa s administration.
The head of Ighedo Family present at the meeting Reverend Henry Ighedo expressed appreciation to the Ovie of Uvwie of Kingdom for the de-ostracization and admonishing that youths should have respect for elders and constituted authorities and that nobody has the right to insult a traditional ruler
A member of the Ighedo Family Olorogun Daniel Efe Ighedo who spoke to the press in the same vein gladly said that members of the family were at the event to celebrate joy over the de-ostracization just as he also expressed appreciation to Abe 1 and the entire Uvwie people for the gesture.
Chief Ighedo who advised his younger brother Shedrack to desist from doing things that could bring disrepute to the name of the family strongly advised that Shedrack should turn a new leaf.
NO. DTS 0636, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
BE LAW ABIDING – MONARCH URGES SOUTH AUTOMOBILE TECHNICIANS
Members of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, Aniocha South chapter have been advised to be law abiding in the performance of their duties, to enable them move to an enviable height.
The member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor gave the advice during the formal inauguration of the newly elected executive members of the group at Ogwashi-Uku.
Hon Mrakpor who was represented on the occasion by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon Austin Chikezie, lauded the executive members for the peaceful conduct of their election, adding that they have always behind her.
While describing NATA members as her children, she said she will always give them needed support to enable the group move forward.
The Hon. Commissioner for Ministry of transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan who was represented on the occasion by a director in the Ministry, Engineer Edu Ufuoma congratulated the group for their peaceful election and successful swearing in.
He said the Ministry has been in collaboration with NATA for a long time, adding that it will give necessary support to the group to enable it succeed.
While saying that Ministry of Transport will continue to partner with NATA, he said the importance of the group cannot be overemphasized.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ogwashi-Uku division, Supol Tobi Debakeme noted that NATA members have contributed greatly to human existence.
He called on the executive and the entire members of the association to ensure that they do their business within the ambit of the law.
The Divisional Police Officer said they should ask questions before they perform their duties to avoid falling into trouble.
The State Chairman of Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, Comrade Ifeanyi Abanum in his speech, said that NATA is an umbrella body, covering all mechanics, auto electricians, Panel beaters, Vulcanizer, spray painters, upholstery, motorcycle, tricycle repairers, generator repairers, auto welders and air-conditions repairers, adding that there are other groups that is affiliated to NATA such as Fashion designers, furniture, hair dressers to mention but a few.
The State Chairman said the main objective of NATA is to bring together all the artisans under one umbrella with a view to protecting the rights and integrity of members.
Comrade Abanum said in line with the developmental agenda of the state government in the area of security and welfare of all Deltas, that NATA also serves as the connecting rod between the artisans and the State Government.
He said the State Executive of NATA under his leadership, have successfully organized the training of Delta State auto marshals, trained by the commissioner of Police Delta State, adding that they have been prepared and ready for service.
Comrade Abanum charged the new executive of Aniocha South to use their certificate to bring together all artisans and equally abstain from acts, capable of putting them in trouble, saying that they should work with the police for peace.
Obi Professor Chukwuka Okono, the obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom who was the royal father on the occasion, lauded the group for their responsible conduct.
The Obi, who was represented, by the Ozoma of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Chief Law Okolobi, said he is happy to associate with the artisans, because according to him, they are well organized saying that he is solidly behind NATA in the area.
Earlier in his address, the newly elected NATA chairman, Aniocha South, Chapter, Mr. Sunday Ogwu, thanked God far the peaceful conduct of their election and love existing among NATA members in the area.
While thanking the state executive for giving them the opportunity to serve, he said he will work effectively with his team, to ensure that the group moves to an enviable height.
He advised the artisans to be honest in their business for the purpose of peace and development, reminding them that money gotten by tricks also goes by trick, adding that they should always be truthful and honest to their customer.
Ogwn said he will work peacefully with all members and carry everybody along in his governance.
The newly elected executive member include Comrade Sunday Ogwu Chairman, Comrade Ikechukwu Onu, Vice Chairman, Comrade Friday Opute, Co-ordinator, Comrade Emma Ogude general Secretary, Comrade Emeka Emmanuel, Assistant Secretary.
Others are Clement Nwabueze, treasurers, Comrade Olu Idowu, Public Relations Officer, Comrade Okofu Chukwuka, Provost and Comrade John Dibia, Marshal.
NO. DTS 0637, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
POLYTECHNIC RECTOR ADVICES STUDENTS TO SHUN SOCIAL VICES
The Rector Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, Professor Mrs. Stella Chinye Chiemeke has said that the only way students can achieve their academic dreams in life is only when they take their academic programme seriously.
Professor Chiemeke made the declaration in a chat with news men in her office at Ogwashi-Uku.
She urged students to always keep in mind the core values inculcated in them by their parents from childhood, adding that they should always strive to be good ambassadors of their parents and the institution.
The academic boss, urged students to abstain from social vices that are capable of putting them in trouble, saying that they should live their lives in the fear of God, because it is good according to her to serve God.
While saying that students should imbibe the culture of hard work, she reminded them that no one gets to the top without hard work.
The Rector charged students to shun shortcut to success, opining that shortcut to success leads to sorrow.
NO. DTS 0638, WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
GOV OKOWA COMMENDED FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION SECTOR
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been commended for his genuine support to the Education Sector of the State.
The Proprietor of Cross Crown Nursery and Primary School and Cross Crown Comprehensive College Umu-Olu Ogwashi-Uku, Chief Felix John Esedebe gave the commendation in a chat with newsmen at Ogwashi-Uku.
He said the people of the State would be very happy if government will devote more fund for scholarship to the intelligent young boys and girls of Delta origin, to study both within and outside the country, especially on the area of information technology, saying that it will enable Deltans develop appetite to functional technology.
Chief Esedebe noted that the importance of education in any nation and particularly Nigeria cannot be over emphasized and as such, children who acquire real education upto university level or other tertiary institutions will bring about the five main national goals.
The goals according to him include, a free and democratic society, a just and egalitarian society, a united strong and self reliant nation, a great and dynamic economy and a land full of bright opportunities for all citizens.
Chief Esedebe a trained teacher and a graduate in Business English and Communication from London, called on parents in the country to discipline their children and wards when they exhibit bad behaviours, saying that holding back discipline when it is warranted makes the task re harder.
He said that without discipline, that children will continue to be unruly, which according to him, exhaust the Parents and parents who give inconsistent direction will confuse the children in all directions.
The proprietor, who is also a graduate of Nigeria Institute of Journalism Lagos and a former Business Editor of the watchdog group of Newspapers, urged parents to have a balanced discipline, which he said will train a child’s thinking and shape his moral character, adding that it will also help the children feel secured as they grow to responsible adult hood later in life.
A child left unrestrained, according to him, brings shame on his parents, adding that if parents and guidance fail to assume their authority, that their children may well feel that they (children) are at the helm.
While reminding parents that whatever a man sow, is what he will reap, he said they should bear in mind that a well trained child will not only be a blessing to his family but to the nation in general.
Chief Esedebe, who holds the traditional title of the Inoba of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, equally called on the parents in the area to ensure they inculcate the right moral values, to the young ones.
He noted that most of the elders are not showing the young ones the right culture, right moral values and the right direction, calling on such elder to turn a new leave for the purpose of a better future for the young ones.