NO DTS 1164 OKOWA LINKS OVWOR, EFFURUN-OTOR COMMUNITIES WITH HISTORIC BRIDGE
NO DTS 1165 OKOWA MOURNS JOYCE OVERAH
NO DTS 1166 WE ARE NOT RUBBER STAMP TO THE EXECUTIVE – DTHA SPEAKER
NO DTS 1167 DELTA CHIEF JUDGE ADVOCATES EXPANSION OF CORRECTIONAL CENTRES
NO DTS 1168 ONYEME BEAMS TAX SEARCHLIGHT ON OIL, GAS COMPANIES
NO DTS 1169 OKOWA ‘S TENURE TARGETED TO UPLIFT UDU – BOGBAN
NO DTS 1170 INOAGHAN CONDOLES OVERAH FAMILY, SAYS DEMISE UNTIMELY
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NO DTS 1164: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
OKOWA LINKS OVWOR, EFFURUN-OTOR COMMUNITIES WITH HISTORIC BRIDGE
The people of Ovwor-Olomu and Effurun-Otor communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta are full of joy as the historic bridge linking both communities has been completed by the state government.
The project, whose contract was first awarded 39 years ago, was abandoned by previous administrations in the state until Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa came into office and awarded the project to Obakpor Engineering Construction Company Limited.
The bridge, which is 100 meters long with 20 meters span, has a height of 45 meters from the water level and three hundred meters asphalt road and side drains on both sides of the approach.
Inspecting the project on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, said that the project was a dream come true for the people of both communities, adding that it was another milestone in achieving the Stronger Delta vision of Okowa administration.
He said the project had opened up the economic landscape of both communities, and that investors were now free to invest in the area without hindrances.
He commended the contractor for his ingenuity in delivering the project, noting that the project was one of the success stories of indigenous engineering in the country.
“The successful completion of this project is one of the legacy projects of the Okowa administration and we are proud that it is one of the achievements of indigenous engineering in Nigeria.
“The bridge, which links both communities, was long abandoned by subsequent administrations since 1991 when it was first awarded by OMPADEC.
“The completion of this bridge opens up both communities for investment as you can see that economic activities have picked up tremendously,” Augoye stated.
Conducting the commissioner through the bridge, Chairman of Obakpor Engineering Construction Limited, Chief John Oguma, said that he felt fulfilled to have delivered the project.
“Let me say that I am the most fulfilled man today because of the completion of this legacy project.
“I call it a legacy project because my father is from Ovwor and my mother is from Effurun-Otor and this bridge which was first awarded in 1991 was abandoned by previous administrations.
“I must thank Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the political will he muster to pull this project through. The people of both communities and their generations unborn will long remember him for this legacy project,” he stated.
The commissioner also inspected ongoing construction of access road to new tankers park, access road to Warri Refinery and the Depot, Dafiakpor road, off Sedeco Road as well as Ogodogun Street, Off Udu Road.
He also inspected ongoing dualisation of Effurun-Sapele road, and commended the contractors for quality of work.
He urged them to increase their pace of work to meet completion timelines for the various projects.
NO DTS 1165: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
OKOWA MOURNS JOYCE OVERAH
Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed sadness on the passing of the Commissioner representing Sapele, Ethiope West and Okpe local government areas on the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Mr Joyce Overah.
Overah reportedly died on yesterday in Sapele after a brief illness. He was 59.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on today in Asaba, Okowa commiserated with the people of Sapele Local Government Area and Elume community in particular, over the demise of the renowned politician and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain.
He noted that the departed Overah was a grassroots politician and administrator, who excelled as Education Secretary, member House of Representatives and as commissioner for Science and Technology from 2015 to 2019.
According to the governor, the deceased was a thorough bred politician whose love for his people led him to contest, and won election to represent them in the lower chamber of the federal parliament.
He said, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a gentleman and grassroots-oriented politician, who passed on in Sapele on Tuesday.
“The news of his death came to me as a terrible shock.
“He was a gentleman-politician, who distinguished himself in the service of his people, first, as Education Secretary; member, House of Representatives, and later as Commissioner for Science and Technology and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
“As a member of the state‘s Executive Council, in our first term, Overah demonstrated commitment to the unity and development of the state was infectious and it was little wonder that he was the Dean, College of Commissioners during the period, and he served diligently.
“Due to his outstanding performance as Secretary, Local Education Authority in Sapele LGA and his clear passion for his people, he was found worthy to represent them in the House of Representatives, where he served diligently between 2007 and 2011.
“Until his death, he was the Commissioner representing Sapele, Ethiope West and Okpe local government areas on the board of DESOPADEC.”
Okowa regretted that the deceased former federal lawmaker and cabinet member in the state passed when his services were needed more, adding that the state government and the people would miss him sorely.
He prayed God to accept the deceased’s soul and grant fortitude to the family and friends he left to bear the loss.
The deceased hailed from Elume in Sapele Local Government Area. He began his political career as Secretary of Sapele Local Education Authority from 2001 to 2006 and was elected President of Education Secretaries in Delta.
NO DTS 1166: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
WE ARE NOT RUBBER STAMP TO THE EXECUTIVE – DTHA SPEAKER
By: Augustine Akanigha
The Delta State House of Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. (Chief) Sheriff Oborevwori said the Delta State law makers are never a rubber stamp to the executive arms and that the law makers has developed a very good synagy between the executives and the assembly.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker disclosed this today during a media briefing to commemorate the first anniversary of the seventh assembly at the Delta State House of Assembly Press Centre in Asaba the state capital.
In his words, “We are not rubber stamp to the executive and working together does not mean that we are rubber stamp”.
The Speaker further gave his stewardship on the success so far achieved by the Seventh Assembly, adding that upon the inauguration of the Seventh Assembly, they met and put down the following objective to create an Assembly that is based on knowledgeable staff and well informed legislators with the ability to improved competence, Timely consideration and processing of bills.
Others, he stated, include physical transformation of the Assembly complex and legislators quarters, aAssembly that will provide effective service delivery to the people of the state and constructive engagement of the executive in policy formulation and transformation of same into law when necessary.
Rt. Hon. Sheriff re-assures Deltans that the Seventh Assembly will continue to drive positive changes and remain committed to the promotion of the rule of law and democratic tenets saying that,
“The Seventh Assembly is a work in progress and more resilient, purposeful, committed and always available for legislative responsibilities in plenary, committees and oversight assignment.”
The Speaker make bold to say that the capacity building for competence and excellence has transformed into the legislative competence of members and staff in the discharged of their duties which has effectively and positively impacted on the members participation and contribution during debates and other legislative business during plenary which has enabled the house to maintain the position as the most vibrant state House of Assembly in the Country.
He mention the series of training and re-training, including workshops for members and staff in different parts of the state and outside the state.
Rt. Hon. Oborivwori highlighted that in the period under revenue, 14 Bills was received, 9 bills was passed and 9 bills was assented to, while zero bills awaiting assent and 5 bills pending. Adding that under the same period a total of 66 motions were received and 66 resolutions were adopted accordingly.
On the area of physical transformation of the Assembly complex and legislative Quarters, The Rt. Hon. Speaker said that the seventh Assembly decided to improved the aesthetics of the complex and the legislator’s quarters to provide a conducive working environment for members and staffs. In his words:
“Key areas of needs identified for improvement including provision of portable water, interlocking of the complex, construction of cesspools to contain the flow of water, maintenance and renovation of the printing press, upgrading/renovation of the committee’s rooms and the press centre, beautification of the legislator’s Quarters and general facelift of the Assembly Complex”.
He further said that the State Assembly will continue to provide effective service delivery to the people, and in spite of the Corona Virus pandemic and the attendant health risk, the leadership of the house is in line with the State Government, guidelines and NCDC protocols, devised a means to enable the House sit at plenary to consider and pass critical Finance Bills to effectively position the State in the Trying times, The Bills Which include: Delta State Fiscal Responsibility (Amendment) law 2020, Delta state public procurement law 2020. Delta State revised Appropriation law 2020 and Delta state Internal revenue law, 2020.
Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborivwori also intimated Journalist that the Honourable members of the Seventh Assembly have actively engaged in constituency visits and town hall meetings to feel the pulse of their constituents receive feedbacks and also promote government programmes and policies.
He noted that during the lockdown by the state government, members of the House provided palliatives to help constituents cope with the hardship occasioned by the Corona Virus pandemic.
The Speaker gave special thanks to His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in his words:
“let me use this occasion to thanks His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, The Governor of Delta State for his support to the legislature. We are indeed grateful to His Excellency for sustaining and maintaining the harmonies, working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature”.
While he also acknowledge the support of Distinguished Principal officers, Honourable members and staffs of the Assembly.
NO DTS 1167: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
DELTA CHIEF JUDGE ADVOCATES EXPANSION OF CORRECTIONAL CENTRES
By Timothy Agbaragu
The Delta State Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro has attributed delay in the administration of justice, amongst other factors, to include large number of cases in cause lists, even as he advocated for the expansion of the various custodial centres.
Justice Umukoro expressed the grave concern at Warri Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service where he freed 149 inmates awaiting trial and granted bail to six.
Reviewing the warrants of 786 awaiting trial inmates, the number one Judicial Officer of the State who lamented that the number of the Centre has tripled the number which it was originally constructed for in 1916, bemoaned federal government’s inability to expand its facilities to commensurate with the astronomical increase of inmates.
He also listed other factors leading to congestion of custodial centres to paucity of vehicles to reproduce inmates to court, delay in sitting by courts, frivolous interlocutory applications by Lawyers, decay of societal mores, law and other, delay in rendering legal opinion by the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Ministry of Justice, transfers of investigation police officers (IPOs) and relocation of witnesses.
The Chief Judge admonished inmates between 17 to 18 years old in Warri custodial centre to refrain from associating with bad company.
He stated some of them might be innocent of the offence allegedly committed, but inadventedly found themselves in their present predicament because of the bad friends they keep.
Among those granted bail were three women: Margret Ikpesa, 50, Cecilia Akpomedaye, 69 and Epinigho Jarikre 80, who were charged for forceful entry under section 4(4) b of the Delta State Public and Private Properties Protection Law, 2018 ( a.k.a. Deve) which attract death penalty.
Justice Umukoro queried the rationale behind arraigning women in their 60s under a Law ordinarily targeted at youths who extort money from land developers whereas there was a Criminal Code that dealt with such offence that stipulates six months imprisonment if convicted.
Their counsel, Mr. Ovuayero Esi criticised the charge, saying that his clients were victim of oppression by a few elites in the community who were bent on seizing their land. He stated that the charge disclose mischief and oppression.
The Deputy Controller of Corrections, Warri Custodial Centre, Solomon Airiohuodion appealed to the Chief Judge to use his good office to influence the State Government to assist in decongesting the condemned convicts section, stressing it was against the rules and regulations of the Correctional Service to mix condemn convict inmates with other categories of inmates.
NO DTS 1168: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
ONYEME BEAMS TAX SEARCHLIGHT ON OIL, GAS COMPANIES
By Giovanni Emephia
In furtherance of his determination to expand the State’s tax net and ensure that the riverine areas and businesses in the oil and gas sectors paid their fair share of taxes, Chairman Delta State Board of Internal Revenue Sir Monday Onyeme has set up special teams of revenue officers to focus on operations in that sector.
Addressing the officers today in Warri, the Chairman, represented at the occasion by the board member representing Delta North, Mr Goddey Daniel, emphasised the desire of the board to boost the state’s internally generated revenue through innovative ideas
According to him, the exercise would involve beaming the board’s tax searchlight on operators of petroleum tank farms, tug boats and petrol stations whom he said were not paying the appropriate taxes for their category of business.
Sir Onyeme enjoined the revenue staff to take their assignment seriously and ensure that these oil and gas related businesses, including other marine related businesses do not continue to evade paying appropriate taxes to government.
While warning staff of the dire consequences of compromising their positions, the revenue board Chairman urged the selected staff to protect the interest of the State Government by ensuring a steady increase in the revenue generation capacity of the Board.
NO DTS 1169: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
OKOWA ‘S TENURE TARGETED TO UPLIFT UDU – BOGBAN
By Ambrose Ologide
A Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Udu Local Government Area, Chief Godwin Bogban has asserted that the tenure of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a tenure targeted to the upliftment of the Udu people.
Chief Bogban made the assertion in Orhuwhorun, Udu Local Government Area in his key note address during the inauguration of the executive committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area just as he urged them to close ranks in mobilizing for the party at the grassroot level ahead of 2021 and 2023 elections at the weekend.
Godwin Bogban who doubles as the coordinator of the’ Governor Okowa Must Rule Again 2019 ‘ remarked that the achievements of the Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is second to none, noting that Senator Okowa was able to transform every local government area in the state
He stressed that the numerous roads constructed in Udu Local government area and appointments of Udu people were clear attestation to the fact that Governor Okowa ‘ s tenure was targeted at the upliftment of Udu
Chief Bogban who pointed out that Orhuwhorun is the heart beat of Udu Local government enjoined members of Ward 9 PDP to help sustain the legacy of the Okowa led administration by starting early to woo more members to the party at the grassroots level.
The Udu PDP Chieftain equally charged the PDP ward 9 executives to see the need to work together assuring that their hard work will pave way positively for them.
Chairman of PDP in Udu Local Government Area, Evangelist David Siloko in his speech at the event noted that Governor Okowa in his wisdom was able to engaged youths, women and men in meaningful employment He then urged them to sustain the legacies of governor Okowa for the benefit of all.
He advised the PDP Ward 9 executives headed by Comrade Efete Okolosi to put aside selfish interest and to work for the growth of the party.
Another distinguished personality who spoke at the event was a PDP leader in Udu, Chief Eddy Onosorhue who described the meeting as a laudable initiative, noting that it would enhance the growth of the party in the area just he commended Bogban for convening the meeting.
NO DTS 1170: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020
INOAGHAN CONDOLES OVERAH FAMILY, SAYS DEMISE UNTIMELY
By Valerie Oyibo-Itie
The Chairman of Sapele Local Government Council, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, Sapele residents and other well-meaning Deltans, have condoled with the Overah Family over the death of Hon. Joyce Overah at his residence in Sapele.
Hon. Inoaghan, speaking to the press described Overah, the Commissioner representing Sapele, Okpe and Ethiope West Local Government Areas in the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), said that one of Sapele’s finest politician whose loyalty to the people’s Democratic Party (PDP), would continue to resonate in the way he mobilized for the success of the party at different elections in the local government area.
Inoaghan also added that Hon. Overah would always be remembered for his exceptionally calm disposition and excellent ways of communicating wisdom in simple ways, noting that Sapele residents especially the political class would greatly miss him.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DESOPADEC, Chief Askia Ogieh that paid a condolence visit to the Overah family on Wednesday, 10th June 2020, expressed shock and sadness over the death of Hon. Overah.
In his words ” We have lost an articulate, passionate and forth right member of our board whose painful passage is hard to imagine. We are however consoled that he demonstrated his passion for his people in very practical ways that are enduring”.
He described the death of Hon. Overah as a blight on the seamless progressive trajectory of the board since its inauguration about a year ago by the State Governor, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. Askia Ogieh was accompanied by other Commissioners in the Commission.
Odede Daniel, a neighbor to Hon. Joyce Overah said that it was a sad news, saying, “We have lost one of Sapele finest politician of his generation.”
Miss Favour Hilder, a student that had benefited from Overah’s goodwill said that deceased was selfless, gentle, caring and always available to his people.
Ochuko Praise, a business tycoon, said Hon. Joyce Overah operated an open door policy, had a listening ear and an attitude of always wanting to do something for the betterment of his people, adding: “We will miss him dearly.”
Hon. Joyce Overah died on Tuesday 9th of June 2020 at Delta State Teaching hospital, after falling ill.
He was a former lawmaker, having represented the Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie Federal Constituency in the House of Representative between 2007 and 2011.
He was also a one-time Commissioner of Science and Technology as well as Commissioner for local government and Chieftaincy affairs in Delta State during the first tenure of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (Between 2015 and 2018).