NO DTS 1133 COVID 19: DELTA TO COMPLETE TRANS-WARRI ROAD, BRIDGES 2021
NO DTS 1134 DELTA URGES ROAD CONTRACTORS TO SPEED PROJECTS COMPLETION
NO DTS 1135 STAKEHOLDERS TACKLE FG’S EMBARGO ON ADMISSION OF NEW INMATES AT CUSTODIAL CENTRES
NO DTS 1136 DELTA STATE CJ COMMENCES VISIT TO CUSTODIAL CENTRES JUNE 8
NO DTS 1137 KOKO COMMUNITY INSTALLS NEW OLARAJA
NO DTS 1138 ASAGBA COUNSELS GOVERNMENT ON COVID-19, SPEAKS ON NIGERIA’ S DEMOCRACY
NO DTS 1139 DELTA REVENUE BOARD MOURNS STAFF
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO DTS 1133: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020
Delta Government on Wednesday reaffirmed its determination to complete ongoing construction of Trans-Warri road and bridges in Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner for Works in the state, Chief James Augoye, made the pledge while briefing newsmen shortly after inspecting the project.
He said that the inspection was to ensure that all contractors handling projects for government were on site in line with the state government’s directive to them to return to site following to substantial relaxation of the lockdown occasion by COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated that the multi-billion naira road project which comprised 25.8 kilometres and 19 bridges linking Ubeji, Ifie, Ijala, Ogbodede, Inorin, Ajigba, Orugbo, Usele, Ode-Itsekiri was awarded in 2006 but that the contractor moved to site in November, 2007.
“Although the project has several spurs to other communities, this administration decided that the contractor should concentrate on the main alignment.
“The contractors are presently trying to complete the remaining 5 bridges and once they are done with that they will continue on the road work.
“The quality of work is very high and I must commend the contractors for doing a good job. However, let me urge them to increase the pace of work to ensure that this project is completed by the end of next year.
“Of course, I also know that they have challenges in terms of financing of the project but we are all aware of the state of the country’s finances and Delta State is also affected. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing everything possible to ensure prompt completion of this project,” he said
Augoye disclosed that the project had opened up the Ubeji to Ifie side of the Warri River and had attracted six tank farms and other multi-billion naira investments and urged the contractors to speed up the pace of work in order to meet the December, 2021 completion timeline.
“As you can see the road has not been completed but it has opened up the other side of the river to much economic activities and if this other side of the river is completed, it means that it will create more economic activities for the people around this area,” he stated.
Special Director of the project, Chief Otimeyin Adam, commended the governor for “his avowed commitment to complete the project’’.
He said that Okowa’s administration had reduced the state government’s indebtedness to the contractor from N9 billion to N3 billion and expressed optimism that the project would be completed according to agreement.
Earlier, Area Manager of Setraco, Delta Region, Mr Joseph Helby said that the company was determined to complete the project at the end of 2021.
“We have completed 14 of the bridges while work is ongoing on the remaining five bridges; we have also completed 95 per cent of the internal roads in Ode-Itsekiri and we look forward to completion of the entire project at the end of 2021,” Helby said
NO DTS 1134 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY,
JUNE 3, 2020
DELTA URGES ROAD CONTRACTORS TO SPEED PROJECTS COMPLETION
Delta Government has called on contractors handling road projects in the state to speed up work before the wet season would properly set in.
The Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, made the call in Agbarho, Ughelli North Council Area of the state while inspecting the three-kilometre Agbarho-Orherhe-Otokutu road and bridge section one.
Augoye said that the project was earlier awarded to another contractor, but that the contractor failed to mobilise to site.
He commended the contractor handling the project, Feborze Global Venture, for the quality of work and urged them to complete the project within three months.
“You will recall that this project was earlier awarded to another contractor, who failed to mobilise to site until the governor directed that the project be re-awarded to this present contractor.
“I must commend their pace and quality of work and I urge them to complete the project within the next three months,” he added
The Project Manager, Mr Ifeanyi Ochuba, said that the project was 75 per cent completed and that it would be completed in the next three months.
The commissioner also inspected the three-kilometre road with reinstatement of collapsed bridge at Oduaran road in Ughelli, and said that the road was cut-off last September due to flooding in the area and commended the contractor for the pace of work.
“As at September, last year, this road was cut-off and the governor directed that the road should be reconstructed and the bridge reinstated.”
The Chairman of Obakpor Engineering Company Ltd., Chief John Oguma, said the project was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic but assured that it would be completed in July, 2020.
NO DTS 1135: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY,
JUNE 3, 2020
COVID 19: STAKEHOLDERS TACKLE FG’S EMBARGO ON ADMISSION OF NEW INMATES AT CUSTODIAL CENTRES
By Agbaragu Timothy
Stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice, Delta State are uncomfortable with the authority of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abuja, for placing embargo on admission of remand suspects into custodial centres across the country without consulting the states and critical stakeholders.
The reaction came on the heels of a circular sent by the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) Abuja, to all controllers of correctional service in the 36 states of the federation directing them to refuse admission of new inmates into custodial centres to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the various facilities.
The circular dated 06/04/2020 reads: “I am directed to inform you to put an embargo on the admission of new inmates of any category of custodial centres and boarstal training institutions under your supervision until further notice.”
The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro who presided over the meeting stated that aside the routine stakeholders meeting usually held as a prelude to visits to custodial centres, stressed that the primary purpose of the meeting was for stakeholders to deliberate and brainstorm on the import of the circular from NCS.
At the end of the interactive session, stakeholders drawn from Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Service, Nigerian Bar Association, Legal Aid Council, Ministry of Justice and the Clergy, expressed dismay over the non-inclusion of the inputs of states, security architecture, heads of courts and critical stakeholders before taking such a far-reaching decision.
On the way forward, stakeholders recommended that the new inmates should be quarantined for 14 days to ascertain their COVID-19 status, and those who tested positive should be taken to isolation centers for treatment, while negative ones be admitted into custodial centres.
The chief judge inaugurated a committee to examine, explore and recommend an interim measure of handling the problem of keeping remand suspects temporarily in a secured place until the embargo was lifted.
Members of the committee are Ngozi Momah, Functioning Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice as Chairman; Fidelix Odunna, O/C Legal, Nigeria Police and Mr Michael Asugo, Nigerian Bar Association.
Others are E. Daubry, Department of State service; Flora Imo, State Coordinator Legal Aid Council and Mr Agbaragu Timothy, to serve as Secretary.
NO DTS 1136: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020
DELTA STATE CJ COMMENCES VISIT TO CUSTODIAL CENTRES JUNE 8
The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro will on Monday, June 8, 2020 embark on the second quarter of visit to the five custodial centres of the Nigerian Correctional Service and Sapele Remand Home, across the state.
According to the itinerary of the honourable chief judge’s visit released by the office of the Acting Chief Registrar, High Court of Justice, Delta State, Justice Umukoro will begin the visit with the Custodial Centre, Warri on Monday June 8, and Tuesday, June 9, 2020. While Sapele Custodial Centre and Remand Home will be visited on Wednesday June 10, 2020.
Similarly, the Chief Judge will be at Agbor Custodial Centre on Monday June 15, 2020, while that of Kwale Custodial Centre is scheduled for Tuesday June 16, 2020.
The Chief Judge will round off the visit at Ogwashi-Uku Custodial Centre on Wednesday June 17, 2020.
Accordingly, Lawyers, security agencies and stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice are urged to be prepared for the proposed visit of the Chief Judge to make it successful.
NO DTS 1137: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020
KOKO COMMUNITY INSTALLS NEW OLARAJA
By Temi Boyo
Koko Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta state, has installed a new community head; known as Olaraja of Koko, Apostle Richwell Achenuwa over the weekend.
Achenuwa, age 97, succeeds, late Pa. Samuel Aganbi, who passed on early this year, and becomes the oldest man in the community,
Henceforth, he becomes the custodian of the community, and must be consulted first on issues affecting the community.
It will be recalled that during the controversial installation of late Pa. Samuel Aganbi, September last year, Pa. Apostle Achenuwa, had alleged that some persons in the community, ruled out his installation as Olaraja, after the death of the Late Chief Victor Nana.
In a chat with the new community head few days after his installation, Pa. Achenuwa, described the recent events as an act of God, and thanked God, and the people of the community for making his long awaited installation a reality.
Some residents of the community, who spoke to our correspondent, were enthusiastic about the recent development in the community.
They however noted that a new Olaraja, in spite of the corona virus pandemic will nonetheless chart a new course for Koko community.
NO DTS 1138: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020
ASAGBA COUNSELS GOVERNMENT ON COVID-19, SPEAKS ON NIGERIA’ S DEMOCRACY
By Ambrose Ologide
Former Secretary General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Chief Peter Asagba has counseled government on the handling of covid-19 positives and also spoke on Nigeria’s 21 years democratic experience in an interaction with our correspondent at his posh residence in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area on Tuesday June 2nd, 2020.
Asagba who is the traditional Prime Minister of Amukpe District of Okpe Kingdom, showered praises on governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic , particularly his establishments of isolation centres in the state state.
The Okpe chief disclosed that he had malaria and typhoid fever and his blood pressure was very high and that he did not have the covid-19 symptoms identified by medical experts but said he was tested positive of covid-19 at the Central Hospital Warri and thereafter taken to the isolation Centre at Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara where he stayed for twelve days and discharged after he tested negative for the disease.
Asagba who owns the the prestigious Casa De Pedro Hotels, along Refinery Road, Effurun noted that most covid-19 positives have underlying ailments that were more serious than covid-19 and therefore strongly advised that such ailments should be treated alongside the covid-19 ” or else if they die of such ailments in the course of treatment of the covid-19, they would be recorded as those that died of the pandemic.”
He also strongly advised that media experts involve in the treatment of covid-19 positives should give special cognisance to their diet at the isolation centres as he noted that not all those in isolation centres eat cow meat and that some of them were also diabetic.
On his assessment of democracy in Nigeria, Chief Asagba asserted that Nigerians have gotten it right after 21 years Nigeria ‘ s democratic experience ” until votes are counted for and those elected are responsible to the electorate, we cannot say have true democracy as it is practice elsewhere.”
The sage who noted that presidential democracy was too expensive when compared to parliamentary democracy, also called for true federation with strong federating units and a weak centre.
He also seized the opportunity to appeal to governments at all levels to always consider plights of pensioners as he stated that pensioners deserved better treatment after serving their fathers’ land” Therefore they should be paid their entitlements at when due and not when they have past on or incurred huge debts.
NO DTS 1139: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020
DELTA REVENUE BOARD MOURNS STAFF
By Giovanni Emephia
It was a sad moment for the management and staff of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue as they paid a condolence visit on the family of Mr. Victor Aghomotsegin, Deputy Director of Taxes in charge of Public Sector and Local Government Taxation Unit of the Board, who passed on suddenly last week.
Leader of the delegation and Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue Sir Monday Onyeme expressed deep sadness at the sudden demise of Mr. Aghomotsegin, describing him as a “hardworking tax professional whose valuable contribution to the Board would be missed”.
Sir Onyeme who led other Board Members including Directors and key staff to the home of the late Aghomotsegin in Sapele, urged the family to take solace in the fact that he lived a remarkable life of service to his family and the government of Delta State.
The Revenue Board Chairman also extended the Board’s hand of support to the bereaved family in their time of grief.