ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
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NO. DTS 0250 STEP ENTREPRENEURS TASKED TO PLOUGH BACK PROFITS TO ENSURE BUSINESS SUCCESS

NO. DTS 0251 DELTA STATE STARTS UP PIONEER YAGEP ENTREPRENEURS IN RICE PRODUCTION

NO. DTS 0252 DELTA GOVT TO PROTECT LANDED PROPERTIES OWNERS, APPROVES WORK ON BONSAAC, DLA/JESUS SAVES, OTHERS

NO. DTS 0253 OKPOLO ENHWE CLAN REGENCY TO BE ADDRESSED SOON – OTUARO

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NO. DTS 0250 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
STEP ENTREPRENEURS TASKED TO PLOUGH BACK PROFITS TO ENSURE BUSINESS SUCCESS

45 STEPreneurs trained in POP and Tiling under the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) have received starter packs to begin their enterprises.

Presenting the starter packs to the beneficiaries in Asaba, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, reiterated his administration’s commitment to tackling youth unemployment in the state, adding that their engagement in the job creation programme is a clear demonstration of his love for them and his desire that they have a sustainable means of livelihood.

Governor Okowa represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barr (Mrs) Mary Iyasere, enjoined them to put into good use the training acquired during their 3 months training at the different training centres across the state.

He charged them to reciprocate the State Government’ kind gestures by being good ambassadors of STEP and by judicious use of their starter packs, “we want to see progress, independence and ability to employ others to work for you.”

Continuing, he said, “Doing business is not self-aggrandizement. Learn to plough back your profit in the next four years to make your business grow to a sustainable level before involving in capital-intensive expenses.”

Earlier, the State Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, congratulated the beneficiaries for the successful completion of their 3 months training programme, urging them to put the knowledge acquired into good use.

While saying that he was satisfied with the high performance of STEPreneurs trained in Interlocking, POP and Tiling in the 2015 Cycle, he expressed his optimism that those in the 2016 Cycle will do better.

He listed the items in the starter packs for the 25 STEP Tilers to include non-repayable Fireman Sumec Generator 2900; repayable Filing Machine; Manual Tile Cutter; Pinches 8 inches amongst other tools; a micro credit of #120,000.00 and #10,000.00 monthly stipends for 3 months.

In the same vein, 22 STEPreneurs trained in POP received a grant of 1 Filing Machine and 1 Generator- Fireman Sumec 2900, while the repayable component of the starter pack included Cutting Machine; Hand Saw; 18 inches Range; Big Plum; Screwing Pan; Big Hammer and other tools in addition to micro credit of #120, 000.00 and#10, 000.00 monthly stipends for three months.

On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Comrade Edward Mekwunye, advised the beneficiaries to remain focused and disciplined in order to achieve success.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Edwin Ofuase (Oshimili North LGA) expressed his gratitude to the State Government and appealed that the programme be sustained. In his words, “I did not envisage that I will be given this much. Though I had the dream of being a tiler, I didn’t know how to go about it. This should not stop in our time, but should continue so that other unemployed Delta youths can benefit.”

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NO. DTS 0251 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
DELTA STATE STARTS UP PIONEER YAGEP ENTREPRENEURS IN RICE PRODUCTION

37 pioneer beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) have been established with starter packs to begin rice production in the state.

The beneficiaries trained in rice cultivation, production and processing were established in a 74 hectare farmland and allotted 2 hectares per YAGEPreneur.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the State Governor, Senator, (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, stated that with a 3 metric tons deficit supply in Nigeria, rice is one of the priority commodities in the YAGEP initiative.

He said he was confident that the YAGEP entrepreneurs having undergone intensive orientation programme, training in life skills and a 3 month internship with Raymos Guanah’s Farms have the capacity to breach the gap.

Governor Okowa assured them that, “they have been provided with a suitable environment to establish their own enterprises, have business incubation and to run a rice farm enterprise on their own, supported by a full package starter pack.”

Represented by the State Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, he said each beneficiary was provided with leased 2 hectares of land suitable for rain-fed rice cultivation; mechanized land preparation, ploughing and harrowing; certified farrows 44 long grain seeds; mechanized planting of seeds; 6 inorganic fertilizers, Urea and NPK; herbicides and bird repellents at fruiting stage, applied through mechanical methods.

Other items included a tarpaulin; 100 harvesting bags; a stainless basin; brooms; parkers; mechanized harvesting of paddy (tractor-operated); mechanized threshing and winnowing; monthly stipend for 6 months and a micro credit with a moratorium of 6 months, 9% interest rate and repayable within 12 months and technical assistance throughout the production cycle.

While congratulating them as pioneer beneficiaries of State Government-supported rice production in the state, he disclosed that at the end of the production cycle, the rice will be branded, “Delta YAGEP Rice.”

He advised them to organize themselves into cooperative societies so as to benefit from government’s micro credit and grants to farmers as well as aids from international donor agencies who want to support agriculture in Nigeria.

On his own part, the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Austin Chikezie, represented by his Special Adviser, Honourable Pius Okonjo reiterated the State Government’s commitment to developing the agricultural sector in the state, especially rice production.

He added that the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, is fulfilling his promise of prosperity for all Deltans through support for agriculture.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Honourable Sunny Ozeghe and the State Anchor on Rice Production, Honourable Raymos Guanah, enjoined the beneficiaries to use the opportunity provided by the State Government to achieve greatness and to make the state proud.

They emphasized that the starter pack provided is a total package that could generate at least 3.5 tons per hectare, pointing out that the investment if sustained will make Nigeria sufficient in rice production.

In their separate remarks, Godgift Edafetita (Ethiope East LGA) and Chukwurah Edozie (Oshimili South LGA) expressed their gratitude to the State Government for the job creation initiative, pledging to work hard to uphold the vision and mission of the programme.

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NO. DTS 0252 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
DELTA GOVT TO PROTECT LANDED PROPERTIES OWNERS, APPROVES WORK ON BONSAAC, DLA/JESUS SAVES, OTHERS

The Delta State Government has taken a decisive step towards the protection of landed properties owners in the state in order to encourage investors and developers in different communities.

In pursuant of this, the State Executive Council has approved that a bill for a law to prohibit the forceful entry and illegal occupation of public and private landed properties be sent to the state House of Assembly for consideration and passage.

Speaking after the state executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the bill, when passed, will also prohibit violent and fraudulent conducts in relation to public and private landed properties in Delta State and for purposes connected therewith to ensure sanity and encourage investors and developers in the state.

Also during the meeting, Mr. Ukah revealed that the EXCO approved the reconstruction of Bonsaac Road and the construction of Pat Kanayo Okonta/Amaechi Uzuegbu/part of Nze Francis/Onwa Nwachinemelu Streets in Asaba.

According to the Commissioner for Information, the continuation and completion of the construction of the storm water control measures in Direct Labour Agency (DLA)/Jesus Saves corridor in Asaba was equally approved.

Other road projects approved, according to him, include the reconstruction of Ovwian Main Road, Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area, the construction of Oporoza Palace Road in Oporoza, Warri South-West Local Government Area, and the rehabilitation of NPA By-Pass Road, from the new port to the old port gates, Warri, Warri South Local Government Area.

The continuation of the reconstruction of Amai/Ezionum/Abbi Road which is the completion of Phase 111 of the project covering a distance of 3.75 km between Ezionum and Abbi in Ukwuani and Ndokwa West Local Government Areas, the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of Nsukwa/Ejeme-Aniogor/Agbor-Alidinma/Owa-Alidinma/Ndemili Road in Aniocha South, Ndokwa West, Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Areas and the construction of Okurekpo/Okunoh-Okpara/Okoruah/Onumane/Samagidi Road in Ethiope East Local Government Area were also approved.

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NO. DTS 0253 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
OKPOLO ENHWE CLAN REGENCY TO BE ADDRESSED SOON – OTUARO

The Delta State Government has assured that it will effectively address and resolve the conflict over the regency of Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan.

The Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro gave the assurance in Asaba while meeting with Executive members, Council of Elders as well as Chiefs and Edio (Heads) of quarters/communities in Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Barr. Otuaro who was represented by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, said government is prepared to correct and put to rest all abnormalities causing the dispute and ensure that the right person is recognized as the regent according to the norms, culture, tradition and custom of the people.

While appealing to the community to remain calm as the reports of the Steering Committee for the harmonization of Okpolo clan set up by government to wade into the issues is being looked into, he cautioned that the State Government will not fold its arms and watch communities truncate the peace and harmony in the state through regency tussle.

According to him, the report from the Steering Committee which is before the State Government is clear and straight forward as to who should be the next regent of Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan and commended the people for the peaceful approach towards resolving the issue thus far and urged them to remain patient that the issue will be resolved in no distant time.

In an address on behalf of the Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan, the President-General, Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan Progress Union, Deacon Sunday Egboye, commended the State Government for taking the issue concerning Okpolo (Enhwe) clan seriously.

Deacon Egboye appealed to government to honour a letter of formal recognition and approval of the nominee of Mr. Ayegherese Samuel Otidi as the Regent of Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan so that there can be peace and order in the clan.

He alleged that Chief Ikpawho Uroroke is not the rightful person to be the regent, maintained that it is totally unacceptable to the people of Okpolo (Enhwe) clan for some elements in the community bent on fomenting trouble.

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