NO. DTS 0620 FIRE CAUSE HAVOC IN KOLOKOLO QUARTERS, ENERHEN
NO. DTS 0621 GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO PARTNER WITH NIGERIA BAR ASSOCIATION
NO. DTS 0622 MENTORING FIRM ORGANISES SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAMME FOR KOKO YOUTHS
NO. DTS 0623 POLICE AVERT FACE OFF BETWEEN OTOVWODO AND OGBE-IJOH YOUTHS
NO. DTS 0624 SPORTS: COLLINZO FC BEATS ALL STARS OF EVWRENI
NO. DTS 0625 EKUREDE URHOBO CELEBRATE UTANSUN
NO. DTS 0626 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION CONCLUDES 2015 PROMOTION INTERVIEW
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
NO. DTS 05620 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
FIRE CAUSE HAVOC IN KOLOKOLO QUARTERS, ENERHEN
Victims of fire disaster in Kolokolo quarters of Enerhen in Uvwie Council area of Delta State are appealing to the Delta State Government, Uvwie Council, Philanthropists and relevant agencies for succour following the loss of goods and property worth millions of naira in a recent fire outbreak.
The fire incidence which took the unsuspecting victims unawares occurred on Sunday morning, October 2nd, 2016 when they had all gone to their various places of worship.
The fire, as it was gathered, started from one of the apartments when electric power was restored to the neighbourhood, which victims attributed to power surge.
The fire would have wrecked more havoc but for the timely intervention of the Delta State Fire Services, which succeeded in stopping the further spread of the fire to other buildings.
Items consumed in the fire incidence ranged from building materials, clothing, electronics, shops and personal belongings of the residents.
The shop owners who usually do not open on Sundays stated that they have lost everything, coupled with the current hardship being experienced in the country as a result of the ongoing economic recession.
In the wake of the event, they called on the Delta State Government. Uvwie Council, Philanthropist, well meaning Nigerians and relevant agencies to come to their aid.
NO. DTS 05621 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO PARTNER WITH NIGERIA BAR ASSOCIATION
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Peter Mrakpor has reiterated the State Government’s unalloyed determination to partner with the Nigerian Bar association in ensuring that the State was conducive for investment to strive by promoting the rule of Law and good governance in an atmosphere of peace and security.
Barr. Peter Mrakpor gave this charge while receiving in audience the Chairmen and Executive Members of the Asaba, Effurun and Udu branches of the Nigerian Bar Association who paid him separate courtesy visits in his Chambers.
Mr. Mrakpor said the Ministry under his watch will partner with the various Bar Associations particularly in the area of public enlightenment and sensitization of youths in the society against the resort to criminality, youth restiveness, and other social vices which have the effect of chasing away investors from the State.
He lamented the high cases of rape, defilement and cultism in some parts of the State which he said is quite worrisome, stressing that that a situation where over 120 youths are remanded in prison custody just within a period of one week for cult related offences should be a sources of serious concern to all stakeholders.
While charging members of the noble profession whom he described as respectable persons of influence in society, to partner with the State Government in its fight against crime, the Justice Commissioner assured members of the Bar of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration resolve in bequeathing a just, credible, efficient and fast justice delivery sector through the various legal reforms already embarked upon.
On the on-going capacity building and computerization programme in the Ministry of Justice where over 250 laptops have been distributed to Legal Officers equipped with the standard electronic tool for research known as Law Pavilion, the Learned Attorney-General disclosed that the computerization process which is over 80 percent completed is expected to be finally completed by 2017.
The Attorney-General vowed not to relent in his commitment to increasing the quality of criminal law practice and also to sustain the capacity building efforts so that lawyers in the Ministry of Justice can compete favourably with their colleagues in the private law practice.
The Justice Commissioner who said his Office was currently reviewing criminal case files of matters in Court to find out the merits and otherwise of each case, averred that the process was part of Government efforts in decongesting the prisons.
He also canvassed for the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in the amicable resolution of disputes, adding that the Delta State Government has trained over 100 Lawyers and non-Legal Officers in the Ministry in Arbitration and Mediation as a sure, fast and cheap means of resolving disputes instead of resorting to unnecessary litigations that is time consuming and expensive.
While promising to convey some of their requests to the State Governor, the Attorney-General promised to look into their other demands including that of payment of monthly dues by Lawyers in the Ministry of Justice and the completion of their Bar Canters.
Earlier, the Chairman NBA Branch Asaba, Mr. Chukwuma Ebu, his counterpart from Udu and Effurun Mr. Ayo Asala and Mr. Dennis Agbaga in their respective remarks commended the Attorney-General for the giant developmental strides and various reforms he has embarked upon since his appointment.
They listed some of his achievements to include procurement of laptops for Legal Officers, provision of modern office furniture, training of Lawyers in Arbitration and Mediation and his innovations in the administration of the Criminal Justice amongst others.
While urging him not to relent in his uncommon feat which has raised the standard of legal officers in the State, the Udu and Effurun NBA solicited for a quarterly interface between the Attorney-General and the nine branches of the NBA in the State as a way of moving the legal profession forward.
NO. DTS 05622 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
MENTORING FIRM ORGANISES SKILL ACQUISITION PROGRAMME FOR KOKO YOUTHS
An entrepreneurship mentoring firm, Special Market Application And Research Technology (SMART) , has organized a skills acquisition training programme of fourteen selected Koko youths at the Delta State Vocational Center, Awolowo/Yoruba Road Sapele.
Fielding questions from the State’s Ministry of Information Officer, Miss Boyo Temi, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr. Michael Ozemhoya stated that, one of the corporate responsibilities of the firm is to equip Nigerian youths with entrepreneurial skills to man businesses of their own.
A front liner of the initiative , Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya urged youths to be script writers of their own story; saying it behoves them to take responsibility of contributing to the economy of the state by taking the training seriously.
He added that, through the introduction of the sweeping of Koko port, employment can be created for youths in Koko; stressing that, Koko can become an economic hub if the right persons give it the needed attention it deserves.
The beneficiaries who met with the proprietors of the centre expressed delight; just as one of the beneficiaries interviewed, Miss Ometan Jennifer, said it will change her life.
Miss Ometan thanked the organization and prayed God to give them graces to do more, adding, said it was a thing of joy to have the privilege of being one of the beneficiaries of the training.
It will be recalled that “SMART” in conjunction with Innovative Biotech USA announced the payment of one hundred thousand naira each to the beneficiaries after the completion of the training program at the nation’s 56th Independence anniversary celebrations.
NO. DTS 05623 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
POLICE AVERT FACE OFF BETWEEN OTOVWODO AND OGBE-IJOH YOUTHS
Another bloody ethnic crisis looms in Warri as youths of Otovwodo(Agbassa) Community in Warri South Local Government Area and youths of Ogbe-Ijoh Community in Warri South West Local Government Area were engaged in a face off over an alleged molestation of Urhobo female traders by youths of Ogbe Ijoh Community in the popular Fish Market close to the uncompleted gigantic market as there were sounds of sporadic gun shots causing panic amongst residents and traders of the nearby Main Market since on Monday October 3rd when the crisis started.
In a telephone chat with our correspondent the Warri Police Area Commander ACP Muazu Mohammed confirmed that there is a faceoff between youths of the said communities in the market saying that the situation has been put under control as he advised law abiding residents to go about their business without fear.
The Warri Area Command Police boss who disclosed that he invited leaders of the warring communities, Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council Hon Matthew Mofe Edema and leaders of the estranged market women for a meeting aimed at brokering peace on the matter, called on the Delta State to urgently find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis between the female fish sellers and the people of Ogbe Ijoh Community
It would be recalled that the market has recorded series of questionable fire outbreaks more than any market in the state.
NO. DTS 05624 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
SPORTS: COLLINZO FC BEATS ALL STARS OF EVWRENI
It was a double celebration for the Udu of Evwreni Kingdom Chief Collins Erutode Udi as he was honoured with a victory by his football outfit Collinzo Football Club of Ughelli who defeated Evwreni All Stars Football Club of Evwreni via a penalty shootout after a tension soaked 1-1 football match at the Mariere Primary School Sports Complex Evwreni in Ughelli North Local Government Area last weekend.
Speaking to journalists at his residence at Evwreni while playing host to his soccer outfit the renowned philanthropist and sports lover noted that he belongs to both teams by virtue of the fact that he hails from Evwreni and that he is the sponsor of Collinzo FC of Ughelli as he disclosed that the match was organized to commemorate his chieftaincy ceremony.
While commending players of both teams for giving a good account of themselves during the match he called on authorities of football in Nigeria to search for football talents at the grassroots which he said is a reservoir of gifted talented stars in the round leather game.
“What they are scouting for in abroad or major Nigeria cities are abandoned at the grass root”.
High point of the event was the presentation of the trophy won in the match to the Udu of Evwreni by the captain of Collinzo F.C of Ughelli.
NO. DTS 05625 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
EKUREDE URHOBO CELEBRATE UTANSUN
Utansun Masquerade festival was celebrated at the Agbarha Warri Community of Okurode (Ekurede Urhobo) in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State with a call by the Chief Priest of the Utansun Deity High Chief .G. Okorodudu calling on Africans to be proud of their cultural heritage.
Okorodudu who is also the Unuovwodo (Representative of Ovie of Agbarha Warri) in Okurode in a chat with our correspondent at Okurode during the celebration at the weekend disclosed that the Deity was known, addressed and called as Okpomoshale in the olden days and that it is a deity of fertility, progress and prosperity that is celebrated every 3 years.
“We started celebrating it at Okurode since 2005 and this is the 6th times. During the celebration indigenes and our friends felicitate with us. There is usually a lot to eat and drink during this period for it is a deity of peace, progress and prosperity.”
NO. DTS 05626 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION CONCLUDES 2015 PROMOTION INTERVIEW
Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Dame Nkem Okwuofu says that the promotion interview for serving Civil Servants on Salary Grade levels 05 – 10 for 2015 has been concluded.
According to Dame Okwuofu the Officers affected were drawn from the various MDAs, adding that total of 1, 502 Officers were interviewed.
She said the written paper was concluded on Saturday June 4, 2016 with the oral interview spanning through September 28, 29 and 30, 2016.
The Chairman stated that the Commission was dismayed that Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Higher Education; Lands, Surveys and Urban Development and Office of the Auditor-General (Local Government), did not submit the Promotion Briefs of their staff, even as at the deadline of August 12, 2016, for them to do so, and consequently, their officers were not interviewed.
“it is unfortunate that these officers have been denied their rights of promotion even though we as a proactive Commission have tried since its inception to conduct promotion interviews as at when due.” Dame Okwuofu stated.
She also debunked the rumour that Civil Servants cannot fail promotion interview, saying that they may fail if they do not meet up with the requirements in terms of documentation, credentials and scores.