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NO. DTS 0627    RIVERINE COMMUNITIES ASK NNPC FOR IMPART ENLISTMENT

NO. DTS 0628    2016/2017 LEGAL YEAR BEGINS

NO. DTS 0629    AKWUKWU-IGBO COMMUNITY HOLDS ‘INA-AKA’ FESTIVAL

NO. DTS 0630    TWO SUSPECTS ARRAIGNED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FELONY

NO. DTS 0631    1999 CONSTRUCTION IS THE CAUSE OF RECESSION – ONUESOKE

NO. DTS 0632    WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION ENDS AMIDST PUMP AND PAGEANTRY

EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO. DTS 05627 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
RIVERINE COMMUNITIES ASK NNPC FOR IMPART ENLISTMENT

The chief security officer of Warri- north local government area, Hon. Eyituoyor Francis Maku, has called on the management of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company to establish good relationship along its operational areas in the Council Area.
The council boss made this call while playing host to the company and the affected communities in his office.
The meeting which was conveyed against the backdrop of series of complaints by the eight  affected riverine communities along the Benin river in  Warri- north local government area of not being listed as impacted communities by NPDC in the ongoing project executed b by DON MAC LTD , a contractor of NPDC , had in attendance , the community interface coordinator of NPDC, Mr. Francis Pesi, spokespersons from the communities , government security agencies, officers from Delta state Ministry of Information and that of the national orientation agency.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Francis Pesi affirmed that, the eight affected communities are not recognized officially by the management of the e company as impacted communities; saying that, only when they have proof of being given scholarships or Christmas bonuses, then they can be recognized as such.
He added that they must show proof of being verified during the Environmental Impact Assessment by the company.
The community interface coordinator however assured them that their arguments would be forwarded immediately to the management of the company for upward review.
On his part, the Commanding Officer of the 19 battalion Koko, Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya, who was represented by Lt. Ibrahim Bello, due to an official assignment, urged both parties to address the issue at hand critically, and arrive at a logical conclusion that will not amount to breach of peace in the council area and the state.

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NO. DTS 05628 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
2016/2017 LEGAL YEAR BEGINS

The activities marking the opening of the 2016/2017 Legal Year in Delta State will hold on Monday October 10 and Tuesday 11, 2016.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer, office of the Chief Judge of Delta State, Barr. Agbaragu Timothy indicates that the State Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro, will lead his brother judges to a Thanksgiving Mass at the Immanuel the Saviour Catholic Church, High Court Road, Asaba on Monday October 10, 2016 at 10am prompt.

A Special Court Session, and lunch for Judges, Revenue Court Judges, Magistrates, Presidents of Area and Customary Courts, Legal Practitioners, and other invited guests will follow after the Thanksgiving Mass.

According, to the statement, the ceremony which will be attended by the Delta State Governor, and top Government Functionaries will feature courtesy call on the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa by the Delta State Chief Judge and his brother Judges, on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 11:00am, while the Judges Conference will take place at the High Court 1, High Court Road, Asaba at 12:00noon the same day.

The statement further enjoined Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Traditional Rulers and Stakeholders in the administration of justice.

The Legal Year celebration is an annual event to mark the end of the High Court six weeks’ vacation, and the beginning of a new calendar year for full Judicial activities.

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NO. DTS 05629 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
AKWUKWU-IGBO COMMUNITY HOLDS ‘INA-AKA’ FESTIVAL

The Obi of Akwukwu-Igbo, H.R .M David Azuka had described “Ina-Aka” Festival as a symbol and demonstration of Love and Unity among the people of Akwukwu-Igbo.

Agbogidi Azuka stated this during the celebration of this year’s Ina-Aka Festival at his Royal Palace Akwukwu-Igbo.

He stated also that, “Ina-Aka” literally means “Handshake” while emphasizing that Ina-Aka Festival was an occasion wherein the Nine Quarters that make up Akwukwu-Igbo kingdom were aptly gathered and represented by the traditional Chieftains who perform the act of Handshake (Ina-Aka) with the king respectively.

HRM added that the Handshake was significantly a channel through which the King confers blessing to the Nine Quarters that constitute Akwukwu-Igbo kingdom, In order to sustain love, Unity and harmonious coexistence among the people.

At the occasion, the Obi of Akwukwu-Igbo conferred chieftaincy title to Mr Mu’azu Mohammed, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Warri Area Command, as the “Eze-Udo” of Akwukwu-Igbo, stressing that it was due to the meritorious services he rendered when he was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Akwukwu-Igbo that earned him the title.

Mr Mu’azu Mohammed, who functioned as the chairman of the occasion, pledged his commitment to fighting any form of injustice and oppression that may befall the people of Akwukwu-Igbo as an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The festival which was graced by people of all walks of life included the Commissioner of Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who aptly represented the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa at the Occasion.

While speaking, the Special Adviser to the Commissioner of Information, Mr Christopher Chukwude N., who defined “Culture as a way of life of a people, stressed that through the celebration of Ina-Aka Festival, the culture of Akwukwu-Igbo kingdom was being sustained and handed over to the present generation.

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NO. DTS 05630 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
TWO SUSPECTS ARRAIGNED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FELONY

Two accused persons, Dr. Victor Ugbomah and David Smart Ikechukwu, have been arraigned before the High Court 1 in the Asaba Judicial Division for three counts charge on alleged conspiracy to commit Felony.

The accused persons were  alleged to have stolen and obtained under false pretence the sum of Twenty Three Million Naira (N 23, 000, 000, 00) belonging to the Delta State Hospital Management Board Society II, which is punishable under Sections 516, 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State of Nigeria,2006

The Two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the Charges.

The Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro after considering their bail application granted bail to each of them in the sum of Five Million Naira (N 5,000,000,00) and two sureties in like sum, one of whom shall be a Civil Servant on at least’s Salary Grade Level 14. The Sureties shall also swear to an Affidavit of means, residence verified and for the accused persons are to deposit their International Passport to the Court, if any.

The case was adjourned to October 24, 2016 for further hearing.

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NO. DTS 05631 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
1999 CONSTRUCTION IS THE CAUSE OF RECESSION – ONUESOKE

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain and Delta State PDP Governorship aspirant in 2007 general election, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has added his voice to that of Professor Bolaji Akinyemi in appealing to Nigerians from blaming the past regimes of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan for the present economic recession affecting the country.

Supporting Professor Akinyemi’s claim that 1999 constitution should be blame for the recession, Onuesoke who spoke to journalists in UYO, AKWA-ibom State reiterated that Goodluck Jonathan saw the problem ahead and try to save for the rainy day but some of the governors and APC leaders who have never wanted anything good from Jonathan’s administrating insisted against it and took advantage of the loopholes in the constitution to protest against savings.

Onuesoke advised the present government to stop the blame game and think of the way forward as  the professor has suggested, adding that   government should adjust the constitution so as to pave a way for the revival of the economy.

He recalled that  when the constitutionality of  the Excess Crude Oil Account was set up in 2004 as stabilization fund to meet the country’s budget deficit  was questioned, Jonathan established the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority  to  manage the Nigeria sovereign wealth fund, into which the surplus income produced from Nigeria’s excess oil reserves was deposited.

He said that the wealth fund which was signed into law in May 2011 commenced operation in October 2012 and was intended to invest the savings gained on the difference between the budgeted and actual market prices for oil to earn returns that would benefit future generations of Nigerians.

According to Onuesoke the saving plan did not see the light of the day saying, “Ninety percent of APC members including Buhari were at the forefront of anti national savings campaign against Dr. Okonjo Iweala and Goodluck Jonathan. Many of the governors went to court and that sections of the constitution were interpreted to give them what they wanted. Now we are blaming Jonathan who foresaw the future and wanted to save for it. We are products of our decision.”

 The PDP Chieftain observed that it is a known fact that it was the reckless spending and lack of savings of past government from the   military era to president Jonathan without savings that push Nigeria into recession today, just as he advised that if the present government can adopt Norwegian method as advice by Professor Akinyemi and embedded it into our constitution for subsequent government to obey and follow through, Nigeria future will be better for generation to come.

“The Norwegian experience involves setting up a Government Pension Fund Global into which 100 per cent of the government’s revenue from royalties and dividends are paid. In any one year, no more than four per cent is allowed to be drawn from the account,” he disclosed.

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NO. DTS 05632 THUSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION ENDS AMIDST PUMP AND PAGEANTRY

 Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said, education in the 21st century has radically transformed, adding that in the current dynamics of learning, teachers are no longer considered reservoirs of knowledge.

Governor Okowa who stated this today (04/10/2016) during the World Teachers` Day celebration held in Asaba, noted that, in growing up, apart from our parents, the next most influential person in any person’s life is a teacher, adding that a teacher has the power to impact people for good.

The governor who was represented by his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, thanked the teachers as well as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) executives for shelving the planned strike for last month noting that it was a good indication of their willingness and readiness to partner with the state government to deliver good and quality education by ensuring that school calendar is not disrupted.

While saying that the Union has displayed remarkable statesmanship in this very period, the governor assured that his administration will continue to strive to improve the welfare of teachers in the state and also create more conducive learning climate in the educational institution.

The governor who asserted that the World Teachers Day offers all, the opportunity to reflect on the noble profession, noted that, teaching plays an invaluable role in nation building, thereby urging teachers to be Good Role Models, Mentor, Motivator, Lifelong Learner and be Courageous.

According to him, “A teacher is in a unique position to teach and at the same time be a positive role model. A teacher  must be a good example of discipline,  hard work, morality, transparency and integrity. Once you lose these attributes, you lose your ability to influence those under your trust for good”. Okowa stated.

He noted that as mentors, teachers are to be creators of dynamic learning environment where the pupil/students is eager to learn, adding a teacher should be a motivator and not one who demoralises or discourages his student through a high standard attitude or mean spirited approach to his work.

Governor Okowa while craving the patience and support of all teachers in the ongoing financial crisis of the nation, urge them to be courageous, noting that often times, things go wrong in the school system and degenerate to the point of crisis because people choose falsehood over truth.

“Make the truth your watchword in life and career and watch God do great things in your life and that of your family.” The governor stated.

Earlier, in an address, the Delta State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Jemirieyigbe Jonathan, noted that the World Teachers Day celebration is a day set aside to draw attention to the invaluable contributions of teachers to nation building.

Comrade Jemirieyigbe noted that the theme of this year’s event, “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status is no doubt apt considering the fact that the value of teachers and the need to improve their socio-economic status remain indispensable in building a great nation.

The Chairman commended the Okowa-led administration for the giant strides recorded in the education sector more so in the area of infrastructure, as well as his favourable disposition in urgently addressing some issues that almost culminated into industrial dispute which include the approval and release of the #89m for the immediate payment of May salary to teachers.

Others include approval for the payment of July salary for primary and school teachers, and upward review of graduate teachers to be promoted to salary grade level 15 and above as well as the directive to SUBEB to furnish the state government with the information of indebtedness to primary school teachers amongst others.

He used the occasion to call on the state government to look into the recruitment of more teachers to fill the large vacuum already created and also that the state government should take back schools earlier handed over to missions in state, saying that those schools are now shadows of their former selves.

Also the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya, represented by the state Secretary, NUT, Elder Joe, noted that the occasion mark another momentous day for the noble profession of teaching as teachers all over the world gather to observe the annual celebration of world teachers day which was inaugurated by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to honour teachers in their invaluable role of the development of humanity and society.

While in a good will messages, the State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, the Asagba of Asaba, Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta State, Comrade Innocent Ofonyeadi amongst others, called on the state government as well as the federal government mot to relent in its efforts in the fight against terrorism and ensure that our institutions of learning especially at the north East are totally conducive and safe for effective teaching and learning.

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