DTS 0566 ARMY COMMANDING OFFICER TASKS YOUTH IN KOKO
DTS 0567 SPECIAL ADVISER ON LABOUR CONDOLES OFOEYENO FAMILY
DTS 0568 ITIHWE CONDEMNS PIPELINE VANDALISATION; INSPECTS FLOOD RAVAGED SITES
DTS 0569 LABOUR STALWART, COMRADE ISICHEI LAID TO REST
EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
DTS 0566 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
ARMY COMMANDING OFFICER TASKS YOUTH IN KOKO
The commanding officer, 19 Battalion, Koko, Lt. Col. Anthony Ozemhoya, has called for the development of Koko youths in Warri- North Local Government Area.
Speaking during his first attendance at the council security meeting held in the Council’s Headquarters, Koko, following his assumption of office about a month ago, Lt. Col. Ozemhoya urged the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Hon. Eyituoyor Francis Maku , and other stakeholders present to map out youth development policies backed with the needed action that will make these youths know and see that those in power do not have the intention of trampling on their privileges as citizens of the country.
He however noted that history lays claim to the fact that Koko community once excelled in carpentry in the region; stressing that making the community a terrain where different talents can be harnessed for a new Nigeria would be a collective effort and not that of a few.
Referencing the financial challenges faced by a young entrepreneur in the community he interviewed , who is into snail farming and selling, despite being an ex convict, the army boss revealed that, his passion for giving back to the society has propelled him to propose empowering five youths in the community with N200, 000 each in no distant time.
- DTS 0567 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
SPECIAL ADVICER ON LABOUR CONDOLES OFOEYENO FAMILY
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has condoled with the family of the Delta State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade David Ofoeyeno and the entire state workforce on his untimely death after a protracted illness.
The Governor, represented by his Special Adviser on Labour and SERVICOM, Comrade Mike Okeme who was at the deceased residence in Warri, described the death of late Comrade Ofoeyeno as a huge loss to the labour Community, Delta State, Nigeria and humanity at large.
Senator Okowa, said that Comrade Ofoeyeno represented the interest of workers in the state effectively well coupled with his philanthropic and humanitarian gesture and urged the family that his enviable legacies which he stood for before death snatched him away would not be forgotten in the history of Delta State and labour movement in general.
Governor Okowa, who pledged government’s readiness to participate in his burial, told the deceased family not to weep like people without hope, stressing that although, Comrade Ofoeyeno died when he was at the prime of his career but thanked God that he died in Christ.
The immediate younger brother of the late Labour leader, Engr. Bemigha Ofoeyeno thanked the state government for identifying with them in this period of mourning and promised to uphold the good legacies of their brother.
He said that they were pained that late Ofoeyeno was snatched by the cold hands of death when the family needed him most and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.
Late David Ofoeyeno who was also the State President of NULGE before his death at the age of 53 is survived by his wife, five children and other numerous relations.
- DTS 0568 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
ITIHWE CONDEMNS PIPELINE VANDALISATION; INSPECT FLOOD RAVAGED SITES
The Commissioner representing Ughelli South, Udu, Uvwie and Urhobos of
Warri South in the Board of DESOPADEC Hon. (Chief) Amos Itihwe has called
on oil pipeline vandals to desist from the act stressing that vandalization of oil pipe lines is an act of economic sabotage that is adversely affecting the economy of the country.
Itihwe made the call during his inspection visit to the site of bombed Akporido Line in Ovworode Community near Ekakpamre in Ughelli South Local Government, saying that oil is the only economic main stay of Nigeria for now and as such the vandals will also be affected by the ungodly act, “the only way the vandals can achieve their demands is engaging in dialogue with government and government on its part should be prepared to dialogue with the vandals and seek positive ways in resolving this crisis.”
Speaking to our correspondents on the issue at the site of the bombed oil pipeline, a member of Delta State Water Ways And Land Security Committee in Ughelli South Local Government Area Kingsley Eboh condemned the act,
disclosing that he was informed of the incident at about 3:30 am on Monday September 19th, 2016 and that members of the committee in Ughelli South have spread their drag nets for those responsible, for the unholy incident.
‘’Governor Okowa has done so much for the Urhobos particularly the youths in terms of empowerment, so we will fight against anything that will distract him from carrying out his good agenda for Deltans’’.
In another development Hon. (Chief) Amos Itihwe stated that clearing the blocked areas in Okpare River in Ughelli South will provide a permanent solution to the perennial flooding in Ughelli South particularly in places like Otu Jeremi and Okwagbe and other neighbouring communities who were in their worst state of flooding at as the time of filing this report as the ecological lives of the people of the flooded areas was adversely affected saying that most fish ponds were over shadowed as well as farm lands.
‘’Cassava were prematurely harvested in Ugboghiamen Community due to the ravaging flood which also rendered most villagers in Ughelli Local Government Area homeless,’’ he added.
Speaking to our correspondent at the low cost Housing Estate that was flooded with water on Tuesday September 201th, 2016 Hon. (Chief) Itihwe stated that he was on the inspection of the affected areas in order to assess the extent of damage in the area.
At Otu-Jeremi Secondary School close to the Corpers Lodge also
inspected by the commissioner an SSS teacher who identified himself as Okitiakpe Ogheneruemu bemoaned the plights of people of the area particularly students and corpers as he disclosed that two giant snakes were seen in the area during the flooding.
- DTS 0569 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
LABOUR STALWART, COMRADE ISICHEI LAID TO REST
The remains of the late Comrade Samuel Chukwudobe Isichei (The General) have been laid to rest with a call on everyone to always live a Christ-like life.
The call was made recently by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on SERVICOM and Labour Relations, Comrade Mike Okeme during the funeral service organised in his honour at St. Philips Anglican Church, (AGGS) Compound) Asaba.
Comrade Okeme who described the late Isichei as a dogged and rugged unionist expressed his heart felt sorrow nothing that late Comrade Isichei was fond of giving positive result in any task he was assigned to handle, noting that because of his attitude of producing positive results, this gesture won him the name General as he was fondly called in the Labour Movement.
Comrade Okeme said God came to earth mostly for the sinners and the unrighteous stressing that nobody should judge his fellow man by his action or life style here on earth. He noted that God had the final say and that God is the master judge of humans on earth.
While thanking God for a life well spent, he said the late Comrade Isichei accepted and embraced God before his sudden death which was greatest thing in life and advised everyone to always embrace and accept Jesus and live a Christ like life always.
He however traced the history of the late Unionist to the then Bendel State, adding that he was one of the few labour leaders who fought assiduously for workers benefits as he was of the first labour leaders that were inherited from Bendel State.
Comrade Okeme noted that when he took over the leadership of the Union in 2003, late Comrade Isichei was one of the executive members who were very active and ready to do his work at all times without asking for favour or money in return. Speaking further, he said he was a good man who reconciled whatever differences he had with people easily while thanking God for a life well lived he urged all too always pray for the repose of his soul and all the faithful departed.
Speaking earlier, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Rt. Revd. J. N. Mogekwu in his sermon said God has given each and every one of us different individual gift, noting that the late Comrade Isichei was a very talented, honest and dedicated Christian who was willing to do any work at any time and was also one of the greatest public relations officers he ever met.
He said that Comrade Isichei laboured without asking for any reward and traced his life with that of Mary Magdalene in the Bible who was a prostitute but was blessed and remembered by God because of her attitude to life.
Bishop Mogekwu prayed God for the repose of the soul and charged Christians to always use their God’s given gift in the promotion of God’s work as Jesus Christ is the truth, the way and the light.
The remains were later taken to Ugboba town where he was laid to rest. At the burial site, his daughter, Mrs. Nkem Adedokun said she would miss her father a lot and prayed God to accept him in his bosom