Okowa Calls For Sustainable Implementation Of Pension

… Swears-In Igo, Atube As Chairman, Secretary, Local Govt Pensions Bureau

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the Federal Government to work out ways for all states of the federation to key into the contributory pension scheme, because of the overall benefits of the scheme to the Nigerian worker.

Governor Okowa made the call yesterday (18/10/18) in Asaba during the swearing-in ceremony of Mr Ben Igo and Mr Frank Atube as Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Local Government Pensions Bureau.

According to the governor, “the Federal Government should look at ways to ensure that all the states of the federation implement the contributory pension scheme; until more states enlist in the pension scheme, we will not have sustainable pension plan for all our workers.”

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to administer pension in Nigeria, Delta State has enrolled into the contributory pension scheme and only eight states as at today have enrolled into the scheme, no doubt, the contributory pension scheme comes with a lot of challenges but it is the best for the future of our country and the states,” he stated.

Governor Okowa stressed that “the biggest challenge is the payment of the backlog of past services and we need to find ways of settling these payment of past services because, until we do that, many states will not enroll and they will not have sustainable pension scheme for workers.”

He continued, “I want to urge the federal government and states to come together and look at the best possible ways of funding the payment of these past services so that all states can enroll into the scheme.”

While congratulating Mr Igo and Atube for the appointments, Governor Okowa disclosed, “the appointments like all other appointments we made were based on merit, integrity and experience; though, they have a lot of work to do because of the challenges of payment of pensions and helping to defray payment of past services.”

Mr Igo on behalf of Mr Atube, thanked Governor Okowa for finding them fit to serve the people, assuring that they will discharge their duties diligently.


16th September, 2018.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly residents in Delta State, that a case of Lassa fever has been reported in the state leading to the death of a 75 year old woman.

The victim, who took ill, went to the General Hospital, Umuolu, Ndokwa East Local Government Area (LGA) on 18th August, 2018, was referred to the Central Hospital, Kwale, Ndokwa West LGA the following day, 19th and from there was further referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba on 24th August, 2018.

At the FMC, Asaba, the victim’s blood sample was taken to Irua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, for test but unfortunately died on the 29th August, 2018 the same day the hospital in Irrua received the lab result which was confirmed positive to the Lassa virus.

Accordingly, residents in the state are advised not to panic, as the Ministry of Health officials are on top of the situation, doing contact tracing on those who had contact with the victim.

Findings indicate that it is over 21 days since the victim presented at the hospital in Umuolu and Kwale and no case has been discovered, however, contact tracing is ongoing at FMC, Asaba.

As part of safety measures to curb the spread, residents in the state are advised to cultivate good personal hygiene, clean and fumigate their environment, promote community hygiene to prevent rodents from entering homes and protect food from rats and to report any case of strange fever to the nearest hospital.

Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever that is caused by the urine and faeces of a species of rat when they get in contact with food, water and human wounds with their faeces and urine. Infected persons spread the disease when their body fluids such as blood, faeces, urine, sperm and vomit come in contact with others.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Road Closure

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly motorists in Asaba, that the Cabinet road around the Permanent Secretaries and Commissioners quarters will be closed to vehicular traffic for three weeks from Monday, September 17th, 2018.

The closure of the road is to enable the contractor handling the Storm Water Control measures to construct a box culvert across the road.

Consequently, motorists are advised to take alternate routes like the Macdons and High Court roads, to get to their destinations.

Accordingly,the Delta State Government regrets all inconveniences the closure of the road may cause road users and residents in the affected areas.

The general public particularly motorists and commuters are to take note and be guided accordingly.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information.


31st August, 2018.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned that fresh flooding is imminent in Delta, Anambra, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Niger and Kogi States which magnitude is comparable to that of August 29, 2012.

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and NEMA’s warnings of imminent flooding are predicted on the alert raised by the Niger Republic River Basin Authority (NBA) that the dam at that end is already full and this gives cause for serious concern.

Also, the rivers downstream and dams in Nigeria, especially in Benue, Lokoja and Kebbi States are also full and the Kanji and Jebba dams have started spilling water which will find its ways to the Atlantic Ocean through the River Niger and its tributaries.

Communities in Delta State will most certainly be affected by flood especially communities along the banks of River Niger.

Local Government Areas most prone to flooding are Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Ndokwa East and West, Isoko North and South, Ughelli South, Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Aniocha South, Sapele, Warri North and South and Udu Local Government Areas.

In view of the predictions and the warnings by the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) and National Emergency Management Agency, the Delta State Ministry of Environment, has by this announcement advised people living in river banks and low land areas to move to higher lands or places of safety.

Accordingly, authorities of Local Government Councils in the State, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders are advised to step up preparations against the flood prediction to reduce the level of destruction of properties and avoid loss of lives.

Members of the general public should be guided, please.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Okowa Challenges LG Chairmen On Sanitation, Security

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged chairmen of local government councils to take the issue of environmental sanitation and security of lives serious in their domains.

The Governor gave the charge at Asaba while declaring open a 2-day orientation workshop for chairmen and vice chairmen of the twenty-five local government councils in Delta State.
“I wish to use this medium to advise that you (chairmen and vice chairmen of local government councils) take sanitation seriously; you should endeavour to be timely in the evacuation of refuse,” the governor said, adding, “as we move towards the election season, you should take issues of security seriously; so liaise and collaborate with security agencies for effective coverage.”

He continued, “as you are no doubt aware, the local government council is the third tier of government in Nigeria, it is very strategic in our political structure, because it is the closest administrative unit to our people at the grassroots.”

“Since you are closest to the people, it is expected that you should know the most basic needs of the people and be in a position to promote their development and welfare, because, the expectations of the people are high in view of the development needs of our various communities; you should therefore be committed at all times to see that the dividend of democracy is delivered to them within the limit of available resources,” Governor Okowa said.

While noting that the workshop which had as its theme: Strengthening Grassroots Administration to Achieve the SMART Agenda would strengthen the chairmen and their vices to focus on effective management of contemporary local government administration, Governor Okowa emphasised, “the watchword is prudent allocation of limited resources among competing alternatives and I must remind you that a call to public office of this magnitude is a call to service; it is a golden opportunity that you cannot afford to misuse; you should endeavour to prove to your people that they have not made a wrong choice for electing you.”

“The lessons, values and knowledge gained in this workshop should be deployed into practice, because,

training and re-training of officers is a capacity building mechanism to equip you for efficient service delivery. Such training will lead to excellent performance in the discharge of your duties in the respective local government councils in the State,” he stated.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Okey Ofili had said local government councils working in synergy with the state government were expected to bring governance closer to the people.

He disclosed that the workshop was important as it will enlighten the chairmen and the vice chairmen about what is expected of them and how to achieve desired results.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Hon. Joyce Overah thanked Governor Okowa for approving the workshop and called for partnership between the local government councils and the state government for a virile state that will be the pride of all to be achieved.

2019: Okowa, Dankwambo Urge Aspirants To Strengthen Party

AS the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for primary elections for candidates, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and his Gombe State counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo have urged all aspirants to use the primaries as a means of strengthening the unity of the party.

The two Governors spoke in Asaba when Dr Dankwambo paid a consultative visit on members of the PDP and unveiled his presidential ambition on the platform of the party.

According to Governor Okowa, “I believe that the spirit we need in our party is for all aspirants to have strong interest in making our party stronger, there must be spirit of give and take.”

“In Delta State, we are very strong as a people and as a party, we are united and we will continue to stay united, God is our strength and the unity of our people is unshakable, we are right on course and we will continue to do the things that will unite us,” he stated, emphasising, “we will continue to stay strong, there is no shaking at all.”

Governor Okowa who lauded the qualities of aspirants for different positions on the platform of the PDP, asserted, “we have listened to Dr Dankwambo, he has spoken as a gentleman, a man of peace who has ensured massive development in Gombe State.”

“He is a man of character; Deltans believe in democracy, we will not force the hands of the people on where to go but, I am confident that they will take the right decision,” the governor added.

Earlier, Governor Dankwambo had congratulated Governor Okowa’s administration for the massive development projects being executed in the state, disclosing that he was in Asaba to tell the people about his aspiration to be the President of the country on the platform of the PDP.

“I am a retired Accountant-General, and in the next few months, I will leave office as Governor after two terms, I am only 52 years; so, I have a lot to offer the country; I know Nigeria, I know the finances of Nigeria; I know how they formulate policies, and I know how these policies are implemented and most importantly, I am still very strong and I am telling the people my desire and aspiration to be the President of Nigeria under the PDP,” he said, stating, “we should draw a criteria and assess all of us who are aspiring for the office, if you find me worthy, I am ready to serve, but, if you find somebody who is better than me, I will join the person to serve.”

DTSG Acquires Landed Property For Establishment Of Army Brigade In Asaba.

The capital city of Delta State, Asaba, is soon to get an Army Brigade as the State Executive Council has approved the purchase of a landed property to fast track its establishment.

Speaking after a meeting of the Council held inside the EXCO chamber in Asaba on Tuesday, the State Commissioner for Information, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, said that the decision to purchase an existing property as opposed to erecting a new structure is to make the establishment of the Brigade quicker. 

Ogbueshi Ukah stated that with the coming of the Brigade, to be located at Kilometre 2, Anwai/Illah Road, opposite the Government House, security in Asaba and environs will be beefed up to ensure safety of lives and property. 

The Commissioner for Information further revealed that the Council approved the Delta State Economic and Fiscal Update, Fiscal Strategy Paper and Budget Policy Statement 2019-2021.With the approval, Ogbueshi Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, can now present the 2019 budget to the State House of Assembly in September with a view to getting the budget passed by January 2019.

He also said that the construction of access road from NPA Expressway by former Protea Hotel in Warri to the refinery got a nod of the EXCO.


THE Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has said that the State has made tremendous progress at 27 and there is cause to roll out the drums for celebration.

In a Press Statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Dennis Otu, the Speaker scored the State high at 27, saying that the future was bright for the State and enjoined Deltans not to relent in their total support to the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa so as to enjoy more dividends of democracy in the years ahead.

The Speaker said that; “We have achieved a lot in Delta State in the last 27 years of its creation. Development has spread to all parts of the State and this is giving all parts of the State a sense of belonging. The three Senatorial Districts have been transformed in the last 27 years.

We have made huge success as a people in these last 27 years of living together. All sectors in the State have been developed fully to the admiration of Deltans. There is total peace in all parts of the State. Today, Deltans are living in harmony and that is the way it should be”.

Congratulating Deltans on the 27th anniversary of the State creation, the Speaker urged them to sustain the prevailing peace in all parts of the State.

According to him ;” The strength of Delta State today at 27 years is our Unity and so I am using this occasion of our anniversary to call on the good people of Delta State to continue to live at peace with one another. We can achieve so many things in the state when we remain united. We cannot afford to fail our founding fathers. We should maintain the existing ethnic harmony in the State as this is the only way to attract more investors and development to the State”

The Speaker added that;” At 27 years of creation, we have every reason to roll out the drums to celebrate in Delta State and as we mark another anniversary of the creation of our dear state, my assurance to Deltans on behalf of the State Legislature is that, we will remain focused, very articulate and we are going to do very well in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Deltans should expect more robust debates. We will continue to dwell more on people oriented bills and also give adequate attention to our oversight functions and sustain the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. We will continue to work round the clocks for more Bills to be passed and assented to”.

Okowa Salutes Deltans At 27th Anniversary 

As Deltans gear up to celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the creation of Delta State on Monday 27th August, 2018, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said the success of his administration has been from the support and peaceful disposition of Deltans in the various communities in the state

Gov. Okowa in a congratulatory message to Deltans by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu noted that, “despite the challenges the state grappled with over the years since creation, we have remained one indivisible state bound by love and brotherhood”.

According to Aniagwu, “the fact that we are still one is enough reason to celebrate and it is our hope that we will leapfrog from where we are to where we want to be in the nearest future.”

“Our administration’s investments in meaningful peace building has yielded so much gains which has impacted positively on not just the economy of the State but the entire country”.

“We have kept faith with our SMART Agenda as can be seen from the recent completion and ongoing construction of over 300 urban and rural roads that traverses across the three senatorial districts in the state”.

Aniagwu quotes the Governor as saying that “besides the many number of roads constructed and rehabilitated, we have completed construction, rehabilitation and furnishing of over 3,500 classrooms in our primary and secondary schools across the state. Some of our hospitals have also undergone facelift”, under the SMART Administration 

“In the last three years, we have embarked on serious urban renewal programmes geared towards giving our cities a “SMART” look and this we have demonstrated by the storm drainage projects we are constructing in Asaba and environs to check the effects of flooding in the state capital territory and we have carried out a comprehensive sturdy to enable us tackle the flood challenge in our commercial city of Warri as from 2019”. 

“As an administration, we are mindful of the growing unemployment rate in the country, hence we launched a number of initiatives targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Deltans. Our YAGEP, STEP, GEEP, PPSP and WESAP programmes have created no less than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs for our youths”. 

“This year’s anniversary provides an opportunity for the people of Delta State to reflect on the vision of the state’s founding fathers and celebrate the progress achieved over the years,” Governor Okowa said.

The Governor acknowledged the support the government has enjoyed from the people of the state and urged Deltans to continue to support his administration as he continues to make Delta State an enviable state in the nation.

Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of August will hold on Saturday August 25, 2018, between the hours of 7.00 am and 10.00 am.

During the period of the exercise there will be restrictions on the movement of persons and vehicles except those engaged in essential duties and inter State journeys.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Barr John Nani and staff of the Ministry and other relevant government agencies will monitor the exercise, while officials of the State Waste Management Board and Local Government Councils are to evacuate the resultant refuse to the approved government dump sites.

Local Government Council Chairmen in the State are to ensure that the exercise is observed in their Local Government Areas.

Defaulters will be sanctioned by an appropriate mobile sanitation court which will be on standby during the exercise.

Deltans and residents in the State are by this announcement advised to use the period of the exercise to keep their surroundings and drains clean.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information