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


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”.

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

Okowa Mourns As Kofi Annan, Dies At 80

bDelta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday extended his heartfelt condolences to the Kofi Annan family, the United Nations, the government and people of the Republic of Ghana on the demise of former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Atta Annan.

In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa described the death of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work winner as “a great loss to the international community where he led efforts to finding peaceful solution to conflicts globally”.

According to the statement, “We have lost a global statesman who was deeply committed to global peace and conflict resolution. The highly revered diplomat will be long remembered for his towering role and dedication to improving lives through peaceful coexistence among people of diverse race.

“Mr Annan was bold and fearless as Secretary-General and told truth to power which led to his declaration of American invasion of Iraq in 2003 as “illegal” under international law. As UN Special Envoy to Syria, he proposed a six-point plan, that would have led to the early resolution of the crisis in Syria which was however not implemented by the Syrian government which led to his resignation as Special Envoy.

The Governor noted that Mr Annan touched lives with his Kofi Annan Foundation that was committed to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights around the world. 

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, Governor Okowa extols Mr Annan’s extraordinary and committed leadership at the United Nations where he emerged as the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving from 1997 to 2006 and his exceptional stewardship that led to the successful war against the HIV/AIDS pandemic including the establishment of the social investment fund “The Global Fund” to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as the launching of the Millennium Development Goals.”

Governor Okowa expressed the hope that the international community and all those who mourn the late Kofi Annan will continue to honour his legacy of selfless service and commitment to human dignity and global peace.

He prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, well-wishers and the people of the Republic of Ghana in this period of loss and global mourning

Voters Registration: Gov Okowa Declares Thursday 16 and Friday 17 Public Holiday

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, 2018, as public holidays to ensure public servants in the state participate fully in the ongoing voters registration exercise.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government Hon Festus Agas.

According to the statement, the declaration is informed by the fact that the ongoing voters registration exercise will terminate on Friday, 17th August, 2018.

It is expected that public officers who have not registered before now will take advantage of the work-free days to do so and ensure that they are not disenfranchised.

Similarly, officers that are yet to collect their permanent voters card should take advantage of the holidays to do so and conclude this important aspect of our political process.


It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans, that the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced that the result of the 2018 Cognitive and Basic Certificate Examination will be released online on Monday, August 13, 2018.

Accordingly, Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) are requested to visit the Exams and Standards Department, beginning fromFriday August 10, 2018 to collect the candidates’ pin numbers, which will enable candidates assess the cognitive placement result for their local government areas.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has said that the collection of the pin numbers shall be at no extra cost to the candidates.

The Ministry will sanction any person found to have sold the pin numbers to candidates.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Power Outage In Asaba


It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly residents in Asaba and environs that there is power outage in major areas of Asaba due to the faulty TCN 60 MVA Transformer.

Information reaching the Ministry of Energy from Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) indicated that Electricity Feeders 1, 4 & 5 were affected by the explosion of the VT Transformer.

The affected areas include Grand Hotels down to the Head Bridge, Issele-Uku, and Ogwashi-Uku.

The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) is working with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to restore Power Supply to the affected areas as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Energy appeals to the residents of the affected areas to exercise patience and promises to ensure prompt response from TCN and BEDC.


Paul Osahor
Director of Information