NO.DTS 0997: NON POSSESSION OF PVCs MAY NOW COUNT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANTS IN FUTURE
NO.DTS 0998: OKOWA CALLS FOR ENGAGEMENT OF YOUTHS TO CHECK RESTIVENESS…AS SEEFOR RATES STATE HIGH ON DELIVERY
NO.DTS 0999: ARRAY OF ASPIRANTS ON PDP PLATFORM IS A GOOD OMEN – OKOWA… AS KWAKWANSO VISITS DELTA STATE
NO.DTS 1000: HOW WE SAVED SCHOOLS OF NURSING FROM CLOSURE- HON. OJO, DISCLOSES VISION, MISSION FOR HEALTH SECTOR
NO.DTS 1001: DELTA RESIDENTS CHARGED TO PROTECT ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURES
NO.DTS 1002: DTSG PARTNERS WITH NON INDIGENES FOR PROGRESS
NO.DTS 1003: WORLD BANK, EU APPLAUDED FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT
NO.DTS 1004: NUJ TO PROTEST ALLEGED SPATE OF IMPUNITY AGAINST MEMBERS AUGUST 30
NO.DTS 1005: COMPLY WITH IGT TO ENJOY STATE CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME, HON. OBI TELLS TRADERS
NO.DTS 1006: 2018 AUGUST MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION HOLDS SATURDAY AUGUST 25
NO.DTS 1007: GROUPS PASSES VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON OKOWA/OTUARO, TO DECLARE PUBLIC SUMMIT AT UVWIE
NO.DTS 1008: EID- EL – KABIR: AREWA, YORUBA LEADERS STRESS IMPORTANCE OF SACRIFICE ON DEVELOPMENT
NO.DTS 1009: PA OGUDU INSTALLED AS OKA- ORHO OF OZUAKA- OROGUN
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 0997: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
NON POSSESSION OF PVCs MAY NOW COUNT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVANTS IN FUTURE
There are indications that the non possession of the permanent voters cards (PVCs) may no longer be an excuse for public servants in Delta State seeking government’s assistance.
According to a circular released recently by the Office of the Head of Service (HOS) and endorsed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr F.O. Isume, public servants in the state may now be required to produce PVCs for official purposes.
The circular dated 15th August, 2018 with reference number HOS.30/1/T1/57 reads in part, “Please note that government may not be willing to accept excuses for non-possession of the permanent voters registration card should there be need to tender it for official purposes.
The circular which made reference to a Government Special Announcement by the Office of the Secretary to the Government dated 14th August, 2018 enjoined public servants in the state to participate fully in the ongoing voters registration exercise.
It will be recalled that the Delta State Government in the said Government Special Announcement declared two (2) days from Thursday 16th to Friday 17th August, 2018 work-free to enable public servants participate in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has since extended by two weeks to end 31st August, 2018.
NO.DTS 0998: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
OKOWA CALLS FOR ENGAGEMENT OF YOUTHS TO CHECK RESTIVENESS…AS SEEFOR RATES STATE HIGH ON DELIVERY
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for spirited efforts to get the youths engaged to check restiveness and criminality in the country.
Governor Okowa made the call in Asaba when he received a team of World Bank, European Union and Federal Government officials who were in the state to assess the level of implementation of State Employment and Expenditure For Results (SEEFOR) projects.
According to the governor, “We thank the World Bank for the efforts but there are still very big gaps in our country and we know that partnering with the private sector as a state, we would be able to find other means to attend to the gaps that are still existing in the area of youths unemployment because, once we are able to do that, we would be able to achieve and sustain the security and peace that we have in the state.”
Governor Okowa disclosed that getting the youths engaged was in line with his administration’s commitment to making youths job creators through the different youths employment and wealth creation programmes of his administration.
“We are happy with the partnership between World Bank and the European Union, we are happy that the youth empowerment components is working in Delta State as over 700 youths have been trained and empowered through this partnership and they are on their own,” he said, adding, “We hope that this collaboration will continue to improve by the day.”
While noting that his administration had spent a lot of money to ensure the empowerment of youths, Governor Okowa, stated that the youths were also working hard to achieve results saying “The price of hard work is to continue to work harder.”
The team leader, Mr Brar Parminder, lauded Governor Okowa’s administration for ensuring that the SEEFOR projects were succeeding in the state, disclosing that they were impressed with the success stories of the SEEFOR programmes in the state.
NO.DTS 0999: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
ARRAY OF ASPIRANTS ON PDP PLATFORM IS A GOOD OMEN – OKOWA
… AS KWAKWANSO VISITS DELTA STATE
The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has described the array of aspirants for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general election as a good omen that will give strength to the party.
Governor Okowa spoke in Asaba during a consultation visit by the former Governor of Kano State and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso.
According to Governor Okowa, “We are happy that so many of our Party members are coming out to contest for the presidential ticket of our party from the North, it gives strength to the party, all that matters is for the party to manage the situation, I am one person that believes in free and fair election, I talk about it, I preach about it and I live with it.”
“I believe that people should be allowed to freely decide who will be our presidential candidate in Abuja, we should ensure we provide a level play ground for all our aspirants, especially, in the presidential primaries,” he said, emphasizing, “If all aspirants for different positions are aware that there will be a level play ground, they will go all out to meet delegates and canvas for their votes, also, when the result comes out, everybody will accept it as free and fair, this is the right thing to do.”
He asserted, “As Governor of Delta State, I will not be squeezing the hands of people to a direction, I believe in free and fair election and we shall promote such in our state.”
While noting that Senator Kwakwanso was working hard to get the presidential ticket, Governor Okowa congratulated him for coming back to the PDP, disclosing that the doors of the party were open to receive people from other political parties.
Senator Kwakwanso disclosed that he was in Delta State to consult the people concerning his aspiration to contest for the presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
“How do we save our country? How do we save our party, the PDP? Because, as long as the party does the right thing, the Presidency will move to PDP in 2019,” he stated.
Earlier, Chairman of PDP in Delta State, Chief Kingsley Esiso had in a welcome address, stated that Delta State was home to the PDP and would remain so.
NO.DTS 1000: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
HOW WE SAVED SCHOOLS OF NURSING FROM CLOSURE- HON. OJO, DISCLOSES VISION, MISSION FOR HEALTH SECTOR
The member representing Ukwuani Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), Hon. Dr Alphonsus Ojo, has revealed that timely budgetary provision of funds accounted for the continued operations of the State Schools of Nursing in Warri, Agbor and Eku.
Hon Ojo made the revelation recently in an exclusive chat with Veracity Magazine, a publication of the Delta State Ministry of Information, Asaba.
The lawmaker who is also a medical doctor and the house committee chairman on health, stated without the intervention, the schools of nursing in the state would have been closed down.
He explained that the additional budgetary provisions made the nursing schools in Warri, Agbor and Eku to get the requisite accreditation and remained afloat.
According to him, the accreditation did not only helped to upgrade facilities in the schools but also ensured that their admission intakes were increased, stressing “We made the additional provision to make the schools stay afloat and increase the admission capacity for that of Agbor foe example from 50 to 75 students.”
The lawmaker also disclosed that the School of Health Technology, Ufoma-Ughelli would have been closed down due to shortfall in budgetary allocation for accreditation but for the timely intervention of the committee on health to the house.
“The School of Health Technology was about to the shut down because of accreditation problems” he said, adding, “It budget was below what it can do; we had to make provisions to accommodate some of the things to facilitate its accreditation.”
Giving insights on his vision for the health sector in Delta State, Hon. Ojo stated that he craved towards perfection with a mission of working at creating a sector where emergency services were given prompt attention and with modern facilities.
While acknowledging that the task of achieving adequate healthcare was expensive, he advocated concerted efforts at tackling quackery and the introduction of laws that truly enhance private participation.
“I want to see quackery eradicated in the health sector to reduce mobidity and mortality. I have sponsored a bill to regulate the operations of private healthcare centres and it is at the committee stage” Hon Ojo stated.
NO.DTS 1001: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
DELTA RESIDENTS CHARGED TO PROTECT ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURES
Delta State residents have been told to be vigilant and protect electricity infrastructures provided by the state government from vandals.
The Commissioner for Energy, Mr Newworld Safugha Esq. gave the charge during the inspection of electricity transformers in Patani and Bomadi Local Government Areas of the state.
Mr Safugha who expressed displeasure at the rate of vandalism in the area called on security agents in the area to be vigilant in order fish out vandals.
The commissioner however warned that vandals should stay away from electricity infrastructures or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
Mr Safugha said that the Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa led administration was committed to ensuring steady power supply in the state and was also doing all in its power to achieve it.
The Delta State head of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Mr Ernest Edgar during the inspection, commended the Delta State Government for the tower under construction across Bomadi Bridge saying that it would end the incessant vandalism of armoured cables across the bridge.
The BEDC state head promised that BEDC would continue to partner with the Delta State Government to ensure steady power supply in the state.
NO.DTS 1002: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
DTSG PARTNERS WITH NON INDIGENES FOR PROGRESS
Delta State Government has assured of continuous partnership with the Arewa community and other non indigenes in the state towards the progress of the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the assurance today in Asaba when the leaders and members of the Arewa community in the state visited him.
The Governor represented by the Secretary to State Government Hon. Festus Agas appealed to the representatives of the community to continue to partner with the state government to sustain the existing peace in the state and assured that they would be carried along in the scheme of things
While thanking them for the care, love and understanding shown to the state government so far, Governor Okowa noted that Delta State was peaceful compared to other states of the federation and congratulated them on the successful celebration of the feast of Eid-El-Kabir.
In an address, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Non Indigenes, Alhaji Muktar Usman, assured the governor of the continued support to his administration and described him as a detribalized Nigerian who believed in peaceful co-existence of all.
Alhaji Usman thanked Governor Okowa for his usual support to the Arewa communities across the state during every Sallah celebration and for ensuring that Muslims in the state participated yearly in Hajj programmes in Saudi Arabia.
He noted that the state had witnessed accelerated human and capital development including the construction of roads, ultra modern health centres and adult education centres in Arewa communities across the state.
He commended the governor for the appointment of members of the Arewa community into his cabinet and successful completion of the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba as well as successful hosting of the 21st edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championship.
NO.DTS 1003: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
WORLD BANK, EU APPLAUDED FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT
The Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu, has applauded the World Bank and the European Union for their partnership with the Delta State Government towards driving critical infrastructural and human capital development, especially youth empowerment in the state.
Dr Emu, who made the commendation in his remarks at the World Bank/SEEFOR implementation support mission to Delta state, noted that the state government through the SEEFOR intervention had recorded giant strides and thanked the World Bank for the opportunity.
He reiterated that the state government would continue to sustain the SEEFOR programme.
In his remarks, the World Bank Lead Financial Management Specialist, Governance Global Practice, Parminder Brar, said that Delta State had performed beyond expectation on the implementation of the SEEFOR intervention in the state.
Mr Brar stated that available records and statistics had shown that Delta SEEFOR project was very crucial and important to the people of the state for their overall wellbeing as a result of the high rate of their involvement in intervention.
The World Bank Team Leader disclosed that the Delta State SEEFOR Project had achieved performance rate of 97% success on youth empowerment, adding that the state had performed more than its targets in this area.
While acknowledging that the project had also recorded success in the area of Community-Driven Development, Mr Brar reiterated that more needed to be done in order to enable more people and communities benefit from the initiative.
The Project Coordinator, Delta SEEFOR Project, Mr Frank Apokwu in an interview with newsmen, said that the essence of the mission visit was for the World Bank officials to evaluate what had been achieved since the last visit to the state and find out areas where they needed to strengthen the project.
Mr Apokwu said that a total of 3,143 youths had been trained in entrepreneurship and money management skills within the period under review, saying that beneficiaries who were employed under the public works had constructed 10.2Km of roads in asphalting, pavement and concrete.
He further disclosed that over 70% of the Private Sector Participants (PSPs) had been engaged through the project for waste collection in six selected cities in the state, adding that under the TVEAT component a total of 733 beneficiaries had been trained on short term vocational enterprises.
NO.DTS 1004: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
NUJ TO PROTEST ALLEGED SPATE OF IMPUNITY AGAINST MEMBERS AUGUST 30
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has declared August 30, 2018 a national day of protest against what it described as “impunity against the Nigerian journalists.”
Shuaibu Usman Leman, the NUJ National Secretary, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, directed all the states and FCT councils of the Union to mobilise the members for the protest.
Mr Leman directed the councils to stage protests within their respective press centres.
He said the protest could also be organised in selected media organisations, urging the state councils to also ensure full media coverage of the event.
“We appeal that you all make adequate mobilisation to ensure that members attend and participate fully. Speeches should be made by stakeholders and where applicable, mention instances of such attacks and breeches”, he stated.
The Secretary said that councils should intimate the state governments of the planned protest, pointing out that the Union’s National Secretariat had sent a letter to the Presidency regarding the plan.
NO.DTS 1005: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
COMPLY WITH IGT TO ENJOY STATE CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME, HON. OBI TELLS TRADERS
Traders in the Ogbeogonogo Modern Market have been advised to comply with the payment of the Identifiable Group Taxation (IGT) in order to enjoy Contributory Health Care Services under the State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
The Identifiable Group Tax fee has been pegged by the state government at N50 (Fifty Naira) daily, N1, 000 (One Thousand Naira) monthly and N12, 000 (Twelve Thousand Naira) yearly.
The Vice Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Sunday Obi made this known during a meeting between its council and a delegate of the State Board of Internal Revenue and other stakeholders in Asaba.
According to him, meeting tax obligation, especially personal income tax is a civic responsibility required by law, stating that the all-round development of the state was highly dependent on remittances from tax.
He said the present administration is doing a lot to improve the lives of residents in the state, adding that it is only proper if the good intentions of the government were supported by its citizenry.
Hon Obi while hailing the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s unprecedented gesture at providing quality health to the traders through the contributory health care scheme, sought their cooperation, emphasizing that government would not hesitate to enforce sanction on any trader in the market who failed to comply.
He also hinted that the eligibility of voters for the upcoming market executive election would be tied to the evidence of the monthly tax payment card.
Representative of the Board of Internal Revenue, Miss Blessing Osaje who also spoke at the meeting explained that government saw Ogbeogonogo market as a flagship community, noting that it served as a model to other markets across the state particularly Delta North.
Miss Osaje therefore enjoined them to make concerted effort to comply with their tax obligations like their counterparts under the aegis of the motorcycle and tricycle operators association who he said were in the process of being enrolled into the state free health care scheme, reiterating that the state government would be impartial in its enforcement action against defaulters.
The meeting witnessed a question and answer session where traders unanimously agreed to meet their tax duties while appealing to the government to improve on existing social amenities and ensure the addition of new ones.
NO.DTS 1006: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
2018 AUGUST MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION HOLDS SATURDAY AUGUST 25
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.
A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor stated that during the period of the exercise there would be restrictions on the movement of persons and vehicles except those engaged in essential duties and inter State journeys.
The statement further stated that the State Commissioner for Environment, Barr John Nani and staff of the Ministry and other relevant government agencies would monitor the exercise, while officials of the State Waste Management Board and Local Government Councils were to evacuate the resultant refuse to the approved government dump sites.
It stressed that Local Government Council Chairmen in the State were to ensure that the exercise was observed in their Local Government Areas and that defaulters would be sanctioned by an appropriate mobile sanitation court which would be on standby during the exercise.
Deltans and residents in the State were advised to use the period of the exercise to keep their surroundings and drainages clean.
FROM THE LGAs
NO.DTS 1007: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
GROUPS PASSES VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON OKOWA/OTUARO, TO DECLARE PUBLIC SUMMIT AT UVWIE
A political pressure group in Delta Central known as DC 40 Okowa 2019 has passed a vote of confidence on Governor Okowa and his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Burutu Otuaro for their good works in transforming the entire state in less than four years of their first tenure.
The group, who addressed journalists at the end of their meeting at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area, through its Coordinator, Comrade Paul Ajueshi, said that they had resolved to return the duo of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro for their outstanding performance since they came on board.
They Chairman of the group, Comrade Tony Arienekhi soon after the meeting said that the government of Okowa/Otuaro was very sensitive to the plight of Deltans, and had addressed virtually all the teething problems of the state, vowing that they must do all it would take to ensure the duo returned to power come 2019.
Meanwhile, the group otherwise known as “Delta Central for Okowa” have mapped out a programme soon to come, known as “Uvwie General Assembly” with a five man committee members headed by the Coordinator of Okpe Local Government Area Comrade, Paul Ajueshi with his Secretary Hon. Precious Atase Coordinator of Uvwie Local Government Area including Comrade Patrick Ikogho the Coordinator of Ethiope West amongst others.
The assignment of the Committee members, according to the Chairman of the group, Comrade Arienekhi was to visit Uvwie Community Hall and make the place available for the programme, with its theme “Why Okowa must be return in 2019” as they have chosen Prof. Sam Oyovbaire their resource person who will delivered the topic of the day.
They added that other dignitaries in the state such as the Delta State PDP Chairman, Chief Barrister Kingsley Esiso, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and many other notable personalities in the state will also grace the epoch making event.
NO.DTS 1008: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
EID- EL – KABIR: AREWA, YORUBA LEADERS STRESS IMPORTANCE OF SACRIFICE ON DEVELOPMENT
By Ambrose Ologide
The Seriki (leader) of Arewa Community in Uvwie Local Government Area Alhaji Suleiman Jauro and his Yoruba counterpart in the area Salami Olaniyi have stressed the importance of sacrifice in community building.
Both leaders who spoke to our correspondent on the lessons of the Muslim festival at separate interviews opined that the lessons of Eid-el-kabir were sacrifice and faith as exhibited by Prophet Ibrahima to Almighty Allah.
While felicitating with Muslims amongst the Arewa and Yoruba communities in the area, they pledged their continued loyalty to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso JP, OON, Abe 1, just as they urged Arewa and Yoruba people to always be law abiding and live in peace with their host and neighbours.
The Arewa leader spoke from Saudi Arabia where he was performing hajj.
NO.DTS 1009: THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018
PA OGUDU INSTALLED AS OKA- ORHO OF OZUAKA- OROGUN
By Ambrose Ologide
The ancient Orogun Community of Ozuaka in Ughelli North Local Government Area was agog with celebration as Pa Joseph Okotie Ogudu was installed as the Oka-Orho (eldest person and traditional head) of the community in an impressive ceremony last weekend.
The event attracted a lot of people from all walks of life and from far and near as different social clubs, musicians and orators entertained to the satisfaction of guests.
High point of the occasion was the traditional installation of Pa Ogudu as the Oka- Orho of Ozuaka by the Olotu-Uku of the community, Samuel Onodjai.
In a chat with newsmen shortly after the installation, the Olotu- Uku of Ozuaka Community, Samuel Onodjai described Pa Ogudu as a man of peace, simplicity, philanthropy, humility and God fearing.
While praying God to grant the new Oka – Orho of the community long life, good health, peace and prosperity, Onodjai advised the new traditional head of Ozuaka Community to continue to be who he was before the installation as the Oka- Orho.
He urged the people of the community to be loyal to their traditional head by giving all their support to him (Pa Ogudu) in the task of taking the community to greater height.
The eldest child of the new traditional head of Ozuaka Community, Dr Frank Ogudu in a chat with journalists at the event, thanked God for the success of the occasion just as he expressed appreciation to those that contributed to the success of the event.
He described his father as a father in a million whom according to him everybody would like to have as a father.
One of the children of Pa Ogudu, Mrs Ese Imene, who also spoke to newsmen at the event described her father as a very loving and caring personality, saying she was proud to have him as her father.
Similarly her husband, Chief Ogbemure Imene, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of The Urhobo Voice Group Newspapers, remarked that the event was great and unique in the sense that it was not a political event but an occasion which people came to honour somebody who attained the natural title of Oka-Orho of a community, saying that seniority could not be bought by money.
Some of the eminent personalities and social clubs sighted at the very impressive event include: Chief F Eumufo, Madam Aduvie Izini, Chief John Oghenejobor, Young Ladies Social Club of Nigeria, Kokori, Able Sisters Social Club of Ugono-Orogun, Obovitevwieune Omoidje Edede and Erukwu-Ochuko Social Club of Urhuagbasa Abraka, amongst others.