ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018

NO.DTS 1030: DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET

NO.DTS 1031: 2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA

NO.DTS 1032: SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

NO.DTS 1033: INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE

NO.DTS 1033: 2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23

NO.DTS 1034: TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE

NO.DTS 1035: MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO

Editor: Churchill Oyowe
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NO.DTS 1030: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET

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 yesterday, Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the decision to purchase an existing property as opposed to erecting a new structure was to make the establishment of the brigade quicker.

Mr 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 would be beefed up to ensure safety of lives and property.

The Information Commissioner 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, Mr Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, could 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.


NO.DTS 1031: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY
… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA

AS the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for primary elections for candidates, the 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 today 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.”


NO.DTS 1032: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

Delta SEEFOR Project said it will continue to follow the World Bank procedures and ensure transparency in the selection of successful bidders.

The Project Coordinator, Mr Frank Apokwu, made the remark in Asaba at the opening ceremony for prospective bidders for the Development, Supply and Installation of Taxpayer Electronic Data Base Management System (EDMS) for Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.

Mr Apokwu, said that the bid opening was one of the important processes in the award of contract to successful bidders.

He added that upon completion of the bid opening, there would be bid evaluation in the next few days, noting that Delta SEEFOR project was highly committed to ensuring that the right thing was done by being thorough in handling everything concerning the bid.

In related development, a team of Private Sector Participants (PSPs) from Uwvie and Sapele Local Government Areas, paid a familiarization visit to the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu in his office in Asaba.

The leader of the delegation, Comrade Lucky Ajekwu informed the Project Coordinator that PSPs had worked with the SEEFOR in 2015 in the area of waste collection and disposal, adding the SEEFOR had been rendering great support to the PSPs in the state.

While appealing to the state government to assist the PSPs with the provision of three Incinerators to be domiciled in the three Senatorial Districts of the state for the processing of wastes, Comrade Ajekwu pledged the body’s unalloyed support for the SEEFOR project.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu, who thanked the body for identifying with him, described PSPs as very cardinal in the SEEFOR development objective, stressing that as a result of the achievements of the state in area of waste collection and disposal, the World Bank had recommended Delta template to other states.

Mr. Apokwu harped on the need for sustainability, noting that World Bank funded SEEFOR project had come to show all and sundry the way in the area of development.


NO.DTS 1033: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE

The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the suit instituted by a Retired Chief Magistrate in the Delta State Judiciary who retired in November, 2016.

Steve C. Okebu (rtd.), Chief Magistrate Grade 11 had in February 2017 approached the Court seeking several reliefs among which that he ought to have retired on grade level 17 instead of grade level 15 to which he was demoted in May, 2015, and a declaration that his demotion based on the recommendation of the Board of Inquiry was ultra vires the 1st defendant’s (Delta State Judicial Commission) statutory powers having failed to comply with the provisions of Rule 04303 of the Delta State Public Service Rules and a further denial of fair hearing.

Citing copious Statutory and judicial authorities, the learned trial Judge, Honourable Justice B.B. Kanyip dismissed the suit of the claimant on the ground that the cause of action was statute-barred, having been filed outside limitation period allowed by law.

The Court stressed that promotion was not a right, but a privilege, adding that the claimant must show an entitlement to it before he can claim it.


NO.DTS 1034: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23

The 2018 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses has commenced across different locations in Nigeria, with the theme, “Be Courageous”.

The Convention which started since Thursday, August 9 is billed to run till Sunday, December 23, 2018.

According to a statement signed by the Convention Spokesman, Brother Benjamin Ejime Okoh, the Convention will commence in Delta North from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The Convention series, according to the statement, will hold on weekends from Friday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Alibiauba, Agbor.

The statement adds that the convention, which will afford attendees insights on how to handle individual, family and society challenges with God –given courage, will feature 54 presentations, comprising talks, audio dramas, interviews and videos.

FROM THE LGAs:

NO.DTS 1035: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE

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The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Hon. Michael Tidi, visited victims of fire incident in Digbori Street, Essi layout Warri, Delta state today Wednesday 29th, August 2018.

The President of the community, Mr. Elvis Eboh, while explaining to the Chairman said the incident which occurred on 27th August, 2018, claimed the lives of two children and destroyed goods and properties.

Miss Elohor Moses, mother of one of the victims, said that the children were in care of her mother when the fire started, adding that there were six children in one wooden apartment.

According to Miss Moses, her mother who sustained injury in the process was able to rescue four, and it was unfortunate the other two children, Kesiena a four year old and Wealth a one year four months old child died in the fire.

The owner of the apartment, Mrs Rhode Ememo, in her statement said the fire might have been caused by the lighted candle in the apartment.

The Chairman, while commiserated with the family of the victims, advised them to desist from using candles but should use alternative rechargeable lamps.

He also encouraged the landlady to use blocks instead of wood in building houses to prevent reoccurrence.

Hon. Tidi pledged to assist the family of the victims to secure a befitting accommodation and also proper medical assistance.


NO.DTS 1036: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO

By Ambrose Ologide

A young man driving from the Effurun direction on the NPA/Express Road narrowing cheated death as his car on high speed skidded off the road and rammed into a palm tree in a valley adjacent to Naval Hospital on the Express Way.

The car splitting into two halves in the process at about 11.00 am on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018.

The driver and owner of the car, who was alone in the car, miraculously survived the ghastly accident with a minor injury on his head.

People were seen praising God for His miracle in saving the man’s life when our correspondent got to the scene of the accident but the man was said to have gone to buy a mobile telephone.

It would be recalled that barely a month ago a staff of DESOPADEC and two others lost their lives in a similar fatal auto crash on that same road.


NEWS BULLETIN ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

NO.DTS 1017: WE ARE CELEBRATING PEACE, UNITY AT 27 – OKOWA

NO.DTS 1018: DELTA @ 27: OKOWA CREDITS ADMINISTRATION’S SUCCESS TO DELTANS

NO.DTS 1019: 2019: SARAKI CONSULTS OKOWA

NO.DTS 1020: DTHA SPEAKER HAS BEEN FANTASTIC- OJO, EXPLAINS LAWMAKERS ROLE IN BUDGET PASSAGE

NO.DTS 1021: GOV OKOWA LAUDS IVWURIE FOR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

NO.DTS 1022: WARRI MARKET UNION ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVES

NO.DTS 1023: ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN, HEALTH SUPERVISORY COUNCILLOR TELLS ANIOCHA SOUTH RESIDENTS

NO.DTS 1024: STUDENTS ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR STUDY SERIOUSLY

NO.DTS 1025: CHRISTIANS ENJOINED TO BE HEAVEN CONSCIOUS

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NO.DTS 1017: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
WE ARE CELEBRATING PEACE, UNITY AT 27 – OKOWA

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa said Deltans are celebrating unity and peaceful co-existence as a people at 27 years of the creation of Delta State.

Speaking at an interdenominational thanksgiving service held in Asaba to mark the 27th anniversary of the creation of the state, Governor Okowa went through memory lane and thanked traditional rulers, religious leaders and all Deltans for agreeing to live together as one and in peace.

“There is a lot of reason to thank God; if you can recall when the state was created, you knew how the state was, but the peace that we witness today is more than enough reason to thank God,” Governor Okowa said.

He continued, “The peace that we witness in the state today does not just indicate peace alone, but proof that we are united, our traditional rulers are united and they are speaking with one voice; it was not so in 1991, but we thank God for where we are today, you can feel the impact of that unity and peace in the state.”

“We have come to realize that we are one people and that we have to work, grow and think together and that whatever development will come to this state has to be one in which it involves everyone and I give God all the Glory,” he added.

The governor at the occasion, attended by his wife, Dame Edith, his Deputy, Deacon Burutu Otuaro, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, former Deputy Governor, Chief Benjamin Elue, national and state law makers, traditional rulers, religious leaders, among other prominent Deltans, congratulated all Deltans and urged them to continue to support his administration, assuring, “We will continue to do the best that we can to make our state better.”

He also, stated that the Warri Port would be made fully functional in the next few months and called for support for the companies that would engage in the dredging of the river, disclosing, “A lot of politics have been played in the past concerning the Warri Port, we thank God that the contract for the first phase for the dredging has been awarded, my prayer is that our youths, and our people should not seek for that which is self-serving and disrupt the work; we as a government, the traditional rulers and the security agencies will not allow that.”

Governor Okowa expressed confidence that with the signing of the Delta State Public and Private Properties Bill 2018 into law, property developers and investors would see the state as a safe haven for their investments.

“Let our youths know that there is a law that will take them to prison for disturbing property developers, we pray for those who will be the first set of people to flout the law,” he said.

Senior Apostle Sylvanus Okorote in a sermon at the event, called for tolerance among the people, adding, “To boost our unity, common interests should at all times, supersede personal interest, we should live in peace because, peace makes leaders to concentrate on development.”

He commended the developmental efforts of Governor Okowa, observing that the delivery of the SMART agenda has made it such that the projects and programmes of the governor were campaigning for him ahead of the 2019 general elections.


NO.DTS 1018: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
DELTA AT 27: OKOWA CREDITS ADMINISTRATION’S SUCCESS TO DELTANS

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 have yielded so much gain 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 “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.


NO.DTS 1019: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
2019: SARAKI CONSULTS OKOWA

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Friday (24/08/18), met with Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa at the Government House, Asaba.

Saraki who addressed the press after the more than 30 minutes closed door meeting, stated, “I spent four years with a very capable and competent colleague (Governor Okowa) in the Senate, we worked very closely together and I have come to spend some time with him and to hear his views now that I have rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

“Governor Okowa is a very important party member, he is someone I truly respect and I have come to listen to him, hear his views and to consult with him,” he said.

He lauded the level of development witnessed in Delta State in the past three years, observing, “There is lot of economic growth for the past three years in the state, a lot of opportunities have been created for Deltans, there is a lot of development in the state and this is what we want to see in most of our states.”

The Senate President who was accompanied by some Senators, including, Senator Dino Melaye and Peter Nwaoboshi also debunked claims that the Senate was yet to reconvene due to fear of his impeachment, stating, “I am not losing any sleep about impeachment, we have a country that a lot of Nigerians believe there must be rule of law, those who are talking about impeachment are engaging in cheap blackmail and I am not concerned about that.”

He also used the brief encounter to throw more light on why he left the All Progressive Congress, saying, “I have made a four page statement on why I left the All Progressive Congress (APC) and I made it very clear that the ideas and visions of what we expected, was not realised in the areas of democracy, justice, etc.”

He continued, “Those that followed the political terrain of the last three years can see that the people are not happy, it is not about myself but about Nigerians and about the kind of country we want to build, the kind of democracy we want practiced and the kind of leadership we need, but, we have not been able to achieve any of this under the APC as much as we have tried.


NO.DTS 1020: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
DTHA SPEAKER HAS BEEN FANTASTIC- OJO, EXPLAINS LAWMAKERS ROLE IN BUDGET PASSAGE

The leadership of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA) Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori’s, has been described as fantastic, down to earth and result-oriented.

The member representing Ukwuani Constituency in the DTHA, Hon. Dr Alphonsus Ojo, made the assertion recently at an exclusive chat with Veracity Magazine, a publication of the Delta State Ministry of Information, Asaba.

The lawmaker stated that Rt Hon. Oborevwori had had things going on well for him due to his high level of maturity in leadership and humility, adding that the speaker regarded himself as first among equals and was willing to serve members.

He observed, as unparallel in the history of the house the speaker’s level of transparency and accountability in the conduct of lawmaking and general administration, saying he was a good listener.

According to him, “The present leadership of the DTHA is fantastic. The speaker is humble, sees himself as first among equals and even will to serve members; he is transparent and this lack of this is one thing that caused problems for past leadership; he is accountable and he listens.”

Hon Ojo who belongs to over eight house committees such as health where he is the chairman, special duties as vice chairman, and member in energy, water resources, finance and appropriation and establishment among others, said that the house worked on budget proposals to meet the policy need of government and the ruling party.

While noting that there was no perfect budget, the Ukwuani Constituency representative stated that the house had the constitutional power to scrutinize budget proposals and restructure where they were not in tandem with government’s policy direction, adding: “We sometimes make adjustments to balance interest fairly.”

“We have the power constitutionally to scrutinize budgets; we don’t just tinker with it. It is a proposal in the first place. We ask questions about the proposal and if the proposal is not in tandem with the policy direction we have to restructure it accordingly to meet the need of government. No budget proposal is perfect”, he stated.

The legislator said that his relationship with other lawmakers was cordial and that as a high ranking member in the house, he had always been given his dues.


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NO.DTS 1021: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
GOV OKOWA LAUDS IVWURIE FOR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, over the weekend, defiled heavy rains to preside over the mega empowerment programme organised by Hon Evance Ivwurie, member representing Ethiope East Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Works, Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA).

Gov Okowa commended the laudable efforts of Hon. Ivwurie and urged other elected representatives at all levels to factor empowerment programmes into their action plan to facilitate the spread of prosperity to all Deltans.

The governor noted that Evance Ivwurie stood out as reliable and dependable representative, adding that in the past three years, he did the needful to remain focused, dedicated and supportive in his legislative functions, while maintaining a cordial and rewarding relationship with his constituents.

He urged the beneficiaries of the empowerment program to make judicious of the gesture, stressing, “I want to appeal to beneficiaries of this empowerment programme to make good use of the items given to them and in turn strive hard to assist others to become prosperous.

Several items including sewing machines, grinding machines, hair dryers, generators and lots more were distributed to beneficiaries from the 11 wards in Ethiope East.

Among the personalities present were the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, Senator Chief Ighoyota Amori, Ethiope East Council Chairman, Faith Majemite, Delta State PDP Chairman, Kingsley Esiso, House of Reps member, Hon love Idisi, newly appointed acting Director General of Delta State Director, Labour Agency, Mr Blessing Emamoutor, PDP leader in Ethiope East, Chief Bernard Edewor and others too numerous to mention.


NO.DTS 1022: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
WARRI MARKET UNION ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVES

By Ambrose Ologide

Market Road Traders Development Union, Warri has elected new executive council that will pilot the affairs of the Union for the next two years.

Those elected are Comrade Justice Iroro (Chairman), Nnamdi Udensi (Vice Chairman), Kelly Obodo (Secretary General) Invoke Edirinverere (Financial Secretary) Maritha Onoyegbe (Treasurer) and Edo Isaiah (PRO).

In his post election speech, the new Chairman of the traders union, Justice Iroro, expressed appreciation to the traders for voting for him, promising to improve on the achievements of his predecessor.

While promising to carry every trader along in his administration, he solicited the support and cooperation of the traders to enable him executes his manifesto for them.

An Adviser to the traders, Elder Matthew Imi who commented on the outcome of the election in a chat with ourreporter, remarked that the election was credible, saying “It was a reflection of the wish of the traders who have been yearning for a positive change.”

He said that Comrade Iroro has been denied of victory in previous elections of the traders union. Elder Imi however charged the new chairman of the traders union to correct whatever thing that was wrong in the immediate past administration “He should be aware that he is now saddle with the responsibility of salvaging the situation.”


NO.DTS 1023: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN, HEALTH SUPERVISORY COUNCILLOR TELLS ANIOCHA SOUTH RESIDENTS

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

The people of Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State have been call upon to always keep their environments clean for the purpose of a healthy living.

The Supervisory Councilor for Health in the Council, Hon. Leonald Nzemeke made the call in a chat with news men at Ogwashi-Uku.

Nzemeke said that the only way the people could prevent disease outbreak was when they constantly keep their areas clean, adding that cleanliness was next to godliness.

He lauded the founder of O5 initiatives, Dame Edith Okowa for her free health programmes adding that she had brought succour to many people in the state.

Nzemeke called on Deltans to give the needed support to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa come 2019 to enable him continue with his good development programme of the state.

He urged the people of the area to continue to live in peace and unity, saying that peace was the wheel on which development rotates.


NO.DTS 1024: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
STUDENTS ADVISED TO TAKE STUDY SERIOUSLY

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

Mass Communications students of Delta State Polytechnics, Ogwashi-Uku have been advised to take their programme seriously to enable them achieve their academic dreams in the institution.

The Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Dr Mrs Joy Erere Anho, gave the advice in a chat with newsmen in her office at Ogwashi-Uku.

Dr Anho charged the students to imbibe the culture of hard work, saying hard work according would not kill but rather make one to be great.

The Head of Department said that the only way students would justify the efforts of their parents was when they take their studies seriously.

Dr Anho described as unfortunate the idea where some students roam the streets abandoning their studies, calling on such students to turn a new leaf.

While reminding students that mass communication was not for lazy people, she said that it required a sound mind to be a journalist.

She lauded the leadership quality of the rector of the institution, Professor Mrs Stella Chinye Chiemeke, describing her as a dynamic academician that had all it takes to move the institution to greater heights.


NO.DTS 1025: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018
CHRISTIANS ENJOINED TO BE HEAVENLY CONSCIOUS

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

Christians have been advised to abstain from acts capable of robbing them of heaven at the end of their sojourn on earth.

The General Overseer of Fresh Anointing and Miracles Christian Center, Rev. Lawrence Ogwashi Nwose, gave the advice in a chat with newsmen in Asaba while reminding Christians that there is nothing that can be compared to heaven on earth, he urged them to be focused on Christ and never to be casual in their worship.

Rev. Nwose said Christians should live a Christ-like life, show love to one another and always be their brothers’ keeper.

The cleric urged Christian to be faithful in their service to God, adding that they should be serious in evangelism saying it was a major commission by Jesus Christ.


NEWS BULLETIN ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018

NO.DTS 1010: GOV OKOWA SIGNS BILL PROHIBITING EXTORTION ON LAND

NO.DTS 1011: OJO CALLS ON DELTANS TO BE PATIENT WITH OKOWA’S SMART AGENDA

NO.DTS 1012: MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION HOLDS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

NO.DTS 1013: OROGUN MONARCH VISIT PA OKOWA, APPRECIATES GOV OKOWA FOR PRESENTATION OF STAFF OF OFFICE

NO.DTS 1014: IKA NORTH EAST CHAIRMAN DISBANDS ANTI CULT GROUP

NO.DTS 1015: ETHIOPE WEST RECORDS LARGE TURNOUT OF RESIDENTS FOR VOTERS’ REGISTRATION

NO.DTS 1016: ROTARY CLUB ASSURES OF CONTINUED EXECUTION OF PROJECTS IN EFFURUN

Editor: Churchill Oyowe

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NO.DTS 1010: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
GOV OKOWA SIGNS BILL PROHIBITING EXTORTION ON LAND

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa today assented to a bill to outlaw illegal and forceful entry into development sites in the state popularly known as “deve” in local parlance.

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, accompanied by the Clerk of the House, Mrs Lyna Ocholor and other principal officers presented the bill known as, “Delta State Public and Private Properties Protection Bill 2018 to the Governor for assent at Government House, Asaba.

The governor also, assented to a bill to amend the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) law and promised to assent to other bills that had been passed by the Delta State House of Assembly.

Governor Okowa who disclosed that harassment of property developers in the name of “deve” had chased away a lot of developers, expressed confidence that with the signing into law of the bill prohibiting illegal and forceful entry into development sites, the state would witness speedy development.

“We will collaborate with the Delta State House of Assembly to ensure that laws are passed to impact positively on the lives of our people. I am glad that this bill to prohibit the forcefully entry into public and private properties has been passed into law as it will stop youths from trespassing into property development sites in the state and make investment to thrive”, Governor Okowa said, adding “This prohibition will impact on the lives of our people and bring investment sanity into the state”.

On the DESOPADEC amendment bill, the governor explained that the amendment was meant to ensure that no vacuum was created in the leadership of the commission as government can now extend the tenure of the board under given circumstances.

He commended the speaker and members of the house of assembly for their cordial relationship with the executive arm in bringing development to the people and impacting on the lives of Deltans.

Earlier, the Speaker, Rt. Hon, Oborevwori had while presenting the bills for assent, told the governor that the bills went through all the processes required for them to be passed, stating that the bills were meant to impact on Deltans, create peace, boost the economy and bring development to the state.


NO.DTS 1011: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
OJO CALLS ON DELTANS TO BE PATIENT WITH OKOWA’S SMART AGENDA

Deltans have been enjoined to remain faithful and patient with the Smart Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The member representing Ukwuani Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), Hon. Dr Alphonsus Ojo made the call recently in an exclusive chat with Veracity Magazine, a publication of the Delta State Ministry of Health, Asaba.

Hon. Ojo who was speaking on the backdrop of the level critical infrastructure developmental strides of the state government, said that within three years, the state governor through the logical implementation of the Smart Agenda, had been able to crisscross projects in the 25 local government areas, particularly in the road and education sectors.

The lawmaker noted that with democracy on ground since 1999, expectations had remained high, but called on Deltan to maintain their support for Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, whom he described as the “performing governor”.

He reassured Deltans that more critical development projects would be cited in the state with tiem, adding that the governor was focused and called on them to use their permanent voters cards (PVCs) wisely come 2019 to vote in Governor Okowa again for continuity.

“The Smart Agenda is adequately on course” he said, advising, “Our people should be patient; Rome was not built in a day; more development will be entrenched in Delta State. They should support our performing governor by using their PVCs wisely. The governor is focused and at the end we will have cause to smile.”


NO.DTS 1012: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION HOLDS TOMORROW 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 interstate journeys.

The statement further stated that the State Commissioner for Environment, Chief 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 should ensure that the exercise was observed in their areas and defaulters sanctioned by an appropriate mobile sanitation court which would be on standby during the exercise.

The statement advised Deltans and residents in the State to use the period of the exercise to keep their surroundings and drainages clean.


FROM THE LGAs

NO.DTS 1013: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
OROGUN MONARCH VISIT PA OKOWA, APPRECIATES GOV OKOWA FOR PRESENTATION OF STAFF OF OFFICE

By Ambrose Ologide

The Okpara-Uku (traditional ruler) of Orogun Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area, HRM Akpojotor , Ekpu 1 has appreciated Governor feanyi Okowa over the presentation of staff of office to him.

The Orogun monarch message of appreciation was contained in a speech by the Olotu-Uku (traditional Prime Minister) of Orogun Kingdom, Chief Aaron Edewor during the visit of the traditional ruler’s delegation to the father of the Governor of Delta State, Pa Arthur Uzoma Okowa at Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Area on Wednesday August 22nd, 2018.

Edewor explained that the visit was to congratulate Pa Okowa on his 86th birthday anniversary (celebrated the previous day), expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa on the quick presentation of staff of office to the Okpara-Uku of Orogun Kingdom and to introduce the newly inaugurated executives of Orogun Community Development Committee (CDC).

He remarked that the presentation of staff of office to the Orogun monarch was the quickest in the history of Delta State.

While pledging the support of Orogun Kingdom for Governor Okowa’s administration, he appealed that an official car be provided for the Orogun monarch like other traditional rulers in the state.

He also disclosed that Orogun CDC was inaugurated on the 15th of August, 2018.

The new Chairman of Orogun CDC, Chief Daniel Agbada at the visit, promised to partner with Governor Okowa’s administration for the development of Orogun Kingdom.

The Secretary of Okpara-Uku-in-Council, Chief Ogheneochuko Edevbie, in his interaction with our correspondent at the event, expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa over his laudable achievements in Orogun Kingdom.

Pastor Alex Atuh thanked Pa Arthur Uzoma Okowa for keeping to his promise of providing funds for the painting of Holy Spirit Redeemed Mission Church auditorium, ( aka Baba Moses Church) Arhagba – Orogun.

Pa Okowa in his speech thanked the Orogun monarch for the visit, goodwill messages on his birthday and appreciation to Governor Okowa.

He seized the opportunity to canvassed support for Governor Okowa and the PDP in Orogun in 2019.

The Okpara-Uku Orogun’s delegation had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Obi of Owa Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Efeizomor 11 JP.

The newly inaugurated executives of Orogun CDC are Chief Daniel Agbada (Chairman), Chief Andrew Oviri ( Secretary), Chief Gabriel Akara (Vice Chairman), Hon Oderhohwo Ebu ( Spokesman), Hon Efetobor Innocent ( Treasurer) Olorogun Blessing Orhidjedje (Assistant Secretary), Hon Isaac Ezire and Hon Obaseki N Felix.


NO.DTS 1014: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
IKA NORTH EAST CHAIRMAN DISBANDS ANTI CULT GROUP

By Christian Ogoh

The Chairman of Ika North East Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Ebonka has disbanded the Ika Anti Cult group.

Hon. Ebonka made the announcement after an emergency security meeting of stakeholders from Ika south and Ika North East Local Government held at Boji-Boji Owa.

The chairman stated that the Anti Cult group has been found wanting by compromising its core mandate in the present security situation in the Ika nation.

He directed the leaders to immediately handover any property in their possession to the security agents within 24 hours, adding that failure to do so would lead to their arrest and prosecution.

Hon. Ebonka revealed that further directives would be given to security agents on how to reconstitute the body soon.


NO.DTS 1015: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
ETHIOPE WEST RECORDS LARGE TURNOUT OF RESIDENTS FOR VOTERS’ REGISTRATION

By Clementina Wewele

The registration process and collection of permanent voters cards (PVCs) has been reported very smooth and calm in Ethiope West Local Government Area.

Report also indicated that the turnout of residents for the exercise had been very impressive as the people came out in large numbers to take and register for their PVCs.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Officer in charge of Ethiope West, Mr Kingsley Osaze Osifo, said that the exercise had been peaceful and turnout of residents very impressive.

According to him, the only challenge was the electricity challenge, saying that the INEC office had to run generator all day to attend to the people.

He noted that pressure from the crowd was much due to the fact that there was only one registration center in the local government area, adding that they had to move to all the 11 wards in the area to get the people registered to address the issue of distance.

A resident, Kate Iyendo, who was there to collect her pvc, said that the stress of the exercise was too much stating that she had been going there for the past three days without getting her card.

She said that the crowd was so much that some have to go to the center as early as 6.00 am to be attended to first.

Iyendo explained that as a civil servant she had to sneak from the office to get her voters card saying that the two days holidays declared by the state government should have been used for workers alone.

Some civil defense officers were on ground to coordinate the crowd to ensure that it was done on a turn by turn basis.


NO.DTS 1016: FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
ROTARY CLUB ASSURES OF CONTINUED EXECUTION OF PROJECTS IN EFFURUN

By Ambrose Ologide

The President of Rotary Club, Effurun District, Mr Gordon Duku, has assured of continued presence of the club in Effurun by executing sustainable projects to touch the lives of people.

Mr Duku stated this during his investiture as the 34th President of Rotary Club, Effurun, which took place at Wellington Hotel Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State.

The newly installed president identified promoting peace, fighting diseases, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education as well as growing local economies as specific projects to maximize her local and global impact.

He reeled out his vision for the club in the upcoming year to include reconnecting with the community, youth vocational training, child and maternal health care, education support, peace and conflict prevention and growing local economies amongst others.

Mr Duku, a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), noted that the projects were achievable if members would harness their individual and collective financial resources, goodwill, expertise and time into actualizing them.

According to him, Rotary Club of Effurun which was chartered on June 27th, 1985, had an incredible history of touching lives through its community projects as well as service projects.

“We are known to have built and equipped a vocational centre where youths are trained free to acquire various skills. I am proud to be a Rotarian, I am proud to say that Rotary International leads the world in volunteer service,” he asserted.

Mr Duku, who inducted the club’s board members for the 2018/2019 year, noted that the club would continue to harness the power of the media including its website, facebook and whatsapp handles as well as other social media platforms as recommended by Rotary International to tell the world about the club’s activities.

While commending the immediate past president, Mrs Maria Okoh for her sterling stewardship to the club during the past year and especially for setting the pace as the first female president of the club, Mr Duku expressed his appreciation to members of the past board for the faith put in him and his responsibility to Rotary Club Effurun, the community and Rotary International.

The immediate past President, Mrs Maria Okoh, in her valedictory speech, noted that leadership comes with enormous challenges.

She thanked members of the club for their support in ensuring that projects and humanitarian services during her tenure were successfully implemented, especially the implementation of polio vaccine to children in Ebremede community, training of youths in skill acquisition especially young girls in the field of fashion design and hair dressing.

Mrs Okoh, while handing over the club’s certificate and gavel to the new president, urged him to continue to sustain the club humanitarian activities as well as ensure the sustenance of the club’s growth and developmental strides.

Earlier, in a keynote address, the guest speaker, Dr Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, spoke on the topic ‘Creating Impact In The Life Of Others’, described helping others as a clear fundamental manifestation of the love for humanity and dedication to complete service and development.

According to Dr Ufuophu-Biri, “Everyday in our lives, numerous opportunities abound for us to help people and put smiles on their faces. We should not shy away from helping such persons when they seek our attention.”

He urged members of rotary club to continue to be positive and pragmatic change agents of the society, adding that one of the fundamentals of a good humanitarian was to embrace criticism and maintain peace and love and tranquility with others.

He noted that those who give would continue to receive and called on members to continue to give meaningfully to the lives of people in need.

While decrying the spate of bad leadership in the country in terms of development and social infrastructure, the DELSU don enjoined members of rotary club to avoid manipulating others, and urge them to let their lives be an example to others, adding, “Imbibe the wisdom of how to help the society but not how to manipulate the society.”

Dignitaries from across the state, including the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, HRM Mathew Egbi, Owahwa 11; Hon. Barry Pere-gbe, Mrs Mercy Duku and family members of Mr Gordon Duku among others.

NEWS BULLETIN ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

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

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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.

ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

NO.DTS 0950: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018SIR ONYEME EMERGES LIONS CLUBS GOVERNOR… PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF INSTALLATION COMES UP SATURDAY AUGUST 11… GOV OKOWA TO GRACE OCCASION AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

 NO.DTS 0947:         OKOWA CONDOLES WITH GOV. DICKSON OVER MOTHER’S DEATH
 
NO.DTS 0948:         ASABA 2018: HOSTING NOT WASTE OF FUND, DTSG TELLS ABATI

NO.DTS 0949:         OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE CLOSER TO GOD

NO.DTS 0950:         SIR ONYEME EMERGES LIONS CLUBS GOVERNOR… PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF INSTALLATION COMES UP SATURDAY AUGUST 11… GOV OKOWA TO GRACE OCCASION AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR 

NO.DTS 0951:         EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING, MAJOR CHILD SURVIVAL STRATEGY ADOPTED GLOBALLY TO COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION – DR ONONYE
 
NO.DTS 0952:         FORMER NATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER TURNS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER
 
 
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng
  
NO.DTS 0947: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
ASABA 2018: HOSTING NOT WASTE OF FUND, DTSG TELLS ABATI

The Delta State Government has described the contents of an article ‘The Asaba Disgrace, What a big disgrace’ written by Dr Rueben Abati, former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, as absolute falsehood heavily supported with unconfirmed reports.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, in Asaba on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, revealed that the article was a figment of the imagination of the writer who was not in Asaba during the recently concluded African Senior Athletics Championship hosted by the state. 

The Commissioner for Information stated that for the article to be made public almost immediately after a similar statement by an All Progressives Congress (APC) member from the state, Prof. Pat Utomi, on national television stations, was a clear manifestation that it had political undertones. 

Mr Ukah wondered if the unwarranted outburst of the duo was not connected with sinister plans by the Patito’s gang, led by Prof Utomi, a neophyte in Delta State and national politics, to feed the people with lies capable of leading them astray. 

He said that Abati in haste to do his paymaster’s bidding claimed that Tanzanians protested and boycotted the championship, but Mr Ukah said that Tanzania did not register for the competition so would not have come to Asaba in the first place. 

He expressed surprise that a championship that received high accolades from athletics and eggheads such as the President of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lord Sebastian Coe, and the President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, could be scored low by a novice in the field. 

According to the Commissioner, “For us as a state, taking delivery of the stadium after several years of abandonment, coupled with high commerce that took place in terms of sales, transportations and hotel bookings during the competition is of great importance.”

Mr Ukah disclosed that for anybody to say that the money used in hosting the competition was a waste was an indication that such a person did not know the millage the country had gained through the hosting. 

He cautioned journalists and opinion leaders to get their facts right about happenings in the state straight before running to the press, especially on issues that they had little or no knowledge about. 
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NO.DTS 0948: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
 OKOWA CONDOLES WITH GOV. DICKSON OVER MOTHER’S DEATH

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has commiserated with the Government and people of Bayelsa State on the demise of Mrs GoldCoast Dickson, mother of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.

In a condolence message to Governor Dickson and the government and people of Bayelsa State, Okowa said that Mrs Dickson’s death was a great loss not only to Bayelsa State but the nation in general, given her invaluable contributions to the cause of humanity.

Governor Okowa’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, wherein the Governor, described the late Madam GoldCoast Dickson as a quintessential mother, devout Christian and community leader who devoted her lifetime to the service of God and humanity.

Governor Okowa paid glowing tribute to Madam Dickson for being a good mother and urged the Dickson family to take solace in the fact that the late matriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by her children culminating in the emergence of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson as Governor of Bayelsa State.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with my brother, friend and colleague Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Executive Governor of Bayelsa State on the painful loss of his beloved mother, Mrs GoldCoast Dickson”, Governpr Okowa stated.

He called on the bereaved family to uphold the cherished ideals of community service, kindness and generosity associated with the matriarch of the Dickson family and prayed the Almighty God to grant repose to her soul, and give the Dickson family, the people of Bayelsa State and the entire nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
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NO.DTS 0949: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018
OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO BE CLOSER TO GOD

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to have relationship with God and be humble in whatever they do.

The governor gave the advice today at the service of songs organized in honour of Mrs Titi Akpami, mother-in-law of Hon. Otimeyin Adams at Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to him, “You can only have a glorious exit when you have a relationship with God; we should strive on daily basis to have a relationship with God because, as soon as God takes away that breath, you are ordinary sand.”

“Many times, men are proud of what they have achieved forgetting that when you are humble, you are in a position of strength,” the governor said, adding, “When you are gone, the way you lived will determine how people will relate with the family you left behind, the seed that you have sown will remain when you have gone.”

He continued, “Living well is good, so, we must give our lives to God so that on the last day, we will be with God, if you confess that you are a Christian and you live a life that is unworthy, people will run away from you but, If you live a worthy life, people will emulate you.”

While condoling the family of the deceased, Governor Okowa disclosed that Hon. Adams had been his personal friend from when they were chairmen of their different local government councils.

Ven. Clement Oburoh in a sermon, admonished Christians to always be aware that they were created to serve God and urged them to always prepare themselves to be with their creator on the last day.

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The Chairman of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Sir Monday Onyeme is to be decorated as Governor of District 404A1 Nigeria of International Association of Lions Clubs in the 2018/2019 Lions Year on Saturday, August 11, 2018.


The presentation ceremony scheduled to hold at the Event Centre, Asaba, will have the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa as Special Guest of Honour and will be chaired by the Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, Taraba State University, Jalingo.


Briefing journalists today in Asaba, Sir Onyeme, stated that the 2018/2019 Lions Year, with the theme, “Empowerment Through Service”, would be focus on reaching out to the poorest of the poor.


“We do not intend to patronize them by giving out handouts, Sir Onyeme said, adding, “Rather we shall focus on impacting skills to these our brothers and sisters to enable them take their destiny in their hands. This task is onerous but we are determined to follow the goals through by the grace of God and support of you all.”


The new District 404 A1 Governor whose tenure commenced since July 1, 2018 and to end June 30, 2019, stated that the district intended to continue with the tradition the International Association of Lions Club was known for with greater urgency and vigour.


“Our target audience are the poor, sick, disabled, unemployed, underprivileged in our society” he said, saying “Accordingly, our scope of activities include but not limited to Free Diabetes screening and awareness, Pediatric Cancer awareness campaign, Free Cornea transplant and cataract surgery, Relieving hunger and Tree planting and other environmental friendly projects.


“We shall also procure and distribute to primary and secondary schools as well as some tertiary institutions in our area of coverage. As a matter of fact, the textbooks have arrived the shores of Nigeria and arrangements for the distribution have reached advanced stage.


“We shall continue to consolidate on the gains made in this area by reaching out to larger numbers of our people in need, in addition to expanding our horizon to include building of 75 public convenience, equipped with boreholes in our public schools, motor parks, markets etc.”

Sir Onyeme expressed joy at the giant strides Lions Clubs within the district, comprising Delta Edo, Ondo Ogun and parts of Lagos State, had made in executing key projects for the benefit of the people, stressing, “We appreciate all men and women of goodwill, donor agencies and multilateral organizations that have partnered with us in alleviating the plight of the vulnerable in our society.”


According to him, 93 Lions Clubs exist in District 404 A1 Nigeria administered under 10 Regions with membership strength of 2,400, noting that a large number of the citizens were in need of assistance to keep their heads above water.


He called for every hand to be on the plough and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to either identify with the laudable objectives of the International Association of Lions Clubs by becoming a Lion or partner with Lions Clubs to bring succor to the vulnerable.


The District Governor said that membership drive was going to be given a very high premium during this 2018/2019 Lions Year, recalling that the association came into Nigeria through the initiative of Lion Akintola Williams in 1964 and since then, the impact of Lions Club in the different part of the country had been very immeasurable.


Lions Club International, he said, was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest service organization, with 1.5 million members in no less than 70,000 club spread out in 203 countries and geographical areas of the world.

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NO.DTS 0951: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 “EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING IS A MAJOR CHILD SURVIVAL STRATEGY ADOPTED GLOBALLY TO COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION” – DR ONONYE


Mothers have been called upon to practice exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life of their babies in order to guide against malnutrition that has become a source of public health concern in the state.


The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made the call during the activities that marked the end of the 2018 World Breast Feeding Week celebration in Asaba.


Dr Ononye said that exclusive breast feeding in the first six months of life and the introduction of adequate complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond were major child survival strategies adopted globally to combat all forms of malnutrition.


The Commissioner who referred to the Year 2016 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey said that there was a high rate of stunted children under the age of five years with 43.6% classified as stunted, 10.8%, wasted, 31.5% underweight and only 23.7% were exclusively breast fed which was poor indices for Nigeria.

He stressed the need for the protection, promotion and support of breast feeding in its entire ramification failing which the poor indices that were being recorded would persist or even worsen in the near future.


However, to address the poor indices, Dr Ononye revealed that Delta State in collaboration with UNICEF had established breast feeding support groups in 11 Local Government Areas of the State with over 800 women as members.


He added that government had distributed information, education and communication  (IEC) materials on breastfeeding to pregnant women and nursing mothers with children 0 to 24 months, saying it was a critical irreversible window period of the first 1,000 days of babies.


Dr Ononye reiterated government’s commitment at reducing infant morbidity and mortality through various child health care programme initiatives such as immunization, vitamin A supplement and free under-5 treatment.


The Commissioner who said that the theme of this year’s celebration was “Breast Feeding: Foundation of Life” revealed that there were several benefits of exclusive breastfeeding to the mother, child and the nation at large.While noting that exclusive breastfeeding could not be over emphasized, he stated that early initiation of breastfeeding  within 30 minutes of birth had saved  over a million children in world.


Activities carried out to mark the Week included visitation and breastfeeding lectures at major public hospitals during antenatal visits; television and radio discussions; and baby show competition and award of prizes.

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FROM LGA


NO.DTS 0952: THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 FORMER NATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP WINNER TURNS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVER
By Ambrose Ologide


An Ovwian born former midfield maestro, Emmanuel Egbetah, has proven that Nigerian youths are not lazy and idle as he is amongst one of those commercial bus drivers plying Hausa Quarters Warri to Effurun Roundabout on daily basis.


The young former football star who is in his 30s, in a chat with our reporter explained that he took to driving commercial bus after he suffered an ailment that prevented him from playing football.
He said that he had tried both orthodox and traditional medicine to cure the ailment but to no avail.


Ogbetah who said that he often indulge in physical exercises  and gymnastics before going to work, stated that after spending over a season without playing football, he decided to throw in the towel so as not to be idle.


He therefore appealed to the Delta State Sports Commission to give him a coaching job to groom the younger generation in the round leather game of soccer.


Ogbetah, who had a National Diploma Certificate in Computer Science from the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, started his professional carrier in football with Invincible Leopard Football Club of Warri in 1997 and later played for Delta Power Stars of Ughelli and NEPA Football Club of Abuja.


According to him, he later went abroad and played professional football for various clubs for four seasons.


Upon his return to Nigeria, he played for Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, Bayelsa United Football Club of Yenagoa, Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt, Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna, Kaduna United Football Club of Kaduna, Enugu Rangers Football Club of Enugu and Giwa United Football Club.


Emmanuel Egbetah won the national challenge cup at various times with Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt, Bayelsa United FC, Niger Tornadoes of FC and Kwara United FC.

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ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018

NO.DTS 0942: OKOWA BAGS WATERMAN AWARD IN ABUJA… EXCO APPROVES MORE PROJECTS FOR DELSU

NO.DTS 0943: OKOWA CALLS FOR STEADY EFFORTS TO CHECK NIGERIA’S HOUSING DEFICIT

NO.DTS 0944: DTSG URGES DELTANS, RESIDENTS TO ENROL FOR NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

NO.DTS 0945: OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS – DESTMA BOSS TELLS DELTANS, MOTORISTS

NO.DTS 0946: COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OWNER, OTHERS LAUD OKOWA OVER DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION

NO.DTS 0946: EBONKA APPEALS FOR STOPPAGE OF STREET TRADING, CALLS ON ‘OKADA RIDERS’ TO OPERATE FROM PARKS

Editor: Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0942: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OKOWA BAGS WATERMAN AWARD IN ABUJA… EXCO APPROVES MORE PROJECTS FOR DELSU

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has bagged The Waterman Award of the Nigerian Water Supply Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the water sector in the state.

This was the fallout of the briefing of the State Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije, during the State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting held yesterday, Tuesday at Government House, Asaba.

Speaking after the meeting, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the Governor, who was represented by Sir Tilije, was decorated with the award by the Minister for Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, during the 1st International Conference/Exhibition On Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene held in Abuja.

Mr Ukah also disclosed that EXCO commended the free eye treatment initiated by the wife of the State Governor, Dame Edit Okowa, in conjunction with the State Ministry of Health, who carried out free eye surgeries for Deltans, especially those poor rural dwellers who would not have been able to pay for such surgeries.

He stated that two projects were approved for the Abraka and Asaba campuses of the Delta State University which were the award of the contract for the completion of the construction of a multi-purpose Lecture Theatre at the Abraka Campus, as well as the contract for the completion of the construction of Faculty of Environmental Science in Asaba Campus.

Mr Ukah further revealed that Council also approved the construction of Burutu Township Roads (Phase 111) in Burutu Local Government Area.


NO.DTS 0943: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OKOWA CALLS FOR STEADY EFFORTS TO CHECK NIGERIA’S HOUSING DEFICIT

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for steady efforts towards addressing the housing deficiency in the country.

The Governor made the call at the unveiling of Governance Villa Housing Estate, Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, “There is a lot of gap in the nation’s housing sector and the more we provide affordable houses for the civil servants and all Nigerians, the better for our nation. With steady efforts, with determination for every house that is built, we are reducing the housing gap in our nation.”

The Governor emphasised, adding that his administration would continue to work with the private sector, mortgage finance banks to develop the housing sector in Delta State.

While observing that a lot of progress had been recorded by his administration in creating the enabling environment for housing development, Governor Okowa said that mortgage institutions had a lot of roles to play in encouraging civil servants in particular to own their houses.

He used the occasion to urge private property developers to work with relevant government ministries in designing their building plans to avoid going against the laws of the country, saying that it would be wrong for buildings to be erected under high tension power-lines.

The Governor who attended the ceremony accompanied by top government functionaries, commended management of Juniuc Nigeria Limited for contributing to the housing development of the country.

Chief Executive Officer of Delta Trust Mortgage Bank Limited, Mrs Rubby Okoro had in an address, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for private sector to thrive in the state and urged Deltans to utilise the services rendered by the mortgage bank to own their houses.

The CEO of Juniuc Nigeria Limited, Mr Godwin Nonyalim in an address, said, “My huge debt of gratitude goes to our amiable Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for actualizing the need for housing under the SMART agenda; by this, he endorsed the creation of housing for all and as well as creating enabling environment for young and upcoming developers like me.”


NO.DTS 0944: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
DTSG URGES DELTANS, RESIDENTS TO ENROL FOR NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

The Delta State Government has urged all Nigerians, especially legal residents in Delta State who are yet to register for the National Identification Number (NIN) to go to the nearest NIMC Enrolment Centre to enroll for their National Identity Card.

A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, said the National Identification Card is the document that affirms an individual’s identity anywhere and anytime, and could be used as registration for and renewal of Driver’s License/International passport.

According to the statement, the Nigerian Identity Management Commission said that the National Identification Card could provide the bearer access to government special scheme benefits, bank account opening, recruitment into public service and business registration at CAC.

The statement further stated that the National Identification Card remained a vital means to secure government contract, tax filling and documentation, pension administration and admission into schools.

It urged residents in the State who have not enrolled to visit any NIMC Registration Centre nearest to them with valid documents to enroll for the National Identification Number.


NO.DTS 0945: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
OBEY TRAFFIC RULES, REGULATIONS – DESTMA BOSS TELLS DELTANS, MOTORISTS

Deltans, especially residents in the state and motorists in particular have been advised to adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations so as to avoid unhealthy incidences that may cause accident.

The Director-General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DETSMA), Chief Stephen Dieseruvwe, who gave the advice in Asaba, said that the Agency was poised to deliver on its mandates to the public.

Chief Dieseruvwe said that DETSMA was established to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses from road traffic accidents conflict, congestion and delay on public highways in the state through the employment of modern traffic management techniques in order to instil discipline among motorists.

The DESTMA DG, however, highlighted the functions of DESTMA to include traffic control and enforcement of the state and federal laws, regulate the safe use of vehicles on the road, undertake proactive and targeted enforcement of traffic laws in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force and deter as well apprehend traffic offenders.

He warned motorists to desist from making or receiving phone calls while driving and enjoined them to wear their seat belts at all times, saying that the law establishing the Agency was passed on October 24th, 2013, even as he cautioned his officers to shun unnecessary extortion from motorists.

The DESTMA Boss commended the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for the support given to the agency, assuring that the agency would continue to carry out its duties with utmost sincerity and commitment.

Chief Dieseruvwe called on his officers in the field to book any traffic offender and guide them to pay to the bank.


FROM LGAs:

NO.DTS 0946: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OWNER, OTHERS LAUD OKOWA OVER DRAINAGE CONSTRUCTION
By Ambrose Ologide/ Henry Aghoghovbia/Stella Oziwo/Stella Othobor.

The Chairman/CEO of Faith Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr George Eburu and commercial tricycle (popularly known as keke) riders have lauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for embarking on the on-going drainage construction projects on both sides of the Effurun/Sapele Road, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.

Speaking to our correspondents on the project in a media interaction, Mr Eburu hoped that the drainage construction projects when completed would solve the flooding problems in Enerhen Junction.

He sadly noted that immediately after any heavy down pour, the Enerhen Junction area would be over flooded with water making it impassable for vehicle users and even pedestrians to access the road and that it also caused heavy traffic jam if the level of the flood is not high.

On his part, a keke rider, Lucky Ogheneovo spoke in the same vein, “When there is such a chaotic situation, we record low patronage in business.
So Governor Okowa should been given kudos for embarking on the project. It shows that he is a governor that listens to the plights of the people”

He however urged the contractor handling the project to hasten up work on the project to allow easy flow of traffic on the said road as he bitterly complained that work on the road often caused traffic hold ups.

A fellow keke rider, Comrade Desmond Ukpong, said that he was concern about the quality of the job done as he identified poor quality of job as the cause of the perennial flooding in Enerhen Junction, saying “It is my prayer that they should get it right this time around “

A site engineer who preferred anonymity, assured that the construction firm handling the project, Planet Project would do a quality job, promising further that the project would be completed without delay.

He solicited for the continuous patience and understanding of vehicle users plying the ever busy road.


NO.DTS 0947: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018
EBONKA APPEALS FOR STOPPAGE OF STREET TRADING, CALLS ON ‘OKADA RIDERS’ TO OPERATE FROM PARKS
By Christian Ogoh

The Chairman of Ika North East Local Government Council, Hon Victor Ebonka, has appealed to residents to stop street trading, saying the implications are usually regretful urging them to rather rent shops where they can display their wares.

Hon. Ebonka also charged motorcycle riders popularly called ‘Okada’ to make due use of the various parks provided for them instead of plying major roads looking for passengers, thereby constituting traffic congestion.

The chairman who spoke during an inspection tour of the Boji-Boji main market, stressed that street trading was the major cause of gridlock in the area and along adjoining streets.

He noted that the local government frowns at the act saying it also constituted an environmental hazard and called for conscious effort by all to avert any harm to the environment.


NEWS BULLETIN ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

NO.DTS 0738: DTSG ASSURES OF PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR WORKERS, DELTANS
NO.DTS 0739: DELTA URBAN RENEWAL COMMISSIONER SAY NO CONFLICT EXISTS WITH WORKS MINISTRY
NO.DTS 0740: ATIKU ABUBAKAR EXPECTED IN ASABA TOMORROW AS NAME SPEAKS ON RELEVANCE OF VISIT
NO.DTS 0741: OKOWA SAYS NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER WHEN THERE IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD
NO.DTS 0742: OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS LEADERS TO LIVE EXEMPLARY LIFE
NO.DTS 0743: HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST ADVISES UDU YOUTH AGAINST RESTIVENESS

Editor: Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0738: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
DTSG ASSURES OF PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR WORKERS, DELTANS

The Government of Delta State today expressed worries over the practice by some unscrupulous civil servants who allegedly collude with dubious contractors to compromise professional standards in project execution across the state.

Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Joseph Ogeh who expressed this concern during a ministerial press briefing in Asaba, warned that any civil servant caught in the act will be made to face severe sanctions.

Ogeh told newsmen that the compromising attitude of some staff of the ministry with dubious contractors which end up in the delivery of sub-standard projects was a major challenge to the government.

He said some staff who were caught in the unholy romance with contractors had been demoted, adding some were made to resign while others were made to lose their promotion to the next level.

Ogeh who did not, however, reveal the number of personnel that had been sanctioned for compromising standards in project execution, state that the specifics could be obtained from the Office of the Head of Service.

He said that the sale of Guinea House, a property of the state located in Lagos was carried out by the immediate past administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in line with the established due process.

According to him, “This is not supposed to be an issue because it is a property of the state. It was sold by the last administration, we only came to meet the documents. Based on the documents, the sale followed due process.”

Ogeh stated that the ministry has embarked on housing projects aimed at providing affordable houses for Deltans and other residents of the state.

He said a fresh contract for the completion of 154 three and four bedroom bungalows at Okerenkoko was awarded to Disek Integrated Global Limited in October last year at 2,905,385,852.23.

Ogeh stated that ministry had equally be involved in the renovation of government residential quarters and offices just as it completed the construction of Head of Service office complex in Asaba at the cost of N477,169,721.05, among other projects.

The housing Commissioner disclosed that the Ministry has structured out modalities to ensure civil servants and private sectors to own their houses.

The Commissioner further listed the renovation of government quarters and some offices at Asaba, to include the construction of the Head of Service office complex and office building for state independent electoral commission as well as the remodeling/rehabilitation of Governor’s lodge Abuja as major activities embarked upon by the Ministry.

On the redevelopment of the Junior Staff Quarters, the commissioner said that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa placed a very high premium on the state civil servants to own their homes, saying that it was why the governor approved the owner-occupation policy.

Mr. Ogeh noted that the Ministry of Housing had aligned to SMART Agenda of the state government, explaining that the multiplier effect had led to the wealth creation and provision of Jobs direct and indirect jobs for Deltans as well as the transformation of the environment through urban renewal.

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NO.DTS 0739: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
DELTA URBAN RENEWAL COMMISSIONER SAY NO CONFLICT EXISTS WITH WORKS MINISTRY

The Commissioner for Unban Renewal, Mr Peter Asupa Forteta, has clarified that no conflict exists between his ministry of that of works.

The commissioner who made the clarification today at a press briefing in Asaba said that the budgetary allocations of both ministries were clearly spelled out, noting that his ministry was an interventionist department of government.

Mr. Forteta debunked insinuation that the Ministry of Urban Renewal was not having Asaba in its agenda, saying that if the need arises, projects would be executed in Asaba, alongside the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency.

Forteta added that some of the road projects awarded between December 2016 have gotten to advanced stage such as Obotobo 1 and Obotobo 11 – Sokobolu -Yokri Road in Burutu L.G.A, 18.71km length road awarded 9th DEC 2016 at a total sum of N1,667,629,659.70, the project which is ongoing and at 60% completion.

The road at Orerokpe/Oviore road with a bridge in Okpe L.G.A is 20% completion and also the construction of N.C.C. Institute/Housing Estate/ CBN housing estate road, off Asaba, Ugbolu – Illah road in Oshimili North with 1.86km road awarded on 15th may 2018 at the cost of N493, 790, 753.93, is ongoing and 20% at completion.

The commissioner urged Deltans to have confidence in the present administration as some of the projects being executed under his ministry were on verge of completion, assuring that within the next two months its project in Aboh, Ndokwa East, Ugbolu in Oshimili North and Obotobo in Burutu would be completed.

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NO.DTS 0740: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
ATIKU ABUBAKAR EXPECTED IN ASABA TOMORROW AS NAME SPEAKS ON RELEVANCE OF VISIT

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, will arrive Asaba, the Delta State capital tomorrow, as a foremost destination for the realizing of his presidential ambition.

The visit, according to the State Chairman of the National Aticulate Movement 4 Emancipation (NAME), Mr. Jerry Ewuruje, will underscore Atiku’s desire to seek the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‎and put the state working committee on notice.

“This is because, from all angles, the Adamawa born entrepreneur politician is a friend of Delta State from all fronts, Mr. Ewuruje said, justifying his position saying, “Firstly, his huge business interest has a deeper root in the oil-rich Warri city, the hottest business zone of Delta. Secondly, the founder and National Chairman of Friends Of Waziri Atiku (FOWA), Chief Ejiofor Onyia is a native of Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Thirdly, the National Chairman of the National Atikulate Movement 4 Emancipation – NAME, Adm. Tola O. Ajemitsogbe is from Warri North Local Government of the State and on top, all of these, is the Road Master Governor (RMG), Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa. A performing governor, standing tall in the state as the nation’s most talented politician with his SMART Agenda that has taken the state to an enviable status since he assumed leadership three years ago.”

Continuing, Mr. Ewuruje noted, “This is why the visit to Asaba, by the Hero Of Democracy (HOD), Waziri Atiku Abubakar is strategic, purposeful and politically relevant to his ambition and that of the state economic growth and development.

Mr. Ewuruje reckoned that Atiku Abubakar had earned the respect of the new generation politician for giving them hope through what he referred to as “his sacrifice by annihilating the dreaded life presidential ambition of a political figure in the past.”

“The National Atikulate Movement 4 Emancipation, who today is representing the voices of the new generation politicians has sat waiting to receive the HOD as he set his legs on the soil of Delta to declare his ambition to the largest opposition political party in Africa – the PDP and to the RMG, a true party man per excellence.

“Like Waziri will always say, ‘this umbrella can never tear again’. The meeting of these two political giants, that is the Hero Of Democracy (HOD) and Road Master Governor (RMG) in the big heart is an attempt to add value to the PDP fortunes in the State in particular and South-South in general.

“The well publicized, well planned and heroic visit of Tuesday 26th June 2018 will not only reposition the PDP and the National Atikulate

Movement 4 Emancipation – NAME ahead of 2019 general elections but will reshape the South-South region in general”, the NAME State Chairman stated.

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NO.DTS 0741: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
OKOWA SAYS NIGERIA WILL BE BETTER WHEN THERE IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to obey the word of God to achieve a better, more peaceful society.

The Governor made the call over the weekend at the second matriculation and graduation ceremonies of The Meaningful Life Institute of Evangelism and Church Management at Mosogar, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to the Governor, “If we are committed to winning souls for Christ, obey the commandments of God, we will have a society that is very peaceful where people do things with the fear of God, we will have good governance too.”

The governor observed that God had blessed Nigeria with abundant resources, and what the people required was to obey the word of God.

He commended Rev. Gideon Oyibo, the Acting Provost of the institution, for investing in an institute to groom men of God, adding that it was also laudable that the institute was tuition free and had lecturers who volunteered to teach without salary.

The Governor admonished graduates of the institute to share the virtue of the Lord, Jesus Christ, stating, “Jesus was not only a teacher but a friend and companion, the Christian message should always be at the core of your lives.”

Rev. Oyibo had in an address, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for creating the enabling environment for private ventures and the word of God to thrive.

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NO.DTS 0742: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
OKOWA CHALLENGES CHRISTIANS LEADERS TO LIVE EXEMPLARY LIFE

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has challenged Christians who are in positions of authority to live an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Speaking at a thanksgiving service to mark the birthday and appointment of Pastor Emmanuel Emefienim as Executive Director of Sterling Bank yesterday (24/06/18) at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Champions Cathedral, Warri, Governor Okowa stated actions should be used more by Christians in positions of authority to win souls for Christ.

“We must ensure that our lives in service, no matter what we do or say, should be impactful unto men that God will be happy,” the governor who was accompanied to the Church service by aides said.

He emphasized, “Many people are not interested in what you say, they want to emulate your lifestyle and we must realize that people are looking at us, the greatest preaching we can do is for our lifestyle to depict that truly, we are serving the Lord.”

Governor Okowa commended Pastor Emefienim for thanking God, observing, “Those who give thanks to God are happy people with a lot of peace in their heart, seek the peace and joy of the Lord because it is more than riches of the world.”

“In every elevation, there are greater expectations from you, to use the position to serve God; the Lord expects us to be epistle to others because, when you live an exemplary life, you impact on so many lives,” he stated.

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, represented at the occasion by his Special Assistant on Evangelism, Pastor J. T. Kolajaiye in a sermon, said, giving thanks to God brings about increase from God.

According to him, “If you know how to appreciate the Almighty God, you will know how to receive from the Almighty God, if you want God to multiply your little, give thanks to God.”

He continued, “Thanksgiving can provoke restoration, it also brings about more blessings; any time you are giving thanks to God, you are doing the right thing.”

He also admonished Christians to put their hope in God and lay less emphasis on things of the world, emphasizing, “Know that there is life after death.”

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FROM THE LGA

NO.DTS 0743: MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVIST ADVISES UDU YOUTH AGAINST RESTIVENESS

BY AMBROSE OLOGIDE

Renowned human right activist, Comrade Derrick Agberien, has advised Udu youths against restiveness.

He gave the advice in his address during the kicking off of the Campaign for the Defence for Human Right (CDHR) activities at Orhuwhorun Road, Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area over the weekend.

Comrade Agberien called on youths of the area to always think of what they could contribute to the positive development of the society by being useful to themselves, their families and the society.

He warned them to shun all forms of vices stressing that indulging in vices could cut short their aspiration of having a bright future as leaders of tomorrow.

In his keynote address at the event, the CDHR, Comrade Prince Taiga, commended Comrade Agberien for his efforts in the growth of the group in Udu Local Government Area and concern for the development of youths of the area.

He described Comrade Agberien as a forthright and fearless human right activist who according to him had brought good reputation to the group in Udu.

He noted that the event was very timely, saying that it was held at a time of youth restiveness in the area.

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News Bulletin Asaba, Nigeria, Monday, June 11, 2018

NO.DTS 0679: OKOWA PLEDGES TO IMPLEMENT LAWS ON FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY … SWEARS-IN OBUH, EFENUDU AS CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY OF PENSIONS BUREAU

NO.DTS 0680: GOV OKOWA ASSURES DELTANS OF MORE DEVT PROJECTS

NO.DTS 0681: RAS KIMONO WAS A TRUE MUSIC LEGEND – OKOWA

NO.DTS 0682: DTSG ASSURES DELTA LINE NEW MGT OF SUPPORT, PLEDGES TO OFFSET SALARY ARREARS

NO.DTS 06783: GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO TRAINING, RETRAINING OF WORKERS- OYIBO

NO.DTS 0684: OSSAI COMMISSIONS DEGBELE STREET ROAD… AS MIKINDE PROMISES MORE FOR NDOKWA NATION

NO.DTS 0685: WARRI NORTH COUNCIL BOSS PROMISES TO REVAMP NON FUNCTIONAL PHCs

NO.DTS 0686: CIE COUNSELS PARENTS, GUARDIANS AGAINST AIDING STUDENTS IN EXAM MALPRACTICE

Churchill Oyowe (Editor)

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Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0679 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
OKOWA PLEDGES TO IMPLEMENT LAWS ON FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR LEGISLATURE, JUDICIARY … SWEARS-IN OBUH, EFENUDU AS CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY OF PENSIONS BUREAU

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said the bill on the financial autonomy of the State Houses of Assembly and Judiciary which was recently accented to by President Mohamadu Buhari was made possible by collective efforts from relevant stakeholders.

The governor made the clarifications today in Asaba while swearing-in Mr. Tony Obuh and Comrade Lawson Efenudu as Chairman and Secretary of Delta State Pension Bureau respectively.

According to Governor Okowa, “I want to place on record that the constitutional amendments involved the National Assembly, the State Houses of Assembly and eventually the final bill is assented to by the President.”

“So, it is a result of the constitutional amendment in which both tiers of government have been effectively involved in the decision making and I think that it is important that any section of the constitution that is finally signed into law is the constitution that we have given to ourselves as a people to operate, so, every arm of government is involved in its making, but, very important, as a state, as soon as it is finally transmitted to us we will be implementing the law as it is because we have sworn to adhere to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So be rest assured that we will do so and just for all of us to realize that financial management is a very difficult thing to undertake. But I believe that both the Speaker of the House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of the state are experienced enough to handle their affairs along with the distribution of funds in line with what is budgetarily available and will be able to manage it in such a manner that all of us will be on the right path in terms of accountability,” the Governor stated.

He congratulated Mr. Obuh and Comrade Efenudu on their appointments, noting that as experienced technocrats and labor leaders, they should carry out their functions accountably and in a transparent manner to enable them to win the confidence of labor unions.

“I believe that the Nigerian workers, especially those in Delta State have been very cooperative with this government, we have developed a partnership which enables all of us to work together because there is no government that can do well without the workforce and the workers have taken us thus far in the course of this administration,” he emphasized.

Responding on behalf of Mr. Efenudu, Mr. Obuh commended Governor Okowa for deeming them fit to serve the state as Chairman and Secretary of the Bureau of Pensions, assuring that they will do their best with the cooperation of all Deltans to ensure that pensioners in the state get their entitlement as at when due.

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NO.DTS 0680 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
GOV. OKOWA ASSURES DELTANS OF MORE DEVT PROJECTS

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi, has attributed the success of the state to the power of God assuring Deltans of more developmental projects.

Speaking during the 10th Anniversary of the Altar of New Beginning in Government House today, Gov. Okowa who was represented by his Chaplin Rev. Charles Osemene, said Delta was a covenant state where the power of God was witnessed in all spheres of life.

According to him ” Delta State is a covenant state, we thank God for this Altar of Prayer in Government house, let us continue to look up to God for greater things to come.”

“Delta State is a place where the power of God is at play in all we do, this power is evident in the peace and development going on in all part of the state.”

He explained that the state would attain greater heights as the glory of God continue to rest on us and l urge you to continue with the good works you are doing through this alter.

In a brief exhortation, the Assistant Coordinator of the Altar, Lady Gerry Eluche thanked God for sustaining the center for the past 10years and for the grace of prayer going on every hour of the day for the state and country and encouraged members to continue in prayers in order to attain greater heights in the state.

The Coordinator of the Altar, Barrister Kessina Samson, said anniversary was not about numbers but about accomplishments and stock taking stressing that our achievements should be able to add value to the lives of the people, ” this is what we have been able to achieve through our prayers in this altar.”

The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of the anniversary cake by the wife of the immediate past governor of the state, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan flanked by the permanent secretary of Government. House, Mr. Eddy – Ogidigbegbaje among others.

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NO.DTS 0681 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
RAS KIMONO WAS A TRUE MUSIC LEGEND – OKOWA

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Sunday commiserated with the Nigeria Music Industry, family, and friends of reggae music exponent, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday at the age of 60.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa sent condolences to the Music industry and the Onicha Olona community in Delta State over the loss.

He described the deceased as a true music legend whose songs entertained Nigerians in the 80s.

The statement read, “I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend. He will be remembered for his hit song ‘Rumbar Stylee’.

“I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belongs to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria”.

The Governor noted that Ras Kimono spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment, and healthy community relations.

“As one of the legends of reggae music, I commend the late Ras Kimono for contributing to the development of music in Nigeria, and sustaining his interest in the music industry even in old age by participating in several music concerts” the governor stated.

Governor Okowa affirms that the music industry in Nigeria benefitted from the contribution of the late musician, who also mentored many younger Nigerian musicians.

The Governor prayed the Almighty God to accept the soul of the departed, and comfort the family he left behind.

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NO.DTS 0682 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
DTSG ASSURES DELTA LINE NEW MGT OF SUPPORT, PLEDGES TO OFFSET SALARY ARREARS

Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan has assured the new management of Delta Line Company, ‘God is Good Motors’ of Government support at all times.

Mr. Uduaghan gave the assurance at a meeting he had with his Finance counterpart, Chief David Edevbie, the Permanent Secretary in the Directorate of Transport, Mr. Edwin Abraka, management of God Is Good Motors, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Transport, Comrade Charles Uwajeh and union leadership.

The Transport Commissioner stated that Government would not compromise on the agreement reached with the new investors of Delta Line Company, saying all necessary support would be provided by the relevant organs of Government.

He also assured the union Leaders present of Government decision to settle the inherited four (4) months backlog of salaries in 2015 as well as clear all salaries from February – May 2018.

Mr. Uduaghan, who in the course of the meeting visited the Accounts Department as well as the Mechanic Workshop, told the workers to be dedicated to their duties and cooperate with the new operators in order to achieve the best for the company and themselves.

On severance allowance and payment of outstanding salaries, the Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie, disclosed that those that may be affected by administrative changes would duly be paid their entitlements.

He warned that a proper financial audit would be carried out concerning the finances of the outgoing administration, stressing that anyone found culpable would be sanctioned.

The SSA to the Governor, Comrade Charles Uwajeh, who was in charge of Delta Line before now, introduced the new investor (God is Good Motors) round the various departments, as well as the loading bays at Koka Junction and the one opposite Grand Hotel, Asaba.

Earlier, the Investors affirmed that they were already on ground to understudy as well as make inquiries in order to acclimatize, saying they were in a familiar business environment.

Good is Good Motors, the new management of Delta Line Company official took charge of running the company on June 1, 2018.

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NO.DTS 0683 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO TRAINING, RETRAINING OF WORKERS- OYIBO

The Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Comrade Olumami Oyibo has assured of the state government’s commitment to the training and retraining of its workforce as a means of improving the knowledge and skills of the personnel connected with literacy.

Comrade Oyibo stated this at the just concluded 2-Day Refresher Course organized for heads of departments (HODs), Adult Education Supervisors and Educations Officers in the Adult and Non-Formal Education Agency, in Sapele.

According to the Local Government Service Commission Chairman, literacy plays a vital role in the growth and development of any nation, adding that expert had discovered that there was a correlation between income and illiteracy, saying that literacy eradicates poverty.

“An illiterate population is a fertile breeding ground for terrorism, armed robbers, dangerous and gullible miscreant to thrive. This will further increase insecurity in the society thereby impending on the development as well as the growth of the society”, he stated.

The Permanent Secretary in the Agency Dr. Caroline Ajuya, said that the refresher course was meant to create awareness, sensitization as well as enhance job performance amongst participants.

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NO.DTS 0684 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
OSSAI COMMISSIONS DEGBELE STREET ROAD… AS MIKINDE PROMISES MORE FOR NDOKWA NATION

BY SIMON OFOTOKUN

Dugbele Street, Kwale, a road constructed by Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) has been commissioned with a call on the benefiting community to put the road to good use.

The member representing Ndokwa/Ukwanni Federal Constituency, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, who commissioned the newly constructed road in Kwale, commended the management of DESOPADEC for all the projects the Commission had executed in Ndokwa nation.

Hon. Ossai noted that the residents of Dugble Street were almost cut-off from other parts of Kwale because of the inaccessibility of the road until it was constructed by the Commission.

He urged the people of the area to continue to support the SMART Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who he described as the roadmaster because of the network of roads he had constructed across the State.

Earlier, the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Chief Williams Makinde, said that DESOPADEC was poised to develop the oil producing communities in the state in line with the SMART Agenda of Governor Okowa, adding that more projects would be sited in Ndokwa nation.

While commending the Commissioner, Hon. Flenjor Oputa, who attracted the road to the area and the contractor for the quality of the job and completing the project on schedule, Chief Makinde applauded the youths in the area for ensuring that there was no disturbance during the execution of the project.

For his part, a representative of the Oduosa of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom, Chief Lucky Efe, expressed gratitude to DESOPADEC for the road and urged them to do more.

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NO.DTS 0685 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
WARRI NORTH COUNCIL BOSS PROMISES TO REVAMP NON-FUNCTIONAL PHCs

The Chairman of Warri North Local Government Council, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, has promised to revamp and stock all nonfunctional primary health care facilities in the local government area, while on an assessment tour to some facilities.

Hon. Okorodudu who was accompanied by the Head, Departments of Health, Mrs. Ochie Temisan, and that of Works, Engr. Jerry Atigan, councilors, and engineers from the works department, to PHCs in Koko, Abigborodo, Ogheye, Ajagbodudu, Tisun, Jakpa, Opuama, Ogbinbiri, Ebrohimi, Ogbudugbudu, Okibfanba, and Tsekelewu, stated that the tour was aimed at proactively responding to the challenges crippling their functionality.

Such challenges which were very extensive in nature included lack of water, power supply, leaking roof, nonavailability of walkway jetty, lack of drugs, and equipment, flooding, lack of septic tank, and so many others.

The council boss bemoaned the state of neglect of the facilities and affirmed that his administration was poised to making all PHC facilities in the LGA functional, adding that with the ongoing construction of a standard PHC centre, with staff quarters at Korobe road, Koko, the people should be rest assured that rehabilitation work would commence soon on affected facilitate.

According to him, the engineers on the team would take back to the council the reports they gathered during the course of the tour for onward review.

He disclosed that drugs and equipment would be distributed to health centers in the riverine communities and that assessment tour to the remaining communities with PHCs would continue in the coming weeks.

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NO.DTS 0686 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
CIE COUNSELS PARENTS, GUARDIANS AGAINST AIDING STUDENTS IN EXAM MALPRACTICE

BY RACHEL OKITIKPI

The chief inspector of education (CIE) in Okpe Local Government Area, Mrs Susan Okuyade, has called on parents and guardians to desist from aiding their children and wards in indulging in examination malpractice.

Mr. Okuyade gave this warning recently while playing host to newsmen in respect of the ongoing Junior Secondary School Examination.

The CIE noted that parents and guardians who encourage their children and wards to engage in examination malpractice by enrolling them in special centers would have themselves to blame as their children ward would eventually become unable to defend their certificates thereby rendering such students academically handicapped.

She, however, lauded the efforts of the state Government which according to her, made sure all schools in Okpe Local Government Area received adequate examination materials during the period of the examination.

The chief inspector further encouraged parents to assist their children in making judicious use of the long holidays by enrolling them in computer classes in order to better prepare them for senior secondary school.

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News Bulletin Asaba, Nigeria, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NO.DTS 0662:     OKOBAH CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO ERADICATE VACCINES PREVENTABLE DISEASES … SAYS SECOND ROUND 2018 NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PLUS DAYS COMMENCES JUNE 30

NO.DTS 0663:     DTSG TO CREATE LINE VOTE TO BOOST REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

NO.DTS 0664:     DELTA CHIEF JUDGE INAUGURATES FAMILY COURT

NO.DTS 0665:   INAUGURATESPPLAUDS GOV OKOWA FOR EFFORTS AT REPOSITIONING TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

NO.DTS 0666:     OKOWA IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF AGITATION FOR PETROLEUM INDUSTRIAL BILL – PIRAH

NO.DTS 0667:     EBURU CANVASSES REELECTION OF OKOWA IN 2019

NO.DTS 0668:     OKUMAGBA, OLD STUDENTS DONATE NOTEBOOKS, CASH TO STUDENTS OF HUSSEY COLLEGE, WARRI

Churchill Oyowe

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NO.DTS 0662 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

OKOBAH CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO ERADICATE VACCINES PREVENTABLE DISEASES … SAYS SECOND ROUND 2018 NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PLUS DAYS COMMENCES JUNE 30

The Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Isioma Okobah has called for a collective effort towards the eradication of polio and other vaccines for preventable diseases.

Dr. Okobah made the call today in Asaba during the meeting of social mobilization committee, a meeting of relevant stakeholders in the health sector.

The Chairman stated that despite the polio-free status of Delta State since the year 2010, there was a need for a conscientious effort towards the eradication of polio saying that Nigeria was amongst polio transmitting countries of the world.

She enjoined stakeholders to partner with the Agency in mobilizing the citizenry on the various program organized by the Agency.

According to the Chairman, the second round of the 2018 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) would commence on the 30th June through 3rd July 2018.

On his part, the Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke, said that the last NIPDs recorded huge success due to the cooperation of stakeholders and enjoined them to also help in disseminating the second round stressing that they were closer to the people.

He also encouraged caregivers to embrace the routine immunization of infants against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, pneumonia, measles, meningitis, and yellow fever as pregnant women would be given tetanus-diphtheria vaccine to protect them and their unborn babies from the perils of contracting tetanus and diphtheria disease.

The stakeholders promised to create awareness on the programme among their people and suggested ways the Agency could surpass the national target.

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NO.DTS 0663 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

DTSG TO CREATE LINE VOTE TO BOOST REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

The State Government has commenced arrangement to create a specific budget line vote for reproductive health activities in the Ministry of Health 2019 budget as part of measures to increase the number of family planning users and also attract more partners/donors with a view to improving maternal health in the state.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, made this known during the meeting on Contraceptive Technology Update (CTU) for policymakers organized by The Challenge Initiative in Asaba.

He reiterated the position of the State Government that planning and budgetary allocations for development always take into cognizance the issue of population in order to be able to deliver the benefits of development.

Dr .Ononye commended the efforts of The Challenge Initiative in the state and assured that government would do all within its capacity to keep the partnership with the Initiative alive.

Earlier, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke, Executive Director, Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, in his welcome address thanked The Challenge Initiative for its support in boosting the activities of reproductive health and urged the body to continue to support the state.

He said that the Contraceptive Technology Update (CTU) for policy makers meeting would afford the state the opportunity to create a roadmap on the implementation of family planning activities to carter for the family planning needs of its citizenries.

In an overview presented by the State Programme Coordinator, The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Mrs. Nwanne Kalu, said that they were intervening in 13 local government areas and were expecting the state to replicate same in the remaining 12 LGAs.

She said that the Initiative provided technical assistance to the State Ministry of Health through the Reproductive Health Unit to improve maternal health through innovative family Planning models with a view to improving services and thereby increasing the number of family planning users in the state.

Mrs. Kalu revealed that from a survey carried out there was the need to step up advocacy on the acceptance of modern contraceptive methods in the state to encourage more persons speaking favorably in public on family planning issues.

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NO.DTS 0664 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

DELTA CHIEF JUDGE INAUGURATES FAMILY COURT

The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has inaugurated the Family Court in Delta State, pursuant to the Child’s Right Law of Delta State 2008.

A statement by the acting Chief Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dolor Zimi says the Family Court, which operates at both the High Court and Magistrate’s Court levels shall sit at the three senatorial districts of the State.

At the High Court level, the Court will sit at the High Court No. 4 Warri, High Court Agbor and the Ughelli High Court.

While at the Magistrate’s Court level, the Family Court shall sit at Magistrate’s Court No. 1 Asaba, Magistrate’s Court No.1 Warri, and Magistrate’s Court No.1, Ughelli.

The statement urged the general public, child’s rights activists, stakeholders in the implementation and enforcement of the Child’s Right Law to take note of the development, even as it informed legal Practitioners to file their family causes and matters in the Family Court’s registries

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NO.DTS 0665 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

AKPOBIRE APPLAUDS GOV OKOWA FOR EFFORTS AT REPOSITIONING TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been applauded for his monumental approach towards repositioning technical education in the state.

The Executive Secretary, Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Comrade Michael Akpobire, gave the commendation at the Agbor Technical College while fielding questions from journalists during the performance award examination, conducted for vocational one and two students.

According to him, since the administration of Governor Okowa came on board, there were remarkable achievements in the areas of infrastructural and human capital development in technical and vocational institutions across the state.

Comrade Akpobire, who recalled that SEEFOR project had singlehandedly sponsored the accreditation of all the programmes in the six state-owned technical colleges, further maintained that trade courses in the three state-owned vocational centers were already receiving attention from SEEFOR project.

The Executive Secretary, however, thanked the World Bank and European Union as well as the Project Coordinator of SEEFOR project, Mr. Benson Ojoko for their modest contributions towards revamping the technical colleges in the state, which according to him was in a pitiable condition before SEEFOR intervened and sued for sustenance.

He said that the performance award examination was timely as it would help to engender the spirit of competitiveness among the student, and enjoined the students to inculcate reading culture at all times in order for the education sector to continue to witness more growths.

In their separate remarks, some students including Igben Onorionkeoghene, Omamurhuovwu Blessing, and Okiti Elizabeth lauded SEEFOR project for giving them a new lease on life.

They noted that the intervention had contributed in transforming technical and vocational institutions in the state which they said would translate into positive impacts on them just as they described the performance award examination as timely and appealed to the relevant stakeholders, especially the sponsors to make it an annual event.

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NO.DTS 0666 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

OKOWA IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF AGITATION FOR PETROLEUM INDUSTRIAL BILL – PIRAH

BY AMBROSE OLOGIDE

The Delta State Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mr. Mofe Pirah, has disclosed that Governor Ifeanyi  Okowa is at the forefront of the agitation for the Petroleum Industrial Bill.

Mr. Pirah who made this known in an exclusive media chat with our correspondent at Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area last weekend stated that the governor’s position during the first public hearing on the bill was that oil bearing communities should have five percent of the profit of oil companies operating in their areas.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor and himself would lead other stakeholders on the matter to the Senate Committee hearing on the bill at Abuja

Mr. Pirah also disclosed that plans were underway to build an oil tankers park in order to decongest the Warri/Effurun Express Way of oil tankers, saying that a site had been provided for the project in the area.

He who called for the removal of petroleum matters from exclusive list to concurrent list so that states could have an input on petroleum matters, however, averred that Delta State had a monitoring committee for checking the excesses of unscrupulous petroleum dealers during the fuel crisis.

He had earlier scored Dr . Okowa high on his third year in office as governor of Delta State in terms of road infrastructure, remodeling of Asaba Airport, construction of drainages in Asaba, building of central secretariat complex in Asaba, adding, “On youth empowerment, His Excellency has empowered over 4,000 youths in skills acquisition programme and another 1,240 job creation through skills acquisition programmes has been approved for 2018/2019.”

The Commissioner noted that the Agro Park in Oghwashiku would soon be opened and that investors would be coming, remarking that governor Okowa had done tremendously well considering the fact that the governor came on board when there was a drop in oil price and allocation coming to the state was poor due to the activities of Niger Delta agitators in Delta State.

He called on Deltans to appreciate Governor Okowa for his achievements by voting for him again in 2019 just as he noted that the rotation of the governorship seat amongst the three senatorial zones in the state had brought peace and unity of purpose in the state.

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NO.DTS 0667 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

EBURU CANVASSES REELECTION OF OKOWA IN 2019

BY AMBROSE OLOGIDE

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hopeful gunning for Warri South Constituency 11 at the Delta State House of Assembly in 2019, Comrade George Eburu has stated that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa deserves to be voted for again as Governor of Delta State in 2019.

Eburu who was speaking with journalists in Asaba at the last Democracy Day celebration explained that his support for Governor Okowa’s second tenure in office was based on the fact that he distinguished himself in just three years in office.

He noted that Governor Okowa had impacted on the lives of Deltans positively in every sector under a recessed economy, saying he would do better under a good economy, adding that there was a need for him to complete some of his ongoing projects.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that the governor has so far done credibly well, Comrade Eburu said, adding, “One good turn, they say deserves another, so he truly deserves to be voted for again in 2019 as governor of Delta State.

The PDP Delta State House of Assembly aspirant also scored governor Okowa and PDP Delta State Chairman Chief Kingsley Esiso high for the growth and stability of the party in the state.

He, therefore, urged Deltans to support and vote massively for Governor Okowa and PDP again in 2019, using the opportunity to solicit for votes from delegates at the forthcoming primaries, saying that he was the best candidate for constituency seat come 2019.

As part of the process and strategy of securing the goodwill of the esteemed leaders of thought in the Warri South Constituency 2 in Warri South LGA, Comrade George Eburu in the company of members of Grassroots Mobilization For George Eburu (GRMFGE) paid a consultative visit to Hon. Godspower Etih  AKA (Tom Briefer), SSA to the Delta State Governor on Political Issues.

In his speech, the SSA said; “in our local English na God dey give person power I believe you can make the difference. Do your bit, let God do His best.”

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NO.DTS 0668 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

OKUMAGBA, OLD STUDENTS DONATE NOTEBOOKS, CASH TO STUDENTS OF HUSSEY COLLEGE, WARRI

BY  AMBROSE OLOGIDE

An aspirant eyeing the position of Warri South Constituency 11 in the Delta State House of Assembly come 2019 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform and old student of Hussey College, Warri, Chief Eruteya Okumagba has donated dozens of specially designed notebooks to students of Hussey College, Warri.

In his address, Chief Okumagba charged the students to be serious with their studies in order to achieve their dreams in life, saying that everything in life started with a vision, saying, “If you want your vision to come through, you should start working for it now.”

While congratulating recipients of the Hussey College Warri Old Students Association cash award for excellence, Chief Okumagba assured that the association was interested in the academic performance of the students.

He encouraged those not amongst the recipients to study harder just as he charged recipients of the awards to improve on their academic performance so that they would not be overtaken by others.

The Principal of the school, Mr. Sylveste Akra, commended Chief Okumagba and the association for their presentation of cash award and donation of notebooks, noting that the gestures would ignite a healthy academy competition amongst the students of the school.

He appealed that the association should do more, lamenting that the 71 years old school does not have a bus and that the girls’ hostel was in shambles, assuring that the students would make good use of the notebooks

The students who won the cash award of excellence include, Phiahsaiyo Benedict SS 2 N50,000, Nwaze Collins  JSS 2 Ñ30,000, Okoro Oghenerukevwe JSS N 30,000, Omoko Oghenerode JSS N30,000 and Paul Victory SS1 N30,000.

Students interviewed after the presentation of the notebooks expressed gratitude to the Chief Okumagba for the gesture and promised to make good use of the notebooks.

High point of the event was the presentation of the specially designed notebooks to the students by the donor, Chief Eruteya Okumagba.

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News Bulletin Asaba, Nigeria, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

NO.DTS 0656: GOV DICKSON COMMISSIONS PROJECTS IN DELTA, SHOWERS OKOWA WITH ACCOLADES… AS IBORI THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND RESTRUCTURING
NO.DTS 0657: DELTA STATE SET TO LAUNCH MARKET HEALTH POST SCHEMES IN SENATORIAL DISTRICTS
NO.DTS 0657: DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE BARS BEN MENE-EJEGI FROM PRACTISING
NO.DTS 0658: DELTA CJ CAUTIONS NOTARIES PUBLIC ON DILIGENCE, DOCUMENT ENDORSEMENT
NO.DTS 0659: OKPAI MONARCH CALLS ON YOUTHS TO EMBRACE PEACEFUL DEALINGS WITH OIL COYS
NO.DTS 0660: MANR OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT BENEFICIARIES TO COLLECT SEEDLINGS, STEEL COLLARS
NO.DTS 0661: EXPERTS LIST NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST HEALTH

Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0656 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018

GOV DICKSON COMMISSIONS PROJECTS IN DELTA, SHOWERS OKOWA WITH ACCOLADES… AS IBORI THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND RESTRUCTURING

The Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, Chief Seriake Dickson, has commissioned multi-billion naira projects in Delta State, describing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as prudent manager of resources.

Chief Dickson who is the governor of Bayelsa State, commissioned road projects at Jesse, Ethiope West Local Government Area and the multi-billion naira Sapele Market in Sapele Local Government Area of the state. The market has 1, 532 shops, developed shoreline and four jetties.

According to Chief Dickson, “This is an international market, we are overwhelmed with the quality of projects you have executed, we have seen the wonderful roads you (Governor Okowa) have constructed.”

“These are special projects that will touch the lives of the people, improve on their economy and the economy of Delta State,” Chief Dickson said.

While paying glowing tribute to Governor Okowa’s administration, he asserted, “Governor Okowa came at a time of recession, we have heard about what he is doing in Delta State and today, we are witnesses, I wonder what Deltans will see in his second term.”

Governor Okowa at the ceremonies thanked God for making the commissioning exercise a reality, disclosing that the projects were initiated by Chief Ibori’s administration.

“Every good project that was started by previous administration must be completed, we will not have uncompleted projects in the state,” the Governor assured.

Chief Ibori in his speech commended the efforts of Governor Okowa’s administration to transform Delta State and urged the Governors of the South-South states to stick to their demand for the restructuring of the country.

“Carry on with the battle for the restructuring of the country to the finishing line,” Chief Ibori said.

It is worthy to state that Governors of the region few weeks ago at a meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State stated, “Everyone is aware of the ongoing clamour for devolution and a return to essential founding principle of this great country and we, in our meeting resolved as we have been speaking over sometime that we associate fully with the clamour for restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers that are so concentrated at the centre to the federating units. We have agreed to support ongoing moves in that direction by working with like-minded Nigerians who mean well for the country so that we can all have a stable and prosperous and peaceful nation. While we are not against the withdrawal of 1 billion dollars from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government for national security, we believe that such should be done by adhering strictly to constitutional provisions of paying 13 per cent derivation.”

The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Majesty, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (rtd), and others who spoke at the occasion, thanked Governor Okowa for executing people-oriented projects.

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NO.DTS 0657 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DELTA STATE SET TO LAUNCH MARKET HEALTH POST SCHEMES IN SENATORIAL DISTRICTS

Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA) has called for a proactive effort to maintain a healthy Delta State through market health post initiative.

The Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Isioma Okobah made the call today when she paid an advocacy visit on the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Uche Osadebe.

Dr Okobah said that the advocacy visit was to introduce the Local Government to the Market Health post initiative, an initiative to drive the Health for All Deltan (HeFAD) to the door steps of market traders.

According to her, the Market Health Post would further boost the health for all Deltans initiative saying the scheme would bring health care to market buyers and sellers.

Emphasizing on the numerous benefits the market health post would provide, the DSPHCDA Chairman said that services such as immunization, treatment of minor ailments, health education and other primary health care services would be rendered.

She added that the Agency was setting up three pilot schemes in each of the senatorial district in the state disclosing that the Ogbeogonogo Modern market, Asaba would serve as the market health post for Delta North.

Dr Okobah also used the visit to request the support of the Chairman for a successful launch of the market health post scheme by providing convenient accommodation within the ogbeogonogo market, deployment of health personnel to man the market post and supply of medical equipments and consumables.

Responding, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Uche Osadebe, assured the DSPHCDA Chairman and her team of the Council’s support, saying that he was aware of the State Government’s commitment to health care development.

Hon. Osadebe described the market health post scheme as another laudable step by the state government through the Delta State Primary Health Care Development agency in advancing health care to Deltans.

He also promised to do the needful in the local government area to ensure a successful market health post inauguration.

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NO.DTS 0658 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE BARS BEN MENE-EJEGI FROM PRACTISING

Determined to sensitise and get rid of quackery and unwholesome practices in the legal profession, the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), an organ of the Body of Benchers, sitting in Appeal Court, Abuja has barred a legal practitioner, Mr Ben Mene-Ejegi from practising and parading himself as legal practitioner, while Sepiribo Peters was exonerated of similar charges in a separate proceedings.
The proceedings presided over by J. B. Daudu (SAN) with four other members including the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, Justice of Appeal Court, Justice Abdu Aboki, E.C. Ukala (SAN) and Tijjani Inuwa-Dutse found the respondent guilty.

Mr Mene-Ejegi was found guilty of two counts of receiving the sum of N1, 600,000.00 (One Million Six Hundred Thousand Naira) by false pretence from one Tosan Olukpe as purchase price for parcel of land in Warri which did not belong to him, and refused to return same after repeated demands thereby conducting himself in an infamous manner contrary to Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct 2007 and punishable under Section 12 (1) of the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap. L 11 LFN 2004, as amended.

The respondent who pleaded not guilty to both counts argued that he transacted the sale of land in his capacity as a vendor and not as a legal practitioner, maintaining that he issued an acknowledge receipt for the sale of land in his letterhead paper does not change his capacity from being a vendor to that of a legal practitioner.

He added that he had not breached any rule of professional conduct as no law forbade him as a lawyer from selling his land or any property connected to him.

On the contrary, the complainant, through the Nigerian Bar Association, submitted that the sale of land, issuance of receipt of law office of the respondent and the deception of the entire transaction was achieved because the respondent masqueraded in the toga of legal practitioner thereby using the office to lend the veneer of trust and respectability.

The complainant, therefore, urged the Committee to find the respondent liable for conduct unbecoming of a legal practitioner, especially considering his refusal to comply with the initial soft landing offered by the investigation panel of the NBA, that is, respondent should refund petitioner’s money within 14 days.

After citing copious statutory and judicial authorities, the LPDC held the respondent liable in the two counts and directed the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike the name of the respondent off the roll of legal practitioners, and cease from carrying on the trade or business of a legal practitioner.

The Committee further ordered the respondent to refund within 30 days from the day of the order to the petitioner, Mr Tosan Olukpe, the sum of #1,600,000.00.

The Committee also directed that its decision should be brought to the attention of the respondent by service on him personally or at his last known address the proceedings of the Committee, and by publication in any edition of the Punch Newspaper and in the Federal Gazette as required by law.

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NO.DTS 0659 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DELTA CJ CAUTIONS NOTARIES PUBLIC ON DILIGENCE, DOCUMENT ENDORSEMENT

Worried by the litany of land cases that flood the courts, Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has reiterated the need for Notaries Public to conduct due diligence before endorsing travel documents and Deeds to drastically reduce incidents of land matters in the courts.

Justice Umukoro gave the advice when he administered oath of office on five newly appointed Notaries Public, in Asaba.

While congratulating Brown Etarero Umukoro, Abraham Paul Erhuen, Thompson Ogheneochuko Ohwonohwo, Joseph Onyejebose Ikenwe and Ejonafuvwe Taiga for their appointment, the Chief Judge expressed dismay over how Nigerian citizens were turned down at foreign embassies due to forged documents.

Justice Umukoro decried the worrisome situation where parties in land dispute tendered more than one certificates of occupancy and Deeds endorsed by lawyers for one piece of land, stressing that their appointment could be revoked if any contravene the oath of office sworn to.

He charged them not to undermine the confidence reposed in them by indulging in extraneous consideration in the course of discharging their statutory responsibilities.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, Mr Brown Umukoro, a law lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Delta State University, Oleh Campus, thanked the Chief Judge for the favourable recommendation that made them scale through the stringent screening exercise, which eventually culminated into their appointment.

He pledged not to betray the confidence reposed in them, even as he prayed to God to help them discharge their responsibilities in line with the oath sworn to.

By section 2(1) Notaries Public Act, the Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), has the power to appoint a Legal Practitioner a Notary Public who is adjudged fit and proper and has paid practicing fees as when due for seven consecutive years.

A Notary Public so appointed is authorized by a state to administer oaths, certify documents, attest to the authenticity of signatures and perform official acts in commercial matters, such as protesting negotiable instruments.

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NO.DTS 0660 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
OKPAI MONARCH CALLS ON YOUTHS TO EMBRACE PEACEFUL DEALINGS WITH OIL COYS

The Igwe of Okpai Community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Igwe Ugboma ll has called on the youth of Ndokwa to embrace peace, especially when dealing with oil prospecting company in the community.

He stated this recently at his palace at Okpai while declaring the 2018 fishing and farming festival open.

He said that grievances and complaints should be channeled through the Igwes palace for necessary action rather than take laws into their hands, saying that he was grieved by the ugly incident that took place about a week to the festival which led to loss of lives and property worth millions of naira.

The Igwe said that the incident would have been brought under control if properly taken care of and appealed to parents to caution their loved ones to avoid recurrence of such an incident.

Highlights of the occasion were prayers for peace and progress in Okpai community and cultural display by the Umawun and Ebubedike dance troop.

It will be recalled that seven. SAIPEM (a contracting firm working with AGIP) trucks were burnt down by irate youth when a youth from the community was killed in an accident involving a SAIPEM truck driver and a motorbike. Another indigene that went to bear arms for a reprisal attack was shot dead by military men on guard bringing the casualty to two.

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NO.DTS 0661 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
MANR INVITES OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT BENEFICIARIES TO COLLECT SEEDLINGS, STEEL COLLARS

The Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has call on beneficiaries of Oil Palm Development Programme of the State Government to proceed to the Tree Crop Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Asaba to complete the agreement for the programme to enable them collect their inputs (Oil Palm Seedlings, Steel Collars, etc).

A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, indicated that interested farmers who did not apply for the programme but want to buy directly from Tree Crop Unit, could do so from any of the Tree Crop Nurseries located at Ejeme-Unor in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area and Arhagba Okpe in Okpe Local Government Area with evidence of payment made to, DTSG IGR-SALES OF OIL PALM SEEDLINGS, UNITY ABNK PLC with Account No. 0010703795.

While noting that the rate per seedling is N300 (Three Hundred Naira) only, the statement enjoined interested farmers to take advantage of this information and act accordingly.

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NO.DTS 0662 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
EXPERTS LIST NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST HEALTH

Renowned nutritionist, Stephanie Hametner, a German, has underscored the benefits of seed-based health products by Rain International at a health sensitization summit in Asaba, the Delta State capital, yesterday.

At the well-attended seminar, the Honorable Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye who was the Special Guest of Honor, represented by Architect Sam Oyorbaire, enjoined the participants to take advantage of the workshop, to have a rethink of their health status.

Henrik Brockmann, who shared a historical perspective of the evolution of Rain International, a world leader in seed-based health product, said that the organization was founded by American Byron Belka.

He said that at the moment, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had certified two of Rain International products – Rain Soul and Rain Core.

Henrik listed some of the health benefits of Rain Soul to include but not limited to regulate blood pressure, improve vision, prevent hearing loss among others.

While also highlighting the business side of the products, he noted that the organization was looking for market leaders that would market its product which he described as life-changing.

Other Speakers at the event were Rain International Nigeria representatives Casmir Okafor, Stanley Chidi Israel and Delta State Coordinator Andrew Onakpoma.

The highpoints of the event was the product taste of Rain Soul and the question and answer session.

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