Okowa Commissions Multiple Roads Project, Skill Acquisition Centre

In line with the Delta State Government’s commitment to providing necessary infrastructure in the state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa commissioned the Isiokolo/Orhoakpor/Ekrerhavwe, and Abraka township roads in Ethiope East local government area.

He also commissioned the phase II of Amai/Ezhionum/Abbi road and Umutu Skill Acquisition Centre in Ukwuani local government area of the state and also, inspected the level of construction work done at the Okurekpo/Okunor-Okpara/Onumane /Samagidi road, and multi-billion naira Senate building at the Delta State University, Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of the state.

Governor Okowa, accompanied by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro and other top political aides, stated that the commissioning cum inspection of projects was the third phase of such which culminate in town hall meetings with the people of the local government areas.

According to him, “our projects are designed to make our towns and cities accessible, give them facelift and make our people happy.”

“With all these commissioning and inspection of projects, we believe that we are impacting on our people, but the flagship of our programmes are the wealth creation programmes which have created a lot of jobs and wealth for our people,” the Governor said, disclosing that the town hall meetings were necessary as they provide avenues for heart-to-heart talk with the people.

He stated, “as political office holders, it is important that we interact with our people, get their views about our performance, tell them what we are doing because, with these interactions, we will get a better state and a better nation.”
The Governor commended the traditional rulers for making their Kingdoms peaceful which has facilitated execution of projects in the state.

“I thank you (Deltans) for your support which has ensured good governance in our state, as long as we continue to make the state peaceful, we will continue to witness development in the state,” the Governor emphasized.

The Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM Ogurimerime Ukori 1 in his speech when Governor Okowa visited his palace at Isiokolo, Ethiope East local government area, said, “I do not need to make demand on you (Governor Okowa) because, your administration has done so much for our people, but, prevail on the Police to rescind their decision to move the Police Station from Isiokolo.”
The Ezhie of Ezionum, Ukwuani local government area of Delta State, HRM Dr. Roland Osanwuta, thanked Governor Okowa for the provision of infrastructure, especially in the area of road construction in the state.

Chairmen of Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government areas, Chief Faith Majemite and Chief Chukwudi Dafe respectively, commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment to providing infrastructure in the state, assuring that the people will always support his administration.

Tomorrow (07/03/18), the Governor will hold town hall meetings with the people of Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government areas from 10 am.

OGBE-IJAW/ALADJA CRISIS: DTSG Set To Implement White Paper

DELTA State government will implement in full, the white paper on Ogbe-Ijaw/Aladja crisis, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said.

In a brief chat with journalists after bi-monthly security council meeting held in Warri, the Governor stated that achieving peace in all parts of Delta State was important for the required development to take place.

It would be recalled that after a protracted land dispute between Ogbe-Ijaw, Warri South-West local government area and Aladja in Udu local government area of Delta State, Governor Okowa inaugurated an 8-man panel of inquiry to look at the issue and proffer lasting solutions to the issue in May, 2016.

“Today, we met with the people of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijaw communities, we conveyed the decision of the state government to them following the release of the white paper and they agreed to work with us to achieve lasting peace as we will implement the decisions taken to the benefits of all,” he said.

Governor Okowa who expressed delight that all stakeholders have resolved to tow the line of peace disclosed that the security council also looked at issues affecting the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

On the benefits of the security council meeting, the Governor said, “We hold security council meetings every two weeks to discuss security issues, today, our state is very peaceful because, we nip security challenges in the bud.”

Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kjngsley utuaro, Secretary to Delta State government, Hon. Ovie Agas, Commandants of different security operatives including the Police attended the meeting.

Dream Comes Alive As PSML Gets Set To Commission Aladja Steel Complex

Nigeria’s hope of steel production as backbone for industrial development comes alive as Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, is set to commission the resuscitated Aladja Steel Complex of Premium Steel and Mines Limited with one million tons capacity.

Addressing newsmen in his office on Monday, Mr. Prasanta Mishra, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Steel and Mines Limited said that the company’s first phase of production which was scheduled for commissioning on Friday, March 2, 2018, would meet some 50 percent of Nigeria’s long steel product needs which are currently supplied mainly by imports.

“Our production will bring about 50 percent import substitution of Nigeria’s long steel product consumption which is met principally by imports. We shall help the country save some 50 percent of the foreign exchange it expends on steel importation each year,” he said.

The Premium Steel and Mines Limited formerly called Delta Steel Company (DSC), is Nigeria’s most versatile and only integrated steel plant projected to produce about 1.2 million tons of various steel products per annum at full capacity.

Mr. Mishra said the legacy of the erstwhile Delta Steel Company originally commissioned in 1982 was left with various challenges as the plant was in a poor shape when his company acquired it and so retooled it with state-of-the-art equipment for competitive production.

He said, “We had to pull down all the obsolete automation system and auxiliaries of the rolling mill complex built by the Austro-German consortium. We had to replace with the state-of-the-art equipment to meet today’s competitive market needs. Today, we are one of the best Nigerian steel mills to produce the BS4449 grade steel, TMT and other value-added products of such high capacity which would be used for most high-rise buildings, bridges, flyovers, malls and other sky scrapers due to its high mechanical and yield strength.”

Mr. Mishra disclosed that the gestation period to get the plant to attain production level was bedeviled by much challenges due to the terrible state the former investors left the plant.

He added, “With sheer determination and uncommon show of irrepressible disposition, our team of world-class engineers and technicians has laboured hard to resuscitate the comatose plant and bring it back to life. The flag-off of the rolling mill will signpost the first bold step towards reinventing the entire integrated steel complex to realise the dreams of the founding fathers of this gigantic enterprise,” he said.

The Managing Director said that besides being primed for profitable operations, the company was also prepared to touch the lives of Nigerians beyond tax payments.

He said the company would touch the lives of the local communities particularly through accessible and affordable healthcare, employment, women empowerment and education. It targets bringing sustainable development that would lead to “inclusive growth” in its area of operations.

The whole communities segment is quite excited, as the President General of the Union of Udu Communities, Chief Steve Sokoh said, “The long awaited day has come.”

For the Otota of Udu Kingdom, Chief Sam Odibo, “PSML is living up to its responsibility’’ while Comrade Dogene Elias, President of Aladja community, said, “At last the economy of Udu and environment will improve…we are excited to hear this.’’

Also speaking to newsmen, Hon Chief Jite Brown, Executive chairman of the Udu local Government Council, said that an up and running of the Premium Steel would add to the development of economy of Udu and Delta State in terms of youth empowerment and engagement.

Dignitaries expected to join senior government officials, captains of industry, business leaders and top politicians include traditional rulers and community leaders across Delta State and beyond.

DTSG To Partner With AFAN For Agricultural Development

Delta State farmers have been assured of full Government support in all their farming activities in the state.

The Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Austin Chikezie gave this assurance during a courtesy call made to his office by the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Delta State Chapter.

Chief Chikezie said that the concluded election of the new exco members was a display of the preparedness of farmers in the State to partner with the Government.

While commending the association for its successful election he described the unity displayed by the group as impressive and encouraging.

The Commissioner reiterated on the Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration’s commitment to bring about agricultural reforms and accelerated industrialization in the State and assured of government’s willingness to partner with them to bring Agriculture in the state to a whole new level.

The Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Richard Asenime thanked the Commissioner for his support toward the success of the just concluded election adding that the association had come a long way.

He promised that the Association would hit the ground running to restore all that the state had lost during the ‘dark years’ and had already commenced on generating a database of all practicing farmers in the state so as to have accurate and up to date information about farmers in the state as well as help Government records.

Adhere Strictly To The Code Of Conduct – Eboh Charges STEP Trainers

Trainers engaged to train the Brown STEP beneficiaries of the 2017/2018 job creation programme cycle have been charged to adhere strictly to the Code of Conduct guiding the operations of the scheme.

The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, gave the charge at a meeting between job creation office and the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) trainers held in his office yesterday.

The trainers who were engaged to train beneficiaries of Brown STEP are masters in vocational skills as Hairdressing & Makeover; Electrical Installation & Repairs, Catering & Confectionary; Fashion Design & Tailoring; Welding & Fabrication; Cosmetology among others.

Addressing the trainers, Prof Eboh enjoined them to ensure discipline, integrity, and quality so as to sustain the high standard of the programme, warning that any trainer who violates the Code of Conduct guiding the operations of the programme would be delisted.

He pointed out that the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring charged with monitoring job creation programmes in the state would regularly visit the training centers to monitor the progress of the trainees and would afterward provide them with mentorship after establishment.

Congratulating them on their inclusion on the list of job creation trainers, he explained that Brown STEP comprised candidates who learned skills through personal sponsorship but require assistance to be established in their various areas of vocational skills.

He particularly commended three STEPreneurs who benefitted from the programme in the 2015 Cycle, stressing that their ability to distinguish themselves in their enterprises qualified them to be engaged by the job creation office to train new beneficiaries.

“Your engagement as trainers is a clear manifestation of the vision of the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, of nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurs who would grow to train and employ others,” he emphasized.

He said beneficiaries of Brown STEP posted to various training centers for a month-long refresher course would resume training today, 1st February and are to stop training on the 3rd of March, 2018 after which they will be established with starter packs to run their own enterprises.

He added that the 208 Brown STEP trainees had successfully undergone a week-long training programme in Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training (OPET) and Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) at Songhai Delta, Amukpe to provide them with life skills and business management tips that could adequately prepare them to become seasoned entrepreneurs and business managers.

He disclosed that 500 Green STEP beneficiaries who are fresh entrants who want to learn skills and be established through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) will commence the OPET and EMBT along with beneficiaries of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) mid-February and would resume training at the various training centres on the 1st of March, 2018.

In separate remarks, trainers who were beneficiaries of the 2015 Cycle, Precious Nwaise (Fashion Design & Tailoring) and Karen Arubayi (Catering & Confectionery) expressed their gratitude to the state government for upgrading them from being trainees to trainers with a pledge to put in their best so that their trainees would grow to perform better.

DTSG Begins 2017/2018 STEP & YAGEP Programme Cycle

The Delta State Government has commenced the third cycle of its job creation programme with an orientation course for the first batch of beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are undergoing a week training programme in Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training (OPET) and Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) at Songhai Delta, Amukpe.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, congratulated them for their success in the extended screening, interview, proficiency test and pre-orientation briefing conducted for them, saying there were selected based on merit.

Prof. Eboh explained that these first set of 220 beneficiaries are tagged, “Brown STEP” as candidates who have learnt skills through personal sponsorship, but requires assistance to be established in their various areas of vocational
skills.

He added that they would be posted to various training centres for a one month refresher course before establishing them in line with the prosperity vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to make them self-employed and employers of labour.

He disclosed that the second set tagged, ”Green STEP” comprising fresh candidates who want to learn skills and be established through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) will undergo an orientation course on a later date along with beneficiaries for the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

He said the OPET and EBMT are to imbibe them with the right orientation, mind-set, personal effectiveness and business management so as to prepare them to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship.

While tasking them to ensure diligence, discipline and punctuality throughout the programme, he reaffirmed that their success is the state government’s success and that the government’s success is measured by their level of success.

He informed them that on establishment with starter pack, they will be handed over to the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring to help them sustain and grow their enterprises.

He stressed that the state government’s STEP and YAGEP have established 2,324 youths in its first and second cycles, emphasizing that the 2017/2018 programme cycle would include the Brown STEP, Green STEP and YAGEP.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Roseline Aphia, in Fashion Design and Tailoring ((Oshimili South) and Prince Esierie in Decoration and Event Management (Ethiope East) expressed their gratitude to the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for the job creation scheme and the transparency in the selection process, pledging to put in their best to become successful entrepreneurs and business managers.

The topics entitled, “Government Employment & Personal Responsibility Disposition” and “How to Cope Well with Business Risk and Challenges” were delivered by the Principal Partner of Chavan Associates, Mr Charles Dafe and the Chief Executive Officer of Nuella Clinton Farms, Miss Emmanuella Clinton respectively.

DTSG Assures Of Completion Of Projects By May 2018

The Delta State Government has assured Deltans especially those residing in riverine communities that all road projects awarded in their communities would be completed by May this year.

The State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye gave this assurance while inspecting the 2.193km  Obitonbon rigid concrete pavement road at Ogidigben, Warri South West local government area.

Chief Augoye said the Okowa administration was passionate about providing infrastructural development in riverine communities inspite of their difficult terrain.

He stressed that the riverine communities were part and parcel of the state and should also benefit from the all infrastructural development being carried out in urban centers.

The works commissioner who expressed delight that work had commenced on the project site, explained that the inspection exercise was not only to ensure that the contracting firm worked according to specifications but also to get firsthand information about the project and community and report back to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Chief Augoye paying homage to the Alaja of the Ogidigben community Pa Utieyin Maku, said the Obitonbon road project which linked four clans was dear to the state government as it would boost the socio/economic life of the people.

He sued for the continuous cooperation of the Ogidigben people pointing out that no meaningful development can thrive in an atmosphere devoid of peace.

The chairman of Warri South West local government Area Honourable Taye Touyo and the Olareaje of Ogidigben community thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for citing such project in Ogidigben even though it would gulp huge finance given the terrain of the town.

Honourable Touyo said the Ogidigben people are peace loving people as opposed to the volatile nature of most riverine communities and assured the State government of their unflinching support and cooperation.

Also speaking, a representative of the contracting firm handling the Obitonbon road project Mr. Natuke Emmanuel and the site engineer Atiene -kowe Robinson said they have not faced any challenges since they mobilised to site and promised to utilise the dry season to complete the project.

Flood Control : Work Commences At DLA/ Jesus Saves Roads , Others  

One primary social problem staring at the highly populated residents of Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road, Jesus Saves Road, Agric Road and others in Asaba, Delta State capital over a decade is environment-related problem.

The rampaging impacts of flood water in these highly populated places in Asaba, constitute a major hindrance to socio-economic development of the areas, a fact, which also affects the tenancy patronage.

The giant underground drain project, the brain child of Chief James Ibori leadership, was allegedly abandoned over the years, but was reportedly revisited by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s, administration, until Senator Ifeanyi Okowa government took the bull by its horn now.

Worried by the persistent environmental crisis occasioned by annual flooding of the affected areas, the State Governor, Senator Okowa promised to proffer solution to the environmental menace, last year.

Today, the ongoing drain project, which reportedly commenced last year, at Anwai Road, adjacent the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, is a promise realised.

Good enough, the early commencement of the drain project from the discharge point, at Anwurinwu River, behind FMC, Asaba, is a wise decision, due to the swampy nature of the coastal area and to avoid the disruption of the work by rainfall.

With the ongoing work on the FMC axis and the subsequent ongoing clearing and evacuation of the accumulated filth from the abandoned drain project behind the Lion House, (off Nnebisi Road) and along the Amb. Leo Okogwu Street/ Jesus Saves Road, persons residing in the areas are full of enthusiasm to witness concrete solution to their humiliating plight unfolding.

The ongoing project, when completed, will address the menace of the annual flooding of the areas in the process; alleviate the suffering of the residents, motorists and address the plight of traders operating in the zone.

A more accessible DLA Road, Jesus Saves Road and other adjoining streets link/feeder roads, will also facilitate excellent communication system, which will curb, to a great extent, the traffic congestion problems at Nnebisi Road.

Over the years, due to the menace of flood water in these affected areas, tenancy patronage experienced embarrassing low proportion in the zone, especially between 2016/2017, as many tenants, reportedly shunned the beautiful residential apartments, while many also reportedly relocated for safety to better areas in Asaba.

However, with the presence of functioning drainage systems, especially the ongoing giant one in the state capital, the environmental-related problems will be fully addressed.

Oshimili North Suspends NURTW Activities; Stops Revenue Collectors

The activities of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have been suspended till further notice.

This decision was taken during a security meeting attended by the Divisional Police Officers and Directorate of State Security (DSS) personnel in the local government area.

A statement signed by the Executive Chairman of the Local Government Council , Hon. Louis Ndukwe, revealed that the decision became inevitable due to an intelligence report received on Tuesday night of an impending factional overthrow/ counter overthrow of leadership within the local government area.

According to the statement, all measures taken over time by security personnel in the local government area to bring lasting and peaceful resolution to the impending breakdown of peace, law and order by the members and agents of the union proved abortive to the extent that life and property in the local government have come under severe threat.

The Chairman said that the Council in invoking its right to own and manage Motor Parks, will lean on “Schedule 4 made pursuant to Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution, paragraph 1E thereof, which provides for Establishment, Maintenance and Regulation of Slaughter Houses/Slabs, Markets, Motor Parks and Public Convenience”.

He said that the suspension order will be in place till sanity and peace is guaranteed by members of the union.

Meanwhile, Hon. Ndukwe has notified the general public, residents, property and business owners, that all contracts with Revenue Collectors for the year 2017 has expired.

He advised them to stop all payments of rates and fees through any agents, staff or proxies till further notice.

The Chairman charged them to report any activities of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of the council to any nearby police station or directly to the authorities of the Council at Akwukwu Igbo, its administrative headquarters.

Star Projects Depend On Benefits Derivable By The People – Okowa

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed confidence that all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will be quartered within a vicinity to ensure efficiency in service delivery.

Governor Okowa made the disclosure while inspecting on-going work at a multi-billion naira secretariat complex in Asaba.

According to the Governor, “when people talk about star projects, we wonder what they mean because, what we look at before engaging in the execution of any project is the benefits of such projects to Deltans; over N12 Billion is being spent for the construction of this Secretariat which on completion, will house 27 MDAs to ensure development, management, and ease of communication between government agencies.”

“The Secretariat when completed will be a complex of 6 floors and as you can see, 90 percent of the workers at the site are sourced locally, this is what gives me joy and the contractors have assured us that the project will be delivered within two years,” the Governor said, adding, “we are carrying out inspection of projects because we are committed to ensuring that projects are delivered to specifications and will stand the test of time.”

Governor Okowa who also, inspected the construction of Fear God Street (Bonsaac) and construction of Pat Kanayo Okonta Street/Amaechi Uzuegbu Street/part of Nze Francis Street/Onwa Nwa Chinemelu Street, Phase 1, Asaba in Oshimili South local government area, expressed confidence at the level of work being done at the sites, noting that the box culvert drains would ensure that flood water is properly channeled in the area.

He observed that the area is densely populated and requires government infrastructure, assuring that the State Universal Basic Education Board will work in union with the traditional rulers to provide public schools in the area.

The Governor who was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, the member representing Oshimili South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, some members of the state executive council was applauded by residents of the areas visited for providing amenities in their areas.

He also, inspected the level of work done at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba preparatory to the 2018 edition of Confederation of African Athletics’ [CAA] organized African Senior Athletics Championship which will be hosted by the state.