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
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
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.