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
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
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.
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.