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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FROM THE LGAs
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.
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.
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.