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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.