NO.DTS 1119: PDP CONVENTION: GOVERNORS NOT SUPPORTING ONE CANDIDATE – OKOWA
NO.DTS 1120: DELTA STATE HIGH COURT AWARDS N10M DAMAGES AGAINST HMB, AG, 2 OTHERS OVER DEATH OF PREGNANT WOMAN….ATTORNEY-GENERAL FAULTS JUDGMENT, SAYS APPEAL, MOTION OF STAY OF EXECUTION HAS BEEN FILED
NO.DTS 1121: DELTA BOARD OF INTERNAL REVENUE STEPS UP TAX ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE
NO.DTS 1122: PDP NATIONAL CONVENTION: OKOWA ASSURES TRANSPARENT, PEACEFUL PROCESS… AS MAKARFI INAUGURATES PLANNING COMMITTEE
NO.DTS 1123: DTSG TO SET UP LEGAL FRAME FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT
NO.DTS 1124: EMU TASKS CONTRACTOR, SUPERVISORS ON VALUE ADDITION
NO.DTS 1125: TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CRITICAL FOR SOCIETAL GROWTH – SEEFOR BOSS
NO.DTS 1126: DELTA STATE CHIEF JOB CREATION OFFICE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION INTO STEP, YAGEP PROGRAMMES
EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
NO.DTS 1119: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
PDP CONVENTION: GOVERNORS NOT SUPPORTING ONE CANDIDATE – OKOWA
The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP National Elective Convention Committee and Governor of Delta state, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has dismissed rumours that the Party’s governors have attempted to force a national chairman on the party.
According to him,”In most of the states, the convention delegates are already known and the party will ensure it gives a level playing ground to all the aspirants.”
He also expressed optimism that the party would be more united after its upcoming convention on December 9 and a much stronger force to contend with in the 2019 presidential election.
Governor Okowa made this known on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ while addressing issues that have so far been raised as the convention date draws near.
He stressed that the party was doing everything possible to ensure a hitch-free convention, saying, “I believe that the National caretaker committee of the party is doing a lot to ensure that things are put in place, as for the national planning committee that I lead, we were inaugurated this afternoon and we have held our inaugural meeting.
“We do know that in any elective convention, all kinds of views do come into play but ours as a planning committee is to ensure that we deliver a convention that is credible and in which all the processes are such that will be blameless, we will deliver on a free fair and transparent primary; that is our aim.
“For the reconciliatory process we’ll be looking up to the party leadership to deal with that but our major task is for us to deliver a convention that is truly credible and all can attest to. That will enable us to heal faster, and unify faster after the convention.”
Reacting to reports that the Chairman of the electoral panel, who is also the former governor of Benue state, had declared support for a candidate, he said: “I’m not aware that he has declared support for any particular candidate but even if he has any sentiments for anyone, he will not be in a position at all, on the convention day to do anything that is unjust. We are going to adopt the open secret ballot system of voting.”
“We have also put in place a credible team to ensure reconciliation of party members who may feel aggrieved going forward after the convention,” he added.
Speaking further and reacting to the defection of a former vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the PDP, Governor Okowa noted that there is strength in numbers and that the party will always welcome as many persons as possible.
“We believe that as many persons that come into the PDP is good for us because, it will help to strengthen the party because politics is one that is inclusive – the more persons you get into the party, the greater the strength of the party. So we will welcome him into the party just as we will look forward to many more persons who will want to come over to join us as a family it will be a welcome idea because it will help to strengthen us going into `2019.
Responding to whether or not he believes the party was ready to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he said: “Our party is building much stronger and this convention definitely is going to lift us up into the future, I believe so because this convention is purely conciliatory and unifying and we believe that the resource will lead us strongly into the future.”
NO.DTS 1120: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
DELTA STATE HIGH COURT AWARDS N10M DAMAGES AGAINST HMB, AG, 2 OTHERS OVER DEATH OF PREGNANT WOMAN….ATTORNEY-GENERAL FAULTS JUDGMENT, SAYS APPEAL, MOTION OF STAY OF EXECUTION HAS BEEN FILED
Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor has faulted a judgment of Justice C.E. Achilefu of an Otor-Udu High Court that awarded a N10 million damages against the State Hospitals Management Board and three others over the death of a pregnant woman for alleged negligence.
Barr Peter Mrakpor who disclosed on Tuesday in Asaba that his office has already filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Benin City, Edo State and a motion of stay of execution before the trial Court, said his office was challenging the Justice C.E. Achilefu’s judgment on several grounds and expressed optimism that the Appellate Court would set aside the judgment of the lower court.
Speaking further, the Attorney-General averred that he had carefully studied the judgment of the Court in suit no QUHC/23/2013 where one Onome Joseph, as claimant, sued the State Hospitals Management Board as 1st defendant, the Attorney-General (2nd defendant) and Dr Nwabua and Dr Mike Ozoemena as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively, seeking for damages over the death of the claimant’s wife on the 25th of November, 2012 due to alleged negligence of the doctors and nurses of the maternity/obstetrics ward of the Central Hospital, Ughelli.
“The State Government is challenging the judgment because there are several loopholes in the judgment and we have exercised our rights of appeal to set aside the judgment of the High Court and we have already filed a motion for stay of execution before the trial court” Mr Peter Mrakpor said.
NO.DTS 1121: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
DELTA BOARD OF INTERNAL REVENUE STEPS UP TAX ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE
Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) has taken measures to step up tax compliance through enforcement drives. This is being achieved through effective collaboration with the state’s judiciary with the aim to increase its revenue collection.
The executive Chairman of DBIR, Sir Monday John Onyeme, while speaking on the imperative of the prosecution of tax defaulters, stated that to hasten the adjudication of tax and other revenue related matters, the Board was partnering with the Judiciary for speedy trial of tax defaulters.
He emphasised that quick dispensation in revenue related cases was expected to send a strong signal to tax defaulters, saying that there was no hiding place for them.
He said that between September and November, 2017 DBIR obtained judgments in a number of the cases taken to court and swung into action by sealing off the affected businesses and companies only to be reopened after all liabilities, fines and penalties owed were fully recovered.
Sir Onyeme re-iterated the need for citizens and corporate entities to be alive to their civic responsibilities by paying their taxes regularly, stressing that it was the only way government could get enough funds to provide basic social and economic infrastructure for the benefit of all, maintaining that the exercise would be a continuous one.
According to Sir Onyeme, in a bid to recover over 10 million naira in outstanding taxes, the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, in September 2017 sealed 13 private companies operating in Warri and its environs for tax evasion. Acting on the judgment of the State Revenue Court, Warri, the DBIR’s team embarked on an enforcement drive that resulted in the sealing off of defaulting organisations pending the settlement of their tax obligations to the state.
The enforcement team led by the Board’s Director of Enforcement and Compliance, Mr. Joel Ogege, expressed satisfaction with the success recorded in the enforcement activity, stressing that there would no longer be a safe haven for tax defaulters in Delta State.
Companies sealed in the exercise included: Dexterous Oil and Gas Limited with the highest judgment demand of N2,911,650; YENGHO Incorporated (N1.3 Million); Blossom Schools, Ubeji (N759,504) and Komtech Nigeria Limited (N501,500).
Others are AGM Wings Hotel, Ubeji, Lanaka Petroleum Limited, Lai Lai Stores, Mobil Filling Station by cementry Junction, Warri, amongst others with various amounts of indebtedness.
Also in November 2017, DBIR obtained Revenue court judgment against 17 business and companies operating in Warri and environs for failure to file their annual employee income tax returns within the stipulated time. The judgment debts ran into several millions of Naira.
The Organisations sealed in the enforcement exercise included: Sam Fred Global Resources Limited, Ifie –Ubeji; Torbless Nigeria Limited, Ugbokodo – Ubeji; Kingsway International School; St. Thomas Group of Schools, New Era Hospital, and Winners Academy. Others are: Marvellous Electronics Nigeria Ltd; Kefe Academy; Galaxy International School; Gazguru Nig. Ltd; Commy Eatery, as well as Feli Guest House, all in Warri.
NO.DTS 1122: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
PDP NATIONAL CONVENTION: OKOWA ASSURES TRANSPARENT, PEACEFUL PROCESS… AS MAKARFI INAUGURATES PLANNING COMMITTEE
Chairman, main committee of December 9, 2017 national convention of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said officers of the party will emerge through a transparent, peaceful and blameless process.
Senator Okowa who is the Governor of Delta State, commended the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, members of the Committee and members of the Board of Trustees of the party for finding him, members of his committee, chairmen and members of sub-committees for the convention fit to serve the party and Nigerians in that capacity.
“I am confident that we are going to carry out our assignment in such a manner that our people will be happy, we will ensure that the election process is transparent, a convention that is peaceful, reconciliatory and blameless,” Governor Okowa said.
Alhaji Makarfi had in his speech, said the party had been positioned to emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections.
He observed that in recent times, the party had been having haul of decampees of prominent personalities from the opposition political parties, noting that the Chairman and members of the convention planning committee were carefully chosen based on their antecedents in delivering results and their commitment to the ideals of the party.
Chairman of the BOT of the party, Senator Walid Jubril in his speech, stated that due process was followed for a hitch-free convention to hold, assuring that the BOT would work with the convention planning committee for the best to be achieved for the party.
Some members of the main committee which has the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishiaku as Deputy Chairman includes former Senate president, Dr Iyorchia Ayu; former minister, Dr Kema Chiwe; and former senators, Odion Ugbesia and Duro Faseyi while other committees inaugurated include, accreditation, constitutional amendments; contact and mobilization; electoral, entertainment and welfare; medical committee, publicity committee; screening committee; security committee; transport, venue and protocol; and secretariat committees.
NO.DTS 1123: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
DTSG TO SET UP LEGAL FRAME FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT
The Delta State Government has promised to put in place Legal Framework which will for foreign partners to do business with the state.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government made this known when he signed an M.O.U. on behalf of the Delta State Government for the construction of a 50MW solar power plant in the state with Atlas Project Limited and Sunmoon Energy from Canada.
Hon. Agas, who enjoined the companies to start work in earnest so as to attract other investors to the state, noted that several M.O.U.s had been signed by the State with several foreign partners to generate different capacities of electricity saying the State Government could not go it alone.
The SSG promised that the state Government would provide security, land and the enabling environment for the company and its Staff to work.
The Delta State Commissioner for Energy, Barr NewWorld Safugha, earlier in his statement said that the 50MW solar power project would add to the Energy needs of the State and nation in general.
While commending the financier of the project, Mr Mike Spusov who came from Canada to witness the occasion, the Commissioner said that the State would give all support needed to complete the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, saying that electricity was key to the development of any economy .
The leader of the team, Mr Augustine Igbine thanked the Delta State Government for the opportunity given the companies to partner with the state adding that the companies were ready to start work without delay.
NO.DTS 1124: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
EMU TASKS CONTRACTORS, SUPERVISORS ON VALUE ADDITION
The Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Kingsley Emu has urged contractors and supervisors for the SEEFOR project to add value to the infrastructural development agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration through efficient delivery of their assignment.
Dr. Emu, who gave the charge in Asaba during an orientation workshop organized for contractors and supervisors under the SEEFOR empowerment programme, enjoined them to be transparent and show high sense of commitment in carrying out their job, adding that any erring individual among them would be shown the exit door.
While admonishing them to avoid cutting corners so that it would not impact negatively on the job they were delivering, Dr. Emu stressed the need for them to always furnish the relevant authorities with reports on the project at various intervals, noting that there were no variations in the World Bank project, just as he urged them to always put on their emblem for easy identification.
In his remarks, the Director-General of the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency, Chief Clement Ofuani said that the state government under Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was creating infrastructure in the state in order to add remarkable value to the lives of the people in the state.
Earlier, the Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR project, Mr. Benson Ojoko said that as part of efforts to sustain the job creation agenda of the Delta State Government, SEEFOR had concluded plans to engage the supervisors and contractors.
Mr. Ojoko, who stated that the initiative to employ over 3000 Deltans was aimed at creating a source of livelihood for them, added that those employed would be creating value to the state through the various tasks that would be carried out.
NO.DTS 1125: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CRITICAL FOR SOCIETAL GROWTH – SEEFOR BOSS
The Delta State Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR project, Mr. Benson Ojoko has described technical and vocational education as critical to the overall growth and development of any society.
Mr. Ojoko, who stated this in Asaba during the second edition of the Technical and Vocational Fair/Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in conjunction with the SEEFOR Project and the Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board (TVEB), recalled that graduates of Technical and Vocational institutions had contributed over 80% of the Gross Domestic Products of developed countries through the establishment of small and medium enterprises.
He said that TVET holds a large opportunity to unlock the economic growth and development of the state in particular and the country in general.
The SEEFOR Project Coordinator said that Delta State Government in recognition of the importance of technical and vocational education, entered into partnership with the World Bank and European Union with a view to repositioning the institutions.
Mr Ojoko highlighted three dimensional areas where World Bank and EU were supporting the state to include improving the learning environment, building the capacities of the students and teachers as well as provision of starters-pack to the students of the six Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres to enable them take off after acquiring skills.
Earlier, the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie, represented by the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, Mr David Onokpe said that the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa placed high premium on qualitative technical and vocational education more than certificate acquisition.
While appreciating the World Bank and EU for their contributions to ensuring that the Delta State Government gave its technical colleges and vocational centres a face-lift, Mr Ebie commended SEEFOR project for sustaining its support to the technical colleges and vocational centres.
In a welcome address, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr. Ikem Smart disclosed that the winner from the technical colleges would smile home with the sum of three hundred thousand naira together with learning materials and a trophy while the winner in vocational category would receive the sum of one hundred thousand naira.
At the end of the competition, Issele-Uku Technical College and Vocational Centre emerged winner.
NO.DTS 1125: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017
DELTA STATE CHIEF JOB CREATION OFFICE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION INTO STEP, YAGEP PROGRAMMES
The Office of the Delta State Chief Job Creation officer, Governor’s Office Asaba has invited applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates for admission into the 2017/2018 cycle of Delta State Government Job Creation Programmes – Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).
A statement signed by the functioning Permanent Secretary and Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor indicated that applicants must be presently unemployed Deltan youth with genuine desire to acquire skills and training for entrepreneurship, and should be aged 18 to 35 years and must possess at least West African School Certificate.
The statement further indicated that available trades for skills acquisition under the Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), included Fashion Design & Tailoring; Catering & Confectionary; Hair Dressing & Makeover, Cosmetology & Barbing; Decoration and Event Management; Plumbing; Electrical Installation & Repairs; Building Services (PoP, Tiling and Interlocking); Welding and Fabrication and Audio Visual Services.
Also under the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), the skills to be acquired included Fish production; Rice production and Vegetables Production.
Interested applicants were to collect application forms from the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Anwai Road, Asaba or Governor’s Office Annex, along NPA Expressway, near DBS, Warri.
Application forms can also be accessed and submitted online at www.deltastatejobcreation.ng and completed application forms must be received not later than Friday December 22, 2017.