ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
NO DTS 0458: DELTA CJ CALLS FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT
NO DTS 0459: DELTA TO PRIORITISE SCIENCE EDUCATION- UKAH
NO DTS 0460: 2020 CONGRESS: BURUTU PDP STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING ENDS IN DEADLOCK
NO DTS 0461: SPOLAD SETS UP COMMITEE ON PETITION AGAINST OHANAEZE INDIGBO PRESIDENT
NO DTS 0462: YOUTH MINISTRY ORGANISES PRE-TRANING FOR AKWA-OCHA PRODUCTION
NO DTS 0463: DELTA TO COLLABORATE WITH DONOR PARTNERS TO BOOST FAMILY HEALTH
NO DTS 0464: EJIOFOR CHARGES ENTERTAINERS TO SYNERGIZE FOR BETTER PRODUCTION
NO DTS 0465: BE PROACTIVE, EJIOFOR CHARGES DELTANS IN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
NO DTS 0466: UNICEF SETS CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME ENTRY POINT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH
NO DTS 0467: NWOKOLOBIA HAILS OKOWA ON REGULARIZATION, URGES STAFFS TO REFLECT IMAGE IN OFFICE
NO DTS 0468: WARRI SOUTH PROPOSES N6 BILLION FOR 2020 FISCAL YEAR
NO DTS 0469: MINIMUM WAGE: WE ARE SORTING OUT GREY AREAS – DELTA NULGE
NO DTS 0470: TSEKIRI APPLAUDS OKOWA FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF TECHNICAL COLLEGES
NO DTS 0471: ONICHA-UKU MONARCH APPEALS TO DELTA GOVERNMENT FOR POTABLE WATER
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NO DTS 0458 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
DELTA CJ CALLS FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT
The Delta State Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro, has advocated strong will to drive and implement the reforms contained in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which was domesticated in 2017 in the state.
Justice Umukoro made the call at a two-day training workshop on the implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Act for judges, magistrates and prosecutors put together by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies held in Asaba
He stated that the beautiful innovations in the Act could not in themselves bring the desired change, except people and institutions demonstrate requisite will-power to implement the reforms.
The chief judge, who was the chief host and chairman of the discussion session, said that one impediment to smooth implementation and enforcement of the act was lack of vehicles for magistrates to regularly visit police stations to ascertain the condition of suspects in detention.
He listed other impediments to include lack of digital cameras for police to record confessional statement of suspects and requisite manpower and inadequate vehicles for custodial centres of the Nigerian Correctional Service to produce inmates in court.
On the strides made by the state government and the judiciary under his superintendent in the implement the act, Justice Umukoro disclosed that within the period, judicial officers and support staff of criminal courts had been sent on regular capacity training programmes.
He also said that the judiciary had created nine criminal divisions of high court to guarantee special manpower, accelerated hearing, determination of criminal cases, and promulgation of the Bondsman Regulation 2018 to give effect to the bail regime and provisions of the act in the state, among others.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, asserted that the main purpose of the act, was to promote efficient management of criminal justice institutions and speedy dispensation of justice, prevent society from crime and protect the rights and interest of defendants and victims.
According to him, the act sought to shift its goal from punishment in criminal justice to restorative justice, which he stated, pay attention to the needs of society, victims, vulnerable persons and human dignity.
In his paper titled, “The Role of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 In Trial of Corruption Cases in Nigeria: How Has It Fared” Professor Ladan affirmed that the number of high profile cases prosecuted and convictions secured increased comparatively after the act was enacted.
The increase, according to him, was due to reform in the new legal jurisprudence which he said provided time line for criminal matters to be concluded in court.
He emphasized that the act had also brought about gender equality, saying that women who met the stipulated requirements had equal right with their male counterparts to stand surety for accused persons.
NO DTS 0459 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
DELTA TO PRIORITISE SCIENCE EDUCATION- UKAH
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has reiterated the state government commitment towards enhancing science education in the state.
Chief Ukah, who stated this in Asaba when the executive members of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Delta State chapter, paid him a courtesy call, noted that science was critical for technological advancement of any society.
He stated that the ministry had undertaken a data base of all science teachers and science equipment in schools across the state, adding that the state government would continue to prioritise science education in the school system.
Chief Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, had approved the supply of science equipment to public schools particularly those without sufficient laboratory facilities.
The basic and secondary education commissioner informed the association that the Okowa administration had established Teachers’ Professional Development Centre (TPDC) in the state and urged science teachers association to maximize the benefits of the centre to develop themselves.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Delta State chapter, Dr Mrs Obiajulu Eboka, told the commissioner that the association was formed in 1957 with the aim of boosting the standard of science education in Nigeria.
She stated that STAN was also aimed at fostering mutual understanding among its members and serve as a platform where members could be well abreast of modern trend in scientific development.
While soliciting the support of the ministry for the Science Subjects Panel Workshop, she decried lack of effective participation of the state in their annual conferences just as she appealed to the commissioner to assist the association with awareness creation for its activities in the state.
NO DTS 0460 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
2020 CONGRESS: BURUTU PDP STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING ENDS IN DEADLOCK
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Burutu Local Government Area stakeholders’ meeting on zoning of party offices in the area has ended in a deadlock.
Reports from the meeting which held in Burutu, indicates that the stakeholders’ meeting could not arrive at a consensus following a sharp disagreement among the various stakeholders.
It would be recalled that as a prelude to the forthcoming 2020 Congress of the PDP, the party had set up Steering Committees at both ward and local government levels to work out modalities for the conduct of the congresses which starts in March.
A member of the steering committee and former Chairman of Burutu Local Government Council, Chief Ebikeme Clark who spoke to newsmen, noted that the disagreement among the stakeholders was occasioned by interests and the inability to accommodate the various views of other stakeholders.
He maintained that the meeting ended in deadlock as there was no unanimous agreement in the meeting, saying a certain group in the meeting tried to impose its decision on others which was allegedly greeted with stiff opposition, adding that it led to the meeting ending without taking any unanimous position.
“Let It be known by the great leaders of our dear party in the state and beyond that the Burutu Local Government Area Peoples Democratic Party, PDP meeting that was held today in Burutu community, headquarters of the Local Government Area ended inconclusive.
“We did not reach any agreement, the public should be aware of this development. We are also aware that some group of persons are trying to say that we were able to reach an agreement and a position was taken during the meeting which of course there was nothing of such, we will continue to monitor any strange move to report otherwise,“ Clark said.
NO DTS 0461 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
SPOLAD SETS UP COMMITEE ON PETITION AGAINST OHANAEZE INDIGBO PRESIDENT
The Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, Rt Hon. Solomon Funkekeme, yesterday inaugurated a five-man ad-hoc committee to investigate petition against the President of Igbo extraction of the State Chapter of Non-Indigene Association, Chief Mike Eze over inappropriate conduct and misrepresentation of the association.
The petitioners who passed a vote of no confidence on the president, alleged that the 2019 Christmas gifts that the state government intended for the association were diverted by Chief Mike Eze and other unknown persons purported to represent the association.
The committee is mandated to study the claims of the petitioners against Chief Mike Eze, the attendant beneficiaries of the 2019 Christmas gift and any matter that may arise in the course of the investigation and make appropriate recommendation.
The Committee which has two weeks to submit its report has Chief Peter Idion, an Executive Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, as Chairman.
Other members of the committee include Sir Austin Onianwa, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political matters, SSA, member; Chief Tony Ogbo, SSA, Member; Chief Godday Ngbabego, SSA, member and Mr Julius Ugbeye-Emodo, Asst Dir, as secretary.
NO DTS 0462 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
YOUTH MINISTRY ORGANISES PRE-TRANING FOR AKWA-OCHA PRODUCTION
Ministry of Youth Development has organised a one-day orientation and pre-training workshop, on Delta Fabric Akwa-Ocha/Akwa-Oma, in preparation to kick start the training program.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, stated that the essence of the workshop was to prepare beneficiaries mentally for the training, as well as inform them of the rules and regulations of the program.
The commissioner who spoke through the Director, Youth Enterprise and Investment, Mr Efe Emuakpeje, admonished the trainees, to be committed, focused and take seriously the lecture delivered by the resource persons.
One of the facilitators, Dr Osundu Munonye, stated that the essence of the training by the Government of Delta state, was to engage them profitably and positively to diversify from oil.
The commissioner who noted that Akwa-Ocha and Akwa-Oma was part of our culture that must be preserved, also told the beneficiaries to be good ambassador not only to the state but to the youth of Delta State and Delta culture.
Dr Osundu, who spoke on ‘Steps to Success and Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur’ admonished them to shun negative mindset, saying such had marred previous training program organized by the state government.
Another resource person, Ms Angela Onwaeze, admonished trainees to shun the regular way of thinking and doing things which usually gives same result and embrace new thinking and innovations which makes one outstanding.
Mr Emeka Odibeli, Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Youth Development, furnished the trainees with detailed information on the code of conduct and ethics attestation form they were to fill, thereafter append their signature in agreement with the terms.
The ceremony which was held at Delta Innovation Center (Leather Works Factory) Issele-Uku, had 86 trainees in attendance from the three senatorial district of the state.
The highpoint of the occasion was the signing of the Trainee Code of Conduct and Ethics Attestation by the participants.
NO DTS 0463 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
DELTA TO COLLABORATE WITH DONOR PARTNERS TO BOOST FAMILY HEALTH
As part of measures to have a controlled population for effective planning and healthy society, the State government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with donor partners to provide a healthier future for Deltans, families and women in particular.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this know when the Senior Programme Officer, The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Baltimore, USA paid a visit to the state to understanding how TCI has operated in the last couple of years.
He commended the activities of TCI in the refurbishing of some primary healthcare centres (PHCs) and requested the expansion of their activities from the initial 13 local government areas to cover all the 25 areas in the state.
“We have indices like poor maternal maternity rate and infant mortality rate because they are all connected.
“We have those who don’t have the resources to carter for their large families. So it is very important that as a government we put proper population management,” the commissioner said.
Dr Ononye stated that though some communities for cultural and religious reasons do not want to subscribe to family planning services, the state was doing its best in the area of enlightenment, advocacy, and sensitization to get Deltans to subscribe to it.
He said that Deltans need to understand that government was not out to subdue communities but only trying to make the society healthier with manageable population that can be planned and projected for.
Speaking, Andrea Ferrand, Senior Programme Officer, The Challenge Initiative, enumerated some of the achievements of TCI to include the reinvigoration of the advocacy programme, which led to the establishment of a dedicated family planning budget line in the state government budget with substantial release of funds dedicated to family planning.
She added that there was an increase in demand for family planning, media campaigns, social mobilization, intra-facilities referrals such as in-reaches and increasing number of traditional and religious leaders speaking favorably on family Planning.
These achievements according to her have led to almost the doubling of number of women accepting family planning services over the past two and half years.
Ms. Ferrand disclosed that in the next phase of the programme, “we are going to consider how to ensure sustainability and sustain the gains attained so far.”
She requested for increased investments in demand programming through subsidized media slots by the state government to ensure the that attained gains, particularly increase demand for family planning were sustained.
NO DTS 0464 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
EJIOFOR CHARGES ENTERTAINERS TO SYNERGIZE FOR BETTER PRODUCTION
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Lawrence Ejiofor has called entertainers in the movie industry in Delta State to harmonize and synergize as one umbrella body to operate as a united force.
The commissioner made this call in his office during an interaction with the Delta State Nollywood Stakeholders in Delta State.
Mr Ejiofor said that a lot of work had been put into making the Film Village and Leisure Park in the state a reality, explaining that it was to further the career of entertainers and give more room for them to express themselves in a conducive environment.
He therefore urged Deltans in the entertainment industry to stay proactive and be the first partakers of the opportunities, adding that the facility would be open to practitioners within and outside the country to ensure the dream of making Delta a tourist hub.
Mr Ejiofor, an engineer, charged the group to strategize, constantly upgrade their ideas and innovations to effectively compete with the international community, urging them to get to work as quickly as possible
He assured the group that his doors were always open to accommodate new ideas, emphasizing that no idea was entirely useless.
The Delta State Nollywood Stakeholders led by Princess Tina Amuamuziam said that the purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the directorate and the ongoing project of the Film Village and Leisure Park project.
She stated their commitment to gather and accommodate all who identify as entertainers from Delta, saying that it was important to give Deltans an upper hand to aid further development of the talents and ideas in the state.
Princess Amuamuziam emphasized that the body served as an umbrella body for Nollywood actors in Delta State and encouraged everyone in the industry to come together, stressing that there was room for everyone.
The group made up of members such as Rita Daniels, David Ogbeni, Franklin Nwoko, Sam Obiago, Mokwenye Nnadi and Frank Otoide, thanked the commissioner for the reception and pledged to keep the directorate abreast of the happenings in the body.
NO DTS 0465 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
BE PROACTIVE, EJIOFOR CHARGES DELTANS IN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Lawrence Ejiofor, has called on Deltans in the Entertainment industry to be proactive in order to benefit directly from the opportunities made available by the Okowa led administration.
The commissioner made the calls during a courtesy visit on him by the Umuahaba in Nollywood.
Mr Efiofor, speaking on the world class standard and the opportunities provided by the LeisurePpark and Film Village to be build in the state, encouraged Deltans to see themselves as major stakeholders, urging them to maximize their stake and other opportunities that have been brought to their doorstep.
He tasked the group to expand its borders to accommodate Deltans in the entertainment industry to ensure that they were first partakers of government’s initiative in the entertainment industry.
The commissioner advised them to shun unhealthy competitions but rather promote peaceful collaboration with other entertainers in the industry regardless of their ethnicity.
The leader of the Umuahaba in Nollywood, MaryJane Idika, thanked the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the film village and leisure park initiative saying that the projects would impact tremendously on Deltans and the economy.
She expressed willingness of her group to partner with the state government to ensure that the facility, when completed, was put to great use by Deltans in the entertainment industry.
The Umuahaba group disclosed their intention to collaborate with entertainers from all over Nigeria and to expand their borders to accommodate Deltans from all ethnic groups to ensure that Delta entertainers have a place in their own community among others.
They thanked the commissioner and the Directorate of Culture and Tourism for the warm reception and appealed for guidance where necessary, promising to play by the rules and provide updates on progress made as they go on.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of the Asaba native attire known as the Awakocha to the commissioner by the Umuahaba team as a token of their appreciation for the audience granted them.
NO DTS 0466 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
UNICEF SETS CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME ENTRY POINT FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH
The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has promised to use the Delta State Contributory Health Commission as an entry point to the Universal Health Care for the state.
This promise was made yesterday during the visit of a team from UNICEF to the Delta State Contributory Health Commission in Asaba.
Dr Yogo, the Chief of Field, UNICEF, Port Harcourt, mentioned that the visit was to strengthen the on-going support and partnership with the Delta State Contributory Health Commission.
Speaking further, he said UNICEF will unitize the DSCHC ‘State-wide programmes as platform to advocate and sensitize Deltans for enrolment into the scheme.’
Dr Yogo said that UNICEF would mobilize resources to pay premiums for maternal health services and immunization services for children in communities where access to immunization services was poor.
In his welcoming speech, the Director General/Chief Executive officer, Dr Ben Nkechika expressed happiness at the visit, saying the, “Focus of the Commission is the redefinition of the ‘Health for all’ concept through the categorization and re-categorization of residents in the State with a view to ensuring that the poorest of the poor had access to quality healthcare services without barriers.”
Dr Nkechika thanked the Team for the development, saying, “We feel very proud to have this template to be interacting with UNICEF.”
The meeting was attended by Maurice Ekanem and Mr Ilyasu Ado of UNICEF and Managerial Team of the DSCHC.
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a special program of the United Nation devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education and general welfare of children in the World.
NO DTS 0467 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
NWOKOLOBIA HAILS OKOWA ON REGULARIZATION, URGES STAFFS TO REFLECT IMAGE IN OFFICE
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has been applauded for the regularization of some casual staffs in the Delta State Liaison office, making their appointment permanent and ensuring that staffs residing in Lagos benefits from the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme.
The applaud was given by the Director of the Liaison Office, Dr Anthony Nwokolobia during his meeting with staffs; appreciating God for sustaining all in the past year.
The Director stated the regularization was a giant stride of the governor in building human resources in the state.
He praised the efforts of the governor in the wellbeing of workers through the contributory health scheme and encouraged to make use of the scheme.
“I believe if we have the right values on ground and attitude, we will be able to accomplish the objectives of this office,” Mr Nwokolobia stated and enjoined staffs to be more professional in handling their duties and in their approach to work.
The Director urged the staff to to be guided by the public service rules in their dressing and conduct, to avoid acts of indiscipline, and be punctual, keep themselves busy and have a good work attitude.
He however identified the need to have training programs for staffs on essential duties to assist them in their functions.
The meeting which witnessed a large number of staffs in attendance was interactive as different participants made suggestions on the way forward.
The climax of the day were the birthday celebration of Mrs Rosemary Nwokolo, a secretary in the Liaison Office and prayers for all those that were recently promoted.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0468 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
WARRI SOUTH PROPOSES N6 BILLION FOR 2020 FISCAL YEAR
By Elohor Foghola
Warri South Local Government Council has presented a budget estimate of N6,793,503,074.36, (13.7% higher than 2019 budget) to the Legislative Arm of the council.
The Chairman of the Council, Dr Michael Tidi, at the presentation, has said the sum of N5,384,495,625.66 is expected as statutory allocations from the federal and state governments, while a total of N1,403,646,582.83 is being projected as internally generated revenue, IGR, leaving the balance N4,365,865.87 as brought forward.
According to Dr Tidi, personnel cost will gulp N2,402,482,915.17 (representing 35%) and consolidated revenue fund, will take N1,023,970,716.70.
He said the economic sector will gulp N431,929,268.75, while the social and health sectors are expected to consume N348,275,000,.00 and N459,553,475.00 respectively.
Tidi explained his administration will embark only on projects that will bring development closer to the people at the grassroots.
He added that his administration had provided potable water in various wards, donated fishing boats to cooperative societies and the building of over 120 open market stalls at Ugbuwangue.
The Leader of Warri South Legislative Arm, Hon. Kingsley Edafiadjebre, assured Hon. Tidi that the budget estimate would be given the necessary attention it deserved.
NO DTS 0469 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
MINIMUM WAGE: WE ARE SORTING OUT GREY AREAS – DELTA NULGE
By Elohor Foghola
The Delta State Council of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has assured local government workers in the state of enjoy the implementation of the new minimum wage.
The State President of NULGE, Comrade Okwudi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Warri yesterday, during the end of year bash organized by De Parliament, a group of council workers with like- minds from Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North Local Government Councils, assured that negotiations were ongoing to sort out possible grey areas affecting the implementation.
Comrade Okwudi, who was represented by the State Treasurer, Comrade Kingsley Uwaosayemi, commended local government workers in the state for their patience as regards delayed implementation of the new minimum wage.
Warri South Council Head of Personnel Management, HPM, Dr Mrs Minnie Igbrude, in her remarks, admonished local government workers to remain peaceful and show love for one another ahead of the forthcoming NULGE election for branch executives, slated for next month.
Speaker of De Parliament, Mr Jolomi Gbenebitse, earlier assured the state executive of the union of the determination of De Parliament to continually foster the welfare and good working relationship amongst workers in the councils.
The State Publicity Officer of NULGE, Pastor Stanley Akogba, prayed for the peaceful conduct of the union’s forthcoming election.
NO DTS 0470 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
TSEKIRI APPLAUDS OKOWA FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF TECHNICAL COLLEGES
By Ambrose Ologide
The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Delta State, Mr Matthew Tsekiri has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the establishment of technical colleges in all the local government areas of the state.
The commissioner made the commendation shortly after the visit of the Commissioner for Technical Education, Mrs Gbubemi Ikolo paid a visit to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso (JP) OON, Abe 1, over the establishment of a technical college in Effurun last Monday.
Tsekiri an Uvwie indigene , also commended Governor Okowa, Commissioner for Technical Education, Gbubemi Ikolo and the contractor handling the project for early commencement of execution of the project in Effurun.
He noted that the resuscitation and establishment of technical colleges in all the local government areas in Delta State would enhance technological development in the state.
While applauding the Ovie of Uvwie for his passion in education, he noted that education was the key to any meaningful development.
Mr Tsekiri therefore urged Uvwie people to take maximum advantage of the establishment of a technical college in the area by sending their wards to the college.
NO DTS 0471 ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020
ONICHA-UKU MONARCH APPEALS TO DELTA GOVERNMENT FOR POTABLE WATER
Onicha-Uku Monarch in Aniocha North Local Government, His Royal Highness Obi Raphael Agbamuche has appealed to Delta State Government to assist the community in ameliorating the hardship of the people in accessing potable water.
The Obi disclosed this in his palace when he played host to Journalists, stated that the community already had electricity but water continued to pose difficulty to the people, adding that the residents access water from underground tank.
The monarch said that the only market in the community was not functional; saying that the people had remained calm and peaceful, hoping that government would one day remember them.
Similarly, the Obi commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for constructing Ukwunzu Road, which he stated, had eased the evacuation of agro products from the community to neighboring towns.