ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
NO DTS 0418: ANIAGWU PROMISES PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE OWNED MEDIA
NO DTS 0419: MACAULAY HAILS GOV OKOWA CHOICE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS FORUM
NO DTS 0420: DTSG TO COMMENCE DRAINAGE PROJECT IN WARRI/UVWIE, ENVIRONS
NO DTS 0421: DTSG TO PARTNER NGOs TO REORIENTATE YOUTH ON POSITIVE MIND SET
NO DTS 0422: CHRIS OGALA STREET IN AGBOR TO BE COMPLETED MARCH – CONTRACTOR
NO DTS 0423: STOP MOBILIZING COMMUNITY LEADERS TO INFLUENCE YOUR TRANSFER, SUBEB BOSS TOLD TEACHERS
NO DTS 0424: NULGE INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN AS ITS ELECTIONS DRAW NEAR
NO DTS 0425: COUNCIL CHAIRMAN EVACUATES REFUSE DUMPS IN UTE-OKPU MARKET, OTHER PLACES
Ag Editor: Isaac Ogerugba
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NO DTS 0418 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
ANIAGWU PROMISES PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE OWNED MEDIA
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu has assured private owned media houses within and outside the state of his full support.
Mr Aniagwu stated this when staff of Odenigbo FM paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The information commissioner, who felicitated with the new station manager, Mr Chike Ogborgu, stated that his appointment would help to solidify the existing relationship with the Delta State Government
He attested to the fact that Odenigbo FM, had worked with him when he was the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, as he saw the need then to go beyond Delta in information dissemination.
He also stated that collaborating with the radio station would help in job creation which will invariably reduce crime rate, boost security and also the Nigerian economy.
According to the commissioner, “For those who do not understand why we support media which are not within Delta State, beyond the information we get from you, we also want you to remain in business which indirectly will reflect in our economy.”
Mr Aniagwu stated that Governor Okowa has done projects that are quite saleable and so projecting his name has never been an issue, saying, “One thing you should know is that the Delta State government does not thrive on propaganda. You see what we have done. If we have not done it you will know that we have not.”
He commended Odenigbo radio station for the good reportage over the years and pleaded that they continue in that direction, even as he gave the assurance that the ministry would give them their full support.
Speaking earlier, Mr Chike Ogborgu said that on assumption of office, he had noticed the relationship with the Delta State Government and deemed it necessary to continue the relationship to boost information dissemination.
Present at the visit were the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Paul Osahor, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Kingsley Olomukoro, the Director of Finance and Account, Mr Dominic Omogbesiayeh among others.
NO DTS 0419 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
MACAULAY HAILS GOV OKOWA CHOICE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS FORUM
Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay has hailed the emergence of His Excellency the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the Chairman of the South South Governors Forum.
Macaulay who was a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) said that the choice of Okowa was apposite given his candour and mien.
“The decision of the Governors of the region to settle for Okowa’s leadership is apt and I have no doubt in my mind that he will excel because he is calm, calculated and resourceful.
“Given his antecedent in Delta State especially in tackling the problem of insecurity, I know that Governor Okowa will bring this rich experience to bear on security issues in the region and the security challenges of the country in general.
“He will not only curb the security challenges, but unite the people of the region as well as galvanize the states to surmount the economic and developmental problems confronting the region,” he stated.
Macaulay who is Director General (DG) of Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA), urged the Governors of the region to rally round the new Chairman to get the best for the people.
Delta State Governor was selected as chairman after elaborate consultations by Governors of the region. He succeeds the out-gone Governor of Bayelsa State, Dr. Seriake Dickson whose tenure as governor ended recently.
NO DTS 0420 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
DTSG TO COMMENCE DRAINAGE PROJECT IN WARRI/UVWIE, ENVIRONS
The Director-General (DG), Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, has reiterated government commitment to commence the master drainage project in Warri, Uvwie and environs this week.
Comr. Macaulay stated this at his office in Warri while meeting with the representatives of the communities in Uvwie Local Government Area.
“Flooding has caused a lot of damage in the area, and this is the first time government is going to do a comprehensive work to solve the problem for it to become a thing of the past” he said.
He solicited for the maximum support of the communities and urged them to rewrite the narratives that people can work in Uvwie and be free, even as he maintained that every community will have to benefit from the work because they will be fully engaged.
“All that has been discussed in the meeting will be taken to the palace to brief the King by the Chairman,” he affirmed, and noted that Uvwie LGA is blessed with a knowledgeable and well experience monarch who has the interest of the people at heart, so he should not be disappointed in whatever they are doing.
The DG said that the project was in two phase, the first will cover Warri Local Government Area and was being handled by Levant Construction Limited, while the second covers Uvwie Local Government Area handled by CCECC Construction Company.
“Demolition of properties will not be allowed to be done without appropriate payment”, he added.
Earlier, the Chairman, Uvwie Local Government Area, Hon. Ramson Onoyake thanked the DG for the meeting, saying that it was the first time they were having such a meeting, even as he assured that there would be total peace in the area in regard to the project in the area.
He stressed that Uvwie was a new Uvwie, and that they were peace loving people and would accommodate everybody against the wrong notion people have about them.
The chairman said that they are ready to work with the company amicably for the completion of the project.
Also speaking, Effurun Youth President, Mr Peter Egere, stated that unskilled jobs should be given to the youth of the community, adding that adequate personal protective equipment should also be provided as well for safety.
He further assured the DG of hardworking unskilled staff to work with the company, and maintained that they will work with them peacefully to achieve their expected result.
NO DTS 0421 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
DTSG TO PARTNER NGOs TO REORIENTATE YOUTH ON POSITIVE MIND SET
Ministry of Youth Development has reaffirmed its commitment to championing the crusade for youths to have a positive mindset reorientation and a new value system.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, made the affirmation when he played host to Advocacy Core Group (ACG), in Asaba.
Comrade Egwunyenga said that youth should have a new orientation where they have minimal expectations from people, government and society, but rather have more expectations on themselves.
He revealed that he has passion for advocacy, even as he said that championing the need for a plan of Life Line for youth was apt, with emphasis on the girl child.
According to Egwunyenga, the girl child is more sensitive in terms of unexpected pregnancies, peer pressure, high family expectations and life style.
The Youth Commissioner explained that, in the cause of advocacy, it was proper to educate the youth on the difference between fate and choice.
“Choice making is a very critical aspect in determining the future of the youth. If fate and choice are properly managed by someone, that person is “destined to be great,” he said.
Earlier in her opening remark, the chairperson of ACG, Mrs Rachael Obodo-Obunseli, told the commissioner, that they were in his office to intimate him with their vision of advocate for visible changes amongst youth as it concerns family planning and life line, saying that ACG will focus on life line since it’s a youth ministry.
She stated that as part of life line advocacy, ACG has an existing program called Life Planning for Adolescent and Youths (LPAY).
She urged the ministry to use its rich data base to connect to all youths to key into the LPAY program, even as ACG will work in synergy with the ministry to achieve a positive mindset and reorientation, supported with new thinking on youths in the state.
NO DTS 0422 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
CHRIS OGALA STREET IN AGBOR TO BE COMPLETED MARCH – CONTRACTOR
The Construction of the Chris Ogala Street in Agbor, Ika South will be completed and delivered before the end of March this year.
Speaking on the project, Mr Emmanuel Nwaokolo, a representative of KK and Jamie, the contracting firm handling the project, explained that the project would have been completed earlier but for the issue of compensation.
Mr Nwaokolo said the project which was awarded in the 31st of December, 2019, had reached an overall completion level of 51percent.
According to him, there is a robust relationship between the firm and the host community which has in no small measure made the job easy.
Speaking also, the Community Liaison Officer, Mr Dele Akpatashi thanked the state government for constructing the road, pointing out that the road had cut into two due to gully erosion.
Mr Akpatashi also commended the contracting firm for maintaining standard and keeping to specifications as well as making necessary corrections where there was need.
NO DTS 0423 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
STOP MOBILIZING COMMUNITY LEADERS TO INFLUENCE YOUR TRANSFER, SUBEB BOSS TOLD TEACHERS
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon. Sunny Ogwu has warned Head teachers, teaching and non-teaching staff against mobilizing community leaders to influence their postings and transfers, saying that such practice would no longer be tolerated by the board.
The SUBEB boss gave the warning at Oleh, Headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Council, during the continuation of the Board’s town hall meeting with head teachers in public primary schools in the state.
The chairman who was represented by member representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Board, Mr Paul Kurugbe, frowned at some staff, who were in the habit of mobilizing community leaders to mount undue pressure on local education authority secretaries to influence their transfers, saying that such habits including rejecting postings were inimical to the service.
He charged Head teachers and other staff, particularly those heading schools at the various villages, to embark on school drive by encouraging parents to enrol their wards in school and take advantage of the free education programme of the Governor Okowa’s administration.
The SUBEB boss assured the head teachers of the state government’s strong commitment to promoting quality basic education in the state, even as he also enjoined the head teachers to engage community leaders and Parent Teacher Association to assist in protecting school properties against destruction.
On the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) model, employed by the Universal Basic Education Commission in conjunction with the State Universal Basic Education Board to run and manage some schools in the State, the SUBEB chairman urged head teachers and Management Committees of benefitting schools to put money released to them for execution of projects into judicious use.
According to Ogwu, “To enhance the capacity of teachers to meet up with modern trend of impacting knowledge, the Board has concluded plans to begin another batch of cluster trainings for teachers” imploring participants to take the training seriously.
While warning against the collection of illegal fees, extortion and unprofessional conducts, Ogwu told the Head teachers to teach morals and values at assembly grounds and be of good examples to staff and pupils.
While meeting with head teachers in Isoko North Local Government, where he reminded the teachers that education was the mother of all profession, he charged the Quality Assurance Department of the Local Education Authority to step up its monitoring exercise.
The Chairman also emphasized the need to bring back seriousness into sporting activities in primary schools in order to deepen sport development in the state by discovering sporting talents when they are young.
Earlier, the Education Secretary, Isoko South, Mr Edegbo Sammy who commended the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who has stood by his word to better the standard of education in the state, congratulated the chairman and members of the Board for their appointments.
He appealed to the state government to establish ICT centre in Isoko Central School, Oleh, even as he stated that Isoko south has benefitted immensely from the facelift of public primary schools in the state.
FROM THE LGAs
NO DTS 0424 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
NULGE INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN AS ITS ELECTIONS DRAW NEAR
With the National Union of Local Government Employees elections around the corner in Warri North Local Government Council, campaigns have intensified at the council headquarters, in preparedness to usher in a new government for the union.
From one on one campaign, to manifestos launch, the tempo in the council, right now, speaks volume of the importance of the union elections to staff.
A visit to the council secretariat will certainly attest to the fact that both aspirants and supporters alike are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring they emerge victorious during the polls.
The beautiful Warri North council secretariat now wears a new look, beautifully adorned with campaign posters of candidates vying for electives positions.
Some of the staff who spoke to our correspondent expressed satisfaction at their preparedness, saying that, as members of the union, it is their constitutional right to vote and be voted for, adding that they hope those who eventually get elected should run an all inclusive government that sees to the welfare of staff.
NO DTS 0425 ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN EVACUATES REFUSE DUMPS IN UTE-OKPU MARKET, OTHER PLACES
By Chris Ogoh
Officials of Ika North East Local Government Council Environmental Taskforce, has embarked on a cleanup of age-long refuse dumps that occupied some spots in Ute-Okpu Main Market.
Speaking during the exercise, the Council Chairman, Hon. Victor Ebonka who led the sanitation team noted that the government will continue to engender clean and hygienic environment.
Hon. Ebonka observed that the major way to curb the spread of epidemic diseases such as Lassa fever was to uphold frequent hygienic practices.
The council chairman frowned at the inordinate manner in which some residents disposed their refuse along roadside and warned against such, as anyone caught will be prosecuted accordingly.
Also speaking Mr Chucks Iberibor commended the Chairman, saying, “We are amazed to wake up this morning and see officials of the council led by the chairman, evacuating the hip of refuse in the market that have constituted to environmental hazard for over 10 years.
In a related development, the hips of refuse dumped indiscriminately at Owa-Alero, Idumuesah road boundary by the Railway Fly Over was also evacuated.