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ASABA, NIGERIA, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

NO DTS 0440: NUJ URGES SOUTH-SOUTH GOVERNORS TO PREVAIL ON FG IN UPGRADING ZONE’ SEAPORTS… CHECK RISING INSECURITY

NO DTS 0441: UZUM DECRIES INCREASING RATE OF INSECURITY, CALLS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING

NO DTS 0442: OKOWA MOURNS PROPHET ALEX ALATAN

NO DTS 0443: OKOWA’S SPOKESMAN, OLISA IFEAJIKA LOSES MUM

NO DTS 0444: NUJ COMMISERATES WITH OKOWA’S CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

NO DTS 0445: AUGOYE ASSURES OF GOVERNMENT’S TRANSFORMATION OF OFOKWU STREET ASABA

NO DTS 0446: ROAD CONTRACTOR CALLS FOR SUSTAINED COOPERATION FROM RESIDENTS

NO DTS 0447: UKAH COMMENDS OKOWA FOR PRIORITISING SCHOOLS SPORTS… UNVEILS MASCOT LOGO

NO DTS 0448: UKAH LAUDS NGO FOR KEYING INTO OKOWA’S HEALTH INITIATIVE

NO DTS 0449: CARRYOUT ADVOCACY TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGER GENERATION INTO SURVEY PROFESSION, OCHONOGOR TELLS GROUP

NO DTS 0450: WUEDA EMBARKS ON EVACUATION OF WASTE IN EFFURUN

NO DTS 0451: UGHELLI NORTH COUNCIL TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS TO FOOD VENDORS, OTHERS

NO DTS 0452: RECTOR BOASTS OF TECHNOLOGICAL, ENTREPRENEURAL SKILLS IN POLY

NO DTS 0453: EDUCATION MINISTRY ORGANIZES SPORTS COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS

NO DTS 0454: INOAGHAN CONGRATULATES OKOWA ON HIS EMERGENCE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH – SOUTH GOVERNOR’S FORUM

NO DTS 0455: VICTIM OF FIRE INFERNO APPEALS TO OKOWA FOR ASSISTANCE

NO DTS 0456: TRADITIONAL RULERS, OTHERS, PRAISE UVWIE MONARCH OVER TRANSFORMATION OF KINGDOM

NO DTS 0457: NULGE 2020: PAST CHAIRMAN, AJINOMISANGHAN DENIED CLEARANCE

Editor: Churchill Oyowe

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NO DTS 0440 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

NUJ URGES SOUTH-SOUTH GOVERNORS TO PREVAIL ON FG IN UPGRADING ZONE’ SEAPORTS… CHECK RISING INSECURITY

Governors of the South-South geopolitical zone have been called upon to prevail on the Federal Government to expedite action to upgrade Sea Ports in the zone to reduce the current pressure on the Lagos Port and expand economic activities in the zone.

The call is contained in a 12-point communique issued at the end of the zone’s quarterly meeting held yesterday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The meeting presided over by the Vice President of the zone, Pastor Edward Ogude, also called on the Governors of the zone to come up with a Regional Security Outfit to check the rising insecurity situation in the zone as well as close ranks to ensure the development of the zone.

It congratulated the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for emerging Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum believing that his emergence would bring unity, peace and development to the zone.

The meeting condemned the vandalization of Radio Bayelsa office including official and staff vehicles by some youths in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State over the Supreme Court judgment of the November 16, 2019 Governorship Election in the Bayelsa State.

The meeting also condemned the sacking of Letugbene Community in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa State by soldiers and urged soldiers to always go after criminals and not entire community.

The meeting further condemned the alleged killing and burial of innocent citizens in shallow graves in a bush in Uweheru Community in Ughelli North in Delta State by suspected herdsmen.

The meeting reemphasized the need for the review of the Constitution of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to reflect the current realities stressing that the review is long overdue.

The meeting mandates state councils of the zone to adopt appropriate measures towards the eradication of quackery and to instill discipline amongst members.

The meeting urged the leadership of the State Council in the Zone to ensure the registration and biometrics capturing of their members.

The meeting resolved to prioritize the welfare of members in the zone.

The meeting endorsed the aspirations of the Zonal Vice President of NAWOJ, Timi Jombo Idoko and the Assistant National Secretary of NAWOJ, Helen Udofa for the positions of National Deputy President and National Secretary of NAWOJ respectively.

The meeting thanked the Akwa-Ibom State Government for hosting the Zonal Meeting.

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NO DTS 0441 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

UZUM DECRIES INCREASING RATE OF INSECURITY, CALLS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING

Director-General of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Eugene Azuka Uzum has decried the increasing rate of insecurity in the state and beyond.

Uzum stated this in Asaba during the regular phone-in radio programme of the bureau with the Delta Broadcasting Service, ’Wetin Government Dey Do’, on the topic, “Insecurity And Community Policing.”

The orientation helmsman, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer in the bureau, Mr Johnson Ebigide, said that the governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, placed very high premium on the safety of lives and properties of residents in the state and beyond.

According to Uzum, the security submit hosted by the state government had thrown up various security issues, requiring urgent attention, including the introduction of community policing as a panacea to the rising spates of insecurity in the country.

He enjoined community leaders in the state to liaise with the state police command and the traditional rulers to form a community vigilante team in each community to complement the efforts of the conventional police in the state.

Mr Uzum, a lawyer, said that the choice of who would be a member of such team should be hinged on sparkling integrity among other conditions, just as he advised against the use of jungle justice in the determination of issues by such community security outfits.

Several callers from the state and beyond enjoined government at all levels to step up community policing, towards stemming the unfortunate rise of criminality and insecurity in the country.

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NO DTS 0442 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

OKOWA MOURNS PROPHET ALEX ALATAN

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday mourned the death of a prominent Benin-based cleric, Prophet Alex Alatan, describing it as painful.

Alatan reportedly died in a Lagos hospital on Saturday. The deceased hails from Abigborodo in Warri Notth Local Government Area.

He is founder and presiding Shepherd of the Celestial Church of Christ (C.C.C) Freedom Parish, Benin City.

The deceased, who was aged 59, is husband to Mrs Flora Alatan, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, in Delta.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor commiserated with the Alatan family and members of his church, over the demise of the renowned cleric.

He said that the departed Alatan was a loving husband and father who supported his wife’s political career, which has culminated in her appointment as Commissioner and member of the State Executive Council.

He said, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a great cleric and preacher of God’s word, Prophet Alex Alatan, who reportedly passed on shortly after recovering from an illness.

“The news of his death came to me as a shock, especially now that the family and members of his church needed his wise counselling.

“He was a perfect gentleman who supported his wife’s political career which culminated in her being appointed as Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development and member of the State Executive Council.” he state

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NO DTS 0443 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

OKOWA’S SPOKESMAN, OLISA IFEAJIKA LOSES MUM

Mother of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika has died after a brief illness in Benin, Edo State.

The deceased, Mrs Eunice Ifeajika, who died at 84, hailed from Illah in Oshimili North Council Area of the State.

She was a devout christian of the Catholic Faith.

She is survived by 5 children, 14 grand children, 2 great grand children and relatives.

Burial arrangements will be announced by the family.

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NO DTS 0444 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

NUJ COMISERATES WITH OKOWA’S CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

The Nigeria Union of Journalist, Delta State Council, has commiserated with the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor of Delta State, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on the demise of his mother at the age of 84.

The council, in a statement in Asaba, said the sudden passing on to glory of Mrs Eunice Ifeajika, came as a shock but expressed gladness that she lived to a ripe old age.

In the statement signed by the Chairman of the Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and Secretary, Comrade Churchill Oyowe, the union encouraged the CPS and his family members to take solace in the fact their mother lived a fulfilled life as devout Christian and community builder.

The council prayed for the repose of the soul of deceased and for God to grand those left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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NO DTS 0445 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

AUGOYE ASSURES OF GOVERNMENT’S TRANSFORMATION OF OFOKWU STREET ASABA

Residents of Oney Ofokwu Street, behind the Direct Labour Angency, DLA Office Asaba, will soon heave a sigh of relief following an on-the-spot assessment of the road by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye.

Chief Augoye said the visit was to ascertain the deplorable condition of the road and assured that the condition of the road would change in no distant time.

He said it was government’s intention not just to construct new roads but also to maintain existing ones hence the inspection exercise of such roads.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Comrade McCatney Obrotu thanked the commissioner for the unscheduled visit, noting that it had given them hope and a sense of government’s attention.

Mr Obrotu explained that the road had been a ”no go area” over the years especially during the rainy season and had caused the residents nightmare and untold hardship.

Other residents expressed confidence in the ability of the governor ifeanyi led administration to improve conditions on the road and promised to total cooperation when the project finally kicks off.

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NO DTS 0446 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

ROAD CONTRACTOR CALLS FOR SUSTAINED COOPERATION FROM RESIDENTS

The contractor handling the construction of Ralpheal Obianke St and Obianke Lane in Ika North East have commended the residents of the road for their massive support and cooperation during the construction of the road.

The Managing Director of the firm handling the project, Prince Emma Odigie who spoke through the site engineer, Mr Kingsley Igwe, explained that the firm had enjoyed a robust relationship with the residents of the road.

He said with the massive support from the residents, the firm was able to work day and night to bring the project to an advanced stage of completion, promising that the project would be completed this month.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the association of landlords of the road, Chief Raphael Obianke, thanked the State Government for constructing the road which had been in a deplorable condition.

Chief Obianke said that the developmental strides of Governor Okowa led administration had cut across the State, describing him as a performing Governor.

He stated that the residents were happy with the quality and pace of work being executed; pointing out that there has been no lapses on the side of the contracting firm.

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NO DTS 0447 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

UKAH COMMENDS OKOWA FOR PRIORITISING SCHOOLS SPORTS… UNVEILS MASCOT LOGO

Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has applauded the State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for its administration’s priority attention to schools sports festival in the state.

Chief Ukah, who gave the commendation in Asaba yesterday during the unveiling of the Logo and Mascot of the 2020 Delta State Schools Sports Festival, said that the unveiling, tagged ‘Greater Delta Games 2020 ‘ was aimed at reflecting the finishing strong agenda of the state government.

The Commissioner stated that schools sports festival was designed to discover and develop future sports men and women, adding that the festival was being organized in three categories namely primary, junior and senior secondary.

He paid glowing tribute to the former Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, who is now the Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, for his contributions to the education sector particularly the school’s sports festival.

Chief Ukah disclosed that more sports had been introduced in the second edition of the festival, noting that eleven sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, cricket, handball, hockey, scrabble, table tennis and volleyball.

He said that in a bid to give every pupil/student the opportunity to participate in the festival, the competition was organized at the school Local Government Area, zone and state finals.

The commissioner stressed that the zonal elimination stage of the competition commenced on February 18 and would end on February 20, while the competition at the school and local government level had been completed.

Chief Ukah, who said that the final stage of the festival would hold from March 8 to 12, 2020 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, listed the activities of the state finals to include arrival and accreditation of athletes and officials, competition and closing ceremony .

While unveiling the logo and mascot, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, who said that sports had critical role to play in the psychological development of any child, maintained that the state was unveiling the future leaders that would contribute their quota to the growth and development of the society.

Mr. Aniagwu lauded Chief Ukah and the officials of the state Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for sustaining the school sports festival which was first held in 2019, saying that sports was a veritable instrument toward the realisation of the stronger Delta mantra of the Okowa’s administration.

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NO DTS 0448 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

UKAH LAUDS NGO FOR KEYING INTO OKOWA’S HEALTH INITIATIVE

Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has commended Safe Aid Foundation, a Non -Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the state for keying into the health care delivery programme of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

Chief Ukah, who gave the commendation when the NGO paid him a courtesy call in Asaba said that it was encouraging to observe that people were interested in contributing their quota towards the well being of the society through the free eye test and issuing of eye classes to students.

The Commissioner, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr Felix Ideh, particularly stated that the ministry under his watch would ensure that the health of the students was accorded the priority it deserves.

Chief Ukah pledged the ministry’s support for the foundation, adding that free eye screening carried out by the NGO was laudable and called on otther NGOs to come up with similar programmes that would impact on students.

Earlier, the Chairman of Safe Aid Foundation, Dr Martins Kedienhon, said that the organization, which was launched in 2018, was designed to carry out free medical care to the poor in the society, especially students who might not be able to meet the financial requirement for their health care needs and advised all individuals to always go for regular eye test.

Dr. Kedienhon stated that his organisation had successfully carried out eye test for over 1024 students in ten secondary schools in Ughelli South Local Government Area as part of measures to ascertain if any of them had glaucoma, adding that glaucoma had been confirmed among some of them.

He enumerated the secondary schools where the Foundation had carried out the free medical outreach in Ughelli South Local Government Area to include Ekakprame Secondary School where 130 students were checked and treated as well given glasses, Otu-Jeremi Secondary School, Okwuagbe Secondary School, Oginigbe Secondary School and Ewu Secondary School, among others.

The chairman appealed to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to partner with the organization by offering it financial support to enable them replicate similar medical care in other Local Government Areas.

Also speaking, a Lecturer in Delta State Polytechnic Ogwuashi -Uku, Mr. Prince Edesiri Tesi, who applauded the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,for creating enabling environment for entrepreneurship and capacity building that could enable them add value to their lives and the society in general, adding that early detection of glaucoma would prevent total blindness.

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NO DTS 0449 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

CARRYOUT ADVOCACY TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGER GENERATION INTO SURVEY PROFESSION, OCHONOGOR TELLS GROUP

The Commissioner for Housing, Chuef Festus Ochonogor, has enjoined the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors, Women Wing to carryout advocacy to encourage the younger generation to take to survey studies in school.

Chief Ochonogor made the call when the Institute’s Women Wing, Delta State paid him advocacy visit in his office in Asaba.

According to the commissioner, “survey is one thing that we cannot live without, because in everything, there must be survey. You cannot do anything without survey be it building a house or road construction.”

He encouraged the association to relate with other related profession in order to make the work effective, saying that the association cannot work alone, even as he also urged them to work together to achieve a common goal.

The housing commissioner who appreciated the group for the visit and calling on him to be the patron of the association tasked them to continue to exist and make others exist after them by constantly paying advocacy visit to schools.

Earlier, the leader of the association, Mrs Felicia Omatsola, stated that the visit was to appreciate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for appointing a professional to man the Ministry of Housing and to solicit that more women professional be considered for appointment in government.

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NO DTS 0450 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

WUEDA EMBARKS ON EVACUATION OF WASTE IN EFFURUN

The evacuation of illegal refuse dump sites situated at certain areas along Niger Cat, Effurun roundabout and PTI junction is currently ongoing.

The illegal dump sites were barricaded few days ago by the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA) with the aim of evacuating the dumps and cleaning up the areas, which they are currently working on.

Also in fulfilling their promise, the Agency has brought in the Private Sector Participants (PSP) to the people in the concerned area for them to arrange on how they will be coming weekly to carry their refuse in order to maintain clean environment at all time.

In is respond, the Vice Chairman, Agbor Park, PTI Junction Effurun, Comrade Samson Orotone noted that the initiative is a good one because it is in the interest of everyone to engage in cleaning up their environment.

“We accept what the Agency wants to do, and we will make sure everyone put hands together to maintain a clean park”, he added.

The Chairman, Delta State PSP, and also Chairman PSP Uvwie Local Government, Comrade, Lucky Adjekuko stated that the initiative in cleaning the area is a welcome development, in the sense that cleanliness is next to Godliness, even has he commended the State Government for establishing the Agency.

He further applauded the DG, WUEDA, Comrade. Ovuozourie Macaulay and the working team for the holistic work they are doing in regards to maintaining a clean environment, stressing that if continued dirty environment will soon be a thing of the past in the area.

More so, in a bid to create public awareness on upholding clean environment, the Agency has embarked on enlightenment campaign through town crier who goes to different strategic places, especially motor parks and business areas to make announcement on the need for them to keep their environment clean.

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FROM THE LGAs

NO DTS 0451 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

UGHELLI NORTH COUNCIL TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS TO FOOD VENDORS, OTHERS

By Margaret Agbanure

The Ughelli North Primary Health Care Authority, in its determination to curtail the spread of Lassa fever and other deadly diseases in the area, has, through the legislative arm passed a bylaw for food vendors, cosmetics sellers, and pure water factories to obtain operational certificate of fitness before carrying out their operations in the local government.

The Executive Secretary of Ughelli North Primary Health Care Authority, Dr. Johnson Uyovwiesepha made this disclosure recently during a media chat with our correspondence in his office.

Dr Uyovwiesepha stated that in an attempt to curb the spread of Lassa fever and other related diseases in Ughelli north local government area, a bylaw has recently been passed, authorizing the food scientific Officers in the local government, to embark on massive inspection of food and cosmetic sellers, drinks as well as water factories, to ensure that their environments are not contaminated with things that could lead to the spread of Lassa fever and other related diseases.

“We have recently passed a law through the legislative arm, signed by the chairman, that our food scientific Officers should go into town to all food sellers, cosmetic sellers, any food. Even drinks and pure water sellers, to ensure that their environments are not contaminated with things that can cause Lassa fever and other related diseases.”

Dr. Uyovwiesepha said, beginning from Ist of March, 2020, all food scientific Officers in the local government will set out to arrest anyone that is not keeping his/her environment properly. He added that license permits will be issued to them before they can operate.

“As from next month, Ist of March, all my Officers will be going out to arrest anyone that is not keeping his environment clean. In fact, they will be given a licence permit before they can operate, effective from next month.”

Dr. Uyovwiesepha emphasized that with the new law in place, these category of persons cannot be allowed to operate except they undergo series of test to ascertain their fitness and that anyone not fit, will be forced to close down until they are able to meet the condition before they can be issued medical certificate of fitness which qualifies them to operate in the Local Government area, adding it was very necessary for Ughelli north local government area to be free from disease outbreak.

He however, appeals to the state government to consider the large size of Ughelli north while allocating things to control diseases including programs and finances.

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NO DTS 0452 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

RECTOR BOASTS OF TECHNOLOGICAL, ENTREPRENEURAL SKILLS IN POLY

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

The Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwash-Uku, Professor Stella Chiemeke, said the mission of the institution is to create an advanced technological and innovative environment for excellence in the acquisition of technological and entrepreneurial skills.

Professor Chiemeke who made the remarks in a chat with newsmen in her office at Ogwashi-Uku, said it is to engender economic vitality and improve the quality of life of individual and society.

She said the institution is out to produce students that will be employers of labour and not job seekers, adding the institution is rated among the best in the country, in the area of academic excellence.

The rector called on the students to imbibe the culture of hard work to enable them graduate from the institution with better grades, reminding the students that hard work does not kill but rather it makes one great.

While saying that hard work is the wheel on which success rotates, she urged the students to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other social vices that is capable of putting them in trouble.

The academic boss called on the staff of the institution to be faithful in the performance of their duties and should not use their positions as advantage to undo others, saying that they should put the school and students first and not themselves.

She said staff should be positive in whatever they do and equally care for the students under them.

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NO DTS 0453 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

EDUCATION MINISTRY ORGANIZES SPORTS COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS

By Balogun Mabamije

The Delta State Government, in efforts to discover young athletes in the field and track events, has commenced the elimination series of the second edition of the School Sports Competition in different parts of the state.

The event which was organized by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary education was held yesterday in different venues according to zones.

Speaking on the event at Government College, Ughelli, the commissioner for Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, who was represented by an Assistant Director of the Ministry, Mr Michael Ogefere said the event is purposely meant to catch the children young when they are at tender age.

He said it was the policy of the state government to boost the talents of the young ones and make them useful to themselves in particular and the society in general. “It is a policy of the state government to boost the talent of the young ones so that they will become useful to themselves and the society in general.’

Chief Ukah said that by so doing, “We find that these children will develop the spirit of sportsmanship which will deviate them from atrocities and other social vices that could destroy their future,” he added.

The commissioner noted that the governor Okowa led administration has lifted sporting activities in the state to a higher level, which he said has made it compulsory for every school in the state to participate in sports.

The Chief Inspector of Education (CIE) of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Dr Mrs Christiana Okerie described the exercise as commendable and creditable, saying that the screening was thoroughly done in a transparent manner to pick the best. “The screening process was thoroughly done. The children came with their results and their heights were also checked. Those who did not meet the condition were disqualified,” she added.

Dr Mrs Okerie rated Delta State very high in sports and attributed it to the love the state governor has for sports. She commended the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education for the program.

The event feature activities in 5,000 and 3,000 meters race, 100 meters junior and senior, long and high jump and others, while winners of group stages are expected to meet on Thursday 20th, 2020 at Asaba.

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NO DTS 0454 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

INOAGHAN CONGRATULATES OKOWA ON HIS EMERGENCE AS CHAIRMAN, SOUTH – SOUTH GOVERNOR’S FORUM

By Valerie Oyibo-Itie

The Chairman, Sapele Local Government Council of Delta State, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on his emergence as the Chairman of South South Governors’ forum.

The chairman in a congratulatory message, described Okowa’s emergence as recognition of his statesmanship, steadfastness, commitment and exemplary leadership demonstrated towards the growth and development of the South – South region.

He stated that Governor Okowa, who served as Commissioner for Health, Senator and Secretary of the State among others at different times, was a man of class, character, courage, and integrity.

Inoaghan said he has no doubt that the new South South Chairman, would bring his wealth of experience, extensive contacts and excellent managerial skills to bear in the new assignment.

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Sapele Local Government Area, we say a big congratulation to our very ‘Ekwueme’, the ‘Road Master’, the ‘Talk and do Governor’, our own man of honour, and distinguished governor, a visionary leader who takes every assignment with calmness and diligence,” Inoaghan stated.

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NO DTS 0455 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

VICTIM OF FIRE INFERNO APPEALS TO OKOWA FOR ASSISTANCE

A passionate appeal has gone to the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and other good spirited individuals in the state to come to the aid of a trader, Madam Esther Uche Odu, whose shop was gutted by fire in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area to enable her continue with her business.

Madam Odu, who made the appeal while speaking with journalists in Okpanam that visited the scene of the the inferno, said that the midnight fire by unknown person destroyed her goods and her shop worth Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N800, 000).

According to Madam Odu, the unfortunate incident had caused her untold hardship and that she could no longer feed let alone continue with her trade.

She said that she took a loan from two different micro finance banks with interest to started the business, adding that the ICCION and Light Micro Finance Banks had been threatening to arrest her for failure to pay back the loan.

Madam Odu lauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the empowerment programme, especially for youths in the state, adding that through the initiative many of them had become self-reliant.

She, however, decried the dastardly attitude of whoever was responsible for the inferno, describing it as uncalled for.

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NO DTS 0456 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

TRADITIONAL RULERS, OTHERS, PRAISE UVWIE MONARCH OVER TRANSFORMATION OF KINGDOM

By Ambrose Ologide

Some traditional rulers and personalities have praised the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso (JP) OON, Abe 1, for the rapid transformation of the area since he ascended the throne.

The traditional rulers and personalities made the commendation in separate media chats with journalists during the 12th coronation anniversary of the Uvwie monarch at his palace in Effurun last Tuesda,y February 18th 2020.

Those who spoke include the second Vice Chairman of Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Pere of Akugbene Kingdom, HRM Owhawha 11, the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, Owhoru 1, the Ovie of Udu Kingdom, and HRM Ibuka 1, the Ovie of Ozoro Kingdom.

Others were the former President of Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA) Chief Thompson Okpoko ( SAN), Reverend Father Dr Ambrose Oghenejode Abaka, the parish priest of St Jude Catholic Church, GRA, Effurun Reverend Father Magnus Alim, the CEO of Casa De Pedro Hostels, Effurun Chief Peter Asagba , Chief Dennis Omovie, Chief (Hon) Evelyn Oboro Chief Hope Akasa, Chief Peter Ifie, Dr ( Chief ) Robert Ejiforma, the President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union ( UGIU), the representative of the Seriki ( leader ) of Arewa Community in Uvwie Local Government Area, Alhaji Idris Abdulamid amongst others.

They all described the event as wonderful and great. Some of them prayed for the long life, good health and prosperity for the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom.

The Uvwie monarch in his response at his private chamber with his colleagues thanked God for the achievements recorded since he ascended the throne.

He also thanked chiefs and people of Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State and Uvwie Local Local Government Council, corporate organizations and non indigenes for their support

The event marking the 12th coronation anniversary of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom started with a 6.15 am thanksgiving mass service at the nearby St Jude Catholic Church, GRA, Effurun.

It was not only a Christian affair, as two members of Arewa Community in Uvwie Local Government area, Alhaji Aminu Abubakar and Malam Daladi Kasim also said a special Muslim prayer for the traditional ruler in a media chat without correspondent.

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NO DTS 0457 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

NULGE 2020: PAST CHAIRMAN, AJINOMISANGHAN DENIED CLEARANCE

By Elohor Foghola

Ahead of the Councils’ Branch Election of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, slated for Monday March 2, the Immediate Past Chairman of NULGE in Warri South Council, Comrade Tuoyo Ajinomisaghan, has been denied clearance re-contest the chairmanship position of the union.

Document obtained on Tuesday February 18, from the Delta State Secretariat of NULGE, revealed that it was only Mr Raymond Emiko that was cleared to contest the chairmanship position of NULGE in Warri South Council Chapter, with the name of Comrade Tuoyo Ajinomisaghan, conspicuously missing.

The document which was signed by the State Secretary of NULGE, Comrade Peter Ene, cleared 32 other persons to contest for various positions in the Warri South Council NULGE Branch election.

It also stated that candidates, whose names were not cleared, have been directed to visit the State Secretariat of the Union on Wednesday February 26, for a meeting with the screening committee constituted for the election purpose.

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