ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

NO DTS 0078: CLERICS RATES OBUH HIGH WHILE ON EARTH

NO DTS 0079: DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENTS TO SUPPORT
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

NO DTS 0080: DELTA ASSEMBLY RECEIVES 3 NEW BILLS FOR FIRST READING

NO DTS 0081: ANIAGWU RESTATES COMMITMENT TO PUBLICIZE ACTIVITIES OF MDAs

NO DTS 0082: DTSG PARTNERS WITH SERVICOM INSTITUTE TO TRAIN
COMPLAINT DESK OFFICERS

NO DTS 0083: JOB CREATION: MORE BENEFICIARIES COMMEND DELTA
STATE GOVERNMENT

NO DTS 0084: ASABA RESIDENTS APPEAL TO GOVERNEMNT ON ROAD CONSRTUCTION

NO DTS 0085: OYEME CHALLENGES TAX OFFICERS ON CREATIVITY,
DRIVE FOR RESULT

NO DTS 0086: DESAA COMMENCES REMOVAL OF DERELICT, DILAPIDATED
ADVERTISING STRUCTURES

NO DTS 0087: OGUEH GETS REAPPOINTMENT AS CMD DELSUTH

NO DTS 0088: CENOTAPH OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER IS MISSING IN UVWIE’ – ESUKU

NO DTS 0088: UGHELLI NORTH WITNESSES SUCCESSFUL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMME

NO DTS 0088: SYNERGY BETWEEN LEGION AND PUBLIC IS CORDIAL – DPO

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NO DTS 0078 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
CLERICS RATES OBUH HIGH WHILE ON EARTH

The Minister in charge of St John Mary Vianney Catholic Church, DBS Road, Asaba, Rev. Fr Chukweku Nwutu as described late Sir, Anthony
Chuks Obuh as a very dependable child of God who lived an exemplary life while on earth.

The Cleric who delivered his sermon at the Funeral Mass of Sir Anthony Chuks Obuh, which attracted functionaries in the Delta Government, politicians, the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan including the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, said the late Obuh lived a God fearing life while on earth.

Rev Ft Nwutu said “the Late Obuh was amiable, God-fearing, dedicated to God’s work; always attend Mass service very regular. His entrance into politics never deterred him. He was always with his God”

“He always comes to mass every morning. He continued to do his exercises in the Lord’s vineyard. He was very humble and never proud man.

We are going to miss him. When he was at the corridor of power, he was still very much committed to God’s work “he added.

The man of God continued “As we pray for him today, we also pray for all of you present here. While you are still here on earth, continue to do the work of God.”

The Late Sir Anthony Chuks Obuh retired from the Delta State Civil Service as a permanent secretary before venturing into politics in 2015 where he contested for the governorship primaries with the incumbent Governor of the Delta State but lost out under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP ).
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NO DTS 0079 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENTS TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to continue to partner with professional associations in the state in other for them to achieve the objectives for which they were set and to achieve the Stronger Delta Agenda.

Secretary to the Delta State Government Mr. Chiedu Ebie, made this known during his decoration as the second Male Champion of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN).

The SSG said Professional Associations help to regulate the professional conduct of its members which has ensured that the rules and ethics of their professions are adhered to by their members.
He assured the National President of Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria that the State Government would support her during her tenure as the National President, even as he congratulated her for being the first Deltan to assume the position.

He thanked the Association for decorating him as the Second Male Champion of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), while promising that he would be a worthy ambassador of the Association.

Earlier, the National President of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Minnie Oseji, who also is the Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health said the Association decided to decorate Mr. Chiedu Ebie because of his rare exemplary leadership qualities which has endeared him to the hearts of many.

Dr. Oseji gave a rundown of the activities of the Association, while also soliciting the state government’s support in helping her achieve her mandate during her 2 years tenure as the president of the Association.
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NO DTS 0080 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
DELTA ASSEMBLY RECEIVES 3 NEW BILLS FOR FIRST READING

Delta State House of Assembly has received three new bills for first reading during its Thursday’s plenary.

The bills are Delta State Local Content Agency and other matters bill, Delta State Effective Surveillance and Response to Maternal and Prenatal Deaths and related matters bill, and Delta State Corporate Social Responsibility Monitoring Agency Bill.

The bills are privately sponsored. The first two by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere and the third by member representing Isoko South II Constituency, Hon. Ferguson Onwo and 17 other law makers.

The notice of presentation and first reading of the Delta State Local Content Agency and other matters bill was moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere and seconded by member representing Ika South, Hon. Festus Okoh. Second reading of the bill is slated for January 21, 2020.

Also, the notice of presentation and first reading of the Delta State Effective Surveillance and Response to Maternal and Prenatal Deaths and related matters bill, was moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere, and seconded by the Chief Whip, Hon. Pat Ajudua. Second reading of the bill is slated for January 28, 2020.

The Delta State Corporate Social Responsibility Monitoring Agency Bill was presented by the member representing Isoko South II Constituency, Hon. Ferguson Onwo and seconded by the Majority Leader. Wednesday 22, January 2020 was slated for second reading of the bill.

Meanwhile, a report by the Public Petitions Committee on the alleged refusal to pay outstanding monies owed Venerable John Okotie by theDelta Broadcasting Service Asaba, was deferred till February 20, 2020.

In the same vein, Committee of Whole for the consideration of the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Bill, 2019 was deferred till Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

The house adjourned plenary till Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 at 10am.
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NO DTS 0081 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
ANIAGWU RESTATES COMMITMENT TO PUBLICIZE ACTIVITIES OF MDAs

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu has reinstated his commitment to play a pivotal role in the dissemination of information and general publicity of activities of the various sectors in the state.

Mr Aniagwu disclosed this today when members of the Technical and Vocational Education Board (TVEB) paid him a courtesy call in his office on Thursday January 16th,2020 in Asaba.

The commissioner who promised to deploy the services of Smart Delta to cover activities and programs of the Board free of charge noted the need to pay for services rendered by other media organization in order for these media houses to survive and serve them better.

According to the Commissioner, every media organization and all sectors of the state need to be funded by well-meaning individuals to survive, serve the people better and maintain standardization outside government funding.

Speaking further, Mr. Aniagwu encourage the Executive Secretary of the Vocational Education Board, Mr Smart Ikem Smart to continue to access the agenda of the Smart Delta the governor has set in order to achieve a stronger Delta.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the vocational Educational Board, Mr Smart Ikem, an engineer, stated that there is need to train the youth and equip them to become entrepreneur and master of their own which is the duty and goal of Vocational Education otherwise known as Blue collar job.

Mr Ikem Smart solicited for the collaboration of the Ministry of Information to sensitize and inform the youth fully equipped and engage to curb armed robbery and youth restiveness and teach them
skills and how to do it ‘yourself’.

The Executive Secretary thanked the Commissioner, the management and staff of the Ministry of Information for their collaboration and support in achieving their set object.
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NO DTS 0082 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
DTSG PARTNERS WITH SERVICOM INSTITUTE TO TRAIN COMPLAINT DESK OFFICERS

Delta State Government has partnered with the SERVICOM Institute Abuja to train Complaint Desk Officers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, stated this during a one-day training programme of SERVICOM Complaint Desk Officers at the Secretariat of Association of Civil Service in Asaba.

The SSG who was represented by Rev Chuks Nwani, said SERVICOM is an epitome of government commitment to service delivery in Nigeria, saying that this commitment to service delivery had been in the heart of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa since 2015.

Mr Ebie said “Effective service delivery by civil servants and technocrats remains a very important accompaniment to the ultimate consolidation and triumph of our democratic process. More Nigerians
have become active in the socio-political space through the instrumentalist of social media networks.”

He said the theme of the training which is “Complaint as an important component of service delivery” is an indication of the very high premium which the state government places on building the capacity of its workforce for effective service delivery.

The SSG revealed that the effort of government in building the capacity of the workforce could only be achieved if participants put to practice the knowledge and skills gained from the training.

He urged the participants to look beyond the formality of the training programme and see it as an instrument for personal engagement with Deltans in our mutual commitment to building a more functional society for the wellbeing of present and future generations of Deltans.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor Okowa on Labour Relations and SERVICOM, Comrade Mike Okeme, thanked the state governor for granting his office the privilege to partner with SERVICOM Institute Abuja to organise this training for officers in the state.

Comrade Okeme said that since the inception of Sen Ifeanyi Okowa administration in 2015, SERVICOM Officers had enjoyed the benefits of training and retraining by experts from SERVICOM Institute.

He stated that the training would expose the officers to the basic knowledge and skills of handling issues in their various MDAs.

The highpoint was the opening of the training/workshop by the SSG.
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NO DTS 0083 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
JOB CREATION: MORE BENEFICIARIES COMMEND DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT

More beneficiaries of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) of the 2019/2020 Programme Cycle have continued to commend Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for fulfilling his promise to continue with the STEP/YAGEP programme.

The beneficiaries made the commendation when they visited the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Asaba to collect their posting letters and logbook.

In an interview with Solomon Ekezuwa (Ndokwa West) in Fashion Design and Textile Design, Solomon while thanking the state government for the programme said he hoped to realise his dream of being independent through the programme.

He appealed to the state government to continue with the programme so that more Delta youths can benefit, pointing out that the programme is economically wise at this time when there are no jobs.

For Gibson Enunuaye (Warri South West LGA) in Welding and Fabrication, he had long hoped for an opportunity to be part of the job creation programme since inception of the Okowa-led administration.

He said the successes recorded are commendable as some of his friends have benefited from the programme and are doing well. He pledged to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the programme.

Also speaking, a trainee in Information Technology Service, Stella Tuduo (Burutu) opined that it is a good thing that youths are being skilled in Delta state through the job creation programme.
She attested that a cousin of hers had benefitted from the programme and had made remarkable progress in Fashion Design and Tailoring.

She said she looked forward to becoming an expert in her choice skill, Information Technology Service and to develop her entrepreneurial abilities in order to become self-reliant and an employer of labour.

She thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the entrepreneurship development initiative which according to her has made many university graduates without skills relevant in society.

In the same vein, Ifeanyi Kemele (Ika South) in Decoration & Event Management and Ekene Uchibuolu (Oshimili North) in Hairdressing, Makeover & Braiding expressed satisfaction with their enrolment in the STEP programme, adding that at last they now have the opportunity to become their own bosses and to become entrepreneurs.

They described the initiative as a legitimate way out of poverty considering the economic situation in Nigeria where white collar jobs have become so difficult to come by, stressing that they are glad to be part of the programme.
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NO DTS 0084 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
ASABA RESIDENTS APPEAL TO GOVERNEMNT ON ROAD CONSRTUCTION

Residents on Amb Ralph Uwechue Road popularly called Akpu Junction, in Asaba have appealed to the Delta State Government to direct the constructing firm handling the construction of the road to take advantage of the dry season to expedite works on the project.

They maintained that the dry season is the best time to construct the road given the volume of water deposited on the road during the rains stressing that such would wash and destroy the road if it is still under construction when the rain comes.

Among the respondents who spoke were Biker Joseph Udom and Trader Ify Okolo who said the road when completed would not only ease vehicular movement but also boost social-economic activities in the area.

They also appealed to the state government to include streets light on the road as this would add to the aesthetics and improve security.
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NO DTS 0085 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
OYEME CHALLNGES TAX OFFICERS ON CREATIVITY, DRIVE FOR RESULT

The Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Sir Monday Onyeme has read the riot act to tax officers operating as Assistant Tax Controllers, Resident Coordinators and Motor Licensing Officers across the State, to be more creative and result oriented in the discharge of their assigned duties or face being shown the way out for lack of
performance.

Sir Onyeme handed down this warning today in Warri while addressing the tax officers at a meeting with the theme:”Pathways for an increased revenue generation through a rigorous drive in the informal sector”. The Board Chairman, represented by the Secretary to the Board, Barrister Mike Edegware, frowned at the lack of commitment to duties on the part of some tax officers, stressing that henceforth targets would be set for the different tax jurisdictions and officers in charge of those jurisdictions would be sanctioned for their inability to meet the set targets.

Sir Onyeme further stated that seniority in the public service would no longer guarantee any officer’s continued occupation of a position, insisting that performance and ability to deliver on the job are the key criteria for being head of station,going forward.

The Chairman reminded staff of the marching order given to the Board by the Governor, stating that he and his team would leave no stone unturned in ensuring a steady and sustainable increase in the State’s Internally Generated Revenue to enable the State government fulfil its stronger Delta agenda of providing critical infrastructure and service for the benefit of all Deltans.

NO DTS 0086 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
DESAA COMMENCES REMOVAL OF DERELICT, DILAPIDATED ADVERTISING STRUCTURES

Motorists plying the Benin/Asaba Expressway are heaving sighs of relief as the Delta State Signage and Advertising Agency (DESAA) has commenced the removal of derelict and dilapidated advertising
structures that littered the expressway.

The exercise which was kicked off at Alifekede, the boundary of Deltaand Edo States, witnessed the removal of unapproved outdoor advertising structures that were erected without approvals.
Advertising structures that have become derelict and others erected

for the 2019 electioneering campaign purposes where also removed by the DESAA team.

Residents of the area who witnessed the removal exercise commended the State government for embarking on the exercise stating that it was long overdue as they have not only made the boundary to look untidy but that they have also posed hazards to road users.

Speaking on the exercise, the Functioning Managing Director, DESAA, Barr. Ben Adigwe said the era of indiscriminate erection of billboards in the State is past.

He stated that the Agency has decided not only to clean up the Benin/Asaba Expressway but get rid of unapproved and dilapidated billboards across the State. He said that the exercise will soon be moving to the Warri/Effurun axis to ensure conformity to the laws of outdoor advertising in the State.

He further stated that henceforth, any person that aims to erect a billboard or advertising structure must first get approval for DESAA otherwise such structure will be confiscated and the Agency may decide to prosecute the offender.

The DESAA team was at Ewulu Junction, Uromi Junction, Agbor and Umunede Junctions where the clean-up exercise was also carried out with the support of the Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Councils officials.
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FROM THE LGAs

NO DTS 0087 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
OGUEH GETS REAPPOINTMENT AS CMD DELSUTH

Cynthia Ochei

The Chief Medical Director of Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Dr Onome Ogueh has been reappointed for a second time.

Ogueh, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1986 from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

He is fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians’ Council and theMedical Defence Union and was a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton United Kingdom.

The reappointment which took effect from the 19th of December has been received with so much commendation; especially from staff of the hospital, who thanked the state governor for the move.

Commenting on the new development, the Head of Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Ebele Abandon noted that it was indeed a welcome development, adding he has been at the forefront of the progress seen in the hospital, and affirmed her department’s commitment to work in line with the vision of the CMD.

When our correspondent visited to congratulate him on his reappointment; he expressed gratitude to the Governor Okowa for the confidence reposed on him.

Others who were also appointed include; Dr Okolugbo Nekwu Emmanuel, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC)/ Director of Clinical Services and Training at Delsuth Oghara, and Dr Emmanuel. E. Akpo Deputy Chairman Advisory Committee.
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NO DTS 0088 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
CENOTAPH OF UNKNOWN SOLDIER IS MISSING IN UVWIE’ – ESUKU

By Ambrose Ologide/ Ese Daniels/ Juliet Emeni

More troubles for the Unknown Soldier as the Chairman of Nigerian Legion, Uvwie Local Government Area Chapter Lieutenant Colonel O Paul Esuku (retired) has alleged that the cenotaph of the Unknown Soldier in the area has been missing since the past three years.

Retired Lt Esuku made the allegation in his key note address during the celebration of Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Uvwie Local Government Council Secretariat on Wednesday January 15, 2020.

He noted that efforts by the group to trace the missing cenotaph from its former locations at Effurun Roundabout and DSC Roundabout, Ebrumede proved abortive.

The legion chairman also complained about the alleged increment in the price of the emblem of the Nigerian Armed Force Remembrance Day from three hundred to five hundred naira each.

Lt. Colonel Esuku also appealed for funding of the event to enable members of the group in the local government area celebrates like their colleagues elsewhere.

He however urged members of the Nigerian Legion in the area to celebrate the event with joy in remembrance of their fallen colleagues.

Major Sunday Itiveh (retired) who also spoke at the event, alleged that the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was not included in government budget “unlike what is obtainable in other states of the country.”

However the Head Of Department (HOD), Community Development and Information, Uvwie Local Government Council, Mrs Ann Ekhori in her speech, expressed optimism that things would get better for members of Nigerian Legion Uvwie Local Government Area Chapter in subsequent celebrations of the event.
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NO DTS 0089 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
UGHELLI NORTH WITNESSES SUCCESSFUL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMME

By Mabamije Balogun

The Social Mobilization Officer in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, Mr Daniel Atete has described the just concluded Immunization program as very successful in the area.

Mr Atete disclosed this today in his office while speaking with our correspondent and attributed the success to the effective mobilization carried out by the State Primary Health Care Agency and the Ughelli North Social Mobilization Committee.

“The exercise was very successful. The people responded very well. This was because of the effective mobilization and sensitization carried out by the state Primary Health Care Agency on radio and the local announcement by the social mobilisation committee.” he said.

Mr Atete also said that there was no case of rejection in any part of the local government area, adding that there was a mop-up exercise which ended yesterday to ensure that every nook and cranny of the local government area was covered.

He nevertheless appealed to the local government to support the social mobilisation committee for the exercise to be more effective.

The Ughelli North Social Mobilization Officer also disclosed that Routine Immunization (R.I) Intensification Exercise will soon be carried out in the state and advised parents to always keep their
children immunization card in safe places.

He explained that the card act like a certificate to the children as it certifies that the children have been immunized. Mr Atete said the Routine Immunization (R.I) would come up on 5th February 2020.
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NO DTS 0090 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
SYNERGY BETWEEN LEGION AND PUBLIC IS CORDIAL – DPO

Chris Ogoh

The Divisional Police officer, Nigeria Police Divisional Headquarters, Mr Monday Onaiwu has said that the police will continue to service the synergy between them the Nigerian Legion.

Oniawu, a Superintendent of Police (SP) made the statement in an interview with pressmen during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day at Owa-Oyibu, Headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area.

According to him, the able retired force men have continued to be useful in the business of provision of security services to the masses that particularly, their experience has been of immense contribution, noting that the bulk of members of vigilante outfits wre retired force men.

While saying that the synergy between them and the Nigerian Legion was cordial, he pointed out that the Nigeria Police force would continue to take advantage of the usefulness of Legionnaire.

He commended the leadership of the Legionnaires in Ika North East Local Government chapter and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to continue to financially encourage the legionnaires.
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NO DTS 0091 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020
CHAIRMAN OF VETERANS CALLS FOR LIFE IMPACTING PROGRAMMES

By Goldpin Ebiseri/Diana Oluwole/Paulet Aphoron

The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion of Ex-servicemen of Udu Council Chapter, Lt. Col. John Ogeza (rtd) has advocated life impacting programmes for members of the Nigerian Legion.

Lt. Col. Ogeza made the assertion in his address presented yesterday in Otor-Udu during the grand finale of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance/Emblem Appeal Week.

While decrying the unhealthy situation where the annually celebrated event is fast becoming a platform for many to make speeches and promises only to go into oblivion, Lt. Col. Ogeza (rtd) opined that such promises should, instead, be translated into programmes which will make life better for the ex-servicemen, their fallen counterparts and families.

He pleaded with the local government authorities, political office holders, philanthropists, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to donate generously towards ameliorating the plight of
the veterans and the legion, even as he appreciated the effort of the council for meeting some of their needs.

Earlier, the Council Chairman, Hon. Jite Brown who described the event as a medium for reciprocating the ex-servicemen for their sacrifice to ensure the peace and security of the nation, also called on all to give their best for the cause of the Legion and the ex-servicemen.
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