ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
NO DTS 0355: ADHERE TO GOOD GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES ALWAYS, OKOWA CHARGES POLITICAL APPOINTEES
NO DTS 0356: DTSG CALLS FOR COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY
NO DTS 0357: DELTA AG ASSURES NAPTIP OF SUSTAINED SYNERGY…AS NAPTIP ADVOCATES SPECIAL COURTS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS
NO DTS 0358: ALATAN SUES FOR SYNERGY WITH NAPTIP
NO DTS 0359: EGWUNYENGA COMMENDS STAFF FOR DILIGENCE, COMMITMENT TO WORK
NO DTS 0360: WARRI NORTH COUNCIL STAFF UNDERGO HIV SCREENING
NO DTS 0361: INAOGAN TOURS HEALTH CENTRES IN SAPELE METROPOLIS – SUPERVISES POLIO IMMUNIZATION
NO DTS 0362: UDU COUNCIL CHAIRMAN ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO RECEIVE HEALTH WORKERS
NO DTS 0363: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION 2020: CEDESA ADVOCATES FOR CURRICULUM REVIEW
NO DTS 0364: ITEREGBI COMMUNITY CELEBRATES PEACE
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO DTS 0355 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
ADHERE TO GOOD GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES ALWAYS, OKOWA CHARGES POLITICAL APPOINTEES
Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged political office holders to be guided at all times by good governance and leadership principles.
The governor made the call on Tuesday in Asaba while swearing in a former member of House of Representatives, Evelyn Oboro as Special Adviser and chairman and members of the state’s Sports Commission.
Also sworn in is a member of the State Judicial Service Commission, Chief Lucky Loyibo.
Sports Commission has Chief Tonobok Okowa as Chairman and Rev. Omatshola Williams, Chief Chinonye Daphey and Chief Ernest Juweto as members.
Okowa congratulated the appointees and said that they were well chosen as “men and women with strong work ethic, discipline and commitment.’’
According to him, it is a good mix of motivators and technocrats, enthusiasm and experience, passion and temperance.
The governor urged the officer to be diligent in their responsibilities, saying “it is imperative that your decisions, actions and utterances as political office holders are guided by the principles of good governance, leadership by example, prudent management, effective public communication, excellent service delivery and collective responsibility.
“You should discharge your responsibilities in accordance with section 196 sub-sections 1 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and work for the good governance and development of the state.
“To the newly sworn-in Special Adviser, it is imperative that you get yourself thoroughly acquainted with the policy direction of this administration by getting a copy of my Inauguration Speech and digest it properly.
“It goes without saying that you are required to render advisory services to the Governor and work in close liaison with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“I welcome sound and professional advice that will put the administration on the path of delivering the dividends of democracy and finishing strong.
“This administration is ever ready to listen to good advice and work with it as long as it will further our developmental aspirations and impact positively on the lives of our people.’’
He commended the Sports Commission for the outstanding work it did in the first term of his administration, recalling that Delta retained its front-runner status in athletics, coming first in all National Youth Games and the National Sports Festival 2019 by a very wide margin.
“It is also gratifying to note that the State successfully hosted the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, also known as Asaba 2018, at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium and it is expected that this board will strive to sustain this momentum and break new grounds.
“I am delighted with the coming of the Delta Sports Festival and football competitions for our primary and secondary schools; hopefully, these competitions will help us to discover new talents in the areas we have competitive edge such as athletics, football, boxing and hockey thereby, putting the Stephen Keshi Stadium to good use.
“The Sports Commission will need to do more in terms of attracting national and continental sporting events aside from their great entertainment/recreational value.
“These also have the multiplier effect of impacting positively on the hospitality industry and the retail economy as we saw with Asaba 2018 and the Aiteo Cup Final 2018.
“I assure you that this administration shall continue to give the necessary support and cooperation that all appointees require to be able to discharge their duties to the utmost of their individual abilities and in an environment that is empowering and liberating,” the governor said.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oboro thanked Gov. Okowa for deeming them fit to serve in his administration and assured that they would work to see that dividends of democracy got to people at the grassroots.
NO DTS 0356 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
DTSG CALLS FOR COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY
The Governor of Delta State Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on Nigerians for a collaborative effort to protect and sustain democratic principles and institutions in the country.
The Governor made the call recently when a delegation of The Nigerian Institute for Political Leadership Administration and Control (NIFPLAC) conferred an Award Of Excellence on him in Asaba.
The Governor who was represented by his Senior Political Adviser Rt Hon Solomon Funkekeme Solomon bemoaned the situation whereby those who by nature and training lack democratic culture are been celebrated for trampling upon democratic tenets and institutions stressing that there is the need to change the mindset of politicians to embrace true democratic principles.
Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon criticized the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government’s penchant for violating the rule of law as it decides what court order to obey noting that Nigerians must be courageous enough to stand up against wrong policies by a government that is trampling upon democracy and its principles.
While appreciating NIFPLAC for the award, the Senior Political Adviser noted that Governor Okowa was a prepared leader that knows the cosmopolitan nature of Delta State having acquired enough knowledge about the people that have resulted in a gradual but firm approach in the service of the people.
He urged NIFPLAC to be courageous enough to design courses that emphasize the need for Nigerians to respect democratic principles and institutions.
Earlier Prof. Joshua Akpode, who is also the Archbishop and President of Pastoral and Administrative head of the Builders Global Conglomerate (BGC) said the Nigerian Institute for Political Administration and Control, NIFPLAC, was born out of inspiration to harness the political potentials and greatness of Nigeria through offering of various courses for building capacity for political elites.
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a NIFPLAC GOLD MERIT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE on the Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for his “Iconic Humility, Accessibility, Great Inroads into The industrialization of Delta State By Mass Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Programmes”. And for his “Most Advanced Political Language Skills Devoid of Hate, Ethnicity, Tribalism, Provocation and Rancor.”
NO DTS 0357 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
DELTA AG ASSURES NAPTIP OF SUSTAINED SYNERGY…
AS NAPTIP ADVOCATES SPECIAL COURTS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS
The Chairman of the Delta State Task Force on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Mr. Peter Mrakpor has assured the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP of the State Government’s commitment in sustaining its synergy with the Agency in combating the menace.
Mr. Peter Mrakpor who is the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice gave the assurance while receiving the new NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Benin Zonal Command, Mrs. Ijeoma Uduok who was in the A-G’s office on a courtesy visit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
The Chairman of the State Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force while highlighting some of the efforts already made by the Taskforce since it was inaugurated by the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in March 2019, identified ignorance, mindset and greed as some of the reasons why some trafficked persons fall prey to the ploy of human traffickers and their agents.
He expressed confidence that the Taskforce sensitization campaign against the scourge which will gain momentum in the days ahead will achieve its desired result of disabusing the minds of potential prey and illegal immigrants from embarking on the life threatening and dangerous journey to Europe, Asia and other Africa countries.
Earlier, the new Zonal Benin Commander of the Agency, Mrs. Ijeoma Uduok advocated for the establishment of Special Courts to try offenders for accelerated hearing and dispensation of justice.
She commended the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi for inaugurating the State Task Force, saying that it was a show of the Governor’s commitment in fighting the illicit and barbaric trade.
While thanking the Chairman of the State Force for hitting the ground running in carrying out its sensitization campaign, Mrs. Uduok expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with the Taskforce in preventing the crime as well as arrest, investigation and prosecution of offenders.
In order to decentralized the operations of the Agency, whose Edo-Delta Office was currently located in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Mrs Uduok appealed to the Delta Attorney-General and Chairman of the State Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce to assist the Agency in securing an office accommodation in Asaba as well as an operational vehicle to facilitate their operations in the State.
NO DTS 0358 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
ALATAN SUES FOR SYNERGY WITH NAPTIP
The Delta State commissioner for Women Affairs Community and Social Development, Mrs. Flora Alatan has called on NAPTIP to help support in rehabilitating victims of trafficking back into society.
The Commissioner made this statement during a courtesy call visit paid on her by the new NAPTIP boss and her subordinates at her office at the Ministry.
Alatan speaking on her challenges pointed out how on resumption of office she had to place a ban on adoption because of the shady deals surrounding adoption processes until about a month ago when the ban was lifted.
She said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa frowned at such illegal practices and any form of maltreatment on the girl child thus her ministry embarked on sensitization programmes to help curb prostitution and trafficking of the girl child.
Speaking earlier the new NAPTIP Zonal Commander Mrs. Ijeoma Uduak pointed out that since the Oba of Benin placed a curse on traffickers in Edo state, Delta state seems to have become the hub for these displaced traffickers.
The Zonal Commander pleaded with the Commissioner to always expedite relaying cases of trafficking to NAPTIP saying they wished to partner with the Ministry in checkmating illegal Orphanages and empowering victims of trafficking.
Mrs. Uduak stated that NAPTIP abhors cases of staff of the Ministry’s being involved in foul play and recommended that cases involving infants would be investigated properly before giving them up for adoption.
She said NAPTIP would soon commence a sensitization programme for Deltans on the processes involving trafficking saying 22 children were now in their shelter after they apprehended a woman from Nassarawa state who said the children were to be given as house helps in Edo state.
NO DTS 0359 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
EGWUNYENGA COMMENDS STAFF FOR DILIGENCE, COMMITMENT TO WORK
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga has commended the staff of the ministry for their commitment and diligence to work.
Comrade Egwunyenga, gave the commendation during a meeting with the staff of the ministry in his office in Asaba.
The commissioner expressed satisfaction with the level of synergy among workers and the achievements made so far in meeting up the set target.
He however appealed to the staff to put in their best so as to achieve the targets for the months ahead, saying, “There was still a whole lot ahead.”
In his response, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Lucky Kekema stated that anyone or ministry without personal target and time frame in life is bound to fail.
Present at the meeting were the SA to the Commissioner, Mr Emeka Odibeli, Director of Finance ,Mr Augustine Agbogu, Mr Morka Bennet and the PRO in the ministry Ese Obote-Ogwu, amongst others.
NO DTS 0360 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
WARRI NORTH COUNCIL STAFF UNDERGO HIV SCREENING
By Temi Boyo
Management and staff of Warri North local government council are presently undergoing the Human Immune Virus (HIV) screening currently going on in the state.
The exercise which is being carried out to know the number of persons living with the virus in the state, is already been carried out in others parts of the local government area, and just recently, kicked off at the council secretariat.
Speaking to our correspondent on the progress of the exercise, the health officer, Mr. Felix Atigan, in charge of the exercise said the turnout was impressive, as most of the staff were eager to know their status, owing to the proximity of the venue for the testing.
He described the whole process as easy, quick, and on the spot HIV testing, adding that the result comes out few minutes after testing.
A staff of the council, Mrs Lucky Esedo, who was seen calling out her colleagues to come for the testing, said she is very excited to know her status without going to the hospital or medical laboratory to get tested.
She commended the Warri North primary health care authority for the deployment of an officer to the council secretariat, as it has greatly encouraged staff to come out for the HIV testing.
NO DTS 0361 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
INOAGHAN TOURS HEALTH CENTRES IN SAPELE METROPOLIS… SUPERVISES POLIO IMMUNIZATION
By Valerie Oyibo – Itie
The Chairman Sapele Local government, Hon Eugene Inoaghan, today visited health centres in Sapele Metropolis to supervise the rounding up of the polio immunization.
Places visited were, Gana Health Centre, Amukpe Heath Centre and Omamiedi Health Centre.
Speaking to news men at the visit, the Local government Chairman said the visit was to ascertain the level of turnout and participation of Nursing mother for the immunization exercise, noting that health is very important to man’s existence and as such should not be taken for granted especially when it is provided free of charge by the government.
Hon Eugene further urged all nursing mothers to effectively utilize this opportunity to immunize their babies against the deadly polio and other diseases.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mrs Pemu, who is the local immunization officer, noted that today is the climax of the immunization exercise since it started since 6th of February, 2020 adding that the Target was to reach every child within the age bracket of 0–2 years.
Present at the occasion with the Chairman was Hon Igho Adibor, leader of the Sapele Legislative arm, Hon Jimmy Eta, supervisory Councillor for Education, Dr Abeke, Secretary to Sapele local government Heath Authority, Mr Mowarin and a host of others.
The highlight of the occasion was the immunization of some children within the age bracket of 0 — 2 by the Chairman himself.
NO DTS 0362 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
UDU COUNCIL CHAIRMAN ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO RECEIVE HEALTH WORKERS
By Diana Oluwole
The Chairman of Udu Local Government Council, Hon Onajite Brown urged parents in Udu Local Government Council to ensure that health workers are given maximum cooperation needed for the success of the ongoing immunisation exercise.
The Chairman made the passionate appeal at the Local Government secretariat in Otor Udu the headquarters of Udu Local government area.
The Chairman, who supervised the routine immunisation exercise sponsored by the Udu Primary Healthcare Care Authority in conjunction with the Delta State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stressed that the routine immunisation exercise is an access to lifesaving vaccine for Children between the ages of 0-2.
After the monitoring exercise, the Chairman later had a review meeting with the 16 Healthcare Centres in Udu and Ekete Inland to thank them for their healthcare support in Udu and its environs.
In Response the HOD Dr Excel Okonofua thanked the Chairman for being part of this exercise and the review process and his enormous contribution toward improving health condition in the locality.
NO DTS 0363 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION 2020: CEDESA ADVOCATES CURRICULUM REVIEW
By Joshua Ekenwerigha
The Centre for Education Development and Skills Acquisition Initiatives (CEDESA), recently celebrated the International Day for Education by holding a one day UNESCO Education Summit with a call on education stakeholders to review the education curriculum in the country.
It also called on stakeholders to organize regular community education summits, plant trees, build and stock libraries; and preserve the planet at all cost while building and sustaining global peace.
In her speech at the event, the CEO of CEDESA, Mrs Ugbe Oluronke noted that regardless of background, religion, location and gender that equal education to everyone is key to the development of the country.
She stated that CEDESA as an NGO have decided to align with the SDGs goal number 4, which is ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
Mrs Ugbe also stressed that education must be given 100 percent attention; “Education is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future”.
She lamented the poor state of infrastructure in our institutions and the attitudes of parents, students, teachers and the government towards education in the country and called for a reorientation in the society.
The CEDESA CEO charged the participants to be part of those that will be reckoned with as education development ambassadors.
“We are faced with two choices before us today; to either choose to become part of the global education advancement train by creating, supporting and promoting actions and activities for its propagation or choose to walk out this door today with the belief that there’s nothing you can do about it,” she said.
Mrs Ugbe, therefore called on parents, teachers, community leaders, religious leaders, civil society organizations, government agencies to join forces to work to sustain the innumerable successes that comes with education and learning.
The International Day of Education 2020 celebration tagged “Learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace” featured panel discussion, public lectures and review and launching of the book “True & Quality Education: How to make it work” authored by Ugbe Ronke (CEO, CEDESA).
During the discussion, the panelists advocated for the review of the education curriculum currently in use in the country because according to them, the outputs or products of the curriculum no longer find a safe landing in almost any sector in Nigeria today.
Also, they called on parents, schools, communities and the government at all levels to revive the dead reading culture in Nigeria by building and stocking near world-class libraries.
Furthermore, the need to use social media platforms as tools to push for public and social change was also stressed even as they urged students to have the will to better their lots irrespective of their parent’s educational and social status.
Teachers were also encouraged to continue to impart on the lives of their students multidimensionality.
Meanwhile, in the featured lectures, Prof Irwin Akpoborie, MNES, Dr Ernest Chukwuka and Barr Theresa Odo Esq were of the opinion that enlightenment comes through education.
According to Prof Akpoborie, “so many species are going into extinction right under our nose, yet we are not aware. How many birds do you see flying when you travel from Abraka to Agbor? Yet we seem not to be concerned.” He asked.
Education shapes the society and enable humans to play their role in protecting the planet; environmental education and the survival of the human race is everybody’s responsibility – “in your own little way you can start by planting trees instead of cutting and then the government have a very big role to play as well”, he opined.
Prof Akpoborie enumerated some of the adverse effects of climate change to include; excessive heat, flood, water shortage, crop failure, disease, increased risk of wars and conflict, wildfire amongst others.
In other lectures, students and graduates were charged to look beyond the acquisition of certificates in the university and focus on how to self-educate themselves and create jobs instead of depending on the government for employment that may never come. Also, the need for the youths to build and sustain global peace was said to be very important as nothing thrives in the absent of peace.
NO DTS 0364 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
ITEREGBI COMMUNITY CELEBRATES PEACE
By Ambrose Ologide
The people of the Uvwie Federal University Community of Iteregbi, in Uvwie Local Government Area, yesterday celebrated peace at the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie in Effurun.
This followed the acceptance of the four hundred and eighty seven thousand, seven hundred, thirty nine naira, seventy kobo for compensation for damaged crops in Iteregbi, a co host community of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) by the Federal Government.
The money was paid on September 1, 2009 and was rejected by the people of the community who reasoned then that their damaged crops were under devalued by the Federal Government
However, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso (JP) OON, Abe 1 accepted the money and kept it for the community, hoping that the people would listen to voice of reason one day.
The traditional ruler in his words of wisdom at the occasion said that he also reasoned that it would be difficult for money that was rejected to be paid back to a community by government.
The Ovie was full of praises for the Unuevworo ( traditional mouth piece ) of the etch r ‘ Alegbo ( traditional administrative unit ) Chief Hope Akasa, Chief Robert Mega, Chief Kayoma Osawota and others for the role they played in restoring total peace and unity amongst the people of the community.
Abe 1 warned that there was no discrimination in Uvwie Kingdom, saying that those that were related to Uvwie people maternally should be accorded the same rights with those that paternally.
He also charged the people of Iteregbi Community to take advantage of the location of FUPRE in their community to better their lives and attract positive development to the area.
Abe 1 in thought provoking speech, expressed appreciation to Governor Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for the construction of the Ugbomro / Iteregbi Road and for the commencement of phase 11 of the road project.
Chief Hope Akasa , Chief Robert Mega, Chief Kayoma Osawota and others who spoke to our correspondent expressed gratitude to God for the occasion and to the traditional ruler for his style of rulership and for accepting and keeping the money of compensation for them in such a long period of time.
Chief Akasa also gladly informed the Uvwie monarch that he had put the traditional structures in place in the Federal University Community of Iteregbi, and thereafter presented a white paper to the Ovie to substantiate his claim.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of the money of compensation in cash to the people of Iteregbi Community by the Uvwie monarch.