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ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

NO DTS O487:        DELTA EXCO APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ROADS, AUDITORIUM

NO DTS O488:        FRSC TRAINING SCHOOL IN DELTA READY SEPT – OKOWA


NO DTS O489:        2023: DELTA GOVT CAUTIONS AGAINST DISTRACTION IN GOVERNANCE

NO DTS 0490:         SCHOOL SPORTS FESTIVAL AIMS AT UNVEILING FUTURE LEADERS- UKAH, ANIAGWU

NO DTS 0491:         IKA VILLAGE SQUARE:  OGBEKILE, OTHERS FACILITATE TRAINING OF IKA YOUTHS

NO DTS 0492:         EFFURUN TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO TAKE OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2020 – IKOLO

NO DTS 0493:         HERDSMEN MENACE; DELTA STATE GOVT URGED TO PASS ANTI- GRAZING LAW

NO DTS 0494:         DSTG EMBARKS ON REHABILITATION OF FAILED PORTION ON REFINERY ROAD, EFFURUN

NO DTS 0495:         EBOMAH COMMENDS OKOWA FOR RAPID TRANSFORMATION IN EDUCATIONAL SECTOR

NO DTS 0496:         WARRI NORTH HPM HARPS ON PEACE DURING NULGE ELECTIONS

NO DTS 0497:         OKOWA REAPPOINTS ONYEUKWU AS CHAIRMAN GOVERNING COUNCIL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AGBOR

NO DTS 0498:         AFE SPONSORS BILL TO AMEND FUPRE ACT

NO DTS 0499:         OPONE CHARGES NDOKWA NATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOPMENT

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NO DTS 0487 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

DELTA EXCO APPROVES CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ROADS, AUDITORIUM


The Delta State Executive Council (Exco) today, approved the construction of a 500-capacity auditorium and more road projects across the state.

At a post-exco briefing in Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed that the decisions reached at the meeting on the projects and other issues would impact positively on the lives of the people.

Aniagwu, who was in company with his Works and Urban Renewal counterparts, Chief James Augur and Chief Arthur Akpowhowo, said, “today, at Exco meeting presided by our Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, a lot of projects were approved for construction and with me here are the Commissioners in charge of concerned ministries, including Director-General, Warri/Uvwie and Environs Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay, whose agency is working hard to transform Warri, Uvwie and environs.

“At the meeting, a 500-sitting capacity auditorium was approved for School of Health Technology, Ofuoma and soon, you will see our men working on our roads to ensure that motorists plying the roads are happy.

“Also, Exco approved the furnishing of the multi-billion naira Central Secretariat Complex which implies that civil servants will before the end of this year, move into the secretariat complex.”

Explaining, Akpowowo said that in line with the urbanization programme of Okowa’s administration, Isiokolo internal roads and roads at Obinomba, Owa-Eke, among others, had been approved.

He added that the council also reviewed the Estate road project at Ugbolu.

On his part, Auguye disclosed that the construction of Ekuku-Agbor/Agbor Obi road, Obomkpa road, Omene Street connecting Akintola Road, Sapele, Darfruks Road, Otefe and other strategic roads were also approved for construction.

Macaulay thanked the governor for his passion to develop the state, noting that 11 roads were approved for rehabilitation in Warri and Uvwie.

He added that the government also approved construction of an 11-killomtere drainage project in the area.

He assured that with the approvals, Warri and Uvwie would witness tremendous transformation.

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NO DTS 0488 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

FRSC TRAINING SCHOOL IN DELTA READY SEPT – OKOWA

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, said Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) training school under construction in the state, would be ready in September, 2020.

He told journalists after inspecting the project located at Owa Oyibu, today, that the contractors handling the project had assured that it would be completed in June.

Work commenced on the project being financed by the state government in January, 2020.

The governor who also inspected construction work at Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, Owa Alero, assured Deltans of his administration’s commitment to executing projects that would impact on the people.

He disclosed that the projects would be delivered on schedule and to specifications.

“I am impressed with the pace of work at the Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre and this FRSC inspectorate school we have inspected today.

“The contractors are building to approved standards and for the FRSC school, the contractor has given the assurance that the work will be completed before the end of June which means that it will be operational from September.

“For the Mother and Child Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, we have a similar hospital nearing completion at Ekpan as our desire, as a government is to have a healthy and industrious people.

“We will continue to execute programmes and projects that will make our people to be prosperous,” Okowa who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor and Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said.

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NO DTS 0489 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

2023: DELTA GOVT CAUTIONS AGAINST DISTRACTION IN GOVERNANCE

Delta Government has urged political appointees and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) officials to eschew acts capable of distracting governance in the state.

Specifically, the government cautioned politicians to be mindful of their attitudes in consultations and issues relating to 2023 general elections. 

A statement by the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor, Chief Solomon Funkekeme, on Monday in Asaba, stated that such actions of the politicians were not just premature, but capable of undermining the administration’s resolve of bequeathing a Stronger Delta to the people.

It said that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa was not averse to anyone pursuing an ambition but insisted that such persons must stop dropping his name in the process.

The government cautioned that all who engaged in political consultations must ensure that their conducts did not interfere with their official responsibilities in a manner that could weaken governance. 

It announced that the Office of the Senior Political Adviser had been mandated to monitor the activities of all officials in the administration to ensure compliance with the directive. 

The statement reads:”It has come to the notice of the Governor that some officials of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and in particular, some members in position of responsibility in this administration, have begun consultations on their political ambitions, especially for 2023 general elections.

“Reports indicate that some of these persons have even resorted to dropping the name of the Governor in these consultations thereby portraying him as teleguiding the emerging processes. 

‘This is quite unfortunate as the actions of these persons could cause stampede and needless tension in the political space.

“While His Excellency, the Governor, is not averse to anyone pursuing an ambition, it becomes out of place when such actions are commencing barely nine (9) months into the second term of his administration. 

“Such premature politicking is capable of undermining the unity of purpose of this administration and distracting it from the set vision of bequeathing a Stronger Delta to the people of Delta State. 

“In view of the foregoing, the Governor has directed that members of Government, who are engaged in these actions under reference, should exercise caution. 

“They should ensure that their conduct does not interfere with their official responsibilities in a manner that can weaken governance.

“Consequently, I am to state that appropriate sanctions await anyone whose aspirations become obstructive of or distractive to Government. 

“In this connection, the Office of the Senior Political Adviser to the Governor has been mandated to monitor the activities of all officials of the present administration to ensure compliance with the Governor’s directive.”

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NO DTS 0490 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

SCHOOL  SPORTS FESTIVAL  AIMS AT  UNVEILING  FUTURE  LEADERS- UKAH,  ANIAGWU

In a bid to sustain its vantage and leading position in sports development in Nigeria, Delta State Government under, the leadership of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, has continued to be more proactive with a view to ensuring that the state is not unnecessarily overtaken by other competing states in various sporting activities.

To continually achieve this, the state government considers imperative to place a very strong emphasis and premium on grassroots sports, aimed at catching them young with the discovery of potential athletes and other quality, dependable and reliable sports men and women in virtually all critical areas of sports such as wrestling, football, badminton, golf, volleyball, tennis and long jump, among others.

Several decades ago, school sports was given utmost priority, as it was indeed perceived as a veritable instrument through which athletes could be scouted for and discovered. 

However,  notwithstanding the fact that, physical education as an extra-curricular activity is being taught in the school system,  many states in Nigeria no longer conduct school sports festival.

The consequence of failure to bring back school sports is the dearth of   mentally and physically shaped athletes in many states who in turn may not be able to compete favourably with state like Delta. For instance,  a typical Delta man does not believe in giving up when it comes to things like sports competition.

Realising the importance of school sports, Delta State through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the Okowa administration in its systemic approach towards achieving the stronger Delta mantra shown and still displays uncommon determination to take sports sector in the state to enviable height.

In realisation of its set targets of leaving an endearing legacies in sporting development , Delta State has not only reinvigorated sports by introducing the school sports festival which was first held in 2019,  but at the same time,  striving with all sense of commitment by the stakeholders to surpass the giant strides it recorded during the  maiden edition of the festival under the former Commissioner for  Basic and Secondary Education,  Mr Chiedu Ebie,  now the Secretary to the State Government.

This kind of expectations and permutation is hinged on the conviction that every indexes that might have in one way or the other, inhibited total success would have been taken care of in the second edition if any and in consideration that second opportunity in the life of human invariably, provides platform for improvement.  Henceforth, it creates room to break new grounds by coming out much better.

Moreover,  with the 2nd edition of the festival  under the present Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education,  Chief Patrick Ukah,  a multi -talented, consummate and experienced sports personality who at some point,  won series of laurel  for himself,  the state and nation in general,  especially in hockey,  having commenced with the elimination  of athletes,  it is expected like one has emphasised much earlier,  that  the 2020  Delta State School Sports Festival would more intriguing and more successful.

For the 2020 episode of the competition tagged ‘Greater Delta Games 2020 ‘, different schools are obviously participating in the competition with the much needed enthusiasm coupled with high spirit of commitment.

 
It could be recalled that during the zonal elimination stage of the festival which took place from February 18 to 20, 2020, primary and secondary school categories of the athletes drawn from various public schools across the three Senatorial Districts keenly participated with Oshimili North, Oshimili South, Aniocha North and Aniocha South converging at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Similarly, athletes from Ndokwa West, Ndokwa East, Isoko South and Isoko North used the stadium at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro for their own zonal elimination which held simultaneously across the selected stadia in the state. Warri South, Warri South West, Uvwie, Sapele, Ethiope West, Bomadi and Patani Local Government Councils had their turn at the different designated stadia within their zones.

The story was not different in Ughelli as participants from Ughelli North, Ethiope East and Ukwuani Local Government Area battled for dominance at the Ughelli Township Stadium, Ughelli. Again, those from the Ika speaking ethnic nationality that is Ika south and Ika North East unleashing their arsenal of young athletes to participate in the elimination process.

The importance of school sports in the overall socio -economic development of any society cannot be overemphasized.  Generally speaking, sporting activities in school, otherwise known as ‘school sports ‘ help in the overall physical and mental development of students. Besides  that,  it creates spirit of togetherness among  children,  engender  healthy competition among the students which would  also completely  reflect in the academic  performance  because as they  compete among themselves  in sports,  there is the factual tendency  that  they could attach such attitude towards their academic pursuit.

Sports equally foster the spirit of team work, leadership, self confidence and friendliness among children.  Above all, it brings positive mentoring of the students.

In Nigeria  for instance,  the likes of  the Delta born athletes Ese  Brume,  Blessing Okagbare,  Austin Jay Jay Okocha, whose sterling  performance in soccer at the global stage, still  reverberates within human space,  Chioma  Ajunwa,  who despite  showcase her talent  at police games,  apparently  was a promising athlete from grassroots level  Odumayo  Adekuotoye,  a free style  wrestler and many more of such heroes and heroines of Nigeria sports industry could not have risen to the pinnacles of their career in athletics and other sports as it were, overnight  but through commitment and grassroots participation. Most of them if not all were products of school and grassroots sports.

Although, overtime certain individuals misinform others, especially the younger generation, that sports is a career meant for the dullards, those who are less academically sound.  Those whose academic performance is nothing to write home about. 

This notion is not only baseless and false impression, but designed to dissuade children from showing greater interest in sports activities thus leading to what one may describe as ‘dearth of athletes ‘ and quality and dependable sports men and women who can hold on to their pick, in no distant time from now if nothing is done to change the narratives.

To this end, stakeholders including teachers, particularly gurus in physical education, should try as much as possible to change the orientation of the children as quickly as possible while also encourage them to take their studies seriously.  There is nothing wrong in balancing academics with sports in line with the saying that: “All work without play makes Jack a dull boy “.

However,  any student who is academically backward, that is struggling with academics, may be advised to reduce his concentration in sports and show more commitment to his studies, but not to jettison sports entirely because we need it for our physical and mental fitness.

The final stage of the Delta State School Sports Festival that would kick start from March 8 and end on 12, now that the zonal elimination had been concluded, is billed to hold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, with the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, expected to attend as a Special Guest of Honour among other top government functionaries and dignitaries.

Speaking in Asaba during the unveiling of the Logo and Mascot of 2020 edition of Delta State School Sports Festival, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah who stated that the logo and mascot of the school sports festival named ‘Greater  Delta Sports  2020’ was aimed at reflecting the  finishing strong agenda of the Governor  Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration. 

Chief Ukah  said that the state government was desirous of using sports to discover and develop  future  sports men and women  who  would in nearest future  take over  the mantle of leadership.

The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner maintained that despite the school sports festival being the second in the series, after revamping the festival by the Okowa administration, the 2020 edition would be very unique and larger as according to him, more sports had been introduced.

The essence of introducing more sports is to encourage wider participation such that every athlete would be given a level playing ground and opportunity to showcase their skills.

Chief Ukah,  who listed  the sports to be competed in to include hockey,  badminton,  table tennis,  basket ball,  athletics , chess,  volleyball,  scrabble and cricket,  handball , disclosed that before the commencement of the festival, schools were made to register and indicate areas of sports interest.

He said that in order to give every pupil and student the opportunity to take part in the state sports festival, the competition was organized in four levels namely school, local government area,  zone and state final,  adding that the zonal elimination was held  from February 18 to 20 with athletes from seven different venues .

Continuing, Chief Ukah restated that the final stage of the festival which had been scheduled to hold from March 8 to 12 at the ultra- modem Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba metropolis, commended Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for his unflinching support to the State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the development of sports in the state.  Chief Ukah called on corporate organisations and good spirited individuals to partner with the state government to move sports forward.

The unveiling ceremony attracted top government functionaries including the State Commissioner for Information,  Mr Charles Aniagwu,  a thorough bred journalist whose exploits and achievements in the media industry remain unequalled , journalists as well as the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN),  Delta State chapter,  led by its Chairman,  Mr Azuka  Chiemeke.


While unveiling the logo and mascot, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that sports played crucial role in the physiological development of a child.  Mr Aniagwu noted that what was being unveiled was the future leaders, who would be given the required preparation  to be better equipped to contribute modestly towards the stronger Delta mantra of Okowa government.

The ever articulate Commissioner for Information,  Charles Aniagwu,  like his predecessor, Chief Patrick Ukah, emphasised that sports was a useful weapon for tackling not only unemployment  as it had become a money spinning venture  but could also serve as a vehicle with which to mitigate,  curb and tackle negative/social vices among children of nowadays in the society.

 
On his part, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Comrade Samuel Dietake, in a welcome address, said that the ministry was irrevocably committed to showcasing school sports festival that would stand the test of time,  adding that the state government under the watch of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to set records in sports development and performance that would be very difficult to beat by other states. Comrade Dietake described Delta as the hub of sports in the history of Nigeria.

Earlier in a monitoring visit to Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba during the zonal elimination, some primary and secondary schools athletes who spoke to newsmen including Miss Blessing Umoh,  Adim  Isioma,  Salisu Mohammed and Christopher Philip, applauded the State Governor,  Senator Dr  Ifeanyi Okowa, for the initiative to reintroduce school sports festival. They maintained that the festival had created a platform for them to showcase their talents and called on their parents, corporate organisations and governments at all levels to support them.

Yes, sports have numerous benefits to humans. It could also be recalled that  sports through regular exercise is undeniably, one of the ever known panacea to sound health,  especially in the form of burning fats  as available records shows that exercise leads to longevity of life.

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NO DTS 0491 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

IKA VILLAGE SQUARE: UZUM, OTHERS FACILITATE TRAINING OF IKA YOUTHS 

The Director-General of the Delta State Orientation Bureau and Convener of the Ika Village Square, a socio-cultural group, Eugene Azuka Uzum Esq, and other executive members of the group have facilitated the enrolment and subsequent training of some Ika youths in various vocations at the state Vocational Training Centre in Mbiri, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.

Addressing the lucky youths at the Vocational Training Centre in Mbiri, Uzum maintained that acquiring useful skills that would sustain ones livelihood was better than having mere paper qualifications, adding that it was that realisation that informed the decision of the body to put necessary machinery in place to select some youths from the Ika Land and Igbanke in Edo State to participate in acquiring useful skills that would make them not only self sustained after the training, but employers of labour. 

He said that the multiplying effects of training of such youths would not manifest immediately but, that on the long run, not 

only would the initiative boost the state economy through rapid engagement of the trained youths in their various chosen vocations, it would also curb unemployment in the state and beyond, just as he enjoined the selected youths to reciprocate the good intentions of the state government and their sponsors by taking their training serious.

Present during the occasion were the Executive Secretary of the Delta State Vocational Board, Engineer Smart Ikem who is also the Secretary of the Ika Village Square, Principal Officers from the Board and Chief Jude Ogbekile, Chairman, Ika Village Square, among others.

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FROM LGAs

NO DTS 0492 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

EFFURUN TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO TAKE OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2020 – IKOLO

By Ambrose Ologide

The Honourable Commissioner for Technical Education, Delta State, Gbubemi Ikolo has assured that Effurun Technical College would take off in September, 2020.

The commissioner gave the assurance in her key note address during her visit to HRM Dr Emmanuel Sideso ( JP) OON, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom at the Ovie of Uvwie Palace.

She explained that the visit was to introduce the contractor and consultant handling the project to the traditional ruler.

The Commissioner who disclosed that the contractor has mobilised to site , assured them that the project would stand the test of time and that it would meet World standard in terms of infrastructure and equipment.

She assured that the contractor  has a good reputation in execution of projects in the state and beyond. The commissioner however added that Governor Okowa, herself and the consultant would not comprise quality in the execution of the project.

She appreciated Abe 1 for all the support given to her since the project was approved in the local government area. 

Commissioner further hailed the traditional ruler for his passion for education even as she solicits for the total support of Uvwie people towards the building of the technical college in Effurun.

The Uvwie Monarch in his address, expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa for the establishment of a Technical College in Uvwie Local Government Area as he reiterated that education was his foremost priority .

He disclosed that an implementation and monitoring committee headed by Professor John Blacky Arubayi was constituted by the palace in order to ensure a smooth and peaceful implementation of the project.

Abe 1 who urged the contractor not to hesitate in approaching the committee or the palace anytime there is problem, stressed that the palace would not  comprise quality in the execution of the project.

He humbly urged the contractor to consider indigenes of Uvwie Kingdom for employment of menial jobs.

The Ovie of Uvwie also humbly suggested that Uvwie should be given the choice of naming of the technical college.

In her response, the Honourable Commissioner for Technical Education gladly noted that it was the first an implementation and monitoring committee was constituted for the execution of technical college projects in the state. She therefore said that the contractor should consider himself lucky.

The commissioner assured that the suggested name of the technical college would be submitted to Delta State Executive Council for approval.

Ikolo who assured that the contractor would consider Uvwie indigenes for menial jobs in the execution of the project, however advised that the contractor should be given the choice of employment of skill workers in order to guarantee quality in the execution of  the project.

She advised further that there should be a prevailing price for the wages of workers and that the contractor should be allowed to purchase materials for the project .

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NO DTS 0493 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

HERDSMEN MENACE; DELTA STATE GOVT URGED TO PASS ANTI- GRAZING LAW

By Balogun Mabamije

An indigene of Ohorho in Uwheru kingdom, Mr Johnson Idisi, has urged the Delta State government and the Legislative arm of government to, as a matter of necessity and for the protection of lives and properties pass antigrazing law in the state.

Mr Idisi who spoke with our correspondent recently, following the alleged killing of farmers in Uwheru kingdom by suspected herdsmen, in his office said the anti-grazing law would be the right solution to the crisis between the herdsmen and the local farmers in the state. “So what I think the government of Delta State should do to put an end to this herdsmen killing, is to pass the anti-grazing law.” “This law, if fully enforced, and backed up by the people, will help to solve the problems of herdsmen killing,” he said.

Mr Idisi, who is also the accountant to the Ughelli North Primary Health Care Development Authority, said, in Benue and Ekiti states where the anti-grazing law operate, the herdsmen and farmers crisis have been reduced to a minimal level

He narrated that the herdsmen and farmers crisis in Uwheru kingdom have been an annual occurrence, saying that lives and properties are always Lost each time it occurs. He said that the situation is beyond the control of the poor farmers and urged the state government to be proactive to check the reoccurrence of the killing and destruction of crops in the kingdom.

Mr Idisi expressed fears of food scarcity that may hit the kingdom and its environs since crops such as maize, cassava and potatoes have been destroyed by the herdsmen. He also urged government to provide adequate security for the people to enable them settle down.

He condemned the aggressive nature of the Fulani herdsmen and their killing drive which he described as inimical to peaceful coexistence. Mr Idisi tasked the security agencies in the state to arrest those evil herdsmen involved in the killing of farmers in Uwheru kingdom.

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NO DTS 0494 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

DSTG EMBARKS ON REHABILITATION OF FAILED PORTION ON REFINERY ROAD, EFFURUN

By Ambrose Ologide

Delta State Government has embarked on the rehabilitation of failed potion of the Refinery Road, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.

Motorists as well as residents who spoke to our correspondent about it expressed appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the gesture.

They noted that the rehabilitation of failed potion would enhance vehicular movements on the road.

Some however appealed that the drainages on both sides of the roads should be constructed in order to enhance the quality of the road rehabilitation project.

Refinery Road, Effurun was one of the flood prone areas in Uvwie Local Government Area adding that motorists and residents, who spoke to our correspondent, attributed the cause of the failed potion of the road to lack of a good drainage system.

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NO DTS 0495 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

EBOMAH COMMENDS OKOWA FOR RAPID TRANSFORMATION IN EDUCATIONAL SECTOR

Chris Ogoh

The Registrar of Calvary Polytechnic Owa -Oyibu, Mr Michael Ebomah has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the rapid transformation witnessed in the Educational sector in the State.

Mr Michael Ebomah made the assertion in Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area, during an interview with newsmen. 

According to him, technical education is what we need at this stage to curb raising issues of unemployment in the country. Many people come out of school only to be stranded because they lack skills. Technology is the missing link. I am really encouraged and impressed by Senator Okowa’s policies and initiatives on education, this I believe will lead to a better society.

The former Registrar of College of Education Agbor noted that the innovations Governor Okowa is bringing to bear in state, particularly in the educational sector will bring about radical change and transformation in human capital development in nearest future.

“When I got to know that the State Government has planned to establish Technical schools in the 25 local Government of the state, I was overjoyed because, technical and entrepreneurial skills are major catalyst to the transformation we crave for” he added.

Speaking further, Mr. Ebomah said that Calvary Polytechnic is poised to graduate individuals that will not be burden to themselves or the society.

“We currently run four departments as approved by the National Board for Education namely Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Accountancy and Computer Science. Other programmes are in the pipe line, only waiting for approval” he added.

While saying that Calvary Polytechnic have been designed and equipped to compete favourably with private polytechnics in the country, he said “this is because in all the departments that we run requisite equipments and facilities are on ground.

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NO DTS 0496 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

WARRI NORTH HPM HARPS ON PEACE DURING NULGE ELECTIONS

By Temi Boyo

The head of personnel management, Warri North local government council, Mr. Augustine Amigo, has called on staff of the council to be peaceful as they go to polls to elect their union representatives in few days.

Mr Amigo who was in a last minute meeting with staff before heading for a seminar along with some top management staff of the council, noted that the peace sermon was very imperative to guide against campaigns of calumny, and incessant bickering from opponents.

He advised that with the official date for the elections released for March 2, 2020, all candidates should be united in their interest for the good of staff; noting that solidarity makes all strong.

 Our correspondent gathered that, the elections has indeed sparked up enthusiasm in most of the staff, who revealed that they are very excited going to the polls once again after years of non democratic representation in the union.

Speaking to one of the strong contenders for the chairmanship position, and also identified by most of the staff as the game changer behind recent conduct of elections for the union, Mr Daniel Akrah, he revealed that he decided to change the narrative, so as to give staff the opportunity of electing candidates of their choice, instead of having candidates imposed on them by a selected few.

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NO DTS 0497 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

OKOWA REAPPOINTS ONYEUKWU AS CHAIRMAN GOVERNING COUNCIL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AGBOR

By Edafe Ejohwemu 

The Chairman and entire members of Ossisa improvement union in Ndokws East Local government area has thanked the Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for finding their son Chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu worthy of being reappointed to serve as Chairman Governing Council College of Education Agbor.

The Chairman of the Union Mr Ogene Chukwusa (JP) stated this yesterday at a reception organized for Chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu  at Ossisa.

Speaking further, the chairman of the union said that Chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu is an exemplary son of Ossisa and Ndokwa nation.

He said that his reappointment is well deserved. He said that they are optimistic that his second term in office will usher in more improvement in the educational sector.

Another speaker at the event was the vice Chairman of the Union Mr Nwaebichie Gold who said that Chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu is a role model and mentor to youths of ossisa and Ndokwa nation.

He said that more youths are now interested in  gaining admission to further their causes and also start a career.

This he said has made more of the youth shun cultism. Responding, chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu thanked them for the reception.He thanked God for making the Governor of Delta state his Excellency Dr ifeanyi okowa find him worthy for reappointment. He promised to work harder to achieve the set goals of the S.M.A.R.T agenda of this administration.

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NO DTS 0498 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

AFE SPONSORS BILL TO AMEND FUPRE  ACT

By Ambrose Ologide

The bill for an act to amend the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (establishment) Act, 2017 has passed through second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by Hon Efe Anthony Afe representing Sapele, Okpe, and Uvwie Federal Constituency in the House.

The bill seeks to domicile the Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as against Ministry of Education as contained in the principle Act.

Leading the debate on the amendment, Hon Afe said the proposed amendment when passed into law will help the University focus on its core mandate of providing solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Hon Afe, said that the benefit of the amendment bill amongst others is that, it will afford the University the privilege of attracting superlative man power and expatriates to build internal capacity, make Commerce the exchange and collaborative programmes where experienced hands in the petroleum industry will take up practical courses as students are sent at intervals to the field for first hand practical exercise. 

The bill will also enhance the funding of the university through the Petroleum Trust Development Fund, PTDF, and other agencies that have direct bearing with oil and gas industry as envisioned in the principal act.

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Tertiary Education for further legislative input.

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NO DTS 0499 ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

OPONE CHARGES NDOKWA NATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOPMENT

By Edafe Ejohwemu 

The president general of Ndokwa socio cultural group known as Ndokwa Neku Union high Chief Johnson Opone has called on the sons and daughters of Ndokwa nation to identity with the union so as to develop Ndokwa communities.

He stated this at Aboh Ndokwa east local government council when the sociocultural body hosted the DESOPADEC managing director Mr Bashorun Askia.

Chief Opone said that Ndokwa Neku being apex umbrella body of Ndokwa nation is an available platform for indigenes to come together ,unite and deliberate on issues affecting Ndokwa nation politically and economically. A highlight of the occasion was the presentation of Ndokwa needed projects to the DESOPADEC director Mr Bashorun Askia.

There was also cultural display. Dignitaries present include the former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly Chief olise Imegu, former DESOPADEC Commissioner Chief Nnamdi Ezechi, the Local Government Council Chairman Hon Joan Governor and others.

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