NO.DTS 1030: DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET
NO.DTS 1031: 2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA
NO.DTS 1032: SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS
NO.DTS 1033: INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE
NO.DTS 1033: 2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23
NO.DTS 1034: TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE
NO.DTS 1035: MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
NO.DTS 1030: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
DTSG ACQUIRES LANDED PROPERTY FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF ARMY BRIGADE IN ASABA …APPROVES INSTRUMENTS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF 2019 BUDGET
The capital city of Delta State, Asaba, is soon to get an Army Brigade as the State Executive Council has approved the purchase of a landed property to fast track its establishment.
Speaking after a meeting of the Council held inside the EXCO chamber in Asaba yesterday, Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, said that the decision to purchase an existing property as opposed to erecting a new structure was to make the establishment of the brigade quicker.
Mr Ukah stated that with the coming of the Brigade, to be located at Kilometre 2, Anwai/Illah Road, opposite the Government House, security in Asaba and environs would be beefed up to ensure safety of lives and property.
The Information Commissioner further revealed that the council approved the Delta State Economic and Fiscal Update, Fiscal Strategy Paper and Budget Policy Statement 2019-2021.
With the approval, Mr Ukah disclosed that the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, could now present the 2019 budget to the State House of Assembly in September with a view to getting the budget passed by January 2019.
He also said that the construction of access road from NPA Expressway by former Protea Hotel in Warri to the refinery got a nod of the EXCO.
NO.DTS 1031: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2019: OKOWA, DANKWAMBO URGE ASPIRANTS TO STRENGTHEN PARTY
… SAYS PDP STRONG, UNITED IN DELTA
AS the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for primary elections for candidates, the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his Gombe State counterpart, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo, have urged all aspirants to use the primaries as a means of strengthening the unity of the party.
The two Governors spoke today in Asaba when Dr Dankwambo paid a consultative visit on members of the PDP and unveiled his presidential ambition on the platform of the party.
According to Governor Okowa, “I believe that the spirit we need in our party is for all aspirants to have strong interest in making our party stronger, there must be spirit of give and take.”
“In Delta State, we are very strong as a people and as a party, we are united and we will continue to stay united, God is our strength and the unity of our people is unshakable, we are right on course and we will continue to do the things that will unite us,” he stated, emphasising, “We will continue to stay strong, there is no shaking at all.”
Governor Okowa who lauded the qualities of aspirants for different positions on the platform of the PDP, asserted, “We have listened to Dr Dankwambo, he has spoken as a gentleman, a man of peace who has ensured massive development in Gombe State.”
“He is a man of character; Deltans believe in democracy, we will not force the hands of the people on where to go but, I am confident that they will take the right decision,” the governor added.
Earlier, Governor Dankwambo had congratulated Governor Okowa’s administration for the massive development projects being executed in the state, disclosing that he was in Asaba to tell the people about his aspiration to be the President of the country on the platform of the PDP.
“I am a retired Accountant-General, and in the next few months, I will leave office as Governor after two terms, I am only 52 years; so, I have a lot to offer the country; I know Nigeria, I know the finances of Nigeria; I know how they formulate policies and I know how these policies are implemented and most importantly, I am still very strong and I am telling the people my desire and aspiration to be the President of Nigeria under the PDP,” he said, stating, “We should draw a criteria and assess all of us who are aspiring for the office, if you find me worthy, I am ready to serve, but, if you find somebody who is better than me, I will join the person to serve.”
NO.DTS 1032: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
SEEFOR INSISTS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS
Delta SEEFOR Project said it will continue to follow the World Bank procedures and ensure transparency in the selection of successful bidders.
The Project Coordinator, Mr Frank Apokwu, made the remark in Asaba at the opening ceremony for prospective bidders for the Development, Supply and Installation of Taxpayer Electronic Data Base Management System (EDMS) for Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.
Mr Apokwu, said that the bid opening was one of the important processes in the award of contract to successful bidders.
He added that upon completion of the bid opening, there would be bid evaluation in the next few days, noting that Delta SEEFOR project was highly committed to ensuring that the right thing was done by being thorough in handling everything concerning the bid.
In related development, a team of Private Sector Participants (PSPs) from Uwvie and Sapele Local Government Areas, paid a familiarization visit to the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu in his office in Asaba.
The leader of the delegation, Comrade Lucky Ajekwu informed the Project Coordinator that PSPs had worked with the SEEFOR in 2015 in the area of waste collection and disposal, adding the SEEFOR had been rendering great support to the PSPs in the state.
While appealing to the state government to assist the PSPs with the provision of three Incinerators to be domiciled in the three Senatorial Districts of the state for the processing of wastes, Comrade Ajekwu pledged the body’s unalloyed support for the SEEFOR project.
Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu, who thanked the body for identifying with him, described PSPs as very cardinal in the SEEFOR development objective, stressing that as a result of the achievements of the state in area of waste collection and disposal, the World Bank had recommended Delta template to other states.
Mr. Apokwu harped on the need for sustainability, noting that World Bank funded SEEFOR project had come to show all and sundry the way in the area of development.
NO.DTS 1033: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
INDUSTRIAL COURT DISMISSES SUIT OF RETIRED DELTA MAGISTRATE
The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the suit instituted by a Retired Chief Magistrate in the Delta State Judiciary who retired in November, 2016.
Steve C. Okebu (rtd.), Chief Magistrate Grade 11 had in February 2017 approached the Court seeking several reliefs among which that he ought to have retired on grade level 17 instead of grade level 15 to which he was demoted in May, 2015, and a declaration that his demotion based on the recommendation of the Board of Inquiry was ultra vires the 1st defendant’s (Delta State Judicial Commission) statutory powers having failed to comply with the provisions of Rule 04303 of the Delta State Public Service Rules and a further denial of fair hearing.
Citing copious Statutory and judicial authorities, the learned trial Judge, Honourable Justice B.B. Kanyip dismissed the suit of the claimant on the ground that the cause of action was statute-barred, having been filed outside limitation period allowed by law.
The Court stressed that promotion was not a right, but a privilege, adding that the claimant must show an entitlement to it before he can claim it.
NO.DTS 1034: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
2018 JOHOVAH’S WITNESSES CONVENTION HOLD FROM AUG 9 TO DEC 23
The 2018 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses has commenced across different locations in Nigeria, with the theme, “Be Courageous”.
The Convention which started since Thursday, August 9 is billed to run till Sunday, December 23, 2018.
According to a statement signed by the Convention Spokesman, Brother Benjamin Ejime Okoh, the Convention will commence in Delta North from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 16, 2018.
The Convention series, according to the statement, will hold on weekends from Friday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Alibiauba, Agbor.
The statement adds that the convention, which will afford attendees insights on how to handle individual, family and society challenges with God –given courage, will feature 54 presentations, comprising talks, audio dramas, interviews and videos.
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NO.DTS 1035: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
TIDI CONDOLES WITH VICTIMS OF WARRI FIRE INCIDENT, PLEDGES ASSISTANCE
The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Hon. Michael Tidi, visited victims of fire incident in Digbori Street, Essi layout Warri, Delta state today Wednesday 29th, August 2018.
The President of the community, Mr. Elvis Eboh, while explaining to the Chairman said the incident which occurred on 27th August, 2018, claimed the lives of two children and destroyed goods and properties.
Miss Elohor Moses, mother of one of the victims, said that the children were in care of her mother when the fire started, adding that there were six children in one wooden apartment.
According to Miss Moses, her mother who sustained injury in the process was able to rescue four, and it was unfortunate the other two children, Kesiena a four year old and Wealth a one year four months old child died in the fire.
The owner of the apartment, Mrs Rhode Ememo, in her statement said the fire might have been caused by the lighted candle in the apartment.
The Chairman, while commiserated with the family of the victims, advised them to desist from using candles but should use alternative rechargeable lamps.
He also encouraged the landlady to use blocks instead of wood in building houses to prevent reoccurrence.
Hon. Tidi pledged to assist the family of the victims to secure a befitting accommodation and also proper medical assistance.
NO.DTS 1036: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018
MAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH IN WARRI, CAR CUTS TO TWO
By Ambrose Ologide
A young man driving from the Effurun direction on the NPA/Express Road narrowing cheated death as his car on high speed skidded off the road and rammed into a palm tree in a valley adjacent to Naval Hospital on the Express Way.
The car splitting into two halves in the process at about 11.00 am on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018.
The driver and owner of the car, who was alone in the car, miraculously survived the ghastly accident with a minor injury on his head.
People were seen praising God for His miracle in saving the man’s life when our correspondent got to the scene of the accident but the man was said to have gone to buy a mobile telephone.
It would be recalled that barely a month ago a staff of DESOPADEC and two others lost their lives in a similar fatal auto crash on that same road.