ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

NO. DTS 0224 OKOWA HAILS GBARAMATU MONARCH ON 1ST CORONATION ANNIVERSARY

NO. DTS 0225 DELTA GOVT TO GO TOUGH ON CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL ACT VIOLATOR

NO. DTS 0226 GOV OKOWA EULOGISES LATE ELDER BROTHER JOHNBULL FATIMIRO

NO. DTS 0227 LAWYER COMMENDS GOV. OKOWA ON SAPELE MARKET, CALLS FOR ITS IMMEDIATE RE-OPENING.

NO. DTS 0228 GOVERNMENT FROWNS AT DISRUPTION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC WORK

NO. DTS 0229 AKPIROROH CALLS FOR REVIEW OF ICE LAW

NO. DTS 0230 OKOWA SALUTES OLU OF WARRI AT 62

NO. DTS 0231 OKOWA HAILS NFF PRESIDENT, AMAJU PINNICK OVER CAF ELECTION VICTORY

NO. DTS 0232 OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO RECONCILE WITH GOD, BURIES ELDER BROTHER

NO. DTS 0233 OKWUOFU SAYS SUBSISTING CIRCULAR WILL GUIDE COMMISSION ACTIONS

NO. DTS 0234 STOP DREAMING, RETURN TO PDP, ONUESOKE ADVISES EMERHOR

NO. DTS 0235 SHUN SELF-SEEKING ADVICE, OKOWA ADMONISHES NIGERIANS

NO. DTS 0236 ELUE INAUGURATES ANIOCHA NORTH STEERING COMMITTEE

EDITOR: CELE OFUANI
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NO. DTS 0224 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
OKOWA HAILS GBARAMATU MONARCH ON 1ST CORONATION ANNIVERSARY

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated HRM Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area, on the occasion of his 1st Coronation Anniversary, today 15th March, 2017.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Wednesday in Asaba, Okowa described the 1 year reign of the Pere as “peaceful, beneficial to the kingdom and humanity in general’’.

Governor Okowa particularly thanked the Gbaramatu monarch for encouraging harmonious and peaceful coexistence among ethnic groups in Delta State and commended His Majesty for using his exalted position for the service of the people and for ensuring peace in the Niger Delta region.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate His Royal Majesty, members of the traditional council and the people of Gbaramatu kingdom on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the monarch’s ascension to the ancient throne”.

Governor Okowa remarked that in the last one year on the throne, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, has demonstrated exemplary leadership by living above board, while remaining as the rallying point and inspiration for his subjects.

“Under your leadership, the Gbaramatu Kingdom has demonstrated that they are a peaceful and investor-friendly people with the successful and hitch-free visits of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the United States Consular General, Mr John Bray to the kingdom”.

“As a custodian of culture and tradition, the Pere has played significant roles in the promotion of harmony among the Gbaramatu people and their neighbours.”

The statement added that the Gbaramatu monarch has also helped socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among the ijaws and other ethnic groups in the state.

The governor wishes the Pere well as he celebrates and also congratulates the people of Gbaramatu kingdom for giving the monarch all the needed support and cooperation in the past one year.

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NO. DTS 0225 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
DELTA GOVT TO GO TOUGH ON CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL ACT VIOLATORS

The Delta State Government has said that violators of the Consumer Protection Council Act should be ready to face the consequences of their nefarious activities.

This note of warning was sounded on by the Chairman of the Delta State Consumer Protection Committee, who is also the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Barr. Mrs. Mary Iyasere, when the committee visited some organizations in Warri in continuation of its advocacy visits.

Represented by the Secretary of the committee, Mr. Felix Oseji, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry revealed that any violator of the Consumer Protection Council Act 2014 shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N50, 000 or five years imprisonment or both.

She stated that no government worth its salt would sit aloof and leave consumers in its domain to the whims and caprices of manufacturers and service providers.

Barr. Iyasere said that the committee is poised to ensure that goods that are in the market are fit for the purpose for which they are sold.

At the Warri Area Command of the Nigeria Police Force, the Commander, ACP Muhammad M. Shaba, stated that adequate public enlightenment on the mandate of the committee is imperative since members of the public are end users of products.

He assured that officers and men under his command will be available to accompany members of the committee when enforcement of the law begins.

Members of the committee also visited the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Warri and were received by the Zonal Operations Controller, Mr. Olugbenga Koku.

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NO. DTS 0226 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
GOV OKOWA EULOGISES LATE ELDER BROTHER JOHNBULL FATIMIRO

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State paid glowing tributes to his brother, late Elder Johnbull Fatimiro, describing him as a man of peace.

Governor Okowa who spoke, amid tears, at a Service of Songs in honour of his late Elder Fatimiro at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East local Government Area,, recalled the relationship with his late brother which he described as very warm and cordial, despite the fact that they were step-brothers.

He said Elder Fatimiro would be missed for his humanitarian gesture, especially in affecting the lives of the underprivileged and vulnerable in the society.

In a short sermon, Pastor Emmanuel Adesuyan of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said Christians should be conscious of where they would spend eternity while on earth, admonishing that everyone would be remembered for the way they lived on earth, all they did while on earth.

The service of Songs was attended by the State Deputy Governor, Barr Kingsley Otuaro, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Former Governor of the state and top government functionaries and political leaders in the state.

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NO. DTS 0227 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
LAWYER COMMENDS GOV. OKOWA ON SAPELE MARKET, CALLS FOR ITS IMMEDIATE RE-OPENING.

A Benin based Human right Lawyer Barr. Obakpolor Emmanuel has commended the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for fast tracking the construction of Sapele market while calling for the speedy resolution of all issues concerning the allocation of stores and re-opening of the market.

Barr. Obakpolor who addressed journalists at the Sapele Ultra Modern market said “that the first settlement failed due to improper resolution mechanism by the Sapele local government council”.

He added that the amiable Governor of Delta State Senator Ifeanyi Okowa ordered the Attorney General/Commissioners of Justice in Delta State Barr. Peter Mrakpor and the Chief of Staff government house, Hon. Brisibe to settle the crisis at the market within one week where the disputed parties signed a memorandum of understanding upon settlement.

The legal luminary noted that the next step to complete and open the market is yet to be accomplished by the Sapele local government Council adding that the situation 3 weeks after the MOU now signed, is worrisome as the traders are confused on the stance and non compliance of the Sapele local government council of the governor’s order.

He affirmed that the traders are currently troubled and hoped that there is no more hidden game as earlier manifested by the Sapele local government council, pointing out that the traders anticipated a quick approach to re-opening of the market.

Barrister Obakpolor, who was visibly angry at the poor handling of the market by Sapele council who earlier ordered the closure of the gates leading to the market disrespecting court case order, remarked that he as a lawyer to the traders who styled themselves as “Sapele Ultra Modern market Traders Association” he joined his voice to demand a quick re-opening of the market as his clients have complied with the governors order.

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NO. DTS 0228 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
GOVERNMENT FROWNS AT DISRUPTION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC WORK

Delta State Government has expressed dissatisfaction over the actions of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Chapter who harassed and chased out some principals and teachers and students who complied with the government directive concerning the resumption of schools today and in some Local Government Areas.

Official statement from the Ministry of Information signed by Mr. Paul Osahor, Director of Information indicates that government frowned at the development and has therefore warned that it will not tolerate any act of intimidation of students and law abiding Secondary School Teachers who are going about their legitimate duties.

The statement added that the disruption of ongoing West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by the actions of the NUT is worrisome and in very bad taste.

It must be reiterated that the state government has met all its obligations in terms of salary payment to Secondary School teachers and as such their continued sympathy strike is unreasonable, ill-timed and suggestive that it is a calculated attempt to bring untold hardship to parents and students.

Consequently, government wishes to affirm that secondary schools have reopened and that teaching and learning has commenced just as parents and guardians are enjoined to ensure that their children and wards are encouraged to go to school.

Chairmen of Local Government Councils, traditional rulers, security agencies and the general public are therefore requested to ensure the safety of schools in their domain.

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NO. DTS 0229 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
AKPIROROH CALLS FOR REVIEW OF ICE LAW

The Executive Director of the Institute of Continuing Education ICE, Mrs. Alice Akpiroroh has solicited for the assistance of the Ministry of Justice in pushing for the urgent review of the Law establishing the Institute to re position it for more effective service delivery.

The Director of the Institute made the appeal when she led other management staff of the Institute on a courtesy visit on the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice on Thursday.

While soliciting for the support of the Justice Commissioner for an amendment of the law establishing the Institute, Mrs. Alice Akpiroroh disclosed that the review of the ICE law has been long over-due.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor while receiving the Executive Director of the Institute, congratulated her on her appointment and assured the Board and Management of the Institute that an executive bill which sought to review and amend the ICE Law which he said was inherited from the defunct Bendel State will soon be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for Legislative consideration and passage.

Mr. Mrakpor who disclosed that he was a former student of the Institute in the 80’s in Benin City in the defunct Bendel State, however raised the question on who should be the supervisory Ministry to the Institute between the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and that of Higher Education because of the multiplicity of its programmes which falls under the purview of both Ministries.

He said as an Institute that runs a secondary school and remedial programmes, it falls under the supervision of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education but as an affiliate Institute that awards Diploma certificates and higher certificates, it is the Ministry of Higher Education that is saddled with its supervisory duties. The Justice Commissioner however expressed optimism the report and recommendations from his office which will be forwarded to the Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa within the next one week will address all the issues and other challenges faced by the Institute.

Earlier, the Secretary of the Institute, Mrs. Mary Nkechi Mordi who highlighted the various programmes run by the school, disclosed that the Institute has awarded Diploma certificates and Higher Certificates to over ten thousand students in the last few years and appealed that the Institute should be allowed to continue with its degree programmes with or without affiliation as according to the scribe of Delta State ICE, the school has the capacity and man power to carry out its educational responsibility. She said suggested that the Secondary School arm of the Institute could be converted to Demonstration Secondary School as practiced in Colleges of Education and University.

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NO. DTS 0230 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
OKOWA SALUTES OLU OF WARRI AT 62

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has paid glowing tributes to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, as he turns 62 on Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Governor Okowa noted that Itsekiri nation has remained peaceful and investor-friendly since His Majesty ascended the ancient throne of his forefathers.

In a statement issued in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa, said Ogiame Ikenwoli’s reign has immensely benefited the people of Warri Kingdom, Delta State and indeed the Nation.

“Of remarkable note is your royal carriage which is visible in the exemplary manner you have discharged your duties and has remained a source of pride and splendor to the traditional Institution.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I felicitate with your Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, the Olu of Warri on the occasion of your 62nd birthday.

“Since his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, has demonstrated exemplary leadership by living above board, while remaining as the rallying point and inspiration for his subjects”.

Governor Okowa stressed that as custodian of culture and tradition, the Olu has played significant roles in the promotion of harmony, socio-cultural cooperation, communal living and peaceful co-existence among the Iwere kingdom and their neighbors.

“The ideals of uncommon patriotism, unparalleled humility and sterling leadership qualities which you epitomize are worthy traits that will continue to inspire us in our S.M.A.R.T. Agenda,” the Governor stated.

The Governor prayed that God will continue to grant His Majesty, good health and wisdom to pilot the traditional affairs of his kingdom and offer valuable contributions to the development of our dear Delta State.

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NO. DTS 0231 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
OKOWA HAILS NFF PRESIDENT, AMAJU PINNICK OVER CAF ELECTION VICTORY

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick on his election victory last Thursday, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

In a statement issued in Asaba on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa extolled Amaju Pinnick’s contribution to the round leather game in Nigeria culminating in his election as a member of Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

Okowa noted that Pinnick’s firm belief in revolutionising football administration in Nigeria has paid off by his achievements since he was elected as NFF President in 2014.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you, an illustrious son of Delta State, Mr Amaju Pinnick, NFF President on your election into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

“Your election into the CAF Executive Committee no doubt is a realisation of your long standing belief in revolutionising football administration globally.

“It is our prayer that your partnership with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and new CAF President Ahmad Ahmad will further lead to the growth of football in Nigeria, Africa and beyond,” the governor stated.

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NO. DTS 0232 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
OKOWA URGES NIGERIANS TO RECONCILE WITH GOD, BURIES ELDER BROTHER

The remains of Elder Johnbull Fatimiro, elder brother to the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was interred with the governor calling on Nigerians to reconcile themselves with God.

Speaking at a funeral service held in honour of the deceased at Agbor, Delta State, Governor Okowa enumerated the transient nature of life and emphasized the need for Nigerians to be closer to God.

Late Elder Fatimiro died at the age of 63 of cancer which the governor described as “slow death.”

While taking solace in the fact that his deceased brother reconciled with God before his demise, Governor Okowa emphasized, “though the pains were there, it was an opportunity for my brother to be closer to God and I wish that each and every one of us will reconcile ourselves to God.”

Cream of Nigerians, including prominent politicians and technocrats from different parts of the world including former Governor James Ibori; Senators James Manager and Peter Nwaoboshi; former Deputy Governor Sir Benjamin Elue; Edo State PDP Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu; Mrs Roli Uduaghan, Delta State PDP Chairman Barr. Kingsley Esiso; members of the National Assembly among others were in Agbor to sympathize with the governor.

Pastor Caleb Adegbite of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in a sermon, urged Nigerians to refrain from life of sin to enable them inherit the kingdom of God.

He also urged them to focus on the kingdom of God in whatever they do as the only way to gain eternal rest as promised by God in the book of Revelation.

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NO. DTS 0233 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
OKWUOFU SAYS SUBSISTING CIRCULAR WILL GUIDE COMMISSION ACTIONS

Dame Patience Nkem Okwuofu has charged Civil Servants in Delta State particularly, serving civil servants who would soon be converted into the Administrative/Special Cadres to be good representatives of the Service at all times.

She made the call recently at the Commission headquarters while addressing the successful candidates who passed the ASCON Exams in 2013, 2014 and 2015, just before the commencement of the final Commission Conversion Interview to verify their suitability for the upgrade.

Dame Okwuofu therefore urged the participants to take the exercise seriously, as the interview would surely filter those earlier recommended by the Panel of Assessors, whereby the selection will be made by the Commission, based on the requirements set out by the Commission.

She assured the officers that the Commission will be guided by subsisting Circular Letters, Conventions, Practices and Extant rules in arriving at its final decisions in the selection process.

The Chairman of the Commission promised that the exercise will be very free and fair, while she and her team will be firm in their decision which will ultimately be in the best interest of the entire Service.

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NO. DTS 0234 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
STOP DREAMING, RETURN TO PDP, ONUESOKE ADVISES EMERHOR

Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Olorogun Sunny Onuesoke has told the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor to stop dreaming of winning the forthcoming 2019 elections in the state and concentrate on how he can come back to the PDP.

Onuesoke who was reacting to a statement credited to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor where he (Olorogun O’tega Emerhor) said he was not surprise of the recent endorsement by Chief James Onanefe Ibori of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a second term in office come 2019.

Emerhor had boasted in the media report that the APC in the state are prepared to meet Chief James Ibori, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the PDP at the 2019 elections to finally determine which party now owns the state’s political landscape.

Onuesoke in his reaction stated that Emerhor and his co-travelers of the APC are not threat to the PDP in Delta state come 2019, saying that Emerhor and any party he belongs to has never won any election in the state, “records are there to justify my point’, Onuesoke added.

He explained that “during the 2007 governorship primary election of the PDP held at Ogwashukwu town, Emerhor only scored 78 votes. Even the 2015 general elections, his party, the APC which he was the flag bearer never won any local government area in the state. He even lost his own unit at Evwreni, so I wonder the magic he wants to perform to overcome the PDP come 2019”.

Onuesoke who is from the same constituency with Emerhor, advised Olorogun O’tega Emerhor to come back to PDP and pledge his loyalty to former Governor James Ibori who he (Emerhor) said is the alter ego and defacto principal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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NO. DTS 0235 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
SHUN SELF-SEEKING ADVICE, OKOWA ADMONISHES NIGERIANS

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to shun self-seeking advice, but, rather, advise those in positions of authority on what should benefit the generality of the people.

Governor Okowa made the call at the closing ceremony of the 2017 convention of Flock of Christ Mission, Warri.

“Most men in authority find themselves alone because, most times, people tell them what they want them to hear and that is deceitful,” Governor Okowa said, adding, “as a person, I believe I have to expose myself to the people, feel free to give me advice, be free to talk to those in authority without fear.”

He continued, “the man who is a true friend of who is in authority is the man who brings to his attention areas of deficiency with a view to making them better, you don’t go to the pages of the newspapers to do that, going to the media should be the last resort when your consistent efforts failed to yield results.”

While congratulating the Church for choosing, “Power belongs to God,” as the theme of the convention, Senator Okowa called for prayers for those in positions of authority.

He said, ” we need to pray for those in authority rather than criticizing them; I believe with this convention, you must have prayed fervently for our nation; I believe that the church has a lot to do to heal our land and turn things around for our nation.”

Speaking on the theme, Governor Okowa reiterated, “the power of God speaks of the sovereignty of God, men may disappoint you but, God cannot, be patient while waiting for the Lord because, it can be so rewarding, we should trust in God and return to God with the realization that power belongs to God.”

Bishop Simeon Okah at the occasion asked Governor Okowa to remain courageous and commended him for delivering on electoral promises despite daunting challenges.

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NO. DTS 0236 MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
ELUE INAUGURATES ANIOCHA NORTH STEERING COMMITTEE

The former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief BSC Elue recently inaugurated a 14 member steering committee at the PDP Secretariat, Issele-Uku Aniocha North Local Government.

Chief Elue while inaugurating the members charged them not to demean the reputation of the party, adding that they were chosen among other party members to serve with diligent and total commitment to the ideals of the party’s constitution and programmes.

Your appointment is not for self aggrandizement” therefore loyalty should be your guiding principles to enable you succeed in the noble assignment.

The former Deputy Governor highlighted briefly the duties expected from them to include feedback mechanism to the local government party Chairman Prince Victor Egbune from your various ward so as to enable the party boss be abreast of happenings across the various wards in the local government.

Chief Elue said, “you are to enlighten the party members on the need to remain resolute and committed to the directive of the State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to remain united as one party. In all you should work in synergy with Local Government Area Executive.”

Responding, on behalf of the Committee members, Dame Nkem Okwuofu, Chairman of the Civil Service Commission and also the Chairman of the steering committee, thanked the party for finding them worthy to serve, and promised to harmoniously work with all party members with utmost sense of discipline, accountability, transparently and above all with total loyalty so that the party will bounce back again in unity and take over the central government.

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KOKO CHIEF MAGISTRATE CALLS FOR OFFICIAL AUTHORIZATION TO ACCESS COURT PROCEEDINGS

The chief magistrate of Koko magistrate court , Mrs Atugbokoh Franca , has called for the issuing of an official document authorizing public enlightenment officers of the Ministry of information to access court proceedings .

Mrs Atugbokoh who made this known on February 6 at a court session in Koko , while addressing the public enlightenment officer of the Ministry of information who was at the court premises to write report on the proceedings , said there was need for the ministry to issue a written letter to that effect, noting that without such, it would a matter of not following due process.

She disclosed that most of her counterparts in Oghara are not even aware of such deployment , stating that giving access without official clearance would be tantamount to breach in the administrative process of the judicial system.

INFORMATION OFFICERS TOLD TO BE PROFESSIONAL IN THE DISCHARGE OF THEIR JOB

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has charged the State Information Officers to see themselves as the image-makers of the State Government.

The charge was giving during a meeting between the management of the Ministry, Public Relations Officers, and Public Enlightenment Officers of the Ministry held in Asaba.

He stated that as image makers of the government, Information Officers must be ready to tell the truth at all times and ensure that government activities, achievements, policies, programs are disseminated promptly and properly to the people so as to enlighten the people.

The Commissioner said in spite of the economic hardship, Information Officers must do their jobs effectively and efficiently not minding the financial situation around them, even as he assured them of his support stating that he would do his best to ensure that Information Officers enjoy their work.

While berating the negative attitude of some Officers to their bosses and duty, he enjoined them to see themselves as civil servants who ought to be obedient at all times to their superiors regardless of the conditions of service, even as he promised that training programs would soon be organized for the Officers to make them keep abreast of modern reportage.

The Functioning Permanent Secretary and Director of Information of the Ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, condemned the poor attitude of some officers to work and said that the Ministry would not hesitate to apply the Civil Service Rules to errant Officers who are derelict in the discharge of their duty.

Mr. Osahor urged Officers to be up and doing as they are the eyes of the government in the rural areas.

The Director of Publication and Production Services, Mr. Dona Obuseh, and the Director, Government Printer, Mr. Omokri Lucky while speaking, advised Information officers to be abreast of protocols in their Ministries, even as they urged them to learn the act of event compere.

Present at the Director of Purchasing Research and Statistic, Mr. Kingsley, the Director of Administration Mr. Frank Akpoku, the Deputy Director of Information, Mr. Cele Ofuani, the Media Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Ijeh Sam among others.

GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION EXERCISE HOLDS IN DELTA STATE

27th January, 2017.
It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise will hold in Delta State on Saturday January 28, 2017 between the hours of 7am and 10am.
 
During the period of the exercise there will be restrictions on the movement of persons and vehicles except those engaged in essential duties and inter State journeys.
 
The State Commissioner for Environment Honourable John Nani will lead staff of the Ministry of Environment and other relevant government agencies to monitor the exercise in the State.
 
The authorities of the State Waste Management Board and Local Government Councils are to evacuate the resultant refuse to the appropriate dump sites.
 
The Chairmen of Local Government Councils are to ensure compliance in their respective Local Government Areas.
 
Defaulters will be sanctioned by an appropriate mobile sanitation court which will be on standby during the exercise.
 
Deltans and residents in the State are by this announcement advised to use the period of the exercise to keep their surroundings clean.
 
 
Paul Osahor
Director of Information

GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT DIALOGUE WITH THE DELTA STATE HEAD OF SERVICE

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly officers in the Delta State Civil Service that the first edition of the programme, “Dialogue with the Head of Service” will hold on Friday December 9, 2016, at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba at 9.00am prompt.

The theme for this programme which focus is on the Civil Service is, “the Role of a Virile Civil Service in Actualizing the SMART Agenda of the Present Administration”, the programme will provide a platform to harness the contributions of top Civil Servants in implementation of government policies and programmes.

Accordingly, the Head of the Civil Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko (mni) has directed that all Civil Servants on salary grade level 13 and above in the state civil service to personally attend this important programme without fail.

It is stressed that any officer in the above mentioned category who fails to attend will be sanctioned.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Ministry Of Information Defends 2017 Budget Proposal

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has revealed that out of the N237 million approved for the ministry in the 2016 budget, the ministry was only able to access N147 million and was able to achieve 62 percent performance.

Mr. Ukah made this disclosure during the budget defense of his ministry before the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Information in Asaba recently.

He said that the ministry has been able to ensure that the Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, is back on air, adding that the state radio station is functioning well, while the focus in the year 2017 will be on the full digitalization of all government broadcast media.

The General Manager of the Delta State Printing and Publishing Company Limited, publishers of the Pointer Newspapers, Mr. Bosah Iwobi, revealed that the company was able to access only N3.9 million out of the N6 million in the 2016 approved budget, adding that with a projected revenue of N60 million from advertisements and sales, only N18 million was realized.

Mr. Iwobi, however, stated that the company has a forecast benchmark of N70 million from advertisements and sales for the 2017 financial year.

In his presentation, the General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, Mr. Tunde Omonode, revealed that the station was able to access N1.5 million out of the N6 million in the 2016 approved budget resulting in low performance of the station.

The General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, Mrs. Evelyn Benitie, on her part, revealed that the station was able to generate N50.082 million in the 2016 financial year.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Tim Owhefere, who spoke alongside Hon. Emeka Elekeokwuri and Hon. Pat Ajudua, who are members of the committee, stressed the need for ministries to harmonize their budget proposals to ease implementation by the government.

Ukah: Bridging The Information Gap In Delta State – By Collins Arinzechukwu Agwam

Over the years, we have seen political appointees both at the state and federal levels who after being appointed to oversee government agencies, embezzle funds for their personal aggrandizement rather than effect a positive change in the lives of the citizenry for whose interest they are supposed to represent.

But in Delta State, the same is not the case especially in the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led government which kicked off in May 2015. One would say the governor made good choices as he was able to bring in the best brains into the State Executive Council which have translated into massive development across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state, thereby, making the “Prosperity for all Deltans” mantra of the administration a reality.

One of the notable administrators in the Okowa led government, who has been able to key in effectively into the prosperity mantra of this administration is the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah.

As it is often said that information is power, Ukah has been able to bridge the information gap in the state in less than two years of his appointment to man the state information ministry.

The recently concluded meeting of the 46th National Council on Information, which took place in Asaba, the Delta State capital, is a clear attestation to his information management prowess.

The meeting with the theme, Leveraging On Information And Digital Technology To Sustain The Change Agenda Of Government”, had in attendance, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. A. O. Adesugba, Commissioners for Information across the 36 states of the federation among other high profiled dignitaries.

It was as a result of his immense contribution to the success of the NCI meeting that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture poured encomiums on Mr. Patrick Ukah and the Delta State Government on the successful hosting of the meeting.

According to a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. A. O. Adesugba, she said that, “the provision of necessary administrative and logistic support by the government of Delta State went a long way in ensuring the overall success of the event”.

According to her, “the reception and hospitality of the government and people of the state, coupled with the grand performance at the Gala Night are most cherished in our memories, this has undoubtedly proven that Delta State is indeed ‘The Big Heart'”.

Patrick Ukah has also established good relationship with journalists in the state which has contributed to good information flow in and around the state. Little wonder his friends refer to him as the “Information Boss”.

Ukah made history as the first politician of Okpanam community to be made a Commissioner and was among the last eight Commissioners to be appointed by the governor.

This did not come as a surprise to those who are conversant with the leadership qualities embedded in the information enigma as Ukah is seen as one of the few major voices in Anioma nation.

With an MBA and Bachelor’s Degree from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a wealth of exposure and experience, Ukah held various positions which include: Board Member Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Chairman NOC Marketing Committee; Chairman NHF Marketing Committee; Founding Chairman, Sports Marketing Guild of Nigeria, among others.

His professional affiliations include: fellow, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN); associate, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON); member, Sports Writers? Association of Nigeria (SWAN); and member, Nigeria Association of Physical Health Education and Recreation (NAPHER).

Ukah has acquired several awards in various sectors of endeavour, one of which includes; a Merit Award from Jaycee International. He is a prominent member of Oganihu Anioma where he served as Secretary General for many years, excelling in strong advocacy for equity and justice in governance in the country with emphasis on Delta State.

With Patrick Ukah manning the affairs of information management in Delta State, the people of the state can be guaranteed of objective, constructive and undiluted information dissemination.

Collins Agwam is a Political Analyst and Public Affairs Commentator.
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