DTSG Committed To Educational Development In The State

The Delta State Government has said that it is irrevocably committed to the development of the education sector of the state. The secretary to the Delta State government Hon. Festus Agas made this known while commissioning the renovation of a block of three classrooms with a hall at the Madonna School for children with special needs in Okpanam, renovated by the Delta State Government.

The SSG, said the administration of His Exellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to promote human capital development in the state through viable and result-oriented educational reforms and this was why the state government had embarked on a massive upgrade of infrastructural facilities in schools across the state.

He assured the people of Oshimili North Local Government Area that the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa led administration would continue to bring people-oriented projects to the local government and urged them to continue to support the government so as to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie said the Ministry had achieved some feats in special needs education including the designation of five secondary schools as inclusive schools, where special needs students learn side by side with others.

Mr. Ebie also said that one hundred and nineteen special needs students had been taken under the direct care of the state government which included upkeep of those in the boarding house.

Earlier in their separate remarks, the Delta State Commissioner for Information Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah and the Ugoani of Okpanam, His Royal Majesty, Micheal Mbanefo Ogbolu appreciated the state government for its developmental strides in Okpanam, while noting that Okpanam never had it so good as it was experiencing a boom in development.

The pledged the continuous support of the people of Okpanam to the government of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.

In her welcome address, the Principal of Madonna School for special needs Reverend Sister Ngozi Aluka thanked the state government for coming to the aid of the school by renovating the burnt three classroom block/hall in the school. She said the management of the school would not rest on its oars to train and develop children with special needs as they had the ability to contribute positively to the society.

 

State Govt Warns On Madonna School Land Encroachment  

The Delta State government has warned all trespassers on the land where Madonna School for Children with Special Needs is located in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government, to desist from further encroachment.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, gave the warning when he visited the school to ascertain the extent of encroachment on the premises.

Hon. Agas said the state government has decided to engage all the stakeholders, including the traditional institutions in Okpanam, youths, management of the school, and some of the trespassers to find an amicable solution to the problem.

He said the school has been shut down temporarily as a result of the massive encroachment and reminded all the developers on the land that any development there must have relevant permit and approval from the government.

The SSG noted that the management of the school was rendering humanitarian services. and therefore should  be encouraged.

He warned that any breach of the state government’s warning would amount to a breach of public safety and security, adding that government would not hesitate to act accordingly.

The SSG was accompanied on the visit by the State Surveyor General, Mr. Joseph Ogabu.

DELTA TO RECEIVE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL BEFORE END OF OCTOBER –AGAS

THE Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Rt. Hon. Festus Agas disclosed that the State Appropriation Bill for 2018 fiscal year would hit the floor of the Delta State House of Assembly before the end of the October.

Agas said finishing touches were being given to the 2018 appropriation bill to better represent the yearnings of Deltans and the game changing plans of the state government.

The SSG also debunked statements lambasting the state government on management without requisite budgetary permissions in respect to the 2017 fiscal year.

He said that the 2017 budget of the state government was duly presented to the state parliament, accorded clause -by- clause consideration, passed and officially signed into law by the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

The SSG ,in a chat with newsmen after playing host to the State House of Assembly Committee on Establishment, Privileges and Ethics led by its Chairman, Hon. Dennis Omovie, said that it was quite ridiculous that the state government could be accused of running without budget when it is under the supervision of a seasoned lawmaker, turned governor in the person of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

“I am aware a budget was presented, passed and signed into law. The government has executed every project in accordance with the provision of the 2017 budget. The state government under the leadership of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is very proactive.”

Agas challenged interested parties who he described as traducers to ensure thorough investigations before embarking on mudslinging, adding that they were chiefly under informed.

He commended the committee for their visit and assured them of all necessary cooperation towards the development of the state.

Earlier, the Chairman, Establishments, Privileges and Ethics, Hon. Dennis Omovie accompanied by other members of the Committees, including, Hon. Orezi Esievo and Hon. Alphonsus Ojo said that the visit was to familiarise with the secretariat and look at possible ways of assisting them achieve their mandate.

DTSG Inaugurates Traditional Medicine Board

The Delta State Government has today in Asaba inaugurated the Delta State Traditional Medicine Board with a call on members to regulate the practice of traditional medicine practitioners within the state.

Those inaugurated are Chief Ogbogodor Ogumu, Chairman, Dr.Tav’s Abere, Chief Dr.Philips Oyekpe, Chief Ezekiel Agholimene as members.

Others are Dr.Faith Odis, Dr. Godwin Nwaka and Dr.Thomaa Unuafe whiile Mr. Fidelis Ohwofosa will serve as Secretary.

The Secretary to State Government, Hon. Festus Agas, who inaugurated the Board expressed hope that the Board would bring sanity to the practice and safeguard the health and lives of Deltans.

Hon. Agas also said that the government would expect the Board to propose and pilot the development of traditional herbs into preservable forms for easy prescription to patients.

He noted that with the Board, the state could have a good statistics of attendance of traditional  health clinics in the state including birth and death rates ,and pledged government’s assistance when necessary.

Earlier, the state Health Commissioner, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, in his remark, urged members of the Board to take their job seriously to ensure that the practice of traditional medicine was regulated. He equally urged them to identify quacks and expunge them from the practice.

The Chairman if the Board, Chief Ogumu on behalf of other members said the Board would continue to partner with the state ministry of health and other relevant agencies of government to achieve quality and affordable healthcare delivery in the state.

Chief Ogumu said the Board had set up a task force to eradicate fake herbal drugs and quacks among the practitioners, adding that four herbal shops operating without license have been sealed while several herbal drug hawkers have been sesitized to update their official permit for the sale of their wares.

He said the Board would establish a Botanical garden for herberl medicines in the state to promote tourist attraction among other things and solicited government’s assistance in other to achieve set goals.

 

The Delta state government has assured of its readiness to collaborate with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in its determination to achieve a better Nigeria through proper value re-orientation of the citizenry.

The Secretary to state government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, gave the assurance today in Asaba when the officials of the Agency paid him a visit.

Hon. Agas said the state government would always incorporate the input of the agency in policy making, urging the group not to relent in in its duties but to liaise with the state Directorate of Orientation to enable then function effectively in the state towards building a better society.

The SSG noted that the NOA was not only for the Federal Government but also for the state as well as local government, and promised to communicate their challenges to the Governor.

Earlier, the new state Director of the Agency, Mr. Ivan Okolo, said they were in the SSG ‘s office on familiarization and to also solicit the assistance of the state government.

Mr. Okolo appealed to the government to collaborate with the Agency in order to move the nation forward.


Delta To Resolve Boundary Dispute With Edo Communities -Agas

THE Delta State Government has assured Umutu community in Ukwuani Local Government Area and Ovre-Eku and other communities in Ethiope East Local Government Area that it will take necessary steps towards finding lasting solution to the lingering boundary (land) dispute between Umutu and Urhonigbe community in Edo State and between Ovre-Eku, other communities in Delta and Edo States.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, gave the assurance when he led a high powered delegation on a fact- finding visit to Umutu and Eku communities at the weekend. He reiterated the irrevocable commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration to the safety of lives and property of all Deltans, adding that “we will work with all relevant information/documents and also liaise with the National Boundary Commission with a view to finding lasting solutions to the lingering boundary dispute.”
He averred that the present administration has the political will to wade into the matter and advised Umutu, Ovre and other communities to remain calm and maintain the peace, reminding them that taking the laws into their hands was counter-productive.
The SSG commended the communities for their peaceful disposition over the years, despite series of attacks and provocations, assuring them that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
“We feel your pains and sufferings. Government will not let you down. The present administration, under the watch of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is focused and the wellbeing of the people is dear to his heart. Delta and Edo States have a
cordial relationship. We will do the needful to ensure that the lingering boundary dispute is resolved amicably.”
Earlier at the palace of the Okpala-Uku of Umutu, Chief Anthony Nwachukwu, on behalf of the community had chronicled the genesis of the boundary dispute between Umutu and Urhonigbe communities and appealed to the state government to wade into the matter and put paid to the lingering boundary disputes.
He commended the state government for the fact -finding visit to Umutu, affirming that the visit has rekindled their hope as well as given them a new lease of life and the reason to believe that indeed, Governor Okowa’s administration does not toy with the well being of the people.
In their separate remarks at Eku, the Chairman, Forum of Communities in Delta State sharing boundary with Edo State, Chief Abel and others narrated their ordeal and sufferings in the hands of alleged agents of Presco Oil Plc, saying that they have not only been chased away from their ancestral home, but also subjected to untold hardship, poverty and hunger as their farmlands have been forcefully taken over by the company.
They applauded the team for the visit, even as they passionately appealed to the state government to wade into the matter so as to save them from hunger and deprivation which may eventually lead to death.
It could be recalled that the fact finding visit was sequel to motions of urgent public importance moved by the Member representing Ukwuani Constituency,

Delta State Creates Platform For Interaction With Potential Investors

The  Delta State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  with Aniwura International Project limited with a view to creating a platform for interaction between government and potential investors both locally and internationally.

The Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, who signed on behalf of the state government, expressed optimism that the MoU will be mutually beneficial to both parties.

Hon. Agas said the partnership would engender the desired platform that will further ensure the success of the policy thrust of the present administration, which according to him had a strong link with the SMART agenda.

He noted that this platform will further give the beneficiaries of the state governments Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme, YAGEP, and Skills Training and Entrepreneurship  Programme, STEP, a new vista to interact with the world.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  of Aniwura International Project Limited, Princess Iwayemi Ogomudia, said the organisation was aimed at providing opportunity for people to own, operate and manage business activities.

Princess Ogomudia noted that the partnership would enhance supply chain service delivery between the state and the world.

She said the platform will keep the people updated on event, policies and programmes of the state government.

The CEO commended the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for giving them the opportunity to contribute to the transformation agenda of the present administration.