NO.DTS 0656: GOV DICKSON COMMISSIONS PROJECTS IN DELTA, SHOWERS OKOWA WITH ACCOLADES… AS IBORI THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND RESTRUCTURING
NO.DTS 0657: DELTA STATE SET TO LAUNCH MARKET HEALTH POST SCHEMES IN SENATORIAL DISTRICTS
NO.DTS 0657: DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE BARS BEN MENE-EJEGI FROM PRACTISING
NO.DTS 0658: DELTA CJ CAUTIONS NOTARIES PUBLIC ON DILIGENCE, DOCUMENT ENDORSEMENT
NO.DTS 0659: OKPAI MONARCH CALLS ON YOUTHS TO EMBRACE PEACEFUL DEALINGS WITH OIL COYS
NO.DTS 0660: MANR OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT BENEFICIARIES TO COLLECT SEEDLINGS, STEEL COLLARS
NO.DTS 0661: EXPERTS LIST NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST HEALTH
NO.DTS 0656 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
GOV DICKSON COMMISSIONS PROJECTS IN DELTA, SHOWERS OKOWA WITH ACCOLADES… AS IBORI THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND RESTRUCTURING
The Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, Chief Seriake Dickson, has commissioned multi-billion naira projects in Delta State, describing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as prudent manager of resources.
Chief Dickson who is the governor of Bayelsa State, commissioned road projects at Jesse, Ethiope West Local Government Area and the multi-billion naira Sapele Market in Sapele Local Government Area of the state. The market has 1, 532 shops, developed shoreline and four jetties.
According to Chief Dickson, “This is an international market, we are overwhelmed with the quality of projects you have executed, we have seen the wonderful roads you (Governor Okowa) have constructed.”
“These are special projects that will touch the lives of the people, improve on their economy and the economy of Delta State,” Chief Dickson said.
While paying glowing tribute to Governor Okowa’s administration, he asserted, “Governor Okowa came at a time of recession, we have heard about what he is doing in Delta State and today, we are witnesses, I wonder what Deltans will see in his second term.”
Governor Okowa at the ceremonies thanked God for making the commissioning exercise a reality, disclosing that the projects were initiated by Chief Ibori’s administration.
“Every good project that was started by previous administration must be completed, we will not have uncompleted projects in the state,” the Governor assured.
Chief Ibori in his speech commended the efforts of Governor Okowa’s administration to transform Delta State and urged the Governors of the South-South states to stick to their demand for the restructuring of the country.
“Carry on with the battle for the restructuring of the country to the finishing line,” Chief Ibori said.
It is worthy to state that Governors of the region few weeks ago at a meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State stated, “Everyone is aware of the ongoing clamour for devolution and a return to essential founding principle of this great country and we, in our meeting resolved as we have been speaking over sometime that we associate fully with the clamour for restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers that are so concentrated at the centre to the federating units. We have agreed to support ongoing moves in that direction by working with like-minded Nigerians who mean well for the country so that we can all have a stable and prosperous and peaceful nation. While we are not against the withdrawal of 1 billion dollars from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government for national security, we believe that such should be done by adhering strictly to constitutional provisions of paying 13 per cent derivation.”
The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Majesty, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (rtd), and others who spoke at the occasion, thanked Governor Okowa for executing people-oriented projects.
NO.DTS 0657 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DELTA STATE SET TO LAUNCH MARKET HEALTH POST SCHEMES IN SENATORIAL DISTRICTS
Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA) has called for a proactive effort to maintain a healthy Delta State through market health post initiative.
The Chairman of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Isioma Okobah made the call today when she paid an advocacy visit on the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Uche Osadebe.
Dr Okobah said that the advocacy visit was to introduce the Local Government to the Market Health post initiative, an initiative to drive the Health for All Deltan (HeFAD) to the door steps of market traders.
According to her, the Market Health Post would further boost the health for all Deltans initiative saying the scheme would bring health care to market buyers and sellers.
Emphasizing on the numerous benefits the market health post would provide, the DSPHCDA Chairman said that services such as immunization, treatment of minor ailments, health education and other primary health care services would be rendered.
She added that the Agency was setting up three pilot schemes in each of the senatorial district in the state disclosing that the Ogbeogonogo Modern market, Asaba would serve as the market health post for Delta North.
Dr Okobah also used the visit to request the support of the Chairman for a successful launch of the market health post scheme by providing convenient accommodation within the ogbeogonogo market, deployment of health personnel to man the market post and supply of medical equipments and consumables.
Responding, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Uche Osadebe, assured the DSPHCDA Chairman and her team of the Council’s support, saying that he was aware of the State Government’s commitment to health care development.
Hon. Osadebe described the market health post scheme as another laudable step by the state government through the Delta State Primary Health Care Development agency in advancing health care to Deltans.
He also promised to do the needful in the local government area to ensure a successful market health post inauguration.
NO.DTS 0658 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE BARS BEN MENE-EJEGI FROM PRACTISING
Determined to sensitise and get rid of quackery and unwholesome practices in the legal profession, the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), an organ of the Body of Benchers, sitting in Appeal Court, Abuja has barred a legal practitioner, Mr Ben Mene-Ejegi from practising and parading himself as legal practitioner, while Sepiribo Peters was exonerated of similar charges in a separate proceedings.
The proceedings presided over by J. B. Daudu (SAN) with four other members including the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, Justice of Appeal Court, Justice Abdu Aboki, E.C. Ukala (SAN) and Tijjani Inuwa-Dutse found the respondent guilty.
Mr Mene-Ejegi was found guilty of two counts of receiving the sum of N1, 600,000.00 (One Million Six Hundred Thousand Naira) by false pretence from one Tosan Olukpe as purchase price for parcel of land in Warri which did not belong to him, and refused to return same after repeated demands thereby conducting himself in an infamous manner contrary to Rule 1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct 2007 and punishable under Section 12 (1) of the Legal Practitioners Act, Cap. L 11 LFN 2004, as amended.
The respondent who pleaded not guilty to both counts argued that he transacted the sale of land in his capacity as a vendor and not as a legal practitioner, maintaining that he issued an acknowledge receipt for the sale of land in his letterhead paper does not change his capacity from being a vendor to that of a legal practitioner.
He added that he had not breached any rule of professional conduct as no law forbade him as a lawyer from selling his land or any property connected to him.
On the contrary, the complainant, through the Nigerian Bar Association, submitted that the sale of land, issuance of receipt of law office of the respondent and the deception of the entire transaction was achieved because the respondent masqueraded in the toga of legal practitioner thereby using the office to lend the veneer of trust and respectability.
The complainant, therefore, urged the Committee to find the respondent liable for conduct unbecoming of a legal practitioner, especially considering his refusal to comply with the initial soft landing offered by the investigation panel of the NBA, that is, respondent should refund petitioner’s money within 14 days.
After citing copious statutory and judicial authorities, the LPDC held the respondent liable in the two counts and directed the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to strike the name of the respondent off the roll of legal practitioners, and cease from carrying on the trade or business of a legal practitioner.
The Committee further ordered the respondent to refund within 30 days from the day of the order to the petitioner, Mr Tosan Olukpe, the sum of #1,600,000.00.
The Committee also directed that its decision should be brought to the attention of the respondent by service on him personally or at his last known address the proceedings of the Committee, and by publication in any edition of the Punch Newspaper and in the Federal Gazette as required by law.
NO.DTS 0659 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
DELTA CJ CAUTIONS NOTARIES PUBLIC ON DILIGENCE, DOCUMENT ENDORSEMENT
Worried by the litany of land cases that flood the courts, Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has reiterated the need for Notaries Public to conduct due diligence before endorsing travel documents and Deeds to drastically reduce incidents of land matters in the courts.
Justice Umukoro gave the advice when he administered oath of office on five newly appointed Notaries Public, in Asaba.
While congratulating Brown Etarero Umukoro, Abraham Paul Erhuen, Thompson Ogheneochuko Ohwonohwo, Joseph Onyejebose Ikenwe and Ejonafuvwe Taiga for their appointment, the Chief Judge expressed dismay over how Nigerian citizens were turned down at foreign embassies due to forged documents.
Justice Umukoro decried the worrisome situation where parties in land dispute tendered more than one certificates of occupancy and Deeds endorsed by lawyers for one piece of land, stressing that their appointment could be revoked if any contravene the oath of office sworn to.
He charged them not to undermine the confidence reposed in them by indulging in extraneous consideration in the course of discharging their statutory responsibilities.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Mr Brown Umukoro, a law lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Delta State University, Oleh Campus, thanked the Chief Judge for the favourable recommendation that made them scale through the stringent screening exercise, which eventually culminated into their appointment.
He pledged not to betray the confidence reposed in them, even as he prayed to God to help them discharge their responsibilities in line with the oath sworn to.
By section 2(1) Notaries Public Act, the Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), has the power to appoint a Legal Practitioner a Notary Public who is adjudged fit and proper and has paid practicing fees as when due for seven consecutive years.
A Notary Public so appointed is authorized by a state to administer oaths, certify documents, attest to the authenticity of signatures and perform official acts in commercial matters, such as protesting negotiable instruments.
NO.DTS 0660 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
OKPAI MONARCH CALLS ON YOUTHS TO EMBRACE PEACEFUL DEALINGS WITH OIL COYS
The Igwe of Okpai Community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Igwe Ugboma ll has called on the youth of Ndokwa to embrace peace, especially when dealing with oil prospecting company in the community.
He stated this recently at his palace at Okpai while declaring the 2018 fishing and farming festival open.
He said that grievances and complaints should be channeled through the Igwes palace for necessary action rather than take laws into their hands, saying that he was grieved by the ugly incident that took place about a week to the festival which led to loss of lives and property worth millions of naira.
The Igwe said that the incident would have been brought under control if properly taken care of and appealed to parents to caution their loved ones to avoid recurrence of such an incident.
Highlights of the occasion were prayers for peace and progress in Okpai community and cultural display by the Umawun and Ebubedike dance troop.
It will be recalled that seven. SAIPEM (a contracting firm working with AGIP) trucks were burnt down by irate youth when a youth from the community was killed in an accident involving a SAIPEM truck driver and a motorbike. Another indigene that went to bear arms for a reprisal attack was shot dead by military men on guard bringing the casualty to two.
NO.DTS 0661 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
MANR INVITES OIL PALM DEVELOPMENT BENEFICIARIES TO COLLECT SEEDLINGS, STEEL COLLARS
The Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has call on beneficiaries of Oil Palm Development Programme of the State Government to proceed to the Tree Crop Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Asaba to complete the agreement for the programme to enable them collect their inputs (Oil Palm Seedlings, Steel Collars, etc).
A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, indicated that interested farmers who did not apply for the programme but want to buy directly from Tree Crop Unit, could do so from any of the Tree Crop Nurseries located at Ejeme-Unor in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area and Arhagba Okpe in Okpe Local Government Area with evidence of payment made to, DTSG IGR-SALES OF OIL PALM SEEDLINGS, UNITY ABNK PLC with Account No. 0010703795.
While noting that the rate per seedling is N300 (Three Hundred Naira) only, the statement enjoined interested farmers to take advantage of this information and act accordingly.
NO.DTS 0662 TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
EXPERTS LIST NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST HEALTH
Renowned nutritionist, Stephanie Hametner, a German, has underscored the benefits of seed-based health products by Rain International at a health sensitization summit in Asaba, the Delta State capital, yesterday.
At the well-attended seminar, the Honorable Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye who was the Special Guest of Honor, represented by Architect Sam Oyorbaire, enjoined the participants to take advantage of the workshop, to have a rethink of their health status.
Henrik Brockmann, who shared a historical perspective of the evolution of Rain International, a world leader in seed-based health product, said that the organization was founded by American Byron Belka.
He said that at the moment, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had certified two of Rain International products – Rain Soul and Rain Core.
Henrik listed some of the health benefits of Rain Soul to include but not limited to regulate blood pressure, improve vision, prevent hearing loss among others.
While also highlighting the business side of the products, he noted that the organization was looking for market leaders that would market its product which he described as life-changing.
Other Speakers at the event were Rain International Nigeria representatives Casmir Okafor, Stanley Chidi Israel and Delta State Coordinator Andrew Onakpoma.
The highpoints of the event was the product taste of Rain Soul and the question and answer session.