News Bulletin Asaba, Nigeria, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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

Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DTSG COMMITTED TO CORPORATE EXISTENCE OF NIGERIA

The Delta State Govt has said that it will deal decisively with any person or group which activities threaten public peace, order, and security

A statement from the State Ministry of Information has advised members of the public particularly Deltans to go about their normal and lawful duties and to be wary of the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).

The statement reiterated the commitment of the Government and people of Delta State to the corporate and peaceful existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Asaba, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NO.DTS 8379: TOWN HALL MEETINGS: OKOWA, UDUAGHAN, OTHERS BRAINSTORM ON HOW TO MAKE WARRI, KOKO PORTS FUNCTIONAL

NO.DTS 0380: GOV OKOWA PLEDGES ADMINISTRATION’S SUPPORT FOR GENUINE INVESTORS… SAYS STARS UNIVERSITY WILL BE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

NO.DTS 0381: DELTA CHIEF JUDGE TASKS PARENTS ON SOUND MORAL UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN

NO.DTS 0382: ASABA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RUNWAY, TAXIWAY SHUTDOWN FOR SIX WEEK

NO.DTS 0383: 2018 SERIES SECRETARIAL EXAMINATION HOLDS APRIL 9 – 12

Editor: Churchill Oyowe
Tel: 08062269772
Website: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0379: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Town Hall Meetings: Okowa, Uduaghan, Others Brainstorm On How To Make Warri, Koko Ports Functional

ISSUES of dredging the Koko and Warri Ports took centre stage today as Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa held town hall meetings with the people of Warri North and Warri South Local Government Areas.

At the town hall meetings which took place at Warri and Koko respectively, Governor Okowa disclosed that his administration was working with relevant authorities to see that Warri and Koko ports were dredged for them to function optimally.

The town hall meetings were in continuation of series of town hall meetings going on in different local government areas of the state.

Governor Okowa who stated that his administration was committed to ensuring a state where facilities were functional, observed that making the seaports active would bring a lot of benefits to the people, the state and Nigeria as a nation.

“The cost of dredging the Ports is alarming, but, we are exploring different opportunities for the Ports to be functional,” the Governor said.
He commended the people for their support for his administration, disclosing that the town hall meetings provided fora for him to tell the people what his administration was doing and also, get reactions from the people about the achievements of his administration and their expectations.

The Governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Barr Kingsley Otuaro and top government officials, assured the people that there would be consistent efforts for potable water to be distributed, and urged the people to embrace the compulsory health contributory scheme.

According to him, the health contributory scheme was designed for Deltans to have easy access to health facilities, assuring the people that the health centres in the areas would be made functional because of their importance to the people at the grassroots.

Governor Okowa also disclosed that his administration was constructing markets despite the fact that it was the function of local government councils because, the Councils do not have the capacity to construct such, saying, “We construct the markets and handover to the Councils to manage.”

He also explained that due to the high cost of scholarship for Deltans wishing to go out for their post-graduate studies outside the country, his administration had worked out a model for such students to be given scholarship to study in the country as it was more cost-effective to do so.

Former Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, stated that it was important for the Ports to be made functional, noting, “While Koko has free trade status, it is deep but, the channel is shallow.”

Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Hon. Michael Tidi had during the town hall meeting in Warri, said, “The monumental Ode-Itsekiri Internal Roads network represents a watershed in the annals of the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people, a true marvel to behold, it stands as a prominent testament to the legendary resourcefulness with which you (Governor Okowa) approach governance; the Itsekiri people are very grateful for that unique insight of giving Ode-Itsekiri and environs vehicular civilization for the first time in our history, we appreciate His Excellency for your commitment to the Trans-Warri/Ode-Itsekiri Bridge that would link neighboring communities, amongst other growth catalysts.”

“It takes a man of courage and integrity to make promises, keep them and still come back to listen to more requests, we consider this Town Hall meeting to be a rare privilege, indeed and we most sincerely appreciate you, our Governor for providing such a veritable platform for our people and other critical stakeholders in the society to meet and interface with the number one citizen of the state,” Hon. Tidi added.

At each of the town hall meetings, people of all walks of life spoke freely, while most of them commended the Governor for his numerous achievements, others drew the attention of the Governor to areas his administration needed to act on.

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NO.DTS 0380: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Gov Okowa Pledges Administration’s Support For Genuine Investors… Says Stars University Will Be First Of Its Kind In Sub-Sahara Africa

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared his administration’s determination to continue to support and encourage individuals with genuine intention to bring development to the state.

Dr Okowa made the declaration while performing the official groundbreaking ceremony of the STARS University, Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area yesterday.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr Jude Sinebe, in his speech said that when completed the university would be the first of its kind in Sub-Sahara Africa as well as in Nigeria, just as in the case of the College of Physical Education, Mosogar.

Governor Okowa described STARS University as uniquely designed to train athletes in various sporting activities, expressing optimism that the university would open up the area and also accelerate development in the entire state.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Rtd Captain Joseph Okubor, asserted that prince Ned Nwoko had a huge passion for his people’s well-being which he said had been re-enforced by the groundbreaking ceremony, stressing that it would usher in unprecedented development in the community.

According to him, a seed had been sown with the groundbreaking ceremony of the STARS University and urged the people to strive to become role model rather than chasing wealth at all cost.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Project Implementation Committee, Prof. Nduka Uriah, described Ned Nwoko as a visionary politician and legal luminary of great repute.

Prof. Urial, started that when completed the university would be a center of excellence for sports/conventional university, stating that all the academic requirements by the National Universities Commission (NUC) had been met.

The founder of the University, Hon Prince Ned Nwoko, said that the sports university would also offer conventional courses, and joint honour degree would be awarded.

While thanking the people of Idumuje-Ugboko and those who graced the ceremony, he explained that STARS University represented Sports, Technology, Arts and Research Sciences.

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NO.DTS 0381: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Delta Chief Judge Tasks Parents On Sound Moral Upbringing Of Children

The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has reiterated the need for parents to imbue in their children good moral and scriptural principles that would make them viable citizens.

Justice Umukoro gave the advice when the International Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA, Delta State chapter, paid him a courtesy call in Asaba to intimate him of the existence and activities of the Association.

The Chief Judge, who was reacting to observations of the group concerning nursing mothers awaiting trial in prison custody, attributed the increase of baby mothers and crime in the society to dysfunctional family system.

While expressing reservation on the ability of orphanages to take adequate care of motherless children removed from their mothers in prison custody, Justice Umukoro stated that the reason such mothers were being kept behind bars should be inquired into without sentiments for the interest of the larger society.

He disclosed that the Judiciary was collaborating with the State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development to appoint competent members from the Area Courts as Assessors to sit with Judges and Magistrates in the six Family Courts in the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

He used the occasion to advise parents, especially mothers, to exercise due diligence while profiling the background of prospective suitors before giving their consent, even as he promised members of the Association his support during their forthcoming FIDA/Delta week.

Earlier, the Chairperson of FIDA, Mrs Okus Lauretta Omezi, said that they were in his office to intimate him on activities of the group and solicited his support, being the number one citizen of the Judiciary in Delta State.

Mrs Omezi, who was in company of executive members of the Association, disclosed that the Association had been resuscitated to be alive to its responsibilities, saying it was established in Delta State 15 years ago and had branches in 32 States of the Federation.

The Chairperson, who is also a President of Area Customary Court, enumerated objectives of FIDA to include enhancing and promoting the welfare of women and children, to establish friendly international ties on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples, and to provide advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children.

While thanking the Chief Judge on the increasing rate of transfer of cases to ADR, the Association appealed for more transfers affecting women and children to enable them benefit from access to justice.

They equally brought to the attention of the Chief Judge cases of nursing mothers and persons of unsound mind on awaiting trial and could not competently withstand trial, even as they called on him to ensure that specialists were appointed to man family courts.

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NO.DTS 0382: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
Asaba International Airport Runway, Taxiway Shutdown For Six Week

The Asaba International Airport runway and taxiway will be closed for traffic for six (6) weeks beginning 9th April to 15th May, 2018, to operators of Airlines and Passengers.

This closure, according to a statement signed by the Delta State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, is to make way for the rehabilitation work of the middle section of the runway to be executed and completed.

The general public, especially airline operators are by this announcement advised to take note of the closure.

The Delta State Government and the Contractor handling the rehabilitation work of the Asaba International Airport, Setraco Limited, called on the general public and airline operators to take note and expressed regret all inconveniences the closure may cause them.

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NO.DTS 0383: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
2018 Series Secretarial Examination Holds April 9 – 12

The 2018 series of the Delta State Secretarial Examination for Confidential Secretaries and Secretarial Assistants in the Delta State Public Service has been scheduled to hold from Monday, 9th April to Thursday, 12th April, 2018.

According to a statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, the schedule became necessary following the gracious approval by the State Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko mni.

The statement noted that the examination will hold in two centres, namely Staff Training Centre, Asaba and Hussey College, Warri, and called on interested candidates to take note of the date and venues for the examination.

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ASABA, NIGERIA MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018

NO.DTS 0094: GOV OKOWA EXPRESSES COMMITMENTS TO SUCCESSFUL 2018 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP… RECEIVES COMMENDATIONS FROM SPORTS MINISTER

NO.DTS 0095: WORKS COMMISSIONER APPEALS TO DELTANS FOR UNDERSTANDING ON PROJECT EXECUTION IN ASABA

NO.DTS 0096: PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON OCCUPIER HOUSING SCHEME HOLDS FEBRUARY 1

NO.DTS 0097: SUSPECTED ‘OKADA’ THIEF LYNCHED IN UGHELLI

NO.DTS 0098: NAWOJ PARTNERS IKA NORTH EAST TO TACKLE MALNUTRITION

NO.DTS 0099: BISHOP MMALAGU CALLS FOR PRAYERS FOR PERSONS IN AUTHORITY

EDITOR: CHURCHILL OYOWE
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE:www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

 

NO.DTS 0094: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
GOV OKOWA EXPRESSES COMMITMENTS TO SUCCESSFUL 2018 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIP… RECEIVES COMMENDATION FROM SPORTS MINISTER

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured of his commitment to the successful hosting of the 2018 Confederation of African Athletics Championship.

The Governor stated this when he played host to the Minister of Sports, Chief Solomon Dalung, who was in the state to see the level of preparedness for athletic meet to be hosted by Delta State at the Stephen Kechi Stadium, Asaba.

Governor Okowa pledged to provide all the support needed to ensure the state hosted successfully, saying sporting activities were unifying factors that engender and development of any economy.

According to the Governor, “We are committed to the success of the 2018 CAA Athletics championship and we are going to offer all the support needed to ensure the successful hosting. Sports is a unifying factor among our people especially in the maintenance of peace and development of the economy”

He thanked the Minister for the visit, explaining that it would ginger the Local Organising Committee to put more efforts towards ensuring the facilities were in place for the championship and urged the private sector to do more to support sports development in the country.

Earlier, the Sports Minister, Chief Solomon Dalung at the courtesy/inspection visit expressed confidence at the state readiness to host the championship.

Chief Dalung who was accompanied by the President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau and Former AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba, said that Delta State was ready to host the championship, stressing that the facilities would be ready on time and the championship would be used to showcase the capacity of Africa to host the world.

He commended Governor Okowa for his support for sports development in the country and the facilities being put in place to host the 2018 CAA Athletics Championship, stressing that a successful hosting of the sports tournament would improve the economy, provide employment and engender peace.

“I want to commend Your Excellency for your support to host the CAA Athletics championship, it is a rare demonstration of selfless leadership, Delta State has sprung its normal surprise, what I see here is quite amazing, His Excellency and his officials will be able to deliver on time. The pitch is interesting as they took their time to prepare the laying structure to ensure they have a durable pitch. Governor Okowa deserves commendation”, he said, adding, “Africa is using this championship to showcase to the world its capacity to host the world and you [Governor Okowa] were a harbinger for sports development in Africa”, emphasizing that sports engendered peace, unity and economic growth in the country.

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NO.DTS 0095: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
WORKS COMMISSIONER APPEALS TO DELTANS FOR UNDERSTANDING ON PROJECT EXECUTION IN ASABA

An appeal has gone to Deltans to exercise patience with the state Government for the inconveniences being experienced with the construction of the storm water control measures on Old Anwai and Nnebisi Roads, as well as Amb. Ralph Uwechue and DBS Roads that would commence soon.

Delta State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye made this appeal following complaints of inconveniences by residents and road users on the axis where the construction works were being carried out.

Chief Augoye maintained that the state Government was committed to eradicating the menace of incessant flooding in the states capital and its environ by rain storm water, pointing out that the inconveniences associated with construction jobs would soon be a thing of the past.

While emphasizing that the construction of the projects was for the ultimate benefit and good of Deltans, the Works Commissioner called on the residents of the affected areas to continue to cooperated with the Governor Okowa led Administration in her giant strides in roads and drainage development in the state.

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NO.DTS 0096: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON OCCUPIER HOUSING SCHEME HOLDS FEBRUARY 1

A public presentation of Occupier Housing Scheme Project comes up on Thursdays February 1, 2018.

The presentation which is a collaborative effort between the Delta State Government and Kanma Property Development Company and Turec Estate and Construction Limited, will take place at the Association of Senior Civil Servant Secretariat, Maryam Babangida Way Asaba at 11am prompt.

According to a statement endorsed by the Director of Information, Delta State, Mr Paul Osahor, the presentation is aimed at giving all public servants the opportunity to meet one on one with the project coordinator.

The statement advised all public servants to take note of the date and be present at the presentation programme.

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NO.DTS 0097: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
SUSPECTED ‘OKADA’ THIEF LYNCHED IN UGHELLI

A robbery suspect, popularly known as Ejime, who specializes in snatching and stealing of Okada in Ughelli and Environs has been lynched.

The suspect who hails from Afiesere community, with two others now on the run, on the faithful day were alleged to have attempted to steal a motorcycle popularly called ‘Okada’ that was parked by the owner and in the process they were sighted by the owner who raised alarm.

According to an eye witness, youths of the area came out in large numbers and gave them a hot chase and while the two other were able to escape, the said suspect, who is a renowned tailor was most unfortunate.

It was disclosed that before his death, the deceased confessed to the crime and also confessed the identity of one his gang members who is now at large, as well as being involved in snatching of Okada in the area.

It would be recalled that of recent, the stealing of Okada in Ughelli and environs has been very rampant.

Meanwhile, the maternal relatives of the deceased from neighboring Isoko community have threatened to attack Afiesere community over the death of their sister’s son which they said was an act of extrajudicial killing.

Reacting, an elderly man from Afiesere community, who did not disclose his name said that the threat was baseless since the deceased was neither lynched nor died in Afiesere community.

He advised the relatives of the deceased to have a rethink on their intention, adding that Afiesere community was known for peace and justice and would not take part in such extrajudicial killing.

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NO.DTS 0098: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
NAWOJ PARTNERS IKA NORTH EAST TO TACKLE MALNUTRITION

The Chairman, Ika North East Local Government Area, Barr Victor Ebonka has assured that all necessary measures will be taken to kick out malnutrition in the Local Government Area.

Bar Eborka stated this during an advocacy visit to his office in Ika North East Local Government Council, Owa Oyibu, by the State Chairman of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ). Comrade Patricia Gbemudu.

He said that Nutritionists should exercise caution when dispensing drugs to infants, warning that primary health centres that fail to carry out their work would be dealt with as his administration.

Earlier, Comrade Patricia Gbemudu disclosed that the reason for the visit was to advocate the proper nutrition in feeding of infants and young children especially under the age of five years.

According to Comrade Gbemudu, a survey which was carried out by UNICEF showed that Ika North East, Ethiope West, Oshimili North had the highest mortality rate of young infants under the age of five years.

She added that mothers, youths and adolescents needed to be sensitized on the global policy which demanded exclusive breast feeding of mothers to their babies for the first six months of life and thereafter add supplementary including breast feeding after the six months.

The NOWOJ Chairman gave the breakdown of the UNICEF Survey carried to include 16.3% of children in the state are stunted, 11.2% are under weight while 4.2% are wasted.

She called for a change of attitude in improving the nutrition of children, saying “A healthy child is a healthy nation therefore Malnutrition should be fought against in other to enable a child achieve its potentials in life and this can be corrected through behavioral change and sensitization to the people at all level.”

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NO.DTS 0099: MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
BISHOP MMALAGU CALLS FOR PRAYERS FOR PERSONS IN AUTHORITY

The Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Religion Matters, Bishop Greatman Nmalagu, has called on Deltans to pray for people in positions of authority.

Bishop Mmalagu made the call when he led other Ministers of God to pay a courtesy visit on the Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Solomon Golley.

Bishop Greatman in his sermon reading from the Book of Roman 13:1-2, when the citizens pray for people in authority, the effect would make them to pilot public affairs with the fear of God.

He urged both the staff and political class of the local government to pray fervently for peace to reign in the local government, the state and Nigeria at large.

The clergyman said that God gives power and therefore those in authority must be respected and prayed for them so as to spread the dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

The bishop urged everyone to shun anything that would bring conflicts, adding that unity was the bedrock of progress and development.

The servant of God advised the council boss to open a chapel in the secretariat where prayer would be observed on daily basis.

In his remark, Hon. Golley who was represented by Mr Daddi Amudo, Head of Personnel Management, (HPM) thanked Bishop Mmalagu for the visit and promised to transmit his message to the Chairman.

Present at the prayer gathering were the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ethiope-West chapter, Rev. Anthony Udje, other ministers of God, executive and members of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), among others.

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Postponment of IPMAN AGM

It has come to the attention of the Delta State Government that there are moves by some persons to cause mayhem and disrupt the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN)’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Friday, 1st December 2017 at the Cenotaph Asaba.

In order to prevent a breach of peace, the Delta State Government has directed that the IPMAN Annual General Meeting (AGM) be put off for security reasons.

The Delta State Government wishes to warn all individuals and groups who are engaged in any nefarious activities aimed at disrupting the operations of the Warri depot to desist forthwith from such acts.

Security Agencies have been directed to ensure that all such miscreants are arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Accordingly, Deltans and law-abiding Petroleum dealers are by this announcement, encouraged to go about their legitimate and lawful business at the Warri depot.

Mr. Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Ministry of Information News Bulletin, Asaba, Nigeria, Thursday, November 2, 2017  

NO.DTS 1008: ASSIST THE NEEDY, GOV OKOWA TELLS WEALTHY NIGERIANS

NO.DTS 1009: DTSG PLEDGES TO PARTNER EGBEMA GBARAMATU COMMUNITY ON FACILITY UTILIZATION

NO.DTS 1010: EBIE ATTRIBUTES REVIVAL OF PRINCIPALS CUP TO GOV OKOWA’S LOVE FOR GRASSROOT SPORTS

NO.DTS 1011: DTSG APPROVES IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART CITY INITIATIVE IN STATE-OWNED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

NO.DTS 1012: UKWUANI LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL ASSURES STAFF OF GOOD DEAL.

NO.DTS 1013: OSAKUNIH HANDS OVER MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP TO HPM

NO.DTS 1014: EDUCATION COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LAYS FOUNDATION FOR 2-STOREY BUILDING

NO.DTS 1015: OKOWA MOURNS DEATH OF TINUBU’S FIRST SON, JIDE

NO.DTS 1016:  PROPHET BROFA DEDICATES DAUGHTER TO GOD

EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL

TEL: 08062269772

WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 1008: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

ASSIST THE NEEDY, GOV OKOWA TELLS WEALTHY NIGERIANS

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called on wealthy Nigerians and individual organisations to always assist the needy and vulnerable group.

Governor Okowa made the call recently at Iselegu, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State during an empowerment programme, organised by Chika’s Foundation which has the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Hon. Chika Ossai as Chairman.

According to the Governor, “there are some persons who believe that they will have so much before they render assistance, it should not be so, that is why we are happy that Hon. Ossai is empowering the people,  this should be emulated, you don’t need to have so much before you can assist people.”

The Governor who was elated at the large turnout of people, including the nature of the empowerment programme urged political office holders to emulate Hon. Ossai who, despite the economic situation of the country was able to empower his constituent.

He used the occasion to thank the people of Ndokwa East Local Governments Area for their support for his administration, stating that his administration would continue to deliver dividends of democracy.

Hon. Ossai, at the occasion, commended Governor Okowa for creating the enabling environment for his aides to meet with the yearnings of the people.

Earlier, the Governor had attended the dedication of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Iselegu, built by Hon. Ossai, where he commended him for building a house for God.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okowa stated, “Those who build for the Lord never lack, it is good to build for the Lord because, when church comes to a place, it will bring peace, progress and prosperity to the people in the community.”

In a homily, The Bishop of Warri Diocese of the Catholic Church, Most Rev. John Afareha who was represented by Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Owoaka delivered through Rev. Fr. Jude Igho commended Hon Ossai for building for the Lord, stating, “those who build for the Lord, build specifically for spiritual exercise, those who have the means to build for the Lord, should not relent.”

Present at the occasion were the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborovweri; Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi; Chief Godswill Obielum and other politicians attended the event.

High point of the occasion was the distribution of cars, sewing machines, spraying machines for herbicides,  wrappers, and cash of N5 million to some of the beneficiaries.

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NO.DTS 1009: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

DTSG PLEDGES TO PARTNER EGBEMA GBARAMATU COMMUNITIES ON FACILITY UTILIZATION

Delta State Government has pledged to partner with the Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF), to ensure effective use of the facilities provided by the Foundation for the benefit of Deltans.

The Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Festus Agas made the pledge in Asaba when members of the Foundation and representatives of Chevron Nigeria Limited paid him a visit in his office.

Hon. Agas said the Okowa led administration placed high premium on health service delivery and assured that the two cottage Hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as the schools provided by the Foundation at Oporoza, Warri South West and Shekelewu Warri North, would be put to good use to meet the health care needs of the inhabitants of the area.

He commended the group for providing a conducive environment for the company and other stakeholders to operate in the area and urged other communities to emulate the good gesture of the foundation.

The SSG congratulated the group on its successful completion of the cottage hospitals and schools in the area, assuring that the state Government would look into the problems of teachers and hospital personnel.

The Chairman of the EGCDF, Comrade Jude Ukori said that they were in the SSG’s office to solicit the assistance of the Government towards equipping the cottage hospitals and schools built by the Foundation.

Comrade Ukori noted that the projects were initiated by the Chevron Nigeria limited but ware completed by the Foundation, adding that the group had the mandate to interface with the company and the communities to ensure peaceful co-existence.

He listed the challenges facing the communities to include lack of teachers, hospital personnel and other facilities including drugs.

Speaking in an interview with correspondent Emeka Okonkwor, Comrade Jude Ukori appealed to the State Government to come to their aid to enable the people of the area acquire quality education as well as healthcare delivery and advised members of the communities to avail themselves the opportunity to be educated.

Members of the Foundation were accompanied by representatives of the Chevron Nigeria Limited Mr. Dan Agbofode and Mr Emma Emeribe.

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NO.DTS 1010: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

EBIE ATTRIBUTES REVIVAL OF PRINCIPALS CUP TO GOV OKOWA’S LOVE FOR GRASSROOT SPORTS

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie has said the revival of the Principals Cup is one of the programs outlined by His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa towards enhancing grassroots sports in the state.

Mr Ebie made this known at the kickoff/opening match for the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup which was played at the Sports Field at St Patrick College, Asaba.

He said that the governor was keen on redirecting the focus of young Deltans to meaningful ventures so that they could become useful to themselves and not destroy their future, emphasizing that it was what prompted the Governor to give express approval for the revival of the Principals Cup.

The Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, represented by the Zonal Head, Asaba Mr Lucky Ighade, promised that the bank would sustain the partnership with the Delta State Government in order to discover talents that would do the nation proud in international competitions.

The opening match between Master Care International School, Asaba and Comprehensive High School Ogwashi-Uku was keenly contested and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Highlight of the event was the kick-off for the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup which was taken by Engr Emeka Nwobi, Chairman, House Committee on Sports and member representing Aniocha North in the Delta State House of Assembly.

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NO.DTS 1011: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

DTSG APPROVES IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART CITY INITIATIVE IN STATE-OWNED TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

Delta State Government has approved the implementation of the Delta State SMART CITY initiative in all State-owned Tertiary Institutions in the State.

A statement signed by the functioning Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information indicated that to ensure the successful implementation of the initiative, the State Ministry of Science and Technology has drawn up an “Action Plan and Initiation Deployment Questionnaire” for the deployment of the Education Campus Management System in all Delta State-owned Tertiary Institutions.

The statement advised all State-owned Tertiary Institutions to populate the questionnaire which had already been circulated through the Ministry of Higher Education.

It further enjoined that completed questionnaire should be returned to the Office of the State Commissioner for Higher Education on or before Friday November 3, 2017 unfailingly.

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NO.DTS 1012: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

UKWUANI LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL ASSURES STAFF OF A GOOD DEAL.

Staff Ukwuani Local Government Council have been assured of a better deal in spite of the financial constraints besieging councils in the state.

The Head of Personnel Management (HPM) Dr. F.O. Atube, gave the assurance while addressing the staff recently.

The HPM who doubles as the current Head of administration in the Council thanked the workers for their cooperation with the Clock in and Clock out adopted by the state government to check the lackadaisical attitude of some council staff.

He encouraged the workers to always come to work on time; clock in appropriately; stay on their duty posts and clock out appropriately at the end of the day. “Come to work and stay on your duty posts, and ensure that you clock in and out appropriately because a committee has been set up to weed out those who have not been clocking in and out the right way,” he stated.

The HPM conveyed the praise of the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to the staff for their cooperation with the clock in and clock out policy, noting that the clock in and out was instituted to clean up the system and to ensure that only those who come to work were remunerated.

Dr. Atube disclosed that it was because the system failed to manage the workforce hence the government’s intervention with the clock in and clock out, adding that by the end of April 2018 the InfoSec Database would be handed over to the Local Government Service Commission to manage.

He called on the staff to remain committed to the job, be effective and productive adding that plans were in top gear to pay up all arrears owed council workers in the state as promised by the state government.

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NO.DTS 1013: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

OSAKUNIH HANDS OVER MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP TO HPM

The immediate past Chairman, Ukwuani Local Government Council, Hon. Barr Benedicta Ndudi Osakunih-Izuegbu has officially handed over to the Council’s Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Dr. F. O Atube who will act as the Head of the council.

While handing over, Hon. Osakunih-Izuegbu noted that amongst others things that her administration brought a state-of-art Digital Capacity Centre to the Local Government Council, which she said, the youths could utilized to acquire technological skills that would help them stay in tune with the trends in the 21st century beyond social networking.

According to her, the Digital Capacity Centre located at the Uduaghan Resource Centre, Obiaruku was built with the support of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA).

Hon Benedicta encouraged Ukwuani people to continue to pursue their individual and collective dreams while adding that ideas must be built upon before they could be meaningful.”When you have any idea, however small or big, develop it – whatever it is, do not be cowed by some supposed impossible dreams; see impossibilities as a motivation that you can dare and overcome. Don’t let anybody talk or threaten you out of your dreams,” she stated.

Continuing, She said, “Stand out and let your voice be heard however faint it might sound! Make it an intention to serve because service comes with blessings. When you serve you are blessed,” she stated.

Hon. Benedicta advised the Ukwuani people to continue to aspire higher and higher in order to reach for their goals and achieve their dreams.

She described the Acting Head of the Council, Dr. Atube as an astute administrator who would steer the Council in the right direction, using the occasion to commend the members of the immediate past executive of the Ukwuani Local Government Council for their immense support and cooperation while her administration lasted.

She thanked God for the successful completion of her tenure in spite of the challenges that were on her way, her family members and the people of Ukwuani Local Government Area for their support.

Responding, the Acting Head of Administration/HPM, Ukwuani Local Government Council, Dr. F. O Atube congratulated and commended Hon Benedicta for the successful completion of her tenure and for her administrative ingenuity. He prayed God to continue to bless and promote her even as he wished her Godspeed in all her future endeavors in life.

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NO.DTS 1014: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

EDUCATION CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LAYS FOUNDATION FOR 2-STOREY BUILDING

Members of Education Multipurpose Co-operative Society, Effurun on Tuesday laid the foundation for their 2-storey multipurpose building at Eyesan Junction, Emebiren Street, Okumagba Layout, Warri.

In his key note address the Chairman of the multipurpose co-operative society, Mr. Emmanuel Ukeredi explained that the project was embarked upon to diversify the business of the co-operative society by generating more income and remain in the state of profitability.

He noted that it would be suicidal for the cooperative society to continue to rely only on loan interest as a source of income, saying, “As a matter of fact, the building when completed will contain the society’s permanent office, an event hall, a processing factory and a warehouse.”

Mr . Ukeredi who disclosed that the financing of the project was made possible with the assistance of the Board Trust Montage  Bank  Limited, thanked members for sharing the vision of the executives of the cooperative society on the project.

The managing director of Delta Trust Montage Bank, Mrs Ruby commended the executives of the cooperative society for the vision and for ensuring that the project is completed even as she appealed to community youths in the state to give peace a chance, asserting that no meaningful development can strive in an unfriendly environment “peace is the bedrock for meaningful development.”

She also disclosed that the establishment of the Montage Bank was one of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s agenda of repositioning banks to support Deltans in their quest to own, renovate and purchase a home of their choice.

She then called on other cooperative societies and net worth individuals to emulate Education Multipurpose Cooperative Society, adding, “To avail themselves of this unique opportunity in order to key-in into the various windows available in our bank”.

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NO.DTS 1015: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

OKOWA MOURNS DEATH OF TINUBU’S FIRST SON, JIDE

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed deep sadness over the death of Jide Tinubu, first son of All Progressives Congress Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.

Governor Okowa in a condolence message to the Tinubu family signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described the late Jide Tinubu as a gentleman who was passionately devoted to his career as a reputable lawyer.  “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, i identify with the Tinubu family at this trying period”.  “It is painful to lose one’s child but we are comforted with the fact that he lived a quiet but eventful life”.

Governor Okowa prayed God Almighty to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.  “I believe in your capacity to overcome this painful lose. May the Lord grant you and your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.

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NO.DTS 1016: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017

PROPHET BROFA DEDICATES DAUGHTER TO GOD

St. Akpata’s New Jerusalem Church of God, Ughelli branch played host to eminent personalities from far and near as renowned Prophet and Mrs Dennis Brofa dedicated their new born baby girl, Princess Ejiroghene Brofa to God last weekend.

Speaking during the church service, Prophet Dennis Brofa and his wife Orevah gave thanks to God for the gift of their baby girl just as they thanked those who graced the event.

The event featured prophetic inistration by Prophet Brofa who also anointed and delivered many that were afflicted with spirit problems, urging Christians to rely on the name of Jesus Christ for their deliverance.

Earlier in his sermon the Officiating Pastor Atas Ogen, admonished that Christians should always do good things so that they would not be found wanting before God.

Highpoint of the event which also featured special Cherubim dance was the dedication of the child by the Minister in charge of the branch Dr Venerable J.I Esegine.

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News Bulletin: Ministry of Information, Asaba, Nigeria, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NO.DTS 1004: BURSARY: DELTA GOVT HAS PAID OVER 8,600 STUDENTS FOR 2015/2016 SESSION -UKAH …SAYS SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAY IN PAYMENT

NO.DTS 1005: EMPOWERMENT: NWAOBOSHI SPLASHES N39.2M ON 784 BENEFICIARIES

NO.DTS 1005: AZINGE CHARGES NURSES ON REGULAR UPDATE OF SKILLS

NO.DTS 1007: ETHIOPE WEST MONARCHS ENJOINED TO SENSITIZE SUBJECTS ON IMMUNIZATION

EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 1004: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
BURSARY: DELTA GOVT HAS PAID OVER 8,600 STUDENTS FOR 2015/2016 SESSION -UKAH …SAYS SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAY IN PAYMENT

The Delta State Government has clarified that over eight thousand six hundred students of Delta State origin in seventy tertiary institutions across the country have received payments from the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board for the 2015/2016 academic session.

This is contrary to insinuations making the rounds that the scheme has been cancelled by the state government.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, disclosed that the Board commenced payment of the bursary for the 2015/2016 academic year since May 11, 2017, to various tertiary institutions across the country, adding that the payment of the bursary to students was currently on.

Mr. Ukah disclosed that through the self-verification exercise introduced by the Board, many irregularities such as multiple registrations by students, participation of non-indigenes in the exercise as well as persons who had since graduated were discovered.

The statement disclosed that during the verification exercise, it was discovered that out of the sixteen thousand, four hundred and ninety-nine (16, 499) students that applied for the state Government Bursary and Scholarship programme, only fourteen thousand, six hundred and fourteen (14, 614) students were qualified to receive the state bursary.

On the cause of the delay in the payment of bursary to students, the Commissioner for Information frowned at the attitude of the authorities and management of some higher institutions for late submission of the list of students of Delta State origin in their various institutions to the Board for verification.

He cited Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, which received their request letter from the Board in March and responded in August, University of Benin, Benin City, which received their own on the 15th of March but responded on the 10th of July and sent in a second list on the 18th of September, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, which received theirs on the 21st of March but responded on the 31st of August and Delta State University, Abraka, which received their letter on the 13th of March but responded on the 14th of August as some of the offending institutions.

Mr. Ukah stated that following the cyber attack on the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board website, the portal was closed but would soon be reopened to the public to commence online registrations.

The statement warned students who are not of Delta State origin not to register for the state Bursary scheme as they will be fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

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NO.DTS 1005: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
EMPOWERMENT: NWAOBOSHI SPLASHES N39.2M ON 784 BENEFICIARIES

The Senator representing Delta North District in the National Assembly, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, has empowered 784 persons aimed at boosting micro-credit business and cutting down the effect of the recession in Delta North Senatorial District.

The 784 beneficiaries, who received N50, 000 each totaling N39.2 million, were selected from the nine Local Government Areas that make up the District.

The Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Delta North, Hon Moses Iduh, made the disclosure in a chat with newsmen after presenting the empowerment package to 168 beneficiaries from Aniocha South and North Local Government Areas, to round up the 2017 tranche of the programme.

While Aniocha South received N4.4 million for 88 beneficiaries, Aniocha North got N4 million for 80 beneficiaries.

Hon. Iduh, who led the committee Chaired by Chief Lawrence Osiegbu, during the presentation, said that the programme was in fulfillment of Senator Nwaoboshi’s campaign promises.

He disclosed that eight beneficiaries were randomly selected per ward from the 98 wards to make up 784 beneficiaries, adding that the empowerment was spread across the nine local government areas of Delta North Senatorial District.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Water Resources, Chief Fidelis Tilije, while commending the Senator stated that Nwaoboshi had ensured, through various empowerment packages that he delivered on his mandate.

Chief Tilije advised beneficiaries against giving their money to party executive or for frivolous indulgences but rather put it to judicious use.

The outgone chairman of Aniocha North, Hon. Chucks Oseme, and his Aniocha South counterpart, Chief Isaac Awuzia, commended the initiative and urged the people to continue to vote for the PDP which they described as the only party with the true prosperity plans for all.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke commended the efforts of Senator Nwaoboshi and promised to continue to support the PDP.

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NO.DTS 1006: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
AZINGE CHARGES NURSES ON REGULAR UPDATE OF SKILLS

Nurses have been called upon to always cash in on any available opportunity to upgrade their skills.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Nicholas Azinge gave the advice in Asaba during the opening ceremony of the Zonal Workshop on the Implementation of the Revised General Nursing, Midwifery and Post Basic Nursing Curricula organized by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in collaboration with the Delta State Ministry of Health.

Dr. Azinge stated that such upgrade would make Nurses meet up with the current trends both nationally and internationally, saying they play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system in any society.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Minnie Oseji commended the Council for taking the bold step to revise all the curricula for nursing and midwifery education in line with global best practice.

Dr. Azinge said that Delta State was taking the lead in achieving universal health coverage through its contributory health insurance scheme established to promote health for all Deltans.

He explained that to achieve this, conscious efforts must be made to improve the interpersonal communication between health workers and patients as well as fashion out strategies to reduce waiting time in health institution which according to him required major inputs from the nursing profession.

The Health Commissioner said that the workshop which had as its theme ‘Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Education for Quality Health Care’ was timely, occasioned by the current ravaging threat of emerging and dreaded diseases such as Ebola, Lassa fever and now Monkey Pox, stating that highly trained nurses would no doubt help improve our health care delivery system.

In her welcome address, the Director of Nursing Services in Ministry, Mrs. Veronica Osaneku said that the curriculum of the Council ensured that Nurses and Midwives were adequately trained to provide health care to people.

She stated that to meet up with the local and global trends in health care delivery, effective and efficient implementation of these curricula must be carried out.

She added that the workshop came at a time when the Council was planning to commence the National Diploma/Higher National Diploma programme in Nigeria for academic recognition of the Nursing and Midwifery Certificates, which she said justified hence the revision of the curriculum to meet up with the stipulated standards by relevant regulatory bodies.

In his address, the Secretary-General/Registrar, Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar represented by Mrs. Margaret Eze, Head of Education Unit, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria revealed that to maintain standards, the Council carries out a review of the curricula every five years to ensure that all current issues are carefully incorporated into the curricula.

He appealed to the Lecturers, Nursing and Midwifery Educators to be diligent and committed to the implementation of the revised curriculum, urging them to discharge their teaching duties with a high sense of responsibility and integrity in order to produce well-equipped graduates with the right knowledge and skills to render quality and effective nursing.

In her Keynote address Prof (Mrs.) G. Robison-Bassey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Port-Harcourt said that due to the present technological advancement, patients were now aware of their health status and rights compared to the past and hence the need for nurses and midwives to upgrade themselves with relevant professional skills in order not to be ridiculed by their clients and also to enable them to meet up with the changing times.

Participants were drawn from the six states that make up the south-south zone and each state was represented by the educators from their various schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

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NO.DTS 1007: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
ETHIOPE WEST MONARCHS ENJOINED TO SENSITIZE SUBJECTS ON IMMUNIZATION

Traditional rulers and chiefs in Ethiope West Local Government Area have been urged to be at the forefront of sensitizing their people on the importance of participating in exercise immunization.

The Head of Personnel Management of Ethiope-West Local Government Area, Mr. Daddi Amudo gave the charge when he went around the three kingdoms of the Local Government Area of Oghara, Idjerhe and Mosogar on familiarization visit.

Mr. Amudo who doubles as the acting Head of the Council said the visits was necessitated by the need to address rumors of monkeypox and military men invading the area to inject school children to death.

While describing such rumors as false and unfounded, he said they had destabilized the area by putting fear in the heart of the people thereby leading to poor turn up of mothers taking their children for immunization.

He appealed to the traditional rulers and chiefs in the area to help inform the people of the importance of immunization and to turn up for immunization excise.

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Ukah Commends NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel On Successful Election

Journalists have been assured of non interference in the election of their leaders at the different levels of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, gave the assurance when he received the leadership of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Asaba on a courtesy visit.

The Commissioner, who congratulated the new Exco of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Asaba on its successful election, stated that he would use his office to ensure a level playing field for all contestants.

Mr Ukah pledged his support to the chapel, within the availability of funds, to enable it carry out its activities effectively, saying he would look into the request for increase in the honorarium to Journalists covering the post Exco briefing.

He announced a donation of N200, 000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) to the Chapel to assist in the equipping of its new secretariat.

The Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel Asaba, Comrade Paul Osuyi, thanked the Commissioner for his support and encouragement to Journalists in the State, particularly those in his chapel, describing their relationship with the Commissioner as robust and cordial, which according to the Chairman had yielded effective dissemination of information on the activities of the State Government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a related development, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has praised The Truth Newspaper for operating in line with the philosophy of the State Government.

The Commissioner gave the commendation when the leadership of the Truth Chapel paid him a courtesy call in his office in Asaba.

Mr. Ukah reiterated that the position of the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa led-administration was based on telling the truth the way it is, even if it meant pointing out where the government had gone wrong.

While encouraging the leadership of The Truth Chapel to continue its good work, assuring that the sky would be its limit, the Information Commissioner equally promised to continue his support, advice and guide the chapel.

The Chairman of The Truth Chapel, Comrade Charles Nwabardi, informed the Commissioner that his chapel was officially inaugurated on 14th March 2017 and currently had a membership strength of 21 persons, stating that the vision of the chapel was to disseminate unbiased and objective information to the public.

While saying that the chapel had ensured the provision of an enabling environment for its members to practice real-time journalism through training and imbibing of ethical standards, he solicited for a close working relationship with the Commissioner and the Ministry of Information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similarly, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah has expressed his desire to get Field Offices of the Ministry of Information fully equipped for effective service delivery.

Mr. Ukah stated this today when he received in audience the executive members of the Field Information Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council.

According to the Commissioner, there was the need for Field Officer in the 25 local government areas to be fully equipped in the discharge of their duty, particularly in enhancing the digital dissemination of information, announcing that the Ministry had put modalities in place to further equip them.

He said that the State Government had given approval for the reinstatement of the monthly imprest for the running of Field Offices, saying time from now, implementation would commence.

The Commissioner, however, bemoaned the poor working attitude of some Field Information Officers in not identifying with activities in their localities and failure to file in stories accordingly to the Headquarters.

He stated: “Make yourself a phenomenon in your area by being creative, you are the news bearer in your locality and you are well placed to do it better than the correspondents”, calling on the chapel leadership to call its members to order by educating them on their responsibility.

On the request for the provision of operational vehicles in Agbor’ Warri and Ughelli, the Information Commissioner said that with the availability of funds, more buses that were down would be repaired and deployed to areas of need.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Field Information Chapel, Comrade Balogun Mabamije, commended the Commissioner for his effort in piloting the affairs in the Ministry soundly.

Comrade Mabamije particularly thanked the Commissioner for the training exercise the Ministry extended to Field Information Officers in July this year, saying the welfare package for participants was unprecedented.

 

Ministry of Information News Bulletin, Asaba, Nigeria, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NO.DTS 0977: HEALTH COMMISSIONER DISPELS CASE OF MONKEY POX IN DELTA

NO.DTS 0978: DTSG COMMENCES PHASED RENOVATION OF STATE HOSPITALS;SAYS 100 PHCS DESIGNATED FOR DSCHIS, CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA TO BE READY BY YEAR ENDING; NURSING SCHOOL AGBOR UPGRADED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS

NO.DTS 0979: JOB CREATION OFFICE, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR OKOWA, SAYS EMU

NO.DTS 0980: WE HAVE 2,203 POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN DELTA – EDEVBIE

NO.DTS 0981: WARRI NORTH PDP CHAIRMAN DONATES BOOKS TO PUPILS TO BOOST EDUCATION

EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0977: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
HEALTH COMMISSIONER DISPELS CASE OF MONKEY POX IN DELTA

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, gave the clarification today while briefing the press on the readiness of the State Government to manage possible outbreak of the disease.

Dr Azinge, accompanied by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who coordinated the briefing, disclosed that 10 suspected cases had been recorded in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but said while investigation was still ongoing, non had been confirmed to be Monkey Pox except one case in Bayelsa.

While saying that the disease had no treatment and vaccine, Dr Azinge sued for calm among residents in the State, stating that the death rate was much lower than Lassa fever or Meningitis.

The Commissioner debunked an earlier report on a national television station quoting him to have confirmed three Monkey Pox cases in the State and clarified that they were mere rashes that had no relationship with Monkey Pox.

He listed the causal animals to include monkey, rats, squirrels and other bush animals, explaining that the disease could spread from animal to animal, animal to humans and human to human

Explaining that the symptoms ranged from fever and headache in the early stage to appearance of fierce-looking boils, first from the face to the palm and sole, similar to that of small pox, Dr Azinge however said that the disease was self limiting and had very low death rate.

He said if the normal safety precautions and management were maintained, infected patients would recover with time, stressing that there was need for residents to observe general hygiene, wash hand regularly with soap and desist from bush meat or handle with care and cook them thoroughly to kill the virus causing the disease.

On measures so far taken to tackle possible outbreak and management of infected persons, the Commissioner disclosed that his Ministry had place its Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the 25 Local Government Areas on red alert, adding that sensitization and training of health workers had also commenced on the need for them to observe universal precautionary measures.

Other measures, according to the Commissioner included placing the State Rapid Response Team was also on red alert, awareness creation through the local media houses and regular maintenance of border patrol of neighbouring to forestall any infiltration of suspected and infected persons.

Speaking on the three suspected cases, Dr Azinge said, “The suspected cases are doing well, we will not disclose their location in order not to cause unnecessary panic and for confidentiality of the patients”, adding, “Two of the suspected persons are couple while the third lives alone and said he had no contact with animals or any infected person.”

He assured residents of the State not to exercise fear, saying, “Monkey Pox is not a deadly disease, it is only scary.”

On the rumour that some people were forcing children to take the Monkey Pox vaccine, Dr Azinge said, “There is no vaccine for Monkey Pox, it is possible to give vaccine on it.”

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NO.DTS 0978: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
DTSG COMMENCES PHASED RENOVATION OF STATE HOSPITALS,
…. SAYS 100 PHCS DESIGNATED FOR DSCHIS,
…CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA TO BE READY BY YEAR ENDING
…NURSING SCHOOL AGBOR UPGRADED TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS

The State Government said it has commenced the phased renovation of hospitals in the State.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, gave the insight today while briefing the press on the readiness of the State Government to manage possible outbreak of the Monkey Pox disease and sundry issues affecting his Ministry.

Dr Azinge, accompanied by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who coordinated the briefing, said the renovation exercise was meant to make the facilities maintain standards in healthcare delivery.

He listed facilities that have received attention to include hospitals in Patani, Abavo, Oriagbene, Orerokpe and Oghara, saying while Bomadi was already receiving attention, those Umunede, Sapele, Warri would benefit in the next stage of renovation exercise.

According to Dr Azinge, the motive was to attend to three hospitals in each of the senatorial districts, expressing optimism that in no distant time the 63 secondary health facilities in the State would all be given facelift.

CENTRAL HOSPITAL ASABA
On the delay in completing the Central Hospital, Asaba, the Commissioner revealed that 75 percent of work had been done so far, saying even though the Contracting Firm, Dew Projects promised to deliver the job by November, his Ministry was going the extra mile to tidy up its legal end to hold the firm to truly deliver the project before the end of 2017.

He denied insinuations that the pace of the project was slow saying the job was being completed in phases as scheduled, adding that for the last two certificates raised by the firm, the State Government had paid the sum of N416 million.

CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME
The Health Commissioner disclosed that in order to kick start the operations of the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme, 100 primary health centres out of the 449 in the State had been designated for special attention to meet standard required.

He said out of the N6.6 billion allocated to his Ministry in the 2018 Budget Proposal presented recently by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the State House of Assembly, N1 billion was set aside for the implementation of Contributory Health Scheme.

The Commissioner said so far, 44, 445 children had been registered under the scheme, saying the under and maternal health programmes of the State Government had been integrated fully into the Scheme.

He stated that registration of public servants in State was ongoing but clarified that only one person would have the contribution deducted from his or her salary where both husband and wife happened to be working for the State Government, adding that whatever deductions made in error would be refunded.

PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRES
Dr Azinge announced that the State Government has embraced the Under-One-Roof Primary Health Care programme of the Federal Government.

He explained that the programme involved developing, equipping and staffing 100 PHCs in the State to uniform standard to enhance their operations and service delivery.

On why government had not attended to some PHCs, he said the Primary Health Care Centres were under the control of the Local Government Councils but said the State Government intervened in building them and thereafter hand over to the Councils.

NURSING SCHOOLS
The Commissioner stated that the State Government had also been involved in the upgrade of facilities at the three nursing schools in the State.

He said the Nursing School recently received accreditation from the Nursing Council of Nigeria to admit 75 students yearly assuring that increment in the admission capacity of Nursing Schools in Warri and Eku was being work on.

The Commissioner said that the increment would further accommodate the increasing number of qualified persons seeking admission to study nursing in the State Schools of Nursing.

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NO.DTS 0979: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
JOB CREATION OFFICE, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR OKOWA, SAYS EMU

Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu has said, establishing the Job Creation Office is one of the greatest achievements of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.

Addressing Journalists in a 2018 budget break-down in Asaba, Dr Emu observed that the greatest threat to Nigeria was the teeming number of youths, including graduates who were jobless, noting that with the Job Creation Office, Governor Okowa’s administration had ensured that most Deltans were not only engaged but became employers of labour.

The Commissioner briefed the press with his Information and Finance counterparts, Mr Patrick Ukah and Olorogun David Edevbie respectively.

According to the Commissioner, “Through the Job Creation Office, a lot of persons have become employers of labour, and we cannot quantify the benefits of having a healthy and working population.”

“We are here to sufficiently inform you about the 2018 budget which has been presented to the Delta State House of Assembly; the budget as crafted, provides for how to manage the activities of government throughout the year,” he said, adding, “the sum of N147, 487, 809, 897 which is 49.48 per cent of the budget will be spent on recurrent while capital expenditure will take the sum of N150, 590, 669, 000 billion which is 50.52 per cent of the budget.”

He disclosed that under recurrent expenditure, personnel cost will be N64, 352, 187, 136, overhead costs – N46, 837, 529, 552; consolidated revenue fund – N36, 298, 093, 210 stating that as it concerns capital expenditure, economic will gulp N37, 952, 119, 208; social – N28, 694, 720, 207, environmental – N35, 251, 858, 990; general administration – N17, 691, 970, 595; DESOPADEC – N28 Billion; contingency fund – N3 Billion.

On the sources of revenue to finance the proposed budget, Dr Emu said the sum of N1, 194, 460, 212 will be raised from the internally generated revenue; statutory allocation N18, 056, 627, 329; value added tax – N251, 745, 067 and other capital receipts – N37, 893, 899, 556.

Olorogun Edevbie at the briefing threw light on the Paris Club refund received by the Delta State government saying, “We received N33.5 Billion being the total amount refunded, N7 Billion of that sum belong to the local government councils which we gave to them, N13 Billion was spent on capital projects while N12.3 Billion was spend on salaries and pensions.”

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NO.DTS 0980: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
WE HAVE 2,203 POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN DELTA – EDEVBIE

Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie has debunked claims that political appointees are more than civil servants in the state.

In a press briefing for the break-down of the 2018 budget proposal which was recently sent to the Delta State House of Assembly by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Olorogun Edevbie said that the Delta State Government had 2, 203 political appointees with the sum of N382 million as salary while the state had 45, 000 public servants that gulps N4.5 billion monthly as salary.

“I find it funny when some persons say that political appointees are more than civil servants in the state, we are running an open-door policy, the state has 2, 203 political appointees and 45, 000 civil servants,” the Commissioner said.

The Commissioner who briefed the press with his Information and Economic Planning counterparts, Mr Patrick Ukah and Dr Kingsley Emu respectively, urged Deltans to always verify their information.

On the debt profile of the Delta State Government, Olorogun Edevbie said, “About N100 billion are owed contractors, though, no one is happy about the situation, His Excellency, Dr Okowa has approved that contractors, especially, those whose money are not much should be paid.”

He also answered questions concerning contractors whose jobs were terminated because of their incompetence, stating, “We are aware that it is not enough to determine a contract and re-award same to a more competent contractor; such contractor deserves to be prosecuted and blacklisted but, you know in Nigeria, people will always intervene when such happens; we must give the Governor Okowa’s administration credit for insisting that the right thing be done, if you are not competent as a contractor, the contract will be given to a more competent one and you know it takes a lot for certain decisions to be taken, this is my own personal opinion.”

On the issue of the Asaba/Okpanam road, Olorogun Edevbie disclosed that the contract passed through due process and it was not done to favour certain individuals, disclosing that the contractor handling the project had been mobilised to go back to site.

“I am very sure that the contractor in charge of the Asaba/Okpanam road project is not acting as a front for government, the job was awarded because, the company has executed similar projects in other parts of the country; just few days ago, we mobilised him to go back to site and I am very confident that in the next few days, work will recommence on the project,” he said.

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NO.DTS 0981: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
WARRI NORTH PDP CHAIRMAN DONATES BOOKS TO PUPILS TO BOOST EDUCATION

PDP Chairman Warri North Local Government Area, Hon. Isaac Wilkie, has donated free notebooks to public primary schools in the Council Area as part of his contribution to boost education in the State.

Presenting the notebooks to the Education Secretary, Warri North Local Government Area, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbaro at Ojomba Primary school, Koko where it was flagged off, Hon Wilkie said it was a privilege to donate to the primary schools in the area and be of help to the educational system, saying that with the support the children would go places.

Hon Wilkie charged the pupils to make judicious use of the notebooks and be committed to their studies so as to come out in flying colours.

He noted that the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, had done so much in the education sector, saying, “As an individual this gesture is my own support to grow education in this area as government alone cannot do it all.”

Receiving the books, the Education Secretary in the Local Government Area, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbaro, commended Hon Wilkie for the kind gesture, describing him as a chairman with a difference, saying that this was the first of its kind in the Local Government Area.

Comrade Ogbaro promised to give out the notebooks to pupils in various schools in the Local Government Area, even as he used the opportunity to call on well meaning Nigerians to emulate the PDP chairman and contribute their quota to the educational development of the children in Warri North and the nation in general.

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ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

NO.DTS 0968: PARIS CLUB REFUND, NOT A FAVOUR TO STATE GOVT – EDEVBIE…SAYS DELTA STATE WAS AN ACCIDENTAL BENEFICIARY OF BAILOUT FUND …ADVOCATES REVIEW OF FEDERAL ALLOCATION FORMULA

NO.DTS 0969: EMU BLAMES NIGER DELTA CRISES, MONO ECONOMY, FALL IN OIL PRICES, FOR POOR FUNDING OF 2017 BUDGET

NO.DTS 0970: DTSG APPROVES 33KVA LINES FOR DBS ASABA, UBULU-UKU TRANSMISSION STATION

NO.DTS 0971: DSTG COMMITTED TO CONSTRUCTING SCHOOLS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED – EBIE

NO.DTS 0972: OKOWA TAKES ROAD PROJECTS TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES…COMMISSIONS KWALE/OGUME/AMAI/OBIARUKU, UDUOPHORI ROADS, OTHERS

NO.DTS 0973: AGRICULTURE HOLDS THE KEY TO NIGERIA’S GROWTH – GOV. OKOWA

NO.DTS 0974: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CBN ANCHOR BORROWERS’ SCHEME TO IMPROVE OIL PALM PRODUCTION, CHIKEZIE TELLS OIL PALM FARMERS

NO.DTS 0975: DSTG FLAGS-OFF DISTRIBUTION OF IMPROVE VARIETY OF CASSAVA CUTTINGS TO CASSAVA FARMERS

NO.DTS 0976: RECESSION: REMAIN STEADFAST, FOCUS, PRAYERFUL – OGIDI-GBEGBAJE TELLS YOUTHS

EDITOR: OYOWE CHURCHILL
TEL: 08062269772
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO.DTS 0968: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

PARIS CLUB REFUND, NOT A FAVOUR TO STATE GOVT – EDEVBIE
…SAYS DELTA STATE WAS AN ACCIDENTAL BENEFICIARY OF BAILOUT FUND
…ADVOCATES REVIEW OF FEDERAL ALLOCATION FORMULA

The State Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun David Edevbie, has explained that the Paris Club refund was not a favour being done to state by the Federal Government.

Olorogun Edevbie stated this today at a post budget presentation press briefing, coordinated by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, at the Press Unit, Government House, Asaba.

The Finance Commissioner noted that the refund was the over deduction the Federal Government made to the Paris Club beginning from 1995, saying interest ought to have been paid for it.

Explaining further the misnomer in the deduction, he said the Federal Government used the fund meant for the three tiers of government to pay for debt owed by the federal government, disclosing that N33 billion had so far been released in tranches.

He said that while the first tranche was N14.5 billion, the seconded one amounted to N8 billion and the third N10 billion, indicating that out of the N33, billion, the sum of N7 billion was for Local Government Councils while N12.6 billion was spent on salary and N14 billion went to capital expenditure.

On whether the President of the Country, Muhammadu Buhari directed the State Governors on how to spend the Paris Club refund, Olorogun Edevbie said there was no such directive, explaining that constitutionally, the President had no such power to issue directive on how States should spend their funds.

He said that some of the money from the refund had to go capital expenditure to cater for the interest of Deltans that were not in the payroll of the State Government.

Giving a performance breakdown of the 2017 Budget breakdown, the Finance Commissioner said that N58 billion was spent on addressing salary and pension issues while N42 billion went to capital project.

On insinuations that the country had come out of recession, he said the indicators that the country experienced 0.55 positive growth in the fifth quarter of recession supported the claim.

He however noted, “We are not yet feeling the claim that we are out of recession. It will take a while, just as it took some time before we entered recession.”

BAILOUT FUND
On the bailout fund, Olorogun David Edevbie said Delta State was an accidental beneficiary.

He said Delta State benefitted because the recession affected adversely most of the All Progressive Congress (APC) States, noting that there was no way the Federal Government could have given bailout to the APC States alone.

He emphasized that the bailout fund was a loan but to be paid back at very friendly terms, saying that out of N10 billion the State received, the sum of N3.26 billion went to Local Government Council, while N2 billion was expended in addressing pension arrears, N2 billion for primary school teachers’ salary and N3.5 billion for salary of State Government workers.

FEDERAL ALLOCATION
Addressing issues on why virtually all states are complaining of lack of funds and the local government council not able to perform their statutory roles, the Finance Commissioner blamed the cause on the Federal Government, noting that too much money was going to the centre.

He said the Federal Government was reluctant to initiate a review of the federal allocation formula because it does not want the present status-quo to change.

According to Olorogun Edevbie, review of the formula ought to take place every three years but lamented that the last time a review was done was in 1992.

He said the inability of the Federal Government to address issue bordering on fiscal federalism and resource control was largely responsible for the recurrent agitations for restructuring in the country.

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NO.DTS 0969: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
EMU BLAMES NIGER DELTA CRISES, MONO ECONOMY, FALL IN OIL PRICES, FOR POOR FUNDING OF 2017 BUDGET

The poor funding of the 2017 Budget in the State has been attributed to the fall in prices of oil, Crises in the Niger Delta and the mono economy of the Country.

The State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu disclosed this today at a post budget presentation press briefing, coordinated by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, at the Press Unit, Government House, Asaba.

Dr Emu said that the three-prong factors adversely affected the 2017 budget when it was being prepared in 2016, saying the prices of oil was stagnated at less than $30 per barrel for a long time, coupled with the raging activities of vandals and militants fighting for a better deal in the Niger Delta.

He however expressed joy that the micro economic outlook globally had changed in the last two months, saying the sub sahara region, notably Nigeria and Angola would be key to the success of the 2.6 percent growth predicting increase in revenue earnings.

The Commissioner stated that from the 2017 budget performance, which he put at 57.5 percent, issues of job creation and micro credit financing had been address, noting that the outlook for the 2018 budget was positive.

According to the Economic Planning Commissioner, from the N298 billion proposed budget, the 49.4 percent would be devoted to recurrent expenditure while 50.9 percent would cater for capital expenditure.

He said because the State Government had done a lot of projects that thrived on goodwill, it hoped to reflate the system with payments in 2018.

While stating that the State Government would embark on less borrowing, the Commissioner clarified that Delta State was among the three least indebted states in the country citing the latest publication from the Debt Management Office (DMO).

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NO.DTS 0970: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
DTSG APPROVES 33 KVA LINES FOR DBS ASABA, UBULU-UKU TRANSMISSION STATION

The State Government has approved the execution of 33 KVA Lines for both DBS Asaba and its Ubulu-Uku transmission station.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, disclosed this today at a post budget presentation press briefing at the Press Unit, Government House, Asaba.

Mr Ukah said the approval was meant to address the perennial power challenge being face by the station and its transmission outfit in Ubulu-Uku and the need to be fully prepared for the digitization programme.

The Commissioner said once the power challenge was addressed, the DBS Asaba would be empowered to operate 24 hours broadcast with regular programming.

In addition, the Information Commissioner revealed that some equipment had been purchased for the station, including a 150 KVA Generating set.

The clarified that the essence of the purchases was put the DBS Studios’ in good stead for the digitization programme, which he said would enable the Stations in Asaba and Warri to be on a network.

Mr Ukah also disclosed that the government entered into negotiation with the National Broadcasting Commission to reschedule the debt owed it by both the DBS Asaba and Warri station, which he said amounted to N45 million.

He advised Deltans to view the DBS stations on Startimes channels, saying those who were not on Startimes could also view the station on the terrestrial platform via their outdoor pole and antenna.

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NO.DTS 0971: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
DSTG COMMITTED TO CONSTRUCTING SCHOOLS WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED – EBIE

Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie has said lack of land is hampering construction of new schools to cater for the need of people within the capital territory.

Mr Ebie made the disclosure during a press briefing for the breakdown of the 2018 budget which was presented recently to the Delta State House of Assembly. According to the Commissioner, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration was committed to constructing new schools where the need arises, but, in the case of the capital territory where there is a great number of people desiring to attend government schools, the government was finding it difficult to acquire land for such project, especially, in the Okpanam Road/GRA axis of town.

“We are establishing more schools in areas where they are needed, sadly, our greatest challenge is land for us to establish schools within the capital territory,” he said, adding, “as it concerns the existing schools, we have restored discipline and have also, ensured good learning environment for our children.”

Specifically answering question about the secondary school in Okwe that witnesses flooding, the Commissioner said, “as a government, we are aware of the challenges, we will work with the Ministry of Housing in determining the extent of work to be done in terms of the classroom renovation and propose channeling of rain water by ensuring a proper landscaping of the school grounds.”

He stated that they are also focusing on ensuring that discipline is upheld in schools while at the same time ensuring close monitoring of students during examination.

“In all, we are working hard to improve the standard of education in our schools system and will continue to ensuring close monitoring for the right things to be done, we believe more in action than playing to the gallery because, the future of our children is our major concern,” he emphasised.

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NO.DTS 0972: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
OKOWA TAKES ROAD PROJECTS TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES…COMMISSIONS KWALE/OGUME/AMAI/OBIARUKU, UDUOPHORI ROADS, OTHERS

In line with his administration’s commitment to providing road infrastructure, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned the Kwale/Ogume/Amai/Obiaruku Road in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Governor who was inspecting and commissioning projects executed by his administration, also, commissioned the Uduophori and Kabowei roads in Patani Local Government Area, also in Delta State.

Governor Okowa who commissioned the projects with the people of the areas coming out in their large numbers to appreciate the quality of work done on the projects, assured the people of the commitment of his administration to delivering people-oriented projects.

At Kwale where he commissioned the Kwale/Ogume/Amai/Obiaruku Road, Governor Okowa commended the peaceful disposition of the people which ensured that projects were executed without hitches.

He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to deliver dividends of democracy while at Uduophori and Patani where he commissioned the Uduophori and Kabowei roads respectively in Patani Local Government Area of the State, Governor Okowa said, his administration will not relent in ensuring that the desire of the people are met in line with democratic tenets.

The Governor witnessed a unique scene on his way to Uduophori as the people of Uto-Ewu, Assa, Etefe, Omafuvwie and Edjekuo communities came out to thank him for what he is doing for Deltans and appealed to the Governor to extend such gesture to their communities.

Governor Okowa on the spot, asked the Commissioner for Works to find out what it will take to construct the road, stating that his administration will continue to run an open-door policy, accessible to the people and provide for the people as democracy dictates.

Spokesman of the communities, Mr Jerry Opharomavuo had said they were aware of the developmental strides of the Governor in different parts of the state and appealed for the Construction of roads to their communities.

In a related development, Governor Okowa has assured the people of Utagba-Ogbe of the Construction of the Eke Market.

The Governor gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit on the Oduosa of Utagba-Ogbe, HRM Isaac Obi.

Governor Okowa who identified with the people, especially, traders for their displacement following plans by the local government council to construct a modern market that has not materialised over the years, stated that his administration will work towards constructing the market.

He also, disclosed that the people will soon have an uninterrupted power supply when an Independent Power Plant (IPP) is completed in Okpai, assuring that there will be step down of electricity in Okpai and Kwale respectively.

The Oduosa who spoke through Chief Dennis Ejechi, had commended the Governor for the numerous roads constructed in the area and appealed to the Governor to construct a bridge across the Ase Creek and also, construct the Eke Market which has been under construction for some years.

Governor Okowa also, paid courtesy visit to the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom.

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NO.DTS 0973: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
AGRICULTURE HOLDS THE KEY TO NIGERIA’S GROWTH – GOV. OKOWA

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to participate in the development of the agricultural sector so as to diversify and improve the nation’s economy.

Speaking during the valedictory Thanksgiving Service of the outgoing Local Government Council Chairmen in the state at the weekend in Asaba, Senator Okowa said that the present economic recession has shown that Nigerians needed to look beyond the oil economy and embrace agriculture for the growth of the economy.

“There is no doubt that we are in a difficult situation in Nigeria today with the present economic recession, there is a reason for everything and God wants us to learn a lesson as a nation, we need to look beyond the oil economy, we have to go back to agricultural produce.“ he said, urging all Nigerians to “take to agriculture and allied businesses, I believe that the present agricultural policies of government will impact on the lives of the people and we will see the effects in the next five years.”

“We will realise that the effect of the recession is to turn our eyes back to agriculture”, Governor Okowa emphasised.

He called the clergy and laity to continue to pray for sustenance of peace and unity in the country and the Niger Delta region.

While congratulating the outgoing chairmen for successful three years tenure and for remembering to give thanks to God, the governor urged them to continue to contribute their quota to the development of the state wherever they find themselves.

Earlier in a homily, Rev Fr. Stanislaus Odiegwu charged all political office holders to always use their position for the betterment of their society, stressing that leaders should at all times endeavour to unite the people as one and should not be ethnocentric.

At the colourful reception ceremony held in honour of the outgoing chairmen, awards were given to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and some members of the state Executive Council for their support for the development of the Local Government Councils.

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NO.DTS 0974: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CBN ANCHOR BORROWERS’ SCHEME TO IMPROVE OIL PALM PRODUCTION, CHIKEZIE TELLS OIL PALM FARMERS

Farmers have been advised to take advantage of the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme to improve and increase their oil palm production in the State.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie gave the advice at the Town Hall meetings he held with oil palm farmers and intending oil palm farmers from the 25 Local Government Areas of the State.

Hon. Chikezie, addressing oil palm farmers and intending oil palm farmers in the various locations during the Town Hall meetings stated that Delta State Government had gone into partnership with, The Nigeria Incentive Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), to anchor the oil palm farming programmes, on palm oil production and processing, the State Government would provide all logistics and do everything within its power to ensure the success of the programme in the State, as Delta State has a comparative advantage in oil palm farming.

According to the Agriculture Commissioner, NIRSAL was the modalities for the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), under the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, saying that oil palm was initially removed from the list of scheme under the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme last year due to the long gestation period of oil palm production but has now been included with NIRSAL coming in to anchor it.

The Commissioner said that the awareness creation became necessary so as to inform oil palm farmers, especially those who registered under the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme last year and intending farmers of the benefits they stand to get when they key-in into the new programme under NIRSAL.

He revealed that the interest rate under the new programme remained the same nine percent (9%) and a moratorium of five years, saying that the amount of input that would be given to each farmer would depend on the size of each farmers farm.

Hon. Chikezie also informed the farmers that the State Government would soon embark on training programme for farmers so as to introduce them to new innovations and technology in oil palm farming, saying that the leading Nigeria Oil Palm Research Institute, NIFOR would certify the seedlings to be supplied.

He stated that those who already had oil palm plantations would benefit from the programme as NIRSAL would give them maintenance such as fertilizer and other farm input for better oil palm yield.

The Operations Manager of NIRSAL, Mrs Stella Jamgbadi while addressing the farmers urged them to belong to a single cooperative society in other to be able to access the benefits of the programme, even as she stated that, government has created a value chain where oil palm farmers, the input suppliers and the off-takers (buyers) are brought together so that there would be no lost or lag.

Mrs Jamgbadi also told the farmers that the best variety of oil palm seedlings would be supplied under the programme to ensure optimal oil palm production.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sir Austin Oghoro advised the farmers to take advantage of the programme as no other programme would ever be as good as this, even as he urged them to start land preparation for next season’s planting during the coming harmattan.

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NO.DTS 0975: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
DSTG FLAGS-OFF DISTRIBUTION OF IMPROVE VARIETY OF CASSAVA CUTTINGS TO CASSAVA FARMERS

In a bid to increase cassava production in the State, the Delta State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has distributed 4,000 bundles of new improved variety of Cassava stems to 70 cassava farmers in Ika axis of the State.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie while flagging off the distribution at Agbor stated that the aim of the programme was to improve farmers harvest and to create wealth.

“Specifically, the 2017 cassava programme is put together to increase cassava production for consumption and local industry, generate employment, increase yield from 16 metric tons to 30 – 45 metric tons per hectare, boost income of cassava farmers by about 100% and attract investors.” The Commissioner stated.

According to the Commissioner, “Delta State has ecologically been adjudged as one of the best in Nigeria for the cultivation of Cassava,…the use of local varieties has been prevalent in the State and this has resulted in low yield”

“It is necessary to note that the efforts of the Nigeria Root Crop and Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan had yielded improved cassava varieties that are diseases resistant, early maturing and with average yield of between 30 – 45 metric tons.”

Hon. Chikezie revealed that the administration of Governor Okowa approved the introduction of the improved cassava varieties in Delta State in the 2017 budget year, saying that the State Government was poised to intervene massively in the agricultural sector in the State.

The Commissioner explained that the schedule of distribution of the improved cassava cuttings to farmers in Delta State is in three batches; October and December, 2017 for late planting and March 2016 for early planting, saying that the cuttings would be distributed among farmers who had expressed interest and had their farm land verified.

He however revealed that beneficiaries of the improved cassava cuttings would pay back with cuttings of equal measure giving to them at harvest which would in turn be given to other farmers in the State.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sir Austin Oghoro urged the farmers to take advantage of the cassava cuttings distributed to them, to improve their cassava production thereby increasing their income.

Highpoint of the programme was the handing over of cassava cuttings bundles to individual beneficiaries who were at the ceremony.

In the same vein, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in order to ensure that the State Government’ effort at increasing cassava production in the State is successful, had embarked on training the Assistant Chief Agriculture Officers (ACAOs), Subject Matters Specialists (SMEs), and the Block Extension Services Officers (BES) and in the State on how to manage farmers who got the improved Cassava cuttings distributed to farmers in the State recently.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources urged the trainees to take the training seriously as they would be held accountable for any flop in the programme.

A research scientist and an Agric Extension Communication Expert from the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike, Dr. Okwusi Moses stated that there are new innovations in the management of the new improved cassava varieties which the officers need to know to achieve optimal yield.

Dr. Okwusi stated that the improved cassava is resistant to disease and also matures earlier than the old cassava varieties used by the farmers.

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NO.DTS 0976: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
RECESSION: REMAIN STEADFAST, FOCUS, PRAYERFUL – OGIDI-GBEGBAJE TELLS YOUTHS

The Permanent Secretary Directorate of Government House and Protocol Mr. Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje has charged youths to remain resourceful, focused, and prayerful in spite of the challenging state of the nation.

Mr. Ogidi-Gbegbaje gave the charge at the send forth ceremony held in honor of the members of the 2016 Batch B Stream 1 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served at the Directorate.

He explained that despite the challenging situation facing the nation, youths in the country should be resourceful, focus and look up to God for direction and guidance in whatever endeavor they want to pursue after service.

According to him “In spite of the fact that things are rough and quite difficult, there is still a ray of hope that greater times are ahead and so you must remain steadfast, focus and prayerful as you must remember that you have a God and a family name to protect.”

Mr. Ogidi-Gbegbaje emphasized the need for skill acquisition and vocational training to better equip themselves rather than waiting for government to provide white collar jobs.

“You must acquire other skills to better equip yourselves in the labour market rather than looking for white collar jobs that are no longer easy to come by” he said.

He commended the corps members for their exemplary decorum during their service in the Directorate and charged them to remain good ambassadors of the state and their families.

Speaking briefly the Director, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Patricia Okaku charged the corps members to become self-reliant and dedicated in their pursuits after service.

Responding on the behalf of the outgoing corps members Mr. Friday Salifu expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the Directorate for the hospitality and conducive working environment they enjoyed during their service.

Highlight of the occasion was the book presentation by a corps member, Miss. Ikegbunam Chinemerem and presentation of souvenirs by the Permanent Secretary and other top officials to the Corp members.

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