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.

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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Fake Delta State Bursary And Scholarship Board Website

Date: 17th October 2017 

It has come to the attention of the Delta State Government that some unscrupulous person or group of persons have set up a fake website http://dsbsb.dl-gov.ng and are calling on students of Delta State of origin in tertiary institutions to register for Students Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS) with the sum of N1,000 (one thousand naira), as processing fee payable online.

It is stressed that the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board is the only Board permitted by law to handle any issue relating to Students Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS) in the State with the official website http://dsbsb.dl.gov.ng.

It should be noted that the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board is currently paying students the 2015/2016 bursary. However, the Board is waiting for the Governor’s approval to enable the Board to open the website for the 2016/2017 registration exercise.

For the avoidance of doubt, the fake website ends with -gov.ng, while the real one ends with .gov.ng.

Parents, guardians and students of Delta State origin are advised to take note of the Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board website and be guided so that they don’t fall into wrong hands of dubious persons who want to cash in on the ignorance of the students to dupe them of their hard earned money.

For further enquiry, candidates can call the following telephone numbers 08032780074 or 056290617.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Take Advantage Of Skills Acquisition To Improve Yourselves, Ukah Tells Youths

YOUTHS in Delta State have been enjoined to take advantage of the various skills acquisition programmes to train themselves in tandem with the Delta State Government’s job creation agenda.

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah who was represented by the Ministry’s functioning Permanent Secretary, Mr Paul Osahor, made the call in Asaba during a courtesy visit by the members of the Self -Reliance Youth Organization, Delta State.

Ukah, who stressed the need for the teeming youths to acquaint themselves with skills in other fields, said that gone were the days of gainful living through white collar jobs, saying that there was a new awakening of skilled acquisition to develop oneself.

The Commissioner reiterated the Governor’s SMART Agenda that focuses on strategic wealth creation project and provision of jobs for all Deltans as the main focus of the Okowa administration through the relevant job creation policies geared towards ensuring sustainable training programmes that would empower youths in the state.

He equally complemented the group for their noble course in training and developing the youths in the society through skill acquisition and implored them not to rest on their oars, adding that the ministry would do its best to support their cause.

Speaking earlier, the National Coordinator, Self Reliance Youth Organisation, Mr Emeke Egwuanimkwu said that the group functions as a body that encourages
empowerment and had saddled itself with the responsibility of training willing youth in different skills to improve their contribution to the society.

Mr Egwuanimkwu said that the registration of the programme was free as any interested person would be trained in the field to sensitise them on need to be aware of what they should be and represent in the society.

He thanked the Commissioner for his love and encouraging interest in his duties to the people of the state through first hand information dissemination, even as he sought for the Ministry’s assistance to actualize the goals of the organisation.

ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

NO. DTS 0622: OKOWA APPOINTS ONYEMAKA DESAA MD

NO. DTS 0623: DELTA WINS 2017 OUTSTANDING STATE GOVT HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME AWARD

NO. DTS 0624: UKAH FROWNS AT SECURITY LAPSES INSIDE THE OLD SECRETARIAT

NO. DTS 0625: AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT: DELTA TO PARTNER WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

NO. DTS 0626: ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY APPEALS TO GOVT TO RESCUE THEM FROM EROSION MENACE

NO. DTS 0627: ALLOW PROFESSIONALISM / GOOD CONDUCT BE YOUR WATCHWORD – NAVY BOSS

EDITOR: Cele Ofuani
TEL: 08030584515
WEBSITE: www.information.deltastate.gov.ng

NO. DTS 0622, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
OKOWA APPOINTS ONYEMAKA DESAA MD

The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the appointment of Mr. Onyemaka Kenneth as the Managing Director of Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency (DESAA).

The appointment letter signed by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, stated that the appointment takes effect from the 1st of June, 2017.

The Delta State Signage and Advertisement Agency will take charge of the management of signage and outdoor advertisement assets in the state.

It will be recalled that as part of government’s determination to regulate signage and outdoor advertising activities in the state, the Delta State House of Assembly recently passed the state structure for signage and advertisement agency amendment bill and which has been signed into law.

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NO. DTS 0623, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
DELTA WINS 2017 OUTSTANDING STATE GOVT HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME AWARD

The Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, introduced under the administration of the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has won the 2017 Outstanding State Government Healthcare Programme of the Year Award for its innovative health Insurance programme.

The award, which was presented at the just concluded Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) in Lagos, was in recognition of the state’s outstanding service delivery in the field of healthcare in Nigeria and the State Supported Health Insurance Scheme under the Delta State Contributory Health Commission which is now in its 6th month of operation.

Delta State Government commenced its State Supported Health Insurance Scheme on the 1st of January 2017, the first state to commence such a programme in Nigeria and now has over 60,000 enrollees registered and receiving healthcare services across the state.

An activity to scale up the scheme’s portfolio is currently at an advanced stage with emphasis on the vulnerable members of the society to ensure that no one is left behind.

The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) is an annual event which celebrates distinguished personalities and organizations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigeria health sector in the year under review.

Speaking while receiving the award on behalf of the state government, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Olorogun Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, thanked the organizers for the recognition given to the great strides of Dr. Okowa towards institutionalizing in the state the Health Insurance Scheme he started as Chairman Senate Committee on Health.

He assured that the Delta State Contributory Health Commission will ensure continuous advancement of the State Health Insurance Scheme for all residents of the state.

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika, expressed delight in the recognition given to the state and enjoined all Deltans to get involved in the health scheme as the strategic roll-out activities of the scheme continues across the state.

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NO. DTS 0624, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
UKAH FROWNS AT SECURITY LAPSES INSIDE THE OLD SECRETARIAT

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has frowned at the security lapses inside the old secretariat complex in Asaba.

Mr. Ukah bared his mind yesterday (July 3, 2017) when he visited the section of the Ministry of Information in the premises to inspect the armoured cable which was vandalized by unknown persons.

He expressed surprise that such an evil act will be carried out without anyone seeing the perpetrators considering that stores and drinking joints are around the location.

The Commissioner for Information, who was conducted round by the Director of Printing Press in the ministry, Mr. Lucky Omokri, however said that it was a thing of joy that the hoodlums were unable to take the cable away.

Mr. Ukah pledged that he and his colleagues will put heads together to see how to beef up security to avoid a recurrence of the ugly incidence.

The functioning Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, and Aides of the commissioner accompanied Mr. Ukah for the visit.

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NO. DTS 0625, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT: DELTA TO PARTNER WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Delta state Government has stated its readiness to partner with Michigan State University for the development of agriculture in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, stated this in Asaba when scholars of agriculture from the Michigan State University paid him a courtesy visit.

The Governor, represented by the Secretary to State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, said the policy thrust of the present administration was anchored on the SMART agenda, adding that one of the ways to actualize it was through agriculture to provide gainful employment for Deltans.

He expressed happiness with the group for the collaboration, especially in the training of students and Professors from Delta state University.

While saying that the state government had embarked on series of programmes including oil palm development, Aqua culture, rice production as well as collaborating with the CBN in the agricultural sector, the Governor expressed the hope that the partnership would be mutually beneficial.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and natural Resources, Hon Austin Chikezie had stated that the scholars were in the State to collaborate with the Ministry on how to improve on the agricultural prowess of the State through policy analysis and planning in the area of agriculture.

The leader of the group, Assistant Professor, international Development, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Dr. Oyinkan Tasie, said they were in the State to partner with government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Delta State University towards developing strong agricultural policies in the state.
He said the partnership would involve the training of professors and students of agriculture in the state.

Mr. Oyinkan further noted that their programme cut across seven states including Delta, Ebonyi, Niger, Benue, and Kaduna among others.
He stated that Michigan State University was the fourth best University of agriculture in the world and said they were ready to work with government to develop a viable agricultural sector in line with the administration’s SMART agenda.

Meanwhile, the group was organizing a 3-day workshop for staff and directors in the Ministry of Agriculture to build their capacity as they are key to the implementation, monitoring and study progress of policy that affect agriculture as it is laid down in the SMART agenda of the State Government.

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NO. DTS 0626, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
ABALA-OSHIMILI COMMUNITY APPEALS TO GOVT TO RESCUE THEM FROM EROSION MENACE

Abala-Oshimili Community in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State has appealed to the Delta state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State House of Assembly and the National Assembly as well as the international donor agencies to rescue the people of the Community from the serious erosion menace ravaging the Community from the bank of river Niger.

A frontline Abala-Oshimili Community leader, Hon. Samuel Uzor, who was one time Special Assistant to former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and presently Special Assistant to the Director, Delta North in the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) made the passionate appeal while speaking to journalists in Asaba.

Hon. Uzor, who also decried lack of government presence in terms of infrastructures in Abala-Oshmili Community, said that the Community was at the verge of being disconnected from neighbouring Communities as a result of lack of assessable road network, adding that the people now found it difficult to connect Onitsha and Asaba through the spill boats across the river owing to the erosion.

Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Augustine Nwacheli who is also an Abala-Oshimili indigene called on government to come to their aid by constructing the road leading to Abala-Oshmili through Oko in order to fast track socio-economic wellbeing of the people in the area and listed other social amenities lacking in the Community to include electricity, classroom block and pipe borne water.

Mr. Nwacheli said that the erosion had taken almost all the houses in the Community, just as he commended the World Bank, European Union and the state government for their counterpart funding of the SEEFOR-CDD Social assisted classroom block and assured that the facility would boost academic activities in the area.

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NO. DTS 0627, MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
ALLOW PROFESSIONALISM / GOOD CONDUCT BE YOUR WATCH WORD – NAVY BOSS

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Logistics Command Oghara, Delta State, Rear Admiral Peter Agbo Onaji has advised members of the Nigerian Arm Forces to display the highest standard of professionalism and be of good conduct as they discharge their duties to the Nation.

Rear Admiral Onaji stated this during a “One Day Route March” by combine military and Para-military officers at the Command in Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The flag officer who addressed the combine military and Para-military officers at the Naval Logistics Command barracks, Oghara after a “One Day Route Match” at the Naval Logistics Headquarters in Ogharefe as a part of their quarterly exercise in the spirit of togetherness and esprit d corps.

The FOC stated that the officers as arms bearers must conduct themselves as members of one family and a team that “brings security to our mother land.”

He advised them to uphold tenaciously, the ethics of the force as he said “those of us who bear arms in this country, we should display professionalism in weapon handling. All of us should see ourselves as one and friendly forces.”

Rear Admiral Onaji who assumed office at the command headquarters Oghara a week ago, added, “we must leverage our collective strength to ensure our country remain safe. The enemies must not have upper hand in our quest for peace for this country. The security agencies are capable of ensuring the security of this country. Any enemy of this Nation must be considered as our own enemy.”

Rear Admiral Onaji impressed with the performance of the officers, maintained that they must discharge their constitutional role to this country effectively, remarking further that the successes they have recorded in the outing should be improved upon for its sustainability and that they must put into practice maximally the training they derived so far on the job, “the only way we can show to our high command that has led us well” he said.

During the event which started at about 6am at the weekend, over 300 officers drawn from the Nigerian Army, of the 19 battalion Koko/Sapele, Naval logistics command Oghara, mobile police force, squadron 51 Oghara, regular police, youth corps members, civil defence corps, men of the directorate of state security service (DSS) protocols Oghara chapter participated.

High points of the “Route match was, a long walk/jugging round the streets of Ogharefe, by the officers, address to the officers by the flag officer commanding the Naval logistic command Oghara, Rear Admiral Peter Onaji which climaxed with a morale song rendered by the F.O.C “IF F.O.C is behind us, we shall not be moved, but remain firm like the tree planted by the river side.”

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Ukah Frowns At Security Lapses Inside The Old Secretariat

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has frowned at the security lapses inside the old secretariat complex in Asaba.

Mr. Ukah bared his mind when he visited the section of the Ministry of Information in the premises to inspect the armoured cable which was vandalized by unknown persons.

He expressed surprise that such an evil act will be carried out without anyone seeing the perpetrators considering that stores and drinking joints are around the location.

The Commissioner for Information, who was conducted round by the Director of Printing Press in the ministry, Mr. Lucky Omokri, however said that it was a thing of joy that the hoodlums were unable to take the cable away.

Mr. Ukah pledged that he and his colleagues will put heads together to to find ways to beef up security to avoid a recurrence of the ugly incidence.

The functioning Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, and aides of the commissioner accompanied Mr. Ukah for the visit.

DTSG Commends Media Organizations For Their Cooperation

The Delta State Government has commended media organizations in the country for providing the platforms through which people are informed about the achievements of the state Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking when he led a team of officials from his ministry to visit The Sun’s Corporate Headquarters and Channels Television, both in Lagos, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the essence of the visits was to appreciate the media houses and ask for more cooperation.

He stated that the visits has provided him the opportunity not only to know their operational bases but to put a face on the operators of the media outfits in order to improve on existing relationship.

Mr. Ukah said that the state government does not want anybody to tell lies on its behalf but to report the level of infrastructural developments being carried out by the Governor despite the low revenue receipts of the government necessitated by the current economic downturn affecting the country.

The Commissioner for Information disclosed that Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa will on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) begin a Town Hall meeting in all the local government areas of the state to present his score card to the people, feel their pulse and know other areas of their needs.

The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Sun Newspapers, Mr. Eric Osagie, expressed the appreciation of the organization to the state government for realising that newspapers, which are always in hard copies, are still the best even with the proliferation of radio and television stations and the advent of social media.

Supported by the General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Services, Lady Neta Nwosu, the Editor, Sunday Sun, Mr. Abdulfatah Oladeinde and the Editor, Saturday Sun, Mr. Femi Babafemi, he revealed that the Delta State Government has a high brand that is very marketable occasioned by the fact that the government has Professionals in professional positions who are doing very well.

The Chairman of Channels Television, Mr. John Momoh, represented by the General Manager, Mr. Steve Judo, Assistant General Manager, Operations, Mr. Kingsley Uranta, Controller of News, Mr. Ambrose Okoh, and the Marketing Manager, Mr. Niyi Adegboye, stated that the visit was a very effective step towards cementing the existing relationship between the Delta State Government and the organization.

In the team of the Commissioner for Information were the functioning Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Paul Osahor, the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Christopher Nwaoboshi, and the Media Assistant to the Commissioner, Mr. Sam Ijeh.