Education Has Priority In The State – Ebie

The Delta State Government has said that it would continue to give priority attention to the Education sector in the state, as it played a very crucial role in the SMART Agenda of the present administration.

Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie made this known when he inspected the ongoing construction of the new Government Secondary School in Ughelli, the renovation works being carried out in Urhobo College, Effurun and Chude Girls Model School, Sapele and the ongoing construction of modern classroom blocks at Ijorugu Primary School Oku-Ijorugu in Okpe Local Government Area.

The Commissioner reiterated, the State Government’s Commitment in developing the Basic and Secondary Education subsector, while noting that emphasis in the year 2018 would be placed on construction and equipping of the new schools established by the Okowa administration in other to make academic activities in these schools conducive.

Mr. Ebie also stated that renovation/upgrade of schools in Delta State would be a Continuous process as His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has given the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education the mandate to see that Basic Infrastructural facilities are provided for in schools in Delta State.

He urged the contractors handling the Ministry’s projects to keep to the contract specification in their bills of quantities in other to deliver quality jobs that would stand the test of time, as the state Government would not tolerate shoddy jobs done by the contractors and anyone found wanting would be sanctioned.

At the Government Secondary School Ughelli, the Commissioner expressed his satisfaction at the level of work done so far, and commended the contractor for doing a good job. At Urhobo College and Chude Girls Model Schools where renovation works was been carried out, Mr. Ebie urged the contractors to expedite action, so that the renovation work can be completed within the shortest possible time.

Governor Okowa Reshuffles Cabinet; Drops 2 Commissioners

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle relieving two commissioners of their portfolios while four others were reassigned.

The two commissioners who were dropped are Dr. Nicholas Azinge [Health], and Chief Dan Okenyi [Culture & Tourism], while those reassigned are Hon Asupa Forteta, formerly of the Directorate Of Youth Development, who now heads the Urban Renewal Directorate; Chief Karo Ilolo, formerly of Directorate of Urban Renewal Directorate who now takes charge of the Youths Development Directorate.

Others are Hon. Bright Edejewhro, formerly of Local Government Affairs Directorate. He now heads the Ministry Of Science and Technology while Hon Joyce Overah, of the Ministry of The Science and Technology, moves to Local Government Affairs Directorate.

The decision to reshuffle the cabinet is in line with the state government’s desire to re-energize the machinery of government and bring new impetus into service delivery.

Governor Okowa in a statement signed by the Secretary To State Government, Hon. Ovie Agas thanked the two commissioners relieved of their portfolios for their commitment and contributions to the SMART Agenda and wished them success in their future endeavors.

The statement also said that the cabinet reshuffle takes effect from February 8, 2018.

Invitation For Application For The 2017/2018 STEP And YAGEP Programmes

Date: 5th December, 2017

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the Office of the Delta State Chief Job Creation officer, Governor’s Office Asaba has invited applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates for admission into the 2017/2018 cycle of Delta State Government Job Creation Programmes – Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

Applicants must be presently unemployed Deltan youth with genuine desire to acquire skills and training for entrepreneurship, aged 18-35 years and must possess at least West African School Certificate.

Available trades for skills acquisition are as follows:

Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)

1. Fashion Design & Tailoring
2. Catering & Confectionary
3. Hair Dressing & Makeover, Cosmetology & Barbing
4. Decoration and Event Management
5. Plumbing
6. Electrical Installation & Repairs
7. Building Services (PoP, Tiling and Interlocking)
8. Welding and Fabrication
9. Audio Visual Services

Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP)

1. Fish production
2. Rice production
3. Vegetables Production

Accordingly, interested applicants should collect application forms from Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Anwai Road, Asaba OR Governor’s Office Annex, along NPA Expressway, near DBS, Warri. Application forms can also be accessed and submitted online at www.deltastatejobcreation.ng Completed application forms must be received not later than Friday December 22, 2017.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Maiden Edition Of STEP & YAGEP Products Exhibition & Business Fair

27th November 2017

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the maiden edition of STEP & YAGEP Products Exhibition & Business Fair will hold from Wednesday December 13 to Thursday December 14, 2017 at the Cenotaph, High Court Road, off Okpanam Road, Asaba at 9.00am each day.

His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, Designer and Chief Implementer of the Job Creation Programme will preside over the exhibition ceremony as Special Guest of Honour and will lead the exhibition tour.

The exhibition and business fair will showcase STEPreneurs and YAGEPreneurs who were trained and established by the state government under its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

Also, the event will give STEPreneurs & YAGEPreneurs an opportunity to exhibit and market their products and business enterprises, make vital business contacts, create business relationships with investors and communicate their business vision to banks and business support institutions from within and outside Delta State.

Accordingly, the Government of Delta State invites business men and women, corporate establishments, industry associations, informal sector trade and artisan associations, federal government agencies (SMEDAN, NDE, BOA, BOI), private development foundations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, microfinance banks, deposit money banks and other financial institutions, cooperative societies, farmers organizations, development partners, public servants, friends of Delta State and indeed the general public to this maiden edition of STEP & YAGEP Products Exhibition and Business Fair.

For further enquiries, call 09038610329 or 08037741192 or email info@deltastatejobceation.ng.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Maiden Edition Of Step & Yagep Products Exhibition & Business Fair

15th November, 2017

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the maiden edition of STEP & YAGEP Products Exhibition & Business Fair will hold from Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Cenotaph, High Court Road, off Okpanam Road, Asaba at 9.00am each day.

His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, Designer and Chief Implementer of the Job Creation Programme will preside over the exhibition ceremony as Special Guest of Honour and will lead the exhibition tour.

The exhibition and business fair will showcase STEPreneurs and YAGEPreneurs who were trained and established by the state government under its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

Also, the event will give STEPreneurs & YAGEPreneurs an opportunity to exhibit and market their products and business enterprises, make vital business contacts, create business relationships with investors and communicate their business vision to banks and business support institutions from within and outside Delta State.

Accordingly, the Government of Delta State invites business men and women, corporate establishments, industry associations, informal sector trade and artisan associations, federal government agencies (SMEDAN, NDE, BOA, BOI), private development foundations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, microfinance banks, deposit money banks and other financial institutions, cooperative societies, farmers organizations, development partners, public servants, friends of Delta State and indeed the general public to this maiden edition of STEP & YAGEP Products Exhibition and Business Fair.

For further inquiries, call 09038610329 or 08037741192 or email info@deltastatejobceation.ng.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

State Government Re-Establishes 44 Flood-Victim Fish YAGEPreneurs.

The State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) beneficiaries in fish production displaced by ravaging flood early this year at Akakpo-Anwai Fish Cluster have been re-established.

The beneficiaries, 44 in number, are to begin afresh with new starter pack at Anwai YAGEP Fish Cluster comprising 2 fish ponds each, 2000 juveniles, fish feeds to train their fish to maturity, #50,000.00 start-up allowance, #15,000.00 monthly stipend for 6 months among other items.

Handing over the fish ponds to the beneficiaries on behalf of the State Government, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, thanked them for their patience over the unfortunate flood that submerged their ponds and carried away their fish.

He reiterated the State Government’s commitment to re-establishing them to ensure that they secure a sustainable means of livelihood and that they grow their businesses to enable them to train and employ other unemployed youths.

“You are here to take ownership of these ponds, to possess and prepare the ponds to receive your juveniles next week. You will receive your feeds, 22mm first, while 3mm, 4.5mm, 6mm and 9mm will be distributed in batches. Today, you will be enrolled for 6 months stipend of #15,000.00 each month and #50,000.00 cash allowance next week,” Prof Eboh emphasized.

On his part, the consultant who developed the technology, Engr. Dele Okhidievbie, said asbestos is best used in building fish ponds in swampy terrain, adding that there is no difference between the fish ponds supported by asbestos and the uncovered earthen ponds.

He explained that it is a good model of fish farming used in Zimbabwe in swamping areas where the soil cannot retain water.

While advising them to maintain strict discipline and hygiene to avoid water pollution and introduction of virus to the ponds, he said the technology will address every threat of flooding.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Joel Egwuenu from Ika North Local Government Area, expressed their gratitude to the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa and the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, for the efforts put in to ensure that they are re-established after they lost all their fish to flood.

He pledged the members of the cluster’s commitment to ensuring that that the vision of the Governor is realised after the cycle and that they grow to become self-reliant and employers of labour.

DTSG To Come Down Hard On Fake Spare Parts Dealers

The Delta House of Assembly says it will partner with the state executive to ensure quacks in the automobile industry and fake spare parts dealers were eradicated in the state.

The Chairman, House Committee on Transport, Mr Efe Ofobruku said this in Asaba during a public hearing in the Delta House of Assembly with stakeholders in automotive industry.

The public hearing is on a bill for a law to provide for the Registration of Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Spare Parts Dealers and Licensing of Motor Vehicle Mechanics.

Ofobruku said that the activities of fake mechanics and spare parts dealers in the society had led to road accidents and loss of many lives and property.

The lawmaker said that the proposed law would help identify authentic automobile technicians and provide them with more customers to better grow their business.

The committee chairman, who was elated by the large participation of stakeholders and their quality presentations and submissions, said it was the desire of the state assembly to turn out a law that would be acceptable to all the people of the state.

Ofobruku said that the essence of the public hearing was to seek the views of the people on the proposed law, adding that his committee was expected to put together a report the with inputs of all key stakeholders.

The chairman, who is representing Uvwie Constituency, called on interested stakeholders yet to submit memorandum of the proposed law to do so as soon as possible.

Mr Peter Uviejitobor also a member of the committee, commended the various groups present at the public hearing for their contributions to the law making process.

Uviejitobor, who is representing Udu constituency in the assembly, noted that the proposed law would bring sanity to the automobile industry.

The Commissioner, Directorate for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan, said the state government was always concerned with the safety of motorists in the state, saying the proposed law would help to reduce cases of motor vehicles accidents on the roads.

Uduaghan noted that many road traffic accidents in recent times were traceable to the activities of untrained mechanics or the use of fake and substandard motor spare parts.

The transport commissioner also observed that some notorious people use unregistered motor mechanics workshops as “safe haven’’ to perpetuate crime.

He said that there were instances where law enforcement agencies traced stolen vehicles to places where they were cannibalised and sold as spare parts.

Uduaghan said that the proposed law would also bring sanity on the roads, eliminate quackery in the automobile industry and restore confidence to vehicle users.

Others, who spoke included officials of Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Job Creation Office, One Of The Greatest Achievements Of Governor Okowa – Emu

DELTA State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Kingsley Emu has said that the establishment of 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 is teeming number of youths including, graduates who are jobless, noting that with the Job Creation Office, Governor Okowa’s administration had ensured that most Deltans are not only engaged but, have become 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.”

Economic Advancement Of Deltans Is Our Priority – Okowa

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said, construction of intra-city and inter-communal roads would enhance the socio-economic life of the people.

Addressing the people of Ndokwa West Local Government Area in a Town Hall meeting held at Kwale, Governor Okowa said, his urban renewal programme has made it such that a lot of intra-city roads are being constructed.

According to him, “we have noticed that there is a lot to do to renew our cities and towns, a lot of roads are calling for attention, while we have done a lot in that direction, we have earmarked the internal roads in Ndemili for construction, we will also look at the Ndemili/Utagba-Uno Road, construction work is on at Ezionum/Abbi road; with time, the Kwale/Ashaka Road will be dualised, we will continue to work for our people.”

“I thank the people of Ndokwa West for their peaceful approach to issues, we are aware of the oil companies operating in your area, we encourage you to remain peaceful because, without peace, no project will be executed,” he said, adding, “with the phase II of the IPP project, there will be constant electricity in Ndokwa West and industries will grow.”

The Governor commended the people of Ndokwa West for following closely with the programmes of his administration, assuring that the Ministry of Health will look at how to make the Cottage Hospital at Ndemili and Ugiliamai functional.

Earlier in an address, the President-General of Ndokwa Neku Union (NNU), Chief Johnson Opone listed the achievements of Governor Okowa’s administration and called on the Governor to properly equip the Kwale Central Hospital, Ndemili and Ugiliamai Cottage Hospitals as they are vital to meet the health need of the people at the grassroots.

He listed several roads that should be constructed by the government in the area, saying the less than 5 kilometer Ugiliamai/Ossissa road which links Ndokwa West and East Local Government Areas, the Utagba-Uno/Ogume/Igbe/Obodeti Road, and a host of others.

Chairman of the local government council, Hon. Chris Osakwe had in an address of welcome, said, Governor Okowa’s administration has done a lot in the area of Road construction, construction of blocks of classrooms, empowering the people with different skills and carried out other developmental projects in the area, assuring that the people of the local government will remain grateful to the Governor.

Okowa Calls For Establishment Of Agro-Based Industries

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said individuals should be encouraged to set up agro-based industries to encourage farmers.

According to the Governor, with the rate Nigerians have gone into farming, it is important for agro-based industries to be established to encourage the farmers to increase their yields through the industries.

The Governor made the call during a Town Hall meeting with the people of Patani Local Government Area at Patani.

He lauded the way Deltans, in particular, have embraced agriculture, observing that with different successes recorded by beneficiaries of his administration’s empowerment programmes in agriculture, it has become important for agro-based industries to be established.

“If we have small industries in relation to what we produce, it will help us to increase our production, preserve what we have produced and make it more acceptable to the consumers which will boost our socio-economic status as farmers,” the Governor said.

He emphasized, “as a government, we will encourage individuals to set up agro-based industries in areas we have economies of scale.”

The Governor who commended the commitment of farmers to make Delta State the food basket of the nation urged the farmers to organize themselves into cooperative societies to enable them to benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) sponsored Anchor-borrowers programme.

He disclosed that Deltans did not benefit much from the programme because of low awareness, and called on the farmers to also, liaise with relevant agencies to ensure that they benefit from the programme and used the occasion to inform the people that the free child and maternal health care programme of his administration is on course.

“We have free maternal and healthcare programme for children under five, we have also launched Contributory Health Insurance Scheme that will capture all Deltans, the health of Deltans is of great concern to my administration and with the insurance scheme, there will be affordable and quality health care for our people,” the Governor said.

Answering questions as it concerns clock-in and clock-out biometric exercise for local government councils’ workers, the Governor said, it was not a punitive measure but to ensure that only those are paid salaries are true workers.

“It is not a punishment, it is not going to be forever but, if it is effective for three months, we will be able to identify true civil servants because, it will be difficult for you to work elsewhere and also, work in the civil service,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman of the local government council, Mrs Josephine Abeki had in an address, said, “your (Governor Okowa’s) SMART Agenda which is putting smiles on the faces of the good people of Delta State is clearly seen by all in the various appointments and empowerment of indigenes from the local government area in your (Governor Okowa’s) government.”