NO DTS 0469: GOV OKOWA TO INAUGURATE OVWOR-OLOMU-EFFURUN-OTOR BRIDGE
NO DTS 0470: GOV OBASEKI COMING TO COMMISSION PROJECTS IN DELTA — SAYS ANIAGWU
NO DTS 0471: DTSG ASSURES SAFETY OF COVID-19 VACCINE
NO DTS 0472: ADDRESS SOCIAL VICES AMONG STUDENTS – UKAH TELLS STAKEHOLDERS
NO DTS 0473: DELTA WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD EMBARKS ON INSPECTION OF BUSINESS PREMISES
NO DTS 0474: PDP CHAIRMAN SAYS HARD WORK, DEDICATION GAVE PARTY VICTORY AT POLLS
NO DTS 0475: OWOSO CALLS FOR COOPERATION OF STAFF, RESIDENTS
NO DTS 0476: FORMER NDOKWA EAST PDP CHAIRMAN, ASIBELUA COUNTS GAINS OF PARTY IN DELTA
NO DTS 0477: REELECTED NDOKWA EAST LGC EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO ELECTORATE FOR VOTING PDP
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NO DTS 0478: AREWA PEOPLE CELEBRATE ONOYAKE’S REELECTION
NO DTS 0469: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
GOV OKOWA TO INAUGURATE OVWOR-OLOMU-EFFURUN-OTOR BRIDGE
Delta State Government has said that the completed Ovwor-Olomu-Effurun-Otor Bridge in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the would be inaugurated on Tuesday, next week.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after inspecting the project at Effurun-Otor.
He also inspected the rehabilitation and resealing of Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe Road and the construction of Okwagbe-Otutuama-Esaba Road Phase 1 in Ughelli South Local Government Area.
The commissioner stated that the state government was delighted with the successful completion of the bridge, using indigenous contractors.
He recalled that less than two weeks ago, the government began “harvests of projects” which had been completed.
“Ahead of the inauguration of next round of projects, we have come to take a look at the readiness of the contractors to welcome His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to the unveiling of the projects.”
“Going round these projects, I can tell you that I am very proud being a member of this government.”
“We are proud because we have seen some indigenous contractors being able to deliver as much as those international contractors.”
“What makes us proud is what we have done, using and I Geno us forget contractors because it has not been easy with the local contractors, but today, we have seen what Obakpor Engineering has done with the Ovwor-Effurun-Otor Bridge,” he said.
Aniagwu remarked that the advantage of using indigenous contractors was twofold, noting that it had demonstrated capacity of the contractors to compete with those from outside the shores of the country
He added that the use of local contractors had also reduced capital flight because majority of the workforce engaged by the indigenous companies were Nigerians and majority of them were Deltans.
“The more we engage these qualified indigenous contractors, the more we are able to build capacity to compete, even within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
“The more projects they execute, the more funds available to them to purchase machinery, and the more they are able to train their staff to international standard.
“We are happy that in about five days from now, these projects will be inaugurated by the governor in company with the Governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki, for the use of our people and the good of humanity,” he said.
The Commissioner also commended the Ughelli South Council Chairman, Dr Richard Kofi, for using youths trained under the council’s skill acquisition programme to execute the interlocking of the internal roads within the council’s secretariat.
“We are proud of what Dr Kofi has done in this council, using youths trained in interlocking, and what makes the project unique is because those who executed the job were trained by the council.”
“You will recall that over 6,000 Deltans have been trained in various skills and given starter packs to become entrepreneurs, and what Kofi has done here is in line with our prosperity mantra and local content initiative,” Aniagwu stated.
Kofi, who conducted the commissioner round the council premises, stated that he was attracted to governance because he wanted to care for the youths, the less privileged and the poor in the society.
He said that his administration targeted the training of 3,000 persons but were able to train 850 in interlocking, bag and shoe making.
“When we started we didn’t promise starter packs; so, there was apathy until the state government came to our aid.”
“Many of the trainees are now entrepreneurs and now employing others.”
“The benefit of using those trained for interlocking to execute the internal road project was reduction in cost and it provided them with job and experience,” Kofi added.
NO DTS 0470: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
GOV OBASEKI COMING TO COMMISSION PROJECTS IN DELTA — SAYS ANIAGWU
By Samuel Ugbaja
In continuation of the commissioning of projects executed by the government of Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa tagged, “Harvest of Projects”, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki will join his Delta State counterpart to commission some projects in parts of the state, especially in Ughelli South Local Government Council Area next week.
The Commissioner for Information, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen after an inspection of some projects, billed for commissioning.
The Commissioner noted that in his determination to leave landmark legacies, the state governor had been executing people oriented projects as well as ensuring that Deltans, especially the teeming youths, were adequately empowered to become economically viable as employers of labour.
This, according to the commissioner, the governor had largely achieved through various skill acquisition programmes, establishment of Technical Colleges in all the 25 local government areas and upgrading some tertiary institutions to university status, among other developmental initiatives of the state government.
On the performance of indigenous contractors, the commissioner lauded the governor for his foresight, adding that observing what was on ground, it was obvious that indigenous contractors could compete favourably with foreign companies.
Mr. Aniagwu commended Chief John Ogwuma, the Chief Executive Officer, Obakpor Engineering Service, for his company’s competence in delivering a well built bridge that could stand the text of time.
Speaking on the internal road project executed by the Ughelli South Local Government Council, the commissioner commended the council Chairman, Dr. Kofi Richard, for keying into the policies and programmes of the state government by ensuring that youths in the area acquired useful skills and engaging them to practice the skills so acquired to execute the internal road project.
The commissioner maintained that such gestures would not only empower and encourage the beneficiaries to work harder, but would curb capital flight, since the funds expended on the project would still be utilised within the locality and the state at large.
Mr. Aniagwu, who was accompanied by the Director in Charge of Highways in the Ministry of Works, Engineer Joshua Egube, inspected the Ovwor–Olomu-Effurun–Otor Bridge, Okwagbe/Otutuama/Esaba Road (Phase 1. From Okwagbe to the first bridge in Ughelli South Local Government Area and the internal road project, executed by the Ughelli South Local Government, among others.
NO DTS 0471: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
DTSG ASSURES SAFETY OF COVID-19 VACCINE
By Donald Ojebo
The Delta State Government has assured Deltans and residents of the safety of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccines it received to help protect people from the disease and stem its spread in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, gave the assurance during a press briefing held at the Unity Hall, Government House in Asaba, the state capital, to sensitize members of the press on the COVID-19 vaccines allocated to the state.
He said that the state government opted for the Astra Zeneca brand of vaccines because of the advantages it had over other brands, stating that a vaccine that conferred 80% immunity and safety was okay for use and that the Astra Zeneca brand conferred over 90% immunity, hence highly acceptable.
Assuring Deltans on the potency of the received vaccines, the commissioner said that “the fear of losing potency does not arise because the state’s cold chain facility can maintain the vaccines potency from the time of its arrival in the state to the time of being used.”
Dr. Ononye stated further that over the years, the state had developed proper cold chain facilities, both at the central store in Asaba, the Drug Revolving Fund and at the 25 local government areas.
He added that the state had earlier received support from the National Health Care Development Agency through the provision of 367 cold chain equipment.
As part of measures to improve the status of health facilities in the state, Dr. Ononye said that the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara which is under renovation, would be completed within the next two weeks, adding that it was the agreement the state had with the contractor handling it.
He further said that the state government was working towards the early completion of the Trauma Centre at Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of the state, adding that Governor Okowa had graciously approved the upgrades of the Central Hospitals in Warri, Sapele, Ughelli and Agbor as well as in other General Hospitals in the state.
Dr. Ononye assured Deltans that very soon high grade equipment meant for the state’s health care institutions would be commissioned.
NO DTS 0472: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
ADDRESS SOCIAL VICES AMONG STUDENTS – UKAH TELLS STAKEHOLDERS
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has called on stakeholders in the education sector to brace up to the challenge of curtailing incessant issues of anti social behaviours among students.
Mr. Ukah ,who made the call in Asaba, the state capital, during the commencement of a week SMASHED programme, held simultaneously across the three senatorial districts in the state, said that the programme was timely and apt.
The SMASHED programme is designed to educate teenagers, particularly students about the causes of underage drinking, its impacts on their health, social, emotional and academic well-being and how to make informed safe choice as well as to seek help if need be.
The commissioner stated that the exercise would be conducted in 46 public and private secondary schools in the state, adding that 10,000 students would be targeted at the end of the programme.
He said that the negative behaviours of children were already manifesting in increased rate of criminality in the society, adding that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education had considered it a big issue in the educational service delivery.
Mr. Ukah, who described students as the end products of educational development of every society, stated that the ministry had established an advocacy and mentoring unit in the Schools Department with the sole objective of inculcating a new mindset behaviour and value change among students.
Mr. Ukah said that the ministry would partner with SMASHED programme in order to address the issue of underage drinking , especially among secondary school students.
Recall that the SMASHED programme has been delivered in 25 countries around the world and had impacted over 500,000 young people.
NO DTS 0473: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
DELTA WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD EMBARKS ON INSPECTION OF BUSINESS PREMISES
Delta State Waste Management Board has embarked on a Preliminary Audit Inspection of business premises in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
The General Supervisor of the board in the area, Chief Assey Godspower Assey, dropped the hint in a media chat with newsmen, shortly after a visit to a business organisation in Effurun.
He stated that the board was working hard to ensure that business organisations operated within the laws of the board aimed at ensuring a cleaner Delta State.
Chief Assey further disclosed that the exercise was done annually, adding that some of the areas the board laid emphasis on during the inspection included asking for PSP monthly waste evacuation payment receipt and waste management policy compliance.
He explained that the inspection was to ensure that business organisations did not channel wastes into the public drains or have an over flowing sewage, dispose toxic, industrial and human wastes into the environment.
Chief Assey advised owners of business premises to ensure that they run their businesses and organisations within the law of the board towards the environmental sustainability of the state.
NO DTS 0474: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
PDP CHAIRMAN SAYS HARD WORK, DEDICATION GAVE PARTY VICTORY AT POLLS
By Christian Ogoh
The Chairman of the People’s Democratic party (PDP), Ika North East Chapter, Honourable Chukwudi Agborma, has attributed the party’s victory at the just concluded Local Government elections to hard work and dedication.
Honourable Agborma made the assertion in a chat with newsmen in Boji Boji Owa, shortly after his return from the PDP South South Congress, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“We will not fail to appreciate God for helping us. He was there to perfect all our plans and strategies. Also banking on past experiences and eschewing every form of assumptions, we were able to hit the bulls eye.”
“We started working months before the polls. We did not take things for granted. I understand others parties were complaining and laying counter accusations on the out come of the elections. The truth is that, within them they knew they were not prepared”
“To be frank, I am not surprised we recorded landslide victories across the state and particularly in Ika North East. We hardly slept, working out measures on how to succeed,” he added.
According to him, “the unprecedented developmental strides of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had made any election a work over for us in the state.”
Honourable Agborma, While commending leaders and stakeholders of the party in the area, described Governor Okowa as the Pride of PDP in Delta State and in Nigeria in general.
NO DTS 0475: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
OWOSO CALLS FOR COOPERATION OF STAFF, RESIDENTS
By Clementina Wewele
The newly elected Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, Honourable Oghenedoro Owoso, has called for maximum cooperation of staff in the council and residents in the area towards the actualisation of the set goal of bringing greater developments to the locality.
The chairman made the call during the handing over of the administration of the council by the Head of Personnel Management (HPM) at the council secretariat in Oghara .
The chairman, who urged the people to work in unity and to cooperate with him to move the local government to greater heights, said that his government would not be a dictatorial but a government where everyone would reason and work together to achieve the set goal of making the local government an enviable one.
Honourable Owoso encouraged all Ethiope West people to maintain the already existing peace and to be law abiding.
Earlier, while handing over to the chairman, the HPM, Sir Basil Oguafor, thanked the entire staff for the maximum cooperation they gave to him, urging them to give same cooperation to the newly elected chairman as the overall boss in the council.
NO DTS 0476: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
FORMER NDOKWA EAST PDP CHAIRMAN, ASIBELUA COUNTS GAINS OF PARTY IN DELTA
By Edafe Ejohwemu
The immediate past People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Ugo Asibelua, has said that his primary constituency (ward) in Ase Kingdom had much to show as the positive impacts of the PDP led administration of Governor Okowa in the state.
He said that the local government areas and the three senatorial districts of the state had benefited immensely from the policy thrust of the state government.
According to him, over 500 indigenes of the area had been empowered through different platforms by the state government.
He mentioned other benefits to include the renovation of schools, provision of furniture and installation of Information Communications Technology (ICT) facilities in schools, empowerment of widows and the recent awarding of the contract for the facelift of the Adhere-Ase Road by the state government.
Chief Asibelua said that he left the PDP intact, united and active, adding that the landslide victory of the party in the just concluded local government elections in the area was due to the unity of purpose in the party, just as he confidently maintained that “no magic could have deprived the party from total victory in Ndokwa East, even as he expressed gratitude to the people in the area for voting massively for the party.
Chief Asibelua, while congratulating the incoming leaders, advised them to make themselves accessible to people at the grassroots, adding that the people were the bridge between the grassroots and the state government.
NO DTS 0477: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
REELECTED NDOKWA EAST LGC EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO ELECTORATE FOR VOTING PDP
The Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, Engr. Joan Governor, has expressed gratitude to residents, particularly the eligible voters, for the massive votes for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which ensured the victory of the party in the just concluded local government elections in the area.
He said that he and his councilors would not have won without the efforts of the party leaders and members as well as the electorates who voted massively for them.
The chairman said that the party leaders and members have demonstrated selflessness and commitment which, according to him, proved the philosophy of internal democracy in the PDP.
While promising to improve and consolidate on achievements recorded in his first tenure in office, the council chairman recalled that he did not leave his people behind during the last administration, adding that he would continue to integrate the people of the area irrespective of party affiliations in his new administration.
This, he said, would sustain grassroot and all inclusive government which was the mantra of the state government under the watch of Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.
Engr Joan Governor said that residents should bring in progressive suggestions, ideas, support and other contributions that would put the area ahead of other local government areas in the state.
NO DTS 0478: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 12, 2021
AREWA PEOPLE CELEBRATE ONOYAKE’S REELECTION
By Ambrose Ologide
It was celebration galore as the Arewa people in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State celebrated the reelection of Honourable Ramson Tega Onoyake as the Chairman of the council area.
The celebration took place in a party organised by their leader, Alhaji Suleiman Jauro, at his Effurun residence on Tuesday March 9, 2021.
Jauro in his speech at the event explained that the Arewa people were celebrating because Honourable Onoyake had been very nice to them.
The Arewa leader, who is the Organising Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP ) in the area, gladly remarked that his people had enjoyed peace, security and huge patronage in the administration of the reelected Uvwie Local Government Council boss.
While felicitating with the Vice Chairman and the elected councillors in the local government area, Jauro, who is also a member of the Muslims Welfare and Pilgrims Board in the state, was full of praises for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP Chairman , Chief Kingsley Esiso , the member representing Uvwie Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Honourable (Chief) Solomon Okporua Ighrakpata, Honourable (Chief) Evelyn Omavowan Oboro, executives and elders of the PDP in the local government area for their immense contributions to the growth of the party.