NO DTS 0250: INSECURITY: OKOWA URGES SUPPORT FOR RANCHING
NO DTS 0251: DELTA TO UPGRADE ASABA AIRPORT TO CATEGORY 9 AS UNITED AIRLINE DEBUTS
NO DTS 0252: ISOKO NATION, URHOBO POLITICAL LEADERS, OTHERS CONDOLE OKOWA
NO DTS 0253: `OKOWA MOURNS EX-LAGOS GOVERNOR, JAKANDE
NO DTS 0254: MOSOGAR COMMUNITY PROTESTS EIGHT-YEAR POWER OUTAGE
NO DTS 0255: OBIRENFOJU, IKPURI, OTHERS BAG EDJEBA COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD
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NO DTS 0250: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
INSECURITY: OKOWA URGES SUPPORT FOR RANCHING
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, today urged Nigerians to support ranching, saying it would drastically reduce herders-farmers clashes across the country.
He said that the time to rise against open grazing was now, especially as governors of the Northern States had voted for ranching as the way to go in cattle-rearing.
Okowa made the call when the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and President of Nigeria Baptist Convention, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, visited him at the Government House, Asaba, to condole with him on the recent passing away of his father.
He said that insecurity in the country was negatively impacting the socio-economic lives of Nigerians, and insisted that one of the ways to check the trend was for herders to embrace ranching.
He added that another way to address the myriad of challenges arising from insecurity was to meaningfully engage the people in productive ventures through vocational and skills acquisition training programmes, saying that it was a flagship programme of his administration.
The governor pointed out that unless unemployment was seriously addressed, the rate of banditry and other criminalities in the country may continue to rise and the nation may not exit from the challenges of insecurity.
“Here in Delta State, we have long realised that the way to go is to find ways of skilling our people, enabling them to acquire the needed skills because everybody cannot get white collar jobs.
“So, beyond vocational training, we have placed a lot of emphasis on technical education and we are doing our best that we can to reach out to our youths. We are glad that many of our youths are cooperating with us.
“I am glad that many of my colleagues (governors) in the North are now beginning to show more reasoning towards the development of our nation because they have spoken loudly in their last meeting concerning the issue of open grazing.
“We are glad to hear that because that has been the voice mainly from the South, but has now been echoed by our colleagues (governors) in the North and I am truly very glad that they have boldly come out to speak about that because we must truly find ways to begin to encourage ranching.
“This is because, in the first instance, if we are able to find ways of having grazing reserves as they are proposing, I believe that the cattle can be fed in such a way that they can grow bigger, have more meat, and it is more economical and many of the children can be free to truly go to school and be empowered.
“But, for those who want to take to the business of livestock farming, they can now be groomed such that they can have more productive livestock rather than the one we get them to trek long distances,” he said.
Okowa expressed hope that the call on the Federal Government to encourage ranching would be considered because it was a way out of reducing the farmers/herders crises, and emphasized that ranching was a way of improving livestock economy in the nation.
According to him, it will be in the best interest of all Nigerians, because it will improve the family income and reduce insecurity in the land.
While saying he was glad that Nigerians were praying for God to help in solving the many challenges bedevilling the country, the governor said “we pray that God will truly hear our prayers because things have really got so bad that it is becoming negatively impactful on the common man, the average farmer and those who just have little.
Earlier, Rev. Ayokunle had told the governor that he was at the Government House on condolence to him and his family to commiserate with them on the passage of his father.
He expressed concern over the increasing rate of insecurity in the country and urged those in government to take urgent steps to address all security-related issues.
NO DTS 0251: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
DELTA TO UPGRADE ASABA AIRPORT TO CATEGORY 9 AS UNITED AIRLINE DEBUTS
Delta State Government today said plans were underway to upgrade the Asaba International Airport to a Category 9 Airport to enable it receive bigger planes.
The Special Projects Director of the Airport, Mr Austin Ayemidejor, disclosed this to journalists shortly after the arrival of United Nigeria Airline’s Maiden flight to Asaba.
The airline marked 5N-BWZ which was fully booked with passengers, touched down at exactly 11.40am
He said with activities at the airport at near peak, it had become imperative to upgrade the Airport to welcome bigger planes.
He said government had also written to the Nigeria Airspace Management Authority NAMA to increase the operational hours to 11pm.
“We intend to upgrade the Airport to category nine which will make it have the capacity to receive Boeing 737 and Boeing 777 but shortly we have applied to Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NAMA for approval to enable us operate beyond sunrise to sunset by extending operational hours to 11pm.
“Once that is done, there will be more activities and it is important to let you know that this is the fifth airline that is operating into the Asaba Airport.
“Already we have Airpeace, AZMAN, Aero, and Arik. United Nigeria is the fifth airline that is coming in.
“The sixth airline ValueJet is likely to come in a couple of weeks and we have assurances from the Managing Director of Ibom Air that very shortly too they will start operations perhaps by the second week of March.
“So the level of activities here is very encouraging because the market is large, it’s very huge and so we need more airlines to operate here.
“We have lots of patronage from the Eastern part of the country particularly the Onitsha area, and then the other cities around Delta for purpose of patronage,” he said.
On the non operationalisation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) Ayemidejor said the full components of the lights, the localisers were all fully installed but were yet to be calibrated.
He said the calibration was interrupted with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, adding that NAMA will come in again soon to finish up with the calibration.
“Once the ILS and the localisers are fully calibrated then it will become functional for the airlines to use them,” Ayemidejor stated.
Earlier, Captain of the Airline, Lawani Abubakar expressed delight at the companies foray into Asaba.
He said the airline will increase its operational frequency into the airport with time.
“It was fantastic and the Airport is looking very very promising because Asaba is a very good place to fly into and we have good passenger figure and then we intend to increase the frequency with time.
“The runway is fine but the ILS is not serviceable at the moment, however with full visibility the approach system they have now is good. The Asaba Airport is safe and we have very good aircraft for our customers,” he said
NO DTS 0252: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
ISOKO NATION, URHOBO POLITICAL LEADERS, OTHERS CONDOLE OKOWA
The Isoko ethnic nationality today visited Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to condole with him on the demise of his father, late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.
Speaking during the visit, President General of the Isoko Development Union, IDU, Professor Chris Akpotu said the death of Pa Okowa was a huge loss to Deltans and humanity given his invaluable contributions to humanity.
He said the Isoko nation was behind the governor and his family in spirit and prayers through the difficult times.
On behalf of the Executive of IDU and the entire Isoko people, we commiserate with you and the entire family over the sudden demise of your father, the patriarch of the family, Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa, who passed away on Wednesday 28th January, 2021.
Your Excellency from the records, your father was a dedicated Christian, who lived a very decent life with several virtues and enviable records.
He will always be remembered as a loving and caring father. Even, your personal lifestyle as our revered Governor is a practical testament of his fatherly tutelage, both in the social/cultural, religious and political spheres.
As a people, though we know death is irreparable, it is considered a huge loss to us all. Your grief must be overwhelming now because there won’t be any fatherly advice anymore.
“Nevertheless, we are consoled by the fact that Papa had gone to be with the Lord. Isoko nation is deeply pained and share of this moment with the entire family,” Akpotu stated.
Responding, Governor Okowa thanked the Isoko nation for the visit and congratulated the new President-General Prof Chris Akpotu on his election.
He also condoled with the Isoko nation on the death of Hon Tim Owhefere whom he described as a fine and loyal politician.
“Let me thank you all for this visit on behalf of my family. And let me also condole with you on the death of one of our finest politicans, Hon. Tim Owhefere.
“He was completely loyal to me, as Majority Leader of the House of Assembly he was actually the voice of the Governor and the executive arm in the hallowed chamber and am glad he performed that role so creditably well.
“I thank God for his life but truly his death is very painful to us and its our prayer that God receives his soul.
“He was a stabilizing force in the Assembly and his death has kept a great vacuum that will be difficult to fill,” Okowa stated.
Governor Okowa also received on condolence visit, the Delta Central Political Leaders led by Professor Sam Oyovbaire who said they were in Asaba to collectively register their condolences to the governor on the passing of his father.
Chairmen of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the twenty five local government areas led by Dr Isaac Wilkie.
In a related development, the Governor also received on condolence members of the College of former local government PDP Chairmen led by Chief Godwin Ogadi.
The Governor also played host to Mr Paul Odili of Galilee Community who also came to condole with him on the passing of his late father.
The Governor expressed appreciation to all the visitors stating that the family opted for a private burial for their father while a celebration of life will be held on August 21st, 2021.
NO DTS 0253: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
OKOWA MOURNS EX-LAGOS GOVERNOR, JAKANDE
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commiserated with the government and people of Lagos State over the death of their former Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
The former governor died yesterday at 91. He was Governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983 and later served as Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime between 1993 and 1998.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that Jakande, a renowned journalist and elder statesman, died at a time Nigeria earnestly needed his wise counsel on critical national issues.
He remarked that the deceased was an astute politician and distinguished democrat, who provided free education to all, low and medium cost housing for the masses and opened up Lagos with good roads and portable water for the people.
He said that the demise of Jakande was a great loss to his family and the entire people of Lagos State because of his consummate life-lifting accomplishments in the Centre of Excellence.
“The late Lateef Jakande, a distinguished journalist and outstanding politician will be remembered for his legacy of free education in Lagos, construction of numerous roads as well as the provision of housing and portable water for Lagosians.
“He will be deeply missed by all and sundry whose lives he affected in many ways, especially the masses and middle-class, whose course he stood for throughout his political career.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with the family of the late Lateef Jakande, the government and people of Lagos State on the passing of the nonagenarian elder statesman,” Okowa said.
He prayed that God would forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal repose.
NO DTS 0254: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
MOSOGAR COMMUNITY PROTESTS EIGHT-YEAR POWER OUTAGE
By Clementina Wewele
The major roads of Mosogar Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta state were shot down by the youths of the area who were protesting over the issue of light in the area.
The youths who were seen in the palace of the Ovie of Mosogar kingdom, HRM Samson Omene, Udurhie 1 of Mosogar said that they were tired of living in total darkness.
The youths said that they had been living without light in the area for the past eight years, saying that they were tired of living in darkness.
While moving along every part of the kingdom with a lot of convoys, the residents said that they were ready to continue with their protest even against the announcement from the palace kicking against it.
One of the residents, who was also among the protesters, Mr Suleman Peters said that they were not happy being in total black out for the past eight years.
He said that tomorrow (Friday, February 12, 2021) protest would be very hot, saying that they were hoping to get good news from the appropriate authorities.
The Ovie appealed to them to calm down, assuring that light would be restored to the area.
The residents and youths of the area called on the government to also come to their aid, saying that the amount of money they had spent on fuel in running their power generating sets was alarming.
They noted that there was no way they could survive without light, lamemnting that businesses were affected and by extension their source of living.
NO DTS 0255: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021
OBIRENFOJU, IKPURI, OTHERS BAG EDJEBA COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD
By Ambrose Ologide
Honour was given to whom honour is due as Chief Dickson Omamomo Obirenfoju, Chief Linda Ikpuri, some distinguished personalities, and corporate organizations were given award of excellence by Agbarha Warri Community of Edjeba recently.
Oberenfojo was honoured with community service award. Others in this category of award include Chief Isaac Emifoniye, Chief Goddey Onotor and Sheriff Okekeri, while Chief Linda Ikpuri was honoured with the award of Trail Blazer.
The Unuovwodo of Edjeba Community, Chief Cashier Ikpuri, and former member of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Dennis Omovie bagged Life Time Achievement awards
A Delta State University don, Professor Richard Aboribo was honoured with the prestigious elite award just as Exodus Akuruli was given the award of ‘ latest CEO.
Two distinguished business moguls in the area, Engr J A Aghedo and Otumba Bazuaye were appreciated with award of excellence for their economic contributions to the development of Edjeba Community.
Ramos and Odjevwe Agbogidi were appreciated with the award of excellence for their achievements in the field of sports in 2021.
The dead were not left out as late Henry Shalomi, late Prince Agberien and late Jonah Udugba were given post humus award of excellence.
In seperate chats with our correspondent, Chief Obirenfoju and Chief Linda Eya Ikpuri appreciated Edjeba Community for the award of excellence as they said that it would spur them to do more for the community.