NO DTS 0827: NIGERIA IN TROUBLED TIMES, SAYS GOV. OKOWA
NO DTS 0828: DELTA EDUCATION MINISTRY RESTATES DAILY ACADEMIC HOURS
NO DTS 0829: BE DILIGENT IN DISCHARGE OF YOUR DUTIES, MOGBOLU ADMONISHES STAFF
NO DTS 0830: INEC SOLICITS SUPPORT FROM STAKEHOLDERS IN RELOCATING POLLING UNITS
NO DTS 0831: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CLERK DISOWNS AFFILIATIONS WITH DATA GATHERING OF RESIDENTS
NO DTS 0832: FUNKEKEME SOLOMON EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO GOD, MARKS 59TH BIRTH
NO DTS 0833: UKUWRERE INAUGURATES UGIU ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
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NO DTS 0827: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
NIGERIA IN TROUBLED TIMES, SAYS GOV. OKOWA
Delta State Governor, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa, has said Nigeria is in troubled times with dwindling economy occasioned by various factors, including worsening insecurity across the nation.
The governor stated this today at the funeral service of Late Comfort Nwagimeje at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Agbor, and urged Nigerians to pray that God should change the situation.
He observed that many people were hungry and could no longer feed themselves blaming it on their inability to farm the way they used to due to growing insecurity.
“Pray for our nation because we are in troubled times; the country is insecure and our state is not left out because whatever affects the country affects the states.
“We are in troubled times because many people are hungry and can’t feed themselves, but we have hope that God will take control and change things for the better.
“Our economy has dwindled and insecurity is further worsening it; we can no longer farm as we used to but we are hopeful that God is able to turn things around for the nation,” Okowa said.
He condoled with the family of Nwagimeje on the demise of their matriarch, and announced that the state government would construct Okwuijen Street, Agbor, in honour of the departed Comfort Nwagimeje.
“I know we have come here to mourn, but even in mourning of our dear mother, we still have to give thanks to God because that is the teaching of the Holy Scripture.
“I’m glad that I am in your midst today to celebrate the life and times of Ezinne Comfort Nwagimeje, who was dear to all of us.
“She was very dear to all of us because she was the wife of somebody we hold dear to our heart, Pa John Nwagimeje.
“In all the years I had known them, I saw her as a virtuous woman because as it happens in some instances, many women drag their husbands down.
“But in her case, she supported and assisted our father to attain the prominence he attained in Delta State politics because the fear of Pa Nwagimeje is the beginning of wisdom in Ika South and Ika nation as a whole.
“I am pleased with what has been said about her. It is good to live well, because when you depart what legacies will you leave for your children?
“She has left the warmth in their home that will cause people to respect the husband and I am glad that she impacted on the society while she lived as a true builder of the home,” he stated.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. Anthony Nwaeni, had in his homily, charged Christians to live a worthy life, and said that late Comfort Nwagimeje epitomised good motherhood.
The cleric remarked that the deceased lived a life of good works and testimonies abound of her good deeds.
“She maintained a life of decency in her daily manners, religious and social affairs as well as political issues and family life.
“Her appearance was always a radiation of the true quality of motherhood. A woman of great character and we will miss her,” the priest said.
NO DTS 0828: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
DELTA EDUCATION MINISTRY RESTATES DAILY ACADEMIC HOURS
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has restated daily academic hours for schools in the state is from 8am to 2pm.
However, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols, some schools are running shifts because of their students’ population. Morning shift runs from 8am to 12noon and afternoon shift from 1.00 p,m to 5.00 p.m.
To this end, the ministry has advised parents to promptly take their children home from their schools at the end of academic activities for the day.
The Commissioner in the ministry, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba today (23/04/2021) said that the ministry would no longer tolerate a situation where pupils and students are allowed to hang around the school compounds or even outside the compounds after official closing time.
Ukah said that the advice had become necessary to avoid a situation where the children would involve themselves in unwholesome behaviours or be exposed to unnecessary dangers.
He said that public and private schools who encourage such practices would be sanctioned appropriately.
NO DTS 0829: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
BE DILIGENT IN DISCHARGE OF YOUR DUTIES, MOGBOLU ADMONISHES STAFF
By Ese Obote-Ogwu
Civil servants have been advised to be diligent, polite and thorough in the discharge of their duties.
The Permanent Secretary in the Delta State Ministry of Youth Development, Ms Ngozi Mogbolu, gave the advice when she embarked on tour of departments in the ministry on her assumption of office as the permanent secretary.
Ms Mogbolu, who took tour of the two professional departments of the ministry, Youth Mobilization and Leadership and Youth Enterprise and Investment Promotion, and three service departments, Administration, Planning Research and Statistic and Finance and Accounts, encouraged workers to go the extra mile in the discharge of their primary duties,
while sharing her personal experience of transformation from regular worker to an exceptional one, she urged workers to exhibit positive work ethics, that will promote love and unity, stressing that keeping a healthy work relationship is paramount in all we do.
Ms Mogbolu, also admonished staff to work in harmony to ensure high productivity and quality service delivery to reposition the ministry to an enviable height.
NO DTS 0830: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
INEC SOLICITS SUPPORT FROM STAKEHOLDERS IN RELOCATING POLLING UNITS
By Austin Enunwa
The Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) Electoral Officer in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Dr Helen Ifeobu, has appealed to stakeholders to assist the commission in relocating the voting points to a permanent polling unit.
Dr Ifeobu, who made the appeal in an interactive meeting in Issele Uku, explained that polling units were the lowest level of the electoral structure in Nigeria, also stated that it was the most critical point in delivering qualitative elections.
The electoral officer further explained that suitability of location of polling units was also very important in determining voter access to them.
She affirmed that INEC had chosen to address both the establishment of sufficient polling units and their locations in a good accessible place.
In addition, she said that the commission does not encourage the location of polling units in private compounds, royal places, government houses, political party buildings, and also very isolated or inaccessible locations.
Dr Ifeobu also added that for easy access to polling units the commission has designated three conditions, namely adequacy of polling units, location of polling units in places that are conducive for voters to participate freely in the process. And ensuring that the environment of specific polling units was conducive to good voter’s experience as well as adequate security and safety of voters.
The enlarged meeting was attended by royal fathers across the wards in the local government.
NO DTS 0831: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CLERK DISOWNS AFFILIATIONS WITH DATA GATHERING OF RESIDENTS
The Clerk of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr Amos Olatunde Ojo, has disowned any association or collaboration of the national assembly with organization claiming to be involved in collation, banking and processing of personal data of citizens and residents in Delta State.
In a letter of disclaimer, addressed to the Office of the Secretary to the Delta State Government, dated 31st March, 2021, with Reference Number NASS/CN/20Vol.5/89, the clerk listed the organizations involved to include Royal Gate International Limited, Centre for Leadership Perspective, and Nigeria Encyclopedia Project.
According to the clerk, “The National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is in no association or collaboration with Royal Gate International Limited, Centre for Leadership Perspective, and Nigeria Encyclopedia Project and/or any other affiliates of the above-mentioned organisations in any activity that involves the collation, banking and processing of personal data of citizens and residents.”
He warned that the national assembly would not accept any liability for any infringement on the privacy of any individual or organization.
Should there be a need for further clarification in respect of the disclaimer or any other matter, the clerk advised residents to direct enquiry to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 08035867468, 08057646302.
NO DTS 0832: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
FUNKEKEME SOLOMON EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO GOD, MARKS 59TH BIRTH
By Tebefia Ogbeni
The Senior Political Adviser (SPOLAD) to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon has expressed his profound gratitude to God Almighty for His grace as he marks his 59th birthday.
Solomon also thanked his boss and principal, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for reposing trust in him particularly as the Director General of his (Okowa) campaign.
The SPOLAD was speaking recently when political appointees and staff of his office organized a surprised ceremony complete with a saxophonist to mark his birth anniversary on 21st April, 2021 at his home in Asaba.
“I am very grateful to His Excellency the governor for trusting me to be the Director-General of his campaign and we are committed to the course of Governor Okowa’s administration,” he said.
He said that those working with him were his greatest assets politically, adding: “I thank God for giving me dependable people to work with.”
Going down memory lane, Funkekeme Solomon said that he had worked as a journalist, teacher and politician adding that interpersonal relationship was better than money.
“Our success story could only have been made possible by God and your support.
“it is my joy that God brought me to this office and brought you to work with me and I thank God that our future together is bright,” the SPOLAD said.
He thanked God for His blessings upon the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, his family, those working with him and entire Deltans.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the political appointees and civil servants, Sir Austin Onianwa, SSA cum Director, Political Development and Mobilsation said, “SPOLAD, we have benefitted from you immensely and we are here to pray for you. This is the beginning of celebrations in your life. Happy birthday Sir.”
Highpoint of the ceremony was the cutting of the birthday cake by Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon assisted by his wife and those present.
Some of those who attended the birthday included Comrade Hope George, Mrs Ifeoma Agbomah, Dr Emmanuel Sorokwu, Hon. Clement Olojoba, Comrade Fidelis Egugbo, Chief Godday Mgbabego, and Hon. Adim Elue, among several others.
NO DTS 0833: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021
UKUWRERE INAUGURATES UGIU ELECTORAL COMMITTEE
By Ambrose Ologide
The President General of Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU) last Wednesday inaugurated an electoral committee for the apex socio/cultural body in Uvwie kingdom at Effurun, headquarters of Uvwie Local Government Area.
Ukuwrere in his key note address shortly before the inauguration, stated that he was given the mandate to constitute the committee by the Ovie of Uvwie, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso, Abe 1,
He urged members of the committee headed by Mr Joseph Agbamu, a lawyer, to carry out the committee’s duties without fear or favour
The president general listed the terms of reference of the committee to include conducting a free, fair and credible elections in the next UGIU executives, amongst others.
Ukuwrere called on eligible sons and daughters of the kingdom to contest for the vacant national executive positions of UGIU
The president general also advised against the practice of sit tight to power by those occupying elective positions in the kingdom.
He said that the committee was to serve for one month and that the tenure of the present executive committee would expire on June 28, 2021.
The National Acting Secretary General of UGIU, Hon. Christian Eshenake who spoke at the event stated that all positions in UGIU executives were vacant and that no executive position was zoned to any etche (traditional administrative unit) in Uvwie Kingdom
He also urged members of the committee to ensure that each etche (administrative unit) produces five delegates for the forthcoming national UGIU executives’ elections.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Joseph Agbamu on behalf of members, expressed appreciation to the Ovie of Uvwie for their appointment.
He promised to conduct a free, fair and credible elections being a victim of electoral malpractices in Delta State politics.
The electoral committee was comprised of representatives of all the etches in Uvwie
The President General of UGIU, Chief Austin Ukuwrere in a brief chat with news men, noted that paucity of funds was his major challenge and that the out break of COVIC-19 was responsible for the postponement of last year’s Uvwie Day.