NO DTS 1162: DTHA SPEAKER PLAYS HOST TO SPEAKERS OF HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY
NO DTS 1163: MEETING ON FlOOD ALERT HOLDS ON MONDAY, JUNE 2021 IN DELTA
NO DTS 1164: INSECURITY, FLOODING, HEALTHCARE, OTHERS : DELTA COUNCIL OF NUJ CALLS FOR PROACTIVE ACTIONS.
NO DTS 1165: GOV OKOWA GETS COMMENDATION FOR APPOINTING ANWUZIA INTO DELTA GOVERNMENT
NO DTS 1166: NDOKWA EAST LGC NULGE HONOURS RETIRED STAFF
NO DTS 1167: MIKIE CALLS FOR RESOLUTION OF UREJU COMMUNITY, NPDC/ ELCREST CRISIS
NO DTS 1168: UNIVERSITY DON CHARGES HOST COMMUNITIES TO SHUN SELF INTEREST FOR DEVELOPMENT
NO DTS 1169: RESIDENTS, MOTORISTS IN EFFURUN APPEAL FOR REHABILITATION OF SOKOH ESTATE ROAD
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NO DTS 1162: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
DTHA SPEAKER PLAYS HOST TO SPEAKERS OF HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY
BY Augustine Akanigha
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, is set to play host to other speakers as the Second Quarter General meeting of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria holds in Asaba, the state capital.
In a Press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Dennis Otu, the Conference tagged, “Asaba 2021” is slated for June 25-27, 2021 at the Event Centre in Asaba.
According to the statement, the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa would be the Chief Host while the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and Deputy Chairman, Conference of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria, Rt Hon Oborevwori would be the host.
The 36 speakers of the state Houses of Assembly in the country, according to the statement, were expected to pay a courtesy call on the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Friday, June 25, 2021 in the Government House, Asaba.
The Governor, the Statement further said, was billed to declare the second Quarter General meeting open on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and to give a keynote address and opening remarks on “Building Sustainable partnership between the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government for effective service delivery in the state”.
The statement added that after the opening ceremony, the conference would go into a technical session and would be followed by the conference general meeting and wrting of the Communique.
The speakers were also expected to inspect projects in the state after a communique had been issued and cap the day with a banquet at the Event Centre.
The following day, Sunday, June 27, 2021, the speakers would depart the state to their various states.
NO DTS 1163: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
MEETING ON FlOOD ALERT HOLDS ON MONDAY, JUNE 2021 IN DELTA
The Delta State Government is billed to host a meeting on “FLOOD ALERT “on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Unity Hall of the Government House, Asaba, the state capital, at 10am prompt.
The meeting is sequel to the recent reports from relevant agencies, including the Nigeria Meteorological Agency ( NIMET), alerting Nigerians to imminent flooding and urging that flood prevention and control measures be put in place to mitigate its environmental and social impacts on the people.
The purpose of the meeting is to identify and consider appropriate measures to mitigate the impacts of the impending flood in the state.
NO DTS 1164: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
INSECURITY, FLOODING, HEALTHCARE, OTHERS : DELTA COUNCIL OF NUJ CALLS FOR PROACTIVE ACTIONS
By Johnson Ebigide
The Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for proactive measures at tackling insecurity, flooding and other critical areas of needs, militating against the general wellbeing of Deltans and residents in the state.
In a communiqué issued and signed by the Chairman and the Secretary of the council, Comrades Michael Ikeogwu and Patrick Ochei, respectively at the end of the congress of the union in Asaba, the state capital, the union decried the recent alleged Fulani Jihadists threat to attack some areas, including Asaba, in the state, adding that the state government, relevant security authorities and residents should take proactive actions to forestall the attack in the state.
It condemned the attacks on some police stations in the state, saying that it portended a serious threat to the lives and properties of residents.
The statement urged the state government to build permanent camps for internally flood displaced persons to effectively cater for the affected in the state, just as it condemned the unwholesome and unfriendly attitude of some healthcare officials, particularly doctors and nurses in some healthcare facilities and hospitals in the state, saying that the state government should take necessary actions to stem the worrisome situation.
The union expressed worries over the rising spate of cultism, particularly in secondary schools, and the alleged negative influences of some teachers on some students involvement in taking hard drugs, adding that parents should continue to monitors their children and wards towards steering them away from involvements in social vices that could endanger their future.
The union called on the state government to brace up at completing ongoing and abandoned projects, even as it commended the governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, for his giant strides at positively transforming the state.
It however frowned at the alleged planned public-private management of the three new universities in the state, saying that not only would the move close the door of admission of many qualified Deltans to the institutions, but could lead to job loss, just as it urged for installations of traffic lights on major roads and ensure that officials of the Delta State Traffic Management Agency (DESTMA) live up to their duties of ensuring safe motoring and prevention of traffic gridlocks, particularly in Asaba, Warri and Effurun axis of the state.
It added that efforts should be continuously geared towards upgrading facilities of all the state owned media outfits, the Pointer Newspapers and the Delta Broadcasting service (DBS) stations in Asaba and Warri.
NO DTS 1165: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
GOV OKOWA GETS COMMENDATION FOR APPOINTING ANWUZIA INTO DELTA GOVERNMENT
By Omenogor Ifeanyi
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has been commended for appointing an illustrious son of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Chief Isaac Anwuzia, as his political adviser in the state.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders and elders Forum gave the commendation during a meeting at the country home of the chairman, Chief AC Okocha at Ogwashi-Uku.
They said that Chief Anwuzia’s appointment was an indication that the governor had recognised the numerous contributions of the Ogwashi-Uku people in the actualisation of the policy thrust of the state government.
They also used the opportunity to assure the governor of their continuous, undiluted support to enable him continue with his good works of moving the state to an enviable height.
The forum also used the medium to appeal to the governor to continue to place confidence and trust on Ogwashi-Uku people, with due recognition of their political history and their strength.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the local government area, Pastor Jude Chukwuweike, has said that the council had set up a committee to checkmate indiscriminate parking of vehicles by motorists in the area.
The chairman, who disclosed this to journalists in his office, called on motorists in the area to maintain traffic laws to avoid accidents on the roads, just as he enjoined members of the committee to discharge their duties with utmost sense of commitment without any fear or favour to ensure safe motoring in the locality.
The Chairman of the disbanded Up Delta in the State, Comrade Amechi Onwuamuya, also said that the parking problems were caused by drivers of trailers and other heavy duty vehicles who, he maintained, were always parking indiscriminately along the roads.
He said that his members were happy with the setting up of the committee and promised to support the efforts of the council at ridding the area of indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the roads.
In a related issue the Syvason Super Market in Ogashi-Uku has been reported to have been razed by fire, with goods worth several millions of naira lost to the inferno.
An eye witness account indicated that fire outbreak occurred in early hours of the day, adding that all efforts to put it by neighbours proved abortive, just as it added that several calls to the state fire service in the area and Asaba were unfortunately fruitless.
The cause of the mysterious fire has not been established.
NO DTS 1166: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
NDOKWA EAST LGC NULGE HONOURS RETIRED STAFF
By Edafe Ejohwemu
The NULGE Exco in Ndokwa East Local Government Council (LGC) of Delta State, headed by comrade Jude Ajusa, has honoured officials of the council who retired from the council workforce in 2020.
The event which took place in the council secretariat in Aboh had the retirees, some of their relatives and well wishers as well as staff of the council in attendance.
The retirees included Ogbekene lucky, Ozegbe Sunday, Oweibo Paul, Christopher Mbanugo, Alex Efere, Obi Chukwuka and others.
At the commencement of the occasion the NULGE Chairman in the locality, Comrade Ajusa, requested all present to rise up for a minute silence for the repose of the souls of two retirees who had lost their lives. They are Mr Emmanuel Nwaze and Mrs Aniche Ngozi.
Comrade Ajusa thanked them for honouring the invitation and said that they were still considered part and parcel of the council.
He said that whatever problem they were facing with regard to their pensions should be made known to the NULGE Exco for prompt actions.
Responding, Mr Obi Chukwuka, on behalf of the retirees, thanked the NULGE Exco for the reception, just as he prayed that God should strengthen them to do more
Highlights of the occasion was the distribution of wall clocks with each of the retirees’ names inscribed on the respective cocks and disbursement of 5000 naira each to them as well as a group photographs of those in attendance.
NO DTS 1167: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
MIKIE CALLS FOR RESOLUTION OF UREJU COMMUNITY, NPDC/ ELCREST CRISIS
By Temi Boyo
The vice chairman of Warri North Local Government Council Area of Delta State, Honourable Solomon Milkie, has called for a speedy resolution of the crisis between UREJU Community in the community and Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Elcrest Limited.
Honourable Mikie made the call when he played host to members of Ureju Community who were in the council secretariat to seek the council chairman, Honourable Smart Asekutu’s intervention on the issue.
Honourable Mikie, who stood in for the council boss, assured them that they would never be shortchanged in the scheme of things as long as Hon.Asekutu remain chairman of the council, stressing that they should exercise some patience to enable Government to address the issue.
He promised that the council would invite all parties involved for a roundtable discussion to ensure speedy resolution of the lingering crisis.
Honourable Mikie however appealed to the elders of Ureju to help prevail on their youths to maintain the peace as Government would soon look into the issue with a view at resolving the lingering issues.
The leaders of Ureju thanked the council authorities for acceding to their plea and promised to keep the peace while waiting for Government’s intervention.
Meanwhile, the people of Beresibe in the locality were also in the council to register their claims on activities of Ureju community towards the territorial dispute between them.
Leaders of the Beresibe Community, who had earlier accused Ureju Community of embarking on a smear campaign to demonize them through series of petitions and false accusations; a move which they said was provocative, called for its end and solicited the council’s support for an end to the lingering faceoff.
Honourable Mikie after listening from both parties, urged them to submit vital documents for analysis and vetting to determine the way forward.
NO DTS 1168: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
UNIVERSITY DON CHARGES HOST COMMUNITIES TO SHUN SELF INTEREST FOR DEVELOPMENT
By Erhuvwu Apumami
Host Communities in the Niger Delta Region have been strongly advised to shun self interest and look out for the general good of their communities when investment opportunities came their way.
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum (FUPRE ), Prof Rukah Akpofure, gave the advice at the event of the United Nations (UN ) Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in the Nigerian Niger Delta and Tree Planting, in collaboration with African Centre for Climate and Rural Development (ACCARD), a Non Governmental Organization in Nigeria.
The event which held in Ughelli, attracted a lot of participants from various host communities, representatives from the Ministry of Environment both in Delta and Bayelsa States, the World Bank Redd Plus team, representatives of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency,( NOSDRA), Selected Secondary Schools, Security Agencies and many others.
The Vice Chancellor, who was a resource person at the event and represented by Dr (Mrs) Laurelta Aherebo, taught on ‘Partnership and Strategies for Ecosystem Restoration in the Niger Delta. Role of the University and Research Institutions’.
He highlighted that equipping the people with the right knowledge through research studies on the environment, working as a team in collaboration with the host community, projecting the environment to the community and the use of natural methods to replenish the soil were some of the Strategies for ecosystem restoration.
He however advised that host communities should always look out for the general good of the communities and be guided by it, whenever investors indicated interest in investing in their areas.
“I want to strongly advise host communities. You have a lot of role to play. When people come to our communities, let us look out for the general good of our communities. Take an environmental consultant. Look at what they will be doing in the environment, the type of degradation in that environment.”
“Let them know there is what we call social responsibility. Make sure these companies build good schools for you. Good health centres and good roads. Don’t just take the money and put in your pockets.”
” Cooperate with your consultant, cooperate with the contractor but have the general good of the community at heart, so that something good can come out and our ecosystem shall be recovered and preserved,” he added.”
Earlier in his address, the Convener, African Centre for Climate and Rural Development (ACCARD ), Mr Elohor Freeman, said that the event tagged “Green Niger Delta Project” world commence series of activities and projects for green development, environmental protection and restoration in the region, ranging from capacity building, entrepreneurial skill development, academic researches and assessment studies, eco-photography and documentation, landscape management, conservation, mangrove restoration as well as tree planting.
He said that it was an inclusive programme to create green jobs, particularly for young people who would be locally driven, adding that the decade of action would offer the Niger Delta Region the opportunity to contribute to biodiversity, conservation, restore degraded ecosystem through solution and also benefit from planned trainings and engagements.
He stated that the Niger Delta was facing challenges, ranging from oil spillages and gas flaring due to the activities of major oil and gas companies in the region and also other human activities like illegal bunkering, vandalism and bad farm practices and many more, which had led to the degradation of the ecosystem.
He therefore advised community leaders, youths, women and civil society organisations to leverage on the United Nations launch of the decade of ecosystem restoration, in line with the World Bank environment projects, Nigeria Redd objectives and other international funds, to protect and restore degraded ecosystem.
He charged everyone to work together as a team to improve not only the environment but the livelihood of the people as well as creating green jobs
The ceremony which featured questions and answers session, ended with the presentation of tree seedlings of mahogany, sour sop and dogonyaro trees to some stakeholders for planting.
NO DTS 1169: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY 25, JUNE, 2021
RESIDENTS, MOTORISTS IN EFFURUN APPEAL FOR REHABILITATION OF SOKOH ESTATE ROAD
By Ambrose Ologide
Residents in Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State have appealed to relevant authorities in the state for the rehabilitation of Sokoh Estate Road in the locality.
Residents as well as some vehicle owners made the appeal in a media interaction with journalists in the area.
Some complained that driving through the bad spots at the Airport Road axis of the road was a nightmare while some others noted that the said spot was a security flash point where men of the underworld had capitalised on in leashing terror on innocent persons at night.
A commercial tricycle (keke) rider, Frank Akpan who added his voice to the appeal, also appealed for the construction of the drains on both sides of the road to enhance smooth flow of water when it rained, adding that without measure on ground, rehabilitation of the road would be a wasted effort.
Another resident in the area, Alex Omokiniovo, noted that Sokoh Estate Road was a major link between the Airport and Jakpa roads in Effurun, wandering why it was in such a bad shape.