NO DTS 0401: GOV OKOWA CONGRATULATES OKONJO-UDOCHI ON EMERGENCE AS US PHYSICIAN-OF-THE-YEAR
NO DTS 0402: DTSG TO PARTNER NIMASA ON MARITIME DEVELOPMENT
NO DTS 0403: DELTA CJ CREATES NEW JUDICIAL DIVISION OF HIGH COURT
NO DTS 0404: PLANNED REMOVAL OF WAGES, SALARIES FROM EXCLUSIVE LIST – OFORBRUKU BLOWS HOT, COMMENDS GOV OKOWA
NO DTS 0405: OGWU TASKS HEAD TEACHERS, OTHERS ON EDUCATIONAL STANDARD
NO DTS 0406: DELTA LAUNCHES COVID-19 VACCINATION EXERCISE, MARCH 12, 2021
NO DTS 0407: ANIOCHA NORTH LGA READY FOR PEACEFUL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
NO DTS 0408: SUPPORT OF KINSMEN EXCITES PDP COUNCILLORSHIP CANDIDATES
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NO DTS 0401: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
GOV OKOWA CONGRATULATES OKONJO-UDOCHI ON EMERGENCE AS US PHYSICIAN-OF-THE-YEAR
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, has congratulated Dr Njide Okonjo-Udochi on her emergence as first black female Physician-of-the-Year in the United States of America.
This came as the world is celebrating the appointment of her elder sister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO).
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the state capital, the governor said Deltans and Nigerians were proud of the outstanding accomplishments of the Okonjo family of Ogwashi-Uku in the state.
He said that after the recent humble elevation of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, it was pleasing to hear that Okonjo-Udochi had also emerged Family Physician-of-the-Year 2021 in Maryland, United States, the first black woman to be so honoured with the prestigious award.
“While we are still celebrating the news of the appointment of your sister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), we are pleased to hear that you have been bestowed with the prestigious award as Physician-of-the-Year in the United States of America.”
“As Deltans and Nigerians, we are indeed very proud of the outstanding accomplishments recorded by you.”
“You are a distinguished achiever and great role model for the girl-child.”
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you, an illustrious daughter of our state, Dr Njide Okonjo-Udochi, on your noble recognition in medical practice in a distant United States of America.”
“Your contributions to medical practice and care for COVID-19 patients are worldclass and no doubt, earned you this coveted award.”
“It is my prayer that God will guide and protect you as you continue to provide healthcare for the sick,” Okowa stated.
NO DTS 0402: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
DTSG TO PARTNER NIMASA ON MARITIME DEVELOPMENT
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the State Government would partner the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the state’s maritime potentials.
Okowa stated this when the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh and his management team visited him at the Government House in Asaba, the state capital.
He commended the management of the agency for reaching out to stakeholders in the littoral states in its determination to develop the maritime sector.
He said that the take-off of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko had brought peace to the Niger Delta and pledged the support of the state government to the growth and development of the university.
The governor acknowledged that NIMASA had done well in the state, but needed to do more to enable it to reap the dividends in the maritime sector.
According to him, “I appreciate the effort of NIMASA in the establishment of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko. The school should be developed to international standards because of its uniqueness and for it to produce adequate manpower needed in the maritime sector.”
“Indeed, the coming of the university gave birth to peace in the Niger Delta and we must appreciate NIMASA for its contribution.”
“I am glad that a lot is being done by NIMASA, particularly in Delta State and we will continue to appreciate it so that you will continue to do more.”
“I am aware that we have been having issues with the ship repairs and building project and we will be happy to see this industry established to complement the university.”
“We are aware that a lot of scholarships have been given to Deltans and I must register our appreciation to NIMASA,” Okowa said.
He called for the opening up of the nation’s ports because of their importance in economic development and job creation, saying “a well developed maritime business has the tendency to address major challenges in the nation’s economy.”
“Attention has for long been given to crude oil exploration and exploitation, thus neglecting gas which has both long and short term gains to any nation that has it as a natural resource.”
“Maritime industry is obviously very important to us as a nation and we can generate a lot of revenue from it, and it is my prayer that you will be able to get the much-needed support to develop the industry,” he added.
Earlier, Jamoh had said that he was in the state as part of the stakeholders’ sensitisation on development of the maritime sector.
He said that NIMASA was determined to bring together, the littoral states as major stakeholders in the maritime industry, for partnership.
He stated that the state had benefited from three projects of the agency in the last seven years and listed them as Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko; NIMASA Science and Technical College, Okoloba; proposed Ship Repairs Industry and educational scholarship to over 1,000 Deltans to study maritime-related courses.
Jamoh, however, stated that insecurity was the major reason why ships avoid some ports in the country, but affirmed that NIMASA was already addressing the issue through the “Deep Blue Project.”
NO DTS 0403: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
DELTA CJ CREATES NEW JUDICIAL DIVISION OF HIGH COURT
Delta State Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Marshal Umukoro, has created the Abraka Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice in the state.
A statement from the office of the CJ said that the creation was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 35(1) of the High Court Law, Cap. H3, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.
According to the statement, the new judicial division comprised of towns and villages of Abraka Urban, Otorho, Erho and Urhuovie.
Others are Ekrejeta, Urhuoka, Ajalomi, Ogbeje and Ugono. Oria, Uruagbesa, Umeghe 1, Umeghe 2 and Ughere are also villages designated as part of the Abraka Judicial Division of the State High Court.
The Judicial Division shall be formally inaugurated by Justice Marshal Umukoro on Tuesday, the 16th day of March, 2021 at the High Court of Justice, Abraka at 11 a.m. prompt.
NO DTS 0404: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
PLANNED REMOVAL OF WAGES, SALARIES FROM EXCLUSIVE LIST – OFORBRUKU BLOWS HOT, COMMENDS GOV OKOWA
By Johnson Ebigide
Delta State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Goodluck Oforbruku, has condemned in strong terms the plans by the National Assembly through legislation to expunge wages and salaries from the Exclusive to the Concurrent List of legislation in Nigeria.
Comrade Oforbruku handed down the condemnation while speaking to journalists at the NLC Secretariat in Asaba, the state capital.
The labour leader said that the planned action smacked of insincerity and irresponsive representation by those sponsoring the removal, adding that it ran against the grain of proper reasoning for ones representative at the National Assembly to turn around to legislate and support what would further impoverish one.
The NLC Chairman said that passage of the bill would worsen the already bad plight of workers in some state of the federation, maintaining that it may result in poor pricing of workers by some state governments.
He wondered the need for the removal of the items from the Exclusive List when politicians across the country were almost on uniformed salaries, adding that instead of legislating on how to create more jobs, curb kidnapping, insecurity, many other sociopolitical and economic setbacks in the country, legislators felt that legislating against the future of workers was the solution to the drift in the country.
While commending the governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, for his kind gestures towards the entire workforce of the state government, Comrade Oforbruku stated that the state government would not be part of any legislation that would bring hardship to its workers.
He said that the state government under the watch of Governor Okowa placed high premium on the welfare of its workers, adding that the planned protest march in Asaba next week was a show of solidarity with the organised labour in the country, adding that it had nothing to do with fighting the state government to address any grey area in government-labour relations in the state.
While urging workers in the state to continue to support the Okowa Administration through efficient and committed discharging of their duties, he said that Labour would resist any move to downgrade and impoverish workers in any part of the country, adding that “an injury to one is an injury to all.”
NO DTS 0405: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
OGWU TASKS HEAD TEACHERS, OTHERS ON EDUCATIONAL STANDARD
Head teachers in public primary schools and school based management committee chairmen in the Delta State have been called upon to uphold quality and high educational standard in their service delivery.
The call was made by the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Honourable Sunny Ogwu, during a meeting with Head Teachers and School Based Management Committee Chairmen in Warri North Local Government Area of the state.
The SUBEB boss, who was represented by the member representing Delta South Senatorial District in the board, Mr Paul kurugbe, maintained that the high educational standard already put in place by the Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa Administration must not be lowered, adding that they should not relent in their efforts in ensuring that the quality of education in their respective schools remained top notch.
The Chairman, while calling on other stakeholders to join hands with the Okowa Administration in moving the education sector forward, stressed the need for strict enforcement of the Covid-19 protocols in schools to prevent the spread of the second wave of the pandemic in state.
NO DTS 0406: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
DELTA LAUNCHES COVID-19 VACCINATION EXERCISE, MARCH 12, 2021
By Ewomazino Egbo
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, will on Friday, March 12, 2021, launch the Covid-19 vaccination exercise to kick start the phase 1 of the Covid-19 vaccine roll out for the state.
The Chairman of the Delta State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (DSPHCDA), Dr Isioma Okobah, gave the while addressing some officers of the Military and Paramilitary service in Asaba.
Dr Okobah disclosed that the governor, who is also a medical Doctor, will launch the vaccination exercise and be the first to be administered with Covid-19 Vaccines in the state.
She said that the state was expecting about 50,000 (fifty thousand doses) of the Astraveneca brand of the Covid-19 vaccine, estimated as first dose for the front line workers.
The agency Chairman further revealed that the first batch of Astraveneca brand of Covid-19 vaccines, which arrived Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 was expected to be deployed to states and administered to top government functionaries, health workers and security personnel.
In his remark, the Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Jude Winful-Orieke, added that the agency in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other development partners were organising training of health workers that would carry out the vaccination exercise build their capacity.
Dr. Winful-Orieke allayed the fears and concern expressed by the military personnel, saying that the COVID-19 vaccine aimed at preventing COVID-19 disease by triggering an immune response as all other vaccines.
The interactive session had participants from Nigeria Army, Nigeria Immigration Services, Nigeria Correctional Centre Nigeria Port Authority, Federal Fire Service and Department of Security Services.
NO DTS 0407: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
ANIOCHA NORTH LGA READY FOR PEACEFUL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
BY Austine Enunwa
Ahead of the forthcoming 2021 Local Government elections in Delta State, the Head of Personnel Management in Aniocha North Local Government Council, Dr (Mrs) Patricia Dede, has enjoined the security operatives in the locality to be steadfast and alive to the task of keeping the local area safe.
Dr Dede, who stated this in her office during the monthly peace and security committee meeting, also called on the traditional rulers in the area to assist the security operatives by providing useful information around their domain .
She advised them on the need to periodically organise workshop for the youths to be security conscious and shun any form of criminality, even as she admonished them to identify the camps that the Fulani headsmen were residing with a view to checking their activities.
Speaking, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Onicha Olona, CSP Usulor Chidi, assured that his men were ready to monitor the elections and endure a peaceful environment throughout the duration and after the elections in the area.
He also stated that efforts would be intensified at curbing any act capable of breaching the peace in some areas considered as flash points in the locality.
NO DTS 0408: ASABA, NIGERIA FRIDAY MARCH 5, 2021
SUPPORT OF KINSMEN EXCITES PDP COUNCILLORSHIP CANDIDATES
Ahead of the Delta State Local Government Council elections, scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2021, two frontline People’s Democratic Party (PDP) councillorship candidates in Okpanam Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, Honourable Ezuche Barry Okonkwo and Comrade Sunday Jeffery Mordi, have lauded the people of the community for their unwavering support and commitment for the PDP.
The duo gave the commendation while answering questions from newsmen, shortly after visiting two community leaders, Obi Adimabuah Ozili (JP) and Obi Joseph Nwaokobia to seek their blessings.
Honorable Ezuche Okonkwo, who stated that he was contesting to attract more development to his constituency, commended the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, for his impacts in Okpanam Community.
Whlle describing Obi Adimabuah Ozili as his mentor and an uncommon asset to the community, Honourable Okonkwo, said that the Okowa Administration had redefined governance.
In his remarks, Comrade Mordi, popularly known as Olaola, said that their aspirations were designed by God, adding that PDP was a veritable platform through which meaningful socioeconomic growth and development could thrive in any society, just as he described the two Obis as important stakeholders in Okpanam Community.
Responding, Obi Adimabuah Ozili, who recalled that he was one of the pioneer members of the party, noted that all the councillorship candidates from the community were worthy individuals with the needed credentials to give the community robust representation in the council.
Earlier, Obi Joseph Nwaokobia, said that the emergence of the councillorship candidates from the community would mark the beginning of a new dawn for the community in the affairs of the council.