NO DTS 0786: DTSG ASSURES OF IMPLEMENTING FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR JUDICIARY
NO DTS 0787: GUWOR SUES FOR PEACE AMONG ITSEKIRI, IJAW IN WARRI SOUTH WEST
NO DTS 0788: UKAH HEADS DEMOCRACY DAY THANKSGIVING COMMITTEE
NO DTS 0789: DELTA EDUCATION COMMISSIONER EULOGISES ROLE OF WOMEN AS FAMILY BUILDERS
NO DTS 0790: AAU 40TH ANNIVERSARY: BAYOKO, OTHERS LISTED FOR HALL OF FAME AWARD
NO DTS 0791: FUNKEKIME SOLOMON URGES URHOBO YOUTHS TO CLOSE RANKS FOR PEACE, DEVELOPMENT
NO DTS 0792: DELTA MINISTRY REWARDS STAFF WITH CASH AWARDS
NO DTS 0793: TIDI CELEBRATES EX COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, EDEMA ON BIRTHDAY… COMMENDS ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS DISPOSITION
NO DTS 0794: AGBARHA PEOPLE CELEBRATE ‘AGBASSA JUJU’ FESTIVAL WITH EMINENT PERSONALITIES IN ATTENDANCE
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NO DTS 0786: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
DTSG ASSURES OF IMPLEMENTING FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR JUDICIARY
By Onoriode Etatsemi
Delta State Government has declared no effort will be spared in the full implementation of financial autonomy of the judiciary.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Mr Peter Mrakpor (SAN) stated this today on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa while addressing members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) who staged a peaceful protest to Government House, Asaba.
Mr Mrakpor said that the bill for financial autonomy of the judiciary was passed into law in the state in March 2020, stressing that the state government had put the autonomy request in the first line charge in the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.
He assured the protesters that all grey areas for full implementation were on course and urged them to remain peaceful and law abiding in pressing home their demands.
Earlier, the Chairman, Forum of Branch Chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Delta State, Chief Emmanuel Uti commended the efforts of JUSUN in the struggle for financial autonomy for the Judiciary in Nigeria, emphasising that NBA would not shift ground in its support for JUSUN and PASAN in the state.
Chief Uti, who is also the NBA Chairman in Warri, noted that members of the forum have observed that the state government had taken the initiative to enact legislation towards ensuring financial autonomy for the state judiciary.
According to him, the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019, had created the enabling environment and established the requisite structures to give effect to judicial autonomy in the state.
In their separate speeches, the State Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade Austin Chiejine and the representative of PASAN, Comrade Oghenerhoboke Penn, said that they would not resume for official duties in their respective offices until the financial autonomy was implemented in the state.
It would be recalled that JUSUN had on April 6, 2021 shut down all courts in the country, including the Supreme Court of Nigeria, to protest the alleged rejection by governors to conform to the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy of the judiciary.
NO DTS 0787: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
GUWOR SUES FOR PEACE AMONG ITSEKIRI, IJAW IN WARRI SOUTH WEST
By Samson Ogowewo
The member representing Warri South West Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, has appealed to Ijaw and Itsekiri in local government area to embrace peace and live harmoniously in the face of their aged long relationship, togetherness and shared environmental challenges.
Guwor stated this today, in reaction to reports of threats of possible violence, which he said are inimical to peaceful and conducive environment for business and development.
He noted that the Stronger Delta agenda of the state government could only be actualized under a peaceful atmosphere.
The lawmaker remarked that peaceful coexistence was not the absence of conflict but the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means, and called on the leaders and youths of the two ethnic groups to be willing to share and accommodate one another.
He urged them to create the enabling environment that would be conducive for business to thrive, explaining that both ethnic groups shared the same environmental degradation and impart of oil and gas exploration, as well as neglects.
Honourable Guwo appealed to the groups to embrace dialogue and brotherliness rather than venting bitterness and violence against one another, warning that violence and threat had never produced any meaningful result but destruction.
NO DTS 0788: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
UKAH HEADS DEMOCRACY DAY THANKSGIVING COMMITTEE
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has been appointed by the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, as the Chairman of a seven-man thanksgiving committee for Delta State May 29 Democracy Day celebration.
According to a letter signed by the Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie, the terms of reference for the committee is to plan the 2021 Democracy Day thanksgiving for the state government.
Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Youths Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs. Flora Alanta, Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing Development and Urban Renewal, Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Apostle Svanus Okorote,
Others are the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Raymond Mgbakor, Executive Assistant (Chaplain), Ven. Charles Osemenam, while the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs. Kevwe Agas, will serve as Secretary of the committee.
NO DTS 0789: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
DELTA EDUCATION COMMISSIONER EULOGISES ROLE OF WOMEN AS FAMILY BUILDERS
By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has underscored the role of women in the success of every family.
Ukah stated this in Asaba during the Mothers Day celebration organised by Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) of St. Emmanuel The Saviour Catholic Church.
The commissioner, who is one of the decorated Grand Patrons of CWO of the church, pledged his continued support to the women of the church.
Earlier in his sermon, the Parish Priest of the church, Rev. Fr. Francis Nwanedo, who admonished Christians not to allow the problems they might be passing through to take away their attention and service to God, said that in the journey of life, obstacles were inevitable but surmountable.
While stressing the need to celebrate women as home builders, Rev. Fr. Nwanedo applauded them for their consistent intercession for their families, just as he implored them to continue to add value to their children and desist from indecent life styles that could influence their children negatively.
On her part, the President of CWO of the Parish, Mrs Ifeoma Maidoh, appreciated the awardees for their ceaseless support to the various initiatives by the women wing of the church.
Decorated patrons and patronesses included the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshall Umukoro, who was the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Patrick Ukah, and the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika.
Others were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Sir Austine Oghoro, Justice C. E. Maidoh, Dr Isioma Okoba, Mrs Pat Ejeteh and Mrs Ijeoma Popo, among others.
NO DTS 0790: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
AAU 40TH ANNIVERSARY: BAYOKO, OTHERS LISTED FOR HALL OF FAME AWARD
By Aruoriwo Ivovi
Delta State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Reginald Bayoko, has been nominated alongside other prominent alumni of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma as recipient of the “AAU Hall of Fame” award in commemoration of the school’s 40th anniversary.
A letter signed by the Registrar and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mr. C.M. Adamaigho, conveying the decision of the management of the school to the head of service on his nomination as “AAU Role Model” stated that the Ivory Tower, established in 1981 by the then Governor of the defunct Bendel State, Prof. Ambrose Alli, was proud to have produced graduates like him.
The letter further stated that, Mr. Bayoko was diligently and carefully selected by the university management having distinguished himself as a good ambassador of the school who has shown his mettle and worth as a seasoned public servant and administrator.
“This is a deliberate attempt to highlight the contributions of prominent personalities like you in societal upliftment and intellectual development across the globe, thereby leading to our celebrating you as “AAU Role Model,” the letter stated.
While congratulating Mr. Bayoko on his nomination for the award, the registrar disclosed that the Delta HoS and other recipients shall be decorated with their laurels at the university as part of activities commemorating its 40th anniversary as a citadel of learning.
NO DTS 0791: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
FUNKEKIME SOLOMON URGES URHOBO YOUTHS TO CLOSE RANKS FOR PEACE, DEVELOPMENT
By Tebefia Ogbeni
The Senior Political Adviser, SPOLAD, to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Rt Hon Funkekeme Solomon has urged Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, UYLA, not to weary in doing good but remain steadfast and continue to work for the unity and growth of the state.
Funkekeme Solomon stated this recently when he played host to the leadership of the association in his office in Asaba.
The SPOLAD noted that Urhobos were the largest ethnic group in Delta State and nobody would take that away from them, but that if they were the largest, they should also be largest in unity, frowning at a recent development where two factional groups emerge to within the UYLA.
He appealed to the association to quickly resolve the issues plaguing them and return the association to normalcy, stressing that unless they were united, they would diminish in stature as the days go by.
“You need to unite more, because you can only achieve success in unity. Power is not given to anybody; you take it and you’ll take it by being resilient” he said.
According to him, “Any Senatorial District that wants to rule the state must do so by appealing to the people and not through combativeness.
“It is when you are united you can convince others that you can rule the state.”
Funkekeme applauded the association for the planned summit for youths in the state, pointing out that without interaction the people could easily derail.
“Mindset change is what you need now moving forward, you need to begin to interact with your people on the need to take ownership of the State
“If the State belong to us, they won’t destroy it, gone are the days when people are available as thugs and vampires,” he said.
He thanked the association for appreciating the laudable achievements of Governor Okowa, noting that core Deltans were often criticized for not appreciating enough.
Funkekeme Solomon attributed His Excellency Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s success as a governor to his wealth of experience as a grassroots politician, state commissioner, secretary to the state government and senator.
“The quality of mind of the leader is very important and Governor Okowa’s ability to connect with others is what makes him an involved leader who is well connected with his people.”
“When I say Governor Okowa has done well, I owe no apology for that, I should know and I can tell you this, as leader he has been able to unite the party where everyone is given his due place and no one is undermined, the unification is not just by project spread, but by confidence building such that we can trust him with the Government,” he concluded.
Responding to a call made earlier, Funkekeme Solomon said that in an association, individual benefits equal collective benefits, stressing that the rewards for the contributions of others would come at the appointed time.
Earlier in their separate remarks, Vice President, Chief Augustine Atiti, Deputy President, Chief Vincent Oyibode and Acting President Chief Tony Ofoni of Urhobo Youth Leaders Association described the SPOLAD as an astute administrator.
The association while detailing its contributions to the growth and development of the party and government, called on the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for political patronage directed towards members of the association.
NO DTS 0792: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
DELTA MINISTRY REWARDS STAFF WITH CASH AWARDS
By Donald Ojebo
As part of measures to boost the morale of its staff for greater productivity, the Delta State Ministry of Health has given cash and certificate awards to eight staff for their contributions to the improvement of services in the ministry.
The Permanent Secretary, in the ministry, Dr Minnie Oseji, gave the awards today in her office during a brief ceremony of presentation of cash and certificate awards.
Dr Oseji said that the cash award of N25, 000.00 (twenty-five thousand naira) and a certificate of staff the year to each of the awardees were the ministry’s way of saying thank you to them for their efforts and to also solicit their continual support in making sure that the services in the health sectors were bettered.
“I have been an advocate of high-quality services and from my wealth of experience in the health sector I have come to the conclusion that in order to improve the health indices of African nations such as Nigeria, we must institute an efficient and quality monitoring and evaluation system that supports all players in the health system using verifiable indicators.
“For those who had worked closely with me, you know how I take monitoring and evaluation seriously and not just for the sake of going to the field but most especially in documenting those data and making sure the findings are properly followed up,” she said.
She stated that the above had become necessary because whatever efforts and milestones that might be achieved in the health sector might not give the desired results hence the need to closely monitored and evaluated for improving health indices.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mr Godswill Mmoye, thanked the permanent secretary for initiating, adding that it would boost staff performances.
He assured the permanent secretary that the awardees would not let her and the ministry down but would continue to put in their best in carrying out their official duties.
NO DTS 0793: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
TIDI CELEBRATES EX COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, EDEMA ON BIRTHDAY… COMMENDS ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS DISPOSITION
By Veronica Ebuku
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, said the member representing Delta South in the Delta State Waste Management Board and ex – Chairman of the council, Hon. Mofe Edema, exemplifies environmental cleanliness.
Dr Tidi, gave the commendation today, in a goodwill message to mark the birthday anniversary of Hon. Edema.
The Warri South Local Government Chief Executive, said his administration relied on experiences from people like Mofe Edema to pilot the affairs of the council.
To this end, he said that council had stepped up activities of the Taskforce on Beautification to make the local government area clean and welcoming to investors.
He prayed God to continually endow Hon. Edema with knowledge and wisdom as he drives the state government’s policy on environmental cleanliness down to the grassroots in collaboration with the local government councils.
Tidi expressed optimism that as a devout Christian and selfless servant of the people, God will grant Hon. Edema his deepest desires and protect him always.
NO DTS 0794: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
AGBARHA PEOPLE CELEBRATE AGBASSA JUJU FESTIVAL WITH EMINENT PERSONALITIES IN ATTENDANCE
By Ambrose Ologide
The oil city of Warri was in a festive mood as the people of the ancient Urhobo Kingdom of Agbarha in Warri South Local Government Area celebrated the Idju Owhurie Festival, popularly known as Agbassa Juju on Sunday April 18th, 2021.
Some people of the neighboring Urhobo kingdom of Okere who were related to Agbarha Warri also joined in the celebration in their numbers.
The event stated with the arrival of key officials of the Owhurie Deity. This was followed by the arrival of the seven Agbarha Warri communities of Otovwodo (Agbassa), Ogunu, Igbudu, Edjeba, Okurode (Ekurede Urhobo), Ukpokiti (riverine) and Oteghele (riverine).
A special guest at the event, the Commander of Operation Delta Safe (Sector 1) Colonel Sani Ahmed, noted that Agbassa Juju was rich culturally just as he commended the people for sustaining it.
Similarly, the Unuevworo of the Traditional Administrative Unit of Alegbo, in Uvwie Kingdom, Chief Hope Akasa, who represented the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, also commended the Agbarha Warri people for showcasing their culture in a colourful way, noting that it was a tourist event.
Both the President General of Agbarha Warri Kingdom, Chief Emmanuel Ememu and the Unuevworo of Ugboroke in Uvwie Kingdom, Chief Dennis Omovie, also a native of Edjeba, stated that the festival was a symbol of unity of Agbarha Warri people.
A member of Urhobos Peoples Integrity Organization (UPIO), Chief Westham Adehor commended the Agbarha Warri people for the revival of their rich culture with the celebration of the festival.
The leader of the Jewish Religion in Nigeria, Dr Israel Abido, who is also the Chairman of Delta State Library Board and a native of Ukpokiti, stated that the Jews do not worship deities but celebrate culture.
The commissioner representing Urhobos of Warri, Uvwie, Udu and Ughelli South Local Government Areas in the board of DESOPADEC, Chief Vincent Oyibode, remarked that Agbassa Juju was not only a symbol of unity of Urhobos of Warri, saying other Urhobos were also part of the celebration.
The member representing Warri South Constituency 11 at the Delta House of Assembly, Hon Matthew Opuoru described Agbassa Juju as the best festival in the world.
The member representing Warri Federal Constituency at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, member representing Warri South Constituency 1 at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Austin Oroye, Chief Talib Tebite, Chief Fred Majimite and renowned Catholic priest, Rev Ft Oghenejode Abaka, were among eminent personalities sighted at the event.