NO DTS 1350: ANIAGWU PROMISES TRANSFORMATION OF STATE-OWNED BROADCAST STATIONS, TASKS WORKERS ON RESPONSIBILITIES
NO DTS 1351: ASABA, OKPANAM RESIDENTS CALL FOR END TO EPILEPTIC POWER SUPPLY
NO DTS 1352: STAKEHOLDERS CHARGED ON DELIVERING QUALITY EDUCATION
NO DTS 1353: YOU HAVE BEEN PIVOTAL IN MY PEACE BUILDING POLICY, TIDI TELLS OKUMAGBA
NO DTS 1354: IGBUDU MARKET RESIDENTS SEND SOS TO RELEVANT AUTHORITIES OVER FLOOD
NO DTS 1355: DELTA STATE HIGH COURT TO PROCEED ON VACATION AUGUST 9
Editor: Churhill Oyowe
NO DTS 1350: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
ANIAGWU PROMISES TRANSFORMATION OF STATE-OWNED BROADCAST STATIONS, TASKS WORKERS ON RESPONSIBILITIES
By Elaweremi Areweremi
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has assured of a total turnaround transformation of the two state-owned radio and television stations in Warri and Asaba before the exit of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration.
Aniagwu gave the assurance today while playing host to the executive members of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) in a courtesy visit today at the Ministry of Information, Asaba.
The commissioner reasoned that the present administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, was keen on leaving a lasting legacy in the two broadcast media outfits in the state.
He however demanded that staff should be part of the transformation efforts by being proactive and self-reliant in little challenges, insisting that government would not be totally provide all the stations’ needs.
“We are convinced that before we leave there will be a total transformation of our two DBS stations. That is a responsibility.
“We have given the stations the free hand to manage funds generated to operate. I am happy good results are coming out even though some persons are not happy with the freedom.
“I need the stations’ staff to sit up and survive like others. DBS Warri has 135 staff and some 30 artists.
“As a union, we should look inward so that we come to equity with clean hands.
“We should not be sleeping where we are expected to be working.
“The government is terribly challenged.
“I have approved for the purchase of used vehicles in Warri and The Pointer. DBS Asaba needs to complete the needful first such as the facelift of its environment.
“We have started upgrade of facilities. The digital console has been installed and the earthing of the various equipment separately.
“Once they generate fund, we will assist them to procure operational vehicles.
“We are addressing power supply in line with required energy needs.
“We are also working boost the signal of DBS Asaba radio to increase its listener base.
“There is no big deal in putting our TV stations on cable but we have to be sure of our content and that the quality is good enough.
“The only thing a TV stations sells is airtime. The product should be made to be acceptable for sale.
“Our staff needs to wake up and do the right thing so that the demands can be lesser on govt.
“If we do things differently, life will be better for all of us,” the commissioner stated.
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu (left) explaining a point, when he received on a courtesy visit, members of Delta State Administrative Council of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), led by the Chairman, Comrade Charles Enegide, Monday, July 12, 2021
Anaigwu, however, applauded the union for the initiative of having their stations placed on a cable platform, adding that it was a good initiative to better serve the people and can also be counted as an achievement to the administration.
He assured the union that the government was always prepared to collaborate with it for the betterment of the state and for the comfort of the public.
Earlier, the Chairman of the state Administrative Council of Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union (RETTAWU), Comrade Charles Enegide congratulated the commissioner on his reappointment, stating that he did excellently well in his first appointment, and that he was worthy of a reappointment.
He thanked the Commissioner for his support, and also, soliciting for a partnership with the commissioner for the betterment of the state and also appealed for an upgrade in facilities and provision of operational vehicles for DBS Warri and Asaba to enable them to be more productive.
Members of Delta State Administrative Council of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), led by the Chairman, Comrade Charles Enegide, during their visit to Mr Charles Aniagwu, Commissioner for Information, Delta State on Monday, July 12, 2021
NO DTS 1351: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
ASABA, OKPANAM RESIDENTS CALL FOR END TO EPILEPTIC POWER SUPPLY
By Tina Osoro
The importance of power supply can never be underestimated as it is all encompassing, cutting across all aspects of the society and the economy. This is why electricity has been categorized as a commodity used by individuals, industries, institutions and organizations to power their energy needs.
Nigeria boosts of selling electricity to some countries in Africa, and even have more to sell. Ironically, citizens of Nigeria are daily lamenting the poor state of electricity supply, forcing many to look for alternatives such as procuring power generating sets and solar power energy, with its attendant cost of maintenance.
However, residents believe that electricity is still a social need that should not be left totally in the hands of private companies to distribute owing to its socioeconomic role in the advancement of society.
Our correspondent went to town on the issue of epileptic power supply and reported that residents of the Delta State Capital, Asaba and Okpanam lamented over what they described as constant deterioration of power supply, calling on the appropriate authorities to provide a lasting solution to their plight.
Mr Pius Eze who owns a barbing salon, who bemoaned the negative effects of the epileptic power supply on his business, said that the situation had made business less profitable, saying he relied on his generator 80 percent of the time and still had to pay electricity bill monthly.
“I hope one day there will finally be a solution to the issue of electricity in this country, because this mata don tay nor be today,” he said.
Madam Adachi Okeke, a trader at Midwifery Market said the “light rationing” in her area was unfavourable, stating that she leaves home when there is no power supply and she comes back to meet the same situation until late in the night.
She further added that it is even more annoying because of the unavailability of prepaid meters, which she noted, would have helped to checkmate estimated billing.
Madam Adachi said that it would be a relief if the prepaid meters were readily available on request, stating that when people start to pay as they consume, the electricity companies would sit up and do the needful to increase power supply.
Rosemary Ogude, a business woman also complained about the effect of incessant power outage in households, saying, “I no longer refrigerate my foods and this is making me cook more often than usual.”
She pleaded with the federal government and power generation and distribution companies to work hard on providing regular electricity to consumers.
According to Mr Friday Ashaku, a civil servant, “In our area when it rains, there will be a total black out for atleast 2 to 5days as the case may be,” adding that there was a time when for over a year they did not have light at all due to faulty transformer.
He said that electricity companies were supposed to be responsible for the replacement and the installing of faulty transformers and cables, arguing that customers pay for the services already.
“It is out of place for them to expect the consumers to buy transformers and other faulty materials, and make the consumers pay through their nose before they even install this transformer and cables and so on,” he stated.
He called on the state and federal government to look into and checkmate this act of exploitation carried out by the electricity companies.
NO DTS 1352: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
STAKEHOLDERS CHARGED ON DELIVERING QUALITY EDUCATION
By Sharon Ivovi
Stakeholders in the basic educational sector have been called upon not to relent in their support towards the attainment of high and quality education in public primary schools in Delta State.
The call was made by the Executive Chairman of the Delta State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Hon. Sunny Ogwu during a meeting he held with schools academic and non-academic staff, School-Based Management Committee and Chairmen of Parents/Teachers Association in Ayakoromo, Ogbogbagbene and Burutu, all Burutu Local Government Area.
The SUBEB boss who was represented by a member of the board, Mr Paul kurugbe, emphasized that lateness to work, absenteeism and improper conduct by academic and non-academic staff would not be tolerated by the board.
He enjoined head teachers, School Based Management Committee and PTA Chairmen not to relent in their efforts in ensuring that the quality of education in their respective schools remained top priority.
A board member and representative of SUBEB chairman, Mr Paul kurugbe, addressing stakeholders at the meeting of schools academic and non-academic staff, School-Based Management Committee and chairmen of Parents/Teachers Association in Ayakoromo, Ogbogbagbene and Burutu.
The chairman while calling on other stakeholders to join hands with SUBEB in moving the basic educational sector forward, maintained that the board would continue to partner with the local government council.
The Chairman of Burutu Local Government Council, Hon. Godknows Angele while speaking at the meeting, affirmed the seriousness of the council to perform her oversight functions in implementing the new policy of “No Work, No Pay” even as he promised a robust partnership with SUBEB.
Leader of the Legislative Arm of Burutu Local Government Council, Hon. Spencer Takeme, who also spoke at the meeting, charged both academic and non-academic staff in public primary schools in the local government area to be dedicated to their duties by taking their jobs seriously.
A cross section of stakeholders at the meeting of schools academic and non-academic staff, School-Based Management Committee and chairmen of Parents/Teachers Association in Ayakoromo, Ogbogbagbene and Burutu.
NO DTS 1353: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
YOU HAVE BEEN PIVOTAL IN MY PEACE BUILDING POLICY, TIDI TELLS OKUMAGBA
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council of Delta State, Dr. Michael Tidi, has praised a prominent member of Okere –Urhobo Traditional Council, Chief Bright Okumagba, for playing pivotal role in his peace building policy, as it affects internal relationship between people of Okere-Urhobo and their Itsekiri brothers.
Dr Tidi made the assertion in a statement to felicitate with Chief Bright Okumagba, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary, today, Monday July 12.
The Warri South Local Government Chief Executive, described Chief Okumagba as an elder, who deployed his good interpersonal relationship skills in settling internal disputes within Okere-Urhobo and other forms of community service.
He prayed God to flourish Chief Okumagba in all his endeavors and grant him long life and good health.
NO DTS 1354: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
IGBUDU MARKET RESIDENTS SEND SOS TO RELEVANT AUTHORITIES OVER FLOOD
By Ambrose Ologide
Residents of Igbudu Market, Warri, have sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) to relevant authorities over the menace of flood in the area.
The Chairman of Igbudu Unit 11 of one of the host communities to the market, Chief Julius Edafiadjebre, made the appeal recently while addressing journalists on the issue at his office.
He complained that days after the rains had subsided, occupants of residential houses, business premises, including the popular United College of Commerce (UCC) Warri were yet to overcome the effect of flood in the area.
Edafiadjebre, who is an Agbarha Warri chief, stated that residents and those doing business in the area always participated in Delta State environmental sanitation exercise and even on every Thursdays in clearing of gutters
“As I speak with you, men of our environmental sanitation unit are digging the gutters around UCC. Most class rooms and large area of the school are flooded with water,” he added.
Edafiadjebre expressed fear that the flood situation in the area might get worse, and identified the blocked carnal at the south end of the market as the major cause of flooding in the area.
He stated that the said carnal which linked Warri -Sapele Road by WEMA Bank was filled with overgrown weeds and refuse.
He also complained that efforts to reach out to relevant authorities for the clearing of the said carnal had not yielded any positive result.
NO DTS 1355: ASABA, NIGERIA, MONDAY, JULY 12, 2021
DELTA STATE HIGH COURT TO PROCEED ON VACATION AUGUST 9
By Timothy Agbaragu
The Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Theresa Diai has declared a 30- working day annual vacation for Delta State High Court.
In a vacation notice issued by the Chief Judge, the 2021 vacation shall commence from Monday, the 9th day of August to Friday, and end on the 17th day of September, 2021.
“Therefore, pursuant to the Directions under Sections 35 and 36 of the High Court Law, Cap. H3, Volume 3, Laws of Delta State, 2006, the High Court of Delta State shall be on vacation for 30 working days that is from Monday, the 9th day of August to Friday, the 17th day of September, 2021,” the statement said.
It further said that the 2021/2022 Legal Year would commence on Monday, the 20th day of September, 2021.
According to the statement, during the vacation period, Justice Aaron Ighoverio shall hear and determine urgent matters/cases/suits in Delta Central Senatorial District at High Court No.4 Effurun.
The statement added that in Delta South Senatorial District, Justice Emmanuel Dolor will sit as vacation Judge at High Court No. 4, Warri. While Justice Onome Marshal-Umukoro shall preside over cases in Delta North Senatorial District at High Court No. 5, Asaba.
It advised honourable judges, legal practitioners, litigants, stakeholders in the administration of justice and the public to take note and act accordingly.