NO DTS 0714: OKOWA CELEBRATES DAVID MARK AT 73
NO DTS 0715 ONYEME INAUGURATES TASKFORCE TO CHECK REVENUE LEAKAGES
NO DTS 0716: OYIBODE TASKS ACTING IGP ON IMPROVED SECURITY, POLICE WELFARE
NO DTS 0717: LEGAL PRACTITIONERS DIFFER ON JUSTIFICATION OF JUSUN STRIKE
NO DTS 0718: DTSG RESTATES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE PEACE
NO DTS 0719: UZUM CALLS FOR INTENSIFIED EFFORTS AT VALUE REORIENTATION
NO DTS 0720: DELTA SCHOLARSHIP BOARD INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS’ ASSISTANCE
NO DTS 0721: MY COMMUNITY NEEDS SOCIIAL AMENITIES, IDUMU-OGO MONARCH TO DTSG
NO DTS 0722: OGHENE-OMPRU MOURNS DEMISE OF MARY MONYE, SAYS BIG LOSS TO PDP
NO DTS 0723: LATE GODWIN UMEANA FOR IBURIAL FRIDAY APRIL 9
NO DTS 0724: NNE IGWE OKADE LAID TO REST
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NO DTS 0714: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
OKOWA CELEBRATES DAVID MARK AT 73
Delta Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark, on his 73rd birth anniversary, describing him as an inspirational leader.
In a statement today in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor rejoiced with the family, friends and political associates of the former military officer and gentleman, who served the country in various capacities as military governor, minister and lawmaker.
He stated that the leadership qualities of the former boss of the senate was worthy of emulation, saying he was a great democrat, astute administrator and a leader of inestimable value.
The governor noted that the 6th and 7th Senate unarguably performed creditably because of the inspirational leadership offered by Mark as President of the upper chamber at those times.
He added that as Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator Mark led both chambers to perform their constitutional role of making laws and oversighting the executive.
According to the governor, Senator Mark’s dedication to the course of peace and stability in Nigeria during the eight years he served as President of the Senate was unprecedented and unparalleled.
“Let me say once again that it was during his tenure that some constitutional lacuna arose and he brought in the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ to address the situation.
“The Senate and the National Assembly under your astute leadership recorded huge successes, especially in the passage of the National Health Act.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a distinguished Senator, an officer and a gentleman, Senator David Mark, on the occasion of his 73rd birth anniversary.
“We rejoice with you, members of your family and political associates in celebrating a life of great accomplishments in public service.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to grant you greater years ahead to continue in your service to our great nation,” he stated
NO DTS 0715: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
ONYEME INAUGURATES TASKFORCE TO CHECK REVENUE LEAKAGES
Delta State Government has inaugurated a joint task force with the mandate to help reduce security challenges posed by the unwholesome activities of revenue touts, and plug revenue leakages where identified.
Ii is in bid to discourage illegal revenue agents from defrauding the state government and members of the public.
Performing the inauguration today at the Revenue House, Emmanuel Uduaghan Way, Asaba, Chairman, Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Sir Monday Onyeme charged members of the task force to be good ambassadors of the state.
he urged them to focus on the task of ensuring an end to the operations of illegal revenue agents, plugging revenue loopholes in order to shore up the state’s internally generated revenue profile.
Sir Onyeme stressed that the Delta State Internal Revenue Service law 2020, conferred on the service the sole authority on revenue generation issues in the state, adding that all revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies must take the lead from it.
While expressing the willingness of the service to collaborate with revenue generating agencies of government for their technical input in terms of assessment of appropriate fees and levies, the chairman enjoined such MDAs to seek the permission and input of the service in their dealings on all revenue issues.
For ease of operations, the joint task force has been segmented into the Taskforce Committee to checkmate revenue leakages with Mr. Malachi Monye as its Field Coordinator, and the Local Government Revenue Collectors’ Committee on Haulage, with Mr. Kenneth Efeizomor as Field Coordinator.
Responding on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the Taskforce on Checkmating Revenue Leakages in Delta State, and Secretary of the Revenue Service, Chief Mike Edegware, thanked GovernorIfeanyi Okowa for what he termed “the opportunity to be part of finding solutions to revenue challenges in the state.”
He stressed that the ability of any government to deliver on its mandate depended on a strong and vibrant internally generated revenue system.
Edegware assured the board chairman of the determination of the taskforce to live up to the purpose of its establishment.
The joint taskforce comprises representatives of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Delta State Traffic Management Agency, Department of State Services, and other adhoc personnel.
NO DTS 0716: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
OYIBODE TASKS ACTING IGP ON IMPROVED SECURITY, POLICE WELFARE
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Delta North Senatorial District, Chief Gabriel Oyibode has called on the newly-appointed Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba to take palliative measures to handle the challenges of insecurity in the country.
Oyibode, who made the call in a congratulatory message to the acting IGP, said that there was need for the new leadership in the force to make a difference in adequately addressing the myriads of security challenges facing the country.
While urging the acting IGP to pay rapt attention to the welfare of police officers, Oyibode commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what referred to as ‘a well scrutinized and effective exercise’ that birthed the emergence of Usman Baba.
In the congratulatory message, made through his media assistant, Mr Godstime Itodje, Oyibode, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Geotag Oil and Gas Limited, described the appointment of Usman Baba as well deserved.
He stressed that the appointment was the outcome of commitment, diligence and outstanding performance in service on the part of Usman Baba.
NO DTS 0717: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS DIFFER ON JUSTIFICATION OF JUSUN STRIKE
By Ambrose Ologide
There were mixed reactions by some lawyers in Warri South and Uvwie local government areas who spoke with our correspondent on the on-going nation-wide strike of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)
Renowned human right activist and constitutional lawyer, Mr Oghenejabor Ikimi, argued that the court judgement which the striking judicial workers were relying upon was unenforceable, because according to him, there was a lacuna in Section 81, Sub-Section 3 of the Nigerian Constitution.
While stating that government might be capitalizing on the said lacuna, he advised the striking judicial workers to take their case to the national assembly where the lacuna could be properly addressed.
Ikimi further cautioned that if after 25 years, noting was done to address the lacuna in the said judgement, it would become a bad case for the judicial workers.
However, a legal icon, Mr Victor Sodje, who declared his support for the judicial workers strike, noted that until they embarked on a strike action government would not take them seriously, insisted that the workers were fighting for their rights.
Another legal practitioner, Mr Ufuoma Mariere while declaring his support for the strike action, urged both government and judicial workers to resolved the crisis amicably and quickly in the interest of quick delivery of justice, particularly as it affects the common man.
On his part, Chief Raphael Okene, also a legal practitioner, declared his support for the striking, as he called on government to keep to it side of the bargain.
NO DTS 0718: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
DTSG RESTATES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE PEACE
By Agbaragu Timothy
Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment in partnering with nongovernmental organizations in sustaining peace in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, gave the assurance at a one-day workshop christened: “Learning, Dissemination and Sustainability Planning”.
The workshop was organized in Asaba by Search for Common Ground in collaboration with the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution.
Chief Uzor disclosed that the state had had meeting with leaders of the nomadic Fulani herdsmen to evolving peaceful coexistence in the state and enable farmer and herder communities to cultivate the skills and relationships to collaborate on peace and security issues.
“His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Author Okowa believes in peaceful co-existence among our communities as this would facilitate development in our communities,” he stated.
The governor’s aide, who noted that they had closely monitored and followed the activities of Search for Common Ground, allayed concerns of stakeholders in sustainability of the project when the NGO exit.
He charged the Peace Architecture Dialogue Steering Committee and critical stakeholders to use the skills acquired to own and ensure continuity of the process.
The Country Director for Search for Common Ground, Mr. Sher Nawaz, in his opening address, said that he was impressed with level of intellect exhibited by people of the state in mitigating and resolving conflicts.
He enjoined stakeholders and the state government to take over the peace architectures established in communities, local government areas and at the state level by Search for Common Ground to sustain the project.
The country director said that even when the lifespan of the project expire, people and community who are the beneficiaries would remain.
In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Austin Oghoro, asserted that the choice of Delta State in the South-South Zone for the workshop attest to the good perception about the state and the governor commitment to peace, security and sustainable development of the Nigeria project.
The permanent secretary, who was represented by an Assistant Director, Mr. Charles Onahor, seized the opportunity to call on government and security agents to ensure that firearms and light weapons were mopped up from criminal elements.
On his part, the chairman of Peace Architecture Dialogue Steering Committee, Mr Smart Edoge, appealed to peace volunteers to sustain the spirit, even as he appealed to government and stakeholders to sustain the laudable programme.
According to Edoge, a lawyer, the sustenance could be by establishing peace bureau or agency, as against ad hoc offices, to address conflict issues.
Giving an overview of the successes, challenges and the way forward, the project manager of Conflict Management and Mitigation of Search for Common Ground, Mrs. Affiah Bridget enjoined governments to ensure sustainability of the peace project by enacting a law to establish a peace and conflict resolution agency or bureau.
Present in the occasion were the Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Council, Mr Victor Ofobrukueta; chairmen of Miyeitti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) from Anambra, Edo and Delta State; All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), and representatives of MDAs, among critical stakeholders in the state.
NO DTS 0719: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
UZUM CALLS FOR INTENSIFIED EFFORTS AT VALUE REORIENTATION
By Johnson Ebigide
Director-General (DG) of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Mr Eugene Uzum, has called on critical stakeholders to redouble the fight against degeneration in value orientation in the society.
Uzum made the called when he granted audience to the leadership of the Real Omote, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), in his office in Asaba, the state capital.
He said that the onerous task of mindset reorientation of the general populace should be synergized with the active participation of the organised private sector, including the family set up in the society.
He added that religious bodies should shift the drift from preaching prosperity to winning souls through sermons on moral and salvation.
The orientation boss thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for placing high premium on value reorientation of Deltans and residents in the state, adding that societal inducements and unwholesome pressures from some families have greatly eroded the African values.
According to him, the abhorrence of good name and acquisition of inexplicable wealth, which, he decried, have resulted in wanton killings, kidnapping, dastardly robberies, drug abuse, cultism, corruption, examination malpractices, “yahoo” orchestrated frauds and very many other social vices in the society.
While commending the timely initiative of the NGO for lending a helping hand in the value reorientation of the people, starting from the Okpe/Sapele Local Government Areas, of the state, Uzum promised to partner the organisation.
The DG assured that the bureau had the human capacity, not only to promote the mental reorientation of the populace, but to sustain its tempo in the state.
He gave the hint that the association could get the much-needed endorsements from critical stakeholders as it intensified its advocacy in the state.
Earlier, the leader of the association, Juliana Oghenerume, thanked Uzum for granting them audience, adding that the robust advocacies of the bureau had been positively felt in the state.
She said that the rising spate of societal vices and the need to stem it informed the formation of the Real Omote association, adding that there was the need to key into the advocacy drives of the bureau to fast track the actualisation of set goals of the association.
NO DTS 0720: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
DELTA SCHOLARSHIP BOARD INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS’ ASSISTANCE
Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board will on Monday April 12, 2021, open its site for online registration of students for the State Government’s “2020/2021 Students Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS). The site closes on Tuesday May 11, 2021.
All applicants must be of Delta State Origin, register with their National Identification Number (NIN); be a registered full-time student of only government approved private and public tertiary institution and have a CGPA of 2.20 and above in the previous academic year.
Applicants should either be in second year or above (200 to 500 in the university or ND II and HND II in the polytechnics/monotechnics) and NCE II – III in colleges of education and must have a bank account.
A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mrs Theresa Oliko, emphasized that PGD, Masters and PhD students are not eligible.
The statement advised all eligible students to make their application online through the Board’s website www.dsbsb.dl.gov.ng by paying a non-refundable fee of N800 (eight hundred naira) only per applicant and that applicants must indicate their level/year and their department/course of study.
It said all applicants should note that opening of the registration site will last for four (4) weeks and warned that double application will be disqualified.
While adding that applications must be processed and submitted online, the statement said all enquiries should be channeled to help lines: 08032261336 or 08030777381, support@dsbsb.DL.gov.ng.
NO DTS 0721: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
MY COMMUNITY NEEDS SOCIIAL AMENITIES, IDUMU-OGO MONARCH TO DTSG
By Austine Enunwa
The Obi of Idumu-Ogo in Aniocha North local government, His Royal Highness, Samuel Otiegede, has appealed to Delta State Government to look into the deplorable conditions of critical social amenities in the community.
The monarch, who made the appeal in his remark after receiving free medical examination and treatment at Idumu Ogo, said that he was satisfied with the health assistance rendered by the medical team sponsored by Omiwa Medical Foundation.
Also speaking to journalists, the President General of ldumu Ogo Development Union, Mr Choke Diji, expressed happiness that residents came out in their numbers to received the free medical treatment,
He called on the authority responsible for the primary health care to urgently address the shortage of medical staff in the health centre in the community and equip it with functional facilities, particularly the laboratory.
The Matron in charge of the centre, Mrs Maureen Okoh, similarly appealed to concerned authorities to revisit the issue of temporary medical staff in Aniocha North Local Government Council with a view to integrating them into the main stream.
Also, she stated that the Health Care Development Department currently lack nurses to handle health challenges in the centres across the local government. area.
NO DTS 0722: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
OGHENE-OMPRU MOURNS DEMISE OF MARY MONYE, SAYS BIG LOSS TO PDP
By Sylvester Iloba
The Director General of Delta State Investments Development Agency (DIDA), Chief Lucky Oghene-Omoru said the death of Mrs. Adafor Mary Monye is a big loss to humanity.
Chief Oghene-Omoru speaking at the burial reception of Mrs Mary Monye at Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State, said that her death had created a big vacuum in the PDP family and the business community.
“The Peoples Democratic Party in the local government will surely miss her motherly words of advice and wisdom as well as her prowess in mobilizing support for the party and I want to use this opportunity to commiserate with the Delta State PDP and in particular the Aniocha North PDP family over this great loss.
“In my many years of knowing her, she has shown a high proficiency in her chosen business endeavor as a caterer and industrialist. She was a philanthropist and had equally assisted in grooming many youths within her family circle and also in her community,” he said.
The DIDA boss enjoined all to try and lead a good and God-fearing life just like the deceased whom he said lived up to a ripe age of 74 years in total service to God and humanity.
“May God bless and accept her gentle soul unto eternal glory in Jesus’ name, Amen,” Oghene-Omoru added.
Speaking also at the occasion on behalf of the family, Mr. George Anumbor, the younger brother of the deceased, said that the family, Ubulu-Uku and Onicha-Ugbo Community would greatly miss Late Mary Monye.
According to him, the deceased, in her life time, ensured that the less privileged in the community were well catered for.
Mr. Anumbor further said that he and his siblings would ensure that they build upon the good legacy that their sister left behind.
NO DTS 0723: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
LATE GODWIN UMEANA FOR IBURIAL FRIDAY APRIL 9
The death has been announced of a retired permanent secretary in the Delta State Civil Service and former Director of Information, Late Godwin Nwanzeobi Umeana of Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State. He was aged 74 years.
According to the burial arrangements released by the family, there will be a vigil mass at St Augustine Catholic Church, Ibusa on Thursday April 8, 2021, at 6.00 p.m.
On Friday April 9, 2021, at 8.00 a.m, the remains of Late Umeana will lay-in-state at his residence, Umueze Quarters, Ibusa, followed by funeral mass at Augustine Catholic Church, Ibusa at 10.00am and interment at his residence thereafter.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, there will be thanksgiving mass at St Augustine Catholic Church, Ibusa at 9.30 a.m.
Sir Godwin Umeana was a permanent secretary in Directorate of Culture and Tourism and a Director of Information, Ministry of Information.
He was a role model and an astute information manager who tutored many information officers.
Late Sir Godwin Nwanzeobi Umeana is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and scores of relations.
NO DTS 0724: ASABA, NIGERIA THURSDAY APRIL 8, 2021
NNE IGWE OKADE LAID TO REST
By Ufuoma Etetafia
The remains of Late Obi Victoria Nwamaka Okade (aka Agbala-Nwanyi) of Isi-Enugwu, Ogbeowele Quarters, Okpanam, were on yesterday laid to rest at Obi Okade’s family compound, Idigba-Oji, Okpanam.
According to one of her children, Mr Felix Okade, an Assistant Director in Delta State Liaison Office, Lagos; “All my children must go to school” was his mom’s daily slogan, saying that it made their dad brand her “Onye akwukwor”.
He said that the mom made sure she saw all her children and grandchildren in one sitting before her demise.
Speaking respectively at both the Service of Songs and the Funeral Service, Pastor Okwufulueze Christopher, the General Overseer (G.O), Love of Faith Ministry, Okpanam and Evangelist Mrs Stella Onwordi aka Ada Jesus, both attested to the great commitment of Nne Igwe towards God and the church.
The G.O who affirmed he had never attended any burial ceremony at Okpanam except Nne Igwe’s, urged the children never to deviate from their mother’s footsteps in serving God.
Reading from Ecclesiastes 3 verse 1, Evangelist Onwordi under the topic “How prepared are you?” asked Christians, saying if they know there is time for everything including a time to die, how really prepared are they to face their Creator?
Fondly called Nne Igwe, Late Obi Victoria Nwamaka Okade was 85 years and died on January 7, 2021 after a brief illness. Okade, a great lover of education and God, was survived by six children, many adopted children and grandchildren.