NO DTS 0244: DELTA APPROVES N16BN FOR ROADS, APPROVES PAYMENT OF DELSU RETIREES
NO DTS 0245: OKOWA ASSURES OF NEEDED ATTENTION TO OBOMKPA-UBULUBU ROAD
NO DTS 0246: UZUM CONDEMNS ASSASSINATION OF ANTI-CULT VOLUNTEER COMMANDER, AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO SON
NO DTS 0247: BAYOKO MOURNS LATE PERMANENT SECRETARY, OBIEGBA, SAYS DEATH PERSONAL LOSS
NO DTS 0248: RESIDENTS CALL FOR QUICK EXECUTION OF ENERHEN JUNCTION DRAINAGE:
NO DTS 0249: BUSINESSES NOW FLOURISH IN OGWASHI-UKU, SAYS CHIEF OGWU… ATTRIBUTES IT TO GOOD ROAD NETWORK
NO DTS 0250: DPO BLAMES SOCIETAL VICES, FAILURE ON PARENTS
NO DTS 0251: ASE WOMEN ROOT FOR CHUKWUMA AS COUNCILOR
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NO DTS 0244: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
DELTA APPROVES N16BN FOR ROADS, APPROVES PAYMENT OF DELSU RETIREES
Delta State Government today announced the approval of the construction and rehabilitation of no fewer than 15 roads across the state at a cost of about N16 billion.
This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
Briefing newsmen after the council meeting at the Government House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the roads approved were spread across the three senatorial districts for fairness and equity.
Aniagwu listed the roads as construction of a bridge across River Ethiope in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku; internal roads in Okpara-inland, construction of Ituru Road, Elume; construction of Deghele-Bateren Township road in Warri South-West.
Others are construction of Oporoza Township Roads in Gbaramatu and construction of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri South-West and construction of Dantinajo Gold Resort Road, Oleh, Isoko South.
They also include the construction and reconstruction of Iregwa/Baleke and adjoining streets in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje road, Ika North-East.
The commissioner also said that construction of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in Ndokwa West; rehabilitation and expansion of Old Lagos By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam Road) as well as construction of critical adjoining roads and discharge channel, Okpanam, Oshimili North, were approved by the council.
Others in the area, according to him, are construction of Isoko drive/Sir Eric Obiazi street, Madagwa Street/Amantu Crescent, GRA Phase 5, Asaba, Oshimili South and construction of Flood Control Measures on Summit Road through Nwelih Street, St. Patrick’s College, West-End Mixed Secondary School and Uche Medua Ige close.
Aniagwu added that the government had approved comprehensive upgrade of facilities in Central Hospitals in Kwale, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri and Sapele.
He disclosed that approval was also given for Delta Cares Programme, a partnership programme with the World Bank, to resuscitate small and micro businesses affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
The commissioner also stated that the council approved the payment of retirement benefits to some retirees of Delta State University, whose cases had problems.
NO DTS 0245: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
OKOWA ASSURES OF NEEDED ATTENTION TO OBOMKPA-UBULUBU ROAD
Delta State Government has assured the people of Ubulubu Kingdom of the needed attention towards the construction of the four kilometre Obomkpa-Ubulubu Road.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who gave the assurance today while presenting staff of office to Obi Boniface Uyanwanne, the Obi of Ubulubu Kingdom in Aniocha North, said that government would also look into the issue of incentives to farmers in form of loans and farm implements as requested.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, advised sons and daughters of Ubulubu to organise themselves into cooperative societies to take advantage of the various programmes of the state government, particularly the Delta State Production and Processing Support Programme to improve their production capacities.
He commended the process leading to the peaceful succession to the throne, saying that they should respect the tradition, saying the Obi stool had great significance for the people of the kingdom.
Governor Okowa stressed the need for the people to strive to promote the integrity of the stool by according the monarch the honour and support he deserved.
The governor also advised the monarch to carry out his duties in a transparent manner by being fair and just being a father to all his subjects.
He noted that as the custodian of the custom of the people, the monarch should not give room for the people to doubt his ability to uphold the sanctity of the custom and appealed to him to follow the path of dialogue and consultation in dealing with his people.
While congratulating the monarch on his recognition as the Obi of Ubulubu Kingdom, Governor Okowa prayed for God’s guidance, wisdom and peaceful reign on the throne, using the occasion to appeal to Deltans to observe all COVID 19 protocol, saying that the pandemic was real.
The Head of Personnel Management, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Mrs Patricia Dede said Ubulubu Kingdom was one of the six kingdoms in Odiani Clan with an aged long traditional institution, adding that the monarchical system was based on the principle of Okpala-Buisi where the most senior Okpala title holder emerges as the monarch.
She said that Obi Boniface Uyanwanne was the most senior Okpala title holder in the kingdom and appealed to the monarch to maintain the principle of peace, justice and fair play in the discharge of his responsibilities towards his subjects.
Obi Boniface Uyanwanne, whose address was read by Honourable Isaac Okoh, thanked the state government for the formal presentation of staff of office, describing it as a practical demonstration of government respect for the traditional institution.
He drew the attention of the governor to some infrastructural needs which include the construction of the four-kilometre Obomkpa-Ubulubu Road with other towns which had affected their agricultural produce from getting to bigger markets and micro credit to farmers.
The monarch noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria Assisted Agricultural Programme was situated in Ubulubu on a seven-hundred hectares land but that the issue of bad road affecting the town, saying that the purpose of the project had remained unattainable.
He also appealed for an extension of the national grid to Ubulubu.
NO DTS 0246: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
UZUM CONDEMNS ASSASSINATION OF ANTI-CULT VOLUNTEER COMMANDER, AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO SON
By Johnson Ebigide
The Director General of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Eugene Azuka Uzum Esq, has consoled the family of the assassinated President of the Delta State Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps, Mr. Austin Emu (aka 007).
Uzum gave the consolation in Kwale, headquarters of Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, when he led the sensitisation team of the bureau on drug abuse and cultism to condole the family of the assassinated Emu.
The orientation boss maintained that the killing of Emu was so painful, considering his selfless battle to stem the rising tide of cultism in the state, adding that the battle against cultism was arduous but must be determinedly fought to secure the future.
Why praying for the repose of the soul of Emu, Uzum urged members of his family, particularly the wife and mother, to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity and realisation that Emu did not die in vain, considering the fact that he was on the part of uplifting humanity.
He added that the short stay of the assassinated Emu in life impacted positively towards the enthronement of peace and security in the state.
Before departing to the Utagba-Ogbe Grammar School in continuation of the ongoing sensitisation advocacy by the bureau, Uzum announced a scholarship award for the first son of the assassinated Emu to the joy of the family.
NO DTS 0247: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
BAYOKO MOURNS LATE PERMANENT SECRETARY, OBIEGBA; SAYS DEATH PERSONAL LOSS
Aruoriwo Ivovi/Kenneth Obieh
Delta State Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko has expressed shock over the death of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Mr Cletus Obiegba, describing the deceased PS as a core professional whose contribution to the development of the civil service could not be quantified.
Mr Bayoko who expressed sadness over the sudden demise of the Permanent Secretary described the late Obiegba as an astute and meticulous man.
He stated this when College of Permanent Secretaries paid him a condolence visit on Wednesday 10th February at the conference hall of the Office of the Head of Service.
“No amount of words can express the grief we feel right now. It is a personal loss to me and a huge loss to the entire Civil Service but we however, take solace in the fact that the Lord knows best,” Bayoko lamented.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Austin Oghoro, in his condolence message to the HOS said Mr Obigba’s death who was one of them and the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service until his death, was a great loss to the state’s civil service.
Speaking further, Mr. Oghoro said that the visit was to condole with the HOS even as he prayed for God to give the staff of the office of the Head of Service the fortitude to bear the loss.
Bayoko also led the permanent secretaries and heads of extra ministerial departments on a condolence visit to the residence of the late Obiegba, where the deceased’s wife and members of his family were admonished to be strong and courageous in this trying times.
Speaking on behalf of the College of Permanent Secretaries, D. Chris Ukpe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, eulogized the late Obiegba and prayed for the repose of his soul.
Highpoints of the event, which was conducted under strict NCDC guidelines on COVID-19, were offering of prayers for the family and signing of the condolence register by the Head of Service.
NO DTS 0248: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
ENERHEN JUNCTION DRAINAGE: RESIDENTS CALL FOR QUICK EXECUTION AND SAFETY MEASURES
By Ambrose Ologide
Some concerned residents of Uvwie and Warri South local government areas have called for the quick execution of the ongoing drainage project in Enerhen Junction.
Others who spoke on the project in a media chat with our correspondent at the weekend also called for the provision of more safety measures by the contractor handling the project.
An Udu born public analyst Chief Akpojotor Adjarho who is also a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lauded the Delta State Government for the project. He however remarked the execution of the project at the Warri / Sapele Road area was too slow.
“The importance of the Warri/ Sapele area of the project particularly to vehicular movements cannot be overemphasized.
“The execution of the project on the more than six feet deep pit of the Warri / Sapele area should be completed without delay. More so when rainy season is fast approaching. “he stated
On his part, a commercial tricycle ( Keke rider ) Raymond Adaighofua who spoke in the vein, expressed fear that a delay in the execution of the project on the Warri/ Sapele Road area could constitute a death trap mostly to first time users of the road at night.
Adaighofua who complained that the deep opening on the ever busy road has impeded vehicular movements mostly during rush hours also suggested that solid concrete walls should place in a safe distance to the deep pit on both sides of the road while the project is executed, for the safety of road users and pupils of Igbudu Primary School (host of the project site).
NO DTS 0249: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
BUSINESSES NOW FLOURISH IN OGWASHI-UKU, SAYS CHIEF OGWU… ATTRIBUTES IT GOOD ROAD NETWORK
By Omenogor Ifeanyi
Members of Ndokwa Corporate Club have express joy over flourishing business activities in Ogwashi-Uku, headquarters of Aniocha South Local Government Area, attributing it to the good road network the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
The founder of the club, Chief John Ogwu gave this remark at Ogwashi-Uku.
The group noted that Senator Okowa’s developmental programs cut across the entire state, describing him as a resourceful Governor.
They said that the development at Ogwashi-Uku, especially road projects was the first of its kind since the creation of Delta State, opining that Ogwashi-Uku has not had it so good before.
The group said the completed Agidiehe, Agidiese, Ubulu -Unor, Council secretariat and the ongoing Ishiekpe Roads was a pointer that Okowa was a road-master.
They pledged to continue to give their unalloyed support to the Okowa’s administration.
Mr Amechi Ujuju, Kido Mobuogwu, Fidelis Okponor and Chiedu Olise, friends of the group at the meeting, said Senator Okowa was a promise keeper that had the interest of the state at heart.
They described members of Ndokwa Corporate club as committed group.
Members of the group include, Chief John Ogwu, founder; Sir White Kenneth Opia, president; Elvis Ugagbe, vice president; Sunday Ogwu, ex official; Happy Okei, general secretary; and Nwachukwu Felix, treasurer.
Others are Oscar Ossai, financial secretary; Abel Agenu, provost; Augustine Olise, spokesman; Osuya Christian, assistant provost; and Famous Izu, assistant secretary.
NO DTS 0250: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
DPO BLAMES SOCIETAL VICES, FAILURE ON PARENTS
By Christian Ogoh
The Divisional Police Officer of Agbor Police Headquarters, CSP Rex Enweliku, has attributed the decay in the society to lapses on the part of some parents.
Mr Enweliku made the assertion when members of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ika South Chapter led by Comrade Christian Izegede paid him a courtesy call at his office in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area.
He noted that most parents have failed in their roles as moulders of characters.
“Some will venture into criminality and use their parents’ names to register such properties and they will not and complain until the chips are down, they will start claiming innocence.
“Imagine a 19 year that does not work and he worth millions. They are not conscious of the evening seasons of life, they are only after the now” he added.
Speaking further, the DPO urged youths to continue to make themselves marketable in a bid occupy leadership positions.
“If the youths refuse to rise, the status quo will continue to the detriment of our future as a people” he saId.
While charging youths not to allow anyone hijack their unity, he said that there was no better way to securing our society without synergy.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria Ika South Chapter, Comrade Izegede said that youth council remained the apex youth group in Nigeria and that they were poised to create a peaceful atmosphere for growth and development.
He noted that Delta State Youth Council was at peace, saying that aggrieved members had sheath their swords.
“We are organized and united; there is no faction among us,” he stated.
NO DTS 0251: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021
ASE WOMEN ROOT FOR CHUKWUMA AS COUNCILOR MARCH 6 COUNCIL ELECTIONS
By Edafe Ejohwemu
Indigenes of Ase Kingdom in Ndokwa East Local Government Area have restated their reasons and commitment for the choice of Chief Benson Chukwuma as their next councillor come March 6, 2021.
This declaration was made when the market women association of Ase kingdom paid a solidarity visit to ChIef Benson Chukwuma at his residence in Ase.
Speaking at the occasion, the spokesperson of the women, Mrs Fidelia Opia, said that ChIef Chukwuma was a high-profile philanthropist and was long overdue to hold an elective position for the good of the community.
This, she said, was owing to the fact that Chief Chukwuma had contributed immensely towards the sociocultural development, human capital and infrastructural development of Ase Kingdom.
She outlined his achievements to include the sponsorship of 30 Ase indigenes with accommodation at at Delta State Polytechnics, Otefe-Oghara and Ozoro for seven years and sundry assistance to farmers in the area.
According to them, Chief Chukwuma had also donated a twin building to Ase women as their guest house, adding that he single-handedly rehabilitated the four kilometer Ase-Idheze Road, as well as floated a skill acquisition training program for Ase women.
In the area of peace-building, they said that he brokered the reconciliation between the Igwe of Ase and members of his development union, stressing that the dispute lingered for seven years.
The women stated that Chief Chukwuma also donated 500 chairs to Ase Grammar School, provided a giant trophy and sponsored inter-house sport competition in the school for six years.
Chief Chukwuma, in his response, thanked the women for encouraging him to run for councilor and advised them not to leave the kingdom in the hands of what he described as ‘political hawks’.
He told them to be ready to move with him as a team to sanitize the ward politically in order to create an enabling future for the youths.