NO DTS 0272: NDUDI ELUMELU URGES ANIOCHA ELECTORATE TO VOTE FOR PDP
NO DTS 0273: PDP REMAINS PARTY TO BEAT IN IKA NORTH EAST.
NO DTS 0274: ANIAGWU ADVISES NYSC MEMBERS TO BE GOOD AMBASSADORS
NO DTS 0275: AMAGADA ENJOINS STAFF TO ADHERE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
NO DTS 0276: CHILD RIGHT ABUSE: WHY DELTA GOVERNMENT CLOSE LESSON CENTRES
NO DTS 0277: ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE: UKAH FROWNS AT CLAIMS BY SCHOOL PROPRIETORS
NO DTS 0278: INAUGURATE NDDC BOARD – TROMPCON TELLS PRESIDENT BUHARI
NO DTS 0279: ST. PIUS XTH OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION ENJOINED TO EMBRACE UNITY OF PURPOSE
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NO DTS 0272: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
NDUDI ELUMELU URGES ANIOCHA ELECTORATE TO VOTE FOR PDP
The member representing Aniocha/ Oshimili Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, has called on the people of Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State to come out in large numbers to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the forth coming local government elections in the state.
Honourable Elumelu made the call at the Royal Palace in Issele Uku during a courtesy call to the monarch, His royal Highness Obi Nduka Ezeagwuna, shortly before the Flag off of the campaign train of the PDP in readiness for the forthcoming local government election in the area.
The Lawmaker said that the state governor, Senator ( Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, had done much for the people of the area, adding that it was reasonable to reciprocate his good intentions for them by voting all the PDP candidates in the election.
He said that the governor recognised the need for proper representation in the area by facilitating the creation of six political wards in addition to the existing fourteen, which translates to having twenty councillors in the area, instead of fourteen.
Also speaking , the member representing Aniocha north in the state House of Assembly, Honourable (Engr.) Emeke Nwaobi, thanked the Obi for the warmth reception and solicited for the support of the people to vote PDP candidates in the election in order to deepen the support of the Governor Okowa led Administration in the state .
Similarly, the PDP chairmanship candidate in the forthcoming local government election in the area, Honourable Kelvin Okwechime, assured the Obi that if elected, his administration would strive to execute people oriented projects, adding that peace and security would form the bedrock of his administration in the area.
He also solicited for the people’s vote so that PDP would emerged victorious in the election.
Responding, the obi thanked them for the visit and applauded the youthfulness of the candidates for the election, saying that they were still energetic with fresh idea that would transform the local government area in the state.
The monarch, however, advised the candidates to make peace and security a top priority in their agenda, if elected, just as he urged them to accommodate the three clans with equal measure so as to sustain the existing peace in the area.
NO DTS 0273: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
PDP REMAINS PARTY TO BEAT IN IKA NORTH EAST
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, says that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) remains the only party to beat in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Aniagwu made the assertion during the inauguration of a 35 man election campaign Committee of the party, ahead of the forthcoming local government election in the state by the Chairman of PDP in the area, Honourable Chukwudi Agborma, at the party secretariat in Boji Boji Owa.
According to him, “this election is not for the candidates but for our great party. We must do it right, because the out come of this election will determine our lots in 2023.”
” For us to succeed, we must put our past behind us and work together. As we progress as a party, it will get to everyone’s turn to be elected or given an appointment,” he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of PDP in Ika North East, Honourable Agborma, while formally introducing the party flag bearers for the various position for the March 6, 2021 local government election in the state, urge all the party faithfuls to ensure victory for the party in the election.
He commended the leaders of the various wards in the area for their tireless efforts at advancing the goals of the party, adding that they should endeavour to meet up with other party obligations.
On his part, the immediate past Chairman of the local government in the area, and People’s Democratic Party Chairmanship candidate for the election, Honourable Victor Ebonka, expressed gratitude to the party and leaders for the confidence reposed on him and other candidates of the party for the upcoming election in the area.
” We do not have any doubt on the integrity of the election campaign committee. We believe that at the end of the day, we will emerge victorious” he stated.
Highlight of the event was the observation of a moment of silence in honor of Late Pa Arthur Okowa.
NO DTS 0274: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
ANIAGWU ADVISES NYSC MEMBERS TO BE GOOD AMBASSADORS
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, has enjoined NYSC members in the ministry to be good ambassadors.
He said this during the send forth party organised by the ministry in honour of the outgoing batch A Corp members who served in the ministry.
In his congratulatory message he enjoined them to put all they learnt during their one year service in the ministry into good practice, saying that they should shun idleness and embrace high sense of productivity so as to be of help to themselves, their families and the society at large.
Mr. Aniagwu said that the outgoing corps member should feel free to seek the assistance of the ministry whenever the needs arose.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Paul Osahor, admonished the NYSC members to put the different skills acquired while in service into practice and not to depend solely on white collar jobs, just as other top management staff in the ministry gave the departing corps members their words of advice and wish them well in their future endeavours.
In a vote of thanks on behalf of the other corps members Miss Ike Ruby Olachi appreciated the ministry for having them around and for the level of hospitality shown them, promising to go into the larger society to turn around things for the good of humanity.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of gifts to the departing corps members and a group photograph with the commissioner and staff of the ministry.
NO DTS 0275: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
AMAGADA ENJOINS STAFF TO ADHERE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Delta State Commissioner for Lands and Surveys, Mr Churchill Amagada, has enjoined staff in the ministry to comply fully with the laid down the safety tips aimed preventing the spread and contamination of the deadly covid-19 virus.
Mr. Amagada stated this in his office during a management meeting in the ministry in Aqaba, the state capital.
According to the commissioner “it is pertinent for us to observe the safety tips as this second wave of this covid 19 is more deadly than the first wave.”
He observed that people adhered more on the safety tips during the first wave than this second wave. He urged the staff to take adherence to the protocols very seriously, saying that the virus had claimed so many lives.
He instructed the senior officers in the ministry to ensure that their staff comply fully to the safety guidelines and sanction anyone who contravene the directive.
The commissioner directed the staff to turn back any visitor who did not comply with safety tips in their offices.
Mr Amagada instructed the directors to liase with departments of administration and that of finance and accounts in ensuring that the items needed to observe the safety guidelines were provided for the staff.
Away from covid 19 pandemic, Mr Amagada urged the staff to work round the clock in ensuring that the core mandate of the ministry was achieved.
He advised them to engage in team work, noting that it was a sure way to enhance their productivity towards the realisation of the Stronger Delta vision of the state Government.
In his response the Survey General of the state, Mr Austin Eboka, who was represented by Mr Wilson Agbeka, commended the commissioner for his effort at moving the ministry forward and his concern for their welfare and safety against the dreaded virus.
NO DTS 0276: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
CHILD RIGHT ABUSE: WHY DELTA GOVERNMENT CLOSE LESSON CENTRES
Delta State government has ordered the immediate closure of all Lesson Centres across the state in order to ensure sanity in their operations.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, who disclosed this in Asaba when members of the Delta State Child Right Implementation Committee paid him an advocacy visit, said that the decision was as a result of public outcry on the level of child abuses by the operators of the centres.
Mr. Ukah stated that most of the operators were indulging in the infamous miracle examination centre practice, adding that they operated in the day time in contravention of laid down education guidelines for extra moral classes which were supposed to operate purely as evening lessons, noting that there was the need to regulate their activities so as not to end up endangering the future of the children.
He advised operators of the centres to reach out to the ministry, through the appropriate department, for proper documentation and regularisation of their operations and ordered the department of Inspectorate and Quality Assurance of the ministry to ensure strict compliance with the directive by closing down such lesson centres across the state.
The Commissioner, who emphasised the strong need for stakeholders to brace up to the challenge of ensuring effective implementation of the child right act, stated that the ministry had established an Advocacy and Mentoring division, just as he pledged the ministry’s collaboration with the committee towards realising their terms of reference.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, said that the Child Right Act was signed into law in 2008, while the committee was inaugurated in 2020, explaining that the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education was very strategic in the enforcement of the child right Act.
Mrs. Agas, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, said that the committee was charged with the responsibility of enforcing the right of every child, adding that it was designed to protect children.
While calling on teachers to play key roles in ensuring that children were adequately protected from any form of abuses, Mrs. Agas recalled that the increasing population of children in schools could make monitoring a bit difficult, just as she decried cases of rape either between students and teachers or among students themselves.
NO DTS 0277: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE: UKAH FROWNS AT CLAIMS BY SCHOOL PROPRIETORS
The Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has condemned in strong terms, the claim by a group of private school owners in the state, via online publications, that the state government considered a waiver of the payment of the annual licence renewal fee, payable by private schools proprietors as part of efforts to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
While reacting to the reports published online, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba, decried the attitude of the group of private school owners for directing its members to reject any demand for evidence of such payment by Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) in view of the ongoing clearance for registration for the 2021 Cognitive/Placement Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He disclosed that before the publication by the group, the ministry had, during a stakeholders’ meeting with their leadership, informed them that the it would channel their request to the government for possible consideration since it was purely a state revenue matter, which did not fall within the authority of the ministry.
Mr. Ukah also informed them that the time for registration for Cognitive/Placement examination had been extended to February 22, 2021, while the ongoing BECE registration would continue till the end of March 2021 and wondered why the payment of licence renewal fee was resurfacing, when the issue had been effectively addressed.
The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner, who advised the private school owners to adhere to payment instructions to enable them accredit their candidates for the examinations, maintained that the publication by such private school bodies negated not only established principles of fairness and discipline, but implied outright confrontation to constituted authority.
Mr. Ukah said that private schools were registered and approved by the ministry in line with established guidelines, including the payments for licencing, renewal and revalidation, just as he called on private school proprietors in the state to disregard the purported directives and planned protest against the state government, issued by their union, warning that such excesses would not be condoned by the state government.
He further stated that Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) in the state had been directed by the ministry to apply the rules on payment of the renewal fees in the screening and clearance of schools for the ongoing registration for examinations without fail.
NO DTS 0278: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
INAUGURATE NDDC BOARD – TROMPCON TELLS PRESIDENT BUHARI
The Chairman of Traditional Rulers of Oil Producing Communities of Nigeria ( TROMPCON) , Delta State Chapter, HRM Dr Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso ( JP) OON, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the board of Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) without further delay.
The Uvwie monarch, who made the call in his key note address during the meeting of TROMPCON , Delta State Chapter, at his palace in Effurun on Wednesday February 17th,2021 , explained that the call was necessitated by the need to reduce tension in the Niger Delta Region on the issue.
While supporting the forensic audit of NDDC, he advised that President Buhari should be fair to all parties involved, just as he condemned the show of shame at the National Assembly during the public hearing for the Petroleum Industry Bill ( PIB).
” The PIB public hearing has clearly shown the level of acceptance of the development of this region by some people ” he added
He also advised that ” We should dialogue to arrive at reasonable and acceptable figure, adding that violence would not solve problems .
” We advise our people representing us at this laudable task to be more articulate and patient to achieve their good demands for the Niger Delta Region.” he stated
NO DTS 0279: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2021
ST. PIUS XTH OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION ENJOINED TO EMBRACE UNITY OF PURPOSE
Members of the Old Boys Association of St Pius Xth Grammar School, Onicha-Ugbo, worldwide, have been called upon to join hands in the development of their Alma matar.
President of the 1979 graduates of the school, Mr Christopher Uche, made this call in his acceptance speech after the just concluded first election of the 1979 set of the school.
Mr Uche thanked the electoral Committee and all old boys who voted during the election, noting that the primary aim of the association was to contribute to the veritable growth of the school.
He added that concerted efforts would be made to ensure that the school regained its lost glory to the admiration of all.
Other members of the newly elected EXCO included Mr Anthony Agwuibe, Secretary; Dr. Christian Chiazor, Treasurer and Prince Celestine as Public Relations Officer.