NO DTS 1294: OBORO ASSUMES OFFICE AS COMMISSIONER FOR WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT IN DELTA
NO DTS 1295: HON. OGBIMI FELICITATES WITH JAMES MANAGER AT 61
NO DTS 1296: TIDI EULOGISES GOV OKOWA’S EXCEPTIONAL TRANSFORMATION OF DELTA ECONOMY
NO DTS 1297: BILL ON MORE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA PASSES SECOND READING
Editor: Johnson Ebigide
NO DTS 1294: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021
OBORO ASSUMES OFFICE AS COMMISSIONER FOR WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT IN DELTA
By Dikedi Veronica
Rt. Hon. Evelyn Oboro Esq, has assumed office as the new Commissioner for Water Resources Development in Delta State with a promise to change the narrative of the ministry towards the fulfilment of the Stronger Delta vision of the state government.
Hon. Oboro made this known while addressing staff of the ministry in her office in Asaba, the state capital.
She urged the staff to be committed in the discharge of their duties, adding that she was ready to cooperate and work with them to ensure that the change they all desired would be realised for the benefits of all Deltans and residents in the state.
“I urge you all to be open minded and more pragmatic. Avoid bottlenecks and too much bureaucracy for us to key into the SMART Agenda of the state governor, Senator ( Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, which has been designed to provide prosperity for all Deltans,” the commissioner said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the ministry, Engr Blessing Ogaga Edewor, briefed the commissioner on the activities of the ministry, saying that the commissioner came at the right time to reposition the ministry for effective productivity and better service rendering to the people in the state.
“I believe that this is the said time. This ministry was midwifed by the present governor when he was a commissioner for Water Resources And Development, so he is well acquainted with the water sector,” the PS said.
He said that as an experienced and renowned politician, the coming of Oboro would usher in a new beginning in the ministry, towards the much needed transformation of the water resources sector in the state.
NO DTS 1295: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021
HON. OGBIMI FELICITATES WITH JAMES MANAGER AT 61
By Uche Okei
The member representing Isoko North Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Jude Omena Ogbimi, has felicitated with the senator representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator James Manager, as he clocks 61 years.
Hon. Ogbimi in a congratulatory message, signed by himself and made available to newsmen, rejoiced with Senator Manager for not just his birthday anniversary but for all he had achieved over the years as a leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), saying that his achievements over the years were too numerous to mention.
According him, “On behalf of my family and the good people of Isoko North Constituency, I congratulate you on the occasion of your birthday”
” Your services and leadership guide to our great party, PDP, over the years, as one of the founding members of the party are immeasurable and worthy of emulation.”
“You are a phenomenal politician who has been committed to the growth of our party and you have been instrumental in the victory of the party in all elections in the state and beyond.”
“As you add another year to your life, I pray that God will give you strength and enduring peace,” he said.
He enjoined the good people of Delta South and Deltans generally to celebrate the life of the iconic James Manager.
NO DTS 1296: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021
TIDI EULOGISES GOV OKOWA’S EXCEPTIONAL TRANSFORMATION OF DELTA ECONOMY
The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council Area of Delta State, Dr. Michael Tidi, has commended the positive growth of the state economy under the watch of Governor Okowa.
Dr. Tidi, who made the declaration in a goodwill message to mark Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s 62nd birthday, on Thursday July 8, 2021 stated that “We are not surprised about the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report on the rapid growth of the state economy because the STEP, YAGEP, GEEP, PPSP, the Special Programme for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and other strategic programmes initiated by your administration, alongside key infrastructural development projects are natural socio-economic drivers of the state economy.”
“Your Excellency’s records are impressively long and ever flowing. Yet, we remain expectant of more to come, as you continue to lead, guide and light the path in our state’s onward march to attaining a Stronger Delta State.”
While congratulating the governor on behalf of the Executive Council, Legislative Arm, Staff and and the people of Warri South Local Government, Dr. Tidi, added that “We trust God to bless you and your family with sound health, lasting joy and divine protection.”
It would be recalled that the recent report on the growth of the state economy since the assumption of Governor Okowa in 2015 by the NBS revealed that Delta State economy grew by 51 percent in the six years of his being the governor, with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rising to #4.471 trillion in 2019 from #2.961 trillion in 2015.
NO DTS 1297: ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021
BILL ON MORE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA PASSES SECOND READING
By Ambrose Ologide
The bill to give local government councils more power and responsibilities in Nigeria as sponsored by the member representing Okpe-Sapele and Uvwie Federal constituency, Hon. Efe Afe, has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
In his leading debate Hon Afe stated that “Democracy remains the best form of government,” stressing that the bill sought to give the local councils a legal plank on their roles in security in collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies.
The federal lawmaker said that it had been acknowledged in many public fora that the responsibilities given to local government councils under the 5th Schedule was restrictive and vague in tenor, such that elected officers in the councils were not challenged enough to carry out projects for the benefit of residents in their local government areas.
He added that Section 7, subsection 5 of the bill sought to concede some responsibilities to local councils in the area of environmental challenges and development to make local government administration more impactful.
Afe noted that Section 3, sub section 6 of the bill sought to give more latitude to state legislatures to determine the number and size of local governments in line with the economic variables and other relevant considerations that would make the local government structure more relevant to the day-to-day administration of cities and towns that fall within their spheres of influence.
He stated that if the amended bill was passed by the House and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, it would give the state legislature the enablement to create more local government councils in the country to further bring governance closer to the grassroots populace in the country.
He added that the bill also seeks to advise that any local government that Can not generate revenue and depend on federal Government for survival should not be created .