NO DTS 0851: ORTOM EULOGISES OKOWA’S VALUE ADDITION ROLE, SAYS DELTANS MANDATE APPROPRIATE
NO DTS 0852: DELTA DIRECTS LEVELS 1-12 WORKERS TO RESUME WORK
NO DTS 0853: ONONYE REASSURES DONOR PARTNERS OF GOVT COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE HEALTH
NO DTS 0854: DELTA TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER SEEKS SYNERGY WITH POLICE
NO DTS 0855: UZOR SOLICITS PATIENCE IN TACKLING HERDSMEN MENACE
NO DTS 0856: TIDI SWEARS IN NEW SUPERVISORY COUNCILLORS
NO DTS 0857: UKWUANI COUNCIL SWEARS IN SUPERVISORY COUNCILLORS
NO DTS 0858: AJEDE CAUTIONS EBEDEI COMMUNITY ON PEACE, DECORUM
NO DTS 0859: TRAILER KNOCKS FRSC OFFICER TO DEATH ON AGBARHO-UGHELLI ROAD
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NO DTS 0851: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
ORTOM EULOGISES OKOWA’S VALUE ADDITION ROLE, SAYS DELTANS MANDATE APPROPRIATE
By Ambrose Ologide
Obviously overwhelmed by the laudable achievements of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, said Deltans did not make a mistake for having Governor Okowa has their governor.
Governor Ortom made the assertion today in his speech shortly before commissioning the Army Day Secondary School, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area.
He remarked that Governor Okowa had added value to the development of Delta State and Nigeria, and that he would learn from the administrative acumen of Governor Okowa in his remaining two years in office as governor of Benue State.
While appreciating the invitation to commission the project, he lauded Okowa for the execution and completion of the project, noting that education was a priority of the Delta State governor.
The visiting governor also charged the management, staff and students of Army Day Secondary School, Effurun to make good use of the facilities in the school, admonishing that the students should not be a disappointment to Governor Okowa in their academic pursuit.
NO DTS 0852: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
DELTA DIRECTS LEVELS 1-12 WORKERS TO RESUME WORK
Delta State Government today directed officers on grade levels 12 and below to resume duties on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, gave the directive in a statement in Asaba.
He said the directive was sequel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s approval that workers on grade levels 12 and below who had been at home as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19, should return to work on Wednesday.
He added that the officers are to be in the office by 8.00 a.m. and close at the approved closing period on all working days.
The Commissioner reiterated, saying, “Upon resumption, the workers are to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 pandemic preventive protocols, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing and/or sanitizing of hands and wearing of face masks.”
He emphasised that permanent secretaries/chief executive officers of ministries, development and agencies should ensure strict compliance with the directives.
NO DTS 0853: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
ONONYE REASSURES DONOR PARTNERS OF GOVT COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE HEALTH
By Donald Ojebo
Delta State Government has assured donors of its commitment to continue in improving the health indices of the state and the status of residents.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this known yesterday when the Immunization Team from the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
The Commissioner hinted that the state government was very concerned about the wellbeing of its citizenry across the various age divide such as the young, youths and the elderly.
He said that the state had a governor who was interested in the health of the population and closely monitors activities that relate to immunization and other health issues.
“We have a Governor who is passionate about the activities in the health sector in the primary, secondary and tertiary areas of healthcare and who does not hesitate to do the needful as far as the health sector is concerned.
“We hope that with this visit and interactions with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency we will begin to experience an upward move in our health indices climbing out of where we are presently ranked to where we ought to be with the resources made available,” he said.
Earlier, the Immunization Director, United States Centre for Disease Control, Dr Omotayo Bolu, said that as part of the global polio eradication efforts, they were in state to encourage, advocate and support strengthening responses.
While commending the state for the efforts made through the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, she called for more support from the government in terms of mobilization and advocacy to get more persons to come out for vaccination.
“Vaccines are the cheapest public health interventions globally that has reduced millions of deaths worldwide.
“Vaccines definitely will make a lot of difference in the lives of our children and even adults as it concerns COVID-19 as it is one of the best public health interventions that has ever been invented,” she added.
According to her, “Nigeria has the greatest number of unimmunized children in the world with about 25 to 30 %of global unimmunized children beating India which has a larger population than Nigeria hence a lot of work has to be done by the Nigerian government to address these figures.”
She stated that one or two recorded case of polio was termed as an outbreak and therefore all hands must be on deck to rid the state of any trace of polio.
“Presently, we are using this oral polio vaccine in Nigeria and incidentally Nigeria is the first in the world to use it and also Delta is among the first States to use it,” she further added.
She stated that her organization would continue to look for ways to enhance the existing collaborative efforts, adding that they would do more in the area of rendering support to Delta State.
Speaking on the last round of immunization campaign in six states, including Delta, she expressed worry on the performance of the state, stressing that discussions with the leadership of the agency, certain things had been put in place to ensure a better outing on the next campaign.
As part of measures to address low health indices being recorded by states, Dr Bolu advocated what she termed ‘Incident Management Structure’ as one way of addressing the challenge.
“This is a situation where we have the incident manager closely interfacing with the executive secretaries who are in charge of health matters in the local government areas and using the dashboard to monitor how their interventions pans out in meeting targets,” she said.
NO DTS 0854: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
DELTA TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER SEEKS SYNERGY WITH POLICE
By Ejoor Onoharigho
Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Oviemuno Oghoore has for abetter working synergy with the police command in the state.
Oghoore made the call today when he led management staff of his ministry on a familiarization visit to the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command.
According to the Oghoore, the visit was to further cement the synergy between the transport ministry and the police.
He emphasized the importance of working relationship with the police, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) as well as the Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) and described it as a “robust one.”
Oghoore appealed to the police commissioner always respond to their calls, when the need arose, adding that on his part there was already a symbiotic relationship and that he was ever ready to see that the wheels of their friendship was not rusty.
Responding, Mr. Ari Ali thanked the commissioner for transport and other senior management staff present, adding that the visit was mutually beneficial.
He stressed that the restriction order on commercial tricycle (keke) from some roads in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) was a source of concern.
The police commissioner, however, assured of his command’s readiness to assist in all ramifications.
The Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ngozi Nwanze appreciated the police commissioner for the warm reception, while commended the command’s senior officers for effective discharge of their duties.
The highlight of the visit was the exchange of cell phone numbers and pleasantries.
NO DTS 0855: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
UZOR SOLICITS PATIENCE IN TACKLING HERDSMEN MENACE
By Scholar Ossai
The Special Adviser to the Delta State governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, has urged various communities in the state to be patient with the government in finding a permanent solution to the herdsmen menace.
Uzor gave the advice recently during a one-day meeting with the leadership of nomadic Fulanis and selected farmer communities towards peaceful coexistence in Delta State, at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
“It is not an issue that the government can resolve overnight,” Uzor said.
According to him, there was no serious resolution to bringing everlasting peace to the communities, as he urged the elders of nomadic Fulanis to assist the state government in monitoring those infiltrators, with a view to check their menace.
He disclosed that, the state government cannot approve vigilant group for them, explaining that their sincerity was still very much unknown to the government.
“We need to understand them fully before their request can be granted,” he said.
Uzor encouraged the nomadic fulani leaders to always safeguard the bush with their wards while searching for other means of securing everlasting peace in Delta Communities.
The special adviser admonished the Fulanis leaders to always attend meetings in their various communities, so as to be able to know the way forward in ensuring there is peace.
Among those who attended the meeting were the Executive Assistant on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Dr God’s Power Agbuduta; and Senior Special Assistant on Conflict Resolution, Ashaka Orobosa, and a host of others.
NO DTS 0856: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
TIDI SWEARS-IN NEW SUPERVISORS
By Veronica Ebuku
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Micheal Tidi, has sworn in five new supervisors with a charge on them to take their duties serious to make Warri South safe and clean.
At the swearing -in ceremony today at the council’s secretariat Warri, Tidi stated that his administration was out to change the narrative of Warri South, adding that he was impressed with the activities of the beautification committee of the council.
He however warned that he would not hesitate to dismiss any supervisor found wanting in the discharge of his or her duty.
He stated that the aim of appointing the supervisors was for them not to think of making millions but to perform their job effectively by being pro-active in the discharge of their duties.
The five Supervisors were Miss Patricia Edun, Supervisor for Environment; Mr Oghenetega Okokoyo, Supervisor for Agriculture; Mr Sunday Bodor, Supervisor for Health; Mr Mabiaku Omene, Supervisor for Youth, Sport and Culture, and Mr Egboboyen Eniye, Supervisor for Education.
Among those present at the ceremony were the member representing Warri South I and II Constituencies, at the Delta State House of Assembly, Dr Augustine Uroye Hon. Mathew Opuoru respectively.
NO DTS 0857: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
UKWUANI COUNCIL SWEARS IN SUPERVISORS
By Ekenwerigha Joshua
The Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Council, Hon Solomon Ajede, has inaugurated supervisory councillors with a charge on them to be good ambassadors of the council.
Ajede, while congratulating the supervisory councillors, urged them to represent their people and ensure they deliver on their assigned portfolios.
“You are now ambassadors of this government and the Ukwuani people and you have to deliver on your respective portfolios that will be assigned soon,” he stated.
The chairman stated that his administration’s agenda were peculiar to the needs of Ukwuani people and that they were in line with the programmes of the Delta state Government.
He noted that many persons were qualified to be made supervisors, but the people inaugurated were picked after wide consultations with the aim of moving Ukwuani forward.
Ajede also reiterated his administration’s Step Up Ukwuani Agenda which he listed to include Environmental sanitation, Security, Education, Infrastructural Development, Strategic Empowerment and Sports Development.
Earlier, the Head of Department (HOD) Legal, Ukwuani Local Government Council, Mr Victoria Inege, administered the oath of office on the the supervisory councillors.
Responding on behalf of other supervisory councillors, Mr Ifeanyi Ebinum, thanked the chairman for finding them worthy to be part of his administration and pledged their commitment to remain loyal and be worthy ambassadors.
The inaugurated supervisors were earlier screened by the 7th Legislative Arm of Ukwuani Council.
They included Mr Richard Onyolu, Mr Ifeanyi Ebinum, Mr Monday Oluka and Mr Ikechukwu IIome.
NO DTS 0858: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
AJEDE CAUTIONS EBEDEI COMMUNITY ON PEACE, DECORUM
By Joshua Ekenwerigha
The Chairman of Ukwuani Local Government Council, Hon Solomon Ajede, has called on the people of Ebedei Community to embrace peace, unity and maintain decorum among themselves.
Ajede made this call during a peace keeping meeting with Land Owners’ Association of the community, led by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Isaac Chukwunalu and members of the Oil and Gas Management Committee (OGMC)
The meeting was called to address issues concerning who should be allowed to participate on the Momoradum of Understanding (MOU) between the host community, Platform Petroleum Limited (PPL), PNG Gas LTD and Power Gas, Ebedei.
The chairman frowned at the apprehensive attitude of the oil and gas management committee members who refrained themselves from attending the meeting, stating that their absence would spell doom on the peace process.
Ajede emphasized that as the chief security officer in the local government area, he would not tolerate any breaking down of law, saying that communal crises should not shut down the activities of any company.
He however admonished all present to be patient, explaining that the Ebedei crisis was already in the court, and that all honorarium should be put on hold and the court be allowed to give its verdict.
The chairman promised that the local government council would liaise with the Ministry of Oil and Gas over the issue and get back to them.
Responding, the representative of Power Gas Ltd, Mr Lawrence Dury, stated that the company invited the different factions in the communal crisis to proffer solution to the problem, but all efforts proved abortive.
He said that all memoranda entered into had been withheld pending when all issues were resolved and thanked the chairman for the meeting.
Earlier, Mr Godwin Alumona from Platform Petroleum Limited, stressed the need for all factions of Ebedei Community to be in agreement to enable them access all Memoranda due to them.
He added that frequent summoning of unnecessary meetings between the host community and the company management was weighing the company down.
Mr Isaac Chukwunalu, who led the Land Owners’ Association, Adonishaka/Ogbe Uzu, pledged that all in attendance would allow the court to decide on the matter.
NO DTS 0859: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
TRAILER KNOCKS FRSC OFFICER TO DEATH ON AGBARHO-UGHELLI ROAD
By Ambrose Ologide
Tragedy struck as an official of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) was allegedly knocked down to death while on duty with his colleagues at Ekrerhawen Junction on Agbarho-Ughelli Road on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
A source told our correspondent that the accident occurred at about 9.00 a.m and that the Hilus patrol van of the FRSC was badly damaged by the over speeding trailer from the Warri axis of the said road.
It was further gathered that a car that was behind the trailer lost control and rammed into the bush.
Commercial drivers who spoke to our correspondent attested to the fact that there was such accident.
Some of commercial drivers who plied the road on regular basis also complained that it was not first of such accident at the said check point.
Our correspondent saw the bush path where the said car rammed into, when he visited the seen of accident.
In a related development, the corpse of an unidentified male in the pool of his blood was seen at the old Ovie Palace Junction area by Effurun-Sapele Road on yesterday, Monday, April 26, 2021.
The corpse was still lying on the road at as the time of filing this report.
However, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Police Command Headquarters, Asaba, ASP Bright Edafe, who was contacted for confirmation of the stories by our correspondent through a test message, replied that he was unaware of both stories.