NO DTS 0262: GOVERNOR OKOWA’S FATHER LAID TO REST
NO DTS 0263: WTO: OKOWA CONGRATULATES OKONJO-IWEALA
NO DTS 0264: DTSG TO REVOKE UNDEVELOPED LAND ALLOCATIONS
NO DTS 0265: DIDA CHAIRMAN ADVISES AGAINST CITING OF UNAUTHORISED TRAILER/TANKER PARKS
NO DTS 0266: ONORIOBE APPEALS FOR REHABILITATION OF IGBUDU MARKET AXIAL ROADS
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NO DTS 0262: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
GOVERNOR OKOWA’S FATHER LAID TO REST
The remains of Sir Okorie Okowa, father of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, were on Tuesday, laid to rest at Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
Pa Okowa, 88, died on January 28, 2021, after a brief illness.
Beside family members at the private funeral, Archbishop of Bendel Province, Anglican Communion, Archbishop Cyril Odutemu; Deputy Governor of Delta, Mr Kingsley Otuaro; former Governor James Ibori and former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue were at the ceremony.
Others included Chief Jide Omokore, Sen. James Manager, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshall Umukoro and Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.
In his speech during the funeral service in the home of the late octogenarian, Governor Okowa thanked Nigerians for their show of love, saying that because he had announced that the ceremony would be private for the family, “Those who came are truly family members”.
He said that as a teacher, his late father fought for the ordinary man and suffered victimization for daring to stand for the truth.
“On behalf of my siblings, I welcome you to my father’s home. He is no more, he has just been laid to rest.
“He has been a strong pillar in my life and obviously we wished he had lived longer, but it pleased God to call him at this time.
“Our father was a good man who fought for the church, the children and the ordinary man, especially as a teacher and suffered consequences for standing by the truth and at the end, God vindicated him.
“We thank God that he played his role in the community. He was very passionate about the development of Owa-Alero and I am glad that he saw all we did for the community.
“He did not compromise his faith even as an Okpara-Uku of his quarter and that, we can attest to as his children,” he said.
The governor apologised to those who couldn’t attend the funeral because he had declared it a family burial.
“We do not know when it is best to die but we thank God he took our father at a ripe age.
“For those who couldn’t come, I apologise, there is still a time to celebrate his life and times and that will be August 21, his birthday, and we will all be there by the grace of God,” he said.
In a homily, Bishop of Ika Diocese, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Godfrey Ekpenisi, said the late Pa Okowa contributed immensely to the growth of the church and education in Ika nation.
Quoting from the Bible, the Bishop urged Christians to fear God and keep his commandments, saying “this is the whole duty of man”.
He called on Christians to remember their creator in the days of their youth, recalling that Pa Okowa served God and humanity while alive.
NO DTS 0263: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
WTO: OKOWA CONGRATULATES OKONJO-IWEALA
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her emergence as the Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that he was elated to hear of the successful emergence of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss after a very highly competitive and protracted process.
He described Okonjo-Iweala as a brilliant, competent, world-class economist and international development expert, whose contributions over the years had distinguished her globally.
The governor stated that the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala had broken the 24-year-old jinx of a female ever becoming the DG of the WTO, adding that she was the first African to lead the global trade body in its 25-year history.
“I am excited to hear of the emergence of our illustrious daughter, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the DG of the World Trade Organisation.
“Your appointment is indeed, a testament to your competence and experience as a renowned economist and international development expert.”
“You went through a very rigorous and competitive process to emerge as the new head at the WTO.”
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of state, I congratulate a worthy ambassador of Delta State and Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the her recognition and appointment.”
“As you take on this distinguishing assignment at the global stage again, I pray and urge you to re-enact that which you have always done, bringing pride and honour to Delta State and Nigeria.”
“It is without doubt that your pedigree and impeccable footprints in monetary and economic administration in Nigeria and at the World Bank stood you out for this global assignment.”
“As you continue in this remarkable trajectory, we wish you success,” he stated.”
Okonjo-Iweala, an illustrious Deltan from Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, was a two-time Minister of Finance, who led Nigeria’s economy to exit foreign debt obligations during her first term under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
NO DTS 0264: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
DTSG TO REVOKE UNDEVELOPED LAND ALLOCATIONS
Delta State Government has given owners of lands acquired from it in urban areas within the past two years, a period of three month notice to develop such lands or risk the revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).
The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, stated this while briefing the press in Asaba.
Aniagwu deplored the attitude of some persons who acquired land from the state government and left such lands undeveloped for long periods, saying that the situation was impeding the transformation of the environment through urban renewal efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
He explained that the decision of the state government on the issue was not to witch-hunt anybody, adding that some of the undeveloped plots had become kidnappers’ and robbers’ dens in addition to defacing most cities in the state.
Aniagwu said that the state government had decided to invoke section 5 of the Land Use Act to drive the process.
According to him, “nobody in government is looking for a way to hijack any land already acquired for development; the interest of the state government is to develop the state.
The commissioner said that it was counter-productive to leave an acquired land undeveloped after three to 10 years of acquisition, with C of O from the state government.
“The CfO of such lands will be revoked and given to those who are ready to acquire and develop the plots,’’ he said.
Aniagwu stated that the present administration in the state was highly determined to ensure that urban areas were developed to create employment, strengthen security and advance sustainable socio-economic development.
“Individuals who had acquired lands from the state government with Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) have turned themselves into land bankers.”
“This means that instead of such individuals developing the acquired lands, they leave them undeveloped, thereby creating bushes and endangering the environmental sustainability of the state.
“As from today, Monday, February 15, anybody with a C of O of two years and above on a parcel of land acquired from the state government without any sign of development will have such land(s) taken over by the government for better development.”
“We have not employed anybody as a `land banker’. If you have been given a land with a C of O and you have failed to develop the land, it will be revoked and given to those who will develop it.”
“For the purpose of clarification, the lands involved are the ones in urban areas in the state that were acquired from the state government with C of O.”
NO DTS 0265: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
DIDA CHAIRMAN ADVISES AGAINST CITING OF UNAUTHORISED TRAILER/TANKER PARKS
By Sylvester Iloba
Delta State Chairman of the Investments Development Agency (DIDA), Mr Paul Nmah, has enjoined investors and contractors against the citing of unauthorised trailer/tanker parks in the state.
Mr Nmah gave the advice when he paid an unscheduled visit to the project site of Azagba-Ogwashi International Market Trailer/Motor Park, being developed and managed by Graceland Channels Ltd along the Azagba-Ogwashi Expressway in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the State.
According to him, DIDA in consonance with the law establishing it was charged with the mandate to promote, develop and regulate all investments and concessions in the state, noting that the project in question fell within the administrative purview of the agency.
“Pursuant to DIDA’s mandate, the project promoters ought to have made enquiries through my office before embarking on such project so as to be properly guided on the proper steps to take before embarking on the development of such project.”
“As it stands now this particular project is in conflict with an already approved Delta State Government Rest Park in Umunede which has same features, more facilities and intended to serve the Delta North axis. Also we equally have the Delta State Truck & Tanker Park in Warri which is already functioning and services that area,” he said.
Nmah stated that the agency had put necessary modalities in place to guide the establishment of tanker/trailer parks in the state, adding that there was the need for management of the investing firm speaking to visit the DIDA office for proper education on the state government policy on investments.
“I have decided to come by myself to see what you are building, but you have to come to the DIDA office in Asaba because there are a lot of issues to be addressed in respect of this International Trailer/Motor Park. I have also directed the officer in charge of this matter in my officer to do an official letter to your company to inform you of Government stand. While all these are going on, I will advise you to stop work. ” Nmah said.
However, the Chairman, maintained that the Delta State Government through the office of the DIDA would continue to encourage both foreign and local investments in the non-oil sectors, saying that such investments must follow due process.
NO DTS 0266: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021
ONORIOBE APPEALS FOR REHABILITATION OF IGBUDU MARKET AXIAL ROADS
By Ambrose Ologide
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Mile 11 Security Organization, Igbudu Market, Warri in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Comrade Okpako Onoriobe, has appealed to the state government for the rehabilitation of the axial roads in Igbudu Market area.
Onoriobe who made the appeal in a media chat with journalists in his office at the Igbudu Market listed some of the axial roads to include: Old Welfare Road, Mosque Road, Emagbeteren Road, Ogbemudia Road, Dundun Road, Odibo Road, among others.
While commending the Delta State Government for the ongoing rehabilitation of road projects in the neighbouring DDPA area, he stated that state government should give priority attention to the development of Igbudu Market, noting that the market is one of the biggest market currently generating sizable revenue for the state government.
Onoriobe said that the affected roads were in their worse state, adding resurfacing them would solve the problem of the constant traffic holdups on Bazunu Road and Warri / Sapele Road by Hausa Quarters.
He also appealed for the face lift of the market, noting that the market lacked toilet facilities, pipe borne water and drainage system.