NO DTS 0305: UGBEKILE LAUDS GOVERNOR OKOWA FOR YOUTHS, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
NO DTS 0306: DELTA POLICE COMMISSIONER URGES OFFICERS TO FLUSH OUT CRIMINALS OR FACE SANCTIONS
NO DTS 0307: UPU CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN URHOBOLAND
NO DTS 0308: EPU COMMENDS ELUMELU FOR HIS GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT, CONDOLES OKOWA ON DEATH OF HIS FATHER
NO DTS 0309: NAWOJ MAKES CASE FOR WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN OIL, GAS PIB
NO DTS 0310: COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: POLICE COMMENCE ARREST OF DEFAULTERS IN WARRI
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NO DTS 0305: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
UGBEKILE LAUDS GOVERNOR OKOWA FOR YOUTHS, FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
A member of Board of Directors, Delta Printing and Publishing Limited, Chief Jude Ugbekile, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for giving youths and the female folks the opportunity to serve in different capacities in his administration.
Chief Ugbekile made the statement in a chat with journalists when the campaign trail of Honourable Victor Ebonka, the candidate of People’s Democratic party visited ward 3, in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “I want to give Kudos to His Excellency, Governor Okowa, for keeping to his word. When he came in, he promised to be gender friendly.”
” As you have noticed, this he has done. Most of the chairmanship and councillorship candidates are youths. That is highly commendable.”
“We also have a number of women occupying strategic positions in the state government.”
Continuing, Chief Ugbekile, said that Governor Okowa had made the campaign of the PDP chairmanship candidate in the area and beyond very easy because of his developmental strides across the state.
“There is no doubt PDP is the party to beat come March 6, 2021.”
“Even the school premises where this event is taking place was built by the the Okowa Administration including the roads around it and other visible infrastructures,” he added.
While saying that Governor Okowa’s outstanding leadership style distinguished him among many leaders, he noted that his ingenuity had positively impacted on the state.
NO DTS 0306: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
DELTA POLICE COMMISSIONER URGES OFFICERS TO FLUSH OUT CRIMINALS OR FACE SANCTIONS
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Alli, has given marching order to area commanders and divisional police officers (DPOs) in the state to be committed in their responsibilities of policing and chasing out criminals from the state or face sanctions.
The police commissioner stated this at the state command headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.
Mr. Alli warned that any of such officers whose area of operations recorded more than three incidences of robbery, kidnapping, killings and other dastardly criminal acts would be posted out immediately to another location, adding that it had become imperative to effectively police the state from criminality.
He decried the rise in criminality in the state within the past weeks, saying that it was expected of the police to carryout its role with utmost commitment and professionalism towards curbing crimes in the state.
The police boss warned officers to desist from extorting money from motorists on the highways, adding that no police officer had been detailed to collect money from motorists on the roads.
NO DTS 0307: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
UPU CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN URHOBOLAND
The President-General of the apex Urhobo socio-cultural body, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, has condemned in strong terms killings alleged to be politically motivated in Urhoboland, especially of young politicians in Delta State.
Taiga stressed that “killing is not part of Urhobo politics” and warned politicians and those behind such unfortunate killings to desist from such callousness.
The UPU leader was reacting to the gruesome murder of the Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Youth Development, Okiemute Sowho, in Sapele, the administrative headquarters of Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
While recalling the gruesome manner of some Urhobo young politicians who have been reportedly killed in recent times, the statement said, “Last year a young politician, Elliott Ofa, was killed on his way from Oghara to Asaba at Oben in respect of the local government elections. Also same year, another young politician’s life was cut short in Ughelli South.”
“In the last few days, another young politician has been brazenly mown down in Sapele. There are a few other killings with suspicious political undertones.
Investigations have not proven that their deaths were politically motivated and the Urhobo Progress Union is not saying their death is politically motivated.”
“But local government politicking is on and the 2023 elections politicking is already on, though the elections are still two years away.”
“Are these deaths coincidences? The UPU does not know, but they are worrisome and ominous. Urhobo politics and elections have always been intense, but killing of political opponents is not part of our political life.”
“As we get closer to another round of elections, the UPU calls on all Urhobo politicians to play their politics without killings, violence and bitterness. Do not shed the blood of any Urhobo son or daughter to achieve your political ambition. Power belongs to God and no one gets to a position without the knowledge of God,” he cautioned.
He called on those seeking political office to see such as a call for service and for the uplifting of their people and not for eliminating their opponents to realise their ambition.
“While we await the police to unravel the perpetrators of these killings, the UPU says enough of these killings. The Urhobos are peace loving people. Nobody should turn Urhobo land into a river of blood,” the President General pleaded.
NO DTS 0308: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
EPU COMMENDS ELUMELU FOR HIS GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT, CONDOLES OKOWA ON DEATH OF HIS FATHER
The member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representative, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, has been described as a man whose passion for grassroots development could not be taken for granted.
This assertion was contained in a letter of appreciation sent to him by the National Executive Committee of Ewulu Progressive Union (EPU), jointly signed by the President General, Mr. Uche Emma Aboh and the Secretary General, Mr. Sam Ezewosi and made available to the Press.
According to the statement, the entire members of National Executive Committee of Ewulu Progressive Union (EPU) on behalf of Ewulu people wish to most profoundly appreciate the distinguished Elumelu and his effective representation of our constituency at the Federal House of Representative and his sincere passion for grassroots development as experienced in the construction and completion of Ewulu Town Hall in addition to the installation of solar system in the town.
Also in the letter of appreciation, the President General, Mr. Emma Aboh, noted that Honourable Elumelu at his earlier representation at the Federal House of Representative had attracted the installation of 35 light stands for solar system as his constituency project to the area, the delivery and relevance of which had direct developmental impacts on the people at the grassroots.
The union prayed that God Almighty should continue to give Elumelu the zeal and financial empowerment to continue in his unparalleled commitment for the grassroots development in the community.
In a related development, the National Executive Committee of Ewulu Progressive Union (EPU) used the opportunity to condole His Excellency, the Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa over the demise of his father, Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa whose private burial ceremony had been performed.
The Union stated that it was an unexpected loss in view of the fact that each time Pa Okowa paid visits to Ewulu, he displayed his resolve to ensure the construction of the Ewulu Road.
The National Executive Committee in his letter to Governor Okowa noted that the demise of his father was a great loss, not only to His Excellency, his family and the state, but to mankind, saying that he was a consummate achiever, a great man with sound mind who greatly enhanced leadership quality of the governor.
The Ewulu community enjoined Okowa’s family to have solace in Almighty God because his father lived a Christian life as attested and depicted by his character and philanthropic nature.
NO DTS 0309: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
NAWOJ MAKES CASE FOR WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN OIL, GAS PIB
Female journalists in Nigeria have demanded for a better representation of women in the provisions of the Petroleum Industry and Governance Bill (PIB).
Although the Senate had passed the PIB on May 25, 2017, it is yet to be passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by the President before it becomes law.
At a workshop tagged ‘’PIB: X-raying women issues for media reportage’’, which was organised in Lagos, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) harped on the need for speedy passage of the bill for effective coordination of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
NAWOJ believed that poor application of policies and execution of laws were the banes of the country. It recommended strategies for implementation of the PIB when finally signed into law towards the actualisation of the desired objectives of the bill.
The seminar which was to empower female journalists in South-south and South-west geopolitical zones of the country was organized by NAWOJ Zone B and featured talks on reforming Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
Issues raised at the seminar were overview of the global and local contents underlying the reform of the oil and gas sector and how the PIB responds to addressing gender-related matters.
Other discussions handled by experts, including Professor Israel Aye, Engr Joe Nwakwe, Mr Ikem Okuhu and Mr Collins Olayinka focused on the media and advocacy for the passage of the PIB and agenda setting for reportage.
The PIB seeks to establish a framework for the creation of commercially oriented and profit driven petroleum entities to ensure value addition and the internationalisation of the petroleum industry through the creation of effective governing institutions.
NO DTS 0310: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: POLICE COMMENCE ARREST OF DEFAULTERS IN WARRI
Some law breaker residents in Warri got what they did not bargain for, as they were arrested by the police for failure to wear face masks in public places.
However, it was observed that the police action was carried out only in vehicles, particularly the commercial tricycles (Keke) at check points.
It was also observed that the police men were not concerned about the order on social distancing, as some of the keke riders disobeyed government directive on social distancing by carrying more than two passengers per trip and still charging each passenger what they were expected to collect on social distancing.
Meanwhile, most residents who were not in commercial vehicles were seen in public places moving about without wearing face masks as directed to curb the spread of the deadly virus and save lives.