NO DTS 1262: SOUTHERN GOVERNORS INSIST ON ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY IN NIGERIA
NO DTS 1263: DTSG CHARGES RESIDENTS TO EMBRACE ENVIRONMENTAL BEST PRACTICES TO FORESTALL FLOODING
NO DTS 1264: NEW COMMISSIONER FOR LANDS ENJOINS STAFF TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE IN DISCHARGE OF DUTIES
NO DTS 1265: OCHONOGOR RESUMES DUTY AS COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN DELTA
NO DTS 1266: AKPOWOWO ASSUMES OFFICE, ENJOINS STAFF TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE IN DISCHARGE OF DUTIES
NO DTS 1267: EGWUNYENGA RESUMES AS COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN DELTA, CALLS FOR COOPERATION
NO DTS 1268: LAND DISPUTE THREATENS PEACE IN DELTA COMMUNITIE
NO DTS 1269: POLICE SHOT, ARREST ROBBER AT EFFURUN IN DELTA
NO DTS 1270: AFTERMATH OF EFFURUN KILLING : DELTA HAWKS MOUNT CHECK POINT
Editor: Johnson Ebigide
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NO DTS 1262: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
SOUTHERN GOVERNORS INSIST ON ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY IN NIGERIA
The meeting of the Southern Governors Forum has ended in Lagos with a firm position for rotational presidency between the North and South in the next Presidential Election in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, who briefed newsmen after the meeting, said it was unanimous in the meeting that the next President of the country should come from the South.
The Southern Governors Forum also rejected the three percent oil revenue proposal by the Senate for host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill but adopted the five percent proposal by the House of Representatives.
The meeting which was well attended by governors from Southern Nigeria also rejected the removal of electronic transfer of election results in the proposed Electoral Act Amendment bill.
The governors also set September 1, 2021, as the deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law among its member states.
NO DTS 1263: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
DTSG CHARGES RESIDENTS TO EMBRACE ENVIRONMENTAL BEST PRACTICES TO FORESTALL FLOODING
By Oghenero Orovwuje
The Delta State Government (DTSG) has charged residents in the state to ensure that they maintain good sanitation habits in order to prevent blockade of drains to avoid flood challenges in the state.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, gave the charge in a meeting on flood alert with landlords and other stakeholders within the state capital territory at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, the state capital.
The SSG stated that the meeting was called in order to sensitise the landlords and stakeholders on the report received from the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the steps that needed to be taken to mitigate the effects of the flood when it eventually came and warned that anyone caught defaulting on the environmental laws would be prosecuted.
He said that the state government would no longer tolerate indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages which, he said, affected the free flow water when it rained.
The SSG called on the landlords to go home and sensitise their tenants on the need to keep their surroundings clean, even as he stated that a two-week ultimatum had been given for them to comply with the new directive.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Dr. (Mrs) Minnie Oseji, said that the state government had taken proactive measures through her ministry to ensure that the impacts of the flood would be curtailed in the state if it eventually manifested.
The Chairman, Delta State Waste Management Board, Mr. Chinye Bazim, said his board would ensure that indiscriminate dumping of refuse was curbed in the state.
In their various remarks, representatives of the Association of Landlords Associations commended the state government for calling for the meeting, just as they pledged their support in assisting the government in its objective of sustaining a cleaner environment in the state.
NO DTS 1264: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
NEW COMMISSIONER FOR LANDS ENJOINS STAFF TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE IN DISCHARGE OF DUTIES
By Stella Onyeobi
Delta State new Commissioner for Lands and Surveys, Barrister Kate Onianwa, has enjoined staff in the ministry to embrace discipline for effectiveness in achieving the SMART Agenda mantra of Senator (Dr Ifeanyi Okowa led administration.
The commissioner on assumption of duty in her office in Asaba stated this when addressing the management team of her ministry.
She also admonished staff to be punctual and always dress well, adding that she would work hard with the cooperation of the staff to bring about sanity and positive changes as desired by the Okowa led administration in the state.
She stated that cooperation and discipline would bring about greater development in the ministry and frowned at staff who did their domestic works in the office instead of the jobs they were paid for by the state government.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Precious Ndidi Anuku, welcomed the commissioner and pledged his support and that of the staff.
In this vein the Survey General of the State, Surveyor A.C Eboka, assured the commissioner of his cooperation and support.
NO DTS 1265: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
OCHONOGOR RESUMES DUTY AS COMMISSIONER FOR HOUSING IN DELTA
By Tosan Awani
Chief Festus Ochonogor has resumed duty as the Commissioner for Housing for the second time in Delta State.
In a well organised party, held to herald what was dubbed the ”Second Missionary Journey” of Chief Ochonogor in the ministry, haven already served two years in that capacity in the ministry, the Permanent Secretary, Pst Emmanuel Aghedo, who welcomed him on behalf of the directors and staff, stated that they were highly elated to have him back and promised to work with him to ensure that Governor Okowa’s mantra of finishing strong was achieved.
Speaking, Chief Ochonoghor said that he was grateful to God and the state governor who deemed it fit not only for him to be re- appointed as a member of his cabinet but also ensured he was returned to the Ministry of Housing.
He said that the finishing strong Agenda as it concerned the provision of housing and other basic amenities for Deltans would be keyed into and promised to build on the already existing relationship with all staff in the ministry to achieve his goals while advising that all hands should be on deck for the realisation of the set goals of the ministry.
NO DTS 1266: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
AKPOWOWO ASSUMES OFFICE, ENJOINS STAFF TO EMBRACE DISCIPLINE IN DISCHARGE OF DUTIES
By Okpakpor Nelly
Delta State Commissioner for Urban Renewal, Barrister Arthur Akpowowo has enjoined staff of the ministry to embrace discipline for effectiveness in the discharge of their duties.
The commissioner stated this while addressing staff of the ministry upon assumption office in Asaba, state capital.
He admonished the staff to be punctual and committed in the discharge of their duties, adding that with the cooperation of the staff, he would be able to achieve his set mandates as a commissioner in the state, just as he maintained that cooperation and discipline would bring about positive developments in the ministry.
In her response, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs charity Ehimen Igho, welcomed back the commissioner from his “short leave”, describing the reappointment of Akpowowo as well deserved.
She stated that the staff in the various departments were ready to cooperate with and give him the needed support.
NO DTS 1267: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
EGWUNYENGA RESUMES AS COMMISSIONER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN DELTA, CALLS FOR COOPERATION
By Ese Obote-Ogwu
Delta State Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, has called on the management and staff of the ministry to give their cooperation and support so that the ministry could actualise the SMART agenda of the state government.
Comrade Egwunyenga made the call when he officially resumed office for a second time in Asaba the state capital.
The commissioner, who expressed gratitude to God and the state governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, for his reappointment as the Commissioner for Youth Development, said that the ministry must strive to justify the confidence Governor Okowa had on him by ensuring that youth in the state had the best that the governor planned for them.
Comrade Egwunyenga enjoined the staff to work in cooperation, come up with new ideas, be swift in their thinking as was expected of them.
According to him, “it is alright to have a vision, and it is another thing to have people to align with your vision”, adding that the management and staff of the ministry had aligned with him in his first tenure, even as he solicited for more cooperation from them to ensure that the Stronger Delta mantra was actualised in his second tenure.
He expressed gratitude to the Permanent Secretary, Ms Ngozi Mogbolu, and other staff of the ministry for holding forth during his short leave following the dissolution of the state cabinet on May 18, 2021.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ms Mogbolu, expressed gratitude to the state governor for reappointing Comrade Egwunyenga as the Commissioner for Youth Development, stating that he was the right choice for the job in the state.
She pledged on behalf of the staff, their unflinching support, loyalty, commitment and diligence in the discharge of their duties and to create a positive working relationship with the commissioner in other to achieve the Stronger Delta mantra of the state government.
Highpoints of the occasion were singing praises to God and having group photographs with the commissioner.
NO DTS 1268: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
LAND DISPUTE THREATENS PEACE IN DELTA COMMUNITIES
By Onoriode Etatsemi
The people of Eko Community in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, have sent a save our soul message to relevant government authorities in the state to prevail on their sister Amukpe Community youths, to stop the war, intimidation and harassments of them over a parcel of land allegedly belonging to the Eko Community.
Mr William Mereti, Chairman, Eko Community in Amukpe District of the locality, who addressed Journalists, said that the community had been under siege from Amukpe youths who constantly battled them over their own ancestral land.
Mr Mereti said that “in August, 2018, leadership of the Amukpe Community summoned us to the Udogun Arbitration Court in Orodje Palace at Orerokpe, where the case of the disputed land was finally decided between Amukpe and Eko. It was agreed that Ovwore stream should be used as a natural boundary between the two communities.”
“Thereafter, both parties obeyed the rulings of the Orodje and in January this year, people from Amukpe began to come and sell our land and collect money from people. Those people who bought land from them began to build houses on the said land within Eko Community against the decision of our monarch,” he stated.
He explained further that, ” with that arrangement, they have invariably trespassed on Eko land, thereby disobeying the ruling of our highly revered Monarch.”
“Around mid May, the trespass became unbelievable and Eko Community elders, went to Orerokpe, our administrative headquarters to report the issue to the King. In May 25th, both parties were invited to Orerokpe and the former panel which earlier decided the case reaffirmed their initial decision right in the presence of the Chairman of Amukpe Town Community, Mr Emmanuel Asagba, with his exco, including those of Eko community.”
He stated further that during the case, ” both parties were seriously warned not to allow their youths and elders to cross the Ovwore stream to the other side. At the end, both parties appreciated the efforts of members of the panel for a job well done on the said day.”
He declared that based on the decision reached, Eko Community were now warning the general public that anybody having whatever transactions Without the consent of Eko Community was at his or her own risk.
” If any one from Amukpe goes to transact, sell and purchase any land across Ovwore to Eko side, he is doing that at his or her own risk,” he stressed.
He appealed to the state government, particularly Sapele Local Government Council to prevail on Amukpe youths to maintain the peace by abiding by the rulings of their leaders in order to avoid any possible break down of law and order in both sisters communities.
NO DTS 1269: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
POLICE SHOT, ARREST ROBBER AT EFFURUN IN DELTA
By Ese Ogbaudu- Daniels
Three robbers terrorising the NPA area of Warri were intercepted at NPA on Sunday afternoon where they had robbed some persons.
It was gathered that the robbers took to their heels and fled in a tricycle towards the Airport Road at Effurun when the police stormed the area.
An eye witness, Mr. Omas who is a tricycle driver, stated that one of the robbers had jumped out of the moving tricycle while the other two continued in their escape route.
He went further to narrate how the robbers had been oppressing and robbing people, using tricycles in the area.
Mr Omas said that activities of such robbers had made boarding tricycles in the evening in the area a nightmare.
He expressed gratitude to the police for risking their lives to give the robbers a hot chase and called on residents in the city of Warri to always be on the alert and report any suspicious movements timely to the police.
It was confirmed by the police that one of the robbers, who jumped off the moving tricycle, was shot in the leg and arrested, while the other two fleeing robbers were still at large.
NO DTS 1270: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021
AFTERMATH OF EFFURUN KILLING : DELTA HAWKS MOUNT CHECK POINT
By Ambrose Ologide
There was a heavy security check point mounted by men of the Operation Delta Hawks at the Airport Junction in Effurun at the spot where a mobile police guard and a driver of an oil magnate and politician were killed by yet to be identified gun men in the afternoon of Sunday July 4, 2021.
The stern looking men of the state security operative were seen subjecting motorists, particularly private car owners, at the said area to a thorough check.
Mixed feelings from some members of the public who spoke to journalists on the presence of the security operatives trailed the happenings in the area.
Most of the respondents believed that the operation of the combined security agents, including the Operation Delta Hawks, was as a result of the dastardly killing that occurred the previous day, while some others commended the action.
One of the respondents, Anderson Okafor, stated that such check points would scare criminals away from the area, just as Jonathan Amaike, advised that such check points should be at different locations and should be regular to curb the spates of crime in the locality.
“The bad boys will avoid this road, if they know that there is a constant security check point here, ” he added.
However, a young female passenger in a tricycle, who declined disclosing her identity, questioned the rationale behind the check point after the killing in the said area, adding, however, that had there been such security measures, crime rate would have been stemmed in the locality.
In his contribution Moses Vevakpor decried the increasing crime rate in the locality and called for constant thorough checks on tricycle operators in order to curtail the menace of tricycle hoodlums, otherwise known as “Awala boys” in area.
While lamenting that the “Awala boys” operated on daily basis in the said local government areas, Vevakpor called for the establishment of more Operation Delta Hawks units, noting that only one of such security units was not enough to fight crime in the locality.
Veronica Onovughakpo, a pedestrian drew the attention of men of Operation Delta Hawks and other security outfits to the nefarious activities of “Awala boys” at the Effurun Flyover, and the PTI Junction on the East West Road.
“Residents are aware of the activities of the tricycle robbers at the Flyover to PTI Junction , yet nothing has been done about it,” She lamented, just as Abel Ajaifia, a POS operator, stated that it would take the grace of God for a passenger to board a safe tricycle in Uvwie and Warri South local government areas owing to activities of the said “Awala boys”.
“They do operate in two, including the rider. They do often entice unsuspecting passenger to seat at the middle of the back seat, after which they would rob the unsuspecting passenger of his or her valuables at gun point or with dangerous weapons.”
“Some would quietly asked their victims to get out of the keke, after robbing them, while the some other dastardly ones would push their victims out of the speeding tricycle. ” he narrated.