NO DTS 0438: GOV OKOWA CHARGES NEW LG CHAIRMEN ON PEOPLE-ORIENTED POLICIES
NO DTS 0439: DELTA TRAINS HEALTH WORKERS ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
NO DTS 0440: DELTA NUJ CONGRATULATES NEWLY SWORN-IN LG CHAIRMEN, CALLS FOR APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS AS MEDIA AIDES
NO DTS 0441: OWA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT, PROTESTS OVER ENCROACHMENT ON LAND
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NO DTS 0438: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2021
GOV OKOWA CHARGES NEW LG CHAIRMEN ON PEOPLE-ORIENTED POLICIES
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has charged the newly-elected chairmen of the 25 local government councils in the state to formulate policies and programmes that would impact positively on the socio-economic well-being of rural people.
Governor Okowa gave the charge while inaugurating the chairmen and vice chairmen in Asaba, the state capital.
He explained that it was necessary for the chairmen to make the people the thrust of the councils’ activities so as to emancipate the people from poverty to prosperity.
He noted that many people at the grassroots still lived below poverty line, adding that there was the need for the chairmen to pay special attention to the most vulnerable in the localities.
The governor said that the weak persons in the rural areas included the indigent, unemployed, widows and the physically-challenged.
“Many of our people still live below the poverty line. I, therefore, urge you to formulate policies and programmes that will impact positively on the economic well-being of your people and move them from poverty to prosperity.”
“It is a fact of governance that needs always exceed available resources, hence it is incumbent on you to be resourceful and come up with creative ways to shore up your internal revenue without burdening the people.”
“It is not an easy task, but it is one that you must embrace and execute,” he said.
He also urged the council chairmen to place high premium on peace and security as well as the prosperity of their people, saying that it had been the fulcrum of his administration’s policies and programmes since inception in 2015.”
He disclosed that the recent communal clashes in some areas, the protracted farmers-herders crises and the rising cases of kidnapping required urgent and decisive actions.
According to the governor, “as leaders closest to the grassroots, you must work closely with the traditional institutions, grassroots organisations, youth groups, vigilante groups and official security channels to ensure peace and security in your communities.”
“As you begin your tenures today (Monday), I expect you to hit the ground running. It goes without saying that you are the vehicles through which the government reaches the grassroots, where the majority of our people live.”
“Hence, any slackness on your part will be a disservice to the people and impact negatively on the state government. You must live among your people to command their trust and respect.”
“For those of you coming in as first-time chairmen, you must work with the consciousness that government is a continuum and build on the foundation laid down by your predecessors.”
“It is unhelpful and counter-productive to abandon projects that were started by your predecessors; you can fine tune, reshape or improve on them, but don’t abandon them.”
“To the returning chairmen, I urge you to re-double your efforts. The renewed mandate from your people is an invitation to consolidate on your achievements, raise the bar of governance and correct the mistakes of the past,” he stated.
While congratulating the new chairmen and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the resounding victory at the polls, Okowa said that the landslide victory of the party had again demonstrated the supremacy of PDP in state, pointing out that it was also an overwhelming vote of confidence in his administration.
“Our people have seen that their interests are best served with the current administration and the PDP. I commend them for their turnout and peaceful conduct at the polls, which was conducted in a free, fair and credible atmosphere.
“My commendation also goes to the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) for standing firm and putting all the necessary structures and processes in place for a hitch-free election.
“Equally deserving of praise and appreciation are the Police and other security agencies for their presence and preemptive actions to forestall any ugly incident before, during and after the elections ,” he said.
The governor harped on the need for the chairmen to embrace inclusive governance by working as a team, adding that they should ensure that they included their vice chairmen and other members of the executive and the legislative arms in decision-making.
Responding on behalf of the chairmen and vice chairmen, the Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Mr Juan Governor, expressed appreciation to the governor and leaders of the PDP in the state for the opportunity given to them to serve at the grassroots level of governance.
He commended the electorate in the various local government areas for endorsing their candidature through the electoral mandate given to them at the polls, and assured that they would not betray the confidence reposed in them.
The highpoint of the ceremony which was attended by the wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa; the Deputy Governor,
Mr Kingsley Otuaro and other top government functionaries, was the administration of oath of office on the council chairmen and their vice by the governor.
NO DTS 0439: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2021
DELTA TRAINS HEALTH WORKERS ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
Healthcare providers in Delta State have been charged to be risk communicators and help spread the safety of the Covid-19 Vaccine in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ononye Moriah Mordi, gave the charge while declaring open a two-day training workshop on Covid-19 vaccination for health workers in the state.
Dr. Ononye, who noted the various campaigns against the Covid-19 vaccine, said that as health workers they should be a voice in demystifying the rumours.
“As health workers, you have a role to play in allaying the fears of your patients. All assumptions, misconceptions and myths about the vaccine can be easily dispelled using scientific facts.”
He said that “the known benefits of COVID-19 vaccinations outweighs the perceived risks. The vaccines do not cause COVID-19 because they do not contain the Coronavirus. Taking the vaccine will protect you and other people, especially those that are at significant risk of severe infections.”
In her opening remarks, the Chairman of the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency (DSPHCDA), Dr Isioma Okobah, said that vaccines were the main defence against viruses.
“Vaccines have been proven to be the sure defence against viruses and diseases. Small Pox, guinea worm and most Polio virus have been eliminated through vaccinations.
She conveyed the state governor’s commitment to the success of the vaccination exercise, that ” Come Friday, March 12, 2021, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will launch the Covid-19 vaccination by being the very first person in the state to be vaccinated. As always the Governor is very interested in primary health care development as well this vaccination exercise and has given approval for all logistics needed for the smooth roll out of the phase 1 of the exercise.”
Dr. Okobah further urged healthcare workers to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the state government to protect themselves and curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in the state.
Lending his voice to the safety of the vaccine, the Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Winful-Orieke Jude, said that there was no difference between the Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines, being used in preventing diseases.
He said “I understand people’s scepticism about the new vaccine, people are always afraid anything new. Vaccines are meant to safe lives, the Covid-19 vaccine has been approved by WHO, certified by NAFDAC and produced under strict adherence to safety and legal protocols. It does not contain harmful substances or microchips and cannot alter human genetic information (DNA).”
The training is to update participants on the proper handling, storage, distribution, administration and waste management of the Covid-19 vaccine. They are also to be trained on demand generation, mobilising communities for Covid- vaccine, surveillance and management of adverse events following immunization and how to respond to questions and concerns raised by the local populations.
The Executive Secretaries of Local Government Health Authority, Local Immunization Officers, Health Promotion Officers, Diseases Surveillance Notification Officers, Cold Chain Officer, Health management information Officers, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers and State Technical Officers from the 25 LGAs of the state participated in the training.
NO DTS 0440: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2021
DELTA NUJ CONGRATULATES NEWLY SWORN-IN LG CHAIRMEN, CALLS FOR APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS AS MEDIA AIDES
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, has congratulated the newly elected chairmen of the 25 Local Government Councils of Delta State on their victory at the just concluded local government elections in the state with a call on them to appoint only registered journalists as their media aides.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the state council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, and the Secretary, Comrade Patrick Ochei in Asaba, the state capital, the union urged the chairmen to ensure the general wellbeing of the rural populace, adding that they should shun quackery by appointing only qualified and registered journalists as their media aides to publicise the activities of the councils in the state.
The statement added that the union was taking “this stance because that position is exclusively for media professionals who must be able to relate with their colleagues in the field for cordiality and proper information management.”
“Again, it would afford us the opportunity to continue with our media engagement with the council chairmen . It should be noted that most of them as candidates for the elections that brought them in as chairmen failed to honour the invitation of the union to participate in the One on One Engagement to validate their programmes on ground to administer the grassroots populace.”
“We were appeased as a result of our understanding of the period and the pressure that comes with election campaigns and mobilisations.”
“However, the engagement will not be phased out but will continue with those already in office, so that together we will make the local government administration effective.”
“In a nutshell, we want to commend the Delta State Government, DSIEC, the political parties and stakeholders for ensuring peaceful and successful councils election in the State.
“Above all, we appreciate our members who covered the elections for their professional conducts and most importantly, heeding our advice to report objectively and ensure their safety while on duty. We have counted and we are happy that our members are complete after the elections.”
“We also commend the security agencies for their cooperation with our members and, of course, their effective policing during the election,” the system added.
NO DTS 0441: ASABA, NIGERIA TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2021
OWA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT, PROTESTS OVER ENCROACHMENT ON LAND
By Christian Ogoh
There was uneasy calm in Owa-Oyibu, the administrative headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State following a peaceful protest by the Iru Quarters of Owa- Alizormor over alleged taking over of their land by the Igbo Community and others in the area.
The demonstrators, mostly youths, displayed placards with different inscriptions such as, ‘ No trespassing on Iru farm land’, ‘We don’t have lands to donate to strangers’ and so on.
Speaking to newsmen, the spokesman of Iru Quarters, Rev. Samuel Nwakpor, said that the protest was provoked following the alleged information that Igbo people were planning to take over some parts of their farm land for settlement purposes.
According to him, “our challenge is that most parts of our land has been used for developmental purposes by the state government which is a welcomed development.”
” Recently, they are now talking about taking more land, whereas the people don’t have enough land to farm. No white collar jobs for our teeming youths. Also majority of us are farmers, when there are no more lands, what will be our fate ?” He argued.
Rev. Nwakpor however called on Government at the state and local levels to intervene on the issue to avoid chaos in the area.
“We are begging Government to quickly come into the issue before it degenerate into serious disorder. Our concern is that we may not have land left to pass on to our children as inheritance,” he added.
Also speaking, a Chief of Owa Kingdom and an illustrious son of Iru Quarters in Owa-Alizormor, Chief Johnson Gbonu, disclosed that the matter was before the Owa Palace, adding that measures had been put on ground to resolve it.