NO DTS 0316: OSUBI AIRPORT TO RESUME FLIGHT OPERATION SOON – GOV OKOWA
NO DTS 0317: DTHA PASSES BILLS TO CREATE THREE UNIVERSITIES INTO LAW
NO DTS 0318: BAYOKO DECRIES DWINDLING READING CULTURE AMONG YOUTHS
NO DTS 0319: DESIEC CHAIRMAN ASSURES OF CREDIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION, URGES JOURNALISTS TO UPHOLD PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
NO DTS 0320: NEGLIGENCE, CAUSE OF FIRE OUTBREAK AT ISSELE UKU MAGISTRATE COURT COMPLEX
NO DTS 0321: OROSUEN, UDURHIE TO SUPPORT IN NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT
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NO DTS 0316: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
OSUBI AIRPORT TO RESUME FLIGHT OPERATION SOON – GOV OKOWA
By Johnson Ebigide
Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the Osubi Airport in Okpe Local Government Area of the state would resume flight operation in the next few weeks.
The governor disclosed that the state government was in talks with the management of the Federal Airports Authority to ensure that the airport resumed flight operation as soon as possible
Governor Okowa gave the hint during the signing ceremony of the concession agreement for Asaba International Airport with First Investment Development Company (FIDC)-MENZIES Aviation (MA) at the Government House in Asaba, the state capital.
He said that the state government would ensure that FAAN kept its promise to reduce the sufferings of Deltans, adding that he was happy to announce that, based on his personal intervention on the closure of the airport, the Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) had promised to resume flight operation at the airport in the next two weeks.
The governor said that he was particularly relieved that the hardship which the closure of the airport had inflicted on Deltans and businesses was about to end, adding that he would work closely with FAAN to ensure that the target date to commence flight operation at the airport was realised.
Governor Okowa disclosed that the state government was supporting the resumption process with some logistics, adding that there had been fruitful discussions with the management of United Nigeria Airways to commence full flight operation on the route, once the airport was opened.
“Furthermore, we have had fruitful discussions with the management of United Nigeria Airways to commence full operation on that route immediately it is reopened and they have assured us of their readiness to do so.”
“It is my earnest hope and expectation that other airlines will follow suit”, the governor concluded.
NO DTS 0317: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
DTHA PASSES BILLS TO CREATE THREE UNIVERSITIES INTO LAW
By Akanigha Augustine
The Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA) has passed into law, the bills establishing three new universities in the state.
The universities are Delta State University, Agbor; Dennis Osadebay University Anwai, and Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.
The bills were passed into law during Tuesday, February 23, 2021 plenary, in the Chambers of the State Assembly, in Asaba, the state capital.
The passage of the bills was sequel to the report presented by the chairman of the House Committee on Education, Honourable Charles Emetulu, member representing Ndokwa West Constituency in the House.
He said that it was imperative for the committee to hold a public hearing on the said bills to generate valid opinions from critical stakeholders and the general public, adding that such critical stakeholders in the establishment of the new universities included the Honourable Commissioner for Justice/ Attorney General, the two Honourable commissioners for Higher and Basic/Secondary Education, and the Honourable Commissioner for Technical Education.
Other critical stakeholders were the Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, Abraka and the University Community; the rectors and provosts of the various Delta State polytechnics and colleges of Education; civil society organisations and professional bodies.
Honourable Emetulu informed the House that the committee did a rigorous legislative scrutiny of the bills, and found it necessary to propose some amendments, which included the change of the name from Delta State University of Education, Agbor to Delta State University, Agbor, while that of Delta State University of Science and Agriculture was changed to Dennis Osadebay University, Anwai, etc.
The reports of the House Committee on Education were received and adopted on the floor of the House, and a committee of the whole House was set up and presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Honourable (Chief) Sheriff Oborevwori.
At the committee of the whole House, the bills were further scrutinised clause by clause and section by section before they were read the third time and finally passed into law.
NO DTS 0318: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
BAYOKO DECRIES DWINDLING READING CULTURE AMONG YOUTHS
The Delta State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Reginald Bayoko mni, has lamented the dwindling reading culture among youths in the country.
The Head of Service stated this when he granted audience to the President and some members of Asaba Reading Club in his office in Asaba, the state capital.
Mr. Bayoko decried the declining reading spirit among the younger generation whom he said had lost penchant for reading, and stressed the need for stakeholders to awaken the practice of reading in the state
He opined that success was inextricably linked to reading, saying that reading had the ability to expand the mind and horizon of an avid readers to embark on successful ventures and expeditions.
Speaking on the book, “The Whip and the Bar”, authored by Catherine Isaac-Agbontai, which centered around the life of the HOS in his Secondary School days, Mr. Bayoko thanked the author for his ingenuity.
NO DTS 0319: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
DESIEC CHAIRMAN ASSURES OF CREDIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION, URGES JOURNALISTS TO UPHOLD PROFESSIONAL ETHICS.
The Chairman of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DESIEC), Chief Mike Ogbodu, has assured Deltans of a free and fair Local Government elections slated for March 6, 2021, just as he urged journalists to abide by the ethics of their profession by eschewing bias and emotions in their reportage of the elections.
The DESIEC chairman stated this while declaring open a one day workshop tagged, “ETHICAL JOURNALISM: AN INDISPENSABLE ASSET FOR EFFECTIVE COVERAGE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS”, organized by the DESIEC in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, held at the secretariat of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (The Bureaucrat House), Maryam Babangida Way, Asaba, the state capital.
Earlier, in his speech, the head of DESIEC Corporate Affairs in the state, Mr Umukoro, appealed to the journalists (participants) to report the forthcoming elections without bias and emotions.
He said that the workshop was to ensure that members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm were well equipped to report the elections professionally
Speaking further, Umukoro reiterated the need to ensure that journalists report in line with the ethics of their profession while also building good working relationship with DESIEC in ensuring free and fair Local Government elections in the state.
The workshop featured two Resource persons, Dr. Emmanuel Akpoveta of Mass Communication Department of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-uku and Dr. Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, Mass Communication Department, Delta State University, Abraka.
The Resource persons paper presentation dwelt more on reminding participants what they had known and encouraging them to uphold the ethics of their profession, especially in reporting elections.
The Chairman (NUJ), Delta State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, on behalf of himself and members of the council, expressed gratitude to DESIEC for organising the important workshop, just as he gave the assurance of journalists unbiased and objective reportage during the forthcoming elections in the state.
He enjoined journalists to be conscious of their safety while covering the elections, saying that the environment surrounding every election was always volatile.
Very many journalists, including high profile correspondents of national and local papers, television and radio stations reporters and media consultants were in attendance.
NO DTS 0320: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
NEGLIGENCE, CAUSE OF FIRE OUTBREAK AT ISSELE UKU MAGISTRATE COURT COMPLEX
BY Austine Enunwa
The fire outbreak that gutted the Magistrate Court premises at Issele Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State has been attributed to the negligence of officials of the court.
The President General (PG) of Issele Uku Development Union (IDU), Mr. Uge Offordile, gave the hint while briefing some journalists after inspecting the level of damage at the court premises.
He disclosed that the management of the court, upon relocating to the newly built court complex in Onicha Ugbo, left only one security guide in the premises of the burnt court, a situation, he maintained, gave room for the porosity of the court premises, particularly in the night.
The PG, who decried the high level of neglect and dilapidation of the complex, called on the judiciary to live up to its responsibilities by keeping the surroundings of the court clean of bushes at all times so as to forestall any future occurrence .
Mr. Offordile, who allegedly traced the actual source of the fire outbreak to the Fulani herdsmen, said that so far, there was no confirmation of a possible conspiracy by residents in the area to set the complex on fire.
NO DTS 0321: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021
OROSUEN, UDURHIE TO SUPPORT IN NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT
By Ambrose Ologide
Two newly crowned Urhobo traditional rulers in Delta State, HRM ( Sir) Emmanuel Ono Okumagba, Okumagba 11, the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom, and HRM Obukohwo Monday Whiskey ( JP) , Udurhie 1, the Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom, have pledged their support for the development of the Niger Delta Region.
The traditional rulers made the pledge while fielding questions from some journalists shortly after they were inducted as members of the Traditional Rulers of Mineral Oil Producing Communities of Nigeria ( TROMPCON) at the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
The Idjerhe monarch stated that his membership of the group was an opportunity for him to advocate for greater development of the Niger Delta Region.
” I have been with traditional rulers in the Niger Delta for over 26 years advocating for a greater development of Niger Delta . Now that I am a king and a member of TROMPCON , it is home coming.”
” The rights and privileges of our people must be recognised and restored, ” he added.
On his part, the Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom stated that his membership of the group would afford him the opportunity to think aloud with other traditional rulers on the need to accord greater attention for the development of the Niger Delta Region.
He decried the under development of the region in spite of its huge contribution in revenue generation to the Federal Government of Nigeria.