NO DTS 0519: GOV OBASEKI REITERATES NEED FOR UPWARDS REVIEW IN 13 PERCENT DERIVATION FORMULA
NO DTS 0520: DELTA CJ UMUKORO INAUGURATES ABRAKA HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, BRINGS JUSTICE CLOSER TO GRASSROOTS
NO DTS 0521: OBOREVWORI, AGUOYE, OTHERS CHARGE OKPE YOUTHS ON ACCOUNTABILITY, HARMONIOUS RELATIONS
NO DTS 0522: DELTA ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENDS PUBLISHERS FOR HARPING ON GOV OKOWA’S DEVELOPMENTAL EFFORTS
NO DTS 0523: DTSG WARNS AGAINST DEFAULTING IN PAYMENT OF GROUND RENT, OTHERS
NO DTS 0524: PATANI LGC CHAIRMAN, AGUANAH, ENJOINS INAUGURATED COUNCILORS TO SERVE CONSTITUENTS DILIGENTLY
NO DTS 0525: TRADITIONAL RULER IMMORTALISES GOV OKOWA OVER CONSTRUCTION, COMMISSIONING OF BRIDGE
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NO DTS 0519: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
GOV OBASEKI REITERATES NEED FOR UPWARDS REVIEW IN 13 PERCENT DERIVATION FORMULA
Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has intensified the call for upwards review of the13 percent derivation formula for oil bearing states in Nigeria, saying that the present 13 percent was inadequate for the development of the South-South region of the country.
Obaseki made the call while speaking with newsmen after inaugurating Effurun-Otor-Ovwor-Olomu bridge and the rehabilitated 34-km Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe Road, executed by the Okowa Administration in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said that the peculiarity of the environment in the South-South had made it quite expensive to develop infrastructures, especially roads, in the area.
The governor said that with the quality of projects being executed by Okowa across Delta State, it was obvious that he would do more with enhanced funds.
He pointed out that the inaugurated bridge and road projects would enhance the economy of the communities and also connect them to other parts of the state.
He said that Governor Okowa had moved up from being the “Road Master” to “Bridge Master” and described him as a “brilliant leader who understands the importance of roads and other infrastructures in the economic development of communities.”
According to him, “Okowa is a champion of modern day democracy and represents the ideals of great leadership, particularly with the quality of work he does with the derivation funds.”
He said that Okowa was not only building physical bridges but also building social, economic and community bridges.
Obaseki pledged the sustenance of the existing relationship between Delta State and his state, and assured that he would invite Okowa to inaugurate projects in Edo State in no distant time.
“The construction of this bridge and roads will lead to the development of the communities and I must commend the governor for connecting the Urhobos and Ijaws with the Okwagbe Road,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Okowa said that the Effurun-Otor-Ovwor Bridge was one of the major requests of the people when he visited the communities in 2015.
He said that the vision of his administration was to connect communities in the state with roads, bridges and other basic amenities, adding that his administration had awarded contracts for no fewer than 500 road projects, with many already completed.
The governor commended the contractor of the projects, Obakpor Engineering Limited, for its engineering prowess and assured that he would deliver on the Ovwor hospital project in 2022.
“When I came to inspect the bridge while under construction, it was a very exciting moment even more exciting than what I saw today because I saw a traditional ruler walk on a wooden bridge to come and meet me on the other side of the bridge.”
“Today, my joy knows no bounds because we have truly brought joy to the people of Ovwor-Olomu/Effurun-Otor.”
“As the Commissioner for Works did say, we are currently continuing on the Trans-Warri Road with several bridges and it is our hope that we will complete that project leading to Ode-Itsekiri in the course of our tenure.”
“The Ayakoromo Bridge is still undergoing construction, the Orere Bridge in Ewu Kingdom has just started.”
“We made a promise last year and the project was awarded this January and it will cost the state government over N9 billion.”
“The Benekuku/Kwale Bridge has gone very far and it is about 75 percent completed. We are hoping that by the end of the year, we should be able to commission that bridge.”
“That bridge leads across to all the Agip facilities in Ndokwa East Local Government Area where we also have the gas plant and the power plant.”
“We have also started the Isheagu/Ewulu Bridge that links Isheagu Town with Ewulu in Aniocha South Local Government Area and we will continue to do the best we can for our people,” Okowa said.
Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, had said that the Effurun-Otor-Ovwor Bridge was first awarded in 1979, re-awarded by OMPADEC in 1991 and abandoned, and later awarded in March, 2017 by the Okowa Administration while Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe Road was awarded in March 2016 and completed in 2019.
Augoye said that the bridge, which was 100 metres and approach road of one kilometre, was one of the many bridges that the administration embarked on.
Earlier in his welcome address, Dr Kofi, Chairman in the local government area, had thanked Governor Okowa for placing premium on road construction in the state.
He said that the successful completion and inauguration of the Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe road would restore economic activities in the communities, adding that his administration was inspired by the Okowa’s SMART Agenda to embark on the construction of internal roads in the council as well as skill acquisition programmes for youths in the area.
The Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, HRM, Dr Matthew Egbi, Ohwahwa 11, had thanked the Governor for transforming the communities of Otu-Jeremi, Eyara, Imode, Oginibo, Okwagbe with a loop to Oghior and Otu-Jeremi
He said Ughievwen Kingdom was an investors’ haven and a major contributor to the nations oil and gas assets.
“It will be recalled that I led a delegation of the Ughievwen people to your office during your first term in office to request the construction of this road.”
“With the construction of these roads, we are now free from the hazards occasioned by the state of the roads until your kind intervention and we are eternally grateful to you, our dear governor,” the monarch said.
Also speaking, Orovworere of Effurun-Otor Kingdom, HRM Johnson Duke, King Duke II, described Okowa as a listening governor who acted on the genuine demands of the people.
He said that with the construction of the bridge, the communities now had direct, seamless and stress less journey to their various destinations.
Representative of Okwagbe communities also expressed delight in the inauguration of the road, adding that the community suffered untold neglect and hardship since 1980 when the administration of Professor Ambrose Ali started the project but was abandoned by subsequent administrations.
NO DTS 0520: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
DELTA CJ UMUKORO INAUGURATES ABRAKA HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, BRINGS JUSTICE CLOSER TO GRASSROOTS
By Timothy Agbaragu
Decentralisation of justice delivery system in Delta State has received a major boost as the state Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Marshal Umukoro, inaugurated the Abraka Judicial Division of High Court of Justice in Abraka.
The new division which was carved out of Isiokolo Judicial Division is made up of 15 towns and villages, including Abraka Urban, Otorho, Erho, Ogbeje and Agbarha in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.
In his address, The CJ stated that the creation of the Abraka Judicial Division arose principally from the need to bring justice nearer to the people.
“At the inception of my administration as Chief Judge of Delta State in 2015, I have committed myself to ensuring that the Rule of Law is sustained through easy access to justice and thereby promoting the United Nation’s goal for sustainable development for our people,” he emphasised.
According to him, the factors that necessitated the creation of the Abraka Judicial Division included the fact that Abraka, as a university town, had over the years assumed urban status and had generated intense commercial activities, increase in criminality, adding that over 65% cases in Isiokolo Judicial Division originated from the new division .
He said that the Abraka Judicial Division would afford legal practitioners and clients easy access to justice.
While expressing appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the enormous support to the Judiciary since his assumption of office as Chief Judge of Delta State, despite the harsh economic climate, the state number one Judicial Officer charged pioneer staff of the court to uphold code of conduct for court employees, even as he cautioned that appropriate sanctions would be meted out to any erring staff in line with extant rules through the Judicial Service Commission.
He decried the spate of burning of court buildings in the state, tasking youths of Abraka to protect the court building.
Justice Umukoro who implored Judicial officers to abide by the Judicial Oath subscribed to, exhorted legal practitioners to always stand on the side of justice and eschew conducts that could obstruct the administration of justice.
While assuring litigants of equity in the dispensation of justice without fear or favour, Justice Umukoro, who is a member of the National Judicial Council (NJC), advised those with credible allegations against judges to approach the NJC, rather than spreading unsubstantiated allegations, rumours and blackmail against judges through the media.
In a goodwill message, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Ajuyah, SAN, thanked the Chief Judge for establishing the Abraka Judicial Division of Delta State High Court, asserting that his tenure had witnessed the rise in numbers of judicial and magisterial divisions in the state.
Responding on behalf of the Abraka Kingdom, the Secretary of Oruarivie Abraka Traditional Council of Chiefs, Chief E. J. Efe lauded the Chief Judge for the development, stating that the new judicial division would reduce travel costs to the people of Abraka and correspondingly lead to a speedier dispensation of justice.
NO DTS 0521: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
OBOREVWORI, AGUOYE, OTHERS CHARGE OKPE YOUTHS ON ACCOUNTABILITY, HARMONIOUS RELATIONS
By Onoriode Etatsemi
The speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly Rt. Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Aguoye and others have tasked the newly sworn in members of the Okpe Youth Council on the need for them to be accountable to the people of the kingdom at all times.
The duo and others appealed to Okpe people to work together in synergy, adding that they should form a formidable team to ensure that their dreams of a united Kingdom came to past.
Rt Hon Oborevwori, represented by one of his aides, Mr Freeborn Eghagha at the event, charged the new executive officers to always consult widely before they take any decision so that they would not made mistakes.
The Commissioner for Works said he was particularly grateful to God for the peaceful and credible elections which invariably led to a successful inauguration that gave room to a new executive officers of Okpe Youth council, praying that God would grant them the wisdom to move the local government ahead victoriously.
A former chairman of the local government area, Okakuro Prince Godwin Ejinyere, who is the Chairman of the event, the present Chairman, Honourable Isaiah Onoriode Esiowa and Mr Randy Okotie, the Chief Executive officer of Richardson Continental Hotel, Sapele, congratulated the the new officers on their assumption of office.
They tasked the new officers on the need for them to collaborate with the security agencies to make the area very peaceful, especially the Sapele/ Warri Road axis that had been on a hot bed for criminal elements in recent times.
They commended the monarch of Okpe Kingdom who gave them the approval to operate as a youth body while applauding the immediate executive officers for a successful tenure that gave room to a new one.
The Chairman Electoral committee, Mr Sunday Douglas Eremughelaye and Comrade Ohiambe Owin, one of the community coordinators, commended the entire Okpe people for the peaceful and smooth conduct of the election.
Mr Douglas commended the Comrade Harrison Ekeleme led administration for having faith in him to conduct the election and admonished some of his people who were yet to key into the Okpe projects of development to follow up the new trend.
Those who were sworn in as the new Okpe Youth Council Officers included Mr Otomewo Israel,President; Mr Jarikre Belvin, Vice president; Mr Samuel Ekpo, Secretary; Mr Moses Odiete,Treasurer; Mr Itorho Precious, Public Relations Officer; Mr Onomakpo Emubo, Financial Secretary and Sarah Ayomanor, Woman Leader.
Others were Obriki Matthew, organizing Secretary; Okutele Edesiri, Mobilisation Director; Iburu Ufuoma, Welfare Director and Ekeke Maureen, Assistant Woman Leader.
In the President ‘s inaugural speech after his swearing in, he said that ” we wish to express our sincere appreciation to His Royal Majesty, Orhue 1, Major Gen Felix Mujakperuo rtd, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, the traditional council , Udogun Okpe for their fatherly role and assistance “
He added, ” this administration will anchor on collective executive decision, consultation across board and will run an all inclusive government. We will work hard collectively to reposition the council to compete with other youth councils around in the state and beyond. “
” The task to unite Okpe Youths is primarily the focal point of this administration because we know that when the youths are united, we can do the uncommon and protect our territorial boundaries ” He stated.
Comrade Harrison Okpako Ekeleme, the immediate past President, who handed over the baton of leadership to the new President, listed some of his achievements in office, while commending their revered Monarch,
and many others who made their tenure an eventful one.
NO DTS 0522: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
DELTA ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENDS PUBLISHERS FOR HARPING ON GOV OKOWA’S DEVELOPMENTAL EFFORTS
By Onoriode Etatsemi
The Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Adogbejire Mrakpor (SAN ), has commended members of Urhobo Publishers Association for recognising the developmental efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa across Delta Central and the state in general.
The Attorney general, who played host to the group in his office in Asaba, the state capital, said he felt so sad any moment he heard the comments from any quarter that the Governor Okowa was not doing anything to positively transform the state.
He commended the Governor Okowa for his even development of the entire state, particularly the Delta Senatorial District of the state.
He explained that ” I know in my local government for instance, we had more projects under this administration than all the previous administration put together. I am very much aware of that. I am not talking about other LGA in the central. As you are, the Effurun-Otor Ughor bridge has been commissioned for use.The road to Okwagbe is being commissioned. One local government two bridges. Projects spread across everywhere . It is unbelievable,” he enthused.
He added that “this is something that we are very very grateful to the governor for. I am indeed very grateful because it is real. He, the governor has shown us so much love that we have no choice rather than to support him at pany point in time. I am not talking about appointments now.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Urhobo Publishers Association led by their Chairman, Dr Prince Orhomonokpaye , intimated the Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice that they were in his office to congratulate him on his elevation to the prestigious award of the Senior Advocates of Nigeria and to commend Governor Okowa for his developmental efforts across the Delta Central Senatorial District of the state.
NO DTS 0523: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
DTSG WARNS AGAINST DEFAULTING IN PAYMENT OF GROUND RENT, OTHERS
By Dorothy Ganrenyei
The State Government has warned against defaulting in payment of ground rent and other land related charges in the state.
The Commissioner for Land and Surveys, Honourable Churchill Amagada, gave the warning when he led the combined teams of the Tax Force on Ground Rent, Operation Show Your Building Plan and others on a verification exercise in Asaba, the state capital.
He emphasised that the payment of ground rent and other land related charges was a lawful responsibility, adding that the unwholesome attitude of most land and property owners shying away from such responsibility would no longer be accepted by the state government.
While warning that all such property on which ground rent was not paid would be sealed through court order, the commissioner listed land charges to include, Governor’s Consent, Annual Fee on Mast Installation, Construction Permit, Environmental Impact Assessment Report, among others.
Honourable Amagada advised those affected to as a matter of importance regularise their documents on all land charges within seven days from the date they were served with a notice to pay up such charges in order to avoid court actions against them.
In the same vein, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA)to the Governor on Revenue Monitoring, Tracking and Audit, Dr. Victor Ebenuwa, stated that no individual or business entity would have any moral justification to hold government accountable, if they failed to live up to their obligation to government on payment of charges.
“It is only when you fulfill that obligation that you can justifiably say government is doing well or not doing well. One major source government relies on to be able to execute projects and bring dividends of democracy to the citizenry is through collection of taxes, levies and all other obligations we have as citizens or business enterprises to such government,” he said.
The SSA reiterated that it was high time individuals and business entities developed the culture of paying taxes and all other obligations owed government, noting that it was the right thing to do.
The inaugural Joint Task Force exercise witnessed the pasting of verification notices in over 20 offices and business premises, including the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Animal Care, Orchid Hotels, Best Western Plus, Vienna International, Barnyard Lounge, Jonec Apartments, Uzem’s Liquor Store, Best Deal Supermarket, Igho’s Restaurant, Dunamis Transport Company, Springhill Hotels and Suites, among others.
NO DTS 0524: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
PATANI LGC CHAIRMAN, AGUANAH, ENJOINS INAUGURATED COUNCILORS TO SERVE CONSTITUENTS DILIGENTLY
By Duomu Owor
The Chairman of PATANI Local Government Area of Delta State, Honourable Isaac Aguanah, has enjoined the newly inaugurated councilors of the Legislative Arm of the council in the area to see their office as an act of God to serve the entire local government area.
Honourable Aguanah said this in an address he delivered shortly after the inauguration of the councillors at the council pavilion in Patani.
He said that they should be objective, honest and fair in the discharge of their duties, adding that as elected members, they were responsible for the actualisation of the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
Honourable Aguanah also called for a collective collaboration in the legislative arm to foster peace, unity and development of the area.
The chairman said that the policy thrust of his administration would be hinged on peace, security, human capital development, healthcare and projects that would better the lives of the people.
He assured the people of his determination to make a difference, adding that his office would be open to every well meaning advice that would bring more development to the area.
The principal officers of the Legislative Arm were announced as follows: Honourable Syalla Henry, Leader of the House; Honourable Efe Gabriel Ejemudaro, Deputy Leader; Honourable Oguoko Benatari, Majority Leader; Honourable Charles Oyinkuro, Deputy Majority Leader and Honourable Ovia Sunny, Chief Whip.
Others were Paul Oduru, Secretary to the Council and Akpekioko Voke as Special Assistant.
NO DTS 0525: ASABA, NIGERIA WEDNESDAYMARCH 17, 2021
TRADITIONAL RULER IMMORTALISES GOV OKOWA OVER CONSTRUCTION, COMMISSIONING OF BRIDGE
By Ambrose Ologide
HRM Dr King Johnson Duku , Duku 11 JP, the Orovworere ( traditional ruler ) of Effurun – Otor Kingdom, has immortalised the name of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State in appreciation of the governor’s execution and commissioning of the Effurun – Otor / Ovwor Bridge in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
Naming the road on which the bridge was built after Governor Okowa, in his key note address, the traditional ruler stated that “Governor Okowa deserved to be immortalised for resolving the decades old infrastructural deficit in the area.”
He added that ” many thought that the project that could not be done by OMPADEC and NDDC has been executed, completed and handed over to us by Governor Okowa.”
The traditional ruler declared that Governor Okowa was no longer the Road Master as popularly acclaimed in the state and beyond, but the Bridge Master !
HRM Duku 11 recalled that he had dreamt of the bride from childhood, when “we were swimming across to and from Ovwor, when we were able to buy boats to cross, to when we constructed a wooden bridge, to when under 1.5% Presidential Task Force, a bridge was started but never completed,” he added.