NO DTS 2311: DTSG EXTENDS OFFICIAL WORKING HOURS… DIRECTS RESUMPTION OF ALL OFFICERS BELOW SGL 12
NO DTS 2312: OKOWA CONGRATULATES OSEJI ON ELEVATION TO SUPREME COURT
NO DTS 2313: DELTA GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES- HEALTH COMMISSIONER
NO DTS 2314: ONYEME ADVOCATES GREATER YOUTH MENTORING
NO DTS 2315: TIDI EULOGIZES ORITSEJAFOR FOR CHRISTLIKE, WELFARE-BASED GOSPEL
NO DTS 2316: 21 RIVERINE SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM ERNEST BEBENIMIBO STREET-2-SCHOOL PROJECT
NO DTS 2317: OKOWA’S AIDE EMPOWERS THREE YOUTHS, DONATES BOOKS TO SCHOOLS IN OWA-OYIBU
NO DTS 2318: ONORIOBE CALLS FOR RESTORATION OF LIGHT IN IGBUDU MARKET
Editor: Churchill Oyowe
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NO DTS 2311: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
DTSG EXTENDS OFFICIAL WORKING HOURS… DIRECTS RESUMPTION OF ALL OFFICERS BELOW SGL 12
It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Public Servants and Officers on Grade Levels 10 and below that following the observed decline in the rate of COVID-19 infections in the State as well as the gradual relaxation of the lock down restrictions,
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the resumption of duties every working day for all categories of public servants with effect from tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Doan Obuseh, said that the approval became necessary following the observed decline in the rate of COVID-19 infections in the state as well as the gradual relaxation of the lockdown restrictions.
According to the statement, all officers from Grade levels 01 – 17 are to be in the office by 8.00 am and close by 4.00pm daily.
The statement however, emphasized that there should be continuous adherence to all COVID-19 preventive protocols, including temperature checks, maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing and/or sanitizing of hands and compulsory wearing of face masks, in furtherance of government commitment towards the safety of life and wellbeing of public servants.
It advised that staff should be rotated on the basis of one-third of total staff strength such that occupation of available office space should not exceed 75% occupancy rate at any given time, while ensuring that each officer comes to work at least 2 to 3 days in a week, to check overcrowding.
The statement advised public officers and civil servants on salary grade levels 1 – 10 to take note of the announcement and be guided accordingly.
NO DTS 2312: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
OKOWA CONGRATULATES OSEJI ON ELEVATION TO SUPREME COURT
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Justice Samuel Oseji on his elevation as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, today in Asaba, the governor expressed delight at Justice Oseji’s new position in the nation’s judiciary, saying that it was a deserved recognition.
Justice Oseji, an illustrious and experienced jurist from Delta was among the eight justices sworn in on Friday by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
Okowa said that Oseji’s elevation to supreme court was a welcome development given his experience at the High Court and Appeal Court, and expressed optimism that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in his responsibilities at the apex court.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I congratulate his Lordship, Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji, on his swearing-in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“As an experienced jurist from Delta, we are confident that he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment.
“His appointment no doubt, is a fulfilment of the constitutional requirement in a democratic society as Nigeria.
“As one of the three arms of government, it is imperative that the judiciary, more than ever, must ensure that its independence is not jeopardised in any way or form to enable it to perform adequately as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he stated.
The governor wished Justice Oseji a successful tenure at the Supreme Court.
NO DTS 2313: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
DELTA GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES – HEALTH COMMISSIONER
By Donald Ojebo
Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, has reiterated the state government’s commitment to providing quality health services for residents.
The commissioner made this known in his office when he received representatives from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID -19 Pandemic from Abuja.
He used the medium to explain efforts made by the state government to flatten the COVID-19 curve and added that lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic would come to bear in handling future diseases that might appear in the state.
Dr Ononye said that though, the state was not out of the woods yet, home base care and ramping up of tests for COVID-19, was where emphasis was more on at present, even as he stated that government was working towards having more COVID-19 testing centers in the state.
Earlier, Mrs Francisca Okafor, the leader of the delegation, commended the state’s response mechanism put in place on COVID-19 pandemic to address the scourge in Delta State.
According to her, the delegation was in the state to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and get the lessons learnt by the state during the pandemic in the advent of future handling of such occurrence.
Mrs Okafor presented a checklist on COVID-19 pandemic to the commissioner for onward transmission to the relevant agencies that handled COVID-19 pandemic across the state and how it impacted them and their personnel across the state.
NO DTS 2314: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
ONYEME ADVOCATES GREATER YOUTH MENTORING
By Giovanni Emephia
The political class in Delta State has been called upon to strengthen the Stronger Delta Initiative of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration by imbibing the culture of engaging youths through the process of political mentoring to create a viable and sustainable leadership succession path for the younger generation.
The Chairman of Delta State Internal Revenue Service and Chairman, Odoziani Support Group for Okowa, Sir Monday Onyeme made the call yesterday in Asaba at a meeting with the leadership of the Support group.
Sir Onyeme, whose flare for mentorship has seen him taking under his wings thousands of youths through the Monday Onyeme foundation, advocated that young people should be given responsibilities to strengthen their capacity to make informed judgement and take responsible decisions, decrying a situation where most political leaders reduced their young followers to running errands or praise singing.
The chairman noted that engaging youths in political leadership positions exposed them to political grassroots decision-making challenges as well as helping them to learn the rudiments of leadership by interacting with people from various backgrounds.
He also admonished mentees to be of good conduct and avoid the temptation of “overnight wealth”, stressing that there was no alternative to hard work and perseverance.
NO DTS 2315: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
TIDI EULOGIZES ORITSEJAFOR FOR CHRISTLIKE, WELFARE-BASED GOSPEL
By Rita Fregene
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, said the former President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayodele Oritsejafor, has exemplified the principle of Jesus Christ, through the preaching the word of God and addressing human welfare needs.
Dr Tidi, made the assertion in a goodwill message released, today, Tuesday November 10, 2020, in celebration of the birthday anniversary of Pastor Oritsejafor.
The chairman noted that apart from making Warri a global capital for the gospel, by bringing prominent gospel preachers to minister God’s word in the Oil City, he said that Pastor Oritsejafor had contributed immensely in projecting the accurate narrative of Warri as hospitality haven and investment destination.
He mentioned various scholarship and human capital investment programmes as well as community development initiatives, as areas through which Pastor Oritsejafor had been uplifting the welfare of people and contributing to the socio – economic growth of the country.
While praying God to continually bless the gospel minister and former President of Penticostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, with good health and longevity, Dr Tidi stated: “People of Warri are proud to have Pastor Oritsejafor as one of our own.”
NO DTS 2316: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
21 RIVERINE SCHOOLS BENEFIT FROM ERNEST BEBENIMIBO STREET-2-SCHOOL PROJECT
By Oghogho Emakporuena/Tina Osoro
A total of 21 primary and secondary schools, comprising public and private schools in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State have benefit from the Ernest Bebenimibo Foundation, tagged ‘Street to School Project’.
The project which held from November 3-6, 2020, witnessed the distribution of educational materials such as notebooks, school bags, biros, pencils and erasers.
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Ernest Bebenimibo, the idea in the donation was to inspire hope in the average school children, alleviate the sufferings of the masses, and aid teaching and learning in schools in the riverine communities.
Bebenimibo stated that the foundation believed that in giving back to society, more kids off the street would create a safer environment for the populace in the nearest future.
While saying that statistics revealed that there were over 10 million out-of-school kids in Nigeria as at 2018, Bebenimibo posited that education remained the panacea to curbing societal ill.
He expresses optimism that with the initiative successfully executed, more children of school age would have been taken off the street, adding such initiative should also be encouraged in other communities.
The schools that benefited included Gbaraun Grammar School, Oporozo; Fiyewei Primary School, Oporozo; Okpeleama Primary School, Tebujor, Toruyor Primary School Opuedebubor, Egogo Primary School, Ijaghala.
Others were Big Brain School, Azama town, Kunpa Primary School, Ubafan; Jie Jie Primary School, Kurutie; Daugeregha Primary School, Igoba; and Oweijibiri Primary School, Kantu.
Also, were Oboro Primary School, Benikrukru; Milk Education Foundation School, Benikrukru; Kenya Angbene Primary School, Kokodiagbene; and Ebiabu Primary School, Kokodiagbene.
Equally included, were Ebiabu Primary Schooll 11 Jones Creek; Kere Primary School, Egwa Town; Pepper Ama Primary School Peppe Ama; Okerenkoko Primary School, Okerenkoko; and Okerenkoko Secondary School, Okerenkoko.
NO DTS 2317: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
OKOWA’S AIDE EMPOWERS THREE YOUTHS, DONATES BOOKS TO SCHOOLS IN OWA-OYIBU
By Christian Ogoh
In a bid to curb youth restiveness, the Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Youth Development, Mr Kingsley Kogwu, has empowered three youths in Owa- Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area with three hundred thousand naira to enable them purchase tools for their trade.
Making the presentation, Mr Kogwu, an engineer, noted that it was his way of keying into Governor Okowa’s empowerment programmes,adding that it was his way of giving back to the society as well as assist parents of the beneficiaries.
While appreciating the leadership of Ward 1 People’s Democratic party (PDP) for giving him the opportunity to serve, he said, “I will never forget where and how I started.”
He revealed that he was currently sponsoring the construction of a mini library at Owa Secondary, Owa-Oyibu and also donated trophies to Obiagbena Secondary School.
The special assistant promised not to relent in coming up with activities that would bring about the advancement and development to the people.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Ward 1, PDP Ika North East Local Government Area, Mr Abel Njosi, who described Kingsley Kogwu as a man of the people, noted that the gesture was highly commendable.
In their separate remarks, the duo of Chief Okocha, the Isor of Owa Kingdom and Hon. Hubert Obiaigwe, commended the donor and charged the beneficiaries, Happy Iwenwa, Oluchukwu Ibegbulem and Chukwuma Ibegbulem to judiciously use the money given to them to better their lives.
They enjoined the beneficiaries to also empower other youths by way of training them in their various trades.
In a related development, Mr Kingsley Kogwu also donated thousand of exercise books to some schools in Ika North East Local Government Area.
The schools that benefitted included Owa Secondary School, Owa- Alidimma Primary School; Obiagbena Secondary School and Obisi Primary School, all in Owa area.
Responding, the Vice Principal of Owa Secondary School, Owa-Oyibu, Pastor chucks Osiagwu, while eulogizing Mr Kogwu, said that the donor had always been extending one level of kindness or the other to students.
“I believe the donor is a philanthropist who has feelings for the less privileged around him. My prayer is that God will continue to bless and prosper him,” he added.
NO DTS 2318: ASABA, NIGERIA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
ONORIOBE CALLS FOR RESTORATION OF LIGHT IN IGBUDU MARKET
By Ambrose Ologide
The Chairman Mile 2 Security Organization, Igbudu Market, Warri, Comrade Okpako Onoriobe has called for the restoration of electricity supply in Igbudu Market, Warri.
Onoriobe made the call in an interaction with our correspondent at his office in Igbudu Market on Monday, November 9, 2020 as he alleged that the biggest market in Delta State had been without light for over two months.
He explained that the call was necessitated by the fact that the prolonged power outage was causing serious security challenges to the security outfits in the market at night
“We have been faced with security challenges caused by street cultists, thieves and other hoodlums at nights due to the constant darkness at night,” he stated.
He disclosed that not too long ago, stakeholders were asked to contribute monies for the repairs of the market’s electricity transformer.
According to Onoriobe, “It was a wasted effort because the repairs did not last and now, we are being asked to contribute another money for the repairs of the electricity transformer.”
Besides the security challenges, he lamented that traders were also adversely affected by the prolonged power outage as he recalled that a trader lost her life as a result of suffocation from heat in the market last year.
The Chairman Board of Trustees, Mile 2, Security Organization Igbudu Market, Warri therefore called on the Warri, Uvwie and Environ Special Development Agency, Warri South Local Goverment Council and the Federal Governments of Nigeria to restore constant power supply in the market.
The Udu born youth activist used the opportunity to call for the resuscitation of Udu Harbour Market, Ovwian, in Udu Local Government Area.
He noted that the moribund market was established at the same period with Ogbogonogo Market, Asaba, Uvwie Modern Market, Ugbolokposo amongst others, adding: “Yet the Udu Harbour Market is nothing to write home about when compared with these markets.”