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06 Apr
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COVID-19: Delta sets up food bank

To cushion the effects of the lockdown in Delta, which became effective on Wednesday, to stem the spread of Coronavirus to the state, the state government on Monday announced that it had established a food bank in the state.

This was made known on Monday by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, while briefing newsmen after an enlarged meeting of the Central Committee On Managing and Containing The Coronavirus Pandemic In Delta, presided over by the Chairman and Governor of the State, Sen, (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, in Asaba.

Aniagwu, who was with his Bureau for Special Duties counterpart, Mr Mofe Pirah and Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, Mr Itiako Ikpokpo, said that aside the food bank, all political appointees in the state would forfeit their one month Subvention to their offices as contribution to the funds to provide palliatives to the people.

According to him, committees are also to be set up at the State, local government, ward and unit levels to ensure that the food items get to all, especially the vulnerable in the society.

Aniagwu said, “about six days ago, effective lockdown was initiated in our State to check the spread of Covid-19 and at an enlarged meeting of the committee presided by the Chairman, who is our Governor, Deltans were praised for the level of compliance and understanding that the lockdown was the best option to check the spread of the virus.

“Deltans were urged to continue with the cooperation as there is no single case of the disease in the state, and we thank God and pray that there is no incident.

“The situation calls for a lot of sacrifice and Deltans were commended for their sacrifice and the patience, and as a way to cushion the effects of the lockdown, a food bank has been set up and committees will be set up at the local government, ward and unit levels to ensure that the food gets to everybody.

“All political appointees in the State will also, sacrifice one month subvention as part of their contributions to ameliorating the effects of the virus.”

In his contribution, Pirah told journalist that the state government was not going to give cash to the people, saying“ what every home needs now is food and we have been receiving food items and different donations from individuals and corporate organisations at our food bank in Ibusa.

“Food will get to the needy, people who cannot make purchase, but we should be patient and know that the lockdown will soon come to an end.

“At the meeting, government sympathized with the family of the unfortunate incident in Warri and called for calm as the law will take its course.”

On his part, Ikpokpo recalled that the lockdown began in the state about a week ago, and said that the only solution to the virus currently was to check its spread.

“We still have some pockets of people who wander out of their homes during this lockdown; although our Governor has never advocated for the use of force, we appeal to all Deltans to obey instructions.

“We are expanding the market hours to between 8a.m. and 2 pm, same is applicable to petrol stations because our Governor is concerned about the welfare of Deltans and he is working to ensure that in spite of the fact that the situation was not caused by anybody, the effects will not be so much.

“People at the border towns of Alifekede, Mbiri, Ologbo and Idumuje Ugboko should be vigilant so that visitors will not come through there and put all of us at risk.

“Deltans should be vigilant and report any person who enters the country recently and any case of extortion should be reported immediately because, the government is very proactive and citizens have a lot of roles to play for us to be safe,” he said.

At the food bank, items were seen being discharged from trucks and the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mofe Pirah, who received the goods on behalf of the state government, expressed gratitude to the donor, Jayta Petroleum and Commodities Nigeria Limited.

He stated that the firm, Mercyland, a church in Warri, among others, have made donations that ranged from bags of rice, tubers of yams to noodles to complement the items already procured by the state government for distribution to the people.

The Group Managing Director of Jayta Petroleum and Commodities Nigeria Limited, Mr Emmanuel Onyenweli Akuba, stated that donating the food items was very important at this period of the pandemic , adding that it was meant to assist the state government in reaching out to the needy in the society.

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04 Apr
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Lockdown : Stay-at-home order not punitive – Delta Govt

The Delta State Government has said that the stay-at-home directive was not intended to punish citizens of the state.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, stated this on Saturday while the state’s Task Force on the Enforcement of the directive was monitoring situation around the Asaba capital territory.

He told newsmen that local government council chairmen across the state had been mandated to set up makeshift markets in primary schools within the communities to enable residents purchase food items.

According to Ebie, nobody is trying to punish anybody or step on anybody’s right. I appeal to all residents and Deltans to please take the exercise very seriously.

“For those that are sufficiently educated, exposed and enlightened, it’s incumbent on them to please educate other people, because people have different beliefs and come out with different theories about COVID-19.

“But, the fact is that COVID-19 is real and needs to be taken seriously.

“As a state government, we are working very closely with the local government council chairmen. We are trying to put appropriate measures in place too.

“The local government chairmen are setting up markets in available schools within the communities and we will continue to improve on it too, so that the burden attached to the sit-at-home order will be ameliorated.

“The government is stepping up its game to monitor the activities of commuters across Delta State and to ensure that foreigners don’t encroach on the state illegally.

“Also, we have advised everybody involved – the security personnel, those in monitoring and even good Samaritans, to exercise discretion in dealing with the sit-at-home order.

“As you know, there are exemptions to the rule as applied by the Governor when he made the broadcast. So, we need to ensure that some of these people can still go about their normal businesses, especially those that are exempted,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, appealed to Deltans to be patient with security operatives while identifying themselves.

“We have addressed the issue of harassment severally. Our people are very inpatient, sometimes there might be queue and you have to identify yourself.

“It is that process of waiting on the queue as a result of identifying yourself that was where people do complain, otherwise once we confirm that you are a medical officer, either private or public, we allow you to go and discharge your duties,” he explained.

On his part, Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, called for increased cooperation from Deltans, saying that the lockdown was in their best interest.

“As per the reason why we are shutting down, why we have to enforce it because we believe in people not moving out of our state or coming in so that we can isolate whoever that must have contracted the virus and treat the person.

“But when people fail to comply, it makes things very difficult; it means that after the two weeks they would make the job of government very difficult and we don’t hope to cause an extension.

“So, let people cooperate so we don’t call for extension, because if they don’t cooperate and we are not able to deal with this virus, it means that government may extend the shutdown you are seeing now.

“Let’s cooperate for these two weeks, and I appeal that we don’t engage in actions that will make government to see the need to extend the lockdown; that’s why we are pleading with our people to please bear with us for this period.

“This is so, so that at the end of the day we would be able to deal with this virus.

“It’s important that we know that the essence of these whole thing is to stop the Coronavirus from spreading to our state, or in an event that it comes, we are able to arrest the spread, that’s the essence.

“We know it’s affecting our economy but life is far more important than our economy; we know how to wake up our economy but we don’t know how to wake up a dead man.

“This is because after the pandemic, we can make the economy to recover, but anybody who dies as a result of the virus cannot be brought back to life after the challenge,” Aniagwu said.

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04 Apr
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Lockdown: Delta laud citizens for compliance

The Delta State Government on Saturday commended the people of the state for complying with the stay-at-home directive in connection with COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Charles Aniagwu, gave the commendation in a statement in Asaba.
Aniagwu acknowledged that the people of the state had displayed strong loyalty and dedication to the ideals of patriotism, which was evidenced in the sacrifices they had made so far, and expressed the government’s appreciation of the contributions.
He said, “Let me on behalf of the state government thank our people for their support and cooperation thus far.
“They have indeed displayed rare acts of loyalty and dedication to the course of our state and nation.
“We thank God that so far the state does not have any confirmed case of the virus and it is our prayer that it will not come”.
“We thank our religious and opinion leaders for their support in educating our people on the need to comply in the overall interest of all Deltans”.
“Let us not take the grace of God for granted by still taking actions that will jeopardise the gains of our staying-at-home”.
We say this with faith believing that at the end of the 14 days, we will be able to come out and beat our chest that we contributed our quota in ensuring that the virus did not get to our state.”

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04 Apr
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Delta commends army for arresting deviant soldiers

The Delta State Government has commended Nigerian Army high command for arresting two soldiers shown in an online video threatening the people of Warri.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Asaba.
He said that the military was a special force known for its discipline and wondered where the errant soldiers got their training and orientation from.
Aniagwu said that no soldier was killed in Warri and that government was concerned about where the soldiers got their information that warranted their using uncouth and uncivilised language in threatening the people of Warri in a video that had gone viral.
The soldiers were reportedly arrested at the 9 Brigade Military Cantonment, Ikeja, Lagos, on Friday.
The commissioner called on the people to remain peaceful and continue to obey government directives which, according to him, are designed to protect the people from the dreaded Coronavirus.
He said, “you will recall that in our statement on Friday, we said the attitude of the soldiers did not represent the discipline and training associated with military personnel.
“Let me on behalf of the Delta State Government thank the military high command for arresting the deviant soldiers who were bent on tarnishing the image of the army.
“The arrest of the soldiers in the viral video will no doubt restore the confidence of Nigerians in the military.
“It is worrisome that soldiers who were supposed to be highly disciplined would indulge in such acts of brutality and threats to women”.
“We call on the military high command to carry out full investigation into the matter with a view to bringing the culprits to justice”.
“As a government, we will continue to partner security agencies to ensure the peace and economic development of our state.”

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03 Apr
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COVID-19: Warri video clips fake – Delta Govt.

The Delta State Government has urged the public, particularly Deltans, to discountenance video clips purportedly on Warri residents defying the stay-at-home order of the state government over the Coronavirus pandemic and confronting security operatives, saying it was concocted and therefore, fake.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, made the call in a statement on Friday in Asaba, and said that the concocted videos were not a true representation of happenings in Warri or any part of Delta in the last 48 hours.

According to him, the videos in circulation are figments of the imagination of a few disgruntled elements bent at pitching the people against the state government.

Aniagwu stated that the purported video of two military personnel threatening the residents of Warri was an arrangement of those who didn’t want the peace of the state, adding that the video was not a true representation of Nigerian military officers who knew the implication of threatening citizens with such an illicit video.

He added that the military command whose responsibility it was to deploy personnel, had debunked the video material.

The commissioner, therefore, called on the public, especially Deltans, to disregard the video as it was the machination of those bent at causing disaffection between Deltans and military authorities.

“Let me thank Deltans for their cooperation so far and urge them to discard the concocted videos aimed at causing disaffection between the military and Deltans.

“There is no report of killing of soldiers in Warri or any other part of Delta”.

“The concocted videos were aimed at causing disaffection between Deltans and the security agencies carrying out lawful duties”.

“While we appeal to our people to remain law-abiding, it is imperative to state that videos trending in social media are not a true reflection of happenings in the state”.

“We therefore call on our people to discard the videos and continue to remain indoors as directed by the government to enable us curb the possible outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state”.

“As a government we will continue to appeal to the security agencies to apply rules of engagement as practised in most democracies as they carry out their lawful duties.” he added.

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02 Apr
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Alleged killing of 28-yr old: Delta Govt orders investigation, calls for calm

Delta State Government has called for an investigation into the alleged killing of a 28 year old Joseph Pessu in Warri on Thursday.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu in a statement in Asaba said government was worried about the report of an alleged killing of a 28-year old man in Warri by security agencies on regular patrol duty.
The Commissioner said the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son.
He stated that the military authorities have been contacted to carry out an investigation into what led to the killing of the deceased.
He however called on the people to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands while the government conducts an investigation into the killing.
Mr Aniagwu thanked Deltans for their cooperation so far by remaining indoors and called for further cooperation with the State Government in the best interest of Deltans.

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01 Apr
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COVID-19: Okowa’s spokesman, Ifeajika, donates sanitisers, others to Illah community

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, has donated hand sanitizers and other items to the people of Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state as support in the effort to check the spread of Coronavirus

Presenting the items on Tuesday at the palace of the Ogbelani of Illah, Obi Sylvester Enecheziem, Ifeajika said that the items would help members of the community, especially the immediate environment of the palace, in protecting themselves against the pandemic.

Describing the virus as deadly, the governor’s spokesman said that the items were to compliment the efforts of the State Government in tackling the spread of the disease and urged the people to comply with government directives.

He used the occasion to enlighten the people on the symptoms of the virus and urged them to practice personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly and also maintaining social distancing at all times.

He said that the government had in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading into the state, ordered a two-week lockdown and urged the people to comply with the government directives by staying at home during the period.

“I have come here today to present these items to our people to enable them stay safe in view of the Coronavirus ravaging most countries of the world which Nigeria isn’t an exception.

“Although we don’t have a confirmed case of the virus yet in Delta, our beloved Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has put preventive and precautionary measures in place to ensure that the virus does not spread to the State.

“One of the measures is the establishment of Holding and Isolation Centres across the state

“Specifically, the state government has set up four Isolation Centres in Asaba, Oghara and Warri.

“The governor did all these even when there is no confirmed case yet in the state, and to guard against it, he has ordered a two-week lockdown of the state.

“This implies that residents must stay at home within this period to guard against the virus entering the state.

“The measure was taken to confine people to their homes, because the virus is transmitted through person-to-person interaction or contact.

“As good citizens of the state, it is my humble appeal that we obey these instructions which include ban on social gatherings, marriages, burials and religious worships,” Ifeajika said.

He advised that the people should maintain good personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly in running water, use sanitisers where available and keep social distance at all times.

Receiving the items, the monarch thanked Ifeajika for the donation, describing him as a worthy son of the community.

He assured that the people of the community would abide by the directives of the state government as regards preventing the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.

The royal father commended Governor Okowa for his proactive measures to protect the state and its people against the pandemic.

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01 Apr
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TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCAST OF OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS PREPARING FOR 2020 CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS (JSS 3 SSS 3) IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN DELTA STATE

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, especially parents and guardians of students in JSS-3 and SSS-3 in Delta State, that the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in partnership with the Ministry of Information is organising a television and radio programme, tagged ‘Open Distance Learning Programme’ for students preparing for 2020 JSS 3 and WASSCE/NECO examinations.

This programme is to ensure that student learning does not stop during this period schools will be closured to check to the spread of COVID-19.

The free lessons in selected, core subjects will commence on Thursday, 2nd April 2020 and will run for four (4) weeks in the first instance on Delta Broadcasting Service, radio and television, Asaba and Warri; Monday to Friday daily from 9.00 am to 11.00 am.

Parents and Guardians are advised to make it possible for their children/wards to remain connected to the Delta Broadcasting Service, radio and television with their writing materials and listen to the free lessons.

 

Signed:

Dona Obuseh
State Director of Information

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01 Apr
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COVID-19: 3 suspected cases in Delta test negative 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Wednesday disclosed that three suspected cases of the COVID-19 in the state had tested negative.
Okowa made this known via his verified Facebook page.
The governor had in a broadcast to the state to update them on the Coronavirus, on Tuesday, said that the state was expecting results of three patients who reportedly exhibited symptoms of the virus from Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo, where their samples were taken for investigation.
He said the state would continue to be on red alert to forestall any outbreak of the disease in the state.
Okowa urged the people of the state to continue to adhere to measures that had been put in place by the government to check the spread of the virus to the state.
With the result of the three samples returning negative, Delta is yet to record any case of the COVID-19 since its outbreak in the country.
The governor said, “a little while ago, I received the results of three patients in Delta State who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 from the medical team at Irrua Specialist Training Hospital in Edo.
“I am pleased to report that the results came back negative.
“In spite of the results, we remain on high alert and will continue to take all the necessary precautions to keep you all safe.
“I ask all the families and communities across our great state to continue to work with us by adhering to the measures that we have put in place.
“I also ask that you all continue to remain calm and disregard any fake news.
“On our part, as we have been doing, we will continue to update you on key developments through our official channels.
“We will get through this together.”

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31 Mar
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COVID-19: Okowa calls on wealthy Deltans to support fight against pandemic

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday urged public-spirited and wealthy Nigerians, especially Deltans, to support the state government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

In a broadcast in Asaba, the governor, who is the Chairman of the Central Committee on Managing and Containing the Coronavirus Pandemic in Delta, stated that all hands needed to be on deck in the effort to stem the spread of the pandemic, and in providing succour for citizens during the lockdown period ordered by the government, beginning from Wednesday.

He said that markets for the sale of food items and water would be set up at selected primary and secondary schools to be monitored by local government council chairmen across the state during the period.

He warned against hike in prices of goods, saying that whoever was caught would have his goods confiscated by the government.

The governor disclosed that the state government was awaiting results for three suspected cases of COVID-19 whose tests were being conducted at Irrua Specialist Hospital.

He assured that the results would be made public when received by the committee.

Okowa said, “I wish to make further pronouncements in our continuing efforts to prevent/contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in Delta.

“In the exercise of the powers conferred on me by the Delta State Public Health Law Cap P21 Laws of Delta State 2006, and in particular, section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, (having regard to the provisions of Sections 2,3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004), and further pursuant to the Infections Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and other enabling Laws and powers in that regard, I hereby order as follows:

“With effect from Wednesday, April 1, 2020, movement of people, goods and services into, within and out of all parts of Delta State are hereby stopped;

“All residents of the State not on essential duty or providing essential services are to stay at home till further notice;

“The prohibition of the gathering of persons in the State for conferences, meetings, religious worship, festivals, private events, public visits, burials, weddings, traditional marriages and other social events remains in force.

“The temporary closure of public places such as event centres, bars, night clubs/lounges, cinemas,

markets, supermarkets, malls, shops, restaurants/canteens must be observed.

“There shall be no street football or any other sporting activities on the streets or neighbourhood during this emergency period; foodstuff sellers are permitted to conduct their businesses within the precinct of their homes and will be monitored to ensure that they adhere strictly to the social distancing rules.

“Markets for only the sales of food items and water will be organized in designated primary and secondary schools in each local government area of the state; they will be coordinated and supervised by the local government chairmen and their teams to ensure compliance with the rules on social distancing.’’

Okowa also said that “pursuant to the Infections Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, it shall be an offence to inflate the prices of/or hoard food, drugs and other essential goods and services within the State during this period of emergency.

“Anybody found in contravention of this order may have such essential goods seized or forfeited to the State as stipulated in the Law.’’

He, however, announced that those involved in the transportation of essential supplies were exempted in the restriction.

According to the governor, the restriction of movement does not apply to those involved in the transportation of essential supplies such as food, water, petroleum products, pharmaceutical products, medical/emergency supplies or other essential supplies as may be cleared by my office.

He added that livestock farmers (poultry, piggery) and fish farmers were to be allowed into their farms, adding that banks were to remain opened but only for skeletal services.

He directed that all persons in the category of exemption must carry valid identification tags to ensure easy identification and smooth passage as there would be increased security presence across the state during the period.

“The State Government solicits the support, patience and cooperation of all residents in complying with these directives to enable us to win this war. We are aware of the inconveniences these restrictions will bring but we must realise that we are in an emergency.

“Life has no duplicate and people have to be alive to be able to work or do business. So far, the only way to stop or contain the spread of this disease is to prevent further transmission.

“I am also appealing to wealthy Nigerians, particularly Deltans, to support the Government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Those who wish to make financial donations can contact any of these persons – me, the Secretary to the State Government, the Honourable Commissioners for Finance and Health.

“Deltans who fall ill and experience any of the symptoms should call the following numbers – 08031230480; 08031230481; 08031230528 and 08031230529.

“Finally, I urge us all to engage in fervent prayer and intercession to God for Him to speedily bring an end to this plague.” Okowa appealed.

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