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14 Dec
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Okowa Inaugurates 7 Governing Councils

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated Governing Councils of State Owned Tertiary Institutions with a charge to develop technical education for the benefit of Deltans.

Governor Okowa gave the charge on Thursday during the Inauguration of the council of 7 Tertiary Institutions which includes College of Education Agbor (Chief Emmanuel Onyeukwu-Chairman), College of Education Warri (Mr. V.O.T Abanum), Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku (Chief Joe Arausi), College of Education Mosogar (Hon. Lovette Idisi), Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro(Dr. Festus Okubor), Delta State Polytechnic Otefe (Chief Andrew Orugbo) and Delta State School of Marine Technology Burutu (Chief J.T Government).

He explained the importance of technical education for the development of youths and called on the management of the higher institutions to cooperate with the governing councils to achieve set goals of improving the institutions for the better.

According to him, “education is not only about just teaching and doing exams; there is the need for skills acquisition which will give our children an added advantage in succeeding in life; I am charging the councils to introduce technical education which will ensure that our children acquire entrepreneurial skills even outside the area of their studies, because it is important that our children are well equipped when they leave the environment of learning.

“I am glad that some of our institutions have started taking technical education very seriously and it is my hope that the current councils will be able to upscale this mandate by working with the management of our higher institutions to ensure that we have proper teaching and thereafter it is important that every student passing through our higher institutions be able to leave the higher institution with a skill set as it is actually very helpful in the current day Nigeria because we can no longer rely on paper qualifications; there is a lot of unemployment currently in this nation but those who are able to use their hands will definitely succeed.”

Governor Okowa charged the councils to cooperate with the management of the higher institutions in ensuring that institutions develop better than its current state.

“The men and women that make up these governing councils are people of integrity with years of experience, so bring to the fore your expertise which will ensure that our institutions are improved, our lecturers are disciplined and honourable and the students are taught well,” he added

Responding on behalf of the councils and their members Dr. Festus Okubor thanked Governor Okowa for giving them the opportunity to serve. He assured that they would deliver on the mandate of Governor Okowa’s agenda of creating an educational sector that will stand the test of time.

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14 Dec
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Okowa pays condolence visit to Obuh’s family

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the family of Chairman, Delta State Bureau of Pensions, Sir Anthony Obuh, who passed on in the early hours of Thursday.

The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Edith, top government functionaries, including Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko and permanent secretaries arrived at the Obuh’s home in Asaba at 3.10 p.m.

He condoled with the deceased’s wife, Ogor Obuh, and son, Tony Obuh Jnr, family members, other relatives and well wishers who had thronged the residence to mourn the late technocrat, a retired permanent secretary.

Prayers were said by the governor and members of his entourage for the family for God to grant the deceased’s soul eternal rest.

The governor, who had earlier issued a condolence statement to mourn the departed Obuh, who was a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), departed from the deceased’s home at 4.10 p.m.

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14 Dec
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Demolition: DTSG wades into protests by Asaba Core Area landlords

The Delta State Government has appealed to protesting Core Area 2B Landlords Association whose property were demolished by suspected agents an Asaba-based company over ownership of lands in the area.

The landlords numbering no fewer than 100 mounted protest at the main gate of Government House on Thursday, calling on the government to wade into the matter.

They said that the “agents’’ had in the past one month been demolishing houses and other property in the area on grounds their principal won a suit over the area.

They claimed that those responsible for the act had threatened to return on Friday to continue the demolition.

In a protest letter addressed to Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, and signed by their Chairman, Mr Odiaka Sonwu and Secretary, Mr Charles Umejei, the protesters said “We are law-abiding citizens of Delta who bought lands and built our houses opposite Asaba Airport, Vanguard Area and Marble Hill in Okpanam.

“In 2016 and 2017, the State Government gave us a notice that the entire area had been acquired by government, and that led to some negotiations and the government asked us to pay Regularisation fees and get Certificate of Occupancy (CofO).

“However, on May 5, 2019, a certain fellow came up with a seven-day notice that the same area belongs to former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, who bought the land from Umuodafe, Ibusa.

“He added that Umuodafe Ibusa defeated Okpanam community in the Supreme Court, as such that his principal has 240 plots of land in the same area.’’

They added that the new claimer to ownership of the land led hoodlums and armed policemen to invade and bulldoze over 100 homes on Nov. 20, 2019.

“So we have come here today to register our frustrations on the unfavourable condition of living and to prevent future occurrence while we wait for the law to take its full course,” they stated in the letter.

Addressing them, the SSG, Mr Chiedu Ebie, in company with Commissioners for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, his Lands counterpart, Mr Churchill Amagada and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, thanked the protesters for their peaceful conduct.

He promised that government would look into their complaints with a view to resolving all issues.

“As a government, we have a responsibility to continue to provide for our citizens and to protect lives and property.

“As you know, we all live, exist and co-exist within the ambit of the law, so we are going to look at this.

“We heard about the demolitions and if somebody has a judgement, he must execute such judgment within the confines of the law.

“But, if there are ulterior motives for the demolition, be assured that as a government and as a state, we will protect you at all times.

“The best thing we need to do now is to sit down with all stakeholders and look at the documents to find out who has valid title to the disputed lands,” he said.

Ebie, therefore, advised the people to send some representatives to his office to discuss the issues immediately.

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13 Dec
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Okowa Signs 2020 Budget

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday assented to the 2020 Appropriation Bill, with a promise to fast-track infrastructural projects for the benefit of Deltans during the period.

The governor signed the bill in Asaba in the presence of the Speaker Delta State House of Assembly,

Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, who presented it to him, along with principal officers of the assembly.

He stated that in spite of the trying times in the nation, his administration would do its best to

work with the budget to achieve its developmental goals.

According to him, with the Appropriation Bill signed into law today, it has become obvious that

we as a government now have the financial document with which we can work and hit the ground

early 2020.

“It is very instructive for us members of the executive arm of government that we pray that God

will provide the resources projected within the budget in terms of internally-generated revenue.

“This is because if the resources do come from our IGR we will do the best that we can to execute

projects and programmes in such a manner that it will be very impactful on the lives of our people.

“There is no doubt that despite the fluctuating price of oil, Nigeria still depends a lot on oil for the purpose of funding its budget both in the oil-producing and non-oil producing states and the Federal Government.

“As a state we have tried to be very reasonable with our budget size and I believe that it is the right thing for us to do because the budget itself is supposed to be a document in which we have a pact with the people of Delta, so if we have

projections, we must put down those projections that we think are achievable.

“In the budget we have ensured that some key projects have been provided for which includes the construction of new technical colleges in all 25 local government areas in the state because as a government we believe that acquisition of technical skills will go a long way in equipping our youths to face the challenges ahead.

“The completion of all drainage projects as well as road projects will be seen too; our health sector will also receive more attention as well as other sectors,’’ he said.

The governor commended members of the legislature for their diligence in ensuring that the bill was speedily considered saying, “I truly thank Mr Speaker and the House of Assembly for being very diligent in the course of their duties in handling the Appropriation Bill.

Earlier, Oborevwori had while presenting the Bill as passed by the Assembly to the governor, said that the Bill went through a rigorous process before it was passed.

He stated that in passing the budget, the figure was increased to N395.47 billion from N389.19 billion proposed by the governor in the Bill presented on Nov. 6, 2019. Recurrent expenditure is N172.15 billion and capital expenditure, N223.32billion.

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12 Dec
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Okowa mourns Tony Obuh

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed deep sadness on the passing of Chairman, Delta State Bureau of Pensions, Sir Anthony Obuh.

Obuh, a retired Permanent Secretary and politician, hails from Oki community, Agbor Kingdom, Ika South Local Government Area of the state.

He reportedly died in the early hours of Thursday at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, after a protracted illness. He was aged 62.

The deceased was Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocols between 2007 and 2014 when he retired voluntarily to contest for the office of Governor of Delta on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Although he lost the primaries, he remained a committed and loyal party man. Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan later appointed him as Commissioner for Special Duties, a position he occupied until the end of the administration in May, 2015.

Under Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, he was appointed Chairman, Delta State Bureau of Pensions in June, 2018, a position he held until he died.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Thursday in Asaba, Okowa commiserate with the people of Ika South, Oki community in particular, Agbor Kingdom and the entire Delta Public Service community over the passing of the renowned civil servant and technocrat.

He said that Obuh was a respected civil servant, politician and administrator, who excelled in all his endeavours.

The governor described him as “thoroughbred technocrat” whose contributions to the civil service would be indelible, adding that he felt a “personal loss’’ with the demise of the great son of Ikaland.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the passing of a gentleman and thoroughbred professional, Sir Anthony Chuks Obuh, who reportedly died early Thursday at the UNTH, Enugu.

“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Ika South and the entire bureaucracy in Delta on the passing of the renowned politician and top-notch civil servant.

“He was a gentleman-politician, and distinguished himself in the service of his state as a retired Permanent Secretary, Commissioner and current Chairman of the Pension Board.

“Until his death, he was an active member of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta and a leader in Ika South Local Government Area. He will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched in many ways,” he said.

Okowa prayed God to accept the deceased’s soul and grant fortitude to the family and friends he left to bear the loss.

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11 Dec
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Support the vulnerable in society for better Nigeria, Okowa urges leaders

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has charged persons in leadership positions to support the vulnerable in the society to make Nigeria a better place.

The governor gave the charge on Wednesday at a Thanksgiving Service by Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Delta chapter, at Heroes of Faith Ministries, Ughelli, to appreciate God for his (the governor) re-election.

According to him, in Nigeria today things are difficult and so as leaders, we must ensure that we show love to the people, particularly those that appear to be vulnerable; we must identify with them.

He expressed gratitude to the church for praying for the Government in the last elections.

“I wouldn’t say that they took a risk because they heeded the voice of God and believed it and prayed; there are many who also may have heard God but did not follow.

“My choice is not because I am righteous or the most qualified, but because it’s God’s choice at this time.

“So the church must continue to engage in prayers so that God will always be involved in our affairs as a people and in who emerges as a leader.

“No matter how strong a governor may be or a leader may be, when the church prays in line with God’s will, he will subject himself to the plans of God for the people.

“I want to thank everyone who took time out to pray for us during the elections. It was as if we were afraid but I was confident that God was with us because the church was praying,” the governor said.

“I realised when I became governor that nothing is stronger than prayers, and concerning the elections, the church believed and trusted the Lord for our victory and it reflected in the results.

“As for our nation, Nigeria, we have been praying and it as if God has not been answering, but we must pray more and believe that God will do something,” he added.

Earlier, Chairman of PFN in the state, Bishop Kingsley Enakirehri, had thanked God for the victory of Gov. Okowa at the polls and described it as the will of God for the people of Delta.

He said that the result could not have been otherwise and urged the people to continue to hold on to God.

In his message, former Chairman of PFN in the state, Archbishop, GodDowell Awomakpa, who was the guest speaker, charged the congregation to give thanks to God at all times, saying “we may never know the value of victory until we lose”.

He noted that God used the church to intercede for a peaceful election as well as the victory of Okowa in the general elections, adding that everyone needed to thank God for the favour.

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11 Dec
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Okowa bags Tribune’s Platinum Award

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, was on Tuesday honoured as “Nigeria’s Torchbearer in Infrastructure and Environmental Development” for his outstanding accomplishments in the development of the state.
The award was given to the governor by African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, publishers of Tribune titles, to mark the 70th anniversary of the newspaper.
Receiving the “Tribune Platinum Award” at an impressive event at Muson Centre, Lagos, Okowa attributed his success so far to his determination in building a stronger Delta.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, he dedicated the award to Deltans, especially traditional and religious leaders for their peaceful dispositions and cooperation with his administration.
“Let me first give thanks to God who gave me life and I want to thank all Deltans, who supported me and made my administration to succeed.
“For us in Delta, we are determined to make a difference in the lives of our people by providing critical infrastructure and environmental development through urban renewal.
“I dedicate this award to God, our traditional and religious leaders for their strong support and partnership which has contributed immensely to the peace and stability we now have in Delta,” he said.
The governor, who thanked the organisers of the ceremony, remarked that since he assumed duty in 2015, his administration had received awards from different organisations in recognition of “our modest efforts in developing our state”.
He assured that “as a government, we will continue to ensure good governance and better days ahead for all our people in our avowed determination to build a stronger Delta.”
Other awardees at the ceremony included Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto state); Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).
Former governors – Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) were also honoured with different awards.
Also honoured were Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele; Sir Kessington Adebutu, Imam Abubakar Abdullah, Dr Mike Adenuga and wife of Ondo State Governor, Betty Anyawu-Akeredolu.
Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria, Dr (Mrs) Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, in her speech, said that the occasion was to honour “men and women who have distinguished themselves in their service to the nation, adding that Nigerian Tribune  was out to celebrate excellence and to stand by the truth.
According to her, truth and commitment are our watchwords. The media are not only to commend or condemn what is good or bad, but it is also its responsibility to recognise excellent services and dedication of the individual to nationhood, which brought about the people we recognising today.”
Earlier in a welcome address, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, Mr Edward Dickson, had said, “the newspaper is a national institution not only by the fact that it was established by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo but that “Tribune preceded the independence of Nigeria.”

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10 Dec
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Project Inspection: Okowa Calls For Cooperation In Tackling Environmental Challenges

Delta Governor Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa has called for cooperation  from Deltans in tackling environmental challenges in the  state capital territory and its environs.

Governor Okowa made the call today, (10/12/19) during an inspection tour of ongoing storm water drainage and road construction projects around the State capital.

The governor inspected  the storm water drainage projects at the Asaba General Hospital, Okotomi Quarters  as well as the road projects at the Ralph Uwechue Way, Lady Ginika Monye, Prince Ikechukwu Iyeke Way, Ejiro Adegor street, streets adjoining Asaba/Okpanam Road, Asaba/Okpanam Dual carriage road, internal roads and parking lots within the premises of the Asaba General Hospital, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Secretariat, Asaba.

Governor Okowa stated that due to the level of construction work being executed daily there was the need to ensure that the environment remained clean.

According to him  going through the state capital territory and its environs ,there is a lot of construction work being carried out and I must appreciate the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency and its Director General, Mrs. Onyemaechi Mrakpor because a lot of work has been carried out by the agency to sanitize the environment “.

“I must appeal to our people to cooperate with the agency in its bid to give us a more befitting capital territory where we can be proud of , and where we live as there are some environmental concerns that have to be addressed and the agency has stepped up to intervene and I appreciate the work that the agency and its officers are doing”.

Accompanied by top government officials including the Commissioner for Works,Chief James Augoye ,Governor Okowa expressed satisfaction at the pace of work being executed by the various contracting firms ,adding “I must say that I am very impressed with what I have seen and I can now also say categorically that we are having value for the money we are spending in terms of storm water control and road constructions”.

When we approve projects in Exco you do not know how extensive the projects could be until you go on site and going on site to see the massive construction projects going on across the capital territory and its environs,
“We as a government  will continue to do the best that we can because  infrastructure development is a very critical sector for the economy and growth  of the state and I think that the contractors are doing very well” the governor said.
Briefing newsmen after the inspecting the facilities at the Asaba General Hospital, Governor Okowa disclosed that the project would be completed soon and its commissioning would take place in the first quarter of 2020.

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09 Dec
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Postponement Of The Inauguration Of Governing Council For Tertiary Institutions

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the inauguration of the Governing Councils of the tertiary institutions earlier slated for Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 has been rescheduled to hold on Thursday, 12th of December, 2019 at 10am.

Accordingly, all appointees and invited guests are to be seated at Unity Hall, Government House by 9:30am for the ceremony.

Any inconvenience arising from this change is deeply regretted, please.

 

Chiedu Ebie
Secretary to State Government

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08 Dec
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National Prayer Rally: Pray for Nigeria- Okowa

The Governor of Delta, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for God to turn things around for good for the country.

Governor Okowa gave the charge in a goodwill message at a One Day National Prayer Rally for the South-South zone, organised by members of Nigeria Prays with the theme : “Possessing the Land” in Asaba .

The Governor who thanked the former Head of state and chairman of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon for his continued intercession for the betterment of Nigeria as a nation, noted that the initiative was impactful as Nigeria would be set on the path to glory.”

“We must continue to trust God; and look unto God in our daily lives “he said .

“It matters that members of this group are from different parts of this country and even as we leave here today, we must continue to pray for our country and God will heal our land”

“It is a message of truth, a message of salvation, and a message of unity for our country, Nigeria” the Governor added.

On his part the Chairmen of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon, thanked the Governor for the support towards the programme in the State and also finding time to attend the rally.

The One Day Prayer Rally featured intercession prayers for the security of the nation , leaders at all levels as well as institutions and various sectors of the Nigeria nation.

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