Delta Government on Tuesday approved 11 new roads in the state for construction.
Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, made this known while briefing newsmen at the end of the state’s Executive Council meeting in Asaba.
Auguye disclosed that the approved roads needed urgent attention as the state government was desirous of utilizing the dry season to construct a lot of roads.
“As we are aware, we are in the dry season and the government is working to increase the pace of road construction in the state.
He said that the council approved Oniore/High Court road, Orerokpe; Obi Azikwuo Street, Boji Boji, Owa; Alika Street in Boji Boji, Owa; Ogbeima internal roads in Bomadi Local Government Area and Okerenkoko township road phase 4.
“Also approved for construction is the Pamol Road in Ethiope West local government area; Construction of additional drains at the Ekwuoma/Umunede road, a road that has already been completed; DDPA road phase 4, Agbor, in Ika South; Igbite Street, Staff Quarters in Okpe Local Government Area; reconstruction and resurfacing of Alihame/Agbonta/Oki road and Tete road in Boji Boji, Owa, Ika North East.
“Contracts are awarded based on available money, and contractors are happy, projects that can be paid for are awarded because the process for the award of contracts are well planned.
“I want to use this opportunity to state that the Abari/Asaba-Ase road is not abandoned; the only way for the contractor to move equipment to the site is through Uzere federal road which is in a very bad shape. s
“So, our governor has requested for what it will take to carry out remedial work on the federal road to enable the contractor access the Abari/Asaba-Ase road,” he said.
On his part, Commissioner for Youths Development, Mr Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, who, along with his Information counterpart, Mr Charles Aniagwu, were part of the briefing, stated that plans to reduce irregular migration in the state included aggressive enlightenment in schools and creating more job opportunities.
“Our Governor is committed to discouraging brain drain and irregular migration in the state.
“So, during the Exco meeting, a lot of issues were discussed and we all agreed that the bulk of the victims are youths.
“Measures are being taken to encourage youths to develop skills and we are initiating a lot of projects to discourage youths from irregular migration and we are engaging in a lot of partnership to achieve results as it concerns the youths.
“Entrepreneurship programmes for youths cannot be exhausted; we are taking critical look at rural youth dwellers and we will meet them where they are and we will have purely local government domiciled programmes for youths,” Egwuyenga said.
The information Commissioner, Mr Aniagwu, reiterated the determination of government to stop irregular migration of the youths under the guise of seeking greener pastures in places with no guaranteed security and assurance of better living conditions.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday said the Court of Appeal Complex for the Asaba Division would be inaugurated on Feb. 3, 2020.
Okowa who inspected ongoing work at the complex located at Mariam Babangida Way, told newsmen that finishing touches were being made to ensure that everything was in place before the inauguration.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far on the project and stated that the functionality of the court would bring a lot of relief to Deltans who travelled long distances to other states to seek justice.
He said, “We were here a few weeks before the Christmas holidays to inspect this project and from what we can see now, the contractors have done very well; a lot of work has been carried out on this project.
“This project is due for inauguration on the 3rd of February which is two weeks from today.
Although I believe that there is still a few more things to be done, the contractor has given the assurance that within one week the project will be completed.
“Four states were approved to have Courts of Appeal and I am happy that we are set, everything is in place as we will meet with the date set for its inauguration.”
The governor explained that with a division of Court of Appeal in Delta, there would be speedy delivery of judgment for the people.
He added that the risk of going to other states and travelling long distances in search of justice would now be eliminated.
According to him, we are happy as a people and as a state that we are making progress in all spheres of life.
The governor also inspected the Traditional Rulers Council secretariat project where he noted that its completion would provide a conducive environment for the traditional rulers to discuss issues concerning their kingdoms.
He told the newsmen that traditional rulers had contributed a lot to the development of the state by ensuring peaceful co-existence in their domains and that giving them a befitting secretariat was important.
The Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor, his Information counterpart, Mr Charles Aniagwu, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor, among others, accompanied the governor on the inspection.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has urged Nigerians to render service to humanity as a reflection of God’s wish for His children.
He made the call on Saturday at the wedding between Mr Daniel Omoghene and Miss Esther Ofou at Church of God Mission international, Asaba.
According to the governor, service to the people should be rendered selflessly and such service will never go unnoticed and it will be rewarded.
“When you work, when you render service, do it with all your heart; render service wherever you find yourself as if you are doing it for God.
“Do not engage in eye-service, because when you work hard, you will get your reward.
“Recall that among those in ‘Our Mata’ group, someone was moved from Special Assistant to Commissioner position in this state; it shows that selfless service will not go unnoticed,” he said.
He advised the couple to allow Jesus to preside over their home all the time “and everything will work according to His will.”
He said “My wife and I are already 33 years in marriage by God’s grace and I believe we have a lot of experience to share.
“Learn to read the Bible, study His words together; trust God at all times to provide for your family.
“Allow Jesus Christ and the word of God into your family because once you accept Jesus, everything works for good; we should know Christ and allow Him to reside in our homes and with Him, He will provide for us.
“I am convinced that this marriage will work.”
Okowa thanked the parents of the couple and the church for ensuring that the wedding was a success.
Earlier, in a sermon, Rev. Eric Nwachukwu, urged the couple to always share things together, avoid keeping secrets and not to also allow outside interference in their family.
Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa has said that people will be remembered by how they impacted on the lives of others, not by the number of years they lived.
Speaking on Friday at a funeral Mass held for Mr Anthony Obuh at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor, the governor noted that it was important for Nigerians to touch lives with the way they live.
Mr Obuh, a retired Permanent Secretary was a governorship aspirant, a former Commissioner and was the Chairman, Bureau for State Pensions in Delta.
“We want to give God the glory for a life well spent by our brother and friend, Tony Obuh; it is not how long you lived but how you lived and we are here to bid farewell to someone each and everyone of us will remember for a very long time.
“He made a lot of impact on family and friends and did a lot for our state, Delta; we should have confidence that the family will continue to maintain the name Tony Obuh made while he was alive “.
“I want to encourage the family that we need to realise that the best we can do for our departed father is to maintain the kind of life that will give deep meaning to his life; it is time to stay strong and believe in God, your God that He trusted.
“He worked for the people; he believed in the people; Tony was humble, he was a generous man even on his dying bed”.
“It is my prayer that God will fill the gap and give the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” Governor Okowa said.
Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. Michael Elue had in a homily, said the passage of Obuh should “rekindle our faith in the risen Christ.
“We implore God’s mercy and commend the soul of our brother to the hand of God; it is important that we live a good life while on earth; death doesn’t terminate life, it ushers us into the life of immortality”.
“Our presence here today in this number is an indication of the type of life our brother, Tony Obuh lived; whenever we are burying someone, we use the opportunity to re-examine our own lives” .
“Our prayer today is for God to give us the strength to live according to our belief.”
The Bishop prayed for the repose of the soul of Tony Obuh at the Mass which was also attended by wife of the Governor, Dame Edith, Deputy Governor ,Burutu Otuaro; former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Deputy Governor Benjamin Elue; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; Senator James Manager; Rt. Hon. Christopher Ochor; Mr Reginald Bayoko; Chief Kingsley Esiso; Dr Cairo Ojougbo among others.
An array of Priests attended the Holy Mass.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu on his election as the Archbishop of Bendel Province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
Okowa said that Odutemu’s elevation was well-deserved given his antecedents as a firebrand preacher and outstanding administrator.
In a congratulatory message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba,
the governor said that the people of Ughelli Diocese, Deltans and Nigerians were proud of his elevation as
Archbishop of Bendel province.
He noted that the Bishop-elect emerged from a “highly competitive selection process’’, but said that he wasn’t surprised at his emergence to occupy the exalted office.
According to him, Odutemu’s emergence as Archbishop-elect of Bendel Province of the Anglican
Communion did not come to me as a surprise. It is divinely-earned, given his pedigree, including his great ways of preaching the gospel and deep administrative prowess.
The governor urged the Archbishop-elect to ensure that there was peace, growth and development in the Anglican Communion in Delta and Edo which made up the Bendel Province.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate an illustrious Deltan, a man of unassailable integrity and an epitome of humility, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu, on his elevation to the Archbishop of Bendel Province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
“With your resounding intellect, great pastoral zeal and compassion, you have over the years risen above board by preaching the word of faith towards repentance.
“It is our prayer that in your new position, God uses you to counsel and move the entire Bendel Province, Anglican Communion in the direction in which you have been ordained to lead,’’ he said.
Until his emergence as Archbishop-elect, Odutemu was presiding Bishop of Ughelli Diocese of the Church and was recently inaugurated as Chairman, Delta State Pilgrims Welfare Board.
Okowa wished him God’s guidance and success at his new post.
Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the Government and people of Anambra over the passing of renowned author, scholar and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom, Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike.
Ike who died on Thursday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra, after a brief illness, was 88 years.
He was Registrar of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) before joining the University of Ibadan where he rose to become a Professor.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Sunday in Asaba, the governor noted that the monarch was among the generation of African writers that emerged at the twilight of colonialism in the continent under the aegis of African Writers Series powered by Heineman Publishing Company.
He said “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the Government and people of Anambra over the passing of renowned author and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom, Prof. Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike.
“My last encounter with the renowned Professor and traditional ruler was in 2017 at the 57th Founder’s Day of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he chaired the 2017 Dignity of Man Award conferred on me.
“Prof. Ike at the occasion went down memory lane and recalled that experience of Africans, discriminations in different forms caused the University of Nigeria to adopt ‘Restore the Dignity of Man’ as its motto.
“I am glad to note that he fought discriminations in his various books and he consistently called on Africans to be proud of what they have and reduce imbibing foreign culture.
“He will be fondly remembered for his novels ‘Toads for
Supper’, ‘The Naked Gods’, ‘The Chicken Chasers’, ‘The Bottled Leopard’, ‘The Potter’s Wheel,’ and ‘Sunset at Dawn’.”
Okowa prayed that the almighty God would grant the soul of the departed monarch eternal rest.