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24 Mar
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Okowa hails Emeka Ihedioha at 55

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former Governor of Imo, Rt Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, as he clocks 55 years on March 24.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Tuesday, the governor extolled the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives for his “Re-build Imo Agenda” while he served as governor of the state.
He described Ihedioha as a worthy son of Imo and a politician with great finesse.
Okowa remarked that in spite of the temporary set back to Ihedioha, the former governor remained an uncommon leader, well loved by his people and urged him not to relent in his quest to provide good governance to the people of Imo.
“It is heart warming to note that you have through hard work, discipline and uncommon vision won the admiration and respect of the Imo people and the nation.
“Your focus and commitment to the Re-build Imo Agenda is legendary and worthy of commendation,” he said, adding that “the people of Imo didn’t make any mistake when they voted you into office to lead them until that ill-fated ruling by the Supreme Court.
“I can attest to your devotion to excellence, commitment, simplicity and integrity, and these qualities will continue to be a source of inspiration to all whose lives you have affected in many ways.
“We remain proud of your leadership role in the National Assembly when you served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 7th Assembly and we will continue to make supplications to God to grant you good health and greater years ahead.
“Let me assure you that if you will not relent in doing good, you will soon have your day again with the Imo people.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I join your admirers and friends across the country to congratulate you, my dear brother and friend, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, on the occasion of your 55th birth anniversary.
“It is our prayer that God will continue to bless you with good health and many more years of great accomplishments.”

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24 Mar
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COVID 19: We Won’t Be Overwhelmed —DTSG

Delta Government on Monday reaffirmed its preparedness to avoid being overwhelmed by any challenge that may be posed by the Coronavirus pandemic
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this known in an interview with newsmen after inspecting facilities, including Holding Centre and Isolation Centre at the Specialist Hospital, Asaba as part of measures to check the disease also known as COVID-19.
Ononye, who was in company with Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr Chiedu Ebie and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said the state government had established facilities across the state to effectively handle any contingency on the pandemic.
The facilities, according to him, include Isolation Centres built by the state government at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Asaba; Specialist Hospital, Warri; Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Specialist Hospital, Asaba.
He added that the government had also provided no fewer than 11 Holding Centres across the state.
The commissioner disclosed that health professionals were currently undergoing special training to man the centres, adding that the state had also formed a strong partnership with the Federal Government, other state governments and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to combat the disease.
He appealed for calm from residents in the state, and urged the media not to cause panic but to report facts, adding that ‘’the state government was doing all that is necessary not to be overwhelmed’’.
Ononye advised that recent entrants into the country from any of the high-risk countries should self-quarantine themselves in the interest of public health, saying that the fight against coronavirus was a collective responsibility.
He insisted that social distancing should be maintained and hygiene be improved on and that those exhibiting symptoms of the virus or fever should report to hospitals.

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24 Mar
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How Delta is combating COVID-19 pandemic — Aniagwu

Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu on Monday night discussed Combating COVID-19 pandemic in Delta on AIT’s “Democracy Today’’ in Asaba via Skype.
Excerpts 
Question: Your neighbouring state of Edo has confirmed a case of the COVID-19, what is Delta State Government doing to avert further spread of the virus to Delta? 
Aniagwu: The COVID-19 is a virus that has come to show that it doesn’t have respect for government, but what we have done is to try as much as possible to put in place possible preventive measures and in case it comes, how to also manage the challenges that comes with it. Its unfortunate that it is a disease that has come into our territory and of course you know what it has done across the length and breath of the developed world and how it has somehow overwhelmed their medical expertise and of course we do hope that when it spreads, because you can’t be using if at this time, that we will have by the grace of God the strength to contain this particular contagious virus. Good enough, the index, that is the first contact, has been reported to have recovered and has now tested negative but here in Delta we have put in place a lot of options;
Number one, inspite of the fact we don’t have it in Delta, the government of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has put in place a lot of facilities including where we can have a holding point where anybody that is suspected to have it could be placed pending when we are able to ascertain whether the person have it or not and then from there we have also developed a place where we can for the purpose of case management. Of course, you know at the moment it is reported not to have any known vaccine you can deploy to treat it, but what we have done is to try as much as possible to put in place those things that will enable us not to be caught napping when it comes, but we pray it doesn’t come.
Question: What is your government planning to do to alleviate the sufferings of your people in case of any lockdown?
Aniagwu: Well most importantly, we are putting in a lot of efforts aimed at preventing the spread if it eventually gets to this part of the country, but beyond the preventive approaches that we have been able to seriously emphasise, we have also if you will recall, last week the Governor that’s my boss, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the governor of Sokoto State Rt Hon Aminu Tambuwal had course to inspect the Isolation Centre that we built at the Federal Medical Centre here in Asaba and It is reputed to be one of the best in the country in terms of facilities, but beyond that we have also established another one which is quite bigger at the Central Hospital here in Asaba. But what we are trying to do is to as much as possible take it closer to the people. In Warri, we have also earmarked a place and a lot of activities is going on at the Warri Central Hospital and at the Central Senatorial district, in Oghara, we have also set up an isolated area where we can also deal with such issues. But the one in Asaba we inspected it this afternoon. Though at the moment it is a 24 bed space, it has the capacity to take as much as 50 to 52 persons, but what we have done is to give some gap but if it is stretched, we pray it doesn’t get to that level, we will be able to deal with it.
Now we have been able to carve out an area that is going to serve as a holding place where they can take the sample and then send it to Irrua for testing and if it happens that the person tests positive, the person is now moved to a place where we have the treatment centre. The centre is where we handle symptoms that usually comes with COVID-19. Because it is believed that as you continue to treat those symptoms, it is possible that the individual will rise up to the challenge. Because when he becomes immune to the extent of withstanding whatever threat that the COVID-19 poses, of course the international community particularly the World Health Organisation (WHO) is putting in a frantic effort to ensure that vaccines are developed to curb this particular health challenge. But just like the other viruses that comes after sometime the body is able to build it’s own soldiers and then mount immunity to be able to withstand it and so we are hoping that a solution will be found soon to combat the pandemic.
Question: There are those who believe that the government isn’t doing enough in terms of creating testing labs, is Irrua not too far for the test?
Aniagwu: Don’t forget that COVID-19 has not always been here, even across the international community, the issue of testing is still a challenge. We believe that the testing kit is not something you just buy off the shelves otherwise you may buy something that will not give you the right result and by the time you test it, first it is possible the person is negative and then you are using the wrong equipment for diagnosis you will get the wrong result. At the moment, Irrua is very very well equipped and it is the only centre in the South-South and we have also taken steps hoping that as we make progress, we equip our centre where we are managing with testing equipment if you want to just go to the market and procure a testing equipment you may just end up bringing in what will not add value to you but what is most important is that we are not resting, we are taking steps and beyond taking steps we are also sensitising our people on proper sanitary behaviour just like you saw in that commercial a while ago, asking them to try as much as possible to maintain reasonable distance, as much as possible at the same time the use of sanitisers, all these are measures aimed at ensuring that in case you happen to have any of the virus, either in your palm or anywhere around you, these measures we believe will help not to pass it to another person. And before you touch your face or possibly get properly contaminated, you would have been able to wash it off your system.
All these we are doing and we have also asked our people to as much as possible not to gather in very compact places. We have taken steps and as from Wednesday we believe that no school will open because the Governor has directed that all the schools in Delta should close but from tomorrow none of them is allowed to gather in the assembly again. They are not supposed to assemble and anybody who does that, the person and the school will be sanctioned when they resume. And so these are the steps that we are taking and we ask our people to comply in the overall interest of all.

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20 Mar
0

Okowa reiterates need for true federalism

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, reiterated the need for proper restructuring of the country where the federating units could truly operate on the basis of equity, fairness and justice.

Okowa made the assertion while receiving leaders of South-South and Middle Belt Forum comprising Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt who visited him in Asaba.

Maintaining that restructuring was imperative, he said that there must be equity, fairness and justice in all that was being done as a nation and that restructuring was necessary in the promotion of true federalism.

“We should remind the nation and the Federal Government that there is need for restructuring,” he said and pointed out that the Constitution of the country was not given to the nation by Nigerians.

“The National Assembly had made attempt to amend it (the Constitution) but due to divergence of views, it has not been easy to amend it.

“Unfortunately, a whole lot of things are sacrificed on the altar of politics and political parties and this is a major problem in this country,” the governor stated..

He lauded the leaders and members of South-South and Middle Belt Forum for their sustained advocacy for restructuring and true federalism, saying “I belief that you people are doing a good work.

“You need the support of all and on my part, the little I can do, I will do to support you to the best of my ability.”

On the recent killing of 10 people in Uwheru in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state by suspected herdsmen, Okowa said that the state government was making arrangement on how to assist the children and families of the deceased.

He assured that the state government would convey its condolences to the affected families and remarked that the farmers/herders crisis was a nationwide challenge.

The governor, however, expressed hope that a lasting solution would be proffered to the rather endemic problem.

Earlier, the leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who spoke on behalf of the leader of the Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, told Okowa that they were in his office to lend support to the South-South Governors Forum’s initiative to float a regional security outfit, and to condole the state over the recent killings in Uwheru.

Adebanjo disclosed that the group wanted the country to be restructured, explaining that restructuring was not a new or political philosophy, stating that it (restructuring) had to do with true federalism.

According to him, anyone opposed to restructuring is an enemy to the country.

He commended Okowa for his passionate commitment towards the infrastructural growth and development of Delta, and urged him not to relent.

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20 Mar
0

Okowa condoles Murray-Bruce over wife’s demise 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commiserated with Chairman of Silverbird Group, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, whose wife, Evelyn, passed on Friday.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor said that it was heartbreaking to hear of the unexpected passing of Mrs Evelyn Murray-Bruce, noting that her death was a great loss not just to her family but to the society at large.

He said that Mrs Murray-Bruce’s contribution to the society was laudable and worthy of commendation and urged her husband, children and other family members to be consoled by the legacies she left behind.

“I learnt of the untimely passing of Mrs Evelyn Murray-Bruce, the wife of my good friend and brother, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

“It is indeed heart-breaking to lose a dear one, especially a wife of 41 years.

“Although death is the way of all mortals and debt we must all pay, I am nonetheless consoled by the fact that Mrs Bruce lived a worthy and exemplary life.

“She was known to have impacted so many lives while she lived.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I condole with my dear brother, Ben Murray-Bruce, on the passing of his beloved wife, Evelyn.

“It is indeed a painful loss but I urge you, Ben, and the entire family to take solace in the fact that she lived a life of great accomplishments and left indelible footprints.

“It is our prayer that God should grant you and the family the fortitude to bear this great loss,” Okowa said.

Murray-Bruce, a Senator, who represented Bayelsa East senatorial district in the 8th Assembly, announced the death of his beloved wife, Evelyn Murray-Bruce, via his verified twitter handle on Friday.

He said he lost his wife of over 41 years to cancer.

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20 Mar
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COVID-19: Okowa orders closure of schools

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has directed closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state with effect from Thursday, March 26, 2020 for 30 days.

Governor Okowa who gave the directive in a state broadcast at his office in Asaba on Friday, said the closure of the schools for 30 days in the first instance was aimed at preventing possible spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that Delta as at March 20, was free from the Coronavirus but had to take precautionary measures to ensure that the pandemic does not come to Delta.

He assured that the State Government has taken several measures to guard against further spread of the virus which includes the establishment of a purpose-built and well-equipped isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba to handle any emergency.

He added that the state government was also assisting in the local production of alcohol-based hand sanitisers assuring that while government will not spare any effort or resources to ensure the health, safety and protection of citizens, it is important for us to know that observing proper hygiene and World Health Orgainsation-mandated safety protocols remain the best way to protect ourselves and stop the spread of this virus.

The statement which reads in part, “As you are aware, the world is currently battling with the Coronavirus, (also known as COVID-19) pandemic.

“As at March 16 this year, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 151 countries and in Nigeria, there have been 12 confirmed cases recorded so far.

“There is yet no confirmed case of coronavirus in Delta State. However, we have taken the following proactive steps to prevent the spread of the disease and stop transmission if it occurs.

“The State Government has already established a purpose-built and well-equipped isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba to handle any emergency.

“We have embarked on training of healthcare personnel to work at the isolation ward, training and engagement of 129 Red Cross workers across the State is currently on-going.

“We have Identified and established holding rooms in all zonal and all state hospitals across the State as well as training of five members of the Rapid Response Team in each Local Government Area.

The statement further said, “the state government has embarked upon training of laboratory scientists on sample collection, adding that “Arrival cards are to be completed by all in-bound passengers and crew in the two airports (Warri and Asaba) and three seaports (Warri, Koko, and Sapele).

As a further precautionary measure, “All passengers arriving Asaba airport are already subject to temperature measurement and
all incoming sea vessels to observe a 14-day quarantine period to be cleared by the Port health personnel before birthing in any seaport in Delta.

Furthermore, “the Ministries of Health and Information have been mandated to intensify public enlightenment campaigns to inform and sensitize the public on safety protocols regarding COVID-19.

He said COVID-19 currently had no cure for the disease, while the virus is believed to spread mainly by person-to-person contact and can be transmitted through handshakes, coughing and sneezing by a carrier; the droplets can fall on the mouths and noses of people around, or possibly inhaled.

He added that the best way to prevent the virus was to avoid being exposed to it, by avoiding close contact with people who are sick or appear to be sick.

“We must practise social distancing; avoid handshakes and hugs, maintain about five feet distance when talking with people.

“We must wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds after leaving the office, workshop, market, bus/taxi, motor parks, and public gathering of any sort. Do the same after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, he said

“I want to appeal to all of us to remain calm and vigilant. We must not panic. We can easily overcome this threat if we abide by the above measures and all other information from the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).

“We will easily defeat the spread of this virus if everyone sees himself/herself as a potential carrier who does not want to spread the virus. To adopt a superstitious approach as many of us do that ‘it is not my portion’ could prove to be fatal.

“This is no time for self-medication. If you notice at any point in time that you have fever, do not hesitate to call on the relevant authorities/ or visit the nearest hospital.

“As a further precautionary measure, I wish to direct that all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to be closed effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 for 30 days in the first instance.

“Parents should endeavour to provide hand sanitizers for their children and hand wash stations must also be provided at easily identifiable points in the markets.

“All offices must ensure that they are fitted with the right type of sanitizers. Supermarkets, malls, churches and other places of worship should provide hand sanitizers for customers/worshippers.

“We are carefully monitoring developments around the country and the State and will update Deltans accordingly and, where necessary, take drastic actions.

“I advise all Deltans to desist from publishing unverified information capable of causing panic and fear, especially on the social media.

“At this point, what we must fear most is the spread of false information not even the virus itself; infodemic is a greater danger than the pandemic. Deltans are, therefore, far advised to get information from only official channels,” the governor stated

The statement further contact numbers to call in case of emergency, 0803 075 8179 – State Epidemiologist; 0803 507 8541 – State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer; 0803 352 1961 – State Incident Manager; 0906 503 1241 – State Health Educator.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the governor’s broadcast, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Mordi Ononye, debunked the rumour of an alleged case of COVID-19 in Warri.

According to him, so far, there is no confirmed case of the virus in Delta and we are not interested in creating panic in the state.

Ononye said that the state government had been proactive in ensuring that preventive measures were being taken, adding that “if before the 26th March, there is a reason to change the decision to shut down schools, we will definitely do so.”

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20 Mar
0

COVID-19: PRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, TO THE PEOPLE OF DELTA STATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

COVID-19: PRESS STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR, DR IFEANYI OKOWA, GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, TO THE PEOPLE OF DELTA STATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Fellow Deltans,

As you are aware, the world is currently battling with the Coronavirus, (also known as COVID-19) pandemic. As at March 16 this year, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 151 countries. In Nigeria, there have been 12 confirmed cases with one death recorded so far. There is yet no confirmed case of coronavirus in Delta State. However, we have taken the following proactive steps to prevent the spread of the disease and stop transmission if it occurs.

The State Government has already established a purpose-built and well-equipped isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba to handle any emergency.

We have embarked on training of healthcare personnel to work at the isolation ward. Training and engagement of 129 Red Cross workers across the State is on-going Identified and established holding rooms in all zonal and all state hospitals across the State
Training of five members of the Rapid Response Team in each Local Government Area.

Training of laboratory scientists on sample collection. Arrival cards to be completed by all in-bound passengers and crew in the two airports (Warri and Asaba) and three seaports (Warri, Koko, and Sapele).

All passengers arriving Asaba airport are already subject to temperature measurement. All incoming sea vessels to observe a 14-day quarantine period to be cleared by the Port health personnel before birthing in any seaport in Delta State.

We are also assisting in the local production of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. The Ministries of Health and Information have been mandated to intensify public enlightenment campaigns to inform and sensitize the public on safety protocols regarding COVID-19.

 

2. Fellow Deltans, while this Government will spare no effort or resources to ensure the health, safety and protection of citizens, it is important for us to know that observing proper hygiene and World Health Orgainsation-mandated safety protocols remain the best way to protect ourselves and stop the spread of this virus.

Some Important Facts About COVID-19

  • There is currently no cure for the disease.
  • The virus is believed to spread mainly by person-to-person contact.
  • It can be transmitted through handshakes.
  • It can also spread through coughing and sneezing by a carrier; the droplets can fall on the mouths and noses of people around, or possibly inhaled.
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • The best way to prevent this virus is to avoid being exposed to it.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or appear to be sick.
  • Practise social distancing; avoid handshakes and hugs. Maintain about five feet distance when talking with people.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds after you leave the office, workshop, market, bus/taxi, motor parks, and public gathering of any sort. Do the same after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If water and soap are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • When you cough, cover your mouth with a clean, disposable tissue or with your bent elbow.
  • If you have cough or high temperature, stay away from others as much as possible.
  • Very importantly, avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

General Appeal

I want to appeal to all of us to remain calm and vigilant. We must not panic. We can easily overcome this threat if we abide by the above measures and all other information from the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).

We will easily defeat the spread of this virus if everyone sees himself/herself as a potential carrier who does not want to spread the virus. To adopt a superstitious approach as many of us do that ‘it is not my portion’ could prove to be fatal.

This is no time for self-medication. If you notice at any point in time that you have fever, do not hesitate to call on the relevant authorities/ or visit the nearest hospital.

 

3. Henceforth, I wish to direct as follows:

All primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to be closed effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 for 30 days.
Parents should endeavour to provide hand sanitizers for their children.

Hand wash stations must also be provided at easily identifiable points in the markets. The leaders of the various market associations to please take note.

Offices must ensure that they are fitted with the right type of sanitizers.

Supermarkets, malls, churches and other places of worship should provide hand sanitizers for customers/worshippers.

 

4. Finally, I wish to emphasize that we shall overcome this threat. We must take precaution, yes. But panic, CAPITAL NO! We are carefully monitoring developments around the country and the State and will update Deltans accordingly and, where necessary, take drastic actions.

I advise all Deltans to desist from publishing unverified information capable of causing panic and fear, especially on the social media. At this point, what we must fear most is the spread of false information not even the virus itself; infodemic is a greater danger than the pandemic. Deltans are, therefore, far advised to get information from ONLY official channels.

 

5. These are the numbers to call in case of emergency.

  • 0803 075 8179 – State Epidemiologist
  • 0803 507 8541 – State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer
  • 0803 352 1961 – State Incident Manager
  • 0906 503 1241 – State Health Educator

Thank you for your time and attention.
God bless us all.

Office of the Governor
Government House
Asaba
March 2020

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19 Mar
0

Tambuwal commends Okowa as he Inaugurates Maryam Babangida way, Ogwashi Ukwu/Ubulu Unor roads in Delta

The Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for enhancing the socio-economic life of Deltans through his sustained commitment towards promoting good governance in the state.

Tambuwal who is Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum was speaking in Asaba while inaugurating the Mariam Babangida dual carriageway which was constructed by the state government, said that Okowa has been demonstrating strong strength in providing excellent leadership.

He noted that the Okowa led administration in the state was doing quite more in terms of infrastructural development anchored on the threshold of good governance, pointing out that he was, also happy that the dual carriageway was named after Maryam Babangida.

While saying that he was delighted to have been invited to perform the official inauguration of two roads in the state, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum stated that the PDP family in the country were impressed with the performance index of Governor Okowa.

“Governor Okowa has done very well in providing good leadership in all aspects of governance,” Tambuwal said, noting that Delta State government had, apart from its exploits in roads infrastructural development initiative, done well in the areas of educational development, empowerment and human capital development among other sectors of the state economy.

While, also, performing the inauguration of the 7.5 kilometres Ogwashi Uku /Ubulu Uno Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state equally constructed by the state government, the Sokoto State governor noted that the road was strategic to the growth of the town, even as he affirmed that the road would among other benefits, connect the town to other parts of the state.

Earlier in his remarks during the inauguration of Maryam Babangida Road, Governor Okowa noted that the road was strategically unique to the people and government of the state as it houses the most important aspect of governance in the state such as the old and new state secretariat complex, Asaba division of the Appeal Court Complex, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asaba branch and the state library complex among others.

“Apart from the fact that road is very important to us, it is named after a dear daughter of Asaba and Delta State, Maryam Babangida; the road houses the most important aspect of governance in the state.

“First, we have the old secretariats (two of them) and the new secretariat complex that is coming up which, in the next few months, would house all the state government ministries, departments agencies with the support of the two existing old secretariats. I am sure that we took the right decision to truly dualise the road,” Okowa added.

At Ubulu-Uno, Okowa said that the Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Uno Road project became necessary following the inability of people to access the agrarian community in both dry and rainy season, pointing out that the palace road in Ubulu Uno would be looked into when the economy improves.

On the COVID-19 scourge posing health risk globally, Okowa urged Deltans to observe all precautionary measures, affirming that his administration was doing its best to keep the virus in check should there be any incidence in the state.

Meanwhile, he commended the people of Aniocha South for their peaceful disposition and support for his administration, just as he pledged to continue to pursue programmes and projects with direct bearing on the lives of Deltans.

Also speaking in Asaba during the inauguration of Mariam Babangida Road, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye said that the drainage on both sides of the dual carriageway was made up of 2.46 kilometres with a shoulder of 1.5 metres, adding that the length of the road was 1.88 meters.

He disclosed that before 2018, the road was not motorable, a development, which according to him, made some of the property owners on the road to sell them as a result of inaccessibility to their property.

On the 7.5 kilometers Ubulu Uno/Ogwashi Uku Road project which has 12.8 kilometres drains, the Commissioner said that the road project was executed with high professional acumen because of the terrain to enable it stand the test of time.

In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, Comrade Uche Osadebe and his Aniocha South counterpart, Chief Isaac Anwuzia as well as the Obi of Ubulu Unor, Obi Kikachukwu Afamefune who spoke through Professor Jiff Mokobia, applauded Okowa for executing the road project, just as they pledged their loyalty to his administration in the realisation of the stronger Delta Vision.

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19 Mar
0

COVID-19: Tambuwal commends Okowa on establishment of isolation centre

Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, on Thursday commended his Delta counterpart, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, for establishing an isolation centre and adopting other measures to check Coronavirus case when detected in the state.

He made the commendation in Asaba while fielding questions from newsmen after inspecting facilities at the centre located at the Federal Medical Centre.

Tambuwal, who was in Delta to inaugurate two road projects – Mariam Babangida Way, Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Uno road, expressed joy that Okowa had taken proactive steps to ensure the safety of citizens.

He described the governor as a workaholic, who believed in the delivery of democratic dividends.

“I have been in the state since morning; I have gone round and before now, I have been aware of the infrastructural developments being pursued and completed by the government of the state under the leadership of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.

“I must commend him and his team for the transformation of the state in spite of paucity of funds and general economic depression; other sectors in the state are not suffering because he has achieved great results when it comes to job creation for the youths in the state.

“A lot of progress is ongoing in the state and the isolation centre will help to tackle the effects of Covid-19 which is affecting several nations globally and a lot of modifications have been made to accommodate patients, should there be victims of the disease in the state.

“With all the preparations being made, I believe that Delta State is getting ready for the virus and we hope that we shall not have any reason or cause to use this centre.

“On medical emergencies such as this, we do not look to one direction for solutions as it is our collective responsibility like Gov. Okowa is already taking preventive measures to tackle this crisis.

“This goes to show that it is our collective responsibility as leaders, to look after the welfare and wellbeing of our citizens,’’ he said.

Tambuwal urged leaders in the country to rise to the challenge of the global pandemic.

He said “I am appealing that as leaders, we should collectively rise to this challenge which is why when Governors of North West met in Kaduna, we resolved that public schools in the region be closed.

“We made sure that we took certain proactive measures which also includes coming up with isolation centres such as this.

“So, it is a collective responsibility of all, but, I will as well appeal to the Federal Government to do more, especially in terms of making the people to be aware of the dangers that Coronavirus truly pose.

“The government should take more drastic measures, such as closure of airports, to limit the entry of people into our nation.”

Responding to some question, Okowa stated that the effects of the coronavirus on nations called for concern and that the isolation centre which had been established for such cases was important.

“We have just finished touring the isolation centre and a lot of modifications had to be made the moment the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) came and gave their advice on how best to tackle the disease.

“The modifications made will ensure the greater safety and care of patients as well as the medical staff that will be attending to them.

“It will also ensure that patients can safely interact with their visitors and family members without having to pass any infection to them, and with an  incinerator provided, equipment used to treat any patient in this facility will be immediately incinerated to ensure proper care of patients,” he said.

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Okowa, Tambuwal inaugurate projects in Delta March 19

Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, will on Thursday, March 19, 2020, inaugurate some key projects executed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in parts of Delta

A statement in Asaba on Wednesday by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Okowa, said that Tambuwal would inaugurate the comprehensively reconstructed Mariam Babangida Way in Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Unor Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area.

According to the statement, the inauguration of the projects will commence at 10 :00a.m., and at 12:30 p.m., Tambuwal will accompany his host to the 2019/2020 Induction Cycle of Job Creation Programme at Event Centre, Asaba.

Guests are expected to be seated at 9.30 a.m.

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