GOV. OKOWA COMMISSIONS MULTIPLE PROJECTS IN SAPELE, ETHIOPE WEST LGAs… AS HE, IBORI CALL ON DELTAND TO VOTE FOR PDP
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa today commissioned multiple road projects in Sapele and Oghara, Sapele and Ethiope West local government areas of Delta State respectuvely.
Speaking at the ceremonies which were attended by former Governor James Ibori, traditional rulers and their subjects, Governor Okowa expressed joy that his administration was able to do so much within four years because Deltans of all walks of life are contributing to his success stories in diverse ways.
Some of the roads he commissioned includes, Edegbrode/Eleme,
and Amukpe/Sapele roads in Sapele local government area and the commissioning of Okwele/Ugbenu road in Oghara, Ethiope West local government area of Delta State.
“It is very important that our people are involved in governance, they offer advise and when necessary, criticize constructively,” the governor said, adding, “as a government, we can largely attribute our success stories to Deltans for giving us peaceful environment to carry out construction works; during the townhall meetings we had in different local government Councils of our state, our people made specific requests on their needs, and most of these roads are as a result of those requests because, we have promised our people that we will execute projects that we have agreed to execute,” he said.
He continued, “we will continue to connect with our people and I am confident that in the next four years, we will do more for our people. “
At the commissioning of the dualised Amukpe/Sapele road, Governor Okowa disclosed that the massive construction of roads in the area was his administration’s bid to restore the lost glory of the commercial town.
While commending the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) for constructing the Okwele/Ugbenu road, the governor urged the people to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.
Chief James Ibori at the venues of the commissioning exercise, observed that Governor Okowa has done very well to merit second term from all Deltans.
While listing the achievements of Governor Okowa’s administration, Chief Ibori emphasised, “it is very important that we vote for Governor Okowa to enable him continue with his good governance till 2023.
Chairman of Sapele local government Council, Hon. Eugene Inoghan in an address, thanked Governor Okowa for his administration’s giant strides in providing democratic dividends. “the completion of these road projects has made our communities to be easily accessible and contribute to the development of our towns; we appreciate you Your Excellency for coming to our rescue, come 9th March, 2019, we the people of Sapele local government area will give our votes to you.”
Reacting to the Governor’s achievements, Hon. Sunday Ebireri stated, “We are very happy with the good works of Governor Okowa in Sapele; I have listed one hundred reasons why Deltans must re-elect Governor Okowa but, we know that most Deltans have different reasons to re-elect our Governor and this Saturday, we shall reciprocate Governor Okowa’s good governance with our votes for the Governor and all the candidates of the PDP.”
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa also, today (06/03/19), attended the graduation ceremony of 220 women of Delta Central Senatorial District trained in skill acquisition at Oghara.
Governor Okowa at the occasion, urged the beneficiaries of the programmes to realise that they are role models whose success stories will spur DESOPADEC to continue with the programmes.
He urged the beneficiaries to be committed to their business to enable them become employers of labour in the next few years.
Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Olorogun Williams Makinde, disclosed that, “DESOPADEC Women Empowerment programme is an offshoot of the SMART Agenda of the state government driven by Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.”
In a related development, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa commissioned a clinic donated by Stsrlite Hopes Initiative (SHI), a non-governmental organisation at Ejeketa Community, Jesse, Ethiope West local government area where he restated his administration’s commitment to free medical care for nursing mothers and children who are aged zero to five years as covered by the. Contributory Health Insurance Scheme initiated by his Administration.
Member representing Ethiope West Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Erhiateke Ibori Suenu who is behind SHI stated that the establishment of the clinic was important to reduce travelling distance to health facilities for the sake of the mothers and their children.
OKOWA ASSURES OF TRANSFORMING RIVERINE COMMUNITIES TO MODERN TOWNS… COMMISSIONS MORE PROJECTS IN WARRI NORTH LGA
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said his administration will turn around most of the riverine communities to modern towns in the next four years.
The governor gave the assurance yesterday (05/03/19) while commissioning series of projects at Obaghoro and Utonlila communities in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Some of the projects commissioned include, 24 units of 2 bedroom semi-detached bungalow, multipurpose hall, potable water supply scheme with treatment plant, concrete walkway, pedestrian bridge, concrete landing jetty and fishing boats, among numerous others.
“It is important as a country that we begin to think of how to impact on the lives of our people in the riverine areas; if you seek peace, and partnership with the people, you need to do things that will make them happy,” the governor said, adding, “I can see that the people are excited but I am more excited to be in this community than you are because from your statements, this is the first time that a governor is visiting this area to commission projects.”
He continued, “Living in the creeks should not deprive the people of basic necessities of life and in the next four years, we shall develop more towns in the creeks; I thank the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Developmental Commission (DESOPADEC) for embarking on these projects, this is how it ought to be, executing projects in line with the demands of the people.”
Obaghoro and Utonlila communities in a joint address read by Chief Solomon Arenyenka, stated, “We like to place on record that this is the first time Obaghoro and Utonlila communities have been privileged to receive a state governor, whether elected or appointed or any other visitor of that calibre since their founding some centuries ago; Your Excellency, your visit to our communities today is remarkable as it is the first time that different projects of such magnitude are to be commissioned in any Itsekiri riverine community; how else can we appreciate you than to say that we are 100 per cent behind you,, not only in your bid to return to Government House for second tenure, but also in future.”
The Chairman of DESOPADEC, Hon. Godwin Ebosa had said the projects were based on the demands of the people and thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for encouraging DESOPADEC to meet with its responsibilities to the oil producing communities.
Governor Okowa also, commissioned concrete jetties at Ogheye Dimigun community and Koko, all in Warri North Local Government Area.
2015 SUSPENDED RECRUITMENT EXERCISE: COMMITTEE SUBMITS INTERIM REPORT
In partial fulfilment of the express mandate by the Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, the Committee constituted to revisit the suspended 2015 recruitment exercise has submitted an interim report to the State Head of Service for onward transmission to the Governor for consideration.
Receiving the report from the Chairman of the Committee, today, Tuesday March 5, 2019, the Head of Service, Mr Reginald Bayoko mni, stated that the report will provide a road map/framework for further necessary action on the matter by the State Government.
According to the Head of Service, “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been unwavering in his promise to revisit the exercise at the appropriate time as the matter has been on the front burner” he added that, “The Governor had always expressed his difficulty in taking the decision to suspend the exercise following the various reports he received regarding the forthrightness of the exercise against his pledge to do what is best for the generality of Deltans”
Mr Bayoko noted further that having reviewed the circumstances surrounding the suspension based on various representations on the matter as well as incremental improvement in the state economy, the Governor approved the constitution of the Committee with a view to ensuring that those who merited the appointment are afforded the opportunity to be employed while those who may not have merited the employment for one reason or the other, are advised accordingly.
Commending the members of the Committee for being alive to the responsibility reposed in them, the Head of Service charged them to ensure that the issues involved in the recruitment exercise are examined in all ramifications so that government can take a definite stand that will be in the interest of the generality of Deltans, especially the teeming unemployed youths.
Presenting the report earlier, the Chairman of the Committee who is also the first member of the Delta State Civil Service Commission, Dr Eddy Ugboma, thanked the State Government for finding them worthy to serve in this important committee, even as he informed the Head of Service that the interim report will give the State Government an insight into the overall circumstances surrounding the suspended 2015 recruitment exercise.
The Committee Chairman indicated that given the public outcry on the matter and what has so far been unravelled, the Committee required more time to carry out a thorough assignment. He therefore pleaded with the Head of Service to seek approval from the Governor to extend the time frame of the Committee’s assignment.
It would be recalled that the State Government set up the Committee on February 9, 2019, with a time frame of three weeks to complete its assignment.
Other members of the Committee include Dr (Mrs) Philomena Oyearone, third member, Civil Service Commission; Mr J. C Morka mni, Permanent Secretary, SSG Office; Mr C. A Semiteje, Permanent Secretary, Finance; Mr. F. O Isume, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service; Mr. Lawson Efenudu, Secretary, State Bureau for Pensions; Mr P. C Nkenchor, Permanent Secretary (rtd); Comrade Ofoburuku, Chairman, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Delta State chapter; and Mr Y. E Areweremi, Director, Recruitment and Promotion, Civil Service Commission, Secretary.
DTSG REFUTES RUMOUR OF RETIREMENT OF PUBLIC OFFICERS OF 50 YEARS
The attention of Government has been drawn to several rumours being peddled in recent times around the State, especially the Public Service. One of such rumours is that after the elections, the present Administration led by Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa intends to compulsorily retire public servants who have attained fifty (50) years of age.
Nothing can be far from the truth as the present Government is a law abiding Administration, with huge respect for the rule of law. Government has remained resolutely committed to the extant provisions on retirement, to wit; 60 years of age or 35 years of service and will continue to do so.
Another rumour making the rounds is that public servants are to be subjected to several punitive sanctions ranging from forfeiture of salaries to dismissal based on minor infraction of the Time and Attendance System. Again, this is far from the truth.
It may be recalled that when the system was introduced, the intention was to check ghost workers syndrome, absenteeism and lateness to work that was discovered to be prevalent among some deviant public servants who gave the larger majority a bad name. It was also stated and is hereby reiterated that for anyone found defaulting, application of sanctions will be guided strictly by the provisions of relevant extant rules. These sanctions have been applied liberally.
Government therefore wishes to clarify that there is no iota of truth in the above allegations as they may be intended to cause disaffection between the present Administration and the citizenry, especially public servants in order to achieve political capital.
Please, be assured that the present Administration remains committed to the welfare and interest of its workers now and in the future, in line with its fundamental principle of ensuring the best for the generality of Deltans.
DELTA GOVERNMENT DECLARES FRIDAY MARCH 8 PUBLIC HOLIDAY
The Delta State Government has declared Friday, 8th March, 2019 as a public holiday.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, said the holiday was to ensure full participation of Deltans in the upcoming governorship and house of assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, 9th March, 2019.
The statement advised Deltans to take advantage of the holiday to travelling to their respective areas of registration for the exercise of their franchise.
Meanwhile, the State Government has stated that in appreciation of the participation of the voting public in the electoral process so far, has called for the sustenance of the momentum in order to consolidate on the gains of our democratic experience.
OKOWA VISITS, CONDOLE WITH VICTIMS OF FIRE INCIDENT IN WARRI
The Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa today visited victims of the fire outbreak at Animal Line Shops, Dore Street, off McIver market in Warri where he condoled family affected.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Ernest Ogwezzy, sympathized with the victims who lost four children to the inferno.
The governor, who was accompanied on the visit bt the Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, stated that he had to respond immediate he was alerted of the incident, promising to assist the victims with financial aid to ameliorate their plight even as he acknowledged that no monetary compensation could mitigate their losses.
Mrs Sunday a member of the family, stated that the mother of the deceased children had been transferred from a hospital at Oghara to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Edo state.
The governor and his entourage later left to visit the mother of the deceased children.
GUBER POLLS: THERE CAN’T BE AN UPSET IN DELTA STATE.- MAJEMITE
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council, Delta Central Chapter, Chief Fred Majemite, has stated that there cannot be an upset in the March 9, 2019 gubernatorial and house of assembly elections in Delta State.
Chief Majemite who is also the Coordinator of ‘ Team Majemite For Okowa 2019’ and who spoke with our correspondent in his Ughelli residence recently on the outcome of the last presidential and national assembly elections remarked that the PDP did well in Delta State in general and Delta Central.
According to him, the exception was in Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas where he said that there were alleged incidents of rigging by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While disclosing that leaders of his party, the PDP were studying the results of the said elections, unit by unit, with a view to avoiding the challenges the party encountered during the elections, he said that the possibility of PDP going to the tribunal over the alleged rigging by APC could not be ruled out.
Chief Majemite urged PDP supporters in the area not be weary of the results but rather come out and vote enmasse and protect their votes for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and all PDP candidates at the polls.
He expressed confidence that Governor Okowa and all PDP candidates would sweep the polls in the forthcoming general elections in Delta Central in particular and Delta State in general, saying, “Delta is a core PDP State and as such, there cannot be any upset in the outcome of March 9 , 2019 governorship election as could be seen in the pattern of voting in Delta State during last presidential and national assembly elections . So there is no vacancy in Government House Asaba.”