DELTA APPROVES OVER ONE BILLION NAIRA FOR HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT, AS UDUGHAN CALLS FOR PROPER TARRING OF ROADS… (DELTA STATE MIN. OF INFO BULLETIN

DELTA APPROVES OVER ONE BILLION NAIRA FOR HOSPITAL, SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT

The Delta State Executive Council has approved the sum of N 569,316,355.00 for the supply and installation of medical equipment and furniture at the Mother and Child Healthcare Complex (MCHC) at the central Hospital Warri.

The State Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah (Esq.), who stated this in a press statement at the end of the State Executive Council meeting, held in Asaba today Wednesday, November 2011, said that the measure was in realization of the state government’s desire to provide qualitative and affordable health care services to the people of the state.

According to him, the Mother and Child Health Care Complex (MCHC) still under construction, has been specifically designed to provide integrated health care services for mothers and children and the complex will be equipped  with facilities to provide Anti-Natal Care, Labour and Delivery Care, Post- Natal Care, Immunization for children, Nutrition Clinic for Malnourished Children, HIV prevention and treatment for both Children and Pregnant women, Emergency Obstetric Care,  Neo-Natal and Pediatric Care and Family Planning.

He said that the project will include the provision of a 4- floor mother and child healthcare complex with 100 beds for the admission and care of adolescent girls, pregnant women, mothers, infants and children.

Mr. Ogeah also disclosed that the executive council has approved the sum of N971, 449,580.00 for the supply and installation of medical equipment and furniture at the Eku Baptist Hospital which was taken over by the state government.

The Information Commissioner said that this project will be executed through selective tendering and with down payment of fifty percent (50%) of the contract sum to the contractor upon the presentation of a performance bond.

Mr. Ogeah also revealed that the executive council approved the relocation of the construction of a Model Primary School at Ikengbuwa Primary School, Ajaminmogha Warri, to Esisi road in Warri at the cost of N323, 037,707.65. The relocation was occasioned by the need to provide adequate space, that will enable Government provide adequate facilities in the School.

 

UDUAGHAN URGES POLITICAL CLASS, ETHNIC NATIONALITIES NOT TO STRAIN THE POLITY

 The political class and ethnic nationalities in Delta State have been enjoined not to allow their ambition for the 2015 election to overheat the polity.

Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who gave the advice when the people of Anioma Nation paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, appealed to politicians to tread carefully because 2015 was still far away.

Dr. Uduaghan charged them not to unnecessarily promote aggressive competition, animosity and rivalry among themselves, even as he explained that if they over stressed themselves, they could lose their lives in the process.

He also said that over heating the polity could distract government, saying that instead of using scarce resources to provide dividends of democracy for the people it could waste such funds on maintaining peace and beefing up security.

His words: “It is just 2011 and we have a long way to go. If you over stress the system, you will distract government attention and stall development”.

The governor also explained that power belongs to God, adding that it was whoever God ordained that would have it.

Dr. Uduaghan therefore enjoined the people of Anioma to speak with one voice, just as he explained that having consensus and a common goal was not easy.

He told them to promote group rather than individual interest, stressing that group interest should subsume personal goals.

Emphasizing further he said: “you should promote group interest so that if the person ordained succeeds, others will tap from the success. If it not for you, it will definitely not be for you”.

The governor promised to embark on massive road rehabilitation in the state once the rains were over and gave assurance that the state capital Asaba would enjoy face lift in infrastructural growth.

Dr. Uduaghan urged contractors to move on the same fast lane with the state government on road rehabilitation, saying that government would no longer patronize inefficient contractors.

Speaking during the courtesy call the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Chike Edozien, expressed the support and solidarity of Anioma people for the Uduaghan Administration.

The Asagba said that the Anioma people were more than ever before, focused and united to achieve their aspirations.

Presenting an address on behalf of Anioma people the immediate past Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Benjamin Elue, appealed to the governor to support Anioma people in their desire to have Anioma State created.

He also appealed to the governor to support the zone in the political equation for the 2015 gubernatorial election.

DTSG HANDS OVER 40 SCHOOLS TO MISSIONS, FORMER OWNERS

In its determination to improve the moral and intellectual standard of education in the state, Delta State government has officially handed over 40 schools to the mission and former owners.

The state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who formally presented the handing over letters to the missionaries, assured teachers and non-teaching staff of the affected schools that their monthly salaries and pensions would be guaranteed by the state government.

He said that his administration was determined to ensure that schools were returned to their original owners, adding that it would help improve the standard of education.

The governor noted that government schools would compete with mission schools in providing quality and standard education in the state. “I believe the mission will provide a standard for government schools. We shall strive to match this standard, he said.

Governor Uduaghan lamented the moral decadence in the society, stressing that education was gradually declining because teachers and students were no longer dedicated to their responsibilities.

Speaking further, he said the situation was different in mission schools. “Society is gradually declining morally, but mission school have lived up to expectation in this aspect because the students and teachers are dedicated”, he said.

He commended the mission for their patience with government over the handing-over process, adding that the process took over 10 years and promised that all issues arising from the exercise would be amicably resolved.

In a brief response, the Bishop of Anglican Dioceses of Oleh who spoke on behalf of the mission expressed appreciation to the state government for formally handing over the schools to the mission.

He promised that the mission would do its best to build a high educational standard in the state and called for the co-operation of Deltans towards the achievement of set goals.

Bishop Edewor commended the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary, prof. Patrick Muoboghare, for accelerating the handing over process and appealed to government to give the mission the free hand to run the schools.

Highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of handing-over letters to representatives of the missions which comprised of the Anglican, Catholic, Africa and Baptist Churches.

UDUAGHAN CALLS FOR PROPER TARRING OF ASABA ROADS

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel has directed contractors handling road projects in Asaba and its environs to embark on comprehensive re-tarring of roads to avoid flooding.

Dr. Uduaghan who stated this during the maiden harvest thanksgiving mass of St.John Mary Vianney Catholic Church, Asaba said that approval has been given by the State EXCO to ensure that contractors return to site immediately after the rains.

The governor assured Deltans that his administration was committed to transforming Asaba and other major towns in the state into befitting cities, adding that Delta state deserves the best.

He said “The issue of flooding will become a thing of the past in this state’’ we are determined to tackle the flooding  and bad road and others will no longer be flooding.

I assure Deltans that we will not wade through water in Asaba and other parts of the state by the next rainy season’’.

Governor Uduaghan made a ‘faith pledge’ during the ceremony and promised that the state Government would assist in the building of the parish, saying: ‘’ Delta State Government will be deeply involved in the building of this church.’’

Delivering a sermon at the mass, the quest preacher, Rev. Fr. Charles Akue, explained that thanksgiving was an act of gratitude and appreciation to God, stressing that it was a personal spiritual exercise.

He admonished Christians not to see harvest as a fund raising ceremony and a burden but as a period of blessing and divine favour from God.

Speaking further, Fr. Akue stated that there are many reasons for thanking God, saying: ‘’the reason for celebrating harvest is numerous, it includes thanking God for his goodness to us because he deserves it.’’

The cleric noted that Christians are fulfilling God’s command in the scripture by thanking him, adding that thanksgiving gives pleasure to God, ‘’The more you thank God, the more pleasure you give him’ ’he said.

The harvest thanksgiving mass which was attended by the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Stella Oghene as the harvest planning committee chairman also had the State Deputy Governor, Prof, Amos Utuama      (SAN), the Speaking, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochie  and other top government functionaries in attendance.

UTUAMA DESCRIBES THANKSGIVING AS SPRING-BOARD FOR MORE BLESSING

Thanksgiving has been identified as a springboard for greater blessing from God as God loves a cheerful and faithful giver.

The State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama(SAN) stated this at the 2011 Bazaar and Harvest Thanksgiving of Saint John Mary Vianney Catholic Church, Asaba, Delta State.

Prof. Utuama, who chaired the occasion, advised Christians not to undermined God’s favour in their lives, stressing that thanksgiving was a virtue that believers should thirst for.

He congratulated the parishioners for building a beautiful edifice for the worship of God within the shortest possible time, adding that there should be nothing too big to thank God as the earth is of the Lord and the fullness thereof.

In his goodwill message, the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Delta State, Justice Stella Ogene, said harvest was a period of profound thanksgiving to God Almighty for all the favour received in anticipation for more.

Justice Ogene who was the Chairman, Harvest Planning Committees, noted that thanksgiving was an attempt to show to our Lord and maker that we are not ingrates nor unmindful of all his favour upon our lives.

She pointed out that successes and breakthrough in the years were purely the result of God’s grace and divine favour towards his children.

Highlight of the occasion was a bazaar.

INFORMATION COMMISSIONER SAYS GOVT PROJECT WILL TRANSFORM DELTA

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah Eaq, has said that the projects embarked upon by the Governor Uduaghan Administration were measures aimed at ensuring even development of all parts of the state as well as transform the commercial landscape of the state towards a better economy.

The commissioner stated this yesterday in Warri while meeting with journalists.

Accordingly to him, “ these are the legacy years” of Uduaghan administration, adding that the  administration had achieved a lot and still delivering on its three point agenda, even as he said that the governor played a major role in the success of the Amnesty Programme.

He particularly mentioned that the Asaba International Airport, the Petro-Chemical and Fertilizer Plants in Warri as well as the leisure park which is to be sited in Udu would surely have multiply effects when  fully in operation and enjoined Deltans to be patient with the administration as some of these generational projects would have long period of gestation.

Ogeah said the government had achieved a lot in the area of peace and security and further urged all to continue to pray for those in authority, adding that no meaniful development could take place in an atmosphere of rancor.

The commissioner was accompanied on the visit by the Acting Director of Information, Mr. Paul Osahor and other senior director in the ministry.

DTSG APPROVES REHABILITATION, UPGRADING OF MAJOR ROADS IN DELTA.

As part of its efforts to maintain roads in major towns and cities in the state, the Delta State Government has approved the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of major roads in the state.

The Commissioner for Works, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon disclosed this when he received in audience the Chairman and members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Asaba Branch, in his office.

Rt. Hon Funkekeme said that the road maintenance projects would be carried out in major towns and cities throughout the state as necessary technical details are ready. He said that when completed, the projects would not only ameliorate the problem of failed roads but would also curb the incessant flood menace in the state.

He charged the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Asaba Branch, to key into the state government in ensuring that all infrastructural projects meet set standards and specifications.

Rt. Hon. Funkekeme also disclosed that henceforth the state government would only work with pre-qualified construction firms that have proven capacity, capability and competence to deliver road infrastructure projects on schedule and according to specifications. He also said that the ministry had put in place stringent measures to strengthen the certification and revalidation of work executed at project sites so that the state government would get value for its money.

He charged the society to take the issue of adherence to set standards by its members seriously and ensure that they keep to the norms and ethos of the profession in all they do, adding that any flaws in their jobs could tarnish the integrity of the profession.

While emphasizing the importance of the engineering profession to the overall infrastructural development in the state, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme promised to partner with them towards the delivery of projects that would meet set standards. He assured that the ministry would continue to carry out training and retraining of engineers and promised that more engineering staff would benefit from the human capital development programmes of the state in the next fiscal year.

Earlier, the Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Asaba Branch, Engr. Anthony Onyokoko congratulated Rt. Hon. Funkekeme on his appointment and pledged the society’s readiness to partner with the state government in its infrastructural development vision, just as he appealed for the continuous professional development of its members. He intimated the commissioner of the society’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting and appealed for sponsorship of some of the events.

DTSG APPROVES MORE MONEY FOR ROADS MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Delta State Government has approved the sum of N 215,630,808.77 for the construction of the Oteri-Iyede Road in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah (Esq.) disclosed this while briefing the press on the outcome of the state EXCO meeting held on October 27, 2011 in Asaba. He said that N53, 907,702.19, representing 25% (twenty five percent) of the contract sum of the project had been released to the contractor.

He stated further that the council approved the construction of Omenugwu-Oju/Iwerebor and Nwadim streets in Boji Boji Owa in Ika North East local government council, the construction of Uduaghan Way/ Layout in Koko, the headquarters of Warri North Local government with the sum of N200, 293,159.5 and N 491, 858,325.00 respectively for both projects.

The commissioner said that N 107,333,783.15 was approved for the procurement of medical equipment for Health Institutions in Ethiope East and Sapele Local Government Areas of the state, saying that the sum of N 119, 969, 473.60 was also approved for the procurement of medical equipments for some  health institutions for Uvwie, Udu, Ughelli South local government area.

Mr. Ogeah also disclosed that N 6, 000,000.000 was approved for the construction of Omadino Bridge by- pass to link Warri – Sapele Express Way, the re-reaward of Ogwashi-Uku Ubulu Unor Road projects in Aniocha south with the contract sum of N 100,990,367.75 and the completion of phase 1 the Warri/ Effurun water supply project.

He said that the council approved the ratification of the payment for completion for the acquired land for the Koko FTZ, the construction of Ajudiagbo-Akpakpa Ego township roads in Warri South Local Government Area, adding that approval was also given for rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads in Asaba at the contract sum of N 25, 370, 040, 463.63 among other major projects across the state.

 

 

EGBOMA OIL FIELD COMMUNITY ENJOINED TO EMBRACE PEACE

The Eye Care Delivery Programme of Platform Petroleum Company, operation of the Egboma Marginal Oil Field, in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State has ended with a call on the host community to embrace peace and security programme of the state government.

The call was made at Akoko Uno by Bar.Anioye Ekalloma, legal and public affairs officer of platform Petroleum Limited Umutu, at the close of activities by the medical team which visited four host communities in its areas of operation, aimed at providing health care service to the people.

Barrister Ekalloma who was impressed with the turn out, advised the people to always patronize qualified medical practitioner rather that quack the people who may at the end worsen their health situations.

He appealed to the host community, to be peaceful, stressing that it was the only way to attract further assistance from the company, just as he maintained that there was alternative to conducive working environment.

The eye care programme which was flagged off at Umutu on the 12th of September, 2011 got to, llogoli Ogbe Uzu and Akoku Uno Communities with each of them having three days of medical attention.

During the exercise, seven hundred and three (703) persons were screened and administered with drugs, one hundred and forty seven (147) persons had eye surgery, while a total of three hundred and fifty six (356) persons were issued lenses.

Expressing their appreciations on behalf of the community and patient, Hon. Humphrey Uzuak pundu thanked platform Petroleum for their kind gesture, noting that the exercise was not part of the memorandum of understanding entered into by the community and the company.


OGBECHI MARKS BIRTHDAY WITH DONATIONS TO ORPHANAGES

As part of activities to mark her birthday, Mrs Anwuli Ogbechi, Member representing Delta North in the State Waste Management Board, has donated gift items to three orphanage homes.

The beneficiaries are Shalom Orphanage Foundation, Ibusa, Pro Labouyjgre Dei Meal Centre in Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku.

In a remark, Mrs. Anwuli Ogbechi said that the philanthropist gesture was out of love for the less privileged. “There is this great joy   I feel inside me for doing this she said”.

While describing the inmates as precious children, she stated, “This is one of my best birthday celebrations”.

The celebrant called on medical practitioners to conduct free medical services for inmates in orphanage homes across the state.

Mrs. Ogbechi promised to be a regular caller to the homes. “ I am already a part of joy”, she added.

While commending the operators of the Orphanage homes she told the children to be studious.

Also speaking, the coordinator Pro Labore Dei Meal Centre Asaba, Mrs Maria Ebenuwa, thanked Mrs Ogebechi for her kind gestures.

She described her visited as timely, adding that the school sandals she donated would go along a way to enable the children meet up with the dress code of the centre.

Mrs Ebenuwa preyed that God would continue to bless celebrant, saying that whosoever gives to the destitute lends to God.

While receiving the gift on behalf of the Chief coordinator, Pro Labrore Dei World Wild, Sister Stella Marris Okonkwo, prayed that God would continue to protect the celebrant.

Rev. Fr. Isdore Igwekaile of Mary Immaculate Catholic Chhurch, Ogwashi-Uku in a sermon during mass held in honour of Mrs Anwuli Ogbechi at Pro Labore dei Meal Centre, Ogwashi-Uku lauded the celebrant for her decision to, mark her birthday with special recognition of the needs of ophans.

While calling on members of the public to emulate her, he enjoined Christians to continue to identify with God, adding that affluence comes from God. ‘’ The world may not love you, but when you do what pleases God you will be lifted,’’ he remark.

The priest said that the celebration has afforded him opportunity to worship and commune with the inmates.

The high light of the ceremony was the donation of Rosary and other prayer articles to Mrs. Ogbechi by the Priest.

The Items donated by Mrs. Anwuli Ogbechi to the Orphanage home included 3 bags of rice, 6 cartons of Indomie Noodles, 3 twenty litres of groundnut oil, 3 cartoon of Bonvita, 8  pairs of school scandals, 20 tin of Sardines, 3 crates of eggs, 3 tins of Peak Milk, food stuffs and toiletries.

UDUAGHAN’S FREE MEDICARE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, CHILDREN GETS MORE COMMENDATIONS

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has been commended for ameliorating the plight of women and children through the free medical care programme for pregnant women and children under zero to five years of age in the state.

The President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter, Dr. Mrs. E. Umuerri, who is also a Consultant Physician at Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, gave the commendation while delivering a lecture on the theme: “Dangers associated with women during pregnancy’’.

Dr. Umuerri said that the free medical care programme of the state government had reduced the risk women go through during pregnancy, adding that government had demonstrated its desire to secure the lives of Deltans.

She stated that good feeding during pregnancy would reduce complications during delivery and child mortality as well as other sickness associated with pregnancy, saying that women should always eat food that contain nutritional components.

Dr. Umuerri commended the Seplat Development Company Limited for partnership in ensuring that the programme was successful.

She identified early anti-natal for all pregnant women as a major remedy to the dangers inherent in pregnancy, stressing that it would help discover complications during the early stage of pregnancy.

ABAJA TO CONSTRUCT OGUME-UMUKWATA ROAD

Enyi Friday Abaja had promised to construct Ogume Umukwata Road by February 2012 to further promote the neighborliness shared by both communities.

Apart from the road project, he also promised to train 149 people, seven from each quarter of Ogume in any field of trade and give empowerment to some others on November 5, 2011.

He urged the people to cast their votes for responsible candidate in the local government area elections irrespective of political affiliation. While donating cash to the people, Abaja said that he would continue to show love for the Ogume people as he has been doing for the Umukwata people.

Reacting, the youths in the area described him as the Messiah of Ndokwa people. They prayed and wished him well in all his endeavours.

AZUNWGU PEOPLE URGED TO BE UNITED

The people of Azungwu quarter of Ogwahi – Uku have been advised to continue to live in peace and unity.

The patron of Azungwu youths, Chief James Onwudiachi Ezejiofor gave the advice during the celebration of the Ine festival at Ogwashi – Uku.

Chief Onwudiachi, who described youths as the bedrock of every nation, called on the youths to channel their energy towards meaningful ventures, rather that roaming the street, without proper plans for future.

He said Azungwu is a peaceful area, hence anyone who lives in the quarter is always happy, adding that there was the need to porve critic wrong about their perception of the peaceful existence of the people of the area.

Comrade Nwani Emmanuel, the president of Azungwu Solidarity Movement, used the occasion to appeal to youths to shun cultism and other social vices that could cut their lives short.

He urged the youths of Azungwu not to allow themselves to be used as thugs but rather should think of programmes that would enable them to be successful in life.

Also in a brief speech, comrade Jude Nkwo, the vice president of Azungwu solidarity movement, expressed shocked over the situation where cultism had moved to primary and secondary school opining that cultism was only popular in the higher institution in the days gone by.

Nkwo appealed to parents all over the country to be watchful of the life styles of their children to enable them have a peaceful home.

He said Ine festival in those days was seen as evil celebration, saying that the youths of today have modernized the festival for the enjoyment of everybody, irrespective of religion.

He appealed to youths to always remember that they are the future leaders of the nation.

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