By Grace Eshedagho
The Delta State Government today flagged off training program on poultry production for poultry farmers in the state in the pursuit of a Stronger Delta with a self-sustaining economy.
The program was organised under the aegis of the Poultry Farmers Support Program of the Delta State Government is an extension of the Broiler Outgrower Scheme which started in 2018.
It was gathered that the programe is aimed at promoting sustainable poultry production and integrating small-scale poultry farmers into the mainstream value chain by facilitating access to inputs and credit among others.
Declaring the program open, the Delta State Commissioner for Agric and Natural Resources, Hon. Julius Egbedi, said that the program was part of a series of programs initiated by the government to diversify the economy of the state, provide massive job creation and create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The commissioner recalled that the government had approved several livestock development projects in the state amongst which is the ongoing Pig Multiplication and Farmer Support Program which has created over 60 direct jobs and is set to produce over one hundred and twenty metric tons of pork per year.
He further revealed that a new program on Commercial Snail and Grasscutter farming is running concurrently with the Poultry Farmers Support Program, for the year 2020, of which fifty farmers were trained with plans underway for the release of credit to enable them setup their snail farms.
He also said that credit support would be provided for poultry farmers and repayment would be over a period of 30 months inclusive of a moratorium period of three to twelve months depending on the enterprise.
While congratulating the participants on meeting the selection requirements of the program, he called on them to participate actively in the training session, stressing that the information to be shared is key to the success of their business and the program in its entirety.
Speaking also, the program facilitator, Dr. Okpara Oghenesuvwe, lauded the state government for the initiative, saying it was a right step in the right direction which if sustained would greatly reduce unemployment in the state as well as strengthen the state’s economy.
One of the participants, Mr. Christopher Aghuno, speaking on behalf of the other participants, thanked the state government for the opportunity to be a beneficiary of the program and promised that they would apply all that they would be taught in their enterprises so as to achieve the objectives the program.
NO DTS 1568: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
DESTMA OPTIMISTIC OF EXTENDING OPERATIONS TO OTHER TOWNS
By Kissinger Tialobi
The Director General, Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA), Cdr. Azubuile Idah (rtd) has reiterated government’s commitment at extending DESTMA operations to other major cities in the State.
Cdr. Idah made this known in his office while playing host to the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander A.H. Godwin in Asaba on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
He called for the review of the construction of expressways running through major towns and cities like Asaba, stressing that if there were proper road indicators that would give right of way to drivers, it would save the FRSC and DESTMA some man hours.
Cdr. Idah assured that DESTMA would collaborate with FRSC at all times including peak periods to ensure that there was free flow of traffic on the highways even as he emphasized the need for DESTMA to key into Federal Road Safety training programmes since the location is now under construction in Delta State.
On his part, the Sector Commander, FRSC, Commander A.H Godwin commended DESTMA for its dedication to duty, noting that FRSC and DESTMA had similar mandate of ensuring safe motoring environment in the state doing so with other sister agencies.
The corps commander urged the DG to explore the advantage of training DESTMA officers at the FRSC Training School built by the State Government at Owa Alero, while soliciting proper synergy between the agencies at the junior cadre.
NO DTS 1569: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
DELTA CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION TO MEET WITH MDAs TOMORROW
The State Civil Service Commission, will embark on monitoring activities of ministries/departments/agencies on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in exercisng one of its statutory functions. The venue is the Association of Senior Staff Secretariat, Maryam Babangida Way, Asaba.
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Dona Obuseh, said adherence to COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed.
According to the statement, only eight (8) representatives from each MDA, which must include the permanent secretary, heads of department/agencies and director of administration/personnel, will participate at the briefing/interactive session.
While saying that the interactions will be in two sessions, the statement adds “The first session, which will run from 10.00 am – 12 noon will involve 30 MDAs, namely: Office of the Head of Service, Directorate of Establishments, Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs, Government House and Protocols, Deputy Governor’s Office, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Ministry of Higher Education, Directorate of Transport, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Science and Technilogy, Ministry of Environment, Office of the Accountant-General, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency and Directorate of Local Government.”
Others also included in the first session, the statement said, are Ministry of Works, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Housing, Auditor-Genera (Local Government) Directorate of Orientation, Ministry of Information, Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Bureau for Special Duties, SEMA, Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board, Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, Sustainable Development Goals, SERVICOM/Labour Relations, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development.
The statement adds that the second session, which will run from 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, will involve 31 MDAs, namely: Technical and Vocational Education Board, Ministry of Economic Planning, Directorate of Youth Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finace, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Office of the Executive Assistant (ICT) to the Governor, Project e-Delta, Fire Service, Rural Development Agency, Ministry of oil and Gas, Ministry of Urban Renewal and Ministry of Justice.
Others for the second session, the statement further notes are Ministry of Lands, Surveys and Urban Development, Office of the Surveyor-General, Directorate of Political and Security Servicess, Adult and Non-Formal Education Board, Ministry of Agrictulture and Natural Resources, Bureau for Pensions, Contributory Health Commission, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, BRACED Commission, Delta State Scholarship Board, Auditor-General Office (State) Delta State Internal Revenue Service, Bureau for Local Government, Ministry of Technical Education and Civil Service Commission.
It enjoins all officers concerned to be at the venue 30 minutes before the scheduled time and and insisted that they must wear facemasks.
NO DTS 1569: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
CURFEW: RESIDENTS APPEAL FOR POLICE PROTECTION DURING RUSH HOURS
By Ambrose Ologide
Some residents of Uvwie and Warri Local Government Areas have appealed for police protection during rush hours in the evening.
Those who spoke to our correspondent on the issue, explained that the appeal was necessitated by the need to curtail the nefarious activities of hoodlums on law abiding citizens during such hours particularly in Enerhen Junction in Uvwie Local Government Area and Ginuwa Junction to Hausa Quarters by Warri / Sapele Road in Warri South Local Government Area.
A petty trader in Pessu Market, Warri Madam Alice Ogie but who lives in Orhowhorun Community in Udu Local Government Area, complained of security challenges faced by pedestrians at the Enerhen Junction area in Uvwie Local Government Area during rush hours in the evening in the hands of hoodlums.
“So, there is the need for the police to protect the lives of law-abiding citizens closing for business during rush hours in Enerhen Junction. It is not enough for the police to check the use of face Masks but they (police) should also ensure the safety of lives of law-abiding citizens some of who were even molested in their presence,” she said,
Speaking in the same vein, a Warri based business tycoon, Mr Lawrence Kpiasi identified Ginuwa Junction to Hausa Quarters by Warri/Sapele Road, Warri as den of hoodlums during rush hours in the evening.
He narrated how a young lady was robbed of her valuables at former Old Leventis building in the area by a group of suspected cultists with impunity during rush hours in the evening recently.
While another respondent, Gilbert Emuedjevoke, accused the police of only concerning themselves mounting checkpoints on the roads, alleging that they extort monies from vehicles users during rush hours in the evening.
“So during the rush hours in the evening, they (police) do not care about the safety of lives of law abiding citizens. What they are concern about, is what they can collect from vehicle users,” he alleged.
NO DTS 1570: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
AFIESERE COMMUNITY INAUGURATES NEW EXCO, PROMISES YOUTHS EMPLOYMENT, WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
By Balogun Mabamije
A 15-Man Exco led by Chief Richard Ovwreghenderohwo, President General, that would pilot the affairs of Afiesere Community for the next three years was today inaugurated.
The exercise which took place at the community town hall witnessed large turnout of dignitaries from all works of lives, traditional chiefs, elders and past community leaders.
Speaking to our correspondent shortly after the inauguration, the Vice President General of the Community, Chief Okiemute Chikaleke said that the new exco had collectively agreed to work together to move the community to a greater height of development by ensuring that employment opportunities were made available for the youths.
Chief Chikaleke said, apart creating employment opportunities for the youths and women empowerment, peace would be given utmost consideration by the new administration.
“We the new Exco led by Chief Richard Ovwreghenderohwo have agreed to work together collectively to move Afiesere Community forward in terms of providing employment for the youths, peace building and empowerment of the women folks,” he added.
The Vice President General who lamented the epileptic power supply in the community said that the exco would liaise with the Delta State Government and oil companies operating in the community for more transformers.
” As oil producing community, and as the goose that lays the golden egg, we cannot continue to suffer electricity which is a major social amenity. So, we are going to liaise with the state government and the oil companies for more transformers to be supplied to the community,” he added.
Speaking on the court case that earlier suspended the inauguration of the exco, Chief Chikaleke, they were always guided by the constitution and abide by the rule of law of the community.
He said that they were in court yesterday where the presiding judge ruled in favor of Afiesere community, saying that what they did today was in line with the court rulings which directed that the inauguration be carried out accordingly.
NO DTS 1571: ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020
I’LL TRANSFORM ETHIOPE WEST LGA IF ELECTED- TASHEMI
From Onoriode Etatsemi
As the race for the 2020 councillorship election in Delta State hots up, a former councillor in Ward 5/9 in Ethiope-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Tashemi Jonathan has declared his intention for the Chairmanship slot of the LGA, vowing to transform the council into an industrial hub and a secured environment if given the mandate.
Hon. Tashemi who thronged the country home of their political leader chief John Obukohwo Nani with his mamoth crowd of party faithfuls and his family members to declare to his Boss the reasons why he is vying for the plump job, appealed to the people especially the leaders of Ethiope West to consider him fit for the job having garnered vast experience in governance and human relations over the years.
He told Chief Nani and other PDP leaders present that he will operate an open door policy of administration and as well listen to the plights of the people as their Chairman at all times, (him) having past through the system from the grassroots as Councillor ward 5/9 , party Chairman and many other positions of trust in the LGA and beyond.
The former councilor who has been on the race and not just now, added that apart from his sound educational background, honest disposition, straightforwardness he has, as his pedigree, track records of excellent achievements in infrastructure, human capital development and others from Boboruku to the other end,of the LGA while he was a councillor that gave him the alias ” People’s Man.”
He explained further that as a part of his blueprint, he would bring his experience to bear as a party leader in Ethiope-West Ward 5/9 where he singlehandedly united the people into one big family.
He pointed out that the council would be able to generate revenues to sustain the council even without federal allocation through agricultural and industrial Revolution, adding, ” It will culminate in aggressive job placements of our teeming youths.”
“When I become the Chairman, I will change the narrative of our people ‘s lackadaisical attitude to education. Modalities will be put in place, which will lead the mind set in our people’s perception to education. Scholarships from local and foreign bodies will help boost the educational sector of Ethiope West,” he stated.
The chairmanship hopeful told the people, “I am not just aspiring to become the Chairman of Ethiope West local government area because others are aspiring or I just want to be( Chairman) for the sake of the name, rather I have ideas which I want to implement to leave a legacy in the council by the time I finally vacate office when the tenure is over.”
Chief Nani while praying for Hon. Jonathan Tashemi for God to guide and protect him in his quest as he run the race for the council number one job,he advised him not to see the position as a do or die affair.
He told Hon Tashemi, “You should know that power resides in the hands of God. No man gives power except it is approved by God Himself. Anyone who gets power should know that it is God who called upon him to serve his people.”
The highpoint of the event was the presentation by Hon Tashemi.