Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed shock over the death of Mr Justice Chukwuji, the Legislative Leader of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state.
In a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Thursday in Asaba, Okowa commiserated with the council Chairman, Mr Juan Governor, and members of the legislative council over the loss.
He described the death of the 44-year-old councillor as sad and untimely, adding that the deceased was a young, energetic and charismatic lawmaker.
“After years of diligent service to our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, his people of Aballa community found him worthy to represent them as a councilor.
“He served diligently as leader of the legislative arm before his sudden demise,” the governor stated. .
USAID trains rice farmers in Delta, RIFAN lauds Okowa, CBN for support
Chief Silver Ejezie, Delta Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says USAID has commenced a training programme for rice farmers in the state.
Ejezie, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian on Monday in Asaba, said no fewer than 7,519 registered rice farmers would benefit from the training.
He said famers in Delta North and South Senatorial Districts had been trained in Asaba and Eku.
“As we speak now, farmers in Delta Central are being trained today June 15, in Warri under the “Feed the Future Agribusiness Investment Nigeria a -USAID programme on best practice on rice cultivation and processing in Delta,” he said.
He said that the training preceded the expected input supply from RIFAN headquarter in Abuja this week.
According to him, after this training by the USAID, the famers will be better prepared for the rainy season farming in the state.
“As farmers in the state, we have really enjoyed the support of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and we must say the Central Bank of Nigeria are also supportive of this programme.
“I have to let you know that the state chapter of RIFAN is planning to present an award to the USAID, the state governor and the CBN in recognition of their support.”
He said though one of the teething challenge facing the association had been that of tractors for land preparations.
“But we have been assured of supply of some tractors by our national body and we hope to receive from them soon,” Ejezie said.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Gov. Okowa mourns Gen. Obada (rtd.)
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has condoled with the Obada family of Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, over the death of Maj.-Gen. John Obada (rtd).
Okowa expressed the condolence in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifejiaka, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Warri.
The governor expressed sadness over the demise of the retired general, saying that it was devastating.
He prayed God to grant the family, the Agbarho community and the entire Urhobo nation the fortitude to bear the great loss.
“Obada’s death is devastating especially this time that the nation is in dire need of wise counselling of retired top military personnel to solve the avalanche of security challenges currently faced by the country.
“As a people, we are extremely proud of the outstanding contributions of Obada to the Nigerian Army where he served as Aide-De-Camp to Nigeria’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, from 1964 to 1966.
“He was also Commander, Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, 1971 to 1975; General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu, known then as 4th Infantry Division, Nigerian Army.
“Obada had an illustrious military career and served the nation with all his heart, with full dedication and commitment to duty.
“He acted as Chief of Air Staff (COAS) from 1970 to 1971 and was Federal Commissioner for Works and member, Supreme Ruling Council.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Delta, I send my deepest condolences to the Obada family, the Urhobo nation and the people of Agbarho where he hailed from,” Okowa said.
Obada retired from the Nigerian Army in 1977 and represented Delta in the Federal Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
He died on Saturday night at the age of 81 after a brief illness.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Delta Assembly grants Okowa’s request to build mother & child centre
The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday granted Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s request to build a N1.3 billion mother and child centre at Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state.
The assembly’s approval followed a motion by the Majority Leader, Mr Tom Owhefere, which was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor, representing Bomadi Constituency.
Owhefere and Preyor had prayed the house to consider and grant the governor’s request due to the importance of the centre and the health needs of the people.
The house, through a voice vote, unanimously granted the request which was contained in a letter transmitted to the assembly by the governor.
He said that the project, estimated to cost N1.3 billion, would be executed through a contractor financing model.
“Being a flagship project, the government opted for an alternative source of funding to ensure early completion.
“Quotations received from tenders were significantly higher than the amount officially reserved for the project; so the company with the lowest bid was considered,” he said.
Oborevwori said that the contractors, NJZC International Construction Limited and Sinoma Investment International Limited, would fund 70 per cent of the project cost.
He said government would issue an irrevocable Standing Payment Order in favour of the companies, to ensure scheduled completion.
I’ll bequeath professionalism-driven civil service to Delta – Okowa
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said that his administration will leave a legacy of a professionalism-driven public sector in the state, with zero tolerance for corruption.
The governor stated this on Monday in Asaba at the unveiling of the Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019.
He expressed his administration’s commitment to ensuring strict adherence to due process in service delivery, while urging civil servants to equip themselves with the knowledge of the regulations governing their jobs.
“This administration is irrevocably committed to sustaining the current policy thrust of strict adherence to due process, prudent management, judicious allocation of resources and continual appraisal of our structures and processes.
“It is our desire to leave the legacy of a public sector, driven by professionalism and synergy among ministries, department and agencies (MDAs), efficient project performance and zero tolerance for corruption.
“Capacity-building will remain a mirage where the principle of continuous improvement is not embraced and the operators are not sufficiently equipped with the tools and knowledge that they need to perform their duties, especially in a rapidly-changing world that we live in today.
“Those resources must align with the current realities and trends for the civil service to effectively and successfully midwife the timely delivery of government’s policies and programmes.
“As such, it is with a great sense of fulfillment that I receive the new Delta State Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019,’’ Okowa said.
He recalled that the commission, in rendering its 2016 annual monitoring report, proposed the review of the Public Service Commission Regulations of 1978, which was then 38 years old.
“Subsequently, the proposal and recommendations from the commission were considered and approved by the state Executive Council on April 3, 2017.
“The Civil Service Commission Regulations, 2019 took three years to produce and all civil servants should avail themselves of copies of this booklet and equip themselves with a working knowledge of the regulations governing their work.
“This is because there can be no excuse for not obtaining a copy of this handbook,” he said.
The governor commended the committee that reviewed the regulations, comprising the Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Patience Okwuofu; a former Head of Service, Okey Ofili, and other members for their sacrifices and commitment in making the review possible.
Earlier, Okwuofu had thanked the governor for approving the review of the regulations.
According to her, the regulations will help to reposition the civil service for effective service delivery.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq