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UNIDEL: Thanks, Gov Okowa For The Uncommon Gesture

UNIDEL: Thanks, Gov Okowa For The Uncommon Gesture

The news of the passage of the bill giving teeth to the establishment of University of Delta, Agbor, (Unidel, Agbor), has come as a top draw from the string of good news that has become synonymous with Agbor Kingdom recently. When the bill was initially proposed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the Delta State House of Assembly to establish University of Education, Agbor, we wholeheartedly thanked you for the gesture, promising to engage the state legislature with a view to making it a full fledged university.As promised, we made a rich presentation at the public hearing organized by the state legislature in order to churn out a very good bill that incorporates our interests. True to our expectations, the Delta State House of Assembly, today, Tuesday, 23 of March, 2021, graciously passed a bill establishing University of Delta, Agbor, that will be appropriately referred to as Unidel, Agbor.To this gesture, we thank you, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for proactively sending the executive bill for the establishment of a university in Agbor. We may not go to the rooftop to cheer the “Roadmaster” for this unexpected gesture but we are sure that your action will cement your name in the sand of time.Our gratitude goes too to the Delta State House of Assembly who against all odds gave the bill the accelerated hearing it deserved. To Prof Patrick Muoboghare, the Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, we owe him one for the tenacity and steely resolve to stand firm in defending what’s right.For Hon Festus Chukwuyem Okoh, Member, Delta State House of Assembly, representing Ika South Constituency, we didn’t expect less. We are aware of his contributions to support the bill. His efforts have further elevated him in the Agbor Hall of Fame. He is truly a concerned citizen.The new University of Delta, Agbor, has immense capacity to attain greatness considering the facilities available at the Agbor Technical College and State School of Nursing, Agbor as well as the Agbor Central Hospital. In no distant time, we are confident that these facilities will become part of the university that will truly provide the needed research that our community currently crave.His Excellency, we are aware that the bill won’t stay long on your table before accent is given. Accept our assurances that we will reach our prominent sons and daughters of Ika Nation as well as corporate organisations to support the new school.Once again, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, we thank you.Truly yoursMr. Echi Obue (JP)—-Chairman, Concerned Citizens of Agbor Initiative also known as CACMr. Williams Eghebi—Secretary, Concerned Citizens of Agbor Initiative, also known as CAC.
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Delta gives reasons for establishing 3 new varsities

Delta Government on Wednesday said its decision to upgrade three tertiary institutions to universities was to eliminate wasteful expenditure and expand admission spaces for Deltans seeking university education.Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on Tuesday sent a Bill to the State House of Assembly to approve the upgrade of institutions.

The Bill seeks the upgrade of College of Education, Agbor to Delta State University of Education, Agbor; Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro to Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro and Delta State University, Anwai Campus to Delta State University of Science and Agriculture, Anwai-Asaba.

The Commissioner for Higher Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, told journalists at a news conference in Asaba that the state government was spending N458 million on 1,895 staff for 2,888 National Certificate of Education (NCE) students in the state’s three Colleges of Education.He stated that students had since lost interest in NCE programmes which accounted for their low number in the colleges.

On admission space into Delta State University, Abraka, Muoboghare said that with about five hundred public secondary schools and more than five hundred private secondary schools in the state, turning out SS3 graduates every year, the number of students in the state seeking university admission every year was high.

According to him, keeping brilliant children on the waiting list for university admission for too long is a recipe for crime.“For the 2019/2020 admission, 25,896 candidates chose Delta State University, Abraka, as first choice. Out of this number, 22,358 qualified, applied for and wrote the post-UTME examination.“Only 4,854 could find space after the admissions, leaving the remaining 21,042 candidates stranded and almost hopeless.

We need to provide for these qualified and ambitious children and this we are doing through the establishment of new universities by upgrading three existing tertiary institutions,” Muoboghare explained.He said that the state government intended to commence academic activities in the new schools in the 2021/2022 academic session once the State Assembly passed the Bill establishing them.

On his part, Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the motive for the new universities was to place them to become comparatively competitive and to meet the admission needs of Deltans which was on the increase on yearly basis.He commended the three arms of government in the state for their cooperation in the development of the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
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PDP Primaries: Nwaonicha Commends Jude Onya

An American trained Organic Chemist and Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor, on Special Duties, Dr. Chukwuma Nwaonicha, has commended the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ika South Local Government Chapter, Mr. Jude Onya for the successful primaries of the party ahead of the March 6 Local Government Council elections in the state.

Nwaonicha who spoke in an interview during the week at Agbor said that Mr. Jude Onya, has since his assumption of office as Ika South PDP Chairman proved the good stuff he is made of with his sterling leadership style. He added that the mature way and manner Onya is administering the party has helped to cement the bond of unity among members.

According to Nwaonicha, “I want to use this medium to commend our dear PDP Chairman in Ika South Local Government, Mr. Jude Onya for the successful primaries ahead of the March 6 Local Government Council polls. Mr Onya deserves commendation because his sterling leadership style since assumption of office has been moving Ika South PDP forward. He is a good leader who is always carrying his party members along. He is responsible and knows his job. Ika South PDP is blessed to have Mr. Jude Onya as its Chairman. I will continue to support and pray for his success in office because he meant well for our party.

Speaking in a related development, Dr Chukwuma Nwaonicha wished the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Mr. Jude Onya and the entire PDP family in Ika South a happy and prosperous New Year. He also used the opportunity to call for more support for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his desire to build a better and stronger Delta before he leaves office in 2023.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

Dr. Chukwuma Nwaonicha

Jude Onya
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Ultra-Modern Central Secretariat, Governor Okowa’s Master Stroke

When Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State assumed office on 29th May, 2015 he was very clear as to what his focus was. He left no one in doubt about his ability to deliver on promises made.

Side view of the Secretariat

Among key strategic projects he had in mind was the need for Delta State to have a befitting Central Secretariat Complex in Asaba. It was a well thought out project, given the fact that since the creation of Delta State in 1991, many Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government have been operating from rented buildings scattered all over the State capital.The project becomes more laudable when viewed against the reality that most of the rented buildings were designed and constructed for residential purposes and, therefore, not suitable for office use.

The multi-billion naira secretariat is a modern architectural complex of six floors expected to accommodate 27 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State. It covers a land area of over 40,000 square metres and is situated between the new and the old secretariat (now Olorogun Felix Ibru Secretariat), along Maryam Babangida Road, Asaba.

The new edifice now completed, stand as a testimony of a visionary leadership laced with taste and beauty. The secretariat complex is the first public building with elevator systems and disability access.Hence, the secretariat is not just new but also modern. It is a project that defines and shapes the Okowa’s administration. A master piece of an architectural edifice. A landmark project.

In line with an agenda that has prosperity for all Deltans as target, the secretariat is expected to enhance coordination and synergy among the various MDAs leading to efficient and cost-effective governance.

However, in addition to the uniqueness of the secretariat was the financial template adopted by the Okowa administration. It was such that the project was financed partly in dollars and partly in naira.Recalled that the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), had authorized the financing of the proposed Central Secretariat Complex, Asaba, at a negotiated amount of N13, 645,131,243.47 by North China Construction Group Limited, on a contractor-financing basis. The project was financed by borrowings in the region of N8 billion and the naira equivalent of $18.5 million, in line with the terms and conditions of agreement.

As reflected in the terms and conditions, Delta State Government was to guarantee the loan of N8 billion obtained by North China Construction Group Limited (NCCG) from the United Bank of Africa (UBA) and to issue an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO).

A public affairs analyst in the state who spoke to the writer recently noted, that the mix of both currencies was a good hedging strategy in risk mitigation, which means that all the adverse increments in exchange rates affected less than 30 per cent of the total value of the contract.“I have seen the secretariat many times but to stand in front of that structure really puts me in awe. It was an unforgettable experience when I viewed the secretariat through front and back rear of the building and l discovered a vision behind its history. Don’t miss seeing the secretariat at night when it’s lit up.

“From what I can see, 90 per cent of the workers at the site were sourced locally, this is what gives me joy and the contractors are doing a good job. A centralized office complex will help to save cost and time. It is difficult moving round Asaba in search of government offices. This is a laudable project,” he stressed.

The secretariat was a commitment to openness, transparency and serving the public interests. The ultra-modern edifice was a commitment of Okowa’s administration towards ensuring the viability and purposeful administration and coordination of governance in the state.The new secretariat is expected to accommodate the staff of various units and departments of government.

Okowa’s administration is already yielding positive results, from road rehabilitation – rural, urban and trunk, to the stadium redevelopment, facilitating electrification, restoring water supply, etc.

The secretariat which is already completed will provide a suitable atmosphere for the workers to guarantee optimum production when commissioned.
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Yellow Fever: State Government commences vaccination in Ika South

…as Chuky Dandy expresses deep concern

The Delta State government led by Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has commenced vaccination against the outbreak of yellow fever decease across the state.

The exercise kick started in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Local Government Primary Health Care Center in Agbor with the dispatch of sixteen (16) teams of health officials to the twelve (12) Wards of the constituency.

The training and grouping of health workers for the exercise was observed by the Honourable member representing Ika South Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh also known as Chuky Dandy, who was more concerned about the well-being of his people.

The decease, according to the State Health Educator and Director, Community Development Social Mobilization and Advocacy, Mrs. Ijeoma Popo, comes with a bite from a special type of mosquito named Aedes aegypti and it’s symptoms comes with fever, headache, yellowness of eyes and in severe cases, infected persons begins to vomit, stool, as well as bleeding from both eye, nose and vomitory.

She further explained that the mosquito bites mostly at day times while the vaccine which is injectable, was the surest and easier way of protecting the people from being infected by the decease.“The vaccinators would be identified with their uniforms, kit boxes and would be stationed at a post in each Wards for the exercise.“The vaccine is ones in lifetime and for people between the ages of 9 months to 44years while the exercise will last for 10 days from 13th to 23rd of November, 2020,” she added.

While encouraging the public to come out with their family members to get vaccinated, Mrs. Popo pointed out that the vaccine is safe and free as the State government amongst other partners have committed much fund in a bid to curtail the spread of the decease in Delta State.Similarly, she commended Chuky Dandy for his effort in ensuring that the people of Ika South are been vaccinated timely, adding that his concern proves him to be a true leader who cares for his people.

Ijeoma Popo while educating the adhoc staff for the exercise

On his part, Chuky Dandy ably represented by Hon. Edwin Okoh, applauded the take off of the exercise in Ika South.He expressed deep concern about the health status and welfare of his constituents amidst his fears of the Yellow Fever case being recorded in the neighbouring local government, Ika Northeast LGA, acknowledging that he wants the vaccination to get through the length and breathe of Ika South.

I do not want a situation where we will record mutuality rate in Ika South as being observed in our sister local government. Therefore, I urge the entire citizenry of Ika South LGA, between the age of 9 month to 44 years, to get immunized to have our dream of healthy Ika South achieved, he said”

He used the medium to thanked Governor Okowa for putting his feet on ground in making sure that there is full containment of the decease. He also appreciated the Commissioner for Health and staffers of the State Ministry of Health for responding swiftly to his call.
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