Delta Govt Begins ‘Operation Remedy’ To Manage Outdoor Adverts

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

In order to explore opportunities in Outdoor Advertising and increase its revenue base, the Delta State government has flagged off ‘Operation Remedy’.

The initiative according to the Managing Director of the Delta State Signage and Advertising Agency, Mr Kenneth Onyemaka is aimed at controlling, regulating, monitoring, and inspecting all outdoor structures and platforms used for signage and advertisement.

Speaking on Monday in Asaba, Onyemaka said establishing the agency will ensure compliance with the provisions of the law including levy collections for all signage types, on-premise, wall, canopy, rooftop, free-standing amongst others.

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According to him, outdoor advertising propels the growth of trade and commerce in peculiar ways that has endeared it to highly successful brands.

Onyemaka said further that, ‘Operation Remedy’ consists of a wide range of remedial measures ranging from sensitisation, advocacy, consultations, stakeholder’s engagements, regulation and enforcement, beautification as well as database creation.

“Creating a database is one of the most important parts of this exercise because it will help us to take in all operators into our system, knowing who is a registered operator and an illegal operator.

“We are reaching out in terms of consultations but beyond these, we are able to know the exact number of billboards and signage we have in the state.”

He said the agency will also through ‘Operation Remedy’ correct indiscriminate citing of billboards and signages in the state.

“We are trying to correct drastically, the indiscriminate way people cite billboards and signages. If you get to some strategic junctions in the state, it is difficult to see upcoming vehicles because of the cluster of billboards and this is hazardous.”

Koko Toxic: Delta Govt Confirms Waste Not Harmful After Lab Analysis

Delta Govt. Insists Waste In Koko Not ToxicThe Delta State Government has cleared the air on the toxic waste dump in Koko community in Warri North Local Government Area, stating that the waste is not harmful after laboratory analysis.

This follows mixed reactions triggered by the alleged dumping of toxic waste in Koko town by Ebenco Global Links Limited, an accusation the company described as malicious and untrue.

According to a joint press briefing by the Ministries of Information and Environment, samples of the substance were collected and sent for further laboratory analysis at the Quality Analytical Laboratory Service Limited in Benin City, Edo State.

The Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Nani, said the results have shown that samples collected from Ebenco Links Ltd., Koko were solid non-toxic waste.

“Having reviewed the details of the findings from the laboratory results, it is overtly convincing that DPR regulation, as contained in the Environmental Guidelines and Standards for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria (EGASPIN), was carefully followed in the process of the treatment of the substance.

“The further analysis of the collected samples using DPR parameters also reveal that the substance has minimal toxicity and therefore, not capable of contaminating groundwater as alleged.

“The result also shows that the substance has no serious threat to human health, aquatic lives, vegetation and environmental sustainability.

“Consequently, no environmental remediation will be required as samples fall below DPR intervention values. The sample collected from Ebenco Global Links Limited are solid non-toxic waste,” the Commissioner stated.

Mr Nani reiterated resolve of the State Government to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the people of Delta State.

He added that strict environmental compliance monitoring and regular sanitary inspections of residents and facilities across the state would be prioritised.

Delta State Explores Alternative Sources To Tackle Power Challenges

General Electric, Governors Forum, MoUThe Delta State government says it is exploring alternative energy to effectively tackle the challenges of poor electricity supply in the state remains a top priority.

Some of the sources that the state government is considering are solar, bio and wind energy.

The State Commissioner for Energy, Mr Newworld Safugha, announced the plan during the on-going end-of-year ministerial press briefing in Asaba, organised by the State Ministry of Information.

Mr Safugha, who presented a scorecard of the ministry under his watch, revealed  that “the state currently requires about 1,010 megawatts of electricity to power the flurry of activities taking place in it”, but lamented that “only a paltry 100 megawatts – less than 10 Per cent – is available from the national grid”.

“The consequence of this, is the frequent interruption of power supply in the state,” the commissioner explained.

He highlighted that such inadequacy had necessitated the initiation of business partnership with three foreign investors, with a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed with the investors to sustain power supply from the renewable energy sources.

He noted that one of the investing enterprises, would be saddled with the task of generating 300 megawatts of electricity from Solar PV Plants in the state while another will focus on the construction of 100 megawatts of Solar PV Plant at Otolokpo/Umunede in Ika North- East Local Government Area of the state.

A third company will focus on the development of an 8.5 megawatts Gas Turbine Asaba Integrated Power Project to provide electricity power to all government offices, residential quarters and facilities in the state capital.

Mr Safugha also discloses that “in response to the electricity power challenges in the state, the government had spent about 936.5 million Naira on 25 power supply projects since the current administration took over power on May 29, last year, adding that the state is ready to do more in the years ahead.

Delta State Emphasizes More Transparency, Accountability In Governance

Delta state, transparency, accountability With the increasing complexities of governance, the Delta state government has organised a forum to emphasize the need for more transparency and accountability.

Public sector managers also say they are under pressure to render services in an accountable and transparent manner, so as to ensure that public resource owners derive optimum value from government expenditures.

In the light of that desire, the state government, through the office of the State Auditor-General in collaboration with State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR), organised the forum tagged, “Doing Business in a S.M.A.R.T Government : The Audit Perspective”.

The event took place at the Grand Hotel, Asaba, the Delta state capital, on November 16, 2016.

Among those present were professionals from different fields, including accounting and auditing.

Delta state public officers and other government stakeholders were also present and they shared their views and experiences about government’s financial operations.

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Representing the state government, the Commissioner Special Duties, Henry Sakpra, said it is open to resolutions that would help in better management of public financial systems.

Also expected to be discussed are three papers bordering on General financial management, Accounting for government transactions and the role of the audit institution in governance.

The State Accountant General, Cyril Agbele, also spoke about the efforts of his office in ensuring better accountability of state funds.

The Delta state Auditor General, Goddy Amudo, acknowledged that though corruption is one of the factors causing financial leakages, there are so many more indices that should be considered.

There are hopes that at the end of the forum, stakeholders are better informed about the environment of government business especially that of the Okowa administration’s S.M.A.R.T agenda.

Amnesty Programme: Niger Delta Stakeholders Propose States’ Partnership

House of Representatives, Amnesty Programme, Niger DeltaIndigenes and stakeholders in Nigeria’s Niger Delta have proposed a restructuring of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to include state governments as partners.

The proposal was put forward on Tuesday at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives on a bill seeking to give legal backing to the amnesty programme.

Traditional rulers, state and federal government officials witnessed the public hearing on the bill titled ‘The Presidential Programme on Rehabilitation and Reintegration’.

The House Committee Chairman on Niger Delta Affairs, Representative Ayi Ekpeyong, hinted that the bill also sought the conclusion of the programme in an orderly manner with a proper exit date.

On his part, the House Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema, highlighted the importance of the bill.

The General Manager of Upstream at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Pollie Okoronkwo and a representative of the Delta State Government, Pascal Adigwe, identified the different parts of the bill they want amended.

In its response, the committee promised to consider all the positions presented towards contributing to the peace process and development of the Niger Delta region.

Delta Govt. Says Dualising Nnebisi Road Nears Completion

 Nnebisi Road in Delta StateThe Delta State Government says it has kept its promise to dualise the Nnebisi road which is about 70% completed, from the traffic light to the cable Point which terminates at the bank of the River Niger.

The government says the development was to actualise the vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration of even infrastructural development in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, James Augoye, made the disclosure in Asaba, the Delta State capital, south-south Nigeria.

Augoye revealed that the road construction is in two phases with the first phase from Nnebisi Road to the Cable Market which is about 1.71 kilometres.

He added that the second phase would be from the market to River Niger as a single carriage road.

The Commissioner gave an insight on the characteristics and value of the road, stressing that the government would only embark on projects that were geared towards the economic development of the state.

He pointed out that without good roads, it would be impossible for economic activities to thrive, even as more deliverable was expected from the government.

The Cable Market is at the centre of the connection between the Igalas in Kogi State, the Igbos of Asaba in Delta State and the Igbos of Nteje in Anambra State.

Although some of the traders had raised concerns on the project, they commended the state government for its efforts so far.

They said the road was known to be very bad as it distorts the activities of farmers, traders and other road users.

Delta Govt Commits To Infrastructural Development

Delta, Ifeanyi OkowaThe Delta State Government has restated its commitment to the delivery of infrastructural development in the state despite the present economic challenges.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave the state government’s commitment in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital while inspecting and commissioning some projects in the state in south-south Nigeria.

He promised to place the interest of the people of the state above all other interests.

The Governor said that his administration had started to fulfil its promise to undertake projects that would deliver democratic dividends.

In his remarks, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, said the development was part of the activities to mark the celebration of the Governor’s one year in office.

He said this phase of commissioning had finally come to a conclusion, beginning with the commissioning of the Abavo General Hospital and its access road, the Palace Road in Owa-Oyibu in Ika South and North East local government areas.

The Governor’s train then moved to Uduophori Road in Patani LGA where he decried the poor quality of work on some sections of the project by the contractor after being briefed by a protesting community.

For about a month, Dr. Okowa has been on a commissioning and inspection tour of various projects undertaken by his administration throughout the state.

The state residents look forward to seeing not just the civil servant sanctioned if found culpable, but every other person saddled with the responsibility of supervising the road.

Delta State Workers Protest Promotion Examination’ Irregularities

Delta WorkersDisgruntled civil servants are protesting against what they claimed were irregularities in the arrangement made by the in Delta State Civil Service Commission in the conduct of promotion examination.

The protesting civil servants from grade level 5 to10 pressed home their demand in Asaba, the capital of Delta State in Nigeria’s southern region.

They accused the commission of causing delays in the promotion process while calling for a proper re-organisation of the examination.

They expressed dissatisfaction with the method adopted, alleging that some names were omitted from the list which they said had deprived those affected from participating in the exercise.

In her reaction, the Chairman of the Delta State Civil Service Commission, Dame Nkem, explained that the promotion examination was done in batches, as part of efforts to clear the backlog of those overdue for promotion.

While the protesters call on the Delta State government to intervene and resolve the situation, it appears the promotion examination has been placed on hold, as a result of the controversy.

First Case Of Lassa Fever Confirmed In Ekiti, Delta State

Lassa feverThe first Lassa fever case has been confirmed in Ekiti and Delta State.

In Ekiti State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, who confirmed the case, said the patient, an 18-year old female student of the School of Nursing at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido-Ekiti, is currently on admission at the hospital and in stable condition.

Dr. Ojo said one other patient is currently under observation in the same hospital.

Similarly, the Delta State Government confirmed its first case of the rodent disease.

The patient is a 65-year old woman from Ifiogwari village in Ayamelunu Local Government Area in Anambra State.

According to reports, the patient is presently being treated at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

The Delta State rapid response team had put 22 people under surveillance after it was established they had contact with the primary case.

Residents in the affected states have been advised to maintain high levels of personal and environmental hygiene, to forestall the spread of the disease.

Delta Govt. Receives Bids To Develop International Airport

DeltaThe Delta State Government has received bids from 14 companies to develop the Asaba International Airport.

Some indigenous and international organisations made the proposals for the role of transaction adviser for the international airport in Delta State’s capital, after the government had put out an advert for the position some weeks ago.

According to the Senior Policy Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Professor Sylvester Monye, the submission exercise by the companies had been made as transparent as possible for an effective selection process of the winner.

The Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Orogun George, also said that the winner of the bid would be required to provide professional transaction advisory services to the state government and perform the duties normally expected of such firms.

These responsibilities include: the completion of project preparation, structuring, designing and managing the procurement, review of enabling legal and regulatory framework, preparation of definitive concession agreements among others.

Okowa Inaugurates Government Agencies’ Boards

DeltaThe Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated Boards of Government Agencies and the Delta State Sports Commission.

At the ceremony held at the Unity Hall Asaba, Governor Okowa said appointment of people into boards and commissions would ensure decisive implementation of policies to ensure quick delivery of his agenda.

Responding on behalf of the appointed board members, Dr. Chris Oghenechovwen, thanked Governor Okowa for giving them the opportunity to serve the state in their respective boards and commission, pledging that they would carry out their functions diligently.

They also assured citizens of the state, diligence and hard work in handling the affairs of the state.

Tricycle Drivers Protest Against Hike In Price Of Ticket

kekeTricycle operators also known as Keke Drivers are protesting in Asaba causing traffic in the city.

Alleging that the cost of their tickets was increased from 250 naira to 300 naira, they carried out their protest at the popular Inter-Bau roundabout in Asaba the state capital, carrying placards condemning the increase which they claimed was done without informing them.

They berated the Delta State Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Union Asaba who sold the tickets to them, adding that they no longer require the services of a union.

With the protest, vehicular movement became slow and passengers got stranded as drivers carrying them were halted and forcefully made to discharge their passengers.

Meanwhile the Secretary of the Union, Emmanuel Afatakpa, while throwing more light on the reason for the increase, explained that it was necessitated by the reintroduction of the road tax by the Delta State Government.