The State House of Assembly has constituted twenty eight standing committees to enhance legislative business.

The Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over Thursday’s plenary announced the names of the Chairmen and members of the twenty eight standing Committees.

The House Committee on Legislative Compliance is to be Chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Rt .Hon .Ochor Ochor while the Majority Leader Hon. Tim Owhefere is the Chairman House Committee on Information.

Other Chairmen of various House committees are Honourable Eriathake Ibori-Suenu, Finance and Appropriations, Honourable Emomotimi Guwor, DESOPADEC, Honourable Anthony Elekeokwuri, Public Accounts, Honourable Emmanuel Sinebe, Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency and Honourable Charles Emetulu,Education.

The House Committee on Lands, Survey and Urban Development is Chaired by Honourable Reuben Izeze, Power and Energy, Honourable Kenneth Ogba, Health,Honourable Austin Uroye, Environment,Oil and Gas, Honourable Pullah Ekpotuayerin and Arts Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi.

The member representing Warri North is the Chairman House Committee on Youths and Sports,Honourable Felix Anirah, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Honourable Charles Oniyere, Rules, Business, Legal and Judicial Matters, Honourable Pat Ajudua, Public Petitions and Honourable Solomon Ighrakpata, Special Duties.

The member representing Aniocha North Honourable Emeka Nwaobi chairs the House Committee on Works, Honourable Ferguson Onwo, Housing and Women Affairs, Honourable Asupa Forteta, Peace and Security,Honourable Festus Okoh, Transport,Honourable Innocent Anidi, Establishment, Honourable Matthew Opuoru Trade and Investments .

The House Committee on Water Resources is chaired by Honourable Peter Uviejitobor, Science and Technology, Honourable Moses Anaughe, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Honourable Austin Chikezie, and Urban Renewal Honourable Oboro Preyor.

The Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori congratulated the Chairmen and members of the various House Committees saying that standing committees in any parliament across the world was key to legislative functions.

He advised them to hit the ground running and put in their best in order to achieve set goals.

Okpanam Needs More Infrastructure – Okonkwo

Capital Territory: Okpanam Needs More Infrastructure – Okonkwo

GOVERNMENT of Delta State has been urged to extend more development projects to Okpanam community to cater for the large number of residents in the area.

The President, Okpanam Youths Organisation (OYO), Comrade Friday Okonkwo made the call when he spoke about 28 years anniversary of the creation of Delta State.

Comrade Okonkwo said that the creation of Delta State in 1991 was a great blessing to Deltans and Okpanam community in particular.

“I can confidently say that the creation of Delta is a blessing to us in several ways; with the coming of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, we are witnessing the construction of new roads but, I must tell you that the people need more,” he said, adding, “we are very peaceful and contributing a lot to the development of the state which is natural sacrifice that we must make as a great stakeholder in the capital territory.”

He continued, “due to the influx of people into our community, there is need to extend the road dualisation project through Okpanam, and from Amachai quarters, connect our local government headquarter, Akwukwu-Igbo.

“The Amachai/Akwukwu-Igbo road is presently, being threatened by erosion at Igwogwo pit; the ecological problem can only be handled by government and we are happy that our Governor has given us a good voice in government with the appointment of Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah as a Commissioner.

“We are grateful to the governor for giving us a sense of belonging, he is doing a lot, but, we need more, we need a modern market, more roads and drainages.
“It is a good thing that our Governor appointed Hon. Amaechi Mrakpor as the Director-General of the Capital Territory Development Agency, we believe that as someone who represented us at the House of Representatives, she is aware of our plight and will live up to expectations.

“While we congratulate all Deltans for the unity we enjoy as a people, we call on Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu to attract federal government projects to complement what the state government is doing in the development of Okpanam,” Comrade Okonkwo stated.

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Emulate Delta State And Okowa’s Worthy Example

Delta State and Okowa’s worthy example

By Matthew Ozah

George Orwell was quoted to have said about one of his novels, Animal Farm “If it does not speak for itself, it is a failure”. At the end of the day, the novel did not speak for itself because of what critics refer to as its fanciful treatment of the suppression of a revolution by tyrants.

Also, it is always less successful for anyone to husband the reputation of any politician or public figure without some definite achievements to anchor with.

Therefore, praise singing without any evidence will always be an exercise in futility and a venture that will not satisfy its mission or see the light of day.
In that case, the time has come to smash the gloomiest myths about Nigeria’s politics by giving honour to whom it is appropriately due.

This is because it is human nature and particularly in the character of mischievous persons to always focus on the bad news rather than the good ones about people, events and places.

For instance, if you ask a cross section of people this question: Do you believe or trust Nigeria’s politicians? The answer that you may get is not farfetched. Of course, majority will respond negatively due to the ugly political activities and poor performance of political office holders across the country.

However, for the incumbent Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, he does not need any propaganda machinery or image laundry from political contractors to appear clean before the people. Okowa’s administration is not in the business of talking or seeking who to speak on its behalf.

Rather, it has chosen to set out goals and has determined to stop at nothing than to develop the state. As it were, the people have become the image launders and positive mouthpiece of the Okowa’s government.

This is because, for twenty eight years since Delta State was created the indigenes have not seen the level of infrastructural development save for the tenures of Felix Ibru, the first civilian governor of the state and that of the Odidigborigbo, James Ibori.

Politics has not been idle or meaningless under Okowa’s administration and in trying to curb the bigoted behaviour associated with government contracts, the check and balance has become an institution. The state government is doing its best to change the complexion of politics from self-enrichment to selfless service to the people and state.

However, it would not be easy to dismiss some elements of glib among politicians in the state. Without doubt, Okowa has definitely taken the state to unique heights and on the lips of Deltans, speaks volume of his performance.

This writer traversed the state recently, and the level and quality of road rehabilitation I saw in Sapele, is absolutely amazing. Roads in the ancient city among others in the state are either rehabilitated or constructed afresh to link up villages and towns. For instance, the Akumazi/Ekuoma road, Owerre-Olubor/Uteogbeje road, Umunede/Otolokpo road, Mbiri Emuhu road among others scattered across the state.

Politics and performance have not been this smooth in the state. Therefore, it is magical in the eyes of many and to show the level of their ecstasy, Deltans now refer to governor Okowa as ‘The road Master’. However, the governor being who he is, simply selfless, humble and filled with humane character does not allow arrogance of power to engulf him.

Therefore, he constantly attributes his success to the peace that exists among the people in the state. The other day, while receiving members of the state council of traditional rulers, he said, “Traditional rulers in the state have done so much for us, you are architects of peace in our state. When the various Kingdoms are at peace with themselves, God will bless the state…”

Indeed, Okowa is a blessing to the state looking at the arrays of achievements connected to his government. It has always been the headache of political parties during elections to worry about who occupies the Government House. Ordinarily, Deltans have no angst about who is the henchman or woman, which makes it possible for citizens of the state to ask questions when things are going wrong and speak in praise when it is necessary just as it is the case now.

The task and demonstration that government is capable of fighting off corruption to a marginable extent has shown in Okowa’s performance and attitude towards the business of governance. According to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who, recently inspected facilities at the Asaba International Airport said: “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is always a very serious minded person, very focused, principled and always committed to doing the right thing, I have been informed how he ensured transparency in the concessioning of the Asaba airport. Some of his friends bid for the airport and lost, and in the interest of his people, he did not interfere and did not care whether his friends lost but what he wanted was quality and the right people to run the airport and I think this is what will help our nation”.

The conclusion of this matter is that Okowa’s performance has provided an enduring underpinning that government is a continuum.

Instead of chasing shadows in the name of probe, investigation and heaping blames on previous administration, Okowa has chosen to hit the ground running. Equally encouraging under Okowa’s administration is the ability to house all government agencies and parastatals under one roof at the state secretariat.

This has not only saved the government huge revenue on rents but also allow quick attention to the business of governance. It is the citizens and not the governor’s men who should testify to a ‘hypothesis’ that, ‘so, government can work?’

CIVIL SERVICE; Okowa Calls For Mentoring In Civil Service

Okowa calls for mentoring in civil service

Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged retired top civil servants in the state to support the mentoring of civil servants for effective service delivery.

He made the call on Wednesday in Asaba when members of Association of Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ASORHOPS) visited him.

The governor said that it was necessary for the retired senior civil servants to be involved in mentoring of persons still in service, because they would not like to see the collapse of civil service in the state.

“No one leaves a place and watches it collapse; there is a lot of roles for you (ASORHOPS) to play to ensure that the civil service you left behind can still be very effective in the delivery of services.

“If these classes of people are involved in training and mentorship, we will have a better system. It is my prayer that this partnership that has been started will continue to grow,’’ he said.

He commended the association for providing the state government with compendium for the refocusing of civil service in the state.

`I must appreciate you for pulling resources of your own and sacrificing your time to produce this report about how we can have an effective civil service. It shows your passion for an effective system.

“This is a very positive visit which will help us to improve in governance, because I have always insisted that there is no way the political class can work without the civil service.

“We can achieve much more with an effective civil service.

“We preach discipline among political office holders and heads of departments; when your head is disciplined, the tendency for all the subordinates to be disciplined is there.

“As an individual, I wake up daily by 5 am; why should I be sleeping when there is work to be done?

“There are still some civil servants that are making us proud and the upcoming ones should emulate them because there is something good in working hard,” the governor said.

While disclosing that his administration was working hard to surmount the challenges of pensions, he disclosed that the Central Secretariat complex being constructed by his administration would be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020.

According to him, with the completion of the multi-billion naira edifice, 24 hours power supply will be available to all government offices to ensure enhanced service delivery in the state.

Earlier, Chairman of ASORHOPS, Mr Okey Ofili, had in an address, said that the association was in partnership with the government to create prosperity for all Deltans He said that it was against that backdrop that the association decided to task members financially and otherwise, to produce a report on “Revitalizing and Repositioning of Delta State Civil Service’’ which the government could leverage on to drive its SMART Agenda.

Ofili expressed gratitude to the state government for regular and prompt payment of pension to retired officials.

According to him, as we speak, we have been paid our August, 2019 pension.

The chairman also lauded the governor for engaging members of the association as chairmen and members of boards and commissions.

He also thanked the governor for “the favourable consideration of our welfare, particularly with regard to financial assistance to the families of our deceased members.

XENOPHOBIA: Zambian Students Storm South Africa Embassy, Destroy Properties

Xenophobia: Zambian Students Storm South Africa Embassy, Destroy Properties

Angered by the recent xenophobic attacks, some Zambian students on Wednesday took to the South African Embassy in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

The visibly-angry students of the Rainbow nation defied huge police presence and approached the embassy to achieve their aim.
Despite being addressed by the Zambian general Police inspector Kakoma Kanganja and his police team, the citizens seems not to be pleased with his remark.

The action comes shortly after Zambia has cancelled an international friendly football match which was slated for Lusaka next weekend against South Africa.

“This is because of the security concerns, you never know what can happen,” Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) secretary-general Adrian Kashala, told AFP. “We want to be sure of the security of (the) visiting team”.

The attacks on foreign stores began a day after South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers. They blocked roads and torched foreign-driven vehicles mainly in the southwestern KwaZulu-Natal province.