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Delta State Higher Institutions to Resume September

The Delta State Government is set to order the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state, Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has learnt.

The state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had met with stakeholders including COVID-19 management team where they agreed to reopen schools.

According to reports, September 21, 2020, had been tentatively agreed as resumption date for the new academic session for tertiary institutions.

This is coming five months after the state government ordered closure of schools including universities and polytechnic to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Delta is currently on eight position on the Nigeria’s COVID-19 chart with 1,744 confirmed infections.

Of the number, the state has managed and discharged 1,540 patients with 157 currently undergoing treatment.

However, 47 fatalities have so far been recorded.

Lagos, the epicenter of coronavirus in the country, has ordered tertiary institutions to resume academic activities on September 14 while primary and secondary schools are to reopen on September 21.

Sources within the government confirmed the decision for reopening of tertiary institution to our correspondent.

Our sources, however, said the agreed date remains tentative as it was still subject to change.

“We have agreed to reopen before September end. So far, we have agreed ‘tentatively’ on September 21. I can assure you that our schools will reopen in Delta State next month. Governor Okowa will announce it when all arrangements are completed”, a top government official disclosed.

A commissioner who did not want his name in print confirmed the development to our correspondent.

The commissioner said, “I can’t give you the exact date but our schools are resuming in September. All arrangements and modalities in line with the new conditions caused by COVID-19 area being addressed. His Excellency, Governor Okowa will announce the resumption date this week.”

When contacted on the development, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, confirmed that there are plans to reopen tertiary institutions in the state.

Muoboghare, who however did not reveal the actual date for reopening of schools, disclosed that schools will resume in September.

“I can’t give you details but we are resuming very soon. Upon resumption, the NCDC protocols will be strictly applied. We have the capability to resume. Arrangement will soon be announced. The NCDC will be applied to students, staff and visitors.

“In September, there will be positive movement towards reopening of tertiary institutions”, the commissioner added.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING: Fuel tanker explodes in Delta, killing many (PHOTOS)

About 20 persons have been reportedly burnt to death when a tanker carrying petroleum product exploded around Koko Junction section of the Benin/Saepele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident, according to sources, occurred around 11am on Wednesday when the tanker exploded.

It was gathered that the victims were burnt beyond recognition while no fewer than 10 vehicles were gutted by fire.

“The tanker carrying petroleum product was trying to escape a bad spot when it fell and suddenly exploded between Koko Junction and Ologbo section of the Benin/Warri in Delta State.

“More than 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition. About 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. The victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles.

“Officials of FRSC and security agencies are already here trying to remove the corpses. Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation”, a source eh witnessed the incident told our correspondent.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING: Delta Governor’s Daughter Test Positive To COVID19, Whole Family On Isolation

Sola Charles, Asaba

Delta State Governor Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s Daughter has tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus disease.
We gather the Governor’s Daughter was Among the 106 COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the State for Thursday night.

Governor Okowa who confirmed this development on Friday morning, said himself and his family, in-line with the laid out COVID-19 procedures, are going into isolation for the next 14-days.

“Earlier today, Edith and I received the news that one of our daughters has tested positive for COVID-19. Hence, in-line with the laid out procedures, we are both going into isolation for the next 14-days. We will continue to keep you all updated,” Governor Okowa tweeted.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria had on Thursday jumped a bit higher with 594 new cases. Lagos and Delta states took top position in the new cases recorded on June 25, 2020.

While Lagos, adjudged as the epicenter of the virus in the country had 159 cases as against 250 a day before, (now 9,482 in total) Delta had 106 cases against 40 in the previous day, bringing a total of 715 cases in the state.

BREAKING NEWS: Delta State ends interstate lockdown, dismantles all blockades

Delta State Government has directed local government chairmen and members of the COVID-19 taskforce team to open up borders and create opportunity for free flow of traffic.

In a statement signed by secretary to the state government, Chiedu Ebi, and sighted by Emerald News, the state government directed all local government chairmen to dismantle all road blocks with effect from Tuesday June 23, 2020.

READ THE STATEMENT FROM THE SSG

Good evening Chairmen, Coordinator’s and Supervisors. Thanks for all the calls, prayers and best wishes since I took I’ll. I am improving with each passing day and hopefully in a couple of days, I should be back to full fitness.

After several weeks of hard and dedicated work in protecting our boundaries, the time has come for us to scale down on some of the activities with regard to the boundary enforcement. Consequently, with effect from Tuesday 23rd June, the Task Force and Boundary activities will be suspended.

All Chairmen are to ensure the dismantling of any blockades and ensure that unscrupulous persons do not attempt to engage in illegal activities. As we try to go back to the new normal, Chairmen are advised to ensure the continued sensitization of Citizens on the necessary protocols.

Once again, well done guys and really proud of the work done to keep our people safe.

Thanks and warm regards,
Chiedu Ebie
SSG

Delta SSG, Info Commissioner test positive to COVID-19

As Delta State Government intensifies efforts at combating the spread of COVID-19 in the state, it said on Sunday that two top officials of government had tested positive to the virus.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, who made this known in a statement in Asaba, named the officials as Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.

Ifeajika said both officials showed mild symptoms of the virus and consequently subjected themselves to the test.

He said that both men had been moved to an isolation centre and were stable, and responding well to treatment.

Ifeajika called on residents of the state to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as anyone, irrespective of status, could contract the virus.

“Let me advise all Deltans to, as a matter of top priority, always obey the COVID-19 protocols, which have been in public domain, so as to curb further spread of the pandemic.

“The fresh cases in our hands in Delta further testifies to the fact that COVID-19 is not a scam. It is real and people should take the issues of the virus and personal hygiene seriously.
“COVID-19 is not a death sentence; so, when you begin to feel unwell, reach out to approved government hospitals for appropriate tests to be carried out.

“We can save ourselves and others from this virus if we obey all the protocols of wearing face masks, regular washing of hands in running water, use of alcohol-based sanitisers and maintaining physical-distancing while congregating in any form.

“All our hospitals and isolation centres across the state are on 24 hours alert to receive any case(s) of the Coronavirus or other health challenges,” he stated

Delta State Government To Establish Modular Refinery

Sola Charles,Asaba

The Delta State Executive Council (EXCO) today, Tuesday 16/6/2020 Approved the setting up of a modular refinery and commencement of work at an agro-industrial park in the state.

The State Government also appointed a committee to Assess The State of Africa Timber and Plywood (AT&P), Sapele and determine how the land it is occupying could be effectively utilised for Deltans to Boost Economy Activities In Delta State.

This decisions,were reached at the Exco meeting was made known to Reporters in Asaba by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.

Mr Aniagwu, who was joined by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, also reaffirmed that the 2020 budget of the state was being reviewed in line with developments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He Assured Deltans that the state governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa and his team were working out programmes that would get them positively engaged and reduce the effects of the ravaging pandemic.

According to the commissioner, the state government would be partnering the private sector to train some youths on how to construct telecommunication towers.

“Due to Covid-19, what we had today was more of economic Exco meeting as it was basically on how to re-jig the economy of the State to get more of our people engaged now and after the Covid-19.

“Most of us are aware of the agro-industrial Park at Aboh-Ogwashi; Exco approved that government should explore that window provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Agriculture Loan to see that the industrial park which will be private sector-driven come on stream.

“The industrial park is big and you are aware that Norsworthy is among the companies that is investing and managing the park.

“Delta is known for its petrochemicals and Exco believes that it is high time we participated in that Sector. So, we are investing in a modular refinery to be established at Okpai, Ndokwa East Local Government Area.

“The modular refinery will generate revenue for the state and create job opportunities for our people,’’ he said..

Aniagwu added that the meeting “also examined the AT&P that occupies a vast area in Sapele and we are looking at how to auction some of the machinery and look at how to utilise that land to help more people to be employed.

“We also looked at a proposal by a company to produce tower for the telecom sector and the Exco approved investment in the tower production plant to be sited at Issele-Uku.

“All that I have mentioned as approved by Exco are value-driven projects that will be of benefits to our people.”

The Commissioner also said that due to the fall in price of oil in the international market and the effects of Covid-19, the 2020 budget of the state had been reviewed and would be presented to the House of Assembly for approval.

He advised that people should take Covid-19 serious by going for medical checks once they had any symptom of the ailment.

Aniagwu observed that the number of Covid-19 cases was on the rise in the state and urged the people to take responsibility by obeying laid down health protocols.

“We don’t want to hear about mysterious deaths in our state; so, go for test so that we can get out of the curve; there is nothing to run away from, the government is committed to ensuring that the state is out of the spike and safe for everybody,” he said

Anambra, Delta Hold Talks To Check Movement On Niger Bridge

The Anambra and Delta state governments are currently holding talks to check the influx of people, seeking to cross the Niger Bridge in defiance of the presidential order restricting inter-state movements.

Mr Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Onitsha on Monday.

Adinuba was commenting on the barricade built on the bridge on the orders of Gov. Willie Obiano at the Asaba-end of the bridge.

The iron barricade was reportedly pulled down at the weekend by youths in Delta.

NAN learnt that the development necessitated a meeting where the two governments resolved to jointly police the Niger Bridge to curtail the movement of ‘strange persons.’

“Top officials of both Delta and Anambra State governments have met thrice today and will meet again tomorrow or so.

“The meeting is to conclude arrangements on how to check the influx of people, who defy the presidential order restricting inter-state movements as part of the far-reaching measures to check the spread of COVID-19,” Adinuba said.

According to him, the meetings have been held in a convivial and brotherly manner.

“Subsequent meetings will follow the same trajectory of peace and solidarity as each party is quite committed to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic,” Adinuba said.

Gov. Okowa Relaxes Lockdown in Delta Effective April 30th

Highlights of Gov. Okowa’s State Broadcast

√ Okowa partially lifts movement restrictions in Delta State from April 30 from 6:00am – 7:00pm to enable economic activities return

√ Burials and weddings would be allowed with strict obedience to the social distance order

√ All schools remained closed till May 30

√ Entertainment centres remained closed till further notice

√ Transport services will be allowed to operate with limited number of passengers

√ Airports remained closed till further notice

√ To meet religious leaders on Thursday

√ Crusades remained banned

√ Workers from level 12 and above to resume work immediately

√ Security agents to ensure strict compliance to the new directives and prosecute defaulters

√ Use of facemasks in public places is now compulsory

√ State will commence the distribution of one million facemasks through the 25 LGAs tomorrow

√ Continuation of interstate borders lockdown for another two weeks as stated by Mr President

√ Always stay indoors, only go out when it is necessary and use alcohol based sanitizers

√ If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19, do not panic, call your LG chairman, or councillor or 08031230480.

Ex Delta Gov Uduaghan Congratulates Ologbotsere Of Warri, Ayiri Emami At 45

Sola Charles, Asaba

Former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has congratulated the Traditional Prime Minister (Ologbotsere) of Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami on his 45th Birthday Anniversary on Sunday.

Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, in a statement Prayed for more fruitful years and wisdom for the celebrant as he grows older.

The Former Governor and Ayiri are both members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under which Uduaghan ran for Delta South Senatorial election in 2019.

“On this auspicious day of your birth Anniversary, I join your family, Warri Kingdom and well wishers around the globe in wishing you a most fulfilling and prosperous 45th birthday Atabrata! He said.

“Happy birthday Chief Ayiri Emami, the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom! God bless you and many happy returns!”

COVID-19 Lockdown:176 Convicted in Delta State

Sola Charles, Asaba

Two days after the setting up of mobile courts across the state by the state Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro to prosecute defaulters of the State Government’s Stay-at-Home Restriction Order/Directives to curtail the spread of coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) into the state, no fewer than 176 defaulters have been convicted.

The defendants were arraigned under the Delta State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 punishable under section 5 of the Quarantine Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990, and Delta State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 punishable under Section 203 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP C21, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2006.

The Charge No. MU/PH/ 7/ 2020 Attorney General of Delta State VS Samuel Igbuku and 10 ors, reads: ” That you Samuel Igbuku and 10 ors on or about the 9th day of April 2020 at Ughelli, a place within the Jurisdiction of this court was found moving about without a lawful permit thereby violating restriction of movement directive/order issued by the Governor of Delta State and commit an offence contrary to the Delta State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and punishable under section 5 of the Quarantine Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.

“That you Samuel Igbuku and 10 ors on the 9th day of April 2020 at Ughelli within the Jurisdiction of this Court without lawful excuse did disobey a lawful order issued by the executive Governor of Delta by flouting the restriction of movement/order made pursuant to the Delta State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 thereby commits an offence contrary to and punishable under section 203 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP C21, Laws of Delta State of Nigeria, 2020.”

The convicts who pleaded guilty to the one count charge were among the 243 defendants arraigned before Chief Magistrates Odjugo Ena ( Ughelli Magisterial Division ), Helen Okonkwo ( Asaba Magisterial Division ) and Sohwo M. Edoja ( Warri Magisterial Division ) even as 67 were discharged.

Breakdown of the figure shows that in Asaba, the Capital City 127 were arraigned, 89 sentenced and 38 discharged. 45 arraigned, 14 discharged and 31 sentenced in Ughelli, while in Warri 71 arraigned, 56 sentenced and 15 discharged.

Most of the convicts who pleaded guilty with sundry defences of going to purchase food items for their families and engaging in daily job to eke out a living, were fined between five hundred and three thousand Naira. The Court also made an Order for vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles belonging to some of the defaulters to be detained until the period of the Lockdown was over, even as others were sentenced to do community services for two or more weeks as the merit of the case demands.

The presiding Learned Magistrates dismissed their defences as unsatisfactory and frivolous. They, however, applied ingenuity and astuteness of the Law to discharge some defendants after probing further into the merit of their case only to discover that such ones were performing essential duties which were exempted from the restrictive Order, even when the defendants ignorantly pleaded guilty. Example was a mortuary attendant over 60 years old, elder Joseph Igho who said that he drove out to buy foodstuff for the family when the police impounded his Sienna vehicle. While one Odafe Leo explained that he was returning from hospital were his wife gave birth to a baby boy that morning when police arrested him and took him to Ovwian Alaja Divisional Police Station.

In an interview with the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Delta State Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya stated that prosecution of offenders of the state Government Order shows that government was serious about it, stressing it would serve as a deterrent to others.

While commending the state government for the legal measure to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, PPRO advised residents to remain at home, maintain social distance and observe sanitary routine of regularly washing their hands with running water or applying hand sanitizer.