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Oborevwori Commends COVID-19 Action Recovery, Economic Team 

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Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, on Wednesday commended the Delta COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (D-CARES) Programme team for increasing its direct beneficiaries from 36,353 to 110,841.
Oborevwori, in a town hall meeting with D-CARES beneficiaries at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, said the increase depicted an increase of approximately 205 per cent.
He said he was happy to hear about the heart-warming and success stories of the beneficiaries and the positive impact the activities of the D-CARES programme were having on them.
“Upon my assumption of office as governor, and in line with the MORE Agenda, we commenced the implementation of a blueprint that will provide more access to opportunities by Deltans, irrespective of their socio-economic status.
“Consequently, I approved the release of funds to support the activities of the D-CARES programme across the various delivery platforms.
“I am, therefore, very pleased to see this large number of happy Deltans, whose lives and businesses have been positively impacted.
“Scaling up the number of direct beneficiaries from 36,353 to 110,841, an increase of approximately 205 per cent, in just about 10 months, is, indeed, a commendable achievement”, he said.
He praised the entire D-CARES team for putting the people first in their assignments, urging them not to rest on their oars.
“As you know, the reward for hard work is more work. The current economic situation in our country has made it imperative for us to be supportive of one another.
“I charge you to enlist more Deltans and businesses so that more of our people can enjoy economic stability”,  he said.
Congratulating the beneficiaries, Oborevwori said he hoped and prayed they would seize the opportunity provided by the programme to chart new paths leading to economic freedom for them and their families.
Commissioner for Economic Planning, and Chairman, State CARES Steering Committee, Mr Sony Ekedayen, acknowledged the programme’s achievements.
According to him, the success stories testify to the governor’s commitment to improving the lives and economic fortunes of the poor and vulnerable persons in the state.
“As aptly represented by the letter ‘O’, which means Opportunity for all in his MORE Agenda for Deltans, the D-CARES programme was designed to focus on three key result areas.
The first, he says, is increasing social transfers, basic services and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households.
“The second area is increasing food security and the safe functioning of food supply chains to poor households, while the third is facilitating recovery and enhancing the capacities of micro and small-scale entrepreneurs”, he said.
The Secretary of the State CARES Steering Committee and State Coordinator, D-CARES Programme, Dr Patience Ogbewe, noted that while COVID-19 had come and gone, it left some challenges to grapple with.
She said the town hall meeting was apt and appreciated the governor for his unwavering support for the success of the programme.
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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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Delta Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmaker

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The Delta State House of Assembly last Thursday in Asaba recalled its member, Mr Matthew Omonade (APC-Ughelli North I), after 29 days of suspension.
The recall was announced during plenary by the Speaker, Mr Dennis Guwor, following an adoption of the report by the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Omonade.
The Tide’s source recalls that the assembly had on May 14 suspended the lawmaker over alleged gross misconduct.
“The house has, therefore, lifted the suspension following the adoption of the recommendations of the committee.
“He is expected to resume plenary and other legislative duties on the next sitting day”, Guwor said.
Earlier, the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi (PDP-Aniocha North), who chaired the committee, said after a thorough investigation, it recommended that Omonade be sounded a note of warning against future occurrence.
He said the committee also recommended that the recalled lawmaker be made to study the rules of the house.
According to the committee’s recommendations, Omonade should know that laws are universal and can be domesticated in any state or country without anyone being accused of plagiarism.
Nwaobi said since he had remorsefully apologised to the Governor, Speaker and the entire House, the committee recommended that the suspension be lifted.
In their various submissions, Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi) and Mr Austine Uroye (PDP-Warri South I) supported the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations, unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, were seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr. Edafe Emakpor.
The House also approved Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s request to review and implement a new tariff regime for the 8.5 Megawatts Asaba Independent Power Plant (IPP), operated by Messrs Bastanchury Power Solutions.
The governor’s request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker.
In the letter, Oborevwori explained that the upward review of the electricity tariff from N31.74 per Kilowatt to N75 per Kilowatt became necessary due to the current economic realities.
He said this would enable the company to sustain its services to the state.
Oborevwori, however, noted that the State Government, through the Ministry of Energy, recommended a reviewed amount of N63 per Kilowatt, inclusive of VAT, hence the need for the House’s approval.
The Majority Leader moved a motion for the Assembly to receive the governor’s letter for consideration.
Leading the debate, Nwaobi said it was no longer news that the economic situation informed the governor’s request and, therefore, urged the House to give it speedy approval.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly, when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi).

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Sallah: FRSC Deploys 654 Personnel In Delta

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta State Command, has deployed 654 personnel, including regular and special marshals, to various locations in the state to ensure safety during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Muftau Irekeola, said this on Friday in Asaba while addressing personnel of the Command in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol.
Irekeola said a total of 654 personnel, 19 operational vehicles, one ambulance, one power bike, and others would be deployed in the state.
The Sector Commander, however, said the command was partnering with private tow truck owners, saying that the command’s tow truck was not in good condition.
“If it is more than 30 tons truck, we will call FRSC, Onitsha Command, for towing because Onitsha is less than four kilometers away from Asaba”, he said.
He urged motorists to drive with caution, and pay attention to other road users.
“During rainy season, the grip of their tyres on the road is reduced because of the rain, they need to speed less. In fact, they are supposed to go on a reasonable speed.
“Even the passengers should not board overloaded vehicles, they should talk to the driver and if he is not listening they should drop at the next available bus stop.
“They can alert any FRSC officials or security agency on the road”, he said.

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