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The present administration of Delta State under the leadership of Governor Authur Ifeanyi Okowa clocked two (2) years in the saddle on 29th May, 2017 during the countdown to this midterm celebration, the Ministries, Departments and Agencies under the State Government were not left out in using various media platforms coordinated by the State Ministry of Information in showcasing their respective achievements during the period under review.

These media interactive sessions saw the Commissioner of the ministries mounting the rostrum at the Unity Hall, Government House Asaba to roll out briefs of their stewardship. In all, about 26 ministries made presentations of their scorecards which the respective commissioners defended during the questions and answer session with the journalists. We are serializing the stewardship account of some of these ministries, starting from this edition while others would follow in our subsequent editions.



Barrister (Mrs.) Mary Iyasere is the Honourable Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. In her brief, she highlighted some land mark achievements recorded by the ministry. These, she categorized into sector by sector thereby scoring the ministry high on its efforts towards enhancing economic and commercial growth in the state.

Barrister (Mrs.) Mary Iyasere Honourable Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


The commissioner had announced at the briefing, that the ball had been set rolling for rapid industrial evolution in the State. Following this, the ministry had acquired several expanse of land in different locations in the state with a view of transforming them into industrial estates. These estates according to her are currently located in Asaba, Warri, Ebedei and Ikwewu-Amukpe

Furthermore, she said that Government is also vigorously pursuing the possibilities of providing these estates with such social infrastructures as roads, boreholes, electricity and other allied conveniences so as to make them habitable and boost commercial activities. Still on industrial activities, Barrister Iyasere further disclosed that an industrial development centre would very soon be established in the state in collaboration with the federal government; under the arrangement Delta State government would provide land for the development of the centre while the federal government is to build and equip the centre. “The process of acquisition of land for the centre by the State government had reached an advanced stage” the commissioner thereafter revealed.

Giving a census of state owned enterprises in the state the Commissioner disclosed that there were currently about four in number, these include Bendel Glass industry, Ughelli and Bendel Steel Structures Limited others are Uzere Cassava Processing Factory in Uzere and Delta Transport Services Limited, Asaba. She then pointed out that government is also considering the privatization and commercialization of the aforementioned state owned companies so as to make them viable and profit oriented. On the strength of the aforementioned, the Commissioner said the privatization process of Bendel Glass industry, Ughelli including its Housing Estate and Uzere Cassava Processing Factory, Uzere had been set in motion which might be concluded in the year 2017.


To stimulate business activities in the rural areas of the State, the present administration through the ministry, she said has approved the construction of three modern markets at Orerokpe, Owa-Alero and Bomadi. She had announced that the various contractors handling these projects had also been mobilized to site while work had already commenced. She explained further that in the Ministry’s bid to ensuring that all abandoned projects were completed, the Okowa Administration has also recently given approval for work to commence at the abandoned Udu Harbor Market assuring that the contractor handling the market project has been contacted and had agreed to mobilize to site for work to recommence


The ministry during the period under review had also stimulated the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in the state. According to the Commissioner the essence was to reduce poverty, create jobs, build capacities and achieve sustainable economic development particularly at the grass roots level in the state. To this end the ministry is currently handling four fish feed mill projects, sited at Ekpan, Uvwie LGA, Ubeji Warri South LGA, Owanta Aliosimi, Ika North East LGA and at Camp 74 Asaba, Oshimili South LGA basically to boost (SMEs) activities in the State. According to the Commissioner, these fish feed mills were all initiated in 2012, adding that all the equipment for the projects were either on sites or close to the sites. Still stressing on the fish feed mills projects, she then stated “Two of the factory building at Uvwei and Ika Local Government Areas have been completed by this administration and the installation of the equipment have been paid for” saying that the equipment from the manufacturer were being expected to arrive the state for their installation in 2017. The projects were all conceived under the PPP arrangement made up of out growers’ group/co-operatives, private sector investors and the government, the Commissioner was quoted as saying. She went on and throw more light on the importance of the fish feed mills, saying the idea behind their construction was to stimulate the increasing interest of youths in the State towards fish farming and at the same time to reduce the cost of nurturing fish farming in the state, “the initiative would also help to save the nations hard earned foreign exchange as the feed products would be produced and brought locally” Barrister Mary said.


Management of cooperative activities in the state which are also under the purview of the ministry was also touched by the Commissioner during the briefing; she said these were economic hubs which had triggered the economic well-being of the people. The Commissioner in her presentation disclosed that the ministry has registered 2,633 Co-operative Societies since the inception of the present administration, with this development the total number of registered Co-operative Societies in the Delta State now stood at 37,460 (211) Unions and three (3) Apex Co-operatives Units registered as at 24th November, 2016. The Commissioner pointed out that the existing Apex Co-operative Units in the State consist of Delta State Co-operative Financing Agency Limited and Delta State NUT Co-operative League Limited. She further revealed that as at now the entire Co-operative bodies in the State put together can conveniently boost of a strong capital base of over N38 billion, internally generated by the Co-operators. The Commissioner however advised that though Co-operative societies were expected to be self-financing, there was however the need for the State Government to assist these Co-operative Societies through provision of micro-credit facilities with a view to boosting their capital base. Such Co-operatives remain veritable tools for economic growth of any country. With this appeal the Honourable Commissioner signed off her brief, thus justifying the leading role her ministry is playing in stimulating Industrial and Commercial activities in the State during the period under review.



Barrister Newworld Safugha, Commissioner in charge of Delta State Ministry of Energy while enumerating achievements of his ministry during a press conference recently, scored the present administration of Delta State high on its responses towards providing adequate Electricity infrastructure and services to enhance the standard of living of Deltans viz-a-viz the socio-economic growth of the state. He had announced during his presentation that the State government had so far undertaken a total of twenty five (25) projects in response to the power needs of the state since 29th May 2015, when it came to power, adding that a total amount of N936,459,218 was being expended on the projects. The Commissioner however raised the alarm that Electricity supply in the state was grossly inadequate; hence the State government was playing a complementary role with stake holders to beef up power supply in the state. He further disclosed that the State requires about 1010 megawatts (mw). Barrister Safugha had disclosed that apart from providing infrastructure to boost power supply in the state from the National grid, the ministry he hinted was also looking at other directions with the view of getting in place alternative sources of power supply to remedy the inadequacies in the state.

Barrister Newworld Safugha, Delta State Commissioner in charge of the Energy Ministry

He then stated “In line with this thinking a number of memoranda of understanding have been signed between the State Government and foreign investors towards generating sustainable power from such alternative sources as Solar Energy, Bio Energy and via Wind Energy Development. On the strength of this, the Commissioner said three foreign companies were being engaged by the government for the realization of the above mentioned alternative sources of energy supply in the state. He explained that Luxra Nig. Ltd, a British investor working in a concert with the said MOU is set for the generation of 300 megawatt of electricity from solar PV plants to be sited in the state. Another Company Yutai-Li Nig. Ltd, which is a China based investor, has also indicated interest for the construction of 100 megawatts of solar PV plant at Otolokpo/Umunede in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the State. The third foreign company Bastanchury Power Solutions Limited would develop an 8.5megawatts Gas-Turbine Asaba Integrated power project which will provide electricity power to all Government offices, residential quarters and facilities in the state, he further revealed.

Barrister Newworld pointed out that the ministry has also executed other projects in line with its resolve to stepping up power supply in the state. These success stories included the installation of 7.5MVA, 33/11KVA injection transformer and another 11KVA line to evacuate power from injection transformer to the new Central Hospital in Asaba, the state capital, the re-activation of electricity power supply schemes in place like Ogbeinama town in Bomadi Local Government Area and the installation of various capacities of Transformers in the state capital and other locations, just to mention but few. The Commissioner had then assured communities in the state that were disconnected from the national grid by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company that the Ministry had waded into the matter with a view of finding solution. He said, “The Ministry has held series of meeting with BEDC Management and Communities that were disconnected from the National grid, including Patani town, Olomoro Community, Ibusa town, Onichi-ugbo, Akwukwu-Igbo, Issele-uku, Ogwashi-uku, Illah, Ubulu-uku, Kwale, Abbi, Bomadi and Udu”. The meetings with the said parties, he went on, were fruitful resulting in the re-connection of some of the affected communities to the national grid while efforts were still on to reconnect the remaining towns and communities which had not been connected, he said.

Rounding up his brief on the Ministry’s scorecard during the period under review, Barrister Newworld Safugha had reiterated the commitment of the ministry under his leadership to ensure that the required electrical infrastructures including transformers of various categories were provided to boost power supply in the state.



Engr. Jude Sinebe, the Delta State Honourable Commissioner in charge of Higher Education

Delta State Ministry of Higher Education was under media searchlight recently when Engr. Jude Sinebe, the Honourable Commissioner in charge briefed the press, highlighting remarkable achievements of the ministry. The period under review covered 29th May, 2015 to December 2016 when the present administration of the State came to power and the commissioner-ship of the ministry fell on the shoulders of Engineer Jude Sinebe. In his stewardship presentation before journalists, the commissioner disclosed that in order to get first-hand information about the ministry, he had embarked on a familiarization tour of all the tertiary institutions and parastatals under the ministry, basically to arm him on how best to go about tackling issues facing the institutions. Engineer Jude Sinebe disclosed that the tour which he undertook with senior officials of the ministry brought to the fore challenges faced by the respective institutions and parastatals which were now being tackled head long.


The Commissioner further revealed that the period under view also witnessed modest achievements by the ministry. Giving a rundown of these pass marks, the Commissioner pointed out that during the period under review the Governor had inaugurated all the governing councils for all the public tertiary institutions in the state on 9th December, 2015, which was a master stroke.

On the area of execution of capital projects, the ministry he said has successfully executed projects approved for implementation in the budget, saying these include three completed ones and several other projects that are ongoing. He disclosed that the Faculty of Law Complex DELSU, Oleh Campus recently commissioned by his Excellency Governor Okowa was among projects completed by the ministry while the Health Clinic at DELSU, Anwai Campus also fell under the category of projects executed during the period.

Engineer Jude, while still hammering on projects being undertaken by the ministry further revealed that among ongoing projects that are now at various verges of completion in the various institutions include the construction of Senate/Administrative Block DELSU, Abraka, construction of Workshop/Laboratory (B) at the Faculty of Engineering, DELSU, Oleh Campus and the construction of a standard Library Complex at Sapele, just to mention but few.

The Commissioner said the ministry is also out to solve accommodation problems for students in the state owned institutions. To fast track this, government would go into partnership with private bodies under PPP arrangement to develop Hostel Accommodation in all Delta State owned tertiary institutions, he said.

He had started further that the arrangement via the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mix is on Build Operate Transfer Concession (BOT), saying that the ministry had already engaged two consultants following approval from the State Executive Council to kick start the process. Under the ministry there also exists one vital agency by name, Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board. Its responsibilities include assisting students to realize their academic pursuits at various levels. The Commissioner while enumerating the achievements of the board stated that it had excelled in delivering financial support to students in such areas as Student’s Special Assistance Scheme, Scholarship Local and Overseas, first class scholarship and financial assistance to students in the Nigerian Law School. Others include scholarship for physically challenged students and children of deceased civil servants and other external scholarship services.

Engr. Sinebe took time to throw light on what the board had achieved under the Students Special Assistance Scheme. He disclosed that over 12,000 students from 62 Institutions had benefitted from the Special Assistance Scheme in which the sum of 250,000,000 naira was disbursed at the rate of 20,000 naira per students. This feat, he said was realized following support from the State government that approved the sum of 347,000,000naira for assistance to students under the scheme for the 2015/2016 Academic Session as the aforementioned amount earlier released under the scheme was assistance to student for the 2013/2014 academic session.


This scheme, Engineer Sinebe said is branded Scholarship Local because it takes care of students studying in Tertiary institutions within the country on government scholarship. The scheme covers undergraduates, masters and those pursuing PhD programmes. The Commissioner then stated that the State government had so far given 100,000 naira each to 385 undergraduates; 200,000 naira each to 104 master’s degree students and 300,000 naira to those of the PhD category.

Giving a further breakdown, the Commissioner had stated “it would interest you to note that the State government has paid all the beneficiaries of this scheme that commenced from 2010, in 2015, 40 Ph.D beneficiaries were paid their second tranche based on the 2011 Ph.D programme beneficiaries who were expecting their final payment.

During the period, scholarship for children of deceased civil servants and physical challenged students was also carried out, the Commissioner had said.

For the 2013/2014 academic session a total of 285 students of deceased civil servants were paid by the board in 2016. The beneficiaries from the Primary school level were entitled to 20,000 naira each, Secondary school 30,000 naira while students of Tertiary institutions 50,000 naira each.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner announced before journalists during the press conference that State owned tertiary institutions has been given approval to budget and account for their internally generated revenue hence forth, while the minimum qualification for employment into the tertiary institutions was now fixed for holders of master’s degree bit with exception of first class graduates who must get approval from the State governor, for such engagement. Signing off his presentation, Engineer Sinebe pledged his ministry’s commitment to intensify efforts towards the SMART agenda of the present administration to take Delta State to the promise land.


Sir Dr. Nicholas Azinge -Honourable Commissioner of Health Delta State

Sir Dr. Nicholas Azinge, the Honourable Commissioner of Health in Delta State has stated that the ministry under his leadership has brought about modest achievements from 29th May, 2015 to date, saying that the pass mark recorded was on account of Governor Okowa’s focused leadership. The Commissioner, who spoke to journalists during a recent press briefing to highlight the ministry’s activities and achievements during the period under review, said several programmes and policies were pursued resulting in good governance and project execution by the ministry.

The ministry’s success story he said, began with the inauguration of boards of parastatals under the ministry by the Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on assumption of office.  On the strength of this, boards had been constituted for the under mentioned agencies of the ministry which according to the Commissioner had facilitated the desired results I their operations. He named the agencies now having their fully constituted boards as that of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH). Others include Delta State Hospital Management Board, College of Health Technology (Governing Council) and the Traditional Medicine Board.

Also in the desire for improved co-ordination of health activities in the ministry, Dr. Azinge announced that he had introduced what he called Monthly breakfast meeting with heads of various departments and agencies under the ministry with a view to know how best to handle health matters, saying the interactive sessions had been fruitful. These meetings he went on to disclose, had in attendance Chairmen of Boards of parastatals, Permanent Secretary, Directors of the Ministry and some Medical Professional Bodies for a robust deliberations monthly. He further added that only recently five of the Directors in the ministry were sent to Abuja for a fellowship course on leadership enhancement and accountability in the ministry. On his ministry’s score card during the period under review, the Commissioner disclosed that the maternal mortality ratio in Delta State which had hitherto been on the high side had dropped. He pointed out that “maternal mortality ratio is being translated to mean the rate at which women die during pregnancy or child birth.”

The commissioner had then stated “for us in Delta State the MMR has decline from 459 in 2007 to 111 per 100,000 live births in 2015. Further reduction of this figure was also anticipated at the end of the year 2016, he said. While speaking on issues connected to prenatal death rate, the Commissioner said that had also recorded a gradual decline during period from 43 per 1000 deliveries in 2002 to 36 per 1000 deliveries in 2015, saying, data collected had shown further decline of the figure in 2016.

Beating his chest before newsmen Dr. Nicholas Azinge stated that Delta State can boost of having one of the best neonatal intensive care units in the country through the instrumentality of Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Ogbara. This unit according to him takes care of pre-term and sick babies who hitherto would not have had the chance of survival. During the period, the Commissioner also announced that financial assistance was rendered to vulnerable and impoverished Deltans by the State government for treatment within and outside Nigeria and this amounted to 150,000 naira between May 2015 and September 2016.


Hon Asupa Fortet -Commissioner in charge of the Delta State Directorate of Youth  Development

Honourable Asupa Forteta, the Commissioner in charge of the Delta State Directorate of Youth Development while giving an in depth overview of the activities and achievements of the doctorate recently announced that his office has made great in roads towards sustaining youth activities in the state since the present administration came to office.

The Commissioner who was addressing journalists during a press conference organized by the State Ministry of Information showcases the Directorates activities from 29th May 2015 to December, 2016. He had led his audience into the Directorate’s scorecard graphically.


Hon. Asupa disclosed that in line with Directorate’s objectives of ensuring the prevention, control and minimization of youth problems in Delta State, concerted efforts were made to prevent youth restiveness during the period. The Directorate, according to him, was able to nip in the bud a recent crisis that would have consumed youth in Odimodi Community in Burutu Local government area from escalating. This master stroke according to him came about following the intervention of the Directorate which eventually succeeded in placating the youth to embrace peace, noting that series of meetings with the youths and several journeys undertaken to the community by top officials of the Doctorate was the magic wand that stopped the conflict.


The Commissioner also stated that the Directorate had through its HIV Awareness campaigns across the State increased awareness of the deadly disease. The campaigns were directed the youths because they are prone to contacting it and they were enlightened about the dangers involved. During the exercise, he pointed out that condoms were also distributed to youths while those that tested positive for the disease were referred to the nearest medical centres for treatment, counseling and monitoring. Throwing more light on the Directorates HIV/AIDS awareness campaign activities, Hon. Asupa said his office functions as one of the most effective line ministries being supported by the World Bank to reach out to the grassroots areas through its Desk officers. He added that between May, 2015 to January 2016 the Directorate carried out intensive awareness campaigns on the disease which benefited youth groups and organizations in the state.

He had enumerate the beneficiaries of the campaign to include those involved in SEEFOR projects in Asaba, Udu, Warri, Ozoro, Sapele and Ughelli, students of higher institutions in the State and Delta State Sports Athletes at Asaba Township Stadium, just to mention but few. He explained that a total of 13,585 condoms (male 6,567 and female 7,020) were distributed during this sensitization programmes against HIV/AIDS across the state.


Other assigned roles of the Directorate include amongst others the registration of Youth Bodies in the State. During the period the Directorate registered 223 Youth Clubs including Youth Organization and Youth related NGOs. The Commissioner had then announced that total revenue generated by the Directorate through the registration of clubs and other voluntary organization in the State during period was as follows: May-December 2015 N1,249,000 while January to November 2016 stood at N2,830,000, thus giving a total amount of N4,079,000. In the 2017 projection, the Commissioner further revealed that the Directorate was expecting N3,000,000 via the registration of Youth Clubs and Youth related Organizations. Meanwhile Hon. Asupa announced that the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the State would soon have a face lift, adding that an amount of (N131m) One hundred and thirty one million naira have been approved by the State Governor for the rehabilitation of the Camp to ensure that the camp is conducive for Youth Corps members.


While speaking on the challenges facing the Directorate, the Commissioner disclosed that these include lack of adequate Officer Accommodation and Furniture at the Corporate Headquarters of the Directorate. According to the Commissioner some staff of the Directorate are currently squatting with the Staff of the Sports Commission in Asaba, the State’s capital. He also pointed out that since the work of the Directorate involves a lot of movement, there was urgent need for more vehicles to be procured for the supervision of the Directorate’s activities across the State.

Hon. Asupa Forteta however assured that in spite of the above limitations facing the Directorate, his leadership during the period had provided the sustainable frame work for Youth Development in the State. His words “we have indeed mobilized and ensure the participation of Youth in the State in the Social, Economic, Political and Cultural Development of Nigeria in general and Delta State in particular”



The determination of the Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to boost food production in the State has been stressed by Hon. Austin O. Chikezie, the Commissioner in charge of the ministry while speaking recently on the ministry’s score card from 29th May, 2015 to the tail end of the year 2016. The Commissioner disclosed that during the period under review, concerted efforts were put in place by his office to ensure that farmers were empowered to carry out their farming activities without stress through various programmes and other allied interventions. He revealed that programmes directed towards enhancing Oil Palm, Rice and Fisheries Production activities were carried out in the bid to empower the farmers and increase food security in the State during the period. Giving an insight into how the ministry had fared under its Oil Palm Development Programme.

Hon. Austin Chikezie Commissioner of Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Hon. Austin Chikezie pointed out that the concept behind the scheme is basically to assist Oil Palm Farmers to increase their Plantation, adding that a total of 220,000 improved Oil Palm seeding have been raised for distribution to farmers for the realization of this goal.

He then stated “this scheme is expected to empower 250 Oil Palm Farmers’ to create 100 regular and 300 seasonal jobs respectively. To further boost activities of the programmme the Commissioner went on to add that an office and an input store house has been constructed at the Ejeme-Uno Oil Palm Nursery site to support Oil Palm Development in the State. “This is in addition to five Mini Oil Mills that had been fabricated and ready for distribution to farmers” he said. Under the Ministry’s Rice production programmes, the Commissioner hinted that the present Administration of the State had put in place modalities to ensure that Rice cultivated in the State meets international standards. For the realization of this objective, the ministry he pointed out would encourage all season farming of Rice in the State by improvising the production, processing and marketing platforms. He then disclosed that beneficiaries of the Rice Development Scheme would be trained, supported in cash and kind, from time to time.

He equally announced that the Rice programme has the potentials to generate 1,000 jobs for the youth even as two Rice Processing Mills were being established at Obior in Aniocha North and Ikweghwu – Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government areas of the state respectively to boost its production. While equally commenting on the Ministry’s activities in the area of promoting Fish Farming in the State, Hon. Chikezie said the State government’s intervention in the Fisheries sub-sector and also yielded wonderful results. He added that over 5,000 youths are currently engaged in Fish farming activities in cluster fish farms managed by Co-operative Societies across the State. The Commissioner noted that on account of the successes recorded in Fish production during the period, species like Catfish had remained relatively cheap in the face of rising prices of food stuff in the State. The Commissioner had disclosed that in view of the increasing Fish production activities in the State, the present administration of the State is determined to ensure that processed Fish from the State were being exported to other State and even outside the country. He then assured that to ensure quality Fish production in the State, the State owned Fisheries Laboratory in Warri is currently undergoing reactivation and equipping for better results. His words “Accordingly, the Fish value chain in production, processing, packaging and marketing is also being vigorously pursued” in line with the spirit of enhancing Fish production in the State.


The Commissioner also spoke on what his ministry is doing to ensure the availability of grass cutter meat in the State. According to him Grass cutter is a delicacy that is well accepted across the social class and religion bracket due to is low cholesterol and high protein content. The Commissioner however lamented that this category of meat was gradually going extinct in the state, stressing that the ministry in its bid to ensure Grass cutter availability in the State is currently establishing a rapid Grass cutter Multiplication Unit currently under construction at the Delta ADP premises Ibusa to enhance production.

In the same spirit, Goat production activities in the State have also been stepped up, the Commissioner had disclosed. He said the current high demand for Goat meat is growing faster than supply, hence the need to enhance Goat rearing in the state. He further pointed out that Goat farmers are being constrained by lack of access to fast growing methods at rearing different breeds of goat, saying to address this constraint a rapid goat multiplication unit was equally being constructed at the Delta ADP premises, Ibusa to record the desired production. The Commissioner disclosed the aforementioned information at a press briefing to show case the ministry’s achievements which was as prelude to celebrating Governor Okowa’s two years in office score card recently.

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