DELTA State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has condemned the attitude of some Nigerians who are fanning the embers of ethnicity, nepotism and hate speeches and called on those involved to change their attitude positively in the way they think and act. The Commissioner stated this on Thursday August 10 2017 during an interaction with the State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Delta State Directorate, Mr. Okoro Ivan Jifbioced, when he led a team of his staff on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner in his office. He also said that the Delta State Government will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure that the unity and progress of Nigeria is not compromised. Mr. Ukah stated that the Delta State Government will continue to work with all well meaning Nigerians to make the Nigerian project a success. The Commissioner stated that the state Ministry of Information will collaborate with the Agency to inform, educate and sensitize all, especially Deltans, on the policies and programmes of both the federal and state governments. Mr. Ukah noted that Delta State also has an Orientation Agency whose duties are in agreement with that of the NOA promising that the Ministry of Information will support the Agency as it carries out its mandate in the state. Earlier, Mr. Jifbioced told the commissioner that he was in his office to get acquainted with the ministry having assumed office as the State Director of the NOA a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, parishioners of the Anglican Communion have been urged to key into the prosperity for all Deltans agenda of the government of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in order to benefit from the SMART Agenda of the government. The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, made the call recently while delivering a paper to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion. The Commissioner stated that some persons are missing out on the many platforms provided by the government to empower Deltans because such persons lack the needed information hence the need to enlighten the parishioners. Speaking on the different platforms, Mr. Ukah stated that the governor, among others, re-positioned the agricultural sector since the state can boast of major agricultural products like rubber, oil palm, rice, yam, cassava, potato, tomato and fish. Among these, the government is laying more emphasis on three key areas for value chain development. They include oil palm, cassava and aquaculture, while also encouraging cultivation of other crops such as tomato and rice. The Commissioner revealed that as part of deliberate effort of the government to focus on agriculture, the state is planning to establish centralized geographical area for agro–processing, agribusiness, marketing and value adding activities supported by a dedicated concentration of infrastructural facilities and amenities. The initiative, he said, has reached advanced stage as Ogwashi Uku was chosen for the pilot project which is estimated to cost 30 million US Dollars. Mr. Ukah stated that other areas of achievements include distribution of 220,000 Improved oil palm seedlings to farmers for enhanced yields, institution of two rice mills in Obior and Ikweghu – Agbarha, institution of two cluster fish farms in Mbiri in Ika North East and Ewulu in Aniocha South Local government areas, establishment of a cane rat cutter (Grass Cutter) and goat multiplication centre at ADP Ibusa, and rehabilitating fisheries laboratories in Warri, He therefore urged the parishioners, especially the youths, to key into the different programmes of the government aimed at empowering all in order to achieve the prosperity of all Deltans mantra of the Okowa-led administration. In his remarks, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, commended the state government for all it has been doing to empower Deltans and appealed to the government to assist schools that were returned to the Missions since it has not been easy to run the schools from the time they were returned.
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