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The Truth Anchor Is Born

The primary responsibility of the newspaper like other mass media is to inform, educate and entertain.

For many years now the newspaper has passed through various development stages especially in Nigeria, where like in many African countries have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.

However, in spite of daunting socio-economic and political challenges, the Nigerian media especially the Newspapers have made significant progress.

The media have continued to play a crucial role in national development and they have helped to promote the nation’s democracy. There is no doubt that the media is an important factor in promoting democracy and the rule of law.

Therefore democracy will be meaningless without free, neutral and active media. The media have valid credentials for contributing toward improvement in every facet of societal life.

However, it is the way that the media perform each of these functions that would go to test the avowed claim of contributing to national development.

Our democracy will not flourish if we do not have truthfully informed citizens, genuine freedom of the press and freedom of information which are the cornerstones of any true democracy. Undue politicization and the use of social media have overwhelmed the media.

The spread of malicious lies and the ineffectiveness of fact-finding, appear to challenge a fundamental cornerstone of ethical journalism. A deeply-flawed and politicized press is inimical both to the practice of true journalism and nurturing of our young democracy.

On the other hand, some Newspapers, since the country’s return to civil rule, have thrown caution to the wind to engage in propaganda, half-truths, outright lies and other forms of unprofessional practices with impunity. Unfortunately, the regulatory bodies concerned NUJ, the Nigerian Press Council etc have not been able to tame the ‘rioting’ media in this regard One of the most disturbing features of the press in Nigeria is what might be rightly called speculative journalism. Some devote a large amount of space, resources and efforts to reporting phantom stories, of course, such happenings must be dealt with at length and seriously, but too often this type of journalism is carried to the length of under-reporting the ‘normal’ events.

The act of error in news judgment, willful deceit, total disdain for truth, unprofessionalism and unholy alliance with some unpatriotic elements especially the political class in a bid to settle scores is frightening and has assumed a serious dimension.

Therefore The Truth Anchor is born to rebuild trust and quality journalism. We are committed to being truthful, resolute and undeterred in pursuing our journalism. At a time factual information is a necessity, we believe that citizens deserve access to accurate reporting with integrity.

The Truth Anchor will strive to be among the most dependable, reliable and authoritative tabloids and will remain an apolitical general interest news medium with bias for development journalism, social justice, and good government.

As a serious-minded privately-owned Newspaper, The Truth Anchor will ensure balanced coverage of events and will at all times uphold the ethics of the Journalism Profession.

We aspire for excellence and we are going to use the paper to showcase Nigeria in a positive light but to draw the attention of appropriate authorities to areas that need urgent action.

As an apolitical newspaper, The Truth Anchor will be free from pecuniary and political interests and will not be influenced by any.

The Truth Anchor seeks to be a platform to facilitate public debate not only around important problems but also to moderate seamless public discussions. We will strive to effectively represent the will and conscience of the people and will reflect their fears, grievances, hopes, and frustrations. We will ensure that our democracy lives.

We will ensure fairness, objectivity, and truth in all our publications as part of our commitment to promote sound democracy, good governance, rule of law and professionalism.

Trust us. That is why we are born!

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The Truth Anchor Online Vol. 1 No. 1

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NEWS

Okowa confirms interest of investors in Kwale Industrial Park

Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said some prospective investors in Kwale Industrial Park in the state, had indicated readiness to commit funds to the project and relocate to Nigeria.

OkowaA made this known at The Natural Gas and Chemicals International Forum In Nanjing, China

The event with the theme “Nigeria : The Kwale Industrial Park Investment Opportunity”, had investors, consultants, federal government delegation as well as delegation from the state in attendance.

THE Governor expressed confidence that his trip to China was fruitful, adding that the industrial park project had been properly positioned before the international investing community.

“I have had the privilege of attending these strategic meetings and one of the companies which is a methanol company is ready to relocate to Nigeria.

“We had a very useful session, answering most of their questions and also asking them questions which they’ve provided answers to.

“We are hoping that within the next two weeks there will be a communication between them and our team.

“The Chairman of the company is also looking forward to being in Nigeria before the end of November and all things being normal, we hope that by next year, they will be in Delta at the Kwale Industrial Park to begin the process of construction

“Deltans have also been reassured of our commitment to ensuring that the Kwale Industrial Park project comes to fruition,” he said.

The governor said that the state government was aware of the advantage of the industrial park to the state, adding that his delegation was in china to market the project.

“We have worked with technical partners who are knowledgeable and we have done a lot of work.

“The process started about 18 months ago and the responses we are getting from here is very reassuring.

“I ask our people to continue to ensure a peaceful environment which is necessary to attract the enterprises that we need to deliver this project,” he added.

In his remarks, a Federal Government Representative, Mr Peter Ekwozo, restated the commitment of federal government towards supporting Okowa’s initiative in attracting foreign direct investment in methanol fuel industry.

Ekwozo, who is a Director in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, said “this is an excellent move by Delta State Government.

“This will involve so much because of the value chain effect; there will be so many spill off industries that will create jobs and generate wealth.

” it will also take Nigerian youths off the streets.”

He added that “methanol fuel is actually targeted at five sectors that the federal government has committed to the global community under the Paris Agreement that will be coming into effect next year.

“i just want to tell the governor that he should keep it up, look at where he is now, he is far ahead of the federal government so, this policy will help him to further drive this project.”

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NEWS

NUJ SEC Passes Vote of Confidence On Ikeogwu Led Executive

The State Executive Council (SEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council recently passed a vote of confidence on its chairman, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu and the members of his executive.

The vote was given during the SEC meetings held at the Union’s temporary secretariat in Asaba.

The meeting which was presided by the Chairman of the Union, Ikeogwu critically examined and evaluated the performance of the current NUJ State Council leadership especially the doggedness towards completing the construction of the Union is permanent secretariat which SEC considered as landmark achievement.

In line with the session’s proceeding, the Chairman of Local Government Information Chapel of the NUJ, Comrade Shepherd Ikpibako moved a motion for vote of confidence on NUJ State Council which was seconded by Comrade Andrew Ohwobetete, Chairman NUJ Sapele Chapel and upheld unani-mously by all the members present.

Reacting to the vote of confidence, the NUJ State Chairman, Comrrade Mike Ikeogwu said that “this is a wonderful one and by this, our great Union has contributed robustly towards moving the Delta State Council forward without allowing the challenges before us to pose any hindrance.

“I must say it was a wonderful one and our members have contributed robustly towards moving this council forward. We have some challenges before us, but I think that is part of life. Nevertheless, it makes us stronger and also makes us to be good leaders. I want to thank SEC members and thank NUJ Delta State Council for the vote of confidence. We shall continue to do our best to position the Union for greater profitability that will enhance members welfare.”

Speaking further, the chairman said that the vote of confidence was a show of love, support and appreciation to the leadership of NUJ.

According to him, SEC members knew that we have done well since we assumed office two years ago.

Ikeogwu pointed out that the vote of no confidence earlier passed on the Executive of the Council by the NUJ Correspondents Chapel was baseless and unconstitutional. In the words of the Chairman, “the correspondents Chapel has no constitutional right to pass vote of no confidence on the State Council Executive led by me. However, I am emboldened that the SEC has said we have done well and have passed vote of confidence on my executive. I congratulate them for taking the bold step to tread on the path of law and justice.

He charged all NUJ members to stand firm and defend what is right, “this is what I am known for, I believe in the supremacy of our constitution as far as NUJ is concerned”. Ikeogwu said.

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Giving Technical Impetus To Our Education

DELTA State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s recent creation of the Ministry of Technical Education has brought to three, the number of ministries handling education which, unarguably, is the single biggest industry in the state. The decision is ostensibly aimed at accelerating the tempo of the development of the state.

We are delighted with the development, given its potential of creating a pool of skilled youths who would not only contribute qualitatively to the development of the state but also favorably compete with their counterparts within Nigeria and beyond.

No doubt, the initiative in this direction is driven by the necessity of prioritizing the existence of technical education, which, on account of the prolonged neglect, has created a shortage in the number of artisans in the state and increased the incidence of unemployment. Not only has the scourge of unemployment impoverished the lives of the affected category, but it has also compounded social vices such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and prostitution.

Thus, with the coming of the Ministry of Technical Education, a lot of benefits await Delta State and its people. Apart from providing opportunity for effective and viable livelihood for those not gifted in other types of education, it holds the promise of creating a pool of competent youths who would leverage on the acquired skills to render vital services in the society, and also walk the path of self-employment which, with the passage of time, will reduce youth unemployment, which impairs national security and well being.

The move by the administration is a well-thought-out initiative to further its commitment towards growing technical education in the state. It is aimed at consolidating the huge gains already made by the Okowa government which established the Delta State Board for Technical and Vocational Education and assigned it responsibility for the running and management of technical and vocational education in the state.

The government had in an unprecedented move, subsequently rehabilitated the six public technical colleges at Agbor, Kwale, Ofagbe, Otor-Ogor, Sapele and Issele-Uku, a development that provided an impetus for the schools to deliver on their mandate. Of course, it is a thing of joy that they have since earned the accreditation of both the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Board for Business and Technical Education (NABTEB) for their programs as well as enhanced student enrollment within the intervening period.

Quite fortunately, the creation of the ministry was accompanied by the administration’s proposal to establish 19 more technical colleges in the local government areas, which is without any doubt, a deliberate measure to democratize such prized institutions across the state.

Indeed, the two aforementioned initiatives represent a novel step that only a creatively-inclined administration could have conceived to deliver on its vision. A great measure of political will is required, in view of the envisaged huge logistic and financial implication.

Without any shred of doubt, both the operationalization of the ministry and the establishment of the proposed colleges would not be a walk in the park. Great sacrifices and missionary zeal are required for success in both directions. This is the reason we appeal to all stakeholders to work in concert to ensure the delivery of these golden dreams. No sacrifice is too much to make in pursuit of these noble goals.

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Agric Commissioner Calls for Cooperation To Reposition The Ministry

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Honourable Julius Egbedi has said the hallmark of every successful administration is hard work and dedication to duty.

Honorable Egbedi stated this today at a meeting with the management staff of the ministry in Asaba as he assumed office.

He emphasized the need for all staff to work in synergy saying that teamwork would go a long way in ensuring that the Ministry helps the state become the economic hub of the nation while stressing that he would not tolerate any form of indiscipline or laxity among his staff.

Responding to the challenges facing the Ministry as outlined, the commissioner promised to channel them to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Sir Austin Oghoro, while welcoming the Commissioner to the Ministry presenting the Handover notes to him, promised the unalloyed support and cooperation of the staff to the commissioner.

In another development, the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Julius Egbedi has called on trainees in Fish Hatchery Technology to make good use of the training opportunity presented to them by the Delta State Government.

Honorable Egbedi made the call at a training on Fish Hatchery and Fingerlings Production for fish farmers in Delta State organized by the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension in conjunction with Delta Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (DARDA).

Declaring open the Workshop, the Agriculture Commissioner said the training will help to tackle the issue of food security, meet the protein needs of Deltans, as well as create jobs.

Honorable Egbedi also appreciated the officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for the initiative while also commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his result-oriented program to better the lot of Deltans.

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SCHEDULE OF DELTA CSC TO MDAs

Date: 25th July, 2019.

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that the Civil Service Commission in exercise of its over sight function will commence the monitoring visit to MDAs from Monday July 29 to Thursday August 15, 2019.

The itinerary of the monitoring exercise is as follows:

Accordingly, all staff, especially zonal Heads of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies concern should take note of the dates and venue and be present during the exercise.

Paul Osahor JP
Director of Information

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Okowa mourns as veteran journalist, Odafe Othihiwa dies at 77

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed sadness over the passing of veteran journalist, Sir Odafe Othihiwa who died at 77 on Tuesday July 16, 2019 in Lagos.

Okowa’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, on Thursday in Asaba wherein he condoled with the Othihiwa family of Igbide in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, the NUJ as well as the management and staff of African Independent Television AIT where the late Othihiwa served as a General Manager, Current Affairs.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, Governor Okowa offers deepest condolences to Othihiwa’s family and friends, including the management of African Independent Television, where the late veteran newsman retired from as a General Manager, Current Affairs.”

“The Governor also commiserates with the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the people of Igbide Kingdom in Isoko nation, on the demise of one of the country’s iconic journalist who was the first African journalist to interview former US President, Mr Jimmy Carter in 1978.

“Governor Okowa believes that the late Othihiwa would be long remembered and honoured for his rich coverage of the Liberian civil war for many months as well as many national and international assignments, he said adding “he would also be remembered for the array of media professionals he trained and mentored on the ethics of the noble pen profession.

“As a veteran member of the Fourth Estate of the Realm who was largely recognised and admired by colleagues as a consummate professional, the Governor pays tribute to Othihiwa’s contributions to the development of journalism in the country.

“He prays that God will grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed Othihiwa and comfort his family and all who mourn him.’’

 

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NEWS POLITICS

Why We Are Giving Appointments In Batches – Okowa

DETERMINED to have a formidable team to build a stronger Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa  has sworn-in eight Special Advisers,  saying that the appointments are coming in batches to ensure that the right set of persons are fixed into the right positions.

According to the governor, “I believe that the process of political appointments is continuous and appointments will come in batches because, we are all aware that there is room for a lot of people to be given political appointments, but, it is not possible to appoint all Deltans into office.”

Those who were administered oath of office as Special Advisers at the event which took place in Asaba yesterday (17/07/19) include Chief Edwin Uzor, Hon. Pascal Adigwe, Comrade Mike Okeme, Prince Kelly K. Penawou, Chief Mary A. Iyasere, Hon. Johnson Erijo, Hon. Daniel Yingi, and Barrister Ernest Ogwezzy

“The appointment and swearing-in of this set of Special Advisers, further demonstrates this administration’s determination and collective resolve to put in place, a viable machinery of governance, which will assist in meeting the challenges of repositioning the State towards achieving our vision of a stronger Delta,” the governor said, adding, “the appointments we are making are premised on professionalism, merit and competence and I urge those who are yet to be appointed to be patient because,  all those who worked will be rewarded in one way or the other;  please, keep praying for me and the administration.”

He admonished the Special Advisers and other political appointees in his administration, to acquaint themselves with the policy direction of his administration, while the appointments should facilitate professional and technical input into the decision making process of government.

“I encourage the newly sworn in Advisers to bring in their wealth of experience to bear, so that the tempo with which the government is pursuing its various projects and programmes, gets accelerated ; they should demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and carry the people along, and see the appointments as opportunity to serve the people by becoming bridges between them and the government so that their yearnings and aspirations can be satisfied,” he stated.

While urging the appointees to be people-friendly, Governor Okowa emphasized that his administration was addressing the challenges of sustainable development in all ramifications.

Chief Edwin Uzor on behalf of the appointees thanked the governor for considering them to be part of the team to build a stronger Delta State, stating, “we identify with your {Governor Okowa’s) vision and we will work with you for the desired objectives to be achieved.”

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Naira Marley: Man denounce his song ‘Soapy’, calls him an irritant

Legit.ng recently reported that controversial musician Naira Marley released a new single titled ‘Soapy’. This song was accompanied by a unique dance routine. The musician did a little tutorial to show many how to move the Soapy way. But not many Nigerians seem to like either the track or its accompanying dance.

For one, two Nigerian men have expressed their disgust with regards to the message and content of the song. Given the many romantically-related metaphors present in its lyrics, these guys find the pop track inappropriate.

Even more, these Nigerians do not like that Naira Marley promote such social vices like cybercrime. According to them, they would have liked it better if the singer was kept in jail for a longer period of time.

The duo have voiced out their similar opinions on Twitter. They did not mince words in expressing their thoughts. See their posts below:

Read more: https://www.legit.ng/1246289-naira-marley-nigerians-denounce-song-soapy-remained-jail.html