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NO DTS 2109: OKOWA RESTATES COMMITMENT TO EVEN DEVELOPMENT OF DELTA

NO DTS 2110: IMBIBE DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF DIALOGUE, CONSULTATION, OKOWA ADVISES TRADITIONAL RULERS

NO DTS 2111: OKOWA CONDOLES GOV MAKINDE OVER MOTHER’S DEATH

NO DTS 2112: 2020 WORLD FOOD DAY: DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO ENSURING FOOD SECURITY

NO DTS 2113: GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING RURAL ROADS- DELTA WORKS COMMISSIONER

NO DTS 2114: DTSG FACILITATES ESTABLISHMENT OF TOWER MANUFACTURING PLANT – NMAH

NO DTS 2115: SAPELE YOUTHS JOIN ENDSARS PROTEST, DEMAND END TO POLICE BRUTALITY

NO DTS 2116: ORODJE CAUTIONS CHURCHES ON PUBLIC NUISANCE… AS CAN OKPE CHAPTER GETS NEW EXCO

NO DTS 2117: WARRI LANDLORDS SEND SOS TO OKOWA OVER NUISANCE OF ABATTOIR

NO DTS 2118: LEGISLATOR DONATES WRITING MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS IN ETHIOPE EAST

NO DTS 2119: URHOBO GROUP LAUNCHES ‘PROJECT BACK TO SCHOOL’

NO DTS 2120: NAPPS HOLDS PRAYER DAY, COMMITS GOV OKOWA TO GOD

NO DTS 2121: UDU HARBOUR MARKET TRADERS MOURN ASSASSINATED CHAIRMAN

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NO DTS 2109: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
OKOWA RESTATES COMMITMENT TO EVEN DEVELOPMENT OF DELTA

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has restated his administration’s commitment to the principle of even development of all parts of the State in line with its Stronger Delta vision.

Governor Okowa stated this during the presentation of staff of office to the Obi of Ashama Kingdom, Obi Solomon Ezechiyelugo II, at the Aniocha South Local Government Council Secretariat, Ogwashi Uku

The Governor represented by his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, said Ashama community would not be forgotten in terms of development particularly in the areas of the continuation of the Ubulu-Unor Road project to Ashama, Egbudu-Akah and Egbudu-Agbor to further enhance the development of the area.

He expressed worry that he could not access Ashama Community due to the bad road and promised that something would be done to address the plight of the community.

While congratulating the Obi Solomon Ezechiyelugo, and the people of the community for the peaceful ascension of the traditional ruler to the stool of his ancestors, the governor urged the monarch to identify with the people and promote peace at all times.

The governor noted that the traditional institution represents the fourth tier of government and urged the Obi of Ashama kingdom to serve the community as the custodian of the culture and traditions of the people as well as take responsibility for the security and development of the area.

Senator Okowa stressed that it was the duty of the traditional ruler to bring to the knowledge of government anything that would improve the lives of the people.

he appealed to sons and daughters of Ashama to contribute to the development of the community and not to allow elements of divisiveness to detract them from unity, peace and progress.

On COVID-19, Governor Okowa told the monarch to be part of government’s efforts in sensitising the people to continue to implement the relevant protocols to halt any community transmission of the disease in the state.

The Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council, Honourable Isaac Anwuzia, said that the staff of office on the monarch depicted the epitome of the sanctity of the ancient stool of Ashama kingdom.

The chairman noted that the monarch was traditionally enthroned in March 2017 following the passing away of his father being heir apparent to the throne.

He urged the Obi to live above board and owe it a duty to his community and government to maintain law and order as well as assist government in the protection of infrastructural development.

Honourable Anwuzia appealed to the state government to construct the road from Ubulu-Unor to Ashama and neighbouring communities such as Egbudu-Akah.

The President-General of Ashama Community, Chief S.O. Okoh thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for approving the staff of office and appealed for the completion of the Ashama Road from Nkwor Ubulu-Unor, noting that it had been abandoned.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of staff of office to Obi Solomon Ezechinyelugo II by Governor Okowa.


NO DTS 2110: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
IMBIBE DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF DIALOGUE, CONSULTATION, OKOWA ADVISES TRADITIONAL RULERS

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the traditional institution to imbibe democratic virtues of dialogue and consultation in dealing with their subjects to maintain peace and development in their kingdoms.

Governor Okowa gave the advice during the presentation of staff of office to the Obi of Abah-Unor, Aniocha South, Obi Innocent Ndubuisi Maduabunachukwu II, at the palace ground.

The governor represented by his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, congratulated the monarch on his successful ascension to the throne of his forefathers, saying that the process to his “Obiship” was commendable.

He said that the Obiship had great significance on the people of Abah-Unor and as such should strive to promote the integrity of the stool by according the monarch the respect he deserves, giving him support and cooperation on all issues.

Governor Okowa told the Abah Unor monarch not to use his position to victimise anyone or seek vengeance against perceived opponents and should exercise his authority with the fear of God.

He commended the people for their support for the state government and promised to address the issues of furniture for the secondary schools and the extension of the tarred road from the community to its neighbours.

The governor implored the monarch and his subjects to be fully prepared to embrace peace at all times even as he urged the people to cooperate with the new traditional ruler for the community to continue to be on the path of growth and development.

The Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Council, Honourable Isaac Anwuzia, said that the presentation of staff of office marked his recognition by the state government and assured that the Aniocha South traditional rulers council was willing to support the new monarch.

He appealed for the extension of the tarred road from Abah-Unor to other neighbouring communities such as Ukwu Oba, Isheagu, Ewulu and Adonte, saying the only secondary school needed modern facilities such as computer and laboratory equipment to enhance effective teaching and learning.

The Ikemba of Abah-Unor and Palace Secretary, Chief Ashikodi Chukwuma, said the community was happy to witness the presentation of staff of office to their monarch and restated the need for government to equip the Abah-Unor Mixed Secondary School and tarring of roads from the community to neighbouring towns.


NO DTS 2111: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
OKOWA CONDOLES GOV MAKINDE OVER MOTHER’S DEATH

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent condolences to his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, on the death of his mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

Mrs Makinde reportedly died yesterday, Thursday, at her Ibadan home at the age of 81.

Condoling with Makinde, the government and people of Oyo State in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, today in Asaba, Okowa told him to take solace in the fact that his mother lived a life of great accomplishments and service to humanity.

He paid glowing tribute to Mrs Makinde for being a good mother, and joined the family and people of Oyo State to mourn the departed matriarch of the Makinde family.

According to the governor, the family should be consoled that their matriarch lived to witness the successes of her children, including the emergence of Seyi, as Governor of Oyo State.

“We received the news of the demise of your beloved mother with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that she lived a life of great achievements and dedicated service to humanity.

“Mrs Abigail Makinde was a strong pillar in her community, a disciplinarian and devout Christian. She will be missed by all those whose lives she affected.

“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you and the family the courage to bear the loss as we also pray for the repose of the soul of your departed mother.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the unfortunate demise of your beloved mother,” Okowa said.


NO DTS 2112: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
2020 WORLD FOOD DAY: DTSG REITERATES COMMITMENT TO ENSURING FOOD SECURITY

By Grace Eshedagho

Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Julius Egbedi has reiterated the Delta State Government’s determination to ensure food security for all Deltans despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hon. Egbedi stated this during a training workshop organised to mark the 2020 World Food Day Celebration at the Delta Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (DARDA), Ibusa.

According to Hon. Egbedi, “The State Government has increased his commitment to the agriculture sector by the development of several emergency projects and programmes as palliatives measures in the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plans.”

The agriculture commissioner, who was represented by the Director, Planning Research and Statistic, Mrs Stella Egedi called on farmers and stakeholders to join hands with the State Government to achieve a Stronger Delta.

He stated that the World Food Day was celebrated every year to draw attention to the problems of food and agriculture and to consolidate in the struggle to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The commissioner revealed that the theme of this year’s celebration, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together’ was apt as, adding: “It is aimed at sensitizing Deltans on the need to come together to ensure that the suffering and negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic is quickly arrested to avoid food insecurity.”

“With your cooperation, I can boldly say that Delta State is poised to overcome all fears of food insecurity as being associated and predicted with COVID-19 and post COVID-19 effects” he stated.

Speaking at the training workshop, the Assistant Chief Dietician, Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Dr Chukwuemeka Odo, advised that Nigerians should cultivate the culture of eating healthy and nutritional food, saying such food cost less.

“Many of us think that to eat healthy food is for the big man, no, eating healthy depend on the knowledge, knowing how to combine different food. We have alternatives, if you don’t have access to chicken or fish you have access to other food that give the same protein or money to buy a cup of beans which contain protein that meat or fish would have given you,” Dr Chukwuemeka stated.

Also speaking, a participant at the workshop, Mr John Emeni, an oil palm farmer, stated that he learnt a lot from the workshop and it had widened his knowledge of the different kind of food to eat, saying that he would cascade the same knowledge to those around him.

Mr Emeni appealed to the state government to redouble its efforts in the various agricultural programmes, explaining that the flood and other factors that affected farmers might lead to food shortage in the future if not tackled now.

Present at the training workshop were the Director, Delta State Veterinary Services, Dr Charles Diai, represented by Mr Augustine Ojogbo; Director Fishery, Mrs Uju Osadebe; the Programme Manager, DARDA, Mr Edwin Odiete and Chief Ben Okobaroh, retired Programme Manager, Delta State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), among others.


NO DTS 2113: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING RURAL ROADS- DELTA WORKS COMMISSIONER

By Tina Oki

Delta State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye has assured Deltans on government’s commitment to building sustainable road infrastructure in rural communities of the state.

Chief Augoye, who gave the assurance while reacting to an observation on the fear of abandonment of rural road projects in Delta North after the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, explained that government was a continuum and as such, no project would be abandoned.

While noting that the state government was dedication to improving local economy through construction of roads, he maintained that the present administration had a deliberate policy of developing rural areas.

He said, “They are part of Delta State. Whoever becomes governor tomorrow will not forget them. Delta is one.

“We are not discriminatory when it comes to distribution of infrastructure and so would surely benefit even in the nearest future.”

Continuing, Augoye said, “This administration has a deliberate policy of opening rural areas. If you take your time to go round Delta State, you will discover that so many of them have been opened up to ensure investors go into those areas and also boost the local economy. Even in the riverine communities, we have deliberately ensured that riverine communities also benefit from road infrastructure.”

“Governance is in continuum. The ones that are not captured in this administration will be captured in subsequent administrations. It is not a deliberate effort to abandon those communities. We are preparing 2021 budget; we will still have the opportunity of 2022 budget. Some of these roads will be captured,” he added.


NO DTS 2114: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
DTSG FACILITATES ESTABLISHMENT OF TOWER MANUFACTURING PLANT – NMAH

By Sylvester Iloba

The Delta State Government has facilitated the establishment of the Transmission Tower Manufacturing & Testing, Industrial Fabrication and Hot Dip Galvanisation Facility at Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

This was revealed by the Chairman, Delta State Investments Development Agency (DIDA), Hon. Paul Nmah, while addressing newsmen in his office in Asaba.

The project, according to him, was among the numerous projects the agency had been packaging in consonance with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s SMART Agenda policy of accelerated industrialization.

“His Excellency the Governor is very passionate about this project and DIDA as an Agency is working round the clock to ensure that the project kicks off in earnest,” Nmah stated.

According to the DIDA boss, the governor would be performing the official ground breaking ceremony of the facility on Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 starting from 9:00 am prompt at the company’s premises in Issele-Uku.

“I am using this opportunity to welcome stakeholders and invited guests to Issele-Uku Kingdom for the official ground breaking ceremony of Nigeria’s first and Africa’s largest Tower Manufacturing, Testing, Research, Training and Hot Dip Galvanizing facility.

“We would have desired for all Deltans to witness this epoch-making event but due to compliance with COVID-19 regulations, attendance will be strictly by invitation.”

“We promise to continue in our drive to attract both domestic and foreign direct investments into Delta State with a view to positioning Delta State among the largest economy in Nigeria,” Nmah said.


NO DTS 2115: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
SAPELE YOUTHS JOIN ENDSARS PROTEST, DEMAND END TO POLICE BRUTALITY

By Valarie Oyibo-Itie

The protest by Nigerian Youths against Police brutality is gaining momentum as Sapele residents today, joined the protest, calling on the government to give solace to Nigerians and uphold their rights to be free from police brutality.

The peaceful protest that was tagged “EndSars” championed by legal practitioners and human right activist, among whom are, Mr Kingsley Akpederi, Mr Owin Orhomonokpaye, and others, started from Okirighrwe as early as 8.30 am and as at the time of filing this report at4.00 pm, the protest was still on.

The protesters moved round town with placards asking the government to address the issue of inhuman treatment that Nigerian youths especially got from the police force, evidently perpetrated by the police unit called SARs.

People volunteered their vehicles to be used to move round town. Youths were seen in their numbers climbing on every available space in vehicles as they moved round town.

However, personnel of the Nigerian Army were stationed at strategic spots to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Heavy security presence was noticed around the Sapele Police Station, the local government secretariat, the Nigerian Correctional Custodian Centre and around the police barracks.

The usual police checkpoints in town disappeared, even the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) and Road Safety personnel remained in their offices while the protest lasted.

Speaking with one of the protesters, who simply identified himself as Mr Fregene, when asked why the protest when the federal government had disbanded the SARS unit of the police force, he said “EndSars” is the name of the protest but the demand is for the government to put an end to police brutality.”

According to Mr Fregene, “Changing the name, from SARS to SWAT will change nothing. A change of approach by the police from inhuman to humane is what is being asked for.

“The police force should be our friend indeed and not extortionist, bully and a terror to society.”

A little girl of about 10 years old that was seen with her father at the protest said she pleaded with her father to allow her skip school today and partake in the protest because she was a witness to police brutality of her father this year before the lockdown.

All attempts to speak with the local government chairman and the Divisional Police Officer, Sapele proved abortive because of denial by security operatives.


NO DTS 2116: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
ORODJE CAUTIONS CHURCHES ON PUBLIC NUISANCE… AS CAN OKPE CHAPTER GETS NEW EXCO

By Racheal Ogaga

The Orodje of Okpe, HRM Orhue I, has called on pastors in Okpe Local Government Area to desist from the habit of running church activities daily through Mondays to Sundays.

The Orodje, who gave the warning during the inauguration of newly elected executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Okpe Chapter, which took place at First Baptist Church, Orerokpe.

Orhue I who was represented by Chief Ogbaide warned pastors using loud megaphones and loudspeakers to disturb the public to desist from such act, saying that henceforth all loud speakers should be placed inside the church building not outside the building.

The newly elected Coordinator of CAN, Okpe Local Government, Senior Apostle Dan Mayomi said in his address that it was the first time in history that CAN in Okpe Local Government that zoning of positions became prominent in electing the leadership of the association as against what was obtained formerly where different blocs contest for the leadership of the association.

He said that the association was the umbrella body of all Christians across the country and that the association in the local government sought to move the body to the next level of building a permanent secretariat in Orerokpe.

He called on the Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief John Jessa Scott to partner with CAN to ensure that whatever challenges faced by association in the area would be resolve through a synergy with the council.

He commended Governor Okowas financial and moral support to CAN in the state and urged the local government chairman to key into such gestures.

Other newly elected executives include Rev. Fr Christopher Ogaga, Secretary; Rev. Emmanuel Akateme, Assistant Secretary; Abednego Omobo, Treasurer; Mrs Grace Onosemuode, Director Legal and Public Affairs; Pastor Kelly Odonghanro, Director, Interfaith and Ecumenism;

Also elected, were Bro Onyeka Oduenyi, Director, National Social Welfare; Bishop Oludipe Moses, Director Education, Youth and Women Development; and Rev. Oke Demesi, Director Planning and Strategy.

The CAN in Okpe Local government started in Orerokpe headquarters of Okpe Local Government Area with late Rev. Dolor of the Christ Evangelical Mission Society who brought pastors in town together for meetings and programs during the late seventies to mid nineties.

The association had since then gained ground enough that it metamorphosed into a full-blown Christian Association of Nigeria with the four blocs in town all deeply involved.


NO DTS 2117: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
WARRI LANDLORDS SEND SOS TO OKOWA OVER NUISANCE OF ABATTOIR

By Ambrose Ologide

Concerned landlords and tenants at Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) Igbudu Estate, Warri have sent a Save Our Souls (SOS) to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over the nuisance of an abattoir located in the area.

A representative of the aggrieved landlords and tenants, Mr S O Ogbeifo who spoke to our correspondent on the issue at his school located opposite the abattoir, complained that the odorous smell of the abattoir was constituting nuisance to his school and to other landlords and tenants in the area.

The educationist cum lawyer who emphasized that the abattoir was not approved by government, lamented that parents had been withdrawing their wards from his school due to stench from the abattoir.

He also stated that most landlords and tenants had relocated from the area as a result of the nuisance caused by the abattoir and that one of such landlords he said, was a mother of serving magistrate.

Ogbeifo also complained that the unoccupied buildings which were vacated by landlords and tenants were used as hideouts by hoodlums, saying that it was not safe to go to the area in the evenings.

While noting that, taking cattle for slaughtering at the abattoir was a threat to his pupils, students, and staff as well as other residents of the area, he presented copies of letters of complaints written through his lawyers to Department of Environment, Warri South Local Government Area to no avail.

When the Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi was contacted through SMS on the issue, he replied, saying, “They should write to council please.”

Consequently, the Head of the Department of Environment, in the council, Mrs Stella Mode was contacted through the phone by our correspondent and she affirmed that the said abattoir was not approved by the council, stating that the only approved abattoir in the entire local government was the one in Pessu Market.

When confronted with the letters of complaints by the concerned landlords and tenants, she responded, “We are on it.”


NO DTS 2118: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
LEGISLATOR DONATES WRITING MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS IN ETHIOPE EAST

By Elizabeth Agari

The Leader of Ethiope East Legislative Arm, Hon. Victor Ofobrukueta on Wednesday gave out writing materials to three schools in Abraka, namely Ebise Primary School Oria, Ogodo Primary School Urhuovie and Models Primary School, Abraka.

Hon. Ofobrukuete, while donating the book, said that a child could not be properly educated if bereft of the wherewithal necessary to get the teacher’s messages, saying that the donation would take him to other primary schools across Ethiope East Local Government Area.

He advised the pupils to take their studies seriously because, according to him, that was the only way they could become somebody in life.

The legislator also admonished the pupils to always respect their parents and teachers and keep off from bad friends.

In response, the Head Teacher of Ogodo Primary School, Urhuovie, Mr Solomon Akpobesa, thanked and prayed for Hon. Ofobrakueta for the gesture.


NO DTS 2119: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
URHOBO GROUP LAUNCHES ‘PROJECT BACK TO SCHOOL’

By Onyinye Anunwa

The Urhobo World United Union (UWUU), Ughelli branch under the leadership of Mr Akpesiri Emorhokpor, has flagged off a “back to school project for primary school pupils in Ughelli.

According to Sanitarian Esere Gift, the group has already visited Oharisi Primary School, Otovwodo Primary School, Owevwie Primary School and Ogbovvian Primary School.

The group presented free notebooks to the pupils to encourage them in learning.

The group however called on other well-meaning Urhobos to join in the gesture.

Emorhokpor said that the group was born out of love for the Urhobo nation, and has as members Urhobo entrepreneurs and intellectuals who have a passion for the enhancement of the Urhobo people as well as creating the bond between Urhobo people all over the world.


NO DTS 2120: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
NAPPS HOLDS PRAYER DAY, COMMITS GOV OKOWA TO GOD

By Ambrose Ologide

The National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS), Uvwie Local Government Area Chapter has held its second edition of ‘Prayer Day’ at Unique Group of Schools, Effurun on Monday October 12, 2020.

In his key note address, the Delta State Chairman of the association, Deacon Monday Ifoghere, disclosed that the event was held nationally by members in appreciation to God for His goodness towards the association, adding that appreciation to God was application for His goodness.

“We need to appreciate Him and also pray for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. By God’ s grace school will resume fully. We are almost there,” he declared.

He disclosed that the theme of this year’s event was: ‘Digital Revolution of The School in Revamping Nigeria’s Education from COVID-19’.

Deacon Ifoghare advised members to key into digital technology, saying that because of COVID-19, learners could now receive lessons online.

The Chairman of NAPPS, Uvwie Local Government Area Chapter, Mrs Rose Obi, disclosed that association’s day was celebrated annually on 12th October and that it was a good coincident that the event was celebrated by members in the 774 local government areas of the country on that day.

The Director of Unique School, Effurun (venue of the event) Onome Ikede, thanked God for the huge success of the event.

The occasion featured intercessory prayer session, praise and worship while the highpoint was the presentation of a souvenir to Deacon Monday Ifoghare by Onome Ikede.


NO DTS 2121: ASABA, NIGERIA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
UDU HARBOUR MARKET TRADERS MOURN ASSASSINATED CHAIRMAN

By Ambrose Ologide

Traders of Udu Harbour Market, Ovwian in Udu Local Government Area, have mourned the death of their chairman, Christopher Odiete, fondly called ‘ Opisto’ as shops were closed for business in his honour on Monday October 12, 2020.

Opisto was allegedly assassinated by yet to be identified gunmen while he was on a ride in his car at Udu Road Junction by DSC Express Way area popularly called Express Junction, Ovwian at about 4.00 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2020.

It was reported that he was shot at one of his arms and that he initially escaped with bullet wounds into the toilet of a popular church (name withheld) but his assailants, who were determined to complete their evil mission, traced him to his hideout with drops of his blood and then fired several shots at him.

The assassins were said to have waited to ensure that he gave up the ghost before zooming off unchallenged.

Opisto, before his death, lived in an upstairs at Ginuwa Junction by Warri/ Sapele in Otovwodo (Agbassa) Community area in Warri before relocating to his country home of Ovwian where he became the president-general.

The socialite who died at his mid 50s was a devout Christian of the Roman Catholic faith and also a timber merchant. He is survived by one wife and children.


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