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NO.DTS 0537: MAKE SKILL ACQUISITION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVT COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS – OKOWA… SAYS 50 BEST GRADUATES IN SKILL ACQUISITION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVT TO BE EMPOWERED ANNUALLY

NO.DTS 0538: UKAH STRESSES NEED FOR STRATEGIC INFORMATION DISSEMINATION IN POLITICAL ERA

NO.DTS 0539: DELTA INFORMATION COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR SUSTAINABLE REGULATION OF ONLINE MEDIA… EXPRESSES CALM OVER NEXT DISPENSATION

NO.DTS 0540: DELSUTH TO ESTABLISH WORLD CLASS RADIOTHERAPY SERVICE

NO.DTS 0541: OLU OF WARRI ADVOCATES BIRTH CONTROL POLICY … SAYS NIGERIA SITTING ON GUNPOWDER IF…

NO.DTS 0542: OGHARA MONARCH TASKS NIPSS ON FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

NO.DTS 0543: NUJ WANTS STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED ON OKPANAM ROAD

NO.DTS 0544: NIMC CALLS ON ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO ENROL INTO NATIONAL IDENTITY DATABASE

NO.DTS 0545: SHIMITE BELLO GETS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD

NO.DTS 0546: TIDI RECEIVES NIPSS PARTICIPANTS, CALLS FOR MODERN FACILITIES IN HEALTHCARE CENTRES

NO.DTS 0547: OSHIMILI SOUTH COUNCIL PROPOSES N3.5 BILLION FOR 2019 FISCAL YEAR

NO.DTS 0548: GLOBAL PARTNER HEALTH TEAM SEEKS ARMY SUPPORT AHEAD OF INSECTICIDAL NET DISTRIBUTION EXERCISE

NO.DTS 0549: BISHOP IDE ADVISES CHRISTIANS TO IDENTIFY WITH CHRIST

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NO.DTS 0537: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

MAKE SKILL ACQUISITION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVT COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS – OKOWA… SAYS 50 BEST GRADUATES IN SKILL ACQUISITION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVT TO BE EMPOWERED ANNUALLY

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development courses should be made compulsory for all students in institutions of higher learning in the country.

Governor Okowa made the call today during an on-the-spot inspection of facilities at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku.

The governor impressed by the achievements recorded in the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes of the institution, said that from this year, the best 50 graduating students in skill acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes would be empowered to set up their businesses.

“I have encouraged all higher institution in the country to ensure that no student leaves the institution without requisite training in entrepreneurship development,” the governor said, adding, “If we strengthen skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development, we will have creators of jobs, creators of wealth as graduates in the new Nigeria.”

He continued, “A new narrative can come out from Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku by utilizing the knowledge acquired with hands and brains which is very important for you to succeed in modern Nigeria; the best skilled students will be empowered by the state government to be able to start on their own and I want to state it here that the best fifty students which will be taken from different departments will be equipped to start their own businesses.”

“The empowerment is to fully provide the basic needs and we hope that they will be role models; a minimum of fifty students will be equipped to start their own businesses starting from this year; we want to also, challenge ourselves in this Polytechnic to provide instruments and equipment that will be used locally to better the lives of our people,” he stated, emphasizing, “The graduates should be proud of their alma mater and the institution in the next four years should be proud of their graduates.”

While commending the Governing Council, Management and Staff of the Polytechnic for their transformational efforts, Governor Okowa also, urged students of the institutions to desist from joining any form of secret cult but, work towards building a better future for themselves saying, “If you are thinking right and working very hard, you will be what you want to be; think about your future – ten years, five years from now, what will you be?”

The Chairman, Governing Council and the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Festus Okubor and Prof. Stella Chiemeke respectively, in their separate addresses, thanked Governor Okowa for his administration’s commitment to the development of institutions of higher learning in the state by providing the needed infrastructure and also, encouraging the youths to build a better future for themselves through skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes.

The governor was taken round the welding workshop, entrepreneurship and skill acquisition department, and Mass Communication studio, among others.

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NO.DTS 0538: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

UKAH STRESSES NEED FOR STRATEGIC INFORMATION DISSEMINATION IN POLITICAL ERA

The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah has stressed the need for information to be made available to the right audience in the right format and at the right time.

Chief Ukah who was speaking as the Special Guest today at the 2019 Strategic Political Communication Workshop for Information, Media and Communication Persons in Government, emphasized that the primary role of political communication was to ensure that activities of political office holders were strategically captured in media offerings.

According to the commissioner, every strategic communication should be beneficial to government in the sense that it would produce positive outcomes, meet set objectives, identify trends, meet targeted programme, save money and plan for the future, among others.

He expressed optimism that there were bright prospects for effective government information system to build a stronger Delta State owing to the enduring structures put in place by the government of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.

Earlier in an overview on what to expect in the three-day workshop, Prof Godwin Oboh, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State University, Abraka, who is the workshop resource person, lamented the absence of ideologies in Nigeria political space.

He blamed the media for not prodding enough into relevant issues that would make their reportage of politics strategic in political communication.

The convener of the workshop and Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Communication, Dr Fred Latimore, said that the workshop was organized to boost the capacity of participant as purveyors of information to the general public.

The day-one of the workshop was attended by participants drawn from the various local government areas, members of the media and political appointee, including the Chief Press Secreatry to the governor, MR Charles Aniagwu and the Chair of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ0 Delta State Council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu.

The workshop holding at Orchid Hotel, Asaba continues tomorrow and will end on Friday, May 17, 2019.

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NO.DTS 0539: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

DELTA INFORMATION COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR SUSTAINABLE REGULATION OF ONLINE MEDIA… EXPRESSES CALM OVER NEXT DISPENSATION
The Commissioner for Information, Delta state, Chief Patrick Ukah, has expressed concern in the sustainable regulation of the practitioners of the online media.

The commissioner, who made this known today when he appeared as a special guest of the Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF) programme tagged ‘Frontline’, said that the online media was prone to so much abuse but expressed satisfaction that the leadership of DOPF was willing to embrace internal control mechanism of its members.

While saying that he had so much belief in the capacity of the online media to build the society for better, he called on the leaders and members not to relent but to strive to ensure that they were not balkanized.

Chief Ukah, who was responding to some issues raised, said that he had never attempted to suppressed stories but believe in dialogue with the media to see and hear the side of government through conviction.

On the Outside Broadcast (OB) Van parked at the Commissioner’s Quarters in Asaba, the commissioner said that though the van was completely analogue and it would cost the equivalent of the a new one to replace it to digital, keeping it at the quarters was to ensure it was not vandalized.

He said plans had been concluded to purchase a new OB Van for servicing both DBS station in Asaba and Warri, arguing that it was more economical to manage and maintain than purchase separately for the two stations.

He emphasized the need for content in the broadcast outfits in the state, saying that was the best way to attract loyal audience adding that the state government had put in place every arrangement to commence the digital switch over.

The commissioner, while saying that the Government Printing Press had been repositioned for commercial services to the general public, assured that arrangement would be put in place to make the Ministry of Information Bulletin be produced on both Saturdays and Sundays.

In assessing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the information commissioner said that there was need to critically look at the concrete things the governor had done across the state, citing the feat of constructing solid roads in the riverine areas, an achievement he said, had never been attempted previously, adding that the governor was God sent to salvage the state.

On the next political dispensation, Chief Ukah said that he was not troubled being a professional in several areas from marketing to advertising and public relations, saying that he worked with a governor that knew everyone around him and no one could lobby him.

He however noted that a solid arrangement had been put in place in the Ministry of Information and its parastatals in a way that whoever was coming would find it easy to build on.

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NO.DTS 0540: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

DELSUTH TO ESTABLISH WORLD CLASS RADIOTHERAPY SERVICE
Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, is on the brink of establishing a world class radiotherapy service, the first of its kind in Southern Nigeria.

Addressing course participants of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos yesterday, the Chief Medical Director of DELSUTH, Dr Omene Ogbeh, stated that the vision was in accordance with the intentions of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to ensure quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for Deltans.

He said that the facility which is a tertiary health institution and formally inaugurated in 2010 by former President, Goodluck Jonathan was considering establishing the scarce health service through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) once the modalities were met.

Dr Ogbeh also revealed that the hospital would commence its Post Basic Nursing School before the end of the year, stressing that such effort as the training of medical personnel, and acceptance of referrals from primary and secondary healthcare centers complements the state contributory health scheme.

While appealing to the Federal Government to consider partnering with DELSUTH to establish a Pediatric Cardio-thoracic Surgery Center, Dr Ogbeh lamented the rising death rate of infants with congenital heart disease, noting that about 70 per cent of 84, 000 babies die nationwide because they could not afford the cost of N30 million in foreign lands.

He observed that it was the desires of the founding fathers of DELSUTH to make it a world class facility, adding that Governor Okowa had transformed the health sector in the state with the introduction of the contributory health scheme, saying it hads become a model to other states.

In his remarks, the Director-General of the institute, Mr Jonathan Juma mni, said that NIPSS was saddled with the responsibility of identifying national challenges in the health sector and proffering solutions accordingly through the formulation of policy guidelines.

According to him, the study tour represented the local stage of a broader sojourn in working out a more robust universal healthcare scheme for Nigerians.

The participants were conducted round the facility by the CMD accompanied by the Director General, Delta State Contributory Health Scheme, Dr Ben Nkechika, after an engaging interactive session.

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NO.DTS 0541: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

OLU OF WARRI ADVOCATES BIRTH CONTROL POLICY … SAYS NIGERIA SITTING ON GUNPOWDER IF…
The Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Ikenwuli, today charged the Federal Government to consider an effective birth control policy to combat the scourge of an unhealthy population.

Disclosing this while playing hosting to Course 41 Participants of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, near Jos, the monarch said that Nigeria was sitting on a keg of gunpowder if it allowed indiscriminate childbearing without adequate provision for their welfare.

He lamented the torment of banditry and kidnapping that has pervaded the country in recent times and called on the Federal Government to create job opportunities to engage idle youths and tackle restiveness.

In the same vein, he called for the resuscitation of the Koko and Warri ports so that they can perform optimally, stressing that both facilities have the capacity to create absorb thousands of unemployed youths in the environs.

Although he commended the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, he observed that the spate of insecurity in the country had reached sickening heights, even as he charged the institute to look into the challenge and proffer solutions accordingly.

Contrary to assertions in the media that Nigeria has become the poverty headquarters of the world, the monarch tended to disagree, stressing that the nation had enough resources to cater for her citizens if properly managed.

Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Jonathan Juma mni, appreciated the king for his warm reception, adding that the essence of their visit was in line with the mandate of the institute to think out ways of a sustainable free universal healthcare coverage.

He said that despite the resources deployed into the healthcare delivery sector by the three tiers of government, Nigeria has fared poorly, noting that the institute was committed to recommending the right policies to government from their broad-based research.

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NO.DTS 0542: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

OGHARA MONARCH TASKS NIPSS ON FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE
The Ovie of Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Noble Oyibo Eshemitan, has charged members of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to think out ways of developing a free universal healthcare scheme for Nigerians.

The Ovie gave the charge while playing host to course participants of NIPSS who paid him a courtesy visit as part of their study tour to the local government, stressing that the theme of the study “Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria” was germane to ameliorate the financial burden on the masses to procure healthcare.

While giving a briefing history of the community, the monarch said that Oghara hosted the state teaching hospital, a general hospital, four health centers and five maternities as well as a plethora of alternative medicine homes, adding that “patronage to these health centers is based on the economic strength and beliefs of patients’.

“As the nation’s foremost think-tank institution, I hope that this study tour will give you insightful information that will be a guide in the training of our bureaucrats, leaders and senior military officers in fashioning policies and actions that will bring improvement in our country.

An inquiry or study of the funding of universal healthcare delivery in communities in communities and by extension Nigeria would definitely open inroads towards improving the welfare of the citizenry” he commented as he briefed them on the history, geography and culture of Oghara.

Earlier in his address, the Local Government Chairman, Hon Solomon Golley stated that “In the journey towards the Universal Health Coverage, Governor Okowa signed the bill to establish the Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law in 2016”.

Golley added that the Local Government had gone beyond the traditional maternal and neonatal healthcare and has taken giant strides in caring for the registered widows in the state social welfare scheme

In his remarks, the Director-General of the institute, Jonathan Juma mni, said that the course was expected to last for the duration of 10 months during which participants drawn from various sectors were expected to strengthen their capacities towards the development of the health sector.

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NO.DTS 0543: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

NUJ WANTS STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED ON OKPANAM ROAD
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, has appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to declare a state of emergency on Okpanam Road in the Asaba capital territory, revoke the contract and give it to a competent contractor.

The NUJ in a statement made available to the press and endorsed by the Chairman and Secretary of the council, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu and Comrade Churchill Oyowe respectively, said that the Okpanam Road, particularly the Okpanam axis had been under construction for over eight year without completion.

The statement described the state of Okpanam Road as an embarrassment to the Asaba capital territory and counterproductive to the promotion of the numerous road projects embarked upon and completed by the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Okpanam.

It said that Okpanam Road was too strategic to the Asaba capital territory to be left at the pace work had been going on, saying observation over the years indicated that whenever the contractor made two steps forward, the flood would drag the progress backward by three steps, blaming the ugly trend on the inconsistent progression of work by the contracting firm handling the road.

According to the NUJ, work had stopped for some time now in the construction of the road and the rainy season would soon enter its peak period, stressing that the progress made in recent time before the stoppage of work might come under serious threat as experienced in the past.

The union therefore blamed the poor state of the road on incompetence of the contractor handling the job, thereby called on the state governor to give dedicated attention to finally complete the Okpanam Road by all possible means.

While thanking the governor for the massive award of road contracts across the Lenght and Bredth of Delta State, and the completion of some, the union, once again, congratulated him on his overwhelming victory at the gubernatorial poll on 9th March, 2019 and wished him greater success in the second tenure.

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NO.DTS 0544: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

NIMC CALLS ON ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO ENROL INTO NATIONAL IDENTITY DATABASE
The Federal Government through National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has started the enrolment of all Nigerians and legal residents from age 0 and above into the National Identity Database.

A statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, said the Federal Government had in January 2019, made the use of National Identity Number (NIN) a mandatory requirement for accessing most government services.

The statement said that the National Identity Management Commission was poised to reach out and enroll all eligible Nigerians in every community across the 774 local government areas in the federation to ensure they were registered.

It therefore requested all local government chairmen, traditional rulers and chairmen of town unions in the state to sensitize and ensure that residents within their domains participate into the exercise.

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NO.DTS 0545: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

SHIMITE BELLO GETS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD
The Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, Chief Mrs. Shimite Bello has been conferred with the Outstanding Performance in Public Office by the Anioma Media Associates (AMASS).

The National Coordinator of the Anioma Media Associates, Prince David Diai said that the award was in recognition of Chief Shimite Bello’s exceptional track record even before assuming responsibility as the head of DEMSMA.

He described the DEMSMA boss a great pillar and success stories of the SMART Agenda and a great Anioma Ambassador in the state, the nation and the world.

Prince Diai assured the Executive Secretary of the group’s willingness and commitment to continue to work harmoniously with her in any capacity as loyal and trusted partners in the media constituency.

He expressed his organization’s profound gratitude to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for deeming it fit to give one of the own the opportunity to serve as one of Anioma representatives in the state council.

In her response, Chief Shimite Bello, thanked the group for finding it necessary to honor her, assuring AMASS of her desire to uphold the ideals of the Anioma nation, adding that the honor would propel her to boost her contribution in ensuring that the down trodden in the society were better placed.

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FROM THE LGAs

NO.DTS 0546: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

TIDI RECEIVES NIPSS PARTICIPANTS, CALLS FOR MODERN FACILITIES IN HEALTHCARE CENTRES
Ruth Omigie/Elohor Foghola

The Chairman Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi has emphasized the need to upgrade primary health care with modern facilities for maximum health care delivery.

Dr Tidi made the call when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41, Group 4, 2019, of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kura, Jos, Plateau State, paid him a courtesy call in Warri as part of its study tour.

The chairman stated that there were over 13 primary health care centres spread across the local government area, namely Ifie, Pessu, Ukpokiti, Ajamimogha, Igbudu, Ubeji, Eboh, Ogunu, Edjeba, Ugbuwangue, Warri Urban, Ode Itsekiri and Orugbo.

He further said, the primary Health Care Centres in conjunction with the state and federal government undertake regular immunization exercise against childhood diseases

The chairman disclosed that the council gave approval to Matrix Energy and Gas, Ifie, to upgrade the Ubeji Primary Health Care Centre to a Cottage Hospital adding that it was alredy 95% completed.

He listed the challenges facing the healthcare sector in the council to include inadequate staff, difficulty in accessing the riverine health centres, and dilapidation of some centres.

The Director of the institute, Jonathan M Juma mni in his remark said that the participants were in Warri South to understudy the primary health care system in the delivery of healthcare service.

Others in attendance were the NIPSS Librarian, Dr Emmanuel S Mamman mni,; Directing Staff of NIPSS, Air Vice Marshal D L Choji mni; Chairman Governing Board, Delta State Contributory Health Care Commission DSCHC, Dr Isaac Akpoveta; and the Director General DSCHC, Dr Ben Ikechika.

The visit featured a question and answer and a presentation of souvenir to the chairman Dr Michelle Tidi by the Institute.

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NO.DTS 0547: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

OSHIMILI SOUTH COUNCIL PROPOSES N3.5 BILLION FOR 2019 FISCAL YEAR
The Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Hon. Uche Osadebe, has proposed a budget of N3,541,116,191.02 (Three Billion, Five Hundred and Forty-One Million, One Hundre and Sixteen Thousand, One Hundred and Ninety-One Naira, Two Kobo) for the 2019 fiscal year.

Hon Osadebe while presenting the budget proposal to the Legislative Arm of the council, said it is a christened ‘Budget of Expectation’ and broken down in recurrent expenditure of N1,577,711,191.02 representing 44.5 percent, while capital expenditure is N1,963,405,000.00 representing 55.5 percent.

The chairman implored the legislative arm to consider the proposal with a view to giving it speedy passage for implementation to the advancement of resident of Oshimili South.

The budget presentation had in attendance, the Secretary to the Local Government Council, Elder Frank Oba, all serving supervisors, the Head of Personel Management, Dr P Agbeyeke, all HODs, members of the press, and staff of the council.

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NO.DTS 0548: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

GLOBAL PARTNER HEALTH TEAM SEEKS ARMY SUPPORT AHEAD OF INSECTICIDAL NET DISTRIBUTION EXERCISE
By Temi Boyo

The Global Partner Health team has solicited for security assistance from the Nigeria Army,19 Battalion, Koko, ahead of the forthcoming distribution exercise of long lasting insecticidal nets in Warri North Local Government Area.

The request which was made during an advocacy visit led by the local government coordinator for Warri North Local Government Area, Mr Niran Oyedukun to the commanding officer, 19 Battalion, Major Kachallah, is geared towards getting all stakeholders within the local government ready for the exercise.

In his remarks, Mr Oyedukun, said “The importance of security before and during the exercise cannot be trifled with, that is why we have come to you sir to assist us in ensuring the safety of our personnel, the nets and other gadgets that will be used , be safely kept in the store before the flag off.”

He emphasized that the goal of the exercise which is making sure the incidence of malaria is reduced in the country, added that anyone that posses the net card; which must be verified and scanned by the android phone made available during the exercise, gets the net at the end of the day.

He maintained that with the help of the army and other security agencies, the crowd during the day of the exercise will be better controlled to forestall any incidence of violence in the LG, especially in the riverine communities.

On his part, Major Kachallah promised to show the needed support as the exercise seeks to better the lives of the people in the area.

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NO.DTS 0549: WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

BISHOP IDE ADVISES CHRISTIANS TO IDENTIFY WITH CHRIST
By Ambrose Ologide/ Queeneth Irori

The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Warri, Rt Rev. Christian Esezi Ide has called on Christians to always identify with Jesus Christ so that they can live God’s original plan for them.

Bishop Ide gave the advice in his key note address during the just concluded first session of the 13th Synod of the Diocese of Warri, held at St. Andrews Cathedral Church, Okere Road, Warri.

The theme of this year’s synod was tagged “Our True Identity” which was taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The yearly anticipated and much talked about program among Anglicans, was well attended by Anglican bishops, clerics and their wives, synod delegates and other distinguished Anglican dignitaries.

Prayers and worship sections in preparation for a successful three days synod was held at the Cathedral.

Arrival of guest within and outside the diocese was on the 6th of May while the event finally came to an end on the 8th of May.

Bishop Ide in his address emphasized, “It is vain for man to profess relationship with Christ when he is unchanged in heart and life, the evidence of a changed heart are the old things that passed away, and all things becoming new. While the old things are those characters we have formed for ourselves (our natural identity), the all things becoming new are a manifestation of our true identity that can only be found in Christ.”

At the synod, separate meeting between the bishop and Laity, some selected members from the diocese (delegates), and another separate meetings with priests under the diocese were held.

At the end of the meetings, certain conflicting issues and complains that bothered on the church were resolved and new policies where put in place to guild against future occurrences.

Sections were also created for suggestion and ideas on how to move the church forward.

The synod also featured cultural dances, launching of Bishop’s charge, a comprehensive speech of the bishop which includes diocesan activities written by the Bishop Idea amongst other colourful activities.

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