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ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

NO DTS 0308: OKOWA INAUGURATES 700-CAPACITY HOSTEL, OTHER PROJECTS AT NYSC CAMP

NO DTS 0309: GOVERNOR OKOWA SALUTES AFDB PRESIDENT, ADESINA AT 60

NO DTS 0310: OGBOGONOGO MARKET AGOG AS OTUARO COMMISSIONS WATER PROJECT

NO DTS 0311: COURT OF APPEAL INAUGURATION, COMMITMENT TO RULE OF LAW, SOCIAL JUSTICE- MRAKPOR

NO DTS 0312: HEADS OF HEALTH FACILITIES TOLD TO REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF LASSA

NO DTS 0313: MEETING REVENUE TARGETS SETS AS CRITERIA FOR HEADING DBIR STATIONS

NO DTS 0314: ALATAN ADVOCATES COORDINATED EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE FGM

NO DTS 0315: UDU COUNCIL HOLDS 4-DAY RETRAINING PROGRAMME FOR TEACHERS

NO DTS 0316: PROPER HAND WASHING IDENTIFIED AS PREVENTIVE MEASURE FOR CURBING LASSA

NO DTS 0317: OKPANAM COMMUNITY URGED TO EMBRACE UNITY, PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

NO DTS 0318: STUDENTS OF ADAGWE GRAMMAR SCHOOL APPEAL TO DTSG FOR EQUIPMENT

NO DTS 0319: TANKER DRIVER CRUSHES MAN TO DEATH IN UGHELLI

NO DTS 0320: DON ADVISES PARENTS TO GUIDE CHILDREN ON CELL PHONE USE

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NO DTS 0308 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
OKOWA INAUGURATES 700-CAPACITY HOSTEL, OTHER PROJECTS AT NYSC CAMP

The Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured authorities of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of the state government’s continued support to the scheme.

The governor gave the assurance today while inaugurating a 720-capacity hostel for NYSC members at the Permanent Orientation Camp in Issele-Uku.

He recalled that the camp was in a poor state when he visited in 2018, and expressed delight that the camp had begun to wear a look befitting a place where corps members spent time before being deployed to parts of the state for primary assignment.

“This is a dream come true and we thank God that we are witnessing this great transformation of the orientation camp.”

“As a government, I believe that we should improve on the facilities that we have in this orientation camp as we are collaborating with the federal government in different ways.

“Just few days ago, on Monday, a Court of Appeal was inaugurated in Asaba, I am happy that we have the Court of Appeal and it has been described as apparently, one of the best in the country.

“These partnerships are in the best interest of our people and in the best interest of our state and here at Issele-Uku is the first point of call for members of the NYSC who are posted to Delta State.

“The graduates numbering thousands who are posted to Delta, apparently, will work in Delta State and will impact on the state and its people, so, it is only human that we make them comfortable to bring out their best to serve the state and our nation.

“I appreciate the work of the contractors that worked here to see that these projects are completed for inauguration today; it is my hope and expectations that when we leave in 2023, this NYSC camp will be totally a changed environment that will be comfortable for the corps members.

“It gladdens my heart that we are here to inaugurate a 700-capacity headspace hostel for corps members; four blocks of twin 3-bedroom flats and several other projects; in the next couple of weeks, construction work will commence on the internal roads, a multi-purpose hall and we shall also, construct a hostel to be named after Chief (Sir) B.S.C. Elue, former Deputy Governor, Delta State,” Governor Okowa said.

Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General of NYSC, represented by Mr Steve Ehoda-Adi, thanked Governor Okowa for his numerous contributions to the growth of the scheme while Mr Omotade Folorunso Omotade, South-South Area Coordinator of NYSC said, “For records, no administration since the inception of our dear state in October, 1991 has made this level of huge investment and commitment to this camp and to the NYSC in Delta State.”

“Governor Okowa has to his credit, the approval and actualisation of many projects on camp among which are comprehensive renovation of existing buildings, building of 700 capacity hostel, building of eight 3-bedroom flats for camp officials, sinking of about 700 feet industrial borehole to address perennial shortage of water, linkage of camp to urban water scheme, release of 300 Kva electricity transformer with Industrial prepaid metre, brand new camp clinic, among others,” he said.

Mrs .Olutayo Samuel, State Coordinator of NYSC, in her address, described Governor Okowa as someone who keeps to his promises.
Traditional rulers, politicians, among others witnessed the event.
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NO DTS 0309 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
GOVERNOR OKOWA SALUTES AFDB PRESIDENT, ADESINA AT 60

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, as he clocks 60 years on today.

Governor Okowa said that Adesina had made remarkable contributions to the development of agriculture and food security in Africa since he was elected President of the African Development Bank Group in 2015.

Adesina was Minister of Agriculture during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor commended Adesina for his tremendous and outstanding accomplishments in the service of Nigeria and Africa over the years, and described him as outstanding and consistent public servant.

He observed that the agriculture sector in Nigeria witnessed enormous boost and innovation while Adesina served as minister and was, therefore, not surprised with the feats he had already attained at the AfDB.

The governor recalled that in recognition of Adesina’s impeccable leadership and outstanding accomplishments in promoting food security in Africa through innovation, he was honoured with the Sunhak Peace Prize and the Emeka Anyaoku Life Time Achievement Award by The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation, among other awards.

“Dr Adesina’s leadership at the AfDB has been largely characterized by outstanding vision in tackling issues of hunger and poverty in Africa.

“His programmes and policies have impacted well over 181 million people directly in the continent in the past four years.

“The bank under his leadership has continued to contribute to poverty reduction, economic and social development in least developed African countries by providing concessional funding for projects and programmes as well as technical assistance for studies and capacity-building activities.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on the occasion of your 60th birth anniversary.

“I join your family, global partners and associates, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfillment.

“As you deservedly celebrate this diamond anniversary, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness and contributions to nation building,” Okowa said.
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NO DTS 0310 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
OGBOGONOGO MARKET AGOG AS OTUARO COMMISSIONS WATER PROJECT

The Deputy Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, has commissioned a multi-million naira water project at Ogbogonogo Market, Asaba on behalf of the Delta State Government.

The deputy governor while commissioning the project said that he was particularly happy with the project, it that it added to the strings of achievements of the state government, emphasizing that the affected users would benefit immensely from it.

He advised the beneficiaries to put the facilities into proper use by ensuring they were not vandalized or destroyed but kept safe at all times.

The water project which its MoU was signed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Delta State Government on the Implementation of Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) in the state was finally completed.

The leader of the USAID Team, Mr Collin Drezine, said that the use of the water supplied by the Water Board would reduce water-borne diseases in the state, adding that with the MoU the partnership would create a healthier state.

He added that it was important for the Water Board to meet the water needs of the people and assured that USAID would work to improve water sanitation in the state.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Peter Mrakpor, Commissioner for Water Resources, Rt Hon. Martins Okonta signed the MoU on behalf of the state, while Dr Jean Jolicoeur and Robert Hanjahanja signed for USAID.
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NO DTS 0311 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
COURT OF APPEAL INAUGURATION, COMMITMENT TO RULE OF LAW, SOCIAL JUSTICE- MRAKPOR

The Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor, said the inauguration of the Court of Appeal, Asaba Division was a strong representation of the state government’s commitment to the rule of law, social justice and the willed determination to ensure distance or geographical location is not a barrier to access to justice.

Mr Peter Mrakpor stated this today in his office, during an interview with some journalists where he stated that a functional, responsive and dynamic judicial system constitutes an indispensable component of good governance.

He hailed the establishment of the Court of Appeal in Asaba, which he described as the expansion of the frontiers of justice in the state as well as bringing justice closer to the people.

The justice commissioner who opined that justice was the greatest interest of man on earth and the ligament which holds civilized beings and nations together, averred that courts of law, especially those in the higher rungs of judicial hierarchy formed the backbone of the edifice of the Nigeria judiciary.

“Our society has a legitimate expectation from the judiciary to provide them access to justice in a speedy manner. Access to justice means unhindered, expeditious justice to every individual which also bring to the fore, the state government’s commitment to the rule of law and quick dispensation of justice” the attorney-general said.

He expressed delight that the establishment of the Court of Appeal in Asaba was a dream come true, saying 3rd of February, 2020 when the court complex was inaugurated by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa would be a date to remember in gaining judicial freedom for Delta State from the old Bendel.

“Delta State was created on the 27th day of August, 1991 and for 29 years, we were using the Court of Appeal, Benin Division as applicable to Delta State and with the inauguration of the Asaba Division of the appellate Court, the narrative has changed,” Mrakpor said.

While commending the efforts of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and that of the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for the establishment of the court, the Chief Law Officer to the Delta State Government described its inauguration as a reality in letter and in spirit.

He listed facilities at the complex to include six Judges’ Chambers, two effective and functional court rooms with over a thousand sitting capacity gallery, lawyer’s pool, an e-library and other state of the art facilities,.
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NO DTS 0312 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
HEADS OF HEALTH FACILITIES TOLD TO REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF LASSA

Heads of health facilities and other health workers have been called upon to urgent report all suspected cases of Lassa fever to their local government area Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) as they are the first link to response and care of Lassa fever in the state.

The Incidence Manager, State Emergency Operations Committee, Dr Ann Ojimba, made the call yesterday at a one-day training on Lassa fever infection, prevention and control and management, held at the Conference Hall, Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Asaba.

Dr Ojimba revealed that during last year’s season of Lassa fever outbreak, samples were not gotten from other hospitals apart from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba explaining that the index of suspicion was not as high as that of 2020 when awareness has been created hence positive cases coming out from Warri, Ughelli, Agbor among other Local Government Areas.

According to Dr Ojimba, a consultant in public health at the Department of Public Health, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, said that health care workers were beginning to speak out on seeing Lassa fever symptoms and signs, adding that such should be the norm.

She said that DNSOs should be contacted whenever there was a suspected case in any health facility to come and collect samples and in cases where the relatives of the patients did not agree that the patient be referred to FMC, Asaba they should collect the samples and send to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State for test.

“This has become necessary because it is better to err at the side of caution, in that when the test result returns positive the DNSOs who are in the know of the case will immediately commence contact tracing of those who had had close contact with the patients,” she stated.

Dr Philomena Okeowo, a consultant in community health, in her presentation on, expressed sadness over the case of the two medical officers who were confirmed positive on Lassa fever and currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

According to Dr Okeowo, who is Director in the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, the main thrust of the training was on how to make sure that a health worker does not get infected and at the same time a patient does not get infected for patronizing a health facility.

She said that the most effective means of tackling the disease was to break the transmission route i.e. from rats (host) to man and the second which was the transmission from human to humans, saying more emphasis should be placed on Infection, Prevention and Control teachings.

One of the resource persons, Dr Adesuwa Aigbokhaode, Consultant Public Physician, FMC, Asaba in her presentation titled: Management of Lassa Fever stressed the need for health workers to observe standard health precautionary measures and not risk their lives by exposing themselves to the virus.

She harped on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) before commencing the examination and also reduce close contacts by giving a gap of three meters from the infected or suspected patients.

On his part, Dr. Richard Ikeogwu, the State Epidemiologist gave a presentation on Disease Surveillance which he zeroed down to the continuous collection, collation, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of health data for action.

The training which was organized by the Delta State Ministry of Health was for doctors, nurses and other health officers from government-owned health facilities.

The next batch which is for health workers in private health facilities is due in two days time.
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NO DTS 0313 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
MEETING REVENUE TARGETS SETS AS CRITERIA FOR HEADING DBIR STATIONS

The ability to meet assigned revenue generation targets will henceforth be the yardstick for appointment as head of stations at the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.

Making this declaration today as part of the ongoing strategic engagement with revenue staff in Warri, the Chairman of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, Sir Monday Onyeme, stated that the era of grade level seniority as basis for assigning leadership responsibilities was effectively over.

According to the chairman, the board would emphasize on performance and target achievement as a way of making forward-looking appointment of heads of stations.

Sir Onyeme reiterated government’s commitment to achieving its stronger Delta agenda through a well thought out process of planning and execution of critical projects and provision of services that would impact positively on the lives of the average citizen of the state.

He argued that the best way to achieve the task of providing the needs of the people was to provide funds, saying it was the mandate of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue.

While encouraging staff to, in his words: “Think outside the box and translate ideas into tangible results,” the revenue board chairman promised to do all within available resources to ensure that hardworking staff received adequate recognition and other rewards.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Assistant Tax Controller, Warri Field Office, Mr M.J. Aghomotse, appealed for logistics support for field operations and assured the chairman of the commitment of staff to contributing their quota towards achieving the overall objectives of the board.
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NO DTS 0314 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
ALATAN ADVOCATES COORDINATED EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE FGM

Coordinated and systematic efforts have been advocated to engage communities to focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Delta state.

The Delta state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Flora Alatan, made the call while playing host to a coalition of women led processional associations, NGO’s, CBO’s and gender advocates under the aegis Association against Child Sexual and Gender Based violence (AACSGBV)

Mrs Alatan who was represented by the Director for Women Affairs, Mrs Faith Okpoworho, appreciated the women for using the visit to commemorate the annual Day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation held every 6th day of February.

The commissioner commended the women for their zeal in working towards the total eradication of the practice in the state pointing out the harmful effects of the traditional practice to the health of women and children in general.

Responding to earlier challenges brought to her notice, Alatan promised to look into them saying the Delta State House of Assembly was looking at establishing laws backing the Violence against Persons (VAP) act, saying it would now criminalize any practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) on persons.

The group led by its Coordinator, Dr Eris Jewo Ibi, elaborated on the goals and objectives of the association which she said had commenced since 2016 and appealed for stipends to be made available for women who would be attending its meetings.

She thanked the ministry and the commissioner as well as other passionate organizations and individuals alike for recognizing the role they played in adding value to women and girls in Delta State.
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FROM LGAs

NO DTS 0315 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
UDU COUNCIL HOLDS 4-DAY RETRAINING PROGRAMME FOR TEACHERS
By Goldpin Ebiseri

The Secretary, Local Education Authority, Udu Local Government Council, Hon. Daniel Tishene, has described teachers as social engineers saddled with the responsibility of moulding children under their tutelage to becoming relevant and effective future leaders in all walks of life.

The LEA Secretary made the assertion in his welcome address during the flag off of a 4-day retraining programme for teachers in the 41 public primary schools in the local government area tagged” SMASE LOCAL INSET CIRCLE 1-11″ towards Strengthening the teaching of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE).

Hon. Tishene said that materials and methods needed for building primary schools require adequate attention, adding that the introduction of SMASE programme cannot be overemphasized, especially science and technology development of the nation.

He enjoined all teachers concerned to take the workshop seriously and embrace the new knowledge and methods of teaching and writing of lesson notes, reiterating that the resource persons from Asaba and other facilitators would put everything at their disposal to make the programme a huge success.

The Udu Council Chairman, Chief Jite Brown (JP) represented by his vice, Hon Justice Iyasere, while declaring the programme open, lauded the Udu LEA Secretary for organizing the retraining programme

He said that the programme was aimed at further enhancing the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of teachers in public primary schools, even as he urged the participants to take the workshop seriously, adding that subsequent levels of education relied on the foundation of the primary education to thrive.

Mrs Efenarhua Charity, one of the facilitators at the programme, on her part said: “At the end of the workshop, teachers participating will be well equipped with contemporary methodologies in the teaching of Mathematics and Sciences as well as, among other benefits, be able to improvise instructional materials where the conventional are not available.”
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NO DTS 0316 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
PROPER HAND WASHING IDENTIFIED AS PREVENTIVE MEASURE FOR CURBING LASSA

By Uche Okei

Proper hand washing and food coverage have been identified as some of the preventive measures to curb the menace of Lassa fever in the country.

The Executive Secretary, Isoko South Primary Healthcare Center, Dr Taigbenu E.I., made the identifications in his office in the council Secretariat during a meeting with the Social Mobilization Committee (SMC) on Immunization.

Dr Taigbenu described Lassa fever as an animal-borne or zoonotic and viral illness endemic in many parts of West Africa.

He said that Lassa fever was an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses saying, “Human usually become infected with Lassa virus through exposure to food or household items contaminated with urine or faces infected with Multimammate rats.”

He identified proper hand washing and food coverage as some of the measures to prevent the contamination of the virus, adding that, by avoiding contact with Multimammate rats, especially in the geographic regions where outbreaks occur, the virus could be prevented.

He mentioned other measures to include putting food away in rodent-proof containers and keeping the home clean to help discourage rodents from entering homes.
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NO DTS 0317 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
OKPANAM COMMUNITY URGED TO EMBRACE UNITY, PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

The people of Amachai quarters and Umu-Mgbala community of Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have been urged to always eschew violence and embrace peace as well as things that would foster the unity and progress of the area.

An elder in Umu-Mgbala village, Mr Joseph Obiorah-Okeleke, who gave the advice in Okpanam while speaking to newsmen, said peace was critical for the overall well being of the people and described youths as veritable instrument of development of any society.

Mr Obiorah called on youths in Amachai to embrace reconciliation and support his course for the betterment of not only Amachai but Okpanam in general, adding since issues causing disunity among them had been settled by court there was need to work together for the progress of the community.

The Community leader maintained that there was no Victor no vanquished , saying that the interest of the people of the community was more paramount than personal, saying that the youths should respect the voice of the elders in the community at all times.

While calling on youths in the area to shun land speculation and ensure harmonious relationship as well as peaceful co-existence among their elders,

Mr Obiorah pledged to continue to contribute modestly to the growth and development of Okpanam community.

He said that his doors were open to all to come up with suggestions that would move the community forward in the spirit of magnanimity, adding that his victory in court had brought an uncommon opportunity for the transformation of Amachai quarters, Umu-Mgbala community and Okpanam in general.

Mr Okeleke, applauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the unprecedented development of the state and Okpanam in particular, just as he pledged the continued support of the people of Okpanam to the policies and programmes of his administration in a bid to actualise the stronger Delta vision.

He also lauded the governor for the appointment of Chief Patrick Ukah as a member of his State Executive Council, emphasizing the strong need to interface with one another with a view to articulating effective strategies that would facilitate peace and progress of the community.
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NO DTS 0318 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 2020
STUDENTS OF ADAGWE GRAMMAR SCHOOL APPEAL TO DTSG FOR EQUIPMENT
By Mabamije Balogun

Students of Adagwe Grammar School, Eruemukohwarien Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state have appealed to the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and the state government to urgently provide benches, chairs and laboratory equipment for the school.

Speaking to our correspondent recently, the senior prefect of the school, Master Matthew Atumrigho said that for over four years, the entire school, from JSS1 to SS3 had no seats.

“There are no chairs in all the classrooms. We, the SS3 students have to manage the Physics lab for the meantime which is not conducive for learning.

We have to use the lab so that some teachers can come and teach us because there is no time again, our examination is fast approaching,” Master Atumrigho said.

Master Atumrigho disclosed that due to the situation on ground, some students, whom he described as unserious, had stopped coming to school, while those who find it difficult to cope use the opportunity to move about causing confusion and disturbance in the school.

The senior prefect said that the school also lacked laboratory equipment with so many dilapidated and abandoned building projects and appealed for urgent action, estimating the number of benches needed in the school to be about eight hundred (800).

An SS2 student, Esi Thomson said that they hang around windows to learn and that had made learning very uncomfortable for them.

She told our correspondent that at the junior classes, the pupil’s seat on the bare floor which makes them look dirty and unkempt.

However, a source close to the community, who did not want his name mentioned, lamented that the community leaders, especially the education committee of the community, had not shown elements of commitment to the development of the school.

The source disclosed that there was an annual budget of five hundred thousand naira (500,000) for the development of the school by the community but some persons have always squandered the money.
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NO DTS 0319 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 2020
TANKER DRIVER CRUSHES MAN TO DEATH IN UGHELLI

By Mabamije Balogun

A middle aged man was on 2/2/2020 crushed to Death by a tanker driver at the ever busy Otovwodo junction in Ughelli.

The man who died on the spot, according to report hails from Uwherun, and was said to be returning from a marriage party with his wife on his Okada when the incident struck.

According to an eyewitness account, the incident which happened at about 5:30 pm was caused by the traffic hold up along the busy express way.

The deceased in an attempt to manoeuvre his way out of the traffic mixed his track and fell in front of the tanker.

However, the wife of the deceased was lucky to have escaped death in a whisker by jumping from the Okada. The wife who was seen whaling on the road sustained varied degree of injuries.

The incident caused a serious hold up along the busy road.

Some market women who spoke on the incident blamed the accident on the many motor parks along the road, saying that the motor parks are responsible for the congestion and traffic hold up on the road.

The woman appealed to the Ughelli North local government chairman and the state government to rid the road off these motor parks.
As at the time of filling this report, the tanker with registration number, Bayelsa SAG 322 XA has been taken to the Ughelli Police station.
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NO DTS 0320 ASABA, NIGERIA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 2020
DON ADVISES PARENTS TO GUIDE CHILDREN ON CELL PHONE USE
By Ambrose Ologide

A lecturer at English Department, Federal University of Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Dr Franca Okumo has advised parents to guide their children on the right use of cell phones.

Dr Okumo gave the advice while fielding questions from our correspondent shortly after she gave a talk on ’Positive Parental Involvement in the Child Education’

She posited that the standard of education in Nigeria was falling on a daily basis.

“I think we have lost a lot of values. Our children have lost value of hard work mentally”.

“On social media, they chat away with friends, order than learning,” she said.

The Lecturer therefore urged parents to reorient their children on the right use of cell phones to get all the positive assets in it, adding: “We should open their eyes to see how they can harness the positive assets of cell phones.”

The Director of Shamar School, Enerhen, Uvwie Local Government Area, Dr Onyi Ikemefuna who also spoke to our correspondent shortly after the talk, proudly disclosed that the school has introduced morality education as part of ways to improve the standard of education.

“The standard of education cannot fall under our watchful eyes. The program we just had was about positive parental involvement. Parents should be involved by being parts of their children’s education and well being because, together we can make it,” Dr Ikemefuna said.
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