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ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

NO DTS 0134: LASSA FEVER: DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT ASSURES OF CURTAILING SPREAD

NO DTS 0135: SEEFOR HARPS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

NO DTS 0136: ANIAGWU TASKS NEW INFORMATION OFFICERS ON PRODUCTIVITY, DISCIPLINE

NO DTS 0137: DTSG PARTNERS FG ON HARMONIZATON, STANDARDIZATION OF BECE IN NIGERIA

NO DTS 0138: GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO MAKE ITSELF VISIBLE TO DELTANS – EDEVBIE

NO DTS 0139: MINISTRY FLAGS OFF RECERTIFICATION RXERCISE FOR COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES

NO DTS 0140: FEMALE POLITICIANS CAUTIONED AGAINST BIAS ON DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

NO DTS 0141: PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TOLD TO EMBRACE MODERN TEACHING METHODS

NO DTS 0142: DELTA WILL SOON BE A BEEHIVE OF TOURISTS ACTIVITIES – EJIOFOR

NO DTS 0143: DTSG COMMENCES REGISTRATION FOR 2019/2020 STUDENTS SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME

NO DTS 0144: DPO CAUTIONS KOKO RESIDENTS AGAINST SPREADING FAKE NEWS

NO DTS 0145: TWO CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED FOR MALNUTRITION

NO DTS 0146: NGO EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST ABUSE OF FEMALE CHILD

NO DTS 0147: ORODJE OF OKPE WARNS AGAINST DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

NO DTS 0148: CHRISTIANS URGED TO BE PRAYERFUL, THANKFUL

NO DTS 0149: CLERIC COUNSELS NIGERIANS ON PERSISTENCE

NO DTS 0150: POLY STUDENTS ADVISED TO SHUN VICES

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NO DTS 0134 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
LASSA FEVER: DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT ASSURES OF CURTAILING SPREAD

The Delta State Government has allayed the fears of residents in the state over the incidence of recorded cases of Lassa fever at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba and at the same time assured of its ability to control the spread in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this known today when he briefed the press on the emergence of the disease with his information counterpart, Mr Charles Aniagwu at the Zonal Office of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Asaba.

He said of the two cases recorded at the FMC, Asaba, one of them a single mother was brought to FMC, Asaba on Saturday, 11th January and unfortunately died the following day Sunday 12th January.

According to Dr Ononye, the other patient a corps member serving in the state was also taken to FMC, Asaba on Sunday 19th and was referred to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State the following day Monday 20th where he is being managed and is responding to treatment.

The health commissioner assured Deltans that there would not be need for panic saying the situation is not beyond what the state can address.

“A robust mechanism is already in place to sensitize the general public on how the diseases can be contained to guide against spreading further,” Dr Onoye said.

He said both the private and public health facilities in the State are being carried along in its efforts to check the disease from going out of control.

As part of measures to strengthen its sensitization and advocacy efforts, the commissioner said the ministry is synergizing with the information ministry with a view to having a holistic sensitization outreach across the length and breadth of the state.
He added that the state government had built and furnished a 10-bed Isolation Unit at the Federal Medical Centre, saying more collaboration is on with the federal government and its agencies to tackle the disease.

On the entry points into the state, Dr Ononye said that health authorities located at the various entry points into the state and country at large such as the land, sea and air ports/borders were on red alert and working in tandem with the Delta State Disease Notification and Surveillances Officers (DNSOs) to identify and track the disease.

He stated that surveillance and contact tracing was on-going particularly on those who came in contact with the two reported cases of the disease, adding that officers of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba and DNSOs were synergizing and sharing reports.

He said though the disease is contagious but if residents kept a high personal and environment hygiene, address places where rodents hide and breed, do not expose food and drinks to rats, among others the disease would not be able to spread.


NO DTS 0135 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
SEEFOR HARPS ON WORLD BANK PROCEDURE, TRANSPARENCY IN BID SELECTIONS

The Delta SEEFOR Project has assured prospective bidders for the development, supply and installation of Taxpayer Electronic Data Base Management System (EDMS) for the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue of following the World Bank procedures and ensure transparency in the selection of the successful bidders.

The Project Coordinator, Mr Frank Apokwu, who gave the assurance in his remarks at the bid opening ceremony held in Asaba, said that it was one of the important processes in the award of contract to successful bidders.

He added that upon completion of the bid opening, there would be bid evaluation in the next few days, noting that Delta SEEFOR project was highly committed to ensuring that the right thing was done by being thorough in handling everything concerning the bid.

In a related development, a team of private sector participants (PSPs) from Uwvie and Sapele Local Government Areas, paid a familiarization visit to the Project Coordinator, Mr Frank Apokwu in his office in Asaba.

The leader of the delegation, Comrade Lucky Ajekwu informed the Project Coordinator that PSPs had worked with the SEEFOR in 2015 in the area of waste collection and disposal, adding the SEEFOR had been rendering great support to the PSPs in the state.

While appealing to the state government to assist the PSPs with the provision of three Incinerators to be domiciled in the three Senatorial Districts of the state for the processing of wastes, Comrade Ajekwu pledged the body’s unalloyed support for the SEEFOR project.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Mr. Frank Apokwu, who thanked the body for identifying with him, described PSPs as very cardinal in the SEEFOR development objective, stressing that as a result of the achievements of the state in area of waste collection and disposal, the World Bank had recommended Delta template to other states.

Mr Apokwu harped on the need for sustainability, noting that World Bank funded SEEFOR project had come to show all and sundry the way in the area of development.


NO DTS 0136 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
ANIAGWU TASKS NEW INFORMATION OFFICERS ON PRODUCTIVITY, DISCIPLINE

Newly recruited Information Officers in the Delta State Civil Service, have been charged to be productive, obedient and creative in the discharge of their duties.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, gave the advice today at a pre-orientation meeting he had with the new officers, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.

Mr Aniagwu, while welcoming and congratulating the officers on their engagement as full time staff with the Delta state Government, called on the officers to see their new position as the best thing yet, advising them to work with dignity.

He frowned at the misconception of many people believing that there was no work to be done in the civil service, saying that the service was not only inundated with work but had challenging activities on a daily basis.

The commissioner admonished the new recruits to demonstrate every sense of hard work, show obedience to their superiors and be willing to confront challenges.

“Majority have work to do and we will engage those who are willing to work
We will deploy some of you to work in DBS and The Pointer to assist in areas where they lack workers.

“Make this place a fertile ground by engaging in business that will bring value to the Ministry and the state. We don’t have room for idleness. Your business here is to add value. We are happy you are here and we will be happier when you make your stay here productive. We punish indiscipline and reward hard work

“Respect your superiors and your seniors. Be humble and build good relationships
We will organize orientation course to enable you know the what is expected and not expected from you

“Your prospect here is in your hand. The way you make your bird, that is how you lie on it,” Mr Aniagwu stated.

Responding on behalf of the new staff, Mr Azubike Okei thanked the commissioner for the pre-orientation lecture and the state governor also for the employment, pledging that they would work in line with what was expected of them.

The meeting was attended by the Permanent secretary in the Ministry, Mr Paul Osahor; and the Director of Information, Mr Dona Obuseh, among others.


NO DTS 0137 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
DTSG PARTNERS FG ON HARMONIZATON, STANDARDIZATION OF BECE IN NIGERIA

In line with efforts to provide quality basic and secondary Education in Nigeria, Chief Executive officers of the thirty six states, and federal capital territory, examination bodies converged in Delta State yesterday to harmonize the standard of Basic Education Certificate Examination.

In a welcome address, Delta State Commissioner for Basic Education Delta State, Chief Patrick Ukah commended the Federal Ministry of Education, especially the department of Basic and Secondary Education for convening this laudable meeting annually which helps delegates and participants to share relevant information and experiences on best practices in respect of planning and conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination in their respective states.

Ukah affirmed that in an attempt to improve the teaching and learning environment in the schools, the state government has over the years embarked on several projects and activities including massive upgrading of facilities in the schools, payment of cognitive/placement Examination and BECE enrolment fees for candidates in Public Primary and Secondary Schools in the State, printing and distribution of uniform scheme of work to all school in the state.

He opined that the state also established electronic library in some of the schools, embarked on distribution of the curriculum or enterprenuership education to all secondary schools in the state as received from the Federal Ministry of Education, with a view to inculcating entrepreneural skills in learners and reduce the level of unemployment in the nation, and employment and distribution of qualified teachers in such areas of need as English language, Mathematics and other thematic areas.

Ukah said that the State Governments has always put measures in place to conduct a credible and ethics-friendly BECE yearly in the state, adding that the ministry of basic and secondary education struggles to ensure that such complexities or irregularities that most often cause failure of candidates and examination malpractice are avoided in the conduct of examinations in the state.

He disclosed that in Basic Education Certificate Examination in the state, candidates are expected to pass at least six subjects including Mathematics and English studies, adding that candidates who fail these core subjects but have passes in at least four or five other subjects are given opportunity to write the Basic Education Certificate re-sit examination each year.

Ukah opined that the state has never ceased to embark and execute significant projects and activities aimed at improving teaching and learning, especially at the Basic Education level.

He urged stakeholders to brainstorm on the issues with a view to appraise students’ performances and proffering appropriate recommendations that may enhance more credible and improve conduct of the BECE nationwide.

In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, stated that basic education examination level is aimed at ensuring the maintenance of standards, assessment and procedures for the Basic Education Certificate Examination nationwide will serve as a mechanism to boost the capacity of states and federal capital territory examination bodies.

He noted that examination plays a vital role in determining the performance of learners especially with regards to the subjects offered in the Basic Examination level, adding that some scholars see examination as an impediment to the realization of the Educational goals especially in African countries, adding that examinations are important for the purposes of advancement, promotion, placement and thus the basic Education system cannot do without examinations.

Echono stated that the Federal Government is paying serious attention to education and making policies to improve its delivery in the country, though the challenges confronting the sector are enormous, adding that they are not going to rest on their oars in ensuring quality in the educational system and there is need to tackle the challenges with seriousness.

Meanwhile, Director, Basic and Secondary Education Department of Federal Ministry of Education, Hajiya Abdulkadir disclosed in her welcome address that their meeting is to review the procedure and standard for the conduct of BECE, harmonize and standardize in order to align with the guidelines for the Basic Education Certificate Examination. ‘

She said that the workshop is timely and very important in improving the Basic Education and policies delivery in the country.


NO DTS 0138 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO MAKE ITSELF VISIBLE TO DELTANS – EDEVBIE

Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to making the government much visible and less opaque to get firsthand information on issues and act on them for the benefit of Deltans.

The Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief David Edevbie, made the declaration when he received leaders of Infant Jesus Phase 2 Community, on a courtesy call in Government House, Asaba.

Chief Edevbie who received the group on behalf of the state government said, “We are making government less opaque and much visible and open as possible to get first-hand information and address them and meet the priority of the people,”
He also called on Deltans to bring their plight to the government, stressing that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was ready to attend to their need.

The Chief of Staff promised to convey the message of the community leaders to the governor whom he said, would take the matter to the appropriate ministry for the necessary action.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Infant Jesus Phase 2 Community, Chief Cyprian Okoye, called on the state government to come to their aid on the issue of the perennial flooding of Infant Jesus area from River Niger by constructing an embankment along the stripes of Anwai River and Umejei Adudu Street to wade off overflow from the water bodies.

Chief Okoye appealed to the state government to direct the firm handling the construction of the road at Infant Jesus to take advantage of the dry season to expedite works on the project going on in the area.

The leaders maintained that the dry season was the best time to construct the road given the volume of water deposited on the road during the rains and that the government should sand-fill the community.

He also pleaded with the state government to construct an embankment on the edge of River Niger to check the annual overflow and also to reclaim some failed and low areas in the community by sand filling to increase the land level.


NO DTS 0139 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
MINISTRY FLAGS OFF RECERTIFICATION RXERCISE FOR COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES

Management of Cooperative Societies in the Delta State have been charged to take the recertification process seriously.

The Hon. Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Chief Chika Ossai, gave the charge as the ministry flagged off the issuance of certificates to cooperative societies that have been duly recertified. The exercise took off at the Agbor Area office of the ministry today.

While presenting the certificates to the respective multi-purpose cooperative societies {MPCS}, the commissioner averred that the focal point of the state government for the recertification exercise was to enable her know the exact numbers of functional MPCS to enable government plan effectively for them.

Earlier, Mr Festus Ojeifo, Secretary General, Ika Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd, expressed appreciation to the commissioner for making it personally to issue the certificates to them, adding that the recertification exercise would add value to the business of cooperative societies in the state.

The exercise also took Hon. Chika Ossai to Ughelli and Warri Local Government Areas


NO DTS 0140 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
FEMALE POLITICIANS CAUTIONED AGAINST BIAS ON DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

Female political appointees on women development in Delta State have been warned against being partial in carrying out their duties.

The Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Florence Alatan, sounded the note of caution, during a scheduled meeting held with the female appointees at the Conference Hall of the Ministry in Asaba.

The commissioner advised the women to emulate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in their respective localities and face the responsibilities placed in their hands especially when it had to do with adding value to the lives of women and the girl child in particular.

Mrs Alatan admonished the women to be advocates of good morals and Godly virtues, saying such would help curb the ugly trends in society pertaining to the high rate of rape cases.

She asked them to support skill acquisition programmes, adding that it would be in tandem with the objectives of Governor Okowa and challenged them to focus on development and not just empowerment, promising to relay a feedback on issues discussed.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor Okowa on Women Development representing Warri North, Mrs Grace Ikanone, appreciated the commissioner for calling the meeting, saying: “It was one of a kind.”

She assured Mrs Alatan that they were all willing to work to their fullest capacity in developing their local government areas.


NO DTS 0141 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TOLD TO EMBRACE MODERN TEACHING METHODS

Primary School teachers in the state have been called upon to adopt qualitative method of teaching by using modern learning aids and instructional materials for better understanding.

The call was made by the member representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs Philomena Ededey while on inspection to some public primary schools in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state yesterday.

Mrs Ededey told teachers to be professional in their conduct and urged them to put more efforts in ensuring that modern teaching methods were deployed to enable pupils learn faster even as she decried the poor class performance of some pupils especially in primary six class, which she said was below standard .

The member assured both pupils and teachers that the board would not relent in its efforts in providing a conducive learning environment as part of its commitment in promoting quality education in the state.

While charging teachers to be up and doing in their duties, Mrs Ededey reminded them to always update their lesson notes and take punctuality seriously, saying that indiscipline amongst teaching staff would not be tolerated.

She said that the state government would address the infrastructural needs of Ekuobo Primary School, Ekuobodo, Mosogar which is currently operating from its temporary site, assuring that the school would be relocated to its permanent site.

Schools visited include Ibori Primary School, Oghara-Efe , Mosogar Primary School, Mosogar and Ekuobo Primary School ,Ekuobodo Mosogar ,all in Ethiope West Local Government Area .


NO DTS 0142 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
DELTA WILL SOON BE A BEEHIVE OF TOURISTS ACTIVITIES – EJIOFOR

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Lawerence Ejiofor, has reiterated the state government’s commitment to make Delta State a destination for tourists in line with the Stronger Delta Agenda.

He made this assurance recently during a two-day tour round some notable tourist sites in the state.
According to Mr Ejiofor, the essence of the tour was to see the state of the tourist sites under the care of the state government and to decide the ones to be developed and revived.

The commissioner appreciated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his will to carry every sector along in bringing the Stronger Delta Agenda to fruition.

He said that the goal of the tour was to make Delta State a beehive of tourist’s activity as quickly as possible; stressing that targets had been set with all hands on deck to ensure results within the stipulated time.

The commissioner visited the proposed site for Leisure Park and Film Village at Ugbolu in Oshimili North Local Government Area which is being cleared as work is scheduled to commence and be concluded within 14 months.

He also visited the Source of The Ethiope River, at the foot of a giant silk cotton tree in Umuaja in Ukwuani Local Government Area, which runs through seven local governments areas of the state and the a relaxation spot located nearby.

Other sites visited include, the Tourism Information Desk at Osubi Airstrip, Osubi-Warri where arriving tourist are expected to get first-hand information of the state via tourism promotional materials on display; the Effurun Garden Park which is now secure and has a swimming pool, a standard bar, pockets of relaxation spots and a playground for children.

The commissioner equally visited the Araya Bible Site in Isoko South Local Government Area, a Christian Pilgrimage Ground believed to have been the spot where the Bible dropped from heaven in 1914, the year of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates; the Obi Oputa’s Palace and the original anchor located at Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area.

Some of the sites visited have been active and working, with a few not so functional hence the determination of the ddministration to find the way forward in bringing to past its desire to create a tourist hub which according to Mr Ejiofor, would put Delta state on the tourist map of the world and increase in the state’s IGR.

Earlier, Ms Ayameluhor the General Manager of the Delta State Tourism Board, noted that tourism was a money spinner in today’s world and would help to foster the growth of the economy of any nation.

She congratulated Governor Okowa on the initiative to step up the economy through tourism, stressing that a lot caould be done for commerce by developing the sites.

The commissioner was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Angala-Ere Umukoro-Prest, and directors, among others.


NO DTS 0143 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
DTSG COMMENCES REGISTRATION FOR 2019/2020 STUDENTS SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME

The Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board said the site for the 2019/2020 Students Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS) has been opened for students of Delta State who are in tertiary institutions in the country for online registration of students for the scheme.

The board disclosed the registration commenced from January 20, 2020 and will closed on Wednesday February 20, 2020.
A statement signed by the State Director of Information, Mr Dona Obuseh, said applicants must be of Delta State origin; have registered with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC); either be in second year or above (200 to 500 level) in the universities or; be in ND II and HND II in the Polytechnics/Monotechnics; be in 200 level and above for Colleges of Education Students and have a CGPA of 2.20 and above in the previous academic year’s examination.

The statement enjoined all eligible students to log on to www.dsbsb.dl.gov.ng and click on Apply Here to login and revalidate their details for old students or submit bursary application form for new students.

It also requested that students should print out their email and signed copy of the student’s acknowledgement card to 2019bursary@dsbsb.dl.gov.ng to complete the bursary registration.

Also, applications must be processed and submitted online, saying that double application was ground for disqualification and advised all enquiries to be channeled to help lines 07066092632, or 08032261336, support@dsbsb.dl.gov.ng.
Candidates could also check the Pointer Newspaper of Thursday January 16, 2020 and Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday January 20, 2020 for more details.


FROM THE LGAs

NO DTS 0144 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
DPO CAUTIONS KOKO RESIDENTS AGAINST SPREADING FAKE NEWS

Temi Boyo

The Divisional Police Officer, Koko Police station, Mr Egong Egong, has urged residents of Koko community in Warri North Local Government Area, to desist from spreading fake news on happenings in the area.

Mr Egong who made this plea when some public enlightenment officers from the Ministry of Information were at his office to present to him the Delta State 2020 calendar, noted that the rate at which the ugly trend was ravaging the area, was worrisome and required collective approach to check.

He advised that due diligence should be adopted in any reportage about the area, calling on those who pass Information through word of mouth to confirm first from the relevant authorities saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding life and property.

He thanked the officers for the show of support for Koko Police Station and pledged his support for a better working relationship with the Ministry of Information.


NO DTS 0145 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
TWO CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED FOR MALNUTRITION

By Temi Boyo

Two children were last week hospitalized for malnutrition at the General hospital, Koko.

The two boys; Kelvin and Akpewe, currently receiving treatment at the hospital are 3 years and a year old, respectively.

Their mother, Mrs Glory Eganani, who is in her 20s, said their living condition worsened as a result of her inability to provide food for the children due to her jobless state.

Speaking with the Executive Secretary of Health, Warri North Local Government Council, Dr Emiko Ofuyaekpowe, who brought them from Ajagbodudu Community in Warri North Local Government Area, to be admitted at the hospital, said that he was on a visit to check the condition of the boys.

He however said that he was very happy the children were responding to treatment, adding that they had been placed on fluids to help them recover quickly.


NO DTS 0146 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
NGO EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST ABUSE OF FEMALE CHILD

By Ambrose Ologide

A nongovernment organization (NGO) , Like The Stars Initiative, has embarked on campaign in Warri, Effurun and environs, against abuse of the female child.

A member of the Like The Stars Initiative, Mrs Stacy Empere who spoke to our correspondent in Effurun, explained that the campaign was necessitated by the need to cheek early or unwanted pregnancy of the female child which she described as an alarming trend in the society.

“When the female child is pregnant, she becomes a liability to the parents. So we advised parents to place their eyes on their female child. No matter how busy they are, they (parents) should always focus on their female child,”Mrs Empere stated.

To achieve the aims and objectives of the group, she disclosed that, besides the campaign, Like The Stars Initiative had also rendered free counseling services to parents and victims of early female pregnancy as well as gave free skills acquisition, and scholarship to victims

“We have also be holding a monthly programme tagged: ‘She And Her ‘ which offers mothers and their female child to discuss the issue” she said, disclosing further that market places and secondary schools were their target audience for the campaigns.

While sayng that response from the society was very encouraging, Mrs Empere noted that they had some jeers and boos from some unscrupulous young men during the campaigns who said: “Advised the female child to stay away from men also.”

On the way forward, she suggested that government should create empowerment programs as well as encourage NGOs to empower youths, adding: “So that our young ones can be meaningful engaged, for an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”


NO DTS 0147 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
ORODJE OF OKPE WARNS AGAINST DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

By Rachael Okitikpi

The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Maj. Gen. Felix Mudjakperuo (Rtd), has issued a strong warning to students of Orerokpe Secondary School to desist from destroying school property, and other forms of indiscipline, or face disciplinary action.

The warning was given yesterday at a meeting held at Edion Hall, near the Orodje palace, between members of Oreokpe community and the Parents Teachers Association {PTA} of the school.

The Orodje bemoaned the attitude of the students towards school property and refusal to pay government approved levies, and called on the school authorities not to allow such students sit for exams; or face expulsion if they refuse to pay for items destroyed.

The Principal of the school, Mrs Angela Otebele, thanked the monarch for the timely intervention, saying it would address the issues plaguing the school, which she had earlier presented to him when she visited the palace.

She however called for the setting up of education marshalls to check the trend; and urged parents to adhere to the decisions reached at the meeting.

The Permanent Secretary, Post Primary Education Board, Delta Central, Felicia Agbwadoms, frowned at the lateness of the students to school, and advised parents to always encourage their children and wards, saying that they were the future of Okpe.

Also speaking, the Orerokpe Community Chairman, Mr Milverton Enajero, advised the students to shun all forms of indiscipline, and suggested the services of security guards to check indiscriminate destruction of school property.

Other notable persons at the meeting, include: Mrs Susan Okuyade, Chief inspector of education, Okpe Local Government Area, Mr. Matthew Odjegba, PTA Chairman, Oreokpe Secondary School, and the District Head of Orerokpe Community, Chief. E. E. Oyibo.


NO DTS 0148 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
CHRISTIANS URGED TO BE PRAYERFUL, THANKFUL

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

A call has gone to Christians to always be prayerful and equally worship God in truth and in spirit to enable them achieve heaven at the end of their sojourn on earth.

Apostle Amechi Okeibunor of Christ Forever Ministry made the call during the harvest thanksgiving of the church at Ogwashi-Uku.

He said that the only thing that attracts God’s blessing fast to Christians was thanksgiving, urging Christians to give thanks always no matter the condition they found themselves.

The cleric said Christians should look unto God, trust him and worship him with seriousness.

The guest speaker on the programme, Pastor Fidelis Obuh, in his sermon, appealed to Christians to thank God always, saying that if all the body turned to mouth that it would not be enough to thank God for his miracles.

Pastor Obuh advised Christians should always think of the goodness of God and know what to render to him in appreciation.


NO DTS 0149 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
CLERIC COUNSELS NIGERIANS ON PERSISTENCE

By Ifeanyi Omenogor

The General overseer of Healing Hand of God Pillar Temple, Prophet Ufuoma Efevakpor has called on Christians to be persistent in their worship, to enable them receive the blessings of God.

Prophet Ufuoma Efevakpor who made the call during a sermon in the church at Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state, urged Christians not to give up but continue to be strong in their service to God, to enable them win their battles, adding that sweetness comes after sweat.

While saying that the principles to succeed this year 2020 were hinged on focus and determination, he said that it was not a year of discouragement, calling on Christians to always be optimistic and never allow anyone to discourage them.

The cleric said the sun, moon and stars do not struggle to shine, hence in his opinion, Christians should not struggle to live.
Prophet Efevakpor in a sermon the entitled, “No Retreat No Surrender”, said that many people failed to appreciate how they entered the New Year, saying that it was through the grace of God.


NO DTS 0150 ASABA, NIGERIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020
POLY STUDENTS ADVISED TO SHUN VICES

By Ifeanyi Omenogor
Mass Communication students of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, have been advised to shun social vices capable of destroying their future.

The Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Dr Joy Anho, gave the advice during the Association of Mass Communication Students (AMCOS) orientation programme at Ogwashiuku.

She said students should avoid unnecessary fun that leads to destruction, adding they should know the purpose of coming to the institution.

Dr Anho urged students to respect constituted authority, follow proper channels in solving their problems, saying anyone that wants to succeed as a mass communicator must follow the normal channels of communication.
Dr Emmanuel Akpoveta, Mr Chike Nwabudike, and Mr Kenneth Oyem, among others lecturers at the programme equally called on the students to be law-abiding.

The AMCOS President, Comrade Blessing Usiagbada, in her speech, lauded the lecturers for their care for students.
She urged the students to work hard, explaining that hard was the wheel on which success rotates.

She called on students to take advantage of their coming to the institution to study and lay solid foundation for a better tomorrow, reminding them that mass communication was not a tea party and that they needed to study hard.


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