A member of Rivers State House of Assembly representing Emohua Constituency, Hon Chidi Lloyd has donated NIO million for the development of early child education centres initiated by the wife of Rivers State Governor, Judith Amaechi.
Chidi Lloyd, who is also the leader of the legislative house presented a deed of conveyance on six plots of land to the wife of Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi on behalf of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI), a non governmental organization championing the early child education of less privileged and rural children in the state.
Similarly three local government areas of the state have donated several acres of land in various parts of the state to support what they described as a noble objective of stamping out illiteracy at the grassroots especially among the poor in the society thereby putting smiles on the faces of less privileged children and assisting the Rivers State Government in its pursuit to achieving Millennium Development Goals in Education, Healthcare Delivery and other spheres of life.
Handing over a Deed of Conveyance and a cheque of NlO million to the Governor’s wife in a brief ceremony at Government House, Port Harcourt, Honourable Chidi Lloyd, noted that he was encouraged by the achievement of ESI in child development.
“It is an unprecedented programme as you talk of catching them young and we therefore acquired six plots of land at Elele Alimini and we are here to hand over the Deed of Conveyance and take-off grant of N10 million put together by me and my constituents”, Hon. Lloyd remarked.
Founder of ESI and wife of the Governor Judith Amaechi, expressed appreciation to Hon Chidi Lloyd, who she described as very fruitful and resourceful person, stating that, he was the first caller since she recovered from an injury that she sustained in a domestic accident that made her seek medical treatment abroad.
“Hon Chidi Lloyd is like a brother to me, my husband and family. One thing I know about him is that when he is committed to a thing, he sees it to the end and I know his followers are as committed. This is a special type of gesture, there is gain in working together. We will always be there to work for the betterment of all in the streets. You have sown a seed and will never lack and God will be with you always.
ESI was not my problem but born out of a burden. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to build it but the basic thing is to start. It is like making heaven, it is not so smooth but rough. The project is founded by God, I am only the driver. No human that wasn’t a child first. The challenges we face, the things we saw is what made us today. So, if you have to start, you have to start early from the bottom to the top and the bottom is the children. If you are not able to correct them now, it will be difficult to do it later. Ages three to nine is the right age of framing children to be better persons”, Mrs Amaechi observed.
She expressed optimism that children from very poor families sent to ESI programmes had had tremendous improvement and added that they are fit both academically and physically.
Although Mrs Amaechi admitted that the ESI objective of opening early child education centre in all three hundred and nineteen wards of the state was a very ambitious and bogus programme, she however believes that, “when all of LIS put our hC:lIlds together we will achieve it” .
Presenting the Deeds of Conveyance for lands in six communities in Khana, Chairman Khana LGA Greg Nwideng said his people shared the same vision with the Governor’s wife in promoting early child education and are prepared to partner with ESI.
Alhaji Samipe Ahmed Owanate, Secretary to Degema LGA who represented Council’s Chairman Abiye Davis, said the ESI programme was quite laudable and interesting which galvanized his LGA to move swiftly into action in making land available at Bakana and Degema Consulate for siting the ESI early child education centres.
Also Head of Personnel Management of Emohua LGA Pedro Chinda who represented the Chairman Emeka Woke cited the Bible on the importance of early child training and indeed on all Rivers people to embrace the ESI programme.
“It is good for every person in Rivers State to come and join this noble course. We have fourteen wards and fourteen sites are ready for commissioning. We await you”, he gave assurance.
Mrs Amaechi said she was happy that more donors, patriots and people were coming forward to work with ESI and called on all, irrespective of political differences, to assist ESI to execute its project of promoting early child educa tion for the less privileged children describing it as measure capable of moving the state forward.
Diri Charges Security Agencies On Intelligence Gathering
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has urged security agencies to invest more time and resources in intelligence gathering in their effort to overcome banditry, insurgency and other securty challenges confronting the country.
He made the call at a retirement party organized by the state government in honour of the outgoing state Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, in Yenagoa.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Governor emphasized the need for security agencies to adopt a holistic approach that will encourage the active participation of civilians in their campaign against insecurity.
According to Senator Diri, until security is seen as everyone’s business in society, the use of kinetic approach to addressing security challenges will yield little or no meaningful result.
While calling on the police and other security outfits to be above board in the performance of their duties, he urged people of the state to always volunteer information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals in the state.
“Security is everybody’s business, but more often than not it is seen as nobody’s responsibility. Sometimes we want somebody to do something about security, and nobody does anything about it, and at the end of the day security is not taken seriously.
“But somebody has to do something about security. We should all do something about security so that our state can be safe.I will like our security agencies to be more proactive and preemptive in carrying out their duties because it is cheaper to be preventive. They have to make more effort in the area of intelligence gathering from the civil populace”, he said.
Describing CP Mike Okoli as a refined product with an unblemished record throughout his service in the Nigeria Police, Governor Diri said society had a lot to learn from the wealth of experience of the retiring Commissioner of Police.
He acknowledged the sacrifices being made by security personnel, noting that some of them get killed or become paralyzed in the course of securing lives and property, and therefore, must be appreciated in society.
“We need to learn a lot from the experiences of CP Mike Okoli. He had good cooperation with his colleagues in the state. No wonder, Bayelsa State had a decline in crime during their service in this state. As a government, we are very grateful. We know what these people (security agents) pass through. As civilians, we sleep at the risk of their breath, spine and throat.
“When you are sleeping and a crime is being committed, the Commissioner of Police and other service commanders would rush out because there is something going on.We are praying for CP Mike Okoli that as you are going into your retirement… from the Nigerian Police, we thank God on your behalf for being who you are and who you are going to be”, he added.
Earlier in their separate goodwill messages, the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, His Royal Majesty King Alfred Diete-Spiff, and the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, Assistant Inspector General, Don Awunah, acknowledged CP Okoli’s contributions to the relative peace and security in the state.
They described him as an outstanding and accomplished officer with an unblemished track record in the Nigerian Police and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
Responding, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, CP Mike Okoli, thanked Governor Douye Diri, and his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, for honouring him by hosting his retirement thanksgiving reception.
Okoli also thanked the service commanders and everyone who made out time to attend the event, especially the Commandant of Police Staff College, Jos, A.I.G Don Awunah, and prayed God to bless them.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Delta Commissioner Urges Students To Study Hard
Commissioner for Secondary Education in Delta State, Mrs Rose Ezewu, has urged Nigerian students to always study hard to excel in their examinations to become productive adults.
Ezewu made the plea yesterday, while monitoring the ongoing third term promotion examinations in some schools across the state.
According to her, this is one way for students to broaden their minds, knowledge and become successful individuals, problem solvers, employers and wealth creators in the society.
The commissioner described teachers as critical stakeholders in the development of any society, especially in the area of building and shaping the orientation of children.
“Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration is committed to transforming the education sector by ensuring a conducive teaching and learning environment for students and teachers in the state.
“Teachers should reciprocate government’s huge investment in the education sector by being more committed to their duties,’’ she said.
Some of the schools monitored by the commissioner and her team included Okeme Secondary School, Okuokoko in Okpe Local Government Area and Ogbe Secondary School, Effurun.
Others are Alegbon Secondary School, Ekpan, both in Uvwie Local Government Area, and Edjeba College in Warri South Local Government Area.
Don Advocates Balance Between Demand, Supply Of Teachers
Prof. Ebele Egwunyenga of the Delta State University, Abraka, yesterday advocated an equilibrium between the demand for and supply of teachers in the school system
Egwunyenga made the assertion in a paper she presented at the 7th Quadrennial 8th State Delegates Conference of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Chapter, in Asaba.
She said that adequate personnel is essential in the sustainability of Nigeria’s educational system.
According to her, adequacy is not limited to the number of personnel as it includes equitable distribution of teachers according to areas of specialisation.
“I recommend that government should ensure that there is equilibrium between teachers’ demand and supply in the school system.
“Government should improve on social amenities, particularly in rural areas. This will encourage teachers posted to the area.
“Government should provide modern technology for both teaching and learning. School facilities should be made attractive by government such that teachers would wish to be in school daily.”
Egwunyenga, who underscored the importance of education in nation building, said that education remained the vehicle for sustainable socio-economic development of any nation.
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