In a bid to appreciate the contributions of late Senator Obi Wali to the development of Ikwerre ethnic nationality in Rivers State, the Ogbakor IKwerre cultural organisation, United States of America (USA) and Canada has established an educational endowment fund that will enhance the educational development of Ikwerre indigenes.
The endowment fund which came into existence since 2003 has empowered some scholars of Ikwerre extraction in areas of research and development.
Speaking at the presentation of cash award to the first recipients of the Obi Wali educational endowment fund, held at the Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the board chairman, Dr Godwin Obiri said the concept of the fund came into existence in 2003 adding that the board had set out millions for the sustenance of the programme.
Dr Ibiri said the establishment of the fund was to appreciate and reward the contributions of late Dr. Obi Wali in Ikwerre communities adding that his contributions and legacies must be celebrated.
According to him, the occasion marks a milestone achievement by the organisation adding that the inauguration of the board was down in 2015.
He explained that the board received seven entries out of which two entries were selected.
He commended the awardees for their work which earned them recognition.
Also speaking, the President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Worldwide, Prof. Simeon Achiniwhu (rtd), commended the administrators of the fund, adding that the occasion was a fulfillment of several years project.
He commended the awardees for their brilliant research work which according to him, earned them the recognition and urged the organisation to ensure the sustenance of the programme for the benefit of the Ikwerres and the society at large.
In his speech, a representative of Obi Wali family, Mr Chimenam Emeka Obi-Wali thanked the organisation for honouring their late father.
Earlier, in their separate speeches the awardees, Mr Nduka Wonu and Miss Jane Agba thanked the organisation for recognising their hard work.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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