The Eze-Egi III of Ogbaland, His Royal Majesty, Prof. King Anele Uzondu Nwokoma, has advised prospective students of Egi clan to take their academic pursuit with all seriousness, as that is a meal ticket for their future.
King Nwokoma gave the advice when he presented cash gifts to different categories of students to offset their WAEC, JAMB and first semester fees for undergraduates.
According to the Egi Monarch, “the money I am giving today may not solve all that is required for your registration but it would go a long way to assist you.”
“My greatest joy will be, when you come back to tell me your success stories in the examinations, which will also attract more assistance”.
The Royal Father said, he was moved to assist the indigent students because of the belief that the best way to reduce criminality in the clan was to assist youths who were willing to pursue educational ambitions.
He disclosed that during a recent town hall meeting held at the clan’s headquarters, Obite, “ I Promised to sponsor 32 indigent students to write the WAEC examinations, 16 for JAMB and four who had already gained admission into Universities pay their first semester school fees”.
The traditional ruler stressed the need for the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously, pointing out that they would gain nothing and by extension destroy their lives, if they joined cultism to become deviants in the society.
Also speaking, Eze Richard Eke, Ochi-oha of Itu 11, described the Eze-Egi’s gesture as first of its kind in Egi land.
Eze Eke remarked that Egi was witnessing a new dawn and called on wealthy and philanthropic sons and daughters of the area to key into this laudable venture which the Egi Monarch has kick started.
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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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