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Herdsmen, Farmers Clashes: Okowa Challenges FG To Tell Nigerians Truth

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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Federal Government to disclose to Nigerians the steps it had taken so far to stem the trend of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
He decried the frequent loss of lives from herdsmen attacks on defenceless farmers and other Nigerians, and insisted that the Federal Government must curb the menace through stringent measures.
Okowa revealed that his administration was doing its best to check the havoc being wrecked by Fulani herdsmen on famers through interface with critical stakeholders but expressed regret that his efforts had been restrained by his limited control of security apparatus.
The Governor, who made the call during an Annual Lecture Series organised by Onu Ika Nigeria at Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, expressed sadness that Nigerians have been kept in the dark over the menace for too long.
“The Federal Government has to tell Nigerians the steps it had taken to stem the ugly trend”, Governor Okowa insisted.
On irregular migration of youths seeking greener pastures in foreign countries and increasing child-trafficking cases, he charged parents and caregivers to live up to their responsibility by openly condemning the act and restrain their children from embarking on such dangerous journeys.
Okowa condemned the situation where parents mounted undue pressure on their children and wards to embark on journeys to Europe through the desert, saying that the lives of many promising Nigerians had been lost in the process.
Earlier, the Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr Daniel Usifor, had said in an address that “for three consecutive years, Onu Ika has consistently forewarned of the devastating influx of these deadly Fulani herdsmen in our communities.
“We even saw them as foot soldiers on reconnaissance mission waiting for trigger action or orders to act; we also cautioned that there is an undeclared war in Nigeria.”
He urged the government to take actions to check the menace of the herdsmen and thanked the governor for his administration’s commitment to the development of the state.

 

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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BSN Begins Process Of Translating Bible Into Eleme Language

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The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) says it has begun the process of translating the Bible into the Eleme language.
Chairman of the Rivers/Bayelsa Area of the society, Mr Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, who disclosed this at the 2019 life member’s Conference/Fundraising of the society in Port Harcourt, also said the society has completed the translation of the Bible into the Okrika and Kalabari, languages.
He said the completed Kalabari and Okrika languages Bible has brought completed translated languages to 26 in Nigeria, adding that by this singular text, the BSN has successfully preserved the Kalabari and Okrika languages in an organized permanent form.
Ayo-Tamuno also expressed the hope that the translation into the Ogbia and Epie languages in Bayelsa State will be completed soon.
Meanwhile, the society says it is sourcing for funds to build a Bible house in Port Harcourt. Ayo-Tamuno said the area presently sources for Bibles and other materials at the BSN office at Aba in Abia State.
“Also, we are housed in a mini one bed-room apartment at No 2, Abobiri Street, off Harbour Road, opposite the defunit government printing press”, he said.
The area Chairman said the society is also targeting to increase its yearly Bible distribution programme in the zone, while further sourcing for the sum of N300, 000 for the forthcoming National Board meeting of the society.
Also speaking on the theme: “The Lord is King, and He rules the nation” the Bishop, Methodist Church of Nigeria Diocese of D/Line, Port Harcourt, Rt Rev. Eltim U. Ekong, tasked the society to ensure that it works go far into the minds of the people especially the youths.
The Cleric also called on churches and corporate bodies to assist the BSN in the distribution of the Bibles.

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Monarch Lauds Wike For Sanitising Major Roads

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A traditional ruler in Elele in Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State, Eze Okey Okah, the Eze Ali Omokprikwu has joined millions of Rivers people in commending Governor Nyesom Wike for his proactive ideas in setting up the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, targeted at sanitising major roads in the state.
Speaking in a telephone interview recently, Okah said having seen the gradual institution of sanity in virtually all the major roads in Port Harcourt, he has no doubt that the governor has initiated people-oriented projects.
For me, the governor is truly God-sent to salvage the state from the wrong doings of past administrators, given the high level of transformation of work he has succeeded in doing in the state since he assumed office as the chief executive of the state.
“Interestingly, Rivers State is beginning to regain its lost glory, not only in terms of cleanness, but also on free flow of traffic on our major roads, following the emergence of Rivers Task Force officials that had been deployed to various strategic points in the state to monitor all illegal business activities on the roads, he noted.
He, however, urge the state government not to relax on her good strides continuously keeping close tabs on the conduct of the recruited task force officials to ensure that they carry out their job according to the terms of reference given to them.
“On a serious note, let me also seize this opportunity to advise the officials of the Rivers Task Force to approach their job with utmost sincerity and not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the state government. Let them not extort money from the public, he said.
Okah used the opportunity to call on Rivers people to do well to embrace and support the good initiative of governor whose vision and steadfast commitment at all times, he said is to project Rivers State in good light before the outside world.
Governor Wike has not only written his name in gold with his laudable infrastructural development projects but has also set a high standard of good governance, which would be difficult to be equaled by his successors in the state.

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Edo Plans Foreign Exchange Programme For Technical Science Teachers

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki says his administration is in talks with foreign governments to organise exchange programmes for experts to train teachers on technical subjects.
The governor stated this after an inspection tour of the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC) formerly Benin Technical college in Benin last Monday.
“We need more teachers that can teach technical subjects and we need to train them.
“We are considering talking to foreign government, trying to get technical support and assistance, to see how to bring people who have done this before to accelerate the training for our teachers.”
He said his administration had made progress in the revamp of the GSTC with the completion of two new blocks with workshops that would accommodate 800 students.
The governor said his administration was also planning to create a commercial production hub in the school to create opportunities for students to do practicals.
“We are rebuilding the electrical, mechanical, carpentry workshops and we are also introducing plumbing and other trades.
“We now need to move in to the old blocks and begin to make them more modern.”
The Governor further explained that his administration was restructuring teacher training programme in the State.
“We are working with several bodies particularly EU counties as we need their support in projects of this nature to help us deal with human trafficking and reduce the traveling of our boys and girls.”
The lead consultant, Mr Giles Omezi, said that the 2019/2020 academic session for students of the school began on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
He said the National Board for Technical Education visited the school earlier in the day and the school management was happy with the projects on ground.

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