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Diri Hails Teachers As Alumni Hold Fund Raising For Alma Mater

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said teachers play a very significant role in the moulding of their students to become leaders.
He said leaders and professionals could not have been successful in their careers without the discipline and tenacity of teachers.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the governor spoke on Saturday night at the gala/awards of the alumni of his alma mater, Government Secondary School, Odi in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
The event held at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa, was to raise funds for the building and equipping of the school’s science laboratories as part of activities marking its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Bayelsa governor urged the alumni members to remain united and committed to sustaining the association and to continue to give back to their alma mater, saying the school laid the foundation of who they have become in society.
He appreciated King Alfred Diette-Spiff, who as former military governor of the old Rivers State, initiated the policies that gave children in rural areas access to education.
The governor also thanked the principals and teachers of the school, who he said moulded the students of the school to become responsible and productive members of society.
Senator Diri urged members to reflect on their days as students in the school and thank God for who they have become, noting that in spite of the non-conducive learning environment, most of them have excelled in various fields of endeavour.
His words, “Let us hold this association very strong. What we have done in Odi today will produce more Professors, doctors and politicians. What you have done is giving back to our children by motivating them to have role models.
“The journey of 50 years from 1972, as we can all attest, is a worthwhile one. Some of us have left.
“Let us appreciate God for keeping us alive and allowing our alma mater, Government Secondary School, Odi, to continue to turn out very useful manpower for our society.
“I would like us to retrospect on our days at GSS where we drank stagnant stream water. There was no pipe-borne water, no electricity and we were using lanterns to go to prep.
“In spite of the difficulties we passed through, the school produced people who became Rear Admirals and Generals in the military, lawyers, doctors and legislators. Most of us have distinguished ourselves in one area or the other. It can only be God.
“I feel very happy that our secondary school was established under the leadership of King Alfred Diette-Spiff in the old Rivers State, who had the educational policy that children that were far from Port Harcourt, the state capital, and who did not have the opportunity to be admitted into schools, had access to education. Today, virtually all of us are what we are because of those policies.
“We are what we are because of the principals and teachers that moulded us during our stay in that school. I pay tribute to our principals and teachers that moulded us academically.
“On behalf of the alumni association, we say thank you for making us who we are academically. You moulded us very well.”
Earlier, chairman of the GSS alumni association, Professor Ebimieowei Etebu, stated that the golden anniversary celebration provided an opportunity for members to reunite and reminisce on their days in the school.
According to him, the school formed in the students the capacity to withstand difficult situations, which has resulted in their great exploits in different facets of life.
He further stated that the association was formed to motivate members to give back to the institution and urged members to work together to further develop the school.
Awards were presented to former staff and students including Governor Diri, former Speaker of the House of Assembly and member representing Kolokuma-Opokuma Constituency 1, Dr. Tonye Isenah, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, retired Rear Admiral Geoffrey Yanga, Brig-Gen. Eric Angaye as well as former principal and teachers of the school among others.
More than N30 million was raised in pledges to support the school’s science laboratories project.
On Saturday morning, the governor was joined by past and current students of the school for a march past and novelty football match in Odi community by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Rear Admiral Yanga (rtd), Prof. Etebu, Gen. Angaye among other dignitaries.
The football game was between former students of the school and the All Stars International Football Club of Yenagoa, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Governor Diri scored the second equaliser for his alma mater from the penalty spot and was voted the most valuable player of the match.
Speaking to journalists, he said: “It feels very great to be back, to reunite with those I met at a very tender age. Now we are all fathers and some even grandfathers and mothers.
“I like to commend my school mates for this event. It is a take away for every other school. We believe that those who benefited from this school are what we are today because of the discipline. I am sure a lot of the young ones today will see models among us.
“We will act as a bulwark for galvanizing the students of GSS to let them know that wherever you are you can be what you want to be.”

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Edo Poultry Farmers Get Generators, Defeathering Machines

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The government of Edo State has distributed generators and defeathering machines to 100 poultry farmers across the three senatorial districts in the state.
The items were distributed under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (N-CARES) code named EDO-CARES.
N-CARES is a World Bank assisted project designed to ameliorate the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the poor and vulnerable people
The State Project Coordinator, EDO-CARES, Mr Edward Izevbigie, said that the “project seeks to improve livelihood, increase food security as well as reviving Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state”.
Izevbigie said the State Government was committed to boosting the state food basket through various agricultural programmes and interventions.
“This generators and other poultry equipment are not for sale. Put them to good use to boost the food basket of the state.
“The government has a very strong monitoring and evaluation unit, so we are going to monitor their usage,” he said.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Mrs Ifueko Alufohai, urged the farmers to ensure good use of the items.
Represented by Osahon Ojomon, a Director in the ministry, Alufohai noted that the Federal Government and the World Bank would also be monitoring the progress of the farmers.
Mr Rosemary Imafidon, a beneficiary on behalf of other beneficiaries thanked the state government and its partners for the kind gesture.

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Fuel Scarcity’ll Soon End -NMDPRA

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The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has assured Nigerians that the prevailing fuel crisis ravaging various parts of the country would soon disappear.
NMDPRA’s Coordinator in Delta State, Mr Victor Ohwodiasa, gave the assurance when he led a team of the regulatory authority on an unscheduled inspection of some petroleum depots at Ifiekporo in Delta, recently.
The Tide source reports that Ifiekporo Community is in Warri South Local Government area of Delta.
Ohwodiasa said a lot of vessels laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as Petrol, were already coming into the state.
He said the regulatory authority would ensure that the vessels discharge products as quickly as possible.
“We will ensure that the depots receiving these products lift them out to the end users.
“By the time we have all the depots wet with PMS and they are lifting regularly, the looming scarcity we are experiencing will disappear,” Ohwodiasa said.
The agency’s coordinator said essence of the visit was to ensure that depots with the products dispensed to licenced retail outlets, eliminate middle men and also avoid diversion.
“Once we get our daily manifest, we send our men out to make sure that those trucks gets to their actual locations.
“There might be one or two infractions; we have apprehended about two persons for product diversion and they were made to face the full wrath of the law.
“As a regulatory authority, saddled with the responsibility of regulating the Midstream and Downstream of the Oil and Gas sector in Nigeria, we will continue to do what we need to do.
“This is to ensure that the products are available and adequately and fairly distributed within Delta and neighboring states,” he said.
Ohwodiasa said the NMDPRA would carry out intensed routine surveillance, adding that it would sustain the tempo to ensure that the right things were done in the Midstream and Downstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
He, however, urged people to stop panic buying, assuring that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure availability of petroleum products in the country, particularly during the Yuletide season and beyond.
Ohwodiasa added that NMDPRA would ensure that the products get to the consumers at the right price, quality and quantity.
Among the depots visited were: Matrix Energy Group, Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd. and AYM Shafa Ltd.
Speaking on behalf of the Matrix Energy, Mr Francis Ibe, the Terminal Manager, Matrix Energy, said the PMS stock level at the Warri Depot was 14 million litres, as at Thursday.
Ibe said as at evening of Thursday, it had trucked out over four million litres.
“With what I am pushing out, I know it will not be enough. Before now on weekly basis, we were receiving 40 million litres of PMS, but at the moment, we barely received 40 million in two weeks. So you can see the difference.
“Fourty million litres in one week as against receiving one vessels in two weeks cannot solve the problem. There is a serious supply gap,” Ibe said.
Also, Mr Luke Nnajieze, the Depot Manager, Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Warri Depot, said that the current stock level of the company in Warri as at Thursday morning was 3.1 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Nnajieze added that the Automated Gasoline Oil (AGO) was 2.9 million litres. At the moment, we are out of stock of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
“On daily basis, we trucked 2.5 million litres to 3 million litres of PMS,” he said.
Nnajieze identified heavy vehicular gridlock as a major challenge confronting their business in the area, calling on the government to assist in expanding or fixing the bad access road.
He also called for the dredging of the Escravos Bar to allow bigger vessels to navigate and bring in petroleum products.

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Itsekiri Drags FG To Court Over Non-Inclusion In NDDC Board

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Some prominent Itsekiri sons have dragged President Mohammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, AGF, and Lauretta Onochie to the Federal High Court Warri over the composition of the proposed new Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a pre-action notice filed by Prince Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh, Comrade Amaechi Ogbonna, Prince Tsola Emiko Amoye, and Prince Isaac Dorsu as intending claimants, they are seeking the order of the Honorable Court to set aside the nomination of Lauretta Onochie the 8th proposed defendant by President Buhari, the proposed 1st defendant in the circumstances of the case and replace her with someone from any of the oil-bearing Itsekiri communities.
They further sought the order of the court to mandate President Buhari to invoke and apply the spirit and intent of the relevant statutes requiring the consideration of the quantum of contribution to be applied with regard to the nomination, screening, and approval to fill the slot of the chairman or managing director on the board of the NDDC.
They further sought the court to restrain Buhari or his proxies from inaugurating the Board with Onochie or any person who is not from an oil producing community as stipulated by the NDDC Act.
They also sought an order of injunction restraining Onochie or her proxies from presenting themselves as a representative to fill the Delta State slot on the governing board of the NDDC even as they prayed the court to mandate the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure compliance with the spirit and intent of the relevant statutes as well as the overriding objectives of national unity, equity, and harmonious co-existence and the principle of distributive justice, requiring that the consideration of quantum of production in the circumstances.
The pre-action notice was filed on their behalf by the Chambers of Jolone Ikomi, Esq, and Robinson Ariyo & Co.

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