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Delta To Participate In Global Climate Change Programme

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Delta State Government is to actively participate in the Global Climate Change Programme to ensure meaningful and sustained development in the State.
The State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan announced this when he declared open a two-day meeting of the 11th Zonal Network for Children, organised by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund ( UNICEF) in Asaba.
He explained that the state was taking the issue of climate change very important as pollution was dealing fatal blow on the environment.
Speaking further, he noted that Delta State has been officially chosen by United Nations Development Programm ( UNDP) as one of the ten states in the world to propagate climate change program, adding that his administration would vigorously pursue this course.
His words “ As a state, we are taking the issue of environment important especially on climate change. We are going to pursue vigorously the issue of gas flaring, which is polluting our environment, to clean up our polluted water and re-generate our soil to enhance development.”
The governor advised Unicef to introduce the use of statistics in the collation of data’s for national development and commended Oyo State for already using the method in their local government councils for efficient planning.
According to him” l advise Unicef to introduce the use of statistics not only in the collation of health indices but on other areas because without it you cannot plan. In our nation we need statistics for efficient planning.
He commended Unicef for her contributions to the education and health sectors in the state and informed it of the programmes put in place to develop human capital and ensure the survival of children and women in that state.
Governor Uduaghan informed the participant that the state would commission the best equiped hospital with I.C.T Scan in the country next month in Oghara for improved health care delivery.
In a welcome address, the Chief of Field Office Unicef in Lagos , Mr. Karim Akadiri explained that Unicef is supporting the zone in the preparation of the State Strategic Health Development Framework to help reduce child and maternal death.
He explained that Unicef is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goal ( MDG) to impart on the socio- economic and health care of women and children in the world.
Mr. Akadiri commended Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for signing the 2009 Programm Implementation Assessment( PIA) to develop and complete the 10 year strategic education plan to introduce the mentoring system of education.
In a brief remark, the Delta SSG, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa stated that the state would continue to partner with Unicef, since it’s objectives are in line with the state government’s three point agenda, adding that the state has shown it’s commitment through the payment of the counterpart funding of 2008/2009.
He explained that the zone consist of eight states- Oyo, Osun, Ondo,Ogun,Ekiti,Edo and Delta of which Delta is already implementing the Child Right Law.
Highpoint of the meeting was a presentation on the eight MDG by students of Graceville School and presentation on the importance of hand wash by pupils of Uzoigwe Primary School in Asaba.
In another development, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has assured Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS) of his administration’s commitment to develop science and technology.
Dr. Uduaghan who announced this when members of the organisation paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba explained that the state would partner with TWOWS to assist on developing information communication technology(ICT) in the state.
He noted that women have a lot of potentials to move the country forward if given the opportunity to exercise their talent and called on the men folk to stop oppressing women.
His words” Women play critical role in the development of the nation, l know and believe women can do well but they are been oppressed by the men. l do not under estimate women, l know what they are capable of doing if given the opportunity, men please allow our women to prove themselves.”

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London Museum Returns Looted Benin Bronzes To Nigeria

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A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria. The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artifacts to the Nigerian government.
The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). There are still questions about whether thousands of items which were held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.
However, the first six objects which were being returned includes two Benin Bronze plaques from the royal palace which were handed over to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items. The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.
Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and prof. Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director general, were asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it had held for more than a century. Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated that, “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.”

“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.” The six objects selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items form the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.

A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in Britain on loan for now, with a second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course. Professor Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes were currently “scattered” around the world. He said that he is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the U.S.

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Underage Street Traders Increase Bothers Agency

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The Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency has expressed worries at the increasing number of underage street traders.
The agency consequently blamed parents of such traders for their failure to ensure proper care of their children and wards.
Its Director-General, Mrs Joan Onyemaechi, told newsmen in Asaba that underage children were becoming common sight on streets in the state capital, whereas such children were supposed to be in school.
According to her, the proliferation of street trading has become worrisome and steps will be taken to ensure that children are taken off the streets.
“More than 8,000 under-age children are on the streets, especially at Koka and Ibusa junctions of Asaba, selling pure water and other items when they are supposed to be in school,’’ she noted.
Earlier, some of the hawkers, who spoke with newsmen, said they ventured into selling pure water to earn a living as there were no persons to cater to their well-being.

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Ndiomu Lauds PAP’s First Class Graduates, Others As Admiralty Varsity Holds Maiden Convocation

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The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd) has applauded PAP’s First-Class graduates at the Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ebusa, Delta State.
The ceremony, which was the school’s maiden convocation, held on the campus, at Asaba, the Delta State capital, saw a female beneficiary of the PAP scholarship, Ms Ebike-Emiyen Doma Perewolatei, emerging as the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Science for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Tide learnt that Ms Perewolatei, who bagged four other awards, including cash gifts, clinched a coveted First-Class degree in History and International Studies with a CGPA of 4.86.
While Alagha Tarinpre Angela, another PAP scholarship beneficiary, who also bagged a First Class degree, was presented with an award and cash gift as the student who exhibited the best leadership qualities.
Another PAP Scholarship beneficiary graduate, Mr Famous Tumodi, who also bagged first-class honours, was awarded the best graduating student in International Relations and Tourism Studies.
In the same vein, another beneficiary of the PAP Scholarship, James Ayefemawei Thomas, emerged as the best graduating student with a first-class degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Economics on a CGPA of 4.72.
Other PAP Scholarship beneficiaries among the ten that bagged First Class are: Olotu Jerry, Peters Isobeye Princess, Bernard Moses Ebiwei, Azibanataram Reuben, Moses Diepreye Immaculate, and Iko Tokoni.
The Tide also learnt that aside the 10 students, 61 other beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme also awarded Second Class Upper Division at the ceremony in which a total of 118 beneficiaries of the programme graduated.
Speaking on behalf of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), Head of the Reintegration Department, PAP, Wilfred Musa, said the Presidential Amnesty Programme was proud to have sponsored very brilliant minds who have been found worthy in character and learning.
He charged the recently graduated beneficiaries to continue to be good Ambassadors of the university, themselves, the PAP, and the Niger Delta at large, assuring that a good future awaits them if they choose to continue in the excellence they have exhibited in their academics.
He further expressed excitement about the award presented to Ms Alagha Tarinpre Angela, commending her for being an excellent example of a leader, saying it was worthy of emulation by Niger Deltans.
“The PAP is committed to excellence and these students have shown that there is a great future for the Niger Delta region.
“The Interim Admnistrator has revealed that the PAP will not renege on its existing commitment to the students under its scholarship programme.
“General Ndiomu has advised students undergoing studies in other universities to emulate the exemplary academic excellence of these fresh graduates”, he said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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