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Uduaghan Tasks Journalists On Objective Reporting

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Journalists in the country have been charged to exercise the power of the pen with discretion and not allow emotion, ethnic inclination, bias and anger influence their reporting of events.

 Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who gave the charge at a one day retreat for Niger Delta Media Men in Asaba said unbalanced reports have done severe damage to the very core of journalistic ethics.

 Dr. Uduaghan urged journalists to see loyality to the citizenry as their first obligation even as he said that they should allow truth, discipline and the ability to verify information be their guiding principles.

 His words: “As journalists your challenge is to prevent minds from being consumed by intolerance, violence fratricide and crisis in whatever form.”

 Dr Uduaghan, who frowned at the use of GSM text messages to form the basis of headline stories wondered how such unethical practice should be allowed to thrive in a noble profession such as journalism.

 He enjoined them to inform and educate the public on issues that shape their well-being, especially factors that build and define a better future.

 The governor also charged them to use the profession to assist in creating public opinion that can assist decision making process to build a sound socio-economic-political stable nation.

 Describing the theme of the retreat as apt, Dr. Uduaghan said “This theme is most appropriate as it has to do with one of our three point agenda which is peace and security. This agenda is a prerequisite for development.”

 He expressed happiness that there were many channels of mass communication and believed that the untiring efforts of several distinguished journalists and others would accelerate development and progress in the Niger Delta region and the entire country.

 The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Oma Djeba, in his address urged journalists to promote the positive attributes that unite the Niger Delta region.

 Mr. Oma Djeba told media men in the region to also promote the great sense of history, the potentials and the deep deposit of mineral resources of the region.

 He praised Nigerian Media men for standing tall in development journalism but quickly pointed out that Delta State was playing a pivotal role in the media industry.

 The commissioner said the three point agenda of the Uduaghan administration reflects the true face of Delta State.

 Amidst cheers, Oma Djeba said the stylist leadership of the governor, especially dividends of democracy to the people also reflect the true face of Delta.

 In his brief remarks, the publisher of environment watch communication Mr. Iwuji commended the dexterous peace efforts of the Delta state governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

 Mr. Iwuji said the retreat would put in proper perspective the very essence of the amnesty programme.

 Topics that featured in the retreat include “securing the peace in Niger Delta to the next level, challenges of media coverage and management in the Niger Delta, the mass media as a balance of ethnic relations in the Niger Delta among others”.

 Senior journalists from Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River , Imo, Abia, and Ondo states participated in the retreat.

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Edo 2024: Sen Okpebholo Promises Inclusive Govt

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Sen. Monday Okpebholo, has said he will run an inclusive government when elected in the September 21 governorship election.
He stated this on the sideline of a flag-off of medical mission by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Akamkpa, Cross River State on Monday.
The Senator, representing Edo Central in the 10th Assembly and a member of the Senate Committee on NDDC, also noted that he will adopt bottom-top approach in running the affairs of the state.
According to him, unlike what is currently obtainable in the governance of the state, his administration will be practically driven.
‘‘It will be a governance that the people can relate with, a true people’s government in the real sense”, he said.
The APC candidate, who bemoaned the lack of infrastructural development across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo, promised to re-enact Adams Oshiomhole’s infrastructural revolution.
He said emergency would be declared on roads, schools and health infrastructure in the state.
“We are set for that. We will be taking a holistic approach to correct the decayed roads, schools and health infrastructure that have been left unattended to.
“If the Obaseki-led administration had built upon what the government of Adams Oshiomhole did, Edo would have been competing with a state like Lagos in terms of development.
“Our mission is to, from day one, hit the ground running and make Edo a better place.
‘‘A place we can actually call our own, a place that everybody will be happy to see”, he stated.
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UniCal Demonstration School Wins SAGE 2024 … To Represent Nigeria In Tokyo

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The University of Calabar International Demonstration Secondary School has won the 2024 edition of the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition.
By coming tops at the national competition, the School will represent Nigeria at the global level in Tokyo.
The school presented a solar-powered Chi ECOSOL Freeze Storage System, equiped with off-grid capacity for areas with limited or unreliable traditional electricity.
The system uses high efficiency cooling storage unit to preserve fresh produce and vegetables.
The Tide’s source reports that Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Abuloma, finished second with a project on Bio Fortification of Cassava Flour at the finals held in Calabar.
The source also reports that FGGC Benin came third with their project on Tomato Powder.
It would be recalled that Nigeria has won 12 out of the 17 international SAGE completions held in different parts of the world after its premier edition in 2002 in America.
The theme for this year’s edition of the competition is: “Mobilising Education for Food Security”.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Monday in Calabar, Mr Peter Odey, the Cross River State Deputy Governor, said the theme for the 2024 edition of the competition was apt and well thought-out.
Represented by Hilary Bisong, the member representing Boki Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, Odey, said the theme touched on a major challenge in todays human society.
Noting the need for a multifaceted global campaign against hunger and food scarcity, he said, “nobody who has access to three square meals in a day will start thinking of crimes and violence.
“Our state has very fertile soil, the winning school has proffered solution to the challenge of food storage and preservation.
“For example, in Boki, we always have so much food after harvest, but a lot of the foods get wasted due to poor storage, so this project gives us a solution”.
Also speaking, the President, SAGE Nigeria, Mr Agwu Amogu, said the essence of the initiative was to make young people to become solution providers through entrepreneurship and community service.
Amogu stated further that the initiative had directly and indirectly impacted on no fewer than 200,000 people since 2005 when it took effect in Nigeria.
“Also, no fewer than 8,000 students have passed through the initiative, many of them have graduated, and are now alumni of SAGE.
“Our goal is to move the mindset of young Nigerians from entitlement to being solution and innovation providers.
“This new mindset will not only create jobs for them, it will even make them to become job creators and self-reliant”, he said.
On her part, 15 year old Miss Victory Idiku, the team lead of UniCal International Demonstration Secondary School, expressed her team’s joy after  wining the competition.
“It took us several weeks of research to create that innovative project, it also took a lot of hard work to effectively present it.
“We are happy to represent Nigeria at the global event in Tokyo, we promise to make our nation proud”, she said.
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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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