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MOSOP Wants RSG To Invest In Ogoni People’s Education

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The United States of America chapter of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP-USA has appealed to the Rivers State Government to invest more in the education of the Ogoni people.
An activist and motivational speaker, Ikpobari Dumletam made the appeal while handing over 2,700 books donated by two groups: MOSOP USA and the Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP), USA to a public library in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Dumletam, who is a former President of MOSOP-USA said the motive behind the donation was to help develop the minds of Ogoni students, saying, “I was sent here by two groups that are resident in the United States of America. MOSOP USA, Chicago Chapter and Council of Ogoni Professionals (COP), USA.
“We believe that with the development of the mind comes the overalls development of the body, the individual and the people in general. Another reason is that we found out that libraries unlike what was obtainable in the United States were stationed in one point in the whole of Rivers State. This donation will help create wider access.
“When knowledge is translated into something concrete it brings about improvement of self and the society. Today we have 2, 700 books and some magazines here. There are more than six thousand books and more than 15 computers that are awaiting shipments from the United States. This is a pilot programme because they want this structure to be a workable library,” he said. Dumletam, said of the total number of books donated, over 500 are for University readership, 500 are for secondary school readership, another 500 or more are for primary school readership, while the rest are for general readership.
He said the groups decided on this collaboration two years ago after they heard reports about the structure, saying, “They never wanted the library to be wasted because they believe there are students that are going to use this place.”
Dumletam further disclosed that MOSOP USA was partnering other organizations in that country to provide medical materials to cater for some health needs of Ogoni people, especially those in remote communities, even as he revealed plans by MOSOP USA and COP, USA to give a facelift to the burial site of late Ogoni hero and environmentalist, Ken Saro-Wiwa in Bane, his home town near Bori.
In his remark after receiving the books, the Librarian, Khana Local Government Public Library, Neeka Nwite said the library was built in 2009 by a former lawmaker in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Befii Charles Nwile who represented Khana Constituency 1, as a constituency project.
Nwite described books as aupaction materials, saying, “There is no education without the library. Education is all about developing the mind.
He added, “Today, MOSOP USA have surprised me because I have made several pleas and consulted educationist. Even lawyers and others of Ogoni origin for assistance and donation of their materials to this library, but none have responded, except one Rev. Paul Legbara who once donated some books.
The Librarian thanked MOSOP USA and COP for the gesture, saying, the library has been increased by over two thousand books, and promised that the book would be processed accordingly and displayed on the shelf for public use.

 

Dennis Naku

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Group Warns Against Underage Drinking In Educational Institutions

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As concerns grow over underage drinking, especially among young students in higher institutions, the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG) has disclosed that its ‘Smashed Project,’ advocacy against underage alcohol drinking, has impacted over 65,000 adolescents in 35 institutions across the country in the last five years.
BSG Chairman, Baker Magunda, stated this at the launch of the fourth edition of the smashed programme in Abuja, as part of its renewed commitment to addressing the menace of underage drinking in Nigeria.
Smashed project is a programme of BSG, an umbrella body for leading brewing companies in Nigeria, who are members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). They include, Guinness, Nigeria Breweries and Ab-In Bev.
Smashed is a global project that started in 2005, with the aim of using drama and theatre to help adolescents understand the dangers of alcohol to their health.
Speaking, Magunda noted that the renewed effort is aimed at furthering the objective of the Smashed project in line with global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of underage consumption of alcohol.
“Every time young people experience the core messages of the smashed project through drama, it sticks because the message is clear and it also makes them avoid the social pressures of trying alcohol before they are of age. At BSG, we are committed to this and we will continue to invest in this programme,” Magunda said.

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Expert Harps On Importance Of Indigenous Languages

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A Professor of French and Translation Studies at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni,  Port Harcourt, Prof. Priye Enemi Iyalla-Amadi, has identified the importance of  indigenous languages  on the development of technology, and called on African leaders to take advantage of the multiplicity of languages to advance technology in Africa.
Amadi stated this while delivering her lecture at the 40th Inaugural Lecture Series of the institution titled: “Translation As Tool For Indigenous Language Engineering: The African Experiment,” last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
“Translation as a communicative tool, should serve as a needed bridge to provide a platform for accessing the world technological heritage of which we are all a part. I am charging you my fellow African speakers, that the technological future is here, so let’s own it linguistically.
“We have to be able to translate our languages, expressly using these languages to visualise what is being expressed. The power to invent like other countries across the globe lies in our ability to be able to understand and translate our indigenous languages,” Amadi added.
She lamented that Nigeria as an Anglophone country, has thrown away her various indigenous languages, making everyone disintegrated instead of united through their various indigenous languages that would have helped form a strong positive force in language translation as well as world affairs technologically.
“There is nothing wrong with a child to be able to speak six different languages. It is high time parents stop speaking English to their children, while at home. Leave English Language for their school teachers and speak your languages to them while they are home because this practice forms a strong family bond which finally transcends to national unity.”
She described Translation as the cross cultural, cross national and inter-disciplinary linguistic tool per excellence, saying that it can be used as a potent tool  for language engineering to better express thoughts, desires and linguistic goals of speakers of various languages, adding that through translation, members of different races, and tongues can unite to formulate policies and strategies aimed at the communal good.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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School Advises On Children’s Intellectual Dev

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The Director, Spring Lake School, Mrs Judith Usiakpor, has said the cognitive and psychological development of learners should be considered in teaching.
A statement signed by the school during its graduation ceremony said that the school ensured the provision of teaching and learning aids that would aid the development of learners’ cognitive and psychological tendencies.
It read, ‘‘Spring Lake School, a faith-based institution with a niche to providing exceptional day care services and after-school programmes for children between one to five years of age, recently graduated their first intake in grand style at their Oniru- Lekki auditorium.
‘The Director, Mrs. Judith Usiakpor, while speaking at the fifth year graduation of the school, reiterated the school’s commitment towards contributing selflessly in the role of moulding children cognitively and psychologically as well.
‘‘She also expressed her gratitude to all the pioneer parents who have come this far with them.”
A  lawyer and parent, Mrs Zulei Momodu, appreciated the Spring Lake School for the exemplary turnaround job they did for the kids.

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