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DELGA Offers Students In Tertiary Institutions Scholarships

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The Supervisor for Education in Degema Local Government Area Council, Hon. Abubakar Iboroma, has disclosed that more than five hundred students of the area currently studying in various tertiary institutions would now be awarded free education/tuition by the council as part of commitment to boost and encourage empowerment of the people of the area through education.
Hon.Abubakar made the disclosure last Friday in his office at Degema Consulate, headquarters of the local government during an exclusive interview with The Tide
The Supervisor of Education also said that the council has expanded the dragnet to capture Delga indigenes who are willing to undergo vocational training of their choice, explaining that the council would pay for all the fees involved in such training as a way of empowering the people via skills training and development.
Lamenting the ebbing interest in education, particularly among the youths, the Supervisor argued that education remains the highest legacy that a government can bequeath to its citizens, noting that the council would not stop at giving scholarships only,but would also go all out to identify excellence in academic performance and reward same.
He stated that there would be more educational schemes to encourage people further.
Reacting to allegations of omission of some students from the scheme,Hon.Abubakar denied the claim. He however noted that in the event that name(s) is/are omitted through typography, the original list obtained from the schools would be relied upon,stating that council’s decision to make public the list is to welcome comments, criticisms and suggestions from the students.
He urged them to check up their names with their schools authorities if they had doubt or problems.He also clarified that only students who gained their admission on Delga citizenship would be eligible.
Hon.Abubakar Iboroma frowned at the wrong notion held by some that they have become too old to go to school. He debunked that notion,describing it as a wrong-headed philosophy.According to him education should be a lifelong process, insisting that developing the mind true formal education should be seen as a thing of obligation by citizens.
He Express his displeasure with a system that gives undue recognition and advantage to those who get involved in criminality such as militancy, Hon Abubakar argued that those who pursue genuine educational career in life would certainly run ahead of those who avoid going to school,saying education is an indisputable legacy that would be beneficial to the individual until death,hoping that more opportunities await those that seek education.
Iboroma advised people of the area to take up education seriously, noting that only education can guarantee fast lane of development of the individual and the society as well as engender peaceful coexistence, security and job creation for the teeming population.
The Degema Supervisor of Education equally thanked the council chairman, Dr Tony Philmoore for initiating the scheme, thanking him also for appointing him as Supervisor for Education in recognition of the passionate desire in him to improve education in the area,insisting that the government is working tirelessly to achieve a paradigm shift from cultism,militancy and criminality to an educationally empowered society.
It is to be recalled that the council had published the names of students who are beneficiaries of the scheme in The Tide edition of Monday August 26.
The students were drawn from Ignatius Ajuru University, Rivers State College of Health Science & MGT TECH,Kenule Beeson Saro Wiwa Polytechnic,Rivers State University,Port Harcourt Polytechnic and University of Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile analysts are giving thumbs up to the Degema Local Government Council for being the first in the state to invest this hugely in education.They also say it would be one of the finest programmes of the council.

 

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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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Delta Assembly Recalls Suspended Lawmaker

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The Delta State House of Assembly last Thursday in Asaba recalled its member, Mr Matthew Omonade (APC-Ughelli North I), after 29 days of suspension.
The recall was announced during plenary by the Speaker, Mr Dennis Guwor, following an adoption of the report by the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Omonade.
The Tide’s source recalls that the assembly had on May 14 suspended the lawmaker over alleged gross misconduct.
“The house has, therefore, lifted the suspension following the adoption of the recommendations of the committee.
“He is expected to resume plenary and other legislative duties on the next sitting day”, Guwor said.
Earlier, the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi (PDP-Aniocha North), who chaired the committee, said after a thorough investigation, it recommended that Omonade be sounded a note of warning against future occurrence.
He said the committee also recommended that the recalled lawmaker be made to study the rules of the house.
According to the committee’s recommendations, Omonade should know that laws are universal and can be domesticated in any state or country without anyone being accused of plagiarism.
Nwaobi said since he had remorsefully apologised to the Governor, Speaker and the entire House, the committee recommended that the suspension be lifted.
In their various submissions, Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi) and Mr Austine Uroye (PDP-Warri South I) supported the committee’s recommendations.
The recommendations, unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, were seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr. Edafe Emakpor.
The House also approved Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s request to review and implement a new tariff regime for the 8.5 Megawatts Asaba Independent Power Plant (IPP), operated by Messrs Bastanchury Power Solutions.
The governor’s request was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker.
In the letter, Oborevwori explained that the upward review of the electricity tariff from N31.74 per Kilowatt to N75 per Kilowatt became necessary due to the current economic realities.
He said this would enable the company to sustain its services to the state.
Oborevwori, however, noted that the State Government, through the Ministry of Energy, recommended a reviewed amount of N63 per Kilowatt, inclusive of VAT, hence the need for the House’s approval.
The Majority Leader moved a motion for the Assembly to receive the governor’s letter for consideration.
Leading the debate, Nwaobi said it was no longer news that the economic situation informed the governor’s request and, therefore, urged the House to give it speedy approval.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the assembly, when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, was seconded by Mr Oboro Preyor (PDP-Bomadi).

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Sallah: FRSC Deploys 654 Personnel In Delta

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Delta State Command, has deployed 654 personnel, including regular and special marshals, to various locations in the state to ensure safety during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Muftau Irekeola, said this on Friday in Asaba while addressing personnel of the Command in preparation for the Eid-el-Kabir special patrol.
Irekeola said a total of 654 personnel, 19 operational vehicles, one ambulance, one power bike, and others would be deployed in the state.
The Sector Commander, however, said the command was partnering with private tow truck owners, saying that the command’s tow truck was not in good condition.
“If it is more than 30 tons truck, we will call FRSC, Onitsha Command, for towing because Onitsha is less than four kilometers away from Asaba”, he said.
He urged motorists to drive with caution, and pay attention to other road users.
“During rainy season, the grip of their tyres on the road is reduced because of the rain, they need to speed less. In fact, they are supposed to go on a reasonable speed.
“Even the passengers should not board overloaded vehicles, they should talk to the driver and if he is not listening they should drop at the next available bus stop.
“They can alert any FRSC officials or security agency on the road”, he said.

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