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Bayelsa To Donate Land For Anglican Varsity

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Bayelsa State Government has pledged to provide land for the proposed establishment of an Anglican university in the state.
Governor Douye Diri made the pledge recently in response to a request by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, who led other bishops of the Diocese of Niger Delta West on a courtesy visit to Government House, Yenagoa.
Describing Anglican schools as strong institutions that contributed in producing responsible members of society, Senator Diri stated that hosting an Anglican university would positively impact on the state and the Niger Delta region.
He said the state was eager to have its first private university and that the government would support such initiatives as it would accord the people more access to education.
The Bayelsa governor also urged the clergy to speak up against injustice in the country, stating that Nigeria is in dire need of such voices due to the ills in our society.
He attributed the successes recorded under his administration to God and appreciated the Anglican Primate for the visit, thanking the Bishop of the Diocese of the Niger Delta West for his work in promoting the gospel.
“Your request for land for the proposed Anglican university is a good request. The government will provide the land. We will acquire it for you.
“I am doing this with the conscience that Bayelsa is a state that does not have one private university. So, we are very happy and prepared to host the Anglican university.
“The Anglican Church has over the years produced leaders of worth. It is a good thing that we have an Anglican institution domiciled in Bayelsa and believe that it is going to impact on the state and add value to the Niger Delta region.
“Some of us are where we are today because of the upbringing we received in the Anglican schools we attended.
”Our country is going through difficult times. The Anglican Church in Nigeria needs a voice like South Africa’s late Desmond Tutu, who stood against injustice, against inequity in his country and the world. We have Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Church. The Anglican Church can equally stand up against inequity and inequality”, Diri said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba stated that he was in the state to dedicate a Bishop’s Court Chapel and Diocesan Secretariat of the Diocese of Niger Delta West.
The Primate explained that the Anglican Church in Nigeria was self-governing and self-sustaining, and would continue to stand against heresies, just as he appreciated the governor for creating an enabling environment for the promotion of the Gospel of Christ in the state.
The Primare also thanked Governor Diri for judiciously using the resources of the state for its development.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,Yenagoa

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Waste Management: Chairman Urges Collaboration With Managers

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The Delta State Waste Management Board has emphasised the need for stakeholders to work closely with waste managers to reduce the outbreak of epidemic in the state.
Chairman of the Delta State Waste Management Board, Mr Emma Chinye, made the call in a statement in which he urged Delta residents to change their attitude to waste management and environmental practices.
According to him, evacuation of waste is everybody’s responsibility as negative effect always got back to the people.
“The board has engaged youths in Asaba to check the indiscriminate dumping of waste at market place and other parts of the state in order to eliminate illegal dumping of refuse,” he said in the statement.
He called on the residents to report any private sector participant (PSP) who failed to do his job , while urging PSP officers to be diligent in discharging their duties.
According to him, Delta government was making plans to acquire more dump sites across the State, adding that government has made provision for tipping trucks to be available in 25 LGAs.
“On the problems of the dumpsite, what happened last year would not be experience again. Government is making frantic effort to ensure it does not repeat itself,”he said.

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Commissioner Tasks Parents On Children’s Upbringing

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The Delta State Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mrs Rose Ezewu, has urged parents to always check the activities of their children in order to ensure they were not negatively influenced by peer groups.
Ezewu gave the advice when the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) paid her a courtesy visit, statement from the Ministry said.
Emphasizing on the need for stakeholders to intensify efforts toward tackling violence against the girl-child, she said most parents do not want their children to take correction from their teachers, saying that this narrative is not good for the future of the children and the society in general.
“The Ministry is willing and ready to partner with the civil society organisation in addressing issues of moral decadence among students,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of the CSOs, Mr Cyril Olomukoro of the ‘Make Your Life Count’ Civil Society Organisation, said the coalition comprises seven different registered and non-governmental organisations.
According to him, their aim is to educate and sensitise schools, market and communities on issues of gender based violence and how it can be avoided as well as help abused/ violated persons.
“The coalition is presently working with FIDA in Delta to provide pro-bono services to vulnerable people especially women and children.
“We equally offered free legal services to women and girls survivors of gender based violence,” he said.
He urged the Ministry to collaborate with them on pro-bono to sensitise and educate students, youths and women so as to render assistance to the abused or violated individuals among them.

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112,759 Delta Pupils Write Entrance Examination Into Sec Schs

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A total of 112,759 final year pupils of public and private primary schools in Delta State sat for the 2022 entrance examination into its secondary schools at the weekend.
Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Augustine Oghoro, made the declaration in Asaba on Saturday while monitoring the 2022 Cognitive/placement examination.
Describing the conduct of the examination as successful, he said, “the Ministry is satisfied with the peaceful conduct of the examination at the centres visited,’’.
The Commissioner for Secondary Education,Mrs Rose Ezewu, who monitored the examination in Delta Central and some parts of Delta South, said the examination was unique as it was the foundation of the pupils’ educational pursuits.
“I am satisfied with the commitment of the pupils that sat for the examination,’’ she said.
In his remarks, the Director of Examinations, Mr Sunday Egomaguna, said Delta was committed to setting the pace in the conduct of examinations.
Also speaking, the proprietor of a group of private schools in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area, Mr Fidelis Egugbo, said he was optimistic about the successes of the candidates.

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