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Jonathan Unveils Nembe, Elebele Bridges, Lauds Diri’s Infrastructural Drive

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday inaugurated the reconstructed Elebele bridge in the Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State as well as the reconstructed unity bridge linking Opu-Nembe (Bassambiri) and Ogbolomabari communities of the Nembe council area of the state, respectively.
The people of the benefitting communities, who trooped out in their numbers to witness the event praised the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri for reconstructing the Elebelebridge and completing the Nembe Unity bridge project.
Inaugurating the bridge in Nembe, the erstwhile president applauded Senator Diri for the project, noting that it would help to consolidate the peace and unity between both communities.
Jonathan said Governor Diri had performed exceptionally well in infrastructure development in just two years in office, describing the bridge as symbolic, and urged the people of Nembe to learn to resolve their differences amicably, especially during elections rather than play politics of brigandage and violence.
”You have done well to complete this bridge project. I had to come and identify with this unique ceremony. Today should mark the end of any inter-communal conflict. The importance of this bridge cannot be over-emphasised. From what I have seen, this bridge is expensive, well-built and solid. And I hope it will solidify the unity between the people of the two communities”, Jonathan said.
“Politics should be a platform to bring development to our people and not to kill and chase them away from their communities. With the commissioning of this bridge, we pray that that brand of politics would also come to an end”, he added.
Also speaking, Governor Diri said the Nembe bridge had been on the drawing board since the days of Eastern Nigeria but that a former governor, who is now the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, started some construction work but the project was left till his administration took it over and completed it.
He described the bridge as historic, saying the project was one that would heal wounds and engender peace and unity among the people of Nembe.
“My administration felt this is one historic and significant infrastructure that would help heal wounds. It is not only a physical bridge but a human bridge, especially between the brothers of Ogblomabiri and Bassambiri. Wherever there is war, development suffers and we lose not only infrastructure but human lives”, he said.
Earlier, the former president and the governor visited the Amanyanabo of Nembe, Mingi XII, King Edmund Daukoru, in Ogbolomabiri and Amanyanabo of Opu-Nembe, Ogbodo VIII, King Biobelemoye Josiah, in Bassambiri.
King Daukoru said the Nembebridge was symbolic, noting that what it represented far outweighed the physical length of the project as there had been age-old differences between the two communities.
He commended Diri for completing projects that he started as well as those inherited from his predecessors, describing the gesture as a mark of true leadership, just as he appealed for the construction of the Nembe-Brass road amongst, others.
In his speech the Bassambiri Monarch, King Josiah also commended the governor for the bridge project, noting that prior to its construction; there had been temporary bridges, just as he solicited government’s support for the provision of electricity and pipe-borne water.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the Commissioning of the Nembe unity bridge, former Deputy Governor of the state and indigene of Nembe, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha, John Jonah (rtd), gave thumbs up to the Diri’s administration for completing the bridge, saying it was the first time since 1971 that a proper bridge had been built to connect both communities.
He called on youths from both communities to sustain the existing bond of brotherhood, expressing optimism that the project would foster more peace, unity and development.
“There had always been the desire that a bridge connects both communities. The first attempt to have a bridge was in 1971 during the administration of Alfred Diette-Spiff (in Rivers State). Since then, two bridges have been constructed – one wooden and the other steel.
“This is the first time we are getting a bridge that we need. There had been issues between the two communities. That is why it is called Unity Bridge to unite both sides.
“For Governor Diri to take this as one of the priority projects on assuming office, it is commendable. We were there for a very long time but we could not summon the courage to do it. He did what we could not do for eight years”, he said.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Moses Teibowei, said the bridge was started by Chief Sylva in 2009 but was abandoned until Senator Diri awarded it in 2021 and completed it within one year.
Earlier, chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area, Ebiyon Turner, appreciated the governor for the project, expressing the support of the Ogbia people for his administration.
Giving the timelines of the project,the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, said the bridge which collapsed in 2019, was built within 12 months.

By: AriweraIbibo-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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