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Bayelsa Lawmaker Empowers Youths, Solicits Support

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Lawmaker representing Ogbia Constituency One, Bayelsa State House in the Assembly and House of Representatives aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for Ogbia Federal Constituency of the state, Hon.Chief Mitema Obordor as part of measures towards fulfilling his electioneering campaign promises has organised an Agro/Entrepreneurship Skills acquisition training for no fewer than156 youths of his Constituency.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme which held in Yenagoa, the state capital, Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ngobere commended the organiser of the empowerment programme for the initiative.
The Speaker added that the training would equip youths with necessary skills to become self reliant and employers of labour, just as he encouraged participants to take the training seriously so as to maximise its benefits.
This Agro/entrepreneurship training will help participants to live above the current economic challenges facing the nation. The empowerment training will also divert the attention of the teeming youths from engaging in cult activities and other related social vices in the society”, he said.
In his goodwill message, the Bayelsa state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, David Alagoa advised the trainees to partake in the programme with all form of seriousness,just as he added that the programme is a veritable platform to redefine the future of Ogbia youths.
“This programme defines the future of Ogbia youths. You have lost and sold your future if you sell your starter pack. Take this opportunity as a life time empowerment”, the Commissioner said.
In his welcome address, the organizer of the programme, appreciated the participants for honouring his invitation, saying the training was part of a series of events he started in fulfillment of his campaign promises during the last House of Assembly elections .
“Some electoral promises which I made amongst others were capacity building and empowerment of youths, where I have ploughed back the limited resources at my disposal as a legislator to train Ogbia youths in various skills acquisition programmes, depending on available opportunities and resources”, he said.
Obordor noted that he started the empowerment programme in 2015 when he was first elected into the House of Assembly, stressing that the skills acquisition was born out of his dedication and commitment to deliver the dividends of Democracy to his constituents.
“For the records, this empowerment scheme is born out of dedication and commitment to the very reasons why I decided to seek for your mandate in governance. And I’ve been organizing programmes of similar nature aimed at positively touching the lives of our youths for sustainable development.
“The present scheme is aimed at building capacity amongst youths in Agro skills and entrepreneurship, with a view to providing empowerment in the form of miniature. I call on all participants to support the Prosperity Administration led by Senator Douye Diri to move Bayelsa State to the next level of development.
“Let me also reiterate here, that this programme is not done in isolation, but as part of my little contribution to complement what the prosperity government of His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri is doing at the State level on Agricultural skills acquisition and development in Bayelsa State”, Obordor said.
The Tide reports that the training include, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, fish farming, rice farming, poultry and cassava farming, while participants were also taken on escortion to a standard poultry farm for practical field experience.
In an interview with Newsmen shortly after the programme, a participant, Miss Florence Agala said she had gained valuable knowledge from the programme, adding that the training has equipped her with skills to become self reliant.
High points of the event was the presentation of cash to the participants by the organizer and his appeal to the PDP delegates to vote for him at the forthcoming, primaries to enable him fly the party’s flag at the 2023 Ogbia Federal House of Representatives Election.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Reps Member Loses In Delta Primary

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A member of the House of Representatives from Delta State, Ben Igbakpa, has lost the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary.
Mr Igbakpa, who represents Ethiope Federal Constituency, was defeated by Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, the daughter of a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
Mrs Ibori-Suenu scored 46 votes, while Mr Igbakpa scored 22 in a rerun.
Both aspirants had a tie, 34 votes each, during the Sunday’s primary, which caused a rerun to choose the party candidate for the 2023 election.
“I have lost my re-election bid,” Mr Igbakpa tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is not the outcome we wanted. It is not the outcome the people of Ethiope Federal Constituency wanted.
“The cheers on Sunday, May 22, 2022, demonstrated that, but it does not satisfy the appetite of a few to revise our progress and blur the vision of our people,” he said, on the microblogging site.
The lawmaker said he gave his constituents a fair representation and that they had hope in his future representation, but that “all of these have been painfully stolen by the establishment.
“The grave silence on the streets amplifies the fatal setback for Ethiope Federal Constituency.
“My contest was never about me but for the people, hence their grief. Neither I nor the people prevailed in our hope for sustenance. We have now seen what force and intimidation can do”, he tweeted.
Igbakpa said serving his people in the House of Representatives is one of the greatest honours of his life.
“I feel proud of what we have built together in three years. We have touched the vast expanse of Ethiope Federal Constituency and given our people a loud voice. We have energised our resolve in this instance and vow to continue in the same spirit for progress and unity.
“I will always remain devoted to the development of the Ethiope Federal Constituency and continue to advance my belief in democratic good governance.
“I wish the winners of today’s re-run all the best and I pray that the losers (the people) can endure the outcome and the aftermath,” he said.

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Nigerian Idol: Okowa Congratulates Winner, Promises More For Youths

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Delta State Governor,Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated the winner of Nigerian Idol Season 7, Progress Chukwuyem, describing him as a true son and proud ambassador of the State.
Chukwuyem emerged winner of the Reality TV show after defeating fellow finalist, Zadok on Sunday.
Okowa said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, that the 21-year old songwriter, performer and music minister, was impeccable throughout the competition.
He lauded the organisers of the show and the panel of judges for what he called perfect organisation, leading to the emergence of Chukwuyem.
The winner of the competition, Chukwuyem, hails from Ekwueze-Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the State.
Okowa noted that the people of Delta were known for great exploits in reality shows, having won on several occasions in different platforms, adding that the State was gifted with abundant talents.
He said his administration had continued to support youths with talents to realise their potentials, stressing that news like Chukwuyem’s would continue to inspire him to do more for them.
“As a State, we are very delighted that our son, Progress Chukwuyem, won the #NigerianIdol Season 7 competition.
“He has portrayed the Delta character of true patriotism and worthy ambassador of the State, especially with the re-orientation of our youths, through our various schemes and programmes, which have been acknowledged as highly meaningful and successful.
“As a government, we will continue to support talents in sports, creative entertainment and even in business and we are glad that Chukwuyem has added to our pride.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Delta, I thank Deltans and indeed, all Nigerians that supported our son Chukwuyem, to clinch the prize money, as winner of Nigerian Idol Season 7.
“Indeed, beyond the prize, Chukwuyem reached greatness with his God-given talent and distinguished himself as a role model and we are very happy to have him bring honour to our state,” Okowa said.
The Tide’s source reports that the show started with 12 top contestants who emerged from the preliminary stage.
It was premiered on February 6, with the weekly shows covering the auditions that led to the theatre week, before the commencement of the live shows in March.

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UNICAL Hosts African Universities On Online Teaching, Quality Assurance

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University of Calabar (UNICAL) in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU) is jointly hosting a three-day workshop in Calabar on Quality Assurance and Online Teaching.
The workshop, which drew participants from some African countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe, has in attendance lecturers from over 20 Federal and State universities in Nigeria.
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, said the institution was pleased to host the workshop for the very first time in the 47 years of its existence.
Noting that the theme of the workshop, “Quality Assurance in Higher and Tertiary Education: Online Teaching and Learning in the Post Covid-19 Era in the University of Calabar” was apt, she said the workshop was coming at a time when UNICAL was making efforts to adopt the dual mode of teaching and working assiduously with a view to stabilise her quality assurance directorate.
“This training workshop offers the opportunity for strengthening the capacity of stakeholders in higher education institutions in Africa for global relevance.
“The theme is carefully selected in line with contemporary times of post Covid-19 era and the clamoring of higher education institutions in Africa to meet global standards in terms of academic excellence.
“Online teaching is not only necessary but urgently needed to accommodate millions of Africans desirous of further studies, especially in the post Covid-19 era.
“It is on this note that I commend the AAU for keeping tab with her objective of providing a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research in Africa,” she said.
She told the participants that UNICAL has a rich alumni profile, showcasing state governors, ministers, captains of industries, world ranking academics, legal gurus, top medical experts and educationist, among others.
According to her, UNICAL with over 40,000 students population is ranked 15th best university in Nigeria and the 64th best in Africa.
On her part, the Project Officer/Workshop Coordinator, Association of African Universities, Dr Violet Makuku, said the association came to Calabar due to the commitment of Prof. Obi towards online teaching and quality assurance.
Makuku said, the AAU, which serves as the apex body for higher education in Africa, seeks to impact practical knowledge and skills on the participants toward enhancing online teaching and learning.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we came out to say no more face-to-face teaching in classrooms; hence we needed to adopt new methods of teaching.
“Everything has been digitalised, so we need to digitalise online teaching also,” she said.

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