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Don Advocates Stakeholders’ Engagement Over IOCs’ Plan To Divest

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Following moves by International Oil Companies(IOCs) operating in Nigeria to divest and leave the country, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Sofiri Peterside, has advocated critical stakeholders engagement to discuss and agree on a course of action.
Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt at a one-day Civil Society Organisation and Media Roundtable on the divestment of oil companies, organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Peterside explained that since communities, residents would be affected by the divestment, it was necessary to come together to discuss.
The UNIPORT Senior lecturer said stakeholders should collectively develop plans and reach agreements on how to handle intended and unintended consequences of divestment.
In a presentation titled, “Neo-Liberal Approach To Divestment: The Case Of Niger Delta,” Peterside, stated that some of the reasons adduced for divestment, which include global push for energy transition; crisis prone operational environment and the urgent need to diversify to renewable energy have unpalatable consequences for Nigeria.
Reacting to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) submission on the underlying reasons for divestment, where it blamed recurrent issues of oil theft and vandalism of onshore oil infrastructure as reasons for divestment, the don regretted that it showed that the future of the country had gradually been mortgaged to oil companies.
“Consequently, it is important to call attention to an aspect of government’s underlying economic reform paradigm-neoliberalism, especially its anti-people implications, which the divestment represents,” Peterside stated.
He observed that neo-liberalism as economic policies had become widespread in the last 25 years or more.

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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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