Thursday, July 29, 2021

North-West Based NGO, CHRICED Commends CEPEJ'S Peace-building Best Approaches To Nigeria's Insecurity

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Center For Peace And Environmental Justice, (CEPEJ), a leading Non-governmental Organization in Nigeria led by its National Coordinator, Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade has said that the group embarked on a two-day working visit to the North West of Nigeria, Kano State in particular, with a view to partnering and collaborating with similar organisations so as to assist the Federal and State Governments to proffer solutions to the rising spate of insecurity, banditary, kidnapping and other vices confronting the country at present.

Comrade Chief Mulade Sheriff disclosed this to newsmen in Asaba, Delta State capital during a press briefing he organized to address the impact of global partnership with Civil Society Organizations on mitigating insecurity in Nigeria.

He stated that, as Part of his organization's concern towards the promotion, and use of this SDGs in solving the problems of Insecurity and maintaining peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians, that CEPEJ recently paid a familiarization/courtesy visit to some CSOs leaders in the North-West of Nigeria, Kano State for organizations working in SDGs thematic areas such as Peace-Building, Peace and Security to discuss and seek collaboration with the NGOs in Kano State on how to promote peace through Early Warning System.

CEPEJ Boss commended the Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) in Kano State, Comrade Ibrahim Zikirillah welcoming the CEPEJ team. According to CEPEJ Boss, Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade," Collaboration is the key to success towards providing Solution to Nigeria's Insecurity.

He quoted CHRICED Boss when the Kano State based CSO Leader received CEPEJ's delegation that, " Hosting of the CEPEJ Boss was a great opportunity for us NGO to share knowledge and experiences on how to tackle insecurity, build peace, and educate the youths on the need for them to shun violence in their communities, and embrace the spirit of peaceful coexistence".

"The Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education which is regarded as an organization of active citizens, started in Lagos, and now in Kano, with an Office in Abuja. He said CHRICED also networks and engages in so many activities".

"We are currently working on a project titled Social Mobilization for Transparency and Accountability in Maternal Health, and Resource Budgeting in Kano State; it promotes democratic participation in Kano State, fosters transparency and accountability in constituency project delivery in Kano State, as well as promotes human rights and civic education among Kano people".

"As the CHRICED Executive Director, I want to use this medium to Commend CEPEJ for its activities and programmes. I use this medium as well to invite CEPEJ National Coordinator to attend the 15th anniversary of CHRICED coming up later this year".

According to the National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff during the visit to CHRICED Executive Director, Comrade Ibrahim Zikirilla, the renowned Niger- Delta Activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade stated that, CEPEJ as NGO focuses on five (5) thematic areas - peace building, good governance, fundamental human rights, justice, as well as environmental sustainability, and uses conferences, seminars, rallies, symposia, workshops, town hall meetings or people's parliaments, as well as educational research as advocacy strategies.

In his words: "CEPEJ is committed to community development and other humanitarian activities, and works with Government, parastatals, professionals, other NGOs and stakeholders at both national and international levels".

"The CEPEJ Boss also revealed that the NGO had organized national conferences in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, mobilized experts on peacebuilding, human rights, environment and security to speak as resource persons. He cited the conference held at the Koffi Annan International Peacekeepig Training Centre, Accra, Ghana as an example".

"The ceremony featured the exchange of pleasantries and a group photograph between the CEPEJ and CHRICED teams".

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Prof Soludo@61: SSM Boss Celebrates APGA Governorship Candidate In Grandstyle

As part of efforts to celebrate the Birthday Anniversary of a great leader, World Distinguished Professor, seasoned Economist, one of the Anambra most brilliant mind, and the Anambra 2021 APGA Governorship Candidate, the National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), and Chairman of Idemili North Chapter of "All Soludo Support Groups , (ASSG), Soludo Solution (SS), Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu wishes Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo a Happy and prosperous Birthday Anniversary celebrations as he marks its auspicious Birthday Anniversary.
Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu disclose this to our reporter today being 28 July, 2021 in a press release made available to newsmen in his country home at Obosi, Idemili North LGA, Anambra State described the former CBN Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo as a humble, intelligent, articulate, exceptional, and exemplary leader.

The globally acclaimed management expert, public affairs analyst, Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu then thank the almighty God for adding one more year to their principal, his protection, blessings and wisdom upon Prof Soludo and his family, while he wishes the former CBN Governor Happy Birthday celebration.

SSM Boss stated that Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is the only most qualified Candidate to govern Anambra State. He stated that Prof Soludo is both health and intellectually sound and has the good knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics model on Anambra to positively impact the global economy, armed with international contacts towards global partnership to reposition Anambra economy in the World map; well prepared for the job, very compassionate and experienced to Foster sustainable and socio-economic development of Anambra State.

He commended Anambrarians, APGA party leaders, critical stakeholders, All Soludo Support Groups ASSG Leaders and members, for their continuous support to the Governorship projects of Prof Soludo and his Deputy Governorship Candidate, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, while prayed for him and his family, that God should give them long life, prosperity, sound health and more abundant blessings.

According to him, "Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is God sent to NDI Anambra to maintain continuity in governance to make Anambra State one of the World's largest economy, promote good governance, maintain his aged- long support to Anambra Youths, women, the less- privileged citizens, and sectoral development towards the fulfilment of the United Nations SDGs or agenda 2030 in Anambra State".

"On behalf of SSM leadership, we celebrate you today as you mark your auspicious Birthday Anniversary celebrations today with Children, Youths in the entire 21 LGAs of Anambra State. We trust your ability to deliver the dividends of democracy to all Anambrarians, we have confidence in you that good governance is sure with you to all NDI Anambra. By God's special grace, you are our next Governor. With God all things are possible. Congratulations and many more years of prosperity, blessings and happiness! ".

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Community Development: Aniocha-Oshimili Group Set Up Pro-tem Executives

....As group calls for Unity And brotherliness in the Federal constituency

.....As group Set up Pro-tem Executives to pilot affairs.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The people of Aniocha-Oshimili of Delta North have been called upon to embrace unity and brotherliness for a concerted and deliberate development through critical consultations and effective representation of the area in all sphere of leadership.

This call was made by the group's Pro-tem President, Chief Peter A. Dunkwu, the Odogwu of Okpanam in a press statement made available to newsmen by the group's Pro-tem Publicity Secretary, Uche Emma Aboh soon after the maiden meeting of Elders of thought of Aniocha-Oshimili people in Asaba, Delta State capital.

The leadership stated that, "the group is aimed at creating a more purposeful and collective platform for advancing the people’s welfare and to establish a dynamic livable society with a sustainable salutary value and integrity through creativity and innovation".

The Body which is known as IZU IKEI ANIOCHA-OSHIMILI is envisaged to be made up of elders above 60 years with verifiable credentials and a track records of patriotism with independent mind that could view issues dispassionately as it affect the area.

The Convener of the forum, Odogwu of Okpanam, Chief Peter A. Dunkwu stated at the inaugural meeting, that there was need for introspection and actions by some thoughtful Elders for the creation of a community of brotherliness whose destiny have generally been threatened noting that the intrinsic essence of love in the attainment of unity within Aniocha-Oshimili people appears eluding the area.

The Convener stressed the need for Aniocha-Oshimili people to have a gathering of concerned like minds and thoughtful elders so as to speak with one voice in issues affecting the people and the country thereby laying a solid legacy for coming generations.

In his keynote address, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Mbanefo M. Ogbolu JP, the Ugoani of Okpanam while expressing appreciation to the distinguished personalities present called on the people of Aniocha-Oshimili to re-discover itself by organizing themselves into a formidable force that will herald the arrival of socio-political landscape of the area. His Royal Majesty, who was represented by Chief Nduka Ogwude, the Isama of Okpanam called on the Elders, of Aniocha-Oshimili to organize it selves into a body that must be consulted by authorities on issues affecting the area.

The inaugural meeting was attended by Ogbuenyi S.E Onwordi JP, Amb. H.O Monu, Dr. Ngozi Nwabuoku, Mr. P.O. Okenyi, Diokpa F.C. Monyei, Ogbueshi J.K. Okwu, Col. D.A Ukponu, Prof. Levoy Chima Edozie, Chief M.I Nwabuokwu, Lady F.E Banye, Sir F.I Uti among others.

At the end of the meeting, a Pro-tem Executive was constituted and the following persons were elected:
Pro-tem Chairman- Chief P.A Dunkwu, JP. The Odogwu of Okpanam,
Pro-tem Deputy Chairman- Prince Clement Okonjo, Pro-tem Secretary- Christopher O.O Biose, Pro-tem Treasurer- Hon A.C Ohanugo.

Others are: Pro-tem Publicity Secretary- Uche Emma Aboh,
Pro-tem Financial Secretary- Ogbueshi Emmanuel Ibeisichei, Ex-Officio-Ambassador Leo Okogwu, Ex-Officio- Chief (Barr) Linus .O. Nwaozomudo (CP Retired).

It would be recalled that our counterpart in other clans have long established such forum and their feelings heard through them.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Why UNIZIK Unveils New Program "French For Specific Purposes"- University Lecturers Speak

By Victor Bieni

The unveiling of a new program called: "French For Specific Purposes" by the Department of Modern European Languages, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria has proven to be the most effective way, or panacea towards ending the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria as revealed by investigation.

The media learnt this pen-ultimate weekend from Dr. Scholastical Ezeodili, the Coordinator, Dr. Olivia Ezeafulukwe and other lecturers, coordinators of the new Certificate program: "French For Specific Purposes", Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State capital while investigating how the study of French language can reduce to the bearest minimum or completely eradicate the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria.

Our reporter in a separate interview granted to some of the green academia, University lecturers in the Department, who defined French as a beautiful, rich, melodious, an analytical and language of love that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.

The education stakeholders in the European Languages Department stated that language is culture and culture is people's ways of life. French has secured its status as a top international language. The University lecturers noted that the study of it gives one access to the world; studying it makes you smarter, more useful in a career as it remains the language of the future, second most useful language in the world, spoken on all the five continents of the World alongside English language.

Dr. Ezeodili told our reporter that the new Certificate program: "French For Specific Purposes" is a two- month intensive French language course for those without a previous knowledge of the French language, which she said is targeted at various professions like medics, the military, paramilitary, customs, police, journalists, businessmen, immigration, and other professionals.

Dr. Ezeodili while responding to the questions asked by our reporter on why the program was birthed in UNIZIK, its socio-economic impact to Professionals, and advice to Governments towards reducing the challenges of insecurity, she said: "Every profession has its own register, be it engineering, medicine, law,
defence, education, businesses, politics and others. We urge everyone to avail themselves, utilise the opportunity and make themselves relevant in their profession".

"While the first month starts from the basics to the advanced level, the second month is focused on the French language needs of the particular professional group in focus. The module for the first month include amongst others: Beginners French, intermediate French, Advanced French, and Examination. The second month will focus on: Introduction to specialized vocabulary, domain specific vocabulary, use of specialized vocabulary, and term paper presentation".

"French For Specific Purposes" is meant for people in different professions for some reasons, especially the immigration. Every profession has its own registers, be it military, journalism, law, medicine and others. They need this language to excel in their various areas of specializations. The immigration officers are always in the border Communicating with foreigners; not in English language. Foreigners are trooping into the country. Majority of them are our neighbours from Francophone countries. The security of this country is at stake. Therefore, there is need for the knowledge of French to checkmate the adverse effects. It is now compulsory for the military to have the knowledge of French before their promotion to another levels.
The security of this country is very paramount. For this reason, the armed forces need it. Nigeria is surrounded by Francophone countries".

"Our entry qualifications for this program is interesting. You must be a professional in your field. The advantages of this program are many. Those who don't have opportunity to go to school before will be glad to embrace the initiative as it will afford them the opportunities to learn in the University".

"The knowledge of French that this program will give to the armed forces will reduce insecurity. Help Nigerians to learn the language of their neighbors in countries such as Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, and others. Mounting a new program is a plus to the institution. It shows that there is an improvement in the institution as the Vice -Chancellor of the University is excited. Without Communication we are nowhere. The world is going global. We cannot only be contented with only Nigerian languages, or English language. Business men and women need it.
Professionals are the target and it is meant for those without the prior knowledge of French language".

"My Advice to Government on the ways French language can help in checkmating insecurity is to send, sponsor their staff, workers to acquire this French knowledge in UNIZIK. Though am not a security expert, but I know that the Knowledge of Languages can actually reduce the spate of insecurity in Nigeria. The local government should create awareness on the need to learn the language of our neighbours. Togo is a Francophone country but every Togolese speaks English fluently. Government should sponsor security agencies to acquire the knowledge of French. This will help to checkmate insecurity in the country".

In a separate interview with some of the coordinators of the program, a French Lecturer in the Department of European language, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Dr. Olivia Ezeafulukwe told our reporter that the birth of "French For Specific Purposes" as a new program in UNIZIK is being established as a result of the demand of the people of different professions to acquire the knowledge of French so as to be internationally recognized.

Our reporter while nvestigating further on the reasons for the unveiling of the new program "French For Specific Purposes", Dr. Olivia said : "The knowledge of French and English will help you to communicate with the 70% of the World population. French language was made compulsory in 1999. National Policy on Education, NPE encourages that pupils in primary schools, Students in secondary Schools, undergraduates in Universities are taught French, but the issue is implementation. Nigeria should rise up to the Challenges".

"My advice to Nigerian Government is that they should take French language seriously. Our lack of knowledge of French is one of the reasons why Nigerians are not employable in most of the international organizations; West African or African Agencies, Commissions, Departments. Our diplomats also fail in their representation of their country because they lack the knowledge of the language of the country they were sent to. They are novice to the language of the country, atimes they resort to an interpreter".

"The program curriculum is tailored to what the professional is doing. The category of people that qualifies for this program are only Professionals. The program is not meant for secondary School students nor undergraduates, neither is it an all comers program rather meant for those in police, military, lawyers, medical doctors, journalists, paramilitary, business men and women".

"Four of UNIZIK Staff were trained in Abuja by French Government to domesticate the language in Nigeria.
The money invested by French Government may be a waste if Nigerian Government refuses to support this initiative. This is a clarion call to the Federal Government, and other Professional bodies to key into this program by giving encouragement to their workers in various Ministries, Departments, Agencies through giving of incentives, time, monetary support, and others so as to enable their staff and professionals acquire this knowledge by attending this two months program in UNIZIK".

Speaking further, the assistant Coordinator of the program, Dr. Olivia Ezeafulukwe who threw more light, answered the questions on how the Federal Government of Nigeria can support the French Government towards the actualization of this objectives so as to serve as a platform by which insecurity in the country can be checkmated. Dr. Olivia Ezeafulukwe stated that not less than four persons, herself inclusive were among the University lecturers in the Department of European language of the institution that got the training in France to domesticate the program.

She noted further that UNIZIK is one of the three Nigerian Universities that French Government gave the go ahead order to establish the program. She said: "French For Specific Purposes" to institutionalize French Cultures in Nigeria. The curriculum is tailored in line with your professions. To live and do well in Africa, to thrive very well in your profession, you really need to be versatile in languages, especially French. Infact there are more French speaking countries than English speaking countries in Africa. If you want to do well as a journalist, you need French language. You want to be recognized internationally, you need to do your commentaries in other languages. To get international jobs, to go International in your profession, to be competent in occupying international positions you need the knowledge of French".

"French Government has done their part. Nigerian Government should encourage their workers. They should sponsor their workers to UNIZIK to acquire the knowledge of French. Conversational French will help people of different professions and other programs that will follow to deepen their knowledge".

Dr. Olivia then urged the Federal Government of Nigeria, heads of various Ministries, Departments, Agencies and parastatals in the three tiers of Government to avail their staff the opportunities of learning this international language so as to improve on their jobs, professions, areas of specializations by allowing them in their places of work to acquire the knowledge. Also, that the knowledge will help individual businesses to promote good organizational behaviours, growth and development of the society, socio-economic development, and educational sector sustainability and development.

Our reporter went further to investigate why the new program was unveiled in UNIZIK, Mr Shegun, a lecturer in the Department who doubled as one of the Coordinators of the program was also interviewed. He stated that "French For Specific Purposes" came into existence this year in the institution because the knowledge is very imperative, also an added advantage to the institution and a support to French Government in promoting their Cultures in Nigeria.

When asked on his advise to Nigerian Government, he said: " My advice to Nigerian Government is to take the language seriously as it will help to improve the security situation of the country.

Mr. Shegun recalled how the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjor was disqualified, lost his elections in a bid to become the Secretary-General of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Union (AU) to John Kufo, the then President of Ghana because former Nigerian President hadn't the knowledge of French language.

In his words: "French language language is very helpful to everyone not only to the police but to all professions. Knowing the language is an added advantage. It will help you to master the terminologies, do your businesses in other countries, practice your professions without an interpreter.

"The knowledge will help to promote French language and cultures. Language is culture. The French Government have interest in UNIZIK to promote their language. French Government should do more publicity on this initiative. Nigerian Government apart from making the language a general studies, course in the Universities irrespective of the course, they should as well support the initiative".

"There is no doubt that this development will reduce insecurity in the country. The knowledge of French will also promote our economies, create employment opportunities for our Citizens".

Miss Global International Beauty Pageant: Queen Esther Duru Emerges Nigeria's Representative In Jamaica.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Epany Entertainment Limited has said that the winner of Miss Sheen Nigeria Beauty Pageant, Queen Esther Duru got the endorsement, acquires the Franchise for Miss Global International Beauty Pageant to represent Nigeria in this year's contest in

Publishers of Shocknaija, Delta Uhuru, Victor Bieni M
media learnt this today in Asaba, Delta State capital during an interview with the CEO of Epiphany Entertainment Limited, and Founder of Miss Sheen Nigeria Beauty Pageant, Mr. Ekenem Omosor who revealed that this development means that the Miss Sheen Nigeria, Queen Esther Duru, now designated as the Miss Global International Nigeria.

Mr. Omosor said that, the global 2021 beauty pageant, Queen Esther Duru is set to be the country's representative at the forthcoming Miss Global International Beauty Pageant in Jamaica, North America.

Speaking further, Mr Ekenem Omosor, added that future holders of the Miss Sheen Nigeria title will also be representing Nigeria in subsequent edition of the international pageant.

To this end, he urged more prospective models to take advantage of the platform he made available here in Nigeria to register in the ongoing "Miss Sheen Nigeria Beauty Pageant for this current 2021 edition, which he said will take place this year, December 2021.

According to the beauty pageant expert, "the models, or practitioners stand the chance to win a star prize of 3M Naira with a branded car inclusive; also stand a chance to represent Nigeria in the next editon of the Miss global international beauty pageant".

He also seized the opportunity to call for sponsorship, more global partnership and stakeholders support in this year's editon of Miss Sheen Nigeria being the organization's 5th edition since inception.

Anambra 2021: No Enemies Will Truncate Prof Soludo/Dr. Ibezim Governorship Projects-SSM Boss

....As Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu Goes Spiritual, Call for Calmness In Anambra State, Commends Soludo's Legal Team

....Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu Affirmed Soludo Still Anambra 2021 APGA Governorship Candidate, Says Gigawa Court Order Will Be Overturned.

AWKA-ANAMBRA STATE- The National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Soludo Solution Movement (SSM), and Idemili North Coordinator, "All Soludo Support Groups" (ASSG), Soludo Solution (SS), Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu has called for Calmness in Anambra State as he prays for God's divine intervention, Support towards the restoration of the democratically elected Governorship Candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo whose name was temporary removed as a result of Gigawa Court order and replaced with Micheal Umeoji as Published by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) .

Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu made this disclosure today in Awka, Anambra State capital while reacting to the kangaroo court order in Gigawa outside Anambra jurisdiction that led to the temporary replacement of Prof Soludo's name by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Culture and hospitality guru while stating that Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is still the genuine Governorship Candidate of "All Progressive Grand Alliance" APGA in the November 6, 2021 noted that Prof Soludo is called, ordained by God to Govern Anambra State, give Anambrarians the needed good governance capable of making the state most enviable investment destination.

Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu while commending the Soludo's legal team, APGA leaders, NDI Anambra and other critical stakeholders on Support to Prof Soludo, SSM Boss then goes spiritual, decreed victory for Prof Soludo at the court of competent jurisdiction.

He added that, the grace of God will give Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo God's divine guidance, Support, wisdom and victory in the court within a short time, while he stated that no enemies, powers of darkness, also that no distraction from the pit of hell will overcome the God ordained Governorship Projects of Prof Soludo/Dr. Ibezim as APGA choice in Anambra State as he assured Anambrarians that Prof Soludo will emerge victorious in Anambra State come November 6, 2021 Governorship election in the state.

Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu who backed his statement that: "NO ENEMIES WILL PREVENT PROF SOLUDO OUT OF ANAMBRA 2021 GOVERNORSHIP RACE" using Biblical verses, quotations Stated that, the experience of God's divine grace, power, protection, blessings and Support Will continue to manifest in Prof Soludo's lives and Guber projects as the in- coming Governor of Anambra State.

In his words: " The Book of Deuteronomy 20:4 says...For the Lord your God is one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. In the Book of 2nd Corinthians 2:14, ....But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ".

"In the Book of 1st John 5: 4-5 says ...For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
In the Book of Revelation 12:11, the scripture says ....They triumphed over him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. In the Book of Philippians 4:13, says....I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me".

Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu while thanking Governor Willie Obianor, APGA National and State leadership, Anambrarians, critical stakeholders in the state for their continuous support for Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo and his Deputy Governorship Candidate, Dr. Ibezim Onyekachukwu noted that Anambra will be in safe hands under Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

DSDS: Deputy Speaker, DTHA, Ochor, Educationists, Stakeholders, Constituents Commend Chikezie's Achievements

CDSD: Delta Lawmaker, Counts Achievements, Commissions Projects In ASLGA

.....Chikezie Says, the Constituency Projects Commissioned Delivered on CNA, Meets Standard.

By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku

As part of efforts to give account of his two years achievements as Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Austin Chikezie has said that the Constituency Projects as commissioned by Deputy Speaker, DTHA recently in two different communities of his Constituency were done based on Community Needs Assessment, CNA model in line with Community Development Service Delivery, CDSD model towards sustainable grassroots, or rural development.

The Delta Lawmaker, Hon. Austin Chikezie disclosed this to the media recently at Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA headquarters in company of the Deputy Speaker, DTHA, Rt Hon Ochor Ochor who commissioned his Constituency Projects in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State as the legislators counts achievements, marked two years in office towards effective and efficient Representation.

Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Chikezie, commissioned, presented six classroom blocks and principal’s and staff quarters, teachers' Office, ceiling fans, white board, notice board and platforms for visual learning in fulfilment of his campaign promises, share of dividends of democracy to his constituents, two different communities -Adonte and Isheagu respectively to boost quality education and infrastructural Development in his Constituency.

Our reporter learnt that while commissioning the six classroom blocks at Aniga Primary School, Adonte and principal’s and staff quarters at Ifite Secondary School, Isheagu, Ochor observed that, “Chikezie has lived up to expectations of his people by fulfilling his campaign promises. When we keep our promises, it shows our commitment to God, humanity and to ourselves. He is a legislator who puts his job and service to the state first. Indeed, keeping his electoral promises goes to show how much he loves his people. ”

Our reporter interviewed some of the Constituents, community Leaders, education stakeholders poured encomium on Chikezie are: The former Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources, Works, Hon. Jerry Ossai, The Odogwu of Adonte, Chief Francis Okwuelum, Chief Inspector of Education (C.I.E.), Aniocha South Local Government Area, Mr. Iyara J.E., the Odogwu of Isheagu, Chief Innocent Uwafili and others who showed appreciation, commended Hon. Chikezie for the quality and delivery of the constituency projects to his constituents, communities.

The Lawmaker while commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on support and approval of those his constituency projects, thanked the Deputy Speaker, DTHA,his colleagues, Delta lawmakers, PDP Leaders, Adonte, Isheagu Community members, his constituents and staff for their support to PDP and the success story in his constituency, Aniocha South Local Government Area. Counting more achievements, the past six years, had been paying for the rented secretariat of Aniocha South PDP.

Hon. Chikezie stated: "The identified the projects based on Community NEEDS Assessment, while the contract was awarded by the relevant MDA. I promise to take future constituency projects beyond the education sector. And I won't stop until all parts of the constituency feel the impact of my representation. As one who has served my people in different capacities as Councillor, Deputy Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Commissioner, and presently as Honorable Member, DTHA, I understand the needs of my people".

"My Representation facilitated reconstruction of Isheagu- Ewulu Road (Ward 9), from Ogwashi-Uku-Warri Road Junction, carried out renovation of Nsukwa Grammar School and that of Ejeme Aniagor. My Representation attracted FADAMA projects: an oil palm mill at Ubulu-Uku, rice mill at Aba-Unor, three oil mills, two poultry and one fishery at Ejeme-Aniagor. In employment generation. I facilitated the employment of constituents at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fire Service and the Teaching recruitment in 2020, as well as several liaison officers".

"In April 2020, I presented bags of rice as COVID-19 palliatives to the 11 INEC wards in Aniocha South Local Government Area. He donated to the flood victims’ camp at Ewulu (Ward 9). My Representation facilitated restoration of peace at Ewulu and most recently, at Nsukwa. Prominent among my Bills in DTHA is the one on “Compulsory Registration of Farmers”, whose essence is to ensure that the real farmers are registered for easy access to government assistance. Politically. Also my Representation facilitated the creation of six DSIEC wards in Aniocha South Local Government Area and for the past six years, had been paying for the rented secretariat of Aniocha South PDP".

DELFRASCO: Delta DIDA Boss Commends Governor Ifeanyi Okowa On Projects Approval As Work Commences At Issele-Uku.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Chairman, Delta State investments Development Agency And Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on investment Matters, Mr. Paul Nmah has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on approval of DELFRASCO Tower Manufacturing And Testing Facility, Issele-Uku, Antiocha North LGA, Delta State as work Commences in earnest.

The media learnt this pen-ultimate weekend at DELFRASCO site in Issele-Uku, Antiocha North LGA, Delta State when DIDA Boss paid an unscheduled visit to the project sites.

He stated that earlier before now, after the ground breaking ceremony early this year by His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, that the agency had to address to some peculiar challenges- raining season and settlement of the community people as regards the establishment of a "Power Transmission Tower Manufacturing, Testing, Industrial Fabrication And Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant Training And Research Facility at Issele-Uku".

In his words: "Work ought to have Commences immediately in accordance with the work schedule and timeline but for some delays, which came up in aspects of the settlement of Issele-Uku community and then the rain set in. However, the project has Commenced and we are witnessing the clearing of of the site".

"On the projects implementation deliverables, tentatively a three months time frame had been scheduled for the site clearing, perimeter fencing, soil treatment and ramming the ground, awaiting the arrival of the equipment".

Saturday, July 10, 2021


I shall visit the SYNAGOGUE-SCOAN for the First Time ever. 











+++ BISHOP J. U. OKOLO  JULY, 10 2021.

Thursday, July 8, 2021


By Victor Bieni, Asaba

As part of efforts to promote Students interest and welfare and towards best visionary leadership and academic excellence amongst Students, the Vice Chancellor/President, Admiralty University of Nigeria, ADUN, Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria, Prof Paul Omojo Omaji, FIMC has said that the higher institution of learning will tomorrow inaugurate her first-ever Students' Representative Council.

The media learnt this in a press Statement made available to newsmen in Asaba, Delta State capital today being 8 July, 2021 by the University's Dean of Students' Affair, Prof Mercy Ada Anyiwe, who on behalf of the University Senate invites all Staff, Students and the general public to the Inauguration Ceremony of ADUN First-ever Students Representative Council (SRC).

According to the distinguished Professor of Development, Health Economist, And Statistician, the event is scheduled for tomorrow being Friday, 9th July, 2021 at the University Multi-purpose Hall, Ibusa Campus by 12noon.

The inauguration will be featured both physically and virtually via Zoom, which the Zoom-link will be provided later before commencement of the inauguration at the University

Social Action Sets To Engage NDDC, Kick-starts Capacity Building For CSOs, Niger-Delta Communities

...Anti-corruption: LG Autonomy, PB, CNA, Panacea To Rural Development-Social Action

.... As Nigerian Leading NGO Harps On Citizens' Engagement For Community Development And Service Delivery

...Group Says 70% of Nigerians Live in Abject Poverty, Kick-starts Capacity Building for CSOs, Niger-Delta Communities.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), a leading Nigerian NGO, anti-corruption organisation established in 2008 working to promote resource democracy, social justice, community development and service delivery by building capacities with citizens' groups to adress policies, practices and promote public finance accountability has said that citizens engagement can be effective when there is full implementation of Local Government autonomy, participatory budgeting, and community needs assessment as approaches to checkmate corruption in government agencies such as NDDC.
Our reporter learnt this today being 8th July, 2021 during the two days capacity building workshop for members of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, Community groups, and the media organisations on the theme: "Strengthening Civic And Community Actions Against Corruption In The Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as organised by the leadership of Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) led by the Program Coordinator, Botti Isaac, Program Officer, Prince Edegbuo, and other Principal officers in Partnership with MacArthur Foundation, event held at Orchid Hotels, DBS Road, Asaba, Delta State capital.
The Program Co-ordinator, Social Action, Botti Isaac who presented the overview of the project stated that citizens' engagement is the major objective of the program so as to train, strengthen the capacity of Community agents to engage NDDC, which he said is a typical example of government agency enmeshed in endemic corruption and mismanagement of public resources.
He added that, the project seeks to eliminate corruption in the operations and systems of the NDDC and position it for effective service delivery by mitigating the environmental, human, and structural development deficit in the Niger-Delta towards the attainment of the region's sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Speaking further on the overview of the project by Social Action Program Officer, Prince Edegbuo noted that as strong pointer to lack of transparency and accountability, allegations of fraud, procurement law abuses, audit violations, cronyism, non-budgetary expenditures, retinue of abandoned projects were all clear indications of fiscal recklessness and mismanagement of funds or resources.
One of the resource persons who doubles as the Executive Director, ED, Centre For Citizenship, 3CADA, Comrade Bonny Akaeze, who did justice on the topic: ""Understanding Local Government Administration In Nigeria" stated that the community remains the oldest local government, while local government itself is statutory, also that the only way poverty can be eliminated in Niger-Delta, and Nigeria in general is when autonomy of the third tiers of government is fully guaranteed by law and not being stiffled by the State or Federal Government agents.
The second presentation was done by another resource person, a green academia, Dr. Harry Udoh who lectured the CSOs and representatives of different media organisations that for effective and efficient community development and service delivery to be fully attained in Niger-Delta region, that there is need for participatory budgeting. He said that participatory budgeting is one of the core elements of an open budget system that should be encouraged in Niger-Delta Communities through best global practices by interfacing with the States Ministry of Economic planing or within the Local Government system. Also that citizens' consultation, legislative debate and others should be encouraged to ascertain the needs of communities towards deepening the six key factors of engagements of Community members: use of information, dialogue, implementation, auditing or evaluation, findings for feedback.
The third presenter, Mr. Kentebe who lectured on the topic: "Community NEEDS Assessment For Community Development and Service Delivery in Local Government Areas of Nigeria" said that Community Needs are gaps between what currently exist, and what should exist, that it may be helpful to categorize gaps based on four types of community needs. Which included amongst others: Perceived(present) Needs, Expressed (help), needs, Absolute (universal) needs and Relative (equity) needs, while he added that Communities have to prioritize their actions by identifying gaps and make conclusions about the needs that will ultimately help them to fill the gap.

According to Mr. Kentebe, Community Needs Assessment identifies the strengths and resources available in the community to meet the needs of community members and serves as people's voices in the community. Also a platform to be heard so as to know priority needs and actionable demands. He added that, the needed Community Development and service delivery will be attained when citizens, civil society organizations, local government LG officials, community leaders and other critical stakeholders handling the local government systems rise up to their responsibilities by ensuring that accountability and transparency are being entrenched in the management of public funds for rural socio-economic development, especially in the Niger-Delta region of the country.

The event saw the contributions and valuable comments on the way-forward towards socio-economic development of Communities in the Niger-Delta, and Nigeria in general; coupled with possible ways that can engage the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The leaders using group clusters, suggested various engagements, media, Civic, community models, modern Initiatives and others to eradicate corruption in the region and attain UN agenda 2030.

The program was attended by seasoned civil society leaders, a large network of partners made up of NGOs, CSOs, Civic groups women associations, community based organisations, persons living with disability, youth organisations, professional bodies to mention but a few in Delta State, Niger-Delta region.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Anambra 2021: Prof Soludo, a Symbolic Combination Of Competency And Collective Wealth Creation-SSM Boss

..... Globally acclaimed Cultural and Tourism guru appeal to all APGA Leaders, aspirants to support Prof Soludo

AWKA-ANAMBRA STATE CAPITAL- The National Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, SOLUDO Solution Movement (SSM), and Idemili North LGA Coordinator, "All Soludo Support Groups, ASSG", Soludo Solution, SS, Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu has described Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the Governorship Candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA in Anambra State in the forthcoming November 6, Gubernatorial general election as a combination of competence and legacy of collective wealth creation.

Prince Dr Obi Okechukwu made this disclosure to newsmen today being 6th July, 2021 in SSM Secretariat in Awka, Anambra State capital stated that APGA Governorship candidate, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo will promote the principles of wealth creation, which bothers on comparative cost advantage, leverage, accountability and accurate record keeping for proper utilization of available resources in the state.

According to him, a servant, messenger of God sent to usher in a new face of liberation, best cooperation, unity, love and oneness amongst every Anambra citizens irrespective of status. The Clarion call by God to Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is:" Go back to your country and participate in building public wealth. Public wealth enriches everybody. Private money cannot enrich everybody in Anambra State.
Adam Smith saw wealth creation as the combination of materials, Labour, land and technology in such a way that resources are well managed. Wealth creation is adding more values to governance. Growth is building steady source of income for sustenance to avoid struggling before one can make ends meet. Wealth creation is achieved by growing revenue streams that are under your control. It also means the allocation of scarce resources, capital and skilled labourers
Prince Dr. Okechukwu sees wealth creation "as a process of investing in different classes of assets so as to enable investments fulfill key needs. Community wealth creation is a way of generating, enabling, anchoring local Jobs, creating sense of ownership amongst Anambrarians to achieve environmental goals, provision of public services and other crucial goals in line with agenda 2030".
He then appeal to all Anambrarians, APGA Leaders in Anambra, all aspirants to support, join hands with Professor Charles Chukwuma towards a centre of global attraction as Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo remains the best qualified candidate across political parties divides in the State, adoption or adapting the principles of collectivism in wealth creation, accumulation of scarce resources and prudent utilization of available resources for Anambra Socio-economic growth and development.
Prince Dr. Obi Okechukwu noted further that Anambrarians are fully aware that, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has good knowledge of Anambra Economy, thorough understanding of the operation of government businesses, great potentials, international contacts, connection needed to reposition Anambra State to be the best in the World, put to an end to all forms of insecurity, Youths unemployment, and other disturbing trends in the state.

Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, a World-class, seasoned Economist to come home and give her citizens good governance, having proven competence in his field as an accomplished green academia and as erstwhile Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, distinguished himself in the area of fostering Socio-economic growth and development in Anambra State.
SSM Boss noted that individual wealth cannot serve the citizens of Anambra State to fullness in the area of promoting real and huge Socio-economic growth and development, best global practices in the domestication of UN 17 sustainable development goals, rather collective wealth Creation models, effective and efficient setting of financial goals that will benefits all Communities in the state, every Anambrarians; critical stakeholders, Citizens, both Youths and Women, and different interests or professional groups for the maintenance of best standard of living for all and sundry, especially those at the grassroots.
In his words: "My sincere appeal is that all Anambrarians should rally round our own son with proven track records of human capital development, of infrastructural development in all the communities of Anambra State. Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo is our own son, the Governorship candidate of APGA. He is the only Governorship candidate that has Anambra at heart, very ready to creat job opportunities to Anambra Yourhs, Women, creat wealth in Anambra State. It will be a forward ever, backward never as a man of greatest professional competence and a servant-leader, a compassionate Anambrarian ready to serve NDI Anambra in humility and sincerity".
"Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo if emerges the Governor of Anambra State by this year, November 6, 2021 to govern the state will ensure that Anambrarians enjoy different types of wealth- financial (money) wealth, social (status) wealth, health wealth, time or freedom weath, physical and mental well-being wealth and orhers. All Anambrarians will get the dividends of democracy in an unprecedented way money, possessions, friends, fame, health, family, purpose, happiness, and other end products of Prof Soludo's initiative on collective wealth Creation using certified growing models and innovations".


When in 1927, Justin Nkeze Omorhusi the then Colonial Interpreter under Ogwashi-Uku district of Asaba Division, Benin Province, declared himself king (Obi Omorhusi II) over the good people of Idumuje-Ugboko, and when in 1942 Obi Omorhusi II decided to change the name of his name and title to Obi Nwoko II as well as change his children from Omorhusi to Nwoko, he was inadvertently planting the seed of future discord in his community of Idumuje Ugboko.

This profound illegality was to continue until the reign of Obi Albert Nwoko III between 1981 – 2017. Obi Omorhusi II/Nwoko II it will be recalled died in 1955 and Prince Albert became Obi Nwoko III in 1981.
After the demise of HRM Albert Nwoko III, on the 6th of February, 2017 the real descendants of Nwoko (known as Umu Nwoko), the founder of Idumuje Ugboko decided to meet under the leadership of Diokpa of the family, Prince Onwuamaonyeuku Esuzor Nwoko direct grandson of Obi Nwoko I.

Their main aim was to deliberate on the issue of the kingship being the rightful heirs to the throne. They were determined to return the throne to the original line of succession which started from the reign of Obi Nwoko I.

In the ensuing communique emanating from a meeting held on the 24th of August, 2017, the lineage of Omorhusi was stripped of its primogeniture (succession from father to son) in order to correct the earlier illegality which had deprived the Umu-Nwoko of their rightful line of succession.

On the 3rd of October, 2017 the head of the Diokpa family, Onwuamaonyeukwu Esuzor, a grandson of Obi Nwoko I, the founder of Idumuje Ugboko backed up the communique by deposing to a three-page affidavit at the Delta State High Court, Issele-Uku Division.

This deposition affirmed the decision of the Umu-Nwoko Royal family which had the sacred duty to present a crown Prince and Obi-designate to the community.
The position of crown Prince fell on Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko, being the great grandson of Obi Nwoko I, the founder of Idumuje Ugboko kingdom.

This affirmation adjudged Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko to be the undisputed and legitimate heir apparent and Obi- designate in line with the traditions as stated in the 1937 intelligence report of R.B. Karr on the process of installing of kings in Idumuje Ugboko by principle of primogeniture system of royal succession.

Summarily, the Umu-Nwoko Royal family in a letter dated 29th June, 2018 to the Idumuje-Ugboko Obi-in-Council presented Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu as the Obi designate of the Idumuje Ugboko kingdom.

The Obi-in-council, acting on correct records and in line with their statutory traditional functions wrote a letter dated 2nd July, 2018 to the Aniocha North Traditional Rulers committee, conveying the decisions of the Umu-Nwoko Royal family and requesting the council to do the needful.

The letter was accompanied with an affidavit in support of application deposed to by the Obi-designate, Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko, the great grandson of Obi Nwoko I, the founder of the Idumuje Ugboko and his nephew, Prince Walters Onyeisi Ugochukwu Eziashi, the great great grandson of Obi Nwoko I who filed a case on the 17th of November 2017 at the Delta State High Court Issele-Uku with suit no HCI/38/2017.

The suit sought, among other things a declaration that it amounted to an act of illegality to concede Idumuje Ugboko throne to any descendant of Justin Nkeze Omorhusi (despite their wrongful change of name to Nwoko).

As far back as 2015 Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko, the first son of HRM Obi Nwoko III, a descendant of the Umu-Omorhusi line knew that their line of succession had come to an end.

He therefore began to act and prepare to take over from the father even when the latter was still alive. Taking advantage of his father’s old age and frail body constitution held Obi Albert Nwoko III practically hostage from 2015 – 2017. At this time also, Prince Nonso Nwoko collaborating with Richard Obiajulu and Ejimofor Frederick circulated a letter dated 12/8/2015 but addressed to nobody in particular purporting to have been written by Obi Albert Nwoko, the content of which repudiated the earlier approval for the Land allocated for university and golf course project.

The Idumuje-Ugboko community was in confusion and all attempts by the community elders and chiefs to ascertain the veracity of the repudiation letter met with a brick wall as Prince Nonso Nwoko and his co-perpetrators had barricaded the palace and held Obi Albert Nwoko III incommunicado.

It was at this point that a prominent indigene of the community and a former President-General of the IUDU petitioned the police which did a due diligent investigations and found Prince Nonso, Richard Obiajulu and Ejimofor Fredrick culpable and where later charged to court on Charge Sheet No: CMA/420c/2016.

The case is still ongoing but at advance stages. There are still other cases in court involving Prince Nonso Nwoko bothering on terrorism and murder charges (Cyprian Kumiolu and Kennedy Iloh). There are also other cases in court by the Queens of the Late Albert Nwoko III against Prince Nonso Nwoko since 2016 which are still ongoing.

One event led to another in rapid succession until Prince Nonso Nwoko and his collaborators unleashed a terrible mayhem on the Idumuje-Ugboko people. The 2017 Idumuje-Ugboko mayhem was executed with so much hatred that the Iyese (Traditional Prime Minister), Chief Chris Ogwu was viciously attacked, brutalized and his cars and property destroyed.

The same was done to the Odogwu (Traditional Defense Minister), Chief Sunday Edemodu. Chief Chris Ogwu and Chief Sunday Edemodu have not physically recovered from the trauma they suffered thereafter having been afflicted by stroke and Parkinson disease respectively. A total of 29 other victims of the mayhem are still living in the trauma which left several of them injured, their property destroyed and their sources of livelihood dislocated.

In the process an innocent okada rider, Cyprian Kumiolu was killed right at the front of the palace by thugs loyal to Prince Nonso Nwoko. Kennedy Iloh, an indigene of the community and former secretary of the land allocation committee died as a result of injuries he sustained in the hands of Prince Nonso’s thugs and supporters. Some of the identified perpetrators of the 2017 mayhem in the community like Prince Nonso Nwoko, Okey Ifejoku, Aikhomo Omezi, Dennis Uwadiegwu, Ndudi Chiejume, Agiliga Light, Raymond Omesete and others have been arraigned and are being prosecuted in Federal High Courts for terrorism and murder charges having been petitioned by the victims of the crises in the community.

When HRM Obi Albert Nwoko III suddenly died on the 6th of February, 2017, Prince Chukwunonso Nwoko installed himself as Obi within three hours of his father’s burial against all known customs and traditions of the people. He has continued to live in self-delusion as the uncrowned King of Idumuje-Ugboko.


The Aniocha North Traditional Rulers committee acting on the recommendation of the Umu-Nwoko descendants, elders and kingmakers of Idumuje-Ugboko has endorsed Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko as the heir apparent to the throne of his forefathers and have thus transmitted two letters – one on January 28, 2021 and the other on 20th April, 2021 to the Delta State Government requesting it to recognize and issue a staff of Office to Prince Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko as the Obi of Idumuje-Ugboko. The Aniocha North Local Government Council and the Asagba of Asaba, HRM Obi Professor Chike Edozien have written letter to the Delta State Government requesting same in accordance with the wishes of the Idumuje-Ugboko people.

This endorsement has formally put to the rest, the issue of a successor to the HRM Obi Albert Nwoko III who passed on in 2017.

By Fred Akpewe
Media Aide to HRM Solomon Eziokwubundu Nwabuokei Nwoko
Obi of Idumuje Ugboko Kingdom

Saturday, July 3, 2021

AFN: Group Celebrates Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa With "Certificate Of Victory And Honor".

... College of Bishop Enthusiastic, give thanks to God, Offer more Prayers, As Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission Emerges AFN President

.... The President, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa Commends Group's prayers and moral Support.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The newly elected President, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN, and Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa yesterday being 2nd July, 2021 in his office at Asaba, Delta State capital, awarded "Certificate of Victory and Honor" by a group under the aegies of King J.C. Lion of Judah College of Bishop led Arch Bishop Godsimage .P. Uba.
Shocknaija, Delta Uhuru Media covered the event of the Congratulatory visit of the group at Delta State Sports Commission when the president of the group, Arch Bishop Godsimage .P. Uba, Vice President, Rev. Anthonia Odih, Public Relations Officer, Rev. Francisca O. Eke paid a courtesy call to the President of Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa in his office at Asaba, Delta State capital as group join Deltans to thank God on his recent victory as AFN president in the just concluded association's election.
Speaking to the publisher of the best global and grassroots online News platform, Arch Bishop Godsimage .P. Uba while Congratulating AFN President, and Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa on his victory in the just concluded Association's election recently held in Lagos, Nigeria, thanked the almighty God for the grace, mercy and miraculous hands upon Hon. Tonobok who he described as a son, patriot Deltan and family friend.
Arch Bishop Uba with symbol of faith and show of enthusiasm handed the Certificate of Victory and Honor to AFN President, Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa. He recalled that the achievements recorded by Delta State Sports Commission under the leadership of Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa, and the good old days, best mutual relationships the College of Bishop had enjoyed with AFN President's late father.

The clergyman then prayed for more promotion, God's divine blessings and protection upon every endeavors of of Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa and his family towards service to humanity.

AFN President, and Chairman Delta State Sports Commission Hon Chief Tonobok Okowa in a separate interview with our publisher, commended the visit of the group, the award of Certificate of Victory and Honor, kind gestures of the leadership of King J.C. Lion of Judah College of Bishop for their relentless prayers and moral support to him during the campaign to clinch the AFN presidency in Nigeria.

AFN Boss then urged them not to relent in prayers to him rather persevere as the Lord will equally reward them for their good works and service to humanity.

Conclusively, the Vice President, King J. C Lion of Judah College of Bishop, Rev. Anthonia Odih in a vote of thanks, while Congratulating the AFN President during the visit sent a special thank you message to Hon. Chief Tonobok Okowa. She then prayed for him for more upliftment and honor, having excelled in his assignments as Delta Sports Commission Boss and having recently emerged victorious as President, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN.

Friday, July 2, 2021

SGBV Increased Cases: "Speak-Out, #Talksgbv#" Panacea To Ending Menace-AACSGBV Group

...As DTSG Commends DSGVRT Initiative, AACSGBV Association's Domestication of VAPP Law in Delta.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The Chairperson, Association Against Child Sexual and Gender-based Violence, AACSGBV group, and Executive Director, ED, Working Fingers Int'l Initiative, WFII, Dr. Amb. Eris Jewo Ibi has said that the association as part of efforts to reduce the rampant increase on the cases of SGBV Menace in Nigeria, precisely Delta State; propelled with a volunteerism spirit to render relentless support to the gender sensitive Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's DSGVRT Initiative, Stronger Delta agenda policy, domesticate VAPP Law in Delta, and promote UN 17 SDGs resorted to Community-based approaches towards elimination of domestic violence, rape, work place and other forms of Gender-based violence.
The media learnt this yesterday being 1st of July, 2021 during a one day conference organized by the leadership of Association Against Child Sexual And Gender-Based Violence, AACSGBV in partnership with Delta State Government and other development partners, Delta State Human Rights Commission, #talksgbv# "Speak-Out to end SGBV Campaign held at the conference Hall of Ministry of Women Affairs, Social And Community Development, Asaba, Delta State capital.
Welcoming the participants, AACSGBV group, Community based Organizations, Members Civil Society Organizations present, Government representatives and other critical stakeholders at the event, the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Asaba, Delta State, Mrs Oghenekevwe Agas, who was ably represented by Mrs Faith Okpohworho, she stated that the Ministry is pleased to be part of the awareness on the use of Community based approaches towards ending GBV menace in Delta State as change agents, while she commended the annual AACSGBV's 2021 conference on "Speak-Out to end Child Sexual and Gender-based violence, SGBV Campaign".
Delta Women Affairs PS, who stated that the Ministry of Women Affairs overall mandate is to promote the welfare by embarking on programmes and policies that enhances their position and development socially, economically, and politically, then commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for being a gender sensitive Governor, the establishment of some special units in the Ministry of Justice to Address Issues such as Child Sexual Gender-Based Violence, SGBV, and free Domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, VAPP, the Initiatives which included amongst others: "Delta State Sexual And Gender-Based Violence Referral Team( DSGVRT), Delta State Task Force On Human Trafficking And Irregular Migration.
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) refers to any harmful act of sexual, physical, psychological, mental, and emotional abuse that is perpetrated against a person's will and that is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females prevalent in the society.
In a welcome address by the Chairperson, Association Against Child Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, AACSGBV, Dr. Eris Jewo Ibi stated that the program which is a replication of Abuja 2020 SGBV Women program is the brain child of AACSGBV and her team members, which she said the focus of the deliberations is to create awareness on the use of Community based approaches towards ending the menace in Delta State by adopting Speak Out Campaign in their families, quarters, wards, Local Governments and State and National levels through reporting and mitigating GVB; using various social media platforms and cluster groups towards the attainment of 17 United Nations, UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
She commended the members of the group, the resource persons; twelve persons panelists/presenters at the 2021 Gender for their financial and technical, sincere, sacrifices and magnanimity made towards the success of the event. She added that, the group is aimed at promoting social justice, women empowerment, gender inclusiveness everywhere in Nigeria, precisely Delta.
AACSGBV is a not-for-profit Nigerian organization whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of women and girls, children, other vulnerable persons. Also provide psychological, emotional care and support, build capacity, rehabilitate victims/survivors of all forms Sexual Gender-Based Violence through the cooperation of relevant stakeholders, agencies to vigorously campaign, advocate against the menace.
Amb. Dr. Eris Jewo Ibi noted further that AACSGBV group will explore every strategies such as campaign, policy advocacy, sensitisation and enlightenment, training and empowerment, education and support services, information and Communication, material production and distribution, partnership and collaboration to achieve various forms of SDGs such as health for all, poverty elimination and increased income generation, gender inclusiveness and adopt technology, quality education for all, end all forms of violence and conflicts, gender and climate change responsiveness, influence good governance and better economy, involve in power and decision making process at all levels, ensure improved institutional and organizational mechanism, ensure human rights, justice and others for societal development.
As part of efforts to achieve the objective of the association, AACSGBV on the "Community-Based Approaches on #talksgbv#, Speak Out Campaign" by Providing the way- forward, Solutions to the Challenges face in Delta State, and Nigeria in general; the contemporary issues on the menace as justice done to different topics by the twelve-persons panelists, resource persons at the event during the SGBV 2021 Asaba, Delta State Conference. The discussants drawn from the leadership of AASCGBV, Delta State, Government representatives, development partners, the State Coordinator, Director, Delta State Human Rights Commission addressed various ways the menace can be reduced or completely eradicated in Delta State.

The speakers stated that there must be a joint efforts by all critical stakeholders towards ending SGBV in Delta State, and in Nigeria, while enjoining leaders of the group and other critical stakeholders entrusted with the responsibilities to use advocacy and other workable strategies involving Community based organizations.

The leadership also inaugurated policy advocacy, campaign leaders from the three Senatorial districts of the State, 25 Local Government Areas of Delta State, then urged them on the need to educate families, wards and those at the grassroots- both the boy and girl child on the danger as well as intensify campaign, monitor various agents of socialization, and interventionist agencies in the State to end the menace as sometimes victims, women or girls can be remote cause of the violence against them by perpetrators.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ogidi-Gbegbaje Builds Borehole, Constructs Block Of Four Toilets For School

.....As PS, Delta State Directorate of Government House And Protocols also Sensitizes Students, Donates, Face Masks, 299 Literally Books, 23 Science Books in various subject to Anglican Girls Grammar School, Asaba.

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The outgoing President of the Rotary Club Asaba GRA branch, Sir Edwin Ogidi-gbegbaje has said that the club will continue to promote the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in order to achieve agenda 2030. Mr. Ogidi-Gbegbaje is also the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Government House and Protocols.
He said that the full implementation of SDG 6 will help achieve universal and equitable access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Sir Eddy Ogidi-gbegbaje was talking to reporters wednesday at Ashinze Primary School, Azagba Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State during the launch of the borehole with 3000 Gallons. The school also received a donation of two modern toilets from Rotary Club Asaba GRA. Sir Ogidi-Gbegbaje highlighted the need to support Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa Government and the PDP in the stronger Delta agenda.
The Permanent Secretary recounted the Mission statement of Rotary club of Asaba GRA and said that it provided the vision which guided the club to rescue Ashinze Primary School in Aniocha South local Government Area which was in dire need of pottable water and toilet.
He continued; "touching lives positively is what the Rotary Club of Asaba GRA exemplifies. We have just donated a 3000 Gallons capacity water project and four block of  modern toilets to Ashinze Primary School, Azagba Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State". As the outgoing President, Rotary Club of Asaba GRA, I donate the toilets to the pupils and teachers. The water project and the accompanying generator will serve both the school and entire community".

"As part of efforts towards supporting the stronger Delta agenda of this present PDP administration led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Rotary Club of  Asaba GRA under my leadership tends to promote SDGs 6, and 4 in terms of supporting quality education in primary schools. We also support good management of water resources including waste water and ecosystem management in order to promote good school culture".
The Head Teacher, Ashinze primary school, Asagba Ogwashi-Uku, Margaret Okpah thanked Rotary Club Asaba GRA under the leadership of the outgoing President, Rtn. Sir Edwin Ogidi-gbegbaje for his kind gestures especially for paying special attention to the needs of girls, Women and all those in vulnerable situations.

Delta Government House PS also told our reporter that, prior to the Azagba Ogwashi-Uku borehole and two toilets commissioning, the Rotary Club Asaba GRA inducted interested new members into the club earlier even as the group donated 299 Literally Books, 23 Science Books in various subject to the Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS), Asaba to rekindle their reading culture.

Sir Eddy Ogidi-gbegbaje used the opportunity to also Sensitize the students on the fight against Covid 19.