Since he was sworn in in 2015 as the executive governor of Delta State, Senator Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has left no enlightened person in the state in doubt concerning his concept of governance. He has defined his purpose, which is to make a difference by impacting positively on the state and the people, on the principles of justice, equity, and fairness. In doing this, he has thus far, tried to engage experienced and high calibre professionals in his cabinet. He has also ensured that, as much as possible, the different parts of the ethnoculturally plural state are accommodated in political and other appointments.

Then, in the critical area of physical infrastructure, the empirical evidence on ground is that of equity. On road construction in which he has visibly demonstrated unerring focus and great commitment, there are areas yet to be covered, but keen and nonpartisan watchers of the development pattern can predict with some precision that those areas will ultimately become part of the infrastructure revolution.

Our focus here is however on the establishment of three new universities in the state. These are at Anwai, Agbor, and Ozoro. On the surface and given the huge and ever- rising numbers of candidates of Delta State origin seeking varsity admission, the establishment of three new varsities is most commendable.

But as a Delta indigene I am concerned about the financial and cost implications of establishing three new varsities at the same time. Although I am not part of the government of the state, and hence I am not in a position to know the financial strength of the government, I have been part of the varsity system in Nigeria long enough to have a fair idea of what it takes or what it should take to run a university and ensure that minimum national standards are maintained while aspiring and working towards minimum global standards.

That the three new varsities are but an upgrade of existing institutions does not in any way mean fiscal resources would not be appropriated for their basic infrastructure needs. The new varsities will have to employ the required academic and non-academic staff. There will also be administration comprising the office of the vice chancellor, the registry, the bursary, works and services, etc, etc.

One would have thought that the government of the state would have expanded infrastructure and facilities at the Delta State University, DELSU , Abraka, to enable it to increase the number of students it can admit. Anwai campus should have been allowed to continue as a degree-awarding college of DELSU. Again, the polytechnic at Ozoro should simply have been made a campus of DELSU.

The College of Education, Agbor would appear to be the institution richly deserving of the upgrade it was given. That would have meant two autonomous Delta varsities instead of the four the state now has. The College of Education, Agbor should simply have been transformed into a conventional university with the following faculties, education, arts , sciences, agriculture, social sciences, and management sciences. Education students would then choose their core teaching disciplines from the other faculties.

The point here is that the state ought to have considered one additional autonomous varsity at Agbor and ensure that it is expanded and equipped to annually admit a significant number of eligible candidates. Many countries in Africa do not have four public universities!

For a government that is committed to all-round development of the state, establishing three autonomous varsities in one fell swoop would be a critical financial challenge. The state has been battling with payment of long outstanding retirement benefits to deserving ones. There is also the problem of healthcare delivery.

If the decision to establish three new varsities was not a decision cast in iron, the government may consider a review, that the state can have a credible public varsity system that the government and people of the state would be proud of, and that the status of the varsities may not in the future be reviewed and thereby generate political dissension and wrangling and community agitation.

JGN Onyekpe, PhD, FHSN, teaches History at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
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Nobody can fix Nigeria except God

Bishop Promise Dibie

The Right Rev’d Dr Promise Dibie, JP is the Diocesan Bishop of Christ Army Church of Nigeria, The Greater Light Diocese with its headquarters at St Peter’s Christ Army Church of Nigeria at 6, Umudein Lane, off Umudein Street, Agbor, Delta State.In this exclusive interview with Ika Mirrorin his Bishop Court in Agbor, the indigenous and famous Bishop, author and educationist talked about his background, education and service in the vineyard of God. He also spoke on state of the nation and why Nigeria cannot be fixed except God intervenes.

Excerpts:May we meet you sir?I am The Rt.Rev’d Dr. Promise Dibie JP, Diocesan Bishop of Christ Army Church of Nigeria, The Greater Light Diocese with its headquarters at St Peter’s Christ Army Church of Nigeria,6, Umudein Lane, off Umudein Street, Agbor,Delta State. Christ Army Church of Nigeria is the First Indigenous Church in Africa. I am from Alisimie, Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area. I was born in Kaduna. My late father, Ven. Bernard Dibie was a civil servant. He retired from the Nigerian Port Authority. I did my primary and secondary school education in Lagos after my father was transferred from Kaduna to Lagos. I had a Higher School Certificate result before I gained admission into Edo State University(Now Ambrose Alli University)Ekpoma where I studied English Language . I did my National Youth Service Corps in Rivers State College of Education, Port–Harcourt. After my NYSC programme I taught briefly in Agbor as a teacher before leaving for Abuja where I became a part- time lecturer at the University of Abuja . I was working in that capacity until God called me to work fully in his vineyard.I resigned my appointment in 2016 and obeyed the voice of God.

Was your late father, Ven. Bernard Dibie the founder of Christ Army Church of Nigeria?My late father was not the founder of Christ Army Church of Nigeria but, he was the one who brought the church to Delta State. Christ Army Church of Nigeria was founded in 1916 by late Garrick Braide, a Nigerian from Rivers State . The church headquarters is in Bakana, Rivers State. We have over nine hundred branches in Nigeria. Agbor is the Diocesan headquarters of the church in Delta State.

Why did you take the risk of quitting the teaching profession for a clergy work?The Lord said I should resign and I obeyed Him. Before my resignation from the teaching profession, I have published over twenty books .At the moment, two of my books are used in Delta State both at the secondary and university levels. One of my books was dedicated to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Delta State, Peter Mrakpor,SAN .

How has it been since your resignation for a full time ministry work?The Lord has been doing His great work. Since my ordination as Bishop, I have been able to build the church cathedral. I influenced the tarring of the church road through Hon Ndudi Elumelu. He worships here in Agbor with us. The church also has street light, installed by individuals and not government.

You appear simple and not flamboyant despite your connections in Nigeria.What do we attribute that to?Empty drums make noise . I am not an empty drum. I am the vessel of God . I have a good background, education and exposure. When I was at the university I wrote the history of Agbor. The first person of Agbor extraction to achieve that feat.I have been to over sixteen countries of the world to preach the word of God.

What is the challenge of working fully in the vineyard of God?There is no challenge that couldn’t be surmounted because the Lord has given us the grace to do this work . I am not a hungry Bishop. The good Lord has provided for me all that I want to succeed in life and ministry.

Do we have hungry Bishops?Yes some people open church because of what they will eat . To such people, how to satisfy their stomach is everything their ministry represents.

Are you a member of Christian Association of Nigeria CAN?Christ Army Church of Nigeria is a member of CAN. But, I don’t attend CAN meetings. I have my reasons for that decision .

As a famous Bishop,how cordial is your relationship with the Delta State Government ?I am a Bishop and not a government official. The only relationship I have with government is that some of its top officials worship in our church. Outside that, I don’t relate much with government.

What is your take on the moral decadence among youths in Nigeria today?We have failed as parents, church or government. We have all failed to live up to our responsibilities of building good homes for our children . Some of us were not brought up properly . When the home, church or government fails, what do you expect in the society? . If you don’t make heaven hold your parents, church or government responsible . Again, some of us that are men of God don’t tell our members the truth. As teachers of the gospel we must always tell our members the truth .God judges the heart but, Christianity must be transmitted in such away that you transmit it to others .For instance, as a Bishop how will you feel when you see me drinking in a beer parlour? What will I tell my members?. Therefore, as spiritual fathers, parents or leaders we must live by example.

What do you think is the way forward ?We should go back to the old time religion .Those old days when whatever our parents said were correct and final.In those old good days you dare not challenge your parents on anything.We were disciplined.

Unfortunately, today, reverse is the case .Today , everyone is seeking after money .If the devil gives you a cap, he will take your head . There is no free gift from the devil .So, we have to go back to the old religion where hard work, discipline and honesty were upheld . The new pattern of life most of us are enjoying is not taking us anywhere .The youths of this present generation don’t want to work but,they want to enjoy .If you make money your watchword , you will not get it .Don’t pray for money, pray for connection. It is the connection I have in Jesus Christ that is helping me to succeed in life and ministry.

You said you have published twenty books so far ,what drives your writing skills?I am always in touch with people . I was very young when I started writing . I like writing. I write on ideas and issues. My writing skills are imbedded in me . I have done a lot of publications. I was a Chief Examiner for West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for over twenty years. During the period, I prepared WAEC questions in English Language all over Nigeria.

Do you have a role model?Jesus Christ is my role model because He has never disappointed me and He will not disappoint me.

How do you relax?I like enjoyment. If you don’t relax, when you collapse and die your members will run to another church. I always take care of myself very well.I don’t play with my health, I take very good care of it.

Please can you tell us more about yourself?I am a peace-loving man.God has blessed me. I love discipline, hardwork and humility. I don’t like flamboyant lifestyles. I don’t like pride. God needs people with character. If you have anointing, and no character you will surely go down. Anointing without character is useless. Heaven is looking for those with character. If you have character you are blessed.I am not proud because I am from a home where we cooked rice once in a year. I went to school on barefoot. During my growing up days who were you to eat egg and sardines outside?If you were seen or caught eating egg or sardines, the entire village will summon you for a meeting.Who were you to attend night parties?. In our church in Lagos those days you dare not miss a service. I played organ. Each time I played my Dad loved it, he appreciated me with ‘Itoror'(Kobo) each time I performed very well.

How is your marriage life?I am married with two children, a boy and a girl. My wife is the regional manager of Access Bank Nigeria PLC, Anambra State. I love my family.

What is your advice for Nigerian Leaders?Do we really have leaders? I don’t think we have sincere leaders in Nigeria!

So what is the way out of the leadership problem in Nigeria?Nobody can fix Nigeria except God. Our political leaders are all enriching themselves to the detriment of the people. It is bad to amass billions of naira when your fellow Nigerians are suffering. Presently, in Nigeria, there are no jobs for our teeming unemployed graduates and no functional infastructures. I have searched round, unfortunately,I am yet to see who will fix Nigeria. We are not honest in our ways. Nigerians were not at home the day God created honesty. Nigeria will not move forward until we embrace honesty and serve God diligently with the whole of our hearts.

Recently, you were sworn in as Justice of Peace by the Ministry of Justice, Delta State.Can we say the new title will spur you in your service to God and humanity?We thank God for the honour from the Delta State Government through the Ministry of Justice. I am also a Jerusalem pilgrim. I am a peacemaker, I make peace everywhere I go.In most of my books, I preached peace. I pray that peace will return to Nigeria. Let us build peace in our homes,in the church and in our country. Let us put our hope in God. Finally, let us be truthful in our daily lives. 
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Chief Benjamin Ogwun marries heartthrob

By Akinola Junior Aladejowo

It was indeed a moment of joy and celebration galore, as the Oku Dein Wu Ukpe of Agbor Kingdom, Chief Benjamin O. Ogwun,JP of Ewuru Community, Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State married to his heartthrob, Chukwudumebi, now Mrs Chukwudumebi Ogwun in a traditional marriage ceremony which was held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Agbor, Delta State.

The Marriage Reception which took place at Orewa Family Event Field, opposite Dr. Okwuada Poultry, Ewuru Road, Ewuru, Agbor, Delta State attracted high profile personalities amongst whom were, Chiefs of Agbor Kingdom, parents of the Bride, family members of the couple, friends, well wishers and a host of others.

While addressing the gathering, the Chairman of the occasion and Chief Ekpe of Agbor Kingdom, Prince Erere Ojemudia thanked God for the gift of life and a fair weather to make the day a reality.

He wished the couple a blissful married life, urging them to care, love and cherish each other, as this to him will make their marriage blossom forever.

On his part, the groom, Chief Benjamin O. Ogwun J.P, who is also the Oku Dein Wu Ukpe of Agbor Kingdom appreciated God and parents of his wife for giving him his heartthrob, saying that he is overwhelmed with joy, because it is a dream come true.

According to him, “After my retirement as a Police Officer, I ventured into business and I’m doing very fine in it. I was married and blessed with four children. Incidentally, my wife died about a year ago. In line with the doctrines of the Catholic Church, where I worship, I have to remarry, which brings about today’s marriage ceremony.

The lady who I am married to, was once married and her marriage was blessed with three children but her husband l died. I approached her and she accepted to marry me. The first thing to do is to give the children the best education in life, because I have taken them as my children, as this is part of what I celebrated”.

He used the medium to thank everyone who graced the occasion for their supports, contributions and prayer for the success of their marriage ceremony, praying God to grant them their heart desires and journey mercy back to their various destinations.

High points of the occasion were cutting of the marriage cake, presentation of gift items to the couple and taking of photographs.

Chief and Mrs Benjamin O. Ogwun,JP

Chief and Mrs Benjamin O. Ogwun,JP with Agbor Chiefs
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In a recent publication on social media platforms by Fred Latimore, executive assistant on communication to the governor of Delta State and member of the “Ibori political dynasty” that has enslave Deltans since 1999 till date. said: he, “looked around and still cannot find any political leader in the Niger Delta region and by extension, Nigeria, who have been unjustly victimized like the national leader of South-South politics and former governor of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, the Odidigborigbo of Africa”

Honestly, I don’t understand Fred, How? which south south? Are you saying Ibori is not a thief? Are you saying Ibori is been victimized?Ibori be victimized by who Fred? Did Ibori not confess to the crime that he committed same is that victimization? was the evidence on ground not a prove beyond reasonable doubt that Ibori is a criminal? Fred you don’t sound like a lawyer, I’m disappointed. What do you understand by the word “victimization” you are so annoying Fred. shuo, wetin be this? How can you be calling black white? even when is glaring to the blind.

This is the reason. I, always have issues with Fred Latimore, he’s character is not worthy of emulation, by any one who seek to make positive impact in society. Only those who are “criminally minded” will see a criminal like Chief James Ibori, who looted our common wealth as a roll model in society, this is so sad. I’m highly disappointed in fred for defending criminality.

Fred Latimore, pray for your own children to end up like James Ibori, don’t mislead the young generation to believe that Ibori character is inline with democratic principle’s that is obtainable in civilized society or worthy of emulation.

Fred Latimore, what you are doing is “sycophancy of the highest order.” This is the level of sycophancy and praise singing which promoted and elevated James Ibori’s ego to become power drunk and ultimately caused and contributed to his failures in totality

How happy are you. Fred Latimore, seeing Delta State loss the pounds your role model chief James Ibori looted? I, know of course, you are excited about it, because if not, you won’t be defending the criminal and shameful act of James Ibori. Well, I’m not surprise in your primitive and uncivilized action towards the defense of Ibori you guys are birds of same feathers.

Fred Latimore, you, your boss “Gov Okowa” some Deltans and the entire “Ibori Political Dynasty” said. Chief James Ibori is the greatest governor deltans have ever known in the history of Delta State.

You said Ibori developed the state and even went as far as defending Ibori that he never stole our money “Deltans funds”.

Fred Latimore, today the entire world is seeing the greatness and legacies that Ibori left for Delta State, the pounds, euros, dollars and nairas that Ibori looted and laundered out of Nigeria are the legacies you are emulating continue on that path, you are, an adult, responsible for your action by God grace very soon you will end up like your role model Ibori.

Fred, you may be afraid to tell Ibori the truth but someone have to say it anyhow.

Fred Latimore, you and the entire Ibori Political Dynasty is a big disgrace to Delta State. How do you guys feel being alive to witness billions upon billions of naira that you stole from Delta State be repatriated and use for the development of Nigeria while Delta wallow in under-development?

Fred Latimore, you guys, did not just caused yourself unimaginable pains, but also brought absolute humiliation to Deltans in general. Deltans are ashamed to have had Ibori as a Governor.

Fred Latimore, today where did corruption lead Ibori politically? Ibori use to be very great and was a voice in Niger Delta and indeed Nigeria. How great is Ibori today Fred Latimore? Where is the voice of Ibori today in national discourse Fred Latimore? You see, penny wise, pound foolish.

Fred Latimore instead you to hide your face in shame learn from the great fall of Chief James Ibori, you are busy celebrating and defending Ibori on social media platforms. What an irony! I shame for you Fred Latimore. Wetin?

Can Ibori boldly contest as a president of Nigeria today? If weren’t caught, surely he would have. This is how sudden the fame of all criminals in Delta State will end. Your boss is next inline immunity is just the saving grace for now we have more than enough evidence to send him to prison like Ibori. Fred Latimore there’s no justification for looting so be guided.

May Delta State receive sense as they loose the Ibori loot so that they will not support criminals and looters from the Ibori political dynasty going forward.

Godwin ObireChairman Concern NigeriansFor Better Nigeria (CNBN)
Source: Ika News Agbor

Carrot Nutrient-Dense

Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, Registered Dietitian

The carrot (Daucus carota) is a nutrient-dense root rich in antioxidants, fiber, beta carotene, and other vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that carrots may improve vision, promote skin health, and reduce the risk of some forms of cancer.

A Brief On CarrotsPeople have been eating carrots for over 5,000 years. The vegetable originated in the Middle East and Afghanistan and was initially available only in purple and yellow colors. The familiar orange carrot was developed only later, in the 1600s.

Researchers today are breeding carrots in different colors, including yellow, bright red, and dark orange to make them more appealing. But what is grabbing attention is the set of pigments in carrots that offer important benefits.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Eating Carrots?

May Promote Eye HealthVitamin A, in recommended quantities, is essential for good vision, and carrots offer the nutrient in abundance. If a person is deprived of vitamin A for too long, the outer segments of the eyes’ photoreceptors begin to deteriorate. This leads to night blindness .

Insufficient vitamin A can disrupt the normal chemical processes involved in vision. Restoring adequate vitamin A intake can facilitate vision health.

May Reduce Risk Of Cancer.Carrots contain numerous phytochemicals that are well-studied for their anticancer properties. A few of these compounds include beta-carotene and other carotenoids. These compounds promote immunity and activate certain proteins that inhibit cancer cells. Studies show that the juice from carrots can combat leukemia as well.

The carotenoids present in carrots may reduce the risk of stomach, colon, prostate, lung, and breast cancers in women

Some believe carrots may also reduce oral cancer risk. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

May Promote Skin Health.Carrots are rich in carotenoids. Research suggests that fruits and vegetables rich in these compounds can improve skin appearance and also help people look relatively younger.

However, overconsuming carrots (or other foods high in carotenoids) can result in a condition called carotenemia, wherein your skin appears yellow or orange .

May Enhance Hair Growth.Carrots are powerhouses of Vitamins A and C, carotenoids, potassium, and other antioxidants. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the veggies may contribute to hair health. However, more research is needed in this regard.May Aid Weight LossRaw, fresh carrots are about 88% water (1). A medium carrot has only about 25 calories. Hence, including carrots in your diet is a smart way of filling yourself up without piling on calories.

Carrots also contain fiber. In a study, meals containing whole and blended carrots resulted in higher satiety levels in the test subjects.

May Regulate Blood PressureOne study claimed that carrot juice contributed to a 5% reduction in systolic blood pressure. The nutrients present in carrot juice, including fiber, potassium, nitrates, and vitamin C, were found to aid this effect .May Aid Diabetes TreatmentFollowing a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining healthy weight can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. In studies, low blood levels of vitamin A were found in individuals with diabetes. The abnormalities in glucose metabolism would need an increased need to fight oxidative stress, and this is where the antioxidant vitamin A may help.

Carrots are high in fiber. Studies show that increased fiber intake can improve glucose metabolism in individuals with diabetes . The veggies can be added to a diabetes meal.

May Boost ImmunityVitamin A regulates the functioning of your system and prevents infections. It achieves this by boosting your body’s immunity. Get this immune-boosting vitamin from carrots. Carrots also contain vitamin C that contributes to the production of collagen, which is essential for wound healing. This nutrient further contributes to a strong immune system.May Strengthen Bones.Vitamin A influences bone cell metabolism. Carotenoids are associated with improved bone health (18). Though there is no direct research stating that carrots can help improve bone health, their vitamin A content may help. More studies are needed to further understand this mechanism.May Lower Cholesterol LevelsAs per rat studies, carrot consumption can reduce cholesterol absorption and increase the antioxidant status of your body. These effects can also promote cardiovascular health. Raw carrots are also rich in a fiber called pectin that may help lower cholesterol.Are Good For The Teeth And GumsChewing of carrots may promote oral cleanliness. Some believe carrots may also freshen breath, though there is no research to substantiate the statement. Anecdotal evidence suggests that carrots may neutralize the citric and malic acids usually left behind in your mouth, promoting oral health.May Promote Liver Health And Eliminate Toxins.Carrots contain glutathione. The antioxidant was found to have the potential to treat liver damage caused by oxidative stress . The veggies are also high in plant flavonoids and beta-carotene, both of which stimulate and support your overall liver function. The beta-carotene in carrots may also combat liver diseases.
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IKA GREETINGSThe Ika people have many concepts of goodness that are almost peculiar to them. Some of these concepts are an automatic invitation to a stranger to share in a meal, the respect for elders, and above all, the exchange of barrage of greetings in the streets, which tend to ease the pressure of living considerably. These are some of the ways through which the Ika people maintain good relationship with their neighbours. Convention demands that younger people show their respect for superiors or elders by greeting them first whenever both meet. The respect for elders is considered very important; and a child who does not observe this cardinal article of code of behaviour is not likely to turn out well. In the first place, his parents will practically disown him; and in the second, the children of the elders to whom he shows disrespect will make life extremely difficult for him.

As a mark of respect, the young calls the elders not by their names but by the pseudonym, diokpa or idioma or baba (aba) for the elderly males and edede or odede or iye or nne for the elderly women, before greetings. Refusal to exchange greetings indicates a strained relationship.Ika people have very many greetings suited for various people, time and occasion.

A. Greetings to the Traditional Rulers:(i) The Dein of Agbor is greeted Do-Dein.(ii) Agun or Agu is the greeting to other Obis in Ikaland, exceptthe Okparan-Uku of Idumuesah, whose greeting is Okparan. Agun is a name of powerful animal in the forest, Tiger. By the greeting, an Obi is adulated as a Tiger in strength. Agu is a short form of prayerful greeting. The greeter fervently prays that “this throne shall never terminate”, meaning that Ukponi-agu.(iii) Domo is a Bini greeting which some subjects, especially the elderly ones in Abavo, often times greet their Obi.

In greeting, one stands in an upright position and says, Do-Dein or Obi Agun or Obi agu or Obi Domo or Okparan, with a genuflection, with the right fist held set in the form of a bow; or put at an upright angle towards the king, firmly supported by the left hand below the elbow. The greeting could just be made with a bow. In the olden days, people prostrated on the floor when they greeted the king. Also, the king can be adulated with such forms of greetings like Agadagidi, Agwo Ekika, Eka Oghai, Agbogidi, Tutu, etc. In response, the king prays for the greeter.

B. Morning Greetings:Abavo, Idumuesah and Owa kingdoms have common morning greetings for males and females differently.(i) Lie is the morning greeting of the males to their elders of both sexes. Lie is a short form of prayer to an elder, ni toru nka ni hun onye eli ni, meaning may you live long and may you have who will give you a befitting burial at death. This greeting can also be interpreted to mean, eli-ye nimi meaning “I doff my hand for you”.(ii) Layu-Uwe is the morning greeting of the females in Abavo, Idumuesah and Owa to their elders of both sexes. Layu-Uwe is a short form of prayer to an elder which wishes him or her to live up to the ripe age (Laru-Uwe)(iii) Legite is the morning greeting for the females in Okpe village in Abavo to their elders of both sexes. The greeting is of Bini origin, and it is fast dying away.(iv) Labo is the morning greeting of Oza-Nogogo people in Agbor Kingdom.

C. Evening Greetings:(i) Enyase is the greeting for all in Abavo, Idumuesah, Owa and Mbiri kingdoms. It is a short prayer to an elder wishing him or her very fruitful old age. Ni uwe enyasi bo-i or ni uwe enyase re ima or laru uwe enyase.(ii) Ogbe-e or kaa-ra is an evening greeting for the people of Oza-Nogogo in Agbor kingdom.

D. General Greetings:(i) Uwe-Oma is a general greeting for many kingdoms in Ika. Notably the greeting is most popular for Agbor, Umunede, Akumazi, Mbiri and Ute kingdoms, at all times. Uwe-Oma is a prayerful greeting wishing the elder a blessed and fulfilled living. Baba (aba) or (Nne) is added as a suffix to distinct the greeting between a man and a woman. The greeting is Uwe-Oma Baba shortened to sound Ma-aba for a male and Uwe-Oma Nne shortened to Ma-nne for the female.

(ii) Isichei or Isicheri is a greeting of both sexes to very elderly people in all Ika kingdoms, especially those in the highest age grades in life or the retired people. Isichei is prayerfully wishing the ‘elder’s head’ to continue to survive or live.

(iii) Okpa is the greeting to elderly males at all times for Igbodo and sometimes for Akumazi people.

(iv) Omu is the greeting for elderly females at all times for Igbodo, Owa and Akumazi people.

(v) Omodi is the greeting for the younger ones in Igbodo and Akumazi at all times.

(vi) Ndo or Ndo-o is greeting expressing sorrow to somebody who is hurt, or who has suffered something which needs sympathy. It means sorry, and age or sex do have any barrier in the greeting.

(vii) Alua or Alua-o is a greeting expressing welcome from any journey, visit or outing.
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Priest Aghagbon Julius Ogini sworn in as Justice of Peace

The Priest of the Temple of the Living God Sabbath Mission, Aghagbon Julius Ogini has been sworn-in as Justice of Peace, JP. He was sworn-in on Monday, March 1, 2021 by Justice C.N Ogadi at the Agbor High Court, Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State. The epoch event also includes, the swearing-in of other prominent Deltans of Ika extraction.

Speaking in an interview , Priest Aghagbon Julius Ogini said, “I feel elated. I am more than prepared to help address the moral decadence, insecurity and injustices in our society through my office as a JP. By the grace of God, I shall live up to expectations.

Before now,I have been involved in the crusade against indecent dressing,immorality and injustice. As a priest, I have changed many lives for good. We want immoral life styles to be a thing of the past and it has to start from the mission.

Aghagbon who is also as a retired secondary school principal disclosed that as a Priest of the Temple of the Living God Sabbath Mission,his prayer is for God to continue make him a light for others to see.“As a Priest of God, I don’t live a flamboyant life style because my reward is in Heaven. I am contented with what God has blessed me with. I will remain grateful to Him and also looked up to Him for everything I desire on earth.

While thanking persons who contributed in various ways towards to the success of his appointment as Justice of Peace (JP), Priest Aghagbon called on Nigerians to embrace God with the whole of their hearts, declaring that God is the only solution to the challenges facing Nigeria at the moment.

Like I said earlier I am out for service to both God and humanity. Nigerians should come back to God and serve him wholeheartedly. God is the only solution to our challenges as a country. If we embrace God with the whole of our hearts He will make our country great and the envy of other countries of the world. May God bless Nigeria.

Priest Aghagbon Julius Ogini JP, with other Justices of Peace & Justice C.N. Ogadi

Priest Aghagbon Julius Ogini JP, with family and church members

Priest Aghagbon Julius Ogini JP
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New Arum of Ile Nobu who escapes with police handcuffs

-Prince Paradise

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Prince Paradise Global Concept, PPGC and owner, Prince Paradise Estate, Emuhu, Comrade Prince Emmanuel Okonye, has said that Chief Ifeanyi Ikem,the Arum of Ile Nobu is out to destroy his estate. Prince Paradise who spoke in an interview at his office in Agbor on Wednesday, March 1, 2021 called on the Nigerian Police to investigate Chief Ifeanyi Ikem, Arum of Ile Nobu for running away with its handcuffs.

His words, “I am Comrade Prince Emmanuel Okonye, the Chief Executive Officer, Prince Paradise Global Concept(PPGC)Limited. By the grace of God, my company is building the first estate in Ika land. It is located at Emuhu, in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.“The bottom line of all the accusations against me by Chief Ifeanyi Ikem,the Arum of Ile Nobu are null and voidI call it illiteracy. This is the time for every well meaning son and daughter of Ika nation, particularly the Dein of Agbor, His Royal Majesty,Dr Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekwuzi 1, to step in. They should not keep quiet and allow people to import an unknown culture to Agbor and Ika land in general. Ika land is a very peaceful place,so, we should not allow hoodlums and criminal minded people to destroy it.

On the recent attack on his estate, Prince Paradise said, “Recently, a group of people from Umunede are trying to practice what is called “Deve system”, in Ika land and I advised, this is the time for every son and daughter of Ika land to wade in, to stop the “Deve” system currently ravaging our land. My estate has no boundary with Umunede people, it’s in Ika South Local Government Area while Umunede is in Ika North East where I hail from. So, if we want to start by brotherhood, Umunede is more like a brother to me than Emuhu. My estate p is located at Emuhu. How can a group of boys come to me and asked me to settle them after living my comfort zone in Dubai to support development at home?. I took it upon myself as a challenge to come and develop my father’s land.

Rather than our people at Umunede to appreciate,they are fighting me, saying that I should settle them before I can do my project. They are not agents to the land I bought for the estate neither are they the owners of the land . They first started with a fake facebook account to attack my person and my companies, telling everyone that Prince Paradise Estate is fake, that it is a scam, that no one should transact business with my company. Fortunately, the good image I have, and with the trust people have in me, those false accusations couldn’t hold water. They are boasting that if I don’t settle them I will not be able to build my Estate .They are not Emuhu or even Ika South boys but, I wondered why they are fighting me.“Late last year, the same Umunede boys came and destroyed my property. I didn’t do anything. I searched for them and have a meeting with them.

They told me that I should come and settle them, that without the settlement I can’t go on with my project. Then I told them we are brothers, why should I be settling you, they didn’t give me any response because they are not a committee by government.I didn’t see any reason why I should be settling them. This was why I said that the Dein of Agbor should step in because those Umunede boys boasted that they own Emuhu, that Emuhu is a tenant to Umunede. That is a very strong word that can cause a tribal war in Ika land if nothing is done about it.

They said I should come and see them but, I didn’t see any reason why I should be settling them. I warned them to stay away because I am not dragging land with any body. The people who sold the land to me are Emuhu people and I have Emuhu people as my neighbours. The issue is that why are they not fighting those my neighbours. They are interested in Prince Paradise Estate because it’s a company, and a huge project. I have bought land from the indigenes of Emuhu not a community land.I begged them that even if they are not selling they should please sell to me because we need enough space for the Estate. They sold to me and all of them that sold their lands to me are all alive and they are not having issue with anybody. Unfortunately, the Umunede boys have been trying every means to bring down PPGC image.

We thank God they have not succeeded. The more they are planning to tarnish our image, the more we are moving forward.So far, they have destroyed my property worth about two million naira,but I didn’t say anything. The second time they came they attacked my people and robbed them, taking their working tools along with them.I kept them quiet ,then the third time the damaged caused by them was worth millions of naira, including my Lexus Car.

Continuing, he said, ” For the latest attack, as soon as they heard that we have started tarring the road,they came and destroyed things,beat up many people in the site which is attempted murder .So, what will I do?.I have to protect my investment because they’ve boasted that if I take the matter to the police they will not be arrested. Really, any time I reported to the police ,they usually feel reluctant to go for arrest, they find it difficult to enter that zone(Idumu Ile) because they know it’s a troublesome zone.

So, I forwarded my petition to Police Zone 5, Benin-City where their arrest was effected. Surprisingly, they resisted arrest to the extent that the Chief Ifeanyi Ikem, Arum of Ile Nobu ran away with police handcuffs.They said that the police cannot take their Chief away,so they started shooting at the police.The police men were professionals, they have to run for their dear lives.I was surprised to read on the newspaper that I attacked Arum.It’s not an attack but an arrest by police officers from Zone 5.

On the woman that was shot, I felt that it was a trick by Arum and his boys, they shot the woman not the police. The cartridges they displayed explained that better. If it’s really true that they survived attack from Prince Paradise what they need to do was to go to the police, report the case and asked for my arrest. I am always available. Why are they running from the police. The traditional ruler of Umunede, HRM Ezenwali Agadagidi 1, is aware of what is happening. He has done his best to settle it, unfortunately, the boys have no respect for him. Those boys don’t have respect for their King. They want to import an unknown culture to Ika land, that will not happen, we will not allow it to happen in Ika land .We are doing what we are doing peacefully. Therefore, we are going to resist any attempt to destroy our good work.On the issue of court case, my company sued Samuel Nwaneri, Solomon Ugbebor, Innocent Onwuegbuzie, Stephen ChimaOf Idumu Osoba and Osegbene in Umunede for 1billion naira for damages and defamation of character after they have told the public that Prince Paradise Estate is a scam . On 2nd of March we went to Agbor high court but they were all absent in court and only sent a lawyer .

Dollar man and Pero called and said they are going to assassinate me for developing Ika South without coming to settle them with “Deve”, that I will not last more than this year because they are going to kill me. I have my evidences and the police is already trailing them and they are on the run.

Comr. Prince Emmanuel Okonye
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A Lecture Presented By Ewere Okonta

A Lecture Presented By Ewere Okonta At The Commity Of Dedicated Friends (CDF) Third Distinguish Lecture Series, Held On 28th, February 2021 Topic: Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflict is a normal part of any relationship. After all, two people cannot be expected to agree on everything, all the time.The key is not to avoid conflict but to learn how to resolve it in a healthy way.

When conflict is mismanaged, it can cause great harm to a relationship, but when handled in a respectful, positive way, it provides an opportunity to strengthen the bond between two people.Whatever the cause of disagreements and disputes, by learning these skills for conflict resolution, you can keep your personal and professional relationships strong and growing.

What causes conflict?Conflicts arises from differences, both large and small. It occurs whenever people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas, or desires. Something these differences appear trivial, but when a conflict triggers strong feelings, a deep personal need is often at the core of the problem.

These needs can range from the need to feel safe and secure or respected and valued, to the need for greater closeness and intimacy.Think about the opposing needs of a toddler and a parent. The Child’s need is to explore, so venturing to the street meets that need. But the parent’s need is to protect the child’s safety, a need that can only be met by limiting the toddler’s exploration.

Since these needs are at odds, conflict arises. The needs of each party plays an important role in the long-term success of a relationships. Each deserves respect and consideration.In personal relationships, a lack of understanding about differing needs can result in distance, arguments, and break-ups. In the workplace, differing needs can result in broken deals, decreased profits, and lost jobs.When we recognize conflicting needs and are willing to examine them with compassion and understanding, it can lead to creative problem solving, team building, and stronger relationships.Key takeaways in conflict resolutions:

A conflict is more than just a disagreement. It is a situation in which one or both parties perceive a threat (whether or not the threat real)Conflicts continue to fester when ignored. Because conflicts involve perceived threats to our well-being and survival, they stay with us until we face and resolve them.We respond to conflicts based on our perceptions of the situation, not necessarily to an objective review of the facts. Our perceptions are influenced by our life experiences, culture, values, and beliefs.Conflicts trigger strong emotions. If you are not comfortable with your emotions or able to manage them in times of stress, you won’t be able to resolve conflict successfully.Conflicts are an opportunity for growth. When you are able to resolve conflict in a relationship, it builds trust. You can feel secure knowing your relationship can survive challenging and disagreements.How do you respond to conflict?Do you fear conflict or avoid it at all cost?If your perception of conflict comes from painful memories from early childhood or previous unhealthy relationships, you may expect all disagreements to lead to conflict as demoralizing, humiliating, or something to fear.If you are afraid of conflict, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.When you enter a conflict situation already feeling threatened, it’s tough to deal with the problem at hand in a healthy way.Instead, you’re more likely to either shut down or blow up in anger.Healthy and Unhealthy ways of managing and resolving conflict:Unhealthy Responses to conflict:An inability to recognize and respond to the things that matter to the other person.Explosive, angry, hurtful, and resentful reactions.The withdrawal of love, resulting in rejection, isolation, shaming and fear of abandonment.An inability to compromise or see the other person’s view.Feeling fearful or avoiding conflict; expecting a bad outcome.Healthy Responses to Conflict:The capacity to empathize with the other person’s viewpoint.Calm, non-defensive and respectful reactionsA readiness to forgive and forget, and to move past conflict without holding resentment or anger.The ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing.A belief that facing conflict head on is the best thing for both sides.The ability to successfully resolve conflict depends on your ability to:

Manage stress quickly while remaining alert and calm. By staying calm, you can accurately read verbal and nonverbal communication.

Control your emotions and behaviour. When you’re in control of your emotions, you can communicate your needs without threatening, intimidating, or punishing others

Pay attention to the feelings being expressed as well as the spoken words of others.

Conclusion:Be aware of and respect differences. By avoiding disrespectful words and actions, you can almost always resolve a problem faster and easily.We should strive always from letting disagreement generating to conflicts. Even when it results to that, we should always adopt healthy Responses to conflict resolutions.

Thank you for listening and God bless you all.
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Ogor Obuh Congratulates Chief Dr. Phillip Onyekpe On Appointment As JP

Mrs Ogor Esther Obuh, the wife of late iconic Community leader and elder statesman, Tony Obuh, has congratulated Chief Dr Phillip Onyekpe JP, on his appointment and successful swearing in as a Justice of Peace.The Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was at Oki – Agbor Community, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, to rejoice with the Obasogie of Ugbeka Kingdom, on Monday, March 1, 2021, in a chat with Newsmen stated that the Justice of Peace Award bestowed on the Community leader was well deserved.

She described Chief Dr. Phillip Onyekpe JP, as a honest and upright man, saying “I am sure they have checked his pedigree before he was made a Justice of Peace, you know it’s not easy to just make someone a JP, he deserves it and I know that he is going to do well.

I wish him long life and for him to continue doing what he is known for, he is known for truth, he should stand for truth no matter what happens.

Mrs.Ogor Esther Obuh, a philanthropist and loving daughter in-law to the Oki Community, used the medium to encourage members of the great PDP family in the community to keep campaigning even to the camps of other people that are not in the Peoples Democratic Party, saying “I know that 100% victory for us is sure, in fact a win win all the way”, she concluded.

Mrs Ogor Esther Obuh

Chief Dr. Phillip Onyekpe, JP
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