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UNIDEL to commence academic session September 2021

UNIDEL to commence academic session September 2021–Okowa

The Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has stated that the University of Delta, Agbor among two other newly upgraded universities in the state, will commence academic session in September, 2021.

He made the disclosure on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the College of Education, Agbor newly upgraded to University of Delta, Agbor where he inspected the infrastructures on ground for the initial take-off of the new university.

The articulate and dynamic governor was conducted round the school facilities by the College Provost, Chief Dr. Joseph Ukadike who was joined by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh, Member representing Ika South Constituency and Majority Whip at the Delta State, Hon. Sunny Tatabuzogwu, Executive Chairman of Ika South Local Government Council amongst others.

The governor who had also visited other new universities in Ozoro and Anwai respectively, expressed satisfactory on seeing the infrastructures on ground in Agbor, nothing that the University was ready to take off with it’s first academic session which according to him commences on the aforementioned date.

He said, “the facilities are good enough for the initial take off of the universities. But we may need to work on some of the structures to make them more habitable and also provide a few more facilities.

“So, in terms of infrastructures, we are not going to have any problem here in UNIDEL, Agbor while we have requested the Management Committee to look at the staff strength and quickly advice on fair review on addition of staff that are here to fit into the university.

“Secondly, we have seen that there is a road (Board road) that transverse the UNIDEL campus which is not good for us. Luckily we just finished the construction of Alihami road (Sakpomba road) that is actually the real road for and within the campus of the university.”

Speaking on the need for more space for the university, Governor Okowa asserted that Erigbe Primary School and Ministry of Education, Ika South LGA that are sharing boundaries with the university (College of Education, Old site) will be relocated to accommodate more infrastructures for the new university.

See next week edition for the seperate comments of the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, Ika South House of Assembly member, Hon. Festus Okoh and The College Provost, Chief Dr. Joseph Ukadike, at the occasion.

Ongoing construction work at the New Site of the school

, Prof. Muoboghara explaining a point as Governor Okowa & other government officials listened

From right: Hon Tatabuzogwu, Dr Mrs. Omumu, Prof. Muoboghara, Dr. Ukadike, Chuky Dandy, Dr. Tibi & others
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Igumbor Otiku Secondary School Commissioned

The Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON (Shattiman Sakkwato), on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, commissioned the newly constructed Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area.

The sight to behold Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor is among the newly modern schools constructed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s led government.

In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman, Ika South Council, Hon. Sunny Tatabuzugwu lamented the initial deplorable state of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School and on behalf of the good people of Ika South LGA expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa for the completion and commissioning of the school building .

According to him, “Okowa has done very well in education across the state, because education we all know remains the key to national development for a nation with good educational standard to develop rapidly.

“Sincerely, we will continue to thank the governor for the various road constructions in Agbor and his overall infrastructural developmental strides in the area, which according to him speak volumes and good of his government.

“Therefore, I encourage and appeal to students and staff of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School to make good use of the school’s facilities to avoid damage”.

While calling on the host community of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School to protect from vandalization, thanked the governors and other personalities present for coming.

Presenting Agbor Community address, the President-General, Mr. Lawrence Egun Onyeche welcomed Governor Matawalle, his counterpart Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, CFR among the state top government officials to Agbor Kingdom.Mr. Onyeche on behalf of the good people of Agbor thanked specially Governor Okowa for his magnanimity in establishing Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor.

According to him, “The establishment of the school came up at a challenging time when it is becoming difficult for Agbor people to access public Secondary Schools as a result of the handing over of some schools back to their missionary owners. No doubt, this action of the then government created a huge gap that has now been filled by the proactive measures of our amiable Governor Okowa (Ekwueme, the talk and do governor).

“It is worthy of note that this effort has brought Secondary education closer to the door step of our children who cannot afford Private Schools exorbitant fees and trekking long distance to attend the few available public schools.“We will forever remain thankful to Okowa because by the construction and commissioning of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School he has continued to put smiles on our faces. But, just like Oliver the Twist, I want passionate appeal to the governor to help facilitate the approved upgrade of state of facilities of Alihame Secondary School, Alihame.

“This kind of gesture of the governor has greatly increased the access to Post Primary Education in Agbor metropolis having three secondary schools at strategic locations along the Old Lagos/Asaba Road Agbor.“In the same vein, I also want to appreciate Okowa for his efforts towards improving road networks in Ika nation, entire Delta State and most especially in Agbor Kingdom with ongoing road construction works. I say thank you, Ekwueme. I appeal to you sir to remember Mariere Street, Uromi Junction axis, particularly Obi Road, UBE Road and others.“I appreciate immensely Okowa for the infrastructural development witnessed currently at the Central Hospital Agbor, especially, the on-going renovation and construction of a modern mortuary, Resident Doctor’s block and a new Out Patient Block (OPD)”.

Continuing, the PG pleaded that more teachers both at the Primary and Secondary Schools, medical personnel (Specialists as Surgeon, Gynecologists, Pediatricians and Nephrologists should be posted to the LG for more productivity and put in the abandoned Seventy (70) million naira Dialysis Centre donated to the Central Hospital by Rotary International, through the Rotary Club of Agbor.

Mr. Onyeche further remarked that Agbor people are happy with Okowa for using his good office to ensure the upgrading of the College of Education Agbor to a conventional university named University of Delta, Agbor, saying that this will provide a golden opportunity for our children who are being denied admission and frustrated into seeking admission into other universities.

On his part, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah disclosed that the construction of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor was approved in 2016, while work commenced in 2018 under the then Barr. Chinedu Ebie, his predecessor.

Chief Ukah confirmed that IgumborvOtiku Secondary School, Agbor which is to be commissioned has been built according to specification and comprising the following facilities such as two numbers building of twelve classrooms each with toilets, examination hall, administrative block, Chemistry, Physic and ICT Laboratories, landscaping/drainage system to control erosion, perimeter fence and gate house, water facility and so on.While thanking the governor for tremendous initiatives towards the growth and development of Education in the state, the Commissioner remarked that no doubt that Igumbor-Otiku population numbering of 1700 has help to decongest the over population of its neigbouring Ogbemudien Secondary School, Agbor and thereby easing the enrolment pressure.

Responding, Governor Okowa expressed joy, thanking specially the Governor of Zamfara and Sokoto States for their love and friendship they have made them to honour his invitation. According to him, “I thank God for the successful completion of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School. I have only two years in office as governor, but hopefully, we will do more needed to be done for the people. Whatsoever left undone will be accomplished by my successors.

“Most importantly, the upgrading of facilities at Alihame Secondary School, Alihame will be executed”, Okowa promised.He revealed that Igumbor Otiku Secondary School was commissioned alongside newly constructed network of roads in Okpanam and the new Delta State Traditional Rulers Secretariat, Asaba. The governor assured that he will continue to do what is required for the people, recalling that handing over schools to Missionary owners would have led to many school children dropout for the fact that their parents does not have enough resources to afford private school education.

Governor Okowa concluded by stating that his joy knows no bound for the fact the school children faces depicts that they are so happy and proud to be students of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor.Speaking with newsmen, the school Principal, Mrs. Grace N. Egbon said, “I, my students and staff are overwhelmed with joy on this day of our school commissioning. To me, I see myself as the blessed principal to first head the school now that it has been commissioned.

“Indeed, the government of Delta State under the administration of our own Governor Okowa has spent so much money on the construction of the school and provision of all other facilities to enhanced teaching and learning.“We are most grateful to Okowa for providing a modern school, his fellow governors of Zamfara and Sokoto states and a host of other dignitaries for coming”.

The School Principal stated that teaching in a school like Igumbor-Otiku Secondary with that state of facilities of a modern school makes learning easily understood, because of the practical for further illustration. She assured the governor that with the infrastructural standard of the school, they can compete favourably with any school elsewhere.

Mrs. Egbon further remarked that teaching and learning have improved since she assumed Principal of the school on January 14, 2020, saying that the school population is such that the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has now conditioned them to having morning and afternoon classes as part of its precautionary measures to curtail the spread.She said that she has continued to encourage her school never to see education as a scam and rather take their studies more seriously for their betterment tomorrow as future leaders.

The former Chairman, Ika South LG, Hon. (Barr.) Victor Okoh beaming with smiles said the Ika South people will not stop appreciating Okowa for his good deeds, which he said was the reason they are gathered. He gave kudos to the governor, stating that Igumbor Otiku Secondary School will enhance the standard and quality of education in the area.

The Councilor of the school host Ward, Hon. Donald Okonta said a look at Igumbor Otiku Secondary School building is an explanation that Governor Okowa’s name is synonymous to good and excellent things. While expressing joy and thanks to the governor specially, he stated that with the ongoing Okowa transformation that his ward soon to be renamed Agbor London.

Side view of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School
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THREE NEW PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN DELTA STATE?

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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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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Festus Okoro now Justice of Peace

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Festy Motorcycles with head office at Abraka Road by Convent Street, Mr Festus Okoro has been sworn-in as Justice of Peace by Justice C.N Ogadi of the Agbor High Court. Okoro was sworn-in alongside other twenty Justices of Peace on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the High Court in Agbor. The epoch event was witnessed by family members, friends and well wishers.

Speaking in an interview, Mr Festus Okoro,JP thanked the Delta State Government for finding him fit and worthy for the office of Justice of Peace. He promised to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the JP office.

He expressed appreciation to his friend, Mr Chukwuma Aliagwu, JP, his family members and all persons who in different ways contributed towards the fulfilment of his dream of becoming Justice of Peace.
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National Association Of Nigerian Nurses

National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives Honours Azikiwe Patricia, Ikebude Gladys

Monday, February 22, 2021, was a joyous day of celebration and thanksgiving unto God Almighty, as members of the National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives, Under One Unit Roof, Issele-Uku, honoured their two retired senior colleagues in appreciation of their wonderful contribution to humanity and for God granting them peaceful retirement with good health after 35 years of meritorious service to their fatherland.

The Send – Off Party, which took place at the premises of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof, now known as Health Authority, Issele-Uku, in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, witnessed prayers, praises and worship session, where the Nurses thanked and appreciated God for His mercies and loving kindness upon the retirees and all of them that are still in service.

In her welcome address, Mrs. Maria Nwachai, The Director Of Nursing Services, Aniocha North Local Government Area, welcomed invited guests and the retirees to the day’s ceremony, disclosing that she and her colleagues deem it necessary that because the two retirees, namely, Mrs. Ikebude Gladys, their former Head of Department, when they were under Primary Health Care, and Mrs. Azikiwe Patricia, the former Deputy Director Of Nursing Services, were jolly good fellows with whom they all worked together in love and oneness, they decided to put in little resources in order for them (the Nurses) “to rejoice with them, honour them and to let them know that we appreciate them”.

Continuing, She advised them to continue with their kindness, saying that Nurses are caring, so they should continue to care for everyone around them. She urged them not to relent in practicing their Nursing profession, maintaining that “A Nurse is a Nurse even at old age”, so that they will be able to contribute their quota in saving humanity from ill health and untimely death.

The Director Of Nursing Services, also Prayed for God’s grace upon them that are still in service, that they will continue to care and not compromise their services for any reason, but for God to strengthen them continually to serve humanity and save lives.

The retirees who were greatly overwhelmed with joy for the honour accorded them by the Nurses, in their speeches expressed profound gratitude to the Director Of Nursing Services Aniocha North local government area and her colleagues for the wonderful recognition and the reception party they organized for them.In a brief remark, Mrs. Ikebude Gladys, the former Head of Department, said “Indeed, I am greatly humbled to be honoured by you all today, may God honour you people, I want to use this medium to say Thank you for your encouragement throughout my service years, for your cooperation, commitment and support.

I want to still advice you, to continue to cooperate in unity, support one another, don’t be tired, above all dwell in love and forgive one another this is very important, for when you do this, I bet you God will always bless you. Again, for this surprise you people gave us, God will surely bless you all abundantly”.

In the same vein, Mrs. Azikiwe Patricia Onuwa, in a brief speech, said “I greet all of you for all that you have been doing and for what you have done today, I am so surprised I never expected this, you all are good and you will continue to be good. I urge you all to be good, to be loyal, to be humble, to be truthful, do not take what does not belong to you anywhere you are, in any health centre never you remove what does not belong to you, if you do nemesis awaits you. I am telling you the truth, be a humble Nurse, a caring Nurse, a patience Nurse and the sky will be your limit.I appreciate you all for making this occasion grand, my God will reward all of you and He will replenish your pockets.

Another thing which I will not fail to say, is that you should plan well, plan your schedules well, because if you retire and you didn’t plan you will fall into serious challenges, I mean it, plan very well for what will give you food when you retire because if you fail to do it, I am sorry for you, because it is not every time that you will be calling on your children for money, supposing they don’t have, what will you do? Then you will be on the street borrowing? God forbid that.

When you plan well, you will reap bountifully and be comfortable always, because I planned for today, God has been faithful, I thank God for His mercies. God bless you all and I Pray that the Lord will continue to lift you up”.Speaking further the Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a Unit Leader in Ward 8 Igbodo, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, informed the Nurses, saying “I want to let you know that presently I am fully into Politics and I strongly believe that by the grace of God things will work out fine and when it materializes I will remember you”, she concluded.

The memorable event witnessed several complimentary remarks from the Nurses who individually recounted the wonderful working relationship they enjoyed while working with the duo during their service years, they Prayed God to grant the retirees more fulfilled years of good health and divine fulfilment.

There was presentation of gifts to the retired Nurses by their excited colleagues who are still in service. While, a toast for long life, was observed by everyone at the reception party in honour of the retired Senior Nurses. There was also the taking of group photographs by the Nurses and the retirees.

Invited guests who graced the occasion were well entertained with snacks and drinks by the Nurses.Some Notable Personalities at the Send – Off Party included, Mrs. Ikebude Gladys, Mrs. Azikiwe Patricia Onuwa, Mrs. Nwachai Maria, Irorobeje Alice, Enunwa Mercy, Aukwue Teresa, Osakwe Augustina, Imafidon Elizabeth, Okonkwo Mercy, Ike Mercy, Lily Anthony, Urejietule Joy and Okoh Ewere Mary, amongst many others.

The Retirees (left) Mrs. Azikiwe Patricia & Mrs. Ikebude Gladys

Members of the Association in a group photograph with Mrs. Azikiwe & Mrs. Ikebude (m)
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PHARM ISAIAH ETUONU OKOH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM CDF

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WELL DESERVED AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM CDF IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR IMMENSE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

YOUR WORK SPEAKS VOLUME OF YOUR PERSON:

RENOVATION OF EKUKU AGBOR POLICE STATIONDONATION OF PATROL VAN TO THE POLICEPROVISIONS OF SOLAR POWERED STREET LIGHTS IN EKUKU AGBORBUILDING OF AN ULTRA MODERN HOTEL IN EKUKU AGBORBUILDING OF THE PROPOSED ISAIAH OKOH UNIVERSITY, EKUKU AGBOR.

Sponsored by:

CDF UKOR AMECHI PETER (Chairman)CDF OKWUAZUN COLLINS OGORCHUKWU. ( Member)CDF ANIEMEKE FREDERICK OGWASHI (Member)CDF NWANZE CLETUS CHIYEM (Member)CDF OKONTA EWERE CLINTON. (Member)CDF NWANZE KEVIN ONYEKA (Member)CDF OMENKA CHUKWUWEIKE (Member)CDF NWACHOKOR AMECHI BENEDICT ( Vice Chairman)CDF IWEZU JOSEPH AZUKA (Member)CDF EMUEBIE JOHN EJIME (Financial Secretary)CDF EGBUDU CHUKS ( Secretary)CDF EMEGHA CHUKWUEKWU (Member)CDF EGBOH TUESDAY (Assistant, Financial Secretary)CDF NDUKA PERCY AMECHI (Member)CDF MEKWUYE LUCKY (Member)CDF IGBENIGUN ANDREW (Assistant Secretary)CDF AZIKWE DESTINY AKALAKA (Member)CDF ONYEATOR ABEL (Member)CDF OKONTA MICHAEL (PRO)CDF MORDI STANLEY (Treasurer)21 CDF IGBOSA BENEDICT (Member)CDF OKWOSE CHRISTOPHER (Member)CDF UMERI AMOS (Member)

The Comity of Dedicated Friends (CDF) is proud to be associated with you.

PHARM ISAIAH ETUONU OKOH.
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There is nothing good about my growing up-Oby

Ahead of her 30th music anniversary which comes up later in the year, your PEN MASTER, after a prolonged search in Ekwuoma, c caught up with seasoned musician, Princess Oby Eluemunor who is also an indigene of Ekwuoma in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State. In this interview, the music exponent popularly called “Ika Lady of Songs” by kinsmen and lovers of her music, tells PEN MASTER (EMEKA ESOGBUE) her growing up years; the parental care, the huddles, the loss and the desire; musical career, her desire to collaborate with fellow Anioma kinsmen, Don Jazzy and Wiz Boy and what the future holds for fellow Anioma musicians. Excerpts:

Pen Master: Nice to catch up with you after a very long search that is worth it though. Can our readers meet you?Eluemunor: (Smiles) Thank you very much Pen Master. Well, my name is Princess Oby Eluemunor. I was born to Mr. and Mrs. Felix and Felicia Eluemunor of Ekwuoma Kingdom in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State. I am a professional musician with passion to entertain the people and also give them happiness.

Pen Master: (Smiling) You are welcome beautiful Princess Oby Eluemunor. This prefix, “princess” in your name strikes me with so much affection and attraction. Do you happen to hail from Ekwuoma royal family? You have blue blood?Eluemunor: Well, I was told that as a Baby, I was strikingly beautiful so it won me “Princess” which has now stuck. I am not from Ekwuoma royal family but a royal clan.

Pen Master: Anyway, how was growing up for Princess Eluemunor at that time?Eluemunor: (Frowns her face and hisses) Hmm! Growing up for Princess Oby Eluemunor? There is nothing good about my growing up. I grew up as an orphan. I grew up in the wrong hands. So, nothing good in reality to talk about this development.

Pen Master: Okay but anyone can say you are a fulfilled being a female musician. Does this fit you?Eluemunor: (Laughing) I feel great. I feel honoured. I think if you ask me, I will say that music is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. Music has thought me a lot of things. Music has taken me to a lot of places. Music has made me to know a lot of people. Even personalities that people of my age cannot think of meeting, I have met a lot of them. I feel great female a female musician, doing my thing in Anioma.

Pen Master: You also play the guitar musical instrument, something outside the reach of so many male musicians. How did you come about this?Eluemunor: (Laughing) Eh! I would say that my guitar ability is not really backed professionally. I can only play my musical genre. I can only play my rhythm. In short, I play the “shakara” type. That’s what I can play. I don’t think I can adapt to playing for other musicians or outside my own musical participation. My guitar is tailored to my tune and for my own music.

Pen Master: That’s good to know but in furtherance, our readers may ask to know how music started for you.Eluemunor: Yea! I started music at the tender age of 7 because my parents were notable musicians during their own time. My Mom was the Lead Vocalist of Otu Obioma of Idumuje-Unor in the 1970s while my Dad was a local percussion player for any Otu Onye Lohe Onwu of Ekwuoma then they had only me as a child. They had only me and wherever they went for show, they took me along with them so I danced and sang with them. When I grew up and enrolled in primary school, any time, there was a festival in school, I always jumped out to sing and I sang perfectly. At home, and in farm, I sang and sang perfectly with my Mom. My Mom would sing and I would back her up. With this, I became perfect. Losing them to the cold hands of death was sad. Well, the only thing that now draws them close to my memory is music. I saw myself singing at school and in churches; everywhere I went until I grew up. At the age of 14, I released my own album which was a great hit then in Sept 24, 1993 during the time of “Osor Abiola”. The song reigned everywhere as I was in wonderment tagged “female musician”, “Okpoho na eti egwu” which took the air. Surprisingly, I didn’t attach so much seriousness to it as I merely concluded it as something one could ordinarily do. However, I didn’t know that one could develop it or make money from it.

Pen Master: Did your parents encourage you or it was the usual “don’t go into music” syndrome of that generation?Eluemunor: I know that if my parents were to still be alive, they would have given me all the support that I would need. I recall that at the time, my mother always sang for me and asked that I repeat after her. And at that age of 7, I wrote some songs and after writing these songs, I would sing it for my Mom and she would be impressed. My Dad was supportive. He played the drum for me and I would sing and dance as their Baby. I was sure that if they were alive, I would have gone farther than I am today.

Pen Master: Now, Princess Eluemunor, let me ask you this interesting question: Who among the Anioma musicians would you like to collaborate with if you had the opportunity?Eluemunor: Em! I have looked forward to meeting Don Jazzy for collaboration and for making an album but I have not been opportuned to meet him. Another person I would like to meet is Wiz Boy.Pen Master: Permit me to pose this to you: Why in your opinion do we seldom see Anioma musicians collaborate to do songs unlike what obtains in other areas?

Eluemunor: Pen Master, the reason is jealousy, envy and feeling inferior complex since they are likely to feel that your fame will surpass theirs. Many would not want others to come up especially those that have the name already. It is not the way God wants it. That’s why traditional musicians in Anioma don’t want to collaborate but I, Princess Oby Eluemunor do want to bring people up. My celebration of 30th years on stage, by the special grace of God, next year (year, 2021) will have groomed those boys and girls that approached me to become musicians. I will record and help them to push. Yes, I will do that.

Pen Master: Perhaps, you have talked too often about your parents. Have your Ekwuoma people supported your musical career in anyway…?Eluemunor: …Well, Pen Master, I thank God.

Pen Master: Let us move away from music a bit. What can you tell us about your community in terms of government impact?Eluemunor: (Looking up) Hmm! Government! Government! Well, I really don’t have interest in government. I don’t have interest in politics. I don’t mingle with them. I don’t know what they are doing. The only thing I can say is that this our Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is really trying in terms of road construction because it affected my own community. He tried for my community. That is all I have to say.

Pen Master: Do you advise other women to play music as well?Eluemunor: Yes! I have two female musicians in my band that I am bringing up. One is from Ogwashi-Uku while the other is from Umunede. By the grace of God, I will be trying out the Ogwashi-Uku lady on microphone next year. It ought to have been this year but the lockdown scuttled our plans. I started my video but stopped it due to the lockdown. Next year, I will resume with the shooting of the video of my very first album titled “Ajor Nwunye Di”. After that, we will do the promo marketing. After the video, I will put the Ogwashi-Uku lady on microphone to see how she sounds.

Pen master: Princess, where do you see yourself in the next 20 years?Eluemunor: (Laughing aloud) Wow! Pen Master, but I should have become an old woman. I would be in my husband’s house, retired and taking care of my grandchildren, taking care of husband and resting. Maybe, play small, small show within my community and not going far again.

Pen Master: Does this music also win you uninvited men…?Eluemunor: …A lot of men; to the extent that I got confused. I got confused at a time because I didn’t know who really loved me, whether it was me, the money or fame they wanted. Music really wins me men but I thank God I have been able to stay in control.

Pen Master: …But how do you manage them?Eluemunor: Like I said, I was in control; I was in control because I knew what I wanted. I knew the kind of men I wanted and I knew the kind I wanted to live. But you know, there cannot be life without any mistake. I fell a victim then but God has turned all my victimizations to victory.Pen Master: Finally, I hear you plan to celebrate your 30th Year Anniversary of music career…

Eluemunor: I am working towards the celebration of my years of musical career on stage. I also intend to unveil Princess Oby Music and Dance Academy. I intend to train our people in music, dance and acting. The forms are already out provided you are from Anioma. If you want to learn how to play music, dance or act, come to me and purchase the form. Yes, I have been in the music industry for 30 years.

Pen Master: Princess Oby Eluemunor, nice speaking to you.Eluemunor: Thank you so much, Pen Master for this great opportunity for my fans to read me. Thank you very much sir.

Princess Oby Eluemunor
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Okoh Towers & Suites

Okoh Towers & Suites To Be Commissioned February 6, As Official Foundation Laying Ceremony Of Okoh University, Ekuku Agbor Holds Same Day

When individuals and community do not govern self, they risk being ruled by external forces that care less about the well-being of the village”

T F HodgeOne of the newest figure to emerge on the world stage in recent years is the social entrepreneur.This is usually someone who burns with desire to make a positive social impact on the world, but believes that the best way of doing it is, as the saying goes, not by giving poor people a fish and feeding them for a day, but by teaching them to fish, in hopes of feeding them for a lifetime.In the course of my writing career, I have come to know several social entrepreneurs in recent years, and most combine a business school brain with a social worker’s heart.The triple convergence and the flattening of the world have been a godsend for them. Those who get it and are adapting to it have begun lunching some innovative projects for their communities.It is in this class of social entrepreneurs that our own Isaiah Okoh belongs to.A man who has decided to use his hard earned money to develop and transform his native village of Ekuku Agbor to the status of a modern city.He has singlehandedly powered all the streets in Ekuku Agbor with solar powered lights.He has built a 40 rooms and 3 presidential suites hotel in Ekuku Agbor. The hotel is reputed to be the biggest and with the most modern facilities in Ika land.All the rooms ensuites, with air conditions and 24 hours power supply.Secured and located in a seren environment.Fitted with Olympic size swimming pool.Modern Gym facilities with Bar and a resturant that serves both local and international cuisines.The conference hall is equipped with modern facilities that seat hundreds of guests.This and many more are available.Isaiah Okoh, the social entrepreneur is not ending there!He is taking the notch higher by building a modern University for his people.The official foundation laying ceremony of Okoh University will take place same day with the official opening ceremony of Okoh Towers and Suites on the 6th of February, 2021. Time 10am.The venue is in Ekuku Agbor. The land of hope.

Isaiah Oko

Okoh Towers & Suites
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Upgrading Is Different From Establishment Of A University, And A University Is A University

– Emmanuel U. Tibi, Ph.D.

It is with grief in my heart that I have to write about what should ordinarily gladden our hearts, that what we have long been praying for, vide: the upgrading of the College of Education, Agbor to a University of Education, Agbor is about to come through.

Instead of celebrating the enablers of the glorious legacy that is about to be bestowed on our community, we are contending with misguided comments, vituperations and outlandish outbursts from people within and without our communities. It is however necessary that we should try to put the records straight, in order that all of us do not fall prey to the trap of gullibility which ill-informed people are setting all over the place, for us to collectively fall into.

For starters, it is important that people understand that the Delta State Government led by H.E. Senator (Dr.) A.I. Okowa has just submitted three (3) bills to the Delta State House of Assembly for the upgrading of three existing institutions to three full-fledged universities. None of these three bills is meant for establishment of a new university. Emphasis is on their prior existence and as canvassed, they are all deserving of upgrading. It is clearly not possible to upgrade what does not already exist and in upgrading an existing facility, you only take the facility to a higher level than it was before the upgrading. It is as simple as that.

College of Education, Agbor had been existing since 1980 as an NCE- awarding institution, until 2006, when efforts were made to upgrade it to a position of preparing students for the award of Delta State University, Abraka’s degrees in education, (Bachelors only) in an affiliation arrangement. Having gone through the various crucibles of academic maturity and integrity, the College started hankering after being uplifted to University of Education, Agbor. This is because that is the only way to grow and develop. If the electric transformer serving a community becomes inadequate because of increase in households or facilities depending on it, what is done is that a bigger transformer is installed to replace the smaller one. You do not go and install a nuclear reactor in place of the small transformer. Transforming College of Education Agbor to University of Education, Agbor is a monumental leap for our community. It might look like a small step taken in the eyes of people who are bereft of ideas about the system, but it is a giant leap for mankind.

Every person who has a clear vision of what progress means to a community should thank God and pray for Dr. A.I. Okowa-led government for being this visionary, this bold, this resourceful and this credible in discerning people’s yearning and taking steps to meet their expectations, within the limits of public resources.

I do appreciate the limitations people have because in tertiary education, you follow your discipline, and do not know much about other disciplines. It is expected that before people make public statements about issues outside their purview, they ought to consult persons who are more informed about such issues. I am particularly worried about statements that are emanating from persons who are members of the College community, who are giving out information to the public that tend to portray the action of government on this upgrading programme, in bad light.

These people have neither seen, read nor heard the content of the bill. Basically, a university is a university; it is established or installed through upgrading, with the authority to award degrees in disciplines that its Senate (and with input from the Governing Council) approves, based on the availability of human and material resources for such programmes, as confirmed by National Universities Commission (NUC) through accreditation of such programmes. It is bewildering that people can just cook up outlandish theories about a system they are neither part of, nor have access to its inner workings, and peddle such inanities to an attentive public, and causing such grievous damage to our collective psyche. My guess about this bill on College of Education Agbor, transmuting into University of Education, Agbor must contain elements that identify at least five or six faculties of which only one would be faculty of education.

The name of a university does not in any way limit that university to the number or types of programmes that it can operate for as long as it is able to satisfy NUC and other stakeholders that it has the wherewithal to efficiently and effectively operate and deliver graduates that will represent the best interest of such a discipline.

The Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode was formerly Tai Solarin College of Education, Rivers State University of Education, used to be College of Education; both are awarding straight honours and/or education degrees to the students in the liberal arts and sciences, technology and vocational studies disciplines.

All the Universities of Technology and Universities of Agriculture established in Nigeria have Schools of Education where they award education degrees in technology, vocational and entrepreneurial studies.College of Education, Agbor, since inception was designed as an NCE-awarding institution, but over the years it had been running diplomas programmes in computer science and other disciplines that are clearly not part of the mandate of its establishment.

My appeal is that we should pray ceaselessly for this upgrading effort to succeed and also pray for the enablers and influencers of this project to have the resilience, zeal and capacity to deliver on this project which has been variously dubbed a legacy project for our community.End the fallacy and embrace objectivity, please.
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