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Letter to the Delta State Government

By Frank Chuks Izekor

As Delta State celebrate 30 years of her creation and 20 years of PDP rule in the state, I want to draw the attention of State government to a community road, although the has never been tared, but was hitherto passable over the past years without much difficulties.

The Alizomor – Alisor – Omumu road in Ward 3, Ika South Local Government Area, was awarded sometime last year by the Delta State government, and was billed to be completed within a record time as we were told that the contract sum was already made available to the contracting firm.

The road was among many other roads across the state that were awarded at the same time. The contractor to this particular road shortly after the award mobilized to site to the excitement of inhabitants of the communities.

While other roads awarded at the same time have been completed, only about 2klm of this road which ends at Alizomor was partially completed. The part of the road leading to Alisor was bulldozed and abandoned, while nothing was done on the part leading to Omumu.

The contractor according to grapevine information blamed lack of funds to the abandonment of the road project!But how could this be true when we were initially told that funds for the project, and indeed all the projects awarded at the same time have all been completed?

Alisor community as at today cannot be accessed through that road as it has completely become impassable. It has never been this bad over the years even though it was not tared.

The questions that are begging for answers as it concerns the road are:• Why was the construction of the road stopped immediately it passed the residence of a particular PDP stalwart who is the leader of the Party in that locality?• Why was funds made available for the other roads awarded by the State Government at the same time, not made available for this road?• Could it be that somebody somewhere influenced the construction of this road with the contract cutting across the three communities of Alizomor, Alisor and Omumu, while it was actually met to end after crossing a point?If this assertions are not correct, what effort then is this PDP and their stalwarts in that Ward putting in to ensure that the entire stretch of the road as awarded is completed?

I want to, therefore, call on the state government to expedite action on this road to alleviate the sufferings of the people living in these communities as PDP over the years has benefited immensely from them through what they call “bush votes!”

I want to also use this medium to call on the Commissioner for Works, (Urban and Federal Roads) Engr Noel Omodon who incidentally is from the same Ward with these communities to use his good office to see to the completion of this road, even though the said road does not fall within his jurisdiction, I however, appeal to him to reach out to his counterpart in the Rural Road Ministry to give the road the attention it deserves.
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Chief A. O. Okowa Was Good To All-


An American trained Organic Chemist and Executive Assistant to the governor of Delta State, on Special Duties, Dr. Chukwuma O. Nwaonicha, has said that late educationist and the Ojeangbe of Owa Kingdom, Chief Arthur Okorie Okowa was good to persons who came his way. Nwaonicha who spoke in an interview at Agbor paid glowing tributes to respected community leader.

He said, “Chief Arthur Okorie Okowa was not just a father but, he was good to all persons who came his way during his sojourn on earth. His relationship with people both in his Owa-Alero Community and beyond was cordial and worthy of emulation. He lived good life, hence, God kept him alive till the age of 88 years and was installed the Okparan-Uku of Idumuebo, a position he held until he joined his ancestors. He was indeed a great man. May his soul find eternal peace in the bosom”.

Speaking in the same vein, Nwaonicha prayed God to keep guiding and protecting the eldest son of the late Ojeangbe and the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Okowa and his siblings.

Meanwhile, he used the medium to commend the developmental strikes of Governor Okowa in Delta State, noting that the Governor has truly put smiles on the faces of Deltans siince his inauguration on May 29, 2015. He called on Deltans to remain committed and supportive of the Okowa’s administration to enable the Governor finish strong in 2023.
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Ezekudene frowns against police molestation, calls for caution

A popular traditional doctor in Agbor, Chief Destiny Ijiebor, popularly known as, Ezekudene has frowned at the alleged molestation and arrest of one of his boys, Abraham Nmor by police officers serving in Obiaruku Police Division. Chief Ijiebor who holds the traditional titles of Ekwueme of Ejeme Aniogor, Ezekudene of Ejeme Aniogor and Nzun Nakpundun of Ejeme Unor condemned the action of the police on Abraham, stressing that such actions are completely against fundamental human rights of every bonafide citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen on the development, Ezekudene said, ” I am a community leader who believes in peaceful coexistence, unity and progress. I was shocked to receive a call on Tuesday, August 17 that one of my boys, Abraham Nmor who earlier was in my place to take herbal medication for the ailment he is suffering from, was arrested by police officers at Obiaruku Police Division. I was told he was searched but nothing bad was found on him. Unfortunately, the police officers went ahead to arrest and detain him, stating that Abraham robbed a substance on his body that portrays him as a ritualist. He is not a ritualist. He is a small boy who is struggling to survive. I wondered why police is molesting and embarrassing an innocent citizen.

Ezekudene disclosed that he has been part of the efforts to sustain peace and development in Agbor and its environs, and that apart from being a member of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Agbor, he has in several occasions assisted security agencies, particularly police in their works.

“If police officers have started arresting people with herbs robbed on their bodies are they saying that traditional medicine is criminal? Has government placed a ban against herbal medicine? Police should please tell us. If government has not placed a ban on herbal medicine, then the police should be called to order”, he stated.

He therefore called on the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa to call the Divisional Police Officer in Obiaruku, SP Florence Nzekwu and her officers to order before they will drag the reputation of the Nigerian Police to the mud.
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The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has appointed Ika North East Chairman and ALGON Chairman, Delta State, Hon Victor Ebonka as National Legal Adviser.

Barr Ebonka was appointed at the end of a two-hour meeting of the ALGON Board of Trustees (BOT) and the National Executive Council (NEC).

BOT Chairman, Hon. Odunayo Ategbero, presided over the Trustees meeting which addressed national issues of concern.

The communique at the end of the meeting reads in parts:

“The BOT of ALGON wishes to add that success in winning the war on banditry, kidnapping, insurgents, Herder’s crisis, killings, armed robbery and so on should remain consistent until every nook and cranny of villages, councils, LGA’s and States are free from such vices.

“The BOT hereby call on Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the security agencies in intelligent gathering to guarantee effective synergy for maximum results.

“The BOT insists in ample safeguards of rule of law and will continue to uphold the constitution mandate of the Association.

“As conscience of the Association, the BOT is in total support for the present Leadership of Hon. Kolade David Alabi and urge Nigerians not to be distracted by lies and falsehood of few fifth columnists that do not mean well for the Association.

“Meanwhile, the ALGON Chairman, Kogi has been removed as the ALGON Legal Adviser and has since been replaced by the ALGON Chairman Delta State Chapter, Hon. Barr. Victor Ebonka

The meeting was well attended by a handful of members as others joined virtually in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
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The Need For BEDC To Prevent High Tension Cable Accident In Ika Land — Residents Speak

By Emmanuel Egbuchinem

Some residents of Boji Boji Metropolis have during an interactive session with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, frowned at the rate of high tension electricity cable accident that is being recorded on a daily basis in Ika Land.

Some of the respondents who bared their mind on the issue urged the management of BEDC to be more committed in the area of preventing high tension electricity cable accidents and in maintaining their facilities continuously, in order to forestall such negative occurrences within Ika Nation.Here are the contributions of some of the residents who spoke on the issue.Mr. Emmanuel Uzor, A Businessman, said “First and foremost I sympathize with the high tension electricity cable accident victim and her family over the mishap a fortnight ago. The issue of electricity cable accident is becoming very worrisome in Ika Land, there is no point beating around the bush, the management and staffs of BEDC should live up to expectation,they have not done that in my own view. It is unfortunate that we are still seeing a situation where individuals, group and organization come together and contribute their resources to purchase electric poles/cables and transformers after which they will transfer the materials and equipment to the authorities of BEDC. We were told by the federal government that power has been privatized, yet I don’t know why the issue of outdated equipment and bad structures are so pronounced all over the place, you will see several old and outdated transformers, electricity poles and cables. It is becoming a death trap everywhere though it’s not only in Ika Land that I have been seeing such rot, but it is quite unfortunate anyway. It is high time that the federal government has to use the authorities at their disposal to ensure that the management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) are made to be more committed to their responsibilities of doing the needful in saving Nigerians from all these unfortunate incidence”.Mr. Benjamin Igboanugo, A Carton Manufacturer, said “Power issue in Nigeria is a very complex issue, we made it complex not that we don’t have the materials to provide electricity to the citizens, but we made it so complex that we don’t know how to come out of it. Most of these high tension wires were installed in the Seventies and Eighties and nobody to maintain them. I don’t think it is like that in some of the developing world, not to talk of the developed world. What can someone say? Until it kills a prominent person or notable politicians they will not sit up, presently it is killing people, we will talk and when we talk, if it is the will of God they will listen, but we will keep talking.What I am saying is that BEDC should have a system whereby all these old high tension cable mast and tower that is carrying the electricity cables should be properly maintained because they are bound to collapse. The authority of the power distribution company should have a system of maintaining their equipment say maybe within a time frame of four years there will be a change or maintenance, so that these things will not continue to be killing our people.We are crying that Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and unknown bandits are killing people, now electricity cable that is in everywhere will also add to the killings, how many Nigerians will remain? The management of BEDC should sit up, I don’t know how we can continue in this society in such situation where there is no maintenance culture? Even in the Bible after Jesus Christ fed Five thousand people they picked up what was remaining so that there wouldn’t be any waste, but here in our country we are always into continuous wasting and no system to curtail the wastages, I don tire o, I don’t know where we are heading to. Let the authorities of BEDC try and continually maintain the mast and towers that are carrying the high tension electricity cables, so that we will be alive in good health”.Comrade Anthony Nwabianke, A Security Practitioner, said “This issue is good to be addressed because of the adverse effects of the high tension electricity cable accident on some persons in recent times. At this point it will be appreciated by the citizenry for the authorities of BEDC to consider it as a priority to go into adequate maintenance of their facilities such as the replacement of wooden electricity poles in order to ensure that things are being done perfectly, they should also ensure that residential buildings and business structures are not constructed under the high tension electricity cable wires. Furthermore, I urge the BEDC management to ensure that they supervise the staffers effectively that they do the right things that are expected of them and if need be they should ensure that they pay them accordingly, so that BEDC will see the need of providing quality services to the masses. The risk of high tension electricity cable on the citizens is not something that should be overlooked.Although, for sometime now BEDC have been trying in providing electricity to the masses, but much more is required in maintaining their facilities in order to ensure that the people of Ika Nation enjoy their services to the fullest”.
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The Director General (DG) of the Delta State Orientation Bureau, Eugene Azuka Uzum Esq, has rated the developmental strides of the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, high as Deltans prepare to celebrate the creation of the state at 30.

Uzum stated this on the regular weekly Radio Programme tagged, “Prosperity for All Deltans, How e be for your Area” on the discuss, “Delta at 30, Desires matching Leadership.”

According to the orientation boss, Deltans had a lot to celebrate viewing from the creation of the State on the 24th, August 1991 to the present day.

Uzum said that the administration of Chief James Ibori between May 1999 to 2007 and that of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, between 2007 and 2015 has brought different developments and legacies in the state.

He said that the history of past governance could not be complete without the present day administration the Okowa Administration in the state.

“Today, under the present administration, technical education in Delta State is topnotch, having 25 technical colleges across the 25 local government area of the state, making it highest in the federation,” Uzum said.

Uzum also noted that “We also have three additional universities which includes Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro; Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba and the University of Delta, Agbor, created also under the administration of Governor Okowa for the admission of more Deltans for university education.

“In the area of job creation, according to statistics available, the present day Delta State under Governor Okowa has created novel job opportunities with over 100,000 Deltans and residents in the state gainfully engaged,” Uzum stated.

He said that the administration had more construction of network of internal roads, linking many towns and villages, adding that it was not a surprise that Governor Okowa was nicknamed the Road Master by the appreciative Deltans and residents in the state.

Uzum said Deltans had alot to celebrate in terms of peace across the state, adding that Delta State was one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria, just as he noted that in the area of gender equality in governance, the present administration had the highest number of women appointees and the highest in the federation.

“Delta State is outstanding in sporting activities, entertainment and comedy across the nation. These and many more, Deltans have alot to celebrate as we become 30 years in existence as a state,” Uzum averted.
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Tribute to Governor Godwin Emefiele at 60

By Boniface Chizea

My own Governor, it gives me tremendous pleasure to have been requested to give this tribute to you as you achieve your Diamond Jubilee anniversary. In all modesty, I believe I am very much qualified to give such a tribute, having known you since your days at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka during your undergraduate days when you studied Banking and Finance. You were amongst the group of students that came on a short excursion to the United Bank of Africa where I was then the Manager in charge of Strategic Planning at the Bank. Our paths crossed severally after that time, when you graduated and joined the banking industry, particularly during the period when you were the Deputy Managing Director at the Zenith Bank.

We have been together up on till the wonderful development when you were announced as the 10th indigenous Governor of the Central Bank. We were all, as should be expected, over the moon. I recall the morning I received your call to break the good news to me that you would want me to join you as you resume at the Bank as a Senior Adviser and was I so joyous! In your very words; ‘’When I go to the Bank I would like you to be by my side wherever I go.’’ But as the situation evolved this intention had to be altered due to exigencies just before your resumption and it was then no longer practicable for me to resume with you as earlier desired. But to the glory of God you did not abandon me to be an orphan. And we give all thanks, honour and glory to God Almighty.

My Governor, you are most welcome to the sixth floor of life; to now qualify in every sense to be addressed as an Elder. I know it is a good feeling, particularly when you cast your mind back to recall many others you know who have not been so privileged. We must learn to count our blessings, always; particularly as you celebrate in apparent robust good health, with chubby rosy cheeks looking none the worse for stress. And it has pleased God for this event to occur not too long after you were reappointed for an unprecedented second five year term by a President who inherited you as a Governor and who has been severally accused as not known for his broadmindedness on such matters! My Governor it is not a mean achievement and we must continue to thank and glorify God for his bountiful mercies.

Let us go down memory lane to recount some of the landmark achievements you have made in your sojourn so far at the Central Bank. What is remarkable for me is how you managed to weather the many stress at the Central Bank. In fact at the initial years some of us at your corner were genuinely concerned about your health. The outcry and criticism was so much as many Nigerians heaped all the problems of the country on you as you were expected to pull out the magic wand to make circumstances change overnight, particularly with regard to the falling rate of exchange.

The fact remained that from the period you assumed office, the oil market which is the goose that lays the golden egg for Nigeria as far as the inflow of foreign exchange is concerned, went soft as price went southwards. This is in stark contrast to the situation when your immediate predecessor was in office. And therefore it was a battle to keep the rate of exchange stable. Unfortunately most Nigerians on the sidelines are all professional “economists” who always feel they know better than any other person and are prepared to pontificate what they think should be the preferred policy response. And if you do not following their cue you are dubbed as clueless!

But you did not hide your intentions regarding your stand on how the rate of exchange will be managed under your watch. You made it clear, I recall, during your maiden press conference to launch your five year agenda for the Central Bank under your watch that you do not believe in currency devaluation. As you explained, because devaluation should not be embarked upon for the mere sake of it or because of pressure no matter from which ever sources even be it from multilateral Finance Institutions.

As you rationalized, devaluation as a policy makes sense only in the context of export promotion strategy. Otherwise one ends up importing price increases leading to spike in inflationary pressure and galloping prices which is detrimental to the wellbeing of a generality of the population. Fortunately President Buhari shared your views and it was therefore easier for you to stand your ground.

But my Governor you must agree with me that it has been a hard job. And it must have given you nightmares of sorts, the task of grappling with keeping the rate of exchange of the Naira stable in an economy that is lacking in productivity coupled with the fact of the insatiable appetite for the consumption of foreign goods and services amongst a generality of the population.

It was also thought by some commentators that allowing market forces to determine prices was eminently better instead of administrative controls and we agree. But My Governor the problem, as we all know, is that there is no market for foreign exchange in Nigeria. You cannot have a market situation with one dominant supplier of the commodity with so many other economic agents not playing any meaningful role but to pile up demand pressure. You were accused of knee jerk reactions as policy thrusts were often changed as you frantically searched for solution to stop the slide in the value of the exchange rate. Despite your best efforts, we have what it is today mainly because of lack of productivity in the economy.

My Governor, we must commend you for having the courage of your conviction. You took a decision not to extend official foreign exchange to some carefully selected items and once again all hell was let loose; we must not allow demand management! But the reality is that you courageously stood your ground and today we must admit that the country is the better for it as import bills come crashing down. What most compatriots do not realize is that but for your efforts in trying to stabilize the rate of exchange, the floor could have fallen off the Naira making it almost worthless.

The struggle with managing the rate of exchange as should be expected remains work in progress as you have only recently courageously refused to continue to extend official foreign exchange to Bureau de change operators that have constituted themselves as channels for the draining of foreign exchange supply as they have kicked aside their original mandate of playing at the retail end of the market to become big time players competing with the banks, even as they make themselves channels for the movement of illegal funds and money laundering in the economy, and in the process, contributing an unfair quota to the attempt to dollarize the Nigerian economy.

But my Governor you have scored the bull’s eye with your efforts at extending development finance to deserving sectors of the economy. You have the cake on this as no other Governor will claim to have come anywhere near what you have achieved. Of course the nay sayers have been at it. There say you have left the mandate of the Central Bank to be pushing other matters, but your mandate is clear on this matter and you are very much on course. You have done quite a lot in this respect which is well advertised that it might not be necessary to recount them here.

But as far as I am concerned two issues exemplify your efforts in this regard; the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme that has made the country nearly self-sufficient in rice with other items in queue and your efforts as Nigeria confronted the pandemic. Without the contribution of the Central Bank Nigeria most certainly could have been thoroughly lost. When the fiscal authorities launched the Economic Sustainability Plan, but for the loan you extended, it could have been a different ball game. You not only did that, you proceeded to put your plan in place which ensured that the stability of the financial system was not endangered by extending various accommodations both to the banks even as you extended interest charges relief to agents that have borrowed from the Central Bank.

You extended attention to other important areas such as the development of local capacity for the manufacturing of vaccines. Not too long ago INFRACO Company meant to enlist private capital for the urgent improvement on available infrastructure in the economy, was officially launched by the President signing off on it and appointing key players. I am on record to have observed objectively that if we are looking for one institution that has been accountable for the country’s quick exit from the pandemic to resume growth, that it must be the Central Bank under your watch even if some will claim that you only fulfilled your responsibility.

What more can one say after we have heard the President admit openly that it was one of his best decisions in office to have reappointed you as the Governor of the Central Bank for a second five year term. Thank you for returning the Central Bank to the path of professionalism avoiding all the controversies that was gradually becoming the hallmark of the Central Bank before your assumption of office.

My Governor thanks for remaining essential the Godwin Emefiele we all know even if it is now very difficult, for obvious reasons, to have an audience with you. We bless God for the life you have lived and beg him to walk with you as your strength to enable you to do even greater exploits in the years ahead at the Central Bank to His glory and the better interest of a generality of our population.

My own Governor congratulations and many more Spirit filled happy returns in robust health, wisdom, understanding, prudence, charity, joy, serendipity and above all else the fear of the Lord. Remain in God’s Love. Amen.

Dr. Boniface Chizea, a consultant, wrote from Lagos.
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In praise of Godwin Emefiele at 60

By Issa Aremu

THE 11th second-term running Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, turns 60 on Wednesday, August 4.

As a sexagenarian myself, I bear witness to the significance of the gift of worthy six-decade life in an ever precarious world of insecurity and COVID-19 pandemic with its notorious Delta variant.

Emefiele’s inspiring profile is a delight of writers and members of commentariat alike. There are enough positive word counts on the life and indelible landmarks of a multiple degrees holder in Finance and insurance, former lecturer at the first generation University of Nigeria Nsukka, an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard University (2004) and Wharton School of Business (2005) and former Group Managing Director of a leading bank in Africa: Zenith Bank. Emefiele was born on August 4, 1961 in Lagos.

His parents originally hailed from Ika South, Agbor of Delta State. A confluence of “Centre of Excellence” (Lagos) and a “Big heart” (Delta) makes a great compatriot in whom many Nigerians are at home with. Young Emefiele attended primary education in Government Primary School, Victoria Island (formerly Ansar-U-Den Primary School, Igbosere), Lagos, before proceeding to Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos.

Emefiele’s cosmopolitan disposition, humility, modesty, fairness to all and tenacity of policy purpose and focus point to the strength of multiple identities in a diverse Federal Republic like Nigeria. I agree with the American talk show host, television producer, author, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey that “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate”.

The essential Emefiele is an activist 11th CBN Governor (Bankers’ Banker) and Development Central Banker. Seven years after eventful activist independent central banking, Emefiele has cut a commendable clout as a Governor with an eye on the bigger picture of the economy. He has remarkably balanced the Bank’s mandate of monetary and price stability, with the development objectives of national economy. In seven years, CBN has recorded significant successes with respect to price and financial stability and macro economics despite the pressures of centrifugal forces. First is his prompt agenda setting.

Appointed in 2014, by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Emefiele in his inaugural speech espoused “Entrenching Macroeconomic Stability and a Engendering Economic Development in Nigeria.” On reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari he consolidated on the achievements of the first tenure through his popularized five-year policy thrust for another term of five years (2019-2024). The CBN within the context of its enabling Act continues to maintain sound financial structure, promote monetary stability, safeguard the value of Naira and stable exchange rate, proving to be a financial adviser to the federal government in the areas of price and exchange rate management, development financing, building foreign reserves and employment creation.

On Exchange rate management, there have been creative interventionist measures which include flexible exchange rates (in interbank market) to multiple windows FX management for whole sale, invisible, small and medium enterprises (SME) and Investors/Exporters windows. Rate stability is the constant factor.

Notwithstanding a sharp drop in crude oil prices, and reduction in Nigeria’s oil production quota, as well as the significant decline in government revenue and foreign exchange earnings as a result of the impact of two recessions in quick successions in addition to COVID-19 impact on the nation’s economy, exchange rate stabilizes at N410/$.

Exchange rate availability allows for planning and investment decisions. CBN had consistently resisted the pressures to return to “staggering and undulating foreign exchange rate in relation to the naira due to pressures by speculators, bettors, round-trippers and rent-seekers.” The 11th CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele had long seen tomorrow well before COVID-19. In promoting import substitution through development financing, CBN rightly removed some 43 imported goods from the list of some items valid for Forex Exchange in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.

I agree with the governor that “it is our collective duty to ensure that the potential and prospects of the economy are optimally realised. The ongoing economic recovery requires the joint efforts and wise counsel of everyone, if we must take giant strides forward.”

Therefore, beyond the creative monetary measures of the CBN, the fiscal authorities with respect to electricity supply, fighting smuggling and dumping (customs department), curbing insecurity, trade policies must compliment with new activist measures that would boost domestic manufacturing.

Many Happy returns to a co-sexagenarian!.
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Dr Donald Peterson weekly nugget

Your certificate will cure your illiteracy.But it is your skill that will cure your POVERTY. Go to Banks And observe.

You will be surprised That it is often people who speak big English, that deposit small money. While those who speak little English deposit Big Money.

Money responds To skills, not Certificates.Go to various local and International Markets. Many illiterates are using their skills to make millions daily. Meanwhile, Millions Of degree holders are speaking big English Grammar, while holding on to poverty.Learn a skill and be self reliant for self satisfaction!!.Blessed New Week Folks…..

-Dr Donald Peterson
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Crafts: The various handiworks wrought in Ika are produced essentially for use and to meet the daily needs of the people. Some of these articles possess artistic qualities which enhance their attraction and market value. The local craftsmanship includes cloth-weaving, mat-making, pottery, smithery, and basketry, especially in the olden days.

Cloth weaving centered mainly in many parts of Ika in the olden days. Then, all the clothes were hand-woven by women. This craft is becoming a thing of the past in Ika nowadays.

Weaving is an ancient craft in Ika culture. In the olden days, women wore stripes of coarsed cloths which were hand-woven from ede fibres. In the olden days, ede plants were abundant in Ika forests. They grew wildly and women usually went to cut them from the forests. The bark of ede plant contains fabric-like materials out of which threads for weaving could be made.

The plants were collected, split, soaked in water and boiled in order to remove the rough portions. They were dried in the sun and at that stage the substance looked like flakes. The weaver took them in bits to produce threads arranged in bundles. With needles, they were woven into cloths, loin-cloths, bags, etc. The ede woven cloths and materials were very durable.

Subsequently, cotton weaving was introduced when cotton plants were grown in their farms. When the women were not employed with the men in the farm, their usual hobby was spinning with locally made spindles and weaving cotton. Dyes were made out of barks of some trees which were carefully squeezed after certain processes. These cotton woven cloths were made into different types of durable and beautiful garments.

Mats are still produced in many villages in Igbodo and Ute kingdoms in Ika. Mat-making is traditionally a female occupation.In the olden days, Ika people carved wood panel doors which were used in their buildings. They also carved wooden ash-trays, ladles, mortar, pestle, calabash, etc.Baskets are made extensively in Ika. The basic raw materials are obtained from palm branches and canes (ogan).Previously, the ogan twigs were the only raw material, but this is now out of Ika bushes. Basket products include farmers’ wicker baskets, domestic baskets, waste paper baskets and fishing baskets by those living near the streams.

Blacksmith: Good blacksmiths are found in some parts of Ika. They provide farmers with cutlasses, hoes; housewives with such articles as kitchen knives, pins; and rich customers with iron gates and wrought iron windows.

Soap making: In the olden days, women gathered branches of trees and plants like efume, or igbefu, materials like esuke, plantain peels, husks of palm kernel, etc. whose ashes contained caustic soda, burnt them into ashes and processed the substance into soap. This was done by getting a clay pot slightly perforated in the bottom, on top of which is built a heap, and under such pot, another pot was set inside the heap. The top was the filter. A layer of sand and the caustic soda ashes were put in, and then the salty water is allowed to filter through. The filtrate was then withdrawn, processed and mixed with oil to make soap.

Fishing: A few people living very close to the streams engage in fishing. Fishing did not, and up till now, does not provide an important employment for Ika people. It has been carried out on part time basis. These people have little kind of fishing craft and techniques.

In Ika community culture, many people engage in a varietyof small-scale enterprises both industrial and science like:Bicycle and motor-cycle repairing.Building of furniture and interior decorations.Motor mechanics.Shoe repairing.Welding.Saw milling.Oil palm maintenance and milling.Radio and Television mechanics.Carpentry.Laundry and dry cleaning.Concrete block making.Block/brick laying and Plastering.Cassava milling.Knitting and tailoring.Soda soap making.Paid labour.Palm kernel crushing.Fishery.Piggery.Driving.Hotel and catering services.Hair dressing.Entertainment services.Machinery and equipmentrental and leasing.Canopies and chair hiring services.White-collar jobs.Banking.Trading.Religion, and so on.Concluded.
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