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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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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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The Rt. Rev’d Dr Promise Dibie Sworn-in as JP

The Rt.Rev’d Dr. Promise Dibie ,Diocesan Bishop of Christ Army Church of Nigeria,The Greater Light Diocese with her headquarters at St Peter’s Christ Army Church of Nigeria, Number 6, Umudein Lane,off Umudein Street, Agbor, Delta State, has added another feather to his cap as he was sworn-in on Monday, March 1,2021 as Justice of Peace by Justice C.N Ogadi of the Agbor High Court through the approval at Delta State Ministry of Justice. The historic event was witnessed by family members, church members, friends and other loved ones.

The Rt.Rev’d Dr. Promise Dibie JP, Diocesan Bishop of Christ Army Church of Nigeria, The Greater Light Diocese is a respected and widely known Prophet and Man of God whose ministry has impacted positively on many Nigerians.

The Kaduna born Deltan is a Bishop par excellence whose prophecies cut across different spheres of life including politics. He is an educationist, author of over 20 books, the most recent titled, “Seeking After Power” being the one that was launched in February this year by the Commissioner of Justice, Hon Peter Mrakpor SAN.He is also a great preacher and philanthropist.
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Isoko Isioma felicitates with General Leo Irabor as he becomes Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff

A young and vibrant businessman, Mr Isoko Isioma, has felicitated with his uncle, Major General Leo Irabor,on his well deserved appointment as Chief of Defense Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari. Isoko who is the Publicity Secretary, Ika Children in Diaspora expressed joy and gratitude to President Buhari for finding General Irabor worthy for the appointment.

While expressing hope that General Irabor would leave up to the expectations of Nigerians,he wished him well in his new appointment.

Major General Leo Irabor

Mr Isoko Isioma
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Ika North East Council Allocates Office To Nigerian Correctional Service

The authorities of the Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, has allocated an office to the Nigerian Correctional Service, formerly known as the Nigeria Prisons Service within the council area.At the brief event which took place on Monday, January 18, 2021, the Head of Personnel Management who is presently the Acting Chairman of Ika North East local government area, Sir Friday. C. Obianke, in company of some top government functionaries of the council formally handed over the keys of the office to the officers of the Non-Custodial Unit, which is under the umbrella of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Earlier in a brief remark, Sir F. C. Obianke, disclosed that the allocation of an office to the Nigerian Correctional Center in Owa-Oyibu, was in line with the federal government directives that all federal establishments should have an office at every local government council in the country. He noted that it was a good development and a step in the right direction for the Nigerian Correctional Center to have their office in the local government headquarters, which according to him is an indication that the presence of the federal government would be felt in the area. He charged the officers to manage the office space provided for them because presently the council is lacking accommodation in many areas.On his part, Deputy Superintendent of Corrections (Non-Custodial), Egun Tuesday, who received the office keys on behalf of the management of the Nigerian Correctional Service, who was full of smiles expressed his satisfaction over the development, saying that it’s been long that they have been looking for an office space within the council, he appreciated the Acting Chairman and the leadership of the local government for the wonderful feat. Continuing, he assured the council management that the purpose of giving them the office will be greatly achieved, assuring that the place will be judiciously used.

DSC Egun, further stated that the Non-Coustodial Unit of the Nigerian Correctional Service, handle issues of convicted offenders whose cases and jail terms are minor, explaining that the essence of the Unit is that it will help to decongest the prisons, disclosing that the Non-Custodial will have what they call Paro, Restorative Justice System, Community Service, etc, saying that in the area of Community Service it will help and benefit the community, explaining that rather than serve their jail terms in the corrections custody, they will give them lesser punishment and bring them to the Non-Custodial Center which is the office.

Speaking further, he appreciated Mr. Ogwu Samuel, the Chaplain in of the Ecclesiastical matter in Agbor Correctional Service for his efforts in helping them to look for an office and also appreciated the management and staffs of Ika Mirror and Ika Weekly Newspapers respectively for their support in reporting about their services to the general public.

DSC Egun Tuesday, used the opportunity to appeal to spirited individuals and Non Governmental Organizations to come to their aid in the provision of office furniture and equipment for effective service delivery.In the same vein, Chaplain Ogwu Samuel, commended the Head of Personnel Management who also doubles as the current Acting Chairman of the council, saying, “Though we started this move when my friend Hon. Barr. Victor Ebonka was on board, at the end we had our way through when he recently handed over to the Head of Personnel Management.

We want to appreciate them so very much for the way and manner they conducted themselves in this brief ceremony of handing over the office keys to us. I want to assure them that we will forward the clip of today’s event to the Delta State Commissioner of Police in order for him to see the colourful ceremony. We also want to appreciate Ika Weekly and Ika Mirror Newspapers that gave us a firm promise that they will be covering every activities of the Non-Custodial Unit. Thanks for all the assistance right from the day we started this move, God bless you all, Amen”.Notable personalities at the epoch making event included, Sir F. C. Obianke, Ojeh. B., Nweke Emeke, Okwueze. S., Chaplain Ogwu Samuel, DSC Egun Tuesday, ASC 1 Osagie. C., ASC 11 Ayiba. S., IC Aliemeke.. C. and IC Kalikwu. S.

Officials of Ika North East Council with Officers, Non- Custodial Unit

The building housing the office apartment

Sir F.C. Obianke handing over the office keys to DSC. Egun Tuesday
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Delta Vocational Board Secretary, members visit Orodje of Okpe

The Executive Secretary of Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, ably led by Engr. Smart Ikem, paid a scheduled advocacy visit to His Royal Majesty, Orhue 1, Major General Felix Mujakperuo (retd) the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.

In a brief remark, the Executive Secretary of Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Engr. Smart Ikem, applauded the Orodje of Okpe for his leadership prowess in promoting peace and unity in Okpe kingdom.

While appreciating the Orodje, he appealed to the king to use his good office to sensitize his people on the importance of acquiring a skill to be an employer of labour and also employable.The Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board is in-charge of all Vocational centres in Delta State.

In a swift response, His Royal Majesty, , Orhue 1, Major General Felix Mujakperuo (retd) the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, appreciated the Executive Secretary and his team for the pivotal advocacy visit that is centered on empowering his people.He promised to sensitize his people to key into the programmes of the board that is centered on providing the requisite skills and empower the people towards living a fulfilled life.

Engr. Smart Ikem led executive with the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major General Felix Mujakperuo (retd)
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APC government has failed Nigerians

-Hon Victor Nwokolo

The member representing Ika Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly and Chairman, House Committee, on Banking and Currency, Hon Victor Nwokolo, has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC led Federal Government has failed Nigerians, noting that the sufferings Nigerians are passing through at the moment was caused by the APC government.

Nwokolo stated this while addressing PDP members in Ika South during the party’s tours in Wards 7, 8 and 9 last week Saturday, November 28.His words,”We are here to say thank you to the people of Ika South PDP for your great support for our beloved and result oriented leader, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. For supporting Governor Okowa, it shall be well with you. May the Almighty God continue to bless,protect and sustain you.“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing a very good job in the twenty-five local government areas in Delta State. Projects initiated and executed by the Okowa’s government are scattered everywhere in the state.

According to him,” If Federal Government is doing ten percent of what Governor Okowa is doing, the sufferings in Nigeria would have been reduced. That is why we are saying thank you, with unity, we will take over power from APC at the federal level. We need your prayer, we need your loyalty and support as we work towards saving our people from abject poverty.

The federal lawmaker concluded by saying, “My brother there is too much hardship in Nigeria’ at the moment. The hardship is caused by the APC government. Let nobody deceive you or tell you a different story, APC has failed Nigerians. The APC government promised to build sky scrappers in the air, unfortunately, none of the promises was fulfilled.

Another word for APC is backwardness. If you doubt go to the North, you will discover that nothing meaningful is happening there. Therefore, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has made great and positive impacts in our lives politically, we must continue to support and be loyal to him. With Governor Okowa and PDP all of us will continue to smile.”

Hon Patience Onyesom, Hon. Godwin Ezedom & Hon. Caroline Agbi
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Okorie Receives South South Youth Peace Mission On Courtesy Call

The Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN Delta State Chapter, Amb. Kenneth Okorie on November 11, 2020 played host to the South South Youth Peace Mission during a courtesy visit at the Delta State Headquarters of the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN, Asaba.The South South Youth Peace Mission, a registered youth based non-governmental organization in Nigeria under the leadership Comrade Ebimie Makera with the aim of promoting peace and dialogue in the south south zone of Nigeria.

The State Youth Council Chairman, Amb. Kenneth Okorie while interacting with the South South Youth Peace Mission during the courtesy call, urge the youth group to embrace and key into the program and policies of the Delta State Government.

The State Youth Council Chairman urged the group to ensure that their membership spread should cut across the 25 LGAs of Delta State and assured the group of the readiness of the state youth council to partner with the South South Youth Peace Mission in the interest of peace and sustainable development.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of souvenir to the State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN.The State Youth Council Chairman, Comrade Kenneth Okorie also in return presented Covid-19 prevention items such as handwashing soaps to members of the South South Youth Peace Mission in continuation of the fight against the pandemic.

The State Youth Council Chairman informed the south south youth peace mission that the Handwashing soaps and sanitizers were produced by members of the state youth council who have acquired various types of skills as the NYCN is an asset that enables the young people to realize their dreams through personal developmental initiatives.

Other members of the NYCN present at the courtesy visit includes Comrade Collins Enekorogha, the State Secretary General of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter and Comrade Nwange Sanda, the National officer of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.

Okorie (m) with members of South South Youth Peace Mission
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