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Schools In Delta State Will Resume Monday, 18th January, 2021

— Chief Inspector Of Education

The newly posted Chief Inspector Of Education (CIE) for Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, has during an interactive session with newsmen at his Ministry of Education office within the premises of the Post Primary Education Board, Agbor, on Thursday, January 14, 2021, reaffirmed the state government position that Public and Private Schools in Delta State will resume academic activities for the Second Term of the 2020/2021 Academic Session on Monday, 18th January 2021, as earlier announced by the Delta State government.

Here are the excerpts of the interview. Happy reading.Good Morning Sir,

Please may we know you?Ans: I am Mr. Omonigho Abeke Henry, the Chief Inspector Of Education, newly posted to Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.Ques: We are aware that Public and Private Schools in the State were supposed to resume on Monday, 11th January 2021, after the Christmas break, before we got the information that it had been shifted to Monday, 18th January 2021, only for us to hear again that the resumption date has been postponed indefinitely.

As a stakeholder in the educational sector, what is the true position of things, so that the masses will be well informed?Ans: If you say that school resumption has been postponed indefinitely it is not correct, although that is the position of the Federal Government and not the Delta State Government position because education is on concurrent basis that every state wants to decide when to resume school. The Delta State Government has said that schools should resume on Monday, 18th January,2021, from all indications that position still remains.

Ques: As the Chief Inspector of Education in Ika South local government area, what is your advise to your teachers as they resume for the year?Ans: I will urge them to seat tight, they have to be disciplined, you have to have that emotional intelligence to actually know the different state of their level of learning and also identify the needs of the learners, for the fact that we have lost ground as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic. We have to look at things and offer sacrifices to see that the curriculum is not delayed because if we don’t meet up the demand of learning of covering the curriculum, you will see that at the end of the academic session the students will not be able to perform well as expected.

Ques: What is your advice to the pupils/students as they resume school?Ans: My advise to them is that they should respect their teachers, respect their parents, they should also know that they have lost ground in learning, they should do their assignment and come to school early and be prepared to learn.

Ques: Using this medium what is your general advise to both the pupils/students parents and other stakeholders within the educational sector?Ans: Well, it is a collective effort, the children, the parents and the society as well as the Ministry of Basic And Secondary Education. If we have to apportion percentage to the various stakeholders, if I should put it that way the learners will have more because if they are not ready to learn, give them all the materials and what it takes to become successful, they will still not measure up, if they are not ready to learn because you can’t break their head and put the knowledge, so they have to be studious.Then for the parents, no matter how brilliant your child is, without having the tools for learning that child will still not perform well. You will give her all the necessary tools, that is where you can now encourage that child by providing her with Textbooks, Notebooks and other writing materials.

Ques: Presently, there are some persons mostly the youths who feels that Education is a scam. In your own understanding is Education a scam?Ans: In my opinion, Education is not a scam, in the sense that Education is the key to development.

What else do you think that you can use to develop the society? Is it rituals? Is it 419?Education develops you as an individual and brings out the best qualities that is in you, it’s what you have that you can give. So, Education is not a scam, even if you are selling groundnuts, the illiterate person and the educated person is selling the same item, the packaging is different, the way you relate to the public is different. So it does not mean that you must work in government sector, even if you are a farmer, you are educated or a taxi driver, the public will see you by your attitude, even if it is skill you want to learn, you will perform better than someone who didn’t go to school. Even when you go to school, you can still learn skill.However, I urge everyone especially the youths to embrace Education because of its numerous benefits.Thank you…

Mr. Omonigho Abeke Henry
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Ika South NUT honours 76 retirees with awards, cash

…as Dr. Peterson gifts outstanding teachers

Not less than 76 retired teachers in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State have been honoured.The successful retirees were presented with an award plaque and cash for serving meritoriously for 35 years.This was marked in a colourful ceremony sponsored by a private organization, D-Peterson Foundation, on Saturday, December 19, 2020 in Agbor, to appreciate outstanding teachers in various categories such as Best Principal, Best Secondary School Teachers, Best Head Teachers and Best Primary School Teachers, respectively.

Emerging winners of the categories were as follows;BEST PRINCIPALS CATERGORY: First, Mr. Memeh Chuks Monday, Dein Palace Secondary School, Agbor. First position, cash prize of One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (#120,000). Second. Mrs. Jibuno F.C., Alindinma Secondary, Agbor Alindinma. Second position with cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Naira (#100,000).Third.Mrs. Ogbuagu-Asemota E.G., of Ogbemudien Model Secondary School, Agbor. Third position, cash prize of Seventy Thousand Naira (#70,000).

BEST SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS CATEGORY: First, Mrs. Adagonyin M.O., Ime-Obi Secondary School, Agbor. First position, cash prize of Ninety Thousand Naira (#90,000). Second, Mr. John Waruaha –Waru, Abavo Secondary School, Abavo. Second position, cash prize of Seventy Thousand Naira (#70,000).Third.Mr. Okenye Dickson, Jegbefume Secondary School, Abavo. Third position, cash prize of Fifty Thousand Naira (#50,000)

BEST HEAD TEACHER CATEGORY: First. Mrs. Ilechie Joy, Charles Burr Primary School, Agbor. First position, cash prize of One hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (#120,000). Second. Comrade Mrs. Odigwe Victoria, Uweifo Primary School, Ewuru. Second position, cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Naira (#100, 000). Third. Mrs. Aputu Tina Ngozi, Ekwuoma Primary School, Abavo. Third position, cash prize of Seventy Thousand Naira (#70,000)

BEST PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS CATEGORY: First, Comrade Alika Ekele Jude, Alifekede Primary School, Alifekede. First position, cash prize of Ninety Thousand Naira (#90,000). Second. Mrs. Eghomie Tessy, Odili Primary School, Agbor. Second position, cash prize of Seventy Thousand Naira (#70,000). Third. Comrade Mrs. Ewubor Bose, Nosiere Primary School, Agbor. Third prize, cash prize of Fifty Thousand Naira (#50,000).In a welcome address presented by the Chief Inspector of Education, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Ika South chapter, Mr. A. O. Eze, he described the ceremony as a dream come as Dr. Peterson offered to celebrate all Ika South teachers both in Public and private schools.He also thanked the various groups such as NUT, ASUSS, ANCOPSS and AOPSHON for cooperating with the committee in selecting the awardees and further explained the criteria with which the winners were selected, and in the same vein commended the committee for the job well done.He used the medium to encourage teachers who could not emerges as awardees to strive for excellence next year.

In a related development, the Zonal Director, Post Primary Education Board, Agbor, Mrs. Frederick, P.C. (ESQ), in her speech,described the epoch making event as a new beginning for those in the academic circle.

She said “this award ceremony been sponsored by D-Peterson Foundation is the first of its kind in Ika South. This shows that teacher’s reward is no longer in heaven alone but now on earth and I eulogize Dr. Donald Peterson for conceiving this idea and taking up proactive steps to actualize same”

Hon Andrew Agwaze, Chief of Staff, D-Peterson Foundation and currently, Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Delta State on Youth matters who led members of the Foundation (Hon Smart Jegbefume, Ewere Okonta, Hon Ignatius Agboile and Hilary Nmoyem) to the ceremony, in his speech; he promised the teachers that the event will be an annual ceremony and that next year event will be more colourful and more embracing to accommodate more awardees.

“D- Peterson Foundation will partner with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to organize computer training programme for the teachers, by 2021.

“We will also train 1000 students virtually on Python Programming language software,” he added.

He concluded by saying, “the main motive behind the sponsorship is just to thank and appreciate the teachers in Ika South for being the incubators of human learning.”Highlights of the ceremony were the presentations of award to the awardees.

A retiree being presented with award and cash by Ika South NUT Chairman, Comr. John Silas

Right: Hon Raph Agwaze presenting cash prize to the best teacher winner while others looks on

Dr. Donald Peterson

Faces at the event

Members of the organizing committee, Dr. Peterson Foundation team & winners in a group photograph
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Delta State UTQUEN Bids Ndidi Okoagbor Farewell

The remains of Delta State Treasurer and Chairman, Ika South Local Government Area Branch of Union of Tippers and Quarry Employees of Nigeria (UTQUEN), was on Friday August 7, 2020 committed to mother earth at his compound in Ime-Obi, Agbor.His funeral ceremony witnessed a traffic jam along the new Benin/Asaba Expressway, Agbor that lasted over 45 minutes while bringing his corpse back from mortuary.Speaking to newsmen, the Delta State Chairman of UTQUEN, Comrade Eluaka Chukwudumebi grieved over the untimely death of Okoagbor who according to him died at the age of 53 years after a brief illness.According to him, Okoagbor’s death was sudden, shocking and a great loss. His activities in the history of UTQUEN in Ika South and Delta State as a whole cannot be erased and easily forgotten. Through his representation, we have received judgments in our favour from the High Court of Justice to Industrial Court. Okoagbor’s death was a big blow.The massive turnouts of members from the state to local government levels show how important he was to us. We continue to remember him for his good deeds. He is indeed a comrade to reckon with. His legacies of sincerity and kindness live on.On behalf of Delta State UTQUEN, it is my prayer that God should continue to comfort members of his family. My message to everyone was to emulate the life style of Okoagbor who through his life on earth was never found wanting. We however take solace for the fact that our colleague, brother and friend, Okoagbor is resting in the bosom of the Lord, he added.Also responding, his counterpart chairman in Ika North East Local Government Area of UTQUEN, Comrade Wisdom Egbai who doubled as the assistant Task Force Chairman at the state level of the union stated that late Okoagbor was a good to the core. According to him, The deceased is a very honest man who stood by the truth at anytime. Assuming it’s possible for us to bribe death not take our beloved Okoagbor, we would have done it for the fact he will be greatly missed by many. His death was so sudden, but since death is inevitable and we cannot question God, we pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.On his part, the Delta State Task Force Chairman and Chairman of Ndokwa East branch of UTQUEN, Comrade Ugochukwu Otuya described Okoagbor as pillar in Delta State UTQUEN who will be missed greatly. He said they looked upon Okoagbor as a role model who everyone should emulate.In his words, Without mincing words, Delta State UTQUEN lost a great man and fighter of justice. It is my prayer that God gives his family members and those of us that he left behind, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss . We also take solace in the words of Okoagbor that we have to match on.Continuing, Comrade Otuya said, “It’s really painful losing a good man like Okoagbor. As a state Treasurer of the union, he will be remembered as the unions ATM machine whose kobo was never found missing. His sincerity is something that everyone should emulate.Further lamenting Okoagbor’s departure, his vice chairman of UTQUEN, Ika South L.G.A, Comrade Philip Ojei described him as a leader of great repute who had carried everyone along. According to him, Okoagbor as the founder of UTQUEN in Ika South fought tooth and nail with our support for the union to function as an independent body which now was a dream come true. Indeed, we have lost an icon and a pillar. Ika South UTQUEN will remain united and copy from Okoagbor’s style of leadership.The Ika South UTQUEN Secretary, Comrade Micheal Ofume said they have gathered amidst tears and heartbreaking to bid their late chairman farewell to eternity. He said the news of Okoagbor’s death a month ago shocked as many who knew him, revealing that even the member of his household were all in tears because he (Okoagbor) frequently visits.He added that members of the union take solace from his exemplary leadership.Excerpt from his biography further revealed that late Comrade Okoagbor was born on the 9th of November, 1967 to the families of late Francis Anyi of Ogbemudien Community and late Victor Izegbuwa of Ogbesiere Community, all in Ime-Obi Agbor, the headquarters of Ika South LGA. He had his primary and secondary education at Nosare Primary School and Gbenoba Grammar School Agbor where he obtained his School Leaving Certificate and O’ Level Certificate in West African Examination (WAEC) respectively.Due to his quest for independence and knowledge, Okoagbor ventured into the pharmaceutical empire between 1986 to 1988, where learnt and practiced how to sell medicines. But he later traveled to Lagos in search of greener pasture where he worked as a commercial motorcyclist. Okoagbor for the fact that he did not found life easy as he thought returned home and went into driving. As a driver, he has worked in BILWADAM and Julius Berger.In 2002, late Okoagbor became a tipper driver and was made chairman the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Ika South in 2003. Thereafter, it was in 2017, he was sworn into office as the chairman of the UTQUEN, Ika South, a position he head until his death.

Wisdom, Eluaka, Araro and others

Children of the deceased flanked by some executive members of UTQUEN

State and LG executive of UTQUEN

Late Comrade Ndidi Okoagbor
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