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School proprietress decries demolition of her school, by alleged Okowa’s men

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… appeals to Okowa to fish out perpetrators

The proprietress of Poshville International School, Asaba, Dr Kate Emmanuel has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to as a matter of urgency fish out those who used his (Okowa) name to demolish her school.

Some men had on Tuesday stormed the school with a caterpillar and demolish the school while pupils were still in the class allegedly directed by Governor Okowa.

Narrating her ordeal on Thursday, the proprietress lamented that the incident had traumatized the pupils and were all afraid even while in the classroom.

She said, “We were in the school on Tuesday around 9:45 am, hearing caterpillar sound and all the ground was shaken, so, I ran outside to know what exactly is happening.

“I saw them already pulling down our school gate, and I started asking them: who are you? What is happening to warrant pulling down my gate and nobody answered me.

“So, I approach a man in their team suspected to be their leader and he said; ‘they are from His Excellency governor Ifeanyi Okowa and that he (Okowa) asked them to demolish my the building’.

“I asked him, why demolishing and this is our property with original Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) from the ministry of Lands. And I to him that if any property will be demolished, notice must be given and we did not receive any notice of demolition.

“Lets us come to the table so that we can present our document before I could finish explaining myself, they have brought down the fence and the building inside the compound with property worth over N20 million inside the building”

She said that the following day on Wednesday, she went to the Ministry of Lands and Survey and presented all her documents to the Commissioner for Land, Mrs Kate Oniawa.

As I speak to you, our pupils have been traumatized and we are appealing to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to fish out those that are using his name to perpetrate evil in the state.

They have impersonated his name, they used his name and claimed that they were directed by Okowa. Use this as a case study to serve as a deterrent to others. Since that day I have been traumatized, I have never seen this kind of injustice.

My security has been homeless since the incident, All our property inside have been crushed. They should know that it’s not just the school that is affected, the parents of these pupils are also affected, the pupils are involved, now they have been traumatized

The State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mrs Kate Oniawa said an investigation was ongoing and the perpetrators had been asked to rebuild the building.

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Ex-student drags DELSU to court over alleged low grade

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An ex-student of Delta State University, Abraka, Mr Thaddeus Ifeanyi has set to drag the University to court over alleged low grade awarded to him.

Ifeanyi, a 31-year-old graduate of Sociology from the University with Matriculation Number FSS/10/11/183959 told PUNCH on Monday that he has resorted to action, alleging that the institution had robbed him of his marks.

He said, “I graduated in the 2013/2014 academic session. The university claimed that I graduated with less than 3.0 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average), which is Second Class Lower, but I strongly believe that I graduated with Second Class Upper Division.

“My grouse with the university is that I strongly believe that there was an error in the computation of my CGPA. I am not convinced that the result they gave me is correct, but all my efforts to get it corrected have proved abortive

“I have followed and observed due process enough, I am filing a suit in court against the university. I want to seek judiciary intervention

“Sometimes in January 2020 before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, my uncle had accompanied me to the school to possibly see how the issue can be resolved.

“First, we approached the sociology department and requested to see the marked 400 level scripts in question and the HOD sociology department said the immediate past Vice-Chancellor had taken my scripts away.

“I have written to the school, and wrote to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Speaker Delta State House Assembly but nothing was done to correct the injustice done on me.

“There’s no point wasting time again, I have to tell the team of lawyers to serve them a notice and let’s meet in court”

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga told our correspondent that he was not aware of the matter.

He said, “Issue of students result is an internal matter of the University. It is not a public matter.

“I have not received the petition, when I do, I will forward it to the Senate of the institution”

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International Day of Education:

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CEDESA Initiative advocates radical change of course in transforming Education

The Centre for Education Development and Skill Acquisition Initiative (CEDESA) has called on the government, parents, students and critical stakeholders for a radical revamp in the education sector in Nigeria in order to experience transformation in education.

CEDESA Initiative, a leading non-governmental organization based in Obiaruku, Delta State made this call during the 2022 International Day of Education celebration which they celebrated with Akarai-Obodo, Akarai Etiti, Umuti, and Okokor at Government Secondary School, Akarai-Obodo in Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State.

In his well-researched lecture on the theme of the 2022 International Day of Education tagged “Changing Course, Transforming Education, the Keynote Speaker, Mr. John Okorigwe, x-rayed practical ways in which the government and the society can strengthen education and reignite the passion to conquer ignorance in this generation that has been bedeviled by get-rich quick syndrome and paper certificate without corresponding skills and capacities.

While speaking on the theme of the event as indicated by UNESCO, Mr. Okorigwe who is an Educational Consultant appealed to stakeholders and employers of labor to actively play their various roles in taking education from its state of weakness to strength by de-emphasizing mere certificate acquisition and laying more emphasis on entrepreneurial education, skills acquisition, and practical life skills that are not necessarily taught in the classroom.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Inspector of Education (C.I.E), Ndokwa-East LGA, Mr. Raymond Okwuosa appreciated the CEDESA Initiative for the enlightenment which they brought to the area

On his part, during his encapsulated lecture, Dr. Felix Ugbe, an Environmental Science Consultant stressed the need to safeguard the planet even as he advised riverine communities to desist from using harmful chemicals in their fishing activities.

He further called on the government at all levels to as a matter of urgency enact and enforce laws against gas flaring in oil exploitation activities to safeguard the environment.

Earlier in her opening remarks, the CEO CEDESA Initiative, Mrs. Oluronke Ugbe tasked parents and teachers to encourage pupils/students to learn new strategies for transformational education while adding that there is to re-orient the mind of the youths for quality education for sustainable development.

In their separate remarks, stakeholders, parents and other participants lauded CEDESA Initiative for choosing their area to celebrate the 2022 International Day of Education while assuring the organization of their support towards strengthening education by assisting both teachers and learners to achieve the theme of the 2022 celebration.

Highlights of the celebration were the distribution of notebooks and other writing materials to students to motivate them in their studies.

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The Continued closure of Ogume Grammar School

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On October 14, 2021, there was the breakdown of law at Ogume Grammar School, Ogume. Students resisted the teacher’s disciplinary action prompting the school authority to invite the vigilant group to aid them. One Miss Gift Iwezuife, a JSS 3 student got drowned in a pool of water in the outskirt while escaping from being disciplined.

Her death sparked off protest and attack. Some miscreants who were not students of the school took advantage of the situation, looted and burnt down the valuables in the school. The ICT Centre worth over N100million, Principal’s private car, Teacher’s motorcycle, etc were not spared. They were burnt to ashes. The Principal of the school Ighomuaye Anene Rita escaped by the whiskers after receiving the beating of her life.

Irked by this development, the state government made an order to close down the school. The same government ordered schools within and outside Ogume not to offer admission to any student from Ogume Grammar School. This was to serve as a deterrent. It was indeed a welcome development.

First-term had come and gone. Here is the second term and no resumption at sight. Most parents have taken their wards to nearby schools. The schools, against Government order, have offered them admission.
The Community Development Committee, CDC of Ogbe Ogume led by Mr. David Agadi, Old Students Association of the school, and some spirited individuals have made concerted efforts to ensure that the school is reopened but to no avail. The arrest of some of the suspects can be seen as a step in the right direction.

NDOKWA VANGUARD wishes to lend its voice in appealing to the government to reopen the school. Most of the students have since learned their lessons. The continued closure of the school may lead to an increase in many social vices- crime, rape, unwanted pregnancies, etc and the larger society will suffer it in the long run.
Let the government reopen the school and students made to sign an undertaking.

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