Delta State Higher Institutions to Resume September

The Delta State Government is set to order the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state, Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has learnt.

The state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had met with stakeholders including COVID-19 management team where they agreed to reopen schools.

According to reports, September 21, 2020, had been tentatively agreed as resumption date for the new academic session for tertiary institutions.

This is coming five months after the state government ordered closure of schools including universities and polytechnic to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Delta is currently on eight position on the Nigeria’s COVID-19 chart with 1,744 confirmed infections.

Of the number, the state has managed and discharged 1,540 patients with 157 currently undergoing treatment.

However, 47 fatalities have so far been recorded.

Lagos, the epicenter of coronavirus in the country, has ordered tertiary institutions to resume academic activities on September 14 while primary and secondary schools are to reopen on September 21.

Sources within the government confirmed the decision for reopening of tertiary institution to our correspondent.

Our sources, however, said the agreed date remains tentative as it was still subject to change.

“We have agreed to reopen before September end. So far, we have agreed ‘tentatively’ on September 21. I can assure you that our schools will reopen in Delta State next month. Governor Okowa will announce it when all arrangements are completed”, a top government official disclosed.

A commissioner who did not want his name in print confirmed the development to our correspondent.

The commissioner said, “I can’t give you the exact date but our schools are resuming in September. All arrangements and modalities in line with the new conditions caused by COVID-19 area being addressed. His Excellency, Governor Okowa will announce the resumption date this week.”

When contacted on the development, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, confirmed that there are plans to reopen tertiary institutions in the state.

Muoboghare, who however did not reveal the actual date for reopening of schools, disclosed that schools will resume in September.

“I can’t give you details but we are resuming very soon. Upon resumption, the NCDC protocols will be strictly applied. We have the capability to resume. Arrangement will soon be announced. The NCDC will be applied to students, staff and visitors.

“In September, there will be positive movement towards reopening of tertiary institutions”, the commissioner added.

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APPRAISAL OF  A QUINTESSENTIAL MAN: HON EMEKA ONUNZE

Hon Emeka Onunze, (TATA) as he is fondly called, was born in the early 70s into the family of late (Chief) Patrick Ngwunwa Onunze and Lolo (Mrs) Queen Onunze of Umuokoh in Umuebor Umunevo Ogui Nike town, Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Hon Onunze happens to be the third son of late Chief Patrick Onunze and last born of family of six.

However, Hon. Emeka Onunze got his first Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC) from Ekulu Primary school, Enugu and later proceeded to College of Immaculate Heart Conception (CIC) Enugu, where he obtained his Senior School Certificate and other diploma certificates.

Onunze, a man with vast knowledge in business management has invested in the business of exchange of goods and services and was conspicuously flourishing on that path, and later entered transport business with several employees operating under him within Enugu State and beyond.

The transport system under his watch, has thrived even till he occupied the enviable position of LGA chairman, following his requisite skills in management and adminstration purposes.

Onunze from his humble beginning has engaged in other business empires, but choose to adopt transportation business as his mainstream of economic empowerment through which many have been able to earn a living today in our society.

As a dogged, astute and worthy son of Ogui Nike, Hon. Emeka Onunze has attracted a chieftaincy titles to himself, following his magnanimous and philanthropic programs in the society. Among these are Ezeomoge nke mbu n’Nkanu and Efi Newero Odudu nke mbu n’Nkanu Land.

Certainly, this titles came as a result of his philanthropic contributions towards the growth and development of the society, especially in the aspects of human capital development.

Hon Emeka Onunze is an ideal modern philanthropist as many call him ‘Omeogo nke mbu N’nkanu’ has in many occasions meted out love and care to his kinsmen and others in Enugu State. He has been a pivot towards eliminating and solving complex issues in many lives that comes across his ways ranging from financial assistances, scholarships, payment of hospital bills.

The indomitable leader had also in many ways showed high-level of optimisation and patriotism in all ramifications.

It is also pertinent and worthy to note that, Hon. Emeka Onunze had attained several leadership positions in various capacities before he was elected council chairperson, Enugu North Local Government Area. First, he was one time Ward councilor, a position he used to touch many lives in Enugu North LGA, Umunevo Ogui Ward 2 precisely which his achievement was very substantive, as such still paving way for him for other recommendations since he left the office.

As a proactive leader, Hon. Onunze was elected as Provost, Umunevo Town Union, a position he held until he became the Council Chairman, Enugu North LGA during the 2020 Local Government polls in Enugu State.

The amazing, lovable and caring man Emeka Onunze equally have other talented gifts apart from leadership prowess. This talent has giving him the opportunity of featuring and playing for many football clubs in Enugu and Beyond such as Vasco Dagama. Also, as a social being, Hon. Onunze had traveled and lived in several locations across the world which includes Turkey etc.

Onunze is indeed a quintessential leader and a man of multiple and credible character.

Ifebuchi, Williams Chime writes from Enugu.

ENUGU@29: History, Leadership, Good Governance and Consolidation of Democratic Gains, by Rt Hon Chima Obieze

Enugu State with an estimated population of over 3.8 million people covers an area of 7,161 km2 (2,765sq mi), and ranks 29th out of the 36 States of Nigeria in terms of land area.

The word “Enugu” (from Enu Ugwu ) means “the top of the hill”. The first European settlers arrived in the area in 1909, led by a British mining engineer named Albert Kitson. In his quest for silver, he discovered coal in the Udi Ridge. The Colonial Governor of Nigeria Frederick Lugard took a keen interest in the discovery, and by 1914 the first shipment of coal was made to Britain.

As mining activities increased in the area, a permanent cosmopolitan settlement emerged, supported by a railway system. Enugu acquired township status in 1917 and became strategic to British interests. Foreign businesses began to move into Enugu, the most notable of which were John Holt, Kingsway Stores, the British Bank of West Africa and the United Africa Company.

From Enugu, the British administration was able to spread its influence over the Southern Province of Nigeria. The colonial past of Enugu is today evidenced by the Georgian building types and meandering narrow roads within the residential area originally reserved for the whites, an area which is today called the Government Reserved Area (GRA).

From being the capital of the Southern Provinces, Enugu became the capital of the Eastern Region (now divided into nine States), the capital of now defunct Federal Republic of Biafra , thereafter, the capital of East Central State, Anambra State, (old) Enugu State, and now the capital of the present Enugu State through a process of state creation and diffusion of administrative authority.

Enugu State was formed on 27th August, 1991 when it was split from Anambra State with Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo as the first democratically elected Governor in January 1992 to November 1993 under the auspices of NRC (National Republican Convention). At the birth of the 4th Republic- May 29th, 1999; Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani was sworn in as Governor under the umbrella of PDP(People’s Democratic Party). Barr. Sullivan Chime is the immediate past Governor succeeding Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani. Barr. Chime served from May 29th, 2007 to May 29th, 2015.

Then, the people of Enugu State came out in their droves to elect the most popular Governorship Candidate in the Country during the 2015 General Elections as the product name “Gburu Gburu” resonated across the length and breath of Nigeria.

Gburu Gburu became a household name in the country that it took some time for a good number of people to learn that the real name of the Enugu State Governor sworn into office on May 29th, 2015 is Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi as he took over the reign of Government when Enugu State was 24 where he boldly and unequivocally declared that Enugu State is the Hands of God during his inauguration.

As we celebrate Enugu State at 29, Governor Ugwuanyi has been consolidating Democratic Blueprints and Exploding Democratic Dividends in form of opus for the people of Enugu State who Gburu Gburu refers to as Ndi Enugu.

The people again, showing great confidence in Gov. Ugwuanyi’s leadership, turned out again in 2019 to elect him for a second term.

It is note-worthy that this article is panegyrical of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s feats in office.

During the recent inauguration of a Bailey Bridge across Nyama River, linking various communities in Enugu, the former Governor of Old Anambra State, said that Gov. Ugwuanyi has wiped away his tears by building the bridge for his community after decades of neglects. Well, the truth remains that Gburu Gburu is not only building physical bridges, he is also building bridges between the Government and the People as he is always accessible, he listens and serve the people to his greatest abilities.

In addition, he is building bridges the Leaders of the State- Political, Religious and Traditional Leaders alike. This was confirmed by Sen. Ekweremadu that “there are no bickerings or quarrels amongst the Leaders of the State”. Truly, Gov. Ugwuanyi is bringing everybody together irrespective of Political affiliations thereby treating everybody with utmost respect, equity, fairness and justice.

One of the biggest achievements of the Gov. Ugwuanyi led adminstration is that Peace, Security and Political Stability is now synonymous with Enugu State.

This has also driven up investment rates, rapid development and economic growth leading to Job Creations, Massive Employment and prosperity for Ndi Enugu. In addition, prompt payment of workers’ salaries cannot be over-emphasised as the State’s labour force is highly motivated with diverse incentives as well as payment of new minimum wage before each month end with 13th Month payment.

Succinctly, the Score Card shows very high bars in aggressive Rural Developments, untiring Urban Renewal, excellent Healthcare Delivery evident in the fight against COVID-19; improved Basic Education, rapid Infrastructural Growth making Enugu a conducive Business Hub and also Business & Agro Development/Support Scheme and many other feats by the Governor.

Besides, Gov. Ugwuanyi has shown great leadership and courageous steps in keeping Enugu State relatively safe from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. Ndi Enugu can also testify that there has been a huge recovery in the robust economy of the State as the Governor advises all to adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines continually.

And to those who are yet to appreciate the Leadership of this gentle Lion-Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, I assure you you will miss him when he is gone. The air of peace, security, love & unity we enjoy today in Enugu has never been the same.

Just yesterday the Remodelled Enugu International Airport was reopened for operations. While we thank President Buhari for releasing the funds for this project and thank Igbo leaders who followed through to remind the President the importance of this one International Airport in the Southeast, may we appreciate the Governor who went out of his way to see and deal with this project as if its a State Government project. Providing the FG, the Contractors and FAAN all necessary assistance to ensure that the Airport is completed and up & running. This is because, Gov. Ugwuanyi understands that being the Governor of Enugu State is being incharge of the Capital of the entire Eastern region.

Again, for the first time in the politics of Enugu State, youths are beginning to have an inroad into governance. Gov. Ugwuanyi has provided a platform for mentorship for future leaders of the State by bringing them closer to the Seat of power so they can see for themselves how things are done and to prepare them for the future as it is clearly visible that there is transference of leadership qualities from the Governor to his protégées which some of us are privileged to be.

Furthermore, very worthy to mention is the cordial working relationship that Gov. Ugwuanyi has established between the three Arms of Government in the State- Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. These working relationship has translated to speedy delivery of Democracy Dividends, Equity, Fairness and Justice for all.

As Enugu State hits 29, it is imperative to note that the Governor is not resting on his Laurel as he has vowed to continue working tirelessly for Ndi Enugu, thereby taking Enugu State to Greater Heights.

Therefore, through the tacit permission of Our Governor, I Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze, Member; Representing Ezeagu Constituency at the Enugu State House of Assembly, hereby enjoin the great people of Enugu State to keep their hands on the plough without looking back as we all in unison drive this great State led by Rt. Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Lawrence Ugwuanyi to increasingly greatness because we all are “Enugu “(city on the hill).

Rt. Hon. Chima Emmanuel Obieze, is the member representing Ezeagu Constituency in Enugu State House of Assembly. He writes from Enugu.

New BCA power sub station to boost its operations

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

The new Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State 1.5 MVA injection power sub station procured and installed by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration is expected to boost the operations of the corporation.

It will be recalled Gov. Ikpeazu recently commissioned the sub station.

The governor while commissioning the project described” power as the live wire of a broadcast station, adding that “it was for the reason his administration though it necessary to provide the station with the sub station to boost its operations”.

Ikpeazu thanked the management of the station for effective dissemination of information, especially the Teach Abia School Children, which is disseminated through the radio classroom programme.

He charged the management of the radio station and the host community to protect the facility as to serve them better.

Responding, the Director-General of the corporation, Sir Anyaso Anyaso noted that power is essential to the survival of the station, especially during this period economies of governments and institutions across the globe are badly hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

He disclosed that the station has been running on diesel for the past years, stressing that the new gesture will go a long way in sustaining the station.

NDA Alerts the Public Over the Activities of Admission Fraudsters

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has alerted the general public, especially applicants of 72 Regular Course of the existence of fraudulent syndicate purportedly claiming to be admission officers of the Academy.

According to a Press Release signed by Major Abubakar Abdullahi, Academy Public Relations Officer, these fraudsters print various fake admission letters to candidates requesting for a pay with a view to gaining admission into the Academy.

The Release was made available to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd via electronic email.

The Academy therefore strongly advised the public to disregard such letters.

It said “Such letters were not initiated by the NDA. Hence, the general public should note that selection into NDA is by merit not pay.

“The NDA use only mainstream media, its official website (www.nda.edu.ng) and its social media channels on Facebook and Twitter (DefenceAcademyNG and HQ_NDA respectively) to dessiminate public information. NDA will never direct you to call any phone number for admission or payment.

“The general public is therefore advised not to fall prey or have any dealings with said admission frausters. You are to report the activities of such frausters to the nearest Military or Police Unit”, Major Abdullahi stated.

BREAKING NEWS: Lagos Govt fixes date for schools’ resumption

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed all tertiary institutions in Lagos to reopen on September 24, 2020.

Primary & Secondary schools in Lagos to resume Sept 21. The date is tentative, says the Governor.

More details later.

iPhone’s new IOS is making it harder for Facebook to track people, Facebook says it will decimate part of its business

Apple is making it harder for companies to track people’s data across apps and Facebook says it could have devastating effects on part of its business.

On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley-headquartered social-networking giant published a blog post decrying changes Apple has planned for its iOS 14 mobile operating system. Apple intends to prevent apps from tracking users using their unique device identifier, or IDFA, without their explicit permission something that Facebook’s Audience Network uses to personalize advertising in third-party apps.

Facebook said that doing so would have a significant impact on Audience Network, cutting its revenue on iOS by up to 50% because of an inability to deliver more valuable, targeted advertising. It may even force Facebook to stop developing Audience Network for iOS altogether, the company said.

“This is not a change we want to make, but unfortunately Apple’s updates to iOS 14 have forced this decision. We know this may severely impact publishers’ ability to monetize through Audience Network on iOS 14, and, despite our best efforts, may render Audience Network so ineffective on iOS 14 that it may not make sense to offer it on iOS 14 in the future,” the blog post said.

Audience Network is only one piece of Facebook’s revenue (it’s unclear precisely how much), and its core business of advertising inside its own apps will be unaffected. But any attempt to curtail data collection can pose a threat to Facebook, and the company has recently been vocal about the risks that regulators and platform changes pose.

During a recent earnings call with analysts, company executives argued that Facebook was a “lifeline” for small businesses during the pandemic and that preventing them from effectively targeting people with ads could have dangerous “macro-economic effects.”

It’s an argument that Facebook reiterated in its Wednesday blog post: “We understand that iOS 14 will hurt many of our developers and publishers at an already difficult time for businesses. We work with more than 19,000 developers and publishers from around the globe and in 2019 we paid out billions of dollars. Many of these are small businesses that depend on ads to support their livelihood.”

BREAKING: Black Panther star actor, Chadwick Boseman is dead!

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said on Friday.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said.

“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilsons Ma Raineys Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his career to bring King TChalla to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford drew attention in Hollywood.
Boseman died on a day that major league baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson day.

His T’Challa character was first introduced to the blockbuster Marvel movies in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and his Wakanda Forever salute reverberated around the world after the release of Black Panther two years ago.

“This is a crushing blow,” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of many expressing shock as the news spread across social media.

Ohaneze Ndigbo congratulates Kelechi Madu over appointment as Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General

The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has congratulated the newly appointed first black Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Canada, Nigerian -born Kelechi Madu alias Kaycee.

In a congratulatory message released by his Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, the President General said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo was highly honored by the exploits of Kaycee Madu in far away Europe as an Igbo son.

Chief Nwodo noted that Mr Madu had contested and won a seat into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the electoral district of Edmonton -South West from where he was appointed and sworn in as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General by the premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney on April 30, 2020.

The President General, on behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, extolled the sterling qualities of Mr Kaycee Madu as well as other Igbo sons and daughters who have excelled so much outside the country such as the recently appointed first black Vice -Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in the UK, Professor Charles Egbu, and many others.

Chief Nwodo said the exploits of Igbo sons and daughters both within and outside the country are indices of the cerebral capability and ingenuity of the people which Nigeria could exploit to advance its development.

The President General urged the Federal Government to stop marginalising and victimising the Igbo in the country so that their latent creative potentials could be harnessed for the good of all.

He predicted that Nigeria would witness a turn around in her fortunes if a president of Igbo extraction was allowed to emerge in 2023.

The President General noted that Mr Madu is a member of Igbo Cultural Association in Canada which he said is an attribute of Igbo integration and called on other Igbo sons and daughters to emulate the Minister in joining Igbo groups within and outside the country.

Two Dead as Helicopter Crashes into Building in Lagos

Two persons have been confirmed dead, and another person in Intensive care unit (ICU), as a Bell 206 helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation crashed into a building at 16 A, Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja Lagos on Friday.

According to an eyewitness, identified as Faith Omo, “The accident happened so fast with a big bang and the whole ground shook. We all rushed out of the office to see what had happened. Only to find out it was a Helicopter that just crashed. It fell into a compound. God saved all the people occupying the place because it didn’t fall on top of the building.

“We ran far away for safety. A lot of crying is currently going on right now, I am seeing emergency services removing dead bodies from the scene. I must commend all Lagos State Emergency Agencies, they arrived here just within 15 minutes after the incident happened. And they are still here.”

The incident was said to have happened at about 12:05pm of Friday.

In a situation report, the Director General and CEO of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said the agency received distress calls concerning “a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16 A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan.

“The helicopter was carrying three people, one is in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital while the other two were killed on impact and there bodies have been deposited in mortuary . We on top of challenges especially crowd control

“Operation is ongoing and updates will follow”
The crash was confirmed by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), which said it had dispatched officials to the site of the accident.

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