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Delta primary, secondary schools to resume January 18th,says Patrick Ukah

The Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced January 18th as the Second Term resumption date for all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba stated that resumption of public and private primary and secondary schools earlier scheduled for January 11 has changed .

Mr Ukah urged parents and guardians to adhere to the new dates by preparing the pupils and students for school as resumption tests will take place on January 20th 2021.

We will construct Orere Bridge, Ughelli in 2021- Okowa

The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the state government will embark on the construction of the Orere bridge in Ughelli South Council Area in 2021.

Okowa disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving service for the Most Rev’d Cyril Odutemu, Archbishop of Bendel Province to mark his 10th Episcopal Consecration Anniversary and Presentation as Archbishop at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Ughelli.

Okowa further emphasized that plans to construct the bridge, which would link Orere community with other parts of the local government area and the state, had been worked out and provided for in the 2021 Budget of the state.

Cult war creeps from Edo to Delta, as 7 are killed in Ughelli

Seven persons were said to have been killed at the weekend as two rival cult groups clashed in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North local government area of Delta State.

This development is the latest since secret cultists have resumed their war in Benin City, capital of Edo State.

A POS Operator was also robbed and shot by hoodlums at the weekend during the clash between Aiye and Bangas cult groups while many others were left with serious injuries as both groups engaged each other with guns and other weapons.

It was reliably gathered that trouble started when a mamber of one of the cult groups was killed, which later led to the killings of members by both cult groups.

A source who pleaded anonymity said over the weekend several members belonging to either group have been seen killed at different locations of Ughelli, Ughelli North Local Government Area.

It was gathered that one of the strongmen of Bangas was murdered along Akpodiete street, two others killed in Ekiugbo while another one killed at Oghenevwetata street on Saturday night.

Two other cult members suspected to be brothers, Master Frank and Oghenero were attacked at in their house (Poyo compound) close to Ataverhe junction in Ekiugbo, Ughelli North.

It was learnt that Frank and Oghenero were dragged from their room to an uncompleted building within the compound where they were both shot dead while others were seen matcheted at the head and neck regions.

In a related development, a POS Operator, Celestina Ochuko was also robbed and shot on the thigh by two unknown hoodlums taking advantage of the rival cult groups battle.

The investigation had revealed that the victim had resisted the attempt by the hoodlums to snatch her bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables.

Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the Central hospital Ughelli for medical attention, while the matter has been reported at ‘A’ Division police station in Ughelli.

The Divisional Police Officer, A’Division Ughelli could not be reached for comments on the incident but a senior police officer confirmed the incident.

The Nation

Nigeria battles resurgence of yellow fever in Delta, Enugu communities

As Nigeria records sudden surge of Yellow Fever, YF, in some communities in two Southern States, Delta and Enugu the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , NCDC, has said that it is currently supporting the affected.

According to the NCDC it’s support follows the spike in cases and deaths recorded so far in those communities in the two states.

NCDC had on 2nd and 3rd of November 2020, notified by the State Ministries of Health of Delta and Enugu States respectively, of cases presenting with symptoms indicative of a viral hemorrhagic fever.

Most cases presented with fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice vomiting (with or without blood) among others.

As at the 6th of November 2020, three samples from Delta and one sample from Enugu tested positive for yellow fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Laboratory and NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa.

The diseases agency noted that more samples are being tested from both states to confirm the causative organism of this outbreak.

The State Epidemiology Teams are leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

An incident management system has been activated by NCDC to coordinate response activities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been deployed to both states. The NCDC and State RRTs are carrying out active case search, risk communications and community engagement as well as ensuring prompt management of cases. Our sister agency, NPHCDA is working with the affected states to plan for a vaccination campaign.

Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable disease, and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. Symptoms of the disease include yellowness of the eyes, sudden fever, headache and body pain. The yellow fever vaccine is available for free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule. The yellow fever virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advised the public to take the precautionary measures to reduce the risk of yellow fever infection which includes keeeping clean environment clean and free of stagnant water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

People should use of mosquito treated nets and install screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquito bites.

Avoid self-medication; visit a health facility immediately if you feel ill and have symptoms such as fever while Healthcare workers are reminded to maintain a high index of suspicion for yellow fever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency further enjoined parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against yellow fever as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, said it has being engaged in continuous proactive and reactivate vaccination campaigned one of such is the WHO’s EYE- Strategy to eliminate YF epidemics from the country.

After 21 years after the last case of YF in Nigeria on the 12th September 2017 a new case was reported, since then there has being pockets of cases in the country.

Delta Identifies Cause Of Over 30 ‘Strange Deaths’ In Ika Communities

The Delta State Government has finally revealed the cause of the illness which had claimed the lives of no fewer than 30 youths in the last three weeks in the Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, said results emanating from series of laboratory tests following samples collected from some of the victims revealed that the said strange illness was yellow fever.

Over 30 persons between the ages of 18 and 25 had succumbed to disease in the last three weeks creating a sense of confusion in the area.
Mostly affect by the strange disease is Ute-Okpu, Ute-Erumu and Idumesa communities.

However, Ononye said in spite of claims by locals that over 30 persons have been killed as a result of the ravaging disease, death recorded was about 22 with seven cases being managed at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba.

The Health Commissioner disclosed that the state government had also sent samples to Reference Region Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for further confirmation of the cause of the deaths.

Ononye, who addressed journalists alongside the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu and Director General of Orientation Bureau, Eugene Uzum, said the results of the samples sent to Dakar are expected in the next two weeks.

He said the state government had deplored health officials to the area to mitigate the effect of the disease.

Ononye urged residents not to panic, stressing that the state government was collaborating with health-related agencies to step up measures to contain the spread of the disease.

“Samples were collected from patients and sent to the laboratory. We have received results and the results point to yellow fever as cause of deaths we heard of in those areas.

“The result we have received is helping to move us to a more definitive action, while we still wait a final authentication from the Reference Regional Laboratory in Dakar.

“We have began immediate outbreak response activities. As we speak, we have informed Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency which usually collaborate with us, and that is why they have sent teams to support us.

“We are taking definite lines of action to have an effective response. We assure residents that everything is being done to ensure that it does not escalate.

“Before now, there was a planned yellow fever preventive campaign to begin November 20, we are moving it closer to enable us tackle what is before us,” he added.

On the symptoms of the disease, Dr. Ononye said yellow fever usually manifest much more bizzare symptoms than malaria.

“Some patients are with fever, body pains, headache, vomiting with or without blood. Some begin to bleed from the nose or mouth. Some of those we have just convulse and some recover very well even without coming to the hospital,” he explained.

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.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING: Fuel tanker explodes in Delta, killing many (PHOTOS)

About 20 persons have been reportedly burnt to death when a tanker carrying petroleum product exploded around Koko Junction section of the Benin/Saepele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident, according to sources, occurred around 11am on Wednesday when the tanker exploded.

It was gathered that the victims were burnt beyond recognition while no fewer than 10 vehicles were gutted by fire.

“The tanker carrying petroleum product was trying to escape a bad spot when it fell and suddenly exploded between Koko Junction and Ologbo section of the Benin/Warri in Delta State.

“More than 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition. About 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. The victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles.

“Officials of FRSC and security agencies are already here trying to remove the corpses. Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation”, a source eh witnessed the incident told our correspondent.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING: Delta Governor’s Daughter Test Positive To COVID19, Whole Family On Isolation

Sola Charles, Asaba

Delta State Governor Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s Daughter has tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus disease.
We gather the Governor’s Daughter was Among the 106 COVID-19 cases confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the State for Thursday night.

Governor Okowa who confirmed this development on Friday morning, said himself and his family, in-line with the laid out COVID-19 procedures, are going into isolation for the next 14-days.

“Earlier today, Edith and I received the news that one of our daughters has tested positive for COVID-19. Hence, in-line with the laid out procedures, we are both going into isolation for the next 14-days. We will continue to keep you all updated,” Governor Okowa tweeted.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria had on Thursday jumped a bit higher with 594 new cases. Lagos and Delta states took top position in the new cases recorded on June 25, 2020.

While Lagos, adjudged as the epicenter of the virus in the country had 159 cases as against 250 a day before, (now 9,482 in total) Delta had 106 cases against 40 in the previous day, bringing a total of 715 cases in the state.

BREAKING NEWS: Delta State ends interstate lockdown, dismantles all blockades

Delta State Government has directed local government chairmen and members of the COVID-19 taskforce team to open up borders and create opportunity for free flow of traffic.

In a statement signed by secretary to the state government, Chiedu Ebi, and sighted by Emerald News, the state government directed all local government chairmen to dismantle all road blocks with effect from Tuesday June 23, 2020.


Good evening Chairmen, Coordinator’s and Supervisors. Thanks for all the calls, prayers and best wishes since I took I’ll. I am improving with each passing day and hopefully in a couple of days, I should be back to full fitness.

After several weeks of hard and dedicated work in protecting our boundaries, the time has come for us to scale down on some of the activities with regard to the boundary enforcement. Consequently, with effect from Tuesday 23rd June, the Task Force and Boundary activities will be suspended.

All Chairmen are to ensure the dismantling of any blockades and ensure that unscrupulous persons do not attempt to engage in illegal activities. As we try to go back to the new normal, Chairmen are advised to ensure the continued sensitization of Citizens on the necessary protocols.

Once again, well done guys and really proud of the work done to keep our people safe.

Thanks and warm regards,
Chiedu Ebie

Delta SSG, Info Commissioner test positive to COVID-19

As Delta State Government intensifies efforts at combating the spread of COVID-19 in the state, it said on Sunday that two top officials of government had tested positive to the virus.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, who made this known in a statement in Asaba, named the officials as Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.

Ifeajika said both officials showed mild symptoms of the virus and consequently subjected themselves to the test.

He said that both men had been moved to an isolation centre and were stable, and responding well to treatment.

Ifeajika called on residents of the state to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as anyone, irrespective of status, could contract the virus.

“Let me advise all Deltans to, as a matter of top priority, always obey the COVID-19 protocols, which have been in public domain, so as to curb further spread of the pandemic.

“The fresh cases in our hands in Delta further testifies to the fact that COVID-19 is not a scam. It is real and people should take the issues of the virus and personal hygiene seriously.
“COVID-19 is not a death sentence; so, when you begin to feel unwell, reach out to approved government hospitals for appropriate tests to be carried out.

“We can save ourselves and others from this virus if we obey all the protocols of wearing face masks, regular washing of hands in running water, use of alcohol-based sanitisers and maintaining physical-distancing while congregating in any form.

“All our hospitals and isolation centres across the state are on 24 hours alert to receive any case(s) of the Coronavirus or other health challenges,” he stated