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Don't heat up the System, Uduaghan tells Delta Politicians

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The political class and ethnic nationalities in Delta State have been enjoined not to allow their ambition towards, 2015 over heat the polity.

Delta state governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who gave the charge when the people of Anioma nation paid him a courtesy call in Asaba appealed to politicians to tread carefully because 2015 was still far. Dr. uduaghan charged them not to unnecessaringly promote aggressive competition animosity and rivalry even as he explained that if they over stress themselves they could loose their lives in the process.

He also said that over heating the polity could distract government attention and instead of using scarce resources to provide dividends of democracy for the people it would wastefully use such funds in maintaining peace and beefing up security.

His words “It is just 2011 and we have a long way to go. If you over stress the system you will distract government attention and stall development”.

The Governor also explained that power belongs to God and it was whoever God ordained that would have it. Dr. Uduaghan therefore enjoined the people of Anioma to have consensus and speak with one voice just as he explained that having consensus and a common goal was not easy. He told them to promote group interest rather than individual interest stressing that group interest should subsume personal goals. Emphasizing further he said “ you should promote group interest so that if the person ordained succeeds others will tap from the success. If it is not for you, it will definitely not be for you”. The governor promised to embark on massive road rehabilitation in the state once the rains were over and gave assurance that the state capital Asaba would enjoy face lift in infrastructural growth. Dr. Uduaghan urged contractors to move on the same fast lane with the state government on road rehabilitation as those who fail would not be patronized.

Speaking during the courtesy call the Asagba of Asaba Obi Prof. Chike Edozien expressed the support and solidarity of Anioma people to the Uduaghan administration. Obi Edozien said the Anioma people were more than ever before focused and united to achieve their aspirations. Presenting an address on behalf of Anioma people the immediate past Deputy Governor of the State Chief Benjamin Elue appealed to the governor to support them in their desire to have Anioma State created. Chief Elue said Anioma people were pursuing the creation of Anioma state vigorously and emphasized the importance of the governor's support as it would enable them succeed. He also appealed to the Governor to support the zone in the mathematical calculation of 2015.

In its determination to improve the moral and intellectual standard of education in the state Delta State government has officially handed over 40 schools to the mission and former owners

The State Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who formally presented the handing-over letters to the missionaries assured teachers and non-teaching staff of the affected schools that their monthly salaries and pensions was guaranteed by the state government.

He said that his administration was determined to ensure that schools were returned to their original owners as it would help improve on the standard of education saying “This exercise is intended to improve on the standard of education. The mission has done this before and can still do it again".

The Governor noted that government schools would compete with mission schools in providing quality and standard education in the state. “I believe the mission will provide a standard for government schools. We shall strive to match this standard.

Governor Unduaghan lamented the moral decadence in the society stressing that education was gradually declining because teachers and students were no longer dedicated to their responsibilities.

Speaking further, he said the situation was different in mission schools “Society is gradually declining morally. Schools have lived up to expectation in this aspect because the students and teachers are dedicated”.

He commended the mission for their patience with government over the handing-over process adding that the process took over 10 years and promised that all issues arising from the handing over would be amicably resolved.

In a brief response, the Bishop of  Anglican Dioceses of Oleh who spoke on behalf of the mission expressed appreciation to the state government for formally handing over schools to the mission.

He promised that the mission would do its best to build a high educational standard in the state and called on the co-operation of all Deltans in achieving this goal.

“We will not disappoint you as long as you co-operate with the mission. The mission will co-operate with the government in achieving this goal”.

Bishop Edewor commended the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare for accelerating the handing over process and appealed to government to give the mission the free hand to run the schools.

Highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of handing-over letters to representatives of the mission which comprised of the Anglican, Catholic, Africa and Baptist Churches.