VC celebrates with 7463 matriculantsBy IyegbuChibueze, Okitikpi Edith, Okafor Precious, Omolu Favour In expressing his profound joy, the vice chancelor of delta state university (DELSU) Professor Eric Arubayi rejoiced with 7,463 matriculants of the 2011/2012 academic session on the 21st of April. Present at thematriculation ceremony was the DVC, provost of campuses, Registrar, Bursar,University Librarian, Dean of Faculties and other important dignitaries. IN HIS ADRESS, THE VC WARNED THEM to refrain from activities whichare inimical to the growth of intellectualism. HE ALSO congratulated them for notonly attaining yet another mile stone in their academic carrier but also havingsuccessfully scaled through the difficult hurdles of university matriculationexamination screening tests. Out of 49000 candidates that applied for admission only 3500 students gainadmission through Post UME, and the underlisted numbers according to their facultieswere duly cleared and registered hence qualified to participate in this ceremony.Faculty of arts – 1480. Basic medical science – 589, Faculty of education – 1220,Engineering – 352, Faculty of Law – 117, Management science – 151, Agric – 188,Pharmacy – 79, Social Science – 289, CEP – 474, ISLT – 382, Diploma: Institute ofEducation – 944, Diploma in Law – 305, Engineering – 110, Sandwich (2010 and2011 contacts) 920, makingit a total of 7,463 students that gained admission into the2011/2012 academic session. The high point of the ceremony was the swearing of matriculation oaths whereall ―matriculants‘‘ were asked to stand up as the VC was invited formally to admit thematriculants as students of Delsu. At this juncture, the VC urged the students tocomport themselves diligently, observe the rules and regulations of the university. After the oath swearing, the music department took over the stage whereeveryone including the Vice Chancellor got up with joy from his seat to rejoice withthe matriculants. The VC graciously approved that they were free to organise partiesbut should end by 3:00pm.
The ceremony came to an end with the VC‘s closing remark, and In his remark, ―it isSET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT AND FORGE AHED. always sad to come to the end of a BY OMOROJOR .ONOS. PAUL good occasion, but like the saying2012 matriculants,here comes the time for you to sow high goes what has a beginning has anamidst all obstacles with the fact in mind that the sky is toowide for two birds to collide. end, and as I bring this ceremonyWhat a joy to see your name enlisted among the 7,963 students to a close, I feel highly honouredthat were admitted? Out of about 49,000 students that applied, because today we haveyou are one of the few accepted. This shows that you are matriculated, presidents, senatealready a success and it is time to fight everything within you president, first ladies so when youto correct all ills throughout your stay in this university.Always have at the back of your mind that great dreamers are get to your paradise remembernever fulfilled but transcended. All you need is a good friend Delsu and on that note I herebyaround you that can help you, accompany you in the same car bring to a close the ceremonywith a dynamic driver called Jesus to take you through thejourney on the way to success during your stay in DELSU. proceeding that was earlierNote that there are five fundamental elementary experiences the declared opened‖ he concluded.heart of all desires: the desire for life; the desire for freedom; Delsu echo reporters spokethe desire for happiness; the desire for love and the desirefor knowledge. with some newly matriculatedLet your ultimate goal be to search for correspondence of these students, where they express theirdesires and only an infinite being is capable of fulfilling the joy, and fulfilment to have startedinfinite desires of man. It is necessary to develop a passion for the ―journey of a thousand mile‖.knowledge because that is your most important reason forcoming here and it is the power that transforms everything inthe world. Never lose focus in life. You have only but a shorttime to stay in DELSU it is the beauty of destiny that gives youthe hope to forge ahead. Congratulations!!! Governor commission 8 projects in Delsu OMOROJOR PAUL, ALEXANDER OBADIEMU, EDOGE OREVAOGHENE As part of the current development going on in the Delta State University Abraka, the present administration under the leadership of Prof. Eric A. Arubayi has succeeded in executing 8 projects which were commissioned by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr
EmmanuelEwetaUduaghan.The projects that were commissioned by the governor were all built from internally generatedrevenue, they include; Delsu oil, Delsu waters, Delsue.library, examination centre, roadnetwork (measuring a total distance of 2.043 kilometres), extention of electricity lines and a500 kva transformer, 6 lectures halls, site III water schme.Present at the commissioning was the vice chancellor, Prof. Eric Arubayi, the registrar MrUdjorejiro, bursar, director of DelsuIvestment Limited(DIL), member from the house ofassembly rt. Hon. martins okonta, menbers of delsugoveringcouncil,permanentsecatrary,heads of ministerial departments, principal officers of the university, deans of falculties,heads of departments, members of the senate, traditional rulers, chiefs representing variouskingdoms, saff of Delsu, students and press men.The VC in his speech said the projects were executed within the past two years which cameon board saw the need to improve on infrastructural policies on ground if the university mustfit into the global concept of university. He noted that they are other projects that have alsobeen developed at Oleh and Asaba campuses through internally generated revenue. Hecommended the governor for giving the approval to utilize the internal generated revenue andalso the effort of the commissioner for higher education Prof Hope Eghagha and the stateministry of education.The VC used the opportunity to ask the state government to continuously come to the aid ofthe university by providing the much needed infrastructures he called on his Excellency toappeal to some of the contractors handling some of the construction projects as they reallyneeded for accreditation exercise.Speaking with pressmen, the Governor expressed his delight over what has been done withthe funds of the University. He noted the importance of funding in the management ofNigerian Universities. He said other universities should take it as a challenge uponthemselves to make judicious use of their internally generated revenue. He also appealed tothe users of the projects to handle them as if they are personal properties and also assured theAbraka community that it is as important as any other community in the state.The governor commended the student for good behaviour as negative news and behaviourhas not being heard recently and urged them to them to continue to behave positively. DELSU hosts ASSON conferenceBY IYEGBU CHIBUEZE DYKE, OGBEBOR EBIHITALE, ADIA OKIOGHNENEMAIWOME E. The 5th annual national conference of Anatomical student‘s society of Nigeria (ASSON) was hosted by Delta State University Abraka with the theme clinical and appliedanatomy of the human prints.
The conference which had in attendance students of Anatomical students from various higherinstitutions in Nigeria started on Tuesday 28th February to 3rd March 2012. The guest speaker.Professor P. S lgbibi, provost of Delta State University Asaba campus, delivered a lecture onthe theme of the conference.He pointed out the importance and use of human prints, he madethe students understand how other human prints like the eye prints, up prints and leg printscan be of help in a society like Nigeria ―if we take serious the issue of human prints in acontemporary society like Nigeria, election elections would be free and fair‖After the seminar the day 3 they organise a workshop ―UMUAJA‖ to see the source of riverEthoipe. Day 5 the students departed to their various institutions.Quiz and a lecture byDr.EseAnibor, the quiz competition was between the schools and Delsu chapter emergedwinner of the competition; they also took a tout the ―UMUAJA‖ to see the source of RiverEthiope from the tour, the students were taken to McCarty beach for a beach part.There was a general meeting of ASSON where the National Executive demanded a statementor account from the local organizing committee (LOC) on the expenditures of the nationalconference but a the S. P. C. Delsu chapter told the national executive that they have nobusiness in the expenditures of the L.O.C. after much arguments the national executivesweredissolved and new executives were inaugurated with a delsuite as the national presidentof ASSON.Delsu Echo reporters had an interview with the present president of the Anatomical StudentsSociety of Nigeria Abraka chapter in the person of OkuahOghenerukevwe D. where heexpressed profound joy and gratitude to be hosting ASSON conference for the first time inDelta State University. Ararile gets staff of office BY IKPONMWOBA WENDYThe Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on Saturday presented a staff of office to thenew Ovie of Umiaghan kingdom his Royal majesty AVM Lucky OchukoArarile (rtd) inAbrakaEthiope East Local area.The occasion was graced by dignitaries form far and wide. Members from government housewere also present.The governor who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama in his address, urgethe new Ovie of Umiagwa to exercise the authority vested on him in the discharge of his dutyand also have the spirit of co-operation between his brother Ovie of Oruarivie kingdom as hesaid will bring, about unity in the land.Commended the people of Umiagwa for their cooperation and hard work by making thisceremony a reality. He also promised that he will use his office in making sure that theirrequest is sent to relevant authority for prompt action.In another remark by Mr.Oyemeni Frank Atube who is the head of personnel management inEthiope East local government, commended the people of Umiagwa for the peaceful naturethey imbibe throughout the period of selection of the new Ovie.High point of the event was the presentation of the staff of office to Ovie of Umiagwa by theDeputy Governor.His royal majesty, AVM Lucky OchukoArarivile in his address, thanked the Governor andthe people for their support and promise to cooperate with both the government and thepeople of Omiagwa- Abraka.
SOSSA CONGRESS ADOPTS N2.2M BUDGET AMIDST CONTROVERSY BY ERUEME HENRY The Social Science Students Association (SOSSA) has adopted a budget of 2.2mnaira amidst controversy at the congress held on the 5th of April 2012 at Faculty of SocialScience large lecture Threat (FSS LLT). The budget that was presented to congress by President Ighotomo Kelvin generated alot of controversies. Deliberations were going on when a motion was moved by Comr.Okagbare suspected to be an ally of the president and hurriedly seconded by a security manhired to ensure security. Some SOSSAITES who took active part in the congress lamented and berated theadoption of the said budget which generated an uproar in the house. ComradeIgwedinmaChinedu of Mass communication Department says, ―I see it as a planned event bypresident and his cohorts because for me the budget is that of fraud‘‘. More criticism have continued to trail the credibility of the adoption of the budget bythe congress in terms of constitutional provision that 1/3 majority of SOSSAITE shall form aquorum without which congress shall stand postponed to another date. This has generatedcontroversies as some SOSSAITES believe it was a kangaroo congress setup by thepresident to hurriedly adopt the budget and get his ―egocentric‖ end. The congress according to a source close to the presidency who pleaded anonymitysaid it said the attendance of 97 Sossaites. However, some Sossaites has accused the president of fixing a congress on a day heknows students will travel for their Easter holiday. This they say amounted to the poor turnout of Sossaites at the congress. Adam of Accounting Department say ―if you see the congress you know it wasdeliberately made for Sossaites not to be present. If not how can the president fix congress ona day like this? Some of his exco members even complain they were not part of the date fixedfor the congress‘‘. ChideduIgwedimma who raised an alarm during the congress called for cancellationof the congress. Dean Applauds SOSSA Elections By ERUEME HENRY OKIROROThe Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences, Prof. D.O. Awharitefe has applauded theoutcome of the Social Science Students‘ Association (SOSSA) elections. He expressed hissatisfaction of the election during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected executivemembers at the faculty board room on the 8th of March 2012.Describing the election, the Dean said, ―This is the best election since the history of thefaculty. We have set a standard for ourselves which others will follow‖. He however thanked
the Electoral Committee Chairman, Prof. Benjamin Okaba and his colleagues for a job welldone.Reacting to this, the Head of the Department of Political Science, Dr F.A. Sanubi who actedas the ―Chief Judge‖, corroborated the Dean and advised the exco members to be up anddoing in their official duties. In his words, ―This type of election has not been conducted sofar and I congratulate you for your success‖The Associate Dean, Dr A. A. Mukoro advised the new exco to see this opportunity as achallenge on their shoulder, shine the light for others to follow and should not hesitate toconsult management for advice on the running of the association.However, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Prof. B. Okaba while speaking said,―You should see yourselves as succeeding‖. He admonished them to be careful not to tarnishtheir image. Speaking further, he said, ―I congratulate you on your election. You should seeyour service as selfless and to humanity‖.The high point of the ceremony was the presentation of the new exco by Dr Sanubi andadmittance into their respective offices after taking their oath of office.Governor’s Visit:Security Shoves SUG President Owhote AaronBy ERUEME HENRYThe security men of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan shoved the SUG President, AaronOwhote in an attempt to go into the commissioning of the new building at the Site Ill of theDeltaStateUniversity, Abraka on 1st March 2012.The students of Delta State University saw it as a big blow to student unionism as they claimthey were helpless. They claim the spirit of ―Aluta‖ was ―dead‖ and ―buried‖.Reacting to this in an interview with Delsu Echo, the President denied such allegationclaiming that there was nothing of such. He further explained that he had a good time withthe Governor and even took pictures with him during his formal introduction to the Governor.He said, ―in a gathering like that norms and values and rules must be followed. When youmiss the entourage, there is the possibility of not gaining entrance into the place. However,we followed them until our car got spoilt on the way and that is why‖.In an interview with some eyewitnesses, a student of Mass Communication who pleadsanonymity said: ―Aaron does not know his powers. He is the eye of the students and thenumber one citizen. He should be by the Governor‘s side together with the VC‖, he saidangrily.
Ighotomo Scraps Incentives for SOSSAITES Management Intervenes BY ERUEME HENRY The president of the Social Science Students Association (SOSSA) has scrappedincentives for members of the association. He disclosed this during his presentation of thebudget for the academic year to congress at the faculty large lecture Theatre on the 5th ofApril, 2012.This has continued to raise dust among the members of the association. Reacting to thequestion on the subject matter, the president said the decision was sequel to the financialburden the association has to carry for the session.However, a source close to the president says that the decision is still under consideration andthat there is every tendency that the decision will take another look.Ochofe Donald, one of the members of the association has berated the decision say,‗Ighotomo Kelvin is egocentric. Why will he make such decision? He queried.In a related development, the president said that the office of Welfare will produce almanacwhich will be sold to SOSSAITES. Explaining this after the presentation of the budget at thecongress of the association, he said it was also due to the financial burden the association iscarrying. In his words, ‗This administration is not giving incentives this year what we will dois print Alamance which will be sold at a subsidised rate‖.In a related development, the management of the faculty of social sciences has intervened inthe matter through the SOSSA staff Adviser Prof. Uweru, B.C. The staff adviser whileaddressing the executive council at a meeting in the Faculty block noted that budget proposalwas one sided and that there is a need for a review.He called all exco members to be calm and peaceful as measures are been put in place fororder and a redress of grievances from the students. Sequel to this, the staff through thesecretary general of SOSSA Comr. Ozuem Paul summoned a meeting of all excomember fora review of the budget.After all deliberations, the budget was reviewed and incentives were accorded a prime placein the budget proposal. Other offices were also given attention which hitherto budgetproposal never recognised. PPF SENSITISES DELSUITES By IYEGBU CHIBUEZE The Pink Pearl Foundation sensitised Delta State University students on breast and cervical cancer at the pedigree auditorium Abraka on the 8th of March 2012 with the theme ―Empowering youths for the fight against Breast and Cervical cancer‘‘ The team of this foundation were out with full mobilization to create awareness about the killer disease
and how it is fast claiming the lives of precious ones in our society stating the need to ―BeatBreast and cervical cancer by prevention and early detection‖.The foundation did not only preach the sermon but also conducted free breast screening forstudents they were examined by Mrs LizzyUmokoro: the chief nursing officer ministry ofhealth.The lecture on breast and cervical cancer was given by the resource person Dr Anastasia.Ojimba FMCPH, MSC health Econs consultant public health physician.Dr Ojimba elaborated on the risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment forcervical and breast cancer letting them know that breast cancer also affects a man.There was a quiz session were a student of biochemistry department took home the sum of10,000 naira.However the media assistance to her Excellency. Wife of Delta State Governor MrsRoliUduaghan stressed on the mass media as a major tool FOR creating awareness.Dr Ojimba advised on developing the culture of prevention; knowing yourself and knowingyour body because ―early detection is the key to preventing breast and cervical cancer‖ sheconcluded. Fulani herds men murder a 68 years old woman. By Omorojor Paul Mrs. Margaret Okotie 68, native of Uroka – Abraka has been allegedly murdered byHausa/Fulani herdsmen at her farm in Uroka community, Abraka kingdom recently. This was confirmed by the Abraka Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Mr. SteveChibefue after the interaction of the police on the matter. He advised the family of thedeceased to take solace in God, pledging to leave no stone unturned in fishing out thosebehind the crime. He also called on the residents to avoid reprisal attacks and live in peace asno meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of chaos. However, the head of personal management, Ethiope East Local Government Area,Mr. Frank Atube has reiterated the need for peaceful co-existence among residents of Abrakacommunity. This was stated when he visited the DPO, Abraka division over the murder case,calling on the police to ensure the safety of lives and property in the area to avoid any otherre-occurrence of such. The Saraki of Hausa in Abraka, MallamAliuEuker noted that they have been residingin Abraka since 1983 and promised to live peacefully with their host and disclosed that theirmosque was never burnt and none of them have been attacked as reported in some media.
Delta state commissioner for health allegedly slaps nursing officer By IYEGBU CHIBUEZEThe Delta State Commissioner for health Dr. Joseph Otumara has been alleged to haveslapped a nursing officer at the Central Hospital Asaba recently.The incident was said to have happened at the gynaecology ward of the central hospital in thepresence of many nurses and officials of the nursing ministry.The commissioner and his entourage came into the ward and in the process.Mrs.AkataOghenero, a nursing officer 11, in company of some student nurses who werepresent,immediately stood up to acknowledge his presence. While the said commissioner andhis entourage walked through to the maternity ward.Shortly afterwards,Mrs.AkataOghenero,while seated and receiving an emergency call on hercell phone, suddenly heard a slap on her right cheek with a thunderous voice why did you notstand up the second time‖ and when she turned her Face, she discovered her assailant to beDr. Joseph Otumara, who was still fuming At this point Mrs AkataOghenero was speechless,humiliatedand could not help but weep.However, the forum for justice and human rights defence FJHD, in Delta State has demandedthat the commissioner should tender an unreserved apology to the nurse or resign hisappointment as he is not a fit told a public office. SIWES Holds Orientation for 2011/2012 IT Students By Utalor Jennifer and Uyabeme CynthiaStudent‘s Industrial Work Experience (SIWES) of Delta State University, Abraka held itsorientation Programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences Large Lecture Theatre (FSSLLT) on27th March aimed at properly enlightening students on their industrial training (IT) exercise. Director of SIWES and wife of the vice chancellor, Professor D. O Arubayi whileaddressing students at the orientation disclosed that SIWES is very valuable to theprogramme of students and that the orientation will enable students know what they areexpected to do. She went further to say that the programme is an avenue for students to seeand use things that are not in the school. Prof. Mrs.Arubayi encouraged students to be a part of the industrial training exerciseand advised them to conduct their self in a good manner. She warned that if students fail todo what they are expected to do, they will repeat the exercise and that the programme is partof their requirement for the degree. Lecturers and Heads of department were present at theorientation.Mr.Moyero from the department of Pharmacy talked about the vision and objective ofSIWES; According to him, the programme is to prepare students for industrial work situationthey are expected to meet after graduation. He explained that for students to the exposed, it isimportant for them to go to the right organization for their industrial training. He also saidthat one objective of the programme is to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Also present at the orientation programme was Dr S. I. Efe, head of departmentgeography and regional planning, who delivered a talk on the role of lecturers and howstudents are expected to write their report at the end of the six months SIWES programme. Dr.Efe stated that lecturers who are expected to supervise the students are suppose togo to the industry where the students are doing their industrial training exercise and interactwith them to get relevant information on how they are faring and performing in thatestablishment. Dr. F. P. Olise from the department of Mass Communication spoke on placementprocesses and stated that the first step in the SIWES programme is purchasing the form. Healso spoke on how students should seek for organization for their industrial trainingprogramme.SIWES programme was described as a national programme and the organizationalprogrammee of SIWES was stated out for students. The vice chancellor as the chief executiveof the SIWES programme, directly responsible to him, is the director of SIWES and belowthe SIWES director are the various heads of department, SIWES coordinators from eachDepartments, placement officers; who are senior staffs in SIWES department. National University Council (NUC) and industrial training fund (ITF) are nationalbodies regulating the SIWES programme. Students were described as the beneficiaries of theindustrial training programme, because they are the ones to be trained, thereby, bridging thegap between the classroom and the industry. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and answers were proffered totheir questions.DELSU ASUU EMBARKS ON A WEEK SIT AT HOME OVER INSECURITY BY OMOLU NDIDI FAVOUR, AKPELU FAITH Delta State University, (DELSU), Delta State Chapter of the Academic Staff Union ofUniversity, ASUU has embarked on one week sit at home over the state of insecurity in andout of the University. Branch chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Mordi in an interview with Delsu Echo disclosedthat the Union decided to go on a week stay at home as a result of series of kidnapping androbbery incident within the University. ―We felt we were not safe and no security in the environment to discharge ourresponsibilities, so the action was taken as a measure of self preservation and also to draw theattention of the university authorities and state government to the need to provide adequatesecurity in campus‖. Mordi said that ―the wife of the ASUU chairman was kidnapped in November lastyear. A non-academic staff, the lab technologist and his wife was also kidnapped during thatsame period outside the university campus‖. ―Right inside the campus, a non-academic staff of the university, Mrs.Muobogharewas kidnapped. Thereafter, a sociology lecturer was kidnapped‖. Mordi recounted that before now, there has been series of robbery in staff quarterswhich ASUU protested during that period and asked the school authority to take somemeasures to secure lives and properties of staff and students but no action was taken. ―The only way to drive home our point for the University and state government toassure us of our safety and security on campus was to stay at home‖.
Mordi said that, after one week ASUU returned back to school. He further disclosedthat security men are mounted at campus entrance with some arm security device and securitymen also patron the town. He said that there is not much that has been done ―No officialpronouncement from the university either in secular, bulletin or memo assuring us thatsecurity measures has been taken‖. However, the spokemen of the police Charles Muka has said two suspects have beenarrested in addition to the one arrested in connection of Mrs.Muoboghare‘s kidnap. MTN Foundation Awards Scholarships to 1,125 Students By OgbeborEbehitale The MTN foundation scholarship scheme has awarded scholarships to 913 scienceand technology students and 112 visually impaired students from Nigerian universities,polytechnics, monotechnics, and colleges of education. The scholarship scheme held an award ceremony where they awarded the sum ofN200, 000 to each student to cover tuition, books, allowance and stipends for one academicyear. The award ceremony which took place at .Abuja, Owerri and Lagos on the 20th ofMarch, 26th of March and 2nd of April respectively had in attendance staffs and members ofMTN foundation, awardees and dignitaries from across the country including the ViceChancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri and the National President, NigerianAssociation of the Blind.The MTN foundation director, Mr Dennis Okoro andMTN foundation executive secretary, NonnyUgboma intheir different welcome addresses at the three- awardceremony centres, admonished the students to be morededicated to their studies, so as to continue benefitingfrom the MTh foundation Scholarship. The highpoint of the ceremony was thepresentation of certificate of Award by the Director andthe Executive Secretary of MTN foundation to selectedawardees. Some of the awardees could not hide their joy,as they were seen rejoicing with smiles on their faces. Ina quick chat with DELSU ECHO‘s some of theawardees said that they were very happy with thehonour given to them by MTN foundation and theyprayed that MTN would grow form strength to strength.
An interview with the vice chancellor professor Eric Arubayi on the day of commissioning By Omorojor PaulSir, we are witnessing something that has never happened in the history of Delta StateUniversity (DELSU) as far as academic institution is concerned. So can you just in a nutshell tell us what we have just witnessed today?First of all, I have to thank the gentlemen of the press, staff, students and the governingcouncil of the university. What we have done today is a collective effort of everybody andwhat you have seen today is what we have been able to put in place within the past two yearsof this administration. The eight projects that have been commissioned were done from theInternally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the university. We give glory to God that theadministration of this university has been in one team; my deputy VC, registrar, bursar,Liberians, provost, deans of faculties and heads of departments. They have all been very verycorporative, results are now released. We had arrears of results three- four years back, butgradually, we have overcome that.So today, we have commissioned six (6) lecture halls, each of them sitting 300 students. Wedecided to go in this, because when I came in as VC two years ago, we found out almostmany of our students during lectures are outside the classroom because lecture spaces werenot just available, considering the number of students that we have. So with these lectures
halls, it will be able to ease some of all these conjunction that hitherto we had. We also hadthe problem of trying to generate some funds. We have a limited liability company of theuniversity which is DELSU Investment Limited (DIL) and through them; we have been ableto do many things. The trash cans the seats under the trees, they made them and wecommissioned them to build a petrol station for the university. On your way to Obiaruku, theConoil you see on the right, you say cone oil DELSU that is the DELSU petrol station.Nobody thought that there would be fuel scarcity, we never envisage that but now, both staffand students and indeed the community are all benefiting from the petrol station, we sell atcost price 97 Naira per litre and when you get there, you see the queue so long, but so long aswe have the product, we sell. We sell kerosene and diesel.We tarred all the roads in the two major residential area they call them the green roof and thebrown roof. Then we tarred the major road to where you saw the commissioning of theclassroom, the lecture halls, the water scheme and the electricity projects all totalling 2.3kmof roads we tarred them last year. Then coming to campus II we also commission the e-library. The e-library has been one of the major problems in our inability to get accreditationin some of our programmes. Today we are now happy that we now have e-library with about120 pc‘s with internet access running 24 hours fully air-conditioned and our staff andstudents can go in there, browse and access the internet. Then in campus I we alsocommission a classroom built by the institute of Education from their own profit generatedfrom their own proceeds. They have built a classroom and six lecture offices for theirlecturer. The final spot was the commissioning of the DELSU waters producing both sachetand table water, it‘s a state of the act, the all and all. It‘s a fantastic project and this is one ofthe avenues to which we use to generate money not only generating money but providingneat, clean and pure water for both our students, our staff and both our community and theywill have confidence when they know that they are buying DELSU water, because theprocessing is impeccable. So that is the little I have to say about it.What has been the major challenge this administration have faced two years back? The major challenge is funding. We need a lot of funds to be injected into the system beforewe can say we are out of the woods. Many of our facilities have not really reached there. Ifyou visit some other Universities both in Nigeria and abroad, you know that most of thethings, we inherited in Delta State University were the things built in the days of College ofEducation.Gradually, things are being built; the state government through direct intervention is buildingan administrative structure in site III which is supposed to be a five story building, with allthe facilities to accommodate Management. And in the Oleh campus, they are also buildingthe Law faculty and also structures for the Engineering faculty. In the Asaba campus, theyhave completely renovated the library there and we are getting the library ready foraccreditation visit in another three weeks from now. They are building a male hostel amongstother things. So, the challenges really, are funds and if we can get the funds, we will knowthat we are there. The other major challenge is, you know, that Abraka and Oleh are in a ruralenvironment and there are some professional programmes that are in these places, where wefind it difficult to attract professional Lecturers, professional professors because when youwant to engage them, they will tell you that ―what am I going to do in a village‖ and that hasbeen one of our problems for getting people into places like Pharmacy, Medical Sciences,Clinical Sciences, Engineering and Law. But we are trying the little we can to see how wecan augment in one way or the other either engaging people on sabbatical or adjourn
Lecturers or some of them that are retired but not yet tired, to come and fill in the gap andimpact some knowledge in some of all these professional areas.What will you say specifically that you can count on that this administration has done? Well, the administration has funded us, paid us our salaries as at when due. Because thewage bill of this University is heavy, very heavy. I don‘t need to mention the amount but Iwant to emphasize it again that it is very heavy and we get this money regularly from theGovernment. There are also some direct interventions that His Excellency has done and hehas also promised that some money should be released to this University for car refurbishingloan for staff of the University. There are so many I cannot name them.Just before we let you go, what’s your dream for the Delta State University? I foresee a Delta State University that will rank among committee of nations, rank very high.Right now, within Nigeria, we are climbing up, within the World, we are very far away. Notonly Delta State University, but indeed, all Nigerian Universities. But I know that maybe notin my life time, in the life time of my predecessors, Delta State University will be seen as aUniversity to beat. It‘s in my dream and I may not be alive when that dream will come butwherever I am, I will say yes when the pressmen were with me, I said it. So I want to thankyou all once again.Sir, you said your job is done, as you are leaving this office, what would the peopleremember you for?I want people to remember me for following rules and regulations. Whether you are from thevery wealthy or you are from the very poor, I look at you as one. And I also want people toremember me that during my five years of sojourn by the grace of God, Delta StateUniversity was able to achieve so many things both in terms of human capital developmentand also in terms of physical human facilities and development.Thank you very much for your time sirYou are welcome.ONE ON ONE WITH PROFESSOR PATRICK, THE FIRST PROFESSOR OFDERMATOGLYPHICS IN NIGERIA By EdogeOrevaoghene and OkitikpiOgheneochuko Edith Within and outside the walls of Delta State University, Professor Patrick Igbigbi needs no introduction. As the
first professor of dermatoglyphics in the country and the current provost of AsabaCampus of Delta State University, he is well acclaimed. OrevaogheneEdoge and EdithOkitikpi met with him during the 5th Anatomical Students Society of Nigeria(ASSON) conference where he revealed some of his principles of success.Sir please can we meet you? I am Patrick Igbigbi, a professor of Anatomy and currently the provost ofAsaba Campus of Delta State University.What is this conference all about? Anatomy has a wide variety of areas and Human print is one of them. Annuallythe students meet to discuss issues surrounding that theme. This edition hosted byDELSU has the theme ―clinical and Applied Anatomy of the Human Prints‖.What does “Clinical and Applied Anatomy of the Human Prints” mean? Everybody has prints which are unique to them. For instance, my finger print isnot the same as yours. All of us have unique finger prints and that is the beauty of thewhole thing. We are different from one another; even identical twins do not have thesame finger prints. We apply Human prints in nature like it is used for personalidentity when applying for passport. Apart from that, it has medical benefits in theaspect of disease diagnosis for diabetics, hypertension, etc.We heard from a reliable source that you were the analyst in charge of the feudbetween Chief Ogboru of the Democratic People’s Party (DPI?) andDr.EmmimmianuelEwetanIlduaghan of the People’s Democratic Party (POP) bothcandidates of the 2011 governorship elections. How did you handle the case andwhat were your findings? What I presented was clear that the method by which these prints were takenwere not right and because they were not right, it was difficult to identify whethersomebody voted otherwise. My conclusion was that what we saw was not finger printsbut finger marks.You have attained a high status in the field of anatomy can you share with us howyou did it? I am actually a medical doctor and I had a clinic in Port-Harcourt when Istarted teaching but when I looked at it, 1 realised I was just punishing myself becauseat night I didn‘t sleep, I was either delivering a baby or something else for just a littlesum of money. I decided it was not the way to go and so I went for a master‘s degree
in Anatomy and I chose neural-anatomy (relating to brain). I picked human prints(dermatoglyphics) for my doctorate and became the first professor of dermatoglyphicsin Nigeria. That was why when the Delta State government was searching forsomeone to analyse the prints used in the elections, I was chosen. So just pick areas where you will excel and people would look for you. Now ifI am looking for a job and they ask, ‗okay you did anatomy?‘ and I say ‗yes‘ and theyask ‗what branch of anatomy can you handle?‘ and I tell them that I can teach neuralanatomy, obviously they will employ me because you can count the number of neuralanatomists in this country. On that aspect, they will pick me and give me the job. Thatis how I have been able to work in Uganda, Malawi and I keep on moving from placeto place. In fact, when I was in Malawi I was with a job, I had a job here at DELSUand I also had a job in Port-Harcourt at the same time all running currently. I am doingalt these not because I am special, but because I picked unique areas and followedthem.So basically sir, we just have to take that step to go further and not just relax afterfirst degree?Yes, go further and pick an area where you would be unique.Sir not everyone knows the importance or is aware of fingerprints, so please throwmore light on it. I have just told you one very important part of it - its use in electoral practices.Since we all have our unique finger prints, if we take our prints properly, in electoralmaterials, it would be very easy to catch anybody who is voting otherwise because thepersons prints will be the same and then you can remove all the ones that have donethat and we will be able to carry out ‗one man, one vote‘. There are also other useslike in medical genetics, identification of diseases, identification of individuals, etc.So my opinion is that if the country wants to have a good election in 2015, theyshould make sure that we have finger prints and not finger marks.From what you have said do you think the federal government are making planstowards using human prints in future elections? Personally, I don‘t have an idea but I know that during the last election, Iconducted a manual as well as electronic print check. So 1 am suggesting that if they
want to get this right, they should resort to using the electronic method until we areable to get the manual method very well.What is your general advice for the use of finger prints? For the electoral commission, they should have the database of all voting agegroups in the country done properly and then after an election, the votes should becounted electronically and anybody‘s vote that has been duplicated should be removedso that they can count effectively in the nation.What is your general advice to students? Just find something unique in any area and that is why if you are sweeping aplace, sweep it well and they would look for you but many people tend to say is it notordinary sweeping? Many people can be sweeping but you may be a specialist insweeping. So pick a unique area and do your best no matter where or what you aredoing. EBI: ABILITY IN DISABILITY By IyegbuChibueze The ability to handle challenges and turn them into stepping stones for our greatness is what makes us victors and indeed that‘s who OgbeborEbehitale is. Her enthusiasm for life is far greater than her challenges. ‗Ebi‘ as she is fondly called was born visually impaired but does not see this challenge as a reason for failure and her immeasurable courage is taking her to the top amidst her challenge. Delsu Echo had a chat with her where she told us more about herself. Please can we know you better?
I am OgbeborEbehitale, a third year student in the department of Mass Communication, DeltaState University, Abraka.Tell us about your family background.I come from a family of six. I am the third child and also the third girl out of four children.Tell us about your educational backgroundFor my primary education, I attended School for the Blind Primary School, Benin City whilefor my secondary education, I attended Idia College Benin City, where I was a boarder for sixyears. I graduated from secondary school in the year 2007 and I got admission into theuniversity 2009.Throughout your Primary and Secondary School education did you face any challengesespecially with other pupils and students?My primary school was nice because it was a special school and so I didn‘t really facechallenges because I was opportuned to attend a primary school with other visually impairedpeople. In my secondary school, I had to mix up with other students who were not visuallyimpaired and so it was a little bit challenging but even other students face challenges, it wasokay overall.How do you cope with house chores?My mummy taught me how to do things. I can cook; I can wash clothes and dishes, and anydomestic work. I don‘t really need much assistance in that aspectWhat do you love doing apart from school activities?I love singing, it gives me joy. I like reading but I don‘t really have access to books becausebrailed books are not common in this part of the country.Did you always want to study mass communication?As at when I wrote my first WAEC, I didn‘t know what I was coming to school to study, butwithin the period I was at home, I had the opportunity to watch ‗New Dawn‘ hosted byFunmiIyanda and that was when I decided that I wanted to study Mass Communication, shealso became my mentor.Why did you choose to stay in the School Hostel when even non-physically challengedpeople find it hard?Throughout my secondary school days, I was in the hostel, so naturally, when I came to theuniversity I chose the school hosteland it was not hard adapting due to my previousexperience in secondary school.When you first entered the university for the first time as an undergraduate, were youscared?
No, I was not because I knew other visually impaired persons that had succeeded and Ibelieved that since I was able to cope in my secondary school mixed with people withdifferent physical challenges and those without, it would not be much of a challenge. In fact Iwas the only visually impaired person in my class of about 150 persons, so I just had thebelief that I just had to put in more effort in the university that I can make itDo you get self conscious when people stare at you, or point fingers at you?I always expect people to point fingers or stare at me. I am a special person; there is no crimeat them pointing fingers at me because if I am in the crowd, I am easily noticed. I am notalways bordered.Do you always get assistance or help fromothers?Yes, I have many friends, too numerous to mention that render assistance to me. My coursemates, my roommates, and even friends that have graduated, have given me assistance. Myfamily have also been very supportive too.How do you read and write exams?I record with a tape recorder when lectures are going on and when I get to my hostel Itranscribe them into Braille notes. For materials that are not brailed, I get someone around torecord them and then listen to them subsequently. To write my exams I use my typewriter.Do you have challenges with reading and writing exams?The only challenge I have is with reading especially printed or hand written materials becauseit is not always easy finding someone to read it but I don‘t have problems with brailedmaterials.What do you aspire to be?I would like to be a renowned public relations officer both nationally and internationally, Godwilling.Who are your sponsors?There are so many people sponsoring me. My family, the former Chaplain of Delta StateUniversity, they are so many of them that I can‘t even mention.Are you in a relationship?No, I am not.Why?I believe that I cannot serve two masters at the same time. I want the best out of my educationand so it comes first before any other thing, and after that every other thing including arelationship will follow.
Are there times when you feel sad or depressed?Yes, there are times when I feel sad and depressed because if I have anything to do especiallyif I have a written material to record so that I can study and I can‘t find someone to help meout, I feel bad because that‘s the major assistance I need, that‘s when I tend to question God,sometimes I go to the extent of crying but I know that everything happens for a reason andthat the worst happens to get the best.What has been your drive towards success?My drive is my mum; she has being praying for me to be the best among my peers a personand provides the best she can for me. I also tell myself I don‘t have any reason what so everto fail and that if I fail I won‘t forgive myself because despite the fact that I am visuallyimpaired it is not enough reason for me to fail; others have done it and so can I. Nafdac plans re-certification of water factories By Akpelu Faith, Erhenede AugustineThe Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration andControl, (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhi has said the Agency has concluded plans to carryout a recertification of all sachet water factories irrespective of registration status. Thiswas disclosed in Abuja during a one day sensitization workshop for water factories.Recently, he noted that over 3,679 water producing factories in the country are yet tobe registered and certified by the agency.The Director General that the exercise was necessary for the purpose of capturingbiometric data of all clients and stakeholders of products regulated by NAFDAC as ameans of building strong data base to ease regulation. In the words of Dr.Orhimeasures are in place to ensure the quality of packaged water through the process ofgood manufacturing practice, inspection, laboratory analysis and registration of theproduct‖.He also pointed out that ‗sanctions have been applied to all identified cases, includingprosecutions‘.In a related development, the agency has begun a recertification workshop across thecountry. This was held for Edo and Delta States at the Bishops court at Asaba, DeltaState.Tagged, ―packaged water: the importance of quality; the workshop was held in orderto equip the sector with the necessary information required to process good andquality water for drinking.Mrs.Hauwa Keri, Director, establishment inspection in her keynote address said thatthe business of water in linked to health and survival, therefore, it is in the best interestof all to provide good and quality water for the populace, as good and quality waterprevents diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
LECTURER COMMITS SUICIDE IN DELTA STATE byIKPONMWOBA EKINADOSE WENDY A lecturer at the college of Education Agbor in Delta State, Mr. PhilipOkechukwuOkafor has allegedly taken his own life. Okafor, who was a lecturer in thedepartment of economics, committed suicide in his residence at the DDPA low income houseestate, Agbor. The lecturer, who hails from IsseleMkpitirne in Aniocha North local government areaof the state, was said to have committed the act by hanging himself with a green rope on theceiling fan in his bedroom. Although the reason for the act was not known. His wife, ateacher and his five children had gone to school on this fateful day he committed the act. It was learnt that the deceased conducted morning devotion in his apartment where hisentire family members actively participated on the day of this incident. A source said when the widow and her five children returned from school and wantedto gain entrance through the front door to their apartment, they discovered that the door waslocked form the inside. According to the source, her effort to pass through the back door wasalso fruitless as the door was locked from behind. She was said to have raised alarm whichattracted neighbors who forcefully open the door only to discover the body of the lecturerdangling from the ceiling fan: The dumbfounded neighbors were said to have invited the police at the Agbordivisional police station, who came and removed the corpse to the morgue at the centralhospital Agbor. DELSU HOLDS 26TH INNUGURAL LECTURE By OGBEBOR EBEHITALE, IYEGBU CIHBUEZE, ERENEDE AUGUSTINE Delta State University Abraka held the 26th series of inaugural lectures on the 29th of March 2012 at the Pre-degree auditorium. The inaugural lecture was taken by Professor Gabriel IjegbunamOkeibunoBadifu a professor of food and science and technology which was titled ―untapped treasures of our daily bread‖ The lecture which was attended by many dignitaries including the commissioner of basic and secondary education professor PatrickMuoboghare. The vice chancellor Delta State university Professor Eric Arubayi and otherprincipal officers of delta state university, started at about 2:40pm with an academicprocession which was led by the deputy registrar senate. The introduction and citation of the inaugural lecturer was delivered by the universityorator, Professor A. A. Angala. He informed the guests about the organizational backgroundand qualifications of the inaugural lecturer of which are C & G (London), B.Sc..M.Sc. and
PhD (Ile-Ife), and professorship on October 2000. At this point he was invited by the oratorto ―perform the ritual dance of the intellectual masquerade. At the inaugural lecture, professor Badifu noted that there are two types of food; foodof the flesh and food of the spirit, he asked for permission to unveil the food of the flesh withthe food of the spirit, he concentrated more on the food of the flesh and he focused on twowide consumed commodities- melon kernel and mango mesocap. He pointed differentusefulness and importance of melon kernel and Mango mesocap to individuals, families andthe society at large where he said that melon kernel can be used for frying and mangomesocap rather than allow to be wasted during mango season can be stored and processedinto floor for baking bread and other edible foods. He concluded that melon and mango mesocap could serve as a source of livelihoodfor developing countries like Nigeria if his ideas were adopted by relevant bodies. FEAR GRIP C.E.P STUDENTS BYOgu Precious Students of Institute of Continuous Education, Delta state university, Abraka, hasexpressed fear following the recent pronouncement by Nigeria University Commission(NUC) restraining Nigerian University from admitting students into part-time programmespending when necessary modalities are put in place. A cross section of CEP students who bear their mind on the issue expressed fear overthe latest development, saying that they are grappling with fear over their academic fate. Inwords that are already in the programme are scared because we don‘t know if we will begiven certificate after graduation‖. It will be recall that earlier this week, the unpleasant news of temporarily jettison ofpart-time programmes came to the who has been living in a perpetual fear regarding theiracademic field following a protracted rumor pertaining to the authenticity of the programme. However, some lecturers have made an appreciable effort in allaying the fear in themind of CEP students, admonishing them to be studious and try to avert carryover beforegraduating in order to avert foreseeable problem. They further enjoined them to stop beinginferior to their regular counterpart and compete keenly with them.DELSU SUG GETS NEW EXCO, LEGISLATUREBy Obadimu Alexander, Okitikpi Edith, Erhenede Augustine, Omorojor Paul The Vice Chancellor (V.C) Prof. Eric Arubaye has sworn in the newly elected Students Union Government (SUG) led by Com. NuwheleThankgod as president. This took place at the pre- degree hall of site III of the Delta State
University, Abraka on Thursday March 15th.Speaking at the ceremony, the V.C. charged the new exco to accommodate all losers in thespirit of democracy, as well as ensuring that they serve the entire students with probity andaccountability. While assuring the new exco of an open door policy and fair treatment to all students,the V.C. admonished the exco to beware of the syndrome of godfatherism and advising theminitiate policies and programmes geared towards enhancing the welfare of students. He alsourged them to be servants to the students. In his acceptance speech, Nuhwele assured student of his administration‘s desire toimplement policies, programmes and projects geared towards improving their lots. Hehowever called on presidentGoodluck Jonathan to sign the radio licences of the Delsu Radioto enable it start operation stressing the need for information, communication enlightenmentand entertainment of management, staff students and communities around. Earlier in his brief remarks, the Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. A. O. Akpomedaye saidthe keenly contested SUG elections saw the emergence of 70 persons led by com.NuhweleThankgod as president positions at Hall of residents, senate and students‘Representative council levels. Highpoint of the ceremony was the administration of oath of office on the electedofficers by the University Registrar, Mr.EjirogheneUdjo. Other dignitaries present at theceremony include Prof. R. B. Ikomi (DVC Academics), staff and students. In a related development, the legislative arm comprising the supreme student‘s senate(SSS) and the students‘ Representative Council (SRC) has been inaugurated at the SUGsecretariat at the site II of Delta State University, Abraka. The president of SUG NuhweleThankgod in conjunction with the student affairs DeanDr. A. O. Akpomedaye ably represent b y his deputy Mr.Ufuophu- Biri Emmanuel,conducted and election for the SSS and SRC respectively. This saw the emergence of senatepresident and secretary for SSS and speaker and clark for the SRC. Ighotomo, Onyeche win SOSSA Election… Others unopposed By: Ogbeide Blessing,Uyagbeme Cynthia Ighotomo Kelvin of the department of sociology and psychology has emerged winner of the just concluded SOSSA elections for President of SOSSA held at the Faculty of Social Sciences large Lecture Theatre ground on the 6 of March, 2012. Ighotomo Kelvin polled a total vote of 469 to beat his rival,ELikwuEmeka Victor of Economics Department who polled a total vote of 269. Onyechie Victor Rex of Geography and Regional Planning has also in the sameelection beaten his opponent, Iroghe James Kess for the position of the Director of
Finance. Onyeche polled a total vote of 389 votes to beat Iroghe who polled 240votes. Election commenced at 9.00 a.m. on the 6th of March 2012 with students of thevarious departments in the faculty of the Social Sciences coming out to cast their vote. The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Professor Benjamin Okaba,declared the winners immediately after the collation of the total votes cast at theelection ground. From various quarters, the election is seen as the freest and fairest election sofar and that the contestants and other members of the association did not write anypetition pertaining to the outcome of the election. In a related development, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof D.C.Awharitefe, Head of the Department of Political Science, Dr F. A. Sanubi havepraised the conduct of the election, describing it as free and fair. Thisacknowledgement was made during the swearing in of executive officers of SOSSA. The presence of security men at the election ground created an avenue for thepeaceful conduct of the election. The Cadet and members of the National Drug LawEnforcement Agency (NDLEA) played the security role throughout the electionperiod. The atmosphere was serene, calm and quiet for the election. Those who returned unopposed in the election include Opone Rosemary(VicePresident), Ozuem Paul (Secretary General), UbaEsiri (Director of Welfare),Erueme Henry(Director of Information/PRO), Akpoveta Justice (Chief Editor), andAkpotorEjiro (Directorof Socials). Others are Sule Dele (Treasurer),OtomewoOmonigho (Director of Sports), IghoRaleigh (Director of Special Duties),Onuwa Michael (Assistant Director of Finance) andOkonji Ephraim (AssistantSecretary General). In another development, lectures were put on hold in the Departments ofSociology, Geography and Regional Planning, Mass Communication, PoliticalScience and Business Administration because of SOSSA elections. DELTA STATE TO OPEN ICT PARK BY OMOLU NDIDI FAVOURThe Delta State government is set to open an Information and Communication Technology(ICT) Park in Asaba to help boost the economic development of the State. This was madeknown in Asaba by the Senior Special Adviser to the State governor, Mr: Sunny Ofili.Mr.Ofili disclosed that the intention of the government to open the ICT Park is to providemore than 15,000 jobs for her citizenry. He also said that the ICT Park would also be used totrain people in computer programming in local languages.He further stated that the ICT Park will help to better the lives of the people because it willnot only train job seekers but it would train people to become entrepreneurs.Mr.Ofili also said that the government would ensure that there is more concentration of ICTin schools across the state. This would help students to have basic computer education andbecome computer literate‖ he concluded.
STUDENT DIES IN FIRE OUTBREAK ERUSIAFE OGHENERO DORAH Matthew Oluku a 300 level student from the department of chemistry of Delta StateUniversity has died in a fire disaster in his room along Ekrejeta road, Abraka It was gathered that the victims were reading with a candle with his room mate lastnight when they slept off leaving the candle burning. Unknowing, the room was engulfed byfire. The fire was extinguished while the victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment.The incident attracted neighbours around who came to rescue the occupants only to discoverthat one of them had given up and the other seriously injured. A an eye witness said; it isterrible that these things are happening. If you look at them you cannot even eat meat. The Family of the victims wept when they heard what happened and the victimsmother almost committed suicide been that he is the only son of the family. According to the doctor, his condition is very critical and they have to carry out amajor operation on EseUdi who is the other victim and also from the same department withMatthew Oluku. DELSU STUDENT SHOT BY OMOLU NDIDI FAVOUR Gunmen suspected to be cultist on Thursday afternoon, the 15 day of March shot astudent of Delta State University, Abraka around the school premises. An eye witness reports that the student was believed to be a cultist. Report has it thatthe student was trailed from inside the campus to off campus. The eye witness further statedthat on getting to the Abraka small market close to campus 2 of the University, the studentwas attacked by three boys suspected to be cult rival who fought with him and shot him threetimes on his head leaving him half dead in his pool of blood. Report says that sympathizers took him to an undisclosed hospital. It was latergathered that the student died on Saturday, 17 March at the State University teachinghospital, Oghara. NADESSTU vows to improve student’s fortunes By ANANI FRANCA Leadership of National Association of Delta State Student Union, NADESSTU, hassaid it was committed to working with Delta State. Government to improve the fortunes ofStudents of the State Origin. NADESSTU, in a Statement by its National Public Relations officer, Mr. HarrisonOritseweginmi, in Ughelli said they were compelled to react to recent media reports. He said; ―We are partners in progress; therefore, we cannot intimidate and will notattempt to intimidate or embarrass a government that increased by student‘s bursary by100percent‖
Noting that the bursary was being paid regularly, it stated that the state governmenthad also awarded scholarships to both undergraduate and post graduate students of the stateorigin. The union insisted that it could not afford to fight a government that had employed,appointed and empowered a crop of former student leaders in the state, saying, ―Thegovernment had also provided vehicles for NADESSTU to ease its activities‖. ARTICLES Missing score palava By Erueme Henry She was probably in her twenties, well- shaped, tall, beautiful, graceful, and dark complexioned. She sat at the entrance of the Faculty of Social Sciences large lecture hall, her left hand placed under her jaw for support, her eyes gazing at the air, absent minded with tears flowing from her eyes like a river flowing into a delta. She was a victim; ‗a victim of missing scores palava‘. Missing score is the unavailability of the rawscore for a candidate in an examination. This means that there will be no score for the candidatein such a course.It goes beyond just writing an examination to filling the details at the front of the answerbooklet, that is, matriculation number, department, faculty, course code and title, etc. This iswhere the students are at fault. Some students just rush into the examination and fail to writetheir data as provided in the answer booklet. This is a major cause of missing score. Where doyou expect the examiner to produce your scores from? One must be very careful when writingan examination. The first thing to do in an examination is to fill in these data for properidentification of your booklet.
Another cause of missing score is the mixing up of two or more departments to write exams inthe same hall. In this case, it may be the mistake of those presiding over the examination or thestudents. On the part of the presiding officer, he/she may direct students to submit all in thesame place after which they will be sorted. But mistakes are bound to happen; mistakes maycome from sorting. Where this is the case, a student of Department ―A‖ may have his script inDepartment ―B‖. The implication is there will be no score for such a candidate.There are also some indolent students who do not want to sit up and read their books. Theywallow in laziness as if it were their birth right because they know that they have not read, theycapitalise on any avenue to leave the hall with their answer booklet and write their names onthe attendance list in the examination. Then such students blame the lecturer of that course forthe missing score they actually perpetuated.Staffs are also part of the cause of missing scripts. Sometimes careless staffs do not take noticewhen some scripts fall off the others. Some of them sometimes also make mistakes when theyattempt to carry these booklets from place to place, leaving some in the process. What aboutcarefulness while invigilating examinations—at least to make sure attendance is taken strictlyfor those who are present and not those who are absent? Some students may write their friend‘sname even when he/she is not around. This calls for vigilance.Like many other victims, this damsel cries and hopes endlessly for intervention to this problem.She is between the devil and the deep blue sea. She is stagnated, dejected and lives in perpetualstate of fear of the unknown. ―I pray God intervenes in this my case because I am frustrated‖she said.It is pitiable and painful that one has to rewrite an examination that has been written andwritten well. Only God can remedy these wrongs. Glorifying evil perpetuates it By OmagbemiMisanThe outcry against the rising incidents of crime and lawlessness in the country has now risen tothe level of a national emergency. Something needs to be done about it urgently. The media areawash with reports of felons terrorizing innocent Nigerians in criminal acts possible only in asociety where law and order do not exist. This is compounded by the impunity with which theyare carried out.
Every Nigerian now wants to be a millionaire. Business houses, hoodlums and politicians arecapitalizing on that development. They promote all kinds of computerized ―win-a-million‖chance games, and raffles. I have never been a fan of lotteries but was once caught in one oftheir cobwebs and regretted it.What Nigerians do for money is unthinkable. Those in offices manipulate figures while othersin private sectors engage in such crimes as 419, armed robbery and cheating. In the course ofthese, they apply their intelligence to devising strategies that ensure that their victims areroundly robbed, even if it entails killing. The unfortunate thing about this is that the ordinaryNigerian has acquired a sad culture of glorifying profligacy.Whenever a crook arrives at a party, usually late, and accompanied by an entourage of praisesingers, everybody competes to accord him undeserved regard. We do this even as we knowthat he is an unfit and undeserving person to be honoured. How he acquired his wealthespecially, if he skilfully announces a fat donation in a pledge that he often does not intend toredeem, no longer concerns us.Persons of doubtful character will build large and amorphous houses they may never be able tomaintain or wish to live in only to show off wealth, albeit and ill-gotten. He hosts thecommunity in a lavish opening ceremony that invites acclamation and reverence.Nobody asks how he made the money. Every million spent on the house was not unlikely tohave been stolen with loaded guns in both hands. Nigerians should learn to distance themselvesfrom evil men; snub them, and stop lionizing them. We should instead make them know,always, that we abhor them for their immoral and wanton behaviour.They do not deserve the respect they get. We can start doing all the above by never againconferring chieftaincy titles on them for their money. They must be restrained fromintimidating honest men with their affluence. Exalting a dishonest person only serves as anencouragement for dishonesty. It sends the wrong message to growing youths.When we stop glorifying felons, they will begin to realise how mean they are. It will then occurto them that the time has come for a reform.
The man made disaster By Omorojor PaulAt speed averaging 600 miles per hour, in the open ocean definitely more than the speed of anaircraft, it took the Asia coast by storm. A tsunami almost currently generated by earth-quake; anatural disaster that has left Asia and part of the western coast with memories too painful toforget.Fortunately, these natural disasters are alien to our beloved country ―Nigeria‖. However it painsme that a country blessed with God‘s gift of calmness and ecological balance, we have decidedto manufacture our own disaster - a man made foster, moving in a most versatile dimension,ravaging the very fabrics of our existence in our nation, a man made disaster, corruptionmoving at an alarming speed, quicker than any tsunami.Corruption has reduced our nation to almost a state of anarchy; a multi republic that virtuallyevery sector has been destroyed by its fuel, a man made disaster that has given us a medal, notan Olympic medal but a medal of indignity as the second most corrupt nation in the world.Who are those painting us black before the world? Who are those behind this? Men ofintelligence without integrity, thoughtless leaders of thought, those who polish pebble anddarken diamond, making the defenceless citizens exiled in their own land. I remind those thatare continually tearing the garment of honour to remember that they will eventually wear themask of disgrace.Nigerians! Delsuites! It is time to cry out, it is time to brace up to the challenge; it is time to putan end to this ugly trend. Remember, in the 1950s the pen fought for Nigerians and gave usindependence, revolution fought for Iranians, Egyptians, Libyans and others too numerous tomention. Is it not time to fight corruption with our last blood for our dear country?Journalists don‘t allow your pen to lay waste on the bed. Stop celebrating ritualists, militants,kidnapers, boko-haramists and start fighting corruption. Do not leave the country for groups orsects who named themselves as EFCC or ICPC.Nigerian Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), stop singing appraisals to those who willonly bless your bank account and trample on the spirit of Aluta. It was done before, and it canstill be done now; we can still fight this menace of corruption out of our dear country.
After this battle against the man made disaster have been fought and won, we will boldly saythis is our country. ―Nigeria, Good People, Great Nation‖. There is hope and we will not giveup until we win this battle. Rage syndrome By OmagbemiMisan Across the world, one recognisable behaviour pattern that afflicts mankind today is the Rage Syndrome. It has become so chronic that in certain societies it is accepted as a means of letting off steam. In the film making industry, the more intense the rage in portraying a character the more successful the actor or actress is judged to be. Toadd flavour to this malaise, raging and ranting are often accompanied by kicking and punchingat any object within reach with adverse effect especially on those prone to High blood pressureapart from possible physical injury.We need not recount the hot words spewed out from the mouths of drivers and road users whenthere is a traffic jam caused by selfish driving and lack of patience. In fact to an observer, thisphenomenon smacks of what may be described as a season of madness. Self-control whichdistinguishes humans from animals is thrown in the wind and as a result, such demonstration ofunrestrained anger escalates to absurd levels and most often gives rise to disastrousconsequences.The root cause of this obvious weakness in man is the inability to give consideration to thefeelings and the interests of others. We act as if we are the focal point of all activities andbehave like a wounded lion in the face of unfulfilled hopes and aspirations. At this point,patience is in short supply which would have otherwise enabled one to think more deeply,exercise self-control and avoid being trapped in the whirlpool of rage, but trapped we havebecome because we have disturbed the chemistry in our system that would have prevented usfrom crossing the boundary of decency.
There is no doubt that experiencing these days are so severe and nerves so strained that manypeople seem to crack under its weight and they eventually develop a propensity for thedangerous habit of rage. But is it really true that these experiences are imposed on us and thatwe have no point in bringing them about? If this were the case then we would be mere puppetson a string and would have no say whatsoever in our decisions. No, this cannot be true becauseeven the act of rage itself is a decision and we make countless decisions daily and hourly andthe thread created by these decisions drive us unfailingly towards their respective unpleasantfulfilments. And so, we have no one to blame but ourselves in all situations. Remember alsothat we often fret over a speck on other people‘s eyes while we carry a log in ours. Let ustherefore spare ourselves the agony of raging and we shall know peace and be happy.We must therefore bear in mind that we burden ourselves with enormous guilt if throughindiscipline and boundless selfishness we cause harm to others through rage in all itsramifications. Towards averting strike in Nigerian universities By IkponmwobaEkinadoseSometimes one begins to imagine how to go forward in the educational system in Nigeria,compared to that of other countries. Nigeria that is supposed to be the giant of Africa is actuallythe giant of defeat in almost all the sectors in the country. The rich now send their childrenabroad to school; this is the reason why they are not bothered if the educational system is shutdown.The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), embarked on a nationwide strike last yearDecember demanding among other issues an increase in the funding of Nigerian universities aswell as the retiring age of university professors from 65 to 70 years.Although, ASUU appears to have joined the few trade unions that have declared the highestnumber of trade disputes and they have almost overtaken the dock workers. Not manyNigerians raised eye brows during the strike which was an affirmation of sympathy for theunion. This sympathy is not only necessary for ASUU but also for the victims of the obviousnegative impact of their action which includes hundreds of thousands of Nigerian students,their parents and the nation at large. One peculiar feature of ASUU trade dispute is that theyhave often triggered off other national disputes in the past like the ongoing one which thefederal ministry of education is tackling.
However, Nigeria heaved a sigh of relief when the national assembly endorsed the increase inthe retiring age of professors. That was an indication that students will soon go back to school.The truth of the matter is that Nigerian universities are no longer what they used to be as aresult of neglect. The universities have been starved of funds especially since the militarystripped them of the autonomy which is yet to be restored by successive democratic regime,even as our heads of states have twice been recruited from the Ivory Tower.The Jonathan administration should be committed to restoring the past glories of Nigerianuniversities. The federal minister of education professor RuquayatuRufai has budgeted over400 billion naira for education in the current budget recently presented by the president. Thisamount may be slightly higher than the previous figure. However if this amount is fullyutilized, Nigeria will be better.The Nigerian educational system has been fraught with different policies by differentgovernment, thus throwing the managers of the system into confusion. Today it is the 6,3,3,4system, tomorrow it is the 9-3-4 and another day it is admission by the Joint AdmissionExamination, the following day it is the Post-Jamb. We have to be consistent, it is not thesystem of examination or the examination body that is responsible for our setbacks, ourproblem is caused by those who are tanning the system.In order to sanitize our educational system, the appropriate authorities should endeavour toallocate more funds and grant the much desired autonomy to enable adequate infrastructureslike libraries, laboratories, workshops, adequate information technology, research facilities,training opportunities among other to be put in place. Furthermore the condition of service inthe universities should be improved to compete with international standards in order to retainthe best egg heads as well as divert their attention from corruption practices and harassment ofinnocent students. About Delta State University By IghomrudeOkeDelta State University - popularly known as DELSU, is a state government university whichruns a multi-campus system with a main campus located in Abraka, Anwai, and prior to the1995 amended edict, Oleh.Delta State University, Abraka has been historically recorded as a Centre of Education. Itstarted as a Government Teachers‘ Training College during the colonial era and some years
into the post-colonial era. It became a College of Education that awarded Nigerian Certificateof Education (NCE) from 1971-1985. In 1981, it was affiliated to the University of Benin,Benin City and consequently offered degree programmes from 1981 till 1985 when it becamethe Faculty of Education of the then Bendel State University with its main campus at Ekpoma.The creation of Edo and Delta States in August 1991 and the conversion of the main campus ofthe then Bendel State University, Ekpoma to become Edo State University in December 1991,necessitated the establishment of an autonomous Delta State University, Abraka on 30th April,1992 by the then Executive Governor of the State, Olorogun Felix Ibru.The University has three sites in Abraka within a distance of about 200 km apart. With astudent population of about 36,000 (in the 2007/08 session), the University offers a range ofprogrammes from the diploma and degree programmes to part-time programmes. TheUniversity offers post-graduate studies up to doctoral level. Three tips to get that job you have been waiting for By EdogeOrevaoghene We all know the situation of our nation and have all seen the headlines. Unemployment rates are at their highest in decades. Millions of people graduate every year into the labour market, qualified youths are seen every day on the streets walking from one company to the other in search of jobs. In Delta State University alone, over 5,000 students will graduate this year joining the millions on the search for a job to cater for their basic human needs.With millions more job seekers in the quest for the decreasing number of jobs, walking out ofyour next interview with your dream job secured has become much more difficult. You see,you cant change the number of jobs available neither can you get rid of the growing number ofcompeting job seekers but, you can change how you approach the market. You can figure outwhat elements of the job hunting process you do have control over, and learn how to use themto your advantage. You can secure your dream job, even in a fiercely competitive market.
We all know that a job interview is your employers chance to get to know you in person, howwell you interact, your personality and to see how well you do under pressure. It is a chance tosell yourself to the company and most often you only get one chance to do this, so, your firstimpression matters.Tip #1: It is not about how qualified you are: Some people think of job-hunting as a "battle"of who has got the best résumé. Of course, you need to communicate what your skills are inorder to get the job – that is sure, but it is a huge mistake to think that it is all about skills.AclandBrierty, an interview expert suggests that you ‗ditch your résumé‘ because let‘s face it,your résumé looks pretty much the same as everyone elses otherwise they would not beapplying for that position; besides, the number of unqualified first class and second classgraduates are on the increase as a result of bribery and corruption and employers have realisedthat it no longer depends on the result but on the individual. So instead of sending the usualrésumé, Brierty suggests you do something different, for instance, send a simple letter withyour skills and experience, constructing a focused picture of yourself as someone uniquelysuited to do that job then the employer can see instantly why you are suitable because you havetaken the time to explain ‗why‘ in the letter.Tip #2: Be prepared to answer the ‘why should we hire you’ question: You have finallysubmitted your résumé or letter and selected an impressive outfit. You have practiced yourwalking posture, your firm handshake, how to present your self and answer questions but areyou prepared for the ‗why should we hire you‘ question?The important thing in answering this question is that you sound yourself. You dont want tosound like you are reciting something out of a book. You should stay relaxed, confident andfriendly. One way to answer this question is, ―You should hire me not only because I trulybelieve in this company and its potential, but also because I will use my education, pastexperiences and skills to help this company go above and beyond the company goals. I amdependable, a fast learner, and very motivated.‖ (Please dont recite this word to word at the jobinterview; it is just to give you an idea of how you should tell a prospective employer why youshould be hired).Tip #3: Sell yourself: Despite all the feelings of anxiety and judgment associated with aninterview, employers are really just asking you those questions to find one thing: the bestperson for the job. However, the best person for the job still has to communicatethat they are
the best person for the job. In fact, you may be more qualified than any of the other applicants,but if you don‘t connect with the interviewer and help them see that, you will be throwingyourself back into the "hunt."Finally, don‘t forget to smile. After a handful of failed interviews it can be hard to imaginethings working out so well but don‘t be discouraged. Hopefully these tips will help you boostyour chances of landing highly sought after positions, and give you more control, more choice,and more confidence in this seemingly depressing job market. Good Luck! Dealing with food addiction By Akoroda Rachael The modern society‘s image of the beautiful woman is someone who fits a certain size, someone with a certain kind of bone structure, someone with a certain kind of face. This image is glorified in many fashion magazines and television programmes but this image is unfortunately, not true for the average woman, who has to struggle with being bigger, who does not have the same delicate bone structure, who does not have the particular kind of face that one would see on a model.Not all of us are born to fit such an image of what is considered the ‗beautiful woman‘. In fact,only few fit that image and yet, there are so many women out there who try desperately to fitthat image, who will try all means available to them and that which they can afford just to beable to fit that image.There are reasons some people are ‗overweight‘. For some it could be because of foodaddiction for others it might be as a result of genetic disposition or even because they do notfeel they fit into the model size.Examine yourself. Are you overweight because your genes have dictated that your bodyshould be formed that way? Are you overweight because you have a picture of what normalweight is based on what you watch and read on the mass media? Or are you overweightbecause you cannot stop eating?
That character from the Austin Powers series of movies, Fat Bastard, captured it so poignantlywith this line: ―I eat because I am unhappy, and I am unhappy because I eat‖. Is it that case foryou too? Many people are addicted to food usually because it provides a kind of shelter andcomfort whenever they have to deal with something stressful.Just like every other sickness, there is an opportunity for recovery and it starts with recognition.Recognize and admit to yourself that you have an issue that you need to deal with and that youare using food to cover up for the fear, the anxiety and the sadness that you feel whenever youare forced to face something you do not want to handle.Once you have gotten a handle of the situation, the next step would be to determine what givesyou so much stress and anxiety, enough to turn to the comfort of food. More often than not, ithas something to do with self-image. If it is indeed the case, that your food addiction hassomething to do with self-image, then the next step would be to embrace what you are andaccept that you cannot be what you are not.Most importantly, do not take this journey of ridding yourself with food addiction alone. It is sovery easy to fall back into the old pattern of binge eating after being upset with something ifyou are dealing with alone.Seek help with a counsellor or a support group. There are others like us like you. You need notgo through this all alone. Social networking: The time killer By IyegbuChibuezeIn today‘s modern society, 72% of people spend their timeupdating their social network accounts.This generation hasbecome an absent minded generation that are not aware of theirimmediate environment because social networking has takenthem to another world entirely.Social networking was made for connecting with long lostfriends, making new friends, expanding our businesses not forpeople to live in. It was created for us to use but today, it is using us.The king of the jungle ‗facebook‘ which is now a daily ritual for most Nigerians have openedthe door to shorthand typing, abbreviations, emoticons and text lingo. Those messages include