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Apprehension as schools re-open in Delta

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• State commits to economic diversification
• Partners FG to end violence against women

Parents and guardians in Delta State are worried over the government’s decision on schools re-opening, particularly deferment of resumption for children in pre-basic classes.

The government had hinged its decision on the need to conclude the 2019/2020 academic session and commence the 2020/2021 session, especially schools that have not written second term examinations prior to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

But some parents expressed dissatisfaction over the resumption arrangement and called for a rethink.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, directed students in JSS1, JSS2, SS1 and SS2 who were yet to write the second term examinations to resume on Monday, September 28 and round off on Friday, October 9, 2020.

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The statement added that pupils in primary 4 and 5 that were yet to complete the second term should resume on Tuesday, October 6.

The parents rejected the arrangement, lamenting a situation where the older children must have gone to school, parents to work and the little ones left at home.

But Ukah advised them to prepare the children accordingly.

To cushion the effect of the scattered resumptions, the government will establish six new secondary and three primary schools in different parts of the state, said the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu.

MEANWHILE, Delta has vowed to remain committed to policies and programmes to enhance the diversification of its economy with massive investment in infrastructure and skill acquisition.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa stated this yesterday during the official unveiling of ‘Delta Export Initiative and Exhibition of Made-In-Delta Export Products’ organised by the Delta UNIDO Centre and Export Initiative (DUCEI).

Represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Gbe, the governor noted that his administration had strengthened its drive in enhancing job and wealth creation in the non-oil export initiative.

DETERMINED to end violence against women, the state has restated its resolve to key into the Federal Government’s plan to end open defecation across the country by the year 2025.

The idea was to protect females, who were at risk of sexual molestation as they search for secluded places to defecate, mostly during dark hours.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Martins Okonta, stated this yesterday during the opening ceremony of a stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop on Clean Nigeria Campaign (CNC), ‘Use The Toilet’, in Asaba.

He lamented that 23.1 per cent of the state’s rural population still practise open defecation, beside those in the urban areas.

The General Manager, Rural Water Supply Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Clement Adiotomre, stressed that the workshop was meant to sensitise desk officers in the state’s 25 councils.

The representative of CNC, Susan Offiono, expressed hope that the desk officers would take back what they learnt to their communities, describing them as CNC Front Ambassadors.

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