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Okowa cautions religious leaders against demonising COVID-19 vaccines

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Mourns as Ukala dies at 73
The Delta State Government, yesterday, cautioned religious leaders against demonising the COVID-19 vaccine, saying they should not suggest that the vaccines will undermine safety from the pandemic.

Addressing journalists shortly after Exco meeting at the Government House, Asaba, Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, expressed concern over the attitude of residents towards the Delta variant of COVID-19.

He stressed that government was concerned about the advert effect of the virus and, therefore, needed to rejig sensitisation due to the upsurge of the third wave of the pandemic to effectively contain its spread.

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Aniagwu urged residents of the state to contain the spread of the virus to prevent the government from taking actions that might be considered stringent on the long run.

BESIDES, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, expressed grief over the death of Prof. Sam Ukala, describing his passage as a monumental loss to Delta, Nigeria and the global literary community.

Ukala, who died at 73 on Monday night after a brief illness, was a professor of Theatre Arts and Drama at the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, until he retired recently.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba, Okowa praised the late writer and actor for his contributions to the growth and development of literature in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.

He said that the works of Ukala promoted Delta, the country and Africa, adding that he would be remembered and celebrated by lovers of literature across the world.

Okowa described Ukala, winner of the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature and the 1989 ANA/British Council Prize for Drama with his books: Iredi War and Akpakaland, as a consummate patriot, literary icon and teacher.

He said that with the demise of the academic had dealt a devastating blow on the literary community and left a lacuna that might be difficult to fill.

Okowa prayed God to grant eternal rest to the soul of the deceased and comfort his family members, the DELSU Community, friends and associates.

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