Thursday, 28th October 2021
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16 Sep
On behalf of the board and management of the Civil Empowerment and Rule of Law Support Initiative, CERLSI, we write to thank the Edo State government for relocating the decrepit Edo State library
10 Sep
Many people, including my readers, may not have heard of Professor Igho Natufe. I have known him for ages – although I have not set my eyes on him for ages
22 Aug
The city of Sapele, in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State, will be agog on September 19 as Splash & Rhush, a high-end eatery, lounge and nightclub will open its doors and services to the general public. Located at 260 Sapele-Warri Road, close to Okpe Grammar School, Amukpe, in Sapele, one of Nigeria’s most famous towns, the…
29 Jul
The police in Edo State yesterday said it had rescued some students of the  Naval School of Engineering, Sapele, Delta State, who were kidnapped by gunmen on Monday at Iruekpen
16 May
The Bishop of the Diocese of Sapele, the Rt. Rev. (Dr) Blessing Erifeta has collated six clergies as Archdeacons and five as Canons. At the service in St. Mark’s Anglican Church
30 Oct 2020
The Delta State Police Command has confirmed that six of 14 juvenile inmates yesterday escaped from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Remand Home and Detention Centre in Sapele, Delta State. The escapee juvenile inmates (all male), ranging from age 14 to 17 years, reportedly escaped from the juvenile remand home along Abeke…
8 Sep 2020
A 37-year-old man identified as William Madu was reportedly electrocuted at Oleh Road in Sapele, Delta State, on Sunday. The deceased was said to have gone to switch power over to electricity when the electrocution occurred. He was the breadwinner of the family, catering for his aged father and siblings. He worked with a water…
6 Sep 2020
The Diocese of Sapele (Anglican Communion) was agog on August 23, 2020, when the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba visited. The Primate and his entourage, which included his wife, Mrs. Angela Ndukuba, the Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel, the Most Rev. Dr Cyril O. Odutemu and wife, Ufuoma,…
17 Jul 2020
Any time any matter about our country’s minorities seeped into our very thoughts, every accurate thought could not, would not, but centre on the possibility and impossibility of how triumph could not and would not come the way of the minorities. The majorities, the all-powerful majorities, have been gagging our minorities since independence and every action and every word of resistance put forth by our minorities have become very dear, preciously precious, as declarations of principle. This is in spite of every attempt to break the ranks of the committed minorities some of whom were induced time after time to betray the acts and causes of their people. In several often atrocious circumstances of the minorities’ struggle for justice, fairness and equity relating to the distribution of resources the majorities have always made sure that the minorities never speak with one voice and never act in committed unison. The experiences of the peoples of the Niger Delta of our country easily come to mind. True unity is lacking among the various ethnic groups of the region mainly on account of the unbearable heart-rending situation the all-powerful majorities created and are still creating there. Or are we not seeing what is going on presently at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)? If your answer is a big or small no, then you cannot but be precisely blind. Many scholars and professionals who are denizens of the region are candid enough in their unvarnished expressions relating to the human condition - in fact, the inhuman condition - of Niger Delta citizens whose region possesses the lot of our country. Recently, in a small gathering in which the scholarly and professional gatherers from Delta State respectfully gave due recognition to physical distancing as well as to social distancing in obedience to Coronavirus the almighty silent killer of a disease, there was a unisonant consensus among them concerning their solemn commitment to their state and region that under no circumstances any longer should be devalued in any banal way by the state’s and region’s fifth columnists and their external inducers and paymasters. A matter which was tabled and which was thoroughly discussed, debated and unsentimentally taken a decision on, and un-insipidly, I must add, was the meaning and importance of education to the people of Delta State. As a matter of fact, the scholars and professionals from the different senatorial areas of the state did not see and view themselves as different members of their respective ethnic groups, but as one people. They did not proclaim themselves, in other words, as peoples of Delta State, but as a people, one people, of their state. Indeed, the gathering underscored their unisonous perspective as Delta personages and citizens who must triumph over their weaknesses as ethnic jingoists insulted every now and then to their faces by their external political and economic oppressors. The people of Delta State must redeem themselves and reject in strong terms the vile, insipid image of themselves inspired by the oppressors’ divide-and-rule style. I have deviated. But it is a pertinent deviation which attempts to pinpoint the question of power and conscience which the people of Delta State need in order to undo the damage to their personal emotion and dialectical political and moral dilemmas. Thus the debate of the aforesaid gatherers became a debate between alternatives until the debaters zeroed on higher education in the state. With a state conventional university located at Abraka, a federal petroleum university in Warri, a federal maritime university in Okerenghigho, in Warri South West Local Government Area, and other sundry private conventional universities the debaters were in harmonious agreement that despite these achievements, Delta State cannot rightly be said to have enjoyed or gained the benefits of higher education as it should. Proprietors of private universities were well praised, as well as the state’s government, who owned its only university at Abraka aforesaid, and a number of polytechnics plus a college of education in different senatorial areas of the state. But the federal government’s untroubled conscience needed to be pricked without qualms. With Delta State’s vast resources which the Abuja plunderers plunder every now and then it was/is unthinkable that Delta State has no conventional federal university. The debaters strongly felt that the state needs a conventional federal university in order partly for the people fully to fulfill their historical, cultural, environmental and educational destiny. The federal government has the obligation to establish a conventional university in the state. The state’s citizens in government at every level must be committed to this cause and fulfill their role in history on this score. A Warri denizen was so incensed that he could not control his personal emotion on the subject. He felt that the people of Warri have been short-changed, neglected and totally abandoned over the years. In fact, he posited that Warri is the only city of the old provinces right from colonial times that has not been fortunate to have a federal university bearing its name. He also added that Warri is the only province in Nigeria that is not a state today. What injustice! An Anioma scholar shared the Warri denizen’s sentiment, but he posited, rightly in my view, that the federal conventional university to be fought for can be sited anywhere in Delta State. It is in the collective interest of all Delta citizens for all politicians to come together for this purpose. This wish must be insisted on. A conventional federal university located in Delta State will be of immense benefit to our children and their children in tomorrow’s Nigeria. Alternatively, some persons argued, the federal petroleum university should be converted to a full-fledged unconventional federal university in which all our qualified citizens who enter it will be trained in all disciplines – law, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the sciences, arts, education and other areas of study – without discrimination. It is also in the scholarly and professional interest of all qualified and employable Delta academics and researchers in all disciplines, conventional and conventional, to have a conventional federal university sited and fully established in Warri or Sapele or Kwale or Asaba or Agbor, Boji-Boji Uwa, Orogun or Emevor or anywhere in the fabulous State of Delta. The governor of Delta State and senators and other Delta politicians, in government and not in government, must stand and embrace in a unisonal manner and make the effort to be themselves irremediably on this score – in the full light of day. To do so will mean that they have truly chosen freedom for all in Delta State of the Niger Delta of vile contradictions that we must obliterate for the grand freedom and ultimate wellbeing of all the citizens of the place. There never can be true peace there until we do this. Afejuku can be reached via 08055213059. Any time any matter about our country’s minorities seeped into our very thoughts, every accurate thought could not, would not, but centre on the possibility
5 Sep 2019
Delta State Government has expressed concern over the failed portion of the Warri/Benin road and has set aside N19.1 billion to complete Sector ‘A’ of the Ughelli/Asaba road dualisation project.
9 Aug 2019
An unidentified girl has been found dead in a hotel in Amukpe area of Sapele, Delta State after a tryst with her yet-to-be-identified partner. It was gathered that the deceased had lodged in the hotel on Wednesday with a male partner, who was believed to be her boyfriend.
10 Jul 2019
One of the cities that exposed Nigeria as an economic power nation to the world in the early 19th century is Sapele. This is as a result of its finest timber produce in the erstwhile African Timber and Plywood (AT&P) company situated in the town. The large number of AT&P’s workers made Sapele a melting…


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