THE NEED FOR ABOLISHMENT OF CONTRACTORS AS IGR COLLECTORS

Local Governments as a tier of government, outside the Statutory Allocation from the Federation Accounts and Grants, derive their revenue internally in form of rates, levies and fines imposed on properties, individuals and businesses in their domains. In Ika land, there is no gainsaying that the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) drive by the Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Councils is highly inefficient and this poses a cog in the wheel to the smooth running of the local government councils, especially at these times of dwindling allocations from the…

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THE UMUNEDE MORNING MARKET NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

According to Bill Newman, “You need to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of your people or organization. You need to support them, help them and be concerned for their well being. The true leader will subordinate his or her needs to those of others.” It was a beehive of activities for both the traders and the large turn-out of customers who came to patronize them at the popular Umunede Morning Market located strategically along the new Benin/Asaba Expressway in Umunede. The market as the name implies is a…

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WOBBLING TRIPOD AND DOCTRINE OF “TRINITY”

One of the most challenging riddles I grappled with during my formative years was the doctrine of “Trinity”. It was during my catechism class as a Catholic (Christian) and the topic of “Trinity” posed a huge task to me. This doctrine is a dogma which teaches that God, the supreme being, is actually three persons in one .These three persons, as I was later told, are God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit coexisting as one entity sharing equality in substance, essence and divinity . As…

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OROGODO RIVER NOW IN A WORSE STATE –Residents

Ika residents, especially those who ply their trade around the so much talked about Orogodo river have decried the present state of the river, describing it as being worse than it was before the supposed dredging or desilting carried out on the Orogodo river by the Ministry of Environment a months ago.

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THE WORLD IS PERISHING FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

Rev. Romanus Dayi is an old time preacher, the senior Pastor and General Overseer, Living Saints Faith Assembly with headquarters in Boji-Boji Owa. In this personality of the week interview he granted Ika Weekly during the week at his residence in Boji-Boji Owa, Rev. Dayi said the knowledge of God is power and key to success. Excerpts: GOOD DAY SIR, MAY WE MEET YOU? I am Rev. Romanus Dayi, the senior Pastor and General Overseer, Living Saints Faith Assembly with headquarters here in Boji-Boji Owa. I was born on June…

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SAVING IKA LANGUAGE THROUGH IKA DICTIONARY

Ika language is the language spoken by the people of Ika ethnic nationality who are found in the Ika Federal Constituency which is made up of Ika North East and Ika South LGAs of Delta State. All the eleven autonomous kingdoms namely; Abavo, Agbor, Akumazi, Mbiri, Idumuesah, Igbodo, Otolokpo, Owa, Umunede, Ute-Ogbeje and Ute-Okpu within the Ika ethnic nationality speak the Ika language. Over time, the usage of the Ika language has experienced a very sharp decline, especially amongst the present generation of youths, partly due to modernization and the…

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ONU IKA HOLDS 19TH OGWA IKA, UNVEILS IKA DICTIONARY

Owa-Oyibu, the headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, came alive on Saturday August 19, 2017, when the socio cultural organization, Onu Ika Nigeria, the mouthpiece of Ika ethnic nationality held her 19th Ogwa Ika. This year’s annual event which was held at Odogun Hall, Owa Royal palace, showcased glamour and colour. The memorable event was attended by His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Ika traditional rulers and prominent sons and daughters of Ika land. The ever green event also made history with the unveiling of…

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FAKE PASTOR EXPOSED

Apparently, there seem to be more fake pastors in Nigeria than real pastors; as yet another man of God who is allegedly involved in series of questionable acts has been exposed. The self acclaimed Pastor identified as Osinachi Raymond, a 27 years old indigene of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South LGA but resident at Morka Street, Boji-Boji, Owa was apprehended by members of Agbor Gha-Ihun for allegedly swindling people on Friday, August 18, 2017 in Agbor. The arrest of this wolf in sheep’s clothing also broke the kernel of his acts…

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IKA SOUTH PDP SETTLES DISCREPANCY, APPLAUDS GOV. OKOWA

Ika South PDP said it has resolved an observed discrepancy capable of plunging the party into crisis. This was disclosed after a closed door meeting of the party leaders held at the Ika South PDP Secretariat in Agbor. One of the party leaders, Prof. Joseph E. Alika who briefed the Press explained that the discrepancy involved in the alteration of the nominated delegate list for the concluded 2017 non-elective convention of the party held at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday last week. According to him, “Some discrepancies marred…

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART; THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS

Follow your heart; do not allow other people’s pictures of what you ought to be doing determine what you do. Your life’s work may be quite different from what others assume is the best for you. However, you must realize that most times they mean well and want to see you succeed. They can advise, guide and counsel you, but only you can know what your path is. It is important that you know and honour your own sense of direction and purpose. To succeed at anything, you must love…

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