ACQUISITION OF N17M CARS BY COUNCIL CHAIRMEN- MISPLACEMENT OF PRIORITY

There has been public outcry over the alleged acquisition of 17 million naira exotic cars by the 25 local council chairmen in Delta State. This uproar gained more fuel when the chairman of Oshimilli South Local Government Council, who doubles as the Vice Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Delta State Chapter, Hon. Barr. Chux Obusom disclosed during an interview with pressmen recently, that the Council Chairmen went into a contract with a car dealer to supply Toyota Camry saloon cars at an estimated cost of 17 million…

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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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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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QUALITY AND SPEEDY EXECUTION OF ROAD PROJECTS

The commencement of any road construction project brings with it, relief and great expectations from the residents and people of the area. This is even more glaring where residents of such an area have had to endure many years of the dilapidated state of the road which most times, makes it rather difficult to access their homes and guarantees regular calls to the mechanic by motorcycle and car owners. However, this initial frenzy and excitement is often short lived, as reality dawns on them that the road construction contract which…

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JULY 18: REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NELSON MADELA

In November, 2009, the UN General Assembly unanimously voted to commemorate the lifetime service of Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This affirmation stipulates that the birthday, July, 18, of the South African anti-apartheid activist and philanthropist be celebrated yearly. This day was thus named Nelson Mandela International Day. It was motivated by the achievement of the former South African President towards peace and freedom. The day is a reminder for everyone to take action towards making our community a better place. Nelson Mandela cut his activism teeth as an undergraduate though…

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OROGODO RIVER: REVIVING ITS LOST GLORY THROUGH PROPER WASTE MANAGEMENT CULTURE

The Orogodo River some decades back used to be a cynosure of natural ambiance and serenity. It served as a recreational getaway for those who wished to take a break from the heat of the scorching sun to cool off in its clear waters. It was also home to a diversity of aquatic life and fishes through which many fishermen in the area made their livelihoods. Flowing across Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Areas, its once clear waters and steady currents resonated a low pitch that could…

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