From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Government of Delta has approved N381 million for the 2018/2019 bursary scheme for its students in higher institutions.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the outcome of State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Asaba.
Aniagwu, who was in company with the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika said that the state government approved that over 17,000 students benefit from the assistance.
“Government has approved the sum of 381 million naira for the 2018/2019 bursary scheme for students of Delta State origin in higher institutions in the country. Over 17,000 students will benefit from this scheme from the over 24,000 students that applied.
He disclosed that government has also approved the recertification of all co-operative societies in the state to ensure that they meet best practices and they truly reflect the yearnings and aspirations of their members.
Aniagwu also disclosed that EXCO has approved the reorganization of the Ministry of Oil and Gas with the creation of additional six departments to ensure that the Ministry meet up its mandate of monitoring the activities of the oil sector in the state.
While expressing government’s concern on environmental cleaning, the commissioner said that government would soon embark on the clearance of illegal structures on our highways to ensure safety of motorists and other deltans on these roads.
On the palliative measures on ‘federal roads, he said that the state government would continue to carry out the repairs of the roads as they impact more on the state economy and the lives of deltans.
The FCT Fire Service, in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), is introducing fire safety clubs in public and private secondary schools in the territory.
The Assistant Controller-General of the service, Mr Julius Opetunsin, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Opetunsin said the initiative was part of the agency’s fire safety sensitisation campaign for school children, to be launched on Oct. 8.
The aim, he explained, was to raise the consciousness of residents, especially children, on prevention of fire incidents.
Data released by Opetunsi showed that 13 lives were lost and properties worth N781 million destroyed in 155 fire incidents recorded by the service between January and September.
He said the service saved 43 lives and properties valued at N1.3 billion within the period.