Group takes Child Right advocacy to schools in Delta

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As part of efforts to ensure that children’s rights were protected in the country, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Delta Chapter, on Friday took their advocacy to secondary schools in Delta.
Chairman of the group, Prince Kehinde Taiga who led the team to Essi College 11, Warri said, they decided to take the campaigns to the secondary schools across the state because they believed the children should know about their rights.
He said most times teachers violate the rights of the students without them knowing it, adding that with this advocacy the children would be able to speak up each time their rights are violated.
“The children also have rights. You have to take them as your own children. Teachers must know the whereabouts of their students at all times. You must have teacher and student relationships. This is very important because when a student hates a teacher, he/she may lose interest in that particular subjects that that teacher is teaching,” Taiga said.
He said the advocacy was not only for the students but also for the teachers too, insisting that the teachers have a role to play in ensuring that the rights of the children were protected at all times.
The CDHR Chairman also told the teachers that they should stand and fight for their rights each time the state government infringes on their rights by not giving them their entitlements.
He said it was the duty of teachers to teach the children their rights as well as guide them whenever they are going astray,
He however, warned the teachers against acts of extortion, saying that by extorting monies from the children they were infringing on the rights of the children.
Taiga also blamed the extortion of students by teachers in

Delta wades into Chevron, Delta community crisis

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Delta State government has waded into the crisis between Chevron Nigeria Limited and Polobubo community in Warri North Council Area of the state over the location of a Chevron’s facility on fire.
Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community had alleged that Chevron was trying to cause communal clashes between them and their neighbours in Ondo State by saying that the facility on fire belonged to Ilaje community in Ondo State.
But in a meeting organised by the Delta State government held at the Government House Annex, Warri, Polobubo community leaders vowed to resist the alleged schemes by Chevron Nigeria Limited to cede parts of their land to their Ilaje neighbours in Ondo State.
The meeting was between leaders and elders of the community on one side and representatives of Chevron on the other side, aimed at discussing ongoing faceoff between the two sides over a facility location and an inferno raging on it.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was represented at the meeting by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor, and the senior special assistant to the governor on Intelligence Gathering And Community Development, Smart Yomi Asekutu.
The community also pleaded with Governor Okowa to among other things, prevail on Chevron to immediately end the inferno on the facility, evaluate the level of health and environmental damage the fire had done to the community and commence immediate remediation, even as he asked for an urgent delineation of the boundaries with Ondo State to forestall border crisis.
It would be recalled that fire had broken out on an oil-well in the area since April 18, however, the situation had also sparked a heated disagreement between Polobubo leadership and the oil multinational, over the designation of the facility on fire; while the community identified it as Ikpalapkala-Bou oil-well, located in