With Ebere Wabara
THE NATION ON SUNDAY of May 28 welcomes us this week with an avalanche of errors: â€œSome crammed popular city squares, parties and spectacular fireworks displays.â€ Captured: firework displays
â€œIkpeazu said that (sic) he has (had) been a public servant in the state for the past twelve (12, in professional journalism) yearsâ€¦.â€
â€œThe Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, said that (sic) all his documents including his tax papers have (had) been documentedâ€¦.â€ News: all documents documented! Carry goâ€¦nothing do you!
â€œAPC dares PDP in Cross Rivers (River) Stateâ€
â€œNdigboâ€™s grouse against (about) Buhariâ€ â€œBello Fadileâ€™s grouse with (about) Obasanjoâ€™s My Watchâ€ (THE GUARDIAN, May 29)
â€œSeven-month-old infant roasted in Lagos tragedy.â€ â€¦an explosion that sparked the fire which engulfed (burnt) the baby cannot be likened to â€˜roastingâ€™!
â€œ2019: PDP mends fence in Riversâ€ (Source: as above) Politics Today: PDP mends fences
â€œBoI lauds Nigeriaâ€™s first card manufacturing firmâ€ The PUNCH Industry: card-manufacturing firm
â€œAlso there will be back to school anointing service for pupils and studentsâ€ KICC (Walking in Full Blessing): back-to-school anointing service
â€œMilitary blames sabotage in the run up (run-up) to electionsâ€
â€œ143-years-old (143-year-old or 143 yearsâ€™ old) Lagos schoolâ€¦.â€
â€œUniversity don attacks private varsities, says their impact are (is) not being feltâ€ In the spirit of the mid-year, delete â€˜Universityâ€™!
â€œBuhari will lose woefully (abysmally) in 2019, says PDPâ€
â€œTo understand the workings of the legislature, the citizenry needs (need) to understand its modus operandiâ€¦.â€ (THISDAY Perspective, May 16)
â€œDabri-Erewa: An examplary (exemplary) legislatorâ€
â€œMinisters list potentials (potential/potentialities) of Kachimbila Damâ€ (Source: as above)
â€œYou provided employments for thousands of Ndâ€™igbo sons and daughtersâ€ For the delectable princess: â€˜employmentâ€™ is uncountable.
â€œRestricted area: Out of bound to customersâ€ (Ecobank Nigeria Limited Banking Hall, Aguda Branch, Surulere, Lagos, January 5) The pan-Africa (not African) bank: Out of bounds!
â€œDear Customers, Please always remember to Collect a copy (copies of your) Deposit Slip (deposit slips) before leaving The bankâ€ (Unnecessary capitalization) Another faulty notice: Dear Customer (sic), Kindly Drop your Deposit Slips Here. Managementâ€ (Source: Guaranty Trust Bank Banking Hall, Bode Thomas Branch, Surulere, Lagos)
â€œNGO embarks on tree planting (tree-planting) campaign in Deltaâ€
â€œLets (Letâ€™s) celebrate an achieverâ€
â€œDespite bombing, Jos second hand (second-hand) market boomsâ€
â€œSUBEB: Our grouse with govtâ€”Kogi NUT bossâ€ Middle Belt Today: grouse about, for the umpteenth time.
â€œNurses decry the use of quackery in private hospitalsâ€ Lifeline: decry quackery in private hospitalsâ€”not â€˜the use of quackeryâ€™!
â€œAguda residents happy for (over) improved power supplyâ€
THISDAY PERSPECTIVE of May 22 disseminated copious infractions: â€œCandidates have emerged under (on) the platform of the PDP to fly the partyâ€™s flag in the main election.â€
â€œReason for this is due to (Reason for this isâ€¦) the undisputed fact thatâ€¦.â€
â€œWe join well meaning (well-meaning) members of our great party, PDP, our teaming (teeming) supportersâ€¦.â€)
â€œNigeria needs DNA testing (DNA-testing) centresâ€
â€œObituary announcement by Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU) (Full-page advertorial) An â€˜obituaryâ€™ is inherently an announcementâ€”so no needless â€˜announcementâ€™!
â€œHon. Emeka Ihedioha had remained calm and focused, knowing very well that in spite of betrayals which could tantamount to the (sic) stabbing on (in) the backâ€¦.â€
â€œThat is why majority of the delegates voted for Agbaje.â€ (Sunday PUNCH, May 28) Interview: a majority of the delegates
â€œThe three most admirable traits about him are his unbelievable work ethicsâ€¦.â€ (Source: as above) Famous parents: work ethic
â€œâ€¦where all manners (manner) of dirt is (are) poured on youâ€¦.â€ (THISDAY, THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER, May 28)
YOU couldnâ€™t conceal your annoyance a fortnight ago about the avoidable errors in our local media. Donâ€™t be discouraged. Painfully, the usual production chain-cum-knowledge management is faulty and dangerously weak. Recruitment methods are now sleazy, on-the-job training and newsroom management are compromised. The nature of mass media operations requires flawless recruitment, good training and Total Quality Management, from planning through production to the consumers.
The following brief is to substantiate yesterdayâ€™s (January 6) contribution. The newly modified words which can now be freely used in our local media are â€˜foraâ€™ or â€˜forumsâ€™, â€˜upliftâ€™ or â€˜upliftmentâ€™, â€˜infrastructureâ€™ or â€˜infrastructuresâ€™, â€˜vandalismâ€™ or â€˜vandalizationâ€™. Example: vandalization of government property. Sources: Cambridge Advanced Learnerâ€™s Dictionary, Oxford University Press Dictionary (2015) and Meririam Webster Dictionary, which attributes origin of â€˜upliftmentâ€™ to Jamaica. The quality of graduates today makes the job difficult for the editors. Paradoxically their input reveals the falling standard of education in the country.
Apart from providing employment, the proliferation of private media organizations has in a way devalued competence and content in the broadcast industry where revenue drive takes prominence. The so-called talents, many of them inexperienced, run to new stations to occupy plum but critical positions; fumbling NTA and FRCN are not doing enough to minimize their errors for others to imitate. Security of tenure keeps incompetent staff on the job. To them, the usage of the words â€˜commissionâ€™ and â€˜correspondentâ€™ is correct. We must learn that learning continues throughout life. Meanwhile, some English words we had criticized have been modified by the native speakers! 2019 shocker! Cheers. (SUNNY AGBONTAEN, 08062998165).
Celebrating Aniocha/ Oshimili Newfound Unity
Aniocha and Oshimili communities in Delta State are neighbours that have decided to reunite under the Njiko Aniocha-Oshimili platform. Prof Epiphany Azinge, the Convener, tells Julius Omon Onabu why in this interview
e know that Oshimili and Aniocha are geographically contiguous with cultural affinity and forming part of the Anioma of Delta State. So, what is special about Aniocha/Oshimili union?
You are right; Aniocha and Oshimili occupy a contiguous area and we share practically all cultural characteristics; we have cultural affinity, if I may put it that way. Yes, we are also part and parcel of the great Anioma nation, but the Njiko Aniocha-Oshimili is about the realisation of a long-sought unity. Iâ€™d say, it is a cultural renaissance because the people of Aniocha and Oshilimili consider themselves as being actually culturally homogeneous and unique. Njiko Aniocha is a manifestation of a lot of work that has long be going quietly.
How will you explain the whole idea or objective of the new union?
Well, I must say in a way Oshimili and Aniocha are really part of the capital territory and we look forward, in the long run, to a convergence of development of the entire area in all ramifications. To answer your question directly. Firstly, there are four local government areas in the Aniocha Oshimili axis, made up of Aniocha North, Aniocha South, Oshimili North and Oshimili South. Together, they form Aniocha-Oshimili Federal Constituency with an elected member of the House of Representatives in Abuja. There is a lot of interaction, in terms of communality that the people of this area share in common; they are culturally homogeneous, so to speak. They have interacted for so long and they consider themselves as one people.
The Njiko Aniocha-Oshimili different from the larger Anioma area or people?
Within the Anionma nation we have subgroups. We have the Ika Onueka group; we also have the Ndokwa-Nekwu group; but for the four local governments in question we have not had this closely knit interaction or something that seems to bind us together as a people.so, having considered this closely, a group of people came together and came up with the idea of having a group known as Njiko Aniocha Oshimili group. It really means â€œâ€™coming together,â€™ that is, coming together of people, blending, forging unity and oneness: Njiko Aniocha-Oshimili.
That group came up not just three months ago. This is also to realise part of the objectives of the new group – one of them being to enhance the social and economic well-being of all Aniocha and Oshimiil indigenous peopleâ€™ through advocacy, policy development, research, conferences, civic engagement and education.
Is it a political pressure group?
It is pertinent to note that Njiko Aniocha Oshimili is a non-partisan, non-profit, socio-cultural organisation and it is positioned to be the foremost organisation that represents consensus opinion of the people within the Aniocha/Oshimili district. We are conscious of the fact that there are a lot of issues confronting the Aniocha axis. Some of these include the quality of public education, transportation, unemployment, housing, electricity, quality of our healthcare and water; and, at this point in time, the quality of security arising from the menace of the herdsmen that have made poor people vulnerable, especially our women that are, more often than not, subjected to the indignity of rape and sexual molestation. Therefore, one demand that is dear to our organisation is that we need a federal university in our area. This is the only federal capital in the country without a federal presence through the establishment of a university. Moreover, Njiko Aniocha is a grass-roots formation, helping to bring our people together.
How will you describe your inaugural summit?
Summit is a holistic affair and not an ordinary talk-shop. His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who is Special guest of honour today will also be at the cultural fiesta (today, Saturday) in Asaba. The summit will feature respected and renowned speakers on such areas as exploration of our agricultural potentials; education, making the area an Industrial Technology (IT) hub like the Silicon Valley in the United States of America; unemployment, tourism, featuring the renowned environmentalist, Chief Newton Jibunoh; understanding the concept or model of a modern Asaba Capital Territory; creating an enabling environment for foreign and local investment; leveraging on the economic overflow across the Niger and Asaba Airport, as well as security issues from a professional perspective.