By Daniel Dafe, Abraka
Dean of Students, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Professor Maxwell Izegbue, has condoled with the family of the 200L Chemistry student, Divine, that got drowned on Sunday while swimming with his friends in one of the private beaches in the community.
Speaking to Oasis Magazine (OM) during a phone conversation, Prof. Iwegbue disclosed that he was yet to get a confirmation of the death of Divine from the Department of Chemistry, but called on students in the institution to stay away from swimming in the River Ethiope.
According to him, most of such drowning cases occur in local beaches because they do not have life guards in case of a drowning incidence.
He continued: “Take a look at somewhere like Gordons Beach, they have life guards there. Also, look at the way the place is constructed. If you don’t know how to swim there are certain places you cannot go there.
“But, these local beaches are cheap and you can just walk in freely and do what you like.
“So, my advice to DELSU students is to stay away from swimming. The river is deceptive. It is transparent and when you look at it, it looks shallow not knowing that it is deep and also a fast-flowing river.
“I have been in this community for 40 years yet I hardly go to the river side.”
“Students should not go to those local beaches and must stay away from River Ethiope,” he said.
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