The host communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTLON) have urged the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency and deliberate policy, include the 10 per cent equity granted by the Federal Government to the HOSTLON in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and pass it into law.
In a statement signed by the National Chairman, Chief A. M. Bubor and the National PRO, Dr Mike Emuh, said host communities, being the parent body of the genuinely repentant Niger Delta Freedom fighters, otherwise branded “militants,” would continue to remain patriotic and committed to her goals of carrying all stakeholders along in the scheme of things.
According to the statement, the stakeholders including the traditional rulers, the people professionals and academia are working in conjunction with HOSTLON in its efforts to reposition and bring about rapid infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.
It stated that the body remained resolute in their quest to establish industries, empower the youths through national and international skills acquisition, as well as guarantee security of foreign investors with a view to transforming the Niger Delta.
The statement further noted that the body is in dialogue with the oil producing companies in order to develop the area alongside with the Niger Delta Development commission (NDDC) muster plan for oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OPADEC) and the Niger Delta Ministry, if given total support for the 10% equity granted to the host communities by the Federal Government.”
The body also appealed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through the Group Managing Director, the Petroleum Minister and the Special Adviser to Mr President on Oil and Gas Matter, to work in unity with the host communities in order to reposition the nation’s economy and the Niger Delta region.
The statement further called on the Federal Governemnt to urgently approve the proposal for Pipeline Surveillance Task Force that was submitted to the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) by the host communities, so as to checkmate oil bunkering, pipeline vandalisation and guarantee the employment of the over 150,000 Niger Delta youths who are jobless.
It however also urged the Ministry of Niger Delta to implement all the agreements reached in its last meeting with host communities, Minister from the Niger Delta and foreign investors for the establishment of nine industries and 12 modular refineries, in order to create employment for over three million unemployed Niger Deltans.
The HOSTLON also condemned a recent statement by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanue,l Udueighan, indicting the body for incompetence to handle the 10% equity granted to it by the Federal Government, adding “we see it as a threat to national development and a call for more trouble in the Niger Delta region,” and expressed worry over the present health condition and President Shehu Yar’Adua, as they pray for his quick recovery.
IAUOE More Developed In Four Years Than Ever -VC
Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE), Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, says the development witnessed during the last four years in the institution has surpassed others before it, since the university was founded in 2009.
Ndimele, who stated this at the weekend during the 12th matriculation ceremony of the school, noted that development was in terms of infrastructure, equipment and admissions.
“We have progressively increased the carrying capacity of the university. We are aggressively expanding on infrastructure to cater for the large influx of students.
“For instance, since my tenure as VC, we have built 72 classrooms/lecture spaces”, he said.
The 72 classrooms and lecture spaces, he continued, include 19 at the new education building, 10 at the new Post Graduate Classrooms, 6 at the new Undergraduate Lecture Halls, and 6 at the Auditorium Extension.
It also includes 2 large Halls at the ICTC, the Seaside Theatre for practicals, 4 large classrooms at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, one Language Laboratory at Aguma Postgraduate Lecture Complex, and 9 large Halls at the International Students’ Complex.
Others are 2 classrooms at the International Students’ Complex, an internet hall at the IDL Centre, as well as 6 large Halls and 4 studios at the Faculty of Bussiness Studies Complex.
“We can proudly say that we have built more Classrooms/lecture spaces in the past four years than the school had witnessed from inception”, he said.
In addition to these, the VC noted that virtually all equipment such as wooden benches, broken chairs, etc had been replaced with modern and state-of-the-art furniture.
Ndimele further stated that the university had currently built three new hostels, “which are the best on campus”: The Salvation Hostel, The Graduate Hostel, and The New Haven Hostel A.
The New Haven Layout of the Main campus, he said, was fully funded in 2019 and hosts such structures as the Postgraduate Hostel comprising 160 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, a 100-room capacity Salvation Female Hostel, donated by Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the New Haven Hostel A comprising 264 bed spaces with in-situ toilets, and ten units of Senior Staff toilets.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
Expert Discovers Cure For Diabetic Ulcer
In a bid to fight diabetic ulcer, Rev Cornelius Ngochindo, has made a novel breakthrough and got approval from National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for a drug that cures diabetic ulcer.
Speaking at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, Prof Ngochindo said the discovery of cure for diabetic ulcer which had defiled all treatments world wide is a measure to end the amputation of diabetic patients.
He described the Ngobebe herbal cream as his own contribution to the betterment of humanity and called on the government to partner with him for the benefit of diabetic patients.
According to him, his is also another source of revenue for the government as people all over the world need the cream.
Explaining further, he said in diabetic patients, there are sludges in the blood vessels which impede the free flow of blood along the affected parts of the body, noting that if it is ever pricked by nail or the region suffers any injuries with time, no blood flows into that region. The lack of flow of blood into the affected parts because of the blockade of the blood vessels, he said, causes diabetic ulcer.
He likened Ngobebe herbal cream to the work of a plumber by gently and slowly dissolving and removing the precipitations, thus a free way of flow of blood and nutrients is secured and brings about the cure.
He informed that if the sugar level inside the body system was very high, it would be difficult to heal the ulcer.
By: Miracle Peters
Groups Sue For Peace, Sustainable Development In Ogoniland
Stakeholders at the Emergency Summit on Leadership and Security in Ogoniland, organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the auspices of United MOSOP Forum, at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Bori, Ogoni Diocese, have urged Ogonis to work in unity to promote peace and sustainable development in Ogoniland.
The stakeholders in a unanimous decision at the end of the summit said the objectives of the Ogoni struggle as embedded in the Ogoni Bill of Rights, can only be achieved when Ogonis operate in one accord and resist external infiltrations that undermines the collective interest of the people.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the event, Chief Kpoobari Badom, commended the organisers of the summit and urged Ogonis to close ranks and work out their political and economic liberation and take their rightful position among the comity of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
In the lead paper presentation, Rear Admiral Ncholas Bakpo (Retired) stated that the time was ripe for Ogonis to address the leadership crisis in Ogoni, noting that the dearth of focused leadership was the bane of Ogoni development
In his welcome address , Chairman, United MOSOP Forum , Augustine Dinebari Kpuinen, said the Summit was a platform to enable Ogonis discuss their common problems of insecurity, leadership and underdevelopment .
He emphasised the need for an Ogoni State and for Ogoni resources to be used to develop Ogoniland, pointing out that Ogonis will no longer sit back and play the second fiddle in the affairs of the Nigerian state.
Also speaking a foremost Ogoni patriot, and one of the organsers of the summit, Dr Leesi Gborogosi, thanked the stakeholders for their concern for the development of Ogoni.
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