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Race For Eze Upata Stool Begins

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The General Assembly of Upata people have thrown the doors open for those aspiring to ascent the vacant stool of Eze Upata Kingdom after the one year mandatory period for the mourning of the late acceptant of monarch stool.

Addressing the General Assembly of the Upata people on Saturday at Edeoha in Ahoada East Local Government Area, Chairman of the Assembly, Eze Friday Ezeh, said the morning was over and declared open the process that would lead to the emergence of a new king.

Eze Friday Ezeh, explained that the people have concluded reconciliation of all factions in the 21 communities that make up the Upata Kingdom, that would enhance the participation of all the communities in the Kingdom.

According to him, “we have taken steps  that will help us to elect a new Eze Upata Kingdom which is open to all male adults from the area of 40 years and above aspire under the laid down procedures of the people to ensure smooth transition”.

Chairman of Upata Council of Chiefs, Eze Mathias Okpara, expressed happiness with the process because the documents of over 30 years stipulates guidelines to be followed and it would help to reduce friction among those that may wish to occupy the position.

Eze Okpara, said the General Assembly remains the highest gathering of the Upata people and they have declared the commencement of collection of form at the cost of N2,000 while it would be returned with a non refundable fee of N2 million.

He noted that the exercise have been smooth so far and everyone appears to be satisfied with the procedure, adding that the people are following laid down guideline in the conduct of its affairs, particularly on the vacant stool.

In an interview with The Tide, the lawmaker representing Ahoada East Constituency II  in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Ibiso Nwuche, said the people met to deliberate on the process leading to the ascension to the position of Eze Upata Kingdom.

Hon Nwuche said rule stipulates N2,000 for the collection of the form but the Assembly through a democratic voting process adopted that all returning forms must be accompanied with N2 million to cover administration.

The lawmaker explained that the  Eze Upata Stool is hereditary but elected through democratic process, remarking that each of the 21 communities have been mandated to commence the election of members of the electoral college who would vote on behalf of their communities to elect the traditional ruler of the area.

 

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IAUOE More Developed In Four Years Than Ever -VC

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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

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Expert Discovers Cure For Diabetic Ulcer

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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

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Groups Sue For Peace, Sustainable Development In Ogoniland

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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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