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UNIPORT Wins World Bank Grant

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Mrs Daniel-Kalio Blessing, GM Business Development RSSDA (left) chating with Mr Kalada Apiaf during the 29th annual general meeting of Manufacturer Assoication of Nigeria in Port Harcourt, recently

Mrs Daniel-Kalio Blessing, GM Business Development RSSDA (left) chating with Mr Kalada Apiaf during the 29th annual general meeting of Manufacturer Association of Nigeria in Port Harcourt, recently

Following evaluation of two major proposals on oilfield submitted to the World Bank, the University of Port Harcourt has won the Banks grant to set up oil field chemicals, through the institution’s Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS).
The African centre of excellence (ACE) project Secretary Committee, (PSC) met in Dakar, Senegal on October 28th this year, following the final selection and presentation of the outcome of what is described as rigorous desk evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes that applied for the competitive grant.
The grant implemented under the auspices of Association of  African Universities (AAU) would be the highest outside intervention fund to universities.
The Tide gathered that 53 proposals were submitted for evaluation by West African and Central African Universities while Uniport submitted two proposals pursuant to the establishment of centres of excellence in Agriculture and oil field chemicals out of which 15 tertiary institutions were chosen for the grant worth millions of Dollars.
UNIPORT was awarded the grant in the category of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
A statement signed by the coordinator, communications and Information Technology Department of (AAU), Abigail Nyamson, revealed that seven universities in Nigeria were lucky recipients in health, agriculture, science and engineering. The successful Nigerian Universities are Redeemer’s University, Ogun State University for Health, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja for STEM, Federal University of Agric, Abuokuta, University of Jos, for health, Uniben for health and Uniport for STEM.
The ACE project co-ordinator, Prof. Jonathan Mba led a high powered delegation comprising the managing director of Botho University Botswana, Prof. Sheela Raja Ram, President, European Universities Assocation (EUA), Prof. Maria Helina Nazars and Prof. of Maths of the University of Michigan, USA, Nkem Khumbah to assess the preparedness of the universities on the programme.
Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Prof Joseph Ajienka expressed gratitude to the project steering committee and AAU for extending the grant to his university.
Prof. Ajienka said the purpose for which it was made would be realized to attract more grants to Uniport.
“I am very enthused to receive the news of such vital grant to this University (Uniport) for which we remain eternally grateful to Almighty God for His abundant grace in seeing our proposal through”, he said, noting that the grant confirms Uniport as African Centre of Excellence in oilfield chemical studies and IPS as an African Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Studies.
“it is a very fitting development as we prepare to celebrate this institute at ten years of uninterrupted academic activities”, the VC said.
The VC who dedicated the grant to Total Exximobil P Limited for the company’s novel innovative thinking in higher education in Nigeria and also dedicated it to the 5th VC emeritus Prof. Nemi Briggs for his foresight, wisdom and resilience in establishing IPS in 2003.
The Uniport VC commended all the line officers who worked had to make the grant possible in view of the stiff competitions with other institutions.
He also thanked the debut Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) Prof Bene Willis Abbey and the director of the Centre of Research Management, Prof. Onyewuchi Akaranta and the Faculties of Engineering and Agriculture for working hard to make the grant possible.

 

Chris Oluoh

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GoG: Nigerian, Ghanaian Navies Meet On Joint Operations

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Against the backdrop of renewed piracy and hostage-taking incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo and his Ghanaian counterpart, Rear Admiral Issah Adam Yakubu, have commenced a security engagement aimed at joint security initiatives to tackle the situation.
Speaking during the meeting held at Naval headquarters, Abuja, Vice Admiral Gambo said, “The Gulf of Guinea is currently bedevilled by the activities of criminal elements who take advantage of limited capability of the navies in the region to adequately secure the area.
“The threat posed by the activities of these criminal elements constitute a major challenge not only to the littoral states but equally undermines regional development and global trade.
“Notably, the trans-boundary and trans-national nature of maritime crime makes the security of the maritime domain a task beyond the capacity of any country acting alone.
“It is against this backdrop that this bilateral engagement was convened at the instance of the Heads of Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Republic of Ghana towards addressing the maritime security challenges within the region”.
Vice Admiral Gambo expressed belief that “the engagement would foster greater collaboration and burden sharing that is hinged on cooperative maritime security framework as envisioned in the 2013 Yaoundé Protocol to arrive at strategies that would help address the maritime insecurity for enhanced economic prosperity in the region”.
Declaring the technical session open, the CNS said, “In deliberations, please consider amongst others: maritime area of interest covering Zone E and integration of the capabilities of the countries in Zone E, emplacing a robust intelligence sharing mechanism and collaboration with international partners”.
On relations between both countries, Gambo said, “This good relation is equally manifest in the several interactions between the Nigerian Navy and Ghana Navy. I must not fail to mention the remarkable contributions of the Ghana Navy-CNS to manpower development during his tour of duty at the prestigious AFCSC, Jaji as a member of the Directing Staff. I have no doubt that this engagement would further strengthen the existing cordial bilateral relations between Nigeria and Ghana navies.
In his address, Chief of Naval Staff of Ghana, Rear Admiral Issah Yakubu, noted that he and his delegation were in Nigeria at the behest of President Nana Akufo Ado to engage the Nigerian Navy and come out with collective strategies to tackle insecurity which is in the ascendancy in recent times in the Gulf of Guinea.
“We hope our navies will buy into this engagement to improve security in the Gulf of Guinea. We know our big brother Nigeria has bigger capacity to chart the way forward”.
He disclosed that, “Since year 2020, the situation has bot been good in the Gulf of Guinea”, noting that “Last May, two Ghanian vessels were attacked and 10 persons were abducted with investigations still ongoing”.
Consequently, the Ghanian Navy Chief said, “We are proposing an ECOWAS naval task force and joint maritime security architecture to checkmate these threats, adding that this was done in the past successfully during ECOMOG operations without problems with inter-operability and doctrinal issues.
Furthermore, he proposed the setting up of a ‘transit corridors’ where ships from fellow West African countries can go to anchor for assistance and joint naval assets will conduct regular patrols especially for protection of commercial fishing vessels.

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Wike Orders Destruction Of Criminal Hideouts In Rivers

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has ordered the destruction of all criminal hideouts in Ahoada, Elele, Eleme and Onne to prevent attempt to undermine security of the state.
The governor said criminals were already coming to terms with the reality that Rivers State was too hot for them to invade at will and detonate their foolish attacks on targeted security posts and personnel.
Wike, who made this assertion in a state broadcast, last Friday, disclosed that the state government has identified the hideouts, safe houses and secret places that provide both cover and comfort for the hoodlums to plan, execute and return to after operations.
“This was the reason we ordered the destruction of all the shanties and makeshift structures located along Elele to Ahoada expanse of the East–West Road to deny the criminals the opportunity to continue to undermine our security from these hideouts.
“We have equally decided to destroy all the shanties, illegal shops and mechanic sheds along the Eleme to Onne stretch of the East-West Road having discovered these places also as hideouts and operational bases for criminals and criminal activities in the state.
“Consequently, I hereby direct owners of such shanties and illegal structures along the Eleme – Onne axis of the East-West Road to vacate the area within two weeks from June 11, 2021, as the state government will go ahead to destroy these structures without any further notice.”
Wike said the government was not unmindful of the economic effect these measures would have or may have had on residents carrying out businesses in the affected areas.
He, however, stressed that government was merely discharging its constitutional responsibility to advance the collective security of all with no ethnic targets in mind or attachment to political sentiments.
He explained that the existing curfew in Rivers State will not last one day beyond necessary, and pleaded with all residents to endure the temporary inconveniences in the interest of the state and collective wellbeing of all.
“We will continue to take the war on criminality and insecurity to the den of the criminals and we will neither yield nor lower the tempo of our assault until they are comprehensively neutralized. As a matter of fact, they want us to prematurely terminate the state wide night time curfew in order for them to have the leeway to operate again and roll back the gains of the last few weeks.”
Wike said he has received reports about the excesses of the State Task Force on Illegal Trading and Parks, especially the alleged shooting of motorists, extortions and abuse of the human rights of citizens.
He assured that government would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on any member of the task force who crosses the boundaries of the law and rational behaviour.
The governor, who appealed to motorists and residents to be responsible road users by complying with the clear regulations against illegal trading, indiscriminate parking and irresponsible driving, noted that the situation where some motorists would have the effrontery to compete for traffic space with or even attempt to block his official vehicular convoy leaves much to be desired.
He has meanwhile, directed the management of the Rivers State Waste Management Authority to clear the state of filthiness within one week or be disbanded without any further notice.

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Army Begins Shooting Exercises In Rivers

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The Nigerian Army, 6 Division, has announced that it would commence its annual range classification exercise from yesterday to Sunday, June 27.
The division’s spokesman, Lt.-Col. Charles Ekeocha, said in a statement in Port Harcourt, that the exercise aimed at ascertaining the professional competence of troops on the use of firearms.
He said troops from the division and its affiliated formations and units would conduct the exercise at the Army Shooting Range in Igwuruta and Elele Barracks, both in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
“The shooting exercise is a routine activity in the Nigerian Army which involves the firing of various calibre live ammunitions.
“Members of the public, especially residents of Igwuruta and Elele, as well as its environs, are advised to keep away from the general shooting area,” he stated.
The Army spokesman also advised the public not to panic over the movement of troops, military hardware and sound of gunshots.

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