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A’Ibom Partners Shell, Others On 2014 National Schools Science Fair

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The National Schools Science
Fair, which brings together secondary school students from across the country, will be hosted by the Akwa Ibom State Government this year.
The event is sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Intel Corporation, and Interswitch.
The commencement of the science fiesta was announced at a press conference held in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.
The fair will accommodate pupils from the thirty-six (36) states plus the FCT Abuja and will give them the opportunity to showcase their independent research projects and inventions, as they try to solve the challenges faced in their local communities.
Science teachers who accompany the students to the fair will participate in a one-week Science Educator Academy, where they will learn about current trends in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including project management and mentoring of young scientists.
SPDC’s General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations, Nedo Osayande said: “We’re pleased to be part of the success of the National Science Fair. We believe that, by encouraging the young ones to take interest in science subjects, we will be laying a solid foundation for the technological development of Nigeria. This has also informed the different educational programmes that SPDC and other Shell companies in Nigeria are implementing in the Niger Delta and throughout the country”.
Country Manager, Intel Nigeria, Olubunmi Ekundare while explaining the mechanics of the competition stated, “We encourage interested students to submit their original research work. The best six (6) projects will qualify to feature at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which will holds in Los Angeles from May 11-16 2014. Over $4 million in prizes and scholarships will be awarded to winners”.
Also speaking at the conference, Group Managing Director, Interswitch Transnational, Mitchell Elegbe, said that the fair is an excellent opportunity for young Nigerians to exhibit their inherent skills and demonstrate the huge potential the nation offers.
“Interswitch proudly supports the National Festival of School Science Quiz and Fair competition. We remain committed to providing people development platforms that would help young Nigerians play active roles in national development in technology and beyond. This is quite essential as Nigeria strives towards becoming one of the Top-20 world economics by 2020,” he said.
As host to this year’s Fair, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Akwa Ibom State, Engr. Iboro Ekanem, said, “Nigerian students have consistently given a good account of themselves at International Fairs. I am certain that the successful winners of the National School Science Fair will excel at the 2014 Intel ISEF”.

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Diri Promises Bayelsans Better Deal

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, Saturday re-echoed his administration’s readiness towards bettering the lots of the state through developmental projects and policies.
Governor Diri stated this in Yenagoa, during a live broadcast on radio stations across the state to commemorate this year’s June 12 Democracy Day celebration which was monitored by The Tide.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, shortly after the broadcast, the governor was quoted saying:
“Democracy was about the people, Nigeria had come a long way with 22 years of uninterrupted civilian rule. We’ve also observed that the nation’s Democratic journey had not been very smooth but it’s worth celebrating. The urban renewal programme and other projects as well as policies of the prosperity administration were part of the efforts to accord the state a facelift, making it better and more attractive to tourists and investors”.
Speaking against the backdrop of the ongoing demolition of illegal structures in the state capital, the governor stated that it was in line with his administration’s urban renewal policy, noting however, that since the demolition commenced, sanity had been restored in some of the major markets in the state, regretting that the shanties in such areas were hide-outs for criminals.
In the same vein, governor Diri has made clarifications on the Federal Government’s infrastructure development refund to the state.
He said the actual amount the state received was N27.5 billion and not N38.4 billion as was earlier speculated, just as he explained that the total refund due the state was N38.4 billion.
Diri however maintained that the Federal Government has said the release would not be possible in the next four years and therefore offered the state a second option of a discounted amount of N27.5 billion through the Debt Management Office, DMO which he said the state has since received last December, 2020.
“The Federal Government infrastructural refund had been committed to constructing critical capital projects; the Yenagoa- Oporoma road in the state’s Central Senatorial district, the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Western district,and the AIT-Igbogene ring road project were being constructed, with the refund”, he said.
“We’re also constructing the dualised Glory Drive-Onopa road, the Nembe unity bridge and we’ve done and will continue to do the installation of street lights in the state capital and other projects”, he added.
On open grazing, Diri maintained that he was not counteracting the Federal Government’s stance on resuscitating grazing routes, saying that his administration has, however, put in place a legal framework to ban open grazing.
Diri mentioned that the southern governors had adopted same instrument as part of measures to forestall, farmers/herders fracases.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Police Nab 126 Suspected Criminals In C’River

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The Cross River State Police Command has arrested 126 suspected criminals in the Northern and Central Senatorial districts of the state.
Sixty-eight suspects were arrested in the Northern senatorial district while 58 were arrested in the central senatorial district of the state.
Speaking to journalists in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Akande, said “My officers who are in the central senatorial district have carried out similar operations and they have 58 different suspects while those in the North have about 68 different suspects
“In the Southern senatorial district, we have 109 criminals arrested from different areas. We want to restore peace which is the mandates of the current police administration and we are to use all tactics to ensure that peace is restored in our region”
CP Akande said in every armed robbery, there is cultism, in every kidnap, there is cultism, cultism emboldens the heart to do and undo and in most cases, these people use cultism for nefarious activity because cultism is an impressive instrument in the society
Following the arrests of many suspects, The Police boss said efforts are on top gear to curb cell congestion, especially as the courts are still on strike.
He said, “We are going to use the opportunity to screen them to the last person so that if it is possible for us, we put of the fire that is likely to come from that area
“We will profile them and send them back to their different communities to police the place Now that we have their pictures, now that we have their fingerprints, anything that happens in that area, they will be held responsible
“We have a template, criminals before now don’t have identities, now they do, we are going to profile them we are going to send them back to their community with a digital monitoring capacity. What we want to do is that we want to use them as forces against future criminality because what we have now is a large number of people from different parts of the city.
‘If anything happens in their areas, they are going to be the first suspect to be pick up. If they don’t want to suffer, they will maintain peace. The numbers of creeks created by these individuals are too much. Those who stay around these areas, when they see strange face say something” he stated.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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FRSC Wants Nigerians To Use Bicycles As Alternative Transportation Means

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),Bayelsa State Command, has urged Nigerians to adopt the use of bicycle as an alternative means of transportation, stating that it is cheaper and serves as means for exercise, keeping the body fit and healthy.
The Sector Commander, Mr Ibrahim Usman made this call during the 3rd ‘World Bicycle Day’ which held in Yenagoa,the state capital at the weekend.
Usman, in an awareness campaign led a team of cyclists,comprising officers of the Corps, government officials and professionals to a bicycle ride round notable areas in the state capital.
He said that it was time to re-enact the transportation system that had helped human civilisation for ages, since the 17th century.
The United Nations in 2017 had declared June 3rd of every year as World Bicycle Day,prompting the sector command to the organize the event at the weekend in the state, few days after the global day set aside.
“Advanced countries have adopted bicycle transportation system as a matter of public health wellbeing and control of greenhouse effects of carbon emissions. We want our people to come back to the basics, cycling is good for the body and environment and it’s economical to maintain”, he said.
“That is why we are raising the awareness again and calling on the Bayelsa Government to join us in this campaign to revive the culture of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation,” he added.
Also speaking, the Bayelsa state Commissioner for Transportation, Mrs Grace Ayakpo, represented by an Assistant Director in the Ministry, Mr Abigini Ndiomu, lauded the efforts of the FRSC at ensuring the safety of all on the roads.
She said the initiative of the Corps to revive the use of bicycle as a means of transport, was noble one, adding that the State Government would do everything necessary to make it succeed.
Meanwhile in a lecture commemorating the day, tagged ‘benefit of cycling’ a physician with the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Dr Fidelis Otokolo has highlighted the health benefits of cycling to human health to include free flow of blood to the heart for good function and strengthening of the lungs as well as muscles, just as he noted that it also helps in the inhaling of good and fresh air to improve posture.
He added that cycling helps the stamina in the body, as peddling reduces arthritis in various joints and parts of the body.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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