Dickson of Bayelsa State has identified security as a fundamental prerequisite for both economic and infrastructural development in the country.
Dickson spoke at a send-forth for the outgoing Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, Maj. Gen. Iluyasu Abbah, in Yenagoa.
He thanked the JTF for providing adequate security for development to thrive in Bayelsa and its environs.
The governor was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Lt. Col. Bernard Benabai (Rtd).
He extolled the commitment of the outgoing commander and expressed appreciation to him for the services he rendered to the state and the country during his tenure.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Commander of JTF, Commodore Ini Ekpa, said that the task force recorded remarkable feats during the tenure of the outgoing commander.
Ekpa, who said that Abbah assumed duty as JTF Commander on January10, noted that in less than two months, the JTF secured convictions in two cases of oil theft.
He said that the JTF also complied with three court orders and foiled two attempts to sabotage Agip’s oil pipelines.
The deputy commander explained that during the period, the task force destroyed 308 illegal refineries and seized 30 barges, two vessels, 275 drums of illegally refined petroleum products among others.
“After assumption of duty, I studied the situation on the ground and devised strategies to combat oil theft and secure oil facilities.
“But due to service exigencies, I have been called to serve elsewhere and I will leave the plans for my predecessor to execute,” Abbah said.
The outgoing Commander applauded the troops for their dedication to duty and urged them to extend the support to the new Commander.
Our correspondent reports that the new commander of JTF, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, had on Saturday assumed duty at the headquarters of the task force in Yenagoa.
Atewe was until the appointment Commander of Brigade of Guards at the Presidency.
Abbah was redeployed to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, as Military Secretary in charge of the Nigerian Army.
Group Takes Disease Control Campaign To C’ River LG
In its determined efforts to take a stand and demand more committed action in the fight against pneumonia, Society for Health Enlightenment Initiative (SO-HEALTHI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), took its enlightenment and advocacy campaign to IkotOffiongAmbai in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
The event which held at Saint Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, to mark the World Pneumonia Day, saw a contingent of six selected primary schools take part in lecture sessions on pneumonia awareness by experts from the SOHEALTHI Team, climaxing with a spelling competition where winners were given pneumonia-crested exercise books and cash prizes.
At the end of the spelling competition, Amicable Ebrigor Offu and Martha Joseph Aya, both of St. Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, emerged joint best performing students, scoring 100 percent, Godsfavour Okon Eyo and Abigail Godwin Anthony, also of St. Peter’s Primary School, came second, scoring 90% apiece, while Victoria Asuquo Okon of St. Peter’s Primary School and Wendy Edet Ekpo of Jehovah Shalom Primary School, clinched third position, scoring 80percent respectively.
In her remarks, the Founder and Team Lead of the NGO, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, stated that SOHEALTHI, founded in 2006, was saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness and advocating for a pneumonia-free world in accordance with this year’s Theme: ‘Keep the Promise; Stop Pneumonia Now.’
Mrs Archibong noted that, according to global indices, the disease sickens 155 million children under five years and kills 1.6 million each year, it has become pertinent to bring this health crisis to public’s attention, encourage policy makers and grassroot organizers alike to combat the disease.
SUBEB Boss Urges Staff To Support Ayade
The Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Stephen Odey has enjoined staff of the board to complement Governor Ben Ayade’s efforts in the basic education sub-sector by supporting him to realise his lofty programmes for the State.
He made this known in a meeting to mark his three years in office as Executive Chairman of SUBEB. Dr Odey said in spite of the financial status of the State, Governor Ayade had made remarkable impact across sectors in the State, especially in the Basic Education sub-sector.
According to Dr Odey, “he is a young man that has a lot of energy, and with ambitious plans for the state, but he is being frustrated by lack of funds”.
Speaking on the achievements recorded in the basic education sub-sector, he thanked Governor Ayade and staff of SUBEB for their support, adding that these feats could not have been achieved without the support of the Governor and hard work of Staff.
He urged staff to remain committed to their responsibilities, stating that “hard work, dedication and loyalty pays in the long run.”
Speaking earlier, the Director of Administration, Emmanuel Ojong, commended Dr Odey for the giant strides recorded in the board within this short time in Office.
He recalled the massive infrastructural developments in schools across the State, and the sanitisation of SUBEB work force to eliminate ghost workers and track down staff without requisite teaching qualifications. Ojong also poured encomiums on the Board Chairman for placing staff welfare at the forefront of his administration.
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar.
INEC Discovers 22 Polling Booths In Politicians’ Homes In Akwa Ibom
Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini has disclosed that no fewer than 22 polling booths have been discovered in the homes of politicians and other private residences in the state.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the state capital, Igini explained that “the polling booths are not illegal, but are located at improper places”, adding that such polling booths had been relocated to public places where voters can easily access.
“We have relocated such polling booths to proper places where the people can have access to them. Elections will hold in Akwa Ibom State and votes will count,” Igini assured, even as he warned desperate politicians against hate speeches that could inflame the polity.
He said he was on a mission to Akwa Ibom to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent exercise in line with the relevant sections of the Electoral Act and enjoined eligible voters, party agents and other stakeholders to join hands with INEC to deliver hitch-free polls which outcome would not be disputed.
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