Determined to ensure that the surging pockets of violence in Rivers State ahead of the general elections is contained, the Independent Electoral Commission says leadership of political parties may sign undertaking to maintain peace.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State Dame Gesila Khan stated this in Port Harcourt during an interactive session with leaderships of political parties in the state.
Responding to suggestions from almost all the leaderships of the political parties, during a question and answer session, that because of the anxiety surrounding the general election, political parties should sign an undertaking also in the state.
The leadership of the 24 political parties out of the 28 parties present at the interactive meeting also suggested to the National Orientation Agency and INEC to embark on intensive grassroots sensitisation programme to avoid low turn-out of voters during the elections.
The National Orientation Agency and INEC in the state had assured voters of adequate security arrangement and voters sensitisation ahead of next month general elections.
Mr. Oliver Wolugbamo, director of National Orientation Agency in the state, pledged a free and violence free elections contrary to the apprehension surrounding the up-coming election. He observed that Rivers State had conducted five elections and they were all free of violence, hence described the apprehension surrounding the next month as unnecessary effusion.
On her part, Dame Khan called on leaders of political parties to watch out for people or politicians wanting to foment trouble.
She said, the commission acknowledges the importance of political party consultative mechanism hence the launching of (IPAC) last year. Hence political parties should be guided by the rules and regulations as spelt out in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and other enabling laws.
She pledged to work with them and urged them to contact her, saying my door remains open to receive your complaints instead of receiving false stories appearing to be real.
Meanwhile, the commission is set to engage 26,000 Ad hoc staffs during the next month general elections. Dame Khan said the commission has memorandum of understanding (M.o.U) with the National Youth Service Corp to use corp members for electoral activities in the state.
She said that advertisement for recruitment had been placed on the INEC website for the various categories of eligible persons required for the conduct of the election.
She further said selected applicants would be published for the purpose of public scrutiny and objections if necessary.
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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