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Groups Want Rivers Budget Website

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The Niger Delta Anti-Cor
ruption Network  (NIDAN) and Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform  (NDCBP) have called on the Rivers State Ministry of Budget to make the 2015 budget available by uploading it on the Rivers State Government  website  as well as  producing printed copies for the public.
In a press briefing, the secretary of NIDAN, Mrs  Rita Kigbara, said  it was a sad  commentary on the performance of last administration  for failing to leave the state budget  in the  public realm.
According to her, no claim to transparency and accountability can be considered valid in a system where the basic document to achieve it is not available to the public.
She also noted that the failure of the government to make  the 2015 budget  document  available  to the public has made it impossible for citizens of the state and other  tax payers to monitor the extent of public expenditure delivery and its attendant  outcome.
“We are worried that Rivers State  seems to have slid further into fiscal  fiat with the non-availability of budgets for public scrutiny  and as a guide  for public expenditure. It  defeats  every pretext  to transparency, accountability or  prudence, she said.
“Rivers State cannot claim that it is working for the people when five  months into the  year, the people have no idea what their money is being spent on,” Kigbara added.
According to her, currently citizens are not aware of which 2015 projects are located in their communities, or which  ones directly benefit them.
Also speaking, the coordinator of  Niger Delta  Citizens and Budget  Platform (NDCBP), Mr. Ken Henshaw said the danger in the trend, is that  government’s choice for public expenditure often  fails to capture  the true wishes and aspirations of the people.
At various times our organisations have made requests to the relevant government agencies for electronic   or hard copies of the document, all to no avail. On more than one occasion, the   response has been  that the document is not yet ready,” he said.
He, however, stressed the need for the state government to evolve formal structures aimed  to encouraging  citizen’s participation in the process of  fiscal  governance.

 

Iragunima Benice

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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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