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Bayelsans Mourn Ex-PDP Chairman

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The demise of former
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State,Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) who Wednesday slumped and died in his Lagos residence has continued to attract sympathy from political associates and friends
Inokoba  aged 67, who later joined AllProgressive Congress (APC) barely two weeks ago was said to have died while on a visit to his family in Lagos.
Reacting to the development, the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, described the late Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) as a great community leader and an intelligent politician whose contributions to society would be missed by the whole Bayelsa and, indeed, Nigeria.
In a statement issued via e-mail, by his Media Adviser, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, Sylva said Wednesday’s death of Inokoba had left a vacuum that would be impossible to fill.
Inokoba, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bayelsa State Chairman, defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) about a fortnight ago alongside more than 1000 PDP members.
“The news of the death of Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) was a terrible shock to me, my family, and the entire All Progressives Congress family both in Bayelsa State and Nigeria, in general. We share the grief of his family and friends.”
“Inokoba was not only close to me, personally, but as a new convert to the current change agenda in Bayelsa State, we shared dreams of a better state, thoughts about the challenges ahead, and regrets about the condition of things in our state. He leaves a vacuum that can never be filled. His intellect, political sagacity, insight, and passion for the state, the Ijaw nation, and Nigeria, generally, were wonderful qualities that we cherished.
“Inokoba was a true leader, a successful family man, and a great community leader, and a retired soldier. Our thoughts are with the bereaved family in this time of grief. Inokoba will be missed by all of us.”
The former governor, however, said that the people of Bayelsa State would take solace in the political and communal legacies left by Inokoba.”We know that the memory of Inokoba will serve as an inspiration to all Bayelsans that knew him,” Sylva stated.
In his reaction, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson described Col. Inokoba’s demise, as a personal loss to him, having worked to ensure his emergence as the Chairman of the PDP in the State as well as the symbiotic relationship that existed between them, stressing that, he would be greatly missed by his family and close associates, especially the political class.
Governor Dickson prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss as well as grant his soul eternal rest.
A Government House statement, also assured the bereaved family of the government’s preparedness to support and participate in the rites of passage for Late Col. Inokoba.
While some family members claimed the former PDP Chairman may have died of food poisoning,others claimed that the deceased Chairman’s health was frail and should have gone on a deserved holiday devoid of political activities.
Inokoba was reported to have procured his Expression of Intent and Nomination Forms at the APC secretariat in Abuja to contest the Governorship election primaries of the Party.
According to his son, Waripamo Inokoba, “my father slumped at about 2am in the early hours of Wednesday and was confirmed dead before he was taken to the hospital.Some of our people are on their way to Lagos to bring back his corpse.”
The Inokoba family,in a statement signed by the deceased elder brother, Clee Inokoba and first son, Waripamowei Inokoba,confirmed the incident.
One of the early sympathizers to the house, a former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Indutimi Komonibo,in his condolence message in a register opened at the home of the deceased stated that “You are a great loss to us.Hard to believe.But no one can question God.”

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Environmentalist Faults Composition Of NDDC Board

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Prominent Niger Delta activist, Ann-Kio Brigss, has faulted the composition of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), saying northerners have no business being members of the board.
Briggs also backed President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering a forensic audit into the activities of the commission, saying the list of jobs given out by the agency from when it was established should be released.
Recall that President Buhari had ordered a forensic audit of the Commission from 2001 to 2019.
Ann-Kio Brigss, while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, also said many contracts awarded by the commission in the last 10years are shrouded in secrecy, noting that most beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the agency are not from the region.
“”If you say it is a Niger Delta Development Commission, why are you putting people who are not Niger Delta people on the board? Why are Northerners on the board? I see no reason. It is unfair, it is unjust. They have no business being there.
She expressed annoyance that even before the budget of the NDDC is approved by the National Assembly, some lobbying was done from within the same funds approved for it.
According to her, “When the budget for the NDDC has to go to the National Assembly and the board has to lobby for the approval. They have been lobbying with a percentage of the budget, percentage of the job, percentage of the money.
“They should release the list of jobs that have been done in the Niger Delta through the NDDC from the day they started giving jobs.
“If they release the names and you go to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and check, you will be horrified to find that the people who have the jobs running into billions are very likely to be government officials and government appointees,” the environmental activists stated.

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RSU Registrar Tasks ANUPA On Training

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The Registrar of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Mr. Sydney Enyindah, has charged members of the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA) to engage in training and retraining so as to remain relevant in their core duty for effective service delivery and to ensure proper implementation of the laws guarding the Institution.
Speaking to the leaders of the association, who paid him a congratulatory visit, the Registrar stated that the only way university administrators can develop is for them to attend workshops and conferences.
He noted that ANUPA is the only specialised university-based profession, which plays significant role in university administration, calling on the leaders of the association to give the required leadership and drive the training agenda of ANUPA.
Earlier in his address, the RSU Branch Chairman of ANUPA, Mr Chikanike Promise Woka expressed gratitude to God for the emergence of the pioneer Secretary of ANUPA, Mr Sydney Enyindah as the Registrar of the University.
He thanked the Registrar for his recommendation for members of the association to attend national conferences, training and workshops organised by the national body of ANUPA, stating that the gesture was a manifestation of his love for the association.
While pledging total support to the Registrar, the chairman prayed that God would continue to grant him wisdom to discharge his duties throughout his tenure as substantive Registrar.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a customised sourvenir to the Registrar.

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Ayade To Revive C’River Scholarship Programme

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The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has promised to revive as well as start the full implementation of the state’s scholarship programme for indigenes of the state in tertiary institutions.
Ayade disclosed this at the State Executive Council Chambers in Calabar during a courtesy visit by the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Students Union Government and the Law Students Association of the University of Calabar, as well as Students Union Government of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) and the National Association of Northern Cross River Students.
Disclosing this to the excitement of the students, Ayade said, “I will initiate, institute and operate a full scholarship programme for young Cross Riverians in higher institutions. Here I am committing that Cross River State Government will start the full implementation of a scholarship programme ”
Ayade, who also spoke of his plan to reactivate and expand his own scholarship scheme to cover the entire state, said: “For all that God has given to me and all the blessings as a person, the Ayade scholarship programme that has always been running, will come back in full force from this year.”
The Governor, who whilst a senator instituted a scholarship programme for indigent students from his Northern Senatorial District, announced his decision to enlarge its scope to the rest of the state.
“The Ayade scholarship programme is going to be statewide and will be drawn from my private businesses and nothing to do with government,” he said, adding that “those who are not lucky to get from the government scholarship will be lucky to get from the Ayade scholarship programme, for it is when you give back to society that society will be there for you.”
While imploring the students to be morally upright, the Governor cautioned them never to materialise or monetise their relationships, saying “the greatest relationship between people is emotional. When you put your eyes on value, money will come naturally, but once your focus is on money, value will depart and the money will never come.”
Continuing, Ayade said, “as young people with great opportunity for leadership, whatever comes from your word, every single word of yours defines your future. Character, therefore, defines a personality as no fatalism can arrogate the supremacy of the future on the hands of mere destiny.”
“Destination is an architectural process by the intellectual engineering of a person through the attainment of a Godhead which means you, your attitude designs your future,” he said.
The Governor urged the students to give undivided attention to their studies and shun cultism.
“When I find a student who takes pleasure in cultism to take a life for a living, that is an animal because he has descended beyond the level of humanity,” the Governor quipped.
Earlier, the Presidents of the various students’ bodies had applauded the Governor’s magnanimity and benevolence, especially in the prompt response to the welfare of ailing students, the industrialisation drive aimed at decoupling the state from dependence on federal allocation, as well as setting Cross River on a trajectory growth.
Highlights of the visit was the decoration and conferment of the title, “Commander of the Order of Malabor,” on Governor Ayade by the SUG President of the University of Calabar, Comrade Moses Derrick.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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