Victims of fire incident that occurred in Okuru-Ama community in Port Harcourt City Local Government, last Wednesday have counted their losses and appealed to the Rivers State Government to come to their aid following the inferno which gutted most part of the community.
The Tide learnt that over 25 buildings were burnt down and properties worth millions of naira were gutted and destroyed by the mysterious inferno.
Speaking to newsmen last Friday, when the Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Emergency and Relief Services, Hon.Bereni Ben Irisofe, visited the scene of the incident, the Chairman of Okuru-Ama Community Development Committee (CDC),Mr Inichinba Benson noted that the fire started at about 7.00pm last Wednesday night, explaining that most buildings within the area were burnt down even as youths of the area came out enmass to put off the fire
Benson, who could not explain the cause of the fire, noted that occupants, residents and landlords could barely rescue any of their belongings, adding that the occupants, tenants and landlords were unable to save their properties due to the voracious nature of the inferno’’.
The community leader appealed to the state government to come to their aid, stressing that they have lost everything that had kept them alive.
On her part, another victim of the inferno, Miss Catherine Jeremiah, lamented the effect of the fire on her, stating that the fire gutted her belongings including food stuffs.
She also called on the government to immediately come to their aid and see how they can alleviate their plight.
Responding, the Special Adviser to the State Government on Emergency and Relief Service, Hon.Bereni Ben Irisofe, regretted the pains the victims have been made to face as a result of the inferno and commended the effort by the youths of the community to put off the fire, assuring that he will make a detail report to the governor to send relief materials to the victims.
He expressed optimism that the Governor in his usual compassionate manner may do something that will alleviate their plight and advised the people, especially the youths to be calm and live peacefully while continue their support to the Wike-led administration which has brought infrastructural development in all parts of the state.
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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