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Immigration Trains 130 Officers In A’Ibom

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Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Akwa Ibom State command, has trained a total of 130 officers and men of the command on effective leadership and efficient service delivery.
The NIS State Comptroller, CIS Livingstone Amadi, disclosed this last Saturday in Uyo while speaking with newsmen at a leadership training session for 30 officers of the command.
Amadi said that the command had earlier trained 100 officers and men on the best practices of border security and management.
“The essence of the training is to inculcate in the officers the need to update their knowledge of migration management.
“Between now and the end of year, there will be constant training sessions to keep officers abreast of the global trend on how to receive travellers at the airport, seaport and border posts.
“The officers and men of the Immigration Service need training on modern day migration technique because they are the gatekeepers of the country’s borders,” Amadi said.
He said that leadership training programme was organised for the officers and men of the command in collaboration with the Eunice Thomas Leadership Academy (ETLA), an Uyo-based leadership training academy.
Amadi said that the command was keying into the vision of the NIS Comptroller-General, CGI Muhammad Babandede, with the aim of empowering officers through training to make them efficient and proactive.
The state comptroller, who is barely three months old in Akwa Ibom State, said that his vision was to ensure the best in terms of service delivery and staff discipline in the command.
The state NIS boss advised the Nigerian youths to be wary of making risky trip abroad in search of greener pasture or quick money.
Amadi urged the youths to cultivate the habit of hard work, self discipline and patience, emphasising that Nigeria has enormous opportunities for the youths than risky journey abroad.
In her remark, the president of the Eunice Thomas Leadership Academy (ETLA), Mrs Eunice Thomas, said she was impressed with the level of discipline and efficiency in the NIS, Akwa Ibom State Command.
Thomas, a former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare in Akwa Ibom State, lauded the state comptroller for giving the state headquarters of NIS a facelift.
She said that her academy decided to collaborate with NIS in the state on leadership training based on the positive changes she had seen in the operations of the command.
Thomas commended the state NIS, noting that she had witnessed the command issue passport to applicants within one day unlike the before.

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Ex-APGA Scribe, Obasi, Petitions IGP Over Alleged Assassination Attempt

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Former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over alleged attempt on his life by suspected hired assassins in Ebonyi State.
Obasi in a statement, yesterday, said he was trailed from Nkalagu in Ishielu Council Area of the state by an unmarked, white commuter Hiace bus with tinted glasses last Sunday night while returning from a meeting alleging that  the aim was to assassinate him.
He said when he noticed that his life was in danger, he sped up and meandered through different roads immediately he got to Abakaliki, to keep away from the view of those who stalked him.
The ex-APGA scribe said he rode in his Mercedes S-Class and that the suspected assassins immediately followed suit, turning the exercise into a car race of sort to the amazement of onlookers.
Obasi  alleged that Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, has a hand in his ordeal for holding strong opinions against  his administration.
“Earlier before this ugly and ill-fated incident of 26 July, 2020, I had received information about an imminent attack on me by Ebonyi State governor’s boys. I called one of the leaders of the boys and he promised to call me for us to meet the following day which didn’t happen. The next thing I saw was this attempt on my life,” Obasi said.
Governor Umahi who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, dismissed the allegations as baseless. He said the governor  has never sent any of his appointees or supporters to attack anyone, let alone with the intention to kill.

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Community Policing: Shun Compromise, Monarch Charges PCAC Members

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The Paramount Ruler/ Nye Nwe Eli, Rumuogba, Eze Temple Ejekwu, has charged members of the Police Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) not to compromise, if they are prepared for the task.
Ejekwu gave the charge during the inauguration of the committee at Mini Okoro Police Station, recently in Rumuogba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Eze Ogba Iji- Nu -Ede, said that the charge became imperative in order to keep the aim of the committee alive.
Dedication and commitment he said are other values the PCAC members must possess, in an attempt to achieve the mission and vision behind the creation of the outfit.
According to him, the creation of the committee would help in no small measure in curbing crime in the rural areas, as its members are grassroot based.
Dr Ejekwu also called on members of the public to feel free and provide useful information to the police and PCAC members and added that crime fighting should be viewed as everyone’s responsibility.
“Security is not one person’s job, so members of the public must provide useful and timely information for the police and PCAC, if they want the group to succeed”, he said.
On the security level of the state, he rated the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike high going by the relative peace enjoyed in the state.
He further charged the committee members to work in line with Governor Wike’s vision to enthrone business friendly environment that would attract permanent investors in the area.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Mini Okoro Police Station, CSP Opayemi Olufunke Isi has reassured members of the public of the police determination to rid the public of crime and thanked the monarch to support for the police.

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Bayelsa Promises To Curb Gender-Based Violence, Child Abuse

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The Bayelsa State Government has promised to curb all forms of social violence against women and the maltreatment of children in the state.
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Women,Children and Social Development, Mrs Ayi Ujile stated this during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa.
She maintained that recently, women through the support of NGOs,women professional bodies and faith based organisations had had to stage protests across various states in the nation to register their grievances against the wanton social Violence’s meted out to them by men in their respective domains.
According to the permanent secretary, following government’s resolve to ending these ill treatments facing women of all age brackets in the state, successive administrations had made concerted efforts in bringing those infringing on women’s rights to book.
Speaking against the backdrop of violation of children’s rights, she mentioned that with the domestication of the Child rights act by the State Assembly last year maltreatment of children and wards will soon be history.
She stressed that the State owned Orphanage home is functioning ultimately, just as she stated that the administrators of the orphanage in consultation with appropriate government ministries had also rescued new born babies from their insane mothers in the streets of the state.
“We’re more than ever willing to stop the menace of social violence against women in this state”, she said.
“We’re aware that very presently women of the state joined their peers from other States to replicate same protest against rape, sexual harassment and other ills meted out to women”, she added.

 

 

Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,Yenagoa.

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