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Tourism Commissioner Harps On Unity

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The Cross River State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development (MCTD), Mr. Eric Anderson, has commended the spirit of unity existing among members of the Faculty of Arts, Theatre Arts Alumni Association, University of Calabar.
Anderson said this when members of the association paid him a courtesy visit as part of activities to mark the alumni’s reunion, recently at his office in Okoi Arikpo House, Calabar.
Welcoming the delegation, the commissioner said the passion to stick together and be in constant communication with each other, years after leaving the university shows love, respect and maturity among members of the alumni.
“With the level of unity displayed, it means that we can take on any developmental project and succeed. We do not know what the future holds but I can confidently say that this bond will take us to greater heights,” he said.
Anderson remarked that as a student of the Department of Theatre Arts, now Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, it has moulded him into a gentleman and has contributed to the heights he has attended today.
Acknowledging God for the opportunity given to him to serve, Anderson said his boss, the very erudite and digital Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, who in three years, has put in so much in assisting movie productions in state, should be thanked for seeing the potentials in him, automatically making him a good ambassador of the alumni.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Clalabar

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N’Delta Youths Hail Buhari For Appointing Credible Ministers

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A coalition of Niger Delta youths has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing ministers of high pedigree from the area and urged him to  leverage their competence to achieve greater national development.
The youths, operating under the auspices of Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NDYPP), made the remark in a statement signed by their President, Mr Olayinka Tiedor, and made available to The Tide’s source in Yenagoa yesterday.
The group expressed delight that the president appointed credible leaders to drive his development plans.
It stated that the appointment of competent ministers was an indication of the president’s  genuine intentions to take Nigeria to the next level.
“Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress thanks Buhari for the appointment of well-grounded, distinguished sons of Niger Delta into his cabinet.
“These appointees are well-known achievers, whose appointment brought about wide-spread jubilation across party divide throughout the region.
“Chief Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, is remembered for midwifing the Amnesty Programme, which has restored peace to the region.
“He is a better person to drive progress in the oil and gas space.
“With Sen. Godswill Akpabio in charge of the Niger Delta Ministry, being supported by Festus Keyamo, another patriot with passion for development, he will re-enact infrastructural revolution that marked his tenure as governor of Akwa Ibom.
“Rotimi Amaechi, well-loved by the Niger Delta youths for making giant strides in the infrastructural rebirth of the once moribund railways, has a policy that will drive the rail system to a logical conclusion,’’ the group further stated.

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NSCDC Impounds 55,000 Litres Of Diesel In Bayelsa

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command, has announced the seizure of about 55,000 litres of illegally refined diesel in the state.
NSCDC’s Commandant in the state, Ayuba Phillip disclosed this in an interview with The Tide’s source in Yenagoa .
He said that the seizure followed an intensified clampdown on oil theft and other illegal activities in the state, adding, “the command has stepped up operations in the state’
The NSCDC official, who said that the corps arrested four suspected oil thieves in the course of its operations, urged the public to avail the corps vital information that would help it fight illegal oil activities and other criminalities.
“We are determined to stamp out the sabotage and vandalism of critical oil infrastructure in line with the mandate of the NSCDC.
“We shall not tolerate any breach on critical national assets and we are prepared to deal decisively with pipeline vandals and illegal refinery operators,” he said.
Phillip further said that oil theft was a serious economic sabotage, which must be stamped out by all means.
He said that frequent patrols by officers and men of the command had led to pressure on oil thieves and illegal refineries operators in the area.
“In one of our operations, a Toyota Camry loaded with waterproof bags filled with adulterated diesel was seized, the car and the products are in our custody.
“Officers of our command on a routine patrol operation also arrested a truck load of illegally refined diesel within the period under review,” he said. The NSCDC commandant warned those involved in vandalism of critical national asset to desist from such acts of economic sabotage or would be made to face the wrath of the law.

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UNICAL Abolishes Comprehensive Exams For Ph D Programmes

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The University of Calabar Senate has abolished comprehensive examinations for PhD programmes in the institution.
The decision was reached recently at the 217th Senate meeting of the university, held at the institution’s Senate Chambers.
Disclosing the decision of the Senate, Public Relations Officer of the varsity, Mr. Eyo Effiong in a short message made available to newsmen in Calabar, said the decision was with immediate effect.
“The Senate of the University of Calabar has officially abolished comprehensive exams for Ph.D  programmes in the institution with effect from today, 12th September, 2019.
“This decision was taken  at the  217th  Senate meeting of the University of Calabar”, the message reads in part
Recall that before now, Ph.D students after the completion of their course work were subjected to another non-evaluative exams to qualify them to progress to the next stage which is writing of dissertation.
The Senate, while directing the University Graduate School Board to fine-tune the new policy which is likely to put an end to the compulsory course work, stated that the old policy was retrogressive as most Universities have abolished the system.
Post graduate studies, according to the Senate, is a research based programme as such this new policy will allow students ample time to concentrate on research work.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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