A renowned cleric, social commentator and the Bishop of Anglican Communion, Calabar Diocese, Tunde Adeleye, is to be officially consecrated as the new Archbishop of Niger Delta Province of the Church of Nigeria on September 30, 2018 at the Holy Trinity Parish, Calabar Cross River State.
In a statement signed by the bishop, and made available to newsmen in Calabar, the event would be followed by a thanksgiving service to usher in a new era of peace and qualitative leadership in the province of the Church of Nigeria.
The statement further stated that important dignitaries from within and outside the country are expected at the thanksgiving service, including political and religious leaders across board.
The statement reaffirmed his believe that the country can only make meaningful progress through true federalism which was currently lacking in the country.
It adds that unless Nigeria goes back to true federalism where states and local governments are given enough responsibilities and powers to control their resources with the centre being unattractive, Nigeria would continue to witness stunted growth and underdevelopment.
The clergyman said that the current agitation for restructuring cannot solve the nation’s problems until the leaders practised what he called “true federalism as envisaged by our founding fathers.”
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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