The Chairman of All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Rivers State and the Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Hon Ihunwo Victor Nyeche, has announced the sum of N12million as the association’s support for the education of the daughters of Engr. Ekelegbe Fyneface Cohen Chikobi (EFCC); Godiva and Nina Chikobi.
The Mayor, who spoke at the Service of Songs in honour of the late Ahoada West Legislative Assembly Leader and the unveiling of Educational Trust Fund for his daughters which held at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre in Port Harcourt, paid glowing tribute to the late EFCC, describing him as one of the founding fathers of the New Rivers Vision Social Media group.
He prayed for the repose of his soul, and asked God to heal all grieving hearts.
The remains of the late EFCC, who was gruesomely murdered on January 31, 2019, along the Ahoada/Emohua stretch of the East-West Road, would be laid to rest, today.
Similarly, the Executive Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Council, Hon. Hope Ikiriko has led the good people of Ahoada West, family, friends and well wishers to pay their last respects to late councillor, where he graciously unveiled the Ekele Educational Trust Fund to cater for the education of the children he left behind.
According to him, “We are here today to honour an extraordinary gentle man, brother and leader per excellence.
“In this memorable, yet, painful occasion, we pay tribute to a loving, determined, passionate and progressive politician who epitomized the best of humanity and proved so often the power of politics to make our world a better place.
“Councillor Ekeledirichukwu Fyneface Cohen Chikobi (EFCC), as he was fondly called was a voice of compassion whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew him and saved the lives of many he never ever met.
“Any death in such awful circumstance is an outrage and a tragedy, yet this death, in this manner, of this person, democratically elected leader of our Legislative Council, Ekeledirichukwu Fyneface Cohen Chikobi is particularly shocking and repugnant.
“An attack of this nature strikes not only at an individual but at our collective freedom. That is why we have assembled here to honour EFCC and to redouble our dedication to democracy”, Ikiriko added.
Until his death, Councillor Ekele Fyneface Cohen Chikobi was the leader of the 6th Legislative Assembly of Ahoada West Council, whose life was cut short at the peak of his career by men of the underworld around the Rumuji axis of the East-West Road.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling by Hon. Hope Ikiriko of the Education Trust Fund for the children of the late EFCC which will help to secure their future.
Speaking further while unveiling the trust fund, Ikiriko appealed for support to enable the children of the late Legislative leader continue their education.
Other respected dignitaries who supported the Ekele’s Education Trust Fund were the state Party Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, member representing Obio/Akpor in the House of Representatives, Hon. Kingsley Chindah; member representing Port Harcourt I in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ken Chikere; all LG chairmen in the state; Senator representing Rivers West Senatorial District, Mrs Betty Okagua-Apiafi, who was represented by Barrister Esel Omeghara; Rivers State House of Assembly member representing Bonny Constituency, Hon. Blessing Abinye-Pepple; House of Assembly member representing Ahoada West Constituency, Hon. Prince Nwanaka Okpokiri; and other Rivers State House of Assembly members who donated bountifully to the trust fund.
Others include councillors, the Rivers State Social Media Community, members of the alumni association of Northingham University in the United Kingdom, who massively graced the event and other high-profile dignitaries who supported the trust fund as well as made commitments to support the family of the deceased while praying God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Lawyer Petitions UK, DSS To Probe Buhari’s Cambridge Documents
The Department of State Services and the London Metropolitan Police Service have received petitions to investigate the documents said to have been obtained from Cambridge University and tendered by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election petition tribunal.
Copies of the separate petitions dated August 14, 2019, were signed by a Nigerian lawyer, Kalu Kalu Agu.
It would be recalled that the president’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, had told the tribunal that he obtained the President’s ‘assessment’ documents from Cambridge University.
He was quoted as saying he personally signed for and collected the documents on behalf of the President.
The UK-based examination body oversaw the conduct of final year secondary school examination in Nigeria and placement into foreign universities in the 1960s.
In the two petitions forwarded by Agu, the lawyer questioned the authenticity of the ‘certifying statement’ said to have been obtained from the Cambridge Assessment International Education.
He asked the UK police and the DSS to launch an investigation into the circumstances leading to the procurement.
NNPC Awards Crude Sale Contract To 15 Firms
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says 15 companies have emerged winners of the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) of crude oil contract for 2019/2020.
The corporation disclosed this in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja, yesterday.
He said that the announcement was in line with the corporation’s commitment to transparency and accountability in its activities as committed by the new Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari.
“Following the completion of the 2019/2020 DSDP tender exercise, 15 consortia/companies, made up of reputable and experienced international companies and Nigerian downstream companies, emerged successful to undertake the 2019/2020 DSDP arrangement.
“The contract is for one year, effective October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020,” he said.
The companies that won the contracts include BP Oil International Limited and AYM Shafa Limited; Vitol SA and Calson-Hyson; Totsa Total Oil Trading SA and Total Nigeria Plc; Gunvor International B.V. and AY Maikifi Oil & Gas Company Limited; and Trafigura PTE Limited and A. A. Rano Nigeria Limited.
Others are Cepsa S.A.U./Oando Plc; Mocoh SA/Mocoh Nigeria Limited; Litasco SA/Brittania-U Nigeria Limited/Freepoint Commodities; MRS Oil & Gas Company Limited; Sahara Energy Resources Limited; Bono Energy Limited/Eterna Plc/Arkleen Oil & Gas Limited/Amazon Energy; Matrix Energy Limited/Petratlantic Energy Limited/UTM Offshore Limited/Levene Energy Development Limited; Mercuria Energy Trading SA/Barbedos Oil & Gas Services Limited/Rainoil Limited/Petrogas Energy; Asian Oil & Gas PTE Limited/Eyrie Energy Limited/Masters Energy Oil & Gas Limited/Casiva Limited; Duke Oil Company Incorporation.
He further noted that the tender process comprised technical and commercial bid submission respectively, evaluation and short-listing, then commercial negotiations with pre-qualified companies and engagement of the successful consortia/companies by NNPC.
“Under the DSDP arrangement, the aforementioned fifteen consortia/companies shall, over the contract period, offtake crude oil and in return, deliver corresponding petroleum products of equivalent value to NNPC, subject to the terms of the agreement,” he added.
It would be recalled that Kyari, while taking over the mantle of leadership of the corporation on July 8, had promised to open NNPC books to public scrutiny, as a publicly owned company.
He said this would ensure transparency and accountability in the operations of the corporation.
Jonathan Seeks Global Synergy On Peacekeeping
The former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has called for global collaboration in peace-building, stressing that world leaders need to work together to be able to surmount the huge security and economic challenges faced by various nations.
The former President, who observed that peace was a product of a conscious and diligent effort, also charged those in positions of authority to strive to bequeath a more peaceful world to future generations.
Jonathan stated this, last Friday, in Seoul, capital of South Korea, in his speech at the International Leadership Peace Conference with many world leaders, including government officials, former presidents, lawmakers and entrepreneurs in attendance.
He said: “We can never overemphasize the need for global collaboration in peace-building. The stability that the world needs today for peace and security requires all voices of reason to join the effort to bring order to the chaos that stare us in the face. We need to work together as leaders to provide meaning and moral direction in every sphere of the society to realize our aspirations for a just world.
“The peace and tranquillity we observe in some countries today came through the diligent efforts of the citizens. Our generation must strive to make the world a peaceful place.”
Jonathan, who emerged as the chair of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), a recently inaugurated forum of African former Heads of State, stressed that peace and stability engenders development because they create necessary conditions that cultivate, nurture and protect investments.
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