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Ayade To Revive C’River Scholarship Programme

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The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has promised to revive as well as start the full implementation of the state’s scholarship programme for indigenes of the state in tertiary institutions.
Ayade disclosed this at the State Executive Council Chambers in Calabar during a courtesy visit by the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Students Union Government and the Law Students Association of the University of Calabar, as well as Students Union Government of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) and the National Association of Northern Cross River Students.
Disclosing this to the excitement of the students, Ayade said, “I will initiate, institute and operate a full scholarship programme for young Cross Riverians in higher institutions. Here I am committing that Cross River State Government will start the full implementation of a scholarship programme ”
Ayade, who also spoke of his plan to reactivate and expand his own scholarship scheme to cover the entire state, said: “For all that God has given to me and all the blessings as a person, the Ayade scholarship programme that has always been running, will come back in full force from this year.”
The Governor, who whilst a senator instituted a scholarship programme for indigent students from his Northern Senatorial District, announced his decision to enlarge its scope to the rest of the state.
“The Ayade scholarship programme is going to be statewide and will be drawn from my private businesses and nothing to do with government,” he said, adding that “those who are not lucky to get from the government scholarship will be lucky to get from the Ayade scholarship programme, for it is when you give back to society that society will be there for you.”
While imploring the students to be morally upright, the Governor cautioned them never to materialise or monetise their relationships, saying “the greatest relationship between people is emotional. When you put your eyes on value, money will come naturally, but once your focus is on money, value will depart and the money will never come.”
Continuing, Ayade said, “as young people with great opportunity for leadership, whatever comes from your word, every single word of yours defines your future. Character, therefore, defines a personality as no fatalism can arrogate the supremacy of the future on the hands of mere destiny.”
“Destination is an architectural process by the intellectual engineering of a person through the attainment of a Godhead which means you, your attitude designs your future,” he said.
The Governor urged the students to give undivided attention to their studies and shun cultism.
“When I find a student who takes pleasure in cultism to take a life for a living, that is an animal because he has descended beyond the level of humanity,” the Governor quipped.
Earlier, the Presidents of the various students’ bodies had applauded the Governor’s magnanimity and benevolence, especially in the prompt response to the welfare of ailing students, the industrialisation drive aimed at decoupling the state from dependence on federal allocation, as well as setting Cross River on a trajectory growth.
Highlights of the visit was the decoration and conferment of the title, “Commander of the Order of Malabor,” on Governor Ayade by the SUG President of the University of Calabar, Comrade Moses Derrick.

 

Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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Bonny Raid: Release Victims Unharmed Now, IYC Warns Kidnappers

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One week after they whisked away their victims from a funeral at Banigo Isile-Ogono Community in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has warned kidnappers of the Banigo Four to release them immediately, unconditionally and unharmed.
The Chairman of the IYC, Ibani Clan, Princewill Oko-Jumbo, who issued this warning in an interview with newsmen in Bonny, warned of dire consequences, should their ultimatum not be complied with.
“As a body, we are saying that they should release those being held hostage with immediate effect, unconditionally and unharmed.”
According to him, information available to the IYC indicates that the kidnappers may have come from neighbouring communities around Bonny, and as such, were likely to be from Ijaw communities, and thus comes under the purview of the group.
“The issue of speculation does not even need to come in because whether we like it or not, the people who did this act are either Ijaw people or living in Ijaw communities because if we want to talk about the Ijaw people, we have the core Ijaw people which are the Bayelsans.”
“But when we come to Rivers State, we have the Rivers Ijaw people who fall under the Ijaw tribe. So, if somebody is from Opobo, Andoni, Bonny, Kalabari, and Bille, among others, he is an ijaw man.”
He deplored the trauma and needless suffering the families of the victims have been subjected to, saying that it was unacceptable for Ijaw people to undermine the wellbeing of their fellow Ijaws.
“So, we will be talking about marginalisation, an Ijaw person cannot also come to marginalise his own brother. We are supposed to work in synergy to fight for our resources, to fight for our freedom, not to use it against our brothers.
“Do you know what it means, for how many days now, to hold people hostage? The trauma, which the families are passing through, is very, very uncalled for. So, as a body, we are saying that they should release those being held hostage with immediate effect, unconditionally and unharmed.”

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C’River Landlord Sets Tenant Ablaze Over N11,000 Rent

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A landlord, David Ntiero Okon, has been arrested for allegedly setting his tenant ablaze in Calabar, Cross River State, over her failure to pay N11, 000 house rent.
The incident happened last Wednesday at No 9, Ansa Ewa Street, Cobham Town in the Bayside area of Calabar South.
The landlord allegedly poured fuel on Mrs Mary Samuel’s room and ignited a fire that engulfed the one-room apartment.
An eyewitness and security guard who is a tenant in the house identified only as Obongette stated that Mary, who lived in the house for over seven years, owed the landlord N11, 000 after her fish business dwindled because of frequent attacks by militants in the Calabar Water Channel.
He said, “The woman was a fish seller and on Wednesday morning, she went to buy fish at Oron in Akwa Ibom State and when she returned in the evening, the landlord asked her to pay the balance of her annual rent. She said she didn’t have any money but should be allowed to sell her fish the next day to raise money to pay the rent.”
Obongette added, “The landlord was angered by the woman’s appeal and accused her of refusing to pay the rent. When the woman went to bathe, the landlord poured fuel in the room. After bathing, as she stepped into the room, the man ignited a fire which engulfed the place.
“As the woman shouted and tried to escape, the man locked the door and when people came to rescue her, he brought out a machete and chased them away, threatening to kill anyone who dared to rescue the burning lady.”
He said after the woman’s death, people in the area gathered and took the corpse to the landlord’s apartment and laid it there till the next day.

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UNIPORT Alumni Ends Retreat In Elele

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The 2020/2021 Executive Council of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association has ended in Elele Ikwerre Local Government Area with a charge to graduates of the university to be fully committed to its growth and development.
The retreat urged for a robust relationship between the various universities and their alumni associations, while members must always identify with the financial needs of their various institutions.
President, Rivers State Chapter of the Association, Mr. Sam Woka said the retreat was to create a platform for the executive council to brainstorm on the way forward not only for the Association but also to seek for ways of assisting the university in times of need.
According to him, the retreat will make the Rivers State chapter to discuss on ways of making the chapter reclaim its available position as the mother chapter in the country.
Woka also said a data base of all graduates of the institution would be compiled with a view to making them identify with the Association.
The retreat which has as its theme: “Growing the university through Alumni participation” also featured two lectures by Professor Clifford Ofuru and Mr. Bon Woke.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Chapter of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni has commended the Nigerian Military for ensuring adequate security in the state.
State President of the Association Mr. Sam Woka said this when the Association paid a courtesy call on the 34 Artillery Regiment of Nigerian Army Elele, Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Woka particularly commended the military for ensuring sanity along the Elele-Owerri road.
The Association also paid a courtesy call on Eze Isaac Wonwu the 2019 governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Rivers State.

 

By: John Bibor

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