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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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Rivers NCSU Puts On Hold Delegates Confab …Tasks Members On Peace

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Rivers State Council, has put on hold its delegates conference scheduled for today, where officers to pilot the affairs of the union in the state would have been elected.
The state Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the union, Comrade Chuks Osumah, who dropped the hint while briefing newsmen at the union’s secretariat in Port Harcourt yesterday said the decision to put on hold the conference followed litigations instituted by some aggrieved members which he said were still pending in the National Industrial Court.
Osumah explained that the caretaker committee chose to toe the path of honour because the union, being the oldest in the country, is law-abiding and obeys and upholds the cherished time-tested principles of the rule of law. While urging members of the union in the state to remain peaceful and bear with the committee for the decision, he said the committee was committed to discharging its mandate to the letter and also hand over to elected officers of the union in the state at the end of the day, by ensuring that all contending issues are resolved amicably.
Osumah regretted the inconveniences the postponement of the delegates’ conference must have caused members of the union, assuring that a new date for the event would be communicated to them, particularly when all issues must have been resolved.
While appealing to the union members to continue to work towards making the union an enviable and formidable industrial organization in the state, the caretaker committee chairman thanked the national secretariat for accepting to put on hold the delegates’ conference.
He noted that since the committee came on stream, the union had enjoyed relative peace in the state, pointing out, however, that the task of bringing peace to the union was enormous.
Osumah said all members ends of founders of the union, stressing that the committee has so far recorded some notable landmarks of the caretaker committee had worked hard collectively to reposition the union in the state, as they were determined to ensure that the union does not die in their hands, as it did not die in the hands of founders of the union, stressing that the committee has so far recorded some notable landmarks.

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Andoni Youths Protest Oil Company’s Operations

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Scores of youths from Ngo town and other communities in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have given the management of Amini Petroleum Development Company till the 25th of December, 2019 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with its host communities or quit the area.
The youths who protested to the Rivers State House of Assembly and the Port Harcourt office of the company said the company had violated the directive of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee to enter agreement with its host communities.
Some of the placards carried by the protesting youths read: “Amini Int’l Sign MoU or Leave Our Land, OML 25; RSHA Save Ngo Mainland from Crises; Amini Should Sign MoU with Host Communities before 25th December, 2019″
Amini currently operates both IMA and TUBU oil fields in OML 25 all in Andoni Local Government Area.
The leader of the Ngo youth, Dick Nkakeek Nkakeek said the communities would welcome any company that has the interest of the communities, to operate the two oil fields.
According to him, over 20 years of Amini operations in Andoni is worthless as the host communities have nothing to show.
He alleged that the company’s operations had caused untold hardship to the Andoni people as people have lost their sources of livelihood as a result of pollution, adding that the communities are tired of Amini’s presence in the area.
Also speaking, Mr Joshua Ngo of Muma community said the company had brought misery to the people.
He urged the Rivers State Government to prevail on Amini Petroleum Development Company to respect the rights of the host communities.
At the premises of the company in Port Harcourt, the Community Liaison Officer (CLO), Barrister Emmanuel Arong, said the company had not neglected the House of Assembly” directive, but only attending to some petitions in respect of the issue.
Arong assured that the company would meet the 25th December 2019 deadline.

 

By: Odinakachi Oko & Chioma Peters

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PDP Releases Timetable For Edo Municipal, State Congresses

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih, says the national secretariat of the party has released a timetable for congress that will unveil new executives from wards to state levels.
Orbih made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Benin on Wednesday.
According to him, the timetable indicates that sale of nomination forms will commence on January13 and end on January 20, while submission of forms will be on January 22.
He said that ward congress to elect new executives would take place on January 25, pointing out that appeals on conduct of the ward congress would be taken on January 30.
Orbih disclosed that the timetable had slated municipal congresses to elect new executives for February 8, while appeals on the congresses would be heard on February 13.
“The timetable has scheduled state congresses to elect new state excos for February 22, while appeals for the state congresses have been slated for February 25.”
The party chieftain reiterated that the PDP had resolved to work together in the greater interest of the party and its teeming supporters.
Edo is billed to head for the polls in August next year in an election expected to be characterised by rancour, betrayals and violence.

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