The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has declared ‘operation zero porthole’ by embarking on massive rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads on campus.
Akpagu who has carved a niche for himself in terms of massive infrastructural development among others in the university has vowed that UNICAL roads will be as smooth as anything before the end of the month.
The hitherto impassable Ring Road by the Faculty of Engineering is wearing a new look having been asphalted and made nylon smooth.
Also, the stretches of roads from the Malabor hostel up to the Chapel of Redemption, and from there to the Faculty of Management Sciences are also being asphalted.
Other roads receiving attention at the moment include the Prof. Ayandele Boulevard and the old Medical College roads. Our interactions with the project supervisors indicates that they are under strict instructions to ensure quality work.
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor said that his administration was committed to improving all aspects of Unical to a world class standard.
He said that the standard of the roads he inherited, some of which have not been maintained since construction no longer suited the rising profile of the University hence the massive rehabilitation.
Akpagu reiterated his commitment to the welfare of staff, Students and the overall objective of making Unical one of the best in Africa and the world.
Timothy Abang, a Student of Engineering described the ongoing rehabilitation as a welcome development adding that the proactivenss of the VC was why many have opined that if it were possible his tenure should be elongated beyond five years.
“We the students and I know some staff share in our sentiments believe that someone like our hardworking VC deserves more than just five years. Recently, a senior friend who graduated six years ago visited Unical and was shocked at the pace of development in such a short period.
“I’m aware that some of the roads since construction have never been maintained. Remember that he started this last semester with the Malabor and Medical School roads. He also opened another road beside Centre for General Studies to give students like us who live in the hostel easy access to the campus. So, everyday, he’s thinking of how to add value to the system and make life better for his students”, he said.
By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar
Rivers NCSU Puts On Hold Delegates Confab …Tasks Members On Peace
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.
Andoni Youths Protest Oil Company’s Operations
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
PDP Releases Timetable For Edo Municipal, State Congresses
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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