Bayelsa State Governor has again thanked the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for his selfless and sacrificial support to the Nigerian Law School.
The state Governor, Senator Douye Diri made this known last Friday at the flag-off of the construction of hostels and auditorium buildings awarded by the Rivers State Government at the Yenagoa Campus of the Nigerian Law School.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Governor Diri made reference to the ongoing strike action by judiciary workers, which he noted was negatively affecting all the states, including those who had already granted the autonomy being sought for.
While supporting the call for devolution of power, he also stressed the need for state governments to be given the constitutional responsibility of handling labour issues in accordance with their peculiarities.
Governor Diri thanked his Rivers counterpart, Chief Nyesom Wike for playing a complementary role in the development of the law school campus in Yenagoa established by the Federal Government in 2011.
He, however, lamented that the Federal Government had not done much in terms of infrastructural development of the institution and therefore urged it to turn a new leaf in the interest of the students.
“These projects ought to be Federal Government projects. The campus and almost all the facilities you are seeing were provided by the Bayelsa State Government since 2011. So we want to profusely thank our sister state for joining hands with us to develop this institution”, he said.
“We are happy for your right hand of cooperation and fellowship even as we call on the Federal Government and those of us from the South- South to nurture this campus to become a reputable citadel of learning”, he added.
On judicial autonomy, he said, “A system that is self-contradictory will not succeed. Courts have been on strike for no fault of the states. Rivers State and Bayelsa have implemented the autonomy of the judiciary. The idea of devolution of powers that make labour issues state-oriented will be pursued.
“We also do not agree with the unification of the judiciary. We believe it will not be in the interest of those of us in minorities. The states should be allowed to manage our judiciary. We will not support the idea that monies will be deducted from states and managed by someone in Abuja and funds will come to us as handouts. It will not benefit us at all,” he noted.
In his remarks,the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike stated that he was motivated by his love for his people and legal education to embark on the projects.
According to Governor Wike, about 5 billion naira will be spent in the construction of the two hostel blocks and a multipurpose auditorium with 1500 sitting capacity to address the infrastructure deficit in the school.
Earlier, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, appreciated Governor Wike for embarking on the project, which he noted, would help create an enabling environment for learning.
Represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Akpata, the justice minister noted that, the existing law school campuses could only accommodate six thousand candidates out of more than ten thousand students who seek for legal education yearly.
He therefore called on other state governors to emulate Governor Wike in providing adequate infrastructure for the law schools.
Others at the event were the Director General, Nigeria Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma and former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke and top government functionaries from Rivers and Bayelsa States.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
By: Theresa Frederick & Wokoma Emmanuel
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