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Be Law-Abiding, Eze-Ndi-Igbo Tells Ibos

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The Eze Ndi Igbo in Calabar, Cross River State , His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Ezenwenyi, has advised non-indigenes to remain calm and law abiding as the state continues to appeal to the Federal Government to return its ceded 76 oil wells.
It would be recalled that 76 oil wells belonging to Cross Rivers State were ceded to the-sister-state Akwa Ibom State recently, a situation which has attracted a lot of tension between the two states in recent time, each claiming ownership of the oil wells.
Eze Ezeanyi made the call in Calabar when members of the Inter-State Community Relations Organisation, Cross River State chapter, led by its State Co-ordinator, Mazi Uzoma Osuagwu, paid a solidarity visit to the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke in his office.
Eze Ndi Igbo regretted the delisting of the state from the oil producing states in the country, adding that this ugly development had affected the economic and social activities in the state.
He called on the Federal Government to amicably settle the issue to avert crisis in the area, but however, advised non-indigenes in the state to ponder over what has befallen the Cross River and pray for God’s intervention.
According to him, “whatever affects the people of this state will surely affect us non­indigenes. Some of us have lived here in the state for over 30 years with our own businesses and houses. If the state is burning, it will surely affect us. If there is development, our businesses will equally grow.”
Eze Ndi Igbo appealed to the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, not to relent in his efforts in ensuring that the state returned to its status quo adding that, “the kind of development witnessed within the past one year is very commendable”.
In his speech, the State Co-ordinator, Mazi Uzoma Osuagwu, denounced the recent handover of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom state by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the National Boundary Commission, saying the move has continued to generate tension and negative reactions from Cross Riverians an well meaning Nigerians.
He said, “vexed as the action is, we in the inter-state community relations organization, an umbrella body of indigenes of other states of the federation residing and doing business in the state are most concerned about this unfortunate development and wish to place on record our total solidarity to the position of the state.”
Mazi Osuagwu, said “this is why we see this action of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission without the commitment of the National Boundary Commission as. ill-conceived, unjust, unfortunate and a calculated poly to put a halt to this on-going process of stamping development to the rural areas of the state and particularly make the state most convenient for all our businesses to thrive in a conducive environment.”
He called on the president to use his good office to direct the authorities of the commission to revert this obnoxious restoration of 76 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State to its rightful owner in the interest of equity, justice and fair play.
According to him, “the Niger Delta region already has too many problems that it is grapping with. Deliberately igniting another imbroglio in Cross River State is unacceptable and condemnable.”
He pledged the unalloyed loyalty to the present administration of Governor Liyel Imoke, and its desire to continually place the state first among the comity of states in the federation, and called on all Nigerians especially those residing in the state to remain law abiding and wait for the resolution of the impasse.
In his response, the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Hon Edet Okon Asim, commended the organization for supporting the course of the state government.
He assured that government would continue to partner with organization that contributes to the development and growth of Cross River State.

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Ibom Developers Prioritise Health Through Medical Outreach Programmes In A’Ibom

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On February 6 and 7, 2024, Ibom Developers took a significant step towards improving the health and well-being of residents in the Ikot Okwo, Ikot Ikwot, and Ndauku communities of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State through its two-day comprehensive medical outreach programmes. Operating under the theme ‘Good Health Your Greatest Asset,’ the initiative’s primary goal is to facilitate the early resolution of community health issues, recognising the pivotal role that timely intervention plays in safeguarding the overall well-being of the community.
Good health is vital for the sustainable development of host communities, serving as a foundation for economic and social progress.
A healthy population is more productive, enabling greater workforce participation. Sound health reduces healthcare costs, encouraging economic stability. Socially, it enhances the quality of life, ensuring communities thrive.
Speaking at the events, Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert said, ‘‘Our community is grateful for this generous gesture, and we sincerely acknowledge Ibom Developers’ dedicated efforts and compassion. This initiative by the company empowers the community by fostering a culture of health consciousness and preventive care.’’
Public health involves preventing diseases, promoting health, educating communities, providing healthcare access, maintaining a healthy environment, and being prepared for emergencies. This helps build resilient communities, a priority for the company.
Also speaking, Chief Ukpe Uyo Amanama said, ‘‘Ibom Developers’ medical outreach programme is a testament to the transformative impact that community-driven health initiatives can have on the lives of individuals and the health landscape of a region.’’
The medical camps, conducted by Ibom Developers, targeted prevalent health concerns in the region, addressing key diseases that have a substantial impact on the communities, such as malaria, typhoid, blood pressure, cough, and skin rashes. Medical supplies were provided during the medical outreach programmes. Sugar tests were also conducted given the increasing rates of diabetes in the region. Those diagnosed were provided with guidance on lifestyle changes.
Dignitaries present at the programme were Mrs. Dorothy Akpan Robert – Women Leader, Ndauku Community; Prince Felix Albert – Vice Council Secretary, Ndauku Community; Chief Happy Negro Dickson – Compound Head of Dickson Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Akpan Amos – Compound Head of Ikot Esighe Family, Ndauku Community; Chief Ufot Frank Udoekpo – Compound Head of Udoekpo Family, Ndauku .

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Edo Labour Party Aspirant Writes INEC Over Party Congress

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Labour Party (LP )aspirant for the Edo State governorship election, Olumide Akpata has said the political party is not ready for its primary poll.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), said this in a letter dated February 18 and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National ELectoral Commission (IINEC) and alleged that the party leadership is plotting to handpick a candidate for the election.
It would be noted that the Labour Party had initially fixed February 22 as the date for the conduct of its primary but later shifted it to February 23.
The letter reads, “i write to you in my capacity as an aspirant for the Edo State gubernatorial ticket on the platform of the Labour Party.
“The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the lack of preparedness and transparency surrounding the labour party’s planned primaries to produce a gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in edo state.
“As you are aware, the Electoral Act 2022 mandates political parties to conduct transparent primaries to produce candidates and also mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission (“INEC” or “the commission”) to stipulate timelines for conducting these primaries.
“Numerous aspirants, including myself, have observed with dismay the conspicuous absence of transparency in the process, which has led to a mass exodus of aspirants from the race.
“All of the aspirants, without exception, who have withdrawn from the process so far, have voiced concerns about its undemocratic nature.
“While some have diplomatically cited “personal reasons” for withdrawing, others have been more forthcoming in directly alleging that the party leadership plans to handpick a preferred aspirant regardless of the outcome of any primaries held.”
Akpata added that his attempts to get the leadership of the party to provide accountability fell on deaf ears.
“I have become constrained to speak out at this point because my repeated attempts to get the party leadership to see reason and provide transparency around preparations for the primaries have failed to elicit any positive response.
“Rather, my candid inquiries have been met with disdain and an attempt to bully me into silence.
“I am aware that INEC has demonstrated courage in the past to stand on the side of due process in political parties and entrench internal party democracy. the LP’s primaries in Edo State provide you with another opportunity to walk the talk.
“Mr Chairman, if things go awry, it could result in pre-election disputes to which INEC will inevitably be joined as a necessary party, thereby tying down its already meagre resources and leaving the commission to grapple with yet another unnecessary and avoidable display that could have been averted had the right thing been done and the warning signs heeded.”

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Councillor In Delta As Police Launch Manhunt

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A Councillor representing Owhase Ward in the Udu Local Government Area Legislative Council, Delta State, identified as Honourable Festus, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The Tide’s source gathered that the councillor was shot in the head by gunmen on Monday at his residence.
The source who confirmed the incident to our source said his death was related to cult activities.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, who also confirmed the incident stated that the police had begun intense discreet investigation and manhunt of the assailants.
“Yes one Festus was shot on his head by unknown assailants, the wife informed the brother. We are searching for his killers,” Edafe said.

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