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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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NSCDC Deploys 504 Personnel For Hitch-Free National Sports Festival

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has promised a hitch-free sports festival set to commence at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba, in Delta State.
The NSCDC Public Relations officer, Mr Emeka Peters, disclosed this in a press statement made available to The Tide source,last Friday, in Asaba.
According to the statement, the State NSCDC Commandant, Akinsanya Iskilu, gave the assurance when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Stephen Keshi International Stadium to ascertain the level of preparedness in terms of security amongst others before, during and after the event.
He said plain clothed officers have been strategically deployed within and outside the perimeter of the venue to gather first hand security and intelligent information that could lead to the arrest of would-be trouble makers who attempt to break the law and order before, during and after the sports festival.
He urged road users to obey all traffic rules, road signs and obey all instructions from security officials and make good use of alternative routes provided for the free flow of traffic.
He stated that there won’t be any issues with traffic if road users are obedient, patient and are ready to comply with traffic rules, road signs and instructions.
Other security agencies, he disclosed, are on standby, working tirelessly in synergy to ensure a hitch-free, traffic-free, and successful event.
He advised members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies and assured residents of the State tight security before, during and after the event.

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Indigenous Firm Donates N170m Relief Materials To Bayelsa Flood Victims

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An indigenous oil firm, First E & P which operates the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83 and 85 in Joint Venture with NNPC has donated relief materials worth N170 million to some communities affected by the recent floods in Bayelsa State.
The relief materials were officially presented on behalf of the oil firm by Ayebatonye Basuo, Head of Social Performance, First E&P., at Danielle Jetty, Oxbow area in Yenagoa on Friday.
The materials were received on behalf of the beneficiary communities by leaders of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps from across the State.
The Tide’s source reports that representatives of the Bayelsa State Government led by the Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr Ibiere Jones, witnessed the ceremony.
It was gathered that over 24,000 internally displaced persons whose homes and farms were submerged by floods are expected to receive the relief materials.
Items presented as part of the donation included foodstuff, water and other hygiene products.
Speaking at the handover event, Basuo said, “Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with all who have been affected by the flooding experienced across the nation in the last few weeks.
“We understand how difficult it must have been for people to be displaced from their homes and to see their sources of livelihood adversely impacted.
“At FIRST E&P, we seek to always ensure that through our social performance strategy, our stakeholder communities benefit from our presence on a sustainable basis.
“We drive this through flagship community development programs which cover interventions in the areas of educational, health, infrastructural and human capital development.
“However, when unprecedented disasters like the recent flood occur, we also seek ways in which we can intervene to make a positive impact.”
According to him, the donations will help alleviate hardship from the flood disaster across 48 IDP camps
In his remarks, the State Governor, Douye Diri, lauded the JV for showing concern and empathy to people of Bayelsa beyond their immediate host communities, describing the approach as impactful.
Represented by Jones, the Governor said the approach adopted by the NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture was novel, as they thought outside the box by using the IDP camps as points of contact.
He also commended the firm for carrying the state government along in the exercise, noting that such shows that they were indeed a partner.
“From what I can see, the value of this intervention is huge, and being a wholly indigenous company owned by Nigerians, it is very pleasant,” he said.
On hand to receive the relief items were representatives of over 40 identified internally displaced persons camps.
Reacting to the donation, one of the representatives, Mrs Charity Godwin, recalled the ordeals of the floods and expressed gratitude to the JV for identifying with the people of Bayelsa.
DSP Konyeifa Austin, from Mechanic Road camp Yenagoa recalled that most displaced people were also victims as criminals made away with valuables they left behind.
He said that the materials would ameliorate the sufferings faced by the people as the flood recedes.

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Police Arrest Two Female Students Over Teacher Assault

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The Edo State Police Command has arrested two female students of Adesuwa Secondary School, Benin, for allegedly assaulting a teacher.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Friday in Benin
Nwabuzor said preliminary investigation revealed that the students were the prime suspects of unrest caused by some students at the all-girls school on Thursday.
“The students were dissatisfied with disciplinary measures taken by a female teacher in the school against some students during an English Language class”, he said.
Nwabuzor said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Dankwara, had assured the public, particularly parents and guardians of students at the school, that there was no cause for alarm as normalcy had been restored to the school .
He advised parents and guardians of those students to submit their children/wards who were involved in the agitation.
The police spokesman also said the CP had directed the Divisional Police Officer Aduwawa Division, to transfer the case file to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Benin, on conclusion of preliminary investigation for further Investigation.

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