The Deputy Regimental Commander of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Lt. Joe Ogundepo has described the allegations of misappropriation of funds against the administration of the Rector of the Academy, Mr. Nseyen Ebong as baseless.
The allegation was made by Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER), Centre for Media Advocacy and Research Network (CTMARN) and The Green Peoples Environmental Network all based in Akwa Ibom State.
The Deputy Regimental Commander who made the remarks in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his Oron Office recently said the academy is a regimental institution with high level of discipline and wondered why people should continue to spread wrong information instead of engaging themselves in meaningful activities that would benefit the society.
According to him, “since he assumed duty in the academy, he had not heard any report of sexual abuse from any of the cadets or any case of death,” adding that it is a taboo for a cadet to visit the staff quarters.
He further explained that the management of the academy always conducted a head count at 10.0pm on daily basis.
“Going out without a pass attracts punishment. You may be sent packing from the institution by a panel in place,” he asserted.
The deputy commandant then challenged the groups to provide record of the students claimed to have died last year and queried whether they were killed by earth- quake.
In a separate interview, the Rector of the Academy, Mr. Nseyen Ebong, said he was not bothered about the petitions written against him to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) and the presidency because his track records would speak for him.Ebong, dismissed media reports by some human rights groups against him, concerning sexual abuse of students, gross abuse of office, corruption, maladministration, alleged death of 43 students in one year, and expenditure of N120 million on simulator building as unfounded, adding that the allegations cannot be substantiated.
He noted that his administration was focused to ensure infrastructural development in the Academy.
On his achievement in office, Ebong said the simulator building awaiting commissioning by the Minister of Transport cost about N80 million.
Other developmental projects included the completion of phase II of the library computerisation of all units and departments, procurement and installation of N150m worth of laboratory equipment for High National Diploma, (HND) and Maritime Engineering Programmes, the supply and installation of simulators of various kind for easy learning.
As the world is now a global village, the academy has initiated and completed the installation of a comprehensive V-SAT facility which supports internal connectivity, local area network, voice and fax communication interactive computer transactions, video conferencing data base enquiries electronic found transfer, operations and monitoring etc, he said.
Ibom Developers Prioritise Health Through Medical Outreach Programmes In A’Ibom
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 .
Edo Labour Party Aspirant Writes INEC Over Party Congress
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.”
Gunmen Shoot Dead Councillor In Delta As Police Launch Manhunt
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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