Commandant Denies Allegations Of Wrongdoings
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.
‘Diri Met Criteria For Guber Polls’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Screening Committee for Bayelsa State has screened and cleared Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.
The Tide learnt that the screening exercise took place at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Report states that Diri, who is the incumbent Governor of the oil-rich state, is the lone aspirant from the party that picked the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms for the November polls.
Chairman of the screening committee and Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the panel screened Governor Diri in line with guidelines of the party and as stipulated in the Electoral Law.
Shaibu said the Bayelsa helmsman met all the requirements of the party for the election.
“We have checked the documents of Governor Douye Diri and have also interviewed him. Having satisfied our question-and-answer process, we discovered that he is not only worthy to contest the election but also have no encumbrances as far as his documents are concerned.
“Regardless of the fact that he is the incumbent Governor, and having been a Senator of the Federal Republic, we still went through his documents page by page to ensure that there is nothing that is contrary to the Electoral Law.
“Having met all the conditions and in line with the process, you have been cleared by the committee. We wish you well in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.
“We know you have performed well as governor and by the grace of God, you will continue with the good work you have started after the election to make Bayelsa the state that Bayelsans dream to have”, the Committee said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Small Claims Court Commences Sitting In Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Judiciary under the leadership of Hon. Justice M. A. Ayemieye, the Ag. Chief Judge, has established the Small Claims Court in the state.
The Tide reports that the Small Claims Court has since commenced sitting from the 20th of March, at the State Multi-door Court House, High Court Complex, Ovom, and at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex, Onopa, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Tide further gathered that the court is saddled with the responsibility of claim for money in any debt recovery action with value not exceeding N5,000,000.00, and can be filed at the Small Claims Court Registry located at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex.
A statement issued by Mr. Julius Lambert Nyananyo, Head, Media and Information Department of the state Judiciary for and onbehalf of the Chief Registrar, Bayelsa State Judiciary (High Court) said the Small Claims Court is an innovation in the Nigeria legal system, with a view to helping small business operators recover debt owed for goods supplied.
The statement reads in part: “The small claims court will assist business men and it does not have to go through litigation system that may take longer time to reach a final decision.
“The State Judiciary had earlier inaugurated the Management Committee on the 4th of January, 2023 for effective take off of the Small Claims Court”.
The Head, Media and Information of the State Judiciary also noted in his statement that the Small Claims Court is very affordable and easy to use, hence one does not need to have a lawyer to represent him or file his matter.
“An individual, partnership, association or corporation can use a small claims court as cases are speedily dispensed. However, claimants and defendants must reside and do business in Bayelsa State”, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyananyo aslo called on the attention of legal practitioners and interested members of the public to the fact that handbooks and practice directions were also available at the state judiciary and online at the judiciary website: bayelsastatejudiciary.gov.ng.
The statement urged the public to take advantage of the Small Claims Court.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Ex-Uniuyo VC’s Wife Emerges First Female CIPM Chairman In A’Ibom
Wife of a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo, Dr Rosalyn Essien, has been elected as the first female Chairman of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in Akwa Ibom State.
The Tide’s source reports that Essien was elected unopposed at the institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), with the theme: “The Human Resources Methods of The Master,” in Uyo.
Essien, who holds B.A (Hons.) in English Language degree from University of Uyo, and Master and Doctoral degrees, is a seasoned bureaucrat with interest in human resources management.
Aside going through various cadres within the Akwa Ibom civil service, she had also attended courses in conflict management in some countries, including South Africa, Britain and United States of America.
In her acceptance speech, Essien said her position as CIPM Vice-Chairman in the last two years had given her the opportunity of fully understanding the dynamics and workings of the institute.
According to her, her emergence as Chairman is a call to duty.
“Leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility. I want to assure you that during my tenure, I intend to build on the achievements of my predecessor”, she said.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the institute, Mr Anthony Isonguyo, highlighted his achievements to include: training of members, advocacy through courtesy calls/visits to some notable firms in the state.
He said the immediate past executives, under his leadership, had also reached out to some organisations for training of their workforce, while they had successfully completed training for other firms.
In his goodwill message, CIPM National President, Mr Mojid Olusegun, said the institute would remain a strong voice in the bargaining for a new minimum wage from the Federal Government.
Olusegun, who was represented by the South-South Zonal Vice-President, Mr Samuel Omeregun, said that the institute would continue to deliver effective human resources services as its core mandate.
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