President Goodluck Jonathan said the Federal Government recently approved the establishment of a nuclear energy centre for the University of Port Harcourt to principally advance the frontiers of knowledge in atomic energy, space and all the elements that can act as conveyor-belts for technological advancement of the country.
President Jonathan, an alumnus of UNIPORT stated this at the 26th Convocation ceremony of the institution.
The president, who stressed the need for job creation in the country, reiterated that one way to achieve that was to grow the economy by increasing the nation’s investment in education, especially training and research.
He used the forum to emphasise his earlier promise to ensure credible elections in the country with the help of all Nigerians, especially the youths, and promised to set up a “facebook account that will focus primary on the exchange of ideas”.
“As we approach the end of this administration, our first task will be to register to vote as soon as the voters register in every ward in our country is open. Our second task is to vote when the time comes.
“The connection between voting and the conditions for sustainable development is strong. Once we can successfully prevent a few people from determining the outcome of elections, all leaders immediately come into the service of general good.
“There will neither be accountability nor development when political leaders owe their privilege of power to the narrow interest of a few”, he stated.
The president who titled his speech, “Nigeria Youths: A call to possibilities”, said he was encouraged by the brilliance, patriotism and passion for excellence demonstrated by the Nigerian youths and assured that he would rely on the ideas, energy and cooperation of all and sundry.
He did not, however, fail to pay glowing tributes to departed Nigerian students, the university’s administrators and academics, even as he advised products of the institution to worthy ambassadors.
Earlier in his address, the out-going Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Don Baridam listed the achievements of his administration and lauded the federal government’s amnesty programme, pointing out that exposing the repentant militants to different skills locally or internationally would be “an enduring counterpoint to armed struggle”.
Honorary Doctorate degrees were awarded to the Chancellor of the university, HRM De Wheno Aholu Menu Toyi 1, the Oba Akran of Badagry, the second VC of the university, Prof. Sylvanus Cookey, World Bank Managing Director and former Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonji-Iweala. Other awardees were erstwhile Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais and renowned Professor of Medicine, Aniezionuw Okoro.
Fresh Crisis To Brew In Ubima Community
Crisis is about to erupt in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, following the continued under development and alleged mismanagement of funds in the area.
The Tide gathered that some youths of the community have demanded that the leadership of the community be dissolved as a result of poor performance and lack of leadership focus.
The President of Patriotic Youth of Ubima, Wisdom Chimankpa Igwe alleged that the Community Development Committee (CDC) leadership was accused of being responsible for the underdevelopment of the community.
Igwe disclosed that the youth body has written to the CDC through her lawyer, Ndubuishi Okeah Esq of SALOD Chambers, demanding to know the details of Memorandum of Understanding signed with the various companies operating in the area and the level of implementations, but unfortunately they decided to use security agencies to shut them up.
He warned that the youth would resist any intimidation and may resort to violence if their demands were not met.
According to him,” It is unfortunate that since September, 2021 when that letter was written, they are yet to either reply or give details of implementation of the MoU. We are not happy but must work towards dialogue and seek peace”.
He alleged that majority of the leaders are jobless and have no legitimate means of livelihood, alleging that funds from multi-national companies are mismanaged.
“The leaders of Ubima Community have no legitimate job, this is the sole reason that all the huge revenue from all the multi-national companies ranging from Nigeria Agip Oil Company, SIAT, All Grace and Western Ord are mismanaged”, he alleged.
He also alleged that the leadership also converts every revenue meant for the community and youth development to personal use, thereby under developing the community.
He said the youths have decided to take over the mantle of leadership of the community and alleged that those in power have failed the people.
“The youths wants to remain in power, without a constitution and without tenure. We are tired of handpicked leaders, our employment quotas are sold out to strangers by these jobless and visionless leaders. The little things we enjoy today are what the Rivers State government gave to us,” he said.
He accused the community leadership of using security agencies to intimidate the youths, adding that they are out and stood for justice.
By: Ike Wigodo
Ministry Set To Issue BECE Certificates To Candidates
The Rivers State Ministry of Education says plans are underway to issue certificates to candidates who sat for the July 2021, Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, Faustina Eugene-Nwanekwu, last Wednesday, quoted the commissioner as saying that it would be the first time BECE certificate will be issued shortly after publication of results”.
Ebeku, according to the statement, noted that the development is fundamental and in line with the current National Policy on Education.
The commissioner, in the statement, assured that the date of the planned launch of the certificate will be made public as soon as arrangements were concluded.
She said that the commissioner urged the students, principals, parents and the general public to watch out in order for them to know when these certificates will be available at the public domain.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
Polo Club Partners Military Ahead Of Golden Jubilee
The President of the Port Harcourt Polo Club, Dr Chukwudi Dimkpa, Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Gambo Mohammed.
Dr Dimkpa said the visit was to intimate the Nigerian Army on activities lined-up to celebrate the 2022 Golden Jubilee Tournament of Port Harcourt Polo Club.
Dimkpa, while addressing the GOC also said the 50th anniversary tournament scheduled to commence in January 2022, was expected to attract dignitaries, corporate bodies and visitors from across the country and beyond, thus the issue of security will be paramount.
Engr Dimkpa stressed that the purpose of the visit was to seek partnership and working collaboration with the Nigerian Army, especially in area of providing security coverage for the tournament and guests.
He thanked the GOC and the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army for their efforts in combating crime and criminality in the state, and the privilege of the visit, used the opportunity to extend an official invitation of the club’s Golden Jubilee tournament to the Nigerian Army.
Receiving the club in Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding Six Division of the Nigerian Army, represented by the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen M. D. Danja, assured of intimating the GOC on the invitation.
He also promised adequate security co-operation in order to have a hitch-free tournament.
“The 50th anniversary tournament of the Port Harcourt Polo Club scheduled to commence January, 6th to 15th, 2022, is open for sponsorship and participation by individuals and corporate entities, and will provide avenue to showcase their products and services”, the president said.
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