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ANPP Demands Apology From Sylva, Ebebi

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Bayelsa State branch of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has described the lingering political feud between Governor Sylva and his Deputy, Mr.  Peremobowei Ebebi as an embarrassment to the people of the state.  state Chairman of the party, Chief Livinus Opuakpa, said the two political  heavy weights have dragged politics in the state to the mud and therefore must apologise to the people.

“If you look at the whole episode, you will agree with me that it is embarrassing and an insult to the sensitivity of the people they  are supposed to lead.  Tell me, what kind of example are they  teaching their young political supporters”?

Chief Opuakpa who spoke to journalists in Yenagoa, while reacting to the quarrels the two party leaders declared that “they have droped their manly garments and put on petty and childish political cloths to the shame of their offices and humiliation of the people”. Opuakpa’s outburst followed accusations and counter accusations by the governor and his deputy on the pages of newspapers”, a development that had heightened tension and insecurity in the state as are result of the recent bomb blast in the state capital.

The situation, he said, calls for concern from every well-meaning citizens of Bayelsa, pointing out that if the chief security officer of a state is raising alarm about security of his life, then what will ordinary citizens do, he queried.

He insisted that whatever be the problem, the duo are supposed  to realize that they were holding public positions in trust for the people, hence  an abuse of such position cannot be tolerated. The ANPP leader advised them to reach out to their elders in the state for amicable settlement of all issues, if they cannot on their own reach a compromise. Meanwhile, wealthy Bayelsans, elites and traditional rulers have been accused of sitting on the fence while the state burns.

They have also been accused of chasing contracts and playing sycophantic roles to the powers that be instead of applying wisdoms to call government to order.  The state Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state, Chief Livinus Opuakpa, who stated this when speaking to journalists on the current state affairs in the state, called for the concern of all well meaning people and solutions on the way forward.

He pointed out that moves for purposeful leadership have started emerging prior to 2011 general elections, as the opposition groups are learning fast from the happenings in PDP to strategise.

According  to him, the opposition parties have resolved to work together and mop up mass support as part of the strategy to wrestle power from PDP with the expectations that the electoral reforms will be a reality and the votes of ordinary man counts during the election.

“The strength of the opposition parties in the state is the people who are disenchanted with the prevailing situation in the state, so we are going to reach out to them to let them see reasons for a change come 2011”. “Our major challenge in the opposition camp is that wealthy Bayelsans are not helping matters, they just sit down and keep quiet  even when they are supposed to stand up and resist anti-people policies and programmes.

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Edo 2024: Sen Okpebholo Promises Inclusive Govt

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Sen. Monday Okpebholo, has said he will run an inclusive government when elected in the September 21 governorship election.
He stated this on the sideline of a flag-off of medical mission by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Akamkpa, Cross River State on Monday.
The Senator, representing Edo Central in the 10th Assembly and a member of the Senate Committee on NDDC, also noted that he will adopt bottom-top approach in running the affairs of the state.
According to him, unlike what is currently obtainable in the governance of the state, his administration will be practically driven.
‘‘It will be a governance that the people can relate with, a true people’s government in the real sense”, he said.
The APC candidate, who bemoaned the lack of infrastructural development across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo, promised to re-enact Adams Oshiomhole’s infrastructural revolution.
He said emergency would be declared on roads, schools and health infrastructure in the state.
“We are set for that. We will be taking a holistic approach to correct the decayed roads, schools and health infrastructure that have been left unattended to.
“If the Obaseki-led administration had built upon what the government of Adams Oshiomhole did, Edo would have been competing with a state like Lagos in terms of development.
“Our mission is to, from day one, hit the ground running and make Edo a better place.
‘‘A place we can actually call our own, a place that everybody will be happy to see”, he stated.
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UniCal Demonstration School Wins SAGE 2024 … To Represent Nigeria In Tokyo

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The University of Calabar International Demonstration Secondary School has won the 2024 edition of the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition.
By coming tops at the national competition, the School will represent Nigeria at the global level in Tokyo.
The school presented a solar-powered Chi ECOSOL Freeze Storage System, equiped with off-grid capacity for areas with limited or unreliable traditional electricity.
The system uses high efficiency cooling storage unit to preserve fresh produce and vegetables.
The Tide’s source reports that Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Abuloma, finished second with a project on Bio Fortification of Cassava Flour at the finals held in Calabar.
The source also reports that FGGC Benin came third with their project on Tomato Powder.
It would be recalled that Nigeria has won 12 out of the 17 international SAGE completions held in different parts of the world after its premier edition in 2002 in America.
The theme for this year’s edition of the competition is: “Mobilising Education for Food Security”.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Monday in Calabar, Mr Peter Odey, the Cross River State Deputy Governor, said the theme for the 2024 edition of the competition was apt and well thought-out.
Represented by Hilary Bisong, the member representing Boki Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, Odey, said the theme touched on a major challenge in todays human society.
Noting the need for a multifaceted global campaign against hunger and food scarcity, he said, “nobody who has access to three square meals in a day will start thinking of crimes and violence.
“Our state has very fertile soil, the winning school has proffered solution to the challenge of food storage and preservation.
“For example, in Boki, we always have so much food after harvest, but a lot of the foods get wasted due to poor storage, so this project gives us a solution”.
Also speaking, the President, SAGE Nigeria, Mr Agwu Amogu, said the essence of the initiative was to make young people to become solution providers through entrepreneurship and community service.
Amogu stated further that the initiative had directly and indirectly impacted on no fewer than 200,000 people since 2005 when it took effect in Nigeria.
“Also, no fewer than 8,000 students have passed through the initiative, many of them have graduated, and are now alumni of SAGE.
“Our goal is to move the mindset of young Nigerians from entitlement to being solution and innovation providers.
“This new mindset will not only create jobs for them, it will even make them to become job creators and self-reliant”, he said.
On her part, 15 year old Miss Victory Idiku, the team lead of UniCal International Demonstration Secondary School, expressed her team’s joy after  wining the competition.
“It took us several weeks of research to create that innovative project, it also took a lot of hard work to effectively present it.
“We are happy to represent Nigeria at the global event in Tokyo, we promise to make our nation proud”, she said.
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Eid-el Kabir: NSCDC Mobilises 1,210 Personnel In Edo

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Edo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 1,210 personnel to ensure maximum security during the forthcoming Eid-el Kabir celebrations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Efosa Ogbebor, in a statement on Friday in Benin, said NSCDC would provide maximum security at various Eid praying grounds, palaces, monuments and recreational centres across the state during the festivities.
Ogbebor stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Gbenga Agun, assured residents of security of their lives and property before, during and after the festival.
“I have directed all commanders, heads of tactical units, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to ensure smooth, crime-free and secure celebration before, during and after the Eid-el Kabir festival.
“The personnel deployed have been tasked with critical responsibilities of safeguarding national assets and infrastructure, a core mandate of the corps, protection of lives and property and crowd control, amongst others.
“NSCDC personnel will work in collaboration with other sister-agencies”, he said.
The NSCDC boss appealed to members of the public to give maximum cooperation to the personnel and support them with useful information about criminal elements.
The Commandant felicitated with all Muslims and wished them joyous Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

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