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.
London Museum Returns Looted Benin Bronzes To Nigeria
A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria. The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artifacts to the Nigerian government.
The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). There are still questions about whether thousands of items which were held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.
However, the first six objects which were being returned includes two Benin Bronze plaques from the royal palace which were handed over to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items. The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.
Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and prof. Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director general, were asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it had held for more than a century. Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated that, “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.”
“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.” The six objects selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items form the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.
A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in Britain on loan for now, with a second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course. Professor Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes were currently “scattered” around the world. He said that he is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the U.S.
Underage Street Traders Increase Bothers Agency
The Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency has expressed worries at the increasing number of underage street traders.
The agency consequently blamed parents of such traders for their failure to ensure proper care of their children and wards.
Its Director-General, Mrs Joan Onyemaechi, told newsmen in Asaba that underage children were becoming common sight on streets in the state capital, whereas such children were supposed to be in school.
According to her, the proliferation of street trading has become worrisome and steps will be taken to ensure that children are taken off the streets.
“More than 8,000 under-age children are on the streets, especially at Koka and Ibusa junctions of Asaba, selling pure water and other items when they are supposed to be in school,’’ she noted.
Earlier, some of the hawkers, who spoke with newsmen, said they ventured into selling pure water to earn a living as there were no persons to cater to their well-being.
Ndiomu Lauds PAP’s First Class Graduates, Others As Admiralty Varsity Holds Maiden Convocation
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd) has applauded PAP’s First-Class graduates at the Admiralty University of Nigeria, Ebusa, Delta State.
The ceremony, which was the school’s maiden convocation, held on the campus, at Asaba, the Delta State capital, saw a female beneficiary of the PAP scholarship, Ms Ebike-Emiyen Doma Perewolatei, emerging as the best graduating student in the Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Science for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Tide learnt that Ms Perewolatei, who bagged four other awards, including cash gifts, clinched a coveted First-Class degree in History and International Studies with a CGPA of 4.86.
While Alagha Tarinpre Angela, another PAP scholarship beneficiary, who also bagged a First Class degree, was presented with an award and cash gift as the student who exhibited the best leadership qualities.
Another PAP Scholarship beneficiary graduate, Mr Famous Tumodi, who also bagged first-class honours, was awarded the best graduating student in International Relations and Tourism Studies.
In the same vein, another beneficiary of the PAP Scholarship, James Ayefemawei Thomas, emerged as the best graduating student with a first-class degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Economics on a CGPA of 4.72.
Other PAP Scholarship beneficiaries among the ten that bagged First Class are: Olotu Jerry, Peters Isobeye Princess, Bernard Moses Ebiwei, Azibanataram Reuben, Moses Diepreye Immaculate, and Iko Tokoni.
The Tide also learnt that aside the 10 students, 61 other beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme also awarded Second Class Upper Division at the ceremony in which a total of 118 beneficiaries of the programme graduated.
Speaking on behalf of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), Head of the Reintegration Department, PAP, Wilfred Musa, said the Presidential Amnesty Programme was proud to have sponsored very brilliant minds who have been found worthy in character and learning.
He charged the recently graduated beneficiaries to continue to be good Ambassadors of the university, themselves, the PAP, and the Niger Delta at large, assuring that a good future awaits them if they choose to continue in the excellence they have exhibited in their academics.
He further expressed excitement about the award presented to Ms Alagha Tarinpre Angela, commending her for being an excellent example of a leader, saying it was worthy of emulation by Niger Deltans.
“The PAP is committed to excellence and these students have shown that there is a great future for the Niger Delta region.
“The Interim Admnistrator has revealed that the PAP will not renege on its existing commitment to the students under its scholarship programme.
“General Ndiomu has advised students undergoing studies in other universities to emulate the exemplary academic excellence of these fresh graduates”, he said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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