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Akpabio Tasks Judges On Quick Dispensation Of Justice

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Governor Godswill
Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has called on judges in the state to eliminate delay in the dispensation of justice through effective cooperation with security agencies.
Akpabio made the call at a meeting with key officers of the state’s judiciary, House of Assembly Committee on Justice and Public Petitions in Uyo
Also at the meeting were officials of the police office in-charge of legal and state Anti-Robbery Squad.
He said that an effective relationship between the judiciary and security agencies would enhance the prosecution of cases and check the suffering of innocent persons awaiting trial.
The governor maintained that his administration would address the inadequacies militating against quick dispensation of justice.
“The judiciary is the last hope of the common man and our judges need to live up to expectation.
“I understand that there are lots of challenges in the administration of civil and criminal litigations but we have to put in more efforts to ensure that there is quick dispensation of justice,” he added.
The governor noted that consistent interactive session between judges and key officials of security agencies would help in improving the situation.
The state’s Chief Judge, Justice Idongesit Ntem-Isua, said that an interactive session would enhance the relationship between the judiciary, executive and security agencies in the state.
Ntem-Isua thanked the governor for calling the meeting, adding that the judiciary would continue to partner with the state government in its transformation agenda.
The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Ekpenyong Ntekim, noted that the meeting was to address issues that militated against smooth administration of justice in the state.
“Basically, we have looked at a number of areas, ranging from congestion of the court, inadequate court facilities and general funding of the judiciary.
“Hopefully, when these are brought to bear, we are going to have smooth operations in the justice system,” Ntekim said.

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Diri Suspends Twin Kingdom Youth Election 

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the immediate suspension of the election of a new executive of the twin clans of Epie-Atissa, popularly referred to as the Oguan Youth Congress (OYC).
The Tide learnt that the Governor’s directive was sequel to the factional crisis that has engulfed the kingdom’s youth body, resulting in tension in the state capital, Yenagoa.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, noted that the Oguan Kingdom comprises 29 Epie and Atissa communities in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The statement added that the suspension was indefinite, pending the resolution of the impasse by the State Government.
Alabrah also said the Governor has directed the police and other security agencies to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as a result of the feud.
Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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US Consulate Trains 25 Girls On STEM In Edo

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The U.S. Consulate says it is training 25 girls in underserved secondary schools in Edo State on STEM initiative (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics).
The Tide’s source reports that the training is called the GirlLEAD STEM Talent Accelerator Programme, and was inaugurated recently.
Addressing the female students at the Benin City Window on America, in Benin, the Consul-General, US Consulate in Lagos, Will Steven, said  the programme was aimed at bridging the gender divide in STEM.
Stevens said:  “We want to see more of female founders in the tech space as well as doing well in STEM.
“Technology is one of the drivers of the Nigerian economy, and it holds a lot of opportunities for job creation.
“The job opportunities are there but not to be filled only by boys”.
According to him, the STEM programme prepares secondary school girls for possible scholarships in universities in the U.S. or for the students to continue in Nigeria universities or other universities in the world.
He also talked about the AI (Artificial Intelligence) conference to be organised in Lagos by the United States in collaboration with the Nigerian government.
He said the conference would encourage both countries to work together to talk about the framework as well as the safe environment for AI.
“We want to bring in AI training to the 27 American spaces across Nigeria”, he added.
Earlier, Dr. Georgina Erifeta, Director, Benin City Window on America, said the U.S. space had contributed to making the tech ecosystem in Edo to emerge as a major player in Nigeria’s tech landscape.
“By equipping young people with digital skills, we empower them to innovate, solve problems, and drive economic growth, fostering a brighter future for our community and beyond”, he said.
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Impeachment: Security Operatives Take-over C’River Assembly Complex

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Security personnel have taken over the Cross River State House of Assembly complex, following the impeachment of the Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, recently.
The Tide’s source  reports that the Speaker’s removal almost resulted in a clash between his supporters and other members of house.
The State Commissioner of Police, Gyogon Grimah, was sighted in the midst of other security personnel around the Assembly Complex.
Analysts say the presence of the security personnel is to forestall breakdown of law and order around the complex.
It would be recalled that the Speaker was impeached on Wednesday on grounds of  gross misconduct, high-handedness and misappropriation of funds.
Anyambem’s impeachment was carried out at a sitting of the Assembly in which he was presiding.
The impeachment notice was singed by 17 out of the 25 members of the Assembly.
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