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Don Seeks Establishment Of Soil Science Institute

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The National President of
Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Prof. Victor Chude,  has called for the establishment of an institute of soil science in the country.
Chude, a professor of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, made the call during interview with newsmen in Uyo.
Chude said when established, the institute would serve as a professional body for soil scientists, agronomists, geologists, environmentalists, geographers and ecologists.
He said the institute would also attract young ones into the profession, adding that the number of school leavers aspiring to study soil science in Nigerian universities was low.
“When established, the institute will prescribe and regulate the standards of academic qualifications and practical skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members.
“It will advise and encourage the enactment and enforcement of laws that will guarantee efficient production and consistent supply of high quality food to Nigerians.
“It will ensure that soil science practitioners in Nigeria uphold the ethics of the profession and guarantee the sustainability of high soil”, he said.
The national president added that the institute would be empowered to accredit laboratories and soil science courses in all the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Chude, however, said that despite the non-absence of the institute, the society had contributed immensely to the soil policy formulation of the government.
He said some soil scientists were members of the committee and sub-committees when the nation’s agricultural policy was formulated.
“At the end of our annual conferences, we always come up with recommendations to advise government on best ways to address issues related to soil management and fertility in the country”, he said.
He said the vibrancy and future of soil science largely depended on the ability to deliver a new generation of well-trained soil scientists.
He added that the education of students on soil should start from the primary to secondary schools before the higher institutions.

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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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