The Vice Chancellor of
Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, top government functionaries, lecturers and other people of goodwill have applauded the recent promotion to the rank of professor of the former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), NDU chapter, Prof. Beke Tuboukiye Sese by the university.
It would be recalled that the university recently appointed Prof. Sese as a Profesor of Animal Science and Environmental Toxicology, a feat that makes him the first professor in the entire Ekpetiama Clan of Bayelsa State.
Commenting on his promotion at a well-attended thanksgiving reception organised in his honour at Tamara Hall, Yenagoa last Saturday, Prof. Sese said while he was pursuing his academic career to become a professor, it never occurred to him that he was going to become the first professor in the entire Ekpetiama Clan, an achievement, he said, had humbled him, as he never knew that he had become part of the history of the area.
He further indicated that for the people of the area to deem it necessary to be part of his celebration, Ekpetiama Kingdom would henceforth produce many professors, stressing that his achievements in life were inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Bible, particularly, where He stressed the need for the Jews to always go the extra mile.
Prof. Sese explained further that that portion of the Bible had always inspired him, as he took a decision early in life to adopt it as his philosophy, stressing that going the extra mile was the bedrock of success. He said his success story was intended to inspire and motivate others, especially young people to aspire to positions of their dreams.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of NDU, Prof. Humphrey Ogoni lauded Prof Sese for his achievements, saying, it was never an easy task for a union leader to combine both union activities and academic works, to attain the height of a professor.
He noted that the promotion of the former ASUU chairman to the rank of Professor was achieved by sheer dint of hardwork and commitment, adding that while he was engrossed in union activities, little did people know that he was also committed to his academics.
“For you to be a union leader and at the same time attain that level of academic height is unimaginable. And for the university to recognise you and pull you up to that level is an achievement”, he said.
On his part, the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru said becoming a professor was never an easy task, and commended Prof. Sese for attaining that academic height, stressing that it was a clarion call for him to render more service to his community, the state and the country.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa State, Barrister Dein Benadoumene paid glowing tribute to the new professor for his achievements, saying, he was the type of people the state government was looking for.
A former lecturer of Prof. Sese at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Prof. Boma Oruwari lauded the former ASUU boss for his elevation, stressing that it was an indication that the favour of God was upon him, and thanked him for always heeding his professional advice.
On his part, a retired Principal who taught the new professor in secondary school, Rev. N.J.P. Akanga recalled the childhood days of Prof. Sese, stressing that the level of brilliance he exhibited then was far beyond his age.
The Presiding Bishop of Kingdom Life Gospel Church, Port Harcourt , Bishop Victor Uzosike while dedicating the new Professor said God, the author of knowledge, had given Prof. Sese the grace to attain his present academic height.
He further said the hands of God were upon him, stressing that the message of the extra mile was important in all affairs of life.
NCDMB Partners Varsities, Others On Research, Development
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB has said it is willing to partner with more universities and other research institutions towards the development of the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.
This, the board stated yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at a workshop it organised for media stakeholders.
The Tide which monitored the exercise reports that the NCDMB Director for Research, Planning and Statistics, Patrick Daziba Obah stated this during his paper presentation tagged: ‘R&D As Pathway for Deepening Nigerian Content Implementation.”
The 2021 NCDMB capacity building workshop for media stakeholders had as its theme, ‘Sustaining Nigerian Content Amidst Shifting Energy Landscape: The Role Of The Media”.
Obah noted that no oil producing country could maximise its energy potentials without research and planning, saying that following the importance the board attaches to the development of the oil and gas sector, the board has set aside USD50,000,000 for research and development in the industry.
He expressed worry that though the research fund was depleting due to the figures already deployed for Research in various institutions, the NCDMB was confident that the harvest obtainable from the deployment of the funds was enormous.
“The NCDMB has set up research centres through partnership with various universities in Nigeria in partnership with some of the IOCs. We’ve partnered with the federal universities of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Akure and Minna. We’ve other centres of excellence in the University of Port Harcourt, the Niger Delta University and we hope to add more to our list of partnership”.
“But we needed more partnership with other organisations in terms of increasing the depleting research funds”, he said.
Earlier in an opening remark, the General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination of the NCDMB, Dr Ginah Ginah scored the board high on its achievements, saying that the rationale behind the setting up of the content board is being achieved gradually.
He noted that the various oil and gas infrastructure under execution in different parts of the country, some inaugurated and others at various phases of completion were a direct result of the board’s willingness to change the narrative of the oil and gas sector for the better, commending the media for its roles and partnership with the board towards the development of the oil and gas industry.
Highpoints of the programme were presentations by two academics of the University of Port Harcourt, Professors Aniefiok Udoudo of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies and Chijioke Nwaozuzu of the university’s Emerald Energy Institute, which were tagged, ‘Retooling Competencies for the Changing Media Landscape’ and Dissecting the Petroleum Industry Act(PIA), respectively.
Meanwhile, in a recap of the presentations at the event, the Manager, Corporate Communications of the NCDMB, Barr. Naboth Onyesoh commended the lead presenters and other participants for making the event meaningful.
He added that the importance of the media to ensuring a stronger and virile content board cannot be over emphasized, noting that the board was headed towards better partnership with the media and other stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
NDBDA Boss Recommits To Develop Region
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA), Engr. Mark Daso Derefaka, has reiterated that every state within the region would benefit from his administration.
Derefaka stated that under his leadership, he would ensure things are done rightly.
He stated this shortly after he was conferred with an Award Of Good Administration and Governance, by Coalition and Supporters of Democracy and Good Governance, in his office in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the special recognition for his good works, will spur him to do better and ensure that the region feels the expected development.
“We must work for everybody to feel the presence of the Authority. I also want everybody to participate in the building process of the region we all belong to.
“We are determined to change the narrative of the Authority, because other people cannot do it for us.
“I can tell you that with the little resources in our disposal we have achieved much within the short period I resumed office.
“This honour is not for me alone, it is for the entire management and staffers of this Authority, because together we achieve all these success” Engr. Derefaka said.
He thanked the organization for the recognition and advised them to continue in their good works..
Earlier, the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Bob Achor, said the group had responsibility to identify individuals or groups who have contributed towards the development of the region, and consequently, recognize them.
According to him, since Engr Derefaka assumed office, the region has witnessed tremendous deveploment, urging him to keep the flag flying
He used the forum to call on other Niger Delta leaders to emulate him for the interest and development of the region.
Monarch Lauds FG Over Rural Dev Project In Community
The traditional ruler of Obonoma Community in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the State, Chief Enenibo-ofori Dateme-Obonogina, Obonogina IX has lauded the Federal Government for including the community in its rural development scheme.
He said this during the commissioning of a one kilometer asphalt farm road constructed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Obonoma Community.
Dateme-Obonogina a former Commissioner for Information in the State, said Obonoma community would continue to appreciate the gesture, adding that the project would boost the economy of the community.
“The Onuayan-Ekein” who was represented by Chief Minabo Hamilton particularly said the project would help farmers and fishermen in the community to move their produce to the market.
He said the road needed extension to include some communities in the Kingdom.
The monarch, who pledged to ensure proper maintenance of the road project, also urged the Ministry to consider the area for a solar power project.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Community Development Committee, Obonoma, Mr. Faith Lawson Jack said the community appreciated the effort of the Ministry in the award and completion of the road project.
He said Obonoma with a large landmass was yearning for more development projects, assuring that any project constructed in the community will be properly maintained.
Also speaking, Mrs. Gloria Gaze said the women would benefit more from the road as they are more into farming activities. She said the road has increased the number of cassava farms in the community thereby boosting garri production in the area.
Earlier, the State Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Tobin Ebi said the project was part of federal 0government effort to improve the conditions of rural dwellers in the country.
By: John Bibor
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