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‘Frequent Change Of Security Agencies’ Heads, Increases Insecurity’

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A Port Harcourt-based non-
governmental organisation, Accord for Development, has expressed regret over the intermittent change of heads of security agencies at the state and local government levels, complaining that the frequent changes were posing serious hitches to efforts to win the war against cult-related violence and killings, and other forms of criminality in the state.
The NGO made the complaint in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, at a capacity building workshop for 30 members of Community Peace Partnerships (CPPs), from Abua/Odual, Gokana, and Port Harcourt City local government areas, on how to identify conflict sensitive issues, and intervention measures to mitigate the rising violence and targeted killings in some parts of the state.
Speaking at the event, state Coordinator, Accord for Development, Anicetus Atakpu, said the essence of the training was to build the capacity of as many Rivers people as possible to help the state government identify conflict-sensitive areas and swiftly intervene to mitigate any anticipated violence and dislocation of the social order while at the same time promoting peaceful co-existence, social integration and economic rejuvenation.
The coordinator solicited the support of the state and local governments to ensure sustainability of policies and programmes that enhance peace, social cohesion and economic empowerment in the communities, as well as the continuity and ownership of already established structures aimed at promoting peace-building.
According to him, the festering violence and cult-related killings in some parts of the state greatly undermine the Governor Nyesom Wike administration’s vision to leave an unparallel developmental footprint in the communities, adding that only a strategic collaboration towards nipping violence and preventable conflicts in the bud can enable government achieve desired goals of good governance and economic prosperity for all.
Also speaking, Deputy Regional Coordinator for Niger Delta, Wynyfred Achu, said the multi-stakeholder groups’ training to manage conflicts and reinforce peace building at the community and local government levels was one of the intervention measures designed to fill the gap in the state’s quest to stem the tide of violence and encourage peace and sustainable development in line with both Governor Nyesom Wike’s vision and NSRP’s national mandate.
Achu harped on the need for members of CPPs in the various LGAs to do more by helping governments at state and LG levels as well as security agencies combat the destabilising forces of violence and conflicts which have negatively affected the pace of development in the state.
Earlier, Programme Manager, NSRP, Dr Ukoha Ukiwo, urged participants to ensure the promotion of sustainable economic development and good governance through actions that support institutional strengthening, empowerment, partnership, participation and advocacy for the common good, and avoid those things that encourage alienation and exclusion of all citizens in community life.
The 30 persons, who were selected from Abua/Odual, Gokana and Port Harcourt City LGAs in the three senatorial districts, completed their three-day capacity building training, with a pledge to work with critical stakeholders, especially government and security agencies to unleash skills gained to curb conflicts and violence, and entrench sustainable peace in the state.
The training series with the theme: “Strengthening Capacity Of Stakeholders Towards Peace Building And Conflict Management,” which began in March 2014 and is expected to run through December 2017, was organised by the United Kingdom Government-funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and a Port Harcourt-based non-governmental organisation, Accord for Development, in partnership with the Rivers State Government and the impacted LGAs in the state.

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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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