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SEEFOR Phase II: Director Assures More Micro Projects For Rivers

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The State Employment And Expenditure For Results (SEEFOR) Phase II project will cover the entire state in the execution of micro projects.
The project Director, Community Driven Development Social (CDDS) Project Implementation Unit (PIU) Ministry of Chieftaincy/Community Affairs, Rivers SEEFOR, Sir ThankGod Amaewhule said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after a thanksgiving service at the St. Barnabas Church Igwuruta
Amaewhule said the SEEFOR Phase II programme would consolidate on the achievements already made adding that more communities will be covered in the execution of micro projects while the lives of millions of Rivers people will be touched.
The project director who commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his supports to SEEFOR, also called for upgrading of the Community Driven Development Social (CDDS) to Community Social Development Agency (CSDA) to enable it tackle the challenges of rural development in the state.
He said the thanksgiving service was to thank God for His goodness to staff of the unit throughout last year as well as commit the activities of the unit to God this year.
Also speaking, the Head of Operations, CDDS Piu, Samuel Lorwell said staff of the unit would ever remain grateful to God for his protection and guidance in seeing them through last year despite security challenges in the state.
Lorwell also called for the unit to be upgraded to a full fledged development agency just as it is done in other states in the country.
Also speaking, the Head, Monitoring and Evaluation CDDS-Piu, Promise Fubara urged for the creation of a conducive environment for development to thrive in rural communities of the state.

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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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