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16 OPM Scholarship Beneficiaries Depart For Turkey

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Sixteen out of 20 successful beneficiaries of the Omega Power Ministries (OPM) international scholarship scheme have finally left the shores of Nigeria for Turkey.
They were seen off at the Port Harcourt International Airport by the General Overseer of the church, Apostle Gift Chinyere Chibuzor and his crew, amid joy and felicitations with the overseas bound students.
Excited and joyful for the privilege and rare opportunity to study overseas on scholarship, courtesy of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), the beneficiaries were full of praises for Apostle Chibuzor for his love and selfless service to humanity.
While committing the great man of God and the members of OPM into God’s hands for divine blessings and favours, the students specifically asked that they too, be endowed with same grace and gift of charity so that they will continue on the same path of philanthropy like the General Overseer.
Addressing the students shortly before they boarded their aircraft at the Airport, Apostle Chibuzor said the scholarship was one of the several efforts of the church to unchain people from the shackles of poverty in the belief that once one person is lifted, the entire family will benefit.
According to Apostle Chibuzor, this is the way God’s money ought to be used, to help His children and win more souls for Him, hence, the scholarship scheme is non-denominational and open to all, irrespective of church, ethnicity and religion.
To qualify for the scholarship, he said, applicants were expected to pass an exam except some few exceptional cases where the Holy Spirit directs that the persons whose situations are very sympathetic be so favoured.
Apostle Chibuzor expressed optimism that the kind gesture would bring about positive change in the lives of the beneficiaries given their choice of courses of study and university, namely: Law, Medicine and Mechanical Engineering at the famous University of Kirlareli in Turkey.
The present batch of overseas students being sponsored by OPM is 20 but four could not get their visas along with their colleagues and have to travel on a later date since their schools fees and flight tickets had all been paid in advance.
The lucky beneficiaries of the scholarship are Charles Onyeka, Chigozie Victorious, Precious Chijoke, Harold David, Prince Festus and Kelvin Isaiah. Others include Emmanuel John, Grace Obienu Ukamaka, Emmanuel Olisa, Sunday Victory, Chukuma Woko, Enemuo Chibuzor, Nweaze Marvellous Uchechi, Hums Alfa Akachi, Ekeke Goodluck Onyekewa and Janet Ogbo.
Recall that OPM in recent times has been sponsoring overseas students on scholarship to places like Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Cyprus, among other countries but the 2018/2019 batch is the largest so far.

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Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

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Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

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Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

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A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

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