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High Expectations, As Bayelsa Commissioners Speak On Service Delivery

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Newly inaugurated Commissioners in Bayelsa State have pledged their commitment towards working for the development of the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, yesterday, Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief David Alagoa, his counterparts from the Ministry of Power and Water Resources, Hon. Ebitei Tonyo, Justice and Attorney-General, Birigha Dambo, and Environment, Iselemo Gbaranbiri restated their readiness to bring their experiences and expertise to bear in the development of the state.
The Tide sources revealed that the new commissioners had previous experiences in the political terrain, administration as well as the multinational firms.
The commissioners who spoke to newsmen at separate interviews reiterated their intentions to function effectively in their respective Ministries, saying they would not rest on their oars until the prosperity Government of Governor Douye Diri succeeds in all ramifications.
“I’ll be effective and utilize the experience I’ve had over the years in the multinational industry and other sectors for the good of the state as an Exco member”, the Agriculture commissioner said.
The Agriculture commissioner, who was one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the PDP in the 2019 party primaries harped that as a commissioner in the Diri’s administration the opportunity provided by the Governor through his appointment of capable Bayelsans would not be betrayed just as he said it was an opportunity to continue in the service of the state.
“As a commissioner in the prosperity Government, the desire of any commissioner is to contribute towards the betterment of the state. And that is what I intend to replicate in the Ministry of Agriculture”, he added.
The Tide learnt that the Attorney-General and commissioner for Justice, Dambo, was a Senatorial aspirant for Bayelsa East Senatorial District on the platform of the PDP in the 2019 party primaries.
The Senior Advocate has consequently upon his appointment talked tough on ensuring that there is Justice for every Bayelsan, harping that he would leverage on his rank and pedigree for the good of the state as the chief law officer.
“I came all the way from Lagos as a Bayelsan to make sure that I defend this government and make my best inputs to ensure that Justice is delivered to every Bayelsan”, Dambo said.
“As the chief law officer, I’ll ensure that I advise the Government on the best legal reforms to make when necessary”, he added.
Meanwhile, former Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Council Area of the state and now Commissioner for Environment, Iselema Gbaranbiri has taken a swipe on IOCs, individuals as well as others whom he alleged their activities have had negative effects on the environment.
Gbaranbiri frowned at the pace of devastation facing the Bayelsa Environment, promising that because he is conversant with these menace, the Ministry under him through the support of the prosperity government and goodwill of Bayelsans would checkmate these excesses.

 

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Shun Cultism, Naval College Urges Graduating Students

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The Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Commander Felicity Uchime, has charged graduating students of the school to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other vices.
Uchime, who gave the charge last Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 195 students of the 2021/2022 set, urged the students to see their graduation from the school as a ladder to climb to higher grounds.
She said the graduation signified the hard work, determination and resilience of the students.
“As you graduate today, I want to advise you all to stay away from cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
“The Nigerian Navy School has imbibed sound character and discipline in all of you, hence we expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this great school, “ she said.
She said the school was poised for academic excellence and quality education, adding that the school has imbibed sound character and discipline in the students.
“Your parents have dedicated financial resources to see you through school; you must not disappoint their trust in you,” she said.
I want to wish all of you the best in your future endeavours,” she said.
Speaking, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, congratulated the students for the successful completion of their secondary school education.
Dewu, who was represented by Capt. Dauda Isa, said that their graduation reflected the training and quality of education the students had received in the last six years.
“With the quality of teaching we have in this school, I have no doubt that you all have the requisite credentials to excel in your future endeavours.
“We are going to do our best to upgrade the facilities in this school with a view to meeting the expectations ofstudents and parents,” he said.
The Tide’s source reports that Master Divine Akpan was awarded the best performing student of the school in the just released released by the West African Examinations Council.
The school also presented other certificates and awards to deserving graduating students.

 

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First Female Immigration Boss In A’Ibom Assumes Duty

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Mrs Francisca Dakat has assumed duty as the 21st Comptroller, Immigration Service (CIS) and the first female Comptroller in Akwa Ibom Command.
Dakat, whose last posting was Rivers Marine Command, is taking over from Comptroller George Didel, who has been redeployed to Migration Directorate, Service Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking with The Tide’s source during the exchange of baton in Uyo last Friday, Dakat said she would build on the achievements of her predecessor.
“The outgoing Comptroller has done so well and I intend to consolidate on those achievements, and if God helps us, we will do more.
“We always want to be better than our teachers. So, whatever we can do to make the command better, we will do it,” Dakat said.
Dakat, who was appointed into the Service in 1990, charged personnel of the Command to remain committed to duty and be disciplined, to move the service forward.
In his farewell message, the outgoing CIS, Didel, urged the personnel to remain loyal and committed to the service.
“I want to tell my staff that they must continue to be loyal to the country. They must be hard working and must be disciplined, especially in the performance of their duties.
“As public servants, we must continue to serve the public. So, I will leave them with that message, to be patriotic and be committed to their duties,” Didel said.

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IPMAN Threatens Depot Shutdown Over Police Harassment

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Cross River State Chairman, IPMAN, Mr Robert Obi, made the threat last Friday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that any arrest of its leaders in the zone would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction, who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN.
Obi frowned at the alleged moves by the police authorities and some, he described as “disgruntled elements”, to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association. We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The Tide learnt that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue State with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police had said it was not in position to react to the allegation.

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