The management of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Edo State, has appealed to Nigerians to help the 66 IDPs currently in tertiary institutions to achieve their educational dreams.
The coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Benin.
Folorunsho said that the appeal had become imperative as the IDPs in various academic disciplines and levels risked dropping out of school and their educational pursuits truncated upon resumption of academic activities in universities.
He explained that the camp management might not be able to fund the responsibilities as it had always done, because of the challenges facing it, which included paucity of funds and acute hunger among the IDPs.
According to him, the camp has never had it so bad since it changed status from the “Home for the Needy’’ to an IDP camp eight years ago.
The coordinator disclosed that the camp was able to assist the IDPs over the years through assistance from some few kind hearted Nigerians.
Folorunsho said that of the 66 IDPs in tertiary institutions, 37 are from Borno, nine from Delta, 13 from Edo, two from Adamawa, and one each from Enugu, Imo, Kogi, Taraba and Abia.
He also pointed out that 11 are studying medicine, eight in law, six doing nursing sciences, while others are studying pharmacy and other courses.
The coordinator further disclosed that the tuition and accommodation fee for the students ranged from N100,000 to N2 million per session, depending on the course of study and the institution.
Folorunsho, therefore, appealed to state governments and other well-meaning Nigerians to assist the students either through scholarship, bursary or sponsorship to lessen the burden on the management.
He said that at present 174 IDPs of the camp, who were successful at the last Joint Admission and Matriculation Board exams, were seeking admissions to various institutions of higher learning.
Meanwhile, some of the students who spoke with our source said that the best help any individual or government could render to them was to assist them have a secured future through education.
They said this was because an educated person had unlimited opportunities and possibilities to succeed in life.
A 200 level Medicine/Surgery student from Gwoza, Borno, Mr Gideon Haruna said that he believed that education was an invaluable tool in tackling so many societal vices.
He said, “if only those who wiped out my entire family in the name of being terrorists were educated, they would not have indulged in such extremism.’’
He noted that with what happened and still happening in the North East and other parts of the North, education was the way to go.
“I will appreciate assistance from Nigerians to help me and many others in the camp achieve our dreams,’’ he said.
Amos Ishaku, another IDP from Gwoza, and a 300 level Chemical Engineering student said that with COVID-19 a lot of things had changed around the camp.
He disclosed that as an engineering student his tuition and accommodation for a session is N2 million.
Ishaku called on Borno State Government, as well as governments of other states, who had their indigenes in the camp, as well as other kind spirited individuals and corporate organisations to come to their aid.
“We have lost our homes; we have lost our families, our parents and loved ones.
“The least the governments and society can do for us is to help us achieve our educational pursuits so that we will be useful to not just ourselves but to the society.
“We will also be useful to those who may find themselves in the situation we find ourselves today,’’ he said.
Dep Speaker Cautions Supporters Against Hate Speech, Violence
Deputy Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Joseph Bassey, has called on his supporters to shun all forms of hate speeches and violence as they prepare to get into campaign.
Bassey, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency, made the call in an interview with The Tide’s source in Calabar.
He urged his supporters and well-wishers to focus their campaign for his election on issues that affects the people and not on personalities.
The Deputy Speaker, while reiterating his position on peaceful polls, said there was no need for any of his supporters to incite unnecessary comments towards any personality, especially on social media.
He urged them to be mindful of their choice of words, adding that the timetable for his campaign activities would be made public soon.
“As we prepare to get fully into the campaign, we don’t need to abuse anyone or spread hate speech on personalities. Let us get into the campaign with issues that affect the people.
“The election is coming up in a few months, we must sustain the tempo of our advocacy, consultations and peaceful conduct because we are sure of victory during the polls.
“Avoid any language that may heat up the polity, be civil and courageous enough in selling me as a brand to even your opponents,” he said.
He told his supporters that his aspiration to represent them in 2023 was to create a better opportunity to uplift the youths through job creation and empowerment.
He also promised to attract the needed development to the constituency, empower the women and men and also promote their socio-economic status.
2023: Retiring AIG Warns Officers Against Job Compromise
Retiring Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 16, comprising Bayelsa and Rivers States, Mr. Ayim Abrahim Eyong, has cautioned officers and men of the zone against compromising professional policing in their relationship with politicians in the forthcoming 2023 polls.
He added that instead of working in consonance with the directives of politicians which may not be for the betterment of society, police officers should rather take directives and commands from the force’s authorities.
The retiring AIG gave the charge in his farewell speech in Yenagoa during the celebrations of his 60th birthday, grand child’s birth, and his meritorious sentforth party.
He said if he was given a second chance, he would rather still love to enlist into the Nigeria Police Force, adding that he has no reservations about being a police officer.
“God has always been with me after praying. He has protected and guided me aright. I know He can do it for you too. I advise police officers and men of the various police commands to hold unto God in all that you do as humans and officers.
“I thank the Governors of Rivers and Bayelsa States for their co-operation, immense assistance to the zone. I want to appeal that such hand of fellowship be extended to my successor”, he said.
In her remarks, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO), CSP Ikwue Lafiaghe, described the celebrant as a man that is generous to a fault.
“One thing about our boss is that he’s very generous. He can give his last to please people to be happy. He’s generous to a fault, he’s down to earth, he relates with everybody both junior and senior officers and civilians alike”, she said.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Chief Oyinkuro Ereboh described the retiring AIG as a trustworthy man, saying that the zonal police boss was an icon in the Nigeria Police force.
The RTEAN Chairman revealed that he has learnt a lot from the retiring AIG, noting also that he would want to emulate the police boss’s legacies on peace and conflict resolution, stressing also that he would prefer the retiring police zonal AIG be succeeded by an officer with indisputable unique qualities, capable of handling challenges like the retiring AIG.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Coconut Refinery: A’Ibom Recommits To Planting 2m Seedlings
The Akwa Ibom State Government has restated its commitment to plant two million coconut seedlings to generate raw materials for the St. Gabriel’s Coconut Oil Factory in the State.
The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel made this known at the inaugural planting of 300, 000 coconut seedlings in Mkpu, Itu Mbonuso in Ini Local Government Area of the state.
He said the coconut planting exercise was the hallmark of activities held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the state.
Emmanuel said the state would become an economic hub with the availability of raw materials to boost production.
“In all the activities to mark the 35th State Anniversary, this is one of the most remarkable. Today, we want to commission the first phase in this Local Government Area.
“Based on the survey that we have carried out, Ini LGA will give us a very high yield with hybrid coconut.
“As announced all over the 31 Local Government Areas, we are planting 300, 000 coconut seedlings across the state.
“Our target is before I handover the baton to the incoming governor, we will plant two million coconut seedlings and before December, we will meet that target,” Emmanuel said.
He urged the community to protect the project, saying that the coconut plantation will generate income to the state.
According to the governor, virgin coconut oil sells higher than crude oil at the international market.
Earlier in her remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Offiong Offor, thanked the Governor for facilitating the project to ensure raw materials for the coconut factory.
Offor said as the state marks coconut day with the planting of seedlings, many job opportunities would be created for the youths and income would be generated through the production of the coconut oil.
Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Ini, Edidem Etim Umoette, commended the Governor for the various development projects put in place across the state.
Umoette added that the huge investments in agriculture across the 31 local government areas remains a panacea for food sufficiency.
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