Deep Seaport’ll Open A’Ibom’s Economic Fortunes, Others -Gov
Governor Udom Emmanuel has expressed a conviction that Ibom Deep Seaport will open up Akwa Ibom’s economic fortunes, create employment, provide opportunities for wealth creation for the people and throw open the State as a major maritime hub in Nigeria.
The Governor made this known in his Easter message broadcast, adding that with life-changing projects such as Sterling Petrochemical Plant in Eastern Obolo, where construction is in an advanced stage and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of the license for the commencement of construction of the long desired Ibom Deep Seaport, Akwa Ibom people were at the threshold of economic boom.
He commended the President, Muhammadu Buhari for giving approval for commencement of these projects meant to improve the economy of the State and Nigeria as a whole.
“About three weeks ago, we were also blessed by the invisible hands of God to have signed a 1.4 billion dollar Fertiliser and Ammonia plant with our Moroccan counterparts. The plant will again create huge employment and other supply chain activities for our people, which will transform us from a civil service oriented State to a fast industrializing one. These are huge achievements that should gladden the hearts of every Akwa Ibomites irrespective of political affiliations”, he stated.
The governor admonished all Akwa Ibomites and residents to thank and worship God for the redemption of the sins of mankind through the manifestation of His Divine grace and the gift of eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son, the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
According to the Governor, “over two thousand years ago, the powers of the day had sentenced a sinless, innocent and itinerant preacher, who went about doing good for humanity, to death by crucifixion. Roman soldiers cruelly executed the death sentence. Though he had the power to deliver himself, God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, went through this humiliation for our sake. This ordeal was captured centuries earlier by prophet Isaiah, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
He noted that these inspiring lessons make Easter the most important event in the Christian faith as they provide us with vital lessons in sacrifice and love, and speak to us about the need to place the common good above common greed.
“We can, and should, use this season to heal ourselves of all selfish instincts, spirit of division and ethnicism”, he admonished.
He explained that as an administration, this is the sixth time he is sharing the joy of Easter together in the execution of the sacred trust the people invested in him.
“We are also aware that, by His grace, we shall share the joy of two more Easter seasons together before the end of our mandate. As Easter affords us the time to reflect on events that took place two thousand years ago, it also affords us time to reflect on our journey so far as an administration, particularly since this journey began on May 29th, 2015 with Jesus Christ as the Captain of our Ship”.
‘Diri Met Criteria For Guber Polls’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Screening Committee for Bayelsa State has screened and cleared Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.
The Tide learnt that the screening exercise took place at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Report states that Diri, who is the incumbent Governor of the oil-rich state, is the lone aspirant from the party that picked the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms for the November polls.
Chairman of the screening committee and Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the panel screened Governor Diri in line with guidelines of the party and as stipulated in the Electoral Law.
Shaibu said the Bayelsa helmsman met all the requirements of the party for the election.
“We have checked the documents of Governor Douye Diri and have also interviewed him. Having satisfied our question-and-answer process, we discovered that he is not only worthy to contest the election but also have no encumbrances as far as his documents are concerned.
“Regardless of the fact that he is the incumbent Governor, and having been a Senator of the Federal Republic, we still went through his documents page by page to ensure that there is nothing that is contrary to the Electoral Law.
“Having met all the conditions and in line with the process, you have been cleared by the committee. We wish you well in the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.
“We know you have performed well as governor and by the grace of God, you will continue with the good work you have started after the election to make Bayelsa the state that Bayelsans dream to have”, the Committee said.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Small Claims Court Commences Sitting In Bayelsa
The Bayelsa State Judiciary under the leadership of Hon. Justice M. A. Ayemieye, the Ag. Chief Judge, has established the Small Claims Court in the state.
The Tide reports that the Small Claims Court has since commenced sitting from the 20th of March, at the State Multi-door Court House, High Court Complex, Ovom, and at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex, Onopa, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Tide further gathered that the court is saddled with the responsibility of claim for money in any debt recovery action with value not exceeding N5,000,000.00, and can be filed at the Small Claims Court Registry located at the Hon. Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku High Court complex.
A statement issued by Mr. Julius Lambert Nyananyo, Head, Media and Information Department of the state Judiciary for and onbehalf of the Chief Registrar, Bayelsa State Judiciary (High Court) said the Small Claims Court is an innovation in the Nigeria legal system, with a view to helping small business operators recover debt owed for goods supplied.
The statement reads in part: “The small claims court will assist business men and it does not have to go through litigation system that may take longer time to reach a final decision.
“The State Judiciary had earlier inaugurated the Management Committee on the 4th of January, 2023 for effective take off of the Small Claims Court”.
The Head, Media and Information of the State Judiciary also noted in his statement that the Small Claims Court is very affordable and easy to use, hence one does not need to have a lawyer to represent him or file his matter.
“An individual, partnership, association or corporation can use a small claims court as cases are speedily dispensed. However, claimants and defendants must reside and do business in Bayelsa State”, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyananyo aslo called on the attention of legal practitioners and interested members of the public to the fact that handbooks and practice directions were also available at the state judiciary and online at the judiciary website: bayelsastatejudiciary.gov.ng.
The statement urged the public to take advantage of the Small Claims Court.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,
Ex-Uniuyo VC’s Wife Emerges First Female CIPM Chairman In A’Ibom
Wife of a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo, Dr Rosalyn Essien, has been elected as the first female Chairman of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in Akwa Ibom State.
The Tide’s source reports that Essien was elected unopposed at the institute’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), with the theme: “The Human Resources Methods of The Master,” in Uyo.
Essien, who holds B.A (Hons.) in English Language degree from University of Uyo, and Master and Doctoral degrees, is a seasoned bureaucrat with interest in human resources management.
Aside going through various cadres within the Akwa Ibom civil service, she had also attended courses in conflict management in some countries, including South Africa, Britain and United States of America.
In her acceptance speech, Essien said her position as CIPM Vice-Chairman in the last two years had given her the opportunity of fully understanding the dynamics and workings of the institute.
According to her, her emergence as Chairman is a call to duty.
“Leadership is all about shared vision and responsibility. I want to assure you that during my tenure, I intend to build on the achievements of my predecessor”, she said.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the institute, Mr Anthony Isonguyo, highlighted his achievements to include: training of members, advocacy through courtesy calls/visits to some notable firms in the state.
He said the immediate past executives, under his leadership, had also reached out to some organisations for training of their workforce, while they had successfully completed training for other firms.
In his goodwill message, CIPM National President, Mr Mojid Olusegun, said the institute would remain a strong voice in the bargaining for a new minimum wage from the Federal Government.
Olusegun, who was represented by the South-South Zonal Vice-President, Mr Samuel Omeregun, said that the institute would continue to deliver effective human resources services as its core mandate.
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