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Workers Protest Non-Payment Of Salaries In C’River

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Workers in the services of Cross River State Government have protested the non-payment of over three years and eight months salaries.
The aggrieved protesters, who staged a peaceful protest at the front of Government House in Calabar, carried placards with various inscriptions that read, “2018 CRS employed workers yet to be paid salaries, “Our dear Governor, let the wind of change make us smile, pay us salaries, “3 years without salaries, who did we offend?”
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, a man who gave his name as David said they were duly employed by the state government in 2018.
“And we were all given employment letters but no payment whatsoever has been given since then.
“We have been dialoguing with the Cross River State government for months now to no avail. Each time we go there, they asked us to come back that they are looking into it.
“And as it stands, we want the world to know that we are suffering. We have lost two of our colleagues to death due to hunger and starvation.
“The way things are going now, if something is not done by 2023, the civil service will be empty, call it December, 2023.
“We are the ones to take over, we have worked and understudied the civil service,” he lamented.
At the time of filing this report, no government official came to address the aggrieved protesters as they waited.
When newsmen contacted the special Adviser on Payroll Matters, who doubles as the state Auditor General, Mr. John Odey, claimed such an issue had not been brought to his table.
In his world, “Those are civil service matters; the Auditor General is not involved in service matters.”
But when asked if he is no more the Special Adviser to the Governor on Payroll, Odey said, “Until those things are brought to my table, I will not know anything about them. They have not been brought to my table.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar

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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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