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Jonathan, Ex-NNPC Manager Bag Awards

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Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan and former manager, finance and budgeting of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Stanley Lawson at the weekend were bestowed with awards by the University of Port Harcourt ‘class of 1981’ alumni association.
The Tide which monitored the award ceremonies reports that the awards were a fall out of a three day ‘reunion meet’ organized by the pioneer Students-graduands of the University held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
The erstwhile president’s award tagged, ‘Award of Excellence for Global Citizenship’ and that of the former NNPC’s top echelon christened ‘Award of Excellence’ respectively, the pioneer Uniport graduates have said were necessitated by the recipients exemplary leadership as well as professional excellence in their chosen careers, amongst others.
“Jonathan has been a role model and a worthy example of what was expected of every University of Port Harcourt bred graduate. He served Nigeria meritoriously and has become a global citizen, a global brand.
“Lawson has also been a pillar of this association and has excelled so well in his chosen career. He single handedly hosted the first reunion of this association in 2017 in Abuja. Indeed both of them were carefully selected for this awards”, the alumni said.
In his remarks upon receiving the award, the former president described the class ’81 fondly called ‘UU 81’ as a pacesetter for the Rivers State located institution.
He thanked the association for finding him and Lawson worthy of the awards, saying that all members of the association deserve one form of award or the other, following their various contributions not only to the University, but to national unity, development and excellence in their respective endeavours.
“The ‘ class 81, ‘UU 81’ of the University of Port Harcourt was and has continued to be a pacesetter class. Indeed, every member of this class like alumni members of other Universities and institutions in Nigeria has contributed to the development of this nation in various ways.
“And so it’s believed that everybody, all members of the Class ’81 of the University of Port Harcourt deserves an award.
“We’re so lucky, during our time there was no JAMB, you just apply for any University of your choice, so some persons, depending on your financial strength could apply for two and some even three Universities. But I was able to apply for just two, Uniport and Nsukka, and so Uniport granted me admission as one of her pioneer students in the school of Biological sciences in 1977 and we graduated as pioneers in 1981.
“And since after our graduation, 40 years ago, we’ve been living as brothers and sisters, as members of one indivisible family”, Jonathan said.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Bayelsa Ministry Ready To Partner TCAM

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The Bayelsa State Ministry of Health is prepared to collaborate with the Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) to ensure effective healthcare delivery to people of the State.
Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry, Dr Oluwatoyin Azebi disclosed this when the TCAM practitioners paid her a courtesy visit at the State Ministry of Health.
Azebi noted that traditional and alternative medicine is also essential in service delivery of quality healthcare.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of TCAM, Dr Ruth Okhiema, disclosed that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the relationship between the health Ministry and TCAM.
While appealing for an enabling working environment, Dr Okhiema highlighted various challenges faced by the unit, and called for prompt inauguration of the TCAM Technical Working Group.
This, she said, would translate into the formal recognition of the TCAM unit in the State.
On his part, the Unit Head and Desk Officer, TCAM, Bayelsa State, Dr Tarila Prefa, and Chairman, Modern Traditional Medicine Practitioners in the State, Dr Joe Edem, applauded the Ministry for meeting their request.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Delta To Give Grants To 40 Mission Schools

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Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday, said the state government would provide financial support to 40 schools it returned to religious missions in 2011.
Okowa said this during a thanksgiving service marking the end of the 16th Synod of the Asaba Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Bishop’s Court, Asaba.
The Governor said the grant had became necessary to assist the schools in running effectively, particularly in the prevailing harsh economic situation in the country.
Okowa, accompanied by his wife, Edith, up and top government functionaries, read the first lesson taken from Ezra 3: 6 -13.
He congratulated the new Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Kingsley Obuh, on his consecration and enthronement.
“It is not easy for such schools to be managed given the current economic condition of the nation,” he said.
He commended the church for drawing his attention to the plight of the schools, especially his promise to ensure that grants were given to missions.
The Governor directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to take action on the released grants to the affected schools.
“It is in the best interest of the Government of Delta State that they are supported to stand because they provide a space for study for some of our children.
“So, we will try to take action, at least, the first tranche of it to see what we can do to support our missions,” he said.
Okowa commended the church for its contributions to the health sector in the State, saying that their effort helped to provide health care services particularly to the less-privileged.
“As a government, we have continued to pay special attention to education and health.
“Delta has become a role model for contributory health insurance with over one million people enrolled in the scheme,” Okowa added.
Earlier in a sermon titled “Spiritual Foundations, Inevitable for Sustainable Work with God,” Rt. Rev. Chigozirim Onyegbule, Bishop, Missionary Diocese, Ikwuano, Abia, urged Christians to build strong foundation in their work for God.
He said for Christians to work effectively for God, their spiritual foundation must be very solid, adding, “if your foundation is not strong, you cannot withstand the problems of life.
“Everything on the face of the earth has a foundation and a weak foundation produces a miserable life.
“God is looking for those that He will partner, but if your foundation is weak, God cannot work with you.”

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NSCDC Warns Illegal Security Firm Operators

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has warned operators of private security firms in Akwa Ibom State to register them or face the consequences of their actions.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi, gave the warning in Uyo on Monday in an interview with The Tide’s source.
He told source that the corps has registered 67 Private Guard Companies (PGCs) in the State.
Majekodunmi said it was mandatory for all private guard companies to register with the corps, adding that anything short of that was unacceptable.
“The role of PGC’s is to provide security, protection, information and quality intelligence since they operate in locations of government and private units in every sphere of occupational engagements.
“Through training and oversight supervision activities by NSCDC, they are imbued with cutting edge competence skills and capacity enhancement.
“The concept is in tandem with emerging global trends in the area of public-private partnership to provide security and contain insecurity in the country,” Majekodunmi said.
The State Commandant said NSCDC would not tolerate any unregistered private guard company in the State, especially due to security challenges confronting the country.
He urged individuals and organisations wishing to hire private security guard to cross check with the NSCDC to ensure that they patronise registered ones.
Majekodunmi warned against dealing on adulterated petroleum products, vandalism of transformers and electrical installations in the state.

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