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‘A’Ibom Coconut Refinery’ll Be Privately Run’

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Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ini Ememobong, says St Gabriel Refinery, a state-owned coconut refinery, will be run under private enterprise system.
Ememobong stated this after a project tour in Uyo and Mkpat Enin Local Government Areas of the State.
He said government was not a good business manager, noting that two state establishments, Ibom Air and the Ibom Icon Hotel, were privately run and yielding a lot of dividends to the State.
Ememobong added that the Governor, being a financial expert, adopted this model, so that the companies would in return, give dividends to government.
He said the process had injected life into the economy of the state, adding that such would be replicated in the newly commissioned coconut refinery.
“There is no fear of how to properly manage those businesses as the Governor has shown great example with the way Ibom Airlines is being run.Though owned by the government, it is run like a private enterprise.
“Same thing is applicable to Ibom Icon Hotel. The management and the board are dominated by private business people and every six months, they come to the executive council meeting to give an update on their activities. The state is getting dividends from them,” Ememobong said.
The Commissioner further stated that the Governor, in an attempt to create jobs for the teeming youths of the State, engaged humans to perform some tasks machines could do in some of the industries.
He noted that the refinery crushed about one million nuts daily.
“With mechanisation introduced to industrialisation, His Excellency consciously designed a human interface into it, some things machines can handle, the Governor employed the youth to be doing them, to get them meaningfully engaged.
“The principle of private sector is what we use in running all our endeavours. The level of equity in Ibom Air, is purely government, fully owned by government but run privately.
“We don’t have government interference, unless where very necessary,” he said.
On the perennial flood in some parts of Uyo, the Commissioner said previous efforts by the past administrations did not yield expected result, as the water collected was not properly emptied.
“Gov. Emmanuel saw the need to eliminate the challenges of flooding in some parts of Uyo.
“An assessment of the situation showed that the previous efforts in that regard did not achieve the desired results, because the collected water was not properly emptied.
“Most parts of Uyo are very low ground and that is why flooding occurs in some places, when it rains,” Ememobong stated.

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NSCDC Graduates 169 Personnel In Calabar

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has graduated 169 personnel of the corps for the first batch of their training.
Speaking on Tuesday in Calabar, Mr Samuel Fadeyi, Commandant of NSCDC in Cross River, said that the graduates had completed their first three months training at the state headquarters of the command.
Fadeyi said that they were to proceed to Katsina State for another three months training before their deployment to various commands of the corps across the country.
He said that the personnel were those that were taken in 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was stalled.
He explained that 5,000 Nigerians were recruited nationwide in 2019 for the training to become full personnel of the corps.
“We are glad today to witness the passing out parade of these 169 personnel from Cross River. In 2019, NSCDC got the approval to recruit 5,000 Nigerians into the corps.
“This is the first round of their training; they are expected to undergo another training before they will be deployed to various commands across the country,” he said.
He commended the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, for providing the command with the necessary equipment and facilities to carry out the training and other operations.
Also speaking, the Commandant General of NSCDC, who was represented by Mr Bassey Bassey, a Deputy Commandant General, congratulated the graduates for scaling through the first phase.
Audi said that NSCDC had been equipped and better repositioned to fight all forms of illegalities in the country.
The state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who was represented by Dr Alfred Mboto, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Governor’s Office, said the recruitment had reduced unemployment in the state.
The Tide reports that security chiefs in the state ranging from the Navy, Army, Police, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps were present at the event.

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Police Nab Seven Suspected Cultists, Recover Ammunition

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Edo State Police Command says its men have arrested seven suspected cult members in the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, and made available to The Tide’s source in Benin.
The source recalls that the police command last Friday arrested and presented seven cult members, allegedly members of Eiye and Aiye cults.
Iwegbu listed the suspects as Andrew Owhoyavwosa (22), Joseph Meshak (25), Osazee Solomon (35), Godswill Obasohan (25), Charles Odiase (52), and Okoh Peter (68).
They were arrested by Ekiadolor Sector, within Ekowe Community, while the seventh one was arrested at Igbe Road, in Auchi Etsako West LGA of the State.
According to her, the arrest is to check the menace and excesses of cultism in Edo State and also unnecessary killings in the State.
“On the 02/07/2022, operatives of Edo State Police Command, Ekiadolor Sector, while on routine township patrol within Ekowe Community and environs, intercepted some suspected cultists at the Community Youth House.
“The suspects, on sighting the police operatives, took to their heels from the scene of their unlawful assembly.
“This action attracted the attention of the operatives and they gave them a hot chase which led to the arrest of the six suspects.
“On the spot search conducted at the scene led to the recovery of two locally made single barrel guns, one locally cut to size single barrel gun, 30 live cartridges, one first aid box, Kolanuts, eggs, cowries, one dead chicken, seven handsets and cash sum of thirty-seven thousand Naira,” she said.

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Diri Seeks Ijaw Culture Preservation In US

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values, culture and tradition of ijaw in their children.
Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark, New Jersey State in the United States of America.
“A man who has no culture is lost. The beginning of a man’s culture is language and then his dressing. So, I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture.
“My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation.
“I am equally happy with what this group is doing, bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together.
“Consciously, we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves. That applies to all of you abroad”, he said.
Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state.
He used the opportunity to keep the diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state, including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads.
“Through the three senatorial roads, we are connecting many riverine communities by roads. We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected.
“For the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West, we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government
“In Bayelsa Central, the Yenagoa-Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama Community to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded.
“Just about two weeks ago, the last one in the East, Nembe-Brass road was flagged-off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board,” the governor said.
He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC).This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.
In his address, the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Fred Agbedi, stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite.
Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home.
The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council, Prof. Mondy Gold, expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation.
He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande, Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigerian Amb. to Cuba, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, among others.

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