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NLC Protest: Diri Reassures Solidarity

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Bayelsa state governor, senator Douye Diri has again reassured the academic staff union of universities (ASUU) of his commitment towards an improved welfare and educational standards across the state.
Governor Diri made the commitment in Yenagoa, the state capital during a protest organized by the Bayelsa state chapter of the Nigerian labour congress(NLC), as part of a nationwide protest held by the organized labour in solidarity with ASUU over its protracted Strike.
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The Tide reports that the academic staff union of universities (ASUU) has been on strike for no fewer than five months demanding the Federal government to honour old agreements earlier entered with her which the former stated were aimed at improving the nation’s education sector.
Addressing the protesters, governor Diri restated that no nation can develop without a virile educational system, saying that it was based on this premise that his government have held series of meetings and consultations with the academic staff unions of the state owned higher institutions with a view to finding solutions to the problems facing the state’s universities and sister higher institutions of learning.
“No nation can develop without improving the educational standards of its institutions of learning. I’m in solidarity with the NLC and ASUU.No nation or state can prosper without improvements in its educational system.
”Many of us in leadership positions have past through this system and it was not so during our time, if not we’ld not have been where we’re”, Diri said.
“Due to our resolve to improve the standards of education in our state owned higher institutions, we met with the ASUU chapters of our state owned universities and we’ve resolved to continue the payment of their salaries even though they’re on strike. And we’ve been paying since after our meeting.
“We’ve also as government increased the subventions to the Bayelsa state owned higher institutions for better performance. We as leaders were once students and we’ld not cut the ladder after climbing so that others can climb it too. It’s worrisome that the nation’s ivory tours are still going through all this. We thought we’ve gone past this,” Diri added.
Meanwhile in an address to the government, the state NLC chairman, Comrade, John Ndiomu had lauded governor Diri for his labour friendly policies and programmes.
Ndiomu noted that the nation’s education sector can not continue going through comatose situation, insisting that the protest was amongst a series of activities the NLC tend to use in bringing an end to the Protracted ASUU strike and pummel on the need to improve the nation’s educational sector.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the academic staff union of universities (ASUU) of the state owned Niger Delta university (NDU), Professor Tonbara Kingdom said the protest was not just about ASUU alone, but for all Nigerians and lovers of education, just as he averred that with an improved educational standards the nation would be better-off.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Shun Cultism, Naval College Urges Graduating Students

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The Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Akpabuyo, Cross River State, Commander Felicity Uchime, has charged graduating students of the school to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other vices.
Uchime, who gave the charge last Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 195 students of the 2021/2022 set, urged the students to see their graduation from the school as a ladder to climb to higher grounds.
She said the graduation signified the hard work, determination and resilience of the students.
“As you graduate today, I want to advise you all to stay away from cultism, examination malpractice and vices.
“The Nigerian Navy School has imbibed sound character and discipline in all of you, hence we expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this great school, “ she said.
She said the school was poised for academic excellence and quality education, adding that the school has imbibed sound character and discipline in the students.
“Your parents have dedicated financial resources to see you through school; you must not disappoint their trust in you,” she said.
I want to wish all of you the best in your future endeavours,” she said.
Speaking, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Ibrahim Dewu, congratulated the students for the successful completion of their secondary school education.
Dewu, who was represented by Capt. Dauda Isa, said that their graduation reflected the training and quality of education the students had received in the last six years.
“With the quality of teaching we have in this school, I have no doubt that you all have the requisite credentials to excel in your future endeavours.
“We are going to do our best to upgrade the facilities in this school with a view to meeting the expectations ofstudents and parents,” he said.
The Tide’s source reports that Master Divine Akpan was awarded the best performing student of the school in the just released released by the West African Examinations Council.
The school also presented other certificates and awards to deserving graduating students.

 

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First Female Immigration Boss In A’Ibom Assumes Duty

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Mrs Francisca Dakat has assumed duty as the 21st Comptroller, Immigration Service (CIS) and the first female Comptroller in Akwa Ibom Command.
Dakat, whose last posting was Rivers Marine Command, is taking over from Comptroller George Didel, who has been redeployed to Migration Directorate, Service Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking with The Tide’s source during the exchange of baton in Uyo last Friday, Dakat said she would build on the achievements of her predecessor.
“The outgoing Comptroller has done so well and I intend to consolidate on those achievements, and if God helps us, we will do more.
“We always want to be better than our teachers. So, whatever we can do to make the command better, we will do it,” Dakat said.
Dakat, who was appointed into the Service in 1990, charged personnel of the Command to remain committed to duty and be disciplined, to move the service forward.
In his farewell message, the outgoing CIS, Didel, urged the personnel to remain loyal and committed to the service.
“I want to tell my staff that they must continue to be loyal to the country. They must be hard working and must be disciplined, especially in the performance of their duties.
“As public servants, we must continue to serve the public. So, I will leave them with that message, to be patriotic and be committed to their duties,” Didel said.

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IPMAN Threatens Depot Shutdown Over Police Harassment

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Cross River State Chairman, IPMAN, Mr Robert Obi, made the threat last Friday in Calabar while speaking with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that any arrest of its leaders in the zone would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction, who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN.
Obi frowned at the alleged moves by the police authorities and some, he described as “disgruntled elements”, to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association. We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The Tide learnt that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue State with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police had said it was not in position to react to the allegation.

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