Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has reiterated the state government’s commitment to the improvement of education at all levels in the state.
Banigo stated this during the Law School Student’s Grants Award Ceremony organised by the O.B. LuLu Briggs Foundation in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Barrister Gilbert Nria, the deputy governor said “that is why there is no ASUU strike in Rivers State tertiary institutions”.
According to her, “amongst the projects recently commissioned are three new campuses of the Rivers State University, located at Emohua, Etche and Ahoada local government areas, and a world class reconstructed, Secondary School at Obuama in Degema Local Government Area to crown it all. I am happy to inform you that the Port Harcourt Campus (Nabo Graham-Douglas Campus) of the Nigerian Law School has been completed, and ready for use. A deputy director-general of the campus has already been appointed. Inspectors from both the Council of Legal Education and the National Assembly described the campus as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the best in the country”.
The deputy governor commended the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation for the grant given to law students, especially at this time when the cost of education at the Nigerian Law School is increasing by the day, noting that the O. B. Lulu Briggs Foundation’s response has definitely encouraged the affected students greatly in their pursuit and aspiration to become lawyers.
She called on other NGOs to emulate the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation to carry out corporate social responsibilities in our society as a way of complementing the government’s efforts in educational development.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Hon. Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi, said Chief O.B. Lulu Briggs was one of those that the Judiciary would continue to honour and remember as he has always identified with them.
“What we are doing here today is something that everyone should appreciate, as investment in human beings is important and the late chief identified himself with this. We all must surely go one day but we can only be remembered by what we have done, negatively or positively.
“I want to urge those behind this foundation to continue with it and forego anything that will pull it down”.
In her remarks, the Chairman of O. B. Lulu Briggs Foundation, Dr. Seinye Lulu-Briggs, said the goal of the Law School Students Grant was to lift some of the high financial burden demands and requirement of attending law school off students and their families.
She said it was a special event because they were celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and the first outing after the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the ceremony includes the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 awardees, a total of 114 law graduates were presented with grants.
A former President of the NBA and former Attorney–General of Rivers State, Hon. Okechukwu Emmanuel Wali, presented a lecture on the topic: “The Legal Profession: The Lawyer, Ethics and Corruption in Nigeria.”
Counter-Terrorism: Army Decorates Five Personnel For Outstanding Performance
The Nigerian Army has honoured five officers of Operation Hadin Kai JTF, who distinguished themselves and demonstrated exceptional bravery, dedication, and commitment in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
According to Zazangola Media Network, the soldiers were honoured with the Theatre Commander Commendation Award.
Among the soldiers was Lt. Col I.A. Manga, who was said to have led several anti-insurgency operations in the northern regions, including the Sambisaforest.
He was said to be instrumental in the capture of several terrorists and the recovery of ammunition.
The Theatre Commander, North-East Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, also honoured about 80 officers, soldiers and journalists with gallantry medals for their outstanding performance in the Counter Insurgency campaign.
According to General Musa, among the 80 awardees are personnel from the Nigerian Air Force, Navy, Police, Department of State Service, Nigerian Customs Service, the Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Civil Defense and the Civilian JTF.
Other recipients include; journalists who have demonstrated critical roles in their reportage towards the fight against terrorism in the region.
Zazangola reported that while presenting the medals and awards to the recipient, Musa charged them to continue to display their professionalism to end the war while the Nigerian Army would continue to cater adequately for their welfare.
Musa said, “On behalf of the President, MuhammaduBuhari, I wish to congratulate everyone for us recording another milestone which is the 62nd anniversary of our Independence and earning the medal of honour for our participation and gallantry.
“Operation Hadin Kai is a joint operation which is designed for every one of us to play a role in ending all forms of insecurity in the North-East. It consists military, para-military, government and non-governmental organisations, the civil populace, and law-abiding citizens.
“The operation was established in order to restore law and order, extinguish all flames and end all forms of terrorism and criminality in north-eastern Nigeria by kinetic and most importantly non-kinetic operations.”
He added that the operations were being conducted in Sambisa forest, the Tumbuktu triangle and the Mandara Mountains in protecting people’s lives and property.
He noted over 60,300 communities and captives were liberated and rescued from the forest and Lake Chad region.
Musa also used the opportunity to call on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists to come out from their hideout and embrace the amnesty programme of the Federal Government, aimed at rehabilitation and reintegrating them back into normal life.
NDLEA Nabs Brazilian Returnee With Black Cocaine
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Ibeh Chinedu Damian, with 3.20kg of black cocaine popularly known as Lucci, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Damian was arrested on Monday, September 26, 2022, upon his arrival at the Lagos Airport from Sao Paulo, Brazil via an Ethiopian airlines flight.
Ibeh, who hails from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, concealed the black cocaine in false bottoms of his two bags.
In his statement, he said he was to be paid N3,100,000 for the successful delivery of the drug in Nigeria.
In another operation, two Malians: Mohammed Demoele, 38, and Coulibaly Maliki, 56, were arrested by officers of the Marine Unit of NDLEA at Ebute Ero jetty in Lagos for attempting to export 34.2kg bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura to Mali through Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Another suspect, Ms. Safiya Bello, was also arrested in the Shagamu area of Ogun State with 27kg of psychotropic substance.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) commended the officers and men of seaports operations for their resilience.
He charged them and others across the country to intensify ongoing offensive action against drug cartels and traffickers wherever they may be located in any part of Nigeria.
62nd Independence Day: Nigerians Set New York Aglow With Parade, Carnival
Nigerians from all walks of life on Saturday set New York City aglow and painted the city with green-white-green insignia.
Nigerian community leaders and envoys joined other compatriots to temporarily close down some parts of the Second Avenue in Midtown.
Notable among those who attended the parade and carnival were the Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, Dr. Uzoma Emenike, and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, and the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Amb Lot Egopija, and first Nigerian-American congressman, Adeoye Omolewa, also joined the revellers at the colourful parade.
Also, a young talented 12-year old Saxophonist, Temilayo Abodunrin, was among the instrumentalists leading the parade.
The parade, which began at the Second Avenue on E. 54th Street and terminated at E. 44th Street at Nigeria House, drew thousands of Nigerians who had the best of time as they sang and danced to Nigerian music.
Known as the largest celebration of Nigeria outside the homeland, the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade, in its 30th year, celebrated the very best, which showcased Nigeria’s unique culture.
The event also promoted the positive image of Nigeria to the rest of the world as several other nationals joined in dancing to the Nigerian music.
The parade later proceeded to the Dag Hammarskjold Park, where Timi Dakolo; Goya Menor; sensational kid saxophonist, Temilayo Abodunrin; and Ijoya Dance Crew;revelled in the moment.
The Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, while addressing the excited crowd, paid glowing tribute to Nigeria and Nigerians’ unique way of life.
“No one throws a party like Lagos in Nigeria. No one knows how to celebrate life, like Nigeria.
“And right here in New York, your rich culture and contribution to the city is unbelievable,” Adams said.
The mayor thanked Nigerians for their support when he was running to become the mayor of the City of New York.
President of the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN), Mr Solomon Bakare, congratulated Nigerians on the 62nd Independence anniversary.
The Nigerian community leader, lamented the state of the nation after 62 years of Independence, saying the dreams of the founding fathers had not been realised.
Bakare challenged Nigerian leaders to improve the lives of the common man and redouble their efforts in building the country as truly the giant of Africa.
The official said the parade and carnival, which started in 1991, was a way to showcase Nigeria to the world and address the negative stereotypes of Nigerians in the American media.
He said the OAN, which annually organised the parade and carnival, was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned Nigerians to address the needs of the Nigerian community.
At that time, Nigeria and Nigerians were suffering seriously from negative stereotypes in the American media.
Prior to OAN’s formation, there was no organisation committed to the broader issues facing the Nigerian community in the United States.
OAN filled the void by creating an umbrella organisation, which embraced Nigerians from all works of life, regardless of their ethnic and religious backgrounds.
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