Connect with us

Niger Delta

Firm Rewards Quiz Winners With N10m Prize In Edo

Published

on

Students of Green Park Academy on Friday won the star prize of N10 million in the 11th edition of Edo, Delta 2022 Seplat Pearl Quiz competition held in Benin.
The Tide’s source reports that Green Park Academy, Benin, scored 89 points to defeat Deeper Life High School, Warri, Delta State, which scored 48 points.
The Chief Operating Officer, Seplat, Mr Samson Ezugworie, congratulated students from the over 682 schools who took part in the test, out which 130 progressed to the next stage
Ezugworie said that the Seplat Pearl quiz had come a long way, and had impacted more than 50,000 students from Edo and Delta States.
“Today, the first position will get a project support of N10 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N100,000 each.
“The second position will get a project support of N5 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N75,000 each.
“The third position will also get a project support of N3 million and the three participating students will get a scholarship fund of N50,000 each.
“Through this programme on an annual basis, we have continued to engender and drive human capital and structural development across the winning schools.
“Seplat energy has continued to drive excellence and healthy competition among all the schools in Edo and Delta,” he said.
Also speaking, the Director of External Affairs and Sustainability of Seplat Energy, Dr Chioma Nwachuku, said the firm was committed to rekindling academic excellence and healthy competition among schools.
Represented by the Base Manager of Seplat, Western Assets, Mr Emmanuel Otokhine, Nwachuku said Seplat had taken it as a task to help improve academic outcome in Edo and Delta States.
“We want to create a platform for students from different backgrounds to climb to greater heights while also encouraging the spirit of team work and competitiveness.
“We at Seplat have sustainable values, education is number four on the list, where we ensure inclusiveness and equitable education for all public and private schools,” Nwachuku said.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Western Assets, Ayotunde Olatunde, said the quiz competition was a way to build future leaders of Nigeria.
“As today’s leaders, we have a principal job to create that enabling environment for our students to grow,” he said.
The Managing Director of NNPC Exploration and Production Limited (NEPL), Ali Zarah, thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the Pearl quiz.
Represented by the Manager, Community Relations, Mr Noble Imabibo, Zarah said the programme seeks to stimulate healthy competition among students and reward outstanding performance.
According to him, we pledge our support to ensure that this programme continues to reward the winners as an engagement that education is indeed the key to societal development.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who was also represented by the State Permanent Secretary, Augustine Oghoro, commended Seplat and NEPL for the initiative.
The Edo Commissioner for Education, Joan Oviawe, also commended the companies for the initiative, and urged them to sustain the programme.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Eno Sacks Commissioner For Special Duties

Published

on

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno has relieved the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bassey Okon, of his appointment with immediate effect.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Enobong Uwah, disclosed this in a statement in Uyo on Monday.
Uwah, who did not give reasons for the commissioner’s sack, directed him to hand over all state government properties in his possession to the Permanent Secretary.
He thanked the former commissioner for the period he served the state, and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Check Oil Pollution In N’Delta, Stakeholders Urge Oil Firms

Published

on

Stakeholders in host communities have demanded that oil companies be compelled to address adverse health impact of oil exploration in the Niger-Delta.
They made their position known on Monday during a public presentation of the research report on the impact of oil extraction on women’s health in Otuabagi community in Bayelsa.
The Tide’s source reports that Dr Emem Okon, Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, an NGO, championed the event.
The source also reports that Otuabagi Community within the Oloibiri District in present Ogbia Local Government Area is where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956.
Okon said the report highlighted the adverse consequences of oil extraction which had profound negative impact on health and livelihood of women in Otuabagi community.
She said research revealed that several of the participants had hydrocarbons in their blood sample more than World Health Organisation (WHO) threshold and therefore demanded for compensation from oil companies and government.
“There is, therefore, a need to demand for compensation and restoration of polluted sites as well as health actions to keep us alive and to resist death, poverty and injustice”, she said.
She stated that the findings and data would serve as a tool for policy makers, community leaders and all those who strove for a more equitable and sustainable future.
Meanwhile, Dr Bieye Briggs, a public health physician and head of the research team, said from the findings of the report, it was revealed that there was very high and unacceptable level of exposure of the people to hydrocarbons.
Briggs advocated for the Federal Government to carry out health audit in Otuabagi community and other oil producing areas in the Niger-Delta region.
He explained that such audit was with a view to instituting intervention program to halt and reverse the impact of oil exploration.
Similarly, Chief Daniel Amangi, the traditional ruler of Otuabagi community, commended Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre for undertaking the project and urged the Federal Government to focus on developing the community.
Amangi also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the research findings for the overall benefit of the people.
In the same vein, Alagoa Morris, a stakeholder, lamented that life expectancy was lower in the Niger-Delta region than in other parts of the country due to the hazards caused by oil exploration.
He called for compensation to be paid to host communities to ameliorate the health impact of oil extraction in the region.
The ceremony also featured a drama presentation by Otuabagi women and panel discussion on the findings of the report.

Continue Reading

Niger Delta

Court Orders AAU Graduate’s Car, iPhone’s Forfeiture To FG

Published

on

A Benin High Court on Monday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sell a Toyota Venza 2012 model, recovered from a graduate of Biochemistry from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Osadolor Edomwonyi.
The EFCC charged Edomwonyi with internet fraud.
Delivering judgment, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, sentenced Edomwonyi to three years imprisonment.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 13 Promax, recovered from the convict .
He also ordered that balances in his Opay account, Kids Bank account and Access Bank with which he was charged and convicted to the Federal Government through EFCC and the accounts be parmanently closed.
The convict prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.
Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of fine in the sum of N100,000.
Earlier, the EFCC counsel, Mr I K Agwaisaid, said the convict committed an offence contrary to the provisions of Sections 6 and 8 (b) of the advance free fraud and other fraud-related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The prosecutor said in a plea bargain agreement, Edomwonyi pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

Continue Reading

Trending