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Woji Gets First Public Secondary School

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Woji Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has joined other communities across the state with government-owned secondary school.
The move followed the foundation laying of the first government secondary school in the community by the Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, yesterday.
The school, known as Woji Community Secondary School, had the construction of its initial 19-classroom blocks, staff offices, administrative block, head teachers’ office, and public conveniences.
Speaking during the flag off of the project, Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister George Ariolu, said the project was inline with the council’s desire to boost education in the local government area.
Ariolu, who described education as agent of development, said the school would serve as breeding ground for future leaders of the area, adding that the contractor has been mobilised to site.
He said it would also improve the economy of the area through the creation of employment opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Obio/Akpor Local Government Council has restated its commitment to produce quality manpower for the area.
Inline with this, the council has instituted a policy of ensuring the production of 150 PhDs and 150 Masters’degree holders within the next three years.
Ariolu said during the flag off ceremony of the first public secondary school in Woji, that the council was producing 50 PhDs and 50 Masters’ degree holders every year.
He said the first batch had completed their programme,while forms for the second batch was out and was being processed.
According to him, candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degrees were paid N700,000.00 while their Masters’ degree counterparts get N500,000.00.
He charged the people of Woji to cooperate with the contractor handling the project with a view to ensuring speedy completion of the project.
While performing the foundation laying ceremony, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof Prince Chinedu Mmom, thanked the chairman of the Obio/Akpor local government council for embarking on strategic people-oriented projects.
He also commended the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for giving opportunity to the people of Obio/Akpor to elect Ariolu as their chairman.
Mmom said the project would greatly impact on his ministry,adding that in a few months from now, Woji would be celebrating its first public secondary school.
Also speaking, the member representing Obio/AkporFederal Constituency, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, said Ariolu had embarked on projects that most state governments in the country have not been able to do.
He said the massive turn out of the people of Woji for the event shows that the project was rooted in the community.
Chinda said the project was in consonance with the philosophy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of providing democratic dividends to the people.
On his part, the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, said the project would impact positively on the people.
He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for showing the way in project execution,adding that most states in the country were envious of Rivers State.
Earlier in an address, the people of Woji community, said they were overwhelmed with joy at the landmark project.
“Our happiness stems from the fact that this event brings to fulfilment all efforts in the past to have a public school in Woji Town”.
The Woji Chiefs and Elders Council also described Woji as the largest urban community in Obio/Akpor but regretted that until yesterday, it had no public school.
“The matter is made worse by the fact that the school in the nearby Rumurolu community is overpopulated because of the influx of people from in and around the area.
“This is one of the reasons we cherish this landmark project being flagged off today”, the chiefs said.
The address, which was read by the Secretary, Woji Council of Chiefs and Elders, Chief Ernest Chinwo, also expressed the hope that the project would be delivered in record time.
According to the community, it was their desire to have comprehensive primary and secondary school complex in the location as the entire land mass was not under any litigation.

By: John Bibor

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We Get Petrol At N200 Per Litre From Depots, IPMAN Cries Out

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has decried the ‘unsustainable’ price that the private depot owners sell the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol in the country.
Speaking, yesterday, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Deputy National President of IPMAN, Zarama Mustapha, revealed that the private depots get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from the sole importer of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, however, sell it for as high as N195 to N210 to independent marketers, which is not sustainable.
“Though marketers get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from NNPC depots, the company does not have enough storage facilities to cater to the needs of marketers, hence, the latter resorts to private depot owners. It is more of the issue of private depots collecting the products at the approved price and not selling to the independent marketers at a price approved by the mainstream, downstream regulatory authority.
“You cannot get a product at N195 to N200 and expect to sell it at N175,” he noted.
The IPMAN official said depot owners give excuses such as the cost of transporting the product from the mother vessel to their depots and escalation of the dollar as reasons for the price hike.
Mustapha lamented that most Lagos depots are in a chaotic situation and marketers spend three days to load refined petrol that they are not supposed to spend more than three hours to lift.
He urged the NNPC to engage depot owners to sell the product to marketers at the recommended price, saying the common man is at the receiving end.
For weeks, vehicle owners have had a tough time getting petrol from filling stations, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Whilst many outlets are closed, the few open ones sell the indispensable commodity for as high as N250 per litre from the uniform price of N169/litre.
The supply shortage has led to long, gruelling snake-like queues at the few open filling stations as motorists and business owners jostle to buy fuel while others resort to the black market.
The situation has also worsened traffic on major roads as vehicle owners block at least one lane to join queues to filling stations.

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Make Nigerian Youths Innovative, Buhari Tells Corporate Leaders

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President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked leaders of corporate organisations to build the capacity of Nigerian youths to be innovative and embrace technology to make positive contributions to their organisations and the nation.
The president, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, said this at the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2022 Annual Director’s Conference (ADC), yesterday, in Lagos.
The ADC had as its theme: “Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully for Growth and Sustainability.”
Buhari, noting that the challenges associated with corporate governance were multifaceted, stressed the need for heads of organisations to harness technology to achieve effective governance.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing the necessary legal support and framework to support the entrenchment of good corporate governance practices across various sectors of the economy.
Buhari also pledged his commitment to supporting the IoD by giving the institute’s chartered bill the necessary consideration to enable it to achieve its mandate.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, said the world was hit by a series of global crises which have affected the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mohammed said technology and digitalisation would set the era of digital transformation in areas of health, education, agriculture and finance.

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Nigeria Does Not Belong To North, Arewa Youths Tell Northern Elders

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said that Nigeria does not belong to the North ahead of the 2023 general election.
Apparently reacting to the recent interview granted by a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Alh Sani Zango Daura, in which he called on the North to support a Northern candidate.
The AYCF, in a statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, noted that supporting a southerner was clearly a demonstration of justice.
He noted that this was because Nigeria does not belong to the North alone, or Muslims and Christians of the North, insisting that “even on moral grounds, the most responsible political action by the North was the decision on powershift in 2023, because the Presidency cannot be hereditary and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic”.
Shettima further said, however, that the elder was expressing his personal opinion and not the stand of the North in general, saying that a “ little balancing was needed in position of our father Zangon Daura, more so when he admitted that the elders are mere escorts for the younger generation today”.
The AYCF noted that when 13 Northern governors led by Kaduna State Governor, Mal Nasirel-Rufai endorsed a Southern candidate for the 2023 presidency, they repeatedly cited political justice.
“Though we are not card-carrying members of the APC, we shared the view that the decision was in line with being fair to the South in 2023.
“We are aware, as well as our father ZangonDaura, that the North is respected for honouring its promises to the South and this one absolutely undeniable character of all Northerners.
“We are not known to break promises and that explains why our son, President MuhammaduBuhari never objected to the idea of a Southern presidential candidate in the ruling party. In the North, like our father ZangonDaura knows, promises are sacred and in fact a culture”.
It would be recalled that in a viral audio of AlhajiZangonDaura while addressing a group of youths, suggested that they should throw their weight behind a fellow Northerner for the presidency in 2023, citing historic and religious instances, something the AYCF said it believed was “overtaken by events, current realities, and the spirit of justice and fairness in the Nigerian project”.

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