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2023: TUC Charges Workers To Vote Good Leaders

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Trade Union Congress (TUC) says the current situation in the country should compel Nigerians, especially workers and civil society organisations, to join others in electing transformational leaders across board during the 2023 general elections.
Chairman of Cross River State Chapter of TUC, Mr Monday Ogbodum, stated this at the 6th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of the congress in Calabar, midweek.
According to him, some of the present leaders in the country have failed the people, adding that anyone who cherishes Nigeria’s unity must not sit on the fence this time around, but participate actively in the electoral process.
“I call on all workers, civil society organisations and indeed Nigerians to brace up, hold the bull by the horn to change the narratives by voting someone with vision, come 2023.
“We can’t continue with the way we are going; we must all effect the change; don’t sit on the fence; we must all come out, participate and exercise our civic responsibility, come 2023,” Ogbodum stated.
The TUC Chairman, however, commended the State Governor, Ben Ayade,qa for lifting embargo on employment into the state civil service.
He urged him to look into the three years of unpaid salaries of the 1,800 workers recruited in 2019.
“I commend the Governor for lifting the embargo, but I want to appeal that federal character principle should be applied in the engagement of Cross River people to these positions,” he stated.
Responding, the Governor assured that every ward in the state would be considered for the recruitment.
Represented by the state Head of Service, Mr Timothy Akwaji, the governor said that he had placed premium on welfare of civil servants, in spite of the state’s lean resources.
“Lots of wrong things have been said about this recruitment, but let it be known that there is nothing political about it.
“The last time massive recruitment of this nature took place was 30 years ago, and there is the need for us to fill the positions that will be vacant because of the present mass retirement of civil servants in the state.
“In this recruitment exercise, we are conscious that every political ward will be taken into consideration. There is no smokescreen about the recruitment, as being alleged,” the governor stated.
The Tide’s source reports that Ogbodum was returned unopposed for a second term in office.

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Oba Counsels CP On Defense Of Nigerians’ Rights

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has charged the newly deployed Commissioner of Police (CP) to Edo State, Mr Mohammed Dankwara, to defend the rights of Nigerian citizens in the State.
Oba Ewuare II gave the advice when he received CP Dankwara and other senior police officers in the Command in his palace in Benin ahead of World Human Rights Day Celebrations.
The traditional ruler promised to work closely with the CP in looking after the welfare of police personnel in security and thereafter prayed for the personnel in the state and Nigeria.
“We also pray that you do your best to ensure that policing Edo State is fair, taking into consideration fairness, equity, and justice. I will like a close working relationship with you from time to time.
“It is a credit to all of us. It goes to show that we have been looking after the police in Edo State very well. You have our support. We will do our best to ensure that your stay here is peaceful, useful, and impressive. As you know, we have you in our prayers”, the Oba stated.
Earlier, Dankwara paid tribute to the great Benin throne and solicited prayers to succeed in his assignment of fighting crimes and criminality.
“I know the importance of Royalty. I am here (Edo State) to do what is right. Even the Inspector-General of Police, who deemed it necessary and brought me to Edo State, knows why he brought me here”, Dankwara said.

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Gunmen Abduct Four, Injure One In C’River

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A former Accountant General of Cross River, Mrs Rose Bassey, was abducted on Tuesday along with three others at Uyanga axis of the Calabar-Ogoja highway.
They were abducted by gunmen who laid siege on that axis of the busy highway by shooting at the traveling motorists to force them to stop.
The Tide source reports that a popular evangelist in the state, Edim Edim Omin, was also shot during the process.
The evangelist, who escaped with bullet wounds, is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.
The incident is coming barely 24 hours after the State Police Command said it has deployed tactical team, including Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squads, to that axis of the highway to safeguard motorists and commuters plying the highway.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, saying the Command “is working to see that the four abducted persons are released unharmed”.
She reiterated that the Command is working to see that normalcy returns to that axis of the highway.
“It is a sad reality for us and as I speak with you, the Commissioner of Police is heading to that axis to assess the situation of things himself,” she stated.
It would be recalled that the Uyanga-Ikomita axis of the Calabar-Ogoja highway has become notorious for kidnappers in the past two months.
About 20 persons, including two medical doctors in the state, have been abducted at that axis of the highway.
The abduction of the medical doctors led to industrial action by the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) that demanded for their release unhurt.

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Ex-Agitators Remorseful Over Protest, Tender Apology

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The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu, has cautioned the ex-agitators who were at the National Assembly to protest for their unconscionable conduct.
According to him, such actions will only discourage and retard the wheel of progress.
Gen Ndiomu gave the leadership of the ex-agitators the piece of his mind when he met with them at the conference room of PAP shortly after the protest.
He explained that he is making a deliberate effort to ensure that the ex-agitators live a more fruitful and purposeful life through robust investment opportunities.
“It is sad”, he said, “that the ex-agitators prefer to depend on a monthly handout”.
He, therefore, advised them to be patient, saying that efforts are being made to address their grievances.
He added that he was working assiduously to effect a more sustainable mode of income generation for them in the long term.
Meanwhile, Mr Aso Tambou, one of the leaders of the phase two ex-agitators group who also participated in the protest, apologised profusely for their misconduct, attributing their action to the misinformation peddled by some of their colleagues.
Tambou noted that they never knew that the Interim Administrator has laudable plans in the pipeline to uplift their standard of living in the long term, noting that there is a communication gap between the PAP and the ex-agitators that needed to be bridged.
This, he noted, was largely responsible for their action, promising on behalf of the protesting ex-agitators to show more understanding and care in their actions going forward.
The Tide learnt that others who spoke also apologised to the Interim Administrator for their ineffectual act of indiscretion, declaring that they will pass on the good news to their followers and associates in the creeks.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

 

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