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C’River REC Halts Voters’ Protest Over Ballot Papers Shortage

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The timely intervention of the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Gabriel Yomere, helped to restore normalcy and voting at RCC Round About Polling Unit in Ward 6, Calabar Municipality on Saturday.
The Tide source reports that voters at the centre had refused to allow voting to continue when they were told that the ballot papers for the senatorial election were incomplete.
They vowed not to allow the exercise to continue until the ballot papers were complete.
Speaking to the source on the development, an elderly female voter, Mrs Gloria Asuquo, said she came to the polling unit as early as 8am but regretted that INEC officials and electoral materials arrived at the centre around 11am.
Asuquo said: “When they came here, they announced to us that the ballot papers for the senatorial election were short by 350 pieces.
“We refused to accept that and decided not to vote until the ballot papers were complete.
“How can you tell us that the materials are not complete when people are all here waiting to vote.
“What happened to the remaining ballot papers?
“We are no longer blind, without complete ballot papers, nobody is voting in this polling unit or else we will scatter everything”.
Also, Mr Effiong Moses said the polling unit was in the heart of the town, “so, saying that ballot papers were short is playing politics with the rights of Nigerians”.
However, in a swift response, the REC, who visited the polling unit, immediately went to the state office of the commission and brought more ballot Papers.
There was spontaneous jubilation at the centre, when he returned with more ballot papers at about noon, when the process commenced.
Yomere explained that the shortage was a human error, adding that the materials came late and that the mistake occured when they were being hurriedly sorted out.
“We have enough ballot papers. The challenge was that of the Nigerian factor, where these materials don’t come in time and when they do, INEC officials have just a day or two to sort them out for all the polling units in the state”, he said.

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Diri Suspends Twin Kingdom Youth Election 

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the immediate suspension of the election of a new executive of the twin clans of Epie-Atissa, popularly referred to as the Oguan Youth Congress (OYC).
The Tide learnt that the Governor’s directive was sequel to the factional crisis that has engulfed the kingdom’s youth body, resulting in tension in the state capital, Yenagoa.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, noted that the Oguan Kingdom comprises 29 Epie and Atissa communities in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The statement added that the suspension was indefinite, pending the resolution of the impasse by the State Government.
Alabrah also said the Governor has directed the police and other security agencies to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as a result of the feud.
Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
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US Consulate Trains 25 Girls On STEM In Edo

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The U.S. Consulate says it is training 25 girls in underserved secondary schools in Edo State on STEM initiative (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics).
The Tide’s source reports that the training is called the GirlLEAD STEM Talent Accelerator Programme, and was inaugurated recently.
Addressing the female students at the Benin City Window on America, in Benin, the Consul-General, US Consulate in Lagos, Will Steven, said  the programme was aimed at bridging the gender divide in STEM.
Stevens said:  “We want to see more of female founders in the tech space as well as doing well in STEM.
“Technology is one of the drivers of the Nigerian economy, and it holds a lot of opportunities for job creation.
“The job opportunities are there but not to be filled only by boys”.
According to him, the STEM programme prepares secondary school girls for possible scholarships in universities in the U.S. or for the students to continue in Nigeria universities or other universities in the world.
He also talked about the AI (Artificial Intelligence) conference to be organised in Lagos by the United States in collaboration with the Nigerian government.
He said the conference would encourage both countries to work together to talk about the framework as well as the safe environment for AI.
“We want to bring in AI training to the 27 American spaces across Nigeria”, he added.
Earlier, Dr. Georgina Erifeta, Director, Benin City Window on America, said the U.S. space had contributed to making the tech ecosystem in Edo to emerge as a major player in Nigeria’s tech landscape.
“By equipping young people with digital skills, we empower them to innovate, solve problems, and drive economic growth, fostering a brighter future for our community and beyond”, he said.
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Impeachment: Security Operatives Take-over C’River Assembly Complex

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Security personnel have taken over the Cross River State House of Assembly complex, following the impeachment of the Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, recently.
The Tide’s source  reports that the Speaker’s removal almost resulted in a clash between his supporters and other members of house.
The State Commissioner of Police, Gyogon Grimah, was sighted in the midst of other security personnel around the Assembly Complex.
Analysts say the presence of the security personnel is to forestall breakdown of law and order around the complex.
It would be recalled that the Speaker was impeached on Wednesday on grounds of  gross misconduct, high-handedness and misappropriation of funds.
Anyambem’s impeachment was carried out at a sitting of the Assembly in which he was presiding.
The impeachment notice was singed by 17 out of the 25 members of the Assembly.
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