The Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE) has called for more investment in science and technological education in the country.
State Chairman of the institution, Engr Promise Jumbo said this is necessary to fast track development in the country.
Jumbo said this at the maiden edition of mechanical engineering students’ competition at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rivers State University (RSU), Port Harcourt.
The competition was organised by NIMECHE in conjunction with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Rivers State University.
Jumbo, who attributed the backwardness of the country to poor investment in science and technological education said time has come for governments to invest massively in the development of the sector.
He said the competition was organised to enable the students showcase their talents as well as encourage the spirit of excellence among them.
Jumbo described Mechanical Engineering as a vast field of engineering discipline and urged the students to put in their best to enable them excel.
He also urged the students not to allow any distractions, adding that it beholves on them to ensure that they put in their best by taking their studies seriously.
He said the participants were selected based on their CGPA.
In his words, “The programme is a maiden competition for final year students of Mechanical Engineering, Rivers State University.
“It is worthy to note that the students were selected based on their CGPAs but, they have over 70 of them and these ones were selected based on their CGPAs.
“So, we are going to administer a questionnaire to them and to get the best three out of them. And prizes will be awarded accordingly,” he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion, Engr. Goodluck Ikenyiri commended the institution for the programme, adding that it will instill the spirit of competition among students of not only the Engineering Department but of all departments in the university.
He commended the state chairman of NIMECHE for the excellent idea and urged other societies to emulate it.
Ikenyiri also called for more students to be involved in subsequent editions.
He urged students to keep themselves abreast of the event to enable them participate in subsequent editions of the competitions.
“If you have internet complier, go to Google. This is a regular thing.
“We are starting it here and with Mechanical Engineering Department in RSU, if you miss it here we will go to the next school” and described it as a surprise package for students.
“It is a surprise package, you may not have known that, there is an award to it but you will soon know at least even if, is a token but is tangible for a student. So we want to encourage you but this first ones you are the luckiest because is simple questions that you will answer and we will take the best three.”
“Secondly, you will be subjected to discussions; the first phase is what the department has done.
“The second is what we want to do which are simple questions. The timing was supposed to be 30mins but we will reduce it to 15mins, 3o questions in 15mins.
“You would have been 10 and out of it we selected five but now you are five and narrow it down we need three to get the awards so, you are a lucky group but we must do it diligently and we will mark it right here, then, finish up the whole thing today”, he said.
Ikenyiri used the occasion to encouraged the students that, the programme is their own and not for them the organisers, it is to help them and anything that is done here, it is sure that they have prizes and it will be better than that of the best graduating student of the department overall as they normally give .
According to him, “the prizes will be given to them on a platter of gold. Therefore, you have to be serious as everything necessary will be done right”.
He thanked the Hrad of Engineering Department of the University for encouraging.
By: John Bibor & Eunice Ubelejit
Rivers Police Confirm Killing Of 2Baba
The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a wanted cult leader, Gift Okpara aka 2 Baba, who was declared the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of the Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, in September last year.
Angbashim was ambushed and captured in Odiemudie community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State, by the cult gang members who dismembered his body and filmed it.
Since the death of the gallant corp, the command has been on Okpara’s trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were reportedly gunned down.
But the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement on Monday, said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cultist was killed in a recent joint security raid in Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada West Local Government Area.
Irinke-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, also said a human skull, assorted rifles, explosives, and various charms amongst others were recovered during the last raids, in his new hideout which culminated in his death.
The statement read, “On February 17, 2024, at around 12:00hrs, 2Baba and his gang attacked Okogbe town and Odiokwu community in Ahoda West LGA, destroying pipelines.
“At 04:00hrs, operatives raided 2Baba’s new camp. Despite a fierce gun battle, 2Baba and his gang members escaped.
“However, at around 14:00hrs, intelligence confirmed 2Baba’s death after he lost consciousness and resuscitation attempts failed.
The police said efforts were in progress to retrieve the body of the suspected killer, while investigations into the Iceland cult’s activities in the region would continue.
“The Rivers State Police Command remains resolute in its duty to protect the lives and property of the citizens, and it will continue to employ all necessary resources and strategies to ensure a safe and secure environment for all,” it concluded.
The statement listed items recovered from the camp to include one AK47 rifle, one G3 rifle, one scorpion rifle, one double-barrelled locally made gun, and two locally made pistols.
Others were one cut-to-size double-barrelled gun, one bulletproof vest, 13 pieces of dynamites, five rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 10 army camouflages, 11 assorted charms, one human skull and one jack knife.
Meanwhile, there has been reported jubilation in the Ahoada area of the state following the killing of the infamous cult leader whom they said kept terrorising communities in the area and demanding various sums of money from households with severe negative threats for those who didn’t give in to his demands.
MOSIEND Hails Former NNPCL Executive Vice President
The foremost Niger Delta mass mobilisation organisation, the movement for the Survival Of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has described Sir Adokiye Tombomieye as a detribalised leader and a philanthropist of uncommon degree in Niger Delta region MOSIEND also hailed the Niger Delta former Vice President, Upstream Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL as he marks his 60th birthday in Port Harcourt.
President General, MOSIEND, Dr. Kennedy Tonjo West said the celebrant had touched the lives of thousands of youths across Nigeria.
Described as a great character, father, an influential and a peace maker, MOSIEND said Tombomieye had transformed the lives of thousands of youths across the country by empowering them positively and seeing them through their various careers and dreams.
MOSIEND in a statement signed by the National President prayed Almighty God to grant the celebrant more longevity on earth as he sojourns in all affairs of humanity on earth.
“On behalf of the leadership and teeming members of Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), we join the host of heaven and millions of the global community in celebrating a man of great character and influence, a detribalised Nigerian, an enigma, peacemaker, trailblazer, leader par excellence, compassionate in his work, one with a large heart, philanthropist of unparalleled degree, father to countless many, man of inestimable value, a living legend, Sir Adokiye Tombomieye as he turns 60 today.
The statement also described the celebrant as a philanthropist and father to the less privileged Niger Delta youths and Nigerians at large.
Sir Adokiye Tombomieye who recently retired from the NNPCL getting to the zenith of his career as the Executive Vice President Upstream is one of the few Niger Delta illustrious son with vast connect , friends and associates as the length and breadth of the country. A silent achiever , an unsung hero of some sort. A pillar and a role model to young and upcoming leaders.
MOSIEND leader who described Sir Tombomieye as an Icon and a trailblazer noted that he had given hope to many hopeless youths of the region through his philanthropic ventures.
He noted that Sir Tombomieye’s immense contributions towards the socio economic and institutional advancement of the Niger Delta cannot be over-emphasised. “During his days in NNPCL even as he rose to the Executive President Upstream, NNPCL, he was more accessible than a local government chairman in the Niger Delta region. His office was wide open for everyone with one issue or the other in Abuja, and Adokiye was ready to hear everyone out, solving problems. He is a rare gem, Adokiye lived his life for others. Retired but not tired. Leaders in the region should emulate the sterling qualities of Tombomieye in order to attract development to the region,” he said.
As a leader, the Organization wishes him good health and long life in all his undertakings
The statement urged people of the region to supports and pray for him in all his endeavours as a true leader and a blessing to the region.
We wish him best of luck in his future endeavours.
N’Delta Youth Leaders Warn Against Sabotaging New NDDC
A conglomeration of youth leaders from the Niger Delta has warned those frustrating the new Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) “Project Hope” to have a rethink or face the wrath of the youths.
The youth leaders in a joint press conference in Port Harcourt, yesterday warned that any group or individuals who want to thwart the “Project Hope” scheme will be considered enemy of the Niger Delta.
Former Special Adviser to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Youth Matters, Ambassador Alfred Etule, said the current plight of Niger Deltans requires cogent plan that will lift the people out of poverty.
He explained that the new Managing Director of NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbunku, had conceived the Project Hope as path to empower the region and the people.
Ambassador Etule expressed regrets that since the project was conceived, some big wigs driven by selfish interests are working to frustrate it.
“That project was supposed to kick start by December last year, but uptil, now, this February, we have not seen anything,’’ he lamented.
The youth leaders said those who love to frustrate good plans and development of the Niger Delta have teamed up to see how they can kill the dream of the new NDDC management, but the youths will resist them.
On his part, Comrade Adokiye Muji-Tab revealed that some communities have donated land for the projects, as it is disheartening to hear of the delay to commence the scheme.
He said, “the NDDC has good intention, and for us, this is the first time they want to get it right. The projects cover the nine States of the Niger Delta. It is so sad that we still have people who want things to be done the old way.”
Comrade Muji-Tab urged all stakeholders and youths to stand up and defend their rights. “We stand by this project with this new idea and we are grateful to the Managing Director who initiated the idea,’’ he said.
Explaining the benefits of “Project Hope”, President of Niger Delta Youth Movement, Comrade Prince Boboye Peretu stated that it covers all areas of development including technical skills and physical infrastructure.
“ The vision is to empower the region and reduce the suffering and pains of the people. It is something that will transform the area since over the years we have not gotten development yet,” he revealed.
He added that the idea is to ensure each NDDC member state focus on area of strength like agriculture, youths development, skills and empowerment.
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