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Indorama Denies Alleged Environmental Pollution

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Indorama Petro-chemical Limited has debunked a write-up allegedly circulated in the media by a group known as Alliance for the Eleme Defence that its operations are hazardous to the environment.
The Head, Corporate Communications of Indorama-Nigeria, Dr. Jossy Nkwocha, stated this after conducting newsmen on facility tour of the company at Eleme, last Friday.
He said it was necessary for the company to debunk the allegation in the media space, because Alliance for the Defence of Eleme had circulated a write-up to some media houses to mislead the general public.
“Recently, a group of persons by the name “Alliance for the Defence of Eleme” circulated a write-up to some media houses, supposedly sent to International Finance Corporation (IFC), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Emerging African Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), stating that the funding agencies have committed financial assistance to Indorama for various projects in Nigeria.
“They went further to state that ‘it is crucial for you to be aware that there is a subsisting court order at the Federal High Court Port Harcourt with Suit No. FHC/PH/ CS/23/2024, restraining Indorama from further pollution of our environment’.
“As a responsible corporate organisation, we do not intend to make comments on a matter in court but since the above-mentioned group of persons have already put it in the public space through the media, we just wish to publicly reassure our financial partners, government agencies, host communities, and other stakeholders that our operations are environment-friendly and have been operated under national and international standards”, he said.
Nkwocha stated that the exparte order which only required Indorama to ensure that its operations did not lead to the pollution of the environment pending the determination of the motion on notice had expired.
According to him, “on the 17th April, 2024 when the matter came up, the court ordered parties to file pleadings and made no reference to any order, because as of the moment, there is no subsisting order whatsoever against Indorama”.
He reiterated the company’s commitment to safe and healthy environment by implementing effective environment management system as an integral part of its operations.
“To achieve our commitment, we have implemented a robust Environment Management and Monitoring System, and the environment performance is acknowledged by Regulators and Lenders”, he added.
Nkwocha said that it was mischievous and misleading for anyone to circulate such a mendacious write-up to the general public through the mass media and supposedly to company’s financial partners.

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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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