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Bayelsa NSE Unveils New Exco

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The Bayelsa State branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Thursday, inaugurated its 12th State Executive Council members.
In his inaugural address, the new Branch Chairman, Engr. Edoghotu Boyibim Jonah, gave the assurance that the society under his stewardship would be recommitted towards the unity and progress of the engineering profession in the state.
Edoghotu stressed the importance of collaboration with all of divisions of the society, describing it as key in their effort to make greater impact and to stamp out quackery in the profession.
He noted that the bane of the profession’s development over the years is lack of unity of purpose, saying however that the problem of faulty engineering is mostly not associated with works executed by registered Engineers, but patronage of quacks.
The chairman commended members of the society in the state for their resilience and commitment towards building the profession, just as he averred that past chairmen and other executive members of the NSE have laid a solid foundation for the state branch of the society.
“Sincerely, I owe a great depth of gratitude to all my predecessors who charted this part of honour for us to tread. If I can do anything better it’s because I’m standing on the shoulders of 11 great leaders who’re also tapping from their wealth of experience.
“I’ve a six-point agenda for the NSE, Bayless state chapter. But the most important of this six-point agenda is unity of the chapter. If we’re able to work on unity every other thing would be added to us as members of the NSE here in the state.
Other members of the 12th exco are, Engr. Adou Doubara David, Vice Chairman; Engr. Deborah Ebimiekumo, Secretary; Engr. Idubamo Rebecca, Treasurer; Engr. Abhon Adus, Technical Secretary; and Engr. Diepriye Owana-Omubo, Assistant Secretary.
Members of the Executive also include Engr. Dr. Ebiyeritei Wisdom, Financial Secretary; Engr. Happiness Mac-Eteli, Assistant Technical Secretary; while Engr. James Sokari Karimo and Engr. Eluanatein Mac-Jokori are to serve as Ex-officios one and two respectively.
Earlier in his welcome address, outgoing Chairman of the Branch, Engr. James Sokari Karimo, thanked members of the society for the support given him and the entire executive members of the 11th exco of the society under his leadership.
He charged members of the profession to extend same cooperation to the Edoghotu-led 12th exco, saying that under his reign the NSE was able to commence the building of its permanent state secretariat.
In a lecture titled, “The role of engineering in advancing society’s proficiency in sustainable development’’, guest lecturer, Engr. Eruni Uku Philip, the Acting Head of Department, Chemical Engineering, Federal University, Otuoke eulogized engineers world over for their intellectual prowess on innovation, science and technology.
She said the engineering profession through various research is at the fore front of driving sustainable development through the design of innovative solutions that minimizes environmental impact, optimize resource usage and by promoting social equity, amongst other.
Meanwhile, the NSE President, Engr. Margaret Aina Oguntala, said she was committed towards making the practice of the engineering profession under her leadership more worthwhile in the country.
She tasked leadership of the State Branch of the society not to relent in its effort to make the society better.
Represented by the NSE Vice President, Engr. Bemigho Ofoeyena, the society’s helmsman eulogised the leadership of the state’s branch for their resilience and hard work.
Similarly, the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers(NIMechE), Bayelsa State chapter on Friday held the 4th edition of the Emeritus Prof. Steven Odi-Owei annual public lecture series.
In his welcome address, the state’s chapter chairman of NIMechE, Engr. Seigha Gumus said 21st June every year is sacrosanct in the history of the Mechanical Engineering profession in the state.
He commended the National Chairman of NIMechE for attending the event, just as he also applauded the State Branch of the NSE, guests and members of the Mechanical Engineering profession in the state and others for gracing the occasion.
The theme of this year’s lecture is, “Nanocomposite Electrodeposition: Surface Engineering tool for job creation”.
Delivering the lecture, guest lecturer and Director of academic planning, NMU, Akerenkoko, Prof. Tolumoye Tuawari, described the Mechanical Engineering profession as distinct, saying in the era of job loss and study apathy on the side of some students due to rising unemployment, surface engineering can be used as an alternative to create jobs for citizens.
He stated that the mechanical engineering field is replete with immense opportunities, saying that all other fields of human endeavour depends partly on tools produced by mechanical engineers for their inputs, hence the numerous successes recorded in the field of mechanical engineering world over.
In same vein, Prof. Odi-Owei charged the Federal Government to complete and put to adequate use the Ajaokuta steel industry for the rapid socioeconomic transformation of the nation.
He commended the NIMechE for organizing the yearly event, advising members of the engineering profession not to compromise standards in their careers, just as he thanked invited guests and others for gracing the occasion.
Featured as part of the event was the birthday celebration of the emeritus Prof., exhibition, awards presentation and goodwill messages, amongst others.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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Oborevwori Charges New LG Chairmen On Prudence In Office

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Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Monday, charged newly-elected Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the 25 Local Government Areas in the state to ensure prudent management of resources, while embarking on viable infrastructural projects.
He enjoined them to shun wasteful spending and extravagant lifestyle but ensure modesty, fiscal discipline, prudent management, judicious allocation of resources, and excellent service delivery.
Governor Oborevwori also tasked them to avoid profligacy typified by wasteful spending and extravagant lifestyle, but to address the recurring problems of insecurity, poverty, unemployment and environmental decay in the various Local Government Areas.
He gave the charge while swearing-in the newly elected Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the 25 Local Government Areas in Asaba, the state capital.
Oborevwori explained that it was necessary for the chairmen to stay close to the people by operating from their area headquarters and warned that they must shun the unhealthy practice of running the local governments from offshore, especially Asaba and Warri.
“To the elected Local Government Council Chairmen, I urge you to reciprocate the huge mandate that has been given to you by giving preference to the needs and aspirations of your people with a view to delivering good governance.
“You must discharge your duties with sincerity of purpose, impartiality, compassion, fairness, and justice, and I expect you to work assiduously for the actualization of the MORE Agenda.
“As the third tier of government closest to the people, you need to improve the environmental sanitation in your communities. Our urban centres are riddled with filth as a result of improper waste disposal and poor sanitation habits of our people.
“I will like to see you step up in this regard by devising proper waste disposal measures, while embarking on aggressive public enlightenment campaign to educate our people on good sanitation habits”, he said.
Governor Oborevwori, who reiterated that the State Government does not tamper with local government funds, said he welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on Local Government autonomy, emphasising that statutory allocations to the local governments in the state for the last three months remained intact.
He said as the then Speaker of the State House of Assembly, they voted for autonomy for the Councils during the 5th Constitution alteration session.
“I, therefore, expect you to hit the ground running by embarking on visible infrastructural projects that can be commissioned.  You must shun wasteful spending and extravagant lifestyle.
“Let your administrations be characterised by modesty, fiscal discipline, prudent management, judicious allocation of resources, and excellent project delivery.
“As Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, we advocated for financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary.  The House also voted YES to Local Government autonomy during the Fifth Alteration of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Therefore, the Supreme Court judgment on financial autonomy for local government councils is a welcome development.
“Actually, Delta State Government has never tampered with local government funds. Rather, the State Government has often had to augment the allocations to the local government councils to enable them meet their financial obligations”, he said.
While charging the Chairmen to improve on their Internally Generated Revenue, Governor Oborevwori cautioned against overtaxing an already burdened populace reeling under the painful effects of the current economic hardship.
He said: “Your success on this job will also depend on your ability to work seamlessly with your Vice Chairmen, the legislative arm and other critical stakeholders in the Local Government Area. Please, avoid running a one-man show.
“You must demonstrate the political sagacity to manage the local politics, and the administrative acumen to be all- inclusive to ensure peace, stability, and cohesion in your domains”.
He expressed appreciation to the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC) for conducting free, fair and credible elections and to the security agencies for ensuring peace and security throughout the exercise across the state.
The newly elected Chairmen are: Emmanuel Bazim Chinye, Aniocha North; Jude Chukwunkwike, Aniocha South; Dagidi Andaye, Bomadi; Julius Takeme, Burutu; Augustine Ogedegbe, Ethiope East; Christian Onogba, Ethiope West; Monday Odigwe, lka North East; Jerry Ehiwarior, lka South; Godwin Ogorugba, Isoko North; Warri Ovoke Friday, Isoko South; Vincent Osilonya, Ndokwa East; Obi Nzete, Ndokwa West; and Isaiah Esiovwa, Okpe.
Others are; Innocent Esewezie, Oshimili North; Obi Kelvin Ezenyili, Oshimili South; Isaac Aguanah, Patani; Bright Abeke, Sapele; Vincent Oyibode, Udu; Jaro Egbo, Ughelli North; Lucky Avweromre, Ughelli South; Possible Ajede, Ukwuani; Anthony Ofoni, Uvwie; Festus Ashima, Warri North; Weyinmi Agbateyiniro, Warri South; and Sylvester Oromoni, Warri South West.
While congratulating the new chairmen and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the resounding victory at the polls on Saturday, Governor Oborevwori said it was a product of weeks of grassroots campaign which they did not take for granted and thanked the good people of Delta State who, in spite of the heavy downpour, came out and voted for the leaders of their choice.
Responding on behalf of the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen, Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Council, Hon. Innocent Esewezie, expressed appreciation to the Governor and leaders of the PDP in the state for the opportunity given to them to serve at the grassroots level of governance.
He commended the electorate in the various local government areas for endorsing their candidature through the electoral mandate given to them at the polls, and assured that they have adopted the MORE Agenda of the Governor and would not betray the confidence reposed in them.
Highpoint of the ceremony, which was attended by the wife of the Governor, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori; the Deputy Governor, Sir Monday Onyeme; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor; State Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Kingsley Esiso; and other top government functionaries, was the administration of oath of office on the chairmen and their deputies by the governor.
Albert Ograka, Asaba
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Navy Assures On Effective Waterways Security 

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The Nigerian Navy has reiterated its commitment towards stamping out economic sabotage and other forms of  criminal activities along the waterways.
Rear Adm. Saheed Akinwande, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, made the statement at the end of the Nigerian Navy second quarterly route march in Calabar on Saturday.
Akinwande said the quarterly exercise was intended to prepare navy personnel physically and psychologically for contemporary security challenges in the country.
“The exercise is to tune us up to meet our maritime security challenges and other internal security concerns”, he said.
The FOC expressed optimism that the exercise would not only enhance the combat readiness of officers and ratings of the command, but also send a strong statement to criminal elements.
He stated that under his watch, the navy would not condone any form of threat around the maritime domain.
The naval officer said the massive participation of personnel in the exercise was an indication of their collective resolve to win the battle against crime and criminality.
“This exercise will tell criminal elements that we are combat-ready, and they we shall not condone any form of threat to our national security interests”, he said.
Akinwande said the navy was fully committed to making the waterways uncomfortable for criminals and economic saboteurs.
The flag officer said the newly launched ‘Operation Delta Sanity’ was a deliberate step to strengthen Nigeria’s waterways security architecture.
He said the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, had approved a 90-day extension for the conduct of the Operation.
The Tide’s source reports that the exercise which kicked off at the NNS Victory parade ground, attracted naval personnel from other formations across the state.
The route march which was led by the FOC, took participants through major routes around the Calabar metropolis.
The source further reports that operatives of the Nigeria police and Federal Road Safety Commission were on ground to reinforce traffic management during the exercise.
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COAS Inaugurates 70,000-litre Water Project in C’River 

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, on Monday, inaugurated a 70,000 litre, solar-powered water project in Alesi, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The Tide’s source reports that the project is a Special Intervention Civil-Military Cooperation scheme, initiated by the COAS and implemented by Maj.-Gen Hilary Nzan, the Commander, Four Special Forces Command, Doma, Nasarawa.
The source also reports that the strategic initiative is aimed at fostering improved relationship between the army and communities through the implementation of people-oriented  projects.
It further reports that the Nigerian Army had earlier provided solar-powered street lights in the community.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, the COAS said the project was designed to complement the existing infrastructure provided by the government and other stakeholders.
He said the water project would provide a sustainable source of clean water for the people of Alesi and its environs..
“This project will help to improve the people’s health, sanitation and overall quality of life”, he said.
Lagbaja said the army had implemented a number of people-oriented projects across the country to support the wellbeing of the communities.
He said some of such projects included construction and rehabilitation of hospitals, schools and laboratories, roads, town halls, and borehole facilities among others.
He pledged the commitment of the army to sustain initiatives capable of promoting the security of the nation and the wellbeing of the people.
Earlier, Nzan, said the army chose to implement a water project after a thorough and rigorous consultation with the community.
He urged members of the community to ensure good maintenance culture while using the project to enable it to serve them better
Speaking on behalf of Alesi Community, Dr Odigha Odigha, a Community Leader, described the project as a good omen to the community.
He commended the army for the initiative and said that the water project would impact positively on the wellbeing of the people.
“This project is a huge relief to the community, it would help in the reduction of waterborne diseases such as cholera. It will also reduce the burden of long treks to the stream.
“We commend the Nigerian Army for its visionary interventions in the community, this has truly enhanced the relationship between the people of the community and the force”, he said
The source reports that the inauguration ceremony was greeted with traditional dances and the conferment of the traditional title: “The Leader of People ” on the COAS.
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