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NCSU Urges Tinubu To Caution Wike, IGP, Okocha

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union(NCSU) has expressed concern over the silence of President Bola Tinubu in the political crisis currently rocking Rivers State, following the expiration of the tenure of former chairmen and councillors of the 23 local government councils of the State, and called on the President to caution the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief NyesomWike; the Inspector General of Police; and the representative of Rivers State in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Mr Tony Okocha on their roles in the lingering crisis.
The Rivers State Chairman of NCSU, Comrade Chukwuka Richman Osumah, who made the call while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, said it is shocking that President Tinubu has maintained studied silence over the crisis, and urged him, without further delay to call the trio to order, over their various roles in the political crisis rocking the State.
According to him, the Inspector General of Police, in particular is supposed to play a neutral and mediating role over the matter, instead of allegedly taking sides, saying, he is supposed to have withdrawn by now the police officers who have barricaded the secretariats of local government councils in the State for over one week now.
He noted that Rivers State is not the only State in the country where caretaker committees are appointed to run the affairs of local government councils, and wondered why the case of the State is different.
While affirming that Governor Fubara is totally loyal to the President, Osumah said what is currently playing out in the State is not only negatively affecting the people of the State but also the image and credibility of the Tinubu administration.
According to him, going by the deepening political crisis in Rivers State, people outside the State and Nigeria see President Tinubu as weak and incompetent, since he is unable to call to order those working under his government.
He contended that there is no iota of doubt that Wike and Okocha, who claims to be the leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Rivers State are the ones stoking the flames in the State with their loyalists and supporters.
Osumah indicated that a situation where Wike’s supporters march through the streets holding his portraits, and being nudged on by Okocha, as if they are holding campaign rallies, when there is no election in the air, is taking political desperation too far, and urged President Tinubu to quickly call to order the Minister and his supporters.
He reiterated that it is not only in Rivers State that caretaker committees are in place at the local government councils, and wondered why the police should be allowed to barricade council secretariats in the State, instead of allowing council workers and other residents to have access to the councils to carry out their legitimate businesses unmolested and unhindered.
The labour leader said the continuous barricade of the councils is taking a heavy toll on the economy of the State and the businesses of several persons who depend on the councils for their daily survival.
Osumah also noted that there is absolute peace and tranquility in the State, as the people of the State are going about their businesses unmolested, contrary to insinuations by those who are calling for a state of emergency to be declared in the State, stressing that such calls by people in government also portray the Tinubu administration in bad light.
Osumah equally expressed worry over the recent lamentation of Governor Fubara, concerning the shoddy manner the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is handling the political crisis in the State, saying, the inability of the party to assert its authority on the issue, by taking firm and appropriate actions against Wike is a strong indication that it is highly compromised.
He enjoined the Nigeria Governors’ Forum(NGF) to rally round Governor Fubara and always give him the necessary support.

Kevin Nengia

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UI Alumni Want More Funding For Public Universities

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The National President (Worldwide) of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Professor Gabriel Nyityo, has called for increased funding of public universities in the country.
Nyityo, who said this shortly after the election of Professor Emmanuel Emasealu and others as new executive of the Rivers State Chapter of the Association in Port Harcourt, said public universities need to be properly funded to enable them undertake more researches.
He observed that while some public universities are doing their best, some are set up as public infrastructures in communities.
According to him, “a university is a university, each one thriving in excellence, whether public or private, but in this tradition we first have public universities, and tradition die hard. So, we are always inclined to feeling that public universities are better because they have the capacity, both human and physical resources, and a good number of them are doing very well.
“But then, they are also public universities that are setup like social infrastructure facilities for rural dwellers. Those kind of universities, unless they upgrade, they remain social amenities for rural dwellers and so they are not global.
“However, there are also excellent private universities. Some are very small, but contributing their best and also big and they are also contributing their best.
“Though in Nigeria we do know that much of the research-based post graduate research are being done by public universities, so they are still leaders”, he said.
Nyityo also said while public universities are doing their best, their private counterparts are also doing their best, stressing the need for government to put more money in the public universities to enable them discharge their responsibilities to the society.
He said the University of Ibadan, which is the first in the country, will continue to lead the way in terms of innovation and breakthroughs in technological research, and described the Rivers State Branch as the most vibrant in the country.
Meanwhile, former Senator Andrew Uchendu, , and the former Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Simeon Achinewhu, have hailed the emergence of Prof Emmanuel C. Emasealu as the new Chairman of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA), Rivers State Branch.
The duo, who spoke shortly after the election, said the Rivers State Chapter of the Association has chosen the right person to pilot its affairs.
They also called for support to enable the new executive succeed.
The election was observed by the President of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) Worldwide, Prof Gabriel Nyityo, and other national officers that included the association’s 1st Assistant Secretary, Chief Uchemadu Abosi, and a former UIAA President.
It would be recalled that Prof. Emasealu, who was recently inducted into the Academy of Letters, leads a new Rivers UIAA executive team that includes, Mr. Mitayire Ajari as Vice Chairman; Barr. Goodluck M Ezikwa, Secretary; Barr. Chinedu Asuzu, Assistant Secretary; and Obiageli Egwudike Igwe as Treasurer.
The rest are, Christiana Lango Kalu, Financial Secretary; Kelechi Nwaucha, Public Relations Officer; Victoria Owoleke, Social Secretary; and Barr. Sarah Emmanuel-Apia, Legal Officer.
The new Rivers UIAA Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Emasealu, later told reporters that the association is blessed with professionals and prominent alumni, who have and are still contributing to the development of the state.
“In the first place, I would like to observe that UIAA worldwide was very much represented at this occasion.
“That is a statement, a very loud statement about the seriousness of the association.
“Two, I would like to state that we have a group of committed individuals, notable figures in society”, he stated.

By: John Bibor

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Group Hails Fubara Over Yobana’s Appointment

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A youth body “Sor Babbe 2024” under the auspices of Ogoni Sim Vanguard (OSV), in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State has commended the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubura, for the appointment of their Chairman, Board Of Trustee (BOT), Ambassador Marvin Yobana as the Caretaker Commitee Chairman of Khana LGA.
The commendation is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary, Comr. Inaabura Terekpa Henry and the group Coordinator, Comrade Nwigbo Emmanuel, who described the Governor as a “God-given Governor” that mean well for the development of Khana LGA and beyond.
The statement also identified Yobana as a bonafide Ken-Khana son who is truthful and represents “a pure definition of putting a round peg in a round hole”.
“Also, we want to cease this opportunity to remind His Excellency, Siminalayi Fubara, of our undeterred support for his leadership due to his developmental stride in Khana and Rivers State at large.
“We are also calling and appealing on behalf of the good and peace loving people of Babbe district, in Khana LGA, for him to look in-ward with regards to the forth-coming Local government election in Khana.
“That no Babbe son or daughter has been given an opportunity to serve the endowed and blessed people of Khana in the capacity of a democratically elected Chairman since the commencement of the present day dispensation of democracy from 1999 till date.
”What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Babbe is a child gifted, enormously talented and prodigiously endowed with grassroot servant-hood leaders and support-based galvanisers that can contribute immensely to the growth and development of Khana and Rivers State at large in all ramification, if given the opportunity.
“As a group, we want to reiterate again that we remain resolute, focused and undeterred on the Babbe mandate, as this will serve as a justifiable unifier and thus strengthen the existence of PDP in Babbe and the local government as a whole.
“We also congratulate our BOT Chairman on his appointment as CTC Chairman, Khana LGA”, the statement stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Monarch Charges Historians On History Documentation

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Eze Apara of Rebisi Kingdom and Paramount Ruler of Port Harcourt, HRM Isaiah Elekwu, has charged historians to begin earnest documentation of Rebisi people as a way to preserve their heritage.
The royal father gave the charge during the launch and public presentation of the book, “Rebisi Natives of Port Harcourt: History and Developments”, written by Arthur Kalagbor held in Port Harcourt.
He said intellectuals in the kingdom should engage more in written than oral history, as he commended Kalagbor for leading the light in documenting his people.
He described the book as the beginning of a new era in Rebisi kingdom and quest to ensure that there is cohesive and united front among the people.
Calling on elites in Rebisi to rise to the challenge of leadership, Eze Elikwu said time has come to save the future of the kingdom.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Sunny Amadi, said he was elated that a new awakening has started in Rebisi Kingdom with the book.
The university don, however, advocated for a new economy for Rebisi as he advocated use of estate development to drive future growth of the people.
In his words, “Today, most parts of Rebisi have been overtaken by development and that is why I urge our people to see opportunities from the estate, and built environment to preserve the future of children”.
Reviewing the book, Dr. Chris Akani described the work as historical legacy that seeks to throw light on the ontology of the people.
He stated that the seven chapter book with 106 pages is fluid and easy to read, with special focus on the origins of Rebisi people.
Akani added that, “it’s an exciting book that has come at the right time and I think the author should be given a resounding ovation”.
In his remarks, the author, Arthur Kalagbor, disclosed that the book is an outcome of a study group set up by Rebisi Monarch in 2014.
With the completion of the assignment to collate history of the kingdom, he noted that he was compelled to expand the frontiers to cover other areas of culture and origins to educate young generation.
Kalagbor reiterated that the book is dedicated for the future generation which has little knowledge of their history, and thanked royal fathers, and local sources for support, including former President of Ogbakor Ikwerre.

By: Kevin Nengia

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