Violence: Rivers APC ask Buhari to implement Odinkalu’s report

THE Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of the Professor Chidi Odinkalu-led panel of inquiry into the violence that rocked the state before and during the 2015 general elections.

The APC State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, who made this call during a special interdenominational memorial service tagged ‘Rivers Black Day’ in honour of scores that were reportedly killed as a result of the politically motivated violence in Rivers.

Ikanya was addressing thousands of APC supporters who streamed to the Port Harcourt Club in GRA and the party secretariat on Forces Avenue to hold a memorial service in honour of victims of the election violence in the state in an event tagged ‘Black Monday’.

The state APC chairman told party supporters, who were all in black attire, that Odinkalu panel set up by the then governor of the state, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, was to investigate the killings in the state.

“The Chidi Odinkalu panel set up by the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration to investigate the killings in Rivers State has concluded its report and submitted to the appropriate authorities.

“As part of the honour that can be done to the memories of these innocent citizens, I, on behalf of the APC, Rivers State, demand the implementation of the recommendation of the panel.

“I also wish to appeal to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to make good his promise to bring the masterminds of these senseless murders to justice,” Ikanya stressed.

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FG to implement Niger Delta Master Plan – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is focused on the implementation of Niger Delta Master Plan to drive development of the region.

Osinbajo stated this at the inaugural meeting of Partners for Sustainable Development Forum organised by Niger Delta Development Commission, in Port Harcourt on Monday.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari had also expressed concern with current degradation of the environment with a view to addressing challenges faced by the region.

Osinbajo said, “Niger Delta remains a priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government with a view to attending to current devastation and environmental degradation in the region.

“The federal government will give NDDC all necessary assistance and support to achieve its mandate of ensuring rapid and sustainable development of the region.

“For meaningful and sustainable development to take place in the region, citizens and stakeholders must be peaceful while curbing militancy and eliminating terrorism.”

Represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Presidency, Mr. Adeola Ipaye, Osinbajo added that Niger Delta, being the world’s third largest wetland, had immense potential to become an agriculture hub.

He said the nation’s over-dependence on crude oil was partly responsible for “redundant human resource base and high level of corruption.”

According to him, there has to be a major shift from dependence on oil to agricultural production which will assist job creation and encourage development of the manufacturing sector.

Queen of England, Buhari expected to attend  Ooni’s coronation 

Buhari and the Queen of England
Her Majesty the Queen of England Elizabeth Alexandra; President Muhammadu Buhari his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ( SAN) and governors from at least 20 states; ministers and other dignitaries are expected to attend  the coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

The Chairman media committee of the coronation, Mr. Biyi Odunlade, said this at a press conference which kick started series of activities lined up for the coronation which is scheduled to hold on Monday, December 7.

Odunlade, however, explained that the queen would be represented at the ceremony but stated  guests from many nations of the world were also expected to be part of the ceremony.

The Ooni also said he was ready to fast track the development of Ile Ife with series of policies he enumerated and to make an average Yorubaman pound anywhere they found themselves.

The monarch, who was represented at the press conference by his elder brother, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, said he would do everything possible to address the problem of youth unemployment in the town.

Ogunwusi, who donated 50 transformers to some communities in Ile Ife during the contest for the Ooni stool said he would donated additional 50 transformers within the next 30 days to boost electricity supply in the an ie t town.

He said this donation would make small scale businesses in the town to thrive because power problem would have been reduced drastically with the largesse.

He said, ” Let me acquaint you with what his imperial majesty has been doing in less than 70 days, over 20 electricity transformer worth about N250 million were given.

COP21: Save Lake Chad’s ecosystem from depletion, Buhari tells world leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Paris called on world leaders to forge a united front to save Lake Chad’s ecosystem from further depletion caused by the adverse effects of climate change.

Speaking at the Leaders Event of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP 21, in Paris, President Buhari said climate change has continued to pose a threat to Nigeria’s security and development.

“At the sub-regional level, we are saddled with the challenge of the drying up of the Lake Chad Basin, which is resulting in the total wipe out of livelihoods of many communities surrounding this transboundary natural resource.

“Regrettably, the world is leaving behind millions of people who depend on the Lake for their survival.

“The Government of Nigeria welcomes the Lake Chad Development and Climate Resilience Plan, and the Lake Chad Basin Commission and international partners for designing this climate-based Plan.

“In all, the experience of countries sharing the Lake Chad further illustrates the mutual challenge we face today and which must be collectively addressed without further delay.”

On Nigeria’s position on the climate change negotiations, President Buhari said any meaningful and potential agreement on climate change in Paris, “must draw extensively on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”

The President, who shortly before his arrival to Paris approved Nigeria’s Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC) to tackle climate change , said for any agreement in Paris to be durable, “it must recognize not only the emission right but also the survival rights of the citizens of developing countries.”

The President also used the occasion of his address to around 150 leaders, who attended the opening ceremony of the summit, to affirm Nigeria’s position of a potential agreement that equitably addresses climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.

He said the potential agreement must make provisions for adequate financing, technology transfer and capacity development in the developing countries.

The President therefore called for the establishment of an effective means of monitoring, reviewing and verification of availability as well as accessibility of funds to the developing countries in order to address the challenges of climate change.

He assured world leaders of Nigeria’s readiness to support a legally binding and all-encompassing Paris Agreement, which must be fair to all.

Ajayi Crowther University to graduate 11 first class, others

Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo, Oyo State, would be graduating 11 first class out of the 370 graduands at its forthcoming 7th Convocation slated for December 5.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Dapo Asaju, said this at a news conference held at the institution on Monday to herald the convocation.

He said that 68 of the graduands bagged second class upper, 166 made second-class lower, while 113 students graduated with third class.

NAN reports that the convocation would take place in the Faculty of Law building, donated by the family of Chief (Mrs) Folorunsho Alakija.

Asaju said that a convocation-lecture would be delivered at the school auditorium on December 4 by Prof Jide Alo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research), University of Lagos.

The theme of the lecture is, “Faith Based Universities and National Development: Towards a Mandate Re-Appraisal”.

He said that the institution, which was granted licence in 2005, was named after Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a renowned black African and first black bishop in the world.

Asaju, who described Crowther, as one of the nation’s greatest personalities in history, commended former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his incisive sense of history, which led to the name of the school.

Asaju , who recalled that he assumed duty on Oct. 2 as the third V-C of the institution, added that the management had since been pre-occupied with how to repackage the university.

According to him, the repackaging was for more positive image for the university and make it a force to reckon with across the world.

Asaju said that the institution would soon commence its post- graduate programmes, adding that 70 per cent of its approved post-graduate courses would take-off by March, 2016.

“We have also concluded plans to start the Department of Environmental Sciences.

Also, we have 110 hectares of land along Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway where we hope to start our Colleges of Medicine and Agriculture.

“There, we expect that the 64 dioceses will erect at least a building as part of our expansion programme,” he said.

Teacher regulatory institution underway – Anwukah

Prof. Anthony Anwukah, the Minister of State for Education, on Monday said Federal Government will set up regulatory institution for teaching.

Anwukah said this in Abuja during the Annual General Meeting 2015 of Principals of Federal Government Colleges (FGC) with “Education as a Change Agent’’ as theme.

He said the institution would ensure that teachers at all levels were certified to boost the quality of education in the country.

“It is only in education that there is no regulatory body like ICAN (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria for accountants and COREN (The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria)

“We will ensure that teaching will be regarded in this country by pushing for the regulatory body to give teaching the status it deserves,’’ the minister said.

He said that the administration would also restructure the curriculum of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) to ensure its graduates were grounded in basic education.

According to him, the present curriculum is preparing the NCE graduates for Bachelors’ degree in education rather than preparing them for teaching at the primary level.

Anwukah stated that some of the NCE undergraduates study Education in Physics, Chemistry, Geography, among others, which are subjects that are not applicable at the basic level.

The minister assured the principals of the FGCs that all the challenges facing the colleges would be addressed in this administration because the government was committed to attaining Education For all.

Anwukah , however , urged the principals to train and teach the students to be good citizens.

He also called on the principals to be transparent in the utilisation of public funds and avoid corrupt practices.

Mrs Florence Ejikeme, Chairperson, Principals of Federal Unity Colleges, said education through its provision of social service was an agent of change.

She said federal unity colleges were established to bring together young Nigerians from different parts of the country and expose them to the same socialising influence.

According to her, the transformation of the Nigerian education system into vibrant and technologically -driven system as envisaged by the FG, is faced with many challenges.

She outlined some of the challenges to be poor funding, unskilled personnel, irregular power supply, disruptive internet services, inadequate security and poor maintenance of ICT equipment, among others.

Ejikeme, however, assured the FG of their support in ensuring that the country’s education system met global standards

NJC extends tenure of Justice Daisy Okocha as Rivers Acting Chief Judge

The Rivers State Government says the National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the extension of the appointment of the Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Daisy Okocha from 1st December, 2015 to 15th January, 2016.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accordingly approved the extension of the appointment of Justice Daisy Okocha.

In a press statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, the government also said the National Judicial Council has recommended the extension of the appointment of Honourable Justice Christy Gabriel-Nwankwo as the Acting President of Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal for an additional period of three months.

Following the recommendation of NJC, Wike has also approved the extension of the appointment of Gabriel-Nwankwo.