… Urges South-South Governors to emulate efforts
A CSO, Association of Media Practitioners in Oil and Gas Producing Areas of Nigeria, AMEPROGAS, has commended Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson for constituting an Environmental Degradation Commission of Inquiry to investigate the years of negative impact of oil exploration of the waterways and lands of the State by Oil multinationals.
AMEPROGAS also urged Governors in South-South Nigeria to emulate the effort geared at making the Niger Delta environment clean and habitable from the incessant effects of oil exploration.
The statement was contained in a communique signed by AMEPROGAS Team Leader, Comrade Pere Botu and Director of Publicity/ Human Resources, Mr. Iteveh Ekpokpobe, after a meeting of stakeholders which held in Asaba, Delta State Capital territory.
According to the statement, the move by Governor Seriake will go down well in the annals of history as it signifies a clarion call for restoration of sanity to oil exploration in the Niger Delta.
They said oil exploration has wrecked immeasurable havoc on the health and livelihood of Niger Delta inhabitants without reasonable testimony of benefits for the people hence all oil sector stakeholders must see this as ample opportunity to right the long history of wrongs.
In the same vein, the newly inaugurated members of the Commissioned were urged to vehemently uphold their mandate of bringing succour to Bayelsa State environment.
Recall that Governor Seriake Dickson last week constituted the State Environmental Degradation Commission of Inquiry to investigate the years of negative impact of oil exploration of the waterways and lands of the State by Oil multinationals.
The newly inaugurated Commission of Inquiry is made up of foreign experts, diplomats and forensic experts including the Arch Bishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu as Chairman, the Former President of Ghana, John Kufou, a former in the British Cabinet and House of Lords, Baroness Valerie Amos Brondesbury and a Principal at the Fydow Forensics, Daniel Onifade.
Also on the Commission are the Former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Wodu Kemesuode, who is to serve as legal Counsel to the Commission, Head of the School of Law, University of Bradford, Prof. Engine Emeseh, Prof. Of Public Economics, University of St. Gallen, Prof. Roland Holder and Dr. Kathryn Nwajiaku-Dohou among others.
The Commission which has a life span of Nine months to submit it’s report and such duration can be extended on request of the Commission, has the powers to conduct private hearings, both within and outside the country, “the term of reference of the commission include the conduct of investigation the facts and current circumstances surrounding oil spills and their environmental and human impact. “To that end, the Commission shall (a) establish the facts; (b) quantify the impact of oil spills; (c) determine responsibilities and, where possible, identify those responsible; and (d) make recommendations, including, in particular, on a suitable accountability framework.
DESOPADEC Board Chairman, Michael Diden in trouble as group institutes suit to nullify his appointment
The Registered Trustees of Centre
for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC) have instituted a lawsuit to nullify the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden (aka Ejele) as Chairman of the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
This newspaper understands that the group, CHURAC and its registered trustees who are the claimants sought the nullification of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s appointment of Ejele as Chairman of the oil commission.
The suit which was filed against Governor of Delta State and 3 other persons has Suit No. W/154/2019.
Among other reliefs, the human rights body is seeking a declaration nullifying the appointment of Hon. Michael Diden as Chairman of the Board of DESOPADEC.
The matter is slated for hearing at the High Court of Delta State sitting in Warri on the 19th of August, 2019.
Gbenga Daniel honoured, coaches youth on leadership, self independence
The celebrated former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has continued to be an inspiration to the younger generation through his intentional dedication of his time and resources with a true belief that they are indeed tomorrow’s future.
A typical example of this came to the fore when OGD, as popularly called, took a break and graced an event organised by the vibrant youths of University of Lagos to sensitise and empower their peers about leadership and entrepreneurship.
The event, third annual Young Leaders Entrepreneurship conference (YOLEC) for young leaders by producers of Sparklight Entrepreneurship Show, took place on Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 at the Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos as expected, with this year’s edition themed ‘An entrepreneurial mindset: A Solution to the high Unemployment Rate in Nigeria’.
The keynote address was delivered by Engr. Obed Ikem, a project manager with Exxon-mobil, while the CEO of Cars 45 also shared the experiment and risks his company took before becoming a foremost leader in the business community.
Dr.Sunday Adebisi, Associate Professor in the department of Business Administration and Acting Director Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Center University of Lagos who told the audience that the Senate of the University is serious about producing good products but with solid entrepreneur mindset.
The Chairman of the event, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, while appreciating the organisers’ efforts in putting the event together, mentored the youth on the importance of leadership training and how youth could be financially independent becoming entrepreneurs.
“Above all, if you look at the lives of successful entrepreneurs in the world, there is one thing that’s common to them all,” Daniel said.
“It’s perseverance. None of them gave up at any point in time.”
He, therefore, advised them to be tenacious in pursuing their dreams.
In appreciation, the students jointly presented the former governor with an award for his support and being a source of inspiration them.
The convener, Tosin Adesile, also thanked Otunba Gbenga Daniel for always being available to impact the next generation.
Participants which include students, corps members and unemployed graduates enjoyed several opportunities such as CV review, mentoring session and learnt digital skills and technologies like data science and analytics, cyber-security, cloud computing, block chain and more.
Imo govt takes over Okorocha’s varsity, scraps new institutions
The Imo State Government has taken over the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko and converted it to a campus of the Imo State University, Owerri.
The 8th Imo Assembly had passed a law allotting 90 per cent equity shares to trustees of Rochas Foundation and 10 per cent to Imo state government.
Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the newly-established Tertiary Institutions in Imo State, Prof. Jude Njoku, said at a press briefing in Owerri on Wednesday that the committee established a prima facie that the institution was established with state funds.
The committee also recommended that both the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Aboh/Okpala and the University of Science and Technology, Umuna should remain campuses of Imo State University while Aboh/Okpala will be the campus for agriculture and veterinary medicine, and Umuna will be for engineering as earlier conceived.
He said that from the findings of the committee at the National Universities Commission (NUC), it was established that approval was given to EPU as the second University in Imo, 47th State University and 143 Nigerian university.
In addition, Njoku said that it was discovered that the land was purchased and paid for by the state government.
The committee also scrapped all polytechnics established by established towards the end of the Rochas Okorocha administration.
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