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  •  Oct 1 Nigerian Consulate UN association to host youth forum in NY
    Oct.1: Nigerian Consulate, UN association to host youth forum in NY
     Oct 1 Nigerian Consulate UN association to host youth forum in NY
    Oct.1: Nigerian Consulate, UN association to host youth forum in NY
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Oct.1: Nigerian Consulate, UN association to host youth forum in NY

    The Consulate General of Nigeria in New York will host a youth forum in collaboration with the UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC), Nigerian Association, on Oct. 1 as part of the activities to celebrate Nigeria’s independence anniversary.

    Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General (CG) of Nigeria in New York, said this when the 2022 Executive Committee (EXCO) of UNSRC paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Nigeria House, New York. The UN correspondent of the New Agency of Nigeria reports that the association through its President, Mr Bolade Sobola, had proposed to partner the consulate to organise the forum  aimed at supporting the Nigerian youth.

    Epopija told his guests that the mission had concluded arrangement in conjunction with the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) to organise the 2022 Independence Day Parade and would appreciate UNSRC’s contributions.

    “I’m using this opportunity to invite your association; we want every culture in Nigeria that is represented in diaspora to attend and showcase their culture at the parade.

    “That day, people should dress Nigerian; we are creating booths for different cultural and ethnic groups, let them bring a miniature of their people, let people see that Nigeria has multiplicity of culture.

    “By doing that, we will be promoting tourism.

    We want a carnival like atmosphere parade to display rich Nigerian culture,’’ he said.

    According to him, the parade will be bigger than previous celebrations as the consulate was also working with Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa and he has agreed to sponsor a musician from his state to perform at the parade.

    In addition to organising the Independence Day Parade, the envoy said the consulate had been working hard to improve its services to serve Nigerians within its jurisdiction better.

    “We have improved on our services because we believe every Nigerian that comes to Nigeria House should be attended to and we have been able to re-jig the system to achieve this feat.

    “It would not have been possible without the cooperation of my staff and the senior landlord (Amb. Tijjani Muhamad-Bande, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN) who bought into what we wanted and supported the Consulate.

    “People no longer move around again.

    Once they come in, everything about consular services end on the 2nd floor.

    It is now one stop shop; you come, and you are attended to,’’ he said.

    Egopija, however, called for suggestions on ways the consulate could further improve on its services from the EXCO members, saying, “We are not satisfied yet because we believe there is room for improvement”.

    In addition, he told his guests that the mission had a WhatsApp platform to communicate with all Nigerian associations executives who in turn would share the information with their members.  

    Ms Hauwa Umar, Treasurer of UNSRC; Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General (CG) of Nigeria in New York; Mr Bolade Sobola, President of UNSRC and the Assistant Secretary of the association, Ms Annette Imohe at Nigeria House, New York  NAN also reports that the EXCO members introduced included Ms Foluke Ojelabi, Vice-President; Mr Abdulsalam Aliyu, Secretary; Ms Annette Imohe, the Assistant Secretary; Treasurer, Ms  Hauwa Umar and the Assistant Treasurer, Ms Oluwatosin Akingbulu.

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  •  ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers children
    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children
     ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers children
    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children
    Education2 weeks ago

    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enroll in schools outside the shores of Nigeria. 

    Prof. Kingdom Tombra, Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island chapter of the union, made this known at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC embarked on the nationwide protest in solidarity with the ASUU and other affiliate unions over the lingering industrial action in public universities in Nigeria.

    “If this is done, it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria. 

    “This struggle is not against government, but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it “If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution, I don’t think the strike will occur again.

    “If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

    NAN reports that lecturers in government-owned universities commenced a nationwide strike on Feb. 14 over the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability  Solution (UTAS) as a payment system in the university sector.

    Earlier, Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa who spoke to the organised labour, commended the ASUU and the NLC for the peaceful conduct of the protest, promising to channel their demands to the appropriate quarters.

    Also speaking, Mr John Ndiomu, the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa commended the governor for his peaceful disposition.

    He said that the workers and the students are being represented in the Nationwide solidarity rally.

    Ndiomu, urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.

    ”Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in place IPPIS, Pay Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) “Release of Revitalization Fund, Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities.

    Amend NUC law to control proliferation of state universities without funding,” the labour leader said.

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  •  Over 3 000 benefit from SDGs free medical outreach in Bayelsa
    Over 3,000 benefit from SDGs’ free-medical outreach in Bayelsa
     Over 3 000 benefit from SDGs free medical outreach in Bayelsa
    Over 3,000 benefit from SDGs’ free-medical outreach in Bayelsa
    General news3 weeks ago

    Over 3,000 benefit from SDGs’ free-medical outreach in Bayelsa

    No fewer than 3,000 persons had benefited from free medical outreach organised under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme in Bayelsa.

      The outreach was aimed at improving the well-being of people in the three senatorial districts of the state.

      The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries received free medical care from medical practitioners that included: surgeons and pharmacists who screened people for hypertension, diabetes, , tuberculosis, COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination and surgeries.

      The medical outreach started at Sampou community in Local Government Area on Monday.

      The event also had dental care, eye tests and free eye glasses, as well as provided wheel chairs and crutches for those with disabilities.

      The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr Ebiwari Wariowei, told newsmen that the essence of the outreach was to provide healthcare services to the people.

      He added that the programme was also organised to ensure that people in the various communities were healthy in line with the maxim, “health is wealth.”   He said, “We are undertaking minor surgeries to correct: hernia, eye problem, dental care and carried out tests on , typhoid, malaria and many others on the people.

      “This is to give them primary healthcare services and we must say thank you to the governor for always prioritising the health and well-being of our people”.

      While thanking Governor Douye Diri for approving funds for the health intervention programme, the SSA on SDGs said that the agency remained a key vision driver of the Prosperity Agenda of the governor.

      Wariowei, who underwent dental care, eye test, also presented some wheel chairs and crutches to the physically challenged.

      Similarly, he visited the theatre room to encourage patients undergoing surgery for hernia.

      The Health Desk Officer at the Bayelsa SDGs Office, Dr Lily Appah, expressed delight that the people in the three senatorial districts turned out in their numbers to take advantage of the services offered by the medical team.

      “We are really happy that people came out starting from the first day at Sampou and Sagbama towns and now Ogbolomabiri.

      “The turnout has been massive and we can see joy palpitating on the faces of the people we have impacted.

      “A lot of people have really benefitted and we are grateful to the miracle governor and the SSA on SDGs,” she said.

      She thanked the medical team for carrying out their task professionally and urged the people to expect more health interventions in the coming days from the Bayelsa SDGs’ office.

      A beneficiary and a retiree, Mrs Ebiotu Kwesi, from Ughelli in Delta, said that on hearing the announcement on radio, she quickly travelled back to Sampou to benefit from the free medical care.

      “I’m very pleased and happy about this free-medical- care packaged by the state government and the SDGs’ office.

    The treatment is good and I want it to be sustained.”   The paramount ruler of Sagbama Federated Communities, Chief Magbisa Moses-Ojo, said that most health facilities in the local areas were not performing optimally.

      He expressed joy that the government had brought succour through the SDGs’ intervention in health sector to the people of the state.

      “The government has remembered the poor by organising this medical outreach.

      “Some of us can’t go to the hospital and when we do, there are no drugs for us.

    And so, this is a welcome development.

    It is a means to rescue us, and God bless the governor,” he said.

     

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  •  Bayelsa govt seeks more investment from Shell
    Bayelsa govt. seeks more investment from Shell
     Bayelsa govt seeks more investment from Shell
    Bayelsa govt. seeks more investment from Shell
    General news4 weeks ago

    Bayelsa govt. seeks more investment from Shell

    Bayelsa govt. seeks more investment from Shell

    Bayelsa Govt. seeks more investment from Shell

    Investment

    By Nathan Nwakamma

    Yenagoa, July 14, 2022 (MNAN) Bayelsa government has urged Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) to contribute more to standards of living in the state by investing more in energy and infrastructure development.

    Mrs Abimbola Essien-Nelson, Media Relations Manager, SPDC, in a statement on Thursday quoted Bayelsa deputy governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, as making the call during a business meeting with the company’s management in Port Harcourt.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that SPDC first struck oil in commercial quantities in Nigeria at Otuabagi community within the Oloibiri fields in Bayelsa in 1956.

    SPDC had in 2015 divested its equity interest in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29, and the asset was acquired by an indigenous firm, Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd for $2.4 billion.

    However, the company retains gas gathering infrastructure across Bayelsa that feeds the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas for export.

    “The relationship between Bayelsa State and SPDC is cordial. Thank you for the investments in our state.

    “Thank you for your contributions to support development efforts in the state. But how do we improve on this and bring dividends to our people? There is still so more to unearth in our state.

    “This meeting is to see how we can work together to create a suitable environment for SPDC to operate and generate value for all of us,” Ewhrudjakpo said.

    He said the state government was ready to partner Shell to expand its portfolio in Bayelsa with a view to reducing unemployment, youth restiveness and drug abuse.

    He said the state had recorded a huge success using sports to keep youths away from vices particularly drug abuse and violent crimes.

    According to Ewhrudjakpo, Bayelsa youths have shown that if we give them encouragement, they could deliver good value.

    He said the state finished in the 3rd position at the last National Sports Festival in Edo even as the government also organises the annual Bayelsa Wrestling Classic to encourage more youths in the state to embrace sports.

    Essien-Nelson also quoted the Managing Director, SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr Osagie Okunbor, as pledging the company’s support for government’s efforts to improve the environment in Bayelsa.

    “It means that there is a plan. As a company, we key into your vision because we know that if you are successful it will help us and help our business environment.

    “We commend you and His Excellency, Governor Douye Diri, for what you are doing to support business in Bayelsa State,” Okunbor  said.

    Okunbor was represented by an SPDC Director and Head, Corporate Relations Nigeria, Mr Igo Weli.

    He commended Bayelsa government for the successes in sports development strides in the state.

    The Bayelsa Government delegation included Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on Sports, Hon. Tare Porri; Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Mr Baraladei Igali; Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Dr Ebiere Jones; and Director of Sports, Braveman Wodi. (

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  •  SSA commeds Gov Diri for passion commitment to attainment of SDGs
    SSA commeds Gov. Diri for passion, commitment to attainment of SDGs
     SSA commeds Gov Diri for passion commitment to attainment of SDGs
    SSA commeds Gov. Diri for passion, commitment to attainment of SDGs
    Economy4 weeks ago

    SSA commeds Gov. Diri for passion, commitment to attainment of SDGs

    Mr Ebiwari Wariowei, Senior Special Assistant and Focal Person on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has commended Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa for his commitment to the attainment of the 17 SDGs in Bayelsa.Wariowei gave the commendation following Diri’s visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States.This is  contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Mr Pereokosifa Buseni, Press Secretary to SDGs Bayelsa chapter.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that during the visit, Gov. Diri met the Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs Amina Mohammed, and asked for sustained collaboration with the UN.The statement stated that the SSA-SDGs said the call for collaboration with the UN was apt, timely and in the best interest of a state like Bayelsa which was desirous of growth in all frontiers.He called on the UN and other development partners to cooperate with the government to consolidate on the steps taken by Diri, to help speed up development in Bayelsa.Wariowei, stressed that Bayelsa was in dire need for development partners who would collaborate with government in key areas like education, health, women and youth empowerment, tourism, food production and processing, environment among others.He said that Diri had demonstrated uncommon commitment and passion for development by building critical infrastructure that would provide great opportunities to open up the state for more investments in different sectors.According to him, Gov. Diri is using the Bayelsa SDGs Office to drive his Prosperity Agenda by implementing key projects and programmes like the distribution of 100 hospital beds, mattresses and cupboards to selected primary health centres across the eight LGAs.Other projects included award of 12.5 km rural roads to open up various LGAs, the 100-bed Mother and Child Hospital built by SDGs in collaboration with the Federal Government.He, however, urged citizens to support government’s effort to ensure Bayelsa was peaceful, stable, secured and prosperous.He added that with less than two years left in Gov. Diri’s first tenure, many laudable projects and programmes would be launched to make life meaningful for all. (

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  •  UN visit Diri pledges implementation of SDGs seeks Niger Delta clean up
    UN visit: Diri pledges implementation of SDGs, seeks Niger Delta clean up
     UN visit Diri pledges implementation of SDGs seeks Niger Delta clean up
    UN visit: Diri pledges implementation of SDGs, seeks Niger Delta clean up
    Foreign1 month ago

    UN visit: Diri pledges implementation of SDGs, seeks Niger Delta clean up

    Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has reiterated commitment of the state government to attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enhance the living conditions of his people.

    Diri gave the assurance when he visited the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed at the UN headquarters in New York.

    He said the continued collaboration with the global body would fast-track development in such areas as education, health, youth, and women empowerment, food production and the environment.

    The governor, who congratulated Mohammed for rising to the enviable position and for her great work at the UN, said that the collaboration would enhance the prosperity agenda of his government to the people of the state.

    He said that his government had been building critical infrastructure that would provide great opportunities to open up Bayelsa for more investments in different sectors.

    “First, we are here to congratulate you on your appointment and to say that you are a worthy ambassador of Nigeria in the United Nations.

    “So far, you have done very well occupying this office, please continue to help humanity. We have come to strengthen the existing relationship between Bayelsa and the UN.

    “We are committed to the attainment of the SDGs for the betterment of our people in education, health, sanitation, access to clean water and ensuring we live in a safe environment devoid of pollution,” Diri said.

    He said that the state government took a deliberate effort to open up the maritime domain with the three ongoing Senatorial roads linking several riverine communities and corridors to the Atlantic Ocean.

    According to him, so much opportunity exists for the establishment of a sea port and massive aquaculture project.

    “Yes, we are an oil producing state but we have more wealth in the sea and agriculture, because, we are located in the Gulf of Guinea, we must also strive to tackle the security issues on our water ways to attract serious investments.

    “I have offered to host the meeting of the Gulf of Guinea in Yenagoa. When our waterways are safe, we can tap the tourism potential there in.

    “We already have an agreement with a European consortium on deep sea fishing and ship building, an investment capable of providing more than 2,000 jobs.

    “The roads we are constructing along the three corridors will take us to Brass, Agge in Ekeremor to develop a deep sea port and also link us to the Ocean through Oporoma,” Diri said.

    On the unabated environmental pollution and degradation, Diri said the ongoing clean-up in Ogoni land by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) should be extended to the entire oil-rich Niger Delta.

    According to him, Bayelsa is worst affected by incidents of oil spills leaving behind attendant devastated ecology and health issues.

    “You are very familiar with our stories and the Niger Delta environment. We must commend what you started in Ogoni as then Minister of Environment.

    “Our land, rivers are polluted. The remediation of the region must be total. Bayelsa is worst affected.”

    Responding, Mohammed appreciated the pace of development in the state since its creation in 1996, adding that the UN was ready to deepen the existing relationship with the state to support ongoing development efforts by the current administration.

    “A lot has happened in terms of infrastructure in Bayelsa state since creation alongside my own state of Gombe. We are here to support nations, communities to grow.

    “We are working with leaders like you to add value to the lives of the people and create opportunities for the young people to harness their potential.

    “Here, we are working hard to realise those SDGs and make our society better,” she said.

    Mohammed who welcomed the request for the hosting of the Gulf of Guinea meeting by the state, said the UN was disturbed at the level of environmental pollution in the oil-rich Niger Delta, a situation she described as `complete disaster’.

    “It is not just about Ogoni land but the remediation should be for all oil producing places.

    “The means of livelihood of the people, fishing and farming are greatly affected. The oil pollution is a complex thing and it is a complete disaster which requires urgent intervention.”

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York accompanied the governor to the UN headquarters.

    Others are Hon. Fred Agbedi, Member representing Federal Constituency in the National Assembly and Mrs Patience Abah, the Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments and Major Lancelot Anyanya (rtd.)   (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Cuba Consortium signs agreement to establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa
    Cuba Consortium signs agreement to establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa
     Cuba Consortium signs agreement to establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa
    Cuba Consortium signs agreement to establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa
    Foreign1 month ago

    Cuba Consortium signs agreement to establish vaccines manufacturing plant in Bayelsa

    Bayelsa State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BioCubaFarma Consortium of the Republic of Cuba for the establishment of vaccines and pharmaceuticals production plant in the State.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is a fall-out of a 3-day investment visit to Cuba led by the state governor, Sen. Douye Diri.

    The Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Igwele, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investments,  Patience Abah, signed the MoU for the government at a ceremony in Havana, the Cuban capital.

    Dr Mayda Mauri Pérez, the First Vice President of BioCubaFarma, signed for the Consortium.

    The signing ceremony was witnessed by Amb. Benaoyagha Okoyen, the Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba.

    NAN reports that the MoU indicates that the partnership is in furtherance of an earlier bilateral agreement signed between the Nigerian Government and that of Cuba.

    The earlier agreement is on scientific cooperation, technology transfer, academic collaboration and the co-production of vaccines and other pharmacological products in the country.

    The Republic of Cuba has lately joined the league of nations that have gained international recognition for its medical breakthroughs and advancements.

    Igwele said the partnership deal marked a milestone in the quest of the government to attract investments into the State.

    “This is a good development for us in Bayelsa State.

    “The vaccines and other pharmaceutical products are in high demand in Nigeria and beyond.

    “With the centre here, Bayelsa can serve other states and nations in the West African sub-region.

    “In the next few months, the technical teams from both sides will work out further details of the agreement,” he said.

    The commissioner said the vaccines and pharmaceuticals production centre would provide job opportunities, build expertise of young Bayelsans and also ensure technology transfer for sustainability of the plant.

    Also, as part of the visit, the Bayelsa State delegation met with Deputy Governor of Havana Province, Cuba, Mrs Yanet Hernandez Parez and Vice Minister for Trade, Matanzas Province, Cuba, Ms Deborah Rivas Saavedra.

    The meeting was to explore other business opportunities for the State.

    The officials discussed ways of exploring business opportunities on sugar production, renewable energy, ICT and exchange programmes for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

    Others who joined the governor for the various meetings were Mr Fred Agbedi, member representing Federal Constituency, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, Vice Chancellor, Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa and Retired Major Lancelot Anyanya, among others. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U S
    Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U.S.
     Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U S
    Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U.S.
    General news1 month ago

    Bayelsa gov urges preservation of Ijaw culture in U.S.

    Bayelsa State Governor, Sen. Douye Diri, has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values, culture and tradition of ijaw on their children.

    Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark, New Jersey State in the United States of America.

    “A man who has no culture is lost. The beginning of a man’s culture is language and then his dressing. So, I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture.

    “My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation.

    “I am equally happy with what this group is doing, bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together.

    “Consciously, we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves. That applies to all of you abroad.’’

    Speaking on the insecurity in Nigeria, Diri stressed the urgent need to allow the establishment of functional state-owned police across Nigeria.

    He expressed optimism that the operations of State Police would end the state of insecurity in the country.

    The governor insisted on the restructuring of Nigeria and devolution of power to the states, and stressed the need for the Federal Government to respect the true dictates of a federal system.

    He said the Federal Government should respect the true dictates of the Federal System fashioned after the U.S. democratic system where equity, fairness and justice remain the order of the day.

    “The security challenges are there in Nigeria and that is why some of us are asking for restructuring of Nigeria. There has to be devolution of powers to the states.

    “Right here in the U.S, I can see policemen who are not federal but under the jurisdiction of their respective states.

    “That is the federal system. In Nigeria, why can’t we have state-owned policemen? state governments should be allowed and that will contribute to security in the country,” the governor said.

    According to him, the current administration in Bayelsa is investing massively in security to create enabling environment for investments to thrive.

    “We have been in the U.S. for some days now and have met various groups and institutions for partnerships and investments in the state.

    “Bayelsa is so blessed in oil and gas but we are redirecting our energies to gas, renewable energy and agriculture among others. The meetings have been very encouraging and positive.

    “But for us, we know that security is key and that was why we established the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps headed by a retired Brigadier-General.

    “We are involving our youth in the security of their localities. Of course, relatively in Nigeria, Bayelsa remains one of the safest states.”

    Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state.

    The governor took opportunity of the event to keep the  diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state, including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads.

    “Through the three senatorial roads, we are connecting many riverine communities by roads. We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected.

    “For the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West, we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government

    “In Bayelsa Central, the Yenagoa-Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama community to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded.

    “Just about two weeks ago, the last one in the East, Nembe-Brass road was flagged-off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board,” the governor said.

    He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC).

    This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.

    In his address, the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Fred Agbedi, stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite.

    Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home.

    The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council, Prof. Mondy Gold, expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation.

    He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation.

    Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande, Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigerian Amb. to Cuba, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, among others. (www.nanenws.ng)

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  •  Bayelsa owned University of Africa seeks research endowment
    Bayelsa-owned University of Africa seeks research endowment
     Bayelsa owned University of Africa seeks research endowment
    Bayelsa-owned University of Africa seeks research endowment
    Education1 month ago

    Bayelsa-owned University of Africa seeks research endowment

     The Bayelsa-owned University of Africa, Toru-Orua, (UAT) on Friday said it was seeking the establishment of an endowment fund for research purposes.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the institution said its focus would be on solving developmental challenges and the advancement of the society.

    The university made a case for the endowment fund at the 2nd Annual Public Lecture of the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences.

    The lecture had as its topic  “Utilising Untapped Research Funding Opportunities: An Imperative for Innovative Research in the University System“.

    It was intended to enlighten stakeholders on the need for financial support for the institution.

    The Dean, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, Prof. Francis Sikoki, in his address of welcome, said that the university’s catchment was bedevilled by many challenges, which could be addressed through research.

    He listed such challenges to include flood and erosion, the menace of waterborne diseases, resource depletion occasioned by pollution and environmental degradation.

    “Unfortunately, despite the large pool of experts in various disciplines in the university system, the paucity of funds to carry out problem-solving researches has been a major constraint.

    “Fortunately, there is a large number of research funding sources which are not being adequately explored.

    “One of such areas is the establishment of an endowment fund dedicated to research funding. This is precisely the reason for this public lecture being held today, first to create awareness and secondly to mobilise resources for research, ” Sikoki said.

    The guest lecturer and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the  Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr Godknows Igali, stressed the need for universities to seek alternative funding.

    He said public sector funding of the country’s university system was on the decline.

    He suggested that apart from endowments, research funding could also be sourced from alumni bodies, partnership with industry, accessing development funding, university linkages, through putting on the entrepreneurial cap and adoption of blending approach to funding research, among other sundry sources.

    Igali, while advising the university’s management to be innovative, said: “The question ahead of us is where does the University of Africa want to belong?

    “My submission would be we should be on the right side of history, of being a national problem solver and a much sought after institution around the world.

    “It is our disposition towards today that would determine where the University of Africa will be in terms of its relevance in the global education market. But then as the saying goes, it is impossible to make an omelette without breaking eggs, “ he said.

    Igali said this would require innovation and creativity from the university’s management.

    “For this, as stated earlier, the university must be able to recruit and have the right calibre of staff who can handle this highly specialised duties of raising funds from multiple sources.

    “This is because it would be difficult for a researcher to be the one who has the responsibility of carrying out investigation and studies and at the same time be saddled with the hunt for resources,” he said.

    In his remarks, Gov. Douye Diri called on federal agencies such as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to support the state in the funding of research projects by its tertiary institutions.

    The governor, represented by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also implored the state-owned institutions of higher learning to redouble their efforts to tap research funds lying idle at the NCDMB and other public-spirited corporate bodies.

    He emphasised the importance of research in tertiary education and the overall development of society, noting that what makes an educational institution to stand out is the quality of its research works.

    Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of UAT, Prof. Kingston Nyamapfene, said that the public lecture was a clarion call on all stakeholders, especially government to invest more resources in research and development to meet the manpower needs of the university system and society at large. (

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  •  Bayelsa Govt to woo foreign investors at Ijaw convention U S
    Bayelsa Govt. to woo foreign investors at Ijaw convention U.S
     Bayelsa Govt to woo foreign investors at Ijaw convention U S
    Bayelsa Govt. to woo foreign investors at Ijaw convention U.S
    Foreign1 month ago

    Bayelsa Govt. to woo foreign investors at Ijaw convention U.S

    Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa will showcase the state’s rich economic and cultural resources at a two-day Ijaw diaspora convention slated to hold in New Jersey, U.S. starting from Saturday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Diri, a prominent Ijaw son, who is in the U.S. for economic and cultural mission to two states of New York and New Jersey arrived on Tuesday.

    Diri is in the two states to market the rich resources of Bayelsa to foreign investors with the purpose of attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the state in different sectors of the economy.

    “We came here on a two-prong visit, to bring Bayelsa State to the U.S. and to the world, as a state that is ready and prepared to attract FDI and as a State that is culturally very strong, bringing our culture to the world.

    “Bayelsa State has been known as hub of oil and gas. The commercial oil operations began in a community call Oloibiri in Bayelsa State as far back 1956.

    “The world is now moving away from crude oil to cleaner energy.

    “We have abundance gas resources and in fact, we have more gas reserves than the crude oil. So, investment opportunities abound in the state,” he said.

    NAN reports that Diri has been meeting with different individuals and organisations to discuss investment opportunities to Bayelsa and to partner in the areas of health, energy and technology, among others.

    Earlier, Diri visited the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija, at Nigeria House.

    Diri told Muhammad-Bande that he was so glad to visit the Nigeria House, saying, “I have been hearing about this Nigeria House.

    `We want to thank you for the warm welcome we received from you since we arrived U.S, at the Permanent Mission and the Nigeria Consulate in New York.’’

      Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, leading Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri in Nigeria House, New York. The governor is in accompany by his Technical Adviser, protocol, Joe Waribagha.

     

    NAN reports that the U.S. is the largest foreign investor in Nigeria.

    According to the U.S. International Trade Administration, the Foreign Direct Investments are in the oil, mining, and wholesale trade sectors.

    In the Northeast, the States of New York and New Jersey stand out as States with great economic potential.

    The GDP of the state of New York is about two trillion dollars and if the state were an independent country, it would rank as the 10th largest economy in the world.

    In the second quarter of 2021, New Jersey had the 8th largest economy of the 50 states as measured by GDP.

    Over the past 25 years, New Jersey has ranked among the top six states and has relied heavily on service and technology-based industries. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN