FEC Approves Eight Universities, Port Harcourt Airport Renovation

FEC, Federal Executive Council, Universities, AirportThe Federal Executive Council has approved the establishment of eight new universities in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the council meeting.

The meeting took place on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Professor Anwuka enumerated the universities to include:

  •  Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
  •  Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River to run by the Clitter House Nigeria Limited.
  •  Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia to also be run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  •  Coal City University, Enugu owned by the African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education, Enugu.
  •  Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara to be run by the Modern Morgy and Sons Limited.
  •  Dominican University, Ibadan owned by the Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community.
  •  Kola Daisi University, Ibadan owned by Kola Daisi Foundation.
  • Legacy University, Okija to be run by the Good Idea Education Foundation.

In a related development, the Council also approved the completion of the renovation work at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, stressed the importance of the airport to national economy.

He added that the meeting resolved that the airport cannot be allowed to remain in its poor condition.

Troops Arrest Another Militant Kingpin In Calabar

Nigerian Army, Crocodile Smile, militantTroops of 13 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, have in a coordinated operation arrested a suspected high ranking militant kingpin, Mr Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3) and three others. 

The kingpin was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State while attempting to collect ransom from one of their kidnap victims’ relations.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed this on Saturday.

local-pistolIn a related development, troops of the same formation have also arrested three militants with locally made pistols and some cartridges while robbing victims around the refugees camp at Efut Isigi in Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River State.

Meanwhile, troops have cordoned off the resident of the most wanted militant kingpin, alias G1 still at large, as already the arrested militants known as ‘G2’ and ‘G3’ are providing useful information that would assist the military to track other suspected criminals in the region.

Security Agencies Stage Show Of Force In Bakassi, Akpabuyo

Police, Militants, BakassiService Commanders from the Army, Navy, Mopol and the Air Force have visited Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of Cross River State to have a first-hand knowledge of the situation on ground.

This is to further buttress the fact that the Local Government Areas are peaceful.

Leading a convoy of the military and paramilitary to both councils in a show of force operation, Police Commissioner, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh disclosed to newsmen that no part of the state has been overtaken by any militant group.

He sued for calm on the part of residents reassuring them that all security agencies in the state remain committed to their safety as there is no cause for alarm.

Meanwhile, some residents who came out at the busy bitch Market in Bakassi to welcome the convoy said that they have had no reason to flee to Cameroon or live in panic.

There had been rumours making the rounds that the militant group, Bakassi Strike Force has taken over the control of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of the state.

This, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh debunked in a chat with Channels Television on Sunday.

Police Say Militants Have Not Taken Over Akpabuyo, Bakassi

Police, Militants, BakassiThe Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh has debunked rumours that the Militant Group, Bakassi Strike Force have taken over the control of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of the state.

The CP reacted to the rumours making rounds in an interview with Channels Television at the State Command in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.Niger delta, militants

According to him, the information is false and called on residents to go about their lawful activities without fear as all security operatives are up and doing to ensure the safety of lives and property.

He clearly stated that, the state is calm and free of militant activities.

Bakassi Militants Ask FG To Fulfil Promises Made

Bakassi militantsA militant group, Bakassi Strike Force, has asked the Federal Government to fulfil promises made to the displaced people of Bakassi.

The Bakassi Strike Force is another group in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, comprising indigenes of the Bakassi whose homeland was ceded to Cameroon.

The group, which constitutes youths from Akwa Ibom and Cross River states said government must honour the agreements reached.

They made the appeal in an exclusive interview with Channels Television at the Esuk Mba creek in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

In an earlier interview, the group had condemned in totality, the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers in blowing up pipelines, saying that the attacks have a retrogressive effect on the economy of Nigeria.Bakassi militants

However, the leader of the group, Simple Benjamin, said that the Federal Government should listen to the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers.

According to him, there is no struggle without a reason and so, government should adopt the approach of the American Ambassador to Nigeria who is an advocate for dialogue as war alone cannot solve their problems in tackling the issue.

VIDEO: Bakassi Militants Ask NDA To Stop Bombings

Bakassi militantsA group of militants in Akwa-Cross Region under the umbrella of Bakassi Strike Force, have condemned in totality the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers in blowing up pipelines.

The Bakassi militants group says these attacks have a retrogressive effect on the economy of Nigeria.

Leader of the group, Simple Benjamin who was speaking at Esuk Mba, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State said that the Federal Government should listen to the agitations of the Niger Delta Avengers.

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According to him, there is no struggle without a reason and so, government should adopt the approach of the American Ambassador to Nigeria who is an advocate for dialogue as war alone cannot solve their problems in tackling the issue.

The Niger Delta Avengers on Friday said that it has bombed yet another crude oil pipeline belonging to Agip ENI in Bayelsa State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

An explosion also rocked a pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Sanomi Creek, in Warri, Delta State on Thursday evening but nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast.

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The Niger Delta Avengers, which has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks, on Wednesday, rejected an offer to dialogue with the Nigerian government.

Nigeria’s oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to a series of attacks on oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta, home to much of the country’s oil and gas wealth, in the last few months.

Displaced Bakassi People Get Free Health Services

Bakassi, Cross RiverThe Cross River State Government is calling on the Federal Government as well as the International Community not to relent in its efforts towards rehabilitating the displaced Bakassi people.

The Director-General of the Cross River State Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Betta Edu, said that attention urgently needs to be given to the camp of the displaced people in order to give them adequate health attention to enable them live normal lives.

Dr Betta Edu was speaking while at the camp located at Saint Marks Primary and Secondary School in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, where she led a team of health workers to render free health services.

It is over three years since the displaced Bakassi indigenes have been clustered in the camp following their eviction from their ancestral home.

Children, youths and the aged have had to endure series of harsh conditions in the camp environment which lacks basic amenities.

Dr Edu said that the decision to help was further informed by the discovery that 90% of the children in the camp were malnourished.

She added that their health conditions at a time when different diseases keep emanating called for the visit which was also to solicit help from the public.

Asides the free medical care given, the displaced persons were also given some relief materials.

Camp Leader of the displaced, while thanking the health workers, said that the Bakassi were an abandoned people who desperately need help from all quotas as they want to be able to stand on their own.

Nigerian Navy Commissions Secondary School, Calls For Girl Child Education

nigerian navyThe Nigerian Navy has promised to work closely with the government towards improving the educational sector.

This is inline with the campaign by the Nigerian Navy to ensure every youth especially the  girl child is educated in Nigeria.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jubrin Usman stated this when he commissioned the first secondary school established by Nigerian Navy Officers Wives Association, NOWA in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

According to the Naval boss, the Nigerian Navy will continue to support education and provide for all its need, stressing that education and development are intertwined.

He expressed joy over the school’s project put together by NOWA and urged youths in the environs to grab the offer in order to redirect their future ambitions through qualitative learning.

In the words of the facilitator of the project, there is no better way of investment than in the future generation of any society.

She strongly believes that the edifice will serve its core purpose which is nurturing young people into greatness.