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ISSUING OF CONFLICTING EXPARTE ORDERS WAS EMBARRASSING – OCHINKE

The Calabar Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Attah Ochinke says the recent issuing of exparte orders was embarrassing, hence the need for the summoning of Chief Judges.

Recall that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad had on Monday summoned the Chief Judges of Cross River, Rivers and four other states, in his effort to curb the recent wave of conflicting exparte orders.

Speaking in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, Ochinke maintained that multiplicity of cases in different courts is an abuse of court process.

While reiterating the NBA’s pledge to intercede for the remaining civil servants who are still protesting against the omission of their names from the payroll, since 2019, Ochinke said the reason for the omission of their names must first be ascertained.

Meanwhile, the representative of the protesting civil servants, Ifere Okoi, who spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, said they decided to resume their peaceful protest despite the effort of the state NBA.

C’RIVER NLC CHAIR CONFIRMS REFUND OF 25 THOUSAND NAIRA EACH TO SOME DIRECTORS

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Cross River State chapter Comrade Ben Ukpepi, has confirmed the refund of 25 thousand naira each to some directors by the state Head of Service, Geraldine Akpet- Ekanem, following the picketing of her Office on Monday by the Organized Labour.

Making the confirmation in a telephone interview with our correspondent, the state NLC Chairman who further rebuked the extortion by the state Head of Service, said the affected directors have been shortchanged in the past.

Comrade Ben Ukpepi, further advised the government to desist from charging directors for promotional examinations.

1 THOUSAND, 600 PROSPECTIVE CORPS MEMBERS EXPECTED IN OBUBRA FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST

About 1 thousand, 600 Prospective Corps Members are expected to report to the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC – Permanent Orientation Camp, in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, from Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, for the commencement of the three-week, 2021 Batch B – Stream two Orientation Course.

A statement issued on Monday, by the state NYSC Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations Unit, Peter Enuma, revealed that the NYSC State Coordinator Zemoh Andrew is billed to preside over the Swearing-in Ceremony, and declare the Orientation Course open.

POLIOMYELITIS; C’RIVER PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY UNVEILS OUTBREAK RESPONSE”

The Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Health and its partners, will on Saturday September 4th to Tuesday September7th 2021, carry out an “outbreak response” across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state, to combat the spread of the wild poliomyelitis virus.

Speaking during the state level stakeholders meeting for the Inactivated Polio Vaccine 2 introduction held virtually on Monday, the Director General of the agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, said the response which targets children between the ages of 0 to 5 years old will be administered orally in all government health facilities, and designated temporary posts in various Communities.

Dr Ekpenyong, who admonished parents and care-givers to make their children and wards available for the vaccination exercise, also spoke further on the newly introduced exercise by the federal government.

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