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Thursday, April 2, 2020

April 02, 2020



Following the confirmation of five suspected cases of the dreaded Corona Virus in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in the State.

This is to enable a thorough process of contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the five confirmed victims. 

In a statewide broadcast Thursday evening, Governor Emmanuel explained that the Covid 19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the State isolation centres for proper management.

“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.

“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies, must remain closed during this period.

Governor Emmanuel insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.

Although he admitted that no nation was 100% ready for Covid 19, he however assured that the disease has not met the state unprepared.

“Just 2 days ago, I inspected facilities at one of the isolation centres we have prepared for possible cases such as this. This is in addition to the already existing one in Ikot Ekpene, and I can assure you that other facilities are being prepared for similar use should the need for it arise.”

He warned against panic and fear, and enjoined the cooperation of all rather than resort to blame games.

“What we need to do is to stay at home, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary.”

He said the virus can be contained if movements are restricted and advised anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of the illness or who has useful information on potential carriers, to immediately call the available emergency numbers.

While admitting that the total lockdown decision was a very tough one, the Governor however said it was the most logical step to be taken and assured that God will rescue the state from the evil plague.

“I can promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight against this pandemic. We may have been bruised but we will not be broken. While hoping for the best, we will prepare for the worst, but be rest assured that whatever that worst may be, it will not break us.”

Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 08, 2020



The much-awaited forensic auditing of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is set to commence.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, said the Ministry has received the necessary approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) for the exercise to commence in earnest.
Akpabio who spoke during a tripartite meeting with the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, the Forensic Consultant and the Ministry, allayed the fear of possible witchhunt.
According to him, “the directives by President Muhammadu Buhari for the forensic auditing of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is not to witch hunt anyone or group, but to ascertain what went wrong and put in place a governance structure that will be result oriented”.
He added that “the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has assessed the firm and found them fit to be the leading Consulting Firm that will lead the appointment of other forensic auditors for the NDDC audit spanning between 2001- 2019. “We have received the approval of BPP to now commence the exercise.
“The next task is to work in collaboration with the Ministry to bring in experienced and notable forensic auditors with international reputation, so that whatever report is produced will be accepted and enforceable within and outside the country”.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola, explained that the tripartite meeting was to bring at par the various stakeholders in the forensic audit team, and address all grey areas of concern.
He stated further that the President’s directive was to address the issues of irregularities in NDDC, adding that the Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Mkpe Ayine, has interacted with the Consulting Firm to ascertain if they have the capacity to do the Job.
The Executive Director Projects of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Chairman of Contracts Verification Committee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, affirmed that the Consulting Firm is well equipped to carry out the forensic exercise.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

Federal Government Has No Genuine Interest for Akwa Ibom People

Poor Federal Roads: "Fed. Govt. Has No Genuine Interest for Akwa Ibom People" - State Govt

With millions of Naira already sunk into the construction and maintenance of Federal Government- owned roads, the Akwa Ibom State government has stated that the Federal Government has no real interest road in infrastructure in the State and that the Federal Ministry of Works in the State is redundant as there is no work it is currently supervising.
Lamenting over the deplorable conditions of federal roads in the State, the Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, made the observation yesterday while inspecting progress of work at the ongoing reclamation of a broken portion of the Calabar-Itu Road within the periphery of the State Capital.
It would be recalled that in December last year, the State Government had quickly intervened on reconstructing and reclaiming this failed portion of the road which has caused serious hindrances to commuters and socioeconomic activities in the State until that prompt intervention by the State government.
Condemning what he called "gross lack of interest in infrastructure in the State" by the federal government, the commissioner who did not hide his feelings queried why the federal government has deliberately abdicated its responsibilities, leaving the State government with no option than bearing the burden of ensuring that federal roads in the state were constructed and properly maintained.
Giving updates on the ongoing reclamation near the state's broadcasting station, Mr. Inyangeyen disclosed to newsmen that the state government has spent millions on the project which became an emergency, considering that it is the only road that links Akwa Ibom with Cross River State and that the project will be completed in a matter of weeks at the pace it is going.
"It was in December last year that we noticed that the culvert under the road constructed few years ago by the immediate past administration caved in and under the pressure of the new road, it cut it into two. At that point His Excellency, Gov. Udom Emmanuel, even though he was not around called for immediate intervention because his administration does not play with anything having to do with the interest of the people. And we still have a worse situation on this same road less than 200 metres from here and if we leave it, it will also cut the road into two; yet this is the only road linking the two States of Akwa Ibom and Cross River ", he said.
The Commissioner who was accompanied by directors from the ministry during the inspection further drew attention to the heavy traffic on the road as a result of heavy-duty trucks transporting stones and gravel daily from Cross River through the state to other South-South states and those in the east and west maintained that, ordinarily, one would have expected the Federal Government to show genuine interest, but that is not done. "Imagine that Gov. Emmanuel didn't step in at the time he did and also paid the contractors to accelerate the reclamation at this point. The truth is, the Federal Government is not doing any road in Akwa Ibom State. There is no work currently supervised by the Federal Ministry of Works".
The Works boss also lamented over a situation where refunding monies spent on such critical interventions by the state government has always been delayed, denied or highly politicized. Giving highlights on the true condition of the Airport Road, Mr. Inyangeyen said the state government deserves encouragement and commendation and not propaganda and condemnation by those who know next to nothing about the road.
He regretted that the Airport Road was constructed without drainage even though it traverses many thickly populated residential areas and was also built higher than the surrounding areas, thus making it flood-prone.
According to him, this was the reason the State government decided to use state resources to tackle the problems by expanding the road with appropriate design, yet some have unconscionably resorted to blackmail in the name of politics and selfish interest.
Commending the governor for his sustained interest in the physical development of Akwa Ibom State, Akparawa Inyangeyen once again called for support and prayers as the Completion Agenda of the administration progressively unfolds.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January 28, 2020

Akwa Ibom Govt Warns Residents Against Anti-Development Attitude.

A'Ibom Govt. Warns Residents Against Anti-Development Attitude.

The Akwa Ibom State Government has warned those in areas where construction works are ongoing to stop impeding growth and development by hurriedly erecting new illegal structures along the right of way.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyaneyen, emphasized on this during Tuesday's inspection of ongoing projects in the State.
The Commissioner who supervised demolition of such structures he described as "speculative" in some places in Uyo and Uruan local government areas, identified such illegal property to include kiosks, make-shift t shanties, tombstones and fences which cannot attract any compensation.
Speaking further, the Works boss frowned at property owners who, upon this clarification, are in the attitude of making insinuations, raising false alarm, and sometimes going as far as blackmailing government for refusal to pay compensation for such illegal structures.
The Commissioner was very particular about the situation along 19.6 km Anua Mbak Ishiet Road where such illegal structures were found to have sprung up, a situation that has impeded progress and pace of work on that road.
Describing such attitude as "improper, treacherous and anti-development", the Commissioner maintained that those involved in such acts are selfish and therefore cautioned them against it.
Mr. Inyangeyen however expressed satisfaction on the progress of work on the 3.5km Ring Road 2. He nevertheless urged the contractor handling the project, Qumecs Nigeria limited, to double up and take full advantage of the dry season. He accordingly assured Akwa Ibom people of government unrelenting commitment to deliver on its promises of taking growth and development to all nooks and crannies of the State in line with the Completion Agenda.
Other inspected on Tuesday include the 14.5 km Uyo/Airport junction-Okopedi Okobo Road handled by EPL Construction Company.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020


January 24, 2020

Appeal Court did not order rerun for Essien Udim state constituency election’
By Abasifreke Effiong
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state has announced that it will not take part in the rerun election holding in Essien Udim local government on Saturday 25th January.
The party cited bias by INEC as its reason for withdrawal.
The Appeal Court in Calabar ordered a rerun for the Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district, Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara/Essien Udim federal constituency and Essien Udim state constituency. But the party argued that the court did not order a rerun or supplementary election for Essien Udim state constituency.
Addressing a press conference in Uyo after a meeting of the State Working Committee of the party, the chairman of APC in Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Ini Okopido, said the party will not take part in the rerun for any of the positions.
“Mike Igini, (the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC) has shown unprecedented bias as INEC REC. If he conducts any election, APC will always withdraw. We don’t have any confidence in him. We are so dissatisfied by the conduct of INEC in Akwa Ibom, so we have withdrawn,” chairman of the party announced.
Okopido said the party had substituted Senator Godswill Akpabio, who was her candidate for the Akwa Ibom North West senatorial election with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.
He said the party’s candidates for Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara/Essien Udim federal constituency was ready for the election but will no longer participate in the rerun because of the obvious bias of INEC in the State.
The party chairman however said that neither the tribunal nor the Appeal Court ordered a rerun or supplementary election for Essien Udim state constituency but was shocked to find INEC list Essien Udim state constituency for the rerun.
INEC had declared the APC candidate for Essien Udim state constituency, Mr. Nse Ntuen winner of the election
January 26, 2020



The news flying about linking Senator Godswill Akpabio to any rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area is fake.
It is well known that because of higher national responsibilities as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio had withdrawn his candidature from the said election. He was replaced by the APC with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.
The other candidates who were scheduled for the elections, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen and Rt. Hon Emmanuel Akpan have written to announce their withdrawal from the elections.
And just yesterday, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon Ini Okopido at a widely publicized press conference announced that the APC will not participate in the rerun elections.
So on what basis would any sane human being link Senator Akpabio to whatever is happening in Essien Udim Local Government Area.
As I write Senator Akpabio is not even in Essien Udim. He's in Uyo. He has no interest whatsoever in what is going on there and had advised his supporters to heed the call of the State APC and boycott the elections.
We have however gathered that some thugs sponsored by PDP were planning to carry out a sinister plot during the rerun elections and link it to Senator Akpabio. Security agencies should be on the watch out for miscreants and sponsored thugs, apprehend them and visit the full weight of the law on them.
We urge the general public to ignore infantile propaganda linking Senator Akpabio to anything that is going on in Essien Udim LGA in the name of rerun elections.
Anietie Ekong
Chief Press Secretary to the
Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
January 26, 2020



As the candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the Appeal Court ordered rerun for Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara Federal Constituency, taking place in Essien Udim Local Government Area on Saturday, January 25, 2020, it has become imperative for me, having carefully reviewed events preparatory to the election to state as follows:
That I have no faith in the required legal/
administrative impartiality of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, to conduct a free and fair election given his celebrated anti-APC stance over time;
That right from the first election conducted on February 23, 2019, one didn’t need spectacles to glean the very biased disposition of the REC, Barr. Igini who, using his office as the head of INEC in Akwa Ibom State, cancelled 52, 265 valid votes cast in my favour in Essien Udim Local Government Area and declared my opponent with just 13,977 votes as winner of the said election;
That although myriad protests were registered against the Akwa Ibom State REC, Barr. Mike Igini before and after the 2019 general election, the authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have retained him in that position thereby seeming to legitimize his notorious compromising and manipulative disposition against the All Progressive Congress in Akwa Ibom State;
That having refused to recuse himself from the conduct of the forth coming rerun in Essien Udim, Barr. Mike Igini has perfected plans to frustrate the likelihood of the APC winning in any of the positions to be contested for in the January 25, 2020 rerun. A typical example, among others, is the recent redeployment of the former Electoral Officer for Essien Udim, Barr. Charles Ibiapuye to Udung Uko L.G.A. and his replacement with Barr. Vincent Ogene who happens to be Barr. Mike Igini’s cousin from Delta State. It is curious to note that among all the 31 Electoral Officers in Akwa Ibom State, the REC, Barr. Mike Igini did not find any of them fit to be posted to Essein Udim, rather, he imported his blood relation whose last posting was Anambra State, with the inglorious ambition to perfect his rigging template in the Essien Udim rerun. It would also be recalled that Barr. Ibiapuye (the former Electoral Officer for Essien Udim) was believed to have refused to testify at the election tribunal because of his conviction that the cancellation of 52,265 votes cast for me in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election result in Essien Udim was an aberration;
That in the light of the foregoing, I have decided to boycott the January 25, 2020 rerun in Essien Udim Local Government Area since it is commonsensical that neither fair election nor valid results can be obtained from an election conducted by the same compromising umpire in the ilk of Barr. Mike Igini;
Painful as the outcome of this decision implies, especially to my teeming supporters, I urge them to remain resolute and committed to the ideals of our great party, knowing that there is a future that is greater than today despite current setbacks.
Thank you very much.
Long live the All Progressive Congress!
Long live Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/ Obot Akara Federal Constituency!
Long live the Fedearl Republic of Nigeria!
Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Akpan
Former Member Representing Ikot Ekpene/Essien Udim/Obot Akara Federal Constituency and Candidate of the All Progressivve Congress.
January 26, 2020

Nse Ntuen take a bow ahead of tomorrow election

Ahead of tomorrow rerun, Rt. Hon Nse Ntuen takes a bow.

Press Statement
Friday 24th January, 2020
Essien Udim State Constituency Rerun State: An Illegality Taken Too Far
My attention has been drawn to a news circulating in the media detailing the purported, provoking and contemptuous attempt by the Akwa Ibom State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini to conduct rerun or supplementary elections for Essien Udim State Constituency.
In my initial disposition, I had chosen not to dignify such crude effort to perpetuate illegality until the latest posture and utterances of Mr. Mike Igini in cahoot with my opponent in the general elections, Mr. Esse Umoh who lost the election woefully, as affirmed by the elections petitions tribunal and the Court of Appeal in Calabar.
Ordinarily, this would not have elicited any response from Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen since the matter is before a competent court of jurisdiction but for the fact that the decision of Independent National Electoral Commission is filled with untruth, fallacies and vague machinations at the instance of Mr. Mike Igini who is desperate to further his penchant for electoral fraud.
I hereby state clearly without any equivocation that I contested and won the election into the Essien Udim State Constituency held on 9th March, 2019 having scored the highest number of vote cast and duly declared winner by the returning officer, Professor Ignatius Uduk but in defiance to known norms, Mr. Mike Igini refused to release my certificate of return.
This ugly circumstance that led to the prolonged vacancy of the assembly seat is one that is now all too familiar among the observers of the socio-political corridor and hence, this is not a place where I intend to rehash the shameful acts of Mr. Mike Igini who appear to have sworn to do all within his powers to satisfy the inordinate ambitions of his paymaster.
More so, Mr. Esse Umoh and the People's Democratic Party who convincingly lost the election went to the tribunal and the case was struck out. A subsequent appeal by my opponent to the Court of Appeal was also unsuccessful as the Court of Appeal did not nullify my election and being the highest appellate body for State House Elections, the Court of Appeal did not also order a rerun election in my constituency.
It is therefore the height of recklessness, most uncharitable and unconscionable for INEC interpretated this to mean it should conduct fresh election all in a bid to murder justice and bring to disrepute the umblemished reputation of both courts which adjudicated over the matter.
I wish to further state here that it is not only morally ignoble but also lawfully reproachable for Mr. Mike Igini to order election of any guise into Essien Udim State Constituency seat without an order from any known court of law.
In the light of this, I wish to formally notify our party, the All Progressives Congress and the electorates in Essien Udim LGA through this release that as the validly declared winner and with the election of 9th March, 2019 having not been declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer or nullified by a competent court, I am therefore not a party to any purported rerun or supplementary elections slated for Saturday 25th January, 2020 by INEC as such would constitute a jeopardy and abuse of power.
As a public servant who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, I have openly canvassed for my rights through dialogue but this should not be taken for granted. My supporters are also human and may react if pushed too far but I do not hope to travel through that trail.
In connection to this, my legal team had filed and served INEC with all processes seeking an order to compell INEC to release my Certificate of Return and disembark from conducting any election without further delay. To this end, I hereby call on my teeming supporters to boycott the purported illegal rerun or supplementary election.
Rt. Hon. Nse Effiong Ntuen
January 24th, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

what akwa ibom man posted about his state

It has just been brought to my attention that Akwa Ibom State PDP Stakeholders including Church Pastors that should have been in the Church today preaching are on the streets in Akwa Ibom State protesting against the Supreme Court judgement of Imo State.

My Questions Are:

Can Imo State protest in Imo State against any judgement in Akwa Ibom State that has to do with Akwa Ibom State?
Why can't we protest for the Retired Teachers that are yet to be paid?
Why can't we protest about minimum wages?
Has Politics taken over our Sense of Reasoning?
Where is our Conscience and human Sympathy?
Akwa Ibomites have gone mad and it's time to sit back and think because Al is not well.
Imagine this embarrassment that some men created just to make more money from it and I'm pretty sure that some people will build a new houses and purchase new cars from this silly protest if it's true while many will walk the street all day long with black and black without getting a sachet of water.
Youths, Be Wise Because You're Getting Older And Youths Were Said To Be The Leaders Of Tomorrow And That Tomorrow Is Today.
I sincerely feel so stupid to come from Akwa Ibom State has has anything in connection with Akwa Ibomites.
Da Zion Umoh
January 20, 2020



Drums were rolled out on Saturday as Ndueotong Oku, a remote community sandwiched between Uyo and Uruan Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State, appreciated the federal government for intervening in the gully erosion problem which hitherto ate up significant portion of their land.
The federal government in 2018 had flagged off the erosion control project pegged at 1.69 Billion Naira. It was completed in 2019.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Chairman of the Ndueotong Oku village council, Obong Aniefiok Samuel, acknowledged that the steep gully had cut off his community from its neighbouring Ibiaku Uruan in Uruan LGA, and was on the verge of sinking the famous EKASUS Secondary and Technical College, before the federal government intervened.
"The gully erosion made it impossible for the people of Ibiaku Uruan to assess their community through this road", he stated.
Obong Samuel appreciated the effort of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, for facilitating the award of the contract by the federal government, adding that he, on behalf of the community, had promised the presidential aide of unalloyed cooperation.
"I promised that we are going to give a peaceful environment for this job to be actualized", he recalled.
He disclosed that the community has sent a letter of appreciation to President Buhari.
In his response, Senator Ita Enang applauded the community for cooperating with the contractors to make the project a reality.
Giving a background information of the project, Senator Enang divulged that having been frustrated in his attempts to ply the route, he started working on how to rectify the problem.
His words: "When I went back (to Abuja), I discussed it with His Excellency President Buhari, and he agreed that I should write. I now wrote, took it to him and he minuted it to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who overseas the Ecological Fund Office, and he minuted it to the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, who ordered that it be scoped for the purpose of it being awarded."
Senator Enang called on Akwa Ibom people to expect more federal projects from the federal government.
Speaking before commissioning the project, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, described the project as a convincing sign that the federal government is committed to the progress of Akwa Ibom State.
"I have no doubt in my mind that this federal government intervention will bring a huge relief to this community which have for a long time been stressed by this ecological challenge", Akpabio added.
The Minister counseled Akwa Ibom people to continue offering support to the federal government even as it deliver its electioneering promises.
A goodwill message from EKASUS Secondary and Technical College, Ndueotong Oku, Uyo, was presented.
The event witnessed cultural display by the children and women of the benefitting communities.
January 20, 2020



  The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that the Federal Government would upgrade the Skills Acquisition Centre built by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to oil and gas training institute to service the oil and gas sector with competent man power.
He said when upgraded, the Institute would offer certificate, diploma and degree courses in oil and gas related fields.
He stressed that the Institute would be commercially viable based on the different training programmes that would be offerred when the institute commences operations.
Senator Akpabio dropped the hint over the weekend at a rousing reception for him and top management staff of the Ministry during an inspection tour of facilities at the Centre in Ibeno.
Other facilities at the Centre included two 250 bed hostels for male and female, staff quarters, clinic, library , classrooms, pipe-borne water and a good road network.
He said courses in under water welding could be under taken at the center because of the Olympic size swimming pool constructed at the site. He said this would save the country a lot of foreign exchange spent by those who go to South Africa to train in the under water welding programme. Other related courses/skills in oil and gas can also be acquired at the Centre.
Senator Akpabio commended the vision of citing the Centre in Ibeno and recommended that the Centre should be renamed after President Muhammadu Buhari because of his love for the rural communities and the masses.
A community leader, Engineer William Mkpa expressed appreciation to Senator Akpabio for the visit to the Centre. He informed the Minister that the project began when he (Akpabio) was the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and it was not a coincidence that he would be the one to complete it.
The Community leader reiterated the belief of the community that with Senator Akpabio at the helms of Affairs at the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the project would come to fruiton in earnest with President Buhari coming to lbeno for the Commissioning.
The reception which turned into a carnival of sort saw the community rolling out the drums to receive Senator Akpabio and his entourage. Different traditional dances and masquerades were on display to entertain the visitors. Senator Akpabio and his team later paid a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of Ibeno, Owong Effiong Archianga in his palace where he was presented with souvenirs by the community.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Senator Bassey Albert (OBA)’s scholarship beneficiaries laud Benefactor

Anny Michaels
Beneficiariesof the on-going all school expense scholarship till graduation programme numbering about 381 Undergraduates since commencement from different public universities across the country, powered by Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert representing Akwa Ibom North East in the 8th and 9th Senate have expressed their appreciation to their benefactor, Senator Bassey Albert (OBA) for what they described as an unparalleled scholarship by him for the youths.
Speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Friday while receiving their school fees payment acknowledgement for the semester expressed their gratitude to the Senator for his large heartedness.
One of them Emem iniunam, a Pharmacy undergraduate of the University of Uyo said ‘’I’m just wondering what my story would have been if not for this rare intervention by Senator Albert (OBA) because now with ease l pay my school fees and pick up the bills at school, l can only say that God continue to bless him in all his pursuits’’.
Another beneficiary, Henry Thomas also studying pharmacy at UNIUYO described his benefactor in superlatives ‘’Senator Bassey Albert to me is a rare gift to this generation which l’m privileged to be part of his enormous goodwill attested to by many Akwa Ibom people. Here is a man who is unassuming despite his achievements, people and development driven, a five star lawmaker passionate about the youths of Akwa Ibom, a witty leader and a courageous supporter of the downtrodden’’.
Samuel thanked the Senator for being this kind to the younger generation.
Akpanuto Ememobong Ibong of the Department of Computer Engineering, UNIUYO puts his appreciation to the loving Senator this way ‘’OBA is so charismatic, youth friendly, generous, humane, resourceful, dependable, a speaking Senator and hope of the youths’’.
He appreciated God for creating a human being in the mould of Senator Albert who is always thinking of the well being of other people.
Several other beneficiaries who also bared their minds extolled the excellent human relationship very typical of Distinguished Senator Albert and called on other politicians to emulate him. The beneficiaries include:Ita Queen Akwaowo, Medicine and Surgery-UNIUYO, Idongesit Bassey Ansa, Petroleum Engineering UNIUYO, Oduduima Asuquo Asuquo among others.
Recal that Senator Albert (OBA) on assumption of office right from his first term had declared his scholarship
January 18, 2020



"There is difference between a project and monument. I came to commission projects, not monuments" - Gov. Udom Emmanuel
By Substance Udo-Nature
No question. Governor Udom Emmanuel is smarting away with a bagful of triumphs at all fronts. Winning has been his way if you check out.
Besides the confirmatory victory he has secured at the Supreme Court over his needlessly challenged victory at the 2019 governorship election, the successful levelling of the tall and stubborn mountain that the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road once was must be another golden feather on his catalogue of victories.
Baring what last minute finishing touches still remain and when the official schedule of commissioning shall be out, it can authoritatively be reported that the once always-in-the news 25km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene dual carriage way has been taken to the Four Point Sheraton Hotel, Ikot Ekpene, the initial terminal target of this important road that links Akwa Ibom to the east and beyond.
As the State Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen put it during his last inspection in December 2019, “You now can drive on a dualized road from Uyo to Four Point Sheraton in Ikot Ekpene. This road that was once claimed to have been commissioned is actually going to be commissioned for the first time.”
To reach this point in the construction narrative of the road, there have been fireworks between the past and the present, between Truth and lies. Not until facts and figures expectedly surfaced from the stable of the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Works, at a point the true story of the project was like the imagination of the true shape of the elephant by the proverbial four blind men, each of whom gave peculiar descriptions based on tactile deductions on what the gigantic mammal looks like.
Plainly, the storyline of the road divided Akwa Ibom into camps, the gullible ones relentlessly championing their arguments especially when tipsy from the crispy wine of sentimental politics.
But there were basically two popular strings of argument. The first, the most speculative, was about the extent to which work on the road had gone before its glamorous commissioning by the immediate past governor of the State, the copyright initiator of the project, Mr. Godswill Akpabio.
The offensive school of thought contended that by the time the project was commissioned on May 20, 2015 as part of the swansong of that administration, work had been fully completed on 18kms of the road.
The second, which was generously seasoned with innuendoes and, according to pundits, driven by political stimulus of the 2019 election, centred on claims by Sen. Akpabio that his successor, Gov. Emmanuel, had jettisoned every good plan he (Akpabio) had for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (ISD), one of which was the situation of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road.
That abrasive remark launched the “All Is Not Well With Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District” hypothesis: “All is not well. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you that all is well…That road from Uyo to Ikot Ekpene is still the way it was. In the 2018 budget, what is the percentage for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District”, the former Senator had queried.
Those who knew about Udom's systematic commitment on the road and inclusive style of governance instantly and unpretentiously nullified the assumptions.
Incidentally, those hypersonic missiles which analysts said were signs of things to come in 2019 saw Governor Udom Emmanuel leapt out of his diplomatic zone of courteous taciturnity and vehemently countered the spurious claims.
Reprisals from government quarters were immediate, direct, hard and statistical.
By this time, Gov. Udom has already proven that he is naturally not a man given to sentimental criticisms and inconsequential debates. Characteristically reticent, the sanctimonious bedlam by his predecessor must have forced the governor into tackling the flaming assumptions with facts and figures.
Among the reasons offered was that the project had not been abandoned but was simply a hapless victim of the unfortunate national economic meltdown that heralded his first term in office.
In corroboration, the Commissioner for Works, known to be vocal and bold with details, devotedly spilled the beans not necessarily to spite anybody but to edify the truth. Akparawa Inyangeyen contended that Akpabio’s administration did barely 8kms of the road before hurrying to commission it..
Buttressing his position in an interview on Inspiration 101 FM Radio, the Commissioner reasoned: “I want to, for emphasis, say that the structure that stood at Ikpe Annang that you turn to go to Essien Udim is at kilometre 15 and that building never went down until February, 2017 that government of Governor Udom Emmanuel sourced money, about N141 million and paid the owner of that property to take down that property. So it is not possible for the previous government to have gotten to kilometre 18 as claimed".
On their part, the public had condemned the fanfare that attended the superficial commissioning of the uncompleted project as a dramatic farce; a facade of the reality.
Hence, a latter statement made by Governor Emmanuel during presentation of his second term manifesto, the Completion Agenda", Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Nest of Champions, fittingly formed the superscription to this article.
On claims of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District being sidelined in matters of infrastructure, an aide to the Governor on media, Aniekeme Finbar, turned the protagonist when he exposed his youthful skin to political bedbugs as he unsparingly reeled out his boss’ massive developmental incursions across the nooks and crannies of the 10 local government areas of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District within the period in question. By that exposition, commentators observed that the opposition-inspired controversies must have been timed to reach a crescendo in the razzmatazz of the crazy cross-carpeting that marked late 2018, which cumulative consequence history has recorded as a cataclysmic adventurism.
Ordinarily, facts on that road were too close to have made it a matter of debate. Independent findings from official archives showed that contract for the construction of the road was awarded to Julius Berger on 19 December, 2011 at the initial cost of N28, 364, 575, 803.22. It was adjusted upwards in September 12, 2013 with additional N23, 516, 228, 339.00; it was reviewed again with N19, 448, 373, 217.67 on 25th July, 2014. The total contract sum for the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road therefore stood at N71, 359, 177, 114.59.
By the time of the theatrical commissioning, a breakdown revealed that only 6kms of the road was asphalted; 3kms at binder level; 5kms on earthwork; and there was a whooping debt port-folio of 2.3billion for compensation. Preponderate public position therefore was that the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road must have produced overnight billionaires in political circles.
Mr. Inyangeyen may have tightened the ropes with more revelations: “One of the greatest challenges we met on that road was that we didn’t meet any money that we were supposed to use to pay compensation. And these facts have to be given to the public with figures and dates because you cannot deny the truth”, he had told the press.
Superior argument proved that it was erroneous to have concluded for any reasons that work on the road was abandoned. It rather would have been diplomatic - or appropriate - to have observed that at some point, the work was presumably delayed, perhaps on Governor Emmanuel’s logic of paucity of funds that marked the recession of the period. Whatever there was to argue, it must be admitted that work on the project received increased and accelerated pace towards late 2018 with improved funds flow, adjusted focus, or the sighting of the moon in the hovering political clouds of 2019. And it never stopped since then.
Historically, Nigeria’s uncanny political tradition does not place successors under any binding obligation to complete inherited half-done projects of their predecessors. With Akwa Ibom not blest enough to be exempted, except with the new template Gov. Emmanuel has set, the governor deserves logical commendations for upholding the principle of continuum not just on Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road, but also on several other uncompleted projects of previous leaders of the State.
As a true leader, credit also goes to the governor for clairvoyant discretion in the choice of those to work with him. In the profound words of the two-term 40th U.S President, Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who that gets the people to do the greatest things." It makes it simple to see and harder to disassociate the earnest and modest contributions of Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen as a dependable and capable ally to the success of story. Some call him - and deservedly so - the interpreter-in-
chief of the governor's infrastructural blueprint.
Counting from 2011 when the contract for the construction of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road was originally awarded to 2020, it has now taken about eight years for the road to be brought to a logical conclusion. The Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road is an economic nexus and connecting rod, one of the historically popular and commercially important roads that open the State to the outside world. From the centrifugal Ibom Plaza that it takes off, it is believed to link not fewer than 20 gregarious and local communities on its straight stretch to the ancient raffia city of Ikot Ekpene. It is all thanks to Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Presenting his ministry’s performance scorecard covering months of January and August 2019 to Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation towards the end of last year, Inyaneyen emphasized that the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road was an unfortunate victim of politics. “The Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road has enjoyed quite some controversy. I call it the most politicised road in Akwa Ibom State." The situation could have been different had Gov. Emmanuel not chosen to ignore the inherited culture of discontinuity and stuck to the principle of necessity in advancing his leadership philosophy.
Conversely, it would have been nothing new if Governor Emmanuel had offered endless justifications for failure to complete the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road. In truth and fairness, Udom's achievement must not be limited to the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road project. An overview of Gov. Emmanuel's first term in the Superior Performance Digest (Vol. 3, No. 2, May 2019), a publication of Office of Aide to the Governor on Research and Documentation, shows that 365 roads, 38 bridges were initiated with, many completed and some still ongoing at various levels, bringing the aggregate to 1759kms.
With the triumphant story of Ibom Air, 12 industries, 5 general hospitals, 4 power stations, the promising Ibom Deep Seaport and other prospective Iife-changing projects in the Completion Agenda envelop of the next four years, there can be no reasons for doubts in the great future.
For the emphasis, the triumphant pulling down of the mountain of controversies that the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road had been vindicates Gov. Udom Emmanuel, the ONLYGOD believer, when he promised Akwa Ibom people : “I did not come to complete monuments. I came to complete projects – life-touching projects”.
January 18, 2020



President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his promise that no part of the Country will suffer any neglect owing to its geographical location or political consideration by commissioning and handing over of Ibiaku Utit - Uruan Route erosion Control works at Uruan/Uyo Local Government Area in Akwa lbom State, Saturday ,18th January , 2020.
Hon.Minister of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio represented President Muhammad Buhari in the commissioning of the 1.069Bn Naira Project executed by the Ecological Fund Office of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government intervention will bring a huge relief to the Nduetong Oku & lkot Usene Communities who have not been able to access their properties due to serious flooding, gully erosion and enviromental degradation.
Akpabio stated that the Project has set the stage for remedial measures expected to stabilize the socio-economic well being in these communities. He added that the project underscored the FG's concerted effort and sincerity of purpose in tackling problems in rural communities across the nation.
Senator Akpabio further stressed that this would reduce dangers to lives and properties associated with erosion and persistent flooding that was experienced in recent times.
The Minister implored the communities to cherish this laudable project by preventing indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainage channels, adding that it was their responsibility to own and maintain the project to ensure its sustainability.
Akpabio admonished the youths to prevent contractors from excavating laterite in the area in order to prevent the collapse of the commissioned project.
He also assured the people of the present administration's determination to continue with the implementation of all genuine government policies, agreements and contracts globally

Thursday, December 19, 2019

December 19, 2019

President Buhari finally reacts to the call to sack the IMC of NDDC

President Buhari finally reacts to the call to sack the IMC of NDDC,

says committee remains intact till the end of the commission's forensic audit.

Read the full statement of the president on his social media handles below:
The Interim Management Team of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will be in place till the forensic audit is completed.

I have given approval for the re-composition and inauguration of the Commission’s Board after the forensic audit is completed.

Supervision of the NDDC shall remain under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December 18, 2019

Supreme Court affirms election of Governor Udom Emmanuel

Supreme Court affirms election of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed the appeal brought by Mr Nsima Ekere of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for lacking in merit.
Parties are to bear their cost!

Supreme Court confirms Divine Mandate
...Dismisses Ekere’s Appeal
Today the Supreme Court of Nigeria upheld the re-election of Mr. Udom Emmanuel as Governor of Akwa Ibom state.
Delivering judgement in an Appeal filed by Obong Nsima Ekere and the APC against the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which dismissed his appeal and upheld the judgement of the tribunal, Justice Musa Mohammed, Who read the lead judgement, held that the Appeal lacks merit and is hereby dismissed.
December 18, 2019



"As one who is of the opinion that bipartisan approach should be adopted to solve our problems, and given another chance, I'll still support the leadership of Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, I urge you all at any point of leadership to lend a hand of friendship to persons across party to tame unnecessary criticisms for our common good"
"Today is not a rally. We are done with rallies. I'm here to listen to you on the issues that you feel the voice of this Federal constituency should be heard in Nigeria."
Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke while speaking at the Constituency parley at Etinan Local Government Council Secretariat today.
"What we thought you were, you have demonstrated it. You've made us proud. I'm glad I supported this cause. We sent you to go and represent us, and within six months, you've come back to brief us.
Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga
"My coming here today shows that my representative Onofiok Luke is doing exceedingly well. He has not disappointed us. During the campaigns, I made it clear that I had confidence in his ability and capacity to serve. I assure him of my continued support in all ramifications."
Rt. Hon. Sam Ikon
"Barr. Onofiok Luke has not disappointed us ,so far and we are proud of you"
- Rt. Hon. Barr. Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency speaking on behalf of other House members from the federal constituencies
"The issue raised here will serve as a guiding light in my engagement in the Federal House of Representatives"
"Within the next 1year, we are going to gather in a large way for the constituency briefing."
" I will be engaging with the farmers during the farming season and also the students too. Same goes with the traditional institution, elders and Stakeholders in the Federal constituency."
"I will use my position as a Member of the security committee to improve the improve the security apparatus of the federal constituency."
"I will keep partnering with the state Governor towards ensuring that his Completion Agenda is achieved."
"I requested for the following things while supporting the Speaker of the Federal House of Assembly.
They include:
1. Maritime Academy
2. Ibom Airline getting license from NCAA
3. Chairman & Vice Chairman of Committees
4. Calabar-Itu road
" The hate speech bill isn't before us yet and I haven't read it. I will not lend my voice to any bill that will restrain the freedom of speech of the people as enshrine in the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. I will stand on the part of Nigerians which do not want the hate speech bill."
" Nobody should play politics with the Calabar-Itu highway. We need to do away with party division and come together to build this state"
" Elections are over so let's come together to develop Akwa Ibom State. Whether you're in PDP, APC or any other political party, let's come together and drag development to our state"
Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke while responding to questions and suggestions raised at the Constituency parley at Etinan local Government Secretariat today.
"It has always been my belief that democracy should be participatory and that the people who holds power should be held accountable. That's why there's a need to return to your people to share your achievements and challenges in the office you hold."
"It is a period like this that we gather people together to discuss issues which affect them from the unit to the ward level"
"We said that we would be a voice to be held and not to be compromise. To God be the Glory, that voice has been heard."
"We have been at the floor of the National Assembly to discuss matters that affects this state as a whole especially the roads that leads to and out of this state."
"The establishment of the Ibom Deep Seaport which is part of the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel ,has been well echoed by myself and the other members of the Green and Red Chambers. We will continue to appeal strongly to the Federal Government to give us license for the operation of the Deep Seaport"
"On 11th June, 2019 your voice was the 4th elected voice to heard on the floor of the assembly. I seconded the motion for the nomination of the Deputy Speaker."
"There was a lot of noise on my defection but today I want to say that am proudly a member of the Peoples Democratic Party."
"This hand isn't just mine alone and that's why when I lift it up, it is honoured."
"I want you to stand firm and support the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel and I believe that once the Supreme Court gives their judgement, He will do his best to attend to all matters that concerns this state"
"Thank you for finding me worthy to speak for you in the House of Representatives"
"May God bless Hon. Dan Akpan for his support to me and making this town hall meeting a success"
"Ensure to make your demands according to the duties of the legislature which is oversight function, lawmaking and representation."
- Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke at the ongoing Constituency parley at Etinan Local Government Council Secretariat.
December 18, 2019

AKNC General Manager Condoles With Crash Victims And Families. Thanks Gov. Emmanuel

AKNC General Manager Condoles With Crash Victims And Families. Thanks Gov. Emmanuel,
His Deputy And Others.

The General Manager of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, (AKNC), publishers of Pioneer Group of Newspapers, Information Drive, Uyo, has condoled with the families of staff who were involved in a fatal autocrash along Airport Road, Uyo, Wednesday.
Mr Umoette Umoette, who is also the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of Pioneer Newspaper, in an emotion-laden statement made available to newsmen described the incident as unfortunate and regrettable. The staff went to Ekpene Ukim in Uruan Local Government Area, for a traditional marriage of the daughter to one of the administration staff. Their vehicle is said to have swerved and somersaulted several times along the airport road, leading to the death of four staff and many others in various degrees of injury.
Umoette expressed the deep concern of the management over the development and prayed God to give the affected families the fortitude to bear the loss.
He also prayed for quick recovery of the staff, who have sustained injuries.
The GM/EIC pledged the resolve of the management to do all within its ability to assist the affected families.
The AKNC boss thanked Gov Udom Emmanuel for his quick intervention, saying without the governor's fatherly gesture, the situation would have been worst while the casualty figure would have been alarming.
Umoette said the governor's approach to issues of the state vis-à-vis the welfare of the citizenry have been legendary, praising him for being there for the AKNC.
"The governor's personal visit to the hospitals and his words to the affected staff have been a booster to not only the victims of the crash but the entire AKNC family," Umoette said in the statement.
He equally appreciated the deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, for personally visiting the hospitals and giving the victims words of consolations.
Umoette also applauded the secretary to the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien for the show of love and solidarity with the AKNC family in "our moment of grief."
The AKNC boss lauded the commissioner for information, Sir Charles Udoh for standing by the corporation right from when the incident was brought to his notice till now.
To the commissioner for health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, Umoette had this to say: "We don't know how to thank you but your swift response, administrative expertise, professional coordination, devotion and dedication gave us hope and brought many of the staff back to life. Thank you and may God continue to bless you."
Umoette appreciated the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Comrade Amos Etuk, the Pioneer Chapel chairman, Mr Etebong Akpan, management staff, other sister unions, journalists, friends of The Pioneer, clergymen, groups and individuals for their visits, text messages and calls during the period.
Umoette appreciated the medical doctors, nurses and personnel of the General Hospital, Ituk Mbang, the Chief Medical Consultant, (CMD), and staff of Ibom Specialty Hospital, Uyo, for their prompt responses and attention to the victims.
He prayed God to bless them and stand in for them in their moments of despair.
December 18, 2019

Udo Kierian Make Case For Legislative Fund Management

Udo Kierian Make Case For Legislative Fund Management

As Bill Passes Second Reading
By Amadie Akpabio
The Akwa Ibom State Legislative Fund Management Bill, 2019, on Tuesday, passed second reading at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Sponsor of the Bill and member representing Oruk Anam State Constituency, Rt. Hon. (Sir) Udo Kierian Akpan , while leading the debate on the Bill at Plenary, said the Bill seeks to provide for the management of funds accruing to the State House of Assembly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the state in order to ensure accountability, transparency, effective and efficient utilisation of funds.
He said the Bill provides for the establishment of a committee known as the Fund Management Board which shall consider matters in which funds in the House Account are applied for the services and administration of the State House of Assembly.
Sir Kierian who doubles as the House Leader said the Board shall submit quarterly reports in respects of funds accruing to the State House of Assembly, saying the Board shall have the Clerk of the House as Chairman of the Board and Directors of various Departments and Units.
He listed the Departments and Units to include Administration, Supplies, Legislative Matters, Finance, Accounts, Planning, Research and Statistics, Legislative Budget, Audit and Legal Services.
The Lawmaker noted that the Board shall perform functions relating to all contracts, works, services and procurements of the State House of Assembly up to the sum of Five Million Naira.

He appealed for support from other members of the House to enable the Bill to see the light of the day.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, while lauding the House Leader for the Bill, directed the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to conduct an indepth study on the Bill and report back to the House within one month.
December 18, 2019



as Education monitoring team visits Mkpat Enin, Oruk Anam LGAs.
In a bid to instill discipline and focus amongst Teachers during/after terminal examinations and while marking scripts, the Akwa Ibom State Government under the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel has frowned at Teachers attitude to work during terminal examinations, warning them against unauthorized vacations before official Closing dates of public primary and Secondary Schools.

The Joint Education Monitoring team of the Governor's office and State Secondary Education Board gave the warning on Thursday; December 12, 2019, while visiting Schools in Mkpat Enin and Oruk Anam Local Government areas for spot-Checks.
At Mkpat Enin local Government area, only 3 Students were present in Community Secondary school Nya Odiong, while no Teacher was spotted as at 7.47am when the morning devotion was supposed to be held. At Community High School-Ikot Essen Akpan Ntuen, less than 5 Students and 1 Teacher(not well dressed ) was found in school as at about 8.05AM.

With the presence of only 3 Students at Community High School Ekparakwa as at about 8.16am, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet who was the leader of the monitoring team, proceeded to Community Secondary Commercial School-Ikot Afanga, where she expressed disappointment with the Present of only 1 Teacher as at about 8.30am. Without waiting, the Governor's Aide on Education monitoring gathered the Students for an interactive session, after a brief morning devotion.

 In her usual way, Etiebet advised them on the important of Education while warning against cultism and other social vices capable of truncating their bright future. The Governor's Aide while administering oath of good conduct to Students, read out phone numbers where they can report all education related challenges directly to her office.

The team which also had Mr. Emmanuel Akpan representing the Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, also visited St. Alban's Primary School - Inen/ Nnung Okubo, Pax Christi College - Inen Ikot Obiom, Madonna Secondary commercial School - Obo Ntanya, Southern Annang Comprehensive Secondary School - Ikot Okoro and Community High School - Mbiakot, all in Oruk Anam local Government area.

In the aforementioned schools, the Education monitoring team met with Principals and Heads of Schools, where they were advised them on the need to always mark examination scripts together in the Staff rooms where Teachers will be focused. Discouraging Teachers from taking vacations when schools have not been officially closed, Etiebet who took time to review Teachers time book and all other record books, instructed Principals query erring Teachers.

The representatives of the Governors who called on teachers to see themselves as role models, assured that no erring teacher will go unpunished.
While interacting with Students and members of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of some schools, the team which discovered that some Principals were taking hidden charges from students, promised to carry out thorough investigations, while calling on parents and other members of the public to always report all levies imposed on their wards and children to the state Government .

Head Teachers and Principals of Schools with dilapidated structures and other pressing needs were advised to address letters of request(with photographs) to appropriate quarters for immediate actions.

From all indications, the monitoring exercise will be a continuum up until December 20th when all Government schools in the state will vacate for Christmas holiday.