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WORK INTENSIFIES AT IBB FLOOD CONTROL PEOJECT

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Today we were led by the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Solid Mineral, Sir Charles Udoh, to assess the 8.4km drainage project undertaken by the Government of Akwa Ibom State, assisted by the World Bank under the National Erosion Watershed Management Project(NEWMAP).

Massive work ongoing from the Secretariat to Uyo Mechanic Village, Atan Offot, Ring Road 2 to Aka Etinan all the down through Goodluck Jonathan Boulevard and eventually the outfall of the drainages network at Mbikpong Ikot Edim in Ibesikpo Asutan.

Like Governor Udom Emmanuel said during the recent media chat, 17 communities of three local government areas are rescued by the flood control project, with mini water schemes, and bridges built to provide succour to most of the affected communities.

It takes a government that is sincere about the well-being of the people to accept a drainage project like this, where massive funds are buried underground without any trace once the project is completed. But Sir Udoh has assured that before the end of March, the entire tunnel would have been linked to ensure water that comes with the rains do not pose a threat to residents of the adjoining communities of the project. At the last count, nothing less than 25b naira has been spent by Governor Emmanuel in the last couple of years with at least 2000 young Akwa Ibom people working in various flood control locations across the state.

Other such locations of flood intervention projects are at Etim Umana, Anua Offot(behind St. Luke’s Hospital, Ikpa Road, Uyo Village Road , Calabar – Itu Road among others.

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GOV EMMANUEL TASKS NEW PERMANENT SECRETARIES ON SERVICE DELIVERY, HARPS ON REFORMS IN CIVIL SERVICE

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has sworn in eight new Permanent Secretaries into the state public service, charging them to work hand in hand with the Executive Council members in charge of the various Ministries to drive the attainment of his administration’s Completion Agenda.

The eight new Permanent Secretaries, with one designated the Auditor General, include, Akparawa James Ndarake Edet, NPOM, Mr. Godwin Jimmy Udoh, Mrs. Regina Isaac Okonko, Mr. Asuquo Selong Edem, Engr. Udosen Ephraim Udo, Mr. Effiong Christopher Nicholas, and Mr. Joseph George Esidem, while Mr. Isaiah Robson Ntekim, FCAI, was sworn in as the State Auditor General.

Performing the swearing-in at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, the Governor clarified that the position of Permanent Secretary is not just a rank in the service but a special appointment that requires tested and proven personnel, found worthy in character, experience, and capacity.

He also clarified that the office of the Auditor-General has the same status as the office of the Permanent Secretary in the state public service.

He congratulated the new appointees and admonished them not to see themselves as better than others, but to acknowledge God’s grace and favor in their emergence, and encourage others who have been on the queue for such appointments to be hopeful as new vacancies keep opening.

Tasking the new Permanent Secretaries on service to the people, he said they were coming to a point where they have to pursue the Completion Agenda which, he stressed, was mostly about the people.

He prayed that God will help the new appointees to abide by their oath of office, to place the interest of the people above theirs or any other interest.

In his words, “for people asking if we are swearing in Auditor-General or Permanent Secretaries, this Auditor-General has the full status of a Permanent Secretary, so with the power conferred on me, today we are swearing in eight Permanent Secretaries, one of which is the Auditor General of the State”.

Furthermore, “Permanent Secretary is not a promotion. It is an appointment. We must test certain skills of yours over the years that will help you dispatch your duties. You must justify why you must be a Permanent Secretary”, he added.

He reiterated his goal of creating a fully automated Civil Service by May 29, 2023, to ensure enhanced efficiency and accountability in the management of the state’s organizations and assets, and sued for the support of the new Permanent Secretaries.

The governor revealed that his administration has already set up a committee to review some obsolete provisions of the Public Service Rules to allow for best practices place and challenged the new heads of administration to make efforts to bring about innovations that will better the service.

“Please let’s see how we can change certain things. Let’s do things better and make sure that we are moving towards a society that things are done based on best practices. I don’t also like this case of comparison, you can make a difference.

“We have a committee right now that is working on a review of the Public Service Rules to align with what is expected, line within modern techniques and ethics”, Governor Emmanuel stated.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the event, one of the newly sworn-in Permanent Secretaries Mr. James Edet, thanked God for his appointment.

He particularly expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for allowing him to serve, pledging not to disappoint the people in his assigned responsibilities.

Also reacting, the new State Auditor General, Mr. Isaiah Ntekim, thanked God for the elevation, and promised to do his best not to let down the Governor and the people of the State even as he assured of delivering on his duties.

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A’Ibom 2023 Governorship: Pst Umo Eno Consults State Party Chairman

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•••PDP Chair assures delegation of unity, success

Ahead of the 2023 governorship election, the PDP leading aspirant in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno has consulted the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Aniekan Akpan seeking his support and blessings for success.

Pastor Umo Eno who was accompanied by party bigwigs, said he was at the Chairman’s residence to pay homage and appeal for his support ahead of the primaries and election.

He appreciated the Party chairman for receiving his team and for his fatherly role in the party which according to him, kept the party even stronger and more united.

According to him, “I came to handover myself to you and to tell you that I am in the race for the 2023 governorship and to ask for your blessings.

“His Excellency, our Governor has put in so much to take the State to it’s present status which must be furthered with creating more jobs by connecting the dots.”

Pastor Umo Eno commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his selfless interest in the development of Akwa Ibom State and for expressing preference in him as his successor and appreciated every member of his team for the confidence and support, assuring that he will not disappoint Akwa Ibom people.

Speaking earlier, the Director General of the Umo Eno Campaign Organization, Chief Assam Assam, SAN, told the party Chairman that he came with a good product for the State which according to him, will further the industrialization agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel and appealed to the State Party Chairman to accept Pastor Umo Eno and take him as his own in the 2023 governorship election.

Also speaking, the International Coordinator of Maintain Peace Movement, (MPM) Barr Emmanuel Enoidem said, “we as members of the party, partisan members and as members of MPM have come to tell you that we stand by Pastor Umo Eno as our candidate. Pst Umo Eno is a proper product for the party and we will stand by him to ensure victory.

He commended the Party Chairman for being a frontline supporter of MPM and assured him that MPM will stand by him to ensure victory for the party come 2023.

On his part, the political leader of Nsit Ubium, Senator Effiong Bob reminded the Chairman of their earlier discussion stressing that he has withdrawn from the race and appealed that the blessings be transferred to Pastor Umo Eno for success come 2023 governorship.

Responding, the State Party Chairman, Rt Hon (Elder) Aniekan Akpan, welcomed Pastor Umo Eno’s delegation and assured that the party is intact, stressing that 2023 victory at the poll is none negotiable. He maintained that irrespective of few dissenting views, the will of God stands sure, stressing that he has received Pastor Umo Eno with open arms.

He thanked the team for the consultation visit and prayed that God will see them through the process.

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Why I Picked Umo Eno As My Successor ~ Governor Udom Clears The Air

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Fresh from presenting his Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno as his preferred Successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel, says his decision was based on the fact that he means well for the State.

The Governor disclosed this while fielding questions from a group of journalists earlier in the day and later at the commissioning of Spectrum Television, the State’s first privately owned cable television station, owned and operated by TAF Media Group, on why he settled for the Lands and Water Resources Commissioner.

“Let me say this emphatically, I mean well for this State, that is why I waited for God to show me the man who would continue with the pace of developmental strides we have started in the last six plus years and then move the needle even further.

“Pastor Umo Eno is a highly respected person; he has enormous capacity, is an epitome of humility, and is blessed with the common touch, a compelling story and is God- fearing.

“He is a successful entrepreneur who has employed our people, lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity.

“He will be coming to the office of Governor with an economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people.

“He is a man of peace and will ensure that the peace and security of life we have enjoyed in the last six plus years will be maintained.
His life story resonates with the story of most ordinary Akwa Ibom people.

“He came from the Police barracks, where, as he said during his Thanksgiving Service last year, life was dreary and hope seemed a distant ingredient.

Through hard work, he summoned hope and overcame his early difficulties and ended up as one the biggest employers of labour in our State.

His story is a testament to our Dakkada philosophy; one that will inspire and motivate our youths.

The Governor stated that he never looked for a surrogate to do a third term but rather was looking for a man of exceptional capacity, of peace and humility and enjoined all peace-loving and progress-minded Akwa Ibomites to rally round and support God’s choice.

“I will never use God’s name in vain” the Governor stated at an interview at the Spectrum Television Studio with host, Ekaete Afia.

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