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Accident Prevention: FG To Equip 40 Million Children With Reflective Jackets



The federal government says it will distribute reflective jackets to 40 million schoolchildren across the country, as part of efforts to prevent accidents.

This was disclosed at the launch of the accident prevention initiative, organised by the ministry of education, and tagged, ‘Go to School… Be Seen… Be Safe’.

Speaking at the programme which held in Abuja on Thursday, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education, said the initiative is part of efforts to protect children.

“This initiative, especially, is to prevent children from sustaining injuries while trekking to and from neighbouring schools. It is in pursuant of the good health and well-being of schoolchildren and realisation of quality education,” he said.

The initiative is designed to primarily aid the protection of schoolchildren from road accidents associated with motor vehicles, motorcycles, tricycles while crossing our busy network of roads to and from their respective schools.

“As enshrined in the memorandum of understanding, the programme encompasses a phased kitting of schoolchildren within the ages of four to 14 years in selected schools at the federal and state levels, with customised reflective jackets and armbands free of charge.”

He added that the programme will be expanded to reach schools in the 36 states, and the FCT.
In her remarks, Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, commended the ministry for the programme.

“I applaud the federal ministry of education and the children accident prevention initiative (CAPI) for stewarding such a desired programme, whose benefits are evidently of immeasurable value to the lives of our children and families. As such, we must all fully support it,” she said.

“The strategy is commendable as it seeks to potentially impact 40 million children by ensuring that they are equipped with reflective jackets, thereby lowering their risk of falling victim to vehicular accidents.

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•••As Comrade Ememobong donates School Uniforms to all the Students

In a spontaneous turn of events, Union Secondary School, Ibiaku in Ibiono Ibom LGA, received a boost with the donation of School Uniforms to all the students, in addition to the inter-ministerial projects inaugurated for the school.

The laudable action which threw both the teachers and students of the School into excitement, took place yesterday, Wednesday June 2 at the school premises during the inauguration of Inter- ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating IMDLCC projects in Ibiono Ibom LGA.

Comrade Ini Ememobong, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who represented the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel at the inauguration exercise, made the donation to students of the institution, as part of his contribution towards the free and compulsory education policy of government.

It could be recalled that, Union Secondary School, Ibiaku, was one of the 17 Secondary Schools taken-over by the State government to enable it benefit from the free and compulsory education policy of the Governor Emmanuel-led administration.

As an indigene of Use Ndon in Ibiono Ibom LGA, Comrade Ini Ememobong spared no time in donating the uniforms to all the students of Union Secondary school, Ibiaku, to boost the the morale of the students towards effective academic performance and excellence.

Union Secondary School, Ibiaku, served as a symbolic commissioning centre for other IMDLCC projects across Ibiono Ibom local government area, including: Fencing & Completion of School Block at Secondary School Ntiat; Supply of 600no. Dual Desk at Secondary School Ntiat; Solar-powered Borehole at Usuk Ntan Ekere; Classrooms Block – at Union Secondary School, Oko Ita;
Solar-powered borehole at Itu Andem;
Solar-powered borehole at Ikot Udo Etim as well as Solar-powered borehole at Ikot Udom.

Others were: Provision of Solar-powered Borehole/Reticulation at Ntan Ekere; Provision of Solar-powered Borehole at Ibiaku Ikot Udom; Provision of Solar-powered Borehole at Itu Andem; Provision of Solar-powered Borehole at Ikot Udo Efum; Renovation of Town Hall at Ikot Edet;
Renovation of 4 Classroom Block 1 at Union Secondary School, Ibiaku; Renovation of 4 Classroom Block 2 at Union Secondary School, Ibiaku and
Supply of 600no. Dual Desk at Union Secondary School, Ibiaku.

Present at the inauguration ceremony were; members of the political class, clergymen, traditional rulers, students, market women, prominent sons and daughters of Ibiono Ibom who had turned up in large numbers in appreciation of Governor Emmanuel’s magnanimity to the people of the Local government area.

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By Thelma Abia

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr  Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has promised not to leave any project uncompleted in Oruk Anam local government area, as well as the whole of Akwa Ibom state, assuring them that the completion Agenda will deliver every project initiated by his administration at the expiration of his tenure in 2022.

Speaking through the Honorable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet during the inauguration of 29 Interministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee’s education focused projects in Oruk Anam Local government area , he thanked them for their unrelenting support for his administration and for giving him the third highest number of votes during the last governorship elections.
Expressing his love for Oruk Anam, Gov Emmanuel delivered a special greeting courtesy  his wife Her Excellency Dr. Mrs Martha Udom who is a daughter of the soil and also appreciated them for being good in-laws to him.
With two years left in office, the Governor excited them with news of the possibility of getting more developmental project  but advised that news and evidence peace  is the only way to make such a reality.

The Special Assistant to Governor on Interministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, Prince Sampson Idiong while setting the tone for the event welcomed the Governor, guest and indigenes to Community Secondary school Ikot Osute. Informing them that 34 IMDLCC project were approved for Oruk Anam, he presented the completed 29 to his  Excellency, with a promise to deliver the ongoing 5 in no distant time.

In his welcome address, the principal of the host school Pastor Victor Morgan expressed his gratitude to God for the safe journey of every guest present, the Clement weather and to the AKHA member for choosing  Community Sec. School Ikot Osute as his constituency project.

Describing the sorry state of the school before the provision of the block of Six Classrooms, library and principal’s office, where student studied under trees  due to the unavailability of class rooms. Pastor Morgan however requested more intervention projects for his school such as more classrooms,  laboratory  and modern toilet .

Also presenting a goodwill message and appreciating the Governor for the opportunity to nominate his choice constituency project  to be executed under the supervision of the IMDLCC amidst the Nations financial crisis,  was the member representing Oruk Anam in the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly Rt. (Hon.) Sir Udo Kirian Akpan.
Udo Kirian revealed that the School was at the verge of being de-registering by WAEC due to the unavailability of classrooms for the exams hence the need for the nomination

Goodwill messages were also presented by  the Local Government Chairman Rt. Hon. Dr. Kingsley Okon, the Paramount ruler Obong (Engr.) JJ Okposi, the Women leader, Hon. Mrs. Grace Mfon, Clan head of Abak-midim Obong Akpan Jackson.

Accompanying the Governor  for the inauguration were: The Chairman, IMDLCC and Commissioner for Finance Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan. The Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio. Secretary of the IMDLCC, Dr. Champion Abasute. Former Commissioner for Education, Pastor Paul Udofia. Mr Itoro Noah, Elder Sunday Okokon, political stakeholders, traditional and religious leaders and the gentleman of the press.

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•••Inaugurates 26 inter-ministerial projects

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has said he will continue to deliver on his campaign promises to the people of Itu Local Government Area.

Speaking at the Commissioning of 26 inter-ministerial projects in Itu LGA, the Governor said he won’t relent efforts in ensuring that Itu people enjoy more developmental projects.

Represented by the Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, Governor Emmanuel maintained that his administration will continue to boost the quality of education across the state.

While expressing happiness over the quality of inter-ministerial jobs done in public primarily schools, the State Chief Executive described education as one of the best gifts to humanity.

“His Excellency believes that the best gift you can give to any individual is education. The Governor loves you (Itu people). That his why he has made possible various projects in Itu. We have the Industrial Park that has several industries operating, bringing employment to our people”, he said.

The Governor also vowed to complete the Car Assembling Plant situated in Itu LGA, adding he would not leave any stone unturned in his bid to ensure that young people are meaningfully engaged.

“I am sure that a lot of people have given up hope in respect of the Automobile Plant in Ikot Ukap. But as you can see, God moves very fast. By the grace of God, we will have vehicles coming out from there before the end of this year.

“Our young men (and women) are very smart and we’ll continue to give them opportunities, so they can work, instead of begging for a living”, he noted.

Dignitaries at the well attended event included the Commissioner for Finance, Mr, Linus Nkan, his Information and Strategy counterpart, Comrade Ini Ememobong, Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, Senator Anietie Okon, Member representing Itu State Constituency, Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem, Special Assistant to the Governor on Inter-Ministerial, Prince Sampson Idiong, amongst others.

Projects commissioned included renovation of classroom blocks, electrification, borehole/water reticulation, perimeter fencing etc, at different locations in Itu LGA.

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