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A’Ibom APC: The Tobiah and Samballat of our time



By Richard Peters

Like Samballat and Tobiah that tried to hinder the building of the wall of Jerusalem, and like Elymas that sought to pervert the proconsul of faith, Akwa Ibom APC has consistently displayed these satanic characters towards the development of Akwa Ibom. Their ultimate aim is to stop the building or Akwa Ibom state, and frustrate the vision of our leaders.

It’s glaringly clear that nothing gratifies APC than to see people in a state of poverty, insecurity, fear, hopelessness and frustration. Hence, every effort by this administration to change the narrative is seen as a capital sin, which must be opposed at all cost.

In its recent press release naively captioned: Udom’s 6th anniversary address: Another tale of Ananias, the disgruntled group of frustrated politicians questioned why Akwa Ibom people should celebrate. They suddenly claimed they are so blind that they couldn’t see all the industries and other footprints of Gov. Udom Emmanuel led administration.

What else could be expected from a party whose leaders are only known for petition writing? We wouldn’t expect anything less from a party that fights itself at every given time. They fight internally and also extend same to destroy the state.

Like Elymas, the APC in Akwa Ibom seeks to pervert the people from the faith of possibilities and massive developmental initiatives of the present administration. But then, we can all attest to the fact that in his 6 years as the state chief executive,
Governor Udom Emmanuel has conquered the air, land and sea, giving Akwa Ibom an exalted position in the map of global economy.

It is no news that Governor Emmanuel is on the saddle of leadership to facilitate and deliver human-centered projects as promised from the inception of his administration.
True to his goal of liberating the state from the shackles of infrastructural lack and deficit, the State Chief executive has today come a long way in flooding Akwa Ibom with life touching projects and thus, opened more opportunities for people of the State on land, sea and sky.

Looking at his developmental strides on land for instance, one would see that Governor Emmanuel has left large imprints on the sands of time which will never be erased. It would be noted that road infrastructure has continued to receive adequate attention by this administration despite the current economic realities; some of which are the just inaugurated 2.1km Oron Highway, 1.8km Murtala Muhammed Way, 0.85km Customs road, 0.4km Market Square Road, 10.9km Awa – Nkana Road with 2.3km Spurs in Onna, all executed with standard side drains in Oron, Onna, Udung Uko, Urueffong-Uruko, Mkpat Enin, Eket, Ibeno, Oruk Anam, Ukanafun, Uruan, Itu, Mbo and other hinterlands.
In Uyo senatorial district, the present administration has changed the status of over 900 main and connecting roads including the construction of the 6.1km Atanoffot road, 9.0km MbiayaUruan-Ita-Ikpa-MbiakongUruan road with 60m Span Bridge in Uruan Local Government Area, 19.317km Annua-Mbak-Ishiet Road,14.5km Uyo/Airport Junction-OkopediOkobo road Phase1, 12.15km EnenNsit-Obotong-Ikot Enwene-Edebom-Oboetuk-Ikot Obok- Mbiakom- Obo Atai- Oboyo IkotIta road in Nsit Ibom, 3.5km Ikot Udom Road with 15m span bridge in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, 2.1km road around the State Secretariat Annex and Believers Academy at Mbiabong, 1.5km road at NsikakEduok- Tropicana outfall drain, 20.0km Uyo-Etinan road, 8.5km IbiakuUruan-Ekritam Road and spur in Itu/Uruan Local Government Area, as well as the Ikot Akpa-Edu- Ikot iko- Ikot Akpan Abia road in Ibesikpo with 30m Span Bridge. Some of these constructions which are ongoing are already reducing the distance between people, markets, services and knowledge, one of which is the almost completed 25.0km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road.

Strategically located in the heart of Uyo and Ikot Ekpene, the road has its linking ability with the host communities of Uyo, Ibiono Ibom, Ikono, Abak, Essien Udim and Ikot Ekpene as well as neighboring Abia state, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

When fully completed, the road will enhance intertrade and intersocial activities among the three states and boost the physical aesthetics of the state.
Another cardinal road project nearing completion in Uyo senatorial district is the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover. It would be noted that the road was significant for causing accidents in times past due to its narrowness. On completion, the road which has a flyover will eradicate the incessant accidents hitherto experienced and ensure free vehicular movements of goods and humans to and fro Abak-Ikot Abasi-Mkpat Enin- Port Harcourt, Etinan-Nsit Ibom-Nsit Ubium-Eket,Onna, Uyo- Ikot Ekpene-Odukpani-Calabar.

There is also the ongoing construction of 9.5km ring road phase II linking Aka, Oron and Nwaniba roads, by university of Uyo permanent site. Notably, this particular project will dissolve the girdlock often experienced along Oron Road as alternative routes will be provided to diversify traffic through Edet Akpan Avenue to get to Abak road, IBB way, Atiku Abubakar way and Idoro road, without having to get stuck in the Oron Road traffic.

Similarly, farmers and fishermen from IduUruan, Ifiayong and other coastal areas will be able to quickly access the Akpan Andem,Isshiet, Ifa, Nung UdoeandAfaha Markets without fear of delay at the Oron Road jam.

With the attraction of more than 18 functional industries to the mainstream of economic development in the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel has positioned himself as a wonder and surprise to many who never believed such a feat could be recorded in such a time with lean economic resources.

Subsequently, the Green Farm, Rice Mill, Kings Flour Mill, Cassava Processing Mill, Plywood factory, Fertilizer blending plant, Syringe factory and others have not only absorbed the teeming unemployed youths of the State but supplied the state with the needed produce necessary for consumption and served as market for the purchase of raw materials for further production thus, enhancing commerce and industry.

The Governor whose octopusal tentacles have equally impacted the Aviation sector has given a facelift to the Victor Attah International Airport through the construction world class MRO, and a taxiway to ease control congestion from the point of arrival, down to the Airport junction.

He also ensured the functionality of the Airport by expanding the State Airline’s fleet to six (6).
Unarguably, Ibom Air, in the words of many passengers has become the toast of the aviation industry in Nigeria, having bridged the gap of high service quality, health insecurity, timeliness and hoarded flight schedules.

With these sterling qualities, Akwa Ibom is sure to move upward from the 7th position it currently occupies among states with high IGR in Nigeria in no distant time, courtesy of the enormous patronage and multiple value chain business opportunity this singular stride avails.

On sea, Governor Emmanuel has committed time and resources to the workability of the Ibom Deep Seaport (IDSP). The IDSP which is a Federal Government project driven by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Akwa Ibom State and the Nigerian Port Authority already has the State Government perfecting its role as the host of the project.

According to the former Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang the road networks at the IDSP are exquisitely designed and constructed to link the entire states in the south south. He explained that at the completion of the Seaport, one of the dualized road takes materials cleared from the Seaport directly into Uyo, state capital.

“The state government is also building a super Highway from Ibeno axis to Uya Oro where one can link up to the East-West road leading to Bayelsa, Port-Harcourt and Warri or drive the opposite way to get to Oron, Eket as well as Calabar”. This, he said is to take care of palpable traffic decongestion around the Seaport.

Mr. Inyang-eyen gave insights on the road inter connectedness when, a delegation from the Presidency consisting the Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulating Commission (ICRC), an official of the Ministry of Transportation, Finance and the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA),visited the project site on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Accompanied by Inyang-even were the then State Information boss, Sir Charles Udoh, and his Economic Development counterpart, Mr. Akan Okon.

The visiting team who were obviously overwhelmed by the network of roads the Ibom Deep Seaport has, with links to the Onne Port, Mobil Oil Producing as well as the Atlantic Ocean, expressed satisfaction with the progress of work at the project site.
“I am so delighted to see these things by myself today. Ibom Deep Seaport will be the best seaport in Nigeria and the sub-region with natural depth, and it will also help to decongest Lagos, Port Harcourt, and other seaports. I’m amazed at the level of work recorded so far by the Akwa Ibom State Government”, Mr. Izuwah of ICRC had expressed.
The siting of the IDSP inches away from the Atlantic Ocean makes the coast clear for international exchanges.

It would be recalled that the State Governor had from the onset of his administration stated his commitment to the industrialization of the state, giving priority to the Ibom deep seaport and industrial city projects.
“We will aggressively industrialize this State and continue to attract foreign investors, ensuring that the environment is made ferment for investments. We hope to make Akwa Ibom the industrial hub of Nigeria”, Governor Emmanuel had said.

He added that his administration will raise the bar of performance in all areas and lift Akwa Ibom State to an enviable height, to be the pride of the nation. “Akwa Ibom in my second term will move from a fast industrializing society to a great and rich society, and will witness an unprecedented growth in all spheres of development and capacity enhancement.”

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By Edet Ikotidem

A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arc ( Obong) Victor Attah has canvassed support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s succession plan.

Obong Attah made the call in Uyo during an audience with members of the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum .

The ‘Eduek Ekpe’ who expressed interest in the Governor’s succession plan, expressed his concern about who becomes the next governor of Akwa Ibom State

“As a Governor, I could not have left the state the way i met it and the development of Akwa Ibom has been dear to my heart”, he said.

“Any person who wants to govern Akwa Ibom must tell the people what he wants to do and how he intends to go about it, he added”.

The former Governor called on Governor Emmanuel to dialogue with the people to guide against avoidable mistakes in the choice of a successor.

Obong Attah also noted that naming anyone now without the acceptance of the people may frustrate the process from being actualized.

He further stressed that the idea of a University of Technology in Akwa Ibom was to meet the technology needs of the state and nation at large for wealth creation and accelerated economic development.

“Any Science Park in the world is a centre for foreign exchange where millions of dollars are made through incubation of ideas and software production. So, the idea of a Science Park and the University of Technology should not be jettisoned “, he said.

In his remarks, , the former governor commended the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum for her initiatives and support for the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel and his succession plan

Reacting to the former Governor’s remarks, Chairman of the Forum, Elder Ofonimeh Isong appealed to Obong Attah not to relent in his support and assistance to Governor Emmanuel, especially in the choice of a successor.

He informed the former governor that the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum is in strategic partnership with relevant agencies to ensure the success of the completion agenda of His Excellency, the governor.

Those in the audience with Obong Attah were the Vice Chairman of the Forum and Publisher, Dailynews Newspaper, Prince. Emmanuel Ndon, Director, Contact and Mobilization, Mr. Victor Ukpong, Chairman Board of Trustees, Comrade Joseph Okon, Special Assistant to the State Governor on Project Monitoring, Comrade Ernest Akpan, Reverend Osendu Ahirika, Secretary Board of Trustees, Reverend Richard Peters.

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NDDC should be given necessary supports from stakeholders – President Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all contributors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to remit all outstanding funds owed the Commission to enable it pursue its mandate of developing the Niger Delta region.

President Buhari gave the order in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, while commissioning the ultra modern 1050-bed space hostel built by NDDC and donated to University of Uyo.

He stated: “I want to use the opportunity of this commissioning to direct all statutory contributors to the NDDC to remit all outstanding funds to the Commission, because the Management has shown that it can manage its affairs with prudence, transparency and accountability.”

According to figures released by NDDC, the Federal Government and the oil companies owe the Commission N1.9 trillion and $4billion (about N2.2 trillion), respectively, according to the NDDC Establishment Act 2000.

President Buhari stated that “the forensic audit, which was completed a few months ago, is achieving one of its core objectives, adding: “That objective is to rebuild NDDC into an agency that is well equipped and better placed to facilitate sustainable regional development.”

He said that NDDC “should be given all necessary support it deserves from stakeholders and commended the Commission’s management, led by its interim administrator, Dr. Efiong Akwa, for a job well done.

In his welcome address, Dr. Akwa assured that there is a new spirit in the NDDC “permeating the Commission’s affairs and how it approaches its mandate of sustainable regional development.”

He stated: “It is a spirit, the New NDDC spirit, inspired by President Muhammadu Buhari and fuelled by the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, which compels greater enthusiasm that we can deliver on our collective promise to the Niger Delta region and our people.”

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Rep. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo canvasses the support of the House to tackle a key problem in the Nigeria’s education sector



The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated the Committees on Basic Education, and Science and Technology to address the issues of

falling standards of education in Government-owned schools to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and ensure the training and retraining of Teachers across the Federation.

This resolution followed a motion on the “Need for Continuous Training and Retraining of Teachers in Nigeria” moved by Hon. Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo (PDP, Akwa Ibom).

Presenting the motion in the House, the lawmaker noted that the Federal Ministry of Education is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of
minimum standards in Primary and Secondary schools across the Federation.

Hon. Ukpong-Udo expressed worries that the current standard of education in government-owned schools does not equip the pupils and students to compete effectively in the modern age of science and technology and to raise a creative generation of entrepreneurs that will be self-sufficient.

The lawmakers expressed grave concern that even when the curriculum is appropriately reviewed to promote STEM education, the teachers are not trained and sensitized to teach the same.

The motion further noted that there is a need to engage the Primary and Secondary School Teachers in continuous training and retraining to enhance their capacity and productivity to be in line with modern-day realities.

“This motion is seeking to improve the performance and management responsibilities and to also improve quality teaching and learning processes.

“The quality of any educational system depends to a great extent on the quality of teachers.

“Teachers are the most important component any of any educational system because they are the people to shape the behavior, thinking, and attitude of the pupils and students in the teaching and learning situation,” he said.

The Lawmaker insisted saying, “we all know that quality of teachers determines the quality of knowledge imparted to the students and the quality of learning outcomes.”

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