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The Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum (USDMPF) has frowned on the recent media attacks on religious fathers who condemned the activities of cultists and forbade any of such from aspiring for the 2023 governorship seat in the State.

It says any aspirant who neither abhors nor condemns Cultism, is at war with himself.

The group bore its mind at a press briefing held on Thursday in Uyo, expressing disappointment that the fathers of faith were being misunderstood, tongue-lashed and mouth-washed with reckless abandon by people who should rather take their spiritually-backed opinions as absolute.

According to the Chairman of the Forum Deacon Ofonime Isong, Cultisms is a destructive tenet which has eaten deep into the moral fabrics of the society and has subsequently ruined the future of youths.

“Any governorship aspirant who fails to condemn cultism has a moral question before the electorate”, he stressed.

Explaining that the USDMPF was formed to project the interests of the Uyo Senatorial District, it clarified that they are not aligned to any governorship aspirant but are “poised and determined to interface with all stakeholders with a view to identifying, promoting and rallying support for the best candidate from the district to succeed Governor Udom Emmanuel come 2023”.

They further appealed to aspirants in the State to call their supporters to order and warn them to desist from attacking and abusing the governor who is the father of Akwa Ibom State, adding that “no one spits on a stool and expects to sit on it.

“Aspirants should rather engage Akwa Ibom people on their programmes if elected into office and stop dropping the governor’s name or sponsoring malicious campaigns against the author of the Divine Mandate.

“Such actions are at best unnecessary against a leader who has openly denounced any intention of going for a third term through surrogacy.”

Meanwhile, the forum has condemned the fracas and violence which enveloped the just conducted All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses.

They noted that “the violence and ongoing anarchy in what is supposed to be a mere internal family affair, smacks of disunity and poor leadership by the party”.

Lauding the initiative behind the establishment of the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), the Uyo Media practitioners noted that it was necessary to sustain the Peace recorded in the state under the present administration ahead the next dispensation of governance.

They therefore called on people of the State to shun inciting comments which would undermine the Movement and rather embrace it and its dictates for progress and development.

The Forum accordingly calls on all the good people and residents of Akwa Ibom State to support the Maintain Peace Movement, as it is only in an atmosphere of peace in the State that our prosperity, economic growth, social development and foreign direct investments drive can thrive.

While charging citizens of the State on the need to know their civic responsibilities, the forum advocated massive participation in the ongoing Voters’ registration exercise, ahead the 2023 elections.

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She stated further that the little girl was begging for alms under the pretence that the small boy is her younger brother and that their parents died in an accident in December 2020.

Out of compassion, the woman took both of them to her house in Sagamu in order to take care of the little boy’s deteriorating health condition.

But immediately the boy fully recovered, the suspect wanted to single-handedly take the boy to Imo state. This aroused the woman’s suspicion, hence her report.

Upon the report, the Dpo Sagamu division, CSP okiki Agunbiade detailed his detectives to go and bring the girl and the little boy.

On interrogation, the girl confessed that she was a maid to the mother of the little boy, and that she left with the boy since on the 19th of December 2021, with the intention of taking the boy to Amraku Umorsu in Isiala/Mberna local government area of Imo state.

She stated further that, she took the baby from the church during Sunday school period, and since the Sunday school teacher knows her with the baby’s mother, she had no problem releasing the baby to her.

She explained further that she decided to beg for alms in order to raise transport fare to Imo state. ” Oyeyemi said.

The police spokesperson added that the Commissioner of police CP Lanre Bankole ordered that the baby’s parents be contacted, while the case be forwarded to Lagos state command whose jurisdiction the crime was committed.

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Akwa Ibom son, Josiah Bassey, has been nominated for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards. The Recording Academy announced nominations for 86 categories recently, and Josiah was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.

This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian music single or track, (including pop, rap/hip-hop, Latin, or rock.)

Josiah, who started his music career in Uyo before settling in New York City, USA, is rated among Kirk Franklin, Chandler Moore, CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine, and Chris Brown etc., in this category.

Josiah is nominated for a song titled Hold Us Together (Hope Mix), written by him, H.E.R., Tauren Wells and Dernst Emile.

All the way from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Josiah Bassey has become an international artist.

Grace onto Grace!!!!

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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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