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Dakkada Luxury Estate Is Ready For Use, Says Lands And Water Resources Commissioner



•••roll out the ministry’s plans for the citizenry

By Unwana Assam

The Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Captain Iniobong Ekong, has disclosed that Dakkada Luxury Estate is ready for use by the people of Akwa Ibom, as he rolled out his ministry’s plans for the citizenry.

Ekong disclosed this yesterday, 16th August 2023, during a Press Briefing at the Ministry’s Conference Room, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

During the briefing, the commissioner stated that there are many plans the ministry has in store for the people of Akwa Ibom State as encapsulated in the ARISE Agenda of Governor Umo Eno. He noted that the reason he invited Journalists for theory was to share the ambitions, vision, and actions of the Ministry for Lands for Akwa Ibom people.

“I called you for this media briefing to seek your cooperation, understanding, relationship, and advice as a way of symbiotic responsibility to ensure that the intentions of the Government are translated properly to enable the welfare, sustainability, and promotion of livelihood of our people in Akwa Ibom State,” Captain Ekong stated.

Ekong, in his brief, notified the Press that Dakkada Luxury Estate is ready for use, but remains provision of sites and services.

According to him, “Dakkada Luxury Estate is ready. What is remaining now for the government to do is the provision of Sites and Services. That is the provision of Water, Power, Church, Fire Service, Police Station, etc.

“Payment for 385 plots has been made and allocated. The Estate is secured because it is 100% fenced. What is remaining are the common services left to be provided. What the government is planning there is to have a 24/7 Power supply and we are working out modalities to partner with some companies to get everything done, and provided”.

The Lands Commissioner also reiterated his Ministry’s readiness to match the directives of the Governor over Itam Industrial Park with action. He assured that his ministry is going to do just as the Governor directed.

“We were at Itam Industrial Area yesterday. The Governor has directed that the lands around the area that have not been used for many years by the owners should be retrieved from them and put into use immediately. When retrieving the land from those who had not used it for years, Government will now lease it or be used it for Industrial Layout. For those that will do business there, over the nment will award contracts to individual entrepreneurs like Shoemakers, Tailors, Craftsmen, etc, to enhance their business so as to deliver quality services for the Akwa Ibom People.

“I can assure you that by September when the new school session will commence, people that the government will lease lands at Industrial Park to do business must have started producing some academic materials like shoes, and uniforms that the pupils/students will wear,” he averred.

While assuring Akwa Ibom people of timely delivery of work through his ministry, Captain Ekong disclosed that the Government of Governor Umo Eno is pregnant with many people’s oriented programs, praying for absolute cooperation and understanding with the Government from Akwa Ibom people.

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby




Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

…… Revisited 5months old motherless twins

Fulfilling the purpose and goal of the mission, Akwaobongunwana Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, Friday, visited Wisdom Sunday, a one month old motherless baby, who lost his mother to the cold hands of death immediately after his announcement into the world at Afaha Ediene, Ikono Local Government Area.

Baby Wisdom crying his way into the world on the 1st of December 2023, was left with the fate of having to battle through the tunnel of his destiny without a mother’s care, love and attention, but mercy came through for him and he found help.

His story took another dimension when Mrs Itohowo Sunday, another nursing mother had compassion on him, and decided to nurse Wisdom alongside her baby, bringing Wisdom into the arms of a mother he had lost.

Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, on hearing the touching story of the new born baby, sprang into action, ensuring his welfare and that of his foster mother was safeguarded to lessen tension, tears and emotional trauma from the family.

The Ikono born philanthropist in his usual gesture, purchased basic needed items for baby Wisdom such as NAN 1, baby oil, baby lotion, diapers, wipes, dettol, baby syrups, baby soaps, tissue, rice for the family, and cash gift to Carter for other urgent items that was not included in the package.

Emmanuel while praying for baby Wisdom, pleaded God to preserve his life, direct his steps on earth, guide him through the path of his destiny and increase his level of greatness throughout his existence on planet earth.

Meanwhile, Heal the world project team revisited Marvelous and Miracle, the 4months old motherless twins now 5months at Nkwot, Ikono Local Government, to inspect their health condition and as well rate their progress level for immediate follow up.

The leader of the team, Dr Emmanuel Ntatam with a broaden smile and gratitude to God almighty was impressed on their current health status, as they were kicking with joy and happiness for life restored.

The entire team feeling encouraged, glorified God for working miracle through the team to the fraternal twins in a matter of one month, believing God to perfect the good works He had started.

The leader of the team out of his own magnanimity decided to topup baby items for Marvelous and Miracle, even as he presented cash gift to the family for the twins upkeep.

Recalled that Akwaobongunwana and the team had visited Marvelous and Miracle last year who were on the verge of giving up due to poor treatment and malnutrition after they lost their mother at birth, and today, sunshine has returned to the family.

Ntatam is currently on a mission to heal the world, restore hope to the hopeless, helping others grow, inspiring the younger generation to stand up to their dreams and potentials, care for the helpless, and putting smiles on the faces of the downtrodden, with the reassurances of a better life

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, on Wednesday, played host to the leadership of the Conference of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom State (COOPA), led by the Chancellor, Mr. Utitofon Ukpong.

Chairman of the Union, Comrade Amos Etuk, who received the new COOPA Executive at the NUJ Secretariat in Uyo, congratulated members of the organisation on their successful 2023 Conference/Election held recently in Eket.

Flanked by the State Working Committee of NUJ, Etuk while acknowledging the dominance of the new media, expressed the Union’s readiness to partner with COOPA and quelled insinuations of a cold war between the NUJ and online publishers in the state.

“There was a time when the traditional media used to feel threatened about the dominance of the social media, but we had this Conference four years ago in Abeokuta where we started creating awareness that rather than have a division against the social media, let’s embrace it and also encourage our members to be strategic in having a strong online presence.”

“Today, I am excited that we have a lot of NUJ members who have blogs and are active too on the social media. We don’t know what it will be in the next ten years, but we try to encourage ourselves that today, the social media has the space”, he said.

“Be reassured that COOPA and NUJ will be partners. We have never been rivals or seen ourselves as enemies. We just needed to streamline a lot of things for us to have that synergy. Now that the synergy has come and the NUJ Constitution has recognised Online Publishers, there is need for us to work hand-in-hand for the growth of this noble and well-respected profession”, he said.

Comrade Etuk urged the new COOPA Chancellor to prioritise the training of members and particularly saluted the ingenuity of the immediate-past Chancellor, Comrade Ifreke Nseowo who he noted led the group to limelight.

“The same hand of fellowship that we gave to the immediate past Chancellor, Ifreke Nseowo, is the same hand of fellowship that we’ll give to you. We are even giving you stronger because we want you to succeed.”

“Your responsibility is that you have to move COOPA out of Lagos and out of Nigeria. You have to start looking at the West African hubs and engage with colleagues from other sub-regions on how you can develop yourselves. Wherever you feel NUJ can give you that support, I want to tell you that we’re always ready at every point to support”, he added.

Earlier, the Chancellor of COOPA, Mr. Utitofon Ukpong, appealed for a cordial working relationship between the NUJ and COOPA, especially, in the area of capacity development as well as defence of members against intimidation or harassment in the course of their official duties.

Ukpong further appreciated the Union for its support over the years and made a case for the restoration of the ‘Online Publisher of the Year Award’ in the NUJ Press Week Awards, to give a sense of belonging to some Journalists registered with both organisations.

Prayers were offered for the success of the new COOPA Executive.

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•••Sets an unprecedented example of selfless dedication to the well-being of constituents

In an unprecedented display of commitment to his constituents, the member representing Ikono-Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Rep Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, has decided to forfeit his entire salary and allowances for the next 24 months, and will instead channel these entitlements directly towards the empowerment of members of his constituency. This was made known today, 1st October, 2023, at Ward center of Mbiaobong Ikot Udofia in Ini Local Government Area, during the commencement of a ‘Thank You’ tour of the Constituency by Rep Ukpong-udo.

The tour tagged “Macaire In Your Community,” had its first outing at Ikono North I, Ward 6, and witnessed each of 1,337 indigenes of the area and supporters of the Youth Progressive Party (YPP) receiving cash allotments to help cushion the harsh economic effect of the subsidy removal and in appreciation of their support to the lawmaker and the party. The beneficiaries cut across the 12 units in the ward.

In his remarks at the occasion, Rep Ukpong-udo, a returning member of the House of Representatives, stated his resolve to reciprocate the massive love he enjoyed during the election, despite intimidation, violence and financial inducement. He noted that in the same way he ensured to penetrate every hamlet to interface with the electorates during campaigns, he has also been intentional about undertaking a thank-you-visit to appreciate his people.

“My primary duty is to serve the people, and so I want to do everything in my power to empower my people in return for the mandate the have entrusted me with,“ the lawmaker said. In acknowledgement of the challenges posed by the current economic climate he further disclosed that he will embark on this tour weekly over the next three months, during which time his emoluments for the next two years will be distributed to over 23,000 indigenes of his constituency and their families.

Rep. Ukpong-udo clarified contentious issues as he debunked speculations that he has concluded plans to defect to another party and pledged an all-inclusive governance that would give equal opportunity to all supporters without discrimination. Rep. Ukpong-udo’s extraordinary gesture was well received and widely praised by constituents at the gathering.

In separate remarks at the occasion well-attended by a wide cross-section of the Ikono-Ini citizenry, friends and neighbours, the Director of campaigns, Hon. Dickson Abasiekong and the Director-General Mkpoikana-abasi Campaign Council, Barr. Edet Inyangidim, noted that since their involvement and sojourn in active politics, Rep. Ukpong-udo’s leadership dexterity has been exceptional especially in rewarding loyalty and fulfilling promises made to their constituency.

The Chapter Chairman of the YPP in Ini Local Government Area, Mr. Anietie Jackson, described the tour as an uncommon event which has never occurred before in the political sphere of Akwa Ibom State. The chapter women leader of the party appreciated the lawmaker for respecting the trust the electorate reposed in him, while the Ward Coordinators of Macaire Grassroots Movement in their joint goodwill message, passed a vote of confidence on Rep. Ukpong-udo and pledged their readiness to traverse the length and breadth to mobilize more support to the Member beyond 2027.


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