the people of Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State will
certainly join their counterparts in other parts of the state to cast
ballots in the Local Government Chairmanship election.
As interest in the forthcoming polls gathers momentum, political
stakeholders in various political parties are expressing interest to
vie. The electorates, on the other hand, are eager to meticulously
choose who leads them.
In Ikono, the political atmosphere is tensed as many aspirants have
expressed interest in the race. Armed with glowing manifestoes, they are
telling the electorates that they possess pedigree and capacity to lead
them to socio-political and economic boom.
Though it is a political tradition for aspirants to woo the electorates,
it behoves on the electorates to be thoroughly confident on the
candidate’s abilities before casting votes. A politician’s trackrecord,
educational qualification, experience and above all, blueprint, must
always be taken into consideration.
Ikono which was carved out of Itu Local Government Areas in 1976 is
widely regarded as the cradle of Ibibio race. In terms of land mass,
Ikono joins Ibiono Ibom, Oruk Anam and Essien Udim as one the four
largest Local Government Areas in the State. Its strategic importance in
the polity cannot therefore be underrated, hence the need for the
people to elect a jinx breaker who will fast-track the development and
give it the rightful place in the comity of Local Government Areas in
The media has a role to play in guiding the electorates by providing
relevant information on aspirants and candidates for elective positions.
In view of this, having done an independent perusal of Dr. Augustine
Asuquo Umoh’s personage, I can unequivocally submit that he is capable
to lead Ikono aright.
Dr. Umoh, who is a university don, politician per excellence,
philanthropist, a situational leader, mentor and a constant source of
inspiration to the youths and students is vying for the Chairmanship
position of Ikono LGA on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP). His pedigree and track-record are unparalleled. His Curriculum
Vitae paints him as a well schooled gentleman whose glittering exploits
in Nigeria’s ivory towers span decades. He is a Doctor of Physics who
specializes on Upper Atmosphere and Communication with bias in
Electronics. As a statesman, he has been actively involved in politics
for two decades.
Anyone who doubts his chances of becoming the number one indigene of
Ikono LGA only needs to review the goings-on in the area. To pen that
everything is working for his favour is an understatement. Political
leaders, elders, women and youths are proclaiming him as a messiah. The
PDP has zoned the chairmanship race to Ediene Itak and he has been
adopted as the sole candidate of Ediene Itak bloc.
To showcase their support for their son, Ediene Itak Elders and Leaders
during a consultative visit to the leadership of the State Chapter of
the Peoples Democratic Party reaffirmed their decision to adopt Dr. Umoh
as their sole candidate. The meeting was attended by Ikono political
heavyweights including a former Chairman of Ikono, Engr. Edet Umotong; a
two term Chapter Chairman of PDP in Ikono, Chief Etim Inyang; Obong
Akanimo Asanga, former supervisors, councilors and ward executive
Armed with the mission of giving power to the people, Dr. Umoh’s
blueprint features bettering lives by boosting agriculture, education,
health, empowerment and infrastructure.
As an advocate of participatory governance, he intends to put a stop to
imposition and electoral racketeering. His entry into the Chairmanship
race indeed signals the beginning of good tidings to the people of
Ikono. Pundits believe that the locust years of undemocratic politics
which has been counterproductive for Ikono are over.
Dr. Augustine Asuquo Umoh is in the race to win. He has the confidence
of the party and indeed the populace. Undoubtedly, a new dawn for Ikono
has arrived and with him, Ikono people will be taking a right step in a
direction towards a transformative future.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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