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EKET FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY MEDIA FORUM, SALUTES GOVERNOR EMMANUEL’S STERLING PERFORMANCE AT SIX

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Six years after Governor Udom Emmanuel assumed office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State with a promise of sustaining superior performance, history has been boldly rewritten to reflect an irregular idea conceived from the humanity perspective, which has brought hope to the future of Akwa Ibom indigenes (born and unborn). The Akwa Ibom story has transcended the shores of our common heritage and has budded the economy of our dear state to weather the storms of the unseen future.

A typical AkwaIbomite through the Dakkada Ideology has awaken to the sense of self realization that truly, from the thatched house in the riverine areas of Atabrikang, Okposo, or Odio communities, he can rise to become the best of his kind despite the odds, setting paces and trails of expertise, beating his reach and coming top for his generation – these philosophy of self-realization of greatness that is imbued in us all is conspicuously acknowledged and more appreciable.

Through a recessive economy as witnessed in the first four years of Udom Emmanuel’s administration, Akwa Ibom under his watch developed a culture of investment in vibrant institutions, even in neglected sectors of the economy, he took a conscious SWOT analysis that swung the pendulum of investment in the area towards viability. Today and gradually, the economy of our dear state is shifting from the dependency on Federal allocations to an Industrialized State of which established paradigm now enables prompt payment of salaries with or without receipt of federal allocation.

We can remember vividly when the administration nursed the idea of investing in the aviation sector which berthed #IbomAir months after the Federal Government had launched Nigeria Airline Logo for billions of our taxpayers money and made it public, cynics and enemies of Akwa Ibom made mockery of Udom Emmanuel’s determination to succeed in the abandoned sector, they even called it a scam, but today, the scam #IbomAir is the most sought-after airline in the country, the Scam #IbomAir as antagonists tagged it recently celebrated her 100k flights record without incidences thereby, taking over the aviation industry and proving our “all is possible” creed to be realizable.

Carefully, we have followed the promise of an industrialized Akwa Ibom State coming to fruition in your watch, when the country was inundated with insufficient syringes in Nigeria hospitals, Gov Udom Emmanuel, a focused and resilient leader took the bold step and assidously invested in syringe manufacturing, today, JSM made in Akwa Ibom syringes is a global brand , thus marketing Akwa Ibom to the world.
We will not be appreciative, if we fail to note that the Kings Flourmill produced in Akwa Ibom has dominated the flour market in Nigeria, the metering company is providing quality and affordable meters to Nigeria homes, the plywood factory is leading in wood supplies and, we are now witnessing more job opportunities with expansion capacities for qualified Akwaibomites.

The industrialization drive of this administration has also birthed the Coconut refinery which will commence operations soon. The yet to commence Petro-chemical factory, the envisaged Ibom deep seaport and many others, are evidence of a very proactive and people-centric leadership driven by an egghead that should be encouraged and supported for greater dividends of democracy.

We have witnessed the vigorous pursuit of this administration to serve Akwa Ibom people from the spread of the dreaded coronavirus during the offshoot of the outbreak with the building of a 300-capacity facility designed to contain Modernized Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Administrative Block, Clinical Laboratories and the all-encompassing revamp in the health sector which has seen general hospitals across the state wear new looks with modern functional medical equipments to assuage the wants in the sector and give succor to health needs of the people.

Over twenty years ago, Akwa Palm Industry was a forgotten history and the entire plantation became a thick forest, but, Governor Udom Emmanuel considered the reactivation of the moribund Akwa Palm Industry as one of the footprints to be chronicled in the archives of this government.

It is also worthy to note the administration’s input in the education sector, the provisions of suitable learning ambience for public primary and secondary institutions, state tertiary institutions, the free and compulsory education scheme and the quality road infrastructural network spread across the state; ongoing and commissioned, are testaments of Governor Emmanuel’s selfless commitment to the actualization of the Akwa Ibom of our dream.

Obviously, the golden signature of this administration is perfectly clear. It is six years of visible achievements devoid of bovarism, six years of quality service delivery to Akwa Ibom people, as a people who has followed the trail, read the scorecard as strategically placed that has added fillip to our economy, the leadership and members of Eket Federal Constituency Media Professionals (EFCMP) are satisfied with the selfless pursuit to revolutionize Akwa Ibom for the betterment of the people by the Udom Emmanuel’s administration and has made a commitment to encourage, support and continue in promoting the policies and programs of this administration, while we move along with His excellency to successfully actualize his Completion Agenda and in his future endeavors.

Edet Edet
Publicity Secretary
Eket Federal Constituency Media Professionals

27/05/21

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ATTAH SEEKS SUPPORT FOR GOV. EMMANUEL’S SUCCESSION PLAN

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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

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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

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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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