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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has tasked the Ninth Assembly to build back the confidence of Nigerians in the National Assembly and demonstrate its sincerity with the constitutional review by first passing the pending Electoral Bill.

Governor Emmanuel made the call while hosting members of the Special House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution for the South-south states, who paid a courtesy visit on him after the second day of the public hearing for Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states in Uyo.

The Governor said the Electoral Bill was a yearning of the people that must be prioritized and called on the legislative and executive arms of the federal government to expedite actions to bring the bill alive.

This, he added, will remedy the seeming apathy on Nigerians towards the constitution review process.

He however commended the Speaker of the Ninth House of Representatives for the relative harmony in the House of Representatives and the qualitative selection of member to pilot the review process in the South-south, expressing hope that the presentations of the people will not be ignored.

“As we are working on the Constitution review, Nigerians will want to see the sincerity of the National Assembly.

“If you want us to believe this exercise, give us the Electoral Bill as soon as possible and let the Executive sign it into Law, then we will believe that this one will also see the light of day”, Governor Emmanuel said.

According to him, as important as the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was, the most important and urgent at the moment is the Electoral Bill, then the PIB, while the Constitution Review comes third in the order of priority, as he called on the red and green chambers of the National Assembly to consider the plea as the yearnings of over 200 million Nigerians.

Governor Emmanuel said the efforts to contain the agitating people in the South-south region would not be necessary if the federal government could avoid some outright violations of the laws governing the running of its institutions in the region, stressing the need to regain the confidence of people in the government.

“We can’t enjoy peace as a country if we can’t even obey the simple rule of law we put in place. We need to build back hope and confidence in our people; we need to let people know that we do listen to them”, he added.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Special Committee on Constitutional Review and leader of the delegation, Hon. Gideon Gwani, who is the Minority Whip, and member representing Kaura Federal Constituency of Kaduna State in the House of Representatives, thanked Governor Emmanuel for the warm reception accorded his team, while lauding the exceptional service of the state owned airline, Ibom Air and other developmental efforts of the state government.

Hon. Gwani, said that the Special Committee on Constitutional Review became necessary to address the challenges confronting the nation especially insecurity, charting a course towards a new constitution that will guarantee fundamental freedom of Nigerians.

“Nigeria is a great country, but currently we are going through challenging times, we are battling insecurity dwindling economy and the resurgence of fear of ethnic domination which led our country to a civil war several years ago, which have continued to plague every aspect of our national life. As a nation we need to take a pause and also appraise our terms of social contract, our mode and system of government and the only way to legally respond to those calls are via constitutional amendment”, he said.

Media Unit
Govt House, Uyo

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Maritime Academy Takes Delivery of Helicopter Training Equipment



The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) yesterday received a helicopter under escape training equipment (HUET) training equipment in it’s drive for quality practical oriented maritime training

The underwater escape training simulators have been specifically designed and certified for instructing how to escape from a submerged aircraft.

The simulator can carry up to six trainees, two seated in the front cockpit and up to four in the rear cabin. The front doors are hinged with jettison facility, while the rear doors are sliding. Multiple exit points are provided including push out windows on several simulators to give relevant practice in a range of exit situations.

Confirming the delivery to our reporter in a telephone interview, Rector of the Academy, Cdre. Duja Effedua ,said the school will remain focused in delivering world class maritime training for Nigerians and foreign cadets.

He said the school will remain focused on it’s core mandate and will not allow itself be distracted from it’s functions

The Academy had recently taken delivery of the ocular vision simulator which aims at training navigators visual capacity onboard vessels

“This is the 5th set of Simulators to arrive the Academy in the last six months. It is unfortunate that some so called journalists will not report this kind of development. They go about looking for negative stories to report and celebrate, casting the Academy in bad light”, he said

According to Effedua “We have the The multifunctional, Full Bridge and Engine Room Simulators. The Multi-Functional Classroom Simulator is a combination of eight additional Simulators which have their softwares installed for specific purposes”.

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Governors Are The Cause of The Country’s Problems – President Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has accused governors of causing the country so much pain as a result of the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Judiciary workers had embarked on a 64-day strike over the refusal of governors to implement the autonomy for the state judiciary.

Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the Executive Order 10 for the enforcement of the autonomy of the judiciary but the 36 governors kicked against the order.

When he played host to the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, the president spoke on his commitment to devolving of power to the people.

“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.

“Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’

The president also spoke about the effect of the strike, lamenting its security implication.

“Fortunately, this strike has been called off and prosecution of some of these people (those behind insecurity) would soon commence, while our security agencies expand their network in closing in on the others,’’ he added.

NIREC was led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle.

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Ikono Lawmaker: Alleviating poverty amongst Constituents



The member representing Ikono State Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Agriculture in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo has presented a motorcycle to one of his constituents in his continuous effort to alleviate poverty and make life worth living to his constituents.

Hon. Udo, who made the presentation today through his Chief of staff, Hon. Aniefon Udo to the beneficiary, Comrade Bassey Okon sequel to the recipient’s request of a motorcycle from the legislator, yesterday, June 11, 2021..

He charged Comrade Okon to take advantage of the item and make a living out of it, adding that according to the Dakkada philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, every son and daughter of Akwa Ibom State must be resourceful in every given opportunity.

He called on the people of Ikono State Constituency to continuously support the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel and pledged his renewed commitment to give effective, people oriented and all inclusive representation to his Constituents at the Hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly.

In his response, Comrade Bassey Okon who was full of praises appreciated the Lawmaker for granting his request within a short period of time.

While praying God to bless and elevate him in his political pursuit, he assured making good use of the Motorcycle to the common good of his family and others

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