By: John Ernest…
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no
leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize
the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman
Development of rural communities has been a source of concern to governments and
development agencies for more than a century. Experts are of the view that
development will remain insignificant if it does not positively affect the lives of people at
the grassroots level.
Recognising this fact, various governments have implemented policies in rural areas in
order to enhance the living standard of the people and ensure general development of
the country. This has led to the design and operation of various courses of action to
promote growth and engender socio-economic stability. At the heart of these strategies
is the need to provide water, education, healthcare, access roads and improvement in
sanitation and hygiene.
Robin S. Sharma once said, “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about
impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about
spreading the passion you have for your work…”
For two years now since the appointment of Mr Edemidiong as the Transition
Chairman, Nsit Ubium Local Government Council, it has been smiles, praises, dividends
of democracy all the way by the people of the area courtesy of the indefatigable and
able leadership of the transition chairman.
The little i’ve known about him and my dealings with him as a person and of course as
my transition Chairman shows he’s honest, focused, passionate, zealous, determined
and ever ready to serve. He knows the true essence of leadership and his impact have
so far been felt in.
He is one transition Chairman who have performed tremendously well without much
media hype. I came to understand that Hon. Edemidiong, believes in the biblical
admonition, “where services rendered to humanity shouldn’t be publicized”. Sorry Sir, I
have to do this.
On assumption of office, the philanthropist was able to identify key areas of needs by
the people to give priority attention. He has been so prudent and meticulous in handling
the resource of the council by making sure that the people get dividends of the
allocations received by the council under his administration.
As a young man who has respect for elders, he as been able to tap from the rich
wisdom of Elders in the area like Distinguished Senator Effiong Dickson Bob and many
others. The Transition chairman puts his people first and think about them before
himself. He goes out of his way most times to respond to the needs and challenges of
his people at any time.
As a man who believes so much in the people, it is common to see the chairman play
and mingle with his people without any security operative pushing the people away from
him. He enjoy staying with his people while other transition chairmen are running away
from their people, and visit the council headquarters occasionally with full squad security
operatives that prevent people from getting close to them.
Hon. Edemidiong dialogue and consult with traditional rules regularly on how best he
can serve them better. As a humble and diligent man, Mr Edemidiong has proven that
local government administration was indeed established to draw government closer to
the rural dwellers. He has made the people of Nsit Ubium feel very essence of local
For two years and some months now, Hon. Otobong Edemidiong has been able to
focus on some major areas of needs for his people. Edemidiong is a grassroot leader
who have steadily made himself available to his people. He has executed several live
touching projects such as community water projects and electrification.
According to available statistics, vast majority of the population of rural communities
experiences physical or economic water scarcity. It is agreed that providing water for
agricultural productivity and domestic uses is critical for achieving food security and
improved rural livelihoods. At the same time, lack of access to water complicates
efforts to tackle poverty, improve healthcare delivery and boost efforts at land
In general, water is basic for achieving progress in rural regions. Such stark realities was
what faced residents of Ukat Aran and Ikot Okoro villages on till God sent Hon
Edemidiong, he sponsored myriad of Nsit Ubium indigenes in tertiary institutions, and
also primary and post primary education through regular payment of tuition fees and
sundry charges etc. Other live touching projects such as sponsorship of medical bills,
workout employment opportunities for many, fully setup and powered poultry farm for
some farmers, empowered a handful of women with capital for small scale business.
All these and more have been graciously put in place to better the lives of Nsit Ubium
people despite the unfriendly economic situation.
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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