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Ikono: Mediocre Chairman Who Can Not Control His Aides, Fights Dirty In The Public •••Boast That Governor Cannot Do Him Anything

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•••Boast That Governor Cannot Do Him Anything

•••Sends Aides to Insult House of Representatives Member

•••Fights Dirty with Legislative Leader of The House and Launch Life Threats on His People

The once talked about glittering lights are becoming deem in Ikono Local Government Area, as Hon. Nyakno Uwemedimo Okoibu the inexperienced and egoistic Executive Chairman that was chosen by Justice John Inyang Okoro to govern Ikono as compensation for his late father who was egalitarian in times past is noted for always unleashing his aides to call out the Federal House of Representatives member and other Political Office holders on social media and wherever they go for leisure.

Okoibu who was hand-picked polished and presented to the people as a godsent leader upon assumption of office has been intoxicated by power and has allowed the privilege of office to becloud his sense of reasoning, respect, and service delivery. The chairman who appointed one Nsisong Ubong Ntuk and a certain Mfon Ottuk two opportunists like him as aides to serve in the capacity of Chief Press Secretary and Personal Assistant on Special duty has been using them in recent times to lunch attacks on other elected political office holders in the area.

This reporter writes authoritatively that the duo Nsisong Ntuk and Mfon Ottuk who are notorious blackmailers both work directly for the chairman and acts on the orders of the Executive chairman who can not account for any single visible project to his name since he became the chairman of Ikono in December 2020 apart from running a family government with his immediate family members have been using them to discredit, disrespect, and insult other political office holders in the Area.

Okoibu goes around the state boasting that nothing can happen to him because he has connection with Justice John Inyang Okoro and the Honorable Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs Hon. Frank Archibong always claims that his connections gave him the office, not the governor and that they can call the Executive Governor of the state anytime and he will do his bidding without hesitation recently harassed and sent his security orderly to beat up the Leader of The House, Ikono Legislative Council Hon. Nsikak Ntok, immediately after the People’s Democratic Party Special congress which was conducted in Uyo. He went as far as threatening to deal with the Leader of the House till he regrets becoming a councilor during his tenure in office as the Chairman of the council.

The chairman sending his dogs on a Federal House of Representatives member who occupies a greater office than him and is speaking for thousand of Ikono/Ini people in the Federal House of Representatives is the highest level of insanity and disrespect from a political office holder to another political office holder and should be called to order by whoever is close to him before it goes out of hand.

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Senator Akpabio is known for buying awards- Governor Udom’s Aide to Methodist Church Prelate

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•••Prelate Uche and Akpabio’s inglorious “Large Shoes” in Akwa Ibom

By Richard Peters

There are indeed various schools of thoughts, just like perceptions and opinions are free. But, inasmuch as people do not perceive things similarly, certain constructs could help them reason alongside the path of objectivity, truth and factual realities.
The Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Sunday Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, at his Interfaith Roundtable on Building a Culture of Peace and Unity in Nigeria, held in Abuja yesterday, had opined that the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, “left behind shoes too large for others to wear in Akwa Ibom State”.

He made the assertion while presenting the award of “Icon of Peace and Unity” to the former governor Godswill Akpabio. “I am saying this publicly and I am not mincing words, ” former governor Akpabio and the incumbent Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, left a very big shoe behind that is still very difficult to fill,” he said.
While, the Prelate may have been justified by whatever reason in lauding his awardee, his remark about the “very big shoe” allegedly left behind by the former Governor calls for deep thoughts in the minds of Akwa Ibom people. What could have prompted such comment? Did he hear anyone say that Akwa Ibom has not moved from where it was 6 years ago? Did he see school children roaming the streets of the State or being asked to pay fees? Or was he told that his so-called large-shoe wearer gave life to people of the State who have all now died since he left?

It is even more disturbing that one who is not resident in Akwa Ibom State and totally oblivious of the developmental pace, agricultural renaissance as well as the industrial revolution ongoing in the State would have the temerity to speak in such strong terms about a State which has in the last couple of days hosted the Former Presidents of his Country, the Vice President as well as the Senate President to a project commissioning spree.

It is also unfortunate that a whole Prelate of the renowned Methodist Church is not in touch with present realities in a state where he derives more than 40% of benefits from and is not informed enough to make grounded comments about Akwa Ibom State in public “without mincing words”.

On the other hand, one can be tempted to think he was reading a script prepared by his awardee’s boys whose ability to cook-up soured stories is not in doubt, or that he was being carried away by the financial gratifications expected from the “big-sized shoe” Senator and so, forgot the ethics of nationalism.
But whatever Prelate Uche meant by “left behind shoes too large for others to wear in Akwa Ibom State”, if subjected to close scrutiny will reveal that he probably allowed his tongue slip or intentionally intended to disparage and spite the goodwill of the State in the minds of right-thinking members of the public. For all we know, the big-sized shoes he was referring to were those of misappropriation of funds, white elephant projects, reckless spending and insecurity.

Available records have it that Akpabio was given an approval for the release of N72billion naira for the construction of the 25km Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road which constructed only 3km before leaving. He is also said to have been given over N150 billion for the uncompleted Tropicana Mall which he still left largely uncompleted. Not to mention the release of N19.5 billion for the uncompleted Etebi-Enwang road that was originally valued at N5billion naira and the release of billions of naira meant for the construction of the 8-lane Goodluck Jonathan Boulevard on papers whereas in reality the road is 4-lane.

Should one mention the N42 billion paid for Ibom Specialty Hospital he left uncompleted or the N25 billion fully paid yet uncompleted Four Point by Sheraton? What about the uncompleted Airport project? What happened to the N18 billion terminal building? Is the International soccer pitch (stadium) worth the reported $360 million dollars it allegedly gulped?

Prelate Uche need be informed that Akpabio left the state with huge debt, uncompleted white elephant projects and over N30billion pension arrears despite huge revenue the State got in his time as one of the top ten highest recipients of the federal allocations.
His administration promised 31 industries in 31 Local Government Area but saw none, but the Udom Emmanuel’s administration has delivered the Rice Mill, Fertilizer blending plant, Metering Company, Kings Flour Mill, Jubilee Syringe Factory and other industries which have given jobs to the unemployed Akwa Ibom youths including members of Prelate Uche’s church.
Today, Akwa Ibom State is on the 7th position as those with high IGR nationwide compared to the 11th position it was during Akpabio’s regime and Small scale enterprises are thriving better than has ever happened courtesy of the push given by Governor Emmanuel to promote self-sufficiency and reduce total reliance on white-collar jobs; and these SMEs have subsequently become employers of labour.

Even more, Investors today are lining up for the state because of the trust for the name, Udom Emmanuel, and the peace and friendly ambience provided by the present government. Every Akwa Ibomite who lived in the State during Akpabio’s regime can attest to the killing, maiming and kidnapping escapades which characterized the big shoe-size Senator’s reign but today, we can boast of safety of lives and properties, so much that people can now sleep with their two eyes closed.

It is noteworthy that Governor Udom Emmanuel is not seeking his applause or his award for anything, neither is he in competition with anybody but is on a serious committed and calculated process of transformation. Because he believes that government is a continuum, all of Akpabio’s uncompleted projects have been captured by Gov. Udom, unlike Akpabio who abandoned Attah’s former projects. Unfinished roads and structures as well as the free education and health policies have all been sustained.

The religious leader should NEVER attempt to speak on issues he has no idea about or undertake research and ask pertinent questions if he must speak on them. There is no loophole of the past administration which the present has not filled and cemented. Akpabio’s “large shoes” were inglorious and should never be compared with Governor Emmanuel’s deeds of integrity.

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AKSG INAUGURATES ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE ON ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has inaugurated a fourteen-membrr committee to monitor enforcement of the recently enacted “Law to prohibit Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestocks and Provide for the Establishment of Ranches and Livestock Administration, Regulation and Control, and Matters Connected therewith” in the state.

Performing the inauguration today, at the Government House, Uyo, the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, clarified that the law is not targeted at any group of persons but was necessitated by the rising need to ensure orderly organization of agricultural activities across the country, including Akwa Ibom State.

This, he stated, would be in the best interest of the entire Nigerian populace who need both the vegetables and tubers of the crop farmer as well as the meat and dairy products of the livestock farmer to balance his diet, stressing that a healthy population makes a healthy nation.

“The typical staple food on the table of an average Nigerian is a symbiosis of livestock products and crops: the swallow such as our garri, pounded yam, amala, the meat, fish and the vegetables. …the law is not anti any person. It is to make sure that we eat balanced diet, because if cattle destroys the vegetable component of what we eat, all the vitamins will be lost.When you ensure balanced diet, the population of Nigeria will be healthy and when the population is heathy we have a productive population”.

He reiterated that, as stated while signing the bill into law on September 18, 2021, that the major objectives of this law is to promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, create job opportunities and expand the value chain in livestock business and promote the production of high quality of livestock in the state in accordance with international best practices, rather than a witch-hunt tool against anyone.

Highlighting the Committee’s mandate therefore, the Governor said it shall, among other functions and powers, develop an integrated modern livestock development and production plan for the state, develop guidelines for the implementation of an integrated livestock production policy and make recommendations to the governor, consider and determine the suitability of a location proposed for establishment of a ranch in the state, ensure that livestock are reared at permitted ranches to prevent straying, impound any livestock that is left to graze outside a ranch and encourage peaceful coexistence between the ranchers, farmers and host communities.

The functions also include to prescribe guidelines for minimum hygiene standards for meat and dairy activities in personal, commercial and general ranches, inaugurate same committee at the Local Government level, give approval to the Local Government Committee for the establishment of Ranches in the Local Government Area, collaborate with relevant Ministries, Local Government Committee established under Section 12 and Department of Livestock at each LGA to ensure effective implementation of the Law in the State and any other functions incedental to the law or as may be directed by the State Governor.

Responding on behalf of the Committee members, the Chairman and Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, thanked God for blessing the State with fertile soil and good environment that support both crops and livestocks farming. She commended the leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel for ensuring peace in the State and taking steps to secure the agricultural sector in the State by protecting the interest of the various parties in the sector.

Dr. Edet assured that the committee will make the State proud by ensuring a balance of interest between the crop and animal farmers in the State, adding that the committee will work in synergy with security agencies to ensure the enforcement of the law in the state.

Also speaking, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Uko Udom, SAN, and a member of the committee, said the inauguration of the committee was the first step towards enforcement of the anti open grazing law.
He explained that the committee will soon constitute sub-committees for public enlightenment and information, monitoring and surveillance, enforcement and other functions, to enhance its effective operation, stressing that the law was vioid of any political element.

The Committee also has the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Mary Bassey as Secretary .Other members include; the Honorary Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Fubara Duke,Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Capt.Iniobong Ekong(rtd.),Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Lands and Water Resources,TPL.Aniekan Akpan(Ag.),Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs,Elder Ini Ikie ,Environment and Solid Minerals, Nsudo Nsudo and that of Health, Dr.Patrick Essiet. Also included in the Committee are the State Surveyor- General,Surv.(Mrs)Emem Isang ,Director of Verterinary Services and Livestocks,Ministry of Agriculture, Dr.Obot Obot, Director of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture, Aniefiok Isong,Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, Etido Eyo as well as the Director-General of the Akwa Ibom State Neighborhood Safety Agency,among others.

MEDIA UNIT
OFFICE OF THE SSG
08/10/2021

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PRESS RELEASE: ITA ENANG AND HIS FOOT IN THE MOUTH DISEASE

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As key supporters and ardent believers in Governor Udom Emmanuel, our attention has been drawn to an infantile and logically obtuse outburst by Senator Ita Enang, during an appearance on a local radio station yesterday morning.

In the course of the programme, Ita Enang, a man known to suffer from seemingly incurable disease of the diarrhoea of the mouth, which often leads him to peddle falsehood and logically confounding assertions that even someone who is mentally retarded would not be associated with, lived true to his character and billing.

He is reported to have stated among other manifestly false assertions that His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel will soon join the All Progressive Congress (APC.) He went ahead to draw his conclusion for peddling this lie, because Governor Emmanuel, recently invited the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbjajo, SAN, GCON and the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, to commission the Dakkada Tower, the Dakkada Luxury Estate flag-off and the Uyo- Ikot Ekpene road respectively. He went further to say that because of this development, he has “granted” the governor “amnesty” from his usual vitriolic attacks; and that he is now his “friend.”

We would have totally ignored Ita Enang as we always do, since most of what emanates from his mouth are not products of reasoned or rational thoughts, but from a man whose relevance in both the State and National scheme of things have all but evaporated leaving him to seek relevance as a local radio station verbal bomb – thrower.

Let us state here unequivocally, that His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, WILL NEVER JOIN THE APC, he has never entertained such thoughts and will never even deign such, a nanosecond consideration. He is a major Stakeholder of the Peoples Democratic Party, a loyal party man and a key member in the vanguard to position the PDP as the alternative to what has befallen Nigeria in the last six plus years of Ita Enang’s party rule.

We understand the desire and desperation for Ita Enang’s party to have a Five Star Governor, in the mould of Governor Emmanuel, whose performance has drawn commendations from key members of Ita Enang’s party, be associated with them, but sorry to disappoint you, Senator, Governor Udom Emmanuel is not going anywhere, he remains a PDP member for life!

It is sad and unfortunate that Senator Ita Enang would base his outlandish claims on the fact that Governor Emmanuel invited both the Vice President and the Senate President, both of the APC to help commission projects in the state as the reason for his fantasy- filled defection talk. Perhaps Ita Enang needs to be informed that Governor Udom Emmanuel has nationalist credentials and bonafides, and above all, sees himself as a professional in politics as opposed to being purely a professional politician. He still keeps friends he knew while in the private sector even if those friends belong to the other party.

We will not also deign Senator Ita Enang a response to all his false claims and pseudo self glorifications when everyone already knows his antecedence as a greedy and self centered professional politician, whose essence of living, is merely for his stomach infrastructural consolidation and expansion. As for his so called “amnesty” allusion, we can categorically maintain that he is the one who, actually needs amnesty from political oblivion and irrelevance he is fast sinking into.

SIGNED:

COMRADE FAITH MBOHO

CONVENER,

AKWA IBOM INTEGRITY ALLIANCE

 

10/10/2110/10/2110/10/21

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