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NDDC Projects: Akwa Ibom Governor Got It Wrong By Franklyn ISONG

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The once peaceful atmosphere in Akwa Ibom state had since been charged up and saturated with discourse on the frosty relationship between the state government under Mr Udom Emmanuel of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under Mr Nsima Ekere of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
As a foundation to enhance my discourse on this subject, it would, however, be proper to state that the NDDC (Establishment etc) Act No 6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, clearly enumerated the functions and powers of the commission in Part II Section 7(1), to include thus; “(a) formulate policies and guidelines for the development of the Niger delta area; (b) conceive, plan and implement, in accordance with set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of tie Niger-Delta area in the field of transportation including roads, jetties and waterways, health, education, employment, industrialization, agriculture and fisheries, housing and urban development, water supply, electricity and telecommunications.”
Again, worthy of note here is that the commission has been in existence for 17 years and out of which, Akwa Ibom state – a key player in the oil industry – cannot boast of three years on the saddle of leadership of the commission as the MD/CEO. Because of the oil politics of rotational principle as enshrined in the NDDC Act 2000 – Part IV Section 12(1); “There shall be for the Commission, a Managing Director, and two Executive Directors who shall be indigenes of oil producing areas starting with the member states of the Commission with the highest production quantum of oil and shall rotate amongst member states in the order of production.”
So a full-blooded patriotic Akwa Ibomite should be more disturbed that after the state’s slot under Nsima Ekere’s tenure ends sometimes in August 2018 – when he must have completed 2 years in office by then, because Barr Bassey Dan-Abia had 2 years of the slot, the state would have had its 4years term – the position will automatically rotate to the other eight member states of the commission and it will take 32 years (i.e.; 4years for each of the 8 member states that comprise the commission) before another Akwa Ibom person can become the MD of NDDC, according to the NDDC Act 2000.
It is on account of the foregoing, that I fault the unfriendly posture of my governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel and his commissioners against the MD of NDDC with respect to the commission’s developmental projects, especially on roads. Sad as it were, my governor was quoted to have addressed the press and said that “NDDC projects are distorting the state’s development master plan of his government.” His Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Udoh, was also quoted to have addressed the press and said that “NDDC road projects are bush-tracks in the state.” While, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang-enyen, was reported to have driven out NDDC contractors with thugs and heavily armed uniform men from a road construction site along Youth Avenue, Mbiabong Etoi Uyo. All these are anti-development of the state and does not tell well of Akwa Ibom state that should be seeking for collaborations with the federal government interventionist agency.
I would have exonerated the governor from the whole of these anti-people’s posture. But no! He is a key player in what I have tagged; “Operation Stop NDDC Developments in Akwa Ibom because of Nsima Ekere,” while the people of the state at the rural communities are crying and begging for government and NDDC projects such as; motorable roads, water, electricity, healthcare facilities, classroom blocks in public primary/secondary schools, agricultural sector development, etc. One had expected a people’s centred government to have promptly opened her doors for development partners like: NDDC, ExxoMobil, Total FinalElf, NNPC and such other federal and multinational agencies, in order, to facilitate and fast-track development to the rural communities of the state, while the government concentrate and channel her energy on the much-talked about industrialization programme.
Albeit, as a conscience of the society, I am always on the side of the people, even though, this has usually put me up against officials of the state. And at the risk of being called names and blackmailed by agents of state, but truth is; I do not support the actions and posture of my governor against development partners since coming on board 2 years ago.
Governor Emmanuel should bid a rethink and cease from leading anti-state and anti-progressive war against development partners in the country. He has less than two years to end his tenure in 2019. In 2018, if he is seeking re-election, then he ought to know that the heat that comes with political electioneering campaigns will not allow him to add one block to any ongoing project embarked upon by his government, of course, it is the people of the state that will suffer at the end of the day.
It is most unfortunate, to say the least, for Governor Emmanuel to have on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in a national security submit for the South-South zone at Ibom Hall, held at the instance of the Inspector General of Police, attended by governors of the zone to show his hatred for his brother, the MD of NDDC and the commission, when he said; “Let me also use this opportunity that the MD of NDDC is here to state clearly that NDDC does not own even a piece of land. It is the governors that are in charge of land. NDDC should not enter any of the nine states to do any project without permission from the governors. That is why they have not been able to execute even a kilometer of road in my state, they have never commissioned even one kilometer of road in my state. Because the projects are politicised… so we can actually come together, this thing is a joint force. The state government, federal government agencies joining together to actually make sure we impact on the lives of the people. When it is time for politics we will play politics, when it’s time for development, let’s develop and impact on the lives of our people and leave some of these things that we are doing. Let’s know that it is time we come together and get some things done for our people.”
The governor got it all wrong. He miscalculated and misfired. That wasn’t supposed to be the forum for such address. His speech writers should take more of the punches here. Speeches are written based on the occasion. This very one fell below expectations of Akwa Ibom people and even the visiting guests to the event. It gave the governor out as one struggling with complex. It portrayed Udom Emmanuel as a temperamental Governor. It showed that the governor cannot control his anger in public. This is a bad omen for his handlers. They need to work more on his temperament. If possible, they should curtail the rate at which the governor faces a crowd of more than 100 people, because it seems the over excitement of which perhaps degenerates into misnomer.
Apparently, I am astonished that Governor Emmanuel who is a member of the NDDC by virtue of being a member of the NDDC Advisory Committee as stipulated in Part III Section 11; “(1) There is hereby established for the Commission, a Niger-Delta Development Advisory Committee (in this Act referred to as “the Advisory Committee”) which shall consist of; (a) the Governors of the member States of the Commission; and (b) two other persons as may be determined, from time to time, by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. (2) The Advisory Committee shall be charged with the responsibility of advising the Board and monitoring the activities of the Commission, with a view to achieving the objective of the Commission. (3) The Advisory Committee may make rules regulating its own proceedings,” would be drawing battle lines with the commission which he is a MEMBER in public. Instead of resolving whatever differences there are, internally at the level of the Advisory Committee. Except, as Akwa Ibom people are now made to believe that there are more to these attacks on NDDC than meet our eyes, which should not be at the detriment of development of the state and empowerment of her people by the commission.
If my Governor does not have a personal issue with the MD of NDDC, and with other development partners coming to the state, then he should seek peaceful resolution of whatever misunderstanding that exists between him and his brother – Nsima Ekere using the NDDC Advisory Committee which he is a member.
Akwa Ibom people need to benefit from more NDDC projects like other states that had produced the MD of the commission.
Time to allow NDDC projects in Akwa Ibom state is now!
• Franklyn Isong is a public affairs commentator

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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security

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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?

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Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)

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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.

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UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL

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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.

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PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA

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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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The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank

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****Pleads with Bank to erect an Atm machine at heritage polytechnic and other tertiary institution in state
Akwa Ibom State NANS JCC Chairman Comrade Ekanem Utibe, accompanied by the Secretary General Comr. Akanimo Ifiokonon, Director of sports Comr. Akan Udom, P. R. O Comr.  Kokoette Udom and Enoima Monday Udosoh Monday, were today received by the Dir of Special Duty of WEMA BANK Mr Victor Akpan at Eket LGA branch who directed to the office of the branch service manager.
The chairman appealed to the bank management to assist the students community by erecting an Atm Machine at the campus for the benefit of Nigerian students and the bank. 
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