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NIGERIA’S CHALLENGES SURMOUNTABLE UNDER THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP – GOV. EMMANUEL

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•••As PDP Zonal Exco Lauds Governor Emmanuel’s Transformational Leadership In Akwa Ibom State

Akwa State Governor and leader of the PDP in the State, Mr Udom Emmanuel has maintained that the myriads of challenges plaguing the nation at this time could only be surmounted with the right leadership in place.

Governor Emmanuel who gave the indication when the South-South Zonal Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party called on him in Government House, Uyo, explained that transformational leadership remains the key that can unlock beneficial outcomes in the lives of the people of any nation, stressing that this kind of leadership is built on the timeless ideals of fairness, equity and balance.

The Governor said with the accolades Nigerians continue to give to the superlative performances of Governors elected on the platform of the PDP, it was clear that Peoples Democratic Party is a party driven by the ideologies of people-centric progress and development.

“Go around this nation, Nigerians have come to admit with commendation, that the only Governors commissioning projects and delivering unmatched performances in line with the electioneering promises and collective aspirations of their people are Governors elected on the platform of the PDP. I tell you that this is not a coincidence, our party the PDP has established for itself a reputation of electing people who strive against daunting odds to perform creditably.”

The Akwa Ibom State Chief Executive while speaking on the political development in Cross River said “I must commend eminent indigenes of Cross Rivers state for demonstrating a firm resolve to stay back in the PDP at this time. The incontrovertible truth remains that if these eminent people had defected, it would have meant that Cross River as a state has lost the PDP and not that that the PDP has lost Cross River.”
Governor Emmanuel also used the occasion to re-echo on the need for the speedy passage of the electoral act as this was more expedient and fundamental at this time.

The Akwa Ibom state Governor while congratulating the South-South Zonal Exco members on their success at the polls, charged them to commit their energies into deepening the footprints of the PDP in the South-South region.

Earlier, the PDP National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih while addressing Governor Emmanuel said the visit to Akwa Ibom was a fallout of the Exco’s decision to tour the States in South-South Zone, adding that with the peaceful ambience of Akwa ibom State, the economic-engendering infrastructure in the State and futuristic development programmes by the Governor Emmanuel’s administration, Akwa Ibom stays as model in transformational leadership in Nigeria.

Chief Orbih while lamenting the rising spate of insecurity in the nation and the economic plagues that Nigerians have been forced to bear, noted that Nigerians have come to discover that they are better off with the PDP.

He informed Governor Emmanuel that the South-South Exco of the PDP were fully in support of the resolutions reached by PDP Governors on issues of national interest stressing that the Exco will continue to support efforts by the PDP Governors to provide quality leadership to people of the various states.


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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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