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ONNA Chairman presents 2021 budget size of N2.3 billion to legislature



Chairman of ONNA local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Hon. IniAbasi Ekanem, on Tuesday, presented a budget estimate of N2,390,500,000 for the 2021 fiscal year to the council’s legislative arm for consideration and approval.

Presenting the budget christened, “Budget of Transformation and Completion” at plenary of the House presided over by the leader of the arm, Hon Collins Emmanuel, the chairman said the 2021 budget represented an increase of N19,500,000 (8.22%) over the appropriation for 2020.

Ekanem said the budget estimate was made up of N1,770,000,000 recurrent expenditure and capital expenditure of N620,500,000, and would be funded from statutory allocation, Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), Value Added Tax (VAT) and other capital receipts.

The four sectors the budget was allocated are: Economy, Social Development, and Regional and Environmental Development, while General Administration had the highest budgetary allocation.

Ekanem said the 2021 budget was informed by the need to consolidate and complete abandoned projects.

“By the special grace of God, no single project started by this Administration will be uncompleted. All the on-going projects in the key sectors of the Onna Local Government economy would be completed.

“Our commitment to the implementation of these people-oriented and transformative Policies will be translated into significant improvement in the lives of our People”, he said.

The council boss highlighted the achievements of his administration in in the past six months to include: revamping of toilets systems, water supply lines; re-connection of council headquarters to National Grid and improvement of general sanitary condition.

In addition, renovation of a block of 4 offices and replacement of roofing sheets at Onna Stadium, revamping of mini water schemes in Okat, Ikot Nkan, Ikot Eko Ibon, Ikot Edor and Awa towns, and massive rural roads grading.

Others are revamping of ambulance bus to support healthcare, procurement of police van to assist surveillance in view of current security situation and three cars to support staff movement, reclaiming of Edereobo market to boost the council’s IGR, among others.

He however highlighted the outbreak and effects of COVID’19, fall in crude oil production figure and low price of crude oil, effect of currency exchange rates, general Insecurity in the country, among others, as some of the challenges the council faced.

Ekanem urged councilors to give the budget proposal accelerated passage to enable the council to start implementation of the budget for the benefit of ONNA people.

“With your approval, 2021 fiscal year budget will be faithfully implemented to achieve our desired goals and maximize the general welfare and well being of the good people of Onna Local Government Area”.

Responding, the Leader of ONNA Legislative Council, Hon. Collins Emmanuel, commended Ekanem for his style of leadership.

Emmanuel assured the chairman that councilors would look into the budget, ask questions where necessary as well as give the budget speedy passage.


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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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