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Perfoming AKWA IBOM REP. MAKES CASE FOR ABANDONED DAM Project

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•••Prayed the House to mandate the Standing Committee on Water Resources to ensure its implementation as it would boost the economic activities

The Federal Government has been called upon to ensure the completion of Nkari Dam in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. This call was made earlier today, 9th June 2021 during the plenary at the House of Representatives by Rep. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency.

Speaking while moving a motion on the Need to prioritize the completion of Nkari Dam, Rep. Ukpong-udo noted that the Nkari Dam project was initiated and contracts awarded over 20 years ago by the Ministry of Water Resources to provide water for irrigation, electric power generation and flood control which would enhance environmental protection and economic activities in the area.

He informed that House that in 2018, the Federal Government, having acknowledged the need for the completion of the dam, approved a revised sum of 5.7 billion Naira for completion of the Dam alongside the Gari Irrigation Project in Kano and Jigawa states, but unfortunately no work has been done on-site. This is despite the fact that the 2020 Appropriation Act (which was funded 100%) captured the Nkari Dam Project.

Ukpong-udo lamented how the abandonment of the project by the contractor who had been mobilized is adversely affecting the region especially the loss of lives and the many people rendered homeless due to uncontrolled flooding. He also harped on how this has deprived the area of various other benefits of the dam, including human and livestock water supply, containment of mine tailings, recreation and pollution control.

The Lawmaker called on the House to urge the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to prioritize the completion of Nkari Dam in the 2022 budget estimates. He also prayed the House to mandate the Standing Committee on Water Resources to ensure its implementation as this would boost the economic activities in the region as many occupants of the area are known for commercial production of rice, palm produce. cassava and cocoa.

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Maritime Academy Takes Delivery of Helicopter Training Equipment

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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

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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

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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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