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PETROLEUM MINISTER LAUDS AKWA IBOM GOVT AT INT’L PETROLEUM SUMMIT

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Silva, has commended Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for creating an enabling environment for foreign investments to thrive in the state.

The Minister, who stated this during his stop over at the Akwa Ibom State exhibition stand at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit holding at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, also acknowledged the proactive engagements of the Udom Emmanuel administration, which have made the state conducive for multinational companies and other investors.

Chief Sylvia who commended the state for its huge contribution to the national revenue purse, noted that with its vast deposit of hydrocarbons, Akwa Ibom State, like other oil producing states of the Niger Delta region, remain key in the global energy transition agenda.

The Minister mentioned that the state’s participation in the International Petroleum Summit is a worthwhile venture that will make the state more visible to the major industry players in the energy sector at the global level.

‘I must commend Akwa Ibom State for this. We must participate in the industry and resources that are in abundance in our territory. I am happy that you are setting the stage for the international community to see the state. This is the right way to go. This is something that other states should emulate’, the Minister said.

Welcoming the Minister to Akwa Ibom State stand, the Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, Dr. John James Etim, who is the head of Akwa Ibom State delegation to the Summit, informed Chief Silva and other members of the Minister’s delegation, which included top industry executives from Nigerian corporations and International Oil Companies, that Akwa Ibom State is a one stop destination of choice for business, offering very attractive opportunities for investment, wealth creation and leisure.

The Commissioner informed the Minister’s delegation that the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has gone beyond round tables and other engagements with foreign investors to create strategic infrastructure needed to support investments in the state.

He emphasized that the personal profile of Governor Emmanuel as a reputable international investment expert, coupled with the state’s massive investment in infrastructure as well as the peaceful and hospitable nature of Akwa Ibom people, have endeared the state to investors as the preferred investment destination in the country.

Meanwhile the Akwa Ibom State exhibition stand at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit has continued to remain the centre of attraction, with industry players in the oil and gas sectors from Europe, America, Asia and other African countries expressing their willingness to visit and explore the investment opportunities in the state.

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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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