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THE 2023 THAT SUNDAY MBANG WANTS FOR AKWA IBOM

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George Lincoln Rockwell an American neo-Nazi politician said “It is not the evil itself which is horrifying about our times, it is the way we not only tolerate evil,

but have made a cult of positively worshipping weakness, depravity,
rottenness and evil itself.

With recent attacks on the personality of Dr. Sunday Mbang, a former President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and retired Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria on social media space because of his stands against cultism, one would wonder if this is truly a Christian state where everyone lifts up holy hands every Sunday.

Prelate Mbang had in a recent press interview said that cultists have no place in the state as far as Governance is concerned. Following his meeting with 13 aspirants, he announced that all those seeking the office of the Governor should publicly condemn cultism.

The admonition by the revered cleric seems not to go down well with some persons in the State. In apparent display of rejection of the cleric’s anti cultism statement, these folks have rather chosen to make derogatory comments about the man of God. I

Prelate Mbang who is over 85 years of age stands to gain little of nothing directly in the political activities of the state. In other climes people who are opinion moulders like him are treated as oracles, his opinion on choosing a Godly servant leader should be aplauded rather than antagonized. If our state is named after God , we as a people should be closer to God and also be eager to condemn cultism in its totality rather than condemn the man of God for Speaking against cultism.

Recently, a secondary school boy was expelled for cult related activities which led to destruction of school properties.
Nwaniba axis was hard hit with several cult clashes which made residents living in and around the environs and other road users plying that route to face undesirable consequences.

One can only imagine how worst it would have been if Governor Emmanuel didn’t proscribe cultism related activities. Having this pocket of cult activities under the watch of a man fighting cultism frontally, we can only prepare for the worst when the state is handled by one glossing over cultism.

In the biblical days, people like Prophet Nathan, Samuel, Isaiah, who were oracles of God condemned ills boldly irrespective of those involved.
If King Saul, David, Jeroboam could be confronted for disobeying God then nobody is too big to be confronted by a man of God.

It is very exceptional in our clime that we have such a revered personality Dr Sunday Mbang who speaks without bulging.
For people who may not understand, in the hey days of the military junta when people were afraid to speak up to the authoritiesg for fear of being killed, it was people like Papa Mbang who muscled up the courage to speak to Power.

This earned him the position of President of World Methodist Council, the first African to be so elevated to such an exalted position.

We should be precise about what we want. We are talking about handing over the fate of over 7.5 million people residing in Akwa Ibom for the next four years or more.

A playback of what transpired in this state before 2015 should not be allowed to repeat, with the peace we have enjoyed so far under the current leadership.

Global Pilot Newspaper thinks that those seeking to govern the state in 2023 should rather hand themselves to the very people they seek to govern for public scrutiny. They should unveil their agenda to the people, rather than recruiting their boys to launch veiled attacks on the person of Dr. Mbang and his team of ‘Father’s of Faith’. It makes no sense for supporters of the respective Governorship aspirants to be uncouth in their responses to the cleric’s position on the qualities expected of who should take over from Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2023.

Is it not pre-prosperous that people are bothering themselves more on justifying cultism rather than setting agenda for people they may wish to support?.

This Newspaper wishes to suggest that as people who will bear the glory of the next administration, we should be more concerned about accentuating on the agenda before the next Governor, beyond cultism, kidnapping, criminality, and traits tendencies.

Antecedents should be very much in consideration since the votes of the electorates will count in the election come 2023. During the last election all their machinations, vices, the Warsaw saw War, political ramblings, didn’t work. Beyond cultism, other criminal antecedents should be very much in contention since it is obvious the votes of the people would count.

Akwa Ibom people are more enlightened and they know what they want, but certainly not a cultist. Since the state belongs to God His will alone must prevail.

*SOURCE: Global Pilot Newspaper Editorial, July 19, 2021,*

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Man Stops Daughter’s Wedding in Akwa Ibom Over Son-in-law’s N70k Bride Price Debt

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A young lady In Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State (name withheld by me) whose pre-wedding pictures had trended on social media, slumped this evening on the day of her traditional marriage as her biological father canceled the TM in a broad daylight.

As early as 4 pm today, family members and friends of the bride and her husband-to-be, who came from far and near, had thronged the Government Primary School, venue of the traditional marriage, which is a stone’s throw from the State Police Command’s Headquarters.

The live band was performing, entertaining guests while waiting for the commencement of the traditional rites.

But to the surprise of everyone, the bride’s father walked into the arena and insisted that the traditional marriage would not hold because his son-in-law was owing to him an N70,000 bride price balance.

On hearing of her dad’s action, the bridge collapsed with her friends battling to revive her, and the traditional marriage ended in a fiasco.

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AKSG, NEMA Partner against Flooding of Farmlands

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•••Distributes relief materials to affected farmers

Akwa Ibom State Government (AKSG) has partnered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the control of flood and its effects on farmlands in the State.
The partnership which was demonstrated through the distribution of relief materials to farmers affected by the 2020 flood in the State, was carried out at the State Secretariat field in Uyo, on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Supervising the distribution, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet noted that the exercise was to cushion the effect of the flood which affected farmers in some parts of the state in 2020, and to help them find their feet after being grossly affected.

“This is the Governor’s way of consoling the affected farmers and encouraging them to go back to work”, she said, while commending Governor Emmanuel for having the interests of farmers at heart.

“It is only in Akwa Ibom state that Government distributes inputs, interest-free loans and other support packages to all categories of farmers. He has given agriculture a pride of place in the scheme of things , and has positively touched the lives of all categories of farmers across the state. God bless him”, she prayed.

Acknowledging the role of NEMA in the exercise, Dr. Edet observed that the distribution would not have been successful without the Agency’s resolve to support the farmers.

While charging recipients of the relief materials to use them in improving their productivity, the Commissioner warned them not to sell out the materials, adding that such would be an act of ungratefulness and self-cheat.
In his remarks, the Director General of NEMA, represented by Dr. Obot commended the State government for being among the few states with landmark achievements in agriculture. He also lauded the Agric Commissioner for her efficiency in managing the affairs of farmers in the State.

Goodwill Messages were received from the President, Iban Utoiwang Akwa Ibom, Obonganwan Magdalene Udom; A representative of SEMA, Mr. Uduak Obonukut; President, Female Farmers, Mrs. Margaret Nya; AFAN Coordinator, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Pastor Sunday Amos; Mr. Damian Egwu, State Supervisor, NEMA and others.

Inputs distributed included: knapsack sprayers, growth enhancers, pesticides, water pump, fertilizers, maize seeds, rice seeds, and herbicides.

The exercise which has gone round the three senatorial districts of the state was first carried out in Eket senatorial district on Thursday, 30th September; Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, on Saturday, October 2nd; and Uyo Senatorial District on Monday, October 4.

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A’IBOM AT 34: GOV EMMANUEL INAUGURATES APEX TRADITIONAL STOOL

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•••APPROVES NEW WELFARE PACKAGE FOR ROYAL FATHERS

The Oku Ibom Ibibio and Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Etuk, has been sworn in as President General of the State Traditional Rulers Council, TRC.

This  follows the recent amendment of the Traditional Rulers Law 2020 by the state House of Assembly which provides for the Traditional Rulers Council to be headed by a President General in place of the previous office of Chairman State Council of Chiefs .

The colourful event held at the ultra- modernTraditional Rulers Council Chambers, Uyo, also witnessed the swearing-in of Edidem Offong Effiong Matthew Unanaowo and Edidem Etim Nnana Itang as Paramount Rulers for Urue Offong-Oruko and Ikono Local Government Areas respectively.

Administering oaths of Office and Allegiance on the new paramount rulers, the Governor explained that the review in the traditional rulers’ laws was driven by the need for continuous improvement in the reformation of institutional structures and enhancement of leadership in line with global best practices.

“Laws are not amended because of a particular person in office. Laws are amended to suit best practices all over the world.

“Sometime ago we had to move the tenure of Chairmanship of our Council of Chiefs from one to two years.

“Today we have seen that we can also go further and make those two years renewable at the discretion of the governor so I really want to thank our paramount rulers first for their understanding, cooperation and support to make sure we keep improving.

“We are trying to make this institution a little more revered. It was extremely difficult for a chairman of just two years to be able to effect impactful policies or whatever he may have to do.

“So we have to put in practice things that are being done elsewhere to make things work well, so I’m happy that this is being done while consultations continue on other areas.

Governor Emmanuel who announced the upward review of welfare packages for traditional rulers in the state, explained that the increment became necessary given the current economic realities and in line with his resolve to add value to the revered institution.

He congratulated Ntenyin Solomon Etuk and the new paramount rulers on their elevation to the exalted offices, saying that their elevation places on them the responsibility of piloting affairs of the traditional institutions in the state.

Governor Emmanuel presented  staff of office as well as certificates of recognition to the paramount rulers, urging the President General to be fair to all by carrying everyone along in his administration for continued peace in the state and presented brand new official Prado Jeeps to the two royal fathers, saying he wanted them accorded their due respect.

In his acceptance speech, the newly sworn in President General of the State Traditional Rulers Council, Ntenyin Solomon Etuk expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for finding him worthy to lead the traditional rulers in the state and assured of continued support to the state administration.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Frank Archibong, lauded Governor Emmanuel’s commitment to boosting the traditional institution by giving premium to its affairs, thereby ensuring that peace reign in all the domains.

He pointed out that the respect and honour accorded the royal fathers comes with huge responsibility and urged members of the institution to live up to the call.

Ntenyin Etuk assured the governor of continuous support from the traditional institution.

Prior to his emergence as President General in the new structure, Ntenyin Etuk had served as Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs since 2019.

The ongoing celebration of Akwa Ibom at 34, continues with the arrival of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Friday, to flag off the Dakkada Luxury Estate in Uyo and also commission the Dakkada Towers.

Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo
Akwa Ibom State

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