By Inibehe Effiong
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State is giving out the sum of $40,000.00
(N14 million based on the exchange rate of N350 to $1) to the Nigerian senior national
football team, the Super Eagles, for defeating their Cameroonian counterpart, the
Indomitable Lions, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Friday
September 1, 2017, in fulfilment of his ostensibly impulsive promise to donate $10,000
to the team for every goal scored.
If it is necessary to donate public funds to players, who have already made it in life
materially, before they can win a match at home, then what is the cacophony about?
Ironically, two years after the state government owned Akwa United FC won the 2015
FA Cup, Governor Udom Emmanuel is yet to fulfil his promise to give each of the 34
registered players of the local club N2 million and a house.
I do not like sports. However, anytime that the Super Eagles plays, I do devote
considerable time to watch their match if circumstances gives allowance for me to do
Like every patriot, I am delighted that Nigeria won. What I will not concede to, is the
argument that because of Friday’s victory by our national team, I, as an active and
responsible citizen, should not interrogate the economic value of the Godswill Akpabio
International Stadium to Akwa Ibom State.
The Godswill Akpabio’s administration awarded an estimated, whopping
$250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars) contract for the construction
of the stadium in 2012 to Julius Berger Plc. The project was slated to be completed in
It was designed to be a 30,000 seater ultra modern MULTI-PURPOSE sports complex,
modeled after Allianz Arena, a football stadium in Munich, Bavaria, Germany with a
75,000 seating capacity.
Apart from the football pitch, a 400m-running track for athletic events and other
sporting facilities were supposed to be part of the structure.
Today, people seems to have forgotten the outrageous amount of money that was
thrown into the construction of the stadium. I also wonder, why those who constantly
admonish me to be “a constructive critic”, have not asked questions about the
whereabouts of the athletic and the other components of the stadium?
Why is the stadium SINGLE-PURPOSE (solely for soccer) and not multi-purpose as
specified in the contract?
Why are we reticent about the fact that nearly Seven (7) years after Senator Akpabio
awarded the scandalously inflated contract for the construction of the stadium to Julius
Berger Plc, the project, like most of Akpabio’s other White elegant projects (like the
Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Four-Point Sheraton Hotel, etc) remains uncompleted?
Where is the 250 Million Dollars, which if it had been properly invested, could have
yielded 31 industries across the 31 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State (which
Akpabio promised, budgeted funds for, but NEVER built a single industry)?
The stadium, we were told, was going to boost the internally generated revenue of
Akwa Ibom State.
Today, I am publicly challenging anyone who feels that the Godswill Akpabio
International Stadium has economic value to Akwa Ibom State, to tell us how much, in
figures, have been generated by the state government between 2014 when it was
commissioned to date?
What we see clearly is that rather than generate revenue for the state, the Godswill
Akpabio International Stadium has become a liability. It is a drain on the resources of
Akwa Ibom State.
If emotional satisfaction and not profits, is all that we derived from having “an
International stadium”, it means there is a problem.
Akwa Ibom State Government spends money to lobby the Nigerian Football Federation
(NFF) in order for matches to be brought to the stadium. The state government also
gives out money to players to “motivate” them during matches. It is evident that funds
also go into certain logistics each time a match is to be played at the stadium.
How much has the state derived so far, from sales of tickets? Investment without
returns is useless. Football is business. That is why Alhaji Aliko Dangote is reportedly
looking into the prospects of buying Arsenal club.
The money that goes into the private sector from visiting spectators who lodged in
hotels and patronised goods and services in Akwa Ibom State each time an
International or local match is taken to the stadium, will never justify the huge amount
of money dissipated by the state government on the construction of the stadium and
hosting of matches.
A vast majority of the people who go to the stadium to watch matches are residents of
Akwa Ibom State who have no need of securing hotel accommodation.
In the final analysis, we will all see that an International stadium (uncompleted), is not a
priority for a civil service state like Akwa Ibom where politics is the largest employer of
The stadium is an unproductive legacy of a squandermania. It is a white elephant
project that was used to siphon money.
While basking in the euphoria of Friday’s victorious outing of the Super Eagles at the
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, let us bear in mind that the stadium is
owned by a state in Nigeria where pensioners and retirees are dying without receiving
their gratuity and pensions.
Do not forget that in that same Akwa Ibom, the next-of-kin of late primary school
teachers between 1991 to date have not received their entitlements.
It is in that same Akwa Ibom State that Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ recently terminated
its contract with the government to manage the state-owned Five-Star Hotel, Le
Meridien Hotel & Golf Resort, over debt of N394 million owed the international hotel
services company by the government.
In counting areas where the Akwa Ibom State Government has FAILED in its
responsibilities and financial obligations, the list is endless.
If $250 million had been invested wisely in education, job creation or mass housing in
Akwa Ibom State in 2012, it would have had tremendous generational impacts on the
citizens of the oil-rich but impoverished state.
Tragically, the then profligate governor played to the gallery and dissipated such huge
but scarce resources on a needless stadium project which remains uncompleted and
May Nigeria not be destroyed by the crass misadventures of morally deficient,
financially reckless and intellectually bankrupt leaders who would rather mortgaged the
future of the citizens than invest sensibly in productive ventures, in their outrageous and
insatiable propensity for vainglory.
Inibehe Effiong is a Legal Practitioner and the Convener of the Akwa Ibom Conscience.
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Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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