Friday, 16 March 2018

Food vendors in Akwa Ibom protests ill treatment over FG school feeding programme

Hundreds of food vendors in Akwa Ibom have protested maltreatment over the federal government sponsored school feeding programme.  The food vendors who took to the streets in Uyo, the state capital recently, decried several unpleasant treatments meted out to them by some top government officials in the state.

Displaying placards with different inscriptions such as:  ”Focal Person stop victimizing the women”, “State Coordinator give food vendor their right”, “Former Deputy Governor, Mr. Chris Ekpenyong leave food vendors alone and concentrate on your hotel business”, “Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Felicia Bassey you are not representing Akwa Ibom women well”, “Suppliers come and cook, vendors will supply” etc., the food vendors begged the state Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as well as the federal government to come to their aid.

The spokesperson for the food vendors, Mrs. Esther Udoh alleged that some top government officials in the state were collaborating with the focal person to shortchange the food vendors in the state. 

AMORC, Pyrates, ors may drag Udom to court

AMORC, Pyrates, ors may drag Udom to court
Following the proscription of cultism        and cult related activities in Akwa Ibom State and listing them as members, groups like the Resicrussian Order popularly known as Amorc, National Association of SeaDogs alias Pyrates confraternity, Brothers Across Nigeria alias Buccaneers have all threatened to drag the Akwa Ibom State Government to court for listing them as a cult group and her members as cultists.

Intelligent information gathered by THE INK from the leadership of these groups indicate that when the announcement was made that the governor had proscribed these groups, the bodies were jittered and dumbfounded as according to them, they abhor and do not belong to any cult group.

For instance a strong member of Pyrates confraternity who confided in THE INK reporter said, it is funny how the Government of Akwa Ibom State would describe its organization as a cult group adding that everyone across the country and beyond know that it is not a cult group but a social organization that is into humanitarian services.
Our source further maintained that a meeting of the group was in the offing and one of the front burning issues to be discussed.

According to him, my brother, Pyrates is not a cult group and her members are not cultists and so listing us into the group so proscribed by the Governor is an affront on the organization and we cannot take it.
Onofiok Luke: Celebrating a Colossus @ 40

He’s one man that has proven that  ability, capacity and capability is not in size but the size of the heart, mind and disposition to change narratives. 
Gifted not in excess flesh but in a large heart and unfathomable leadership prowess that has continued to leave many in awe and deep wonderment, this fine, erudite and cerebral politician has demystified the allure of power and position.

Today, as he waltz into the club of the 40-year olds, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Akpan Luke can look back at where he started and conclude with refreshing candour that indeed, it has been God’s amazing grace that has guided him all through these years.
A socialite of noble renown, Barr.  Onofiok Luke is one politician that mixes freely with people irrespective of class, age, tribe, gender or faith. He is not just outgoing but his friendly disposition is both infectious and animating. Call him man of all, and you would have hit the nail on the right spot. He embodies egalitarianism.

Like water, this Nsit Ubium born politician, I dare say, has no enemy! You’ll tell me there’s no one on earth without an enemy right? You’re in order, but for me, I’ll say that those who see him as foe are only aghast by his meteoric and steady rise in the political firmament. You know how petty and uncomfortable people can be when grace continually speaks for you every other day.

Not one to engage in vainglorious display of flamboyance, Barr. Luke is an epitome of simplicity. He goes to places many who hold his position dare not. He’s someone that will share a glass of palm wine with you if he stumbles on you negotiating with this age long satiating liquid. He dips his hands into the same plate to help himself to cubes of meat if that’s what he met you doing. Sometimes, when he storms birthday parties of young people, you are left to wonder what manner of man he is. As the local lingo goes, he is constantly in touch with the ‘street’. 

Esit Eket Youth Leaders warn against insults on their political leader

The youths of Esit Eket Local Government Area under the aegis of Coalition of Esit Eket Youth Leaders have warned against uncouth utterances against their Political Leader, Elder Benjamin Udobia.

The warning was contained in a communiqué issued by the group and made available to THE  INK Newspaper.

The youths maintained that Elder Benjamin Udobia is a man of goodwill and a Leader whose benevolence, Political exploits and sense of industry have been of immense benefits to the people of Esit Eket Local Government Area. They also noted that Elder Udobia is a leader who is guided by good conscience and fairness in upholding zoning and rotational principle in politics and allocation of political offices and resources to the greatest happiness of the people, which they said is the essence of utilitarianism as espoused by an English philosopher and social reformer, Jeremy Bentham.

Atiku Abubakar, a credible alternative for 2019 – Otuekong Ibiok

As mobilization and electioneering towards the 2019 Presidential Election gears up, the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of Atiku Abubakar 2019 Campaign Organization, Otuekong Emmanuel Ibiok, has said the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is unstoppable in the state and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar its credible alternative.

In a release from the State Media Directorate of the organization, Otuekong Ibiok, grassroots mobilizer, founding member of PDP in Akwa Ibom and former Commissioner, said “looking at a lot of odds in their perspectives, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the only aspirant that has tested and proven capacity, political structure and goodwill for the 2019 presidency.”

Speaking in Uyo shortly after his routine mobilization of the people of Ikot Okpudo Ubium in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, Otuekong Ibiok assured the people of the organization’s commitment to enhance service delivery, having shared in the strong current of opinion that PDP was turbocharged in ensuring that the party takes over power at the centre come 2019 and Governor Udom Emmanuel reelected as Governor.

Royal Father decries violence among youths

The Paramount Ruler of Uruan, Edidem  Atakpo II, RT. Hon. Cosmas Bassey Nkanga has rebuked violent among youths in the state. He stated this while addressing a cross section of youths from Nnung Oku in Uruan Local Government Area at his palace recently.

The Royal father admonished the youths to desist from violent and economic crimes which will only bring them to the verge of bankruptcy. He promised the youths of Uruan that his leadership will serve as a platform that guarantees a secured future for their successes.

He warned those who were deeply fractured along regional, religious and ethnic lines to consider it as an aberration. “The latent contradictions and gaping discontent, between and even within major interest groups, threaten to frustrate even the most well-meaning plans and progress” he noted.

His Royal Highness, Edidem C. B. Nkanga described Uruan Local Government Area as a place where businesses thrive; respected and rated highly among committee of nations.

NGOs partner A’Ibom govt to curb violence against women

The African Human Development Centre (AHDC) working in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria has lamented the ordeals of domestic violence and other human rights abuses against women in Nigeria.

Speaking after undertaking a fact-finding tour to some rural communities in Akwa Ibom State to ascertain the level of social and cultural infringement meted on the women-folks, stakeholders of the group urged government to intervene.
According to the Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AHDC, Prof. Gabriel Umoh, revealed that “a lot of women pass through harrowing experiences every other day especially in rural communities”.

Umoh, who doubles as the Director in-charge at the Waste Management Studies, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, listed crimes committed against women to include “rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), shaving of hair and oath-taking at husband’s death, exclusion from family inheritance and other harmful practices”.

2019: USD people backs Ikpe Obong Senatorial ambition

2019: USD people backs Ikpe Obong Senatorial ambition

*Endorse Gov. Emmanuel for a 2nd term

The Uyo Senatorial District aspiration of Obong Ikpe Obong has received a boost as the Concern Indigenes of the Senatorial District have unanimously expressed their unwavering support to  ensure his successful election to the red chamber of the National Assembly come 2019.

The people who came from the three Federal constituencies of the Senatorial District made the resolve recently in their meeting held in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking, the Convener, Mr. Akaninyene Edem, who presided over the political converge, said the meeting was organized to showcase Ikpe Obong as their only choice for the Senatorial District seat come 2019, describing the aspirant as the most credible and capable hand to take USD to the highest height, given his pedigree and antecedent in the Civil Service.

According to Mr. Edem, Obong Ikpe Obong who happens to be the immediate past Secretary General of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Abuja,  has over the years been actively involved in political activities both at local, state and national levels and has made positive impacts as well as placed an indelible marks in the discharge of his duties, adding that he has the capacity in all ramifications to represent the people of Uyo Senatorial District.

Oruk Anam Wins 2nd Edition of Sports Festival

-As Prince Ubong Idiong moves to build Sports Academy

One of the characteristics of a transformational leader is the ability to see the future from the present by harnessing the available human potentials in preparation for the future. Orukanam Local Government chairman, Prince Ubong Idiong is one of the few eggheads in charge of our Local Government councils. Apart from being an effective intermediary between his people and government of the day, Prince Ubong Bernard Idiong has successfully interpreted and replicated the vision of Governor Udom Emmanuel to his people. One of such areas is sports development which has manifested in the consistent winning of medals in the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports festival.

Since the commencement of the first Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival in 2017, budding athletes have displayed impressive performances in their respective events to inspire hope of what Nigeria could achieve on the global scene if things go as they ought to.

The 31 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Akwa Ibom State had representatives in some of the Athletics event staged at the Championships, and each seemed to be in battle of who could cheer louder than the other whenever any of their athletes competed.

Mark Esset to brief constituents, March 28

Mark Esset to brief constituents, March 28


The member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Elder) Mark Esset has said that he has concluded plans to brief his constituents.

Hon. Mark Esset made the disclosure on Tuesday during a media chat with journalists at the conference room of the House of Assembly complex, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.

The lawmaker said the forthcoming Nsit Atai Constituency Briefing/Empowerment Program which comes up on March 28, 2018, will take place at the Local Government council headquarters, Odot.

According to him, “During the event, elders, women and youths across the ten political wards in the area will be empowered. Empowerment has longed been an intrinsic part of my leadership strides at any position of leadership I find myself. This I do at personal capacity to individuals within and outside my constituency. Most times through humane disposition which need not be made public but somehow it strays to the public domain.”

Youth leader shot dead by suspected militants in Akwa Ibom

Barely 48 hours after the State government outlawed activities of no fewer than 33 cults groups in Akwa Ibom State, suspected militants of the Iceland group have shot dead one Udeme Daniel Akpan.

Until his gruesome murder early yesterday morning, the deceased, father of three, was the youths’ leader of Ikot Edet community in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.

It was gathered, the deceased who was at the forefront of fighting the cult menace in his community, was served a notice to pay some undisclosed amount to the militants or risked being killed.

According to family sources, “he had to escape to the neighbouring community of Ibio Nnung Achat, where he remained as a fugitive until the militants obtained information through their network and mobilized to kill him”.
“In fact, the shooting this morning was so heavy that Policemen stationed at Ibio Nnung Achat, had to scamper for safety”, he explained and called on government to deploy soldiers to the area as local residents flee the area in droves.

Voter’s Card has no political party-Ekong Sampson

Voter’s Card has no political party-Ekong Sampson

...says Nigeria needs a validly acceptable census

As Governor Udom Emmanuel flagged off the pre-census Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) Phase 5, in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Special Adviser in the Bureau of Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources has charged the people of the State to disregardtheir political leaning in dealing with issues of data and development planning.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Special Adviser said Nigeria as nation cannot afford to ignore the importance of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise which expectedly will provide Nigeria ample background to conduct credible, reliable and acceptable credible national population and housing census, a process critical to national planning and sustainable development.

Barrister Ekong Sampson described the exercise as timely and a golden opportunity for the people of Akwa Ibom State to prepare to stand up and be counted. He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the value he attaches and support, which brought about great success in the previous phases at Oron, Nsit Ibom and IkotEkpene Local Government Areas. He stated that by encouraging and supporting this important activity, Governor Udom Emmanuel has further demonstrated capacity, patriotism and visionary leadership.