Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo Akwa Ibom State

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo Akwa Ibom State

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo Akwa Ibom State

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo Akwa Ibom State

AKSG set to recruit teachers for Primary Schools

AKSG set to recruit teachers for Primary Schools

BY GLORY CHRIST & JOSEPHINE BASSEY

Governor Udom Emmanuel has approved the recruitment of at least 3000 teachers for public primary schools in the state.  This was contained in a statement made available by elder Ezekiel Umoh, the permanent secretary in the State Universal Basic Education Board [SUBEB].

He stated that the application is open to suitably qualified indigenes of the state.  He also explained that all prospective applicants must have a First School leaving certificate [FSLC], WASSCE, NECO or GCE and the National Certificate in Education [NCE].

According to him, ‘’those with Higher Certificates or Statements of Result are not expected to apply. The applicants are expected to collect their forms at State College Ikot  Ekpene; Government School, Afaha Eket; West  Itam Secondary School and Aka Community Secondary School respectively, depending on their senatorial district on the 8th ,9th and 10th of May, 2017.

Reigners Collapse: Planet FM raises over N3m for victims

Reigners Collapse: Planet FM raises over N3m for victims  -as victims lament over Gov’t neglect

After months of abandonment, succor finally went to the families and victims of the ill-fated December 10 Reigners Bible Church collapse as Planet 101.1 FM provided them with financial support. 

It can be recalled that shortly after the incident, the Radio station, through its chairman, Mr. Tony Afia, had announced it plans to provide financial support to the victims and also called for contributions from members of the public. The station subsequently set-up a committee to screen and verify claims by the victims or relatives. 

Speaking yesterday at the presentation of cheques to the victims, the chairman of the screening committee, Barr. Clifford Thomas said the Radio station raised a total of N3.441,935 (three million four hundred forty-one thousand nine hundred and thirty-five naira) which was shared among the 54 persons that were screened. 

Mr. Thomas disclosed that the victims were divided into categories depending on the level of damage they suffered and assured that the process was transparent. 

“Planet FM is a private profile-making organization that has chosen to amplify the aspect of social development by mobilizing the people in order to give back to the society. This is the best corporate social responsibility I have seen in all the years I have spent in Akwa Ibom”.

He further commended the chairman of Planet FM, Mr. Afia for the show of love towards the victims, adding that the gesture went a long way to inspire others and called the people of Akwa Ibom to continue showing love to the victims and the relatives of the deceased. 

I’m not in Bassey Etim’s Camp –Cyril Ibanga

I’m not in Bassey Etim’s Camp –Cyril Ibanga

A PDP Chieftain from Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, Mr Cyril Ibanga has debunked insinuations in some quarters that he is in the camp of Bassey Etim in the face of the litigation contending the mandate the good people of Akwa Ibom North East generously gave to Distinctively Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert who rightly won at both the primary and the general election.

Ibanga who is the Deputy Chapter Chairman of PDP in Nsit Atai and the immediate past Publicity Secretary made the disclosure on Monday in Uyo in a chat with Journalists. He added ‘’It is very wrong for Hon Bassey Etim to claim he won the PDP Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District held on 7th December,2014 when I’m aware he got some under-aged in the name of delegates and conducted a parallel primary at Ibiaku Ishiet Primary School, his village against the authentic primary held at Uyo township stadium where the incumbent Senator Albert won with landslide delegates votes. 

It is very surprising and l believe whatever document{s} be it result sheet or delegates list that aided his Federal High Court 2,Uyo victory were forged which is a crime against the State and should be made to face the full wrath of the law’. 

Aggrieved members of electricity union employees protest in Akwa Ibom

Aggrieved staff members of Port  Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) under aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) staged a protest on Monday in Eket in Akwa Ibom.

The protest, which started about 7 am witnessed the planting of plantain suckers in the frontage of the company’s gate by the aggrieved staffers.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions: “PHEDC must uphold court rule”, “Enforce deduction and remittance of check up dues to NUEE.

Others read: “We say no to slavery”, “PHEDC stop indiscriminate, illegal and wrongful disengagement”.

The Secretary of the Union, Mr Joseph Etukudoh, said that NUEE had an issue with PHEDC management and the court ruled in favour of the union against the company.

AKSG donates power generating sets to enhance National ID Card enrolment in the State

AKSG donates power generating sets to enhance National ID Card enrolment in the State
  
BY EDIFONABASI-OBOT

Government of Akwa Ibom Statehas donated 21 portable electricity generators to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the State to aidthe use of biometric machines for the National ID Card enrolment across the State.

Special Adviser, Bureau of Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon.  (Barr.) Ekong Sampson made the donation said the gesture was indication of State Government commitment to ensuring the enrolment of all persons in the State for the National Identity Card. He said the 1.3 kVA generators were to ensure power supply does not hinder State Government at LGA centreswhile the giant size generator is meant to complement power supply at the Head office in Uyo.

Barrister Sampson said the challenge of ensuring every Akwa Ibomite is captured in the exercise is critical and remain a priority to His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, adding that his Bureau is determined to drive this vision towards attaining the State Government goal of having every Akwa Ibomite enrolled on the national data base.

The Special Adviser urged all citizens to take advantage of the enhanced opportunity and get enrolled for the National Identity Card, reiterating that living without identity is living blind.The support, he added, underscores the importance the Governor Udom Emmanuel led Government in the State attaches to the programme.

Nigerian Female Students need Mentorship- Idongesit Micah


Nigerian Female Students need Mentorship- Idongesit Micah

BY KENNETH JUDE

The President, National Female Students Association of Nigeria, Comr. Idongesit Micah, has recommended mentorship by women as a viable roadmap for female students’ successful transition to womanhood.
 

She made the call when she led female students on a courtesy visit to the National President, National Council of Women Societies, Chief (Mrs.) Gloria Labara Shoda, in her office in Abuja. 

She decried that female students in tertiary institutions have been relegated to the rear in the activities relating to the female folks in Nigeria. 

“More focus is tilted towards the Nigerian girl-child and women. The attention given to the girl-child in our country is restricted to the confines of primary and secondary schools. No programme has been done targeted at female students in tertiary institutions in this country by government.  

Ikpa Nnung Assang appreciates Gov. Emmanuel *backs Udom for second team

Ikpa Nnung Assang appreciates Gov. Emmanuel *backs Udom for second team

BY PAULINUS NTA

PDP faithfuls in Ikpa Nnung Assang ward 1 in Ikot Abasi Local Government area  last Monday , appreciated the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for appointing their son, Barr. Uwem Ekanem into the board of Directors of Ibom Power Plant. They also resolved to return the member who represents them in the state House of Assembly, Honourable Uduak Odudoh for a second term, in view of his effective performance in the hallowed chambers.

This followed a twin motion, moved by a community leader and a former member of the local government council, Mr. Anthony Ekpe and seconded by the ward chairman, Emmanuel Udofot, while the motion to return the lawmaker was moved by the chapter secretary of the PDP, Engr. Stanley Inyang and the Legal Adviser of the ward, Emmanuel Inam respectively.

The two motions were the high point of a high- spirited party meeting which climaxed the local government ward sensitization tour by the leadership of the party in the country home of the lawmaker, Ikot Odunyongo in Essene, Ikot Abasi LGA  on Easter Monday.

Held at the instance of Mr. Odudoh, in collaboration with elders and stakeholders of the ward. The meeting had as its agenda, to stimulate and consolidate support for the PDP in the ward as well as  disabuse vulnerable minds that the party was crumbling in the ward, occasioned by  pockets of defections to the All Progressive Congress, [APC].

Ibiono Ibom agog as Otuekong Umah goes home in style

Ibiono Ibom agog as Otuekong Umah goes home in style

The calm and peaceful Itu Andem village in Ibiono Ibom ocal Government Area, last weekend lost its serene atmosphere, as people from all walks of life converged for the final rites of passage of a respected septuagenarian, the late Otuekong Akaninyene Akpan Umah.

Otuekong Umah who died at the age of 74 according to his biography was a dedicated entrepreneur who invested his experience in the industrial fortunes of Calabar Cement Manufacturing Company, Nebro Nig Limited as well as strings of petroleum businesses.

In a homily, Elder Michael Akpanudo eulogized the deceased as a devout Christian who in his lifetime contributed in no little way to the growth of the church, society and his community, calling on the family and those he left behind to emulate his virtues of devotion, industry and patriotism.

Describing Otuekong Umah as a legendary icon who did all within his powers to positively affect the world around him, his son, Mr. Imoh Umah recounted the many sacrifices their late father made to give them the best in education, morals and family life, noting the many battles he braved have stirred them to a life of courage and fortitude.

Onna Lawmaker coroneted as ‘Essang Ibiono Ibom’ by Monarch

Onna Lawmaker coroneted as ‘Essang Ibiono Ibom’ by Monarch

The member representing Onna State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Otuekong Hon Nse Essien has been coronated as ‘Essang Ibiono Ibom’ by the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom LGA and Ibom Ibiono, HRM Okuku (Dr) Ime Udousoro Inyang at a colourful ceremony at his palace at Ikot Udom, Ibiono Ibom last Monday.

Essien who was accompanied to the event by a large number of Onna political stakeholders, friends and youths said he feels delighted by the honour. 

‘’ I’m particularly honoured by the good people of Ibiono Ibom with this chieftaincy title, not too long ago, l was also given Obong Unwana chieftaincy title by my people  at Ikot Akpan Nkor in Onna, it goes to show that my little contribution to humanity is greatly appreciated and it can only spur me to continue adding value to humanity ‘’ the lawmaker noted.

In his remarks, the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom, HRM Okuku (Dr) Ime Udousoro Inyang said ‘’We are thankful to God that both the federal government and Akwa Ibom State government have from time to time recognized our sons and daughters and appointed them into positions of trust. Last Saturday, we held a reception for our dear son, Prof Enefiok Essien of the University of Uyo on account of his appointment as Vice Chancellor of a University, it is an honour and he deserves it. His people had first honoured him on 23nd December,2013 with the title of ‘’Ata Ifiok mbet Ibiono Ibom’’ the monarch pointed out.

Mobil relocation: Eket Paramount Ruler, Transition Chairman caution Youths on restiveness

Mobil relocation: Eket Paramount Ruler, Transition Chairman caution Youths on restiveness

BY ASSAM ABIA

The Paramount Ruler of Eket, HRM Etim Charles Abia and the Local Government Transition Chairman, Hon Frank Archibong has called on youths of Eket and indeed Akwa Ibom State to maintain the prevailing peace for Mobil producing Nigeria unlimited not to see reason to relocate its headquarter to the State.

This advice was given in a well-attended meeting involving village youth presidents in all the 78 village of Eket, student leaders, the youth council chairman, Akwa Ibom Youth caucus Chapter Chairman, Prince Tommy Enodien and members of the Traditional Rulers council, on Saturday in the palace of the Paramount Ruler.

The Royal father frowned at reports in some quarters that some youths were protesting and agitating for Mobil headquarter to be relocated to their domain, describing it as counter-productive.

He cautioned youths of the Eket not to allow themselves to be used against government efforts to develop the area.

“Do not allow yourselves as instrument against development, the State government has good intension for Eket but it can only be possible if you maintain the prevailing peace”, he said, while commending the youth leaders for the synergy between them and the Transition Chairman which has brought about peace in Eket.

Esit Eket Ward 1 pay solidarity visit to Dan Abia Jnr

Esit Eket Ward 1 pay solidarity visit to Dan Abia Jnr

BY ASSAM ABIA

Major Political stakeholders numbering over 200 cutting across party divide from Ward 1 in Esit Eket L. G. A. on Sunday paid a solidarity visit to Barrister Bassey Dan Abia (Jnr.) in his resident in Eket.

The visit which was led by Mr. Ikon John Assam preceded the declaration of P. D. P. members from ward 8 to the All Progressive Congress (A. P. C) at the premises of Dan Abia same day.

Leader of the delegation, Mr. Ikon Assam said they were there to see Abia on a very vexed political issue of Local Government Chairmanship which the ward has been denied the opportunity to produce since the creation of Esit Eket as a Local Government Area.

Assam said “We know you (Abia) as a proponent of fairness and equity in the sharing formula of political positions in Esit Eket and we know that you are in support of Ward 1 producing the next Local Government Chairman, that’s why we have come to see you”.

He maintained that now is the turn of Ward 1 to produce a council chairman but that a powerful clique in Esit Eket controlled by one family wants to hijack the position to someone in ward 3 who has been a transition chairman for the past three years.

2019: PDP Chieftain drums support for Udom …fetes Essien Itiaba, Nsit Atai LGA at Easter

2019: PDP Chieftain drums support for Udom …fetes Essien Itiaba, Nsit Atai LGA at Easter

The people of Ward Four and Five, Essien Itaiba, Nsit Atai Local Government Area  have once again re-affirmed their support for Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2019 as they described him as a quintessential leader whose agenda for good governance has sustained the pace of growth in Akwa Ibom State which has further positioned the state as the choice for new economic opportunities for the country.

The resolve of the people was made known on Easter Monday when a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State, Mr. Emmanuel Okon hosted the people of the area to an Easter Get Together at his family compound at Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area.

In his remarks, Mr. Emmanuel Okon said that the occasion was another platform to unite the people and a fulfilment of his commitment to sustain the unity of the area as the support base of Governor Udom Emmanuel continues to expand.

Mr. Emmanuel Okon who is also the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Eminence Oil and Chemical Limited said that the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel had made laudable strides that had impacted on the growth of the economy of the state and that the people of Nsit Atai will continue to work as strong and committed partners in ensuring that he is returned for a second term in office in 2019 to consolidate on the good works and templates he has set.

AKS takes centre stage in Medical Appliances

AKS takes centre stage in Medical Appliances

Preparations are on top gear to make Akwa Ibom State become the centre of medical appliances in Nigeria, considering the fact that almost all medical devices used in the country are imported.  
   
This was the optimism expressed by the Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP), Dr. Elijah Akpan, when he led his Team on a visit to Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company, a Turkish Company, located in Onna Local Government.

Dr. Akpan was full of gratitude to the State Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, for making the State investors’ friendly and expressed deep appreciation to the Turkish investors for choosing to invest in the State.

He said that besides generating employment for our teeming youth, the project will also help to bring in socio-economic development to the State.

Flanked by his Executive Directors, Operations and Management Services, Mr. Imo-Abasi Jacob and Dr. Friday Antai respectively, Dr. Akpan was particularly happy with the investors, in view of the fact that the project is a 100% private driven; describing it  as great.

Sen. Akpabio outlines constituency empowerment ...Lauds Gov. Udom Emmanuel

Sen. Akpabio outlines constituency empowerment ...Lauds Gov. Udom EmmanuelSen. Akpabio outlines constituency empowerment ...Lauds Gov. Udom Emmanuel

The immediate past Governor and Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio has applauded the unity and peace that has characterized the political atmosphere of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District and promised to massively empower his people as he marks two years in office, even as he expressed satisfaction at Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to ensuring better welfare for the citizenry, through practicable economic programmes, reforms and policies.

Senator Akpabio made this known at his Ukana Ikot Ntuen country home, when he briefed members of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Welfare Steering Committee on his activities, projects and preparation for the Senatorial briefing.

He announced plans to award university scholarships to 500 students of the district and tasked members of the committee to accord indigent people priority in their selection, and expressed the belief that investment in education was his topmost consideration.

On other packages billed for the briefing, the Minority Leader said the event, which is planned for May would have also feature commissioning of about 38 life-touching projects executed by him across the district including school blocks, markets, roads, erosion control, solar water, health centers and town halls, as part of his 2016 projects.

Gov’s Wife inaugurates 215 FEYReP’s posh market sheds in Ikono *Says we are proud of Itoro Columba

Gov’s Wife inaugurates 215 FEYReP’s posh market sheds in Ikono *Says we are proud of Itoro Columba

The wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, Wednesday, inaugurated no fewer than 215 units of Open Market sheds tagged “FEYReP’s Posh Sheds” at Obo Urban Market, Oduok Junction in Ikono Local Government Area built by the Itoro Columba led Transition Committee of Ikono Local Government Council.

The governor’s wife also presented certificates to graduands of a Skill Acquisition Programme christened ‘Martha’s Skilled Ambassadors’, a group of 355 Ikono youths empowered in 15 different areas of skills by the Itoro Columba led Transition Committee.

Mrs. Emmanuel while inaugurating the project commended the foresight of the Transition Chairman, Hon. Itoro Columba and his team for their audacious and sacrificial passion-driven approach towards delivering the dividends of democracy to the rural dwellers especially the women.

She said the project initiated and completed by the Council was an indication to the fact that the Transition Chairman, Hon. Itoro Columba and his team have the people at heart, and as well urged others to emulate their good gestures.

Ime Okon bags Award from Ibiono Ibom Students

Ime Okon bags Award from Ibiono Ibom Students

…urges Students to support Gov Emmanuel’s Administration

The Deputy Leader of the Akwa Ibom  State House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Information, Rt. Hon. (Obong) Barr. Ime B. Okon has received yet another award from the National Association of Ibiono Ibom Students Worldwide (NAIBS) in Uyo on Monday.

Presenting the award to the Lawmaker the President, Comrade Asuakak Umoh said the Association deemed it fit to honour him as the ‘Iberedem Ndito Ufok Nwed Ibiono Ibom’. Umoh added that it was to thank him for being a pillar of support to the entire Ibiono Ibom students. 

He noted ‘’The Member representing Ibiono Ibom through his numerous scholarship schemes, quiz competitions and award of prizes to deserving winners and their teachers as well as the sponsorship of different sporting activities has touched the lives not only students of Ibiono Ibom origin but also those from Akwa Ibom State and neighboring States. The Association’s President also reassured him of the unalloyed support of the entire students under his watch. 

The Students used the occasion to congratulate the lawmaker on his recent elevation as the Deputy Leader of the 6th Assembly and stressed that with his experience in the legislature he will do well in his new office. 

Uyo Church collapse: Where are the culprits?


Uyo Church collapse: Where are the culprits?

Last year December, the city  of Uyo was thrown into mourning when Reigners Bible Church located along Uyo Village Road caved in and killed many people. This occurred during the consecration of Pastor Akan Weeks, the founder and leader of the Church.

After the incident, a panel of inquiry was set up by the Akwa Ibom State Government with the primary objective of investigating into the immediate and remote cause(s) of the church collapse, and to proffer solutions tobuilding collapse.

The panel commenced sitting early this year. Persons involved directly or indirectly in the building of the church attended the sitting either as parties or witnesses. A lot of revelations were made in the course of the proceedings of the panel. 

The panel was given three weeks to submit an interim report to the government. However, over two months have passed since the panel last sat, and Akwa Ibom people are yet to know the findings of the panel. It was expected that upon the conclusion of the sitting of the panel, the panel would submit its report to the state government and the state government would then issue a white paper on the incident and take necessary disciplinary actions against persons (natural or artificial) that were complicit in the church collapse. 

Wherever Gov. Udom goes we’ll go – Obong Godwin Ekpo

Wherever Gov. Udom goes we’ll go – Obong Godwin Ekpo

Are you satisfied with Gov. Udom’s performance?

Obviously yes! I am extremely satisfied with his performance because like I did say yesterday, when I paid a courtesy call on the honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. I emphasized that Akwa Ibom people should join with me and thank former Governor Godswill Akpabio who had the vision and call on the people to stand by him and deliver Udom Emmanuel as the right man. So, from my assessment, Gov Udom Emmanuel has done well in terms of fiscal responsibility and structural renaissance. His is achieving all these not minding the lean resources accrued to the State. He is the best man for the job.

Are the people in tune with what you are doing?
I must thank my people for not failing me. From 1999 we have been core PDP Local Government and I can assure you that I was well received by my people. They were so excited seeing me coming to thank them and also empowering them in my own little way and assuring them the His Excellency the Governor will do well better than what he has done now as the economy of the State improves. My people are satisfied that is why you don here decamping here and there in Ibiono Ibom. Ibiono Ibom has been intact for His Excellency and I can assure you that during election in 2019, results will speak better than words.

What is your take on incessant defection from PDP?

A man who is up to forty is able to take his decision and may be the defectors want to go and have something good at where they are defecting to and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantee them the right to move from one party to the other. They have the right to do that. It is individual differences; they have the right to go to wherever they want to go to. But it is incumbent on those that want to support His Excellency to stamp their feet. It is not all that glittered that are gold because even where they are decamping to, it is the same faces that are they. So, why don’t we sit down and agree on something and change the modus operandi of how things are done or used to be done that leads to your dissatisfaction in the party and then watch if corrections will be made and we move ahead. 

If you are not treated well in the PDP, will you decamp?

I don’t know the extent of maltreatment that will make me to decamp from the PDP because I recalled vividly that in 2015, I would have been the House member representing the good people of Ibiono Ibom State Constituency. I was very optimistic that I will win the election. On a Saturday, a day to the election, I was invited to the Government House by former Governor Godswill Akpabio and asked me to step down for Barr Ime Okon. So, I had paid the sacrifice by stepping down on the day of election not because I was happy to step down but I had to respect the constituted authority. So, if I did not decamp from PDP in 2015 after spending my hard earned money touring the whole nooks and crannies of Ibiono Ibom and getting their assurances that I will win my election, what else will you do now that will make me leave the PDP.  I will leave PDP when PDP in Nigeria is dead. If it is not dead, then I will remain in the party. I am not a political prostitute and I will never be one.

What are the chances that PDP will win in 2019 considering the current trend of decamping?

My assurance to our people is the leader of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has not spoken. Whenever he speaks and wherever he goes is where all of us will go. Whether it is PDP or any other party, wherever he goes we will go with hm. 

Do you have aspiration in 2019?
Well, as a human being and as a political animal, I must have aspiration. If my people call on me anytime any day to go and represent them at any level, I think I will oblige to it.

If you are asked to step down the second time what will you do?

I will not be the one they will ask to step down rather it will be some other person. I don’t think that is possible. That is not possible and of course, Nigeria has grown above that level. That was the level of 2015 and it will never repeat itself again.

In the midst of economic recession, what is your advice to the people?
It is true that things are extremely difficult. My advice to the people is that they should bear with His Excellency the governor. From my own observation, economy is fast improving. I strongly believe that in no distant time, the Governor will do better than what he has done for the people of the State. The people should exercise patience because it is not his fault. Economic recession is not only in Uyo. It is everywhere. Therefore, the blame should not be on the Governor. Even with the lean resources, His Excellency is trying to put up infrastructure like roads, schools, etc.

Your regrets as the former Chairman of Ibiono Ibom Local government Area?

My only regret is that I was not able to complete the 2000 capacity Ibiono Ibom Hall I intended to complete. That is my only regret because I knew that our people don’t have a hall where they can have meeting. My intension was to give them a befitting hall. By the time my tenure ended because of lack of funds, I could not complete the hall. That has always been my regret. I wish as a private individual, if God blesses me to the extent that I can go and complete the project, I think I will do it. I give God the glory for a successful tenure. It is left for Ibiono Ibom people to compare when Godwin Ekpo was the Chairman with others that came after my administration.

How are you coping with your new office?
Fantastic office! I thank Gov. Udom Emmanuel for the appointment. For raising me from local government to State level. I want to assure him that I will never let him down. The confident he had in me by giving me that appointment will never be betrayed and I will do as much as I can to use that office in assisting the people of the State.

Isong Isang breaks silence *Reveals why he resigned from Akwa United


*Says he never collected salary as Chairman
*I buy tickets to watch matches since I left office

BY EMMANUEL AKPAN

A former Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Obong Isong Isang has made known why he resigned from the club. Speaking with THE INK last week, Obong Isong Isang said so many factors contributed to his resignation and that along the line he lost interest in running the club due to infiltration of interests by some people.   

He also disclosed that throughout his tenure as Akwa United Chairman, he never collected salary from the club. He said since he had doubled as the Special Assistant on Sports to the former governor Godswill Akpabio, he was only being paid as the Special Assistant on Sports from government, and not as Akwa United Chairman. “I served Akwa United for free. 

I never collected salary as Akwa United Chairman. I was paid as the Special Assistant on Sports to the former governor Godswill Akpabio. Not as if money wasn’t coming, but the little money that came from government was for the running of the club.” 

Isong Isang further disclosed that when he took over Akwa United, there was no proper handing over note and the team was owing player’s salaries for some months, the then accountant as well as other administrative staff of the club but he worked tirelessly to ensure all the debts owed by the club were paid. 

Police nabs cult members in Ikot Abasi, Ukanafun, Ika, ors *Arrest kidnappers, male, female armed robbers *We’ve arraigned all suspects in court, says CP Awunah

Police nabs cult members in Ikot Abasi, Ukanafun, Ika, ors *Arrest kidnappers, male, female armed robbers *We’ve arraigned all suspects in court, says CP Awunah

BY EMMANUEL AKPAN

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested sixteen cult members in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area. The Commissioner of Police, CP Don Awunah disclosed this last Friday during a press briefing at the police State headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo.

CP Awunah said that the police arrested sixteen notorious cult members in Ikot Abasi on 13th of March, 2017 who had converged at Gravity Hotel, Ikot Abasi in preparatory to unleashing terror and mayhem in the area, adding that they have since been arraigned in court, and are presently remanded in prison custody.

According to the Commissioner, the names of the suspects are: Isaac Isaac Ogunta, Akan Ufon Willie, Uche Ekeneofot, Richard David, Lazarus Lazarus, Victor Celestine Inokon, Friday Akpan Williams and Ichere Dariud Ebenezer. Others are: Jacob Nkwak Jacob, Friday Okon Bassey, Daniel Stephen, Obong Davis, Effiong Mfonobong, Nkereuwem Akpan , Paul Imaobong and Akaniyene Umoh.

Also, the police Commissioner said “eight members of two notorious cult groups in Ukanafun, Ika and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas, Dee Bam and Dee Well, were smashed and arrested by men of ‘Operation Impact’ on the 10th of February, 2017 and 11th of February, 2017. 

Chairmanship hopeful donates bus stop to Community

Chairmanship hopeful donates bus stop to Community

A Chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and Chairmanship aspirant in Itu Local Government Area, Barrister Etetim Onuk has built and handed over a modern Bus Stop to East Itam Northern community; situated at Enen Atai Junction, a gateway to Ikot Anie, Ema, Ikot Ayan in Itam; Ikot Udo and Ifiayong Obot in Uruan Local Government Area. 

The handing over ceremony witnessed a plethora of politicians and dignitaries from Itu, a rainbow of politicians from both the Peoples’ Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress graced the occasion.

In her speech during the ceremony, the Transition Chairman of Itu, Deaconess Elsie Esara commended the donor for his gesture which she saw as exemplary. According to the Transition Chairperson, while other politicians and aspirants are busy falling on each other to get to the “White House” the donor is already delivering dividends of democracy to his community.

The representative of Enen Atail Itam village head and Chairman of the village council; Mr. Nkereuwem Iwat thanked the donor for the timely intervention, salvaging the dilapidated structure to provide shelter for the motorcyclists, tricyclists and passengers, especially during this rainy season.

Professor Etok Ekanem, a chieftain of All Progressive Congress lauded the donor for his gesture, adding that the Bus Stop should not be used for vices such as armed robbery, rape and cultism.

Sex Scandal rocks Orphanage as BOT members call on A. K. S Govt. to close the centre

BY ASSAM ABIA

The registered trustees  of Child’s Right and  rehabilitation Network (CRARN) an orphanage located in Eket has called on the Akwa Ibom State ministry of Women affairs and social welfare to evacuate inmates of the centre for security and welfare reasons.

In a resolution signed by the incorporated trustees namely Umoh A. Umoh, Bot secretary, Emmanuel Okon Emmanuel, Juhu Ebuk Tom, Victor Afaha Uduak Asuquo Inyang and Godwin Ime Harry, and directed to the commissioner for Women Affairs, the group alleged that the Chairman Bot of the organization has fled the country over sex abuse of some of the children among other atrocities.

“Several children in the Centre go to bed without food and good care because donors have withdrawn their assistance because of the activities of the Chairman Board of trustees, Mr. Sam Itauma who fled the country to the United States of America having been declared wanted by the State Government”, the letter Stated.

“We the undersigned, wish to disassociate ourselves from the activities of Sam Itauma who has floated an illegal website and is soliciting funds on behalf of CRARN”, it Stated further, adding that 6 out of the 9 registered trustees have passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman thereby removing him from the board.

Nsit Atai Youth Activist congratulates Ekere Afia on appointment

Nsit Atai Youth Activist congratulates Ekere Afia on appointment

A renowned youth activist and chapter officer of the People Democratic Party (PDP) from Nsit Atai Local Government Area, Elder Ndu Davis has congratulated Hon Ekere Afia on his recent appointment and subsequent swearing-in as member, Board of Internal Revenue by the State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel.

Elder Davis while addressing some Journalists last week at the venue of the reception ceremony in honour of Hon. Afia appreciated the state Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel for graciously appointing the former State Lawmaker to serve in such position in his administration.

He expressed excitement over the appointment, thanking the Almighty God for His grace upon the life of Hon. Afia, and the Governor for finding Mr. Udo fit for such position, saying that the youths of Nsit Atai local government and Atai Uyo in particular were excited over his appointment and are ready lent their necessary cooperation and support to the Governor as to ensure his successful election for his second term in office.

University of Uyo Vice Chancellor received at home

University of Uyo Vice Chancellor received at home

Last Saturday will remain ever green in the minds of the people of IbionoIbom as the day they rolled out drums and red carpet to give honour to one of them, the vice chancellor of University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien.

The honour came in form of a royal reception of the 5th vice chancellor of the University of Uyo, organised by HRM Dr. Ime Udousoro Inyang, the paramout ruler of Ibiono Ibom in collaboration with IbionoIbom welfare and development union (IWADU).

Even though the event started hours behind schedule perhaps due to logistics reasons, the venue of the epoch making event, Ikpa pavilion, was decorated on time and dignitaries started trooping in, in droves as early as possible.

Honour, according to an adage, is earned as a result of credibility and achievements one has recorded.  In case of Prof. Essien, a lot has been credited to him since he mounted the saddle as the University of Uyo 5th vice chancellor.

The purpose of this write up is not to blow his trumpet but to call a spade by its name and give chance to those the legal luminary has affected positively within and without the ivory tower to testify.

A’Ibom Intl. Market opens for Business September 30th - Gov. Emmanuel 

A’Ibom Intl. Market opens for Business September 30th  - Gov. Emmanuel 

A consortium of Chinese Companies comprising China Railway And Airport Construction Company, Yiwu International Market Group, Ande Logistics, Forte Energy and Jaagris Nigeria Limited have concluded arrangements for the take-off of construction of an International Market at Ikot Ekpene and Eket Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom state. 

The Leader of the Chinese  Group Mr Jang who spoke through an interpreter,  announced this while briefing Governor Udom Emmanuel on the state of preparedness for the project at the Governor’s Office, Uyo. 

He stated the readiness of the Chinese  firm to collaborate with Akwa Ibom State government in it development programmes and expressed delight at the opportunity given them to contribute to the development of the state assuring of quality service delivery. 

Sir Wilker congratulates new Etoi Clan Head

Sir Wilker congratulates new Etoi Clan Head

The Uyo popular high life musician, who is also the President of Etoi Clan Youth Leaders Forum (ECYLF), Sir Wilker Jackson has congratulated His Highness Etebom Okon Edet Udo-Abasi on his coronation as the new Clan Head of Etoi Uyo. 

Wilker stated this while interacting with our reporter recently; saying that the “Installation of Etebom Okon Edet Udo-Abasi as our Clan Head is a good omen to Etoi Clan in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general”. 

Also, he said “The new Clan Head of Etoi is a man of proven integrity, God fearing, peaceful, focus with vast experience to lead Etoi community to a desired destination”.

Accordingly, the Youth Leader maintained that the choice of His Highness Etebom Udo-Abasi was a unanimous decision of Etoi’s people; hence he pledged total support and loyalty of Etoi Clan Youth Leaders Forum for a successful tenure.

Ata Obio Akpa Progressive Youth Association re-affirms support for Gov. Udom beyond 2019

Ata Obio Akpa Progressive Youth Association re-affirms support for Gov. Udom beyond 2019

The youths of Ata Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam local government area under the aegis of Ata Obio Akpa Progressive Youth Association has re-emphasized their support for Governor Emmanuel in whom they collectively elected in the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, condemned in strong term the incessant and unwarranted attacks on the State First Lady, blasted hungry and political jobbers who defected to APC in Oruk Anam recently. 

The group in the statement signed by the youth president and its executives members led by Comrade Emmanuel Attai and made available to newsmen in Oruk Anam indicated that the association is seriously in support of the Governor’s five point agenda for the state. 

The people commended Governor Udom Emmanuel (their in-law) for the inspired and focused leadership he has given to Akwa Ibom, which they argued is the reason there is stability in the polity despite the biting economic recession. 

The group in recognition of many achievements of the governor has resolved to back him for a second term in office, which will also ensure equity is done as Uyo and Ikot Ekpene Senatorial Districts have both had their full tenures of eight years. 

Political crisis rocks Itu LGA

Political crisis rocks Itu LGA

Members of Itu Local Government Transition Committee have drawn battle line with the Chairman, Mrs. Elsie Esara over lack of due process in the on-going construction of Etaha Itam Market office complex. 

They also accused the chairman of lack of due process and transparency in the administration of Itu LGA.

In a petition signed by three committee members; Hon. Ubong Edem (Supervisor for Works), Hon. Kufre Ema (Supervisor for Special Duties) and Hon. Emem Uboh (Supervisor for Health), and made available to THE INK yesterday, said since they appointed into Itu Local Government Council as Supervisors and assumption of office, they have been discharging their duties based on their assigned portfolios diligently, but the Vodoo administrative style of the incumbent Transition Chairman, Mrs. Else Esara is something that calls for worry. 

According to the petition, the administrative style in the management of funds and contracts of the council chairman include; Mismanagement of Public Funds; Usurping the Powers of the Supervisor for Works; Executing Contracts/Projects without following the due process guiding the Local Government Administration and Making decision without the proper reference to the FGPC thereby acting as a sole administrator contrary to the guidelines of Local Administration.

A’Ibom govt. inaugurates revenue board 

A’Ibom govt. inaugurates revenue board 

Akwa Ibom State Governor,  Mr Udom Emmanuel,  has inaugurated the state Board of Internal Revenue with a call on the members  to explore ways of increasing the revenue profile of the state to fast track development and boost the state’s economy. 

The Revenue Board has Mr Okon Okon as Chairman, Mrs Ekemesit Ekpro  Secretary, Elder Nse Atang, Hon. Ekere Afia and Mr Leo Umana, as members. 
Also in the board are representatives of Ministry of Economic Development, Lands and Town Planning, Investment, Commerce and Industry, Justice and Ministry of Transport as well as two staff in  the rank of a Director from the Board of Internal Revenue. 

Speaking at the  Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Uyo where the event took place,  Governor Emmanuel told the board members that they have been selected on merit and advised them to deploy their wealth of experience in their assigned task,  stressing that much is expected from them. 

Recession: Ray Ekpu caution Nigerians against giving birth to much children

Recession: Ray Ekpu caution Nigerians against giving birth to much children

As Nigeria economy remain in recession ,one of the four co-founders of Newswatch Magazine ,Mr. Reymond Amos Ekpu has advised Nigerians against giving birth to many children. The veteran journalist gave the advice recently at the traditional marriage of his niece ,Miss.Imaobong Saturday Ekpu in his home town ,Ikot Udo Ossiom village, Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State . 

Mr.Ekpu who attended the occasion with many dignitaries used the opportunity to advice couples to desist from biting what they cannot chew ,rather, they should give birth to few children ,in order to be able to cater for them, especially now that Nigeria is facing serious economic challenges . 

Mr.Ekpu also used the opportunity to advice the couple to always make use of the phrase ‘I am sorry ‘.And they should not attempt to bring in third party in their matrimonial affairs if they really want their marriage to survive. 

Mobilization for national identity, voter’s cards deepens

Mobilization for national identity, voter’s cards deepens
  * Ekong Sampson gathers Stakeholders to intensify campaign in A’Ibom State

Stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State have resolved to complement Governor Udom Emmanuel’s efforts towards ensuring adequate enrolment of citizens within the State in the ongoing National Identity Card and upcoming Continuous Voter’s Registration exercises, to truly reflect the State’s position in federation. This was followed by a declaration to supportthe campaign to intensify the drive towards effectiveness of the exercise in the State and optimum success.

The declaration was made by the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Luke, following positive positions presented by various reputable Akwa Ibomites and a resolution unanimously reached at a meeting of stakeholders in the State,withthe Special Adviser to the Governor on Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson and top ranking officials of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Uyo, the State capital.

The Chief Host and facilitator of the meeting, Barr. Ekong Sampson, in setting the tone for the meeting, was full of thanks to the participant for responding to the clarion call to chart a new trajectory for the State. He said the advancement of the State was dependent to a great extent on the contributory efforts of all stakeholders in the State, especially, Heads of Local Government Councils, towards optimal success in the “intertwined exercises” of National Identity and Voter’s Registration.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State


Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Welcome Brig. General Hassan

Welcome Brig. General Hassan
On Wednesday last week, the Commander 2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Uyo, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim Hassan with some of his military chiefs stormed the Akwa Ibom State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ on courtesy call.

During that visit, Commaderie were exchanged.  The military Chief took time to explain the purpose of the visit and what he views the Press in Akwa Ibom as.

When he spoke, he sounded cultured and matured. His manners were superb typical of a military man that is worth his onions. While I join my voice in welcoming this Brigade, I will wish to sincerely appreciate this soft looking General for identifying the Press as a dependable ally to fraternize with. This visit gives hope that while some politicians see the Press as troublesome, the military sees them as an asset. 

The attribute exhibited by Hassan makes it easy for a proper understanding of this man as a General who is first of all human. What is even more relevant in that August visitor in the month of April is that the military brass were accorded the opportunity to understand at least a little about the workings of the Press.

BIR: The task ahead

BIR: The task ahead
Over the weekend, Governor Udom Emmanuel inaugurated the Akwa Ibom State Board of Internal Revenue with Mr. Okon Okon from Uruan Local Government Area saddled with the responsibility of chairing the Board.

From face value, one will not be out of place to confirm that the State Governor's concern for the financial wellbeing of Akwa Ibom State must have been responsible for the choice of Okon whom it is believed is a prudent manager of resources and a go getter.

But the Uruan man and his team must show capacity, class and tremendous reasons why he merited the choice.

Over time, the internally generated revenue of Akwa Ibom State has remained a top secret in the affairs of Government.  Nobody in the middle class understands the funds generated and how it is expended.  

At a time, a rumour was spread that the internally generated revenue between 2007 to 2015 was squandered by Obong Umana Umana, Obong Bassey Albert, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio and Isobara.  

We are taking Tourism to the next level – Gov. Udom

We are taking Tourism to the next level – Gov. Udom

BY KENNETH JUDE

Governor Udom Emmanuel has reiterated his commitment towards promoting the tourism potentials of the state. Gov. Emmanuel made this known during the Unveiling of Akwa Ibom State Tourism Brand Identity Logo at the weekend.

Governor Emmanuel who was represented at the occasion by Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, assured the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of his support for whatever venture they embark on, while urging them not to rest on their oars but should continue to work hard in order to keep in touch with the vision of the state government.

The event which had as its theme:  “Amazing Akwa Ibom...the preferred destination was attended by the Commissioner, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Victor Antai, commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Orman Esin, SA to the governor on Agriculture, Mr. Moses Amstrong, Dr. Effiong Edunam, President, Oro Union and a host of Nollywood stars led by veteran actor, Zack Orji.

Speaking at the occasion, Hon. Victor Antai stated that the event is in line with the pledge of the state government in conjunction with the ministry of Culture and Tourism to invent a Tourism Brand Identity for the state.  “ this is in line with the efforts of the State Government in undertaking several culture and tourism destination projects aimed at redirecting tourists traffic to the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), an alternative to oil.’’

Military scores NUJ Boss high *vows to strengthen ties with Journalists

Military scores NUJ Boss high  *vows to strengthen ties with Journalists

The intimidating presence of any military convoy trooping to civil domain commonly triggers public panic but that was not the situation at the premises of the state Nigerian Union of Journalists [NUJ] Wednesday, where the NUJ Chairman, Elder Patrick Albert warmly received the Commander II Brigade, of the Nigerian Army Uyo, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim Hassan, who later scored the administration of the NUJ boss high and promised an open relationship with journalists in the state.

The Brigadier General made the assessment and promise during a courtesy call on the NUJ leadership and top journalists in the state, shortly after a tour on developmental facilities around the NUJ premises.

Speaking joyfully, Brigadier General Abdul Hassan disclosed that he was recently elevated to the rank of Brigadier General that was why he saw it necessary to visit journalists so as to establish an open relationship with journalists that will go a long way in curbing crime in the state.

His words “Because of relationship that has been established already between the military and the media, I said I should take a cue from there. I am going to be open to you journalists. My office  door remains open for you because we know that it is always very necessary for the populace to actually receive  accurate and timely report as regards security as that is the only way we can dispell rumor”.

Black Sunday in Ukanafun as gunmen kill Council Secretary

Black Sunday in Ukanafun as gunmen kill Council Secretary

There was tension in Ukanafun Local Government Area yesterday (Sunday) when unidentified gunmen shot and killed the newly sworn in Secretary of the council, Hon. Ime Atakpa. He is said to have been shot at close range in the chest in his livestock farm.

The late Atakpa, according to sources, left Uyo en route his village in Ikot Udo Obobo, Ukanafun local government area when he was reportedly accosted and shot by unidentified gunmen. 

It was gathered that the late Ukanafun Council Secretary usually goes to his farm on weekends to ensure things are running smoothly. A source who pleaded not to be named told our reporter that the late Atakpa may have been trailed from Uyo down to his farm where he was shot and killed. 

Another source explained that the gunmen may have laid ambush for him knowing full well that he was going to visit the farm since he does so regularly at weekends. 

The shocking incident has generated tension and uncertainty with many now living in fear especially with the gruesome murder of Mr. Atakpa coming days after a prominent son of Ukanafun, Dr. Idongesit Udom was kidnapped.

Black Friday as Tanker explodes, causes panic

Black Friday as Tanker explodes, causes panic

A tanker containing fuel product was set ablaze in the early hours of Friday at Ikot Ekong area in Calabar-Itu highway, Uyo.

The ugly incident which took no life according to eyewitnesses occurred following a poor overtaking by a Toyota Camry on the tanker.

They added that members of the State Fire Service team were on hand to control the fire which had already set ablaze major parts of the tanker, and they were seen assisting motorists to make use of the opposite lane.

One of the eyewitnesses, Mr. Ndubisi Godswill, a trader narrates “I saw people shouting, so I came out of my shop hurriedly. Then I saw a particular vehicle trying to overtake the tanker and the vehicle mistakenly scratched the battery area of the tanker and there was a spark.  You know, the vehicle was carrying a highly inflammable product fuel, so it caught fire and exploded.

The driver later jumped out and was pursuing the car that caused the accident.  Somebody else now had to call the fire service team.  With their intervention and the help of God, the fire was quenched.  Also, the product was intact, nothing happened to the product.  However, the cage of the tanker was burnt beyond repair as you can see.”

PDP cannot lose Ward 7 in Esit Eket, says SA, AKS youth council

PDP cannot lose Ward 7 in Esit Eket, says SA, AKS youth council
 
The Akwa Ibom State Youth Council had warned every youth in Akwa Ibom State to be more prepared towards actualising the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel for sustainability of industrial revolution in Akwa Ibom State come 2919 and beyond. 

This was contained in a communique jointly signed by the entire youths of PDP in (Ward 7) Esit Eket made public to the press during the Ward briefing by the recently elected Special Adviser of Akwa Ibom State Youth Council representing Esit Eket in the person of Comrade Brain Imossan. 

The meeting which started with prayer by Mr. Darius Nkwo; Chapter Assistant Secretary of PDP had in attendant over 500 able youths committed to the growth of PDP and Udom Emmanuel 2019 project. 

Addressing the youths, Comrade Brain Imossan; a former (Ward 7) PDP chairman, Sect. Esit Eket Frontline Youth Movement, Former personal Assistant to incumbent House Member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency while thanking God for ushering him unto the throne of governance expressed his total and unalloyed loyalty to His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel for his impressive performances as Governor of Akwa Ibom State.