Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead


A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

I am Committed to the Welfare, Devt of Ika People – InibeheEtukudo


The Transition Committee Chairman of Ika Local Government Area, Mrs Inibehe Silas Etukudo has expressed concern over the gender sentiment being peddled in some quarters in Ika, stating that capacity and ability to perform is not gender sensitive.

Mrs.Etukudo who stated this while interacting with newsmen in her office in Uruainyang maintained that it is only myopia that could be responsible for such sentiments.

She noted that God is the ultimate, the giver of power and gives it to whomever He pleases, adding that God has made her a trail blazer since her childhood and as the first female councillor in Ika.

According to her, “there is no gender that has monopoly of capacity for leadership; some female leaders have done amazingly well in the history of Nigeria and the world at large. It is disappointing for people to still weep the sentiment of male or female in the call to leadership position. 

“I think they should rather say what they can do, what they have done and what they want to do for the people of Ika. By the grace of God, for the little time I have served as the Transition Committee Chairman of Ika, I have made some modest impact in the area. 

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead


A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead


A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead


A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead



A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead

Fresh trouble for Moses Ekpo * Deputy Governor’s cashier robbed in broad day light * Dispossessed of over 50million Naira * Police yet to effect arrest, shots innocent person instead



A Toyota Saloon car which was last Wednesday robbed along Paul Bassey by Brooks street in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has been linked to the office of the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Government House sources who identified the car with registration number AK 705 CO1 said the vehicle belongs to the office of the Deputy Governor.

It was gathered that the occupants of the car a driver and female Mandu who is the cashier in the Deputy Governor’s office escaped unhurt while the armed men who looked fierce and deadly carted away over 50million Naira.

The car is said to have returned from a transaction in one of the new generation banks in Uyo before being caught up by the dare devil robbers.

THE INK Portal gathered that the robbers must have acted on a tipoff, then decided to trail the vehicle to the point it was accosted before unleashing torrents of pellets on the boot of the car to force it open. 

The robbers are said to have operated unchallenged for over twenty minutes, and when they must have succeeded, they then escaped through the popular and most secured barracks road.

Meanwhile, followers of the incident are worried that a vehicle attached to the office of a number two citizen of Akwa Ibom State could be robbed following a tipoff and twenty minutes later, the police could not respond even as no arrest have been made close to a week after the ugly event took place.

Onna Chairmanship hopeful assures of Eagles Victory

Onna Chairmanship hopeful assures of Eagles Victory

The Chairmanship Aspirant for Onna Local Government Area in the November 11 local government election, Hon Imo Attat has expressed hope that the Super Eagles will defeat Cameroon in the World Cup qualifier in Uyo slated for Friday, 1st September, 2017. 

He gave the assurance while interacting with newsmen in uyo recently that Nigeria will qualify for the Word Cup. Attat who is also the Vice Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State football associated said he was satisfied with the selection of the players by the Technical Adviser for the encounter. 

He thanked the Executive Governor of the state, Mr Udom Emmanuel for sponsoring the Super Eagles match in uyo, describing him as a sports loving Governor. He assured that everything has been put in place by NFF and the State FA for the success of the match. 

He said, “NFF is fully in charge and we in the State FA are playing a good role to record a successful match” “The security is intact, we are doing our best to ensure that everything will go on well “ The President of All Stars Formation in Akwa Ibom called on Akwa Ibom fans and Nigeria at large to come out enmass to support Super Eagles to victory.

Ikot-Abasi will Stand with Udom - Kufre Uffot

Ikot-Abasi will Stand with Udom - Kufre Uffot

Impressed by his developmental projects and the implementation of his administrative 5 point agenda scheme, a PDP stakeholder in IkotAbasi Local Government Area, Mr. KufreUffot has re-assured the Governor that come 2019, the people of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area will again in large number, cast their votes for the re-election of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

Mr. Uffot made the assertion recently while fielding questions from newsmen in Uyo on the infrastructural projects initiated by the Governor so far.

He particularly applauded the governor for placing more emphasis on Agricultural and Food Sufficiency Programmes which according to him has gone a long way in impacting on the lives of AkwaIbom people especially for the establishing of AKEES, a programme which he noted has produced a lot of job opportunities for the AkwaIbom people.

Mr. Uffot explained that with AKEES, there is no doubt that with in no distant time, the State will be top on agricultural exporters’ map.

He used the opportunity to charge the AkwaIbom people to key into the agricultural programme of the Governor, inorder to be self-sufficient.

Eminence oil empowers over 200 in Nsit Atai, targets 5 million people

One of the leading oil & gas magnet in Akwa Ibom State, Eminence Oil & Chemicals limited has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai Local Government Area.

This was the position of Conference of Akwa Ibom State Unit Youth Leaders, Nsit Atai Chapter. In a release signed by the Chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Johnny and Secretary, Mr Edidiong Okon, and made available to journalists in Uyo, the body described the initiative a commendable achievement.

The group commended the MD/CEO of Eminence Oil and Gas limited, Mr Emmanuel Okon for his love and passion to improve the living standard of people in his private capacity.

The statement further disclosed that Mr Okon who is doing his private business has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai, adding that the area has never witness such massive empower running to hundreds of millions of naira from any of their elected representative talk less of a private individual.

The release maintained that within the last one year, Mr Emmanuel Okon has empowered over 200 people from Nsit Atai, and true to his word, he will certainly empower 5million people cutting across Uyo Federal Constituency before 2023.

Eminence oil empowers over 200 in Nsit Atai, targets 5 million people

One of the leading oil & gas magnet in Akwa Ibom State, Eminence Oil & Chemicals limited has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai Local Government Area.

This was the position of Conference of Akwa Ibom State Unit Youth Leaders, Nsit Atai Chapter. In a release signed by the Chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Johnny and Secretary, Mr Edidiong Okon, and made available to journalists in Uyo, the body described the initiative a commendable achievement.

The group commended the MD/CEO of Eminence Oil and Gas limited, Mr Emmanuel Okon for his love and passion to improve the living standard of people in his private capacity.

The statement further disclosed that Mr Okon who is doing his private business has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai, adding that the area has never witness such massive empower running to hundreds of millions of naira from any of their elected representative talk less of a private individual.

The release maintained that within the last one year, Mr Emmanuel Okon has empowered over 200 people from Nsit Atai, and true to his word, he will certainly empower 5million people cutting across Uyo Federal Constituency before 2023.

Eminence oil empowers over 200 in Nsit Atai, targets 5 million people

One of the leading oil & gas magnet in Akwa Ibom State, Eminence Oil & Chemicals limited has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai Local Government Area.

This was the position of Conference of Akwa Ibom State Unit Youth Leaders, Nsit Atai Chapter. In a release signed by the Chairman, Hon. Emmanuel Johnny and Secretary, Mr Edidiong Okon, and made available to journalists in Uyo, the body described the initiative a commendable achievement.

The group commended the MD/CEO of Eminence Oil and Gas limited, Mr Emmanuel Okon for his love and passion to improve the living standard of people in his private capacity.

The statement further disclosed that Mr Okon who is doing his private business has set an unbreakable record of empowerment in Nsit Atai, adding that the area has never witness such massive empower running to hundreds of millions of naira from any of their elected representative talk less of a private individual.

The release maintained that within the last one year, Mr Emmanuel Okon has empowered over 200 people from Nsit Atai, and true to his word, he will certainly empower 5million people cutting across Uyo Federal Constituency before 2023.

Mkpat Enin Chairmanship Election: PDP endorses Ekaette Usip

BY VICTOR UFOT

The People Democratic Party (PDP) Ukpum Minya Ward 3 in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, last Wednesday vowed to work tirelessly for the success of Lady Ekaette Usip  in the upcoming PDP party primaries elections.

The Leadership of the party at the Ward threw their weight behind the aspiration of Lady Usip when the Transition Chairperson and her team paid a consultative visit to the party Executives to formally intimate them of her ambition.

While introducing the Transition Chairman to the Ward Executives, the Director Of Campaigns, Mr Nseobong Essien described Lady Usip as the most experienced and most qualified aspirant for the job of leading Mkpat Enin Local Government Area for the next three years.

“Ordinarily, She needs no introduction here but I am here with your daughter and mother, It is a rear privilege to come  form the Ward where the chairman comes from, it is with respect that I stand here to introduce someone which other wards wish she was from their place. First Female Council  secretary In Mkpat Enin, First Education Secretary In Mkpat Enin, First female Transition Chairman and by the grace of God, she will be the first female Elected Chairman of this great Local Government Area”. He said.

Stakeholders kill Emman Ekon’s Third Term bid …Zones House of Reps seat to Abak LGA …Aniekan Umanah favoured to win

Stakeholders kill Emman Ekon’s Third Term bid …Zones House of Reps seat to Abak LGA …Aniekan Umanah favoured to win Stakeholders kill Emman Ekon’s Third Term bid …Zones House of Reps seat to Abak LGA …Aniekan Umanah favoured to win

Former commissioner for information Mr. Aniekan Umanah’s chances of emerging a federal lawmaker in the Green Chambers received a major boast over the weekend.

Thanks to stakeholders of Abak/Ika/Etim Ekpo Federal constituency’s punctuation of the third term bid of Emmanuel Ekon, the incumbent House of Representative member.

On Friday last week, stakeholders of Abak Federal constituency gathered in their numbers at the Independence Hall Abak Local Government Area.

The meeting which was presided over by the State Attorney General Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko arrived at far reaching decisions bothering on the coming 2019 elections in the Federal Constituency and Akwa Ibom state as a whole.

In a communiqué read by Ahaziah Umanah stated that come 2019, Abak Local Government Area will produce the next House of Representatives member after Etim Ekpo had gone twice. By this decision, the third term bid of Emman Ekon had fallen flat.

Ini Youths celebrate Udom …Say Gloria Edet, Emman Ekpenyong worthy leaders


Ini Youths celebrate Udom  …Say Gloria Edet, Emman Ekpenyong worthy leadersIni Youths celebrate Udom  …Say Gloria Edet, Emman Ekpenyong worthy leadersIni Youths celebrate Udom  …Say Gloria Edet, Emman Ekpenyong worthy leaders


Youths of Ini Local Government Area have joined the ranks of Akwa Ibomites who are extolling the leadership qualities of Mr. Udom Emmanuel the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State describing him as a man who has so far lived up to the mantle of divine mandate that was entrusted into his hands.

Speaking under the auspices of Ini Youth Vanguard, the group who spoke through their Chairman Iboro Nnah and Secretary Innocent Udom respectively said Governor Emmanuel’s youth inclusiveness in governance is an indication of the fact that the State Chief Executive is a man of character. They added also that the state Governor is living up to his campaign promises of industrialization of the state acknowledging that even with the lean resources occasioned by recession, that the Governor has been superlative in his leadership and industrialization drive in the state.

The leadership of Ini Youth vanguard stated specifically that the construction of Ikpe – Iko Nkon – Arochukwu road, awarding of contract for the construction of Odoro Ikpe – Mbiabet road, as well as the cassava processing mill at Anananmong in Itu Mbouso in Ini Local Government Area are some of the indices of Development Governor Emmanuel has brought to Ini Local Government and expressed their desire to support the State Chief Executive to the fullest.

Niger Delta monarchs call for devolution of power, end to ASUU strike

Niger Delta monarchs call for devolution of power, end to ASUU strike

BY KENNETH JUDE

The Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) has ended its three-day National Conference and inauguration of new executive council with a charge on the federal government to quickly take steps that will address the ongoing ASUU strike. 

The three-day event which held at Eden Hotel in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, also saw the paramount Ruler of Ibeno LGA, Owong Effiong Achianga emerge the new National Chairman of TROMPCON. 

Dr. Effiong Achianga takes over from Eze Akuwueze Ikegwuruka, the Paramount Ruler of Mgbirichi/Abakuru Land, and shall lead for a period of three years. 

In his remarks at the occasion, Owong Achianga, noted that the event is designed to chart the way forward for Niger Delta States, pointing out that traditional Rulers play a vital role in the sustenance of peace in the society. He added that there’s strength in unity hence called on the federal government to ensure that issues of poverty, neglect and deprivations experienced in the Niger Delta region are tackled expeditiously. 

“The good people of this region deserve freedom from poverty, poor infrastructure such as roads, access to qualitative education, affordable houses, good sources of drinking water, amongst other things for the development and sustainable livelihood of the region.” He called on traditional rulers to be consistent and persist in the demands of their rights for the region. He reiterated the need for oil companies operating in the region to relocate their headquarters to their operational states. He thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the conference to be held in the State. 

LG polls: Ward send S.O.S to Gov. Udom, Ekpo, others

LG polls: Ward send S.O.S to Gov. Udom, Ekpo, others

A group of patriotic persons in ward 1, Esit L.G.A have send a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to Gov. Udom Emmanuel as the leader of the party, the State Chairman, Mr. Paul Ekpo and members of the Esit Eket Local Government Executive Committee of the Party on the perceive plan to short change and deny them opportunity to produce council chairman in the coming Local Government Polls in favour of ward 2.

Transparency, Integrity and Equity Watch, through her spokes person Mr. David Etukudo alleged the purported zoning of the chairmanship position to zone A does not reflect the sincerity of the local executive committee of the party. 

He accused them of unguarded utterances, behavior and activities skewed to short change them from the chairmanship race which should be exclusive for ward 1 only, if they were sincere, equitable and just to all component units of the zone and council.

The group maintained, “Though the constitution of the party vest the sole responsibility to zone political positions on the local government executive committee of the party, noted, it’s absurd that the same committee has already signed an understanding to promote the candidature of a particular individual at the detriment of others”.

AKS PDP, Martha Udom Emmanuel mourn Late Mrs. Edet and Mrs. Glory Peter ....Send empowerment to the bereaved families

AKS PDP, Martha Udom Emmanuel mourn Late Mrs. Edet and Mrs. Glory Peter  ....Send empowerment to the bereaved families
BY ANIEBIET ANTIA 

The State woman leaders of  PDP, Deac. Mmeme Akpabio who represented the wife of the governor Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, Deaconess mmeme Akpabio on her remarks noted that the event was a special event which has never happen in the history of Akwa Ibom State, showed appreciation to Mrs Udom Emmanuel for identifying with the bereaved families who lost their love ones. 

She described her as a correct, capable and a sunshine leader, according to Deaconess Akpabio, the event was to condole and present empowerment to the family of Late Mrs Akon Edet and Late Mrs Glory Asuquo Peter. She further urged the women to emulate what Late Akon and Glory did while they were alive. Also speaking at the event, wife of the UCCDA Chairman, Mrs Inemesit Uwah in her speech, commended Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel on the significant event. According to her, the event has come to energize the women to put more effort in serving the people. 

“Late Glory Asuquo was a woman leader with both body, spirit and soul, it is the effort she put in PDP that prompts the party, wife of the Governor to send delegates to identify with the family “she added. Mrs Uwah also used the opportunity to urge the women to maintain absolute loyalty both in the secret and in open.

Police Hilux kills motorcyclist in Uyo

BY KINGSLEY UDUAK

A commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Akamankpo was today knock dead by a Nigerian Police Hilux at Ring Road Junction,  Aka Etinan Road,  Uyo.
The Police Hilux with the plate number 11Z12FG which was on top speed  according to eyewitnesses lost control while avoiding collision with a moving Julius Berger Company’s Hilux eventually hits the motorcyclist riding on an opposite lane of the junction.

An eyewitness,  Mr Francis Eking who is a resident of the area described the accident as unfortunate accounting that the “Police Hilux was an escort for a car and it was on top speed,  so the Hilux  suddenly held a break while trying to avoid one Julius Berger Hilux coming from  NTA Aka Etinan axis of the road.  The front tire burst,  and the Hilux  Jam a little part of the Berger’s Hilux.  With that speed the car flew to the other side of the Ring Road junction Leading to Akpabio Stadium,  and killed the bike man who was patiently waiting to get moving order by the Police Traffic warder.

Mammoth Crowd as Gabriel Etim consults Abak Ward 3

The premises of Smiler Hotel, Ikot Okoro Road, Abak was filled to capacity last Wednesday as Party Chieftains, Elders, women and youths trooped out to catch a glimpse of the most popular and acceptable Chairmanship aspirant for the area, Obong Iberedem (Sir) Gabriel Etim.

The event which was the official consultation of the people of Abak Urban Ward 3 by Sir Gabriel Etim, saw the youths singing solidarity songs in support of the aspiration of Obong Sir Gabriel Etim.

Receiving the Chairmanship hopeful into the ward, the Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abak Urban Ward 3, Mr. Ekukinam extolled the sterling qualities of Obong Gabriel Etim, describing him as a seasoned politician, a committed party man who has worked and contributed immensely to the success of the party over the years.

Addressing the gathering, Obong Etim who started by singing praises to God, expressed gratitude to God for making the day possible and thanked the people for coming out in large number despite the short notice.

MAN, Oron: Towards actualizing the FUMSO bill

MAN, Oron: Towards actualizing the FUMSO bill

BY JOSEPH ATAINYANG

Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron is 40 years old. 

For now, it remains the only maritime institution in the country. It has trained thousands of seafarers and maritime personnel since its inception. By virtue of its long years of existence, it is one institution that should be cherished and guarded jealously by the government of Nigeria. 

The monotechnic deserves serious attention in the areas of provision of basic tools and instruments for practical based training. It should be held dearly by Nigeria’s policy makers as the only certified, long standing and productive organ, as far as the maritime sector is taken into consideration.

As a federally owned educational institute in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria which was originally called the Nautical College of Nigeria, its main purpose of establishment was to educate and train shipboard officers, ratings and shore-based management personnel. Available historical records show that the school graduated its first batch of cadets in 1983. It is on record that the college, in 1988, had its mandate expanded to training all levels and categories of personnel for all facets of Nigerian maritime industry.

Politicians who cross over to the FG Govt Party are spared by anti-graft agencies - Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien 


Being a member of the Opposition Party in the Country, how does it feel observing the developments in the country? 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not an opposition party in Akwa Ibom State. It is the governing party. It is only at the national level that we lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is opposition in the state, and we are watching to see how they will improve on the performance of the PDP. So far, we have not seen the change. We are looking forward to changing the change come 2019.

Do you think anything surprising can come up to get back power in 2019?
You can see the trend now. With the Supreme Court ruling, PDP has veered back into strength, making other parties to run helter-skelter and calling meetings which they didn’t use to call. As soon as PDP met to celebrate its Supreme Court victory, other parties started calling meetings. PDP has also called for the national convention, and other parties that were staying dormant are now working because they know that threat has come and it is real.

Let’s look at the issue of transparency in governance. Do we see any level of transparency in the act of governance both at the federal, state and local governments?
That is a serious problem in Nigeria. People in government are not accountable to those that put them in office. That is because since 1999, there were some elements of democratic rule. The parties were strong and were controlling the government, but from 2003, the presidency and the governors at the state levels became so powerful that they were no longer accountable to anybody. The national and state assemblies were weakened through a process of selection of members of the Assembly.

Oron Urban Ward 10 reaffirms support for Gov. Emmanuel Beyond 2019

Oron Urban Ward 10 reaffirms support for Gov. Emmanuel Beyond 2019

Impressed by his developmental projects and implementation of five cardinal points of his campaign promises, the PDP elders/stakeholders of Oron Urban ward 10 have reiterates their stand to support His Excellency, Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and his 2nd term ambition even as they passed vote of confidence on him, and however, pledged their support on the re-election bid of the member representing Oron/UdungUko Constituency in the AKHA, Rt. Hon. Effiong Okon Bassey.

The decision was unanimously adopted shortly after a motion moved by Hon. Peter Basseyand duly seconded by Hon. Asukwo Nyong Effiong during a meeting of PDP Elders/Stakeholders on the zoning arrangement in Oron urban ward 10 recently in Uyaoro, Oron L.G.A.

The meeting which was well attended by PDP stakeholders/elders agreed that come November 11, 2017 Uyaoro Ube for the first time in the history of democracy, should be given an opportunity to produce the councilor to represent the ward in Oron Local Government legislative council as enshrined in article 7, section 7.2 – sub section (C) of the constitution of the PDP2006 as amended.

Akwa Ibom at 30: Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Rep lauds celebration in Lagos

Akwa Ibom at 30: Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Rep lauds celebration in Lagos

The Special Representative to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State in Lagos, Mr. Samuel Bassey has given his blessings to the forthcoming Akwa Ibom International Fiesta- Lagos 2017 when he received members of the event’s central planning committee in the state’s Lagos Liaison office on Monday.

The team comprised of the duo of the event progenitor, Nelson NseAbasi and the Consultant Mr. Louis Alozie, who is also the Marketing Manager for the German Automobile giant Volks Wagen in Nigeria.

In his speech, Nelson briefed the Governor’s rep on the need to create event activities to mark the creation of Akwa Ibom State in Lagos. According to him, the number of Akwa Ibom people in Lagos out numbers those residing in Akwa Ibom, he also stated in line with the Dakkada and Amazing Akwa Ibom initiatives of the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration, the event seeks to harness the potentials of Akwa Ibom beyond oil, looking at Arts and Agriculture as a viable alternative.

Of two leaders …And some noisy followers BY NSIBIET JOHN

Of two leaders …And some noisy followers BY NSIBIET JOHN

We are living in perilous times. Times when some acclaimed supporters of certain interests have thrown decorum to the mud. Times when our leaders preached a direct opposite of what they practice and claim it is politics.

It is a reflection of the contents of their characters. Weeks preceding this, Akwa Ibom state has been hilarious and full of comics.

Supporters of different political interests have been up in arms against their perceived or real enemies. Online platforms especially facebook pages and whatsapp mechanisms have played host to some gilberish and insidious innuendoes published as news and or promotions for respective candidates and 2019 aspirants.

It appears none of these commentators are ready to call a spade a spade. They glory even in the abuse of government institutions. Whether State or federal. They appreciate the failure of their paymasters to accord respects to which respects are due. They seem to forget quite hastily that Udom Emmanuel and Nsima Ekere did not join politics through the door of insults on leaders but after they must have or in the present sense in the process of a successful exploits in their chosen careers.

Why we chose to audit activities of Le-Meridien Ibom Hotel - Governor Emmanuel

Why we chose to audit activities of Le-Meridien Ibom Hotel - Governor Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has warned that endless criticisms and propaganda will not derail him from completing the auditing of the accounts of the Le-Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf resort.

He said that the essence of any investment is profit, and as such it was expedient for the government to assess the gains and losses of the outfit having invested heavily on it for several years.

Governor Emmanuel who spoke over the weekend during the monthly  prayer meeting at Government House, Uyo said that the state took a logical decision of examining the return on investments after several years of putting up the hospitality outfit and making major investments in the outfit.

Governor Emmanuel said that the choice of a reputable audit firm, Price WaterHouse  Coopers, was out of the intention for a standard and transparent audit process, which will afford everyone knowledge of the gains or losses in the firm.

He said the intention of Marriot to abandon the resort simply because the auditing process has started, is unacceptable to the state government and holds no water.

Commissioner harps on tackling Maritime security challenges

Commissioner harps on tackling Maritime security challenges

BY NSEOBONG DAVID

The need to tackle maritime security challenges for socio-economic development of Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria in general has been stressed.

The Commissioner for Economic Development, Mr. Idorenyin Sunday Udoh made the point while playing hosts to the Commandant, members of Faculty of the Naval War College as well as participants of Course one who visited the Ministry as part of their research tour.

Mr. Udoh said that an overhaul of our national approaches to security issues was needful to tackle maritime insecurity in our part of the world.  He listed approaches which can be used in tackling the menace to include: educational enlightenment of our people at all levels about security matters, reviewing and strengthening legal procedures in security matters as well as investing in and promoting intelligence gathering and sharing in a variety of fields. 

The Economic Development boss expressed delight in the tour which he said offered the opportunity for engagement with stakeholders on the crucial matter of maritime security. He noted that the theme of the Study Tour which was: “Combating Maritime Security Challenges Towards Socio-Economic Development” was apt, since Akwa Ibom State possesses the longest coastline in the country with 129km and whose offshore oil activities produce the highest quantum of oil in the country.  

Wednesday, 23 August 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

Effort to reposition QIC youth fellowship underway …as Rev. Efanga inaugurates Hon. Uwem Etuk, Elder Udim Thomas, as patron/patronesses

Effort to reposition QIC youth fellowship underway …as Rev. Efanga inaugurates Hon. Uwem Etuk, Elder Udim Thomas, as patron/patronesses

The avowed commitment of the Chairman of Conference of Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria, Rev. Ekpedeme Moffat Efanga at repositioning the youth fellowship of the church, continue to receive the support of various stakeholders of the church, who are up beat in their pursuit of the vision and policies of the current leadership. 

The General Superintendent/Chairman of Conference Rev. Ekpedeme Efanga gave the charge at Qua Iboe church, 2 Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Uyo while officially inaugurating patron/patronesses of national youth fellowship at the weekend. 

Rev. Efanga charged the youth patron/patronesses to be selfless, as the task required of them was enormous, reminding them that they were chosen on consideration of capacity, experience, exposure and willingness to serve to serve, hence the need to deliver on the expectations of the church. 

The National Youth Fellowship President Obong Mboutidem Alexander in his address said persons of credible characters are selected as their backbone based on merit adding that as patron/patronesses was in recognition of their contributions to the youths’ development, social economic and humanity. 

Power supply improves in Uyo as Ibom Power MD marks one year in office

Power supply improves in Uyo as Ibom Power MD marks one year in office

Residents of Osongama, Ewet housing estate, Nwaniba, Shelter Afrique, Four-lane and Le Meridien Ibom Hotel axis have reported that they are experiencing improvements in power supply in their homes. 

Some of the residents who took to social media platform, Facebook to share their experience said they had between to 15hours to 18hours steady power supply daily.

“Nwaniba almost 15hours a day, I’m sure” a Facebook user, Kriss Ukpongposted. “I enjoy more than 18hours, even enjoy 24hrs uninterrupted power supply some days in my area” posted another Facebook user, Victorysylvanus Umoh.

Speaking on the development during the thanksgiving service held at Ibom power plant site in Ikot Abasi to mark his one year in office, the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company Limited Engr. MeyenEtukudo attributed the improvement in power supply to the newly completed and commissioned 2 x 15MVA, 33kV/11kV injection substation at four-lane in Uyo.

Akwa Ibom At 30: Indigenes in Lagos plan Grand Celebration

Akwa Ibom At 30: Indigenes in Lagos plan Grand Celebration

The central planning committee of Akwa Ibom International Fiesta- Lagos 2017 has released details of activities for the planned weekend of fun and extravaganza, to celebrate the creation of Akwa Ibom State  on September 23rd  30 years ago.

According to the release, with the theme ‘harnessing the potentials within’, Akwa Ibom International Fiesta- Lagos 2017 will create an enabling platform for thousands of Akwa Ibom people to gather in view of celebrating their state of origin, while showcasing the rich historical and cultural heritage of the state. 

The event is scheduled to hold at the historic FREEDOM PARK Lagos, featuring; Symposium, Cultural & Arts Exhibition, Orange Carnival, Food Tasting, Fashion Show and an ALL STAR Concert. Other Nigerians and foreigners will also turn out in numbers to savour the contents Akwa Ibom state boasts of.

Okuku Udousoro Inyang calls for unity …as Ibibios organize National summit


A first class Paramount ruler in Akwa Ibom state, HRM, Okuku Ime Udousoro Inyang has called on Ibibio, the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria to unite for the purpose of achieving progress and prosperity. 

HRM Inyang, an Ibibio who is the Paramount Ruler of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, stated this recently in a chat with newsmen at his palace. 
The Monarch who was responding to questions on the existence of parallel groups, all claiming to be the Apex traditional institutions for Ibibio people lamented the situation, saying that it would not augur well for Ibibio people, hence the need for a common resolution. 

Okuku Inyang stated that as a long standing traditional father in Ibibio land, nay Akwa Ibom state, he could speak authoritatively on the facts, problems and history of Ibibio and its people, as well as proffer solution towards a peaceful and prosperous Ibibio nation.

He said: “It is rather unfortunate that the situation has come to this extent. Yet it is not without a solution. The problem started when there were mere misunderstandings within the traditional rulership of Ibibio as a Nation. Most of us are quite aware of the history. We know the facts and we can as well proffer solution to the problems”.

Queen Mercy Atang donates food items, school materials to women and children

Queen Mercy Atang donates food items, school materials to women and children

The Akwa Ibom born Ms World International Classic, 2017 Queen Mercy Atang has donated school materials, wrappers and food items to the children and women of Eket LGA of Akwa Ibom State through her pet project, Ibom Smile Campaign. 

Presenting the items at Eket Local Government Council Hall recently, Queen Mercy Atang charged the recipients to make use of the items judiciously so as to enable them benefits more from the campaign. 

She thanked the people of Eket LGA and Akwa Ibom State at large for standing by her in prayers and support during the contest of Ms World International Classic in Florida, United States of America. 

Queen Mercy Atang who is a graduate of TAISAN University, Anambra State told her community leaders that God began to bless her pageantry when she contested and won the Face of Democracy, Southern Nigeria 2013 in Abuja and Miss Nigeria International Classic, 2015 in Lagos State, before moving onto contest at a global level. 

Akpabio restates commitment to quality Education

Queen Mercy Atang donates food items, school materials to women and children
In pursuit  of his commitment to the  sustainance of  qualitative education and sound   representation, the Senate Minority Leader,  Senator Godswill Akpabio, yesterday disbursed 27.4million Naira as scholarships and bursary grants to 274 students of tertiary institution across the country, from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.

The event, which held at the Independence Hall, Abak, with some critical stakeholders in attendance, featured presentation of one hundred thousand Naira cheques to beneficiaries who emerged successful in a highly competitive examination, as one of the packages in Senator Akpabio’s recently held senatorial briefing.

The Minority Leader lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for his avowed commitment to promoting education in the state, noting that through various interventions, the state chief executive has shown greater dedication to the  future of the state by investing in education, describing the financial support by the governor to recipients in the bursary category as exemplary.

Senator Akpabio announced that people of the district were satisfied with the several projects and programmes of the current state administration, promising that Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District will in 2019 vote for his return to the hilltop, in appreciation of his numerous sacrifices in making lives better for people of the state.

Hon. Monday Eyo, welcomes Samuel Effanga back to PDP

Hon. Monday Eyo, welcomes Samuel Effanga back to PDP

BY ANIEBIET ANTIA 

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership continues to expand, another decampee, the former commissioner for science and technology, Mr. Samuel Effanga has returned fully to the party according to his public declaration.

In reaction to this development, the member representing Uyo State constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House Of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon has expressed his goodwill and heartfelt congratulations to him for taking the laudable decision to return to the peoples oriented party.

 Hon. Monday Eyo said with the internal reconciliation of factions in the party and the open hands extended to decampees, the PDP has again proven to be a party with large heart and always willing to accommodate people who have come to the realization that PDP remains the only truly National Party with vision to move Nigeria to greater level.