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Governor Emmanuel is very strategic in his investment approach- High Commissioner Trinidad and Tobago
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago HE, Wendell Vincent Carlton De Landro has expressed pleasant surprise at the large scale development on going in the state under Governor Udom Emmanuel. He said “ I am pleasantly surprised at the extent of work going on all over the state. I have visited the ongoing terminal building, the greenhouses both at the airport, the 21 storey Dakkada Towers, the flour mill, the syringe factory and the coconut pressing factory and I’m amazed. Governor Emmanuel is very strategic in his investment approach.”
The High Commissioner was taken on the tour by a state government team led by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang assisted by Honourable Commissioners for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, Special Duties, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, Culture &Tourism, Orman Esin and Information & Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong.
Mr.Landro intimated that he has identified many areas of possible collaboration between his country and Akwa Ibom state, which he intends to explore during his discussions with Governor Emmanuel.
Upon return from the tour, the High Commissioner was received by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel in Government House, where they had extensive deliberations on areas of investment collaboration.
Before his departure from government house, the High Commissioner thanked the Governor for the excellent hospitality extended to him during his stay, commending the facilities at the Ibom hotels and golf resort, promising to return soon to play golf there.
Akwa Ibom Government to Align with Local Content in Development of Ibom Deep SeaPort project.
The Akwa Ibom State Government has emphasized that local content will be strictly adhered to in the construction process of the Ibom Deep Seaport.
The Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr. Akan Okon reechoed this when members of Nigeria Dredgers Association paid him a courtesy visit in his office today, Thursday.
Mr. Okon who asserted that Akwa Ibom State has a lot in relation to local content, assured that opportunities would be given to willing Nigerians to contribute to the realization of the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
He reminded citizens of Akwa Ibom of the need to upgrade themselves in various skills that will be relevant during the construction process of the port in order to stand the chance of being incorporated into the various available opportunities.
The Economic Development Commissioner noted that upon completion, the sea port will not only add value to the maritime sector, but will also be of immense benefit to the entire country.
Mr Okon expressed optimism that the final approval for the kick off of the project will be gotten soon, saying that the project is at the last stage of approval.
Mr. Akan Okon lauded the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for creating an enabling environment for industries to thrive and ensuring that the sea port project is actualised.
He assured the dregers of full inclusion in the construction process of the port.
Speaking on behalf of the Dregers Association, the Chairman, Engr. Fortune Baridoma, explained that the Association is made up of season engineers from various fields of engineering who have come together to contribute their wealth of experiences towards the actualisation of the Ibom
Deep Seaport project.
Engr. Baridoma commended the Akwa Ibom State Government for initiating the port project which will create employment opportunities for both indigenes and residents of the State as well as increase revenue of the country.
He pledged members support to the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport.
Ibom Deep Seaport Has Met Standard Requirements, Says Ministerial Committe
The Ministerial Project Development and Steering Committee (MPDSC), has commended the Akwa Ibom State Government for compliance with all the requirements needed for the establishment of the Ibom Deep Seaport.
The Chairman of the committee, A.D Suleiman gave the commendation during a meeting with members of the Akwa Ibom State Technical Working Committee for the realization of the Ibom Deep Seaport at Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo.
The chairman explained that the purpose of the meeting was to update members on the progress so far achieved for the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
He said one key factor that necessitated the meeting was to provide an avenue for the adoption of the updated Full Business Case for unward submission to the Federal Executive Council.
Mr Suleiman expressed gratitude to the Akwa Ibom State Government for the level of commitment shown towards the actualisation of the port, assuring that the project will soon receive final approval from the Federal Government for commencement of operations.
On his part, the Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr. Chidi Izuwah, opined that, with the level of success recorded by the Akwa Ibom State Technical Working Committee on the realization of the Ibom Deep Seaport, it is time to break grounds for take off of the project.
He urged the committee to be target driven in order to achieve the task
The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Technical Committee on the realization of Ibom Deep Seaport, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, affirmed that with the support received from Infrastructural Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria Port Authority(NPA) and the Federal Ministry of Transportation(FMOT), the Committee has been able to go through all the internationally accepted procurement processes that will lead to the actualisation of the port.
“We have also completed works in the Full Business Case, a part of why we convened today with the Federal Ministry of Finance, ICRC, NPA, and the FMOT, was to agree on work-plan between now and end of first quarter of the year, 2020 so we can have final approval from the Federal Government on the project which is the Full Business Case”. She opined.
Mrs. Usoro disclosed that “the Committee had carefully followed the Federal Government laid down procedures for port development and the process has earned the State a reputable and biggest terminal operator in Africa with the Bollore Power China Consortium as the preferred bidder”.
While thanking the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for putting everything in place for the implementation of the project, the Chairman assured Akwa Ibom indigenes especially host communities that they will be carried along at every stage of development.
She emphasized the need for them to acquire and upgrade themselves in the requisite skills that would be needed during construction and operations of the port.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr. Akan Okon, also applauded Governor Emmanuel for his passion in developing the State.
He also thanked members of the committees for the efforts put towards the actualisation of the Seaport project.
Mr. Okon asserted that upon actualisation, the port will create lots of employment opportunities for the teeming youths as well as increase revenue for both the Federal and State Government.
Governor Emmanuel Sues For Stronger Collaboration From ExxonMobil
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has sued for a more mutually beneficial relationship between ExxonMobil, the host communities and the state government.
Governor Emmanuel during a tripartite meeting between the state government, management of Mobil Producing Nigeria and leaders of host communities at Qua Iboe terminal, Ibeno local government area, on Tuesday 21st January stressed the need for the company to strengthen its relationship with her publics.
The Governor said his visit to the company was aimed to strengthen such corporate relationship and chart a course for more involvement of stakeholders in community projects initiated by the oil giant.
Hear him, “my visit here is a means of interaction, collaboration and partnership that we need one another. The government needs ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil also needs government; that’s the essence of the visit. It is that essence of collaboration that made this meeting possible.”
“We have decided that we will see a way to have that cordial working relationship between not just government and ExxonMobil including the host community as well and even the staff, so we look at the welfare of everybody”.
“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the executive and management of ExxonMobil led by the CEO, and also thank the host communities for their peaceful co-existence with ExxonMobil in the past three years; we expect a lot more”.
The Governor who was taken around on a facility tour of the company, expressed satisfaction over the level of maintenance of facilities at the terminal and encouraged the company to keep up.
Earlier, the Chairman/Managing Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited(MPN), Mr. Paul McGrath thanked the governor for the visit and for initiating the interaction between the management of the company, the state government and the host communities.
He said the meeting has been long wished as a good start-off for the company and its host communities for the year 2020.
Also speaking, the Senior Manager, Security External Relations of the company, Mr. Ide Owodiong-Idemeko thanked Governor Emmanuel for providing an enabling environment for the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to operate, adding that the peace and security maintained has been a great boost to the company’s success and advocated for dialogue in settlement of dispute that may arise between the company and the host communities.
Highlight of the meeting was power point presentation of oil and gas operations of MPN and facility tour.
Among those present at the meeting were, Mr. Udom Inoyo, Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil companies in Nigeria; Paramount ruler of Ibeno, HRH Owong Effiong Achianga; chairman of ALGON Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Frank Archibong.
Governor Emmanuel doles out grants to A’Ibom Law Students
Governor Udom Emmanuel Tuesday doled out grant to students of Akwa Ibom State studying at the Nigerian Law Schools across the country.
Presenting the Cheques to the 43 beneficiaries on behalf of the Governor, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien charged them to be good ambassadors of the State as government expects them to perform exceedingly well and to make the State proud.
He congratulated them for the successful completion of their first degree from their respective Universities and challenged them to bear in mind that adequate training was needed to make them stand out and add value to the judiciary arm of government.
“Recent happenings in our election tribunal is an eye opener to the fact that the legal profession needs a lot of fixing up. As lawyers, prosecutors, advocates and solicitors in training, we urge you to be determined to make a difference on graduation to make our State, our country, a land where justice and equity reign.
“As a lawyer, you have a big role to play to promote the rule of law and enforce the human right and the dignity of man” he said
He described the government of Mr. Udom Emmanuel as a student friendly one, maintaining that the grants given to the students is a true testimony to this fact.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Helen Ante thanked the Governor for being caring and responsible father and urged the students to be good ambassadors of the State.
Mrs Eme Okodi, Executive Secretary State Scholarship Board extolled the Governor for graciously approving the grants after a request was made to him and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity.
In his response, The President of Akwa Ibom State Association of Law School Students, Comrade Nsukile Abraham expressed gratitude to the Governor for fulfilling his promise to the body while thanking the Commissioner, Prof. Nse Essien for being the instrument through which the promise was fulfilled.
Completion Agenda will change the fortunes of rural and riverine communities –Info Commissioner
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Sir. Charles Udoh, has assured that the Completion Agenda of the state government will change the fortunes of people in the rural and riverine communities that have long been neglected.
According to the Information Boss who spoke with journalists recently in his office, said the Rural and Riverine Development component of the Completion Agenda was designed to address the needs of people in those communities because they require urgent attention.
Sir Udoh explained that the government’s approach to changing the fortunes of people in the rural and riverine communities would start with the development of water transportation as well as provision of critical infrastructure to open up those areas for economic activities to begin to thrive.
He explained that development of water and riverine transportion was part of government’s overall plan to provide alternative routes in and out of the state, considering that the administration met most roads in rural areas in a state of disrepair at its inception in 2015.
According to him, “creating alternative routes will ensure that the planned economic programmes of government are not derailed”, adding that enhancing the economic agenda of the administration also accounted for government’s decision to establish Ibom Air to provide easy air access to the state.
He regretted that because of many years of neglect and absence of the required infrastructure, people in rural and riverine communities, especially fishing communities, were unable to make meaningful profits from their business activities, noting that off takers took advantage of the desperation by fishermen to dispose of their fishes to offer prices that did not leave much in profit to the fishermen.
The commissioner further explained that part of the rural and riverine development programme was to provide the kind of infrastructure that would present fishermen with two alternatives, namely, preservation of their catch in frozen form and drying them. This, he explained, would allow them enough time to sell the fishes at prices that would allow them change their boats and fishing nets when necessary and also enhance their standard of living.
Sir Udoh revealed that government would take advantage of the 129 kilometer coastline of Akwa Ibom State, the longest in the country, to create opportunities for the establishment of various industries that would tap the enormous potential in the area.
He listed some of the projects being planned by the government for the communities to include electrification, development of marine fisheries and fish farm projects, procurement and establishment of seafood processing facilities that would target domestic and export markets, as well as fish production.
Charles Udoh reiterated Governor Udom Emmanuel’s dream of seeing rural and riverine areas develop to the same standard with other parts of the state by the time he completes his eight-years tenure in 2023.
32nd Anniversary Speech by His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel
Cultism: Governor Emmanuel Reads Riot Act to Uniuyo Community
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emanuel has charged students of the University of Uyo to uphold discipline and high academic standard in which the institution is noted for, assuring that his administration is committed to the provision of conducive learning environment as well as ensuring the security of lives and property within the academic community.
Governor Udom Emmanuel stated this when he led some members of the state Executive Council and other top government functionaries to worship at the Town Campus of the Victory Chapel, University of Uyo.
Mr Emmanuel decried the prevailing moral decadence in academic institutions and questioned the rationale behind students indulgence in cultism and other vices, explaining that cultism does not guarantee a meal ticket but self destruction .
Hear him: “if any one has come to deceive you that being enlisted in a cult group is the gate way to achieving success in your endeavour, I’m telling you today that it’s false . You are actually moving yourself into condemnation”.
He advised the students to work hard to ensure a good future for themselves and justify the investment of their parents on their education, warning that the ban on cultism in the state is in force and that government would not hesitate to clampdown on erring students .
“…don’t think government will not get at you, I assure you that I will do everything within my power to make sure that I protect the life of the residents and citizens in the state. I’ve signed the law banishing cultism in this state .The day you’re caught, no body will intervene for you and that will be the end of your educational pursuits”, he stated.
Mr Emmanuel noted that students who indulge in crinminal activities while on campuses risk bringing down the wrath of God upon themselves and particularly congratulated the Vice chancellor and management of the institution for their commitment to upholding academic excellence.
He condemned in strong terms Lecturers who are members of cult groups and wondered the legacy they are bequeathing the younger generation as mentors , saying that God entrusted the youngsters into their hands for them to mold them to become useful citizens.
” if you are a Lecturer you should be a mentor but if at night you find yourself in a ravine with your own students in the name of cultism what are you mentoring the students to become. A day will come when God will demand an account of how you mentor the students in care”.
He reiterated the determination of his administration to take the state to another realm of economic development for the prosperity of the younger generation and carpet naysayers who criticise activities of government, saying “herein after the critics will come to full realisation of the gains of the programmes of this administration” .
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Enefiok Essien expressed gratitude to the Governor for being a father and thanked him for the advice given to members of the university community.
Earlier in his message, the Chaplain, Rev. Dr Iniobong Udoh who preached on the theme “When the Men are absent” taken from 1st Samuel chapter 30 verses 1 through 10, called on all to acknowledge God in all their dealings and to refrain from all acts of sin to attract more divine blessings.
The Governor was accompanied to the church by the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien, members of the state Executive Council, Board Chairmen and Permanent Secretaries.
Present at the service which climaxed with the presentation of a souvenir to the Governor by the Chaplain, Rev. Iniobong Udoh were the Vice Chancellor, Professor Enefiok Essien and other officials including the Provost School of Health Sciences, Professor Augustine Umoh and Dean of Student Affairs, Dr Aniekan Brown.
Shun Cultism and Drugs, Governor’s Wife Tells Akwa Ibom Students
The First Lady of Akwa Ibom state and founder of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path initiative (FEYReP), has cautioned male students of secondary schools across the state against destroying themselves by involving in cultism, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity and rape.
She said the future of the family and the state would be bleak unless concerted efforts are made on social evils in the society to save the boy-child.
Mrs. Emmanuel gave the warning Thursday, during the inauguration of the Boy-child project of her pet-project tagged: “BRIGHT FUTURE FOR RESPONSIBLE BOYS” which held at Ibom Hall, Uyo.
In her words, “the family unit is the greatest gift from God to humanity,hence, neglecting the needs of the boy and girl child will be failing the society and God.”
Mrs. Emmanuel further stated that her desire to look into issues relating the boy-child was “borne out of the need to protect the boy-child from the harmful forces of the society.”
She noted that it was pertinent to balance the efforts of her pet project regarding the welfare of the girl-child, by sanitizing and bringing the the boy-child to a place of ample awareness and confidence to excel to greater heights.
“Having taken time to educate the girl-child in recent times, I thought it would be wise to follow suit for the boys in order to achieve the desired results.” Said Emmanuel.
While acknowledging that the joy of every parent is to see his/her child live responsibly and grow into successful adult, the FEYReP boss assured that she will continue to use her voice to engage in conversations that would better the lots of families in the state.
Seasoned resource persons such as the State Commander of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mohammed Sokoto, Pastor Ezekiel Attang of God’s House of Refuge Church, Uyo, Pastor Runcy Mike of the Evening Church, among others were on hand to take the students through special topics like “Consequences of Drugs/ Substances Abuse and Addiction”, “Cultism: Deception / Enticement and Gender Identity” and “Sexual Orientation”.
There were also goodwill messages from political office holders and youth stakeholders, who expressed appreciation to the governor’s wife for the first of its kind project, saying the initiative is timely and apt and as well as pledged their support to further the advocacy.
18th July 2019.
2018 Easter Broadcast By His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor, Akwa Ibom State
BEING THE TEXT OF BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR. UDOM EMMANUEL, GOVERNOR, AKWA IBOM STATE ON THE OCCASION OF EASTER CELEBRATIONS, 2018
Two thousand years ago, an innocent, sinless and righteous man offered himself as a sacrifice for all man-kind, including his enemies, and became the ransom for the world. Today, as we join the world to celebrate this amazing and defining story of selfless love, hope, and renewal, my wife, Her Excellency, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel and I share the joy of Easter with all Akwa Ibomites and residents of Akwa Ibom State.
It is my firm belief that as we celebrate God’s greatest gift to mankind through the sacrifice of His Son, we as a people must recommit ourselves to building the walls of our State with the bricks and mortars of love. Let us celebrate this Easter with the firm conviction to serve a purpose that is higher and greater than ourselves.
Christianity did not come to us on a silver platter; it came at the hands of stomach-turning torture and harrowing moments of extreme stress and strain. It came at the hands of the most painful form of public execution ever devised by man, and the worst betrayal of a righteous man by an entire nation including those he healed. But while the disciples were in mourning and women came to embalm his body, God turned their mourning into dancing with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Let the lesson go forth to all Akwa Ibom people that, we will never abandon ourselves to despair. That same Spirit which quickened Jesus from death to resurrection is moving in this blessed State and quickening our march to greatness.
And so, my fellow compatriots as we celebrate His resurrection and ascension, let us ask ourselves this simple but profound question: Can we serve a cause that is higher than OUR immediate gains like our Saviour did? Do we show love to one another? Do we wish our fellow compatriots well in their undertakings, irrespective of their political leanings? Do we care for the poor, the infirmed, and the downtrodden and give our little so these people may have a reason and a cause to hope and dream?
Do we love our State, our Leaders, our institutions, and respect our common values and the things that define us as people? Have we come to that point where we collectively say to ourselves: Akwa Ibom is our dear State, and I will sacrifice all that I can, to make her a proud land of great people united by shared values and aspirations? As you ponder over these questions, let us remind ourselves that sacrifice has one underpinning attribute, and that is love.
The reason for this season, therefore, is that we should show love to one another irrespective of our cultural or political leanings. We should not allow political differences come between our bonds of brotherhood. Let us be reminded, as I have always said, that politics will come and politics will go, but our common essence will remain an enduring attribute of our shared identity.
In this season of love, let us reach out even to those who, like the muckraker in the masterpiece, The Pilgrims Progress, could not look up or around them to see the blessings of our State, but instead dwell on pulling down their brothers and sisters. The late Myles Munroe stated that there are three categories of persons in the world: those who make things happen; those who talk about what is happening; and those who do not know what is happening. We call on all Akwaibomites to join us and make things happen. But if you chose to remain in the category of those who talk, please season your communication with honesty of purpose, integrity of heart and the salt of righteousness.
You entrusted me with this office to make things happen and my commitment to that task is total, irrevocable and uncompromising. We came, with love, to lay a future for posterity, and provide our people with the best infrastructural amenities possible. We came with love to ensure that our education remains free and qualitative; to boost our healthcare delivery; to rapidly industrialize this State and create wealth and job opportunities; to challenge and galvanize our youths with fresh ideas and tools to make them productive citizens. These are the cardinal points of my Governance Agenda and from this we would neither retreat nor surrender.
We are running with this vision. Industrialization is a process; it takes time for all the components to come together. But the cheery news is that we are delivering on our campaign promises. Therefore misguided posturing and propaganda by certain individuals with muck rakes will not deter us. If any tries to deceive you with wicked propaganda, tell them Akwa Ibom is marching on.
All over the world, megaprojects take longer to come to fruition, but the foundation must be laid for them to eventually blossom and flourish. It is like planting a palm tree. This is an unchangeable and unvarnished fact. Delay in project implementation is not denial, but a process. We are not playing politics with development; those who do this in their campaign of calumny betray their minds for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Tell them Akwa Ibom is marching on.
My fellow Akwaibomites let us be proud of our achievements. While most States cannot pay the salaries and pensions of their workers, we pay as and when due. While most States are not executing capital projects; our entire landscape, across the three senatorial districts, has become a construction site.
Our road projects are opening up the hidden treasures of our State. Consider the internal roads we are doing in Ewet Housing Extension and Shelter Afrique. Consider the over 1700 kilometres of road with 35 bridges spread all over the State, these are not just regular routes, these are enduring, durable and economically viable roads. Good roads are the engines of economic activities. My compatriots, I am laying a solid foundation for tomorrow. And our State is marching on.
My dear Akwaibomites, most States don’t set aside 600 million Naira to pay WAEC fees for their citizens. This responsibility belongs to the parents. But because we want to create a level playing field for equal opportunity to our children, I make this amount available yearly for our dear children. Think about what this means to those parents who may not have the means to pay these fees for their wards. We don’t just provide free education; we provide opportunity for all our children to rise to the faith of their greatness.
Last month, I gave out interest free loans to our traders, elsewhere, this is not done. But because I preach sustainable development, development that is not just about today, but conserving what we have for better use in the future, we have provided these soft loans to our traders, and from the testimonies they have given, they have expanded their businesses. Our developmental plans are geared towards things that connect us to the needs of today while planning for tomorrow. That is why this State is marching on and the gates of propaganda cannot prevail.
We have diversified our economy and put accent on agriculture. We are cultivating over 16,000 hectares of land under the FADAMA III scheme, our vegetable Green House is helping us produce best-in-class tomatoes, our farmers are busy at work in the rice fields in Ini, over 600,000 thousand bags of fertilizers have been distributed to farmers across to the State to ensure higher yield of their crops; our Dakkada garri ensures that this staple food remains affordable. We are doing everything thing possible to put food on the table of our people and our State is sure marching on!
We have refurbished our hospitals in line with our determination to improve the healthcare services especially at secondary level. Etinan Hospital, the General Hospital at Ituk Mbang, also at Ikot Okoro, the General Hospital at Ikono, all have been remodelled and provided with some of the equipment that can compete with the best in the world. Added to this, my wife, Her Excellency, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, through FEYReP, has sponsored the screening of over 15,0000 people for eye ailments, high blood pressure and diabetes. FEYReP has educated our people on changing their lifestyles in order to reduce the spread of these deadly diseases. Our 25 containers having State of the art medical supplies had arrived and are currently in use. Efforts are in top gear to get the Ibom Specialist Hospital To take-off full steam. Last month, I inspected the dialysis machines at the Hospital as well as the ambulances. We are investing in our health and wellness, and Akwa Ibom is marching on.
We are building a befitting International Worship Centre. This State is a wholly Christian State. If anyone tells you we don’t deserve a worship centre as we have in other States, tell them they should not use God’s name to play politics.
We are committed to our industrialization program. The Syringe Manufacturing Company, the Metering Solutions Company, the tooth pick and pencil making company are in operation.Our fertilizer blending company, flour mills, and the plastic making company will spring up soon. We are building a State where posterity will look back to this time and say this was the golden era of our history.
Once again we appreciate the love and cooperation of all Akwa Ibomites. We should be thankful to God for providing us with a leadership that is selfless, Christ-centric and people-centric.
Our achievements have been noted and applauded throughout the whole nation. The Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA) the official mouthpiece of the ruling party, throwing partisan politics aside and celebrating success, recently honoured me with the Integrity and Service Award. The event took place inside Aso Rock and the presentation was made by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha. That award I dedicate to all Akwa Ibomites. This is what our country needs – people and institutions that rise above political leanings to celebrate the best in us. It is noteworthy that I was the only PDP Governor so honoured. When Senator Babafemi Ojodu, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters devoted a whopping 32 pages of the President’s Mid-Term Report praising our administration for our spectacular performance, he was stating the facts. This State is marching on and we should be proud of ourselves.
When I was voted the Best Sports Governor, 2017, the reason they gave me that award was because of our visible and fruitful investments in sports and youth development. Through our massive support and the creation of an enabling environment, our Super Eagles qualified for World Cup, Russia 2018 with a game remaining. Our commitment to sports development is total and it is our hope and dream that in no distant time, our State will become the sports capital of Nigeria.
Let me end this broadcast by again appealing to my fellow citizens to keep the peace. As the political season dawns on us, let us play politics with a human face, let us not see and regard politics as blood sport; we have enjoyed peace in this State and my recent proscription of cult groups in the State is geared towards deepening this peace and addressing security concerns that may have occurred in one or two spots. There is no political office that should cause the spillage of blood; no ambition should cause us to shed the blood of our dear citizens.
In this season of love we reach out to the communities where some misguided youths have disturbed the public peace, and tell them that we stand by them. Those who are still involved in this criminality should lay down their arms. They should know that you can run but you cannot hide. Iso Akpa Afid could not hide. We will either bring you to justice or take justice to you.
We remain committed to fulfilling the major requirement of the Social Contract which is the protection of lives and property. We will not abdicate this sacred responsibility.We will release and deploy the appropriate sanction against those who cause the disruption of public peace. Akwa Ibom State must remain safe and secure for investment and development, and as long as I remain your Governor, this is an article of faith.
Easter is about sacrifice, about love and peace. May the peace of the Risen Christ be with us all, in Jesus Name. With the Risen Christ, Akwa Ibom Edakkada, Ami mme dakkanda!
God bless our State, God bless us all and happy Easter to you all!
Abak 5 Endorses Gov Emmanuel For Second Term, Honours Martha
Abak five was agog with euphoria as Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and wife, Martha, were honoured in a grand reception and endorsed for continuation in office beyond 2019.
The mega rally and reception, which was organized by youths of the five Local Government Areas (Abak 5), created from the old Abak division, comprising Etim Ekpo, Oruk Anam, Ukanafun, Abak and Ika L.G.As, held at Abak Township Stadium, Abak.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, the elated Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the people for the honour and support, announcing an electricity pioneer scheme that would ensure uninterrupted electricity to a minimum of two L.G.As in the region as well as boost the functionality of the proposed industrial estate in Abak.
His words, “I am going to make sure that by May 29, this year, we are going to launch an electricity pioneer scheme to ensure that minimum of two Local Government Areas in Abak 5 would enjoy steady light and enable the proposed industrial estate in Abak to function properly”.
The Governor remarked that his administration’s focus on educational development was to ensure a stable future for the youths, stressing that education holds the key to achieving success in life.
According to him, “my target now is for Akwa Ibom to produce to Nigeria, the best student in the next WAEC examination and make sure our youths become captains of industries in the nearest future. We need to groom our young people for excellence”.
He announced that arrangement has been concluded for the establishment of a technical institution to be located between Mkpat Enin and Oruk Anam Local Government to offer technical training for the youths, assuring that the school would commence academic activities before the end of this year.
Emmanuel reteirated his commitment to the establishment of the first bamboo fibre factory in Africa, mentioning that the Vice President has expressed eagerness to inaugurate the project, which would be sited in the Old Abak 5 division, later in the year.
He assured that efforts are in top gear for the completion and inauguration of Ukanafun General Hospital, adding, “In the meantime, I promise you that in the next three months, the hospital in Ikot Okoro, would be fully functional”.
The State Chief Executive said his administration was consolidating on the developmental achievements of his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, explaining that the infrastructural development witnessed in the state, was to sustain the industrialization drive of his administration.
Wife of the Governor, Martha, who hails from the region, was full of appreciation to her kindred, assuring of more developmental projects in the area, saying, “what your inlaw, the Governor, did within the last three years, was only a tip of the iceberg, I promise you, he will do more”.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, also a native of Abak, described the Governor as a highly detribalised individual, stating that the Annang nation was happy to identify with the achievements of his administration.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barrister Onofiok Luke, said the large turnout of people at the event, was an indication of the wide acceptance of the Governor in the senatorial district, expressing hope for continuous endorsement of the Governor across the state.
Barrister Luke, who was represented by the House member for Oruk Anam State Constituency and House Leader of the State Assembly, Sir Udo Kierian, said he was proud of the Governor’s superlative leadership, noting with delight, his efforts at sustaining peace and security in the state and pledged support to ensure that normalcy was restored in the few communities with security issues.
He maintained that the massive development in Akwa Ibom, was the result of the cooperation existing between the Legislature and the Executive Arm of Government, assuring of continuous cooperation for the overall wellbeing of the state.
In his goodwill message, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said his presence at the event was to witness the unprecedented crowd who thronged the venue to appreciate God’s benevolence in the state through the Governor, thanking the people for using the occasion to endorse him for a second term in the red chamber.
Senator Akpabio, who is representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District at the red chamber, remarked that his constituency projects were aimed at complementing the efforts of the Governor, rolling out some of the projects he undertook and expressed confidence in the re-election of Governor Emmanuel, come 2019.
Earlier, the Chairman on the occasion and National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, said the reception was a tradition of the people of Abak 5 to honour one of their own in positions of leadership.
Barr. Enoidem, who described the Governor as a worthy inlaw, stated that the rally was organized to celebrate the Governor and wife for their contributions in brightening the the landscape of the sate and Abak 5, in particular.
He said, “You have brightened the landscape of Akwa Ibom State, you have shown capacity, ability and uniqueness. You have united Akwa Ibom State and shown that it is possible for a successor to work smoothly with a predecessor. That is why we are celebrating you today, together with the pride of annang land, your wife”.
While commending the developmental strides of the Governor in the state, the former commissioner said that the people were delighted at the Governor’s zeal at implementing the five point agenda of his administration, assuring of victory in the Governor’s re-election in 2019 with voting strength of over 300, 000 registered voters in Abak 5.
In their separate goodwill messages, DIG Udom Ekpoudom(Rtd), a former Federal Minister, Chief Senas Ukpanah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Co-operative and Rural Development, Mrs. Ekemini Umoh and President, Abak Division Youth Movement, Prince Akpan Ikim, expressed appreciation for the Governor’s good deeds in the area and pledged the unalloyed support of the people of Abak 5, for the continuation of the present administration to enable the completion of its developmental agenda for the state.
The mega rally which attracted top government functionaries across the state, traditional rulers, clerics, socio – cultural organizations, women and youth groups, also featured massive defection of members of the opposition party in the state, to the ruling party, PDP, notable among them was the former Director General of the party’s campaign organization in the state, Obong Sunny Udom.
Stakeholders and youths of Abak 5, also presented symbolic items, such as staff, sword and Bible, to the Governor while the women showered the first lady with numerous food items.
Highpoint of the event was the formal reception and endorsement of Governor Emmanuel and wife as well as the Senator Akpabio, for continuation in office, come 2019.
Taking Sports Development To New Heights
The Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival 2018 was ecstatic to the young and nostalgic to the old. Being a second edition, it corrected obvious lapses of the first and consolidated on the gains that edition recorded. The event therefore achieved great feats that has again placed the State firmly on national and continental sports map.
Governance is in every sense omnibus. It takes a leader with insight to discern and identify areas of engagement where the people can usefully apply themselves. When the Udom administration came into being, it opted for a holistic approach with emphasis on areas that would not only engage but would also build the youths, as the slogan goes, and provide them with a secured future.
One of the areas identified by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State is sports. But the governor also appreciates the fact that in Sports, investment is directly proportional to output. He has therefore not only shown a willingness to encourage sports, he has also demonstrated remarkable zeal to invest in both sport infrastructure and people who have inclination and talents for the games of sports.
Quite early in his administration, he demonstrated his passion for sports development when he built a novel sports centre at West Itam Secondary School in Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency and pledged to replicate same in all the remaining federal constituencies in the State. His projection is that the 10 Federal Constituencies must be availed with same facilities to give equal opportunity for the development of talents from all the Constituencies. That vision is progressively enjoying realization as in the instance of Eket Federal Constituency which would soon unveil and ultra modern sports centre with state-of-the-art facilities.
Governor Emmanuel believes that the difference between accomplished celebrities in sports and others is exposure to facilities. With this understanding, he spares no breath in his support for sports. His vision, which he has declared at different fora is to ensure that the national team would be incomplete without Akwa Ibom children. Sounding confident and ambitious, Emmanuel avowed that in no distant future, the national teams of male and female would always have at least five Akwa Ibom sons and daughters respectively. That is where the Most Sports Supporting Governor in Nigeria is taking the State of Akwa Ibom to.
Being a man who walks the talk, he commenced his yearning for sports development with an all out support for Akwa United FC which hitherto was struggling at the bottom of the national league and oftentimes threatened with relegation. Governor Emmanuel’s support and encouragement changed the fortunes of the once drudgery team. For the first time in its existence and even that of clubs from the axis of Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, in the almost 60 years of FA Cup, Akwa United FC clinched the cup in 2015 and repeated the feat in 2017. The Chairman of the Club, Elder Paul Bassey attributes the successes recorded by Akwa United FC to Governor Emmanuel’s financial and moral support. He said that the governor has given the Club the needed wings to fly. Currently, Akwa United FC is representing the country in a continental fiesta and is giving a good account of itself.
Apart from building sports facilities, reinvigorating Akwa United FC, extending support to sports through encouragement and funding, Governor Emmanuel’s rejuvenation of the School Sports Festival would go down as one of the most ingenuous and result oriented sports policy enunciated in the State. The Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival is a multi-prong project that is comprehensive in scope and scale as well as reach. It is open to Primary and Secondary Schools in all the 31 local government areas of the State. And so it covers a broad scope, large in scale and is far reaching. It is a platform for the discovery of talents while young with the advantage of a longer duration of engagement. It is also an opportunity for the identification and expression of those latent talents that were hitherto unknown in the children and youths. The reinvention of the sport festival has come to provide the opportunity for young people to appraise themselves to see what talent they can take to the market place and excel. suffice it to say that Akwa Ibom children are maximizing the opportunity as those talents are coming to the fore preparatory to attracting income. Example is Aniekeme who was discovered recently and who is currently undergoing training in the United States. She is already soaring with every likelihood to become a national phenomenon soon.
The Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival which returned in 2017 after decades of abeyance if sustained would turn the State into the sports capital of Nigeria. Infrastructure and talents are capable of translating this vision. The first edition of the youth sports festival which debuted in 2017 gave the State a leapfrog in national competition that followed with her clinching a second position in the national fiesta. The Akwa Ibom athletes defeated their counterparts from highly rated States to achieve that feat giving the first edition of the festival a place in the sports history of the State. In that first edition, Oruk-Anam Local Government Area topped the medal table.
In that edition, the Minister for Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung who attended the event himself made prophetic avowals about the place of the State in the nation’s sport calendar. He described the State as a model in Sports development hinting that Akwa Ibom is Nigeria’s hope for athletes in 2020 Olympics. In the second edition of the youth sports festival in the State, the minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Esther Aluko spoke in the same vein, describing the event as the State’s Olympic game. She said as grassroots sports, the competition is an opportunity for youths to showcase their talents. The representative of the minister said that with what she was witnessing, Akwa Ibom is already on its way to sports excellence adding that the programme is germane to identifying talents. She advised participants to put in their best, remain disciplined and demonstrate team spirit to enable them ascend heights in sports.
The competition which had 26 sporting activities for the secondary school cadre, 13 for primary school level and 12,000 participants across the 31 local government areas seems purposed to meet Governor Emmanuel’s ambitious goals. According to him, in the next 6 years, Akwa Ibom should produce between 5 and 6 players for the national team. He also pledged that Akwa Ibom would not rest until it produces the Serena Williams, the Usain Bolts, the Ronaldos and the Messis of this world. Being a man who pushes his desires beyond rhetorics, it is just a matter of time before we begin to see the manifestations of this lofty vision.
Sport Festival was conceived in 1973 by the Federal Governor post the civil war as a unifying tool across ethnic divides. The 39 year old competition even though irregular had once achieved its objective. States also tried to replicate same to forge a strong social cohesion across the ethnic groups extant in such States. The competition therefore achieved both the prospecting of talents and forging of unity. The defunct Bendel State maximized youth sports festival to produce national icon in sports and football. Governor Emmanuel is travelling that road with determined gait and renewed vigour to take the State to that limelight in sports and football where it would rightly be referred to as the Sports capital of Nigeria.
Joe Iniodu is a public affairs analyst
Governor Emmanuel To Engage New Admin Consultants In Ibom Specialist Hospital
Ndifreke P. Akpan (Govt House)
A new specialist who understands hospital administration, hospital records system and hospital ICT systems will soon be engaged to manage the affairs of the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel disclosed this to journalists shortly after inspecting the new dialysis unit and other equipments at the modern quaternary health center.
He said the duty of administering a quaternary center required specialized training, lamenting that the former management’s capability was questionable, hence the downward fortune in the hospital under their watch.
“We cannot put up this kind of facilities and give it to anybody to run. We want to bring people who are experts. These are people who are real hospital administrators. I don’t intend to go and bring a cardiologist and turn him to a hospital administrator overnight.”
He maintained that he was undaunted by the blackmail peddled by the former consultants in a section of the media, as he was committed to doing the right thing at every point in time irrespective of propaganda.
Governor Emmanuel said he is expecting some consultants on the 19th and 20th of this month from United States of America, saying they are proven experts that have actually gone through the quaternary health delivery system overtime.
“They have the experience, they have the technology and they have what it takes, they have the skills. We need to bring them in here and make sure this hospital is fully functional and I want to see that everything is on ground and then we are back to full steam”
The Governor expressed happiness that the dialysis unit is functioning exceptionally well, and maintained his desire to see to the immediate functioning of the Oncology section of the hospital to check the issues of cancer treatment.
He said he heard mixed stories about the new dialysis centre, but on his arrival, he saw a patient being treated and all the machines were in good working condition.
“Right now, we have 5 machines that are brand new, newly installed, newly commissioned that are working so well.”
“Oncology is something that I really really crave to start here because I know how much I spent every month on these facilities outside this country. The machine is not a problem. We’ve actually priced the machines. It’s the consultants now that we are actually trying to recruit.”
He assured that the new consultants are from Africa and other parts of the world who have the zeal and are interested to work in the hospital.
Earlier, the Acting Chief Medical Director, Dr Iniobong Etukudo who had conducted the Governor round the facilities said there was no dialysis equipment until the intervention of the Governor and commended Mr Emmanuel for his passion in improved healthcare delivery in the state.
The commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko and the House of Assembly member from Onna, Mr Nse Essien, were among those in the Governor’s entourage.
Governor Udom Emmanuel Says “startup Friday” Will Place Akwa Ibom In The Ict Map Of Africa
The State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has said that the ICT programme, “StartUp Friday “hosted in Uyo will place Akwa Ibom in the ICT map in Africa.
Mr. Udom Emmanuel said this while speaking at “StartUp Friday “, an ICT innovation and entrepreneurship event organised by the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Abuja, a subsidiary of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien commended the organisers for bringing the event to Uyo and called for synergy between NITDA and the State government in advancing technological innovations and entrepreneurship.
He said Akwa Ibom has a vibrant ICT community and advised startups, investors, mentors and other ICT stakeholders in the State to take advantage of the event.
The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami said “StartUp Friday “in Uyo was the fourth in the series after Kaduna, Lagos and Gombe since he assumed duties.
Dr. Pantami who stated that the event was brought to Uyo because of the presence of an active ICT community announced a donation of a digital job creation centre for the State to be sited at Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket and pledged to offer more assistance to the State in the development of ICT.
He said “StartUp Friday “was aimed at identifying young ICT innovators and entrepreneurs for support.
In a pitching competition that was participated by ten ICT startups, budgetier led by Damilola Omoyiwola emerged first position carting away a star prize money of three hundred thousand naira while unicorn.ng placed second and touchable pictures placed third and were awarded with two hundred thousand naira and one hundred thousand naira respectively.
The Vice President of Internet Society, Nigerian Chapter, Prince Iniobong Eka and the President of National Association of Computer Science Students, University of Uyo Chapter, Ms. Salvation Peter presented goodwill messages at the event.
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Akwa Ibom State Govt Explores Ways Of Cooperation With China
By Ima Akpabio
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has informed a delegation of Chinese investors that the State Government will explore ways of cooperation with the Chinese government in order to strengthen bilateral relations.
He stated this while playing host to the entourage led by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, who called on him on Friday, at the Government House, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel expressed delight to the team for visiting the state first in their tour of the country, saying that the people from the Republic of China have been good friends with Nigerians and to Akwa Ibom people in particular.
“We have developed your people in terms of human capacity and showcased them to the whole world. It gladdens my heart that, if you go to anywhere in the world, if you don’t see a Chinese, it means that place is not good enough. I’m very delighted that you take interest in us.”
Gov Emmanuel further said that China is a role model country, stating, “During a comparative analysis in terms of population of Africa, Nigeria, Asia and China, there is one aspect that we didn’t copy from you. We started very well but we dropped along the line. In those days, if you want anything in Nigeria, we used to have what we called ‘Aba Made’ while the Chinese had ‘Made in Shanghai’. The Chinese continued in the domestic market but we lost out.
“Chinese economy started developing from the domestic market. They turned their population to something that propelled the economy to be the biggest in the whole world but Nigeria, at a point, dropped the appetite for western products.”
The State Governor assured the team that with the current population available in the local market, Akwa Ibom’s domestic market can improve on the economy of the Nigerian market with the population of 170 million people.
According to him, cassava consumption in China is huge. “With cassava, we can export about $2-3billion. Cassava can be planted in Akwa Ibom State without fertilizer and it will yield superlatively because of the vegetation.
“Bamboo in China is a whole lot of money but in Akwa Ibom State, bamboos grow naturally. So I will like to see how we can partner so that we can turn some of these economic trees that God gave us naturally. Bamboo has over one thousand uses and China alone has put bamboo to more than 300 uses everywhere.
The location of Akwa Ibom State can serve as transhipment to the entire Gulf of Guinea. I don’t see why we cannot have a hub here where we can operate regional flights to the rest of West Africa. It is a global village.
Governor Emmanuel informed the Chinese Ambassador of the vast opportunities that exist between the two countries, saying that in Akwa Ibom, Chinese holds the big constructions. “We are developing a Deep Sea Port and we have a natural draught of 17.3m which they don’t need to do anything.
The investment they do during the port transition in Lagos, if they invest same in Akwa Ibom, they will reap five times in return. It takes three months to clear goods in Lagos. If a modern sports facility is set up here, it can take 48 hours to clear goods in Akwa Ibom State and that can justify and fast-track the growth of the economy not only in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria but the entire Golf of Guinea. We have the longest shoreline of 129km in the whole of Nigeria, and as of today, we are the most peaceful state in the country.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, in his remarks, said he was pleased at the level of hospitality, understanding and support given the Chinese community in the state, adding that he was delighted to see everyone in the state happy, which shows the level of fulfilment in the state.
He used the occasion to inform the Governor of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit coming up in September this year in Beijing and expressed belief that it will give new opportunities to grow China and the Nigeria relationship.
Amb. Pingjian disclosed that China and Nigeria have enjoyed cordial relationship since 1971. “We believe that good relations should be strengthened in all levels of government. So, one purpose for me today is to explore new ways for cooperation between the partners at the national levels.
In 2017, China’s input for Nigeria, according to the statistics of the Chinese customs, increased by 79.1 percent. We are very happy to see the good momentum but we cannot be too complacent because the number is still very small comparing the size of Nigeria’s economy to China’s.
“Last year, China’s import for Nigeria was around 1.7 US Dollars though it’s increasing very fast, and China still enjoys a lot of trade. But the Chinese government is not in the position to pursue trade.”
He further disclosed that measures have been put in place to promote ‘made in Nigeria’ products and one way to boost made in Nigeria products, according to him, is to make Nigeria partner with China, saying, “ we also wish to use this opportunity to explore other ways for us to strengthen our cooperation, not only in the infrastructural sector but also in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
We believe China’s cooperation with Nigeria is very beneficial and we have achieved a lot but compared to the size of our economy and the potential, there are still huge potentials to tap in to. Here we have the Dakkada philosophy which is the first word in the Nigeria’s National Anthem ‘Arise’.
“Dakkada ‘Arise’ is also the first word in the Chinese National Anthem. While Nigeria’s National Anthem says ‘Arise O Compatriots’, Chinese National Anthem says ‘Arise You Who Refuse To Be Slaves’, so we sincerely believe that China and Nigeria share a lot. With China and Nigeria arising together, we can bring more benefits not only to the people of our society but also to channel cooperation to the world.”