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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”.

Governor Emmanuel commended the management of ExxonMobil and the host community for their peaceful co-existence and called for sustained peace in the area.

“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 Seeks Partnership With Chinese Ict Firm

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has met with Officials of Huawei Technologies from the Peoples Republic of China to explore ways of partnership in Information Communication Technology (ICT) development in the area of Education, Health, Governance and Enterprise.

Speaking during the meeting at Government House in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel thanked them for taking interest in partnering with his administration, assuring that there are various areas available for the partnership.

He said he was especially interested in the area of Information Communication Technology, which is a major driver of development the world over.

Governor Emmanuel recounted that when Huawei came into Nigeria, it focused on the telecommunications sector, and cited his role in the company’s success with major financial institutions in the country.

“I am happy you said you can discuss areas of Education, Health, Governance and Enterprise. Today, once you look at the 10 richest human beings on Planet earth, at least 60-70% of them will be ICT related. I am a businessman, I go where money is, so I follow money to where money is, if money is in ICT, I follow money into ICT so that nobody leaves me behind.”

Governor Emmanuel expressed belief that the strategic partnership will be of immense value to the youths who are the major focus of his leadership.

The Governor was of the opinion that young bright people of Akwa Ibom origin can also make it into global limelight with the right technological facilities and instructors in place in the state.

Governor Emmanuel said his government has done a lot in exposing the youths to ICT and urged that the programmes of the Huawei team should gear towards embracing the youths.

He maintained that the state has an E-library with thousands of e-learning processes, and the necessary infrastructure to actually develop ICT platform here and for me a launch out to the rest of Africa.

“So if you can make Akwa Ibom an ICT hub, I’m sure you have the right partner where we can actually make that happen. This is an opportunity for me to also see a whole lot because once you give me a fibre, I can do a whole lot, Housing Estate, Education, E-Governance, everything runs on communication and ICT, so it’s a good development.”

Team leader and Managing Director, Partners Business unit of Huawei Technologies Company, Mr Ken Zhao Wenjun said Huawei came to seek strategic partnership with Akwa Ibom State Government, looking into different sectors

He maintained that Huawei is already number one in the telecom areas and is ranked the third best in the world in phones and tablets production.

He said their enterprise unit has succeeded through their collaboration with thousands of Partners.

The Investors were led by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Udo Essien, accompanied by the Chairman of the Foreign Direct Investment Committee, Dr. Gabriel Ukpe, among others.

Ndifreke P. Akpan reports from Govt House, Uyo.

Abak 5 Endorses Gov Emmanuel For Second Term, Honours Martha

Evelyn-A. Bassey

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”.

Governor Udom Emmanuel and Wife, Deputy Governor. Moses Ekpo, left.

 

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.

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and Senator Bassey Albert giving his remarks

 

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.

PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem

 

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.

2015 APC Governorship Campaign DG in Akwa Ibom State,Chief Sunny Udom leads thousands of APC Stalwarts, including Arc. Okon Obot back to the PDP.

 

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

Photos: 110 Exclusive Photos Of The 2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival 2018

100 EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS OF THE 2ND AKWA IBOM YOUTH SPORTS FESTIVAL 2018.

 

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Sports As A Vehicle For National Cohesion

BEING AN ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MR UDOM EMMANUEL, GOVERNOR, AKWA IBOM STATE AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND EDITION OF  THE AKWA IBOM YOUTH SPORTS FESTIVAL, 2018 AT GODSWILL AKPABIO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM, UYO, MARCH 6, 2018

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Last year when the Nigeria Nigerian Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup, Russia 2018, right inside the main bowl of this magnificent Stadium the thunderous ovation that attended that epochal event knew no political colours or banners. The mass of people that poured on to the streets here in Uyo and all over the country in utter celebrations for the feat the Eagles had recorded were not defined by the colours of PDP or APC, the celebrations were national in nature, devoid of the clannish ness, religious factor, ethnic sentiments or the resort to zero-sum game approach that has characterized our daily engagements with each other. Football, and indeed sports remains the most unifying tool for national cohesion.

We have, therefore, come here today not as supporters of a particular political party, not as agents of a given political or tribal association, not as Ibibios, Annangs or Oros, we have come here today as proud Akwaibomites ready and willing to unleash our healthy competitive spirit that represents the very soul and essence of the Akwa Ibom character and person as we kick-start this Second Edition of Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival, christened Uyo 2018.

Let me congratulate the Ministry of Youth and Sports, especially the Honourable Commissioner, Barrister Monday “Monty” Uko, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for their commitment in driving our vision through sports development.

The maiden edition of this competition was quite unique and roundly successful and I am so thrilled to notice the tremendous improvements that have been made and these are indicative of the fact that we do not rest on our oars, we always strive for more and upping the ante of excellence in our service delivery. I congratulate all the participating schools and enjoin you all to make good use of this opportunity to showcase your talents.

Sport is the goldmine of our generation. It can take you from the land of obscurity to the firmament of stardom and instant celebrity with attendant benefits. It is money-churning venture and provides a passport to an instant flight to fame beyond your wildest imaginations.   But you have a role to play: One rule that cuts across all competitive sports is discipline; if you do not radiate it, live it and breathe it then this event is not for you.

We urge you all to show utmost discipline and to take this completion as a very serious undertaking. The universal language of sports is fair play. Let us see this value radiate in you in the course of this competition. We believe that though not all Akwa Ibom children were born with equal talents, they should be given equal opportunity to explore their innate potentials and that precisely is what this completion is all about.

Let me also caution here that, our investments in sports does not in any way replace your academic activities in school. It only complements it. As a Government, our pledge and commitment is to make Akwa Ibom State the sports capital of Nigeria and indeed Africa. We have commenced the building of sports centres in each of the ten Federal constituencies. We know that in most cases what makes the difference between a player in England and the one in Nigeria is the kind of facility that each is being exposed to. To us, exposing our lads to the best possible facilities when they are young remains he best investment one can make is. That is why we have decided to catch them young and the central aim of this competition.

We are glad that our efforts in sports development in Akwa Ibom State are beginning to yield fruits, and bringing us trophies home and away.  Our beautiful bride, Akwa United is a national pride. On assumption of office, we were quick to diagnose its ailment and gave it appropriate medication. Today, we have won the Federation Cup, now Aiteo Cup and other national trophies. Currently, they are engaged in the race for the Confederation Cup and they are doing marvellously well. You need to see how they devoured the Hawks of Gambia in Banjul, the other day! The nation too, is celebrating our achievements in sports development. Last November, I was awarded the Best Sports Governor 2017 at an award event organized by the National Sports Award. Also at another award event organized by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports; we were awarded the State with The Most Comprehensive Sports Development Programme; The State with the Most Patriotic Sports Supporters and The State with the Best Sports Infrastructure.  My Administration sees sports development beyond what others see, we see the Dakkada spirit beaming in our land through sports.

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We must ensure that we give this generation of Akwa Ibom children the necessary support and exposure for them to rise to greatness through sports. That is the vision that brought us out here today.

We will not rest until we give the world another Serena Williams. Let us not rest until stars in the mould of Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Lebron James and Usain Bolt are discovered in here Akwa Ibom. That is not impossible. They are all here, and it is our challenge to fish them out. If we do our part as we are doing, I have the faith and belief that going forward; no Nigerian National team will be complete without an Akwa Ibom child.

So, my dear children, your journey to greatness begins now. We have given you the field and kits, let your mind and passion play the midfield, and be rest assured that you have a Governor who will reward your ingenuity and creativity as you rise and soar.

Once again, I welcome you to this Second Edition of Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival 2018, and declare it open for the benefit of our children, prosperity of our State and the unity of our nation in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Thank you and God bless you all!

Governor Emmanuel Assures On Akwa Ibom Airport Cargo Operation

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has assured that his administration will not relent in ensuring the speedy commencement of cargo operations at the Ibom International Airport.

Governor Emmanuel stated this in an interaction with Government House reporters shortly on arrival in Uyo after attending the National Council of States meeting in Abuja .

Promising to give further details after commencement of work on the project, he said his priority is how to commence cargo operations at the airport.
”I really want to see how we can start cargo operations almost immediately.
He said “the entire region is due for logistics operations both by air and by the sea. We can’t just wait any longer. Let’s see what we can do for ourselves.”

Governor Emmanuel was full of hopes that the country’s Chief of Air Staff will facilitate his earlier promise to partner with the state in utilising the airport’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility.
“We are also hoping that the Airforce Chief who also promised us that Airforce will do something very urgent, will also try and see how we can use the MRO but we really really want to see how we can start Cargo Operations over here because a whole lot of people are suffering.”

“If you go to Lagos, you need to see the queue from Apapa Tin Can up to Western Avenue then up to Oshodi.”

He assured that with an enabling environment from the Federal Government, the seaport project will soon be actualised.

On the just concluded National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP, the Governor said they are still rebuilding the party and looking at developmental issues that could create employment for people.