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In view of government resolve to actualize the completion agenda, ahead of 2023 deadline, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno Ibanga, on Monday, 11th, January, 2021,carried out on- the- spot assessment on road projects in the State,where he emphasized that Project Engineers should, on weekly basis,forward update on the job executed to government for assessment and completion.

Addressing the contractors, consultants and supervisors at the various projects sites, Ibanga explained that the order has become necessary as government was determined to complete and commission all roads undertaken by the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration on or before the end of the administration in May 2023.

He stated that within the short period he has served as Works and Fire Service Commissioner, he has seen documents reflecting the fact that government has awarded various road projects to many contractors in the State.

Ibanga noted that the inspection of the projects, which will cover all sites in the State, was to enable the Ministry know the extent of work done so far by the contractors, and what would be required to complete them within the tenure of this administration.

“We had a meeting with Project Engineers and told them to give updates of the projects; and that before looking at the updates, let me also be on ground to see what is happening so that by the time we have their reports, we will have the total picture and then know what is required to accomplish the projects as soon as possible,” Ibanga stated.

The Commissioner argued that although he was impressed with the quality and extent of work done by some contractors, others failed short of expectation, upon which the Ministry would look at the various contract sum- how much have been disbursed and the extent of work done so far.

Ibanga maintained that since government will insist on putting funds where the value would be obtained, any contractor that will fail to show commensurate level of success in job execution will be sanctioned.

“At Ring Road 3 work is in progress. At Ekom Iman Junction, I have told the contractor that the project will be commissioned on May 29.”

At the Uyo / Ikot Ekpene Road, the contractor, Julius Begger PLC. told the commissioner that the company was waiting for government’s action to enable them open up outfall drain along Spring Road and also remove structures on the right of way to link up the major road to plaza.

At Ikot Ekpene / Uyo Road where JP Sigma is constructing a 10.6 km road to Abak 10,the Project Engineer,Joseph Samuel, told the commissioner that 40 percent of the the job has been completed.

The Commissioner For Works and Fire Service also gave directives during the inspection of road projects in Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Ini Local Government Areas.

Addressing the contractors at those projects sites, Ibanga explained that the order to submit updates on those projects sites has become necessary as government was determined to complete and commission all roads undertaken by the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration on or before the end of the administration in May 2023.

“We had a meeting with project supervisors and told them to give updates of the projects; and before looking at the updates, let me also be on ground to see what is happening so that by the time we have their reports, we will have the total picture and then know what is required to accomplish the projects as soon as possible,” Ibanga stated.

At Ikot Ekpene / Uyo Road where JP Sigma is constructing a 10.6 km road to Abak 10, the Project Engineer, Joseph Solomon,told the commissioner that 40 percent of the job had been completed. Ibanga directed the company to carry out proper testing and excavation of the top soil before application of laterite.

At the 110 metre span bridge along Odoro Ikpe / Ikot Ndon/ Obotume Arochukwu Road handled by Peculiar Ultimate Consance Ltd, the Commiaaioner told the project supervisor to ensure that their job will be executed according to specification.

At the 32.7 km Obot Mme/ Ikpanya Road awarded to HENSEK Integrated Services, the commissioner told the project manager to furnish the Ministry with details of the contract, as well as Abak Ifia/Ikpe Mbak Eyop project details in Obot Akara Local Government.

Cc: Imaobong Alexander

Says Contractors Will Soon Resume Work on Eket and Oron Road Projects

Sheds Light on His Activities as AKSU Vice-Chancellor

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Prof. Eno Ibanga, this morning, Wednesday, 6th January 2021 bared his mind on a myriad of issues during a radio interview with comfort FM.

The University Don who is also the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) while responding to questions from the duo of Mighty George and Rose Akai also spoke on the milestones recorded during his 5year tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of AKSU, as well as the efforts made so far by his Works Ministry to complete ongoing road projects scattered across the state.

Excerpts of the interview are hereby presented by the Editor of RolanTimes online media, Aniedi UKOENANG who monitored the interview.

EXCERPTS:

Comfort FM: Good Morning Professor

Prof. Ibanga: Good Morning my friends

Comfort FM : Prof. How is the works ministry?

Prof. Ibanga: We are hitting the ground running. This is dry season, so we are trying to take advantage of the season to move into all the nooks to make sure we deliver on the promises of His Excellency.

Comfort FM: It must be a different terrain for you because you are switching from managing a school to managing a ministry that provides the basic infrastructure in Akwa Ibom State, that is, construction of roads and other duties. How have you been able to adjust to that?

Prof. Ibanga: Well, when you go into a system, you get the people involved and then begin. I am a manager of people, even as a Vice-Chancellor I was managing students, staff, and so on, so now coming to the ministry, it’s just to harness all the potentials and skills in the ministry to deliver. So the difference is not much, it’s just to know how to work with people and get things done quickly.

Comfort FM : We have people who call every day, practically everybody is saying that their road is bad or they don’t have roads, clearly it should be different from when you were in school?

Prof. Ibanga: We are in a rush to deliver. As far as I am concerned, we are fixing all the roads as much as possible, and we are going to add more roads. Akwa Ibom state is blessed with the quality of leadership we have. If we move around the country you will see what happens in terms of roads in so many states. They are impassible. But in Akwa Ibom State, I think we are one of the best in terms of the good road network in this country and we are still going to deliver more.

Comfort FM: What do you want to be remembered for as your legacy?

Prof. Ibanga: It is not my legacy, the legacy of this administration will be that at the end of the administration, all road projects must have been completed and all the projects started will be completed and new projects will even be initiated to deliver on the completion agenda of His Excellency. I’ll just key into the vision of my principal for the state and the legacy is for the administration and not mine.

Comfort FM : What is the state of Ekom Iman Flyover, and how soon is that going to be completed?

Prof. Ibanga : We are going to commission Ekom Iman Flyover during the next anniversary celebration. So you can be assured that before then, both the flyover and under the bridge will be passable.

Comfort FM : What is happening with the modification of Eket, we have a lot of complaints on the roads in Eket?

Prof. Ibanga : Contractors handling internal roads in Eket have been mobilized, they say after the holidays they will get back to the site. From next week, I am going on inspection on all the roads. So definitely we are going to deliver. That is why immediately after the holidays we had already contacted the contractors to move back to the site.

Comfort FM : Also the roads in Oron, there are complaints too. It seems the concentration is in Uyo?
Prof. Ibanga: No, the concentration is not only in Uyo. There were issues with a certain failed portion of that road, and the area towards the Murtala Mohammed Highway, they had to abandon that place. We are going back to fix the overlay. If you go to Oron, you will see that the drains had been completed it’s just to do the stone base and asphalt that end of the road. We have already taken that up with the company involved. I spoke yesterday with members of Oron communities that visited me, I assured them that we are going back to do that road, and even that failed portion, we also want to do the actual drains so that we can take water away from the road. We cannot abandon any part of the state I can assure you.

Comfort FM: Professor, your name was mentioned by Academic Staff Union, ASUU, they said that their salaries were slashed by 25 percent during your regime as Vice-Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University. The NLC Chairman who came out yesterday said that ‘Professor Eno Ibanga is responsible for all these’. He mentioned TETfund and other issues. It was very important to get a reaction from you.

Prof. Ibanga: Well Professor Eno Ibanga had left the University for over five months, so if he is not in the driving seat, am I the one that slashed their salary the past five months? As for Issues of salaries, the government pays salaries and government will definitely pay them their salaries. So it is not an issue of a person calling any person.
As for TETfund, TETfund is not managed by the University; we are just the avenues to receive TETfund. TETfund monies are attached to projects, for example, training. If somebody says you are given any amount from TETfund, the amount is tied to certain projects. Training of staff, library development, repairs, and then infrastructural development. When TETfund gives you release, they give you a checklist of what to do with the funds. And TETfund is managed by Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education and the NUC.

Comfort FM: There is a report that out of all the state Universities or institutions, AKSU is the only one that had a pay cut and not the other ones. How true is this and why is this so?

Prof. Ibanga: How are other institutions paid? other institutions are paid directly by the government, AKSU is run by subvention. If you are given subvention, you pay the salary through subvention. So if AKSU people want the government to pay their salaries directly, it’s a simple thing, go to the consultant and let them put your name there and be paid. Other institutions are paid directly through the government and AKSU through subvention. Those are two different things. So if you want to be paid by the government go to the consultant let them put your name.

Comfort FM: Would you say that you did a great job at AKSU and shouldn’t be subject to criticism?

Prof. Ibanga: Well, what I did in AKSU stands for itself. When I went into AKSU in 2015 and when I left in 2020. When I went in there was only one faculty that had accreditation, but in 2020 we had all programmes fully accredited, we started a post-graduate programme, and we developed all the infrastructural requirements, we ran every service that the university requires, and we had increased the programmes. From the time I went in we started with 38 programmes but when we left, we had over one hundred programme including sixty-nine (69) post-graduate programmes. So anybody that has not seen changes in Akwa Ibom State University does not belong to Akwa Ibom State. As we speak, there is a biological Science complex, a TETfund project that is ongoing. A four-storey twin building. Phase one is done, phase two is ongoing. We have already moved the university from the temporary site in Ikot Akpaden to the permanent site. I am not talking about what we did before when we resumed, I am talking about what is ongoing. So I don’t see what issues anybody has with TETfund, I don’t join issues with people especially somebody that is not from the university community, and has nothing to do with the university community shouldn’t be able to give details. Because I’ve heard rumours of people mentioning funds and figures, but I don’t want to join issues with anybody.

This morning, while most Akwa Ibom people were happily going out for work and their private businesses, basking on the euphoria of the first working day in the new year and the opportunities it presents, the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Sunny James rather than do same, joined the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the gate of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) to sing songs, clap hands and declare a strike action.

Unfortunately, the strike action declared in AKSU as supervised by Sunny James seems to have an ambiguous aim contrary to a supposed genuine demand for the improvement of the welfare of union members which most strike action by unions are usually based on.

Professor Eno Ibanga is no longer the Vice-Chancellor of AKSU, so expectedly the institution will react accordingly to the strike action.
However, the cardinal point raised in the NLC Chairman’s speech at the venue of the macabre dance has produced a trending headline which says; AKSU STRIKE: AKWA IBOM STATE COUNCIL OF NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS FAULTS APPOINTMENT OF EX AKWA IBOM STATE UNIVERSITY (AKSU) VICE CHANCELLOR AS COMMISSIONER. While the accompanying rider reads “…Prof Ibanga’s Appointment synonymous to AKSG rewarding corruption – Comrade Sunny James”.

The titles above raises curiosity and calls for immediate attention, else members of the public could be thrown into confusion.

For one, those headlines have readily revealed that neither the welfare of AKSU staff nor the improvement of the institution was the primary aim of the participation of Mr Sunny James in that outing, rather the glaring intention of the NLC Chairman seems to be his search for a cure over the sleepless nights he is evidently suffering just because Prof Eno Ibanga has been given an appointment by the State Governor to serve as Commissioner for Works and Fire Service.

For the avoidance of doubt, Prof Eno Ibanga had served his full tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of AKSU and he left nine months ago, he no longer has any business with ASUU nor NLC as long as Akwa Ibom State University is concern.

However, the erstwhile VC identifies with the genuine agitations of AKSU workers. The public should note that before the Works Commissioner left AKSU as Vice-Chancellor, he had personally written letters to the Ministry of Education and Office of the Governor concerning the restoration of full entitlements of AKSU staff, and the Governor gave assurances that the request will be obliged in no distant time, so he had never been insensitive to that particular demand.

Again, while scrambling on any available issue to use and express his unwarranted hate, the NLC Chairman made a wild claim when he said “… what has the immediate past VC done to the school? Only one high rise building is in this compound. With all the money received from TETfund…Comrades where are the monies from Tetfund, minimum of #900 million per year?”

As laughable as that claim is, those in the University system knows that TETfund does not donate cash to Universities for free, rather, TETFund projects are advertised by them, bided for and the funding agency makes approval of contractors they find worthy. Tetfund also finances her projects in stages, leaving no room for any form of malpractice. So if it is true that 900 million naira was given to AKSU yearly under Eno Ibanga as claimed, then such would only be a testament to the confidence reposed on the former VC by TETfund due to adequate supervision given to the myriads of projects attracted from the body.

For the avoidance of doubt, the achievements of Professor Eno Ibanga’s five-year tenure at the institution which have been widely applauded is not limited to the high rise edifice which serves as the administrative block in AKSU, they also include ;
• Full accreditation of all AKSU’s 38 academic programmes by National Universities Commission (NUC) during Eno Ibanga’s regime
• The construction of a 3-storey administration block that houses the Senate Chamber and Offices of some Principal Officers of the AKSU
• Construction of internal roads in Obio Akpa Campus and opening up the permanent site in Ikot Akpaden for development
• Construction of ultramodern gatehouse at the permanent site
• Construction of Faculty of Management Science which houses Marketing, Accounting, Economic Laboratories, staff offices and board room
• Upgrading of Marine Engineering and Soil Science Laboratories as well as the Health Centre in Ikot Akpaden
• Equipping of the Pinnacle Theatre, equipping of Mass Communication Complex which houses Radio, TV Studio and Print Studio; equipping of English Language Laboratory
• NUC’s approval for 63 programmes take-off by the School of Postgraduate Studies;
• Collaboration with Texas A & M College in the United States for its Marine Engineering programme;
• Donating 2 surveillance patrol vehicles to the force to aid their patrol in Mkpat Enin and Oruk Anam LGAs.
• Commencement of admission into Programmes of the Postgraduate Studies for 2019/2020 Academic Session, a feat made possible by the Eno Ibanga’s administration, amongst other projects too numerous to list.

It would honestly be in the best interest of Mr Sunny James and his cohorts to leave Professor Eno Ibanga’s name out of whatever is happening in AKSU.

Because If truly the reward for a job well done is more work, then Governor Udom Emmanuel has adequately rewarded the erstwhile VC for a job well done.

(Aniedi UKOENANG is a Journalist and PR enthusiast resident in Uyo – 08065566247)

Popular Calabar based Bishop Emmah Isong has releases 32 Prophesies concerning year 2021.

Bishop Isong who is the Senior Pastor of Faith Mission World Centre a.k.a City of Testimonies in his predictions warns Nigerians to ‘Buy Garri and Keep, Pray for Channels TV ” amongst other instructions.

The prophetic declarations obtained by us from the social media handles of the church and that of the bishop reads;

2021 PROPHECIES AS PROPHESIED BY BISHOP DR. EMMAH GOSPEL ISONG ON 31st of DECEMBER, 2020, AT FAITH MANSION WORLD CENTER, CITY OF TESTIMONIES, IKOT ENEOBONG, 8MILES, CALABAR – NIGERIA.

  1. In 2021 you shall rise in obscurity according to Isaiah 58:10. This means that there will be surprising liftings and miraculous promotions and elevations to enviable positions that will be humanly impossible. only by grace. So, it is a year of grace. If you add 2 + 0+2+1 = 5. And 5 stands for the grace of God.
  2. The Lord says, “Don’t be afraid for the God who protected you in 2020 shall keep you in 2021. Only avoid bitterness and unforgiveness.” Do not carry anybody in your heart to the new year. Let old things pass away.
  3. There shall be enforcement of safety regulations across the nations, even helmet, safety belts in factories and in traffic.
  4. Major gang leaders will receive amnesty, because they will confess and seek forgiveness, they will repent and be received back to the society. Because of the several prayers of the saints to sanitize this country of insecurity.
  5. Crime will move from car snatching to Bag snatching. Know how you carry big bags that contains nothing on the road.
  6. One of the businesses of the year that will bring money shall be photography, graphic designs and makeup artists. Makeup artists, photographers and graphic designers shall be the latest millionaires in town. Mark my words.
  7. Despite a tough economy, there will be a major technological breakthrough. In 2021 a major technological breakthrough shall be unveiled, including inventions of model cars, even in Nigeria.
  8. Buy garri and keep. These prophecies look funny, when it comes to pass you will see. Buy garri and keep! Though agriculture shall be boosted, there will be scarcity of some basic products. And this will include garri, but after which the federal government will intervene and farmers will rejoice.
  9. Pray for Biden of the United States of America, I see his name and photographs all over the tabloid in the world; magazines and online. You will hear his story in the next few days, it will shock the world.
  10. Doors will open for Nigerians in America contrary to what use to obtain. Nigerians will have access to international relationships in America. American will look for Nigeria.
  11. Pray for Pastor Ize Iyamu of Edo State, his case is not yet over. He shall be in the news again. Mark my words, it shall come to pass
  12. In 2021, Some major so-called apostles and men of God making noise like cymbals who are not called of God shall fade away into oblivion and be exposed. And in the same vein, some men of God, who are genuine, whom God has highly called, but were highly persecuted, God shall vindicate them and they will rise from obscurity.
  13. The west of Nigeria shall have their say, but the Igbos of the east, shall have their way.
  14. Pray against political confusion in Namibia. It will call for International intervention, despite government releasing of their special forces, pray that blood be not spilled and refugees be not scattered into neighbouring countries.
  15. More stringent visa policies on Nigerian politicians, and it will affect the innocent among them.
  16. Tithers and givers and supporters of the gospel of the kingdom, The Lord say : “I shall not withhold any good thing from you.” ( Psalm 84:11)
  17. In 2021, be generous and kind, but be careful and watchful, for many shall come as needy, but they shall become like a trap. The Lord says, “I will deliver you and show you my salvation.”
  18. There shall be an attempt to change a certain capital city in Nigerian state, but it will be resisted amidst heavy criticism.
  19. A new lead shall burst open by the Nigerian security network due to a high technological intelligence gathering. This is good news for Nigerian security system.
  20. Pray for Gombe State. Terrorists have been hiding in the forests and bushes of Gombe. Their hiding haven shall be revealed. They will be exposed in the name of Jesus.
  21. Pray for a certain First lady in Nigeria, that she does not mourn a key family member. ( One of the parents ) in 2021.
  22. Much attention shall be given to the disabled in 2021 and the physically challenged persons in the society. If you have an NGO, good wisdom demands that you direct it to the disabled.
  23. Football lovers : Oh the greatest miss in the history of football in any national football or tournament, a national team is seen throwing away the ball in a very serious competition. I hear them shout, Oh, over the bar ! May be it was a penalty, but it is the greatest miss ever in football.
  24. There shall be some good news in the power sector. Electricity tariffs shall experience a review, though not without mass protest and insistence. So the new Endsars will be on Power.
  25. Heavy rainfall within the middle of the year leading to several building collapse. For some of you who want to lay foundation of your building, make it solid, so that the biblical wind and rain does not pull down your house.
  26. Another business Tip prophetically. Restaurant, food vendors and outdoor business will continue to boom in 2021. He that has ears, let him hear. Do these things the Lord says, you will be a billionaire.
  27. Despite challenges in the past year of 2020, the Lord says, “Make 2021 a year of your thanksgiving unto God, for I the Lord will perfect and complete every uncompleted work in your life”
  28. I see miracle new born babies to women who have been praying and fasting and waiting, and all the blessings the enemy has held back in the yester years, shall be released in 2021.
  29. Bad news for rapists. They will be publicly condemned and disgraced, even by international media. Many voices across the world will speak against rape.
  30. There will continue to be increase in financial fraud. Be careful of financial transactions before you hit it. Please confirm and be double sure before any financial transaction. The hearts of men is becoming desperately wicked and the love of money has led many to evil.
  31. Channels Television continued to be high professionally in performance, but they will go through a season of serious persecution in 2021. Pray for them.
  32. serious scandals rocking the Nigerian sports administration culminating into open fight, even in the football field. The Nigerian Football Association, vis-à-vis our sports administrators will suffer series of greed and sports mal-handling. That means in summary, Nigerians got talent, but we lack integrity.
  33. Pray against serious shakings in the homes of top politicians and celebrities. Many marriages of top politicians and celebrities, prominent politicians will be openly shaken in 2021. Only those who know Jesus shall wax strong and do exploit.

Akwa Ibom State Government has issued instructions to Churches planning to hold the ritual Crossover or Passover service this night of 31st December 2020 to adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines.

Amongst other guidelines, the Government warns that the service must not be allowed to last more than 2hours.

The message reads;

AKWA IBOM STATE COVID-19 MANAGEMENT: UPDATE-23
COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS DURING THE CROSS OVER SERVICES AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, HE, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, ever conscious of the spiritual desire of the majority of the citizens to spend time with their creator during the traditional Christian Cross Over Services in different churches on one hand, and the current spike in the cases of the dreaded COVID-19, has directed as follows:

  1. Churches planning to hold crossover services must adhere to all the prescribed AKSG/NCDC/WHO and protocols in addition to the guidelines submitted by the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN) to Akwa Ibom State Government.
  2. For emphasis:
    2.1 Social Distancing between individuals throughout the service, must be at least 1 meter.
    2.2 There must be a visible ” NO MASK NO ENTRY” notice at all points of entry into every church compound or venue of service. Everyone must wear a face mask properly ( covering both nose and mouth) throughout the service.
    2.3 Processions with no social distancing must not be allowed during service.
    2.4 Church Wardens, Ushers and Stewards must wear Hand Gloves in addition to their face masks.
    2.5 Facilities for Hand washing with running water and sanitizers must be provided at the church premises or venue of service.
    2.6 Body temperatures must taken of all worshippers at all entrances into into church buildings and venues of service. Any high temperature must be reported speedily to the nearest medical facility.
    2.7 Persons with persistent coughing and/or sneezing and/or breathlessness must be escorted promptly out of the church buiding or venue of service to the nearest medical facility.

2.8. The duration of the service must not be more than 2 hours.
2.9 Church leaders must take personal responsibility for compliance with these guidelines and protocols as law enforcement agencies will ensure strict enforcement of this directive.

Strict compliance with the AKSG/NCDC/WHO and CAN COVID-19 GUIDELINES and PROTOCOLS by all citizens and residents is better than another LOCKDOWN.

We wish everyone a happy new year in advance.
GOD BLESS AKWA IBOM STATE!

Signed:

Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem
Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, COVID-19 Management Committee,
Akwa Ibom State
31122020″

Meanwhile, popular Churches in the state had already announced tarrynight services to celebrate the passover.

A second lockdown is imminent in Nigeria due to the recent second spike of COVID-19 reported across the country.

In what could be described as a gradual restriction of movements, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has this evening of Monday, 21st December 2020 announced a ban on social gatherings, restrictions on religious gatherings, recreational centres and a stay at home for Government workers from Grade Level 12 below.

The message as captured by Channels Television reads “PTF announces fresh COVID-19 restrictions, issues stay at home order for all Government staff from Grade Level 12 and below for the next 5weeks. Schools to remain closed till 18th January, 2021.

” All bars, nightclubs and recreational centres are to remain closed, while restrictions are placed on religious gatherings till further notice”.

With the latest announcement from the PTF, it is expected that states across the country might begin to announce and enforce gradual lockdown from social activities as recommended by the Federal Government.

Without much ado, yesterday a very sweet news trended in Akwa Ibom State, the news of the approval granted the State by the Federal Government to go ahead with the full execution of Ibom Deep Seaport project.

And while the celebrations were ongoing, and the news freely shared by both Government officials and others, the state government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong released a formal Press Release to the public concerning the approval by FEC.

That Press Release however has a phrase that is very uncomplimentary, anti-people and even insulting to past Akwa Ibom Governors, especially, Obong Victor Attah whose 1999 to 2007 administration initiated the project and is still passionate about it.

The obnoxious phrase which is very prominent in the third paragraph of the press release reads “…it will be recalled that previous regimes since 1999 have made several attempts at kickstarting the seaport without success”.

The writer, Ini Ememobong goofed seriously by such bias remark, as if the project was initiated in 1965 and not in 1999.

He also comfortably appreciated different members of the Federal Executive Council, and others who are of course working hard to ensure that the project pulls through, but refused to acknowledge the administration that even initiated that deep vision initiative.

This to me is antagonistic to the DAKKADA spirit, this, to me is very petty, anti Akwa Ibom and the phrase was avoidable. It seems the regime of Ini Ememobong as overall information officer or image manager of the state is becoming a one-week-one-trouble affair due to very avoidable emotional actions. I think he should revisit his Harvard School books to enable him shake off the Comradeship and unionism approach to leadership.

Petty remarks like this can cause Akwa Ibom people in privileged positions to sometimes deny a sitting government the support needed to actualize a project beneficial to the whole state and her people.

We should “…rise above biases” and pettiness.

In her 2021 new year message, the State government will likely call for all Akwa Ibom people to join hands and move the state forward, but when the successes are recorded we poke others in the face, in attempt for vain glory. To the best of my knowledge Obong Victor Attah is still passionately contributing superlative ideas and contacts to the success of that seaport, how will he feel assuming he reads this myopic phrase “that past administrations since 1999 attempted… without success “

Meanwhile, I can bet that Udom Emmanuel might not complete that project, so should we be expecting the Governor that will carry out the Commissioning to write that “past administrations, (including that of Udom Emmanuel) attempted to execute Ibom Deep Seaport without success?”
The Ibom Deep seaport project is a huge project that will go beyond the Udom Emmanuel administration and probably take the next decade to actualize. Many Governors will climb the stage, play their role and go, passing the baton to the next fellow.

There are sequence of approvals to the project, and this is not even the 5th approval.

Therefore it is instructive to celebrate with decorum as we may not know whose door we might need to knock for the next stage of the project. Every contribution is very valuable and when we cannot acknowledge all efforts we must not trivialise or disparage any contribution.

Truth is that all administrations from 1999 till date have contributed meaningfully to the progress of Ibom Deep Seaport project.

(Aniedi UKOENANG is a Journalist based in Uyo. 08065566247)

…Says NBS Unemployment rating is laughable

By Aniedi UKOENANG

The upsurge on the influx of investors and investments to Akwa Ibom State has been linked to Governor Udom Emmanuel’s integrity, knowledge of the economy and business savvy.

The Executive Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Hon. Ekanem Brown made this assertion when he paid a working visit to the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Barr Prince Akpabio in his office.

Ekanem Brown, known for his drive to domesticate Governor Udom Emmanuel’s completion agenda in his Local Government Area, said that the aim of his visit was to market the economic assets of his Local Government to the Commissioner and in return explore opportunities for collaborations in the Trade and Investment Ministry for the benefit of Mkpat Enin people.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the visit, the council boss also reacted to the recent controversial rating of NBS on Akwa Ibom State, positing that “As a Chairman of the host Local Government to at least four (4) key employment stimulating investments of Akwa Ibom State Government, I find the recent report of Nigeria Bureau of Statistics against Akwa Ibom state as both questionable and laughable”.

He said “I was in the Commissioner’s office on a very official visit. You know that Barr. Prince Akpabio is manning an office that is very vital to the completion agenda of the current administration in the state, so as a follower of that agenda, I came here to market what Mkpat Enin has that might be of interest to him, and to also seek possible frontiers that my administration can explore in form of collaboration, for the benefit of my people.

“I also applauded the Commissioner because his ministry is at the centre of the recent influx of investments into Akwa Ibom State. While we analyzed these goodies, I quickly pointed out that nothing else could be responsible for the flow-in of these investments other than the integrity of the Governor, his knowledge of the economy of this state, his savvy in managing business opportunities and the peace that his administration has ensured.

“ For example, the Federal Government has just approved a Free Trade Zone for the state, Ibom Air is making waves, Ibom Deep Seaport is having headway, an agreement has just been signed for a refinery in the state by BUA Group, many others in the process.
” These things don’t just happen, the Governor is definitely doing a great job” he concluded.

A bride-to-be was reportedly left in shock as her inlaws, especially her to-be Sister inlaw and Mother-Inlaw asked her to wash off her make up to reveal her real face.

The drama which is said to have happened in Ogun state, led to the postponement of the introduction for another day.

According to a Twitter User, simply identified as Donald, a family Introduction was thrown into confusion as the bride showed up wearing heavy makeup, a development that caused the mother inlaw to demand for opportunity to see the “real face” of the woman brought to the family by her son

The lady in question reportedly refused the request, but the daughters of the woman supported their mother by providing medicated face wipes to the bride-to-be for use, but she stood her ground and vehemently rejected the idea of clearing the layers of painting on her face.

This development, is said to have led to the postponement of the event till October, when the lady is expected to show up with her real face.

Many people have however reacted to the development with variance of opinions as so stand for and others against the unusual request.

Rolantimes provides screenshots of the reactions below…

A bride-to-be was reportedly left in shock as her inlaws, especially her to-be Sister inlaw and Mother-Inlaw asked her to wash off her make up to reveal her real face.

The drama which is said to have happened in Ogun state, led to the postponement of the introduction for another day.

According to a Twitter User, simply identified as Donald, a family Introduction was thrown into confusion as the bride showed up wearing heavy makeup, a development that caused the mother inlaw to demand for opportunity to see the “real face” of the woman brought to the family by her son

The lady in question reportedly refused the request, but the daughters of the woman supported their mother by providing medicated face wipes to the bride-to-be for use, but she stood her ground and vehemently rejected the idea of clearing the layers of painting on her face.

This development, is said to have led to the postponement of the event till October, when the lady is expected to show up with her real face.

Many people have however reacted to the development with variance of opinions as so stand for and others against the unusual request.

Rolantimes provides screenshots of the reactions below…