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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 Nigerian man has taken to news site, nairaland to educate controversial Journalist, Femi Olunloyo and her fellow well-to-do but unmarried ladies cum feminists on what could possibly be the cause of their situation, despite their pretence.

Kemi Olunloyo had taken to her Instagram page to post why she has never gotten married at her 56years on earth. According to her, she has never been married because she doesn’t want to submit to a man. She even described women who submit to men as being weak and unhappy.

But in a quick reply, a nairalander counters her claims as being false and pretentious.

He said “Submitting to a man doesn’t indicate weakness, rather it indicates femininity. The desire to submit to a man is the quintessence of being a woman. Every woman wants to submit to a man, but there is a caveat: It has to be an attractive “alpha” man that’s higher than her financially and in terms of social status. 

“Even so called feminists and independent women still have men that they submit to in private. These men own their bodies and they do whatever these men ask them to. But they’ll come online to pretend and talk rubbish.

“Even this Kemi has a powerful man that has her pussy on his beck and call. The reason she isn’t married is because no man in his right senses will want to get married to a 56 year old woman with serious mental issues.

“Another thing is that the kind of men that wealthy, successful independent women like Kemi, LindanIkeji, Genevieve etc would be attracted to, tend to be on the top 10% percent of men, and these men are so alpha and so high value that their commitment and attention is so difficult to get. These men find it hard to commit to women, hence why most of these successful women hardly get married.

“The more successful a woman becomes, the harder it is to get commitment from the high value men they are attracted to, because these men simply will not commit. So they either have to settle for the low value beta men that will willingly commit and endure a boring, unsatisfying relationship with him, or become sex partners/baby mamas to the high value men that won’t commit”.

The controversial media influencer, Kemi has been consistent about her insistence that she is not interested in marriage, as according to her marriage is more us of a curse for women.

Applauds Udom Emmanuel for Commitment to Ibom Deep Seaport and Ibom Air
…As Oron Union Honours Him

By Aniedi UKOENANG

The Immediate past Commissioner for Environment and Patroleum Resources, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson has eulogised Oro Nation for her cultural richness, natural endowment and human capital resourcefulness, opining that “Oro Nation is too endowed to be ignored”.

Sampson made the assertion today, Tuesday 22nd December 2020 in Uyo, where a triple celebration of Oro Cultural Festival, Family Tie Day and Build-for-Oro was held.

Speaking after he was honoured with the traditional title of ‘Edeghe Nssang Oro’ ( Good friend of Oro Nation), the former lawmaker recalled his long years of affiliations, politicking and working relationship with Oro people and remarked that Oro Nation is a people that are conscious of ethics and good conducts.

“Oro nation has a lot of personalities and geniuses. You stand out for your culture, for your intellect, you stand out for your integrity. You have earned the respect of others. In Akwa Ibom State, if you don’t respect Oro people who else would you respect?
“Oro is richly endowed and i enjoy a broad galaxy of good friends from Oro”.

He also commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his commitment to the two mega projects located in Oron nation, namely; Ibom Air and Ibom deep seaport.

According to him, ” the huge investments and deep interest of the Governor to the success of Ibom Air and Ibom deep seaport are also pointers to the Governor’s love for Oron people, who I may describe as primary beneficiaries of the projects, as host community”. He added.

Ekong Sampson also joined the Oro union to applaud ex-Governor Victor Attah for what he described as ‘his large heartedness and bridge building approach to governance’. In his words,
” let me commend the vision of our father, Obong Victor Attah for showing large heartedness. That stands him out as a great leader, statesman and patriot. With the mechanics of bridge building, we can get the best for our people, we can get the best for our state and nation.

“I have been very consistent that Oro nation is too richly endowed to be ignored. Her potentials are enormous, both in intellect and under the surface of the earth and we must protect your rights as a collective”.

The former Council Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area ended his remark by donating to the planned building of Oro Union House in Uyo.

Earlier, the President-General of Oron Union, Bishop Etim Ante described Ekong Sampson as a good friend of Oron Nation.

He recalled to the applause of the audience the extraordinary contributions of Ekong Sampson at ensuring that Oro gained proper recognition as an oil producing area when he served as Commissioner for Environment and Patroleum Resources.

“Ekong Sampson has always been a friend of Oron nation. Not too long ago, while he was still the Commissioner for Environment and Patroleum Resources, he protected the interest of Oron by ensuring that we were properly documented as an oil producing area. I was invited to sign documents to that effect and I did. So our honour on Ekong Sampson today as ‘friend of Oro nation’ is well deserved and is motivated by his various contributions to our course”. He concluded

He was accompanied to the ceremony by a large entourage of Mkpat Enin political stakeholders and his friends across the State.

…Says Harvest of Employment Underway for Akwa Ibom Youths

By Aniedi UKOENANG

The Commissioner for Transport and Solid Minerals, Hon. Uno Etim Uno has applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for what he described as “a big plus” to the present administration and the Deep Seaport project.

Hon. Uno bared his mind while speaking to selected journalists in Uyo.

According to him, with the latest approval given the project by the Federal Executive Council, the Ibom Deep Seaport project has moved from the drawing board to the actualisation stage.

In his words “it takes a Governor like Udom Emmanuel who has deep vision to understands the value of that project give the necessary mental, physical and financial investment needed to actualize such a big dream.

“These approvals and the job needed to actualize that vision only looks easy from a lay man’s view, but in reality it is a very tasking job and I heartily facilitate with Governor Udom Emmanuel for his unwavery dedication to the actualisation of Ibom deep SEAPORT project “.

Speaking further, the respected politician warned Akwa Ibom youths against laziness, adding that Ibom deep seaport will only reward and benefit youths who are ready to be partakers in the project via their competencies.

“I am urging our youths to buckle up and be prepared to tap into this opportunity. It is not enough to join in the celebrations, this is the time to activate the DAKKADA spirit.
“Let our youths position themselves to benefit from this project. They should find out which specialized programmes and trainings that are relevant to seaport operations and begin to prepare themselves for the massive employment that is on the way. That is the only way they can be part of what is coming to Akwa Ibom through the seaport”. He concluded

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

Today, is to celebrate a man of God, a firm believer in Jesus Christ, who rose from obscurity to prominence, not through opulence, but by winning many battles for humanity.

He is not a conventional preacher, but a Minister on the side of the people, who stands on his God inspired convictions even when it means standing alone.

Let us celebrate the Founder and President of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, Apostle John Okoriko as he clocks 72years today.

Apostle John Okoriko was born on 18th October 1948 in Ibekwe Akpanya, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. He is Publisher of Best Seller, “Every Satan Has a Human Face”, a tele-evangelist, famed by his uncommon usage of a special kind of Ibibio dialect to preach the gospel, despite his American accent English speaking capabilities.

In 2016, Apostle Okoriko was given an award by Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio for being the first man to preach on DSTV channels with Ibibio dialect and for consistently interpreting and reading the Efik bible in Ibibio dialect.
Recently he was honoured to unveil the first Ibibio bible, published last month and unveiled at Ibom Hall ground.

Apostle Okoriko has fought many battles for humanity. He was the first preacher to preach against abuse of children and branding them as witches. Few months after he called out the then state Governor Godswill Akpabio to end child abuse, the Akwa Ibom State Government submitted a bill to Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the Child Rights Act was subsequently passed to law barring ‘evil prophets ‘ from declaring innocent children as witches.

Apostle Okoriko also fought against using culture, especially ‘ekpo nyoho’ to intimidate and victimize women. This battle he fought for three decades beginning from the 70s, until civilization neutralized such practices.

Apostle teaches his followers hardwork and godliness, he believes that every fortune or misfortune in life is caused by man or God himself and that God has no opposition.

For humanity again, Apostle Okoriko is currently fighting the battle of ending the impoverishment of bereaved families through expensive burial rites and ceremonies, unnecessary demands by Churches and communities etc before approving interment. For example, the doctrine of Solid Rock Kingdom Church makes it illegal for a Pastor or Elders to get a dime nor even eat at a burial venue of their Church member. The Church officials are rather expected to finance part of such events.

At 72, he is still healthy and hearty, Apostle (Dr) John Okoriko is still bouncing, jumping on the pulpit, flying around the world to preach the gospel and sacrificing more than 50% of his wealth for humanity, especially orphans and sick people whom he is very passionate about.

As Solid Rock Kingdom Church rolls out drums to celebrate this charismatic leader, let all his fans, admirers and those affected and impacted by his messages give him flower while he is alive.

…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…

The CEO Median Construction Development Nigerian Limited, said that Ibom Tropicana Mall would be the cheapest in rental price per square meter in Nigeria, with a Square meter going for as low as N5,400 per Square meter.

Median Construction Development Nigerian Limited, the major investors at the Ibom Tropicana Mall has assured the government and people of Akwa Ibom State that the Ibom Tropicana Mall billed to commence business in December 2020, will be of world class standard. The assurance was given by the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Olumide Akinsanya, while conducting journalists around the mall in Uyo.

Engr. Akinsanya said that his company as partners to Akwa Ibom State Government in the development of the Ibom Tropicana Mall, under a Public Private Partnership, ( PPP ) arrangement, is saddled with the responsibilities of redesigning and remodeling the complex into a functional mall with the additional mandate to occupy and manage the facilities. He noted that the State governor had since August 2015, mandated his firm to remodel the mall and bring in an Anchor investor to the mall. Shoprite was then the choice anchor, for which a ground breaking was performed. He, however, hinted that the worsening exchange rage of the Naira made it less attractive for foreign investors, hence the resort to sourcing funds and investors locally.

He announced that Market Square has been selected as the anchor investor based on their experience and track record in mall management.

While commending the investment wizardry of the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Engr Akinsanya stated that it was the effort of the governor that made Ibom Tropicana the only mall in Nigeria indexed in Naira. He stated that the indexing of the mall in Naira is a significant signpost of Akwa Ibom, under Gov. Emmanuel achievement in ease of doing business.

The Mall, which is 90 per cent complete, already has 60 per cent of its 55 shops signed up; with 50 per cent of the stores taken up by mainly Akwa Ibom State based organizations. Among notable firms signed up are Choice Mall, Oliver Twist, Jossy International, Quinthall, Shade Cover, Med Plus, etc. The CEO Median Construction Development Nigerian Limited, said that Ibom Tropicana Mall would be the cheapest in rental price per square meter in Nigeria, with a Square meter going for as low as N5,400 per Square meter.

The Mall, which was commissioned by the Akpabio administration at the twilight of the administration was largely uncompleted, with less than 5,000 square meters of space, has been upgraded, remodeled and completed into a 9,800 Square meters of letable space. To achieve this, the investing company went into extensive repairs, restructuring and expansion, with the entire 3,000 square meters of space to be occupied by the anchor tenant, constructed from the scratch.

When fully functional, Engr. Akinsanya said that the mall will provide 600 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs and help stimulate enormous economic activities in the state.

It could be recalled that Ibom Tropicana Mall is one of the components of a multi-billion naira massive leisure and business complex, which the Akpabio administration started in 2008, with a promised completion period of 12 months. As the time the Akpabio administration ended in 2015, the entertainment center only had the Cineplex functioning. Even though the administration “commissioned” the mall, the facility was far from being completed for occupation and commencement of business.

Cc: David Augustine