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:
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.
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!
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 business development expert and immediate past Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Hon. Ekanem Brown has applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for what he described as “a gigantic leap” given the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
Hon. Brown 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 paper work to the path of fulfillment.
In his words “it takes a Governor like Udom Emmanuel who is visionary and understands the impact of that project to be committed to such a scary gigantic dream project.
“These approvals and the job needed to actualize that vision only looks simple from where we are sitting, in reality it is a daunting task and I heartily congratulate and felicitate with the Governor for his unwavery dedication to the actualisation of Ibom deep SEAPORT project “.
Speaking further, the business mogul warned Akwa Ibom youths against complacency, adding that Ibom deep seaport will only favour and benefit those who are ready to benefit from it.
“I must sound this warning to our youths. 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 research on 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 benefit from the seaport”. He concluded.
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)
“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.
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.
The federal government says it will evaluate and review the price of domestic gas across the country so as to make it more affordable for ordinary Nigerians.
Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, made this known while inaugurating a committee on the gas sector-wide review of the domestic gas pricing framework.
Sylva emphasised on the need for an appropriate domestic price system, saying it will help improve the use of cooking gas and compressed natural gas to the advantage of the manufacturing industry and Nigerians at large.
Without appropriate pricing, we can’t have it right. We have to ensure that gas becomes affordable. This is the only way our country can strive,” he said on Tuesday.
“It is sad to note that we sell gas cheaply to investors while the price is high in the domestic sector to the extent that some Nigerians sell diesel cheaper than gas.
“Once we solve the issue of gas in the country we would have solved a lot of problems in Nigeria. Luckily for us gas is something that we have in abundance.” Sylva said the members of the committee are to review domestic gas price and benchmark, make recommendations for an appropriate gas price for the respective gas sectors, make evaluations and technical suggestions with a turnaround time of 30 days.
He added that the decision to review the domestic gas pricing framework is also to enable the penetration of both cooking gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) which is expected to serve as an alternative to petrol. – TheCable
Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State has disclosed that he has not been to his state, Rivers state since after 2019 general elections.
He disclosed this during ARISE NEWS TV Interview in Lagos.
Amaechi was called upon to react to threats by some young men who threatened to burn down Rivers state should Amaechi’s faction of All Progressive Congress loss control of the party through the ongoing legal tussle bedevilling the APC in Rivers State.
Amaechi who disowned the supporters refused to react to political developments either in Rivers state or in Nigeria, saying “I am no longer a politician for now, I am focused on development, and my style of politics is not violent, people who support me should not take laws into their hands else I will deny them. I do not want to participate in anything that is happening politically I don’t know and I don’t want to know”.
If the result of a recent poll conducted in USA is reliable, then there are fear and concerns of an impending surge in COVID-19 figures immediately after the ongoing mass protest over the killing of unarmed black American by white police man or Cobs.
A poll found out that one in 10 Americans said they had an immediate family member or close friend who had attended a protest within the last week, even as most of the country feared a rise in coronavirus cases.
Americans in the 18 to 29 age range, those who identified as Democrats and people in urban areas were the groups more likely to say they knew protest attendees.
The majority of those polled – 86% – see the demonstrations as a moderate or large health risk. Half of those interviewed said they were either extremely or very concerned about the virus in the wake of these protests, including 60% of Democrats.
Overall, the poll found Americans were feeling that gatherings with friends, eating at restaurants and shopping were less risky than before, though more than half still said these posed a large or moderate risk.
After months of lockdown, many Americans seem to take advantage of ongoing protest to revive the social life they had missed so much while they were locked in solitude.
Recall, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old black man pleaded for his life and died underneath him.
Our E-Magazine blog, Rolantimes had a very elaborate interview with one of the finest economists in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Our editor had a very daring interview with Prof. Chris Ekong of University of Uyo, he provides deep insight to a lot of issues ranging from the economy, unemployment, COVID-19, corruption in NDDC, plus other issues plaguing the development of Nigeria and the Niger Delta region.
QUESTION: Can we meet you sir?
PROF EKONG: Christopher Ekong is my name, a Professor of Economics, mainly development and Environmental Economics . I teach in the University of Uyo, department of Economics to be precised. I rose to the position of Director of International programmes, in the same institution. I have had experience in academics and public service. I have been a Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State for so many years, I have held other position in Government. Currently, I am council member of Nigerian Society of Economic Research and a member Nigeria Economy Society Academy, those are the things that I have done for now.
QUESTION: Please tell us about the Nigeria Society of Economics research.
PROF EKONG: Nigeria Society for Economic and Social Research Institute is a national Institute established by the Federal Government to research on social and economic issues. it is located in Ibadan it has been there for a while and I am a member of that Council working there with other members.
QUESTION: What has the Institute done in situations like this that we are having the COVID 19 pandemic in terms of researches and economy?
PROF EKONG: This is a beautiful question. That shows at this time, this will show and expose our government. First over all, the inability of our government to coordinate and get it’s research institutions to work for the benefits of the nation is regrettable. The total and nonchalant attitude of Government to consider the institute they pay for or to even fund or sponsor research. In the main science are, for instance, I work in the University as the Director of International programmes, since COVID-19 came I try to put together a group of scientists who individually have done so much work on viruses on virology, monocular laboratories do we have in Nigeria? You can finish with the samples that you have but you don’t have funding to carry out the clinical test. So that is the challenge and it affects the development of our country because the quality of research and maximization of the results thereof is equal to the level of development in any Country.
QUESTION: What are the expected economic impacts of COVID-19 on Nigerian?
PROF EKONG: Obviously, I have always said the world economy is already in recession because of covid19. It has stalled trade, it has reduced global aggregate demand by compulsion because everyone is locked in, the aviation industry and every industry is gone. Excerpt there is going to be so much stimulus from the government, the aviation industry will die. For many countries especially small countries like us in Africa, if we are not careful there will be famine because this is the period to farm in Africa and if in this period we are locked-in and we are not farming there is going to be famine excerpt government does something. There is going to be inadequate food. In Nigeria for instance there is a lot of insurgency in the north east that is supposed to be the food basket, and now COVID19 has come, nobody is going to farm, what are we going to eat? If you look at Africa, the study I did recently has it that 75% of people are in the informal sector, they are artisans, they eat from daily work. And suddenly we lock them in, that informal sector provided the energy for Nigeria to become the biggest economy in Africa. For example you lock in market people, mechanics are no longer repairing cars, so what is going to happen? Nigeria is a mono-economy, we depend on oil, some people say that oil is going to finish and I laugh, oil is finished and will no longer be relevant soon. In the next 10years oil is till going to dominate the market. The reduction or fall in price is just because of the non use because shops are closed, industries are closed, but now it is moving up again. Oil is still going to dominate because its going to take up to the next 20years to have another source of energy that is efficient and produce at low cost like oil.
Question: Nigeria has continued to defy many economic projections, many times the world bank, IMF would prophesy doom for Nigeria economically, our out of job data is so high out there, but year in year out we seem to be living our normal life. What is responsible for that?
PROF EKONG: In a paper I presented in Africa Union last year, I told them the only trick Nigeria has is the informal sector. The percentage of Nigerians in informal sector is so large. Even if you say 70% of Nigerians are unemployed, Nigerians are still living very well. I will tell you why. You see somebody who has no job but his children are in nursery school and he is paying through. There are a lot of transferred income in Nigeria. There are a lot of flowing helicopter money in the system that people just capture that is not coming from sources were they are earning. They are just getting it from transfer from friends politicians from in-laws and rich elites and just solve a problem and they move on. Also people are doing some menial jobs. It is only in Nigeria that working in super market is not a job. Being a gateman is not regarded as a job but they are earning salary. When such people are listed as unemployed it swells up the unemployment data. Because 3% unemployment in America, or 7% unemployment data in America could even sack a President but consistently we are on over 30% unemployment data but nobody is feeling it because people are working but anytime they are asked if they are working they say NO, because they are not satisfied. A person earns 18,000 naira working somewhere has many farms. As he comes back the children are farming and they will bring vegetables and people buy from them at the end of the month that family grosses nearly 200, 000 naira but the data you have on him is 18,000 naira. Another man has no work but he rides tricycle and his net worth daily is 3000 naira and if he rides for 20days in a month, he nets 60, 000 naira but you say the man is unemployed. The informal sector is so big so if we study the informal sector and get data on it we could see how we can locate that informal sector to take care of issues in the informal sector. In Nigeria people are doing one thing or the other, but in that thing they are doing the dignity is not there and makes them think they are unemployed. Because if you ask a mechanic if he is employed he will tell you he is unemployed. Same as these bus drivers we see, they make net of over 150, 000 naira they are richer than many civil servants but they would say they are unemployed. That is the beauty of our country.
QUESTION: There seem to be a serious lack of economic collaboration in the Niger Delta unlike what we have in the South west. What do you think is responsible for that despite our rich natural resources?
PROF EKONG: I beg to say, that contraption called Niger Delta is a marriage of different bedfellows who were initially at war against themselves. The Niger Delta, what brought us together was the Delta, and not even similarity in culture because these are different people, totally different people. In 2002 the south-South governors decided to have what they called the south south summit groups in attempt to bring the southern states together. What they did not understand or have at the back of their memory was that there is interest and that others are always watching to see how others interest will affect their interest. That is the way the world is, that is why people are fighting all over the world. This is the richest states in Nigeria, if you are Nigeria, would you allow them to come together, because if they integrate like the South-South, one day they can say they have what it takes, and they want to keep their oil. So the country is watching, they are watching you so they are happy the way you are. Because you dont have within you men that think, men of decision that looks into tomorrow, to say if they take certain decisions, their children could be better. So for it to happen they want, they bring selfish people to lead us, so you see the leaders we have are so extremely selfish, they pay allegiance to people outside the Niger Delta region, and their work is to make sure they continually keep us at this level of chaotic existence. See the NDDC, the amount of budget that goes into Niger Delta Development Commission, if that budget was used well, and in every year we do one major project in a Niger Delta state. Lets say we decide to build a 20megawatts power plant for each state, the money in NDDC would have built those plants. Or we decide to build a seaport for each state we have one in Rivers, Warri, Cross River, we could say let us develop a deep seaport around the Bakkasi region, with the kind of money we have in the Niger Delta, we could have built a referral hospital that even have the big laboratories that would readily carry out researches. The same with education sector, and we say we are giving one standard university in the Niger Delta 10billion naira yearly to develop, we would have done it. So where is the money? What has the NDDC done with all the monies that goes to it. So Niger Delta is just a contraption. Government does not want to When we started gathering the heat was so much to destroy us. When we had the first meeting, the second meeting, at the 3rd meeting, the Governors began to fight themselves openly. The Chairman of that meeting was a professor from Delta state, he was the first chairman. Top bright people in Niger Delta were in that summit, good brains but the governors scattered the thing because when Nigerians saw the kind of people that were coming together they became afraid and said NO. We need social reorientation of our people especially our young men because our young men are already worse than the outgoing men because the young men were trained by these outgoing men. They are getting more vicious, they are vicious, they dont care about others, they dont want to know what is happening to the Niger Delta. That is why people could stand up to say that Niger Delta should not be probed. They should not do forensic auditing. I think even if the person who is doing it is a thief let him do. When he finishes also look at him and do his own because this forensic auditing will open a can of worms of the things that is happening to us in the Niger Delta Development Commission. If you know the amount of money that goes into that commission yearly you will marvel. Just name the projects in Akwa Ibom, they will say roads, one kilometer road, they will go and paint one primary school and say you have done something. Why cant you build a modern secondary school and handover to the states. So we need to reorient ourselves. If we have a good person, the next thing they will say NO. That one will not give someone money. We want cultists, the CV to get a job is to have a gone, that is the CV in the Niger Delta.
QUESTION: there is a growing sentiment in the Niger Delta, people are saying if the Niger Delta states are getting 13% derivation fund, and NDDC get huge budgetary allocation plus the 3% of the profits of IOCs go to NDDC, and the Niger Delta states continue to be in this porous state, is it fair for the Niger Delta states to keep complaining that there are no federal projects in their states?
PROF EKONG: Well, do you know what each of the Niger Delta states take from the Federal Government? Especially when we realized about 600billion dollars from oil? Nobody goes home with anything less than 15billion naira. So what is their wage structure? What is their wage bill, do we have up to 1million workers? Are we being fair to ourselves? What about the Local Governments? What are they doing, if they have a joint account there should be more money. How are they managing it, do they have a budget or they are just doing things without plans. Our governments in the Niger Delta must sit up they are not doing well. They should look at themselves. If they say they are doing well, they should publish their budgets. What did they say they will do and what are they doing?
QUESTION: But Niger Delta Governors are also crying no funds?
PROF EKONG: Ebonyi state is one of the states with the least allocation from the Federal Government, go there and see the quality of developmental projects in that state. Not just road infrastructure, go and see the schools, hospitals. In my inaugural lecture I dedicated a chapter to Akwa Ibom state, to give my own unpaid advice to Akwa Ibom. The problem in Akwa Ibom is that there is so small amount of money in circulation in the state. But we have so much money, I mean since 1999. In Attahs time he worked more with Local contractors. 70% of our money goes to capital expenditures. Capital expenditure includes building of roads and this our economy does not have the capacity to keep that kind of money. If I have 10billion naira to build roads for example, at the end of the day, they will go to Dangote in Lagos for example and order 10,000 trucks of cement, he buys his rods in Lagos, so the only money that stays here will be the labour and may be sand so 95% of the money goes to outside this state. The only small money in circulation in the state is the 30% recurrent expenditure. In that 30% government House and the legislature keeps 20% and you know they dont spend their money here, it is Lagos, Calabar, Abuja and so on. So the small money going round is the one that was paid as salary to workers.
QUESTION: What is your take on the economic team recently set by the Akwa Ibom state government, if you were in the team what would be your contribution?
PROFEKONG: I want to hear from the economic team before I give my own inputs. I want them at this point to look at the informal sector and to also look at agriculture, and not to say that agriculture is for the private sector, at this time we need government investments in the private sector. Government should take over agriculture and partner the private sector; I also want to see them creating entrepreneurs because if you go to China, the Chinese government are the ones creating entrepreneurs. For example, how are we engaging Exxon Mobil? So cant we have two or three people who supply diesel to Exxon Mobil? It is government that must create those kind of people because they must have capacity to own a tank farm. So cant government do that? The south eastern Government created Dr. Pepper, created Dr. Ime Umanah, and many more, gave those grants so that they can drive entrepreneurship. That team is a very strong team.
62-year-old woman has reportedly loss her life while struggling for COVOD-19 palliative donated by the Rivers state government and shared in Elele Kingdom, Ikwerre Local Government Area.
According to Vanguard, the deceased, Mrs. Florence Onuobodo arrived at the venue with others waiting to receive the palliatives. Astampede ensued and she was trampled upon by others who were also struggling to collect the food items. Four other women including a 91-year-old woman sustained varying degrees of injury during thestampede.
Commenting on the incident, a counsellor representing Elele, ward 4, at Ikwerre LGA Legislative Assembly, Emmanuel Amadi, denied the allegation that the process for sharing the palliatives was poorly managed.
Despite being rushed to the hospital, he said the woman unfortunately died.