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“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

The breastly endowed Dora is not taking it lightly with Ozo over his indecision on who he wants to lavish his love on.

Dora who feels she has many options, despite preferring Ozo, wants the light skin housemate to be open and more forthcoming on his romantic relationship.

Dora went as far as saying “I am spending more time with you, and Praise is my spec and you, you are not saying anything. Imagine myself in your shoes, I’m in the middle of left and right. I think I will have to remove myself”

Despite the blank cheque from Dora, Ozo who appears not ready for an emotional engagement applied diplomacy, and repeatedly shy away from baring his mind to Dora. Leaving Dora to lose patience, telling him to go “out of the room and leave me alone”

Surprisingly, within split seconds Ozo was found with Nengi gisting and looking at each other suspiciously. Nengi who seems less distracted on her focus and hunt for Ozo didn’t miss taking advantage of some opportunities to pop relevant ‘booby trap’ questions. What the hell did she mean by ‘ I am always shy when someone says he likes me’ trust the diplomatic Ozo, he immediately dissapointed her by questing “who likes you?”.

Ozo: “when we see tomorrow , it’s gonna be different”

Nengi: “how?”

Ozo: “you won’t need to think about what’s on my mind (feelings)”

Nengi: “we’ll see”

They hugged and said their Good nights.

The days ahead seem very pregnant for BBN as more housemates are coming out of their pretence to shoot their shots.

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“At this point we have surrendered to NCDC, with the opening of interstate borders we no longer have control over who enters our state or not, it is definitely true that we might begin to have a surge in cases across the country and I advise our people that our lockdown should actually begin now.

“By opening our borders and the airways Cross River that is COVID-19 free will have an avalanche… but where the borders are open, our eyes will be open, where the borders are open our medical facilities will remain open. We must prepare for the onslaught. As a state we were the first to close our borders even when the Federal Government was slow in response to COVID-19, as a professor of science I went in to read biology, chemistry, physics and biochemistry books and saw that cloth mask can actually stop particles of the virus from spreading and we were the first state to produce cloth mask for use.

“We are closing the first phase of COVID-19 campaign, I want to specially appreciate my partner (Deputy Governor) for his professorial advice, I wouldn’t succeed without a team that supported our vision, I want to thank everyone in that team and I say congratulations. For the closure of that first phase I want to make a token donation of 30 million naira to our COVID-19 team to share for that sleepless nights, for that difficulty, for that stress that I put you all through in order that our state remain free.

“I like to end by saying Cross River you are the only state that remained strong to the end. I want you all to help me thank God for preserving our lives. Thank you and God bless you “

Those were part of the remarks of Sir Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River state as he declared a closure of what he described as the first phase of COVID-19 response in the state, due to the declaration of a resumption of interstate travels both on land and air, across the country.

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”.