Thursday, 15 October 2015

Akwa Ibom Ceramics Industry set for rehabilitation

Akwa Ibom Ceramics Industry set for rehabilitation

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that no fewer than three investors have undertaken assessment tour of the moribund Quality Ceramics Limited with a view to resuscitating the industry.

The Governor stated this at the Holy Ghost Ambassadors Ministry Uyo, where he attended the child dedication service of Little Miss Ekemini and Etini, daughters of the Member representing Itu State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Idongesit Ituen.

He stated that the industrialization programme of his administration is tilted towards establishing new industries as well as reviving ailing ones to create employment for the Youths of the state. He cited the case of Peacock Paints Limited which has been resuscitated with full blast production to meet the ever increasing demand for the commodity.

Akwa Ibom rural dwellers to smile soon ... as government plans to open up rural communities

Akwa Ibom rural dwellers to smile soon ... as government plans to open up rural communities

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Rural Development, Barr. Ekong Sampson has assured rural communities in the state of the present government’s determination to usher in an era of rural revolution.

Hon. Ekong Sampson in a chat with newsmen in Uyo recently noted that the rural-urban migration as presently experienced, especially, among the youths, was a veritable source of worriness and concern to Udom’s administration who during his electioneering campaigns promised a total face-lift for rural dwellers.

The Commissioner, himself a journalist, explained that no nation or state can boast of touching the lives of her citizenry when it has failed to develop and open up its rural communities through the provision of some basic aminities and infrastructures to the people.

AKSG partners unemployed graduates towards self employment

In pursuance of its avowed resolve to usher in a face lift for unemployed youths in Akwa Ibom State, government is currently working out modalities to empower unemployed graduates to be self employed.
Commissioner for youths and sports, Sir Monday Uko said in an interview with newsmen in his office that, his Ministry in furtherance of this stand point recently convened a meeting with some affected graduates to actualize this government dream.
The Ministry boss noted that, youths unemployment has become a serious source of concern to previous government in the State, prompting the Udom led administration to take the bull by the horns by introducing the graduate unemployment programme.

Eket APC laud Udoma’s appointment …commend PMB’S corruption fight

Eket APC laud Udoma’s appointment …commend PMB’S corruption fight

The Eket chapter of the All Progressive Congress comprising of 12  local government areas in Akwa Ibom has expressed happiness and solidarity over the appointment of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to serve as minister by president Buhari.

Salami in buoyant mood for Burkinabes

Salami in buoyant mood for Burkinabes
Warri Wolves for ward Gbolahan Salami is in positive spirit as Nigeria prepare to face Burkina Faso in a 2016 Chan qualifying game this Saturday.

Salami told that his confidence ahead of the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) comes from the good season he has had with his club in the Nigerian top-flight.

He also believes that most of the players in the Super Eagles camp in Port Harcourt are braced to take to the pitch and strut their stuff in the qualifying game.

I was inspired by Akpabio’s achievements in A’Ibom – Fayemi tells Senate

I was inspired by Akpabio’s achievements in A’Ibom – Fayemi tells SenateI was inspired by Akpabio’s achievements in A’Ibom – Fayemi tells Senate
Barely five months after leaving office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill  Obot Akpabio has continued to receive plaudits for his outstanding performance while in office. The recent encomiums on the Senate Minority Leader came from former Governor of Ekiti State and Ministerial nominee, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

While being screened on the floor of the hallowed chamber, Fayemi noted that he was inspired to build a befitting Government House in Ekiti State when he was the Governor after paying a visit to Akwa Ibom State.

Senate clears Udo Udoma

Senate clears Udo Udoma

The senate on Tuesday cleared Akwa Ibom State nominee Senator Udoma Udo Udoma for ministerial appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

After adopting last Thursday’s votes and proceedings, the senate went into a closed door session to spell out the rules for the screening. Led into the chamber by Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, Senator Udoma took his turn first. Saraki asked him to introduce himself and prepare to answer (Senate) questions.

Udoma said he had not been involved in partisan politics since he left the Senate in 2007. He pledged to contribute his quota to the growth of the country if confirmed. The nominee was asked to “take a bow and go” after he spoke about the need for the country to pay more attention to the economy to the delight of Senator Akpabio who described him as a man of integrity.

Senator Udoma served as Senator from 1999 to 2007 where he was once a Chief Whip and chairman of numerous Senate Committees.

Dr. Ekwere launches book on enterpreneurship

Dr. Ekwere launches book on enterpreneurship
As part of their effort to key into the   State government’s entrepreneurship drive aimed at engaging the youths to be productive and coupled with the new philosophy of DAKKADA in the State, Dr. Akpan Ekwere and Mr. Ebong Ekwere, have launched a book title “Contemporary entrepreneurship development of wealth creation for junior and senior secondary schools and contemporary entrepreneurships development for wealth creation” – A practical approach.
Speaking at the book launch, the author Dr. Ekwere described his mission for the writing of the book as a born out of his personnel experience as a entrepreneur for many years, he said that it has always been in his mind to assist the youth to get out of the streets and be engaged in meaningful ventured.

Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum plans to secure 2nd term for Udom

Uyo Senatorial District Leaders Forum plans to secure 2nd term for Udom
Uyo senatorial District leaders forum in their general meeting at the weekend  has inaugurated committee to makes plan against 2019  to speak with one voice for an Ibibio son to ensured he maintained his seat as the governor of Akwa Ibom State for eight years. 

The meeting which was a clarion call fish out prominent political leaders in Ibibio to fill avoid to meet and plan the inauguration of Ibibio political leaders council as the special purpose vehicle to galvanize Ibibio politicians and speak with one voice in the common interest of Ibibio nation, and to resolved to bury our differences and unite as one to ensure that Ibibio son deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is celebrated and secures a second term come 2019.

Speaking the leader of the USDLF, prince peter Atakpo in his speech during the meeting said that this forum is demonstrated the spirit of oneness, togetherness and a rise to greatness in Ibibio nation in the history of Akwa Ibom State. “We speak with one voice under the platform of Ibibio state union and the rest of our past heroes. He added that the fundamental objectives of the group was to achieved unity, social harmony, justice and liberation from social or economic oppression because if we are unite together we shall be able to do great things’’.

Touts take over Itam Market …illegal fees collectors on the prowl

The Chairman of  Etaha Itam main  Market, Comrade Ukpono  Nta has called on the State Government and Itu Local Government to come to the aid of traders doing business in and around the market in order to save them from the activities of touts who go about collecting illegal fees from the traders and improve the revenue base of the government from the market. 

Comrade Ukpono Nta made this passionate appeal while interacting with our reporter recently in the area. According to him, activities of illegal tolls collection by some disgruntled elements in and around the market environment has reached an alarming stage, therefore there is urgent need for government intervention.

Vincent Enyeama: When the ovation is still high

Vincent Enyeama: When the ovation is still high

Gone are the days when football  evolved around loyalty. Soccer today has taken a new dimension which has seen money pumped into it and it has been yielding results. Success in football can be bought with money and that is why Arsene Wenger once accused Chelsea of “financial doping” when the blues were on a spending spree which eventually brought them the premier league crown in 2005 after 50 years of waiting. 
The concept of loyalty died long ago except for a chosen few who chose to stick and abide by the principle of loyalty with their clubs and national teams. With the nature of today’s game, transition should not also be sacrificed on the altar of loyalty. Transition is paramount not only in football but in our everyday activities because those who have seen and done it all should pave the way for the future breeds.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fined £50,000 by FA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fined £50,000 by FA
Jose Mourinho has been given a sus pended one-match stadium ban and fined £50,000 by the Football Assocation.

The charge comes after the Chelsea manager admitted a breach of FA rules in relation to post-match media comments.

Mourinho was charged for misconduct following the game against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday October 3.

It was alleged his remarks constituted improper conduct in that they alleged and/or implied bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or brought the game into disrepute.

Vincent Enyeama: As Oliseh begins the lonely walk along the slope

Vincent Enyeama: As Oliseh begins the lonely walk along the slope
By Amos Etuk
It happened without any fore sight but the signs were there  though it was waved aside as something that would not brew up to its recent climax, but the current crisis in the senior national team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles has come too early in the tenure of Sunday Oliseh who has failed to learn from history and the travails of his predecessors.

When Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football federation President finally had the courage to boot out Stephen Keshi as the Eagles Manager, the choice of Sunday Oliseh was the obvious as football administrators and stakeholders for once agreed that there was the need to be united in the change at that level and give Oliseh the utmost support to succeed.
The choice was heralded by all including yours sincerely who has been a firm supporter of the Belgium based coach going by his in depth analysis of football and intellectual content he was bringing to the team and it was expected that the new team would be the next step of getting the country to be among Africa’s best in the nearest future.

Ministerial Screening: An analysis so far


This is a personal analysis of the  Senate Ministerial screening of Tuesday,13th October and Wednesday, 14th October 2015. Firstly, most (if not all) of the ministerial nominees so far, are sound and outstanding. Impressive curriculum vitae. Permit me to mention few of the remarkable ones, Fayemi, Fashola, Kachikwu, and Kemi. Lai Mohammed (APC Publicity Secretary), made the Senators laugh most. Surprisingly, he was not asked any questions, rather to bow and go. Ngige and few ex Senators were also asked to take a bow and go.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Cleric donates educational materials to pupils at children’s birthday

Prophet Donald Akpan with his twin children and guests during the birthday ceremony
A renowned Gospel Minister, Prophet Donald George Akpan on Sunday donated exercise books and other educational materials to children who trooped out in large number to attend the 2nd birthday ceremony of his twin children, Victor and Blessing Donald George. Prophet Donald Akpan who is the Minister incharge of  Unique Bible Faith Mission, Abat Town in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, expressed gratitude to God for the gift of the children and for making the day possible.

Abak Ward 4 Councilorship position is for Abak Itenge - Chief Ukpe

A royal father in Abak Urban Ward 4 in Abak Local Government Area, Chief Effiong Ukpe has said that the Councillorship position of the Ward in the forthcoming Councillorship Election is for Abak Itenge Vilage.
Chief Effiong Ukpe, an indigene of Ikot Obong Village, Utu Abak, pointed out that since Abak Itienge is the only Village out of the eight Villages in the Ward that has never produced and elected Councilor,  Abak Itenge should be given the opportunity to produce the next Councilor to represent the Ward. “Since Abak Itenge is the only village out of the eight villages in the Ward that has never tested the councillorship seat, and for justice, equity and fair play, they should be given the opportunity to produce the next councilor of the ward,” the royal father reasoned.

Abak Chairmanship seat: Group drums support for Gabriel Etim

Gabriel Etim
As preparation for next year’s chairmanship election gathers momentum, a socio-political organization in Abak Local Government Area, the Frontline Unity Foundation has declared Obong (Sir) Gabriel Etim as the best material for the Abak Local Government top seat. A statement issued at the end of an enlarged meeting of the organization which took place at Abak  over the weekend and signed by the Chairman Mr. Nsisong Etukudo, Vice Chairman, Mr. Nsikak Tom and Secretary, Mr. Kufre Stephen, the Frontline Unity Foundation noted that since  it is the turn of  Afaha  Obong Clan to produce the next elected Chairman of the council, the organization after carefully assessing all the aspirants that have so far emerged, decided to adopt Obong Gabriel Etim based on his antecedent and excellent track record.

Gov’s wife charges NDE on wealth creation

Martha Emmanuel
The wife of Akwa Ibom state Governor and founder Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Program (FEYREP), Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuelhas calledon the management staff of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) not to relent in their efforts of training unemployed youths and women in the state, saying the administration of Mr. Udom Emmanuel as Governor is committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Students, ors declare support for Governor Udom Emmanuel

Udom Emmanuel
A front line interest group, relevant stakeholders and Nigerian students, has risen in strong defense and support of the Governor, and has also wholeheartedly accepted, hailed and endorsed the Governor’s appointment of Comrade Otobong Aquila Akpan, State Chairman of NANS Joint Campus Committee as his Special Assistant on Student Matters.  These and other positions were scooped by newsmen from the text of a strong worded Letter of Appreciation adressed to His Excellency ‘On the Appointment of Student Matters Aide’, and assented to by over fifty renowned student leaders and activists representing the individual and collective interests of Nigerian students of AkwaIbom origin at home and in the diaspora through their various unions, groups and Associations.

AKICORP backs Udom’s industrialization drive

Executive Chairman, AKICORP, Dr. Elijah Akpan (red tie) in a handshake with Managing Director of Akwa Savings & Loans Ltd, Mr Ekpo & other Management staff
As part of efforts geared towards the actualisation of the industrialisation drive of the Udom Emmanuel-led Administration, the State Government-owned financial institutions have been reassured     of Government readiness to give them a facelift through financial support and patronage, with a view to increasing their capital base and dividend payment to the state. The Executive Chairman of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP), Dr. Elijah Akpan, gave this reassurance while on inspection/familiarisation tour of Akwa Savings & Loans Ltd and Anchor Insurance Company Ltd, in Uyo the State Capital, on Tuesday 6th of October, 2015.

School of Health Technology, Etinan may be shut down


The Akwa Ibom State Government has threatened to shut down the School of Health Technology, Etinan by Wednesday, 14th October, 2015 if the students do not desist from their planned protest to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere and academic activities in the school. This was disclosed during a chat with pressmen by Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the State Commissioner for Health in his office yesterday. Dr. Ukpong expressed displeasure with the planned protest by the students of the institution, describing it as sabotage and gross disobedience to the appeal made by the State Government to address several challenges confronting the school.

Enyina charges Labour leaders to encourage government policies that aid development

The Special Adviser on Labour and Productivity, Mr. Ekpenyong Enyina, has charged labour unions in the State to embrace and encourage government policies and programmes that aid development, adding that government will always remain sensitive to the demands of its civil servants.  Mr. Enyina gave the charge recently while playing host to members of the Trade Union wing of Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) in his office, stressing that the intentions of the Udom Emmanuel’s administration are to uplift the status of civil servants through transformational programmes, reminding them of the Governor’s goodwill when he paid a backlog of gratuities to retired local government employees few months after assumption of office.

Odio community gets village head after 20 years

Chief Samuel Akaso (l) Village Head of Odio with members of the Village Council

Odio Community in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Monday October 5, 2015 officially got a new Village Head, Obong Samuel Akaso after twenty years of tussle and wastage.
Performing the traditional rituals of installation with liberation, the Clan Head of Afaha, Chief Uwem prayed for peace, fruitfulness and prosperity of the area “now that the feud has been put to rest” and a new Village Head enthroned having received a certificate of recognition from the State Government.

Group commends Esit Eket political leader


The political leader of Esit Eket Local Government Area, Elder Benjamin Udobia, C.E.O of Eden Hotel has been commended for his astute political sagacity, youth empowerment and job creation among other achievements. The commendation and vote of confidence was a resolution arrived at in a well-attended meeting of members of Eket Federal Constituency movement (EFECOM) on Sunday in Eket.
In a communique signed by its National President, Prince U. Ubong, Comrade Isaiah Ataka, Comrade John Ayina and Pastor Abigail Effanga, the group passed a vote of confidence on Elder BenjiUdobia for leading the people of Eket Federal Constituency into the proper political perspective since the days of Governor AkpanIsemin.

Fans unhappy with Mish’s wedding plan

Mish and Nosa
Things do not seem to go well with popular Akwa Ibom musician Mish over his decision to wed his heartthrob Nosa come October 24th at Abuja.  Some of his fans took to his Facebook account to express anger and disappointment over his choice of venue for the wedding. Mish gained popularity after singing the famous “Akwa Ibom Ayaya” which was at the time an anthem in the state but has decided to wed his wife to be at Abuja.

Google Developers Group to hold developers’ festival in Uyo

An Akwa Ibom based Technology Group known as Google Developers Group (GDG) is set to hold a Developers’ event tagged Developers’ Festival (DevFest) in Uyo on 20th of November, 2015.
The event which will be held at the Ibom e-library conference hall will witness the lunching of three (3)  Technology Startups.

Commissioner calls on UNICEF to integrate capacity building

The State Commissioner of Economic Development, Dr. Emmanuel Ating Onwioduokit, has called on the United Nations Children Fund(UNICEF) to integrate capacity building into its work plan, especially for staff of the Ministry of Economic Development to enable the latter offer effective leadership and guidance to other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in matters of planning and policy formulation.
Dr. Emmanuel Onwioduokit made the call  when a joint team from the National Planning Commission, Abuja and UNICEF paid a courtesy call to him last Tuesday.

Information Ministry debuts Weekly News bulletin

Mr. Aniekan Umanah
The maiden edition of Weekly News Bulletin published by Akwa Ibom Ministry of Information and Communications will hit newsstand and government domain from Monday next week.  The publication which is in A3 format, four pages and full colour print will feature a pot-pourri of activities, programmes and policies of the state government ministries, agencies including achievements and challenges from the local government areas.

INI crises: Itu Mbonuso TRC hails Govt’s decision on centres closure, endorses sanction for resolution felons

Based on the resolution of the Transition Committee, Ini Local Government Council closing down multiple celebration centres in Itu Mbonuso Clan which was constantly characterized by violence during official functions, the Traditional Rulers in the Clan has applauded the decision describing the move as a welcome development. In a letter of commendation to the Ini Local Government Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. Etetim Anwatim signed by the Paramount Ruler of IniLocal Government Area, HRM Ntoeng Udo Effiong Akpan; Secretary, Itu Mbonuso TRC, Chief Akpan Dickson; Leader of Ini LGA, Obong Otu Robert Akpan and all the Village Heads in the Clan and made available to newsmen, the royal fathers pressed on government to “deal decisively with any person or persons who would want to go contrary to the decision of the council on the said matter.”

Udom is sensitive to workers -Anietie Etuk


The Special Adviser to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Political and Legislative Affairs, Rt. Hon. Anietie Etuk has clarified the vexed issue of the State Government’s proposed new tax regime. The Nsit Ibom born former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly stated this when he interacted with our reporter over the weekend.

Iboro Ekanem floors Paul Owoh again

Hon. Iboro Ekanem
The judicial victory base of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State in the last general election has continued to swell with the dismissal of yet another petition challenging the party’s electoral victory. On Thursday, the National and State House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal  sitting in Kubwa, Abuja dismissed a petition brought before it by Hon Paul Owoh of Accord Party challenging the  election of Hon. Iboro Ekanem as the member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

A’Ibom  Govt. to pay compensation using bio-metric capturing system

Mr Ephraim Inyang
Akwa Ibom State Government has evolved a Bio-Metric Capturing System in the payment of compensation on buildings marked down for demolition along highways to be constructed within the state. The Commissioner for Works Mr Ephraim Inyang dropped the hint while fielding questions from Government House correspondents, at Onna Local Government Area where he went on road project inspection.
He said that the exercise, which will involve video recording of the process of payment to the beneficiaries, will commence  on Monday, 12th October 2015  along roads affected by the remodeling work in Eket Local Government Area.

Ikono political leadership and the persecutions of a messiah, by Ubong Sampson

Mr. Emmanuel Ukpong Udo
For a while now, I have been observing events unfold within the polity of Ikono local government area. Though I initially picked no interest in them, the dimension it later assumed forced my interest out of its reservoir. Laughable or annoying, as they may appear to anyone, depending on his view of it; truth is, more than enough of the fight for political supremacy and power has been on the screen for public view, and even enough to attract the eyes of many.

FOC warn officers against conniving with crude oil bunkerers in A’Ibom

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir on Friday warned men and officers of navy against conniving with oil bunkerers and crude oil theft in the state.
Abdulkadir gave the warning during an inspection tour of naval formations in Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Mbo and NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom. He explained that henceforth naval personnel who participates and connived with the oil theft and oil bunkering would be arrested and prosecuted.

Government is to map out new strategies to increase revenue

Akwa Ibom State government is to map out new strategies to increase and expand its revenue base.
The Commissioner for Finance , Mr. Akan Okon who made this known in Uyo while addressing Stakeholders in the revenue subsector across the State said that in view of the imbalance in the overhead cost over the actual revenue receipts occasioned by the drop in oil price, it was expedient to innovate new strategies to improve the IGR. Mr. Okon who hinted that the vision of the present  administration is to diversify the State’s economy such that the oil price fluctuation will not destabilize the State’s affairs, charged  the revenue stakeholders to be proactive by fashioning out ways to harness untapped revenue streams in the State,as well as develop a critical framework to support revenue collection.

Gov Udom Emmanuel advocates effective tax education in Nigeria

The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has advocated effective tax education  in Nigeria with the view to motivating high degree of compliance by the people. The Governor was speaking while declaring open the Mandatory Professional Training Program of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN),in Uyo.
Represented by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon, Governor Emmanuel who described tax as a major source of government’s revenue in most countries which is a civic duty of every eligible citizen to pay, however decried the high rate of tax evasion and avoidance in Nigeria.

Rot in Akwa Savings

*  How MD is killing State owned financial institution
*  Company on the brink of total extinction
*  May be scrapped by CBN

Mr. Godwin Ekpo, MD of Akwa Savings and Loans Limited


In spite of Government’s concerted efforts to stamp out corruption in all sectors of the economy, states and the country at large, it appears the self-acclaimed MD of Akwa Savings and Loans Limited, Mr. Godwin Ekpo is neck-deep in financial mess, bribery and other fraudulent dealings within the company. A competent source within the establishment told THE INK in confidence that Mr.  Godwin Ekpo has succeeded in imposing himself as the MD of Akwa Savings and Loans Limited against all known law and has thus used the position to subject the workers to pains and untold hardship with his management style.  The position, we gathered was held by Mr. Effiong Akwa who is now the Personal Accountant to the Managing Director of NDDC, Barr. Dan Abia.

Security expert calls for formation of vigilante groups in Eket


Following the upsurge of criminal activities in Eket in recent times, the Village Chairman of Okopedi Community in Eket Local Government Area, Obong Peter Edemumoh has called for full implementation of community policing strategy via formation of vigilante groups in the oil city.  Obong Edemumoh, a retired police officer and an expert in security matters made the call on Sunday in reaction to robbery attack Friday on resident of Mkpok in Eket.

A’Ibom Governor floats credit scheme, donates a bus to Traders Union

Akwa Ibom State Government has boosted its drive towards  the realisation of the vision for Wealth Creation by presenting funds to it citizens to enable them break even in their various enterprises.
The fund which is made available through the Micro Scale And Medium Enterprises is to cater for one thousand beneficiaries who are mostly traders. The percentage of  disbursement is sixty five for Women while the Men will access the remaining thirty five.

Ekere Afia Connives with UCCDA in Criminal Land- Grab scandal

*  Fmr lawmaker drags AKSG into Ifa Etoi messy land deal, says govt. is taking over lands Authority issues 21day demolition notice

*  Indigenes deny selling land to govt, to petition AKSG

*  Community, developers head to court


A former member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for Uyo State Constituency, Ekere Afia has gotten himself into a fix on dubious land deals he purportedly transacted during his tenure as lawmaker. The properties in contention belonged to many families in Ifa Ikot Akpan Etoi, Uyo Local Government Area before they were sold out to developers. Last weekend, the community and property developers in the area were shocked to receive a “final demolition notice” with a 21day ultimatum from Uyo Capital City Development Authority, (UCCDA), to uproot developing and developed properties on the areas in contention of face demolition. The officials of the Authority who came with some policemen told the people that the structures are erected on government land and that government is taking over the properties. The notice was signed by the chairman of the Authority/Chief Executive attached to all the structures.

Need to tame unethical Journalism by Idris Mabadeje


It is for the purpose of guiding individual members of different professions that codes of ethics are formulated to stipulate acceptable standards of behaviour, below which members are deemed to have erred. Professionals in every field of endeavour, by virtue of their training, are assumed to be capable of making judgements and applying acquired skills to arrive at informed decisions while dealing with their clients.
In journalism, dealing with a mass clientele that requires timely, and credible information to make socio-political and economic decisions, especially in a democracy, imposes a huge responsibility on practitioners to come across at all times, as dependable allies in the tasks of human development and nation-building.
Across many nations of the world, codes of ethics for journalists otherwise known as canons of journalism, share common principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability in news gathering and dissemination.

Poverty: Nigeria’s timeless challenge by Priscilla Christopher


Activities for Nigeria’s 55th anniversary had longed commenced; what was probably left is the dawn of this epochal day and here we are. Nigeria is celebrating another year of robust economic, infrastructural, social developments, and other strides it has recorded all the way. Without mincing words, Nigeria has truly come of age in terms of development in all sectors of its economy. There have been tremendous changes in the pattern of operation thus, leading to a sharp contrast between the ancient pattern of things and what is obtainable today. This is seen in the maturity showcased and enlightenment garnered by leaders as the years go by.

We’ll bridge the gap between demand and supply - Aks Agric Commissioner

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources Dr Mathew Nathan Ekaette, has stated that the state government is ready to ensure there is food sufficiency, thereby meeting with the ever increasing demands for agricultural products. He made the declaration during the flagging off this year’s Second Season Planting at the Seed Multiplication Farm, in Eket Local Government Area. Dr. Ekaette who expressed appreciation to the Governor for his commitment towards the development of agriculture in the state also said the Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency is a child of necessity, stressing that the committee has what it takes to reposition farming in the state. he called on the people of Akwa Ibom state to invest in farming, while pledging the continued support of the ministry, especially in the area of mechanisation and fertilizers.

Pilgrim’s Board of Fraud

* AKHA stops sales of forms
* summons Board Secretary for interrogation
* citizens commend Lawmaker


The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly last Thursday directed Pilgrim Welfare Board to put on hold the ongoing selling of 2015 Pilgrim forms due to the alleged fraud that has marred the activities of the board.
This was brought to the notice of the House of Assembly through a Matter of Urgent Public Importance by the member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh during plenary.
Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh in his motion had informed the House that he has received a lot of petitions against the Pilgrim Welfare Board from his constituents as well as the general public over what they described as fraudulent activities in the board, citing a situation where thousands of people would buy the pilgrim forms and at the end of the exercise, names of selected few would be published for the trip.

Udom in hot soup

* Faces very fierce battle at home
* Ekid nation Stakeholders say Governor’s appointments deliberate to scheme them out
* May back UOU incase of a re-run

Udom Emmanuel

Leaders and Stakehold ers of different socio-cultural groups in Ekid nation are not happy with the state Governor Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. They made this known to our reporters in Eket, Esit Eket and Uyo Local Government Areas in an interaction over the weekend. The group alleged that the state Chief Executive is bias, insincere, dishonest and not christianly in his appointments so far. They opined that Mr. Udom Emmanuel has shown enough sectionalism in the discharge of the duties of his office especially as evident in the appointment that he has so far made.

Tony Akan: A unifying force in Uruan LG by Kufre Etuk

Tony Akan

In a political clime like Nigeria where elected officers and political office holders often make themselves demi-gods to their subjects, it will be totally unthinkable for anybody to believe that there could be a politician, in this part of the country, who sees fame and extravagant life style as unnecessary to his calling. Such politician could be said to be a pretender whose real character is masked within the frontier of his political interest with the aim of currying supports from his people to further his political course. But when such life style is consistent with the person in question for many years, such can be said to be his character. Therefore, show me a politician who snubs his supporters after election and I will show you a man who has turned his house into human friendly centre. A man who spends every day of his existence listening to his people and assisting them in all human possible ways. A politician who takes everybody around him as his sibling and deny no one his right. A peaceful gentleman who believes that promotion comes from God, and as such, whoever God chooses to lead him and his people deserves their support. Show me the people’s leader, pathfinder, father to the poor, students-friendly captain, and I will tell you that Rt. Hon. Tony Akan is the one.

AKS 28th Anniversary Celebration: Itu hails, Udom Emmanuel, prominent sons

Udom Emmanuel
The people of Itu  Local Government Area have congratulated the Akwa ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel on what they described as his record-breaking 100 days in office. The people who described the governor as pragmatic, prudent, dutiful and diligent leader enjoined all well meaning Akwa Ibomites to support the Governor in his pursuit of transforming the economy of the state from a civil service and pedestrian economy to an economic giant with auspicious technological strides through his current industrialization and investment drive in the state.

A’Ibom Government to re-invest in agriculture

As part of Akwa Ibom State Government’s plan to boast it industrial take off, Akwa Palms Limited; an Agro-allied  Investment in Esit Eket Local Government Area is to be reactivated to help create employment and sustain the economy of the state. Governor Emmanuel announced this while flagging off this year’s Second Season Planting at the Seed Multiplication Farm, in Eket Local Government Area.
The Governor  who acknowledged that the state is blessed with arable land and weather which favour all season cultivation  stated that his administration is determined to redirect focus from oil to agriculture which had been the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy.

Borrowing govt! Again Udom moves to borrow N1b

Udom Emmanuel

Just two weeks after the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly approved a loan request for Akwa State Government to loaned 10 billion Naira from Excess Crude Oil Account of the Federal Government, the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel last Thursday sent a letter to the House of Assembly seeking approval for Akwa Ibom State to partake in the Central Bank of Nigeria Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS).

Illegal sales of Govt. properties: Usoro Akpanusoh takes case to AKHA

Usoro Akpanusoh

Following verbal complaints and series of petitions received by the member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Hon. (Dr) Usoro Akpanusoh on the illegal selling of State Government Properties in Uyo capital city, the lawmaker through a motion of Urgent Public Importance during last Thursday’s plenary called on the House of Assembly to revoke all the sales of government properties without due process within Uyo Capital City and its environs. Usoro Akpanusoh in a motion titled ‘Revocation of sales of government properties in Uyo capital city and its environs’, said there has been consistent out-burst recently by concerned citizens of Akwa Ibom State on flagrant abuse of constitutional functions by operators of some government agencies, collaborating with unpatriotic individuals and cohorts to dispose of government properties within Uyo Capital City and its environs without due process.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Udo Udoma: The trouble(s) of a goldfish


I envisage this to be one of the easiest of all jobs I have done so far in the writing business. Not that the content is expected to be any less than the lots, but merely that I have as a subject matter, a man whose story is to the people as familiar as the biblical story of Christ’s birth and crucifixion is to christians. In essence, the foregoing will be discussing a man whose records is already known to all. The story of Late Justice Egbert Udo Udoma is one I was privileged to be familiar with at a tender age. Then as an indigene of Ikot Abasi before the creation of Mkpat Enin, the renowned legal legend hard escaped any topic of discuss my dad had

NAAKISS President advices Abak students

Mfon Umoh
The President National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) University of Uyo, Comrade Mfon Umoh has urged students of Abak Local Government origin to rise and support Governor Udom Emmanuel’s “Dakkada Initiative”.

Church salutes Speaker, Commissioner, TC Chairman, ors

Uwem Ita Etuk
The Mount Zion Lighthouse Full Gospel Church, Mbierebe Obio Diocese, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area has rejoiced with Hon. Aniekan Uko on his victory at the April 11, 2015 State House of Assembly election, inauguration into office and subsequent emergence as the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. The Church in a congratulatory message signed by the Superintendent, Apostle (Dr). Sylvester Ibanga (JP) described the emergence of an illustrious son of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly as meritorious, well-deserved and the best thing to happen to the good people of the area.

Udom Emmanuel is the best Governor in Nigeria - Udosen

Dr. Emmanuel Udosen
Having assessed the performance of all the Governors that were inaugurated on 29th May, 2015, the Transition Committee Chairman for Abak Local Government Area, Dr. Emmanuel Udosen has described Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the best performing Governor in Nigeria.
Dr. Udosen who spoke with journalists during the 55th Independence Celebration at Abak Township Stadium, pointed out that within his first 100 days in office, some industries that were moribund like the Peacock Paint, Etinan have been revived, stressing that the industry has the capacity to employ more than 5000 people.

Udom Emmanuel will liberate A’Ibom - Udo-Okoh

A former chapter officer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abak local government area, Mr. Aniedi Joseph has said that the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel is a God-sent man who has come to liberate Akwa Ibom.
Mr. Aniedi Joseph popularly known as ‘Udo-Okoh”, who spoke with our reporter at Abak, described Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s first 100 days in office as very eventful. “Our dear Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel is a man that will liberate Akwa Ibom. He is a God-sent person to change things around for the good and betterment of our people. Within his first 100 days in office, he has performed marvelously well. All we should do is to join hands together and support him with prayers to succeed”, the former PDP chapter officer appealed.

AKHA will not muzzle the press-Chairman, Information Committee

Hon. Ime Okon

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Ime Okon has said that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has no intention to muzzle the press, rather the House is willing and ready to engage the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other critical stakeholders in the sector to properly regulate the publication and distribution of newspapers to engender respect and honour for the practice of journalism in Akwa Ibom State.

Poor attendance at work: Monitoring Committee blames it on lack of supervision

The State Civil Service Monitoring Committee says Directors of Administration and Heads of Units are not doing enough to supervise their staff’s attendance at work. The Chairman of the Committee, Mrs. Eno Offiong gave the Committee’s position when she led members on monitoring visits to the State Civil Service Commission, Ministry of Lands and Town Planning, Bureau of Labour, Productivity and Public Service Matters, Ministry of Rural Development, the General Services Office and Office of the Head of Civil Service.

2015 National carnival to hold November 21st; 700 Akwa Ibom contingents to participate

L-R: Mr. John Offfiong, Commissioner for Culture & Tourism - Otuekong Emmanuel Ibiok and South-South 2015 Carnival Coordinator - Mr. Victor Thompson during a press briefing ...recently

All is now set for the 2015 edition of the Nigeria National Carnival to kick start. The carnival which will take place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is slated for the 21st to 24th of November, this year.
Briefing pressmen on Tuesday of the activities earmarked for the event at the conference room, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Otuekong Emmanuel Ibiok said the theme of the carnival is “The Creative Industry: Pivot for Economic Growth”, and is born out of the fact that the Nation’s creative industry (Arts and Culture) is abound with enormous tourism potentials capable of growing the National economy.

Season of blackmail by Kenneth Jude

Gov. Udom
These are unusual times. It’s a season where politics has assumed a horrendous dimension. Everything and anything are just happening with dizzying speed. Talk about blackmail and laying claim to another’s intellectual property and you won’t be further from true state of things. No institution appears safe in this potpourri of happenstances.  As the state Government went to town with the dakkada initiative, its opponents laid an ominous ambush. While the Udom Emmanuel led administration saw the catchword from a standpoint of rebirth and regeneration in all strata of life, the opposition All Progressives Congress turned the buzz word on its head. They simply asked the Governor to make haste to vacate his seat for Umana Okon Umana who is seeking for the nullification of Udom’s April 11 victory at the polls. As if that was not enough, those who have sworn by their breathe never to recognise Deacon Udom Emmanuel as Governor said the dakkada phrase is another ploy to set off another round of pilfering spree as was the trademark of the immediate past administration.

Aniefiok in a shrine

The word “every” has the same meaning as: all, each, full, total, entire, complete, all possible. It is used to say how often something happens or is done. The word is used with singular nouns to refer to all the members of a group of things or people – every single, everyone, every individual, one and all, all and sundry, the whole world.
Hi! Dear reader, do you believe that God created every thing? If you do, then it means you and I are among the created things. By the way, are you a good or a bad thing? Permit my apparent rudeness, crudeness, indecency or vulgarity. But, whether you are a living thing or a non-living thing, you are a thing. Yes, whether you join a rat race or not doesn’t change you from remaining a rat. Mr./Mrs. Something, are you righteous or evil? Whatever you claim you are or wherever you place yourself, you are a creature of the Uncreator Creator and, as Wale Adenuga describes you, you are only “a pencil in the hand of the Creator”. Know it, dear reader, that the men and women mentioned in the Bible, in the kuran or any Holy Writ, cum those outside, are but as you are. We are all God’s handiwork or handicraft. He made a wonderful construction of us (the men) then, with self-congratulations, He worked extra time using our ribs to form (not create) women. That’s why you see women so beautiful, sweet and tender. A round of applause for our great God, oh – Jare!

Nigeria at 55: Prophet Uyoata harps on peace and national unity

Prophet Uyoata Umoh
As Nigeria celebrates her 55th Independence Anniversary, a renowned Gospel Minister in the state, Prophet Uyoata Umoh JP has called on Nigerians to pray to God for peace and national unity. Prophet Umoh who made the call while delivering a Sermon at Divine City Ministry International, Uruk Uso, Otoro Abak, assured that with continuous prayers, Nigeria has a very bright future.

Abak celebrates 55th Independence in grand style

Dr. Emmanuel Udosen taking salute
Activities marking the 55th Independence Celebration in Abak Local government area were rounded off yesterday, 1st October, 2015 with a march pass by school children, uniform organizations and cultural displays at Abak Township Stadium. The Transition Committee Chairman for the area, Dr. Emmanuel Udosen who read the President’s address and also took the salute, noted that Akwa Ibom State has been blessed with good leaders especially in the past nine years.

2015 African Arts and Crafts Expo: Akwa Ibom leads the pack

The Akwa Ibom State Contingent to the just concluded 2015 African Arts and Crafts Expo (AFAC) has emerged the overall winner in the highly competitive exhibition which attracted exhibitors from States from across the country and beyond. This year’s event coincided with the 40th Anniversary of the National Council for Arts and Culture as an establishment. Held under the theme, “Stimulating Economic Growth Potentials of the Nigerian Culture Industry”, the Arts and Craft Expo which lasted for about three weeks created a platform for participating States and Countries to showcase their various arts, crafts and cultural potentials to woo investors and tourists alike.

Civil Servants, ors threaten to shut down State economy

* NLC, TUC say govt explanation not enough
* It is suspicious - Hiltop Mansion workers


Despite the Udom Emmanuel led government attempts to justify what they termed as Tax Rebirth in Akwa Ibom State and which must be paid by all Civil Servants in the State Government employ, civil servants in the state have drawn a battle line insisting that it is either they proceed on a protest strike or stay in the Civil service to sabotage it. Workers who spoke to our reporters at the Idongesit Nkanga secretariat expressed anger over the manner the state Government moved to impose the tax Rebirth policy on them. They reasoned that it was government’s height of wickedness.

Udoma Udo Udoma: Buhari’s anniversary gift to Nigerians by Thompson Ekpo

There is a maxim which maintains that a king is known by the minister he appoints. A King who is unserious with the ideological contents of his cabinet will correspondingly appoint unserious people in the business of governance into his office. In the other hand, a serious king with the business of governance will be diligent in forming his cabinet without undue interference. It is the above maxim that really informed president Buhari’s diligence in constituting his cabinet and not necessarily slowness insinuated in some quarters. Perhaps, negative political behaviors of some past political office holders might also account for his carefulness.
With the level of information technology in advanced countries, it is rather easy to carry out research into the antecedents of potential political appointees. This is so because the record is always readily available. This apart, people in developed democracies have the courage to willingly give out information for or against political gladiators no matter the immediate gain or loss.

Poverty: Nigeria’s timeless challenge by Priscilla Christopher

Activities for Nigeria’s 55th anniversary had longed commenced; what was probably left is the dawn of this epochal day and here we are. Nigeria is celebrating another year of robust economic, infrastructural, social developments, and other strides it has recorded all the way. Without mincing words, Nigeria has truly come of age in terms of development in all sectors of its economy. There have been tremendous changes in the pattern of operation thus, leading to a sharp contrast between the ancient pattern of things and what is obtainable today. This is seen in the maturity showcased and enlightenment garnered by leaders as the years go by.

AK First Lady condoles with PDP Chapter Woman Leader

Martha Udom
The wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel recently  paid a condolence visit to the  PDP chapter woman leader in Eastern Obolo LGA Mrs. Nenna Sunday Franklyn over the demise of her husband late Mr. Sunday Franklyn, from Okoroete town, Eastern Obolo Local Government Area, who died at the age of 57.

A’Ibom indigenes in the diaspora pledge support for Governor Udom Emmanuel

Apart from throwing    its full weight behind the industrialization policy of Udom Emmanuel’s administration; Akwa Ibom Indigenes in the Diaspora say they will embark on a $500 million worth medical mission to the state in March 2016. The President of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, AKISAN, the umbrella body of Akwa Ibom indigenes resident in the United States of America, Britain and other foreign countries.  Mr. John Etim, bared the minds of the diasporan community during a media parley organized by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora matters Mr Joseph EtukUdoh , during their visit to Uyo in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the AkwaIbom State creation.

I never defrauded AKNC -Aniekan Umanah

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah has described as false and laughable, allegations of pocketing part of the N50m meant for Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, AKNC, as reported in some state-based opposition newspapers.
Reacting to the story in his office, the Commissioner said the N50m intervention by the State government, was paid directly into the account of the AKNC and that the Ministry of Information has no control over the said account.

Quality education a top priority of Gov. Udom Emmanuel - AKSG

Akwa Ibom State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring qualitative education at all levels in the State, particularly the continued upgrade of infrastructure and facilities in public schools. While decrying the spate of  conspiracy and blackmail against the State government on the state of educational infrastructure, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, disclosed that about 2,500 blocks of classrooms have so far been constructed and rehabilitated in about 1,162 primary schools and 244 secondary and technical schools across the State.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015



By Nsibiet John

The news broke out that the nation’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has jettisoned all pressures from politicians and pressure groups from Akwa Ibom and then moved ahead to nominate Senator Udoma Udo Udoma into his cabinet as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a manner that left many a Nigerian with great sighs of excitement.

It is interesting and commendable that Mr. President made this appointment. It is to a right thinking person one appointment that has restored the deeply wounded confidence of the people on the President. It was least expected that Udoma will return to the service of the nation in the capacity he is being linked to as it is.

Given this nomination of Udoma Udo Udoma by Buhari into the Federal Executive council, it appears that the change the Presidency talked about will be a real change. It looks like this era of change will bring positive changes.

Akwa Ibom people are happy with the President owing to this appointment, the Niger Delta Region is happy with Buhari and indeed the whole of south-South Nigeria views this appointment as one nomination that will set the ship of governance into motion and a motion that will accommodate all Nigerians from all walks of life.

So many people have commented on the nomination of Udoma Udo Udoma by the presidency, while a vast majority of the people has thumbed it up, people of very shallow minds, people who have since perfected the art of lazy layers of reasoning are of the negative opinions. They cite irrelevant reasons and excuses as to why Udoma Udo Udoma should not have been considered into the FEC.

But then, President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation’s leader at a time like this understands that Nigeria needs to move forward irrespective of political colouration. The President Understands that in as much as he belongs to a political Party, he will not have to sacrifice merit on the altar of Politics and that defines his choices of ministers.

A quick look at the list as sent to the Senate and made to the knowledge of Nigerians show a mix of politicians, professionals and technocrats. Senator Udoma Udo Udoma falls into all of these classes. But the,n Udoma in this case should be seen as more professional and technocratic than political. This does not mean that Udoma is not a politician. He is. Otherwise how do you explain the fact that he served Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District meritoriously as her distinguished Senator for eight straight years?

The positives over the appointment of Udoma by Buhari far outweigh the negatives. If one will have to reason why the Ikot Abasi man was found fit to be so nominated by Buhari, then the answer will be that Udoma’s choice is on merit. There is no right thinking individual who can fault Buhari on this singular nomination.

The nominee is one Nigerian whose honesty, dedication to service and commitment to duties are legendary. This is a personality that has since carved an enviable niche for himself; his tentacles are spread over everywhere and his footprints stands the taste of time. To me his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari is divine. This is because in this era of change where the President is shopping for a Pan Nigerian person to help move Nigeria forward, Udoma because the answer. He has been diligent in his work and faithful in his calling. He is never found wanting. Not a new man to public service, set to demonstrate what he knows how to do best.

Earlier, Udoma upon the return of Democracy in 1999 had contested and won elections into the upper hallowed chambers of the National Assembly where he represented Eket Senatorial District for eight years. During his time, he fought whole heartedly and open-mindedly for the resources of the people. He rallied and with the help of his colleagues, he was able to attract Government attention to the predicaments and the unfortunate situation of the people of the Niger Delta region. That was not all. He aligned forces with former Governor of the State Obong Victor Attah and Senator Ita Solomon Enang who was then in the House of Representatives, together, the battle for resource control was won.

After this, Udoma did not demonstrate greed and emptiness. He avoided carefully the temptation of running for the Governorship of Akwa Ibom State after his eight years in the Senate. He also avoided the temptation of returning to the Senate. He was qualified to have contested the Governorship seat of the State but he restricted himself. Some politicians would have, with the resource control battle won ran speedily to contest so that he will be a major beneficiary of the money that will accrue to the state. At least, he was going to be in charge, the one to circulate and supervise, in fact superintend over the allocation of the money.

But that is not the style of Udoma Udoma. His style is quiet and compelling. His style is to stay with the people, support the people, help the people, develop the people, encourage the people and build bridges of unity across the divide. The allure of capitalizing on his position to victimize innocent Nigerians is not related to Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma.  

 These noble legacies of Udoma were quickly identified by the Federal Government and other International agencies who sought for the distinguished Senator’s services. We can recall he was invited to head the United African Companies. He did excellently well. He delivered to the impression of Nigerians and the whole of Africa.

Udoma  Udoma have been and is and will continue to be a detribalized Nigerian, a leader with the fear of God and a man who does not rest until he gets something done. What Nigeria and especially Akwa Ibom needs today is a leader that understands what leadership means. We need a man who can stand in the gap for the people. For me, I see Udoma Udoma in this appointment as a man on whose shoulders rests the aspirations of our people. I see him as a model that should be studied. I am optimistic, I am certain the he will deliver to the admiration of the people.

This is because the Udoma’s appointment is one that has united the people of the state. This is an appointment that has been largely celebrated by Akwa Ibom people of all walks and life. We celebrate this nomination; Akwa Ibomites either in the PDP, APC, Labour, Accord and other parties are standing up tall to celebrate this appointment. Few ramblers notwithstanding, methinks it’s a Buhari’s first and Akwa Ibom people are proud to be a part of his first. 

We must be proud that the President has identified the talent and sincerity in Udoma. We must be proud that in this era where politics have since beclouded the sense of reasoning of some of our supposed elites, someone in the mould of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has stood out as one of the many remnants that is now the Chief corner stone for our state
We celebrate this appointment and wish Udoma a sweet sail as he is expected to take a bow at the senate during his screening. We are optimistic that Udoma Udo Udoma will as usual make us proud. He needs to ignore detractors and his work should be of the people, for the people and by the people. I am certain he will deliver. CONGRATULATIONS SIR, AKWA IBOM AND NIGERIA ARE PROUD OF YOU