Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Gov. tasks youths to use formal education for economic dev.

GovernorUdom Emmanuel has called on graduates in the country to look beyond their fields of specialization in their quest to make ends meet, saying the dynamic nature of today’s society is dictated by ideas rather than certificates. 

Speaking at a Variety Night organised for the Batch ‘B’ National Youth Service Corps members at the State Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai, the Governor urged youths to see education as a foundation for self actualisation, which should stimulate their thinking and propel them to break new grounds in coping with the challenges of the dynamic society.

LG boss advises widows against cursing children

Widows in the State have been asked to refrain from heaping curses on their children to enable them fulfil their destiny in life.

The Ika Transition Committee Chairman, Mr. Marcus Macdonald speaking last Tuesday, during a meeting by Women Advocacy and Support Centre (WASC) Uyo, rather urged widows to always pray for their children to be prosperous.
Saying he was an example of the message of Dakkada, Mr. Macdonald said as a son of a widow who did not give up hope, he encouraged himself with the help of his mother and studied hard to be what he is today.

The Ika Council boss said that Ika Transition Committee, through the Ika Community Enhancement Programme will soon give financial support to widows in Ika and train youths in relevant skills.

Info Commissioner extols professional broadcasters, media workers

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah has acknowledged the contributions of professional broadcasters and media workers to the growth of society.

Mr. Umanah, who made the acknowledgment last Wednesday, when members of the Association of Professional Broadcasters, Akwa Ibom State branch paid him a courtesy visit at his ministry’s headquarters,  observed that broadcasters and the media have contributed meaningfully towards uplifting the society through enlightenment, education and entertainment programmes.

Charging the group to key into the governor Udom Emmanuel’s Dakkada philosophy of greatness, the Commissioner said “broadcasters have been doing a great job in keeping the country healthy in many ways.” 

SA charges retirees on State development

The Special Adviser, Bureau of Political and Legislative Affairs, Mr. Anietie Etuk has admonished retirees in the State to assist in nurturing younger workers in the service and to lend their wealth of experience to the development of the state. 

 Mr Etuk, who stated this when the Akwa Ibom Retirees Initiative paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Uyo, extolled the group for their unity, focus and dexterity even after retirement, noting that the present administration was passionate about the welfare of retirees and senior citizens of the state.

Federation cup: Akwa united are champions

Akwa United FC of Uyo has emerged this year’s champion of Federation Cup after beating Lobi Stars of Makurdi 2-1 to lift the Cup for the first time.

In a final match played at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, last Sunday, Nnamso Edo scored the first goal for Akwa United in the 37th minutes of the epic encounter, while Awakan Abdulafeez doubled the lead for the Uyo Club in the 69th minute., , , 

However, Lobi Stars of Makurdi that has won the cup once and played five times in the finals of the cup pulled out one goal through a free kick at the stoppage time.

Dep Speaker Congratulates Akwa Utd over victory

More reactions  have continued to trailed the recent qualified of Akwa United football club of Uyo to the federation cup coming up in 2016 against Lobi stars of Markurdi.

The latest is from the member representing Oron/Udung Uko State constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Effiong Bassey. 

The lawmaker who was reacting shortly after the football tournament where the boys won with 2 goals against 1, described them as the ‘dakkada’ Ambassadors of sport who have made the State proud.

For the girl-child, FEYREP embarks on road walk

Wife of the Governor and founder of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP), Mrs.  Martha Udom Emmanuel and a cross section of Akwa Ibom people hit the streets of Uyo on a road walk to sensitize the girl-child on the need to uphold her dignity.

 During the colourful event, which had women and youths turn out enmass and geared in FEYReP’s attire, the Governor’s wife admonished young girls in the state to keep away from bad company and abstain from all forms of sexual vices which could endanger their future . According to her, “abstinence is the only sure way for girls to avoid being victims of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Finance boss tasks public servants on removal of miscreants

Public servants in the state have been  tasked to see the on-going personnel audit as their own by collaborating with government in weeding out miscreants from government payroll.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akan Okon, while addressing representatives of MDAs and LECs during a meeting at the Ministry of Finance headquarters, Uyo last Friday, said the essence of the meeting was to find out why some MDAs were yet to comply with the directive of submitting their new nominal roll according to specified format, with the view to forestalling delay in the payment of staff salary.

Save our lives - Ewet, Eniong Offot residents cry out

Residents of Ewet  and neighbouring villages in Uyo Local Government Area have sent a save-our-life message to the state government to rescue them from the gully erosion menace that is almost rendering them homeless.

Already, the erosion has destroyed about 10 residential buildings, business premises, farmlands and economic trees worth millions of naira. 

Mostly affected are: Cardinal Ekandem Seminary dormitory, Pagus Hotel, Eniong Offot, Keniss Hotel, Eniong Offot, Sermony Gospel Mission, Ewet and a poultry farm owned by a resident of the community while The Apostolic Church, Eniong Offot is at the verge of destruction.

Resign or key into Govt programmes and policies - Perm Sect

Principals-General and teachers in the State who have refused to key into government programmes and policies have been advised to resign rather than sabotage government efforts.

The Permanent Secretary, State Secondary Education Board, Elder Akpan Solomon Akpan, who was on an unscheduled visit to schools in the rural areas, expressed disappointment with some Principals-General and teachers over their indifference to government programmes and policies.

Elder Akpan regretted that most school heads have not imbibed the state government’s Dakkada creed, which is aimed at the moral transformation, spiritual rebirth and re-orientation of the citizenry.

A’Ibom to grow economy

The State government is ready to build a viable economy with a view to enhancing its revenue base, thereby complementing the monthly statutory Federal allocation. 

The Commissioner of Economic Development, Dr. Emmanuel Ating Onwioduokit while fielding questions on a live interview programme on AKBC, Unveiling the Mandate, observed that Akwa Ibom has the capacity to sustain itself once the requisite machineries and structures were put in place, adding that the policy thrust  and strategy of Governor Udom Emmanuel on industrialization, would put the state on a sound economic footing.

Ex-militants training should meet manpower need - Gov.Udom Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel wants a re-appraisal of the training programme for ex-militants in the Niger Delta Region under the Presidential Amnesty Programme to enable them meet the manpower needs of the Nigerian society.

The Governor, while interacting with the Co-ordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme who called on him at Government House, Uyo, said the re-appraisal will help to sustain the scheme and properly re-integrate the ex-militants to improve their economic status.

Mr. Emmanuel regretted the inability of the training programme to address the local content demands of the Nigerian society especially in the oil-bearing communities, noting that the trainees find it hard to fit into the available opportunities in the oil industry.

APC camp swells as former Council Chair, ors dump PDP


The People’s Democratic Party in the state on Monday suffered yet another setback as a former council chairman in Urueffong Oruko Chief Okon Tom Osung officially defected to the All Progressives Congress APC along with his former councilors and other party officers.

The former council boss was received alongside his colleagues by the state leadership of the APC at the party headquarters along Atiku Abubakar way. Receiving the defectors, the state chairman of the APC Mr Amadu Attai expressed his happiness that the people of Urueffong Oruko came out in their numbers to witness the official reception of one of their great sons into the APC fold while also describing Chief Osung as a big fish whose orientation was based on progressives and also a man with good leadership qualities who has a good number of followers. According to him, it was a monumental occasion and a blessing for the party which consolidates the fact that change has come to stay in the state and also reiterated that the former council chairman made a great decision by dumping the PDP for the APC.  

OkoboTransition Chair inaugurates committees, warns staff

The Okobo Transition Committee Chairman, Mr. Atta Okon Atta has warned staff in the council against poor attitude to work, calling for a change even as he inaugurated three committees.
Inaugurating the committees for Recovery of Government Property; Housing Estate and Security Village; and Committee on Staff Attitude to Work of the three committees last Thursday at the Council Hall, Okopedi, Mr. Atta condemned the attitude of civil servants and political office holders who after their transfer or tenure of office still keep back government property, particularly vehicles, saying that his administration will no longer take it lightly with those concerned.

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Late Chief Fred Anaka for burial, Saturday

Late Chief Fred Anaka for burial, Saturday
The remains of Late Chief Fred Anaka of  Ikot Ikan, Atai Otoro in Abak Local Government Area will be laid to rest on Saturday, 28th November, 2015. 

The interment will be preceded by the funeral service to be conducted by Blessed Covenant Church of Jesus Christ, Atai Otoro, Abak by 10am. 

A statement by the deceased eldest son, Rev. Udeme Fred Anaka indicates that the late Chief Fred Anaka while alive was a committed farmer and a professional Caterer who served in many institutions in including being the Chief Cook at Church of Jesus Christ Comprehensive Secondary School Atai Otoro. The statement described the late Chief Fred Anaka as a community leader, a devout Christian, a philanthropist and a caring farther who taught his children how to grow in the ways of the Lord.

Omnispec Resources assures A’Ibom people of quality machinery, safety tools

A major distributor of  machinery and safety tools, Omnispec Resources Tools and Machinery has assured that it will continue to provide quality machinery and safety tools for the people of Akwa Ibom state.

This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer of Omnispec Resources, Mike Anwana, during a public seminar organized by the company recently in Uyo.
Mr. Anwana noted that the company, which has been the major supplier of L&G Tools, is venturing into safety in partnership with North Safety Products Africa.
While unveiling the plans of Omnispec Resources for the people of Akwa Ibom, he disclosed that the company is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government.

IMC condemns Biafra protest, sues for peace

An advocacy organiza tions, the Interfaith  Media Centre- IMC, South -South Zone, has condemned the ongoing protest for Biafra by a section of people. 

IMC, in a press release, signed by the Zonal coordinator, Rustom Alexander, noted that the ongoing solidarity challenges facing the country are militating against the growth and development of the country. 

Former Minister commends Usoro Usoro

Former Minister commends Usoro Usoro
A former minister, lands and housing  and a two term member of the house representatives, Chief Nduese Essien has commended Chief Usoro Usoro on His emergence as the Zonal Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Zone-A, in central ward 2, Eket Local Government.

The former minister stated this during the presentation of Chief Usoro Usoro to him and other stakeholders of the party at his resident Chief Nduesse Essien stated that the former Chief Press Secretary to Governor has contributed immensely to the party before and during the elections and praised the choice of Usoro Usoro and the Zonal Leader, describing him as a round peg in a round hole.

Agric staff rate commissioner high

Staff of the ministry of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State, have risen in solidarity and support of the present commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Mattew Ekaette, who assumed duties barely six (6) months ago.

In a statement issued at the end of their enlarge meeting over the weekend, the workers, comprising of the junior and senior, noted that, although, they were not trying to pass judgment or cast aspiration on previous leadership in the ministry, it was necessary to give kudos to their boss who in the past months, has done us proud by initiating Agricultural programmes which hitherto were not known.

APC elders may rejoin PDP in Akwa Ibom

Indications emerged  last night that some elders from the state who have been hopnobbing with the state APC governorship candidate Umana Umana, may have concluded plans to come back and be reintegrated in the current dispensation of Governor Udom Emmanuel. 

A source say that these out of favour elders, are not happy that their poor political calculation has landed them at the wrong side of the divide, where they only hear about governance but are unable to access the government of the day.

Accolades trail Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s social media accounts verification

A common challenge that prominent public figures and popular brands face is having to deal with copycat and impostor social media accounts. While fans and customers are generally able to tell the difference, some fake accounts make it really difficult to do so. This can lead to inaccurate information being shared and, as a result, confuse or frustrate consumers.

The recent feat by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel to verify his Social Media handles have been applauded to all and sundry at home and in the Diaspora! This, they say, is an indication that Governor Emmanuel is a world-class leader who has the interest of the State at heart. 

When “home front” rose for Senator Udoma

When “home front” rose for Senator Udoma
The much expected nomination, screening  at the Senate and subsequent inauguration of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma into the Federal Executive Council by President Muhammadu Buhari has come and gone but the memories live.  The rest are the stories. 

Apart from the fundamental formality or routine expectations in changing circumstances, so many persons too well known by their track record would not need any introduction on the crowded lofty podium of history.  That seems to be the sweet dilemma of this piece in trying to introduce Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.  He therefore needs an introduction because of his recent added responsibility which has made it almost imperative, to help us follow his footprints without unnecessary questions. 

Paul Ekpo harbours governorship ambition

Paul Ekpo harbours governorship ambition


In the wake of series of mass exodus hitting the PDP in the state, the state chairman of the PDP Obong Paul Ekpo is rumored to be nursing an intention for hilltop mansion come 2023 as a means of completing the tenure of the late Akpan Isemin.

THE INK Newspaper exclusively gathered that the party chairman consulted former governor Godswill Akpabio during a function in Abuja, Penultimate Week, in presence of Udom Emmanuel about his ambition stating that he has the willpower and the potential to lead the state and that he is also capable of completing the tenure of Late Akpan Isemin which was botched by a military coup in 1993.  According to our source, the Etinan born politician told Senator Akpabio to look at him in the face if he doesn’t look competent and capable enough to complete the tenure of Obong Akpan Isemin.

Curbing the menace of roadside trading


The slogan “man must survive” happens to be one of the greatest philosophy held by roadside hawkers. But it is not a farce that the more one struggles to survive, the more life gets tough. The escalating challenge of unemployment in Nigeria has given birth to a number of oddities including the exposure of young people to the harsh realities of life at a tender age. Roadside hawking is one of these harsh realities our youngsters are being exposed to. Due to the pathetic condition of many households, children and teenagers are forced into streets to support their parents through hawking.

Between Goko Cleanser and the Ministry of Health


As soon as Akwa Ibom State began to sprout economically, coupled with the  infrastructural renaissance the former Governor, Godswill Akpabio gave to it; several opportunities were created for businesses of all kinds to thrive and boom. Creative think-tanks were apt in making good use of the available opportunity which lied at their doorsteps. Foreigners who heard of the uncommon transformation which had betaken the State also travelled down to witness the boom and survey the environment for subsequent business intentions. The state had become an expansive market economy for those who had the eyes. 

Gov’s wife calls for unity among Christians

Gov’s wife calls for unity among Christians
The wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel has called on Christians to live in love, peace and unity irrespective of their denomination, adding that virtues such astolerance and forgiveness are essential ingredients for the Kingdom of God. The Governor’s wife made the assertion at the Qua Iboe Church 8th biennial National Women’s convention held at the Samuel Bill Theological Collage, Abak.

Mrs. Emmanuel who spoke on the theme of the Convention: Women of God, Prepare for to meet Thy King” said to make haven, one must love, support and care for one another, pointing out that as believers and followers of Christ, he expects us to follow his example.

Gov. Emmanuel Commissions residential apartment for Ibom Int’l. Specialist Hospital 

Gov. Emmanuel Commissions residential apartment for Ibom Int’l. Specialist Hospital

The Akwa Ibom State  Quartenary Medical Center, Ibom International Specialist hospital, is set to commence operations as medical  expatriates arrive the  state to test run facilities at the  center.

The State  Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel,  announced  this during the Commissioning of an ultra modern Residential Apartments  of the Hospital at  Shelter Afrique Estate,  Uyo.

A’Ibom Govt. pledges commitment to educational development

Akwa Ibom State  Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has said that his administration would continue to provide the needed support to Institutions of learning to enable it turn out  quality graduates that would respond to the demands of the twenty first century society.

Governor Emmanuel who stated this during the second Convocation Ceremony for the award of First Degrees, prizes and honourary Degrees of the  Obong University in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, noted that the growth of private universities and other tertiary institutions would hasten intellectual development of the people and that with education at the background, the understanding of individual’s rights and obligations in a democratic dispensation would be sharpened.

Ekid People’s Union worry over non completion of East West road


The Ekid People’s Union, an apex social-political body of Ekid nation has expressed displeasure over the non completion of the Eket axis of the East-West road by Gitto Construction Company.

The National President of the Union, Prof. Asindi Asindi made the remark on Monday during her national congress at Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Asindi said that only Eket segment of the east west road project that has been altered from double into a single lane.

Ibom Plaza Traders Association pledges support for Udom Emmanuel ... organizes solemn assembly soon

Ibom Plaza Traders Association pledges support for Udom Emmanuel  ... organizes solemn assembly soon
Following the recent ruling by Akwa Ibom State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, the Ibom Plaza Traders Association has pledged its total and unalloyed support to Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s administration. 
Speaking at the end of an executive meeting of the Association which took place over the weekend, The President, Comrade Edo Bassey Idiong said the executive and members of Ibom Plaza Traders Association are happy and satisfied with the achievements recorded by Mr. Udom Emmanuel within his first 100 days in office as the 4th Executive Governor of the state. 

Akwa Ibom First Lady calls on women group to tackle teenage pregnancy

A’Ibom First Lady calls on women group to tackle teenage pregnancy
The wife of Akwa Ibom Governor Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel has called for synergy between her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Program (FEYReP) and Conference of University of Uyo Women Association in tackling the menace of teenage pregnancy as well as promoting moral values among youths in the state.
Mrs. Emmanuel stated this when she received the leader of the group, Prof Felicia Bassey who led other members on a courtesy visit to her at government house, Uyo. The governor’s wife said the synergy became important to help tackle the scourge of teenage pregnancy in rural communities which according to her has eaten deep into the society.

Taraba Election Tribunal ruling: A call for eyes on Akwa Ibom

Taraba Election Tribunal ruling: A call for eyes on Akwa Ibom


The ruling of the Taraba State Election Petitions Tribunal, which invalidated the election of Darius Ishaku as governor in the April 11 election and handed the governorship to Aisha Alhassan, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, has merely confirmed what is public knowledge, namely, the grand plan by the APC to ensure the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reduced to a vegetable state that would render it a weak opposition.

In a judgment that has continually being queried even by legal experts, the tribunal declared Ishaku’s election null and void, not because he did not win majority of votes cast; not because of irregularities during the election, but because he was not purportedly not properly nominated by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Anxiety in Akpabio’s camp as Okori files brief of argumen

Anxiety in Akpabio’s camp as Okori files brief of argumen
 ...Appeal Court gives ex-Governor 5 days to rep 
...Why Akpabio can’t escape justice- Group
There is panic and anxiety in the political camp of embattled Senate Minority Leader and former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio as the Court of Appeal,  Abuja Division gets set to hear and determine the appeal filed by Chief Inibehe Okori of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the judgement of the Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja which upheld the disputed March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district election which saw Akpabio scoring 422,009 out of the alleged 444,505 votes cast in an election where only 205,519 voters were accredited. The tribunal had ruled among others that despite the clear case of over voting,  Akpabio’s election was done in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act. 

Akpabio appointed ‘ambassador’ …Admonished youths against cultism and allied vices

Akpabio appointed ‘ambassador’  …Admonished youths against cultism and allied vices

The hierarchy of the Salvation Army (Akwa Ibom  south west Division) with headquarters in Abak, has appointed Mr. Nsetip Akpabio, the first-ever youth Envoy (Ambassador) in the Division since its inception 15 years ago.

In a well-attended ceremony tagged: “Salvation Army (Akwa Ibom South West Division) 15th Anniversary Celebration Awards Service and Commissioning of the Divisional Envoy”, the Divisional Commander Major (Barr) Ezekiel Akpan said during the ceremony that Nsentip’s honour by the church was based on his unflinching, unrelented and untiring efforts exhibited by the new envoy.

Qua Iboe Church holds convention

Qua Iboe Church Nigeria (founded 1887) Eket Central Supritendency will on Thursday 26th November, 2015 begin a four day religious fiesta.

In a release made available by the Chairman of the planning Committee, Pastor Iniobong Nkanta, the 9th Annual Convention and baptism which will has at its theme “The Grace of God” extracted from Titus 2:11 will hold from Thursday the 26th November, 2015 at the superintendency headquarters, Qua Iboe Church Nigeria, Ikot Uso Ekong, Eket Central Superintendency .  

Prof. Enefiok Essien: A worthy successor for UNIUYO leadership

Prof. Enefiok Essien: A worthy successor for UNIUYO leadership


I can conveniently identify a personality who is rich in public relations when l come across one, of course you know by the nature of my job as a Journalist l meet all kinds of people on daily basis, meeting the man coming on board in a matter of days as UNIUYO’s next Vice Chancellor recently gave me a summary of a man with a robust public relations even from the reception he gives, he radiates smiles that are receptive in meaning and insisting on your humanity not minding his elitist status. 

He may suggest to you an age long friend you are re-uniting with after a while. Believe me, this is goodwill and an indication of quality education and exposure, quite an enviable persona of this egg head which is not a regular component of famous or successful people in this clime when one comes across them.

Late Elder Okon Abraham Udoh goes home, Saturday

Late Elder Okon Abraham Udoh goes home, Saturday
The remains of Late Elder Okon Abraham Udoh of  Uruk Uso, Otoro, in Abak Local Government Area will be committed to mother earth on Saturday, 28th November, 2015. The interment will be preceded by the funeral service to be conducted by Saint John’s African Church, Uruk Uso, Otoro, Abak by 10am. 
Aged 82, the late Elder Okon Abraham Udoh while alive was a professional engineer who worked for many years with Lagos State Ministry of Works.

2,000 children to storm Uyo for AKBC children carnival

2,000 children to storm Uyo for AKBC children  carnival
No fewer than 2,000 children are expected to participate in the maiden elections of the AKBC children carnival on Saturday, December 26, 2015. 

This was revealed by the convener of the carnival, Mr. Sunday Umanah, while briefing newsmen recently in Uyo. 

Mr. Umanah, who is the chairman, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), said the carnival will be the first of its kind. 

U23s ready for Senegal 2015

U23s ready for Senegal 2015
Nigeria’s Under-23 team, who are currently in camp in  Banjul, Gambia, are hitting the right notes as they prepare to hit Dakar for the Caf Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations.

Led by Samson Siasia, the Dream Team VI have gone about their business in a secluded area in Banjul, far away from the prying eyes of the Nigerian public.
Siasia and his wards have the arduous task of picking a ticket at the championship which is designed to select Africa’s representatives for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nigeria missed the last edition in London in 2012 and will look to make up for that with qualification for the event which Nigeria won in 1996 when a Nwankwo Kanu-inspired side led the team to beat Brazil in the semifinals and then Argentina in the final.

Ephraim Inyang: 50 hearty cheers to an achiever


There are only very few words to describe the enterprising Commissioner For Works in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen on his golden day. The endearing, hardworking and quintessential gentleman is one man you will love to associate with, any day.

Very daring and energetic, the fervour he exerts on his work and the unequal passion he brings to everything he sets his eyes on is simply amazing. His life is a testimony of hard work and success.

Born on November 25, 1965 into the family of Mr. & Mrs. Akparawa Inyang-Eyen of Nung Nya in Ikot Ebiere of Onna Local Government Area, Ephraim Inyang attended the famous Etinan Institute from 1977 to 1982 where he obtained his GCE O’Level certificate.

Mou eyes Chelsea progress in Europe

Mou eyes Chelsea progress in Europe
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea will take a major step towards turning around their troubled season if they can seal qualification for the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Mourinho's side have travelled to Israel to face Maccabi Tel Aviv in their penultimate Group G fixture knowing a victory combined with a draw or defeat for Dynamo Kiev against Porto would guarantee their progress to the knockout stages.

That would be a significant boost for Mourinho, who has come under fire following Chelsea's woeful form in the Premier League.

Udom inspires Akwa to historic Federation Cup victory

Udom inspires Akwa to historic Federation Cup victory
In fulfilment of his campaign promise to inspire the state teams to wins trophies, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel over the weekend recorded his first major sporting victory as Akwa United thrashed Lobi Stars of Makurdi by two goals to one to win to lift the Federation Cup in Lagos. 

The Promise Keepers defeated twice in one week to secure their first major trophy since the establishment of the club about two decades ago. 

Nigerian Government should place a ban on street begging


Street begging is the act of asking for alms and meagre assistance from passers-by along the road. It is practiced by men and women of all age-grade and spans across virtually every society. Begging itself is an age-long social problem in Nigeria and with each passing year, beggars get to improvise this trade with new trends and inventions.

Findings have shown that street begging is more common among those of the north and is not limited to young people alone. Adults also participate in this norm.