Friday, 13 April 2018

OBA set to brief constituents

OBA set to brief constituents

Nseobong David

All is now set for the mother of all Constituency briefing by the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East in the National Assembly, Obong Bassey Albert (OBA).

The Chairman media committee of the event, Elder Patrick Albert made this known while briefing newsmen today in Uyo.

Elder Albert who is also the chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists Akwa Ibom State Council revealed that the Constituency briefing by the Senator which will be a week-long event, will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018 with inspection of projects and other activities, and will climax on Friday 20th April 2018 with the mega Constituency briefing by the Senator at the Uyo Township stadium by 10am.

The Chairman further said that event is not a political bait, as OBA is a Senator that empowers daily, and a stable man who believes so much in the will of God.

He used the occasion to invite all to attend the event and witness as Senator OBA brings the dividends of democracy to the grassroots.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

SABOTAGE: UDOM'S SECOND TERM IS SELFISH, Says Aide

SABOTAGE: UDOM'S SECOND TERM IS SELFISH, Says Aide

It is becoming increasingly interesting that most of the Special Assistants to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State are of the opinion that Mr. Udom Emmanuel will not win a second term.

The latest in that school of thought is the Governor's SA on project monitoring Mr. Raphael Anwanakak who hails from Okobo Local Government Area describing the second term ambition of Udom as Selfish and anti Oron project.

Awanakak openly displayed this in Oron township stadium during the reception of the SSG Mr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and the first ever female President General of Oron nation, Mrs. Janet Amba.

At the event, Awanakak had mobilized youths numbering over fifty with placards with inscriptions, NO Second term for you, we reject your second term and others too unprintable against a man who is his boss.

The Okobo politician who supervised the display of the placard against the Governor told newsmen that the State Chief Executive has not lived up to expectations and will have to be voted out in 2019.

He said ever since he was appointed into office, that the Governor have not deemed it fit to give him a car as is the normal practice. He however wondered why such a man should be supported to win a second term.

Meanwhile, the youths hired by Awanakak however had luck ran out of them when they were accosted and one of them Michael Effiong Bassey from Ataha Oro arrested by security agencies led by a CSO to the Governor Mr. Kalia.

Upon interrogation, Michael Effiong Bassey opened up saying that they were hired by Awanakak.

A search for the Governor's aide could not be successful as the OKOBO born politician had scampered out of sight.

Those who witnessed the incident maintained that security agents who came with the Governor had promised to fish out Awanakak and deal with the situation accordingly.

But the Governor's SA was not two time lucky as he was manhandled by youths of Oron nation at SKYPOINT Hotel when he went to attempt hijacking the money that was given to youths by the Governor.

Eye witness accounts hold that Orman Esin and Victor Antai had directed youths to assemble at the Hotel for the purpose of sharing the funds.

Awanakak is said to have invaded the hotel with his gang and made attempts to run with the money saying Udom cannot come to Oron and give money to Orman Esin and Victor Antai to share when he is in charge.

When youths of the region noticed the trouble caused by Awanakak, a youth leader of the area, Mr. Murphy led others and descended on him, beating Awanakak to a pulp. He was however rescued by Orman Esin and Victor Antai after he was unconscious.

Awanakak was however ferried to Uyo where he was admitted in an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Guide Newspaper Publisher, Emmanuel Sam under DSS Custody

Guide Newspaper Publisher, Emmanuel Sam under DSS Custody

The publisher of  Guide Newspaper, Emmanuel Sam is currently under the custody of the Akwa Ibo State office of the Department of State Services, DSS, off two lanes.

Speaking with THE INK correspondent at the verge of honouring the invitation, the publisher said reasons for the invitation were unknown but added he was ready to meet them.

Meanwhile, the media community awaits the outcome of the invitation as journalists have urged the DSS to exhibit professionalism in attending to any issue concerning the publisher.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH

NKEREUWEM EKANEM SELECTED POLITICAL LEADER OF UBIUM SOUTH 

Major Political Stakeholders in Ubium South on Wednesday April 5, 2018 selected Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem as their Political Leader. In a well attended ceremony at the instance of the Hon. Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning, Arc. Ime Ekpo, the stakeholders annulled the charade of Saturday March 31, 2018 which purportedly declared Obong Essien Esema as the Political Leader of the area. 

It would be recalled that Obong Essien Esema had late last month invited people to his family compound for Easter merriment through a text message that read as follows “On behalf of my family, I wish you a very happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness. **please join me in an Easter merriment on Saturday morning 31st March, 2018: Venue: Esema Compound, Eket-Oron Road, Akai Ubium, Nsit Ubium L.G.A. Happy Easter. ObongUnwana Essien Esema” However, it turned to be an occasion where he presented himself as the Political Leader of Ubium South.

Irked by that development, political stakeholders in Ubium South, including all serving and past political office holders from the zone, PDP Chapter Chairman for Nsit Ubium and other Chapter Officers from the area, all Ward Chairmen and their executive committee members, Councilors representing the three Wards and other political heavyweights from Ubium South, came together to void the self-selection of Obong Essien Esema.

In doing so, the Stakeholders recalled that some time last year the body had selected Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem to be the Political Leader of the area and wondered why even those at that meeting could form part of the charade of Saturday March 31.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

PDP REJECTS ESSIEN ESEMA AS POLITICAL LEADER

PDP REJECTS ESSIEN ESEMA AS POLITICAL LEADER

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ubium South has rejected SA to the Governor on Petroleum matters, Mr. Essien Esema as the political leader of the region saying the former council chairman lacks the basic capacities to be made the political leader.

The PDP argued also that if Essien Esema should be made the political leader of the area that such should emanate from them and wondered why Obong Inyang Eno the co conspirator of that sham will allow himself to be so used.

In a release signed by the Nsit Ubium Chapter Chairman of the PDP Aniefiok U. Johnny and twelve others made available to THE INK reporter in Nsit Ubium Monday morning, the party resolved that, "the party's Chapter and Ward Executives condemn and reject the purported selection of Obongunwana Essien Edema as political leader of Ubium, that the PDP Chapter and ward Executives also put on hold the planned recognition of Engr. Nkereuwem Ekanem as Ubium South Political leader, that the Party will meet with political stakeholders in Ubium South to decide on how to bring about the political leadership of the area, that in the meantime, Ubium South remains without a political leader, that the Chapter Chairman of PDP in Nsit Ubium, Elder Aniefiok Johnny, shall handle all political matters relating to Ubium South.

Competent sources told THE INK reporter that Esema had invited some stakeholders to his house to celebrate Easter with them and how he turned around to cockily tell the people that he is now the endorsed political leader of Ubium south leaves much to be desired.

It was gathered that Esema had through an SMS invited stakeholders to his grandfather's house for an Easter treat only for him to turn around and announced himself the political leader of the area.

A sample copy of the text message sent by Esema for the meeting obtained by THE INK reporter reads, On behalf of my family, I wish you a very Happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness.
** Plese join me in an Easter  merriment  on Saturday morning 31st March 2018. Venue: Esema Compound Eket Oron Rd. Akai Ubium, Nsit Ubium LGA. Happy Easter.
Obongunwana Essien Esema.

Sources say, nothing in Esema's invite indicated there was going to be anything like political leadership endorsement and however wondered why the desperateness by Essien Esema for political leadership.

Essien Esema could not be reached for comments when contacted on the development. But sources close to him says, he will fight back

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

Latest Edition of THE INK NEWSPAPER UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style

Professor Enefiok Essien celebrates ‘SANSHIP’ in style
BY ABASIFREKE OBOT

Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien (SAN), has thanked God for his faithfulness and love shown him.

He stated this last Saturday during the occasion to celebrate his admission as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Brother Emmanuel Inyang, in his sermon, said it is a man with the consciousness that his existence and relevance in life is rooted in God that sees reasons and the need to offer appreciation to God. He said: “the only thing God wants from us is a heart of thanks."

Brother Inyang noted that God was the sole and ultimate cause of the gathering. He added that every event was being designed by God at the appointed time, “hence every event witnessed by man is only a display of the wisdom and infallible plans of God for humanity and our role is to appreciate God as His plans unfolds.” He however said that one of the greatest challenges in the world today is that humans are not willing to wait for this appointed time.

"Different people have different timing to achieve their different goals. Professor Essien may not be the most brilliant in the world, but then God decides to favour him," he said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss

How politicians frustrated last voter’s registration exercise – AKISIEC Boss
BY KENNETH JUDE

The Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Chairman, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak has made shocking revelations of how some politicians in Akwa Ibom State frustrated the effort of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that every citizen of voting age has a voter’s card in the State.

Speaking during the week in Uyo while addressing citizens of the state from Uyo Local Government Area as part of the state-wide voters’ mobilization and sensitization exercise carried out by the commission, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak said some politicians in the state are hoarding thousands of voter’s cards thinking that they can use such cards for their selfish interest during elections.
He lamented that such act disenfranchise the owners of the cards and frustrates the effort of INEC in ensuring that the citizens of voting age are enrolled and given their voter’s cards.

“Some politicians have up to 1000 to 2000 cards in their houses. What are they keeping those cards for? When you hoard other citizens’ card in your house, you are disenfranchising those citizens. If you have 2000 voter’s card in your custody, you are disenfranchised 2000 citizens. So, if you have other citizens’ voter’s cards with you, release those cards to the right owners because they will not be of any use to you and keeping those cards is a criminal offence,” Mr Ikoiwak said.

Akwa Ibom State DPO donates private car to police

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Akwa Ibom State DPO donates private car to police

Generally, the police are people who are empowered by law to protect lives, property, to enforce the law and reduce civil disorder. The police are usually described as a law enforcement authority.

However, the functions of the police exceeded the aspect of law enforcement. The Nigeria Police Force is the principal police and law enforcement agency serving Nigeria. There are certain governmental agencies that control the Nigerian Police.

These are: The Police Service Commission, the Nigeria Police Council and the Ministry of Interior. The Police Service Commission appoints, promotes and disciplines all police officers except the Inspector General of Police.

The Nigeria Police Council organizes and administers the Nigeria Police Force. It also carries out other functions that are incidental to organization and administration. But the Council is not concerned with matters related to the use and operational control of the Force, or the appointment, disciplinary control and dismissal of members of the Force.

The Council also has the task of the general supervision of the Nigeria Police Force. It advises the President on the appointment of the Inspector-General of Police.

The Ministry of Interior formulates policies that will ensure efficient and effective policing of Nigeria. The functions of the Nigerian Police Force are stated in the Police Act.

Onofiok Luke, ors inducted as Ibom Patriots

Onofiok Luke, ors inducted as Ibom Patriots

Onofiok Luke, ors inducted as Ibom Patriots

BY SAMPSON ENYONGEKERE

The speaking Speaker of the Akwa Ibom 6th House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke and his thirty colleagues were Tuesday, March 27 welcomed into the swelling rank of the elite socio-political group, Ibom Patriots.

The event which took place at the House of Assembly Complex, Uyo, was a culmination of the decision taken by the socio-political group, Ibom Patriots, before embarking on its courtesy call to the 6th Assembly.

Speaking at the courtesy call, The Chancellor and leader of the organization, Obong Bassey Imaeyen said he and other members of the group were there to introduce themselves and their group to the honourable House.

Obong Inuaeyan stressed that not much could be achieved politically and developmentally in a state like Akwa Ibom without recognizing and acknowledging the House of Assembly.

The Chancellor revealed that the goal of the group was to ensure unity, equity and fair play in Akwa Ibom and the nation at large. He said it was also the objective of the group to evolve great support to the 6th Assembly and State Government stressing that both deserves their support in the light of their performance.

How I survived death on 2nd August, 2001

How I survived death on 2nd August, 2001

The Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Mr. Imo Okon has explained how God saved his life on 2nd August 2001 from a ghastly Motor Accident.

The Chairman made this confession Monday when he spoke to newsmen and outlined programmes billed for the celebration of his golden Jubilee celebration.

Imo Okon said, he has no regret in life at fifty following what God has done for him.

He recalled that on 2nd of August 2001, he was driving alone from PortHarcourt to Uyo for the purpose of acting as Chairman on the occasion o a Traditional Marriage. He stated that when he arrived HOFACO, he ran into a very terrible accident that consumed his car. He said, he came out unscratched from the vehicle and ever since then he has remained very grateful to God.

He said the police were invited to the scene of the accident and arrested a lot of people who gave information about the accident because of the belief that nobody survived the accident.

Speaking on his life as a kid, Okon stressed that while growing up as a child, he had all the good teachings and doctrines he could ever been given and that really prepared him to face the future of life.

School of Basic Studies Akamkpa Alumni hold Inaugural meeting ...Governor Emmanuel’s CPS makes list

School of Basic Studies Akamkpa Alumni hold Inaugural meeting  ...Governor Emmanuel’s CPS makes list

School of Basic Studies Akamkpa Alumni hold Inaugural meeting
...Governor Emmanuel’s CPS makes list

For the first time in 37 years, the Alumni of School of Basic Studies, Awi, Akampa in Cross River State on March 31st converged at Le Meridian lbom Hotel and Golf Resort to reconnect and begin the process of establishing a viable Alumni.

The Alumni’s Inaugural meet which drew ex-Students of the institution from within and outside the country had in attendance members of the State Executive Council, University dons, Business men and women as well as Captains of industries.

In his welcome address to the Alumni, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim lnyangeyen said the inaugural meet was an opportunity for the Alumni to come together, to put structures in place that will allow the Alumni converge from time to time in order to monitor the growth and development of the association.

Mr lnyangeyen an Alumnus of the school, maintained that, it was important to know the growth and welfare of each member for the Alumni to give support when the need arises as well as join hands to contribute to the uplift of the institution.

The Works Commissioner who recalled early days in the institution said the school had produced outstanding personalities in different fields of endeavor, including the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral lbokette Ebbas and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani.

My Administration is more business driven than Political – Uyo Council Boss

My Administration is more business driven than Political – Uyo Council Boss

In line with his determination to ensure speedy and even development of Uyo Local Government Area, the Chairman, Elder Imo Okon has stated that his administration will be more business driven than political.

Elder Imo Okon made this known yesterday at a public presentation of power of attorney to four members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State branch, who have completed payment for their plots of land at the association’s estate.

He commended NMA for choosing to develop an estate in one of the rural areas in the State Capital – Uyo, adding that besides contributing to the overall development of the area, it will also help to generate revenue for the local government council.

The Chairman who called on other professional bodies to emulate NMA, said the council will present them with Customary Right of Occupancy and urged them to engage the locals in the jobs where necessary.

Plastic Industry to open soon - Ufot Ebong

Plastic Industry to open soon - Ufot Ebong

Plastic Industry to open soon - Ufot Ebong

The Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Mr.Ufot Ebong has said, the government of Mr.Udom Emmanuel is very active in infrastructural, human development and security.

Ufot Ebong who spoke with our Reporter in Uyo said, the State government through Akwa Ibom Employment and Enterprise Scheme(AKEES) has created jobs for young men and women in the State.

From the Bureau of Technical matters,he also said, they are poised to ensuring that all government contracts follow due process, that is why there are no cases of budget padding in the State.

Recently, we had called all the Interventionist agencies in the State that are either in partnership with the Federal Government or World Bank, to tell us how they have been contracting out certain things in the State, and areas, where we were not satisfied, we ask for a change. Those are our ministerial responsibilities we will continue to do. Ufot Ebong said.

Leo Umana: Celebrating excellence in administration

Leo Umana: Celebrating excellence in administration

Leo Umana: Celebrating excellence in administration

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, in character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme is simplicity.” -Vince Lombardi


The man, Leo Leo Umana has carved a niche for himself, among the youths in Akwa Ibom State and beyond. Popular with the title of a Bishop, Leo has been an advocate of early marriage for the single men and ladies.

A Member of the Board of the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service, Leo Umana has distinguished himself in service to the State. Promoting the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel, to even doubters.

His presence in the board, not withstanding, has brought the IRS to limelight, as he combines his job with charisma, and friendship.

For Leo Umana, negative reports against the board in the media, have been dropped. Leo represents what the 21st century youth look up to in leadership.

Ukanafun insecurity: Hoodlums burn down Akpan Assiek Market *Shot two dead, kidnap one, leave a prophet, many others in critical condition

Ukanafun insecurity: Hoodlums burn down Akpan Assiek Market  *Shot two dead, kidnap one, leave a prophet, many others in critical condition

Ukanafun insecurity: Hoodlums burn down Akpan Assiek Market
*Shot two dead, kidnap one, leave a prophet, many others in critical condition
*Security operatives set ablaze house of hoodlum’s parent
*Rob, dismisses churches in ward eleven

Barley few weeks after the rumors on social media and other mediums that the newly troops of Nigerian military deployed to Ukanafun have shot dead about 30 hoodlums in the area, the most popular Akpan Assiek market located at Ikot Akpan Afaha village has been robbed, destroyed and set ablaze by gunmen suspected to be gang members of the late dreaded terrorist, Akaninyene Jumbo (AKA Iso Akpafid) who terrorized the area for more than a year before he was finally gunned down by security operatives.

THE INK gathered that the hoodlums started their evil operation in the market at about 11:00 PM on Wednesday 28th March, 2018. Our source who confided with our reporter said the hoodlums used one Hilux and many motorcycles for the operation.

I came to AKHA with a genuine passion to liberate Nsit Atai - Mark Esset

I came to AKHA with a genuine passion to liberate Nsit Atai - Mark Esset

I came to AKHA with a genuine passion to liberate Nsit Atai - Mark Esset
BY EMMANUEL AKPAN

The member representing Nsit Atai Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Mark Esset has said that he came to the House of Assembly with a genuine passion to liberate Nsit Atai Local Government Area.


Esset, who was speaking at his Constituency briefing last Tuesday at Methodist Central school, Odot, noted that he will continue to ensure that every community in the constituency is touched and that loyalists would be duly rewarded.

According to him, “I urge us all to continue to support His Excellency our Governor, as this will spur him to do even more for Nsit Atai in particular and Akwa Ibom State in general.
Most importantly, I ask for your prayers, pray for the success of government at every level, pray for our leaders and the future leaders of Nsit Atai to continue to do more for us.

I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and I promise to faithfully hold this mandate in trust for you.”

“His Excellency Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and our dear mother Her Excellency Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel, my Governor, my father, the man who has shown dedication and selflessness in his leadership style, your exemplary approach to governance has brought sustainable developmental strides in the various sectors of the economy for the Akwa Ibom person.

Ekong Sampson applauds Gov. Emmanuel’s bridge building disposition ...lauds Sunny Udom,Abak 5 onreturn to political root,PDP

Ekong Sampson applauds Gov. Emmanuel’s bridge building disposition  ...lauds Sunny Udom,Abak 5 onreturn to political root,PDP

Ekong Sampson applauds Gov. Emmanuel’s bridge building disposition
...lauds Sunny Udom,Abak 5 onreturn to political root,PDP

The bridge building disposition of Governor Udom Emmanuel, in line with his administration’s Political inclusion agenda, has been identified as a major indicator of great leadership capacity, which has united Akwa Ibom people and earned for the State, the respect of various segments of Nigeria.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson stated this while speaking on Planet FM live radio programme, “the Akwa Ibom Mandate” .
According to Barrister Sampson, Governor Emmanuel’s disposition to bridge building has positioned him in good stead to build the Akwa Ibom of our dream, where various strands, elements and persuasions are collapsed into one great family.

He further noted that the people of the State, have learnt to invest their hopes in Governor Udom Emmanuel because of his credibility, bridge building disposition and belief in the pan Akwa Ibom perspective, where the larger interest of the State takes prominence over narrower considerations.

Commending the Governor on balanced development in the State, Ekong Sampson said all Senatorial Districts in the State are beneficiaries of the Governor Emmanuel’s bridge building disposition in terms of infrastructure and opportunities, as every part of the State is seen as an integral part of a larger enterprise and duly accommodated.

That way, he added, it has become easy for the Governor to create a power valve that is instantly persuasive hence, the great drift of the Akwa Ibom political family members back home.

What the NUJ Boss said about The Pioneer Newspaper @ 30

What the NUJ Boss said about The Pioneer Newspaper @ 30

What the NUJ Boss said about The Pioneer Newspaper @ 30

BY NSEOBONG DAVID

Count down to the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Akwa Ibom State Newspaper Corporation (The Pioneer Newspaper), the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists Akwa Ibom State Council, Elder Patrick Albert has revealed that at its thirty years of existence in the state, the Pioneer Newspaper has consistently strived to promote leadership and service.

He disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in his office today in Uyo.

He further said stated establishing the Pioneer Newspaper was one of the key projects achieved by the pioneer administration of Governor Tunde Ogbeha after the state creation in 1987; and since its establishment, the newspaper has never been off circulation till date. A development he said has triggered the 30th anniversary celebration of the tabloid.

Elder Albert pointed out that the newspaper house has exhibited leadership prowess in all ramifications as evidenced in the ingenuity of the staff and maintenance of ethical compliance.

He informed that the several activities lined up to mark the 30th anniversary celebration of the pioneer newspaper include: a Thanksgiving giving service on Sunday 8th April, 2018 at the Qua Iboe Church, 114 Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, street walk, novelty football match, visit to orphanage centres in the state as well as public lectures/Awards.

Dr. Nsidibe Akata delivers Easter Message to his people

Dr. Nsidibe Akata delivers Easter Message to his people

Dr. Nsidibe Akata delivers Easter Message to his people

A frontline aspirant for Eket state house of Assembly elections in 2019, Dr. Nsidibe Akata has said, the people of Eket should see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a victory over death and pains.

In his goodwill message to Akwa Ibomites, he was quoted as saying, that Jesus died for mankind, to redeem our sins, that we may live according to His will.

He advised Christians to emulate the teachings of Jesus, and show love to one another, in the spirit of the season.

He restated his commitment to serve the people of Eket diligently, when given the mandate to represent them in the state House of Assembly in 2019.

Akata solicited support for the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and his second term bid, while encouraging the people, to queue behind good Leaders, who are capable of taking them to the desired eldorado.

Itu Local Government gets more road projects

Itu Local Government gets more road projects

Construction work is to commence on Mary Slessor Road, Obot ltu, and access Roads to Itam Market, both, in ltu Local Governmentst Area.
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim lnyangeyen made this known while leading his team of Engineers and newsmen on an on the spot assessment of the road.

Commissioner Inyangeyen said the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel had given the approval that work should commence on the road project, in keeping with a promise he made to the Akwa Ibom State Traders Association when they endorsed him during a Grand Rally at Uyo, and in response to an SOS from Itu leaders on the sorry state and neglect of the Mary Slessor Road, which leads to the historic tourist site, being the residence of the iconic missionary and an important hospital in Itu.

Commissioner lnyangeyen noted that, on completion of the road, economic activities in the area will come alive as well as greater access to healthcare delivery at the Mary slessor General Hospital.

Barr. Otobong Bob preaches love and unity: lessons we must learn

Barr. Otobong Bob preaches love and unity-lessons we must learn

Barr. Otobong Bob preaches love and unity: lessons we must learn

A man once said that the simplest way to know a man who is humble is when he has money.

This assertion is an undisputed one, as money is an amplifier.
Money amplifiers a man. The real character of a man dances naked when the person in question has a romance with me.

I say this to submit that a generous man would be known when he has money, and so would a wicked and humble person.

Despite Barr. Bob’s status, he still humbles himself and associates with people.

The Easter yuletide has really projected him in good light among right- thinking members of society.

He took out time to interact with members of his constituency, and preached love and unity.

AJU, Dan Abia, Effiong Akwa jostle for NDDC job ...as Nsima Ekere prepares resignation

AJU, Dan Abia, Effiong Akwa jostle for NDDC job  ...as Nsima Ekere prepares resignation

AJU, Dan Abia, Effiong Akwa jostle for NDDC job
...as Nsima Ekere prepares resignation

The trio of former SA to former Governor Godswill Akpabio Anietie Johnny Ufot, former House of Reps man Barr Bassey Dan Abia and ex Akwa Savings MD Barr Effiong Akwa, THE INK newspaper can report are jostling for the top job of the Niger Delta Development Commission following confirmed moves by the incumbent towards resignation.

Sources within the APC hinted our reporters that Ekere who was appointed by the Buhari administration as Akwa Ibom State slot have been having a clear intention to lead Akwa Ibom State as her Governor come 2019.
It was gathered that the former Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor has been silently working to get the ticket of the APC as her flagbearer before squaring up with Udom Emmanuel of the PDP at the polls.

Those who claim to know told THE INK that it is very likely the FG is interested in retaining the position of the MD/CEO of the NDDC in Akwa Ibom State and to this end has begun shopping for a possible replacement for Nsima Ekere whose extended tenure is likely to expire early 2020.
THE INK was reliably informed that the FG will actually consider as a replacement for Nsima Ekere a personnel who understands the workings of the NDDC.

Sources hinted that the three candidates who are early birds in the contest have some wealth of experience in the affairs of the commission but singled out Barr Effiong Akwa as the most experienced of the trio having worked with Sir Bassey Dan Abia for a long time when the senior Abia served as the MD of the commission.

AJU is presently the SA to Nsima Ekere, while Dan Abia is Ekere’s long standing friend and Effiong Akwa appears to be independent of Ekere.
But sources however confided in our reporter that Akwa’s interest may be herculean as he is not officially an APC member.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

PDP tips Sam Ikon for 2023 Guber* The Godswill Akpabio connection

PDP tips Sam Ikon for 2023 Guber* The Godswill Akpabio connection
PDP tips Sam Ikon for 2023 Guber
* The Godswill Akpabio connection
* backs ex-Speaker for House of Reps
* Onofiok Luke, Ikon, OBA set for epic battle

Kenneth Jude

Barring any last minute change of plans and manoeuvering, former two-term Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sam Ikon may become the next governor of the state in 2023.

This more was gathered by THE INK over the weekend.

It was learnt from competent sources that Sam Ikon may have wormed his way into the hearts of power brokers in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over what a source said stems from his loyalty.

Ikon who is currently representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the National Assembly is seen by some high ranking party faithful as one politician that is faithful and loyal to party ideals and will use his  political slyness to keep the party united and strong in the state, it was learnt.

A source told our reporter that Sam Ikon  is loyal to a fault hence fits the bill as far as taking over from Governor Udom Emmanuel in 2023 is concerned. He cited his time as Speaker during the tenure of then Governor Akpabio as one of the reasons a section of the party hierarchy have decided to pitch their tents with the Etinan born politician.

Ikon who faces a tough battle retaining his seat in the National Assembly with his position being eyed by the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke is seen as a calm, shrewd and political strategist that will use his wide political tentacles to take the state to another level as governor.

Itu PDP stakeholders did not endorse Hon. Henry Archibong for a second term- Obong Dr.Nsima Edet

Itu PDP stakeholders did not endorse Hon. Henry Archibong for a second term- Obong Dr.Nsima Edet

A former chairman of Itu local government area,Obong Nsima Akpan Edet has debunked the false and misleading  story circulating on the social media,that he and other stakeholders from ITU local government, had on Saturday 31st,2018 met and had a breakfast meeting with the member representing Itu- Ibiono Federal Constituency Dr. Henry Archibong, and subsequently endorsed him for a second term.

Nsima who was very upset that his name was mentioned ,along with other stakeholders in a story published on online fora, about Dr. Henry Archibong's endorsement by the stakeholders, said that at no time did the stakeholders during the meeting that was held on Saturday at the residence of Hon. Archibong,talked about supporting him for a second term.

" It is true that there was a meeting at the residence of Hon. Henry Archibong on Saturday, which he said was an easter get together for some stakeholders from Itu,which I was in attendance, but we did not declare support for the Itu- Ibiono Federal lawmaker, because the meeting was not an endorsement meeting, so for some mischief makers to sponsor such a misleading story,when the lawmaker has not even consulted the party or the stakeholders personally on his reelection bid,is highly mischievous " Dr. Nsima Edet said.

He further stated that,he was called upon to set the tone for  the meeting,which he did ,as one who believes in the progress of Itu local government ,as well as the Federal Constituency at all times,and one who stands for truth, justice and fair play. According to him,till the meeting ended, the stakeholders at the meeting were addressing the lawmaker,Hon. Henry Archibong as one who had abandoned the people who voted for him,and distanced himself from them.

" I have played the politics of Itu local government and Akwa Ibom State, since the days of SDP and NRC,so nobody should use my name and play unnecessary politics, just for their selfish interest,because Dr. Henry Archibong has not consulted me that he is interested for  reelection" Dr. Nsima

The said breakfast meeting attended by some PDP stakeholders generally agreed on the benefits of having a ranking member in parliament but noted that,the representation of Dr. Henry Archibong is below average, and as such should not be encouraged.

" Hon. Henry Archibong had in his opening remarks  said that the meeting was just a breakfast meeting, not a political meeting,so all we did was to advise him to consult other groups in Itu,and come out to properly brief the people on his intention to seek reelection,so for anybody to come and write a story that Itu PDP stakeholders endorsed and promised to support Hon. Henry Archibong for a second term is total falsehood, which can never hold water" -  Dr. Nsima Akpan Edet.

Dr. Nsima Edet further observed that Hon Henry Archibong at the stakeholders meeting, blamed his failure to attract projects to his constituency on the fact that he is a first timer at the National Assembly, saying that there is  so much lobbying at the National Assembly to do,before one could attract projects to his constituency.

Yet,the lawmaker has acquired so much capital projects for himself,and did not wait for a second term to acquire them,like his massive hospital project at Ikot Akpan Abia. It is really sad that Itu- Ibiono Federal Constituency has to wait for an utopian second term to benefit from the  representation of Dr. Archibong.  Hence,this is like putting the cart before the horse.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

DAVID LAWRENCE IS A SHAME AND DISGRACE TO EKET, SAYS EKANEM WILLIE'S CAMPAIGN TEAM

DAVID LAWRENCE IS A SHAME AND DISGRACE TO EKET, SAYS EKANEM WILLIE'S CAMPAIGN TEAM

The Campaign organization of Mr. Ekanem Willie has described the member representing Eket State constituency as a shame and a disappointment to the people of Eket State Constituency.

The media office of Ekanem Willie said, it is funny that for more than two years the Assemblyman has served in the state legislature that he has not brought back any dividends of democracy to the people.

Ekanem Willie is quoted to have stated that Mr. Lawrence knows he is not going to the House of Assembly for a second term because of  his poor legislative records.

He however told some politicians in his OKON Eket Hotel that David Lawrence has promised to handover to him and hence called on his supporters to pay some level of cosmetic support to David Lawrence.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Ministry of Housing to visit Social Housing Estate, April

Ministry of Housing to visit Social Housing Estate, April

The Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties Mr. Akan Okon says the State Ministry of Housing and Special Duties will visit the Social Housing Estate at Ikot Ntuen, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area.

Akan Okon dropped the hint on Good Friday when he made a stop over at the estate currently being under construction by Architect Ezekiel NyaEtok's Novone Consult.

The Commissioner said that he earlier visited the site when there were complains for the acquisition of more lands for the project.

The Housing and Special Duties boss who was conducted around buildings in the site admitted that he only had to make a brief stopover in his private capacity as a citizen of Akwa Ibom State and however promised that he shall ensure the full compliments of the Ministry of Housing and Special Duties in the course of next week as work resumes on Tuesday.

He described Arch Ezekiel NyaEtok as his friend who has character and integrity. He maintained also that he had once served with the Novone Consult man in a few member select committee that saw to the actualization of the Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Meanwhile, Arch NyaEtok had sincerely appreciated the commissioner whom he described as a promise keeper.

NyaEtok stressed that Novone Consult shall be anticipating the Ministry of Housing's full compliment in the week and promised that the Consult shall not disappoint the government and the people.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

END OF THE ROAD FOR DAVID LAWRENCE........as Gov. Emmanuel denies backing his second term bid

END OF THE ROAD FOR DAVID LAWRENCE........as Gov. Emmanuel denies backing his second term bid

All is not well with the member representing Eket State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Mr. David Lawrence. THE INK understands.

The Assemblyman who has been going around deceiving members of his constituency that the Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel asked him to go for a second term in the House of Assembly got the shocker of his life on Saturday 24th March, 2018 when the Akwa Ibom State Chief Executive openly disowned him during a stakeholders meeting of Eket LGA with the Governor in the Akwa Ibom State Governor's lodge.

Mr. Udom Emmanuel who received a contingent of Eket PDP stakeholders which had in attendance the Chapter Chairman of the Party Obongiwaad Emman Mbong, the Executive Chairman of Eket LGA Frank Archibong, political leaders of Chief Nduese Essien, Professor Etie Ben Akpan, Senator Helen Esuene amongst many others openly told David Lawrence that he is not sponsoring or supporting him for any election as the next Assemblyman for Eket State constituency.

The state Governor in that meeting had expressed displeasure over the dropping his name by David Lawrence and added that if he is behind the second term ambition of David Lawrence, that he would have been going to stakeholders housed at night to appeal for them to support David Lawrence.

Governor Emmanuel said, zoning must be obeyed to the later and urged all interested aspirants from OKON zone to step up interest in the race.

He added that he will not thwart zoning for anything saying that it is through it that minority ethnic nationalities can be carried alone.

As soon as the Governor informed Eket stakeholders that he is not backing David Lawrence for a second term whatsoever, the countenance of the lawmaker dropped and his eyes became teary. Apparently a mark of confusion and disappointment on the face of a legislator whom THE INK learnt was living in deceptions always telling the people that his second term ambition has the backing of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

It could be recalled that Mr. David Lawrence who is presently running the second term of Eket-Urban after Ayang Akanimo Ayang had did a first term have been going round saying he is being backed by the Governor.

But with the position of the Governor on zoning made very clear, it appears Mr. David Lawrence will make a tactical withdrawal and surrenders the Assembly quest for OKON whose turn it is to produce a legislator come June 2019.

Meanwhile, the people of OKON have commended the outcome of the meeting with Governor.

In a chat with newsmen, a well placed political source in the area described the Governor's position as legendary. They prayed God to bless the Akwa Ibom State Chief Executive with more wisdom for greater exploits.