EFCC Freezes Accounts Of Akwa Ibom State Govt

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP Secretariat
FILE PHOTO: Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen all bank accounts belonging to Akwa Ibom State government.

Reasons behind the freezing of the state government’s bank accounts by the anti-graft agency are not yet known.

Meanwhile, the state commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, told Channels Television that the state government will comment on the development soon.

The report of the freezing of Akwa Ibom government accounts comes less than 24 hours after the commission froze some bank accounts of Benue government.

The freezing of Benue State Government’s accounts has sparked criticisms by many including the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Abdul’aziz  Yari, who described it as unconstitutional.

Yari, who is also the governor of Zamfara State, after a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Wednesday, told journalists that the move by the EFCC was wrong.

He added that Benue State has suffered a backdrop of security challenges which has claimed the lives of many.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Provides Free Anti Malaria Drugs To Hospitals

The Akwa Ibom State Government says it has provided free anti-malaria commodities in all public health facilities in the state, for the treatment of malaria among its citizens.

The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, disclosed this on Tuesday in Uyo in a broadcast made to mark the 2017 World Malaria Day celebration.

The Commissioner said, “The State Government had saturated health facilities with drugs and facilities such as Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs), Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine (SPs), Microscopes and Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits.”

He announced that the State Government had established two sites for parasite and vector sentinel in Eket and Uyo Local Government Areas respectively.

The Commissioner added that government had also developed human capacity for efficient and effective service delivery.

” The State Government has strong collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Roll-Back Malaria partners, Corporate organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).”

Reflecting on the slogan of the celebration, the Commissioner called for strong partnership and integrated efforts to ensure availability of malaria commodities to reduce the burden of malaria among citizens.

“The overall goal of this celebration is to energize our collective commitment to partner in the fight against malaria.

“The slogan also encourages the state, local governments and communities to play leadership role and take stock of achievements with a view to identifying gaps.”

He noted that malaria still remained a major public health concern in our society and must be tackled seriously.

“Everybody has a role to play in the fight against malaria, individuals, families and groups all have their distinctive roles to play. This role must include environmental management, health care seeking behaviour and drug adherence to prevent resistance as well as sleeping inside the long lasting insecticidal net every night,” the commissioner stated.

NFF Inspects Uyo Stadium For AFCON Qualifying Matches

Federation Cup, NFFAn inspection team led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Chris Green, has expressed satisfaction with the current state of the playing turf of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.

The stadium is slated to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa in eight weeks time.

Green, alongside NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme inspected the magnificent facility, nicknamed “Nest of Champions” which hosted the 2017 AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles and Tanzania in September 2016, as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying battle between the Eagles and the Fennecs of Algeria five months ago.

“We are delighted with the state of the playing turf and other facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, I can tell you that the pitch is just as it was when the Super Eagles played Algeria in the World Cup qualifier in November 2016.

“The fact that Julius Berger has also started some work on the turf is even more re-assuring. They are adding manure, and afterwards will do cutting and rolling, and they have the benefit of the weather at this period. By the time we host South Africa on June 10, the pitch will be one of the very best anywhere in Africa”, he said.

The visit to the capital of Akwa Ibom state was to ascertain the condition of the playing pitch and indeed other facilities at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, as well as the level of commitment of the State Government to hosting the big match.

After the inspection, the team reported, “Every inch of the field is covered by grass and the grass is lush green. Julius Berger (the company that built the stadium) has commenced work on the field for the purpose of bringing it to the best standard possible.

“Every other facility is in good condition. The condition of the field, as it is now, is good enough for matches to be played on it.

“The Akwa Ibom State Government has continued to show desire and commitment to hosting the match.

“However, in order to maintain the lush green state of the pitch, the inspection team has advised that no activity be carried out on it until ongoing work is completed and the 2019 AFCON qualifier between the Eagles and the Bafana Bafana is played”.

The “Nest of Champions” will also play host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches between the Super Eagles and Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions on August 2017 and between the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo of Zambia on October 2017.

Governor Emmanuel Denies Reports He Declared War On Buhari’s Appointees

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP SecretariatAkwa Ibom State Government has faulted media reports claiming that Governor Udom Emmanuel has declared “war” on President Muhammadu Buhari’s political appointees from the state over disparaging utterances about the state.

A statement by a spokesman for the Governor, Ekerete Udoh, said: “The comments by the governor during the Solemn Assembly on January 2, 2017, were misinterpreted by a section of the media for reasons best known to the authors of the story.

“While we do not disagree or join issues with the fundamental points made by Governor Emmanuel during the Solemn Assembly as reported by the media on the need for those who have been privileged to hold political appointments across the board to show civility and respect for constituted authority, we wish to state that the statement was not meant to declare war on the President’s men as reported.

“Rather, the statement was meant to appeal to their higher ideals and not to traffic in base sentiments capable of puncturing the fabric of the society and causing disaffection in the process”.

The state government observed that any political appointee of the President who goes about inciting the people against the government of his or her home state, or making incendiary or disparaging remarks about the office and the person of the governor of a state, was doing a disservice to the President.

“We know the President will not tolerate such tendencies by his appointees.end of quote.”

Recognising the right of every one to criticise the government objectively, the statement added that “in all democracies, including the mature ones, people disagree on ideology and fundamental issues; however, there is always a zone of privacy where political gladiators don’t cross.

“In Akwa Ibom State, unfortunately, these lines have been breached and appointees from the other side of the political divide have taken it as an abiding article of faith to insult, demonize, call the governor names and manufacture all manner of lies and subterfuge against the governor of the state”.

The state government further pointed out that it was not saying the government should not be criticised, as it was expected in a democracy.

It, however, emphasised that doing so “with malice, with manifest hatred and insulting at random the person and character of a duly elected Governor cannot and will not be tolerated by government”.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Warns Against Poor Road Constructions

Akwa Ibom, RoadThe Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to blacklist contractors handling road construction projects, whose performance is below the state government’s specification.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, gave the warning on Friday while inspecting ongoing road construction projects across the state in southeast Nigeria.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the aim of the inspection was to ascertain the projects that were ready for commissioning by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to mark his one year in office on May 29.

He disclosed that a total of 11 roads were ready for commissioning while many others were at different stages of completion across most of the 31 local government areas of the state.

The Commissioner commended some of the contractors for the quality of work done and their commitment to delivering the projects according to specification.

He, however, warned that the state government would not hesitate to blacklist those who perform below specification.

Mr Inyang-eyen said that the state government was not only committed to the construction of good roads but also to ensure effective networking of the roads to encourage economic and social development.