Ibaka Seaport Will Create Thousands Of Jobs- Akpabio

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state on Saturday said the Ibaka seaport will provide thousands of jobs for unemployed Nigerians.

The governor stated this in Abuja when he received executives of the Chinese Company that has expressed interest in the project.
Governor Akpabio disclosed that fourteen thousand, nine hundred hectares of land has been acquired for the development of the seaport.
He explained that apart from providing jobs for thousands of unemployed people, the Ibaka seaport when completed will help to decongest existing seaports in the country.
A Memorandum of Understanding is expected to be signed in September when the speaker of Chinese People’s Congress is expected to visit Nigeria

APC Is An Exercise In Futility-Akpabio

Chairman of the newly established People’s Democratic Party Governor’s Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio has said that the planned merger of some opposition parties in order to unseat the ruling party is an exercise in futility.

Governor Akpabio, who said this in Abuja while meeting with the national chairman of the party, explains that the formation of PDP Governors Forum is aimed at strengthening the party in order to confront the challenges facing the nation and not to confront the Nigeria Governors Forum.

He also added that the party cannot afford toy with the fate of millions of Nigerians and as such the party is embarking on a self-cleansing exercise as part of efforts to reposition the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

ACN charges FG to fish out killers of Akwa Ibom spokesman’s mother and brother

The Action Congress of Nigeria has condemned the killing of the mother and brother of the party’s Akwa Ibom state chapter spokespman, Mr. Francis Effanga. The condemnation was contained in a statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed in Lagos.

The statement read “ACN condemns the gruesome murder of Mrs. Erasmus Effanga and Mr. Basil Effanga mother and brother respectively of its Spokesman in Akwa Ibom State Mr. Francis Effanga whose lifeless and decomposing bodies were found in a room in their residence in Mbinkpa Atan village Akwa Ibom State on Sunday the 5th of August 2012”.

The statement described the killing as  “further proof of the culture of violence and the systemic decimation of its members in Akwa Ibom state and called on the Presidency to rise above partisan politics and direct the relevant security agencies to apprehend the killers of Mrs. Erasmus Effanga and Mr. Basil Effanga”.

The statement further stated that the party’s spokesperson was targeted because of his staunch oppositional stand during the governoship election in the state “It will be recalled that in the run-up to the 2011 general elections Akwa Ibom held unenviable record of being the goriest killing field in the entire country, and the ACN’s spokesman in the state Mr. Francis Effanga was a thorn in the flesh of the PDP rampaging machinery of oppression and destruction of lives and properties, a role which earned him unjustified persecution, arrest and detention”.

The party also called on the Presidency to direct the relevant security agencies to apprehend the killers of the deceased.

“This latest gruesome murder of Mrs. Erasmus Effanga and Mr. Basil Effanga has once again confirmed that the reign of politics of intolerance, assassinations and kidnappings of the PDP in Akwa Ibom state which has so far claimed over 100 lives is far from over and President Goodluck Jonathan should forthwith direct the relevant security agencies to investigate and fish out the culprits because according to the party, strong determination in the fight against impunities is absolutely crucial to deter further crimes, uphold the rule of law and protect public trust in the justice system”.

Bodies of the deceased were found in their home in Mbinkpa Atan Village in the state on Sunday, August 5, 2012.



Akpabio approves N18,900.20 minimum wage in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio has approved N18, 900. 27 k as minimum monthly wage in the state’s Civil Service, starting from this month.

Mr. Akpabio made the announcement in Uyo on Monday when the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) paid him a solidarity visit in respect of workers day rally.

The governor said that he had set up a committee, comprising labour and government officials to look into the issue as demanded by the NLC, adding that the outcome was the signing of the agreement.

He stated that execution of projects by his administration would not be at the detriment of payment of salaries and emolument of workers.

“Payment of salaries and emolument of worker remain a major project. Your entitlement on a monthly basis is a project for the government.

“When I was the Commissioner for Local Government, I had to stop projects so that they could pay all the salary arrears and allowances owed the workers.

“No government can claim that it was doing projects when workers are dying of hunger as a result of non-payment of salaries. ’

Economic council urges the quick passage of PIB bill

The National Economic Council (NEC) has resolved to work towards the early passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The council at the end of its monthly meeting in Abuja on Thursday directed the Minister of Petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to present a roadmap on the conclusion and finalisation of the bill to enable the president present it as a matter of urgency to the national assembly.

It also agreed to set up a committee headed by the Minister of Petroleum resources to monitor the nation’s oil exports and imports in order to establish a reliable system for accurate data generation on revenue from oil.

Briefing state house correspondents after the meeting the Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio stated that the membership of the committee include the Accountant-General of the federation, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and some governors.

He said that the National Economic Council also agreed on strengthening the laws against oil bunkering to save the nation from the massive revenue loss in the sector which has been put at N1billion monthly.

On the new tax regime the council directed the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to work with governors and come up with a reliable structure for tax drive urging the president, the governors and their deputies to pay tax on official emoluments.