Gov Emmanuel Commits To Democracy Dividends In Ikot Ekpene

Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, Democracy Dividends, Ikot IkpeneAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his commitment to delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in spite of distractions.

The governor said this while addressing thousands of people at Ikot Ekpene during his investiture as the Grand Patron of Ati Annang, the apex socio cultural organisation in Annang land.

Speaking in company of his wife, Mrs Martha, who was also inducted as a member of the organisation, Governor Emmanuel thanked the group for the honour.

He expressed appreciation to the people of Ikot Ekpene for their support during the 2015 governorship election and vowed not to disappoint them.

Former Akwa Ibom State Governor and Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Onofiok Luke, said the honour was well deserved.

The International President of Ati Annang, Mr Udo Kerian, explained that the honour was in recognition of Governor Emmanuel’s impressive performance in the state.

The event, which was the Annual General Meeting of Ati Annang Foundation, was witnessed by thousands of Annang indigenes and friends from all parts of Nigeria.

The high point of the occasion was the award of scholarship to indigenes of the senatorial district.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Commends Police On State Security

Gov. Emmanuel Promises More Support For Akwa-Ibom YouthsThe Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has attributed the low crime rate in the state to the commitment of the state command of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring a crime free society.

Governor Emmanuel made the remark at the Police Officers Mess, Wellington Bassey Way in Uyo, when he took time off to interact and unwind with Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force in their get together party to usher in the New Year.

He said the Police and other security agencies in the state had demonstrated sincere commitment to assigned responsibilities by keeping crime at bay, noting that, in recent months, the state has witnessed a large traffic of investors who have arrived in the state to carry out various businesses.

He stressed the importance of peace to development, while maintaining that no investor would risk his investment in a crime and violence prone environment.

Governor Emmanuel urged the Police to step up their surveillance and sustain the feat recorded.

The governor also sympathised with those who lost their loved ones in the course of duty and prayed to God for the the officers’ renewed vigor and prosperity in the New Year.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Muritala Mani, who was represented by Assistant commissioner of Police, Yekini Anyaoku, said event was organised at the instance of the police commissioner, to create a platform for the security personnel to interact, unwind and brace up for their responsibilities in the New Year.

He expressed appreciation to governor for partnering with the Police Force to ensure crime control in the state and canvassed for more of such collaboration, assuring that the state Police Command is poised to bring criminality to a zero percent in the state.

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP Secretariat

Gov. Emmanuel Visits Akwa-Ibom PDP SecretariatAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has called on members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to remain steadfast and uphold the tenets of the party as better days unfold.

Governor Emmanuel stated this on Friday during his end-of-year visit to the party secretariat at Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo.

Governor Udom Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the party for the support given him and his administration.

He noted that although the year 2016 was economically challenging, his administration was able to deliver dividends of democracy to the people without any bailout.

The Governor assured the party that the coming year would witness more robust development across the state.

He tasked party faithful to educate the masses at the grassroots to enable them take advantage of the numerous employment opportunities and empowerment schemes made available by his administration.

He also used the opportunity to assure the secondary school teachers recruited in 2015 whose appointments were canceled for alleged breach of due process in the employment process, that those with genuine credentials would be employed.

The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state, Obong Paul Ekpo, thanked the Governor for the visit.

He described him as a true party man who deemed it necessary to visit the people who worked hard to ensure his emergence as governor.

The meeting was attended by thousands of party faithful from different parts of the state.

Udom Emmanuel Promises Support For Entertainment Industry

Udom Emmanuel Promises Support For Entertainment IndustryAkwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, says he is committed to providing the support, structure and enabling environment for the entertainment industry to thrive in the state.

Mr Emmanuel stated this during the December edition of a road walk and Keep-fit exercise, organized by the Actors’ of Nigeria (AGN), Akwa Ibom State chapter.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Entertainment, Mr David Sergeant, noted: “The state government sees AGN as an integral part of its socio-cultural existence and will do everything to add value to its operating structure and environment”.

Utang Akwa Ibom, as the aide is popularly called, urged the actors who turned out in large numbers for the exercise, to “continue in their unwavering support to Mr Emmanuel”, to attract more benefit from the governor.

In response, Acting Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in the State; Comrade Itoro Francis, extolled Mr Udom Emmanuel for being the first governor to appoint no fewer than six actors from the state as his aides.

“To whom much is given, much is also expected -While the entire AGN in the state is appreciative of the governor’s magnanimity and great support to entertainers, we want to assure him of our continuous support”.

The AGN chairman also extended the body’s appreciation to the governor’s aide saying: “We also thank his S.A on Entertainment Industry, our dear brother, Utang Akwa Ibom for his open door policy and transparency in his dealings with us. God bless you sir”.

According to Mr Francis, the exercise which is a monthly event is aimed at keeping the artists healthy and united for the overall interest of the state”.

Trump’s Immigration Stance, Wake-up Call On Nigerians – Gov. Emmanuel

Trump's Immigration Stance, Wakeup Call On Nigerians – Gov. EmmanuelAkwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has described United States President-elect, Donald Trump’s stance on immigration as a challenge on Nigerians to make the best use of the abundant human and natural resources at their disposal to make Nigeria great.

The Governor made the remark while speaking to journalists on the implications of the outcome of the November 8 presidential election in the United States especially to Nigeria.

Governor Udom Emmanuel spoke to journalists at Akwa Ibom International Airport in Uyo on arrival from an official assignment outside the state.

He said that the outcome of the election was a confirmation of the fact that power comes from God and he chooses whoever he wants to lead at his own time in spite of what people think or feel.

“My prediction was not what the world predicted. What has happened in America is exactly what happened in Akwa Ibom state.

“The whole world is now saying that you don’t need to be a professional politician to be entrusted with political leadership. If you have been able to manage multinational businesses, then it means you’re capable of doing well as a political leader.

“So the talk of Donald Trump not having political experience did not affect the voting pattern.

“It also shows that God’s choice is the ultimate in spite of what people think or feel. God does not choose qualified people, rather, he chooses the unqualified and qualifies him for the task at hand.”

Make Nigeria Great

On the stance of Mr Trump on immigration issues, Governor Emmanuel said Nigerians should see it as a call to make the best use of what we have to make our country great.

“I’m not bothered about his policy, rather I see it as a wake-up call on Nigerians to begin to look inward and make the best use of the abundant human and natural resources at their disposal to make Nigeria great.

“Trump’s message to the rest of the world is for everyone to make the best of what they have. Didn’t you hear him? He said let’s make America great again. And I call on everyone, let’s make Akwa Ibom great, let’s make Nigeria great.”

Governor Emmanuel, however, appealed to Mr Trump to do all in his power to encourage international trade and cooperation to make the world a better place.

“All we need are good policies that encourage international trade and cooperation. That is all that matters now and I hope Mr Trump will make that possible.”

Buhari Bags Leadership Award, Restates Commitment To Democracy

Muhammadu Buhari, Leadership Award, DemocracyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called on the political class to build on the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections to nurture Nigeria’s democratic process.

The President made the call at a ceremony in Abuja, where he received the “Leadership 2015 Man of the Year Award” organised by the Leadership Group.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the former Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, were among other awardees at the event.

President Buhari asked the award winners to remain committed to good behaviour in their endeavours.

He said that this would enable them justify their recognition, which he said should serve as an inspiration to other Nigerians.

The award was as a result of the phone call made by Dr. Jonathan, conceding defeat to President Buhari in the 2015 general elections.

The poll was the first in the history of Nigeria where an incumbent president would be defeated in a keenly contested election.

On his part, former President Abdulsalam Abubakar said it could not have been easy if the major players had resisted the outcome of the poll.

In separate remarks, the Chairman of the Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, paid tribute to the major players.

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.

Akwa Ibom Promises Maximum Support To Foreign Investors

Akwa IbomThe Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel says his administration will give maximum support to interested foreign investors to ensure the safety of their investment in the state.

Governor Emmanuel gave the assurance when the Consul General of the United States of America visited him at the Government House, Uyo.

Describing the state as a virgin land blessed with abundant human and natural resources yet to be harnessed, Governor Emmanuel noted that apart from the abundant oil and gas reserves, the agricultural sector presents great opportunities for profitable investment in the state.

He said that his administration is founded on accountability and transparency in line with global best practices, adding that the state has put basic infrastructure in place to support accelerated economic development.

The Consul General of the United States of America, John Bray, said that his team’s visit was aimed at identifying investment opportunities available in the state with a view to furthering the age long collaboration existing between Nigeria and his country.

He listed security, reliable infrastructure, transparency and accountability in line with global economic practices as fundamental to successful business.

Air Force Will Effectively Tackle Insurgency – Abubakar

Air ForceThe Chief of Air Staff says the Nigerian Air Force is now properly positioned to effectively check the menace of insurgents in the northeast.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar gave the assurance on Thursday when he visited the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, at the Government House in Uyo.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the Air Force to return normalcy to the northeast and all other parts of the country affected by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.

Air Marshal Abubakar said that the Nigerian Air Force is considering the establishment of an operation base in Akwa Ibom State to further enhance the performance of its constitutional responsibilities.

In his response, Governor Emmanuel acknowledged the contributions of the Nigeria Air Force to maintain peace and security in the country.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor also used the medium to call on Nigerians to have continued confidence in the force.

The Chief of Air Staff was accompanied by other senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force.

Akwa Ibom Governor Signs 2016 Appropriation Bill

Akwa IbomGovernor Udom Emmanuel has signed the Akwa Ibom State 2016 Appropriation Bill into law, with a total budget size of 423 billion Naira.

Governor Emmanuel signed the bill on Wednesday afternoon during a special EXCO session at the Governor’s office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

With the budget now signed into law, he expressed determination that his administration would remain focused on the task of delivering democracy dividends to the people.

In his discourse, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Akan Okon, gave a summary of the budget.

A breakdown of the figure shows that a total of 94.963 billion Naira is for recurrent expenditure while 243 billion Naira is for capital expenditure.

Tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Development’, the budget is three billion Naira less than the 426 billion Naira presented by Governor Emmanuel to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Governor Emmanuel Frowns At NDDC Over Project Execution

Udom-Emmanuel-Governor-Akwa-IbomAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has frowned at the attitude of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) towards projects execution in the state.

Governor Emmanuel made the remark when members of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs paid him a visit in the Government House in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, on Friday.

The Governor said that having contributed over 40% to the wealth of the country through oil production as well as being the highest contributor to the NDDC fund, Akwa Ibom State deserves better treatment from the Federal Government and the NDDC.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, queried the claim by the Commission that it had executed 829 projects in the state since its inception and hoped that the Committee would be better informed at the end of the visit.

He called for synergy between the NDDC and governments of Niger Delta states to avoid unnecessary duplication of projects and also stressed the need for proper project supervision to achieve results.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, said that his committee, which oversees NDDC, Amnesty program and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, was in Akwa Ibom as part of its oversight function to assess the impact of the commission on the people of the region since the year 2000.

Senator Nwaoboshi added that as the Senate was about to appropriate funds for projects in 2016, the visit would help to identify the needs of the people with a view to meeting them.

Among those on the entourage was the acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari.

Akwa Ibom Governor Promises Residents Better Days Ahead

Akwa IbomAkwa Ibom State Governor has expressed determination to remain totally committed to the task of delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Udom Emmanuel made the commitment at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium during a reception in his honour by Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Consultative Assembly, after the Supreme Court verdict on his victory in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.

He thanked the people for their support during the Election Petition Tribunal cases, promising that he would live up to their expectation while working earnestly for the progress of the state.

The Governor further solicited the continued support of the people and cooperation to build a better Akwa Ibom State.

‘Victory For Democracy’

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, also expressed appreciation to the people of Ikot Ekpene and the state at large for supporting him, urging them to support the Udom Emmanuel-led administration to succeed.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not interfering in the election petition cases in Nigeria, describing the Supreme Court ruling as ‘victory for democracy’.

Goodwill messages were offered by members of National Assembly led by Senator Bassey Albert, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the three senatorial districts among others.

At the event, a sword and a Bible was presented to Governor Emmanuel while Senator Akpabio and his Wife, Ekaette – Unoma Akpabio, were also honoured for their contributions to the state.