PDP Is The Party To Beat – Governors

PDPGovernors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say the ruling party remains the party to beat, as the 2015 elections draw closer.

Speaking after a meeting in Abuja, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio, said the governors reviewed the state of the PDP and were confident that the party remained the only national party in Nigeria.

The meeting had 14 state executives present with Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his counterparts from Gombe, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Benue and Ekiti noticeably absent.

The Akwa Ibom Governor, who explained the absence of the governors, blamed it on flight problems caused by bad weather.

Fake Malaria Drugs Could Cause Kidney Problems – Agency

A young girl with malaria rests in the inpatient ward of the Malualkon Primary Health Care Center in MalualkonThe Society for Family Health (SFH) has been asked to liaise with National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) in checking incidence of fake malaria drugs that can induce other health problems among the users.

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, made the call when the Head of Society for Family Health/Roll Back Malaria Programme, Dr. Jennifer Anyanti and her team visited Governor Akpabio in his office in Uyo.

While briefing the governor on the effects of fake drugs, Dr. Anyanti, cited instances of some persons who after taking an unnamed malaria drug were later diagnosed with cardiac and kidney problems.

The head of the SFH said their visit was to inform the governor and the people of the state of their upcoming campaign to distribute over 2.7 million mosquito nets in the state.

Dr. Anyanti appealed to the State government for support to ensure the success of the campaign, stressing that the commitment at every level of the
society is imperative, as actions are put in place to prevent vector-borne diseases especially malaria.

She said the SFH was operating at other levels in the state supported by the Ministry of Health, state media organisations, among others and was currently implementing a state-wide HIV prevention house-to-house campaign. The campaign would hold from July 7 to August 7, with individuals in over 500,000 households in
every local government in the state as targets.

It is also aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s response to HIV/AIDS programme funded by the British Department for International developments.

Governor Akpabio stressed the need to sensitise the people more on how to prevent malaria growth, such as letting them know that keeping pools of water around their environment and pouring of dirty water in the gutters could lead to malaria.

He said that about 1.5 million nets were distributed by the state Ministry of Health to more than 20,000 households in the state in 2013.

The governor said there was need to replace them as they would have been worn out by now.

He further pledged the State government’s support to the SFH through the state Ministry of Health in the distribution of treated insecticide nets to the people of Akwa Ibom.

The Director, Global Fund Malaria Programme, Dr. Ernest Nwokolo, said that the SFH was in partnership with Roll Back Malaria and National Malaria Elimination Programme funded by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which he said was conducting nationwide distribution of free lasting insecticide nets.

Akpabio Signs Amendment Repealing 100 Million For Ex-governors

Godswill AkpabioGovernor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state has signed into law the Fifth Amendment to the state’s pension bill which repeals the contentious 100 million Naira medical expenses for ex-governors and 50 million Naira medical allowance for former deputies.

The governor signed the latest amendment in Government House, Uyo.

The pension bill for former governors and deputy governors in Akwa Ibom State had attracted curious comments from the public, including a legal practitioner, George Eke, who advocated that the law be scrapped and a “Salary For Life” approach be adopted to allow those who have served to have benefits after their time in office.

The pension bill is a 16 year old law which came into existence in 1998 as a special grant for past state governors and their deputies .It was further amended in 1999 and adopted in 2000, 2007 and 2014 as pension bill.

Governor Akpabio explained that the contentious figures for medical allowance have been expunged from the new law while other aspects of the law remain intact. The repealed version, he said, has removed the ceiling on medical expenses for former governors and their deputies.

INEC Begins Permanent Voters’ Card Distribution In Akwa Ibom

Parmanent Voters CardThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has begun distribution of permanent voters’ cards to registered voters in Akwa Ibom State.

The exercise recorded an impressive turn out on Saturday, with Governor Godswill Akpabio and wife, Unoma  Akpabio among recipients.

Hundreds of registered voters turned out to take advantage of the exercise.

Addressing the people at one of the registration centers, Governor Akpabio said that the future of democracy in Nigeria depended on voters’ full participation in the exercise.

He urged all Nigerians of voting age to take advantage of the exercise to enable them exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections.

The distribution of permanent voters’ cards by the INEC commenced nationwide on Friday.

The electoral commission had said that the permanent voters would be used in the 2015 General Election that is less than 10 months from now.

Akpabio Expresses Concern Over Security Challenges

Godswill AkpabioState governors in Nigeria have been urged to give maximum support to security agencies to ensure their success in the fight against insurgency in parts of the country.

Governor Godswill Akpabio made the call on Wednesday night while speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Jonah Jang-led Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

Akpabio, who expressed the governors’ concern over the security challenges in parts of the North, called on all Nigerians to be security conscious.

While charging security agencies to rise to the occasion, Akpabio urged state governors to redouble their support to security agencies especially in the areas of intelligence gathering and policing.

Answering questions from reporters, another governor, Gabriel Suswan of Benue State declared support for the ongoing National Conference and urged delegates to put national interest above other considerations.

On his part, the new governor of Anambra State, Dr Willie Obiano, who was attending the meeting for the first time, gave assurances of his determination to work with the forum in line with democratic tradition.

Sixteen governors attended the meeting.

Akpabio Charges Youths To Cooperate With Road Construction Company

The government of Akwa Ibom state has charged youths of Eket and Etinan towns to cooperate with contractors handling the dualisation of Eket-Etinan Road to ensure the completion of the project on schedule.

Governor Godswill Akpabio gave the charge in Eket while flagging off the construction of the road.

The governor assured that the dualization of the 23.3km road will be completed before the end of his tenure in 2015.He expressed confidence in the competence of CCECC, the contractors, to deliver the project in record time of 36 months.

Akpabio said the dualization of the road was part of his agenda to unleash uncommon transformation on all parts of the state, adding that the oil rich city of Eket will soon experience major remodelling of its roads to add beauty and ease traffic.

The cost of the dualization is put at N26 billion. Features of the dual carriage way inculude 3 bridges, covered drains, street lights, walk ways on both sides, shoulders on both sides and traffic lights.

Governor Akpabio had earlier commissioned some roads in Etinan and promised that more projects are billed for commissioning in the weeks to come.

Good Budgeting Is The Secret To My Success- Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state has listed good budgeting as one of the secrets of his administration’s monumental success since 2007.

The governor made the remark when he addressed members of senior executive course No.35 of 2013 from National Institute for policy and strategic studies (NIPSS).

Akpabio said since 2007, his administration’s budgeting ratio has remained 80% capital and 20% recurrent expenditure.

He noted that this policy has helped the state government to realise its vision of infrasructural revolution across the state.

The leader of the team and Director of Research, NIPSS, Prof.Olu Obafemi said the team was on a study tour of Akwa Ibom and five other states in the south.

Prof. Obafemi added that the study tour with the theme “Straightening institutional frameworks’ and the transformation agenda in Nigeria’’ was aimed at making Nigeria’s institutions stronger.

Voters Pass Vote Of No-Confidence On Senator Aloysius Etok, Initiates Recall

The political travails of Senator Aloysius Etok representing Akwa Ibom North West/Ikot Ekpene senatorial district appears to be growing deeper as voters in the senatorial district have passed a vote of no confidence on him.

The Ikot Ekpene constituents in a unanimous voice vote, passed the vote of no confidence on the embattled Senator and promptly resolved to initiate his recall.

The motion for his recall was moved by Engineer Iboro Ekanem, who formerly served as the former campaign manager to Senator Etok.

It would be recalled that chairmen of 10 local government areas in the senatorial district had earlier issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Senator to retract his media outbursts against the state governor; Godswill Akpabio, over the battle for the senatorial seat in 2015.

That ultimatum expires today, Wednesday May 1st, 2013.

Every attempt by Channels TV to get Senator Etok to react to the recall move and vote of no-confidence was unsuccessful but one of his aides who spoke to our crew in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, off camera, assured that the Senator will react when the time is right.

The Senator who was the centre of an election rigging confession by Governor Godswill Akpabio has suddenly fell out with the Governor over the candidacy of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in 2015 general elections.

Mr Akpabio was embroiled in an election rigging controversy when he openly confessed that he scratched off the name of another aspirant for Mr Etok to emerge a Senator. But the Governor later explained that he was ‘misunderstood‘ because the changing of names was done ahead of the party primaries and election during the party leaders talk.

The state governor who is rounding off his second term in office, revealed to Channels Television in an exclusive interview that he will be running for the Senate in the 2015 elections as demanded by his people for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district.

Senator Etok is currently representing Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in the National Assembly and while speaking on a radio programme on issues of the state, Senator Etok, is reported to have declared that “the seat was not vacant.”

He is also reported to have stated that the governor should have consulted with him before going public with his ambition to contest for his current seat in the Senate.

He alleged earlier in the week that, the state governor has deployed a killer squad to eliminate him as deadly text messages are sent to his phone numbers.

The governor has promptly denied the existence of such killer squad.

2015 Election: You Have 7 Days To Apologise To Akpabio, Politicians Warn Senator

The Chairmen of the 10 local government areas in Ikot Ekpene senatorial district of Akwa Ibom, have handed down a 7-day ultimatum with effect from the 24th of April 24, 2013 to Senator Alloysius Etok, to retract his statement on stalling the nomination of Governor Godswill Akpabio, as the aspirant for the senatorial district in the 2015 general elections.

The chairmen stormed the state office of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Uyo, the state capital, where they condemned the Senator’s recent statement that the senatorial seat is not vacant.

Senator Etok is currently representing Ikot Ekpene senatorial district in the National Assembly and the state governor who is rounding off his second term in office, revealed to Channels Television in an exclusive interview that he will be running for the Senate in the 2015 elections as demanded by his people.

Mr Akpabio hails from Ikot Ekpene senatorial district.

Meanwhile, speaking on a radio programme on issues of the state, Senator Etok, is reported to have declared that “the seat was not vacant.”

He is also reported to have stated that the governor should have consulted with him before going public with his ambition to contest for his current seat in the Senate.

The protesting counsellors while issuing the ultimatum demanded that Senator Etok must issue an “unreserved apology to the governor and the entire people of Ikot Ekpene senatorial district” over the statement.

The Senator was not in the state at the time of the incident but residents of the oil rich state said they are looking forward to how the political crisis will play out between a political god father and his self-confessed anointed political son.

It will be recalled that Mr Akpabio was recently embroiled in an election rigging controversy when he openly confessed that he scratched off the name of another aspirant for Mr Etok to emerge a Senator.

The Governor has since explained that he was ‘misunderstood‘ because the changing of names was done ahead of the party primaries and election during the party leaders talk.