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ITU/IBIONO PDP FED HOUSE HOPEFUL EXPRESSES OPTIMISM FOR GREATER A’IBOM

ITU/IBIONO PDP FED HOUSE HOPEFUL EXPRESSES OPTIMISM FOR GREATER A’IBOM

The PDP hopeful for Itu/Ibiono Ibom Federal House, Rt. Hon Ime Okon has expressed optimism for a greater Akwa Ibom as the State marks her 35th Anniversary.

He gave the note in his goodwill message recently in the spirit of celebration as the State will clock 35 years since creation on Friday, September 23, 2022.

According to his message, “Our gains, successes, challenges and wins from the military era to the democratic dispensation are evident of a growing State.

“Our Democratic Leaders have made their respective marks till the current regime of Governor Udom Emmanuel with his Industrialization mantra. These and many more have repositioned the State for future successes.

“As Akwaibomites, our hope is unwavering of a greater State, an awestruck spec amongst comity of States.”

He concluded that the years ahead will be more rewarding and accomplishing.

He seized the opportunity to appreciate the forthrightness of the present administration as led by Gov Udom Emmanuel which focus is on industrialization and has shifted the economic base of the State to a better position. Hon Okon said that the gains of today’s strides my not be readily visible, but that the seeds will sprout to a viable economy in future.

He called on actors of government organs to team up in Akwa Ibom project to advance the State to a greater future.

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MKPAT ENIN A/CHAIRPERSON FELICITATES WITH A’IBOM AT 35

MKPAT ENIN A/CHAIRPERSON FELICITATES WITH A’IBOM AT 35
…Reel out few achievements since in acting capacity

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

The Acting Chairperson of Mkpat Enin LGA, Lady Mercy Bassey has felicitated with the State on her 35th Anniversary and also commended Gov Udom Emmanuel on his sterling leadership qualities which have culminated to the peace enjoyed in the State.

She gave the goodwill recently during a media chat with pressmen in Uyo.

According to her, “I join in celebrating the State. I commend the Governor for the laudable projects achieved in his tenure. I appreciate the Governor for engaging indigenous contractors which have showcased best hands we have in the engineering sector. This will also encourage our children in the engineering field to do their best as their skills will be needed in future.”

The Chairperson seized the opportunity to reel out few of her achievements in the Council, noting that she runs a consultative and inclusive administration.

“During these last seven months as an Acting Chairperson, Premiere Junction had been redesigned and renovated. There has been total renovation within the Council Secretariat which has boosted the working morale of staff. This include; the construction of the perimeter fence, painting, the Construction of Traditional Rulers Council which caused a relocation of meeting point of Royal Fathers from the old cafeteria.”

She went further to say that the ‘Rt. Hon Ekong Sampson’s Hall’ of about 3,000 capacity which was dilapidated has been given a total facelift. Also, the open offices, Director of Administration office and DSS office, have all been renovated.

Lady Bassey added that as an Acting Chairperson, she repaired the Generating set in the Council, revamp the borehole and supplied light to all the units within the Council.

Divulging the conferment of the Local Government Merit Award (LOGMA) on her which is taking place on September 22, 2022, Lady Mercy Bassey said it is not without taking cognizant of her strides in the educational and infrastructural aspect of her administration. Mercy Bassey said the staff of the Council and few of her friends voted her in the contest without her knowledge until recently when she was informed about it by the organisers.
She said the award will not only be for her Local Government Area but the pride of the entire State.

The Chairperson said all the achievements are in order of her Boss’ (Hon Aniekpon Ekpo) vision for the Council and not in anyway to spite him as speculated by some mischievous elements. She said she will hold sway efficiently until whenever her Boss will be reinstated in office.

PPDF SET TO PARTNER MEDIA, CSOs ON CLIMATE CHANGE, JUSTICE

PPDF SET TO PARTNER MEDIA, CSOs ON CLIMATE CHANGE, JUSTICE

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

Peace Point Development Foundation (PPDF) has expressed readiness to partner with the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to spread environmental knowledge as it concerns Climate Change and Climate Justice to rural Communities across the State.

This was contained in the address of the Coordinator of PPDF, Mr. Umo Isua-Ikoh during the one day training of Journalists and CSOs in Uyo, Friday.

According to him, “training and retraining of Journalists and CSOs as partners in the environmental project is a veritable tool which will add up to the spread of environmental knowledge and sensitization of the public on need to adopt new ways of engagements so as to protect the environment.

“Humanity has been the drive of our activities since we ventured into environmental sector in 2005.”

He went further to reel off few of their community projects which cover Opukalama Community in Ikot Abasi LGA; Okoroutib in Ibeno LGA and other communities which highlighted conservative means of cooking to reduce deforestation by their invention of ‘Fuel Wood Efficient Cook Stove.’

He said since the new method of cooking was introduced to these communities, they had long embraced the change which has helped reduce carbon emission (pollution) in their environment. Mr. Isua-Ikoh promised to spread the invention to other local communities in the State who are in terrible pollution condition due to activities of Oil operators and other human factors.

Mr. Edem Edem taking questions from participants during the training.

Taking a session on ‘Reporting Environmental Issues,’ Mr. Edem Edem of GREENCODE said the most important Climate concerns recently are; Climate Change, Climate Justice and Climate Action. He shared reporting skills and knowledge with media personnel to aid in reporting environmental matters.

Also, Mr. Mfon Gabriel of Policy Alert exposed Journalists to the nitty-gritty in reporting the environment and why the knowledge of essential legal frameworks are important to guide a Journalist on the right quarters to seek information, and appropriate laws to determine acceptable environmental standards.

Mr. Mfon Gabriel of Policy Alert addressing participants during one of the training sessions.

The training session was rounded off with intense deliberations on environmental concerns in the State and prospects in the environmental sector.

2023: ACCORD PARTY TO OVERTAKE AKWA IBOM STATE

2023: ACCORD PARTY TO OVERTAKE AKWA IBOM STATE

The Governorship aspirant of Accord Party, Engr Emem Coffie says with the submarine (underground) approach of politicking adopted by the party, the hilltop mansion will be taken over in 2023.

He said this during the official opening of the Campaign Secretariat of the Party in Uyo, Wednesday.

According to him, “We have structures across the 31 Local Government Areas of the State and we are optimistic that we will take over the State come 2023.

“We are not threatened by the gladiators in the State but we believe our submarine strategies will take the State by surprise.”

The Structural Engineer and Real Estate Developer from Nsit Ubium LGA said his biological lineage cuts across the three Senatorial Districts of the State and craves to dissolve the social-polarization created in the State by politics. He added that he will run a Government that Akwaibomites will be able to relate freely despite political affiliations and ethnic existence.

“I am an indigene of Nsit Ubium while my mother is from Oron and my grandmother from Anang axis, Iwukem to be particular. I will stop polarization created in the State by politics and will bring peace to the State.”

He went further to say as the Coordinator of an NGO called Changing Vanguard, he is passionate about human capacity development and has been impacting lives privately. Engr Coffie said more focus will be on developing youths capacities in the technogical aspects to prepare the State for the next generation technology.

“Our program tagged ‘Utom Idung’ is crafted to be a channel of touching and empowering lives from the grassroot. Aspects of Education and Agriculture will be incorporated so youths will be mobilized to advance academically while women/men will be given needed resources for agro-wealth.

As an advocate of continuity in governance, this Nsit Ubium son said he will ensure lofty programs and policies of government are sustained which include the industrialization policy of the present government.

The Aspirant who flew into the State with the wife was at the event with his Deputy Governor Designate, Mrs Love Archibong. He said the Party office is open for all and welcome ideas, suggestions on how to develop the State.

The State Party Chairman, Engr Martins Ansa said Accord Party has taken stock of the various lapses in the governance of the State and will ensure availability of jobs for the youths and packages for retirees will be given as when due. He also said much attention will be given to education, Agriculture and Security sectors of the State. While the traditional stools will be strengthened.

High point of the event was the official opening of the Campaign Office and donation of cash gifts to youths who voluntarily performed at the events.

WE WILL NOT VOTE PARTY BUT CHARACTER-Rev Ntia Ntia

2023: WE WILL NOT VOTE PARTY, BUT CHARACTER OF INDIVIDUALS – Rev Ntia Ntia

The Senior Pastor of Full Life Christian Centre, Rev Ntia Ntia has charged Christian faithfuls to get their PVCs so they can vote people of character and good conscience as Nigeria is in dire need of revolutionary leadership.

He said this while preaching on Sunday on the topic ‘Blessed by the power of the Gospel.’

He charged Christians to speak their minds in the forthcoming general elections and not allow lies to overwhelm the truth.

“With the rots in our land, it is not too late to start and not afraid to pursue the cause. And everyone with the thought of truth should speak up for the moment of being silent is over.”

Rev Ntia charged Nigerians who know the truth should spread the gospel and not be afraid for lies to thrive.

He charged every believer to serve diligently with true conscience at every position they find themselves. As light, the Clergy said Christian faithfuls should be a voice of truth wherever they are to initiate the needed change in the society.

Taking analogy from the story of Esther and Mordecai, the Preacher said only God can overturn evil councils and any plan against the wellbeing of Nigerians by few cabals should be brought to nothing in the days to come as Nigeria moves into another transition era.

He added that the Gospel of truth and salvation needs to be preached to Nigerians because Nigeria needs to be served for the wellbeing of the commoners in the rural communities.

In conclusion, the Pastor led Christian faithfuls to pray for the restoration of Nigeria where dignity is given to lives, labour, education; and the youths’ passion and good values revived.

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ENVIRONMENT: NIGERIAN WOMEN ON THE PATH TO CURB POLLUTION

ENVIRONMENT: NIGERIAN WOMEN ON THE PATH TO CURB POLLUTION

 

 

By Enwono Abasi Elisha

 

At a corner of the busy road leading to Ibaka fish beach in Mbo Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Ms Mary Edet is seen offloading over 200 ice blocks from a vehicle into her mini-cool room, housing over six freezers to preserve her sea-foods for buyers later that evening. Most fish sellers use firewood to dry or preserve their stock. This leads to both indoor and outdoor pollution. This has a long-term impact on the health of the women who are exposed to smoke and soot.

 

But Ms Edet has decided to avoid taking the smoke and soot path and opted to buy ice blocks from a neighbouring LGA.

 

She sells different kinds of sea foods, including; barracuda fish, red Snapper, cover-pot, silver carp (locally called China) and prawns. Other sea foods from Ibaka beach include; sharks, catfish, tilapia, crayfish, croaker, salmon, mackerel (sardines), stockfish, and so on.

 

But there is no electricity in the Ibaka community to aid in the storage of these fishes and the temperatures are so high.

 

“I have more than six big freezers but there is no light to power them. I can’t count the number of times I have to dump spoiled fish from my store into the sea because there is no light and I don’t have the money to get a generator set that can power all my big freezers where I store fish,” Ms Edet lamented.

 

In line with the Africa Green Stimulus Programme element on  Supporting Sustainable Management of Forests, Ms Edet may have taken a better path than other fish traders who engage in firewood drying, encouraging illegal logging and carbon emission.

 

Other fish traders see Ms Edet’s ice-blocks preservative style as neither an effective storage method nor cost-effective for the business compared to their firewood method.

A dump site by a firewood hub where people live and do business. Photo/ Ewono Abasi Elisha/ AWiM

 

The cost of preservation has hiked the selling price of this seafood even at the beach. Ms Edet says her 20 inches (medium-sized) Barracuda fish goes for ₦10,000 (roughly $25). She spends approximately ₦60,000 every two days to purchase ice blocks from Ibeno, another Local Government in the State to preserve her fish.

 

She went further to recount her losses.

 

“Each of these ice-block now sells at ₦300 from the previous ₦200 and last for only two days,” she says.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

 

Aside from the power outage in this community, people live and do business in informal areas where open defecation and poor waste disposal ruin the Ibaka environment. This notwithstanding, the gas emissions and oil spill into water bodies, making life more difficult for rural dwellers.

 

Ibaka is the heart of the fishing business in Nigeria and some African countries. A fishing hub which harbours many traders from different communities of Nigeria including; Yorubas, Hausas, and Igbos. Cameroonians and Ghanaians are also into the fishing business in this riverine area.

 

In Mbo Local Government Authority where the Ibaka community is located, over four oil and gas companies operate. These include; Universal Energy Resource Limited, Oriental Energy, Addax Oil, Monopoly Oil and Total Oil.

 

Despite the presence of these companies, poverty walks the streets of Ibaka as women mostly feel the brunt of pollution posed by these operating oil firms. Not only have their fish businesses been affected but crop farming too.

 

Predominantly, indigenous communities also engaged in logging activity as means of livelihood because traders rely on wood fuel sources of energy to help dry and preserve their seafood and this has led to deforestation.

 

The dignified status allocated to the firewood business in the Mbo community is never overrated such that traditional injunctions locally called ‘Mbiam’ are placed by dealers as they display their bundles of firewood along the way for prospective buyers.

 

The report of COP 26 contains submissions from trade unions; women and gender groups, Climate Action Network, farmers, and indigenous people canvassing for the need to decarbonise the atmosphere. While the Glasgow Leaders’ held the view that forest and land use, signed by 120 countries should reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.

 

In 2017, the wife of the area governor, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel built an oven for Ibaka women to facilitate the preservation of their seafood. The intended coal oven has long been exchanged with firewood as the women say firewood is more cost cost-effective using coal to dry their fishes.

 

“The wife of the Governor, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel donated this place for us to dry our fishes in 2017. The coal which was supposed to be used for the oven to dry our fish becomes so expensive and we decided to use firewood. This firewood is less expensive as it is taken from our creeks and forests around. But our major challenge is insecurity.”

 

“The greatest challenge here is insecurity. No security and the navy here does not help us. It is a regular occurrence for militants to rob us of our boat engines on the high sea. I and my son were robbed of our boat engines last year and we had to pay ₦500,000 to kidnappers for my engine to be released back to me,” Ms Hannah Eti, woman leader of the Ibaka community lamented.

 

Hannah Eti, woman leader of the Ibaka community recounts her ordeal. Photo / Ewono Abasi Elisha/ AWiM

 

Not only has their fishing and crop farming affected by insecurity, but their husbands were killed or kept out of business due to intense insecurity in the area.

 

Akwa Ibom State Manager of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria, Lucy Ekpenyong said the office’s programme tagged ‘One Local Government, One Product,’ made them visit the Ibaka community in October 2021. There, the office noted the comparative advantage of the area being fishing which was not properly processed and not appropriate for consumption by the standard of relevant regulated bodies.

 

“Using wood to dry fish can not boost their marketing chances as it is deemed contaminated by carbon and can not be approved by regulatory bodies.”

 

“About ₦3.8million was expended during the programme to reposition and build a better processing line for them,” she stated.

 

“Women need to organise themselves and form cooperatives or associations to be able to access available help/financially to boost their businesses while waiting for appropriate government intervention on insecurity since militants are on the rampage in the area.”

 

An Environmentalist and the Project Manager of Tropical Research and Conservative Centre, Mr Ikpongke Nkanta expressed worry over the future of the environment in Ibaka, Mbo LGA and Akwa Ibom State in general, if the falling of trees for woodfuel is not curtailed.

 

“I am aware logging activities are going on at Ibaka. People are cutting down the forest for timber and woodfuel. Those activities have negative impacts on the environment. There is some wildlife in the forest reserve area at Unyenge community, Mbo LGA which need these thick mangroves.”

 

“Looking at the issue of climate change, the trees need to absorb atmospheric carbon to make the environment safe for human existence. As we keep on cutting down trees, we expose ourselves to more danger considering the oil exploration within the region and emission of gas fumes to the atmosphere.” “We need to keep these trees to absorb the carbon. Good enough, it is a mangrove area and mangroves absorb carbon 10 times better than other tree species. So, globally, it is the focus for mangrove ecosystem to be protected because of the issue of climate change,” Mr Nkanta submitted.

 

He also added that logging is making many species of aquatic life go extinct as many fishes do not have the right habitat to breed and lay eggs as the roots of these mangrove trees are regularly destroyed.

 

Before COP 26, 153 countries which accounted for 49 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions had updated their NDCs to the Paris Agreement. Developed countries had also published a road map that admitted that they would miss the promised $100 billion per year by 2020 Climate Finance goal and will not likely achieve it before 2023.

 

Even as Nigeria is one of the signatories to this Paris Agreement, major environmental concerns in the Niger Delta region of the Country, including gas emissions, oil spills, logging and other forms of threats to the envisioned green environment, stare us in the face.

 

 

Oven donated by the First lady, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel to women fishers at Ibaka community. Photo/ Enwono-Abasi Elisha/ AWiM

 

An Environmental activist, Rev Nnimmo Bassey said Nigeria being a signatory to the Paris Agreement can not solve the climate problem.

 

“This is because countries are required to determine the level of emission reduction by themselves according to their environmental standard. To do what they believe is convenient, not what is needed to solve the problem. So, as long as emission is a voluntary exercise, it will not solve the problem because the main polluters will never step forward to cut emission to the level that will solve the problem.”

 

Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action in Nigeria and the Chairman of Friends of the Earth International, Rev Nnimmo Bassey has urged the Nigerian Government to build fish ports where renewable energy like solar power will be used to power fish-drying equipment, cold-storage system and processing of these sea-foods instead of woodfuel which is neither healthy nor economical.

 

According to Rev Nnimmo Bassey, “fishers are needed to organise, train and empower themselves to only do those things that enhance the sector and not to harm it.”

 

He also recommended that persons in the value chain should engage in activities which will not destroy another.

 

Hopefully, the government will work towards achieving the NDCs of the Paris Agreement to ensure women like Ms Edet who are going the extra mile to avoid pollution are supported. Investing in renewable energy to help these women preserve their fish would be a step toward reducing both indoor and outdoor pollution.

 

According to the objectives of African Green Stimulus Programme, there is a need for Akwa Ibom State authorities and the Nigerian Government to reconsider the plight of women in the riverine communities of the State and the Niger Delta region as a whole by taking proactive steps toward implementing these recommendations.

 

This article is part of the African Women in Media (AWiM)/UNEP Africa Environment Journalism Programme.

IKOT EBIDO RESIDENTS LAMENT CARBON EMISSION BY COY

IKOT EBIDO RESIDENTS LAMENT CARBON EMISSION BY GOLDEN TRIPOD COY OPERATION

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

Residents of Ikot Ebido Oku lament carbon emission via the operations of Golden Tripod International Limited Oz Production and Shoe Brake Manufacturing Industry Project, Uyo-AKS, as Joint team of Ministry of Environment and Solid Mineral; and Committee on Environment Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly visited the Company on Thursday.

While speaking with the Village Head of Ikot Udoro, Obong E. U Ikpe, he recounted how the village council has made several pleas for the Company to relocate from the current site which Solid Rock Kingdom Church used to accommodate along Ikot Ikpene road.

Government team interrogating the Village Head of Ikot Udoro, Obong E. U Ikpe.

The royal father lamented how the operation of the Company has affected lives of residents due to dark-coloured rain water in the area anytime rain falls which is a clear indication of the heavy carbon emission into the atmosphere.

“We have written letters to the Company pleading that they relocate from the place because of the production of heavy soot which affects our health but they refused. This was not so before they came to the area.”

Sighting one of the letters written by the village council complaining about the situation and titled, ‘Serious Environmental Pollution from soot and Chemical Water Effluents Discharge by a Company, Tripod International Company, Ikot Udoro Oku, Uyo,’ the Supreme Council of Nwut Usiong Itam, Ibiaku Itam II, Itu LGA, AKS sent an earlier Save Our Soul call to the Ministry of Environment on March 2022.

Also, a resident of the area who pleaded anonymity said the situation got worsened by the day since 2018 when the company came in.

“Around this area to 1Km away is dark-colour rain water we have if rain falls. Our roofs are affected because of the carbon emission. Of course you know the effect of this to our health. What is happening in far away Esit Eket is happening in the heart of town here in Uyo and it seem they rebuff all attempt to relocate them from this place.

“It is a good thing that the Government has come today to see things for themselves. This is what our people are going through and our children who take up work opportunities with the Company because of lack of employment are complaining. But what can they do as they need to feed themselves and their families despite the poor work condition in the place,” the unanimous resident lamented.

The camera caught the staff in an airtight building without proper work outfit to fit the production of the day which a lot of harmful fumes were produced from melting of aluminum iron for the fabrication of the motorcycle brake-pads.

Workers sighted in an airtight building engaging with the motorcycle brake-pad fabrication.

A worker who pleaded anonymity said aside the three-square meal provided by the company to staff, their health is endangered as they are not provided with adequate work kits.

Another said the Company do import medicine for them to help keep their health in check. He also added that if the Company is shut down, crime will be on the increase as over 1000 youths are in the employ of the Company.

The Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly disclosed that there were a lot of petitions from residents and workers about the illegal operation of the Company which by all standard is against environment laws.

During a brief interrogation of the management staff, it was discovered that the Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, used by the Company was not an approved one by the State Government. And they could not provide any official permit for the Company to operate in the area.

Heap of the fabricated metal.

Also, the Company is alleged to be engaging in the part of operation which heavy fumes are produced at night. It is said that because of the outburst of the residents complaining about the dangerous fumes that made them to engage in that part of production at night. Before now, the Company used to take up their production with heavy fumes in the day time which attracted a lot of concerns. To reduce the attention, they resorted to night operations.

In the company, Workers are on daily pay plan and the volume of work achieved determines take-home pay.

Meanwhile, further interrogations of the Managing staff who took over operations of the company after the death of the former MD, revealed that they have been evading invitations from the State Ministry of Environment; House Committee on Environment; and Environmental Health Workers who sealed the place at a time and sued them. The invitations were not respected by the Company with the excuse that the current MD, addressed as Mr. LTN 2Z was not around on medical grounds.

The MD of Golden Tripod International Limited, Mr LTN 2Z said they took over the management of the Company in 2020 after the death of the former MD who was also a Chinese man. It was revealed that the company started operation in 2018.

However, the Government team ordered the Company to stop operation forthwith till necessary documents are provided for further guidance. The MD, Mr LTN 2Z and his Marketing Manager, Mr. Peter Yuan are currently in detention by security officers pending proper investigation on the matter by the government team.

Reasons for the suspension of operations of the Company by Akwa Ibom State Government included; Obstruction of the official oversight duties of the Government by hoodlums and destroying Government vehicles; Operating without official permit from the Akwa Ibom State Government; and posing serious health/environmental hazard to the workers and residents through the operations against all environmental standards.

PROTECT THE CHILD INITIATIVE CALLS FOR A RAPE-PROOFED SOCIETY

PROTECT THE CHILD INITIATIVE CALLS FOR A RAPE-PROOFED SOCIETY

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

Recently, Protect the Child Initiative embarked on a one day sensitization workshop to further blow the whistle against child sexual molestation and other Gender Based Violence in the society.

The event which took place at Destiny International Mission, Uyo with the theme: ‘Child Sexual Abuse: the way out,’ had experts from Early Childhood Education and from health sector addressed the menace and charted the way forward.

The Team Lead of Protect the Child Initiative, Pharmacist Edidiong Abraham said the home can be rape-proofed with prayers, early education of the child with age appropriate information to enable them defend themselves from this menace.

The Team Lead, Pharmacist Edidiong Abraham during her presentation.

 

Her presentations at the event in Uyo last weekend revealed that children from the age of four, should be taught the right names of their parts of the body which will protect them from sexual abuse and in turn report occurrences accurately and promptly to their caregivers. Likewise, they should be taught the boundaries about their body parts, relationships, the red zone areas of the mouth, chest, waist to the knee in front and behind.

 

More education on the makeup of a family’s village to include parents, relatives, friends and others was part of her presentation. The Team Lead urged parents to be vigilant and know who is allowed into the village of the family to ensure that their children and wards are protected always.

Cross section of participants at the event recently in Uyo. 

 

The Host, Bishop Blessing Bassey advised parents to be careful of what they exhibit before their children as they tend to imitate what is shown them. “Time has changed likewise parenting. Let’s have a rethink on how we raise our children as abusers are everywhere. Don’t be careless with your responsibility as a parents,” she admonished.

 

Also, the Chairperson, Standup for Women Society (SWS), Akwa Ibom State Chapter and the immediate past Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Mrs Uduak Ekong said the theme of the event was timely and SWS was interested and recommended a quarterly gathering for a positive outcome.

 

Lib. Uduak Ekong upheld that collaboration and partnership with other agencies especially, NAWOJ will also create more impacts.

 

Other Speakers including Dr. Chika Nya-Etok charged parents on responsible parenting and building good and healthy relationship with their children while Churches should be at the forefront in the sensitization campaign and sanitising the society of all forms of abuses.

 

Meanwhile, it was noted with more collaboration and regular sensitization; even with the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP Law, will be effective tools to protect the child against abuses and other forms of gender based violence.

 

AK-NAWOJ NEW EXCO SETS TO CELEBRATE 100 DAYS IN OFFICE

AK-NAWOJ NEW EXCO SETS TO CELEBRATE 100 DAYS IN OFFICE
… VISITS COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION

The new Executive of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Akwa Ibom State Chapter is set to mark 100 days in office next month, July 2022.

This was disclosed by the NAWOJ Executive in the State led by the Chairperson, Cmd Nsikak Okon during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State, Cmd Iniobong Ememobong, Wednesday.

A cross section of NAWOJ delegation with the Commissioner for Information.

According to her, the event is planned out to hold a rural sensitization exercise for the male-children in rural areas of the three (3) Senatorial Districts in the State.

Also, it will be a time where experts in the area of Gender Based issues will be converged to train female journalists in the State on how to report Gender Based Violence and other related cases. A church thanksgiving has been slated within that period to appreciate God for the emergence of the new Executive and to commit their tenure to God.

“Our visit to the Ministry is to formally introduce the new Executive Members of NAWOJ to the Commissioner and his management team.

“We are here also to formally intimate the Honourable Commissioner of our upcoming event of marking 100 days in office and solicit for needed support as a mother Ministry,” Cmd Nsikak Okon explained.

Also speaking, the National Secretary of NAWOJ, Cmd Helen John appreciated the Commissioner for embarking on continuous training and retraining of staff of the Ministry and media personnel in the State.

She seized the opportunity to intimate the Ministry of upcoming national events concerning the group.

Responding, the Commissioner, Cmd Iniobong Ememobong congratulated the new Executive and members of NAWOJ for the success in the just concluded elections. He noted that the focus of the 100 days in office celebration planned by the present executive is apt as the society has risen to the demand of sensitizing the male-child which negligence over the years has created a big moral-gap which must be closed.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Akparawa James Edet, the Commissioner promised to support the group in their programmes. He urged Women in Journalism to engage ethical practices and always sue for balance reportage.

Also present during the visit were Directors and other members of the Management team in the Ministry; Executive members of NAWOJ and other members of the group.

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AKAN UDOFIA WINS APC GUBER TICKET

OBONG AKANIMO UDOFIA STORMS TO VICTORY: WINS AKWA IBOM STATE APC TICKET

Obong Akanimo Asuquo Udofia has emerged the winner of the primaries conducted by the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) in Akwa Ibom State on Thursday 26th May, 2022.

In a surprisingly peaceful poll, following delay and confusion which marred the earlier attempt at voting, Udofia floored the other contestants in a keenly contested primary, emerging the winner with a landslide margin above the other contestants.

In a hotly contested primary election to become the APC flag bearer to wrestle the hilltop mansion from the incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel of the PDP government in 2023. Out of the 1,313 accredited delegates, Udofia polled 1,227 votes to beat eight other aspirants. Udofia polled the highest number of delegate votes with Senator Ita Enang achieving 34, Prof. Chris Ekong 21, Uduak Udoh 7, Richard Anana 2, Sen James Akpanudodehe 2, Larry Esin 1. 19 votes were deemed invalid or voided.

Victory was announced by Mr. Omobatunde Ajibulu despite attempts to stall the process.

The voting which eventually took place late night Thursday evening was witnessed by a crowd of die-hard defenders of democracy and the will of the people was obvious for all to see.

The process was officiated by the Primary Election Committee from APC National Abuja, consisting of Omoba Tunde Ajibulu, Ms Evelyn Okere, Evito Amuno Choise, Engr. Bosey Ephrain and Dennis Ngene Tubo Bakar. The Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) monitored proceedings.

Addressing the jubilant crowd on the pronouncement of his win, Udofia thanked the committee for “being very resilient in the face of immense danger, unprovoked or provoked conduct.”

He assured his teeming supporters, party delegates and the peace loving sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State that his mission to bring prosperity to all and sundry had only just begun. He admonished them to back him up in the forth coming General elections, stand firm and believe that God Almighty, who has brought him thus far, would complete his mission of prosperity come 2023.

Udofia while extending a hand of fellowship to other aggrieved members promised to carry everyone along even as they looked forward to winning Akwa Ibom at the 2023 general elections.

“I thank God with the way you conducted yourselves. Most especially party faithful who despite all challenges, and intimidations from undemocratic forces, because the way certain people behaved today was certainly not anyway tenable in the life of an Akwa Ibom person. Akwa Ibom is a peaceful state and our people do not stand for anything not peaceful.

” I want to say that this is the beginning of a revolution. The Akwa Ibom APC have spoken very loud, you have indicated that true change will come to Akwa Ibom State come 2023. You have agreed that we are going to use our great party, the APC to institutionalize the dividends of democracy and it must cascade down to the last ward, to the last corner.

“We are going to build a greater Akwa Ibom State. It is going to be an enormous task but when I look at the resilience of each and every one of you party faithful, I know you are ready to join hands with me and together we are going to make Akwa Ibom a greater and better state.” He assured.

He commended the ex-minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio for his efforts at building the party and called for support for his presidential ambition.