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AKWA UNITED HEAD COACH SIGNS NEW DEAL UNTIL 2021

AKWA UNITED HEAD COACH SIGNS NEW DEAL UNTIL 2021

Coach Kennedy Boboye has signed a new contract as Akwa United head coach , keeping him with the promise keepers until 2023.

Boboye was unveiled , Tuesday, during the contract signing ceremony at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

In his speech,the Coach expressed delight to have signed a new deal ,which according to him , shows commitment and readiness to place the club on the top position of the league .

On his part, Chairman of the Promise Keepers, Elder Paul Bassey , described Akwa United as a factor in the Nigerian football in the last seasons and assured of the club’s readiness to secure comfortable place on the league’s table.

Hear him,” the extension of Coach Boboye follows the quality service he rendered during the last season.

“Akwa United would start this year’s league on a spring to secure a comfortable place in the league.

” The club has disciplined team this year ,made up of young determined players who are ready to make a difference.”

Elder Bassey, acknowledging the roles played by the media in promoting the club’s objectives and achievements , solicited for their support in order to boost the club’s performance in the league.

Also speaking, Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Amos Etuk, thanked the management of Akwa United for the initiative to reposition the club for effective football season.

He however decried the continued postponement of the resumption of Nigeria Professional Football League and called on football administrators in the country to live above board.

On his part, the chairman of Sport Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan expressed delight at the unveiling of the coach for the State football team and assured of SWAN’s continuous partnership with the club to take it to another height.

The event also featured the unveiling of the home and away Jerseys for Akwa United.

By Ememobong Okon

UYO BOOK CLUB ADVOCATES SKILL BASED CURRICULUM

UYO BOOK CLUB ADVOCATES SKILL BASED CURRICULUM

The Uyo Book Club has called for an upgrade of the school curriculum to be more skill based so as to help equip and sharpen the intelligence of the younger generation to brace up with the realities of time.

This was part of the focus of the November meeting led by the founder, Dr. Udeme Nana, Saturday.

Members of the club deliberated extensively on the advantages of skill based curriculum which other climes had long adopted and it is high time Nigerian Government would have upgraded.

That came after the founder, Dr. Udeme Nana had set the tone of the meeting on idea exploration as a store of wealth. He also noted that wealth in present time is not measured in possession of lands, houses but on ideas which are easily mined from reading books.

The paradigm shift from the classical method of wealth acquisition makes it pertinent for Bookers to engage their sixth sense in drawing ideas from pages of literature daily.

In line with the tone of the day, a Book Reviewer of ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ by Napoleon Hill, Ms Enwono-Abasi Elisha, further buttressed on the subject matter of the day which was on idea exploration.

On her review, she made quick synopsis of the book which Napoleon Hill discussed the power of the mind and how to gain mastery of it as a veritable field in seeding lofty programs which comes first as a common idea.

The Sixteen chapters of the book on 302 pages, exposed the secrets of successful people which is mind mastery and the ability of allowing positive impulses to condition it to birth positive ideas which incubates for sometimes. Desire, faith, autosuggestion, are few of the processes ideas go through and birth greatness.

There was an indepth discourse on Napoleon Hill’s Book reviewed and expanded by Arthur K. Pell after his demise.

Extensive discussion led to Bookers suggesting periods to engage in research and discuss policies and programmes of Government which recommendations from the Club could inject solution to staring challenges in governance.

©Enwono-Abasi Elisha.

HON LUKE ADVOCATES LICENSE FOR IBOM SEAPORT, REVAMP ALSCON

HON LUKE ADVOCATES LICENSE FOR IBOM SEAPORT, REVAMP ALSCON

The Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke has pushed for the issuance of license for the operation of Ibom Deep Seaport and the resuscitation of Aluminium Smelter Company (ALSCON) in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State.

He made this known to media community in Akwa Ibom State during the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom Chapter November Congress, yesterday.

The Federal Lawmaker disclosed his advocacy for the Federal Government to establish a division of Court of Appeal in the state so to relieve the stress of traveling to Calabar to demand for that level of judicial service due to the deplorable condition of the Calabar-Itu way; and to facilitate speedy dispensation of justice.

“Today, with this bipartisan approach to politics, I have advocated the granting of license for the operation of Ibom Deep Seaport, reviving of Aluminium Smelter Company in Ikot Abasi, creation of a division of the Court of Appeal in Uyo.

“On 29 October 2019 before the National Judicial Council, I advocated for a division of the Court of Appeal to be established in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to save the volume of cases from Akwa Ibom taken to calabar in the face of the poor state of Calabar- Itu road.”

The former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, ceased the opportunity to reiterate his commitment and loyalty to PDP, noting the need to break political limits in legislative lobbying so to surmount hurdles while soliciting for support concerning matters of the state.

“What my critics don’t understand is that at the national level, bipartisan approach to governance is essential if not pivotal. Your ability to coalesce the various stakeholders regardless of party affiliations to drive home the interest of your Federal Constituency is a necessary survival instinct. You cannot be defining PDP/APC when there are pressing topical national issues seeking attention and legislations. Acknowledging this shouldn’t suddenly make you disloyal to your party.”

He also commended the leadership strides of Governor Udom Emmanuel which have repositioned the state to an enviable heights amongst comity of states.

Particularly, is the Ibom Air which according to Hon. Luke has made it easy for him to attend to legislative matters in Abuja and still come into the state the same day for other engagements without disrupting his schedule the next day in Federal Capital Territory (FCT, Abuja).

“Let me reaffirm my support and believe in the leadership of the Governor of our dear state, Mr Udom Emmanuel. As captain of team Akwa Ibom, His Excellency has done his best in the face of daunting challenges that confronts us. Leading a state like ours can be challenging. Just as the Bible admonishes us to pray for our leaders, we should continue to uphold him and his government in prayers.

“Let me commend the effort to the State Governor in birthing Ibom Air. I am speaking to you today as a great beneficiary of the ease of travel it has offered to me. Today I can leave Abuja in the morning and meet an appointment in Uyo same day and return back to Abuja and prepare for plenary the following day . In fact a good example is today. I left Abuja after attending to other pressing matters and still had the opportunity to board the next flight to Uyo to meet this engagement with the NUJ. I do not want to imagine what it would have been like for me working in Abuja and having to meet up with my numerous appointments in Uyo without Ibom Air. I commend the initiative of the state owned airline. We must all take pride in this glory. We must all accept that Ibom air symbolizes our pride and re-engineers our identity.”

Seizing the opportunity to list few of his achievements in the last 17 months as Federal Lawmaker, Hon. Luke said he has been driven by his campaign mantra for the seat, “A voice to speak and a heart to give back,” since inception in office.

He said he has lend his voice to ensure judicial system is improved and security boosted around the courts and to Judges so to motivate and give sense of security to court administrators.

“On the floor of the House, I have advocated several issues that will advance Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria. I have been a voice for improving the judicial system in the country. Worried by the slow pace of justice dispensation, I have championed the course of speedy dispensation of justice in Nigeria. In a manner of a motion I called for more Justices to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Today, more Justices have been appointed to the Supreme Court.

“I have spoken for the welfare of judicial officers and increased security around judges in the country. My believe is that, if these judges feel insecured or suffer kidnap like it was in the case of Justice Dogo, it will hamper justice delivery. These judges may be afraid to dispense justice.”

His advocacies also included; ‘proposed tax reforms to be in line with best practice so as not to overburden small businesses with taxation’; ‘to immortalise Dr. Stella Adadevoh who saved the country from Ebola pandemic.’

The Pioneer Speaker, Nigerian Youth Parliament said he has sponsored fourteen Bills and Four motions.

These include; National Institute for Electoral Studies (Establishment) Bill, 2019; Courts Sanctity (Preservation) Bill, 2020; Legislative House (Privileges and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2019; Court of Appeal (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Sheriffs and Civil Process (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Police (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (Elevation of Judges) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (Traditional Rulers) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (Railway) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (State Police) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (Maritime) Bill, 2020; Constitution Amendment (Elevation of Judges) Bill 2020; Limitation Period ( Freezing) Bill 2020; A Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, CAP, C23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to provide for quick dispensation of justice and completion of criminal matters tried by the Judge of a High Court before his elevation to the Court of Appeal and for related matters.

Motions include; ‘A Call on Federal Republic Government to make Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) functional; ‘Urgent Need for the Federal Government to Postpone Sports Festival in Edo State and Other Large Gatherings’; ‘Urgent Need for Security Agencies to Ensure the Release of Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu and Increase Security and Protection around Judicial Officers across Nigeria’; ‘Urgent Need for the Federal Government to appoint more Supreme Court Justices to expedite justice delivery in the country.’

However, the Leadership of NUJ and its members in Akwa Ibom State chapter, chaired by Cmd Amos Etuk, lauded the strides of the Federal Lawmaker and encouraged him in his future legislative gaits.

The media community in Akwa Ibom promised to continue in its objective reportage while maintaining its relationship with media friends.

High point of the meeting was the unveiling of the NUJ Standard Magazine by the Federal Lawmaker.

©Enwono-Abasi Elisha.

A’IBOM NEEDS VICTOR ATTAH AGAIN – UYO BOOK CLUB

A’IBOM NEEDS A LEADER IN THE MOULD OF OBONG VICTOR ATTAH – UYO BOOK CLUB
 …DETRIBALIZED WITH VIABLE LEADERSHIP CONTENT
During the recent Uyo Book Club’s Colloquium to mark the 82nd Birthday Anniversary of the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah, issues bothering on the state leadership was on focus; while that of the former Governor between 1999-2007 was exrayed.
Many were the notes about the leadership style of the former Governor popularly addressed as A FATHER OF MODERN AKWA IBOM, by individuals who witnessed and played active roles in that regime.
Summarily, the tone of the various remarks by great Akwa Ibom sons/daughters present during the event at Uyo Book Club was that of an engaging template of development by that regime which surpassed successive governments; and the missing link in the spate of state’s development is as a result of sheer neglect of this template. Poor consolidation plan which has altered the guiding principles of the state development laid by Obong Victor Attah.
According to Chief Nduese Essien, “The bane of governance in Akwa Ibom State has been the inability or failure to perpetuate continuity and consistency to plans and programmes. The application of sentiment-based passion to development can not achieve sustainable development.”
A clear case is the Science Park, an idea borne by Obong Attah during his administration 20 years ago which technocrats have opined would have become a lucrative ICT hub boosting state economy through internet packages in high demand in today’s ICT world.
In his remark, the founder of Uyo Book Club, Dr. Udeme Nana said former Governor Obong Attah’s lifestyle, leadership style, contributions and achievements are Books to be read which will help refine the sensibilities of the people.
“Going forward, Akwa Ibom needs a leader in this mould of Obong Attah: mature, seasoned, cerebral, widely exposed, well experienced, hardworking, visionary, credible.
“A prospect possessing national and international network whose voice would be heard and respected. A man with ideas, who is also receptive to good ideas, someone who can take us away from our dependence on oil into a society driven by technology.”
He seized the opportunity to list few of the feats achieved by the administration as the then media adviser. These included; Introduction of GSM into the state which made Akwa Ibom State one of the first four (4) states to enjoy the service at inception by investing in Econet Wireless communication.
Also, an Independent Power Plant was built in Ikot Abasi.
Nine (9) centres of Excellence in ICT were established at CCC (Uyo), Methodist Boys High School (Oron), Immaculate Conception Secondary School (Itak, Ikono), Itam Secondary School (Itu), Government Secondary School, Ikwen (Obot Akara), Lutheran High School, Obot Idim (Ibesikpo/Asutan), Holy Family  College Oku (Abak).
The Ibom Airport, which was named in honour of the former Governor, Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah by the administration of Gov. Udom Emmanuel after due deliberation of a motion moved by member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko in the Sixth House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Onofiok Akpan Luke.
Furthermore, Obong Attah built and remodelled Ibom Plaza; Uyo Village Road, Atiku Abubakar, Four-Lanes, Dualized Ikot Ekpene Road, Rebuilt dualized Abak road, Oron Road to Airport, Oron road through Nwaniba to Le Meridien and Golf Resort, Le Meridien Resort now Ibom Golf Resort, Built 18 hole Golf Course, Timber Market at Ifa Ikot Okpon, Itam Timber Market, Ibibio Museum  of Unity at Udo Udoma Avenue, Cenotaph at Udo Udoma Avenue, Banking Layout, etc.
More of the achievement of that regime can be looked up: https://thereachng.com/look-at-arc-obong-victor-attahs-achievements/
In other goodwill messages, it was deduced that the state can only advance in the hands of leaders who understand and respect the founding template of detribalization, apolitical sentiment, which is the fulcrum of the state’s development.
In his presentation tagged “Akwa Ibom March Towards sustainable development – The Road to be taken,” Chief (Hon) Nduese Essien, former Minister of Lands and Housing and Member House of Representative (1999-2007) said “Regrettably, we have been unlucky to have internecine conflicts between successor and predecessor of every administration to the extent of disrupting development between administration. This is a pitfall that has to be avoided as we transit from the current administration to the next.”
He stressed on the development-plan-focus by each administration which will catalogue the aspirations of the state in a long period of time and set out strategies in achieving it.
“A situation where an administration comes and abandons major projects of its predecessor to embark on his ideas of major projects results in stagnation to growth and colossal wastages. Obvious cases in sight are: The Science Park; Qua River Hotel; Tropicana; Four Point by Sheraton and E-Library.”
Other Akwa Ibom sons speaking on the occasion, Arc. Ezekiel Nyaetok, Dr. Chris Abasi Eyo and Chief Ita Toyo eulogized the personality of the former Governor and unanimously qualified him as selfless leader who engaged good hands in his administration devoid of the sentiment of political affiliation.
They added that he was a leader not afraid of criticism but open to learning and higher intellectual content.
The Patron of the Uyo Book Club, Dr. Ekong Sampson said Akwa Ibom State needs detribalized leaders in the future who have the sincere interest of the state at heart so the state can move forward. He added that the state needs leaders who can transfer wisdom to courage and courage to a driving force to power a mission.
It was a celebration mixed with solemn moments of the opportunities lost by the state due to poor culture of consolidation by successive governments.
The gathering made a prayer for a greater Akwa Ibom with great leaders in the mould of Arc. Obong Victor Attah.
©Enwono-Abasi Elisha,
Journalist/Blogger.

LOOK AT ARC. (OBONG) VICTOR ATTAH’S ACHIEVEMENTS

REMARKS BY THE FOUNDER AND CONVENER OF THE UYO BOOK CLUB, DR UDEME NANA, MEDIA SCHOLAR AND FORMER MEDIA ADVISER TO GOVERNORS AT THE COLLOQUIUM TO CELEBRATE THE 82ND BIRTHDAY OF HIS EXCELLENCY, ARC. (OBONG) VICTOR ATTAH, GOVERNOR OF AKWA IBOM STATE (1999-2007) ON FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2020 AT WATTSBRIDGE HOTEL, UYO.

Prologue

I am delighted to welcome all our special Guests, members of the Uyo Book Club and visitors to the club to this unique gathering. Uyo Book Club is one of the first groups to organize a colloquium in Akwa Ibom State. We started with William Shakespeare, the Late Professor John Pepper Clark, the Late Kenulo Saro Wiwa. All those ones are dead but today, we are meeting to honour a living legend, a statesman, a role model, an accomplished professional, leader and father of modern Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Arc (Obong) Victor Attah who served as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State between 1999 to 2007.

The Uyo Book club was set up 5 years ago as an intellectual hub and we used to meet in my house every Saturday to read, review books and discuss public affairs. It was formed to stimulate a reading culture and promote reading among our youths, in Akwa Ibom and Nigeria. I thank the promoters and management of this alluring hotel for giving us their facilities free of charge for our meetings and Events.

It is my believe that the rise and consolidation of Uyo Book Club will qualify as one of the most genuine consciousness transforming revolutions of this era and you, seated here are a part of this History. When the seeds being sowed spreads, germinates and flowers; the sensibilities of the mass of our people refined, our efforts would become the construct around which transformative efforts would be organized.

Obong Attah is a Book. He was born and had his childhood upbringing here in Uyo. He studied at Zaria, and the United States of America at an Ivy League University. He lived and worked at Kaduna and Lagos and returned to Akwa Ibom at 62 years of age to become the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

The life of Obong Attah, his leadership style, his contributions, achievements are indeed books to be read and reading them will refine the sensibilities of our people in the assessment of prospective leaders in Akwa Ibom and in Nigeria in future.

Our focus today is in line with the ideals of philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Heideger, Obafemi Awolowo, Julius Nyerere and other great leaders who articulated the need for an enlightened leadership in societies.

Going forward Akwa Ibom needs a leader in this mould of Obong Attah: mature, seasoned, cerebral, widely exposed, well experienced, hardworking, visionary, credible. A prospect possessing national and international network whose voice would be heard and respected. A man with ideas, who is also receptive to good ideas… someone who can take us away from our dependence on oil into a society driven by technology. Someone who is safety conscious to safeguard the safety of Akwa Ibom people.

Epilogue
These were some of the achievements of Obong Attah as Governor:
He forced the introduction of GSM into the state which made Akwa Ibom State one of the first four (4) states to enjoy the service at inception by investing in Econet wireless communication.
Built the Independent Power Plant at Ikot Abasi.

Established 9 centres of Excellence in ICT at CCC, (Uyo) Methodist Boys High School (Oron), Immaculate Conception Secondary School (Itak, Ikono), Itam Secondary School (Itu), Government Secondary School, Ikwen (Obot Akara) Lutheran High School, Obot Idim (Ibesikpo/Asutan), Holy Family College Oku (Abak).

He set up the Victor Attah Digital opportunities centre and it was envisaged as the forerunner of a digital hub in the Niger Delta region.

He took steps to build a Science and Information Technology Park in Uyo. His vision was to replicate Silicon Valley in Akwa Ibom State. He saw that the future of the global economy would be Technology and not oil.

The Ibom Airport, aptly, named in his honour. He envisioned it with a Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) facilities.

Built and remodeled Ibom Plaza, Uyo Village road, Atiku Abubakar, 4 lanes, dualized Ikot Ekpene road, rebuilt and dualized Abak road, Oron road to the Airport, Oron road through Nwaniba to le Meridien and Golf resort.

~Built le Meridien Resort.

~Built the 18 hole Golf Course.

~The Timber market at Ifa Ikot Okpon.

~The Timber market at Itam.

~Built the Itam market.

~Constructed Nnung Udoe-Ibesikpo-Ikot Okwot Road.

~Nsit Atai-Okobo road.

~Mbiabong, Odoro Ikpe – Itu Mbonuso Road.

~Ekeya-Okopedi-Urue Ita road with a spur to Utum Ukuku, Oyubia, Okobo.

~Ibeno – Edor, Ekpene Obo road.

~Obot Akara – Nto Edino road.

~Set up small scale industries credits scheme for traders, fishermen, farmers, artisans like welders.

~Reactivated the Champion Breweries.

~Built the Nigeria stock exchange House at the Banking layout now used by Akwa Ibom Internal Revenue Service.

~Built the 7 storey Apico House along Abak road.

~Created the Banking layout.

~Built the Ibibio Museum of Unity at Udo Udoma Avenue.

~Built the Cenotaph at Udo Udoma Avenue.

~Built the ultra modern Akwa Ibom State Liaison office at the Central Business District – Abuja.

~Built a new Governor’s lodge in Abuja.
Remodeled the state secretariat complex (Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat).

~Set up the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Co-ordinating Committee to handle electricity, water supply works, rural roads, renovation of public schools in all Wards in the 31 local government areas of the state and ensured that millionaires emerged from each ward in the state through those jobs.

~He spearheaded the agitation for payment of 13 percent derivation to the state without on-shore off shore dichotomy. This brought more money to the coffers of the state.

~He championed the cause of True Federalism in Nigeria.

~Implemented a policy of tuition free primary to junior secondary schools in the state.

~His government started the policy of payment of examination fees to final year students in senior secondary schools in the state.

~His government constructed 7 brand new residential secondary schools at Nnung Ukim (Ikono), Aka Offot (Uyo), Okop Ndua Erong (Ibesikpo/Asutan), Ekparakwa (Oruk Anam) Ikot Akpaden (Mkpat Enin) Atabrikang (Ibeno) and Issiet Ekim (Uruan).

~His government envisioned an Akwa Ibom University of Technology and sponsored 150 first class graduates for post graduate studies abroad to encourage them to return to work in the university as lecturers.

~He built 1,850 housing units in the 31 local government areas with 50 houses per local government area.

~His government facilitated the building of the Shelter Afrique Housing Estate, Osong Ama, Eniong offot and Akwa Ima Estates all in Uyo.

~His government built brand new General Hospitals at Amamong (Okobo), Ikpe Ikot Nkon (Ini) and Ukpom (Abak).

~He set up the Ethical, Attitudinal, Re-orientation Commission (EARCOM) to motivate our people to embrace positive values.

~He built the capacity of all category of government workers through regular training and sponsorship to workshops within and outside the country.

~Obong Attah initiated the Ibom Deep Seaport at Ibaka.

~His government built all the ultra modern motor-parks in various locations in Uyo, the state capital.

~He opened up all the major ring roads to secure right of way and stop encroachment on the layouts.

~Obong Attah promoted ethnic harmony and Akwa Ibom State emerged as an oasis of peace in the Niger-Delta region. He was a pace-setter, a go getter, highly cerebral but humble, listening, large-hearted. No doubt it is fitting to call him “The father of Modern Akwa Ibom State”.

I appreciate all our special Guests and pray that the Almighty God would guide our steps.
Thank you and God bless.

APICO REMITS ZERO FUNDS TO GOVT FOR 18YEARS

APICO REMITS ZERO FUNDS TO STATE COFFERS FOR 18 YEARS – BARR. UDOMFANG

The Chairman Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company Ltd (APICO), Barr. Patrick Udomfang said his administration is the first to remit moneys to the state coffers since 2001.

He said this today while briefing the Committee on Finance and Appropriation of how far the Agency has fared in the year 2020 during the ongoing budget defence exercise of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

According to him, “We have been able to generate N5million as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the State from December 2019, when he resumed office, to October, 2020. APICO has not generated any fund to the state since 2001 to 2019.”

In his brief, the Chairman said in the year 2020, there has been no release for overhead cost and capital expenditure. Though there has been the total release of N231, 378,687.69million for Recurrent Current (Personnel Cost) between January to October, 2020.

For 2021 budgetary provision, the sum of N333,223,312.00million has been proposed for personnel cost.

APICO has made a supplementary request of N50million as capital expenditure for 2021.

The Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and Finance, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh has urged MDAs who missed their schedule dates without official permission to avail themselves of the remaining days for the exercise as there will be no extension.

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ANUA SEEKS PARTICIPATION IN ASUU NEGOTIATION WITH FG

The Minister Of Labour And Productivity,
Fed. Ministry Of Labour And Productivity,
Abuja.

Sir,

Request For Permission To Participate In The Negotiations Between The Federal Government of Nigeria And The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities.

The Association of Nigeria Universities Alumni, ANUA , which is the registered umbrella body for the Alumni Associations of universities in Nigeria, hereby expresses our readiness to participate in the next round of negotiation between government team and the Academic Staff Union of Universities in respect of the impasse that has led to the closure of Nigeria’s citadels of learning for the 9th month running and we hereby request your permission to be so invited to participate in the said negotiation.

ANUA, attending as a stake holder in matters concerning university education in Nigeria, will positively contribute to the resolution of outstanding issues by bringing the knowledge and experience of its members to bear in the process of decision making. In their individual capacities, the members of ANUA have been contributing to the advancement of education in the our institutions and we believe we will be able to bring into application our collective wealth of experience in the matter on hand. It is our firm conviction that university education in Nigeria will be subject to more growth, if the government, trade unions in universities and alumni bodies of universities work hand-in-hand.

Therefore, our interest lies, strongly, in encouraging the two sides to find a mutually agreeable position in resolving outstanding issues. However, we will only be able to do that when we are physically present to make our presentations to the parties while also witnessing the interactions and note first hand the stand-point and the boarder lines of each side.

In line with the above; and in the true display of patriotism, we strongly appeal to the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to tarry a bit on their planned protest to allow the steps of mediation proposed herein to come into fruition. We are confident that, by the said proposed mediation process, the end to the impasse is nigh.

Sir, consequent upon the above, we, again, humbly, request that you permit our team led by our Chairman, the General Secretary and the Legal Officer, or as you may prefer, to attend the meeting.

We look forward to a positive response from your office in good time.

Thank you.

Signed.

Alhaji Mohammed Sani Wada,
Gen. Secretary.

Dr Wale Fasakin,
Chairman.

cc :
The Minister of Education.

The Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.

INOYO INSISTS TO REVAMP EDUCATION SYSTEM

TIME TO REVAMP NIGERIA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOW – INOYO INSISTS

…Commends Governor Emmanuel for New Roadmap

…Outlines Areas for Diaspora Collaboration

As Akwa Ibom State Government makes efforts to chart a new roadmap for education in the State, the founder of Inoyo Toro Foundation, Barr. Udom Inoyo has described the Government’s renewed gusto in the education sector as timely, adding that there is no better time than now to revamp Nigeria’s education system.

Barr. Udom Inoyo stated this while delivering his keynote address during the recently concluded Talk Meeting of Nto Annang Foundation, Houston Chapter, USA.

Inoyo, who is the immediate past Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil Subsidiary Companies in Nigeria, spoke on the need to urgently address the rot in Nigeria’s education system, stating that since the failures in the country’s education system adversely affect other systems in the country, the healing of the education sector would positively impact on other sectors of the country’s economy. He bemoaned the deplorable state of education in Nigeria’s public schools and sued for a complete overhaul of the system.

“There is an urgent demand for a holistic, speedy revamp of Nigeria’s education sector. Reasons range from poor funding to inadequate facilities and lack of competent teachers, among others. The rot is so deep that today, there is an increasing loss of confidence especially in our public school system. Those who are seemingly financially comfortable; prefer to enroll their wards in private schools, even in countries we never would have thought of before now. Since these schools don’t come cheap, and are unaffordable to majority of the citizens, it is therefore not surprising that there is a nexus between the collapse of our educational system, the competition to embrace private schools in and outside the country, and corruption.”

He commended the resolve of Governor Udom Emmanuel to better the quality of education in Akwa Ibom State, noting that by convening the 2019 Education Summit in the state and following through with the summit report, the Government has reasonably demonstrated its interest in revolutionalizing the education sector in the state. He particularly commended the setting up of an Education Think Tank group, headed by a renowned educationist of global reckoning in the person of Prof. Hilary Inyang.

“The state government has followed through with the summit report and set up an Education Think Tank led by one of you, Prof. Hilary Inyang. I understand they have marshaled out a roadmap for the state’s education sector which we are sure the Governor will gladly follow through”, he informed.

Speaking on “Diaspora and Education Improvement in Akwa Ibom State”, Inoyo commended Nto Annang Foundation, Houston Chapter for its contributions over the years towards the Akwa Ibom Project and outlined areas where the Foundation and other diaspora and home-based organizations can contribute towards bettering the quality of education served the Akwa Ibom child. He particularly encouraged the Foundation to Support Teachers, Adopt Schools or Mentor Children, as their intervention initiatives towards improving the quality of education in the state.

Barr. Inoyo charged Nigerian diaspora groups never to hold back their contributions to the development of their home country, stressing that such efforts are not in vain. He quoted data from Nigeria’s Central Bank and informed that Nigeria received $17.57 billion in direct diaspora remittances between January and November, 2019.

As a case study in public collaboration towards the attainment of quality education in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Udom Inoyo spoke of Inoyo Toro Foundation and highlighted some of the numerous intervention initiatives of the Foundation, in the last thirteen years of its existence.

The contributions of Inoyo Toro Foundation includes teacher’s awards which has benefitted over 238 Akwa Ibom teachers in various subjects, principal’s award which is intended to encourage quality education administration, mentorship program where over 3,000 students have been impacted so far, quality education awareness through radio and other mass media channels and schools infrastructure support such as the establishment of ICT centres, laboratories, libraries in several public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State.

Others include support towards the establishment of International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research at the University of Uyo, as well as scholarship to all 31 pioneer students of Royal Arts Academy in Akwa Ibom State, which informed the establishment of the first ever Film Monotechnic in the state by the Academy.

AKS JUDICIARY STAFF LAMENT POOR WELFARE, BEG INCREASE OF 2021 BUDGET

A’IBOM JUDICIARY STAFF LAMENT POOR WELFARE, BEG INCREASE OF 2021 BUDGET

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

Akwa Ibom staff under the Judiciary arm of Government has send a Save Our Soul call to the state Government to consider an upward review of the budgetary provision of the arm so as to give room for the improvement of staff welfare which seeks urgent attention.

This situation was disclosed to our reporter by a ranking member of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Akwa Ibom branch, today.

According to the ranking member of the union who pleaded anonymity said, “the alleged short fall of the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary allocation by the State Government has affected the reduction of staff imprest from Head of Courts to directorates.”

The source also alleged that due to budget reduction of the Judiciary arm, there is poor funding of the Judiciary Service Commission which has affected the promotion of staff for 2020 .

“As at now, there is no vehicle for conveying of Judiciary staff to their respective courts of Jurisdiction to facilitate court administration at the Local Government levels and heads of directorate as before.

“The security challenge at Local Courts is worrisome due to inadequate manpower. Moreso, low staff motivation affects positive attitude towards work.”

It was also revealed that promotion does not come as when due and the backlog of delayed promotions has affected the official hierarchical function of the arm.

The issue of a senior staff being subjected to a junior staff in the administrative order has become a negative routine in the system which must be urgently addressed.

The source also stated that the alleged imprest reduction has not affected that of the Judges, Magistrates, D.R.O, Chairmen of Customary Court except the non-legal staff which he described as an injustice in the in the temple of Justice and pleaded that there should be an upward review of the 2021 budgetary provision of the Judiciary arm so that the lapses in the area of no imprest and poor welfare of staff will be addressed.

Meanwhile, a call has been placed on the Committee on Finance and Appropriation of the State Assembly to obliged to the plea of this arm of Government, especially the Judiciary Service Commission, when its budget will be presented for defence on the ongoing MDAs budget defence exercise.

Also the State Government has been urged to see that budgeted funds of the Judiciary Service Commission are released so that issues which concern welfare of staff could be addressed.

ZERO ALLOCATION FOR MDAs NON-APPEARANCE FOR BUDGET DEFENCE

ZERO ALLOCATION FOR MDAs NON-PARTICIPATION IN BUDGET DEFENCE – HON. UDUAK ODUDOH

The House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation of the seventh Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh has cautioned MDAs who fail to follow procedure and stick to their respective allotted schedule for 2021 budgetary defence, to live-up to expectation or risk having a zero allocation for 2021 fiscal year.

The Chairman of Finance and Appropriation stated this while fielding questions from our reporter on why the schedule defence did not take place today.

He stressed that MDAs who do not follow procedure of clearance by their respective House Committees can not appear before the Finance Committee. Adding that the step is to facilitate the defence exercise as these committees play oversight functions to these MDAs and need to address several concerns on the respective budgets before it appear before that of Finance and Appropriation Committee.

The Chairman of Finance and Appropriation said it is pertinent to say that any MDAs who do not appear before the Finance and Appropriation Committee for its defence will attract zero allocation for their Ministries or Agencies in year 2021.

He also noted that some MDAs have tendered genuine reasons for absence and they will be rescheduled to defend their budgets but it will not exceed the estimated date to end the exercise.

According to the schedule, the MDAs which were to appear on Monday, 16th November, 2020 include; Ministry of Trade and Investment; Akwa Ibom State Sports Council; Fiscal Responsibility Board; Ministry of Youths and Sports; Law Reform Commission; Liaison office Abuja; Liaison office Lagos; Ministry of Science and Technology; and Local Government Service Commission.

The defence exercise continues on Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 by 10:00am prompt.

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