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Dementia: How Prof Uduak Archibong is expanding the frontier



Dementia: How Prof Uduak Archibong is expanding the frontier

Prof Uduak Archibong

Prof Uduak Archibong

By Edidiong Udobia

According to Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia”. It further notes that dementia is not a specific disease but an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There is a common misconception about dementia where it is often referred to as senility and this is why most dementia patients are subjected to stigmatization.

Studies reveal that lack of awareness is the biggest challenge to the fight against dementia especially in Africa which has the highest prevalence. For instance, the 2015 World Alzheimer Report showed an increasing evidence of dementia in sub-Saharan Africa, but unfortunately, despite the magnitude of the situation, awareness about dementia remains low within the population and older people are rarely the target of specific health policies. Another report indicates that lack of awareness further contributes most dementia associated deaths in the African region. Citing Prince et al., (2012), the Alzheimer Report further states; “This higher mortality risk in people with dementia in sub-Saharan Africa is consistent with what has been observed in other low and middle income countries of Asia and Latin America in the 10/66 Dementia Research Group studies, where mortality hazards were 1.6 to 5.7 times higher in individuals with dementia at baseline. Those results support the fact that dementia was found to be a leading contributor to mortality in older population of countries with low or middle income”.

Perhaps, it was on the strength of this sad reality that Prof Uduak Archibong; an indigene of Ibiono Ibom local government area, decided to launch a dementia awareness campaign in Akwa Ibom State. Prof Archibong is a professor of Diversity, and Director, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. She recently visited Nigeria and she used her brief stay in the country to create awareness about dementia. “We started out with a reach-out campaign and looking at how we take the message to our communities about what dementia is and how likely we are to live with dementia and what we need to do as a people to support those who live with dementia. So we went to three Local Governments starting with Ibiono Ibom (I’m from Ibiono Ibom), Mkpat Enin and Abak. Then on Friday, we launched the dementia project, the dementia schools project and on Saturday, we had a walk around Uyo and today my colleagues have joined me to see how we can work with Nigerian Universities to advance economic development in our two countries”, she said.

The Dementia Schools Project Awareness Campaign, which was launched on the 13th of July, 2018 at Ibom E-library, brought together participants across different fields including secondary school students, medical experts and caregivers. In his keynote address, the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong noted that globally, dementia is recognised as a public health problem associated with loss of mental ability. “Memory loss is usually the first symptom noticed. There may be impaired abstraction and planning, loss of ability to perform familiar tasks, plan activities and draw sample conclusions from facts. Language and comprehension disturbances are not unusual and may be associated with poor judgement, impaired orientation ability, decreased attention and increased restlessness behavioural and personality changes and psychosis”, Dr. Ukpong said.

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Dr. Ukpong further revealed that there is poor understanding of dementia among the lay population in the country and unavailability of epidemiology data on prevalence and incidence of dementia which both pose serious challenge to the fight against dementia, adding dementia experts can only depend on studies conducted in other countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. He listed some brain diseases are the common causes of dementia, to include Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which he said is the most common cause. Others, he said, are vascular or multi-infarcts of the brain; AIDS, brain tumour, prolonged abuse of alcohol and other drugs; vitamin deficiency, thiamine, niacin or B12; hypothyroidism; hyercalcemic among others. While highlighting some common symptoms of the disease and possible treatments, the health commissioner commended Prof Archibong and her team for their thoughtfulness, assuring that he will bring the attention of the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to the laudable initiative.

“On my own part, I promise to bring this subject and effort of Professor Archibong to the knowledge of His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is very concerned about the plight of the handicapped in our state. Let me therefore use this opportunity to appeal to health care providers, teachers and indeed everyone entrusted with the care and rehabilitation of those with dementia to do so with compassion and enlist the support and cooperation of their parents as well as members of their extended families. Collectively, we can make the best out of an unfortunate situation. Once more, let me appreciate Professor Uduak Archibong for her pioneering role in this daunting task”, he added.

According Prof Archibong, the school intervention project will be in stages. “The first stage is extra curricular. We want to look at how we can use Arts, Music, Sports in dementia education then the curriculum. It’ll take a lot of time to convince the Education Minister to include it in the curriculum so you can see it’s not a one-off”.

The school project was immediately followed by the street walk around the state capital in furtherance of the dementia awareness and sensitization. In an interview with journalists, the Ibiono Ibom born scholar disclosed that the public awareness campaign was very successful because people showed the willingness and desire for information, knowledge and enlightenment on dementia. She noted that the public awareness campaign was necessitated by the fact that lot of people are ignorant about what dementia means and that people have been ostracising those living with dementia and sometimes due to lack of knowledge seem to think that when people live with dementia, they are senile or considered as witches and wizards.

“Going back from the beginning, ours is not a one-off thing. This project was launched in November 2015 and we have a centre in Eket and right from then, we’ve been coming to different places. Last year, I was in Uyo twice and I gave a lecture at Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio 20th Anniversary. And in March this year, I came back and went to six places; all the Oro local governments, Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Onna, Eket and Nsit Ubium and this time, we’ve gone to Ibiono Ibom and all the nearby local governments, so it’s not a one-off. We have continuity. Our plan in the first year is to work with 15 secondary schools and in the second year, we extend to as many schools as possible using the pioneer schools as models and in the third year, we’ll merge the secondary schools with selected primary schools and we’re cascading as we go hoping that by the third year, we can have dementia in the curricula in Akwa Ibom state working with the state education board and it becomes a mainstream content within the primary and secondary schools”, she said.


Perhaps, the hallmark of Prof Archibong’s initiative, was her decision to ensure that Bradford University is a key partner of the campaign. This, she did by bringing other scholars from Bradford University to Akwa Ibom and convened a university stakeholders meeting where select university vice chancellors other university administrators across the country met with the visitors from Bradford. Besides dementia, the brainstorming session also featured discussions on how Nigerian universities can partner with Bradford University in critical areas like knowledge transfer, students/staff exchange, funding of research, etc.

“But that will not be possible without the fact that Bradford University has a very big presence and reputation globally around dementia. So we have a very big distant learning program on Dementia studies. We’ve won many awards including the Queens Award on Dementia Care and this has now led to interactions with other universities. The bigger picture is that University of Bradford is doing business internationally and I’m helping them access as many party of Nigeria as possible but I wanted us to have this meeting in Akwa Ibom State. Already we have a very large Nigerian student population in Bradford, about 1200 alumni students. Many of our alunmi are in very key places. We have the best Peace Studies department in the world, so the program is renowned. It’s really important that we key into these things and show that it’s not just some thing we talk about without delivering. So one thing about the exchange is that in University of Bradford, the Vice Chancellor has set up a network of technology universities, so we run the world technology universities network.

“When we were here in April, we signed 8 universities in Nigeria into that network. The beauty with the network is that it’s global, we have Universities from all over the world who are happy to join our vision. We’ll all agree what kind of student exchange and who’ll fund what aspect of the exchanges. So with the world technology university concept, we have a collection of universities all over the world who define themselves as technology universities and by technology universities, we’re not talking about engineering and all that. We’re talking about any university that use its position to impact the world around them. That’s our definition of technology university which means every university can fit in if they want to. As a member of this network, every university will be expected to say how they’re going to support student/staff exchange. So this is a global activity and its less likely to fail. Whereas, if we came here as a stand alone university, we might struggle. But through the world technology university concept, we are also able to sustain our activity.”


Speaking with journalists shortly after the university stakeholders meeting in Uyo, the deputy vice-chancellor (Academics), Bradford University, Prof Shirley Congdon said that the major focus of the meeting was to think about the relative strengths of the institutions and see whether there are some common areas to collaborate in order to find solutions to some of the world’s problems which will be different in different countries too. She noted that at the meeting, the stakeholders decided to use the global Sustainable Development Goals to try and find where they might have strength. “For example, we’ve heard that one of the universities is trying to specialize in War Zone Management and Sanitation. That would be an area we can contribute to. I think the other big thing is that students across the world have got to be more global, we need to be producing global success and students that are very inquisitive and want to be entrepreneurial and want to think about what opportunities might exist. So what we think we could do is possibly collaborate, we can expose students to the experiences that would make them much more effective in a way they can think about their future careers and how we might also work together to get a strong pipeline into Universities, from primary school all the way through and into the universities so that we can continue to raise aspirations of students”, she said.

Also speaking, the director of External Affairs, Bradford University, Mark S. Garratt disclosed that they were in Nigeria for three major reasons; to build their profile in Nigeria as a university that can help students, to develop collaborative partnerships with some Nigerian universities, and to explore ways of doing joint research and collaborations. He noted that there are observable challenges to achieving the goals, but was optimistic that with the right attitude, the goals will be achieved. “There are challenges. What I tend to find is that if people have got the right attitude, then those challenges could be broken down. I came here 3 months ago and we’ve got the same people. They recognise me and I recognise them and we’ve had a very welcome conversation. So I think we’ve got the opportunity to collaborate. Where we’ve got to really work hard is to find the funding sources to be able to make the projects work but I get the sense here today that people collectively have different ideas what to do, either the funding from our government, or the Department”, he assured.

Prof Uduak Archibong’s laudable effort in dementia awareness creation and the betterment of the Nigerian university education through collaboration is already yielding results. So far, there have been relative improvements in the way people treat those with dementia in the few communities she and her team visited during awareness campaign. Therefore, it is pertinent for the government, relevant stakeholders and the general public to give this initiative the needed push for it to succeed.

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Senator Albert is today considered among the first eleven achievers in the 8th Senate on account of his performance. It was no surprise therefore when in 2018, the Senate Press Corp, the body of Journalists covering the Senate honoured him with the South South Senator of the Year Award for his legislative accomplishments.





By Victor Effik

As the 8th Senate winds down today, 6th June 2019, the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) Senatorial District and Leader, Akwa Ibom State caucus in National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Bassey Albert ( OBA) can hold his head high on account of his stellar performance as senator representing Akwa Ibom North East (Uyo) Senatorial District in the 8th Senate.

Senator Albert is today considered among the first eleven achievers in the 8th Senate on account of his performance. It was no surprise therefore when in 2018, the Senate Press Corp, the body of Journalists covering the Senate honoured him with the South South Senator of the Year Award for his legislative accomplishments.

As the Senator Abubukar Bukola Saraki led Senate holds its valedictory session today, 6th June, 2019 to signal the end of the 8th Senate, we bring you a blow by blow account of his stewardship in the Senate and why the people of Uyo Senatorial District voted him to return to the 9th Senate as a ranking senator to finish the good job he has started.


1. Motion on urgent need to halt the dilapidated and disintegrated state of Ikot Ekpene-Itu-Calabar Federal Highway.

As a result of the motion, the Senate set up an ad-hoc committee to inspect all bad federal roads and made recommendations. The Senate also directed the Federal Government and the relevant ministries, agencies and departments to undertake an urgent intervention on the road. It was this directive that made the NDDC to undertake remedial measures on the road.

2. Motion on the need to curb the soaring rate of unemployment in Nigeria

The motion called on the government at all levels to take decisive steps to address the unemployment situation in the country. The motion generated intense debate in the Senate and eventually led the APC federal government to include in the 2016 Budget its election promise to pay the stipend of N5,000 to vulnerable groups in the country.

3. Motion on urgent need for effective implementation of the Joint Venture Cash Calls Obligations by NNPC

The motion was deliberated upon in the Senate on Wednesday, 13th April, 2016. The motion observed that although the National Assembly has been appropriating for the NNPC Joint Venture cash calls obligations in the past, it disclosed that the current outstanding cash call obligations in the oil and gas sector stands at over $6billion.

The Senate adopted the motion and mandated its Committees on Gas, Petroleum Upstream, Finance and Appropriation chaired by Senator Albert to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter.

The committee held its public hearing in November 2016 with major oil companies and the operator of NNPC Joint Venture stakeholders of the oil and gas industry and the general public in attendance. The report of the committee was submitted to the Senate by the Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Joint Venture Cash Calls Obligations, Senator Bassey Albert on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

4. Motion on the urgent need to address the present economic state of the nation

The motion, which was presented on Wednesday, 25th May, 2016 drew the attention of the government to the nation’s economic scorecard, released by the National Bureau of Statistics which indicated that the economy had plunged into recession. Senators supported the motion that the Finance Minister and the CBN governor be invited to brief the Senate on the monetary and fiscal policies adopted to salvage the situation.

5. Motion on Urgent need to investigate the granting of concession of the western and Eastern rail lines to General Electric of USA.

The motion presented by Senator Albert on Tuesday, 8th November, 2016 indicated that the Federal Ministry of Transport had violated the provisions of the Public Enterprises (privatization and Commercialisation) Act, 1999 by unilaterally engaging the General Electric for the concessioning of the western and Eastern rail lines. The Senate then mandated the committee on privatization, land transport, finance, anti-corruption and financial crimes, special duties, trade and investment and judiciary to investigate the procedure adopted in the engagement of General Electric for the concession of the rail lines. Consequently, the minister of transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was summoned by the committee to answer questions on the matter.

6. Motion on the need to save the 215 megawatt Kaduna power plant

The motion presented on Thursday, June 15, 2017 sought action to be taken on the protracted power shortages in the northern part of the country leading to the shut down of the industrial sector in the region.


1. Motion on the need to investigate pre-shipment inspection of Export Activities in Nigeria

The motion was presented by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba Central) on 21st July 2016 with 13 other senators as co-sponsors among them Senator Albert.

2. Motion on Mounting Crisis in the North East

The motion was presented on Tuesday, 4th October, 2016. It was sponsored by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (Borno Central) with 17 other senators as co-sponsors, among them Senator Albert.


3. Motion on unidentifiable sooty particulate in Rivers State and its environs

The motion presented on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 drew government’s attention to droppings of unidentifiable sooty particulates in Rivers State, which is suspected to be after effects of oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in the state by multi-national companies. The motion was sponsored by Senator George Thompson Sekibo (Rivers East) with 30 other senators as co-sponsors among them Senator Albert.

4. Motion on a call for the proper resettlement and compensation of the Bakassi people

The motion, which was presented on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 was sponsored by Senator Gershom Bassey (Cross River South) with 13 other senators as co-sponsors among them Senator Albert.

5. Motion on the excess crude account: an illegality and a drain pipe

The motion, which was presented on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and sponsored by Senator by Sen. Rose Oko and 42 others among them Sen. Albert, expressed worry that the account is not in tandem with sections 80 (1-4) and 162 (1-3) of the 1999 constitution and accordingly asked the executive to suspend the operation of the account.

6. Motion on the urgent need to investigate, regularise and amend conflicting, vague and unjust remedies which the CBN offers to victims of excess and arbitrary bank charges and illegal deductions by commercial banks.

The motion presented on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 was sponsored by Sen. Magnus Abbé and 22 others, among them Senator Albert.


1. The National Youth Employment and Development Bill 2017

The Bill seeks to repeal the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004, and in its place, establish the National Youth Employment and Development Agency Act to provide for the promotion, coordination and employment of youths in Nigeria. It also seeks to expand the scope of NDE to strengthen its operations for optimal performance. The Bill passed through second reading on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017.

2. The Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan Bill

The Bill, which was read the first time on the 14th October, 2015 seeks to establish a legal and institutional framework for the implementation of the industrial revolution plan and the National Enterprise Development Programme of the Federal Government to provide for their implementation, continuity and sustainability. It also seeks to ensure ownership of the processes, initiate activities for the industrial plan and the programme by relevant ministries, departments and agencies for the overall realization and delivery of the industrial plan and programmes.

The overall objective of the Bill is to accelerate the build up of industrial capacity within Nigeria; increase manufacturing contribution to Nigeria’s GDP; drive the process of intense industrialization based on sectors where Nigeria has comparative advantages. The Bill passed has already passed through second reading.

3. Gas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill

Senator Albert made yet another history when on Tuesday, November 3, 2016 he presented a Bill for an Act to prohibit flaring of natural gas in Nigeria. The Bill seeks to ensure that natural gas shall not be flared or vented in any oil and gas production operation, block or field, onshore or offshore, or gas facility which shall commence operations after the commencement of the Act. The Bill also seeks to ensure that no operator shall establish an oil and gas facility in Nigeria without obtaining authorization from the Minister under this Act for the design phase, the commissioning and the production phases.

The Senate referred the Bill to the Committee on Gas for further legislative action after it passed through the second reading . Based on this, the committee invited industry stakeholders, oil companies, governmental bodies and the general public to a public hearing on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

4. Petroleum Industry Administration Bill

The Bill sponsored by Sen. Albert, is aimed at providing an administrative framework for the Nigerian Petroleum industry passed through second reading in the Senate.


1. Request for the re-instatement of dismissed police officer, Celestine Williams for undisclosed offence without trial in 1996, that is, about 21 years ago. The said officer was re-instated consequent upon a petition presented to the Senate by Senator Albert via a letter dated April 13, 2016. The petition was referred to the committee on ethics, privileges and public petition, which recommended his re-instatement, payment of his entitlements and promotion to the rank of ASP. Mr. Williams has since resumed duties.

2. The state of affairs in the Nigerian Newsprint Manufacturing Company (NNMC) Ltd, Oku Iboku. Senator Albert in a letter dated September 21, 2016 forwarded a petition on the state of affairs at NNMC, Oku Iboku in which NEGRIS, a company that won the bid to manage the company was alleged to be engaging in asset stripping. The petition was laid on Thursday, 29th September, 2016, and the matter referred to committee on ethics, privileges and public petition for legislative action.

3. Illegal conversion and diversion of salaries and allowances of Sgt. Peter John by the Nigerian Police and victimization of Mr. Aniekan Umoh by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. Senator Albert laid the two petitions on Tuesday, 21st June, 2016 and was accordingly referred to the committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions.

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4. Victimization of Mr. Aniekan Umoh by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

5. Wrongful dismissal of Debongs Ndem Anietum from the services of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Port Harcourt. Senator Albert laid the petition on Wednesday, 19 October, 2016.

6. Victimization and premature retirement of Ntia Thompson from the service of Directorate of Technical Cooperation Africa (DTCA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs for exposing corruption. Senator Albert’s petition to the Senate is dated March 13, 2017. The committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions investigated the matter, and thereafter recommended his reinstatement. Mr. Thompson has since been reinstated.

.7. Wrongful dismissal of an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Peter Solomon Archibong by the Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) and dismissal of Ex Cpl Imo Sunday by the Nigerian Police Force. According to the petitioners, their dismissals were mala fide and without due process.


1. Member, Ad-hoc committee on Works
2. Member, Ad-hoc committee on the 2013 Audit Report of the Nigerian Extractive Industry
3. Member, Joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream and Gas to investigate the utilization of the Nigerian Content Development Fund.
4. Member, Committee on Legislative Compliance
5. Member, Ad-hoc Committee on Import Duty Waivers, Concessions and Grants
6. Member, Joint Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Petroleum Upstream and Gas on the 2016 Nudget of NNPC.
7. Member, Joint Committee on Health, Agriculture and Rural Development in respect of a motion on the ban on Nigerian Agricultural products by European Union
8. Member, Ad hoc committee on petition from Dr. George Uboh of Panic Alert Security System (PASS) against Chevron Nig. Limited for fraud of over 4 billion naira.
9. Member, Joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Petroleum Downstream and Gas on the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).
10. Chairman, Joint Committee on Gas, Petroleum Upstream, Finance and Appropriation on the implementation of Joint Cash Calls Obligation by NNPC from 2011-2015
11. Delegate to the 133rd and 137th interparliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland and St. Petersburg, Russia respectively.


1. OBA Under 20 Unity Cup

The constituency empowerment programme of Senator Bassey Albert commenced in December 2015 with the Under 20 Unity Cup involving the nine local government areas that make up the senatorial district. The winner of the competition received the sum of N1 million; the runners up N750, 000; the third place team got N500, 000. All the participating teams received the sum of N200, 000 each as participating fees. The Most Valuable Player (MVP), Highest Goal Scorer, Best Behaved Team, Best Goalkeeper and the Best Defender all received financial rewards.

2. Annual OBA Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme

Over 100 undergraduates from Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District studying in various institutions of higher learning across the country have so far benefitted from the Annual OBA Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme. The scheme is to run in the next four years. The beneficiaries were selected after a transparent and rigorous process. The cost of the scholarship scheme is put at over N10 million annually.

3. Skills and Human Capacity Development

Over 3,000 constituents have benefitted from the following skill development programmes facilitated by Senator Albert:

* Post seasonal intervention training facilitated by Senator Albert in partnership with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). The training, which took place in Uyo from 22-25 March 2017 give capacity to those who received training in various skills to assist them become better entrepreneurs. The training offered were in the areas of agriculture branding and packaging of agricultural products. The trainees were given start-up capital to start their businesses.

* Workshop on Poultry production, processing and marketing at Institute of Agricultural Research and Marketing (IAR & T), Moor Plantation in Ibadan (an affiliate of University of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) organized in collaboration with Senate Committee on Agriculture and hosted by Prof. J. A. Adediran. Participants from Akwa Ibom State were nominated by Sen. Albert who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

* Vocational training and empowerment of women and youths in partnership with Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).

* Skills acquisition training for women and youths in cosmetology, fashion design, generator maintenance, computer appreciation, photography/video and catering in partnership with National Directorate of Employment (NDE)

4. Distribution of cooking gas to constituents

On 24th December 2015, as part of his Christmas gift to his constituents, Senator Albert brought large quantities of cooking gas to be distributed free to thousands of Akwa Ibom people irrespective of their political leanings. The senator went on air in planet 101.1 FM to invite people to be part of this largesse.

5. Construction and donation of a well furnished Event Hall to constituents

Senator Albert also constructed and donated a well furnished event hall at 7 E line, Ewet Housing Estate opposite Sun Centre to be at no cost by his constituents for events such as weddings and other social functions.

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6. Construction of massive, multi-purpose event Centre at Ifa in Uyo

Senator Albert is presently constructing a massive, multi-purpose event Centre in Ifa in Uyo. When completed, the Centre will offer facilities like event hall, tutorial sections for UTME, WAEC, NECO as well as sports facilities and a relaxation Centre.

7. Donation of 15 units of desktop computers to UNIUYO

Senator Albert has magnanimously donated 15 units of desktop computers to the University of Uyo to enhance learning in the university.

8. Donation of life enhancing drugs to nine (9) health centers in Akwa Inom North East Senatorial District

To enhance provision of basic health care to his people, Senator Bassey Albert also donated life enhancing drugs to nine health Centre located in the nine local government areas that make up the senatorial district. The benefitting health Centre are: Primary Health Centre, Uyo Itam, Itu; Health Centre, Ikot Otoinye, Uruan; Primary Health Care Operational Base, Nsit Atai; Primary Health Centre, Oboetim, Nsit Ibom; Health Centre, Oko Ita, Ibiono Ibom; Cottage Hospital, Akai Ubium; Health Centre, Ikot Obio Inyang; Primary Health Centre, Uyo; and Primary Health Centre, Nung Udoe, Ibesikpo Asutan.

9. Christmas visits to Constituents

Every December, Senator Albert visits the 9 local government areas that make up the senatorial district to meet with elders, women and youths of the district to rejoice with them in the spirit of the yuletide. He often distribute gifts and cash to the people worth over N10 million.


2016 Zonal Intervention Projects

The following Zonal Intervention Projects have been nominated by Senator Albert for execution in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District. The projects are under the supervision of the following agencies of government: Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRDBA), National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and Maritime Academy.

Most of these projects have been completed and commissioned.

1. Flood and erosion control in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA (CRDBA)
2. Flood and erosion control in Nsit Atai LGA (CRDBA)
3. Flood and erosion control in Ibiono Ibom LGA (CRDBA)
4. Flood and erosion control in Nsit Ibom LGA (CRBDA)
5. Construction of village hall with fence and borehole plant in Ididep Usuk in Ibiono Ibom LGA (CRBDA)
6. Improvement of electricity in Mbiabong Ikot Udo Uwot in Uyo (CRBDA)
7. Construction of market stalls across 9 LGAs in Akwa Ibom North East (NDE)
8. Completion of comprehensive skills acquisition and recreation Centre for Akwa Ibom North East. (NDE)
9. Furnishing/equipping of skills acquisition and recreation Centre for Akwa Ibom North East (NDE)
10. Procurement of cassava/oil palm processing equipment for rural farmers in Ididep Usuk in Ibiono Ibom LGA (Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
11. Training on fish fingerlings, production and hatchery management, catfish, tilapia breeding hormones/hatching troughs for fingerlings production and empowerment of the rural farmers of Akwa Ibom North East (Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
12. Provision of motor cycles and tricycles (keke NAPEP) for rural farmers of Akwa Ibom North East. (Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)
13. Training and development of youths of Akwa Ibom North East on maritime related experience (Maritime Academy).

2017 Zonal Intervention Projects nominated by Senator Albert

Senator Albert has also nominated the following special intervention projects to be included in the 2017 Budget under the supervision of the following agencies – Broader Communities Development Agency (BCDA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), CRBDA and SMEDAN.

1. Flood and erosion control in Ibiono Ibom LGA (BCDA)
2. Construction/provision of recreational facility for Uyo Club (BCDA)
3. Improvement of electricity by providing 500 KVA transformer in Mbiabong Ikot Udo Uwot in Uyo LGA (SDG)
4. Provision of drugs to rural health centers across the 9 LGAs (BCDA)
5. Flood and erosion control in Nsit Atai LGA (CRBDA)
6. Provision of motorcycles to the rural communities in Akwa Ibom North East (BCDA)
7. Provision of school reading desks in schools across the Akwa Ibom North East (BCDA)
8. Provision of educational materials to College of Education, Afaha Nsit (BCDA)
9. Provision of educational materials to University of Uyo (BCDA)
10. Training and empowerment of women in Akwa Ibom North East in Agricultural skills (SMEDAN)
11. Training and empowerment of youths in Akwa Ibom North East in Agricultural skills (SMEDAN)
12. Provision of furniture and equipment for comprehensive skills acquisition and recreational Centre in Uyo (BCDA)
13. Provision of rural borehole water facilities across Akwa Ibom North East (BCDA)
14. Supply of 2 nos 18 seater bus high roof to aid transportation across Akwa Ibom North East (SDG)
15. Provision of 10 nos incubators to rural health centres across Akwa Ibom North East (SDG).

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The renewed media attacks, without any gain saying are as a result of the fact that Igini stood his grounds, by refusing to compromise the electoral process through monetary inducement, even after being invited to a meeting in Dubai and other places by some politicians in the state,





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Dr. Mike Igini giving Governor Udom Emmanuel his certificate of return

It is no news that the members and chieftains of the All progressive congress ( APC) in Akwa Ibom State have renewed their media attacks on the Akwa Ibom state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, accusing him of frustrating their chances of winning at the tribunal by hiring both online and print media to carry out an onslaught and smear campaigns of calumny, almost on daily basis, which to some political analysts, has become very worrisome and disturbing, especially on the grounds that their allegations against Igini are false, baseless and misleading.

The renewed media attacks, without any gain saying are as a result of the fact that Igini stood his grounds, by refusing to compromise the electoral process through monetary inducement, even after being invited to a meeting in Dubai and other places by some politicians in the state, who were hoping that he will compromise and, also their overdependence on the so call federal might, boasting of how they were going to win the election within three hours, calling on war on the entire state, with their war drums of ” Warsaw will see war” instead of mobilizing the grassroot through voters education like what PDP did in all the units, wards, local and at the state level.

Out of frustration for their failures in the last election, where Nsima Ekere and Akpabio lost in a disgraceful manner, the APC legal team are running amok, with the conditions that they want to recount the ballot papers recorded as valid votes, have access to re-operate the card readers, take into custody all the original results issued by INEC for the elections and others, with claims that these materials are critical to their Case. This is really clear, that the members of APC in Akwa Ibom state are without brains and very shameless and are trying to recount their failures.


It is very unfortunate that after Nsima Ekere lost in his ward with results signed at all the units of his wards before the presence of his party’s agents, he want a recount of votes, which is not part of the electoral laws In respect to the order by the tribunal to inspect materials, indeed, it is a clear case of recounted failures. For Senator Udoedehe, Senator Ita Enang, Senator Akpabio, Umana Umana, Don Etiebiet, Ini Okopido, Senator Aloysius Etuk ,Ini obong John who is their propaganda machines to wish for a recount of votes even when they know how disgraceful they lost the elections, shows they are very shameless and idiotic set of people.

After their failed attempt to assassinate the character of Mr. Mike Igini, a man whose integrity has never been in doubt, with testimonies from people who has worked with him, known him in the cause of his duties over the years by linking it with electoral malpractice, insisting that he helped the peoples Democratic party to win the 2019 elections in the state,which is nothing but outright falsehood.

They have resorted to another line of falsehood, by linking their failures and the frustration of their legal team to understand what the rule of law says as regard election and tribunal issues to Mr. Mike Igini who is busy trying to ensure that all parties get justice, and also respecting the rulings of the tribunal.

Shortly after woefully losing the election in the State, Senator Akpabio, Obong Nsima Ekere, Senator Udoedehe, Ini Okopido and other APC chieftains started blackmailing each other with the stories that some of them were given money to mobilize the electorates, but they failed to do it and duped Nsima Ekere of billions of naira, without doing anything, with some loosing in their units, like Senator Udoedehe and others, with these accusations and counter accusations, members of APC in the state should be ashamed of themselves for trying to over heat the system, when they know within themselves that they lost the elections before the eyes of everyone.


Richard Peters is from Uyo and not writing as a member of any political party, but as a concern citizen of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, who loves people that promote peace, invest on the lives of the people to encourage them to be good ambassadors.

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The masterclass which is open to all at the cost of N60,000 will start on Tuesday 4th and last till Friday 7th June, 2019 at De Angelo Hotel, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo – Akwa Ibom State. Registration can be done through: or through the number 08062842002.





“Leaders aren’t born, they are made; and they are made just like anything else, through hard work. That’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

There is no gain saying the fact that the world is currently coated with leadership challenges. This can be traced to the facts that many who are in various leadership positions today manipulated their way to become the leaders they claim to be. Truth is, gate-crashing into leadership positions is one thing, discharging the responsibility thereof is yet another thing.

Like Vince Lombardi posited, Leaders aren’t born, they are made. Therefore, assuming leadership positions without adequate preparations for leadership task has been the sole reason for the many leadership challenges we have in our society today, leading to avoidable leadership failure.

Many government and non-governmental organizations are growing backward because leaders who are in charge of these organizations failed to pay the price required for good and qualitative leadership. It can only take a leader who has paid the price required for leadership to understand what leadership is and how to lead. It is not enough that we all want to be successful and do well in life, until we make commitment and take the leap to pursue our dream; our wish will continue to remain imaginary. If we must overcome the many leadership challenge and achieve our desire leadership goals, then we must pay the same prices successful world leaders have paid, one which is empowering our leadership capacity – as opined by Lisa Cash Hanson that: “Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplish”. And if empowering our leadership capacity is the starting point for good leadership, then with Lead Impact University at our doorstep, it can be rightly said that the solution to our leadership problems is not far fetch.

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Until Archbishop Cletus Bassey’s Lead Impact University emerged as Leaders Moulding Machine, hope for raising better leaders were slim, especially in this part of the world, hence, raising sound and visionary leaders were somewhat difficult. For Cletus Bassey, solving leadership problems centres mainly on raising good leaders and developing their capacity and with his wealth of leadership prowess and experience which span over two decades, he has stamped his name on the catalogue of successful leaders.

A peep into his leadership background shows he has excellent leadership records covering both local and international sphere. Some of the leadership positions he has occupied include: Uyo Chapter Coordinator of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, President of Akwa Ibom Christian Assembly, Member of Boards of several churches, Proprietor of Lead Impact University, Colorado, United State of America, and General Overseer of Destiny International Mission among others.

With Cletus Bassey’s leadership credentials, one cannot help than accept that he has the capacity to raise and nurture leaders that can make a mark in leadership – just like him. “Leaders in the mould of Cletus Bassey instil in their people a hope for success and a believe in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.” This is what Cletus Bassey stands for.

Armed with John Maxwell postulation that “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development and that there is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raise them as leaders and continually developed them”, Archbishop Cletus Bassey has created a way out of leadership challenge by initiating an exclusive leadership masterclass organized by the Lead Impact University, Colorado, USA.


The masterclass is to help those in leadership position and others aspiring to be great leaders to discover the element of holistic leadership to create transformation in all Areas of their life. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Leaders and learning are indispensable to each other,” therefore, the masterclass provides opportunity for leaders to learn and be equipped with the methodology of tackling the many leadership challenges facing our governments, churches, organizations and even families.

If nations and organizations are desirous of not failing and falling as a result of incompetent leadership, then grooming Leaders with transformative attitude, giving them globally competitive advantage and making them enigma of positive change is the price they must pay to achieve that goal – and same is the mission and vision of Bishop Cletus Bassey’s Lead Impact University. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

Since leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others according to Mwai Kibaki, Archbishop Cletus Bassey through Lead Impact University is offering an opportunity for leaders and intended leaders including those who gatecrash into leadership positions to sharpen their leadership skills and better their lives. The opportunity which is enveloped in the three days exclusive masterclass is the first of its kind in this part of the world and is aimed at changing the narrative of leadership in different sectors of our society including churches, organizations, Local Government Councils, State and Federal Governments, family and communities.


At the end of the masterclass, participants will, apart from acquiring global leadership experience, go home with examination based certificate on leadership course from Lead Impact University valued at 3 hours credit load.

The masterclass which is open to all at the cost of N60,000 will start on Tuesday 4th and last till Friday 7th June, 2019 at De Angelo Hotel, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo – Akwa Ibom State. Registration can be done through: or through the number 08062842002.

Lead Impact University is a Christian university made to influencing the next generation of leaders to impact the global community with the Christ. The school is at the forefront of pioneering change in the leadership of this generation and future generations to come. Lead Impact University is not just raising leaders, but the kind of leaders that will make an everlasting impact on the world and the kingdom of God.


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