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Eguono Odjegba’s serial lies and blackmail against the rector of maritime academy of Nigeria: Why he must be held by security agencies to prove his allegations

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Eguono Odjegba’s serial lies and blackmail against the rector of maritime academy of Nigeria: Why he must be held by security agencies to prove his allegations

By Raymond Uweh
The first impression or cursory feeling any reader would have had from the first paragraph of Eguono’s farrago of assumptions would have been that the writer had something to say or had some firm grasp of the history of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria and the surrounding communities. But it sooner and progressively became obvious that the shadow-chasing and helplessly misguided Eguono was just a hireling engaged by saboteurs to alter facts and cast aspersions on constituted authorities, such that he could not have escaped falling victim to his folly by insolently and arrogantly flouting the principles of caution and public interest with his recent article.
It is therefore necessary we first and foremost introduce and unveil EGUONO ODJEGBA to the world as one of the dangerous unrepentant characters whose stock-in-trade has always been that of conspiring with the disgruntled and mischievous elements of his kind, within and outside the Academy, to present the Academy in bad light as one always at war with its host communities and thereby generate tension and cause distractions. Eguono Odjegba does this at a price. This is the best introduction to his questionable professional credentials. The risks he sometimes takes to gratify his pay-masters still remain a subject under serious investigation.
It is obvious that Eguono is still living in the past and therefore is not in touch with the unfolding current realities in the Academy and worse still, does not have the fare from his Lagos slum to have visited the Academy to responsibly authenticate issues through interface and factual observations. It is therefore not surprising that he read the lips of his sponsors and descended so low as to vomit in the open without any inhibition for the consequences.
The issues he formulated did not only lack substance but revealed his true personality and stock-in-trade, His statement that the Rector has been leaving in a hotel where he pays Two Hundred Thousand Naira daily since he came clearly shows that Equono is not after facts, but on despicable mission for character assassination which is punishable by law. For a fact however, Equono must be told that everybody in the Academy Community knows that the Rector lives in a house he personally rented in Uyo for the past 9 months, rent of which is due to expire on December 2018. There would have been doubts about Eguono’s source of misinformation if not that we already know his cohort of ethnic bigots and sponsors who have sworn never to see the Rector have any peace of mind or work without distractions. Surprisingly, he does not know that Commodore Duja Effedua is so focused on his core mandate and has already developed a thick skin to ward off unnecessary ranting from miscreant journalists.
Eguono also goofed and foamed in the mouth to have said that the Rector has abandoned a well-furnished residence meant for him in the Academy. It must nevertheless be placed on notice that the Rector has rather remodeled and completed the once abandoned building and allocated apartments therein to about 20 staff of the Academy. Eguono would have known and seen this if he had visited the Academy in the last one year rather than being spoon-fed with falsehood that will soon purge him.

Eguono also must be educated to understand that the culture and era of financial impropriety and wantonness had since been swept away by the refreshing tradition of transparency and accountability in the management of the Academy’s IGR and associated funds. That even the Staff of the Academy have chosen to nickname the Rector as “Mr. Integrity” gives credence to his character and administrative demeanor. So what legal matters is Eguono referring to? It is noteworthy that this is the first time in the history of the Academy that litigations have become readily scarce because of the vibrant network of diplomacy that has been put in place by the Duja Effedua-led administration..
In a chat with the Rector, he had demanded that Eguono act fast by retracting his baseless and fabricated allegations within 24 to avoid the lingering bad weather over his head. In addition, he must tender an unreserved apology to the Rector and Management of the Academy whose names he attempted to soil in his malignant concoction of lies.
From the foregoing, it is obvious that Eguono is a straying dog of no destination. It would be recalled that not long ago, the same Eguono was sponsored to write another unfounded article entitled::“AMAECHI USING MAN ORON TO INSTIGATE HATE FOR BUHARI”. He therefore must have ingratiated himself with the erroneous conclusion that he can wake and smear anybody without consequences. It never mattered to him that since he has been doing this over the years without any altruistic value, it is high time he had a rethink to engage on worthy engagements that would have impacted positively on his life.
We recall with pity how he mutilated the history of the Academy and cast aspersions on the Ibibio, Efik, Annang and Oron people in the previous ill-fated article. As if that was not enough, suffering from amnesia yet claiming to be the Historian-in-Chief for Oro Nation, he proceeded to commit yet another iniquitous crime of anachronism by stating that the Maritime Academy was established in 1988; grievously backdating that profound facet of history by ten full years. Established in 1977 (Federal Executive Council No. EC (77) 172), and first known as the Nautical College of Nigeria, the promulgation of Decree No. 16 of 1988 only facilitated expansion in scope and mandate of the institution and never reversed or nullified its year of establishment. Because Odjegba’s deliberate alteration of this fact worsens our fears about his dangerous agenda and also gives stronger proof that he is on a paid-job-mission to continue to wound the rebranded image of the Academy and the anthropology and goodwill of members of host communities.
Again, if Equono was not psychotic and disrespectfully out to ingratiate himself with odious lies and illogicality awkwardly aimed at slandering and maligning the impeccable character and lofty offices of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the Hon. Minister for Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, he should have known the genesis, terms of preference, composition and destination of the Interim Management Committee set up by the Ministry of Transport on September 17, 2017 in statutory submission to the Presidency. Hence, he would for no reason not have stated: “The rector(sic) is implementing a bogus interim management committee (IMC) recommendation that Oro should be removed from the naming nomenclature, as a way of divesting people of the host community, state and the entire Calabar nation of future claim to the institution”.
Why is Odjegba stoking up the dead flames of ethnicity and rancor among a naturally peaceful and accommodating people of Oron and the entire Akwa Ibom State? Well, it nonetheless might help to inform Odjegba and his sponsors that it was as a result of this kind of misunderstanding and drumming of clannish interests that the Chairman of the 6-man Governing Council of the Academy, Chief Ademola Seriki, on the Council’s inaugural visit to the Academy, recommended that if the people continue to misconstrue and hammer on the word Oron as a license of ownership, even as it is at the moment, it might be expedient to downplay the locational suffix “Oron” (as in Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron), after all there is only one Maritime Academy in Nigeria, which everyone knows is located in Akwa Ibom State, just like there is Nigerian Defense Academy in Zaria and others elsewhere. The logic is that in other States across the country where there are Federal Government presences, people do not behave the way some opinion leaders in Oron have cajoled their subjects to think and behave.
It is unbelievable that Eguono in his imaginations would connect the purely academic preoccupation of the Maritime Academy with national politics and how Members of the Academy’s Host Communities are bound to determine the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election by raising one illogical question: “Does MAN Oron have the capacity to affect Buhari’s electoral chances? Yes, to the extent that workers of the institution have electoral franchise…and that workers could transfer their frustrations and story of oppression to others, in such a manner so as to cause a mass disinterest for the president re-election bid”. Can you imagine! What is Eguono’s source of data? What percentage of the Academy workers’ votes accounted for President Buhari’s victory in 2015 in a country of approximately 200million people? With Eguono’s kind of inflammable articles of invectives and disrespect to the person and office of Hon. Chubuike Rotimi, it must be admitted as a dramatic irony that he is actually the worst and declared enemy of both the APC and the President in this connection; hence, the need for relevant security agencies to be alert of his hidden motives.
Eguono expectedly also fumbled by trying to question the composition of the Management of the Academy. Why did he not mention the total number, names of the principals, their offices and states of origin to have discovered that three of the principal officers are core indigenes of the area? What then could be said to be the populist benefit of his accursed report? He then chose to deceive himself by hiding under an alibi to say that all phone calls to appropriate authorities to clarify matters proved abortive. Can a reporter of contemporary time who wants to make a mark say this on a matter of serious interest to him? Why then was he in a hurry to publish than wait until he had gathered the flipside of his doomed adventure, a circumspection that would have showcased his professionalism, objectivity and national interest? This mountain of lapses simply proves his chronic laziness, competence in beer-parlour gossip, and ingrained mischief to set fire in Maritime Academy for the sake of money.
We therefore reach this conclusion: Eguono must be a cursed pretender if he argues to the contrary that it is not people like him who have been fighting all along the years to tarnish the internationally acknowledged image of the Academy, except things were done at the personal orders and preferences of his pay-masters.
* Raymond Uweh, a Public Affairs Communicator writes from the Host Community of Maritime Academy of Nigeria.
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Akwa Ibom children ply dangerous river in rickety boats to access education

They suffer the risk of drowning in rickety river. Two children were said to have been rescued when a boat mishap happened a fortnight ago leaving them severely injured, after being rescued by a skilled swimmer

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Akwa Ibom children ply dangerous river in rickety boats to access education

Pupils using boat to cross over the river

Pupils using boat to cross over the river

‘We’ve lost faith in government’ – Village Head

By Uduakabasi Ikpat/Ofonime Honesty & Joseph Atainyang

Like a fairy tale, told in the days of old, when humanity coped with nature in most catastrophic circumstances, villages exist in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, where school pupils would cross a deadly river on a daily basis to access basic education.

School children from four years old are exposed to harsh whether condition as they walk through swamps, get drenched before crossing a fishing settlement to where they acquire education.

Unlike what now obtains in modern cities in Nigeria, where children enjoy the luxury of being conveyed in air conditioned vehicles by parents and guardians to and from their schools, those of Ikot Mfon and Ndiya Usung Inyang communities in Etinan and Nsit Ubium Local Government Areas, respectively, are not so fortunate.

They suffer the risk of drowning in rickety river. Two children were said to have been rescued when a boat mishap happened a fortnight ago leaving them severely injured, after being rescued by a skilled swimmer.

The Ikot Mfon/Ndiya River serves as the boundary between the two communities.
The river is where a popular Catholic Missionary identified as Reverend Father Fintan drowned while spreading the gospel of Christ as far back as the late 1800s. His tombstone stands on the river bank.

The children attend Goodnews International Nursery School, Ndiya Usung Inyang; Qua-Iboe Church Central School, Ndiya and Comprehensive Secondary School, Ndiya. Meanwhile, the only educational institution available in Ikot Mfon community is the Saint Francis Catholic Primary School.

Ikot Mfon is in Ward 2, in Etinan. It has no social amenities like electricity, motorable roads, and having been cut off from the conjoined Ndiya community of Nsit Ubium LGA, has no attraction to its local market, where petty traders gather to sell their wares.

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Inhabited by local farmers, fishermen and artisans, and subjected to unfavourable conditions, the community is unhappy at the level of abandonment by government. They condemn a situation in which government officials would come to them during elections period, take their votes but run back to the state capital, Uyo, as soon as the political period was over.

Speaking with our team, the Village Head of Ikot Mfon, Eteidung Oscar Ekanem said the road from Ndiya which links the bridge to his community existed before the civil war.

Eteidung Ekanem said it is a federal government road leading to Ikot Ubo and also to Abak town. He lamented that the collapsed bridge had long failed without efforts to get it reconstructed, until the year 2016 when a lorry loaded with about 80 bags of kernel fell into the river, destroying the dilapidated bridge in the process.

Eteidung Ekanem, who spoke through village council chairman, Obong John Williamson stated that all four persons on board perished in the river, including a police officer, with only one survivor.

His words, “The road had been there before the civil war. We don’t have government attention here. They only come here when they need our votes. But after every election, they would leave us and run back to Uyo.

“That river has consumed many persons. All four persons died, except one in 2016 when a kernel merchant wanted to cross the bridge with about 70 or 80 bags of the product. The police officer who came with them also died. It was published everywhere in the media.

“The whole of this Ward II does not have electricity. When they brought electricity here, they diverted it to Udom’s (the governor’s) side. We shall never be part of this system again. We are not Ikot Mfon (grace family). They have counted us out of everything they are doing.

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“I am calling on the federal government to come to our rescue, knowing that the state government has no good intention towards us. They have come for inspection over 30 times. Nobody is doing anything about it. We are crying daily because of our children. Please, tell the government to come to our aid”, the visibly emotional man concluded.

Aligning his views with that of Eteidung Ekanem, a family head in Ikot Mfon, Obong John Francis Aaron observed that the situation is deadly, especially as children are daily crossing the river to acquire education, adding that it also affects the women who engage in commercial activities.

The Youth Leader of Ikot Mfon, Mr Francis Udofot and Celestine Johnson, a youth of the community, decried the anguish they experience in the area. They said the community boasts of human capital that engages in agro based activities, as they are blessed with enormous vegetation and arable land. They mentioned that they have crude oil and oil palm.

Our team spoke with school children who shared their thoughts on the circumstance. Happiness Anietie and Maurice Etuk are Basic 5 pupils of the Goodnews International Nursery School who said they are always scared while crossing the river.

Grace Peter, Basic 4, and three children of the same parents: Mary Patrick, Matthew Patrick and Gabriel Patrick of Basic 3, 2 and 1 all from Usung Esuk of Ikot Mfon village called on the government to step into the matter and safe them from imminent danger.

Market women, including Comfort Morrison from Ikot Ante, Bibiana Michael from Ikot Mfon and Eno Evangelist from Ndiya lamented that their businesses which hitherto had flourished, was currently crumbling after the collapse of the linking bridge. They informed that their fare is always N100 to cross over to another side of the road.

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Meanwhile, a local miner of sharp sand, William Jeremiah, together with Ekomobong Samuel told our team that the two communities have been living peacefully ever before the bridge collapsed. They narrated that many people do not find it easy to cross the water.

They maintained that the school children would even stand in the rain for a long time and sometimes return home when there is no canoe to paddle them to the other side.

However, the federal government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has constantly been announcing her interest in developing the local communities and linking them up with cities to boost economic viability. The government has promised to prioritize the development of every part of the country.

In his Democracy Day Address, President Buhari repeatedly stated that his government would ensure the construction of critical feeder roads in the local areas so as to facilitate the transportation of food and other commodities.

Meanwhile, the member representing Etinan Federal Constituency, Barr Onofiok Luke could not respond to the development as calls and text messages sent to his cell phone attracted no feedback.

Ikot Mfon Community is however blessed with prominent scholars like Prof Ntiero Umoren of the University of Uyo and the late Dr Dennis Umoren, while the neighboring Ndiya of Nsit Ubium is blessed with the former Akwa Ibom State Secretary to Government and Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, as well as Mr Inyang Unya.
Their people called on them to properly relate with relevant government agencies in order to wipe their tears away.

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In Uyo, Southern Atlantic Polytechnic Film Academy debuts Film Festival

While putting papers together for the first ever Southern Atlantic Film Festival the Polytechnic Management today announced that the Filmmaking Department of the institution will soon Commence the Production of Blockbuster Film Production as its first project in line with the Department’s vision of producing international Standard Films and projecting their Students in the Films.

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Southern Atlantic Polytechnic Film Academy debuts Film Festival

Southern Atlantic Polytechnic Film Academy debuts Film Festival

The Southern Academy Polytechnic was recently commissioned by the Akwa Ibom State Government.

The Filmmaking Academy Department of the highly accredited Polytechnic is gathering momentum as several foreign professional Filmmaking institutions are showing interest in the Academy.

The Polytechnic Management has acquired professional Filmmaking Equipments for the Academy.

Commissioning of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic recently

Commissioning of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic recently

While putting papers together for the first ever Southern Atlantic Film Festival the Polytechnic Management today announced that the Filmmaking Department of the institution will soon Commence the Production of Blockbuster Film Production as its first project in line with the Department’s vision of producing international Standard Films and projecting their Students in the Films.

The Filmmaking Academy undertake Courses on:

* Acting
* Technical Dance
* Screenplay and Scriptwriting
* Technical and Staunt Acting
* Verious Kinds of Film Editing,
* Effects and Animation
* Directing
* Production Management
* Costuming
* Creative / Character Make Up
* Continuity
* Cinematography
* Modelling
* Still Photography
* Set Designs
* Set Lighting
* Set Sound Engineering.

* Scholarship Grants Available
* Hostel Accommodation Available

Accredited By National Board For Technical Education (NBTE)

Scholarships Opportunities Available For Brilliant Students.

Admission is in progress,
Admission forms are available at the Polytechnic Campus along Airport Express Road, Uyo Akwa Ibom State

Call 08108074939 or 08033238037
For Admission Forms.

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A’Ibom State Polytechnic has improved Academically and Physically – Dr. Samuel Edet

Edet said the institution successfully secured accreditation for 32, out of 33 courses presented before the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), saying according to the Exit Report from the NBTE, it was the first time an institution recorded such feat.

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A’Ibom State Polytechnic has improved Academically and Physically – Dr. Samuel Edet

Acting Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic Governing Council, Dr Samuel Edet, said the Governing Council has enjoyed a good working relationship with the present management of the school, saying there has been remarkable improvements in terms of physical structures and academic performance in the state-owned Polytechnic.

He was making the remarks during a Press Conference in the School, Friday, as part of programmes to mark the 6th Convocation Ceremony of the Institution.

Edet said the institution successfully secured accreditation for 32, out of 33 courses presented before the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), saying according to the Exit Report from the NBTE, it was the first time an institution recorded such feat.


While describing the Institution’s graduands as being of high standard, Dr Edet said the school is one of the Polytechnics with the best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities in Nigeria and pledged that the Governing Council under his able leadership, remains undaunted in ensuring the institution attains an enviable height.

On his part, Acting Rector of Institution, Dr Moses Umohobong, said the conferment of
National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) on Students who completed their academic programmes for the 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic sessions, will hold in the Institution’s premises, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Flanked by the Registrar, Dr (Mrs) Mary Ndah, the Rector pointed out that the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel who will grace the event as Special Guest, is expected to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the 52 Rooms Udom Emmanuel Academic Block.

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He said the institution will use the event to confer Fellowship Awards on some deserving personalities and also exhibit some works done by its students.

While thanking Governor Emmanuel for his support to the School, Dr Umohobong said said the institution has zero tolerance for cultism and further assured that necessary security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free convocation ceremony.

He said the institution has written officially to government on its intention to gain accreditation for other courses, especially, mechanical engineering.

About 9,096 Students shall convocate during the event.

The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic was established by Akwa Ibom State Government Edict No. 11 of 1991. The decision to establish the Institution was taken after the creation of Akwa Ibom State from Cross River State in 1987.

Major Credits from Uwakmfon Dan

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