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I will Never Probe Godswill Akpabio’s Government, Nsima Ekere pledges

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I will Never Probe Godswill Akpabio’s Government, Nsima Ekere pledges

I will Never Probe Godswill Akpabio's Government, Nsima Ekere pledges

Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio and Dr. Nsima Ekere during an event

… Probing Akpabio means probing Nsima Ekere, Obong Umana Okon Umana – APC Chieftain kicks

Despite not declaring intention to contest Gubernatorial seat in Akwa Ibom State, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) His Excellency (Dr) Nsima Ekere has pledged never to probe the government of Chief Godswill Akpabio in future.

Reacting to an online news which trended on the social media that Nsima Ekere will probe the administration of Chief Godswill Akpabio, Utibe Ukim Special Assistant on Public Communications to NDDC boss says its not true.

Part of the statement reads “The attention of Obong Nsima Ekere, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has been drawn to a false and irresponsible publication in an online news portal, Opera News, alleging that Obong Ekere had threatened to probe the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio and jail the Senate Minority Leader when the APC takes over the government of Akwa Ibom State in 2019. The false report claimed that Obong Ekere made the threat in his speech at the recent APC rally organised by Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (ISD) in Ikot Ekpene to mobilise support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid.”

“Though this claim of a threat against Akpabio is false, silly, irrelevant and completely unworthy of the attention of serious minded people, we feel there is need for this rebuttal for reason of history. For the avoidance of doubt, we want to state categorically that Obong Ekere did not make any critical, much less threatening, remarks about former governor Akpabio during the rally in Ikot Ekpene. Any claim to the contrary is completely false and unfounded. In his 12-minute speech, Mr Ekere had however stated, to the applause of the crowd, that he was a member of the Akpabio government that initiated the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road and the Sheraton Hotel project in Ikot Ekpene,.. “

A publisher of a local tabloid and All Progressives Congress chieftain Comrade Solomon Johnny reacted to the denial of Nsima Ekere threat to probe Akpabio’s Government as political timidity.

I will Never Probe Godswill Akpabio's Government, Nsima Ekere pledges

Comrade Solomon Johnny

Hear him “This is a clear testimony that His Excellency, Obong Nsima Ekere can not win election for APC in Akwa Ibom State if ever he goes near the gubernatorial ticket of the party.”

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” I have said time and again that when the 2019 campaign issues are lined out, Nsima Ekere shall be so disqualified to be handed the party ticket because he is guilty of everything Akpabio is guilty of and he shall not therefore be able to address the issues. The 2019 APC campaign issues will be the same as the 2011 ACN campaign issues as was the case in 2015. If a man who wants to lead opposition in Akwa Ibom State is not interested to probe Akpabio, not willing to review our civil service, ask contractors to return to sites after collective full payment from Akpabio, what shall he talk about then and what is the difference between him and Udom Emmanuel? I bet, Obong Nsima Ekere will still drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to court to stop them from probing Akpabio because like I always say, probing Akpabio, means probing Nsima Ekere, Obong Umana Okon Umana… this is very pathetic for the APC. See what Dr Amadu Attai had caused APC.”

” If APC fills Obong Nsima Ekere, they will end up rubbishing the Goodwill which the party currently enjoys. That is why Obong Umana Okon Umana failed in 2015. He was an accomplice and could therefore not talk about the attrocities committed by Akpabio and how he was going to address them. The campaigns we’re very dull because no one could move the crowd. Here they want to go again. They are apologizing to Akpabio because they are one and from the same stock.”

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” You may now see why I am asking Obong Nsima Ekere to concentrate on signing checks at NDDC and sharing the monies, lucky man. We have Distinguish Senator John Udoedehe on standby to do what they cannot do for the APC. Senator Udoedehe did not participate in the killings, so he shall be able to talk about it. He also did not participate in looting of our public resources and therefore, will be able to probe the past government and recover our monies. He did not participate in the retrenchment of senior civil servants of Ibibio extraction and the slanted promotions and appointments that will keep Ibibio, Eke and Oron in minority in the civil service. So John Udoedehe will be able to recall those sacked unjustly by the Akpabio government. I wish Akwa Ibom State is taking notice of this.”

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Akwa Ibom Speaker says 7th Assembly will be People-centric Legislature

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly

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Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly. Speaker Bassey made the promise when Ascend Communications, publishers of Assembly Watch paid him a courtesy visit.

Bassey said he intends to lead an assembly whose legislative engagements will revolve around the constituents, stating that such engagements will be the only way to ensure that the electorate are carried along in the process of legislation.

Speaker Aniekan Bassey said this will be achieved through town hall meetings to gather information on needs of the constituents, constituency briefings to intimate constituents on progress of legislative representation, as well as regular appraisals and briefings. Bassey said these engagements are imperative if the lacuna between the legislature and the electorate is to be bridged.

Speaking earlier, the MD, Ascend Communications, Mr Courage Mbon said the team was in the Assembly to intimate the speaker about “Assembly Watch”, an initiative of Ascend Communications, which aims at informing the general public about activities of legislators both in the State House Of Assembly and the National Assembly.

Mbon said Assembly Watch existed to bridge the communication gap between legislators and the general public; while also appraising performance of legislative representatives both in the state and Abuja.

High point of the visit was the presentation of a commemorative souvenir portrait to congratulate the speaker on his recent election as speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

The Bill titled a Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibit all forms of Violence Against Persons and to Provide Maximum Protection and Effective Remedies for Victims and Punishment of Offenders and for Related Matters will ensure stiffer punishment for persons convicted of rape and other violent crimes

Rt Hon. Dennis, in the lead debate,
condemned recent violent crimes in the State and said the Bill when passed into law, will protect women, children and other persons against abandonment, circumcision, domestic and economic abuses.

He said it will also curb forced financial dependence, sexual exploitation, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and said there must be penalties to discourage offenders from these acts.

The Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko who is a co-sponsor of the Bill, said violent crimes were not only particular to women, maintaining the Bill when passed into law, will also protect the men from all forms of harassment.

Others who spoke in support of the Bill, including the Member representing Ika/Etim Ekpo State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung, that of Ini, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Abak State Constituency, Hon. Udeme Otong;
Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudu and Member Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr. (Mrs) Charity Ido, lauded the lead sponsor, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis for bringing up the bill, saying it will further promote peace in the state.

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey who lauded Members for their interests in the Bill, referred it to the House Committee on Woman Affairs, Social Welfare and Cooperative and directed the Committee to report back to the House within one month.

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Recall in the sixth assembly, Barr
Dennis facilitated a law which seeks to protect Akwa Ibom people from unlawful arrest and detention, the Law amongst other benefits places a ban on the arrest of persons in lieu of suspects, arrests in terms of civil matter and also seeks to eradicate the gender discrimination in bail issues. This was called CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW.

Barr. Dennis also sponsored a bill which seeks to ensure prohibition of female circumcision or female genital mutilation which is commonly practised in some communities in the state and has lasting negative impacts in the lives of women called LAW THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS PROHIBITION BILL.

…….Partial contributions from Press Unit, Office of the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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A’Ibom Assembly seeks State Govt’s Intervention on Calabar-Itu Federal Road

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to i

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by Mfonobong Ukpong

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to intervene on the failed portion of the Enen-Itam axis of the road, with a view of alleviating the plights of the road users and residents of the area.

The House gave the directive, Thursday at plenary sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing ITU State Constituency, Hon. Kufre-Abasi Edidem who informed the House of the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu road, particularly Enen-Itam axis of the road. He said members of his constituents and other road users were expressing difficulties plying the road, and pleaded that the state government be urged to undertake urgent intervention measures on the road in the interest of the people.

Reacting to the motion, lawmakers argued that the current situation of the road was affecting economic activities as the road connects Akwa Ibom with neighboring Cross River State. Members for Ibesikpo-Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, Nsit-Ubium, Barr. Otobong Bob, Etim-Ekpo/Ika, Hon. Mfon Idung, Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka, Hon, Abak, Udeme Otong, Ukanafun, Dr. Charity Ido and the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong in their separate contributions sympathised with residents of the area and other road users who ply the road. They wondered why the federal government was still dragging it’s feet on the said road, years after it publicised that contract had been awarded for the construction of the road. The Assembly Members agreed that it has become expedient for the state government to intervene on the federal road, since majority of those who use the road are Akwa Ibom people.

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Uyo representative, Ekah said “It is disheartening that the federal government seems to be playing politics on the road. It’s high time we separate politics from human lives”.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said though the Assembly was aware that the said road is a federal road, it was necessary that urgent intervention be undertaken to ameliorate the plights of the people. He ruled that the matter be referred to the State Ministry of Works for urgent intervention, and directed the Clerk to communicate the decision of the House to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

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