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New Year: “Akintola” Fetes Community, Doles Out Cash, Rice, Wrappers

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New Year: “Akintola” Fetes Community, Doles Out Cash, Rice, Wrappers

Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua

Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua

* Says He’ll do more

* As Uwem Ita Etuk Receives APC Defectors

By Kenneth Jude

Thursday January 10 will remain a memorable day for the people of Nung Udoe Ibesikpo.

It was a day their son in whom they are well pleased, Hon. (DR) Samuel Edet (aka Akintola), Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, treated them to a new year get-together party.

As early as 9am, men, women and youths trooped excitedly into the expansive Nung Udoe Village Council Hall for an event billed to commence at 10am.

Their faces beamed with elation as they were confronted by bags of rice, wrappers of various colours and make, cash and other items to season not just the rice they were going home with, but to ensure they got the year started in a refreshing way with one of their own.

Call it a PDP event and you won’t be farther from the truth. All those that assembled for the event, in one way or the other, made it known that they are not just diehard PDP members, but vowed to vote massively for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections beginning from the President, Udom Emmanuel, Senator Bassey Albert and Hon. Aniekan Uko, for House of Assembly.

Setting the tone for the event, Chairman on the occasion, Professor Lawrence Etim, thanked the convener, Dr. Samuel Edet, for deeming it fit to celebrate the new year in remarkable fashion with his people. He charged others to borrow a leaf from Dr. Edet, noting that people should form the habit of sharing what they have with others and not eat alone.

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He emphasised on the virtues of giving, saying that people should endeavour to share the little of what they have with others just as Dr. Edet has done.

He prayed God to bless the donor and the beneficiaries of his benevolence so that in the nearest future, they also will give to others.

In his goodwill message, Political Leader of the area and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, described Dr. Samuel Edet as a man that loves his people. Prince Etuk said he did not hesitate to respond to his invitation given that each time he calls on him, he’s always there to support him.

The former Commissioner called on parents to encourage their children that are overseas to always come back home and celebrate with their people. He urged them to disabuse the minds of their children of the notion that they won’t be safe at home. He noted that there is no place like home, stating that Ibesikpo is safe and secure for all.

On his part, Eteidung Okon Bassey said that Ibesikpo is blessed with great men and women who are excelling in their various fields of endeavours. He called on the people to shun acts that seek to divide them and embrace unity while doing away with past quarrels.

Also speaking, Deaconess Theresa Usoro, thanked Dr. Samuel Edet for remembering his community. She prayed God to bless him more so that he’ll continue his magnanimous gestures. She used the occasion to drum support for all PDP candidates in the upcoming elections, noting that what they are enjoying today can only come from PDP

Deaconess Usoro who spoke with passion, said Governor Emmanuel must complete his eight years in office just as Uyo did with Obong Victor Attah and Ikot Ekpene with Chief Godswill Akpabio. While laying emphasis on the need for equity to prevail, she described Governor Emmanuel as a silent achiever who doesn’t sing praises of himself, yet is doing great things. She urged all sons and daughters of the area not to allow themselves to be deceived, stressing that they should support Governor Udom Emmanuel to complete his eight years in office in other to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

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The Village Youth leader, Aniefiok Akpan, called on those who are yet to collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to do so, noting that it’s the instrument they’ll use in voting for all PDP candidates.

In his remarks, the convener and Chairman Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Hon. (Dr) Samuel Edet, thanked the people for turning out in their numbers despite a short notice. He prayed God to bless the people for responding to his invitation.

A man of few words, he urged them to vote 100 percent for PDP, adding that “what you’re seeing today is dividends of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration. As you vote for PDP, we’ll continue to uplift you.”

He promised a scholarship of N150, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand) to any son/daughter of Nung Udoe Ibesikpo with 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in any institution within Nigeria. “I assure that we’ll do this yearly. This is just the beginning,” he said.

Dr. Edet also gave out N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira) each as education support to students in higher institutions while over 20 women got monetary support to boost their businesses. He also oversaw the distribution of rice, wrappers and other items along with his wife.

The highpoint of the occasion was the defection of over 50 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The defectors were led by Aniema Brown who said he has been in the opposition since the days of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

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Mr. Brown who regretted his years in the opposition said throughout his time in the opposition camp, he got nothing, adding that he and his party faithful have always fallen to the superior power and number of PDP members in the area.

He said that with his defection along with other members, the APC is dead and buried in Nung Udoe Ibesikpo. According to him: “I
was the number one opposition man in Ibesikpo. I brought ACN here in 2007. Udoedehe contested to be governor in 2011 and failed. Umana Okon Umana did same in 2015 and failed. I’ve not achieved anything during my years in APC. I’ll work with Uwem Ita Etuk to deliver PDP in Ibesikpo.

On one of his reasons for joining PDP, he said that those who have recently moved to the APC were the problem of PDP in the past. “Now, they have come to contaminate APC. I’m not a deceitful person. I’m here to stay,” he assured.

Speaking further, Mr. Brown said: “There’s nothing like broom here. I started opposition movement Ibesikpo, but PDP has always been bigger here. If you can’t beat them, join them. Anybody who claims to be a member of APC in Ibesikpo is fake from today.”

While guests were thrilled to a breathtaking musical performance by Friends of Martha Udom Emmanuel, the event later witnessed the the symbolic burning of brooms which is the symbol of the APC.

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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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