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REVEALED: NDDC PAYS BLOGGER N.5BN FOR AKSG MEDIA ONSLAUGHT

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REVEALED: NDDC PAYS BLOGGER N.5BN FOR AKSG MEDIA ONSLAUGHT

The Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC is paying Mr. Ata Ikiddeh a one time Akwa Ibom State Governor’s aide, about N4m naira monthly to disparage and cultivate antagonists against the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Stunning details have emerged on how the Akwa Ibom State Government turned down an annual demand of N.5bn made last year by Mr Ata Ikiddeh, prompting him to approach the intervention agency.

Indications show that Mr Ikiddeh who has allegedly been engaged by the NDDC Czar to demean and attack the government of Akwa Ibom State ahead of the 2019 elections, had first approached the state Commissioner for Information with a ridiculous proposal, targeted at ripping his state of N3,882,000 and sundry charges each month.

Mr Ikiddeh by his own admission said on Facebook, “I alerted the State Government about this, I personally called Hon Commsioner Charles Udoh and asked him for materials on Governor Udom’s Projects and as usual he was pleasant over the phone but once we dropped he became incommunicado and would not pick my calls. I then put a call through to Obong Nsima Ekere, we discussed the idea and he liked it and framed what he wants in the message.”

A report by a media group ‘The Mandate Eyes’ reveals that Mr Ata Ikiddeh had submitted a proposal using his business name g l o b a l m e d i a e u r o p e i n t e r n a t i o n a l, 12 Kipling Avenue Tilbury RM18 8HE UK to the Commissioner For Information on 13th July 2017, urging the commissioner to make available over N500m annual payment, for his(Ata’s) media packaging on the Governor.

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Ikiddeh in the said report, urged the Commissioner not to be scared by the huge amount of money demanded, as the money would be used to ensure a “well coordinated strategic approach to win the hearts and minds of the people; to drown out opposition voices in order for PDP to win 2019 by a landslide in Akwa Ibom State.”

The proposal tagged, “A STRATEGY TARGETING THE INTELLIGENTSIA, THE PEOPLE AND THE MASSES (IPM) THROUGH INFORMATION, ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION, opined that, “there is a large majority of undecided voters made up of the intelligentsia, the People and the Masses (IPM) who need to be convinced and captured.”

Ikiddeh who posed as a specialist in collaborative approaches to strategic media information and communication service, also claimed he worked as a consultant for former Governor Godswill Akpabio between 2007 and 2013, a claim which later turned out to be false.

“This approach has been well defined from 2007 when I began to work on a media consultancy basis for the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio between 2007 and 2013.”

In further justifying the outrageous amount he tied to his service, Ikiddeh maintained that he will tour all the projects sites in the state and have them published on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Youtube and Blog.

The Afaha Offiong-born law graduate proposed to engage a Facebook Influencer, a Twitter Influencer, an Instagram Influencer, a researcher, two TV reporters, a Statistician and two cameramen.

“I am confident this media project will radically change the hearts and minds of the people and will completely drown out the a opposition. It is my hope PDP will not have to fight for 2019 but walk into 2019 with over 7m IPM’s behind the Governor. This is my goal,” he concluded.

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However investigations by the Mandate Eyes reveal that Mr Ikiddeh may have deceived the Commissioner in the proposal, as he was never engaged as media consultant to the former governor in 2007 as he claimed.

It was discovered that Mr. Ata Ikiddeh was only officially engaged as a Special Assistant to the then Governor on Projects Supervision in 2011, otherwise his other occasional activities from 2009 which included occasional posting of projects of the government on youtube and facebook, were actually unsolicited.

Ikiddeh was to return to Facebook last month to post that his proposal which was rejected by the Akwa Ibom State Government, has been adopted by the NDDC and that the Managing Director of the agency Mr Nsima Ekere personally called him up to approve the proposal which was to cost an annual amount of N500,000,000.

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

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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