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THE ROT AT NDDC UNDER NSIMA EKERE

Imo Udoima

I am constrained to address this all important issue given the recent wave of propaganda effluvia that has been released into the polity.

In Akwa Ibom State and indeed across the country’s Delta region, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has become another name for substandard and abandoned projects. In fact, communities get very infuriated and emotional when projects in their areas are awarded to the NDDC. It will either the project will end up like the deplorable Udo Ekong street or Nelson Mandela in Uyo. The common knowledge is either the NDDC will do a shoddy job or will abandon it. Till this second, the NDDC is not proud enough to commission even a single metre of road in Akwa Ibom State. The quality is sorely poor.

Things have gone really worse under the current leadership of the Commission led by Nsima Ekere, a one time deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who hurriedly resigned when it was discovered he wanted to topple his boss.

The current NDDC has gone worse with cries of shoddy execution of projects and complaints of projects abandonment.

According to the Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor on NDDC, Victor Effiom Ekpo, “About 80 per cent of NDDC projects in Cross River State are abandoned. And in the last two years, the projects amount to 72, and the total amount appropriated for NDDC projects in the state for 2015 and 2016 is over N40 billion. The problem is that some contractors mobilised to site, while some did not at all. Another set of contractors even collected some money and later got certificate of completion, without even mobilising to site at all. This kind of situation, where the NDDC and contractors use Cross River State as a place to make money from without doing anything or giving commensurate service is very worrisome because these projects are supposed to better the lives of Cross Riverians, through NDDC as the intervention agency. So, let it be known that some contractors, who were awarded contracts in Cross River State do not even mobilise to site, but will find their way around NDDC, obtain their certificate of completion, get their full payment and walk away”.

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There is tremendous fraud perpetuated under the Nsima Ekere’s leadership at the NDDC. One of the affected abandoned projects is the Palace Road in Akamkpa Okoyong. The road leads to the king’s palace. That road, the contractor has gotten the certificate of completion, and NDDC has made almost 100 per cent payment. There is another one, a road project at Heritage Estate. That one also the NDDC has almost finished paying the contractor but the contractor just did very little part of the drainage and left. There is also Edem Odo Street in the Bogobiri area of Calabar Municipal Council. The contractor has already been paid by the NDDC, yet the road is so bad. One of the major problems we have with NDDC is that when it says it is going to work on Road A in Calabar, it will award the contract to a Port Harcourt-based contractor. When the contractor arrives Calabar from Port Harcourt, the Calabar Office of NDDC will divert it to another place and the road will disappear and full payment will be made. The MD of NDDC is milking billions from this fraud.

There is a terrible fraud ongoing in NDDC.

The level of politics in NDDC is so high and frustrating. NDDC was established to intervene and assist communities in the region, but there is a big problem-we are not feeling the impact of NDDC. There is a serious cartel in the NDDC and members of the cartel are playing politics.

In Akwa Ibom State, the NDDC has abandoned a total of 121 rural roads, 75 classroom blocks, 69 rural water schemes, 43 mini-electrification projects among others across the state.

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On a visit to the state last month, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, faulted the evaluation of projects done by the commission. It was a big indictment and a confirmation of the mismanagement under Nsima Ekere.

Now that Nsima Ekere intends to be the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, is he going to run the state like NDDC? His current desperation is unprecedented, he is causing grave crises in the APC despite other party men trying to paint a good picture. He has dispatched Clement Ikpatt, Udo Silas, Perry Ntuk, Cletus Ukpong and other conscienceless elements to run down Akwa Ibom State. His sponsorship of falsehood and blackmail on Governor Udom Emmanuel is unprovoked and unnecessary. He is a traitor and should be avoided like a plaque.

Nsima of all people cannot play saint and demonize other people. His present assignment at NDDC is a collosal failure. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. His present scorecard is a disaster to say the least, more salt to the present APC incompetence. The present NDDC has just nothing to show for the billions released for projects. It’s a sad cry, a shame indeed.

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  1. Andy Obong

    June 7, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    The few roads you have just mentioned were not constructed under the tenure of Ekere as Chairman, NNDC. So please do not mislead the public. If you do not have something constructively to contribute you better shot up.

  2. Emma

    June 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    THE FULL BRIEF OF NDDC’S BILLION NAIRA PROJECTS IN THE 3 SENATORIAL DISTRICTS OF AKWA IBOM STATE

    ( 20 Other Road Projects On The Way )

    PROJECT SUMMARY
    a) POWER: Construction of 330/132/33KV Power sub station & transmission lines in Ikot Ekpene LGA

    b) ROADS & BRIDGES: Construction of Orukim Uyenge – Eto Okom Ita – Okposi II road / bridges in Mbo LGA

    c) ROADS: Construction of Ikot Ekong – Ntafre- Opolom – Ikot Enwang in Mkpat Enin / Ibeno LGA

    d) ROADS: Construction of Nsasak junction – Akon road in Essien Udim LGA

    e) EROSION CONTROL: Erosion control Ibiono Ibom LGA

    “I am from Akwa Ibom and have served that state as a deputy governor. So the best interest of the state is always paramount to me” – Obong Nsima Ekere

    PROJECT BRIEFS:

    1) CONSTRUCTION OF 330/132/33KV TRANSMISSION SUBSTATION AT IKOT EKPENE AND ASSOCIATED TRANSMISSION LINES IN IKOT EKPENE LGA,
    AKWA IBOM STATE:

    STATUS REPORT

    (i) State: AKWA IBOM

    (ii) LGA: IKOT EKPENE

    (iii) Contractor: INCOME ELECTRIX LTD.

    (iv) Consultant: ESUES ENGINEERING LTD

    (v) Original Contract Sum: ₦7,289,223,123.30

    (vi) Revised Contract Sum: NIL

    (vii) Date of Award: APRIL 20, 2012

    (viii) Mobilization Paid: ₦1,093,383,468.50

    (ix) Total Payment to date ₦1,692,756,369.12 (Mob. plus IPC No. 1)
    (x) Total Work Valuation: ₦1,021,497,216.26 (provisional sum & perm works)
    (xi) Level of Completion: 17%

    (xii) Scope of work
    Construction of 330/132/33kv substation at Ikot Ekpene
    Construction of 132kv DC Transmission line from Ikot Ekpene to Itam (30km) having:
    Substation type (1= 330- 132kv; 2 – 132-33kv)
    2No. 330-kv Transmission lines
    2No. 132kv Transmission Lines
    1No. 330-132-33 kv Autotransformers
    2No. 132-33kv Transformers

    (xii) Status of Work

    ▪ Preliminaries – 10%
    ▪ Survey – 100 %
    ▪ Site Facilities – 58%
    ▪ General Civil Works – 35%
    ▪ Civil Works – 30%

    Remarks : The quality of work is said to be satisfactory.

    Socio Economic Importance
    • When this project is completed, there would be an improvement in power supply within this community. This would automatically bring about a reduction in the use of fuel to power their businesses.
    • There would be reduction in crime at night as the community will be illuminated.

    2) EROSION CONTROL AT IBIONO IBOM LGA OF AKWA IBOM STATE

    STATUS REPORT

    (i) State: Akwa Ibom

    (ii) LGA: Ibiono Ibom

    (iii) Contractor: United Dominion Company Ltd.

    (iv) Consultant: Deen Associates

    (v) Estate Surveyor & Valuer: Rose Udokang & Co.

    (vi) Original Contract Sum: ₦6,129,111,001.08

    (vii) Date of Award: April 13, 2011

    (viii) Mobilization Paid: ₦919,366,650.16

    (ix) Total Payment to Date: (IPC’s No.1 -6 Plus Mob.) ₦3,667,516,919.26

    (x) Contingency (as originally provided for in the BEME) ₦277,964,217.74

    (xi) Contingency (currently left on the project) ₦146,006,139.34

    (xii) Compensation (as originally provided for in the BEME) ₦50,000,000.00

    (xiii) Compensation – 1st Batch (approved & disbursed) ₦175,674,360.40 [incl. Estate Valuer’s Professional fees]

    (xiv) Compensation – 2nd Batch (as recommended by PMD) ₦93,822,670.70 [incl. Estate Valuer’s Professional fees]

    (xv) Total [Work] Valuation: ₦3,730,822,760.40

    (xvi) Total Value of Unexecuted work / unpaid items ₦2,129,111,001.08

    (xvii) Level of completion: 75%

    (xviii) Scope of work
    Construction of single-carriage flexible pavement roads totalling 25 Km length, 7.3m carriage width and 2.75m shoulders, with drains, culverts and stone-pitched elevated embankments.

    (xiv) Status of Work
    ▪ Project signpost – Sighted
    ▪ Site Clearance 18.55 ha Completed
    ▪ Earthwork: Removal of Unsuitable Materials – Completed
    ▪ Earthwork: Filling – Completed
    ▪ Cover slabs (4500no.) 4480no. 99%
    ▪ Sub-base (150mm thickness x 25 km length) 21km 84%
    ▪ Stone base (150mm thickness x 25km length) 18km 72%
    ▪ Culverts (6no.) – 6no. Completed
    ▪ RC Drains 30km 60%
    ▪ Prime-coat of bitumen & MC1 14km 56%
    ▪ Asphaltic wearing course/pavement [50mm] 10km 40%
    ▪ Bed for Rip-rap 66,830m3 70%
    ▪ Slope protection (68,650m3) 45,000m3 66%

    Socio Economic Importance
    • This project on completion would have saved the existing roads that was almost cut off. It has also helped in channeling the flow of water to the discharge points.
    • It will enhance the movement of persons and goods within the community.
    • The value of land in this community will increase.
    • This road will enhance mobility and improve the quality of life.

    3) CONSTRUCTION OF ORUKIM UNYENGE – ETO OKOM ITA – OKPOSI II ROAD /BRIDGES IN MBO LGA OF AKWA IBOM STATE

    STATUS REPORT

    (i) State: AKWA IBOM

    (ii) LGA: MBO

    (iii) Contractor: DARYCET INTERNATIONAL LTD

    (iv) Consultant: CADLINK ASSOCIATES

    (v) Original Contract Sum: ₦6,035,365,875.00

    (vi) Revised Contract Sum: NIL

    (vii) Date of Award: APRIL 26, 2012

    (viii) Mobilization Paid: N750,000,000.00

    (ix) Percentage completion: 18%

    (xi) Work Valuation: ₦1,047,319,516.70

    (xii) Status of Work
    ▪ Project signpost Sighted
    ▪ Site Clearance 16 Ha
    ▪ Earthwork: unsuitable Materials 81,719.76 m3
    ▪ Earthwork: Filling laterite 22,893.30 m3
    ▪ Earthwork: Filling sharp sand 28,084 m3
    ▪ Grassing 5,446.40 m3
    ▪ Sub-base and stone-base 7,470 m3
    ▪ Stone base 3,984m3
    ▪ Culverts (900mm dia.) 15m
    ▪ RC Drains 3,760m
    ▪ Prime-base of bitumen & MC1 24,000m2

    Remarks:
    • The quality of work is satisfactory.
    • There are some discontinuities owing to non-payment of compensation within the projects right of way, this has hindered the pace of construction.

    Socio Economic Importance:
    • This project when completed will link Orukim Unyenge – Eto Okom Ita – Okposi. It will aid movement of goods and persons and add to the agricultural development, thereby bringing about food security in these communities.

    4) CONSTRUCTION OF IKOT EKONG – NTAFRE – OPOLOM – IKOT ENWANG ROAD
    IN MKPAT ENIN / IBENO LGA OF AKWA IBOM STATE

    STATUS REPORT

    (i) State: Akwa Ibom
    (ii) LGA: Mkpat Enin / Ibeno
    (iii) Contractor: Kanison Nig. Ltd.
    (iv) Consultant: Cadlink Associates
    (v) Original Contract Sum: ₦12,095,999,502.25
    (vi) Date of Award: April 26,2012
    (vii) Mobilization Paid: ₦1,814,399,925.34
    (viii) IPC NO. 1: ₦619,319,504.76 [Inclusive of VAT] (ix) Level of completion: 17%
    (x) Total Work Valuation: ₦1,950,740,050.00

    (xi) Scope of work
    Construction of a stretch of single-carriage dual-lanes road, totalling 47,671km of pavement of 12m clearance width, 7.3m carriage width, with 3m shoulders, and removal of 150mm of unsuitable materials and filling to 150mm of formation, with 14,000 linear metres of BRC reinforced concrete drains (of dim. 600mm x 600mm x 150mm thickness). Provision and placement of 53no. ring culverts of 900mm diameter to a total length of 689m, 36no. ring culverts of 1,200mm diameter to a total length of 467m and box culverts. Placement of 150mm thick stone base of mixed materials and 50mm thick compacted hot-rolled asphaltic concrete throughout the entire length of the road after wearing a prime coat of MCO and MC1 cut-back bitumen at the rate of 1.5 litre per square metre . And also, placement 20,000m. of 1:3:6 RC kerbs [of dim. 400mm x 200mm x 150mm] at designated entrance points, 50no. of triangular kilometre posts, and 7no. bridges totalling a length of 569m.

    (xii) Status of Work
    ▪ Project signpost – Sighted
    ▪ Site Clearance 18.6 ha 20%
    ▪ Earthwork: unsuitable Materials 16.2 km 34%
    ▪ Grassing of slope of embankment 11,630m2 11%
    ▪ Stone-pitching of slope of embankment – Nil
    ▪ Sharp Sand Filling (from River) on embankment 37,168m3 4%
    ▪ Sub-base 9.3 km 20%
    ▪ Stone base 9.3 km 20%
    ▪ Culverts (900mm dia. – 53no.) 3 no 24%
    ▪ Culverts (1,200mm dia. – 36no.) – Nil
    ▪ Kerbs – Nil
    ▪ RC Drains 3,000 km 21%
    ▪ Prime-coat of bitumen & MC1 9.3 km 20%
    ▪ Asphaltic wearing course/pavement 9.3 km 20%

    Remarks
    1. The quality of work is satisfactory.
    2. The contractor was out of site for some times due to lack of funds to make progress.

    Socio Economic Importance
    • This road will transverse through Ikot Ekong – Ntafre – Opolom – Ikot Enwang. It connects Mkpat Enin LGA and Ibeno LGA. When completed, there would be ease of movement of persons and goods within these communities. The road will foster trading activities and boost the economy.

    5) CONSTRUCTION OF NSASAK JUNCTION – AKON ROAD IN ESSIEN UDIM LGA OF AKWA IBOM STATE:

    STATUS REPORT

    (i) Contractor: SEYANG LTD.

    (ii) LGA: ESSIEN UDIM

    (iii) Consultant: CADLINK ASSOCIATES

    (iv) Contract Sum: ₦5,819,165,840.52

    (v) Date of Award: APRIL 20, 2012

    (vi) Total Payment to date ₦3,815,173,169.56
    (vii) Total Work Valuation: ₦4,103,640,266.69 (provisional sum & perm. works)
    (viii) Level of Completion: 76%

    (ix) Scope of work
    Construction of single-carriage flexible pavement roads totalling over 30. Km length, 7.3m carriage width with shoulders, drains, culverts and stone-pitched elevated embankments.
    Provision of the following features and appurtenances on the road:

    Culverts – (1): 1m x 1m RC box – 16m
    (2): 1.2m diameter twin cell RC – 45m
    (3): 900mm dia. ring – 154m
    Drains – (1): Trapezoidal RC – 800m
    (2): 0.75m x 0.9m x 0.15m [0.428m3/m] – 11,433m
    Slab Cover – 0.75m x 0.6m x 0.15m – 23km
    Kerbs – 0.06m3/m – 1,250m
    Chutes – 4500m x 225m – 1-500m
    Grassing of sloped embankment – 9,972 sq.m.
    Sandfilling of swamps with sharp sand – 73,000 cu.m.
    Stonepitch – 150mm thickness set in 1:4 cement mortar – 1,750m2
    Re-grading and reconstruction of the Nsasak Junction – As defined
    Bridge – 3-span at Chainage 29+000 (Obuosu end) – 60m
    (x) Status of Work

    ▪ Preliminaries – As defined
    ▪ Clearing: 30km Completed
    ▪ Earthworks: 27km 87%
    ▪ Grassing of sloped embankments 9,972m2 32%
    ▪ Sandfilling of swamps with sharp sand (73,000m3) 72,927m3 99%
    ▪ Demolition of existing culverts (75m) 23m 31%
    ▪ Culverts (ring: 900mm dia – 154m) 126m 82%
    ▪ Culverts (ring: 1,200mm dia x 2no. – 45m) – Nil
    ▪ Culverts (box: 1m x 1m RC) 16m 100%
    ▪ Drains: trapezoidal 800m 100%
    ▪ Drains: (rectangular of dim. 0.75m x 0.9m x 0.15m -23km): 13.8km 60%
    ▪ Cover Slabs [of dim. 0.755 x 0.6m x 0.15m – 2,974m 907m 31%
    ▪ Kerbs on high embankment – 2,000m 404m 20%
    ▪ Chutes (concrete) – 450mm x 225mm – 1,500m 36m 2%
    ▪ Stone-pitching – [150mm thick in 1:4 cement mortar]- 2,750m2 1,750m 64%
    ▪ Sub-base (150mm) 24.5km 82%
    ▪ Stone base on shoulders & carriageway 18.4km 61%
    ▪ Tack coat/c Priming 23km 75%
    ▪ Asphaltic Pavement & Surfacing (40/50mm thick) 13.4km 45%
    ▪ Bridge work: substructure (8no. cased piles) 3150m 100% (Not yet valued)
    ▪ Bridgework: Superstructure (Yet to be evaluated) Ongoing

    Remarks
    1. A few discontinuities on the road are as a result of issues of non-payment of compensation. These have been resolved. Work will soon commence to close-up the discontinuities.
    2. There is dire need to make this road more functional by extending the Obuosu end (chainage 30+000) by about 2.5km to connect to the existing federal highway of dual carriage, the East-West Road at Azumini, both in Abia State. Plans have almost been concluded on the design of this extension. 3. Extensive work on the construction of the bridge is ongoing.

    Socio Economic Importance of the project
    1. This road will enhance mobility of people, goods and services around the area of its location.
    2. It also creates time and place utility by enhancing the speedy distribution of goods and services. It bridges the distance and shortens the time of conveying goods from rural farms to urban markets.
    3. The bridge will serve to complete and make more functional the viable alternative route between Akwa Ibom and Abia states,
    4. It will enhance the diversification of the occupation and means of livelihood of the people who up till now are predominantly farmers.

    Read more : https://apcnewspaper.com/2018/06/07/the-full-brief-of-nddcs-billion-naira-projects-in-the-3-senatorial-districts-of-akwa-ibom-state/

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SEN. BASSEY ALBERT’S FOUR YEARS OF UNPRECEDENTED REPRESENTATION

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.

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SEN. BASSEY ALBERT’S FOUR YEARS OF UNPRECEDENTED REPRESENTATION

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.

MOTIONS SPONSORED BY SENATOR ALBERT

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.

MOTIONS CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR ALBERT

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.

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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.

BILLS SPONSORED BY 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.

PETITIONS PRESENTED BY SENATOR ALBERT

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.

OTHER LEGISLATIVE DUTIES

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.

CONSTITUENCY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES

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.

CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS NOMINATED BY SENATOR ALBERT

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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APC RENEWED ATTACKS ON MIKE IGINI,RECOUNTING FAILURES

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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APC RENEWED ATTACKS ON MIKE IGINI,RECOUNTING FAILURES

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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.

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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.

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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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SOLVING LEADERSHIP PROBLEM: THE CLETUS BASSEY’S METHODOLOGY

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: https://bit.ly/2PHHtb4 or through the number 08062842002.

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SOLVING LEADERSHIP PROBLEM: THE CLETUS BASSEY’S METHODOLOGY

“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.

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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.

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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: https://bit.ly/2PHHtb4 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.

(c) NDANTI EKUH

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