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2023: Ephraim Inyangeyen and Ekong Sampson Disagree Over Zoning

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Two candidates have expressed divergent opinions on the need or otherwise for zoning in Akwa Ibom south senatorial district as they seek to be elected into the red chamber of the National Assembly.

Ephraim Inyangeyen and Ekong Sampson of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively who are both contesting the Akwa Ibom south senatorial elections have taken different positions with Inyangeyen maintaining that there should be no zoning while Sampson has said that zoning was sacrosanct. Inyangeyen who is from Eket federal constituency explained that PDP failed to uphold the principle of zoning when it chose to elect Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate when the incumbent president is also from the northern part of the country. To him, he said zoning was dead.

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On the other hand, Sampson who is from the same senatorial district as Inyangeyen but from Ikot Abasi federal constituency said zoning was needed to ensure equity and fairness adding that the candidate who should be elected should have acquired vast legislative experience before making any foray to the senate.

In a statement signed by Sampson’s spokesperson, Essien Ndueso and made available to the media, it stated that Inyangeyen was party to the zoning arrangement in Akwa Ibom South adding that the ticket was specifically zoned to Ikot Abasi federal constituency which excludes Imyangeyen from the race.

What the YPP Senatorial candidate fails to understand is the fact that Akwa Ibom South (Eket)Senatorial District is bigger than a single individual.

The PDP national leadership left the race for the presidential ticket open to all because of the peculiarities in the country and Atiku Abubakar emerged.

“The party zoned the governorship seat in Akwa Ibom to Uyo senatorial district and Eno won. The party also zoned the Senatorial Seat for Eket to Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency and Ekong Sampson won.

“Ephraim Inyang cannot deny that he was at the special meeting of stakeholders and leaders of the senatorial district earlier this year, where the unanimous decision of zoning the senatorial seat for 2023 goes to Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency was reached.

“ Once that decision on zoning was reached, every politician from other federal constituencies in the senatorial district, including the serving member of the House of Representatives, Pat Ifon, opted out of the race.

“Eket Senatorial District has spoken clearly that it needs a highly cerebral and well lettered representative in the red chambers, Eket Senatorial District needs a representative with a calm disposition to speak for, and listen to the people of the district. Eket Senatorial District needs a man who has been found worthy in the legislature at both the grassroots and State level to connect the dots, and be the voice that would champion a cause that would be beneficial to the entire Eket Senatorial District and Akwa Ibom State as a whole.”

According to the statement, “the people have spoken, and that decision stands. It is now the turn of Ikot Abasi Federal Constituency to produce the next Senator for Eket Senatorial District, and that person is Ekong Sampson, who has served meritoriously, receiving a pat on the back in all his duty posts.‘’

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ALHAJI MUJAHID ABUBAKAR DOKUBO-ASARI HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN VISITING TEAM IN OBUAMA,RIVERS STATE

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Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari on July 4th, 2024, welcomed a visiting research team from the esteemed University of Groningen, located in the Netherlands, to his residence in Obuama, Rivers State.

The University of Groningen, with a rich history spanning over four centuries, prides itself on excellence and has been associated with notable figures like Nobel Prize laureates Ben Feringa and Frits Zernike.

The university is renowned for its groundbreaking research that addresses contemporary social issues, bridging the gap between various fields of study and connecting science with society. Their current research areas include Energy, Healthy Ageing, and Sustainable Society, with recent studies focusing on topics such as environmental sustainability, conscious living, and the impact of climate change on wildlife.

Led by Dr. Dumebi Obute, the visiting team from the University of Groningen is conducting a comparative study on resource extraction, its environmental implications, and the adaptive strategies of indigenous communities affected by extensive resource exploitation. Their journey has taken them to various parts of Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, and Nigeria, to investigate large-scale extraction industries like mining and crude oil production.

Recognizing Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari’s prominent role in advocating for resource control and environmental preservation in the Niger Delta region, the research team sought his expertise and insights. Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, known for his global advocacy on these interconnected issues, was seen as a valuable source of historical knowledge and practical experiences in handling resource-related challenges.

The collaboration between Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari and the University of Groningen holds the potential to inform global resource policies, promoting the well-being of indigenous communities impacted by resource extraction activities. By integrating historical context and local perspectives, this research aims to contribute to more sustainable and equitable resource management practices worldwide.

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Flood Submerges Three Communities in Uyo

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Three communities in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, have been submerged following days of heavy rain. The affected areas include Nung Obio Enang along Stadium Road, Urua Ekpa axis, and Afaha Oku in Uyo metropolis.

Reports indicate that the flood has displaced residents of Nung Obio Enang, with many buildings in the community submerged and residents seeking shelter in nearby facilities. Our correspondent observed that more than 32 houses were affected, with residents seen salvaging their belongings.

Etop Effiong, one of the affected residents, stated that flooding has been a perennial issue in the area for several years, exacerbated by the construction of Stadium Road during the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio. Effiong explained that the road was built without adequate drainage, causing severe flooding during heavy rains.

“During heavy rains and throughout the rainy season, we have to leave our houses and stay with neighbors for one or two weeks until the flood water subsides. This has been our predicament for many years. This house can collapse anytime,” Effiong lamented.

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Second Woman Assumes Presidency of Rotary International

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One-year term will prioritize adapting to changing times and advancing peace

 

EVANSTON, Ill., 25 June, 2024 — Stephanie Urchick, member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA, will become the second woman to take office as president of Rotary International on 1 July 2024.

During her one-year term, Urchick will lead the 119-year-old membership service organization in adapting for future success as Rotary’s 1.4 million members around the world develop and implement sustainable, community-driven projects that fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, grow local economies, and protect the environment. More than US$5.5 billion has been awarded through The Rotary Foundation—Rotary’s charitable arm that helps clubs work together to perform meaningful, impactful service—to support these initiatives over the last 100 years.

In order to ensure that Rotary membership is a compelling option for those who have a heart for service and fellowship, Urchick is urging clubs to assess their strengths and areas for improvement while also encouraging them to embrace different meeting formats and membership styles as they work to mirror the communities in which they exist in terms of gender, age, culture, socioeconomic status, and more.

“Embracing different viewpoints and creating peaceful, welcoming, and inclusive societies is at the heart of Rotary’s work,” said Urchick. “As president, I will work with clubs to prioritize advancing peace by helping to create the conditions for stable and resilient societies in which people can thrive.”

As one of the world’s largest membership service organizations, Rotary has made peacebuilding the cornerstone of its global mission.   From carrying out service projects to supporting future leaders through youth programs and scholarships, Rotary is taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Through academic training, practice and global networking, Rotary is helping professionals become effective catalysts for peace. Rotary partners with leading universities around the world to host Rotary Peace Centers that empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peacebuilders. Each year, Rotary awards 50 fully funded fellowships for master’s degrees and up to 80 fully funded fellowships for certificate studies to dedicated peace and development leaders from communities around the world.

Since 2002, the peace centers program has prepared more than 1,800 peace fellows working in more than 140 countries to create a more peaceful world.

To build on this momentum, Urchick will host a peace conference at the launch of Rotary’s newest Peace Center in partnership with Bahçeşehir University, in Istanbul, Turkey in February 2025.

As president, Urchick will also oversee Rotary’s top goal of eradicating polio. Alongside its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, Rotary has achieved a 99.9% reduction in polio cases, and contributed more than US$2.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect 3 billion children from this paralyzing disease.

About Stephanie Urchick 

Urchick holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A Rotary member since 1991, Stephanie has served Rotary in many roles and capacities. Her service includes building a primary school in Vietnam; installing water filters in the Dominican Republic; mentoring new Rotary members in Ukraine; coordinating a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland; and leading efforts to formulate and adopt Rotary’s Action Plan, a strategic road map that will help bring even more people together to create lasting and positive change in an evolving world.

About Rotary

Rotary unites a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and creating lasting change. Rotary connects 1.4 million people of action from more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

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