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Akwa-Ibom 2023: I Have A Track Record Of Creating Jobs- Umo Eno

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A gubernatorial aspirant in the Peoples’ Democratic Party ( PDP) in Akwa-Ibom State, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno has revealed that his focus will be on creating jobs.

Speaking at Watbridge Hotel where he performed the unveiling of a weekly news tabloid, CityWatch Newspaper, the seasoned businessman and Commissioner of Lands and Water Resources said he has a track record of creating jobs and engaging youthd and therefore, youths in the state will be supported to soar.

According to him “Our youths should not be carried away by those who offer them money but should look for those who can create jobs and help them make their own money.

“We must equip our youths with the requisite skills to compete intellectually and become job and wealth creators.

” I started my business from the scratch here in Akwa Ibom and today  many years after I employ over 500 people directly and many more benefit indirectly. If I can make it from my humble background, others can.


“I feel what many feel today, I will create an environment for youths to horn their skills, start their own businesses and thrive.

“We must be able to tell our people what we have done in the past and what we hope to do in future. The choice is for the people to make.

“What we should be asking ourselves and those aspiring for the office should be, what will you do to address unemployment and food security”.

“Let the forthcoming election be issue based rather than dwelling in mudslinging and petty issues.

 

“It is not about who or what you are but what you can do to better the lives of our people.

“Dont forget that elections are in phases, you must be nominated and voted for by your party delegates first before you seek for votes from the generality of the people.

“My endorsement does not foreclose others from contesting, we must be able to tell the people what we would do differently to better their lives.

He noted that the future of the state depends solely on the the collective decision of Akwa Ibom people.

 

He stated that human capital development, Intensive rural development, industrialization, tourism development are among key areas he would focus on if he eventually emerges as Governor in 2023.

He promised to consolidate on the successes recorded by Governor Emmanuel in the area of road infrastructure,  aviation development and the seaport project which he identified as key economic gateways.

He said Akwa Ibom needs a Governor that would sustain the achievement of the current administration, and cautioned the people against making a wrong decision capable of eroding the gains so far attained in the last few years.

 

Reacting to some sponsored writeups against his person circulating on the social media since the news of his unveiling broke, Umo Eno who was particularly shocked that people could go as far as posting pictures on the internet, making caricature of his person and body shaming, said he remains undeterred.

 

“I came down from the plane the other day and a young man I interacted with, asked me to forgive him because he wrote some uncomplimentary things against me on the social media two weeks ago, but that upon interacting with me he has discovered that I did not deserve such attacks he was paid to carry out.”

He urged the Newspaper to always uphold the truth in its reportage.

Earlier, the Publisher of the newspaper, Dr. Uwemedimo Umanah who is a Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel, described City Watch Newspaper as a vision that came at the right time, and assured it will adhere to the tenets of the journalism profession, while informing and educating the public.

Chairman on the occasion, and Dean Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, University of Uyo, Prof. Peter Esuh saluted the ingenuity and courage of the Publisher by rebranding and unveiling the newspaper.

He advised the management of the tabloid to ensure the newspaper is widely circulated across the State, and urged the team to uphold the journalism ethics by ensuring factual and balanced reportage.

Personalities that attended the event included  former Commissioner for Environment and Advisor of Watbridge Hotel, Barr. Ekong Sampson, Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr. Essien Ndueso, Vice-Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Mrs. Nene Affia, Chairman, NIPR, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Mr. Nsemeke Udo Akpan, Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Solomon Eyo, Special Assistant to the Governor on Project monitoring, Joseph Okon and Chairman of Federated Chapel of NUJ, Mr. Inimfon Silas

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Former Akwa Ibom Governor Advocates for Maintenance Culture for National Development

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During the Easter celebrations, Udom Emmanuel, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, emphasized the critical need for Nigerians to develop a culture of maintenance and protection towards public utilities and amenities.

Speaking in his hometown of Awa, in the Onna Local Government Area, Emmanuel highlighted that the path to national development is through the collective prudence and preservation of public resources and heritage.

In a message delivered at a Thanksgiving Service held at the United Evangelical Church in Awa, the former governor pointed out that public facilities are established for the welfare of the citizenry, warranting their protection against acts of vandalism.

Emmanuel’s call to action comes amidst observations of rising vandalism and theft of public properties, including electricity transformers and their components, within the state.

Lamenting the negative impact of such actions on community welfare and development, Emmanuel urged the people of Akwa Ibom and Nigerians at large to embody the virtues of unity, eschewing ethnic biases and sentiments detrimental to progress.

He underscored the importance of community vigilance and the establishment of protective mechanisms to safeguard government installations and public utilities.

Emphasizing the spiritual significance of the Easter season, Emmanuel prayed for blessings upon the people and encouraged living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

He commended the efforts of the current governor, Umo Eno, in prioritizing the welfare of the people and reiterated the essential role of individual and communal responsibility in fostering a conducive environment for development.

The call to cultivate a maintenance culture underscores a broader vision for sustainable development and the effective utilization of public resources, pivotal for the progress and well-being of the nation.

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Governor Umo Eno Inaugurates Board for Akwa Ibom Bulk Purchasing Agency

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Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has inaugurated the Board of the State’s Bulk Purchasing Agency, charging its members to uphold transparency and accountability in line with its operational blueprint.

The newly constituted Board is chaired by Dan Akpan, with Unyime Etim serving as the General Manager/Secretary. It also includes commissioners from the Ministries of Economic Development, Agriculture, Justice, and Internal Security, as well as representatives from various sectors such as ALGON, economic advisory, market matters, the Chamber of Commerce, and Labour.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the State Executive Council Chamber, Governor Eno reiterated the importance of the Bulk Purchasing Agency in providing essential food items to the needy and vulnerable in the state, particularly amid challenging economic conditions nationwide. He commended the State House of Assembly for swiftly passing the Bulk Purchase Agency Bill, emphasizing the legislative support received for the initiative.

Governor Eno charged the Board members to collaborate closely with relevant ministries and stakeholders to ensure the effective administration of the food voucher programme. He stressed the need for accountability, urging the committee to be prepared for audits to maintain transparency in their operations.

The ARISE Food Security Programme, which is set to be launched next week, aims to address the soaring prices of staple food items by providing free food vouchers to the most vulnerable individuals identified through the social register. Governor Eno reiterated the government’s commitment to administering the programme based on the updated social register to ensure fairness and transparency.

While acknowledging the temporary nature of the food intervention programme, Governor Eno emphasized the importance of returning to agricultural practices for long-term food security. He assured the commencement of the government’s seedlings distribution programme through the Ministry of Agriculture to support farmers in the state.

Overall, the newly inaugurated Bulk Purchasing Agency is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the prompt delivery of food items to the people of Akwa Ibom State, underscoring the government’s commitment to addressing food insecurity and supporting vulnerable populations in the state.

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PDP Demands Senate President Akpabio’s Resignation Amid Allegations of Budget Padding, N108bn Akwa Ibom Fund

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate resignation of Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, amidst allegations of budget padding and corruption.

The party demanded an independent investigation into the claim that a whopping N3.7 trillion was clandestinely inserted into the 2024 budget for purported non-existent projects.

In a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the opposition party also urged Akpabio to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding a pending case involving the alleged looting of N108 billion from the coffers of Akwa Ibom State during his tenure as governor.

Furthermore, the PDP insisted that Akpabio should address allegations of an N86 billion contract scam that reportedly occurred during his tenure as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, particularly within the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The PDP strongly criticized the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in the Senate, labeling it as an attempt to stifle investigation into the budget padding issue raised by Ningi. The party denounced the suspension as a desperate move to conceal facts and suppress accountability.

Expressing concern over the refusal of the APC Senate leadership to initiate a transparent investigation, the PDP questioned the motives behind avoiding a thorough inquiry into the matter. The party also raised eyebrows at Akpabio’s involvement in presiding over the suspension proceedings, which it deemed as detrimental to the Senate’s integrity.

The PDP emphasized that the gravity of the allegations against Akpabio warrants his immediate resignation to facilitate an impartial investigation. The party reiterated its support for Senator Ningi’s quest for transparency and accountability in the polity.

In conclusion, the PDP urged Akpabio to step aside and allow for an independent probe into the budget padding allegations, while also calling on him to address the corruption allegations leveled against him.

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