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Akwa Ibom residents bemoan banks’ rejection of old Naira notes

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Concern regarding the rejection of old Naira notes by some commercial banks has been voiced by Akwa Ibom State residents roughly a week before the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) deadline of January 31, 2023.

When CBN authorities, led by the Branch Controller of Uyo, Mrs. Mercy Itohan Ogbomon-Paul, visited certain towns on Friday to supervise the ongoing Cash Swap by money agents sent to the state’s rural areas, some bank customers raised the alarm.

Customers who spoke to our correspondent about the matter described how some banks in rural areas refused to accept their old Naira notes as deposits as making them feel anxious and depressed.

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The guy in charge informed me that they had stopped taking the old notes and that I should drive to Eket town to deposit the money, complained one of them who only gave his name as Dr. Ekpo. “This morning at about 9:00 am, I went to the bank to deposit the old notes that I have.

“I questioned why I needed to go somewhere else to deposit a small sum of money when there is a bank here. I was quite sorry about that since, as we all know, the CBN instruction specifies that the exercise will end on January 31st of this year.
Similar to this, Okon Joseph, a commercial tricycle driver from Ikot Ekpene, commended the CBN for the Cash Swap effort but pleaded with them to extend the deadline to assist the rural population.

“Many people in the communities will lose their money if the CBN refuses to extend the deadline by at least another one week,” said Okon. “I learned that some commercial banks in the rural areas stopped collecting the old Notes from their customers, but we are told that people can deposit old notes until January 31st.”

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Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor Launches GIFA Project to Enhance Lives

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Pastor Patience Umo Eno, the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has unveiled the Golden Initiative For All (GIFA), a pet project aimed at improving the lives of various segments of society.

At the launch event held at Ibom Hall in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the First Lady outlined eight thematic areas of focus for GIFA, including maternal and child healthcare, literacy and learning, environmental health, women empowerment, disease prevention, care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and gender-based violence prevention and response.

Expressing her vision for GIFA, Pastor Patience Umo Eno emphasized the project’s commitment to creating a society characterized by happy, healthy, educated, successful, and sustainable families. She extended her gratitude to individuals and organizations that have partnered with GIFA and called for further support from relevant bodies to advance the project’s objectives.

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, praised his wife’s humanitarian efforts and described GIFA as a platform that would extend her blessings to a broader spectrum of people and families. He commended her dedication and compassion, expressing confidence that GIFA would leave a lasting impact on countless lives.

Dr. Uduakobong Inam, the Economic Adviser to the Governor, highlighted GIFA as a sustainability platform designed to foster human and capacity development in the state. He reiterated the project’s goal of enhancing the well-being of families and individuals through life-transforming programs.

Several dignitaries, including the wives of past and present governors from various states, lauded Pastor Patience Umo Eno’s vision and commitment to improving the lives of Akwa Ibom residents through GIFA. They commended the project’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its contribution to creating a more equitable society.

The event, attended by government officials, industry leaders, donor agencies, and other stakeholders, witnessed generous donations towards supporting the GIFA project’s initiatives.

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World Leprosy Day: Akwa Ibom State Government Pledges Support for Leprosy Patients

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As the world observed the 2024 World Leprosy Day, the Akwa Ibom State Government condemned the stigmatization of leprosy patients and reiterated its commitment to increasing support for the leprosy hospital in the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong, delivered this message over the weekend during the celebration held at Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital Chapel in Ekpene Obom, Etinan Council.

Ememobong, speaking as the Special Guest of Honour, emphasized that issues concerning leprosy patients and the hospital facility are taken seriously by the state government, affirming that these individuals should never be marginalized or neglected. He commended the theme of this year’s celebration, “End Stigma, Embrace Dignity,” stressing that leprosy patients deserve love, care, and respect as fellow creations of God.

Represented by the Director of Public Relations in the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Akpan, Ememobong reiterated his passion for supporting leprosy patients, highlighting previous empowerment efforts and presenting a purse towards the welfare of the inmates during the event. He expressed gratitude to the Management and Board of Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom, and urged public-spirited individuals to contribute to the facility’s growth and the well-being of its inmates.

The Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Charles Ekanem, and the hospital’s board Chairman, Dr. Okon J. Emah, outlined the facility’s challenges, including poor security, inadequate funds, and a lack of partnerships with relevant agencies. They called for generous donations to address these issues and improve inmate welfare.

Transition Caretaker Committee Chairman of Etinan Local Government Area, Uko Umoh, pledged to address the hospital’s security challenges and donated generously towards its growth. Other dignitaries, including the member representing Etinan in the State House of Assembly and the SA to the Governor on People Living with Disabilities, also made goodwill messages and donations.

The event, featuring drama sketches by inmates of the Leprosy Hospital, was attended by representatives of Qua Iboe Church National Conference, NGOs, and local community leaders, underscoring the importance of collective efforts to support and uplift leprosy patients in Akwa Ibom State.

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BRACED Commission: South-South Governors Converge in Edo State to Foster Regional Integration, Economic Cooperation

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is set to host the governors of the South-south States, including Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, and Delta, on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

The meeting, organized under the auspices of the BRACED Commission, aims to enhance economic cooperation and regional integration among the South-south States.

The BRACED Commission, established in 2010, focuses on promoting collective economic development, knowledge sharing, and peer review mechanisms.

Governor Obaseki, as the chairman of the BRACED Commission Governors’ Council, will lead discussions on reviving and strengthening the commission for the benefit of the region. The meeting will address critical issues, including regional security and the pursuit of common economic goals, with a communique expected at its conclusion.

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