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Akwa Ibom Seeks Partnership with Canada, Investors For Tourism Development



The Akwa Ibom State Government has solicited partnership from Canadian Government for promoting and exploring tourism potentials in the State.

The Honorary Special Adviser to the Akwa Ibom Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ime Udo, made this known in her address during the End of Year Bazaar organized by the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos, Nigeria.

She said that the proposed partnership with the government of Canada in the areas of tourism and cultural promotion would further strengthen relationship between both entities.

Udo who represented the Akwa Ibom State Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the annual event informed the host and guests, of the large human capital resources potentials available in Akwa Ibom, and the government’s desire to partner with willing investors in areas such as tourism, agriculture, infrastructure development and more.

Hghlighting tourism potentials in the State, she stated “Akwa Ibom, known as the ‘Land of Promise’ is a State brimming with unique cultural assets and tourism sites that reflect the harmonious co-existence of its people, while its array of culinary offerings is second to none.

“The State is a haven of peace, where businesses strive. It is safe and well secured”

“Akwa Ibom is the only Nigerian State that owns and operates a commercial airline, Ibom Air, which has greatly boosted the economy of the State. All these contribute to the richness of our cultural identity”.

She expressed the willingness of the Akwa Ibom governor, Pastor Umo Eno- led administration to partner with prospective genuine investors, with verifiable capacity that can key into the government ‘s ARISE Agenda.

“With 31 Local Governments, each boasting unique historical heritage, Akwa Ibom stands as a testament to the fascinating diversity within Nigeria.
Our government’s commitment to infrastructural development is evident, driven by the ARISE Agenda, a visionary initiative aimed at opening up the State for business, collaboration, and partnerships to harness its vast potential across all industries”, she said.

Aissatou Seck, Counsellor ( Management) Canada Deputy High Commission with delegation from Akwa Ibom and Rivers State

The governor’s aide also told her host, “Governor Umo Eno remains passionate about tourism and investments from companies and government agencies in your country. We therefore look forward to opportunities for the Akwa Ibom State Government’s tourism sector in Canada and your visit to Akwa Ibom.

“The invitation you have extended to us is a testament to the goodwill shared between our regions, and we earnestly hope that it marks the beginning of a lasting partnership. Together, we can create meaningful connections, promote cultural exchange and unlock the tremendous potential for collaboration and growth”, Udo stressed.

In her remarks, Canada Deputy High Commissioner, Lagos, Ms C.J. Scott while appreciating the Akwa Ibom State Government delegation at the Bazaar, assured that the Canadian government will make a conscious decision to explore partnership opportunities with the State government.

Also speaking, Counsellor (Management), Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos, Aissatou Seck,thanked participants and noted that the office of the Consular – General would be willing to visit different States in Nigeria to promote cultural – tourism development in particular.

Highpoint of the event was exhibition of locally – made products and display of different delicacies and cultural dances.

The event which had Mr Michael Effiong James, Senior Special Assistant ( Lagos) Laison and Prince Felix Udoh, President, AKISCOM, Lagos as part of the Akwa Ibom State delegation was also attended by many monarchs such as HRM Saheed Eledgushi and HRM Oba Muriana Adedini.

The Baazar was also spiced with music from King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall ( KWAM I), Aristos Band and many others.

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His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno, Governor, Akwa Ibom State, is aware of the tragic boat mishap, which occurred a few days ago, on River Niger, involving some Nollywood actors and other supporting crew members while on a trip to a movie location.

One of the victims of that accident, Ms. Abigael Edith Frederick was a quintessential example of our young people who have harkened to our clarion call for them to Arise and shine.
She was a 24 years old graduate of Theatre Arts, who had found her passion as a make- up artiste.

We are deeply saddened by her painful passing and on behalf of the Government and people of AKwa Ibom State, we sympathize with her family, the Nollywood community and her friends and colleagues over this sad loss.

We have also followed and read the reportage, especially on the social media platforms surrounding her burial and wish to state categorically that government was not informed of the circumstances that led to her burial.

His Excellency, Governor Umo Eno, has consequently directed that her remains be brought back to her family for a proper and decent burial in Akwa Ibom State.

As the famous theme song of the Liverpool Football Club goes, the bereaved family will not “walk alone”.

May her soul rest in peace.

Ekerete Udoh
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
April 13, 2024

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Fubara Affirms Backing for Tinubu, Inaugurates NDONI PHC, Criticizes Local Government Chairmen






Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has reaffirmed his administration’s unwavering endorsement of the people-centric policies spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu’s federal government. These policies are geared towards enhancing the welfare of citizens and delivering essential social services across Nigeria.


Governor Fubara also emphasised that his Administration was determined to build an egalitarian society where people can freely voice their opinions, be bold to criticise his Government constructively to further advance good governance.


The Governor insisted that nothing close to the use of plain cloth security officers to intimidate or harass the citizenry will be associated with his Administration.


Governor Fubara made the remark at the commissioning of the Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centre in Ndoni Town, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday.


This is even as the former Governor of the State, Dr Peter Odili has endorsed the Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara as the political leader of the State.


Governor Fubara said, “But I thank God that whatever it is they think or imagined we are doing, we are happy we are touching lives. Everyone can attest to it. But one critical project, one specific aspect of it is the well-being of our people.


“We made a promise to Mr. President to support him, and we will continue to support him. How do we support him?


“It is to ensure that the welfare of our people is provided for. It is to ensure that our people, those in critical need, we make them happy in this harsh economic situation.


“If we cannot solve all the problems, at least, we will go as much as we can to mitigate those basic challenges. That is the only way to support Mr. President.”


The Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centre was built and donated to the State Government by the PAMO Educational Foundation, with the former governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, as its founder.


Drawing attention to what his Administration is doing in the healthcare delivery, Governor Fubara said he increased the quota of employment of personnel into the health sector to 1,000 persons.


The action, he noted, was because the 200 personnel he met on assumption of duty was grossly inadequate compared to the prevailing needs in the sector.


Governor Fubara also made reference to the deplorable condition of over 340 primary healthcare centres across the State when he assumed office, and explained that commendable rehabilitation work was ongoing to ensure the facilities function optimally.


To achieve the needed transformation and provision of quality healthcare services, Governor Fubara said the contractors that handled the reconstruction of the zonal hospitals have been invited and directed to return to site to complete the projects.


He stressed that the initiative was meant to bridge the yawning gap between the primary and tertiary healthcare services in the State.


The Governor said, “But I’m happy with what the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Board has said here today.


“On assumption of office, it was different from what we have recorded. We are giving hope to the people. We are not going to stop improving that sector every day, by the special grace of God.


“We’ve gone further to improve our healthcare services by promising our people not just promising, but ensuring that we’ll see it through, that all the zonal hospitals must be put back to function.


“We have invited all the contractors that were awarded those jobs. We have asked them to return back to site so that those facilities will function to provide quality services to our people.


“The Secretary mentioned about employment. When we came on board, the number I saw allocated to you was 200. But I’ve given you 1,000 medical doctors. That will tell you that we place importance on efficient healthcare services for our State.”


Governor Fubara acknowledged as ingenious the conviction of the PAMO Educational Foundation to undertake the construction of such health facility as a private citizen deploying personal resources to give back to society.


The Governor described the gesture as the best thing that has happened to the people, which is worthy of emulation, and urged members of the community to own the project by protecting it.


Governor Fubara took a swipe at those describing his Administration as clueless because it is not constructing roads to personal property or serving the interest of few individuals.


He insisted that he was elected to serve the general interest of Rivers people, improve their social status and make life comfortable for them.


The Governor also told local government chairmen pretending to be serving the people while worshipping the interest of one man, that they were digging a pit to bury their political career.


He particularly expressed surprise that Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government chairman was present at the event, and chastised him and some others for avoiding State Government functions.


In his speech, Dr Peter Odili said he was motivated to undertake the project because two years ago, when flood ravaged Ndoni Town, the health centre in the community was destroyed, leaving people within 50 kilometer radius without immediate healthcare services.


Dr Odili, who urged the Governor to continue in his trajectory of people-oriented projects execution, touching the lives of the people directly with his governance, declared that Governor Fubara is the political leader of the State, insisting that Rivers people will continue to stand with him.


Speaking on the project, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Oreh, explained that the health facility that seats on the island of Ndoni in the political Ward 14, has 20-bed spaces, and will meet 80 percent healthcare needs of the people.


Dr Oreh said the health facility will offer such services like antenatal and postnatal services, deliveries, immunization, cervical screening, hypertension and issues of tuberculosis and other levels of health education services.


In his welcome address, Chairman of Rivers State Electoral Commission (RISEC), Justice Adolphus Enebeli (rtd), said the day will be remembered and treasured in history that a man, Dr Peter Odili, a genius, with humanity impulse, had used his personal resources to build a state- of-the-art health facility with support from his wife, Justice Mary Odili.


Justice Enebeli said that the event demonstrated effective Public-Private Partnership to build and donate the facility by PAMO Educational Foundation, adding that the health centre will serve people in all the 18 villages in Ndoni Town.


Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Kinikanwo Green, said the event aligns with the policy thrust of the Governor Fubara-led Administration that has committed so much resources and motivation to making the facilities in the health sector function optimally.


After commissioning the facility, Governor Fubara took a tour of the wards, laboratories and equipment, and also performed the official launch of the State Health Insurance Scheme at the centre.


Governor Fubara, while on his way to Ndoni Town, stopped over briefly in Elele Town at sighting the crowd of youths, women, men and traditional rulers, who had waited to receive him enroute Ndoni.


The Governor waved at them, walked up to the canopy sheltering the traditional rulers, paid his homage and received the kolanuts they offered him.


Political leaders like the Chairman of Ocabic Group, Eze Okey Okah; and former commissioner for information and communications, Barrister Emmanuel Okah; are among indigenes of Elele Town in Ikwerre Local Government Area who joined the jubilant crowd to receive the Governor.







Nelson Chukwudi

Chief Press Secretary to the Rivers State Governor

Thursday, April 11, 2024.


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African Child Policy Forum Urges Withdrawal of Bill Decriminalizing Female Genital Mutilation in Gambia




Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 11 April 2024 – A prominent child rights policy, advocacy, and research center in Africa is urging the Gambian government to repeal a contentious law that legalizes female genital mutilation (FGM).


The Bill – which Gambian lawmakers voted to approve for its next parliamentary stage and which will now be reviewed by a committee before the final vote – would lift a ban on FGM which has been in place since 2015. It would also run counter to the country’s 2022 National Policy for the Elimination of FGM.


“If the law is repealed, Gambia will become the first country in the world to reverse a ban on FGM,” said Dr Joan Nyanyuki, Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). “Gambia has come a long way in realising children’s rights, and efforts made so far to ensure gender equality have been yielding fruits. Decriminalising FGM will reverse the progress made so far, increase girls’ vulnerability, diminish their agency and put their lives, health and development at risk.”


The 2015 law sets out jail terms of up to three years or a fine of 50,000 dalasis (US$700) for those who carry out FGM, with the possibility of life imprisonment if the victim dies. Just last year, three Gambian women were convicted of performing FGM on eight girls.


The Gambia has signed up to several child rights instruments including the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


“Taking any regressive measures goes against both the spirit and letter of these instruments,” added Dr Nyanyuki. “We call on the government of the Republic of Gambia to uphold its obligation to protect girls from harmful social and cultural practices, including FGM, by withdrawing this Bill.”

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