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Applause Galore as Team Umo Eno Hosts Maiden Youth Mentoring Master Class

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Over 100 participants from across Akwa Ibom State gathered in Uyo, the state capital for an engaging, intellectually- stimulating and inspirational maiden edition of the Team Umo Eno Youth Mentoring Master class.

Charles Udoh, guest speaker delivering his paper

Held at the Signature by Royalty Hotel, the event saw the filled-to-capacity hall of youths given the opportunity to discover their inner talents, told about the power of vision, audacity of hope, seizing and exploiting opportunities.

Pastor Umo Eno, Akwa Ibom State PDP Gubernatorial candidate

The guest speaker, Sir Charles Udoh,  the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Environment and Mineral Resources who spoke on the topic “What’s your excuse?”, held his audience spellbound in his presentation where he affirmed that it was necessary to make the right choices at all times while noting that excuses are the greatest enemies of man in the journey to greatness.

Senator ( Mrs) Akon Eyakenyi, Phd, PDP Gubernatorial running mate

Using his personal grass to grace story as background, Sir Charles noted that to be successful, one has to be ready to make adjustments, make sacrifices, be disciplined and seek knowledge.

Cross section of participants

Furthermore, the speaker used the success stories of great world changers; drawing key lessons from their lives to drive home his point about foresight, resilience and commitment.

 

Dr John Etim, Commissioner of Energy, Michael Effiong & Mr Nsikan Johny, MD/CEO, Akwa Ibom State Transport Company

His most moving example was the story of Nick Vujicic, the Australian American Evangelist who has no hands and legs but has become a monumental success, writing books, swimming, playing football and making millions as motivational speaker.

Hon. Otobomg and Mr Nsikan Jonny , MD/CEO Akwa Ibom Transport Company

According to Sir Charles “If Nick, despite his condition and challenges did not give up, what excuse does anyone have?”

He rounded off by urging participants to dream big and take action, harness their skill sets while encouraging them to take ownership of their own personal and professional development.

Charles Udo, Madam Idy Ekwo, President-Geberal Team Umo Eno & Oman Esin

 

In his remarks, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Umo Eno who made a surprise stop over at  event ,noted that if he could make it in life, then, everyone had an opportunity to thrive.

Mr Oman Esin, Commissioner for Culture & Tourism with Mrs Ifiok Akan greeting Pastor Umo Eno

 

 

He took participants through his own life story where he highlighted the values of discipline, dedication, seizing opportunities and of course, God’s grace.

Hon. Eric Akpan, Chairman, Nsit Ubium LGA, greeting Pastor Umo Eno

The gubernatorial flagbearer, a seasoned and tenacious business leader, revealed how he started a 5-room hospitality facility in Eket and has grown it into a conglomerate of various businesses that employed over 2,000 workers.

Senator Akon Eyakenyi, Mrs Ifiok Akan & Hon ( Mrs)Owoidighe Ekpoattai

He assured participants of his desire to support SMEs and grow start-ups, adding that there will be opportunities for youths to be meaningfully engaged, make their own money and ultimately become employers of labour.

 

Also speaking, the PDP gubernatorial running mate, Senator (Dr) Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi, charged participants to put into practice all that has been taught at the master class and watch their names ring a bell in the world of successful individuals.

 

Senator Eyakenyi, who represents Akwa Ibom South in the upper chamber revealed that she started her career as a primary school teacher and was now a Phd holder because of her commitment to success which helped her defeat all manner of excuses.

Ms Inem Umo with Mrs Ifiok Akan

 

She urged participants to have a mindset change and vow to do things differently henceforth which will enable them experience a new lease of life and begin the path to success.

Sam, Sir Charles and Michael Effiong

She assured participants that Pastor Umo Eno’s emergence will bring about development, growth and prosperity in Akwa Ibom State.

Presentation of Raffle draw prize to winner

The high point of the mentorship programme was a raffle draw where a budding entrepreneur and student of the University of Uyo won a support fund of N 150, 000.

The event was applauded by participants who confessed that the Master Class was indeed life-changing

 

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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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