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Gov Emmanuel Applauds Umo Eno For Commitment, Investments in Youths Devt

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Overjoyed by the large turnout of young people for the 2022 Ibom Ignite Conference, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has applauded the visioner, Pastor Umo Eno for his huge investments and commitment to the developement of youths in the state and beyond.

The governor gave the commendation at the opening ceremony of the conference held at the Ibom Hall, Uyo.

Governor Emmanuel who was special guest of honour at the occasion, said the Ignite conference aligns with the Dakkada Creed of his administration which was inspirationally composed to inspire Akwa Ibom people to greatness.

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He urged the youths to be focused and avoid unnecessary distractions that could hinder their developement process, adding that advancement in technology has made available many gadgets which could distract and derail young minds who do not have the right inspiration, direction and mentorship to succeed.

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The governor who has through the Dakkada philosophy, inspired many Akwa Ibom people to greatness, urged participants at the conference to cherish the knowledge that would be shared and positive life-chaging ideas that would be ignited in them throughout the conference.

On his part, Federal lawmaker and Chairman of the occasion, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke also commended Pastor Eno for the initiative, reminiscing that he was part of the first edition of Ignite in 2017.

Hon. Luke emphasized that Pastor Eno had started the conference long before his venture into active politics, adding that Pastor Eno has laudable and enviable pedigree in wealth creation and youth engagement.

“In 2017, I was invited to the Ignite Conference, then, my brother Pastor Umo Eno was not in politics. So what he is doing today is not about politics, but a vision for a better Akwa Ibom. If you want to fault him on anything, you can’t fault him on his entrepreneural spirit,” he stated.

Earlier in his remarks, the visioner and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno noted that Ignite Conference is packaged to inspire youths who have great but untapped abilities.

He said that conference was specifically created to help youths find their focus as well as inspire, energize and empower them to succeed.

He maintained that the Governor Udom-led administration has been very committed to youth developement through its different programmes especially, the Ibom 3000 project, a human capital development and economic transformation programme conceived by the state government to empower youths.

The governorship hopeful noted that the 3-day capacity building conference is aimed at feeding young minds from across the 31 local government areas of the State and beyond with successs nuggets and steering them to embrace the enterprise culture for a better society.

The event which is tagged: ‘MINDSHIFT’ has over 2500 youths registered, while subject-matter experts and seasoned professionals from within and outside Nigeria will be in attendance to share their fountain of knowledge and experience with the youths.

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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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