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Governor Umo Eno Launches Oron Street Construction, Promising Progress and Continuity

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has officially commenced the construction of the 2.1km Ukpong Street and 2.1km Effiong Essang Street, accompanied by an 800m discharge drain, in the Oron Local Government Area of the State.

The Governor has reaffirmed his commitment to upholding the continuity of impactful projects initiated by the previous administration.

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd of Oron residents gathered to witness the flag-off event, Governor Eno expressed his dedication to fulfilling campaign promises and ensuring the completion of these significant projects. The commencement of the Ukpong and Effiong Essang Streets was met with excitement, marking a step forward in delivering tangible benefits to the community.

Governor Eno emphasized his intent to prioritize project inaugurations over mere flag-offs, underlining his focus on actualizing developmental initiatives for the people. He assured the crowd that he would delegate members of the State Executive Council to initiate other projects across the state, promising completion by February of the following year.

“In our campaign, we committed to continuing projects initiated by the previous Government. Today, I am pleased to see that promise fulfilled. We are funding and mobilizing the contractor for this approved road. We could have chosen otherwise, but that’s not the commitment we made,” Governor Eno asserted.

The Governor reassured the community that the project would be well-funded, with completion anticipated for January. He confidently promised that the project would be ready for commissioning in February, with keen observation from the community.

Acknowledging the request from the Youth President, Comrade Bright Afahaakan, for assistance to the Police Authorities with operational vehicles, Governor Eno assured that he would explore the request. He urged the youth to collaborate with the police and security agencies, emphasizing that security is a collective responsibility.

“I heard the Youth President discussing vehicles and assistance to the police. It’s not only the government that can provide vehicles. Let’s encourage individual and voluntary contributions. I appreciate the police in our community, and we’ll respond to the youth leader’s call,” Governor Eno conveyed.

Deputy Governor, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, commended Governor Eno for his commitment to the Oro people’s welfare and commended his inclusive approach to governance. She pledged intervention in twelve roads within the Oron nation and the Nsit Atai-Oron road.

Reviewing the projects, Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno Ibanga, highlighted the significance of the two roads, which connect a Federal Government Housing Estate, Maritime Academy, and residential areas. The completion of these roads will include essential drains and an 800-meter outfall drain to mitigate erosion.

Member of the National Assembly representing Oron Federal Constituency, Hon. Martins Esin, expressed deep gratitude for the road projects. He hailed Governor Umo Eno’s unprecedented inclusivity of Oron people in his administration, acknowledging the positive impact on the lives of constituents.

In summary, the commencement of the Ukpong and Effiong Essang Streets’ construction signals a dedicated effort towards fulfilling campaign promises and continuing developmental initiatives for the people of Akwa Ibom State. Governor Eno’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity has resonated positively with the community, fostering anticipation for tangible and lasting improvements in the region.

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FG to Launch Construction of 2,000 Housing Units in Akwa Ibom, 7 Other States

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The Federal Government is set to commence the construction of an additional 2,000 housing units across eight states in the South and North Central geopolitical zones under the Renewed Hope and Estates programme.

The states slated for this project include Ebonyi, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Benue, and Nasarawa.

The construction is scheduled to kick off between June 26 and July 6, 2024, with the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, officiating the groundbreaking ceremonies.

This initiative follows the recent launch of 1,500 housing units in five northern states: Katsina, Yobe, Gombe, Sokoto, and Kano.

According to a statement from the Ministry’s official website, the construction schedule will begin with a 250-unit project in Ebonyi State on June 26, 2024, followed by:
– 250 units in Abia on June 27
– 250 units in Akwa Ibom on June 28
– 250 units in Delta State on June 29
– 250 units in Osun on July 2
– 250 units in Oyo on July 3
– 250 units in Benue on July 5
– 250 units in Nasarawa on July 6

Each 250-unit housing project will comprise:
– 50 units of one-bedroom semi-detached bungalows
– 100 units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows
– 50 units of three-bedroom semi-detached bungalows

The initiative is expected to create approximately 50,000 skilled and unskilled jobs, averaging 25 jobs per housing unit, thereby stimulating the local economies of the involved states.

The Renewed Hope and Estates programme aims to address Nigeria’s housing shortage by delivering 1,000 housing units in each of the 36 states and 4,000 units in the Federal Capital Territory. The programme was initiated by President Bola Tinubu’s administration and will be executed in batches to eventually cover the entire country.

The first phase began in February with the launch of 3,112 housing units in the Karsana District of Abuja. The projects currently under construction and the additional 2,000 units set to begin next week are funded by the 2023 Supplementary Budget of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Future projects will be financed through the Ministry’s 2024 budget.

This housing initiative aims to promote inclusivity and integration by addressing inequalities and offering a range of affordable homeownership options. These options include:
– Single-digit interest rate mortgage loans with up to 30-year terms from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria
– Rent-to-Own options allowing beneficiaries to pay towards ownership in monthly, quarterly, or annual instalments
– Outright purchase options for high-income earners

The programme will operate as a cross-subsidy initiative, with 80% of the housing units sold at commercial rates and the remaining 20% offered at concessional rates to low- and medium-income Nigerians affiliated with the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.

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Akwa Ibom First Lady Empowers Mothers of Multiple Births, Grants Stipends

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In a heartwarming initiative, mothers of multiple birth children across Akwa Ibom State’s 31 Local Government Areas are set to receive monthly stipends as part of an empowerment program led by the state’s First Lady, Pastor Patience Umo Eno.

The stipends amount to fifty thousand naira each for twins and one hundred thousand naira each for triplets, aiming to alleviate the financial burden of caring for multiple birth children.

The announcement was made during the empowerment program for mothers in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District held at the Ikot Ekpene Town Hall on Friday, January 19, 2024. Pastor Patience Umo Eno emphasized her commitment to supporting families in the state and expressed her joy in celebrating the blessings of multiple births.

Addressing the mothers, the First Lady urged them to cherish and care for their children, considering them as blessings from God. She pledged continuous support to families and highlighted the positive impact that multiple birth children can bring to their lives.

The Chairman of the Transition Committee, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council, Mr. John Etim, commended the First Lady for the consistent implementation of the program, describing the Umo Eno administration as impactful and people-driven. He assured continued support from the people of Ikot Ekpene to achieve the ARISE Agenda.

Goodwill messages were received from various dignitaries, including Mrs. Utibe Etim, the wife of the Transition Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council, and Hon. Inibehe Silas, the President of the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District Women Forum. They lauded Pastor Patience Umo Eno for her support to mothers of multiple birth children, acknowledging the relief provided in the face of economic challenges.

The event concluded with the distribution of baby packs and cash to the beneficiaries by the Governor’s Wife and other female stakeholders. Excited beneficiaries expressed gratitude for their inclusion in the empowerment program, considering it a significant relief. They offered prayers for God’s blessings on Pastor Patience Umo Eno for her labor of love and generosity.

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Court Orders Policewoman to Pay Tricyclist N5m for Unlawful Arrest, Impoundment

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An Akwa Ibom State High Court has issued a judgment ordering a policewoman, Inspector Iniobong Umoren, to pay a tricyclist, Jeremiah Sunday Udo, the sum of N5 million for his unlawful arrest and the impoundment of his tricycle.

The tricyclist had purchased the vehicle on hire purchase for N1.9 million.

Justice Ntong Ntong, presiding over the case, also directed Mr. Udoka David, a friend of the tricyclist, to pay an additional N5 million for instigating the police to arrest and detain him for five days without food and water.

The court, however, excluded the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, from the judgment but advised him to caution his officers and men to operate within the confines of the law.

Jeremiah Sunday Udo, a resident of Ifa Ikot Idang in Uyo, had entered into a hire purchase agreement with Mr. Udoka David, with a commitment to pay N20,000 every week.

Following economic challenges, he fell behind in his payments, resulting in his arrest and the confiscation of the tricycle.

Justice Ntong criticized Inspector Iniobong Umoren for impounding the tricycle without a court order, describing her actions as “satanic, nefarious, and unwholesome antics against the applicant.”

The court emphasized the need to protect individuals from such abuse of power and ordered the immediate release of the tricycle pending further court orders under the hire purchase agreement.

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