The Proprietor of EL Francis Nursery School Mr. Uwem Ibiok who made the commendation while speaking with Journalists in Uyo shortly after the crucial stake holder meeting of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Akwa Ibom Chapter. The Proprietor said the grant would surely goes along ways and would be judiciously utilize to pay off arrears and salaries which has been accumulated for the past four month cause by COVID-19 Pandemic made them to experience suffering and hardship while believe the grant as a palliative measure would assist them in some quarters tremendously.
According to him, the grant would be a great relief to proprietors as they experience the lock down of Schools across the country affected them because some parents did not pay their children school fees when schools were shut down contributed to the suffering and hardship they went through during the lock down but believe with this grant will surely change their situation around while acknowledge that the proprietors depend on fees to pay their workers as at when due without disappointment over their professional job.
He used the opportunity to appeal to Akwa Ibom NAPPS leadership to accommodate all their members to benefit from the Federal Government grants and understand the lock down affected every members rather than giving only schools that have one to fifty teachers to benefit from the gesture, should try and create out modalities to accommodate other members not to feel discriminated to benefit the grant but believe they would critically extend hand of fellowship to every members.
Mr. Uwem Ibiok said Akwa Ibom Government should also key to assist them with grant as a palliative measure to private school in the State showcasing their contribution to boost the education sector of the State while believe Government would extend hand of fellowship to private schools in the State which has contributed a lot to promote education in the State.
He commended NAPPS leadership for educating her members about the COVID-19 Pandemic and technically acknowledges them the Government guideline of COVID-19 when schools resume for the sake of the student not to contact and spread the disease in the education sector and also commended State Government effort to fight against the Pandemic.
Christopher Tom, Uyo
Cultists Invaded Ifa Ikot Idang Community in Akwa Ibom State
— Community Leader called for Protection
The village head of Ifa Ikot Idang in Etoi Clan Uyo Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, Etteidung Maurice Asuquo Ibanga has appeal to the Government to save his life and the indigence of the community and their properties are not save from the hands of cultists that has invaded the community.
He urged the State Police Command Akwa Ibom State to give the community protection as cultists has invaded the entire community threatening to kill the people as they have committed all source of atrocity especially rape, sexual harassment and stealing which has cause panic, fear over their evil activities for them not to sleep with their eyes close seriously need Government to intervene before it become something else.
At a briefing, Etteidung Maurice Asuquo said they have plane to assassinate him over issues of village heads tussles after he had won the case at Court of appeal in Calabar since then their no peace in the community over the hand works of cultists. The royal father added that at night those cultists roam across the community collecting people’s phones, money and rape without compromise, he said the community under his wash would not tolerate such actions from cultists but inform the Government over the predicament his people are facing in the community seriously need Government assistance for peace to reign in the community.
The village Chairman ……………………………….said the entire community are on threat of lives by cultists who are fighting like a wounded lion on the people on daily bases which is not a welcome development as the village need peace since the chieftaincy title is over but experience and witness pain, agony, rape and killing without relenting at night invading peoples properties indiscriminately.
He called on the Government to secure the situation there are experiencing in the community before its goes out of hand, as some people are prepared to react over the evil activities of cultists in the community but has been advice by the village head to be law abiding citizens not to cause crisis across the community as Government would be on top of the matter at hand very soon.
Our corresponded gathered that the community has alleged of giving Chief Emmanuel Bassey Udo-ekong seven days ultimatum not to parade himself as village head of Ifa Ikot Idang informing him to respect the judgment at Court of appeal in Calabar for his own benefit not to experience the consequent of the law.
Christopher Tom, Uyo
A’Ibom Govt Sunk over Three Billions to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Akwa Ibom Government has sunk over Three Billion to fight against COVID-19 Pandemic for her citizens to experience free Pandemic State since the disease is ravaging the globe.
Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel disclosed this during a radio programme tagged the Governor speak, conducted by Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Cooperation over the weekend.
The Governor said the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic is not an easy task, as the investment cover the cost of three time feeding the patients per day, especially giving them the guarantee of medication and treatment while procurement of drugs, personnel protection, equipment for medical personnel, purchasing of additional ambulance and security of additional bed space accommodation for them is not an easy task to save their lives.
He said the time his set to inaugurate another COVID-19 disease and related sicknesses testing laboratory at Itu Mbang, saying the laboratory they would have again would have capacity of testing about Three Hundred patients at a stretch of a minute with the require quantity of oxygen for the patients.
The State Boss said his Government has also made plans for the evacuation of 3 containers of medical facilities to cover at least one functional hospital in the 10 Federal Constituencies.
The State Governor said they cannot discriminate any individual as far as the testing is concern to make sure the fight against COVID-19 be successful for he citizens to experience and witness free Pandemic State towards the effort put to eradicate the Pandemic.
He commended the citizens for their cooperation and continue to advise them to obey Government directives especially use of face masks and wash their hands regularly and sanitize them while maintain social distance.
Christopher Tom, Uyo
Monarch, Youths Decry NDDC’s Abandoned Projects In A’Ibom Oil Community
Angry youths in the oil communities of Akwa Ibom state have protested over what they described as “complete absence of physical infrastructure”, saying the neglect of the areas by the federal agencies including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) could degenerate into a crisis situation if the Federal Government failed to halt the trend.
The aggrieved youths drawn from the affected communities in Eastern Obolo, one of the major crude producers in the state were led by the chapter Chairman of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Comrade Festus Jonah Adasi.
Other youths’ leaders who took the matter before the Paramount Ruler of Eastern Obolo, His Royal Majesty, Harry John Etetor, in his palace at Elile, were Comrade Ken Ukoima of Oru Obolo, a socio-cultural group and Comrade Emmanuel Paul.
Addressing the monarch and his council members, the IYC leader decried several years of socio-political and economic marginalization of the area by successive governments, explaining that “such neglect of the oil bearing areas of Eastern Obolo since the creation of NDDC has brought untold hardship on the people”.
“The major access road from Okoroette, the Local Government headquarters to Elile and Amadaka communities which you traversed to this palace is completely cut off from the rest of the communities; am happy you saw it and felt the pains as you were coming”, he lamented.
Besides, Adasi pointed at the fact that “since the inception of NDDC in 2000, no Obolo person has been named into the NDDC board”, explaining that “such officials would have influenced federal projects through NDDC to our oil ravaged communities”.
In the same vein, Comrades Ukoima and Paul disclosed that the lack of functional health facilities has led to several infants and maternal mortalities as the only General Hospital established by former governor Godswill Akpabio remains totally out of tune with modern hospitals.
“In this place, we don’t have up to six functional secondary schools and three primary schools, yet over five oil companies that contribute a percentage of their earnings to NDDC cannot address infrastructural challenges in this place that they have been exploring and exploiting for oil for years”, the youths leaders added.
Responding, the Monarch charged the youths not to take the laws into their own hands, explaining that the oil status of Eastern Obolo has been hijacked by all the other 30 Local Governments areas of the state, alleging that “they all lay claim to being host communities to oil companies operating in oil bearing areas of Akwa Ibom”.
He recalled that “since the creation of Eastern Obolo 24 years ago, no meaningful infrastructural development has taken place either from the Federal or state governments or NDDC, except the current administration of governor Udom Emmanuel, who had awarded contract from the construction of Okoroette, Elile and Amadaka road”.
Although the road had since been abandoned, the monarch, who lamented that lack of access road to his palace, has forced him to relocate to Uyo, the state capital, appealed to the state government to impress it on the contractor, Nigerpet, to return to site “so I can return to my domain to stay with my subjects”.
Besides, the monarch lamented that the collapse of all the internal roads in his domain has created additional difficulty for the mostly agrarian residents and fishermen to evacuate their goods to the big markets at the mainland parts of the state.