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Annangs of Akwa Ibom demands new State, submits memorandum

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Annangs of Akwa Ibom demands new State, submits memorandum

The Annang speaking people of Akwa Ibom State have submitted a memorandum to the senate adhoc committee on constitution ammendment demanding the creation of Itai State out of the present Akwa Ibom State.

The Annang ethnic nationality led by Sir Emem Akpabio, who is the Chairman Board of Trustees of Ati Annang Foundation, presented the proposal to the Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo- Agege through the Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district in the National assembly, Senator Chris Ekpenyong.
They observed that, following the call for the submission of memorandum on the review of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution by the Senate Ad- Hoc committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution, the people of the old Annang province led by representatives from Ati Annang, Afe Annang, Afe Nkuku Annang and Annang leaders of thought decided to submit a proposal and memorandum for the creation of a state to be called and addressed as ITAI STATE from the present Akwa Ibom state with its capital at Ikot Ekpene.

They pointed out that the Annang nation remain one of the oldest nation states or nationality having hemogeneous aborigines with a population of 1.1 million (projected from the provisional figures of the 1991 National census) covering the eight local government Areas of Abak, Etim ekpo,Ika, Ikot Ekpene, Essien Udim, Obot Akara, Ukanafun and Oruk Anam.
Hence they affirmed their confidence in the Ninth National Assembly to making their demand come to reality as they assured that the proposed state will be economically viable in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals, livestock and water resources.

According to the proposal when Itai state is created, it would bring development closer to the people of the old Annang province.

Speaking on the issue sir Akpabio said,
“The memorandum for the creation of ITAI state became necessary because over the years, the administration of Nigeria has been accomplished through the creation of units that make for Political and socio-economic development.”
He posited that it would only be fair, just and equitable for the people of the old Annang province that had been overlooked during the various state creation exercises to be granted their wishes just like other old provinces. He stated that
“The leaders and elders of the old Annang province reaffirm their confidence in the National Assembly to do the right thing at this right time”.
He explained that the Memorandum was endorsed by all members of the National Assembly from the zone led by His Excellency, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, all members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly from the zone and Paramount rulers from Annang extraction; the Itai Afe Annang and his executives.
Others  he said, are the President and executive members of Ati Annang, political and community leaders from the Area including but not limited to Senator Emmanuel Ibokessien, Obong M. A. Afangide, former deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom state Sir Michael Udofia, Former federal minister Chief Senas Ukpanah, PDP National Legal Adviser Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, Obong Eno Akpan, Engr Sam Inyang, Rt Hon Friday Iwok, Rt Hon Nse Ekanem, former commissioners, Academicians, Businessmen among others.

The Deputy Senate President while receiving the delegation said state creation is possible if proponent of such proposal lobby stakeholders from all the geopolitical zones of the country.

He thank the delegation for the memorandum they have sent the review committee that will help in repositioning the Nigerian constitution for the betterment of the country and her citizens.
Other members of the delegation includes, Sir Emem Akpabio ( BOT Ati Annang), Dr Arnold Udoka and representatives from Ati Annang, Afe Annang, Afe Nkuku Annang and Other Annang Socio- Political groups.

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

From Daniel Abel, Mafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said it would summon the committee in charge of Primary School teachers screening exercise next week to investigate allegations by some teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers of their respective local government areas.

Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee made this known on Wednesday when he led other members of the committee on an assessment visit to ongoing construction and renovation of primary schools in Lafia, Obi and Doma Local Government Areas of the State respectively.

According to him, “We will invite the committee in charge of Primary School screening exercise next week in order to get to the bottom of the hues and cries by some primary school teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers”.

“We will do the needful after we hear from the committee. We will continue to stand for justice in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector, ” he said.

Ogazi indicated that the inspection was aimed at ensuring that contractors adhere strictly to project specifications.

The lawmaker commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the education sector while assuring the state government of the assembly’s support to its policies and programmes.

The committee expressed concern over non commencement of work by some contractors in their various sites.

He also called on contractors, who are yet to complete their works to do so in their interest and for the overall development of the education sector.

“We call for speedy completion of all the ongoing works.

” We are out to ensure that the right things are done in the interest of our children and for the overall development of the education sector.

‘ We are out to ensure that we check deficiencies in projects execution in order to avoid wastage of government money, ” he said.

He urged communities across the state to take ownership of projects in their domains for the overall development of the education sector and the state at large.

Ogazi advised teachers to be disciplined in their duties for the overall development of the state.

The Committee Chairman also urged teachers to impart positive knowledge on the younger ones, adding that no society would achieve meaningful progress and development without quality education.

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project
By Joseph Sunday

Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary  steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project. 

The resolution was reached by the Upper Chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect during plenary on Wednesday. 

The motion titled: “Need for Immediate Completion of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” was sponsored by Senator Isah, Jibrin (APC, Kogi East). In his presentation, Jibrin noted that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egwume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area;  He further noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power station at Ajaokuta. 

The lawmaker expressed concern that “the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.” According to Jibrin, “the continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.”  He added that, “the project is at 70 percent  completion stage, according to information from engineers, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional.” The lawmaker while expressing optimism that completing the Abadigba power project would boost production activities and economic development, stressed that, “most companies and businesses outfits currently rely on  generations with the attendant increase  in cost of production, leading  to high  prices of services.”  Contributing, Senator Yakubu Husseini (APC, Kogi Central) bemoaned the number of abandoned federal government projects across the country.  He, however, said that completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project “would support and improve the socio-economic development of the area and by extension, Kogi State in general and Nigeria.” He added: “When this project is completed, in line with the Light-up Kogi East project of the State Government–it would vis-à-vis complement this effort and improve the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State.  “I am always worried when I look at the  level and state of abandoned projects in Nigeria. This is a project that government funds; government scarce resources have been invested–over seventy percent–and at the end of the day abandoned.  “If this project is completed, it is a self-sustaining project. It is a project that will generate revenue for the government and would improve the life of the citizenry.” Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution mandated the Senate Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project and report back to the Senate within four (4) weeks. 

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account


By Sunday Joseph

The chairman senate committee on trade and investment has chided the managing Director of oil and gas free zone authority Onne Mr. Umanah Umanah for not following the circular of the ministry of finance in remitting its revenue to the federation account.This was happening during the 2020 budget performance appraisal and 2021 budget defense of the authority before the committee.The managing Director told the Senate committee on trade and investment that it generated 2.717b in 2020 and remitted 335m instead of 679m because of overhead cost. Senator Francis Fadausi orders the agency to remit the actual revenue which is 25% of the revenue generated and warned q the agency from operating the surplus.

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