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Assembly Leadership to meet Gov Emmanuel, Service chiefs over Ukanafun security crisis

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By Mfonobong Ukpong

The leadership of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is to meet with the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel and heads of security agencies in the state for an interface on efforts by the government and the security organisations in handling the security situation plaguing Ukanafun and environs.

This was part of the resolution passed by House of Assembly on Tuesday following a matter of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing Ukanafun State constituency, Hon. Otobong Jonathan. While commending Governor Udom Emmanuel and security agencies in the state for steps so far taken in bringing the situation in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and environs under check, the legislature urged the Governor and security chiefs to do more in this regard, as Akwa Ibom people were longing for a lasting solution to the security problem in the affected areas.

Members of the House also asked the state government to ameliorate the sufferings and mitigate the losses incurred by the people in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and its environs especially that occasioned by the burning down of a market in Ukanafun.

Pleading with his colleagues in the House to draw government’s attention to the wanton destruction carried out by criminal elements in his constituency, the lawmaker representing Ukanafun state constituency, Hon. Otobong Jonathan had informed the House that his local government area was engulfed in protracted security crisis which has affected socio-economic activities in the area. He particularly drew the attention of the Assembly to a recent attack on a popular market in Ukanafun, Urua Akpan Eshiet by yet to be identified gun-wielding hoodlums who reportedly stormed the market and set the entire building on fire.

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“Ukanafun is plagued with security challenges. Hoodlums recently invaded the area and burnt down Urua Akpan Eshiet market. That market is a major source of livelihood and Major source of revenue to our local government”.

Hon. Jonathan however acknowledged the efforts so far deployed by Governor Udom Emmanuel in tackling the security situation in the area, but demanded that there should be an increase in the number of military personnel stationed in the crisis ridden Ukanafun.

In their contributions, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Felicia Bassey, House Leader, Sir. Udo Kerian Akpan, Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. David Lawrence, member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State constituency, Hon. Aniekan Uko, lawmaker for Itu, Hon. Idongesit Ituen and the representative of Mbo, Hon. Samuel Ufuo, sympathised with Hon. Jonathan and the people of Ukanafun over the sad incident, and condemned in totality the activities of criminal elements who have held Ukanafun and environs hostage by their dastardly acts. They lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for steps so far taken to restore peace in the area and other parts of the state, and enjoined security agencies to be proactive in tackling crime in the state.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke commended the Ukanafun lawmaker, Hon. Otobong Jonathan for raising the matter of urgent public importance before the House, saying the legislature decided to accord the matter with speedy attention owing to the nature of the situation on ground in Ukanafun.

“We didn’t delay because of the nature of the matter. We had to give it the seriousness it deserves”.

He hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel for being proactive in tackling the security situation in Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and its environs. The Speaker also commended heads of security agencies in the state for cooperating with the Governor to ensure a peaceful state.

“We pledge our commitment to cooperate with the Governor and security agencies as a House of Assembly to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry”.

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Five best friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings are all now state senators

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Five longtime female friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings have each won their state Senate races in this year’s midterm elections in the United States.

The women who are all Democratic candidates — Tammy Story, Faith Winter, Jessie Danielson, Brittany Pettersen and Kerry Donovan — all swept their state Senate in Colorado, People reported Wednesday.

The women, who call themselves “The Fab Five,” helped flip the state Senate to a Democratic majority for the first time in five years, the publication noted.

Danielson, who currently serves as member of the Colorado House of Representatives, told the magazine:

We were all in it together.

Each of the women said they helped the others face negative criticism and slander during their campaigns.

Winter said:

Through the campaign, the five of us were very supportive of each other. We had several text chains where we would check in with one another and see how we were doing.

If a particularly bad ad or piece of mail came out, we would reassure each other on the text chain, ‘Have you seen the mail? It’s so awful, how are you doing?’

The friends are among the more than 2,000 women who are gearing up to take office in state legislatures nationwide next year.

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2019: COSON rejects President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar’s party manifestos

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The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has rejected the presidential manifestos made public by the presidential candidates of both the All Progressive Congress, President Buhari and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
COSON said that after reading both the #NextLevelNG manifesto of the APC and #TheAtikuPlan manifesto of the PDP, it is shocked that none of the candidates appears to have a plan to grow or develop the immense talent that exist in the Nigerian creative industry such as music, movies, theatre, fashion, content etc an area in which the Nigerian nation has significant comparative advantage and the youth have tremendous flair for.

 

COSON has said that the lack of strong policy positions in this area is evidence of the disconnect between the leadership and the followership in Nigeria. This is not withstanding the significant contribution said to have been made by the Nigerian creative industry when the Nigerian economy was rebased a few years ago under the Jonathan administration.
COSON has announced that the organization is inviting serious politicians to the COSON Arena to come and educate stakeholders in the creative industry on the concrete plans that they have to deploy the assets that the country has in this creative direction. It is the interaction of the industry with the politicians that will determine whom the thousands of members of COSON will endorse, support and campaign for and recommend to their fans to vote for.
Speaking on the decision, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji said, “we are no longer going to stand on the sidelines. This is the era of the knowledge and creative economy and we will do whatever is necessary to make sure that our country is not just an onlooker in this new world but a key partaker and serious player, starting from 2019. We mean business”

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”Don’t hand over Nigeria to hooligans and thieves” – Obasanjo tells Nigerians

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians not to hand over the nation and democracy to people he described as ‘thieves and hooligans’. The former president said this when he spoke at the launch of Goodluck Jonathan’s book in Abuja, on Tuesday November 20th. Speaking at the event, Obasanjo said

“There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done. It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy. It unifies, rather than divides. But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans, they can use it as a weapon. We should ensure hooligans don’t get it.”

The former president has since asked Nigerians to vote out the Buhari-led administration in 2019 and has openly declared his support for Atiku Abubakar, who is running as the PDP presidential candidate in next year’s election.

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