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Culture and Tourism boss set to partner organizations for end of year tourism celebration in Akwa Ibom

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Nsikak Akpan
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The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Rt Hon.(Chief) Uno Etim Uno has declared total support and partnership with the Ibeno Tourism Organization and The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Chapter to ensure a successful end of year tourism celebrations.

Rt. Hon. Uno Uno who made this known while playing host to the two groups stated that the Akwa Ibom State Government is open to public-private partnership with individuals and organizations who will take on tourism based activities that will boost the tourism sector, adding that Governor Udom Emmanuel is a tourism friendly Governor as seen in the inclusion of the development of Ibom Unity Park in the 2019 appropriation bill.

The Culture and Tourism boss promised to give Ibeno Beach as a venue for the Top Dog Show proposed for 22nd December, 2018 by the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association and beckoned on the Ibeno Tourism Organization to partner with the veterinary doctors to ensure the success of the event.

Speaking earlier, the President of the Ibeno Tourism Organization Mr. Peter Akpan while thanking the Commissioner for his simplicity and accessibility said the Ibeno Beach funfair proposed for 26th December, 2018 is an annual end of year tourism event that showcases Ibeno Beach as the largest white sand beach in West Africa and a such should permanently be inscripted on the tourism calendar.

Also speaking during the courtesy visit was the Chairperson of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State chapter, Dr. Ronke Mapaji who officially invited the Commissioner for the 2018 edition of the Top Dog Show and sought full support from the ministry for the event, adding that the Organization has unanimously adopted the Commissioner as an ambassador of the organization.

High point of the courtesy visit was the presentation of an art work piece to the Commissioner, congratulating him on his new appointment as the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism.
Also present at the courtesy visit was the Director of Tourism, Mr. Godwill Enyedok.

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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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