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COVID-19: A’Ibom Assembly makes e-learning training mandatory for teachers

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Akwa Ibom House of Assembly in a resolution on Thursday, urged the State Ministry of Education to commence training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools.

This it said would sharpen their skills on e-teaching and e-learning in line with the present coronavirus situation.

The resolution was taken sequel to a motion of urgent public importance brought before the House by the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Mr Mfon Idung.

Idung said there was need for training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools in preparation for post COVID -19 Education Models.

The lawmaker said the motion was necessitated following perceived lack of preparedness by primary and secondary school teachers to confront changes in the education system occasioned by the pandemic.

He said that the pandemic had greatly changed educational systems, shifting focus from conventional chalk board demonstration, to sufficiently digital, e-learning and e-teaching models.

He urged the ministry of education to consider making ICT compliance by teachers a major prerequisite for entry into the reaching service.

The lawmaker expressed concern that teachers’ inadequacy, incompetency and inability to operate computers and engage in e-teaching would impact adversely on the performances of pupils and students across the state.

The Speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, said the motion was timely and commended the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika for bringing the motion before the house.

He directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the Assembly to the appropriate quarters.

Also at plenary, the Assembly received motions on incessant and unauthorised encroachment of communities in Ini Local Government Area by neighbouring Abia communities from the member representing Ini State Constituency, Mr Emmanuel Bassey.

The speaker referred the motion to the Committee on Boundary and Conflict Resolution and to report back to the house within one month.

The Assembly also received a report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Audited Accounts of Akwa Ibom Government for the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2019.

The House adjourned plenary to reconvene on June 10.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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A’Ibom seeks FG assistance in fighting against COVID-19

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The Akwa Ibom Government has called on the Federal Government to assist the state in its fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, made the call on Thursday in Uyo while briefing newsmen on the state government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

Ukpong said that the state government on its own had achieved tremendous success in the fight against COVID-19.

He said that the 45 cases of COVID-19 so far recorded in the state had been successfully handled by the state government, except for two deaths caused by comorbidity, and because they were brought in late.

The commissioner said that the Federal Government had yet to support the state in the fight against the pandemic.

As at today, the Federal Government has yet to help Akwa Ibom in the fight against COVID-19.

“For us here, so far, we have had 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“But for the fact that we had two patients brought in too late, unconscious, I would have said actually that we have lost no case,” he said.

The commissioner said that the first one died within 15 hours of arrival and the second one brought in a coma, died within four hours of arrival.

“The ones that have come to us, we took in on suspicion of COVID-19, according to the NCDC guidelines, all of them have recovered based on our treatment and have been discharged.

“We right now have some people we are following up, very healthy; we are giving them drugs and are re-testing them.

‘”If they are negative, we discharge them as usual. We have recorded tremendous success by God’s grace,” he said.

Ukpong, also the Head of COVID-19 Incident Management Committee in the state, expressed displeasure that in the absence of testing laboratory for COVID-19, government have to wait for about four days to get results for the test samples sent outside.

He added that the state government had to source for test sample kits and other reagents by itself when the available ones were exhausted, without any assistance.

The commissioner said that a number of people, individuals and corporate organisations have supported the state with cash and materials in the fight against the pandemic.

He said that the state government was still soliciting for support from individuals, groups and other corporate organisations to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

Ukpong urged the people to continue to observe the NCDC protocols of washing of hands with running water regularly, using hand sanitisers, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing to stay safe.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday, donated medical equipment and consumables worth millions of naira to the Akwa Ibom government to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, while  presenting the equipment, said the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.

Pondei, represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to intervene and partner the state governments in the region in the battle against COVID-19.

The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines, arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.

The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the Commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.

He assured the state government of the good intention of the interim management committee of NDDC, which would ultimately translate to more robust interventionist projects and programmes for the state.

The secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who received the items on behalf of Governor Udom Emmanuel commended NDDC for the kind gesture.

Ekuwem said the medical equipment and the consumables donated by the commission was in line with Governor Emmanuel’s strategy of tackling the ravaging coranavirus pandemic.

“The governor pays a high premium on the wellbeing of the Akwa Ibom people and as such, these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against the virus,” he said.

He expressed the appreciation of the state government to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.

In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.

Ukpong, who is the incident manager of COVID-19 in the state, thanked the management of NDDC for the medical equipment.

He assured that it would be directly deployed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in the state.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has donated medical equipment and consumables to the Akwa Ibom Government to help contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

The Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, during the presentation of the items said that the commission was committed to assisting states in the Niger Delta region to fight the pandemic.

Pondei, who was represented by the Akwa Ibom NDDC Director, Mr Obot Udoete, said that the commission was fulfilling it’s mandate to the state governments in the region in the battle against Coronavirus.

The equipment donated included: Ventilators, ECG machines, Infra red thermometers, Infusion pumps, standard hospital beds, mobile dialysis machines.

Others are arterial blood gas machines, mobile ultrasound machines and syringes among others.

The NDDC appreciates the near overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that is why the commission considered it urgent to supply the medical equipment to the nine states in the region,” he said.

Pondei, however, assured the state government of the commission’s more robust interventionist projects and programmes.

Responding on behalf of the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who received the items on behalf  of Gov. Udom Emmanuel, commended NDDC for the gesture.

Ekuwem said that the medical equipment and the consumables were in line with the state government’s strategy in tackling the ravaging Coronavius pandemic.

“The governor pays a high premium on the well being of the Akwa Ibom people.

“As such these medical supplies will go a long way to add to what the state government has already put on ground in its aggressive fight against Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

The SSG expressed the state government’s appreciation to the commission and promised to utilise the items effectively.

In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said that there was the need for every agency of government to join hands in the fight against Coronavirus.

Ukpong, who is the incident manager of COVID-19 in the state, thanked the management of NDDC for the donation of the medical equipment.

He assured the commission  that the equipment would be directly deployed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic in the state. (NAN


Edited By: Debo Oshuindun/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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FG makes next level moves on Ibom Deep Water Port procurement- ICRC DG

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The Federal Government is set to move to the next level of the procurement process of the Ibom Deep Water Port (IDWP) through the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Mr Chidi Izuwah, the Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), made this known while presenting the Full Business Case (FBC) Compliance Certificate to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

Izuwah said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that the IDWP project involves the development of a Greenfield Deepsea Port and accompanying Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Akwa Ibom.

“The proposed Port and FTZ are part of the planned Ibom Industrial City initiative that will be established on a 14,400-hectare site donated by the Akwa Ibom State Government (AKSG) free of charge.

The IDWP project is planned to become a major national and regional economic gateway that will provide additional container handling capacity for the country.

“In addition to containers, the IDWP is expected to handle petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas, vehicles and bulk trade in natural resources,” he said.

Responding, Amaechi thanked ICRC for providing timely guidance throughout the development and procurement process of the project.

He added that the project was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to expand and further develop the nation’s transport sector in the overall interest of the economy.

The Bollore/Power China emerged the preferred bidder for IDWP following the transparent bidding process held earlier.

It added that conclusion of negotiations and due diligence were ongoing with the preferred bidder.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ICRC was established to regulate PPP activities in Nigeria to address physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Judiciary autonomy will enhance quick dispensation of justice – A’Ibom CJ

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The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Justice Godwin Abraham, says the financial autonomy granted to the judiciary will  enhance quick dispensation of justice in the country.
Abraham said this in a statement in Uyo on Sunday.
He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He expressed confidence that the financial autonomy would engender far reaching consequences for the judiciary in terms of infrastructural development and capacity building.
“On behalf of the judges and the entire staff of the judiciary in Akwa Ibom,  I hereby express deep appreciation to the  President for the decision to grant the judiciary the implementation of the autonomy.
“This will  reposition the judiciary for effective administration of justice and for the benefit of the people of the state and nation,” he said.
Abraham said he did not envisage difficulty in implementing the financial autonomy in Akwa Ibom since there was an existing cordial and collaborative relationship between the three arms of government in the state.
He described Gov. Udom Emmanuel as a governor that had shown strong commitment to the development of the judiciary over the past years.
He, however, said that the new fiscal scheme portended  challenges for the judiciary and called  for tremendous sense of responsibility, stressing that the judiciary must be repositioned for effective take-off of the new financial status.
“Quite understandably, the new fiscal scheme portends great challenges for the judiciary and calls for tremendous sense of responsibility.
“In this regard, we are already  repositioning the judiciary for effective take-off of the new financial status, ” he said.
The chief judge solicited the cooperation of stakeholders towards realising the objective of the new financial regime.
Buhari on May 22, signed into law,  an Executive Order giving state legislature and judiciary autonomy.
The autonomy was  expected to strengthen institutions of the two arms of government at the states level, to make them more independent and accountable in line with the tenets of democracy.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Akwa Ibom discharges 2 COVID-19 patients

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The Akwa Ibom Government says it has discharged two coronavirus (COVID-19) patients from the Ibom Specialist Hospital isolation centre, Uyo.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Uyo.

Ukpong said the two discharged patients had met the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol standard of two negative tests before being discharged.

He said that the two discharged patients bring to 16, the total number of those treated and discharged of the viral infection since the first set of cases were recorded on April 1, 2020.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel has expended so much in healthcare delivery and in emergency operations, and that accounts for the 100 per cent recovery rate currently being experienced in the state.

“The magnificent 300-bed facility that the governor put up at Ituk Mbang is going to complement the services provided in the earlier facilities provided at Ikot Ekpene and Ibom Specialist Hospital,” Ukpong said.

According to him, the activities of persons, who sneaked into the state under the guise of bringing livestock and other food items, might to be accounted for the high figures recorded in the past few days.

Ukpong said the increased number of cases in the state had also increased the contacts currently being traced.

He commended the health management officials for being responsive and dedicated to their duties.

The commissioner revealed that there had been cases of people arriving the COVID -19 emergency center with other symptoms because of the free treatment offered by the state government.

“People with ulcer, diabetes and other medical conditions other than COVID-19 do approach the center and when we examine them and find out that it is not coronavirus, they start pleading that we should take them in because of the attention we give our patients.

“Some even ask for palliative, but people must know that those emergency lines are strictly for COVID-19 emergencies,” he said.

Ukpong noted that the state had so far recorded two COVID-19 deaths, from a total of 45 confirmed cases by the NCDC.

He advised the residents to adhere to the NCDC protocol of personal hygiene, regular washing of hands with soap under running water, use of alcohol based hand sanitiser and social distancing to stay safe.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran (NAN)

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A’ Ibom Assembly suspends 2 council Chairmen

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The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly at plenary on Friday suspended indefinitely, two Local Government Chairmen over alleged gross misconduct and administrative inefficiency.

The suspended council chairmen are Mrs Emem Ibanga of Nsit Atai Local Government Area (LGA) and Mr Imo Okon of Uyo LGA.

The house subsequently directed the Vice Chairmen of the affected council areas, Mr Idorenyin Inyang (Nsit Atai) and Mr Ukai Emmanuel (Uyo) to take over immediately.

The suspension followed the house resolution on the petition submitted by the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions, Mr Victor Ekwere, and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair, Mr Mark Esset.

The Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, said the resolution was based on Section 81 (1) of the Local Government Administration Law, 2017 as amended.

Bassey directed the committee on local government and chieftaincy affairs and an ad-hoc committee to look into the allegations and submit the report to the house within one month.

Ibanga was accused of inefficient disbursement of funds appropriated to the council by the house, and non release of official vehicle to his vice.

On his part, Okon was accused of not complying with the Governor’s directives on the welfare of the council officials and refusal to appear before the committee on local government and chieftaincy affairs on invitation.

He was also alleged to have mismanaged the finances and administration of Uyo local government council.

Addressing journalists shortly after the plenary, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Mr Aniefiok Akpan, said the action of the house was in line with Section 128 of the 1999 Constitution.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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CP expresses worries over surge in murder cases in A’Ibom

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The Commissioner of Police (CP) in Akwa Ibom, Imohimi Edgal, has expressed worries over the surge in murder cases in the state, saying that some of them were committed over flimsy excuses.
Edgal stated this while inaugurating two committees on Thursday in Villa Marina in Eket Local Government area of the state.
The police commissioner stated that he had, during the ongoing lockdown, received reports of many murder cases, some of which, he said, bordered on flimsy reasons, such as stealing of palm fruits and others.
“If the police community policing had been in place, the crime rate would have been reduced,” Edgal said.
Edgal called on members of the two committees to work hard to nip such incidences in the bud, saying that they would not have arisen if the community policing strategy had been in place before now.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committees inaugurated were the Eket Area Command Community Committee and the Eket Local Government Community Policing Advisory Committee.
He urged the committees to work out a template for the police community strategy to take root in the council.
NAN reports that members of the Eket Area Command Community Committee included the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and representatives of other sister security agencies.
The Eket Local Government Community Policing Advisory Committee was made of the Chairman of Eket local council, the paramount ruler and stakeholders in the area.
“I charge you all to work out a template to ensure that the community policing philosophy takes root in the local government area as soon as possible,” he said.
While inaugurating the council’s Community Policing Advisory Committee, Edgal said he had come to realize, through his exposure to training, both locally and internationally, that community policing was the best option in any state.
According to him, the police community strategies will bring about the needed peace to the council, as it was about collaborations, agreements and partnership with community members.
The police commissioner said that the aim of the committees was to ensure effective community policing towards a peaceful and crime-free society.
Mr Frank Archibong, the Chairman of Eket Local Government council, commended the security innovations of the police chief in the state.
He called on Edgal to relocate one the divisions in Eket town, because of its proximity to the other.
Archibong, who also called for deployment of police manpower to the council, expressed concern over the frequent changes of DPOs, saying “as they are about settling down, they are transferred.”

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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