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S’South, S’East Govs Restate Commitment To Nigeria’s Unity 

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South-South and South-East Governors have declared their commitment to the sustained unity of Nigeria, stressing that the country is indivisible.
In an address during the 3rd meeting of the South-South and South-East governors at the Government House, Owerri last Sunday night, Chairman of the forum and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel said that all stakeholders  should continue to work for the indivisibility of the country.
The forum commended leaders of the North and South-East who worked to diffuse the tension created by the quit notice slammed on Igbos by a misguided group.
Emmanuel called for the unity of the South-South and South-East regions, saying that it will help in addressing the challenges faced by the two regions.
He said: “For a greater Nigeria, South East and South-South regions must unite. The only way we can surmount our challenges  is unity of purposes.
The Forum expressed concern about the too many voices calling for self-determination, urging  all groups to exercise restraint.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in a goodwill message said that unity was vital to the development of the two regions.
Governor Wike said that it was good and pleasant for the people of the two regions to work in unity for the good of their people .
He said: “God will lead the South-South and South-East people to work together.  As suggested in the Bible, we will work in unity  for the growth of Nigeria.”
In his welcome address, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said the idea of the two regions uniting had helped the eleven governors to appreciate  themselves and work together  despite political differences.
He said that the existence of the forum had helped to dispel the suspicion that existed between leaders and people of the two regions.
In attendance  at the meeting were: the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade and Deputy Governor of Anambra State Governor, Nkem Okeke.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, chairman of the forum, Governor Udom Emmanuel said that the governors discussed constitutional amendments by the National Assembly, security, need for improved revenue following improved peace and need for the two regions to go in one political direction during the next dispensation.
Earlier, the governors held a prayer session for the two regions and the country. The governors took turns to pray for the regions during the session at the Imo State Government House Chapel of Victory.
The next meeting of the forum would hold in Akwa Ibom on 6th November, 2017.

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Group Takes Disease Control Campaign To C’ River LG

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In its determined efforts to take a stand and demand more committed action in the fight against pneumonia, Society for Health Enlightenment Initiative (SO-HEALTHI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), took its enlightenment and advocacy campaign to IkotOffiongAmbai in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.
The event which held at Saint Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, to mark the World Pneumonia Day, saw a contingent of six selected primary schools take part in lecture sessions on pneumonia awareness by experts from the SOHEALTHI Team, climaxing with a spelling competition where winners were given pneumonia-crested exercise books and cash prizes.
At the end of the spelling competition, Amicable Ebrigor Offu and Martha Joseph Aya, both of St. Peter’s Primary School, Ikot Offiong Ambai, emerged joint best performing students, scoring 100 percent, Godsfavour Okon Eyo and Abigail Godwin Anthony, also of St. Peter’s Primary School, came second, scoring 90% apiece, while Victoria Asuquo Okon of St. Peter’s Primary School and Wendy Edet Ekpo of Jehovah Shalom Primary School, clinched third position, scoring 80percent respectively.
In her remarks, the Founder and Team Lead of the NGO, Mrs Rosemary Archibong, stated that SOHEALTHI, founded in 2006, was saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness and advocating for a pneumonia-free world in accordance with this year’s Theme: ‘Keep the Promise; Stop Pneumonia Now.’
Mrs Archibong noted that, according to global indices, the disease sickens 155 million children under five years and kills 1.6 million each year, it has become pertinent to bring this health crisis to public’s attention, encourage policy makers and grassroot organizers alike to combat the disease.

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SUBEB Boss Urges Staff To Support Ayade

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The Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Stephen Odey has enjoined staff of the board to complement Governor Ben Ayade’s efforts in the basic education sub-sector by supporting him to realise his lofty programmes for the State.
He made this known in a meeting to mark his three years in office as Executive Chairman of SUBEB.  Dr Odey said in spite of the financial status of the State, Governor Ayade had made remarkable impact across sectors in the State, especially in the Basic Education sub-sector.
According to Dr Odey, “he is a young man that has a lot of energy, and with ambitious plans for the state, but he is being frustrated by lack of funds”.
Speaking on the achievements recorded in the basic education sub-sector, he thanked Governor Ayade and staff of SUBEB for their support, adding that these feats could not have been achieved without the support of the Governor and hard work of Staff.
He urged staff to remain committed to their responsibilities, stating that “hard work, dedication and loyalty pays in the long run.”
Speaking earlier, the Director of Administration, Emmanuel Ojong, commended Dr Odey for the giant strides recorded in the board within this short time in Office.
He recalled the massive infrastructural developments in schools across the State, and the sanitisation of SUBEB work force to eliminate ghost workers and track down staff without requisite teaching qualifications. Ojong also poured encomiums on the Board Chairman for placing staff welfare at the forefront of his administration.

By: Friday Nwagbara, Calabar.

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INEC Discovers 22 Polling Booths In Politicians’ Homes In Akwa Ibom

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Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini has disclosed that no fewer than 22 polling booths have been discovered in the homes of politicians and other private residences in the state.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the state capital, Igini explained that “the polling booths are not illegal, but are located at improper places”, adding that such polling booths had been relocated to public places where voters can easily access.
“We have relocated such polling booths to proper places where the people can have access to them. Elections will hold in Akwa Ibom State and votes will count,” Igini assured, even as he warned desperate politicians against hate speeches that could inflame the polity.
He said he was on a mission to Akwa Ibom to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent exercise in line with the relevant sections of the Electoral Act and enjoined eligible voters, party agents and other stakeholders to join hands with INEC to deliver hitch-free polls which outcome would not be disputed.

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