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.
Group Takes Disease Control Campaign To C’ River LG
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.
SUBEB Boss Urges Staff To Support Ayade
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.
Bayelsa To Partner PHED On Regular Power Supply
Bayelsa State Government has restated its readiness to partner with the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to ensure regular power in all the communities in the state.
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Power, Jim Ogbolo, who stated this last Tuesday at Gbaran-Ama Community in the State during an exchange programme, said power is essential for the economy development of communities and well being of the people.
Ogbolo said the state government has invested a lot in clearing bushes that disrupt electric poles and cables in most communities and assured of continued assistance to the distribution companies.
He commended the firm for the programme and urged it to extend same to other communities to reduce high energy bills.
Earlier, PHED said it commenced an energy efficiency exchange program with the aim to reduce cost of energy billing amongst its consumers.
The Chief Peoples Officer of 4Power Limited, Mr. Mobolaji Ajani, said the aim of the project is to raise public awareness about energy efficiency by demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of using LED bulbs for lighting homes and premises.
Ajani noted that LED bulbs consume less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, explaining that incandescent bulbs whilst cheaper and suffer the disadvantage of converting most of the electric energy into heat rather than light, hence, wasting energy and contributing to energy deficiencies.
According to him,’’For the average household in Gbarana-Ama community, buying a bulb means walking into a community-shop and purchasing an incandescent bulb for just N100, irrespective of the wattage, ranging from 40Watts to 200 Watts, adding that such uninformed choice can actually metamorphose into significant financial consequences in terms of monthly electricity consumption.
He explained that this project would demonstrate to consumers and the public at large the multiple benefits of switching from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, stressing that these benefits include, savings in electricity consumption and lower bills; creation of energy resource to serve and connect more people to the network; reduction in heat generated by lighting; lower load pressure on the distribution network and mitigation of CO2 emission from your generating sets into the environment.
“Throughout the planning and implementation of this project, we have worked closely with all stakeholders, especially the monarch of Gbaran-Ama community, without whom it would not have been possible to execute this project to this level. We have also taken the extra care to ensure that the LEDs used in this pilot project are of the highest quality’’, he said.
Ajani also said the distribution company was making efforts to co-brand highest quality LED bulbs for her customers; for easy identification and control, assuring that the pilot project exchanges 1000 LEDs free of charge in Gbarana-Ama community to replace inefficient incandescent.
He cautioned against buying substandard LED bulbs in the market and said such bulbs do not last long.
According to him,’’ Each LED bulb has a minimum lifetime of 10000 hours or 5 years. The immediate impact of this, based on our projections, would save the average household 32% of their current consumption every month.
‘’ Since Gbaran-Ama community is served by a transformer substation, reducing the load on this substation would allow other communities elsewhere without electricity to use the electricity saved by your community and make you to pay less, while reducing the ATC&C losses from your community’’, he assured.
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