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Aniekan Akpan emerges Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman



Aniekan Akpan emerges Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman

Aniekan Akpan, a former member representing the people of Abak State constituency in the House of Assembly and former Commissioner of Education, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 emerged as the substantive chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State.

In a special Congress of the party held at the Next of Champions, Uyo, the State capital, the newly elected chairman who was the sole candidate polled 3,818 votes to emerge winner of the poll.

A total of 3, 874 delegates from the 31 local government areas of the state participated in the election.

Akpan has replaced the late chairman of the party, Udo Ekpenyong who died in January 2021 due to COVID-19 complications.

He is the 7th state chairman of the party since the return to democracy in 1999.

The congress was supervised by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Delivering his acceptance speech, the newly elected chairman expressed his gratitude for the confidence reposed in him and for entrusting the party on his shoulders.

Part of his speech reads thus, “the task ahead of us is enormous. Let me state here that even with the enormity of this task. I am happy to be part of this vision and to be honoured as the new chairman of our great party in the state. I know this gives us the responsibility of living to the plans of the progenitors of this vision.

“I present myself and the machinery of PDP in Akwa Ibom State for service, let me once again assure all our people that as a party we shall stand behind our Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to ensure that our state continues with its winning streak for the PDP and that a successor in the mould of our Superior Performing Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel will succeed him in 2023.”

He also paid a glowing tribute to the former Chairman, Late Ekpenyong, saying that he took the party to an enviable position within his short tenure in office.

The Governor in his response thanked the national and local organizing committee of the PDP and delegates for the smooth conduct of the special congress.

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“We will dialogue with IPOB, others”___Tinubu



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

We’ll talk with IPOB and others. Tinubu guarantees



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

Tinubu, who was in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on Thursday to meet with trade associations and the private sector, said his government will also establish industrial hubs across the country and modernize existing ones to put the country on the path of industrial growth.



He stated that only peace can ensure a return on investment, and that his government would be made up of people from all walks of life who would discuss grievances with all groups in order to find a peaceful solution.



I guarantee you that my government, our government, will be made up of people from all over the country who are eager to discuss their grievances with any group in search of a peaceful solution.






READ ALSO:Obi leads Atiku,Tinubu in a recent pre-election poll.





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Festus Keyamo: Federal Government Cannot Borrow N1.1 Trillion to End ASUU Strike



Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said on Friday that borrowing money to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ months-long strike was unrealistic.

He made the remark during an appearance on one the television channels.

“Should we borrow to pay N1.2 trillion a year?”

“You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you hostage and then blackmail you into borrowing N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be around N6.1 trillion.” And you have to build roads, health centers, and other sectors.”
The Minister urged parents throughout the country to petition ASUU.

“Those who know them, like the President said the other time, appeal to their sense of patriotism,” he said.

“Let them go back to school.” They are not alone in Nigeria. They are not the only ones who benefit from federal funds. The nation cannot come to a halt because we want to meet ASUU’s demands.”

ASUU’s Demands

On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike.

On March 14, the union extended the strike for another two months in order to allow the government to meet all of its demands. On May 9, a 12-week extension was announced.

The union has been on strike since May 9, vowing to continue until its demands are met.

Academics want better working conditions, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.

One point of contention for academics is the non-payment of N1.1 trillion in university revitalisation funds.

However, the Federal Government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, citing low oil prices during the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

According to reports, the agreement was reached in 2009.

Another issue is the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The University Transparency and Accountability Solution was proposed by academics as an alternative payroll system (UTAS).

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VP Yemi Osibanjo Thanks everyone after a successful surgery



Following his recent successful surgery, vice president Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Nigerians and everyone.

Prof. Osinbajo had surgery on Saturday, July 16, at the Duchess International Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Vice president thanked Everyone for their well wishes and prayers on his behalf during his surgery.

He also expressed gratitude to the doctors, and nurses who cared for him, stating that their services were exceptional.

The Vice President’s full statement is included below.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone for your well-wishes and prayers in the aftermath of my surgery.”
And a special thanks to the incredible team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and management at the duchess of international hospital in Lagos for providing such excellent care.
“God bless you all”

Osibanjo’s remarks come just days after  wished the vice president a speedy recovery
The President thanked God for such successful surgery and prayed for Professor Osinbajo’s quick recovery in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina
He also praised the medical staff at the Duchess international hospital in Ikeja, Lagos for “competence and a job well done”

SEE ALSO : Osibanjo: Poverty Will Skyrocket Should the Country Breaks-up


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