Nigerian Governors

Federal Government to construct Aba – Ikot Ekpene road next year according to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

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By Tom Okure, Ph.D.

Mr.  Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State (AKS) indicates that the Nigerian Federal Government has included the construction of Aba, Ikot Ekpene and Calabar Road in its budget plans and that the road would soon be repaired in the coming year. The governor recently made the remarks while addressing the people of Ikot Ekpene and Essien Udim during the Silver Jubilee celebration of Christ the King Parish church in Odoro Ikot in Essien Udim Local Government Area.

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Gov. Udom Emmanuel during the Silver Jubilee celebration of Christ the King Parish Church in Essien Udim LGA

According to Governor Udom Emmanuel:

“I have applied to the Federal Government to hand over the road traversing Aba, Ikot Ekpene and Calabar to enable me partner a Private investor who will repair the road and create toll gate to recover the investment. Instead of granting the application the Federal Government announced that the road has been captured in next year’s budget and has been earmarked for construction so I am calling for understanding as the road would soon be repaired as promised by the Central Government”

The Governor also denounced the loss of lives and properties in Ikot Ineme community due to the persistent communal clashes associated with disputed lands in the area and indicated that the Akwa Ibom State government has taken possession of the disputed land for agricultural purpose. He indicated that the government will not tolerate lawlessness in the community and urged Community Stakeholders to report crisis situations to the government for prompt intervention.

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During the occasion, the Governor also drew the attention of the church to the rising level of moral decadence in society and urged the church to preach words of “salvation, morality as well as reinvent evangelism to direct the minds of the people towards the fear of God.”

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Federal Govt. to construct Aba-Ikot Ekpene road next year, Gov. Udom Emmanuel

 

Nigerian States Rising: Featuring Videos of the Progress and Transformation of Akwa Ibom State.

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Nigerian States Rising: Featuring Videos of the Progress and Transformation of Akwa Ibom State. (AKS).

Posted: July 12, 2012

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  1. ….http://icmsinc.net/2012/09/14/celebrating-progress-while-reflecting-on-the-past-an-empirical-analysis-of-the-economic-transformation-of-akwa-ibom-state-of-nigeria/
  2. http://www.aksgonline.com/

Commentary

Map of Akwa Ibom State Showing 31 Local Government Areas
Map of Akwa Ibom State Showing 31 Local Government Areas

In Akwa Ibon State of Nigeria, Governor Godswill Akpabio policy of “Uncommon Transformation” of the State over the past seven years has meant the deliberate policy effort by the state government to build and put in place a sustainable infrastructure that can sustain the economic transformation of the state. The determination of AKSG to transform the state into a modern economy is reflected in the states consistent high appropriations to capital projects over the last seven years to overcome the infrastructure deficit of the state.

Economic development is defined as the persistent, resolute measures undertaken by state policymakers that foster a higher living standard and economic wellbeing of a particular area.  Rapid development involves the working of a complex series of interlocking systems, of which economic component is an essential part. Economic development also relates to the quantitative and qualitative changes in an economy associated with such factors as development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives.

Economic development should not be confused with economic growth. Whereas economic growth relates mainly to the productivity of markets and consequent increase in GDP; economic development lays emphasis on deliberate policy intervention by policy makers focused at elevating the economic and social well-being of a people.

If there is a lesson to be learnt from the past development efforts in AKS, it is that policy choices adopted by policy makers do matter and can functionally or dysfunctionally impact the attainment of economic development objectives. The empirical evidence in AKwa Ibom State appears to suggest that the hitherto underdevelopment of the state was perhaps due to the inadvertent neglect by previous administrations and their political shortsightedness regarding the ways and means of spurring the economic take off in the state.

Enjoy the videos and Judge for yourself
Tom Okure, Ph.D
July 12, 2014

Live Work Invest in Akwa Ibom State.

7 yrs impact of transformation

Project update on the 20th Anniversary Specialist Hospital

Building a modern hospital featuring a sophisticated system of care and medical tourism in mind

Ibom Tropicana reloaded May 2014

 

Understanding a Tribe Called Nigeria’s Governors

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Understanding a Tribe Called Nigeria’s Governors

Situation Room by Emmanuel Bello

Source: This Day Live (A Nigerian Newspaper)
Date: Published June 4, 2014

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State

Those incensed by the recent actions of the Akwa Ibom state helmsman, Governor Godswill Apkabio do not understand the interesting and intricate tribe called “governors”. If they did, they would have understood that Akpabio’s deed is nothing compared to what he, as a governor, is capable of doing, given governor’s sprawling power. Our governors are the most powerful folks on Earth. And although all governors are equal, some are richer than others as Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, recently revealed the top ten states in Nigeria.

In fact, (and as Okonjo Iweala also noted) many of them are richer and more powerful than some presidents around the world. At the states, governors are the beginning and end of all wisdom. In their cases, the king is the state and the state was created for their good pleasure. They may occasionally try and display some decorum in treating the state’s funds as belonging to the citizens, but don’t be fooled!  Much of that fund is their pocket money literally.  In one state, the SURE-P fund for instance is essentially the helmsman ultimate ATM!

Security votes and ecological funds belong in that category too. Governors may acknowledge the position of other office holders within the state, but don’t be carried away, everyone is subservient to them. The party structures belong to them (because governors, in PDP-controlled states, are the leaders of the party. A dissenting party chairman can be rooted out without warning) Traditional rulers quiver before them (because a governor can make a King’s life miserable by dethroning him. Governors have that power).

Nigerian Governors forum Meeting
Nigerian Governors forum Meeting

The House of Assembly is just another building down town (because the governor can deal with the speaker or a stubborn member with state’s fund if he likes). The cabinet is just another bunch of people invited to eat as many of them have no real powers. In fact, some are only too glad to be called upon and try hard not to rock the boat (because the big man can sack them without even the slightest notice). All power resides with the man at Government House and he’s lord.

In one state (name withheld) big men like commissioners sit on the floor when talking to the big boss. In another state, the so-called Special Advisers don’t even see the man they are supposed to be advising. They may be special, but the boss does not need their advice for all he cares. And no two governors are alike as every state gets the governor it deserves. To be fair to the tribe though, some of them are trying hard to change the mould, to actually serve their people and to leave a legacy behind.  I know a governor who hates the sound of sirens and the overzealousness of convoys.

He also won’t accept any chieftaincy title and detest praise singing. He is a strange one. But while some of the state’s chief executives may dispense with the extravagance or an opulent lifestyle, make no mistake about it; they are still rich and powerful. A few of them are trying hard to demystify the position and make themselves people friendly and look like ordinary folks but it is all a façade- a governor is a governor. Governor Rochas Okoracha of Imo state is the best example of this.

He sometimes dances on the streets, sits with the common people, eats at bukkas, speaks broken English, cracks jokes- all in a bid to appear like the man next door. Yet, he couldn’t escape from the controversies and issues of that office.  There once was a telling photograph showing his aides kneeling to talk to him! There is just something about governors that elicit that sort of reverence, fear and even hate from their minions. But let’s stay on the person of the Akwa Ibom’s leader.

Akpabio signed into a law a bill which entitles him to a life time of comfort (he would be collecting N100m annually for the rest of his life on Earth) and all hell broke loose. His spin doctors have since tried hard to explain it away by saying that Akpabio would not exactly be collecting that amount but that he must not exceed that amount in his expenses! Abi I no sabi book again?

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Seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who announced their decision to merge with the All Progressives Congress (APC)..

The explanation is as puerile and intriguing as the lifestyle of the most powerful bunch in Nigeria. Because that is what Nigeria’s governors are: the masters of their universe, the lords of the manor and conquerors of their realms. They are capable of being dictatorial, democratic, benevolent, malevolent, difficult, simple, matured and childish all at once. They are tough, calculative and ingenious in maneuvering the turbulence associated with that unique office.

But don’t blame them. Becoming a governor in Nigeria is the hardest thing on earth. It is easier to run for office as United State’s president than to become the occupant of any Government House. The road to that house is one fraught with intrigues, sorrows, tears and blood, and as the race to all the offices in 2015 hots up, the one to the Government House is going to be the fiercest. It is going to be a rat race, a horse race, a dog race and a race against time.

There would be cat fights, bull fights, dog fights, cock fights and of course, street fights. In the end, after all the billions of naira spent and after many unspeakable things, one man would clinch the party’s ticket and then go on to “win” the election and get sworn in. Then his battle for survival would begin. And to stay afloat all that would come his way, he may have to become ruthless.

He would also need to control all the money and become the most powerful person in that state. That is the only way he would survive to anoint his successor and retire into a life of comfort. Problem is that EFCC has a way of spoiling what ordinarily would have been a happy ending to the epic.  But in the case of Akpabio, may be God’s will might be done!