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[OPINION] Abak State Constituency 2019; Right of a Seat

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By Adede Emmanuel Ibok

It is true that democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment and where there is a debate, there is a solution. A society that is not well informed is completely deformed.

For sometimes now, there still exist in some quarters question of where the pendulum of Abak state constituency seat will swing to. Anyone who knows the history of Abak state constituency seat in particular, do I think recognizes that domination of an elective office in the local government by one bloc is never a happy arrangement for the people. It baffles me to discover that as far as the Abak state constituency seat is concerned comes 2019, there is unanimous conspiracy of silence in the political spectrum in the local government. It is pertinent to mention here that in a room where people unanimously maintain conspiracy of silence, a word of TRUTH always sounds like a gun shot.

Without prejudice to the political reality of Abak state constituency seat and the players therein, the conspiracy of silence existing in the house must be broken. For I see this conspiracy as engineered by reason of greed and selfishness. The breaking of this conspiracy of silence which is triggered by ingenuity of a peace – loving Abak man is not aimed at any individual or group. However, if the bullet hit your action, take it in good faith. At a point like this, every Abak person should try and develop an over-riding loyalty and love for the peaceful co-existence and integration of essential bloc in order to preserve the best in the society. This is because I am seeing oceans of our political history been made more turbulent by the ever-rising greed and selfishness of our political players. Our political history is cluttered with wreckage of greed, political myopia and chronic selfishness.

Adede Emmanuel Ibok

Adede Emmanuel Ibok

Political players in the local government cannot deny the fact that there exist two political blocs in Abak namely; THE EASTERN ANNANG BLOC AND THE URBAN BLOC. There is also no denying of the fact that we as a people with common ancestry, culture and heritage are bless with two elective offices in the local government, an executive chairman and house of assembly member. With these two offices, there is a room for fairness and equity, hence unity and progress. The two offices give us a clear trajectory to move Abak forward in her quest for political development. In the recent history and political tradition of the local government, those elective offices are always spread to accommodate the two blocs in every political dispensation. Delineation of political wards which is an element of modern democracy makes it further easier for evenly spread of these elective offices. With abundance of opportunities offered by democracy, Abak people must have an unquenchable spirit of fairness, unity, common interest and patriotism. When the needful is done by putting on this unquenchable spirit of love and unity, there will be a famed resilience to work for the rapid growth and transformation of Abak. There must be a dream of hope, aspiration and commitment to a greater future for our people. To get to this level, we must start somewhere. We must gain the trust of our people. There must be sincerity of purpose in every action. Abak political players must demonstrate their ability to lead the people by projecting trust into them which will eventually trigger love and obedience from the followers. This is the road that we must travel as 2019 elections draw nearer.

Without any blind sentiment whatsoever, the analysis below gives a clear evidence of my point. From the analysis, Elder (Barr.) Imoh Williams is the present elected chairman of Abak local government area. He is an Eastern Annang son. It is therefore empirically evidence that the remaining elective office which is the House of Assembly seat is a reserved right of the URBAN BLOC. Also looking critically at the analysis below,  there is a shocking revelation that out of the four wards making the urban bloc, two out of the four have taken their due slot remaining the other two. The analysis  shows that in 1999, Hon. Imoh Ibokette was elected from Abak Urban ward 1. In 2007, Hon. Uwem Udoma was elected from Abak Urban ward 3. This therefore implies that in 2019, the seat of Abak state constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is mainly for Abak Urban 2 and Abak Urban 4. Any arrangement outside this is borne out of perpetual tendency of subjugation and suppression of proponents party which will eventually cause a very serious political volcanic eruption in the local government.

CHAIRMAN

BAR. PAUL UBOM – (Midim 1) Eastern Annang.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY  

HON. IMOH IBOKETTE(Abak 1) Urban 1999 – 2003

CHAIRMAN

REV. DR. INNOCENT IDIONG(Abak 4) Urban

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

HON. CHRISTOPHER UDOFIA (Afahaobong2) EASTERN ANNANG 2003 -2007

CHAIRMAN

ANIEDIABASI UDOH (Otoro 3)Eastern Annang

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

HON. UWEM UDOMA (Abak3) Urban 2007 – 2011

CHAIRMAN

HON. JOSEPH IKPAISONG (Abak1) Urban

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

RT. HON. FRIDAY IWOK (Otoro 1) EASTERN ANNANG 2011 – 2015

CHAIRMAN APPOINTED

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

RT. HON. FRIDAY IWOK (Otoro 1) EASTERN ANNANG 2015 – 2019

CHAIRMAN

ELDER (BARR) IMOH WILLAMS (Afahaobong 2) EASTERN ANNANG

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

(ABAK 2 OR ABAK 4) Urban 2019 – 2023)

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Would posterity tick or asterisk your tenure? By Michael Bush

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In Nigeria and indeed all of the Third World, nothing carries more weight, paraphernalia and perks than a public office. That is the only reason people steal, kill or destroy to take the seat. It is an automatic ticket to sudden wealth and impunity. However, like a double-edged sword, public office in this part of the globe doesn’t only dispense carrots 24/7; it also carries a stick -a big stick!

Public office has and can deploy the power to rubbish memory. Many men and women who ran the show yesterday are today anonymous pedestrians in the power space. In spite of their stupendous wealth which itself was a trophy they helped themselves to while in office, most of these many live in abject poverty that isolation or loneliness at that height represents. The children’s children of one who abused public office know that posterity transmogrifies into karma.

Even with no books on the tenure, this natural stratagem ensures that future generations never allow someone from that lineage to smell power again. Consider how nearly impossible it is to name, of the truckloads of families that have ruled Nigeria in over a century, say one or two that should or can stage a comeback. Can anything be worse than that, to be locked out of the power loop forever just because your parent or family messed up earlier? This is one tragedy of power that mankind continues to ignore, to its chagrin.

Now is the perfect time to recalibrate the laissez faire that attends our in-office performance. People should stop toying with their name and that of their family as happens when they abuse the public trust embedded in every office. Holders should start knowing that just as their actions and inaction today would have an impact on tomorrow, future generations also reserve the right to hold their descendants accountable and responsible. We must go to every length to bequeath a worthy memory.

Public officers should carry out a no-holds-barred self evaluation, as regularly as possible. Those who at every turn tell themselves even the bitterest truth can upturn any tide. Mistakes can only be corrected when committers are smart-humble enough to come to terms with the fact that as human beings all the aces (especially when it comes to time) are not in their hands. Let’s see how the following three randomly-selected incumbents would be remembered, long after?

Starting with President Muhammadu Buhari’s, do you foresee this epitaph: here lies a tenure that changed Nigeria and Nigerians; that defended brand Nigeria at home and abroad; that left the country and her citizens better off? Through the middle, when posterity thumbs the performance of a Simon Lalong on the plateau, would it be up or down? And down south, after all the deafening cacophony what mental picture would Rivers people have of their fire-for-fire governor? Our answers can resolve the horrendous leadership challenge that has stunted the growth of our society!

As people angle to sell their souls to the devil to secure a fresh or second term or even anticipatory appointment next year, the masses need to cut a pre-emptive deal now by putting the what-would-your-tenure-be-remembered-for question. Aspirants who become candidates must tell us in black and white what they would do once they take office. We are tired of unpleasant surprises and the attendant post-tenure frustration of inability to measure performance because the holder promised nonsense or nothing. 2019 offers Nigeria a window that Nigerians must exploit, if we truly desire a better country.

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As Pioneer Newspaper celebrates Emmanuel Ekon

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A native of Iwukem village in Etim Ekpo local government area of Akwa Ibom State, a business guru, a pragmatic and an erudite legislator, Emmanuel Ekon is one fellow I feel, has been unfairly under-celebrated in Akwa Ibom State.

A consummate politician, a legislator par excellence, a philanthropist by calling, who has bagged variety of awards such as the Nelson Mandela Pan African Exemplary Leadership Award, is currently the member representing the people of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in the green chambers of the National Assembly and is the Chairman, House Committee on Local Content.

Permit me to mention that, Emmanuel Ekon’s pedigree can by no means be encapsulated within his rising political profile. He is, without an iota of a doubt, a go-getter of uncommon achievement in business, human capacity development, community service, youth empowerment and an outstanding philanthropist of his kind.

Emmanuel Ekon in his role as the Chairman House Committee on Local Content, has recorded enviable successes, having established that the local content law is strictly adhered to, by international oil companies and players in the oil and gas sector of the Nigeria economy.

As a young erudite and pragmatic legislator, he has similarly delivered sterling commitment to achieving results in a manner unambiguously establishing his status as a performer rather than a mere benchwarmer in the National Assembly.

As for his achievements as the Chairman House Committee on Local Content, they crucially signpost a paradigm shift in a representative governance and true democracy in a nation where scant attention is paid to real development of human capacity and effective service delivery by a National Assembly member. His contribution to Nigeria local content development  and the oil and gas sector of Nigeria economy at large sufficiently sets him apart as the best House of Representatives member we have ever had from Akwa Ibom State.

Emmanuel Ekon’s approach to human capacity development, youths empowerment, infrastructure development and legislative business obviously incorporates an astonishing zeal to produce results in defiance of the most profoundly contradicting odds, even to the extent of denying himself and family some pleasures for a service to constituents and the people of Akwa Ibom State at large.

The depth of patriotic stewardship Ekon has displayed in his sterling legislative business as the Chairman House committee on Local Content can easily be recommended as a template for rejuvenating sincere, committed, development oriented and purpose driven representatives governance as a tool for development in our unfortunately critically under developed nation.

This he has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that he is indeed a legislator of exceptional commitment, profound patriotism and uncommon resourcefulness. Indeed, his preparedness to regularly make personal sacrifices for the purpose of achieving results that end up benefiting all of us recommend him as a legislator in a class by himself. It is most admirable that these are rare qualities he has deployed to the benefit of the entire nation in the management of local content, a disposition that must be recommended to everyone desirous of making a mark in governance and service to the general public.

Always unassuming, never rushing to the front to be noticed and obviously too busy and focused, finding no time for self-aggrandizement, Emmanuel Ekon comes across as a man who is simply too purpose-driven to bother about hugging the limelight or blowing his own trumpet. What I would any day consider a tragedy with respect to our interface as a state with Emmanuel Ekon, is the fact that such a remarkably resourceful fellow who put smiles on the faces of Nigerian youths has clearly not been celebrated as much as he deserves nor accorded the quantum of honour he has undoubtedly earned. In fact, it is safely asserted that Ekon has most commendably effected a renaissance of leadership in Nigerian legislative business, an approach to legislative development that incontestably places him in the Hall of Fame of Nigerian legislators.

In the process, Ekon exemplified genuine leadership as service and personal sacrifice powered by a vision for the common good. He is a realist, simple but sophisticated in all facets of life, a strategist with wide experience and exposure and a compendium of knowledge on contemporary issues like human capacity development and youths empowerment.

Not withstanding a nation notorious for celebrating mediocres, while performers to whom honour is due are denied their entitlement to well-deserved glory, Ekon, since embracing politics and public life, has certain qualities nobody can ignore- courage and focus. But what is more visible in the last few years is that he has clearly been consistent in the pursuit of excellence while not allowing distraction, manufactured and sold to the public, by his traducers to distract from the goals he had set out for himself. For this reason, many elect to misunderstand him. For the same reason also, some credible organizations which go after substance and reward efforts to make positive impact on society, chose him to receive it a meritorious award.

According to the Management of Pioneer Newspaper, Ekon will today be officially conferred with an award of excellence.

It also stated that, “Ekon is being recognised for his great commitment and contribution to human capital development in Akwa Ibom State”. The letter also eulogised Ekon for “developing the capacities of young people, not only in his constituency but different parts of the state and ensuring that people have access to effective representation”. The above lines speak volumes about Ekon’s leadership in the constituency as well as his desire to ensure that no one is left behind in the quest to bequeath a better constituency.

The award is a further confirmation that despite a seeming nasty opposition, Ekon has remained focused in pushing to deliver the promises he made to his people.

Emmanuel Ekon is on a roll. He is moving on without looking back. He sure has learnt lessons on how to satisfy the desires of the people. The mandate they gave him pushes him to do more. And he will do more. I have no doubt that the Pioneer Newspaper award will open the floodgates of other such awards.

CONGRATULATIONS SIR ON THIS WELL DESERVED HONOUR!

Mr. Emmmanuel Ibok, International Coordinator of Emmanuel Ekon Support Group Writes

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Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem: A true Patriot of Oro Nation

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By Meflyn Anwana

There is no better time than now to celebrate a true patriot, a man whose public service credentials, intellectual prowess, stellar characteristics among others necessitated his appointment by governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state as the secretary to the state government.

Dr. Ekwuwem who was named “the most productive individual” and was conferred with the prestigious award – the National Productivity Order of Merit – NPOM by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001 will be honored tomorrow by the people of Oro nation.

Tomorrow’s celebration by Oro nation is a testimony of how governor Udom Emmanuel has changed the storyline of politics in Akwa Ibom state forever, proving beyond doubts that the Oro nation is a big part of Akwa Ibom political landscape.

It is worthy of note that Ekwuwem as a technocrat  is nationally and internationally recognised as a foremost telecommunications genius and had served as a former president of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, president of Nigerian Internet Group, the immediate past board chairman of the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) and until his appointment, was the president of the Teledon Group.

As Oro Nation gets set to celebrate Dr. Ekwuwem and appreciate governor Udom Emmanuel for his magnanimity tomorrow, this will pass a strong message to young people that hard work, consistency, and commitment is vital to success.

Congratulation! Dr. Emmanuel Ekwuwem.
Of a truth Emmanuel is with us

 

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Simple ways to becoming a credible leader

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Simple ways to becoming a credible leader

By Dr Victor Udo

Credibility is vital for management at all levels.

According to Stephen Covey in a concept called “the speed of trust” A person builds trust, and when you fully trust someone, it enables you to work with them much more efficiently and productively than if you’re constantly worrying about them and assessing their abilities. In short, trust is a positive business difference maker.

Just as credibility is a key component of trust, it’s a vital element of effective leadership. When someone is viewed as highly credible, they’re seen as an asset, a valuable team player, someone you will be excited to work with.

“So how does one become fundamentally “credible”? While there are other suggestions, these are my top five based on personal experiences in the business, government and social sectors:”

RESULT ORIENTED

Management is nothing if not a results-oriented endeavor. Whatever your level – from line supervisor to CEO – you have to be able to deliver the results your organization needs to gain credibility. No results, no credibility.

BE TRANSPARENT

Plenty of employees are every bit as intelligent as their management and they spend a lot of time observing their management closely. Transparency matters, and there’s ample research supporting it. Want credibility? You’ve got to be straight with people or you’ll always be bucking the current, a trout swimming upstream.

TAKE TOUGH DECISIONS BOLDLY

 It’s easy to manage when things are going great. Not so simple when you face tough decisions. This is exactly what management is well compensated to do. 

BE CONSISTENT

Employees respond well to consistent behavior from their management. Unpredictability can be disturbing. In an uncertain world, people understandably like things they can depend on. If they can count on you, it means people believe what you say and you’re credible.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Again, this is basic but it’s often ignored and there’s no good alternative to it. If you don’t lead by example – if you “talk the walk but don’t walk the talk” – you’ll alienate more than motivate. Again, employees watch their management closely. If they conclude management is playing by its own set of rules, it kills credibility.

Always an invaluable leadership asset, credibility can do that for you.

About The Author

Dr. Victor Udo is the first ever Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Planning. He is helping the State to establish and execute a comprehensive sustainable development planning, implementation and evaluation process across various MDAs. Before joining the Akwa Ibom State Government, Dr. Udo was the manager, public policy research/development for Pepco Holdings, a fortune 500 USA company that is now part of Exelon Energy, the biggest utility company in the USA.  Under this role, he was involved in several local, state and federal government public policy issues including energy technology, social welfare and environmental regulations/legislations. Dr. Udo was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the Renewable Energy Taskforce where their recommendation made the State one of the leaders in renewable energy. He was subsequently appointed into the Planning Board in Delaware by the current USA Senator Chris Coons. As members of the Planning Board, they supervised the development of comprehensive plan and approval of infrastructural projects consistent with the plan, State and Federal laws.

 

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