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Eket community laments ExxonMobil airstrip abandonment

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Inhabitants and indigenes of Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have communicated their worry over the supposed deserting ExxonMobil airstrip by the oil firm. As of not long ago, the airstrip prominently known as Mobil Airstrip was the main flying office which cooked for Mobil as well as the express government’s avionics needs.

Be that as it may, the office seems to have been deserted as the oil organization currently likes to belittle Victor Attah International Airport in the edges of Uyo to ship its staff seaward. Mr. Assam Abia, an inhabitant of Okopidi, where the airstrip is found, deplored the bothers brought about by ExxonMobil to their staff, unveiling that the runway seized to work very nearly a year back.

He said that every one of the flights and choppers utilized by ExxonMobil staff presently takes off from Victor Attah International Airport, which is situated far from Eket LGA.

“I think ExxonMobil is endeavoring to enroll their complaints about relentless obstructing of streets by the young people of the center networks,” he affirmed. Abia, in any case, said that the conclusion of the airstrip had made monetary backwardness the center networks in Akwa Ibom.

“At the point when the airstrip was practical, trivial brokers used to do organizations with the staff before they boarded the flying machine, however at this point, everything thing is at a halt.

“I have siblings whose flights take off to seaward at regular intervals from the airstrip; however, at this point, they withdraw from Victor Attah International Airport at Oron, which is a burden to them. The transportation from Eket to Oron air terminal is over the top expensive and awkward because every one of them conveys their baggage on their back to take off to seaward and Bonny,” he said.

Abia said that the staff working at the airstrip were excess since they get down to business and close around evening time doing nothing.

Mr. Joseph Idiok, another occupant of Eket, communicated alarm that the airstrip no long works in Eket, saying that his companions who worked seaward presently travel to Victor Attah International Airport on their way offshore.

“I’m distraught that airplanes never again land at the airstrip over one year now and accordingly, the staff pays a ton on transportation to make a trip from the air terminal to Eket principle town,” he said.

He asserted that the airstrip surrender had made untold hardship the general population of Eket individually and Akwa Ibom when all is said in done. Another local of the territory, Mr. Okon Utibe, communicated disappointment with the administration of the organization, saying that no airplane had landed or taken off in the previous year.

Utibe who lamented that there were no indications of the recovery of the runway or the airstrip itself, additionally communicated his stresses over the burdens brought about by the administration of the organization on the financial prosperity of the general population.

Be that as it may, in his response to the issue, Mr. Ogechukwu Udeagha, Manager, Media, and Communications ExxonMobil said; “this choice is a piece of our general endeavors to improve our operational productivity.

“Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) is focused on working with our networks and other applicable partners to concede to the best elective utilization of the property.”

We work “in a way that contributes ideally to the economy of Akwa Ibom by and large and Eket region specifically. We look for the comprehension and collaboration of our networks as we make this change,” Udeagha said.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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