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Udom Emmanuel, Where Is Our Money? by Clement Ikpatt

For three years, Gov. Udom Emmanuel copiously insinuated and hid behind the excuse of having inherited huge debts from his predecessor and mentor, Chief Godswill Akpabio.

To any audience with listening ears, Mr. Udom Emmanuel lamented his lack of funds to pay outstanding gratuities and pensions. Many Akwa Ibomites believed him, sympathizing with his government for the lack of funds to maintain of old projects and to start new ones.

Unwilling to disclose details of inherited debts and despite being under intense pressure from the State House of Assembly members and other citizens to unmask the States debt profile,  Gov. Emmanuel and his aides spared neither effort nor opportunity to emphasize his frugal disposition, especially given his erstwhile career background as a banking executive.

It was politically convenient to directly accuse or insinuate that ex Governor Godswill Akpabio was at fault for having taken so many huge loans. Enraged Akwa Ibomites believed their governor, least suspecting that Mr. Udom Emmanuel and his aides were deliberately stretching a lie too far in order to discredit the former governor.

On June 13, 2018), the truth bubbled up to the surface as a media aide to Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Mr. Jackson Udom, unequivocally stated in a Press Statement what the Udom Emmanuel government never wanted Akwa Ibomites to know. He was reacting to a social media publication that ex Gov. Akpabio left behind a whopping five hundred billion Naira (N500 billion).

“The Akpabio government obtained loans totalling N80 billion only. Loans were duly approved of by the State House of Assembly, Jackson Udom stated.

He also stated that the Akpabio government, in 2015, handed over an unpaid debt burden of less than N60 billion to the Udom Emmanuel government in addition to revenue enablers such as hospitals, hotels, an International Airport, an International Stadium, the Ibom Power Plant, a Gas Processing Plant at Esit Eket and others.

In an inexplicable twist of fate rendering as a cold war between Gov. Emmanuel and his predecessor, the revenue enablers, meant to boost the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile, are either abandoned or not operating in full capacities.

Akpabio’s media aide further stated that the Gov. Emmanuel government inherited at least thirty seven highways, flyovers and bridges in addition to over one hundred and five million United States dollars ($103 million), which is due from the ongoing Paris Club refund.

Rolling out more details, Mr Jackson Udom disclosed that “the Akpabio government handed over verified refund due to the State in excess of N145 billion (one hundred and forty five billion naira) committed to federal infrastructure.”

“These are in addition to National Assembly approved refund through bonds of which Akwa Ibom gets seventy eight billion Naira (Ñ78 billion)”, he stated.

Capping these disclosures, Mr. Jackson maintained that the Akpabio government received less than N1.7 trillion in eight years and that Akwa Ibom State owed only the United Bank of Africa (UBA) while Godswill Akpabio was governor.

More than one week since these revelations, neither Gov. Udom Emmanuel nor any official of the Akwa Ibom State Government has reacted.

By Mr. Jackson Udom’s disclosures, the Akpabio debt fog was lifted to expose appears to be a ludicrous and malicious web of lies spun by the Udom government.

As expected, mixed reactions by Akwa Ibomites from various walks of life have registered a common concern, which is that there is the possibility of massive corruption and squandermania going on in the Udom Emmanuel government, such as has never been heard of or seen in the State.

In recent weeks, there have been series of damning reports exposing sectoral rot and policies failures especially in the education, health  and industrial sectors. Many Akwa Ibomites openly accuse embattled Gov. Emmanuel of fostering cultures of secrecy, unaccountability and misinformation. On many occasions, Government has been caught embellishing some projects status and outrightly lying about many others.

These have Akwa Ibomites so embarrassed and talking all over: never before have they seen this low level governance leading to squandermania of goodwill and blighting poverty in a State rated first in the nation with regards to monthly statutory allocations.

Udom Emmanuel’s government is not known for many developmental projects, but for many controversial and scam projects. Altogether, cost of projects embarked upon by government do not reflect the stream of statutory and other revenues accruing to Akwa Ibom State since 2015.

With regards to the Akwa Ibom debts and revenue, it is now clear that government has been lying about paying off so much of huge debts left behind by the Akpabio government. Instead, government has creatively restructured most debts into long term facilities thereby freeing up funds presumably for development projects. So, to the majority of Akwa Ibomites, the big question is: what has Gov. Udom Emmanuel been doing with Akwa Ibom State money?

Akwa Ibomites also believe that Gov. Udom Emmanuel has not been accountable with regards to the Paris Club refund ($105 million), Federal Government refunds and bonds (about N223 billion), undisclosed Internally Generated Revenue, monthly statutory allocations and derivation funds and other streams of revenue since June 2015.

Akwa Ibomites can no longer afford or tolerate a low performance and an unaccountable government that notoriously misinforms, scams and squanders both goodwill and resources.

Oyo 2019; Is This Gov. Ajimobi’s Joker? Meet The Man Many Are Talking About, Joseph Tegbe

The game plan for those competing to take over the baton of leadership from Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State come 2019 seems to have changed, with the declaration of Joseph Tegbe, a KPMG topshot and a close ally of the Governor.

 

The decision to join the train of people interested in becoming the Governor of Oyo State by Tegbe has changed the formula, positioning and the political climate of the State.

 

The coming of Tegbe added to the list of the most qualified candidates swarming around Governor Ajimobi for his support in picking the ticket of the All Peoples Congress.

 

The likes of Soji Eniade, a former Chief of Staff, Bayo Adelabu, Soji Akanbi, Ayodeji Karim and many others were on the list of those seeking the Governor’s blessing with the coming of Tegbe disrupting the expectations and formula most of the candidates would have dispensed to their favour.

 

A source revealed to papermacheonline that ‘Joseph is a good friend of Governor Ajimobi, they have been friends for a long time. They are not just friends, they are very close’.

 

The late entry of Tegbe had stirred the waters, even the opposition sees him as a candidate they can not under estimate.

 

Tegbe has a sound profile that qualifies him for the top job, and just like the Governor, Abiola Ajimobi he has a robust corporate experience and connection.

 

Tegbe was born in Oyo Town and of Ibadan ancestral descent from Jegede compound in Labo area of Ibadan, he is a First Class graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in Osun State.

 

A Partner and Head of the Technology Advisory practice of KPMG in Nigeria with deep experience in servicing various clients across the public and private sectors of the economy, delivering value-added results with industry leading practices. Joseph has garnered over 27 years of extensive experience in providing various management and technology advisory services including sector reforms, governmental strategy implementation advisory, public sector management, institutional diagnostic review, business strategy and transformation advisory, accounting and financial management system design, change enablement, process design and enterprise-wide organizational transformation services, SAP/ERP Advisory, IT strategy and planning, information management, IT system selection, design and implementation support, systems deployment, MIS application/implementation support and data management strategy.

The Many Lies Of Udom Emmanuel by Clement Ikpatt

On Friday, June 01, 2018, Udom Emmanuel invited his predecessor, Sen. Godswill Akpabio (PDP, Akwa Ibom) to commission the Greenwell Technologies Fertilizer Blending Plant located in Abak Local Government Area.

The much publicized commissioning was for the following purposes:
1. to officially commence the production of fertilizer products by a Public Private Partnership between Greenwell Technologies and the Akwa Ibom State Government.
2. to register as a milestone in the implementation of Udom Emmanuel’s industrialization policy while standing as Nigeria’s best (400,000 metric tons per year) fertilizer producing facility.
3. to unfold as one of major events celebrating the third anniversary of Udom Emmanuel’s government.
A Big Scam
It is now irrefutable that Udom Emmanuel takes Akwa Ibom people as illiterate _(he actually said that some Akwa Ibomites are illiterate)_ fools who can be sold snake oil put in any deceptive package.
There is no fertilizer manufacturing or blending operations by Greenwell Technologies. Ralther than for the above stated purposes, the commissioning ceremony spun to expose the underbelly of a desperate and dysfunctional government scamming invited guests and other Akwa Ibomites into believing a phantom industrialization project.There are neither raw materials nor blending machines for the production of different types of fertilizer as claimed by the Udom Emmanuel government. There is a simple bagging machine (see picture below) for the repackaging of bulk fertilizer products supplied from elsewhere.
For the sake of emphasis, let me repeat that there is no fertilizer manufacturing or blending taking place at the Greenwell Technologies facility in Abak. Rather, what was commissioned is a dilapidating warehouse for the repackaging of bulk and finished fertilizer products.
Greenwell Technologies has no staff list because no one is yet been employed. It is also shocking to discover that the company has neither filed for approval from the National Security Adviser (NSA) to manufacture fertilizer products nor file for Standards Organization (SON) certification. Both certifications are required so that explosives and other illegal items are not mananufactured using raw materials for fertilizer production.

I challenge the management of Greenwell Technologies and the Akwa Ibom State Government to provide those certifications if available.
Whoever disagrees should go on a fact finding tour of the warehouse. I call on concerned Akwa Ibom citizens and independent investigators and Journalists to visit and tour the facility in order to verify my assertions.
A Sloppy, Disrespectful And Embarrassing Event
Not only was Sen. Godswill Akpabio deceived into commissioning a mere fertilizer repackging warehouse, he was denied due honour, respect and standard practice of citing his name on the official plaque. In hindsight, it is good that his name is not engraved on anything to do with Udom Emmanuel’s violation of the Akwa Ibom people.

Udom Emmanuel’s name was engraved on the marble plaque (see picture below) as the official who commissioned the warehouse facility. The dishonour may have been deliberately and spitefully done in anticipation that when capacity will have been added unto a full blown fertilizer producing plant., if ever, Udom Emmanuel should take the glory.Sen. Akpabio must have been thoroughly embarrassed, knowing how meticulous he is with details and his knack for excellence. When he commissioned roads constructed by Gov. Nyesom Wike in Rivers State (see picture below), his name was properly cited. But, in Udom Emmanuel’s Akwa Ibom State, Sen. Akpabio was set up to be deliberately embarrassed and disrespected.
A Dilapidating Warehouse
The Greenwell Technolgies fertilizer repackaging warehouse sits on where the abandoned PAMIL Nigeria Limited was.
PAMIL, a South Eastern State owned palm oil trading company established about fifty years was sold to the late Chief Ime Umanah, but the land and facilities bought over by Akwa Ibom State government during the Godswill Akpabio administration.
Neither Greenwell Technologies nor Akwa Ibom State has done any major site rehabilitation work since the little that was done by the late Chief Ime Umanah (see pictures below). Even the German flooring is as incomplete as it was left decades ago.
Yet, Udom Emmanuel continues to embarrass Akwa Ibomites with wanton lies about his phantom industrialization of Akwa Ibom State.
Udom’s Wanton Lies

There is nothing more industrial in repackaging bulk and already blended fertilizer products than the repacking of bulk rice supplies into different bag sizes.So, Udom Emmanuel lied all the way through, just as he has been lying about to the world about his industrialization of Akwa Ibom State.
Serially lying about the set up of industries has become a signpost of the Udom Emmanuel government. Industrialization begets a manufacturing economy. Yet, in Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel’s industrialization policy implementation plan begets mere products packaging operations:
1. the Pencil and Toothpick packaging warehouse in Ekom Oman, near Uyo, was presented as an industrial facility. In reality, pencil parts are imported from China and assembled in the operationally epileptic cottage facility. There are just a few low level employees packing pencils and toothpick in a warehouse that struggles to pay its rent.
2. the electric meter solutions facility in Onna was presented as an electric meters manufacturing facility. In reality, it is an assembly line for meter parts manufactured in China.
3. the controversial Jubilee Syringe factory in Onna was presented as manufacturing facility. In reality, all needle and plastic components are imported and assembled into syringes in the facility.
4. the Ibaka Deep Seaport project, the grandfather scam project of the Udom Emmanuel government, is 75% documents ready. In reality, what should have been the industrialization anchor has been craftily abandoned in Udom’s web of lies mixed with leadership incompetence.
Akwa Ibom people are in for a long drawn scam from a clueless administration. I am making a modest request to anyone who doubts what I am writing here. Anybody who says Akwa Ibom has a Fertilizer Blending Plant should immediately organize a facility tour of the plant by independent Journalists and they should come back here and post their findings. The conclusion will be that there is no such Blending Plant anywhere.

COURT DISMISS BAYO SHITTU’S SUITS AGAINST OYO GOVT

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola on Wednesday disclosed that the case instituted by the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu against the Oyo State Government, Saki Local Government Council and others have been dismissed by the Oyo State High Court of justice sitting in Saki division.

Similarly, the Attorney General also revealed that the Oyo State High Court has dismissed the case filed to challenge the constitutionality of the Special environmental sanitation days in Oyo-State in a suit I/128/2016 filed by one Kayode Oloyede against the Attorney-General of Oyo State & Oyo State House of Assembly (OYHA), explaining that the Claimant had urged the court to set aside the environmental sanitation days in the state on the ground of not being constitutional and lawful.

Mr. Abimbola stated that the resumed hearing of the court filed by Alhaji Adebayo Shittu came up on April 24, 2018, and the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Lateef A. Ganiyu, in a considered ruling dismissed in its entirety the Honourable minister’s Suit no HSK/30/2017.

According to the Attorney General, “You will recall this was the suit in which the Minister was claiming ownership of a parcel of land where a fire station is presently sited. Shittu had claimed the land was granted to him by Saki Parapo on which he planned to build an ICT centre but the local Government claimed the land belonged to her and never granted same to the Minister at any time.”

Abimbola said that the Oyo State Government had at the commencement of the suit filed a preliminary objection against same contending among other things, that the claimant, Shittu had no locus standi to institute the suit, calling him a meddlesome interloper and that there was no reasonable cause of action disclosed by his claims in court.

He noted that the court in its ruling on the argument of the State counsel from the Office of the Attorney-General of Oyo State, found that the claimant did not present any substantial prima facie case to show any legal right capable of being contested on the land in dispute, and further held that the case as constituted disclosed no reasonable cause of action against the defendants.

The Attorney General disclosed that the suit was accordingly dismissed by the court and this puts to an end the claims and counterclaims of the Minister against the Local Government on the said land.

Abimbola explained that Kayode Oloyede in his suit urged the court to set aside the environmental sanitation days in the state on ground of not being constitutional and lawful
as well as praying to the court to adopt the position taken against Lagos State by the Court of

Appeal in a suit which struck down the Lagos State environmental day as being unconstitutional same not having been created by any existing law.

The Attorney General noted that in a considered judgment at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, April 30, 2018, the Hon. Justice Oni Esan of the Oyo State High Court dismissed the claimant’s case.

“The trial judge distinguished the Lagos State case from the present one, and held that whereas
the court of Appeal so held against Lagos State environmental sanitation days on the ground of same not being a creation of law thus could not be enforced against the plaintiff therein, whereas the Oyo State environmental sanitation days are held pursuant to the provisions of the Oyo State Environmental Law of 2012, 2015, and regulations made thereunder, making the Oyo State exercise legal and constitutional unlike the scenario created in the Lagos case.

“She further held that section 45 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
shows the rights claimed by the Claimant were not absolute and could not invalidate any law justifiable in a democratic society in the interest of public order, public health, defence, public safety, etc,” Abimbola stated.

 

 

‘thanks for coming’ Guber Hopeful, Bayo Adelabu Woos Gov Ajimobi’s Brother, Wasiu With N1M Cash Gift

It’s sure an interesting time in Oyo State at the moment. A lot of politicking, consultations, inducement is abound ahead the 2019 general elections.

One of the most popular contenders for the governorship position, a seasoned banker and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bayo Adelabu has taken his game to the home front of the Governor of Oyo State by trying to win his sibling, Wasiu to his side.

Adelabu did this by presenting the Governor’s brother a million Naira cash gift at a meeting in Abuja.

Stories abound that the banker who is rumored to have resigned his position at the apex bank to pursue his political ambition had invited Wasiu Ajimobi and some other stakeholders in the politics of the State to his home in Abuja.

As expected they all had a quality moment, brainstorming with Adelabu initiating moves and promises while seeking their support  to be his ears and eyes and also influence Governor Ajimobi to support his bid to get the APC governorship ticket.

The words of encouragement by the politicians and the Governor’s blood brother must have sweetened Adelabu’s mind as he gave each of his guests a million Naira with a promise of more to come if they can do his bidding and push his interest far ahead of others.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that Wasiu who understands and predict the mind and ways of his Governor-brother puts a call to him while at the airport, enroute Ibadan and narrated all that happened during the meeting and the N1M gift.

The move taken by the banker has fueled what many termed as him being over-ambitious. It was said that the grandson of the late Ibadan politician, Adegoke Adelabu doubted Governor Ajimobi’s words to support his ambition, there are strong indications that the Oyo State Governor has already made up his mind as to whom to support in 2019 and that Bayo Adelabu’s name is not in the plan.

The CBN topshot was said to have earlier sought the backing of APC chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, clandestinely before taking a final resort by making the Governor’s kid brother one of his most reliable power brokers.

 

OYO GOVT PICKS THURSDAY FOR SPEAKER’S BURIAL

Oyo State Government on Monday announced that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adesina Micheal Adeyemo, will be buried at his residence in Lanlate Area of the state on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said that the Service of Songs for Hon. Adeyemo, who died on Friday, April 27, 2018 after a brief illness, will hold on Wednesday, May 2 at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Oke Ado Ibadan by 4pm.

He said that there will be a Special Session and Lying in State at the House of Assembly Complex on Thursday by 8am and the Motorcade leaves for Lanlate thereafter for the Funeral Service at New Garage Park, Lanlate Oyo State by 12noon.

Rt. Adeyemo, the Speaker of the 8th Assembly , represented the Ibarapa East State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, was sworn in as Speaker of the State House of Assembly on June 12, 2015.

Prior to his position as Speaker, he was Deputy Chief Whip of the House, member of Fund Allocation, Works and Transport, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Appropriation and Public Finance committees of the 7th House of Assembly.

The late Speaker was the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Conference of Speakers and also the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, among Speakers of the States’ Houses of Assembly.

He was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association. He also served in the executive committee of the Ibadan branch of the NBA as an Auditor and Assistant Secretary.

Dignataries from all walks of life across the country are expected at what Arulogun stated will be a state burial for the late Speaker who is survived by his wife, children and aged parents.

Stirring The Hornet’s Nest; Oyo approves Beaded Crowns, Coronets for 48 Obas

 

The Oyo State Government has approved Beaded Crowns and Coronets for 48 Obas across the state, saying that the decision was taken after due consultation in a meeting with members of the Council of Obas and Chiefs.

The government said that the approval was in line with the exercise of powers conferred on the Governor by Section 28(1) of the Chiefs Law Cap 28, Vol. 1 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria and by virtue of all other powers enabling in that behalf, stressing that the approval has been gazetted with Oyo State Notice No. 20-67 of Oyo State of Nigeria Gazette No. 3, Vol. 43 published 29th March, 2018 and endorsed under the Governor’s Command by the Secretary to the State Government, Ishmael Olalekan Alli.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism stated on Wednesday in Ibadan that 26 Obas will wear Beaded Crown based on the approval, while the remaining 22 will be Coronet wearing Obas, stating that over 100 applications were received for Beaded Crowns from all the geo-political zones of the state.

Arulogun disclosed that the consultative meeting with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs was attended by 23 Obas and Chiefs led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, saying that three of the Obas could not attend due to old age while the other three others did not attend for different reasons.

The Government spokesman stated that after a thorough and fruitful deliberation, the consultative meeting unanimously stepped down the approval for six chiefs, promising that further approvals will be issued in due course.

He pointed out that the elevation of the Baales stepped down would go for further consultations noting that what the Chiefs Law requires is consultation of the council and not approval.

He said that Beaded Crowns were approved for the Alajaawa of Ajaawa in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government (LG) area of the state, the Aale of Oke’Lerin in Ogbomoso North LG, the Onijabata of Jabata in Surulere LG, the Onigbeti of Igbeti in Olorunsogo LG, the Ajoriiwin of Irawo in Atisbo LG, the Asawo of Ayete in Ibarapa North LG, the Obalufon of Sepeteri in Saki East LG and the trio of the Oluigbo of Igbojaye, the Olokaka of Okaka and the Eleyinpo of Ipapo, in Itesiwaju LG.

Others are the Oloje of Oje-Owode in Saki East LG, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan South East LG, the Balogun of Ibadanland in Ibadan North East LG, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan South West LG, the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland in Ona-Ara LG, the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland in Ibadan North LG, the Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan North West, the Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland in Akinyele Local Government, the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland in Oluyole LG, the Ekerin Balogun of Ibadanland in Ido LG, the Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland in Egbeda LG, the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanlan in Lagelu LG, the Elempe of Tapa in Ibarapa North and the trio of Oniware of Iware, Oni Fiditi of Fiditi and the Onimini of Imini from Afijio LG.

Arulogun stressed that the approved Coronet wearing Obas include Onijaiye of Ijaiye, Oniroko of Iroko and Onikereku of Ikereku in Akinyele LG, Ololodo of Olodo, Elerunmu of Erunmu and Elegbeda of Egbeda in Egbeda LG, Onido from Ido, Alakufo of Akufo, Oloke of Okelade-Okin, the Olomi of Omi-Adio and Alawotan of Awotan in Ido LG, Olofa-Igbo of Ofa Igbo, Onilagun of Lagun, Onilalupon of Lalupon, Onilegbon of Ile-Igbon, Ologburo of Ogburo and Elejioku of Ejioku, all in Lagelu LG.

Others are Alaba of Aba-Nla, Onidiayunre of Idi-Ayunre and Onilatunde of Olatunde in Oluyole LG, Alakaran of Akanran and Alajia of Ajia in Ona-Ara LG.