cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong covers Nigeria’s South South region for PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with several years of experience in journalism practice. His areas of interest include politics, environment, oil and gas, women, youths, and child development. You can follow him on Twitter @CletusUkpong

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Oil Price: Southern governors ask for increased revenue allocation to states

Nigerian governors have expressed concern over the revenue accruing to the states from the federation account. The revenue, the governors say, do not reflect the “increase in prices as well as production capacity of oil” in the country. The governors, under the aegis of South-East/South-South Governors Forum, therefore urged the…

Odufuwa Sola

Jobless first class graduate gets instant employment after PREMIUM TIMES report

A first class Nigerian graduate, who had been unemployed for two years since she left the university, has been offered employment after PREMIUM TIMES published a report on her. Twenty-two-year-old Odufuwa Sola had almost given up and started learning tailoring at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, before the job offer came. The…

Udom Emmanuel

Gov. Emmanuel presents N651.5 billion budget to Akwa Ibom Assembly

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday, presented the state 2018 budget estimates to the state House of Assembly. The budget total is N651.500 billion, which is a significant increase compared with the N485.792 billion that was budgeted for the 2017 fiscal year. Mr. Emmanuel told the lawmakers that the…

Ibe Kachikwu

Nigeria to roll out new national policy on oil and gas — Minister

The Nigerian government says it is overhauling its policies on oil and gas and that it would soon roll out a new national policy for the sector. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said this on Monday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the second meeting of…

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Osinbajo decries large exodus of Nigerian doctors

The Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday decried the way Nigerian doctors were leaving the nation in droves saying the government now has an opportunity to bring back the doctors. Mr. Osinbajo, who spoke at the 60th-anniversary celebration of the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, said that the dismal…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police arrest five officers for allegedly killing kidnap suspects

The police in Cross River have confirmed that five of its officers, including a deputy superintendent of police, have been detained over the alleged extra-judicial killing of suspected kidnappers in the state. The policemen were involved in a rescue operation in which the kidnap victim – a businesswoman – was…

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Gunmen storm commissioner’s house, kill three

Three persons were killed in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Sunday when gunmen stormed the country home of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Udo Ekpenyong. The killing is coming two days after a similar incident where armed men riding a…

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano

Police assigns 221 officers to protect Gov. Obiano

The Nigeria police have denied withdrawing security aides attached to the governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano, saying the 221 police operatives attached to him were intact. Mr. Obiano on Tuesday during election meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, raised an alarm that the police had withdrawn his…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom Governor sacks Education Commissioner

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday, effected a minor change in the State Executive Council. Mr. Emmanuel sacked his Commissioner for Education, Paul Udofia, whom he replaced with Victor Inoka, a professor. The governor announced the creation of a new ministry, the Ministry of Labour, Productivity and…

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You lie, Jonathan replies Farida Waziri

A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has responded to the allegation made against him by the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Farida Waziri, that he encouraged corruption to thrive when he was leading the country. The Punch newspaper, on Sunday, reported that Mrs. Waziri claimed…

Boko Haram

Nigeria remains third most terrorised country as Boko Haram killings reduce 80%

The 2017 Global Terrorism Index, GTI, has been released, and Nigeria for the third year running remains the third most terrorised nation in the world. The country, which has been battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east for many years occupied the same ranking in 2015 and 2016. It…

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How I got car gift from typist – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday narrated an inspiring story of how he got a car gift from a typist, whom he said he assisted in his career-upgrade. Mr. Osinbajo shared the story on Twitter through his personal handle @ProfOsinbajo. “I turned 60 early this year. It was one…

Eno Ikpe

Akwa Ibom Commissioner is dead

The Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the death of a member of the State Executive Council. The deceased is Eno Ikpe, the Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry. Mrs. Ikpe, a professor, died on November 8 after a protracted illness, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Charles Udoh,…

NDDC

#Budget2018: Buhari increases allocation for Niger Delta development

President Muhammadu Buhari in his speech at the National Assembly, Tuesday, announced an allocation of N53.89 billion for the Niger Delta Ministry and N71.20billion for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in the 2018 budget proposal, a marked increase over last year. The total estimates for 2018 federal government budget…

Rivers students stranded in UK protest against Governor Wike. [Photo credit: BellaNaija]

Rivers students stranded in UK protest against Governor Wike

Some Nigerian students of Rivers State origin studying in the UK protested on Monday in London against the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike. The students who have been on the Rivers government scholarship are said to be stranded abroad because of the refusal of the state government to fund the scholarship.…

Nigerian police force

Suspected bank robbers arrested in Uyo

The police in Akwa Ibom have arrested three men suspected to be behind a number of bank robberies in the state. The state, especially its capital city, Uyo, has witnessed a series bank robberies of late. The police commissioner in the state, Zubairu Muazu, who paraded the three suspects before…

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Kidnapped British missionary killed in Delta State

A British man said to have been kidnapped while carrying out missionary work in Delta State, South-south of Nigeria, has been killed by his abductors, a UK newspaper, The Guardian, has reported. The victim, 56-year-old Ian Squire, was one of four British charity workers kidnapped from the rural community of…

Senator Godswill Akpabio flanked by Mr. Samuel Effanga (R) and Sunny Elijah (L), two APC members in Akwa Ibom State who recently defected to PDP

Akwa Ibom Assembly’s only APC member defects to PDP

The only member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Asuquo Archibong, who represents Urue Offong/Oruko State Constituency, was received into the PDP on Thursday by the National Chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi,…

Protest in Uyo by Akwa Ibom state students

Akwa Ibom students protest against Governor Emmanuel

Students of Akwa Ibom state origin studying in tertiary institutions on Thursday embarked on a peaceful protest against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, for allegedly "refusing to show interest in their welfare." The protesters, a handful of them, gathered in the afternoon at the gate of the Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat,…

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Nigeria among countries where journalists are killed with impunity — Report

Nigeria has been listed among the 12 countries in the world where journalists are slain and the killers evade justice. The country is ranked 11th out of the 12, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ. The report – annual Global Impunity Index…

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Jobless first class Nigerian graduate takes to Twitter to beg for employment

In a rare move that underscores the dire unemployment situation in the country, a first class Nigerian graduate has taken to Twitter to openly beg people to help her get a job. Odufuwa Sola, 22, from Ogun State, has remained jobless since she graduated in 2015 from Ajayi Crowther University,…

Nigerian police force

Akwa Ibom police relocate anti-kidnapping squad to kidnappers’ stronghold

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Zubairu Muazu, has ordered the special anti-kidnapping squad in the state to relocate from the state police headquarters to Etim Ekpo Local Government Area in the state. The police headquarters is in Ikot Akpan Abia, near Uyo. It is located about 45…

Beggars

Akwa Ibom Commissioner chides ‘money-begging’ youth

The Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Charles Udoh, has appealed to the youth in the state to do away with “begging mentality” and be creative in their thinking. Mr. Udoh, who spoke Thursday in an interview programme on Atlantic FM, said that creative and sustainable idea was the…

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Gov. Okowa launches lottery to ‘re-distribute income’

In an unusual move, the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has launched a lottery scheme which he says would help to “empower” the indigenes of the state. Mr. Okowa, who inaugurated the scheme on Thursday in Asaba, said that it has been approved by the Delta State Assembly. “It is…

NDDC students protesting in front of the British High Commission to Nigeria

Nigerian govt suspends NDDC scholarship programme

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, has ordered the immediate suspension of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC’s scholarship programme. The NDDC won't offer any new scholarship until the commission clears the backlog of payment meant for the old beneficiaries, the Ministry of Niger Delta said Wednesday on…