cletusukpong

Cletus Ukpong, an assistant editor, covers the South-South region of Nigeria for Premium Times. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He can be reached through @CletusUkpong (Twitter); www.facebook.com/cukpong; and www.linkedin.com/in/cletus-ukpong-9309a036.

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A presidential aide, Ita Enang,

APC Convention: Akwa Ibom APC fights off criticism it took “nothing” back home

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has responded to criticism that it “couldn’t get” an executive position for the state at the just-concluded national convention of the party in Abuja. The criticism is being circulated online mainly by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who see…

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

EFCC to investigate abandoned NDDC projects

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission will soon visit the Niger Delta region to investigate abandoned Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)’s projects in the area. Mr Magu said this on Thursday while receiving a delegation from the National…

Mr Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom unemployment rate exaggerated – Official

The Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Charles Udoh, has faulted the inclusion of the state among those with high unemployment rate in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is ranked second among states with the highest unemployment rate, according to 2018 data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Oil company worker, two others killed in Akwa Ibom cult-war

Three persons have been killed in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, in the past four days in a renewed cult war in the city. Eket, which has significant presence of workers of Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of the American oil giant, ExxonMobil, is among the four local government areas mostly…

Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Onofiok Luke

Bill to compel companies to hire ‘indigenes’ passed by Akwa Ibom Assembly

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a bill which will ensure that companies doing business in the state hire at least 10 per cent of their senior workers and 70 per cent of junior workers from among the indigenes of the state. The bill requires the governor's…

Students inside unsafe structure at Ntiat and Mbak-1 Comprehensive Sec School, Itu

Gov Emmanuel speaks on decay in Akwa Ibom schools

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has, in apparent reaction to PREMIUM TIMES’ investigative series, spoken on the rot in the state’s public schools. The reports, which exposed the harrowing experience pupils, students, and teachers go through in the state’s broken education system – where some poor kids have to…

Students inside unsafe structure at Ntiat and Mbak-1 Comprehensive Sec School, Itu

Nigerians express shock over rot in Akwa Ibom public schools

Nigerians have expressed shock and angst over the rot in Akwa Ibom public schools following PREMIUM TIMES’ damning investigative series on how corruption, poor government planning, and outright neglect has ruined the education sector in one of Nigeria’s richest states. Akwa Ibom has multinationals like Mobil, an affiliate of the…

NNPC TOWERS

Mobil, NNPC clash over $250 million pipeline contract

Conflict of interest between Mobil Producing Nigeria and the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), may delay the award of a gas pipeline contract worth over $250 million in Nigeria. The contract, which is for the laying of gas export subsea…

Saint John Paul II School: Primary 4 pupils building a simple circuit in Science class

INVESTIGATION: Collapse of Public Schools: Inside the first-class schools children of Akwa Ibom elite attend

A black colour SUV with tinted windscreens rolls into the street from a gated house at Ewet Housing Estate, an exclusive residential area for the elite in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. A little girl, being chauffeur-driven and protected by armed policemen, is on her way to school. She…

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Akpabio cautions former aide for criticising Akwa Ibom governor

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has reacted to a media attack by his former aide against the Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel. The former aide, Clement Ikpatt, in a recent article posted on his Facebook page, accused Mr Emmanuel of inaugurating a fertiliser repacking plant in the state, and…

Obong University. [Photo credit: Abusidiqu]

Cultists abduct three female university students in Akwa Ibom

Three female students of Obong University in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were abducted in the early hours of Friday from their hostel by armed men. Police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, who confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, said one of the abducted students…

Herdsmen and their cattle occupy a section of the premises of the abandoned college

INVESTIGATION: Despite Shortage of Schools In State, Akwa Ibom Abandons Top Multi-Billion Naira College

Apart from many of its schools being dilapidated, Akwa Ibom also has shortage of public schools. This state of five million people has just 250 public secondary schools, a 2016 data shows. And a number of those schools, including the four science colleges and the seven technical colleges, are in…

Next of Kin group protesting at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

INVESTIGATION: Dehumanised and demoralised, unpaid teachers dying in Akwa Ibom

The shortage of teachers in Akwa Ibom public secondary schools has reached a disastrous level. Eunice Thomas, a former commissioner for education in the state, understood the enormity of the crisis at hand and made two attempts at tackling it. As a commissioner then, she declared a state of emergency…

University of Ibadan (UI)

University of Ibadan listed among top 1,000 universities in the world

The University of Ibadan (UI) is among the top 1,000 universities in the world. The premier Nigerian university is ranked 991st worldwide, and 14th in Africa, according to the 2018/19 edition of the global rankings released today by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). Apart from UI, no other…

File photo of Resident Doctors

Doctors launch app to reduce patient-waiting time in Nigerian hospitals

A group of medical doctors has launched a mobile app aimed at reducing patient-waiting time in Nigerian hospitals. Patients in public hospitals in the country spend an average of two hours before they are attended to by a doctor, according to a report. The app, known as KompleteCare, can be…

Inside the unkempt boys' dormitory at St. Mary's Science College, Ediene Abak, Akwa Ibom, (Cletus Ukpong)

INVESTIGATION: Inside The Akwa Ibom Top Science College Where Students Are Raised In Squalour, “Like Animals”

Almost everything – everything that makes a school a school -- is in a state of decay at St. Mary’s Science College, Ediene Abak, in oil-rich Akwa Ibom State. The ruins of the old cottages making up the boys’ dormitory can be seen a few meters away. Blown-off roofs, partly-collapsed…

Students inside unsafe structure at Ntiat and Mbak 1 Comprehensive Sec Sch, Itu

INVESTIGATION: Learning In Tears: Inside the massive decay in public schools in oil-rich Akwa Ibom

It has just finished raining and it is cold this Tuesday morning in July 2017. This reporter is visiting the Annang Peoples Primary School, Ikot Iyire, Abak, in oil-rich Akwa Ibom State. Three pupils between the ages of three and four lay fast asleep on bare floor inside a classroom. The doors and…

APC logo used to illustrate the story.

Fresh crisis hits Akwa Ibom APC, as party picks ‘ineligible’ consensus candidate

The inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom to elect a new state chairman and other executive members of the party has thrown it into a fresh crisis. The APC is holding its state congress nationwide today. A meeting convened on Friday night at the Uyo residence…

Doctors from Society for Family Physicians of Nigeria administering free medical tests to teachers in a local school in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

What we’re doing to improve patient-doctor relationship in Nigeria – Medical Practitioners

Some medical doctors in Nigeria say they are working to reverse the poor relationship between patients and doctors in public hospitals in the country. The spokesperson for the Society for Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON), Uyo zone, Sophia Usuwa, said family physicians in the country have introduced “patient-centred care model”…

Nigerian Army

Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls group raises questions over Army’s claim of rescuing 1,000 people

The #BringBackOurGirls group, Wednesday, raised questions which they want the federal government and the Nigerian army to answer over the claim by the army that it has rescued 1,000 people said to have been held captive by the Boko Haram terrorists. The army through its spokesperson, Texas Chukwu, said on…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP writes UN, says Buhari destroying Nigeria’s democracy

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has filed a petition at the United Nations (UN) against President Muhammadu Buhari. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, told the world body that Mr Buhari has a predetermined plan to…

Late Ubong Otong

Nigerian journalist dies

A journalist in Akwa Ibom State, Ubong Otong, is dead. Mr Otong, 50, died on April 3 at the Emmanuel Hospital, Eket, his younger brother, Mfon, told PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday. “He came back home feeling so weak and was finding it difficult to breathe, we rushed him to the hospital…

Nigeria Police

Police kill leader of criminal gang in Akwa Ibom

The police in Akwa Ibom State have killed the leader of a criminal gang notorious for terrorising people in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas. The corpse of the gang leader, identified by his nickname Stainless, was displayed at the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, before journalists and…

Remains of a mosque hit by a suspected female suicide bomber during an early morning prayer at Londonciki-Simari area of Maiduguri on Monday

46% of Nigerians think senior govt officials behind extremist violence – Report

Some Nigerians think government officials at different levels in Nigeria give backing to extremist groups perpetuating violence attacks in the country, says a report by an international research group, Afrobarometer. According to the report, 46 per cent of Nigerians polled by the group think that some senior officials in the…

'Stop the soot' protest walk in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Civil societies protest against air pollution in Rivers

Civil society groups are leading residents of Rivers in a protest walk in Port Harcourt against air pollution in the state. The protest, which is ongoing, had the people marching to the gate of the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State House of Assembly, and the office of the…