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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Abubakar Malami

Student sues Nigerian govt for appointing interim management for Maritime Academy

A Nigerian student has asked the Federal High Court, Uyo, to restrain an interim management committee from running the affairs of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom state. The federal government, through the Ministry of Transport, in September set up an interim management to run the affairs of…

Oby Ezekwesili

National Assembly to blame for “Low Public Trust” in Nigeria’s democracy – Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education and a co-leader of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili, has blamed the National Assembly for the “low public trust” in Nigeria’s democracy. “The reason we continue after 18 years of uninterrupted democracy to have low public trust in our society is because of the quality…

Abdulrasheed Maina

No court has found Maina guilty of any crime – Buhari’s aide

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari has said no court has found fugitive federal civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, guilty of any offence. Mr. Maina was recently reinstated and promoted to a higher position, prompting a national outrage which caused Mr. Buhari to order his immediate dismissal. The president on Monday…

The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. [Photo credit: the Official Blog of THE INK Newspaper - blogger]

Akwa Ibom governor speaks on closure of N41 billion hospital

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has revealed how bad the situation was at the Ibom Specialist Hospital before the multi-billion naira state-owned facility in Uyo was eventually shut down. The hospital, built at the cost of N41 billion and inaugurated just two years ago by the previous administration of…

The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. [Photo credit: the Official Blog of THE INK Newspaper - blogger]

Akpabio keeps mum on closure of N41 billion Akwa Ibom hospital

The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, says he has chosen to be silent on the closure of the multi-billion naira Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo. The hospital, said to have been built at the cost of N41 billion by the Akpabio administration, was shut down in September…

Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; South East Zonal PDP Chairman, Chief Austin Umahi; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; his Abia State counterpart; Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State; Dr. Kelechi Igwe; and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, during a meeting of PDP Zonal Executive Committee at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

PDP begs governors to be “very sacrificial” in electing new leaders

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appealed to the state governors within the party and members of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, NCC, to be ready to make sacrifices during the forthcoming National Convention of the party. The convention is scheduled for December. The Forum of Peoples Democratic Party State…

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa [Photo: Ebal's Blog]

Gov. Okowa presents N298.078 billion budget to Delta Assembly

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday presented the 2018 budget estimates of the state to the state House of Assembly. The budget total is N298.078 billion. The government plans to spend N150.5 billion on capital expenditure, which represents 50.52 per cent of the budget, while the recurrent expenditure…

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Monkepox vaccination rumour spreads to Akwa Ibom

The false rumour that the Nigerian Army was injecting school children with poisonous vaccination has spread to Akwa Ibom, prompting an abrupt shut-down of some schools within the state. Villagers in Ekpene Ukim, Uruan Local Government Area of the state, were said to have poured into a public school –…

Onofiok Luke

Akwa Ibom, Cross River Houses of Assembly to hold joint sitting

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is set to celebrate its silver jubilee. The state was created from the then Cross River State on September 23, 1987, by the military administration of Ibrahim Babangida and was governed for four years by different military administrators. The first Assembly was inaugurated…

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Pat Utomi returns to social media after two years of absence

A Nigerian economist and politician, Pat Utomi, says he is returning to the social media after he was forced to quit because of the activities of fraudsters. Mr. Utomi told PREMIUM TIMES that he has been away from Facebook, Twitter, and other similar sites for about two years. In a…

George Weah

Liberia election “peaceful, well-conducted” – International observers

International observers, under the aegis of the National Democratic Institute, NDI, have given thumbs up to the just conducted elections in Liberia. A renowned footballer, George is reported to be in the early lead so far, in the country’s presidential election. The NDI, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group concerned with strengthening…

Some of the cars recovered by the EFCC warehoused by the ex-Customs Boss

WAEC letter admitted as exhibit in forgery case against federal lawmaker

A letter written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, over the investigation of a federal lawmaker, Nse Ekpenyong, for forgery, was on Friday admitted as an exhibit by the Federal High Court, Uyo. Mr. Ekpenyong, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party,…

epa05113059 (FILE) A file photo dated 30 July 2015 showing a company flag flying infront of the head office of Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague, The Netherlands. Royal Dutch Shell plc on 20 January 2016 reported a sharp fall in profits for the last quarter of 2015 as low oil prices hit earnings and the company restructured to reduce costs. Shell said it expected fourth-quarter earnings to be between 1.6 billion and 1.9 billion dollars, down from 4.2 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2014. Full-year earnings, including the impact of lower prices on the company's oil inventory, are expected to total 10.4 billion to 10.7 billion dollars, about 45 per cent lower than the 19 billion dollars reported in 2014.  EPA/JERRY LAMPEN [Photo Credit: Financial Times]

Group drags Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill 

A Non-Governmental Organisation has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London,…

epa05113059 (FILE) A file photo dated 30 July 2015 showing a company flag flying infront of the head office of Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague, The Netherlands. Royal Dutch Shell plc on 20 January 2016 reported a sharp fall in profits for the last quarter of 2015 as low oil prices hit earnings and the company restructured to reduce costs. Shell said it expected fourth-quarter earnings to be between 1.6 billion and 1.9 billion dollars, down from 4.2 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2014. Full-year earnings, including the impact of lower prices on the company's oil inventory, are expected to total 10.4 billion to 10.7 billion dollars, about 45 per cent lower than the 19 billion dollars reported in 2014.  EPA/JERRY LAMPEN [Photo Credit: Financial Times]

Group drags Shell to London court over 2011 Nigeria Bonga oil spill

A Non-Governmental Organisation has filed a suit in a London court against Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, SNEPCO, over a 2011 oil spill in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The NGO, the Oil Spills Victims Vanguard, filed the case on September 21 at the TTC High Court of Justice, London,…

Governor Nyesom Wike

Wike vows justice against killers of 10 people in Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed that those responsible for Monday’s gruesome killing in the state would be brought to justice. Armed persons stormed Ngbuoshimini community in Obio/Apkor Local Government Area of the state in the early hours, killing 10 people. The police said the motive for the…

Nigerian police in Borno

Again robbers attack bank customers in Uyo, cart away money

Armed robbers on Tuesday attacked a pick-up truck in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and carted away an undisclosed sum of money. The incident happened at about 1 p.m. near the ring road along Abak Road. The police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES,…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Nigerian Senator says questioning him on lawmakers’ salaries ‘silly’

A Nigerian senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has said that it is ''silly for certain Nigerians to come to him with questions on the salaries of senators.'' Mr. Murray-Bruce, 61, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District, said Saturday on Twitter, “Except you are my constituent, it is silly for anyone to have…

US Embassy, Abuja

U.S. celebrates national holiday, closes embassy in Nigeria

The United States government has announced that its embassy in Abuja and its Consulate General Office in Lagos will remain closed on Monday because of the country’s national holiday. The government, which issued the announcement on Monday morning on Twitter, using its official handle @USEmbassyAbuja, said that today is celebrated…

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Monkeypox: Bayelsa doctor, two others fully recovered, others getting better – Official

The Bayelsa State government says some persons in the state infected with the deadly Monkeypox virus have started showing signs of recovery. Twelves persons were quarantined in the state after the first case of suspected monkeypox infection was reported a few days ago. The virus later spread to the neighbouring…

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Nigeria vs Zambia match: No one died, at least six injured, Police, Akwa Ibom govt say

The Police in Akwa Ibom State have stated that six persons were injured Saturday in Uyo during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia. The Nigeria Super Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 to become the first African country to qualify for the World Cup which…

Monkeypox

Monkeypox spreads to Akwa Ibom

One case of Monkeypox has been recorded in Akwa Ibom State, an official has confirmed. At least 13 people suspected to be affected by the viral disease are on admittance in hospitals in neighbouring Bayelsa and Rivers states. The Commissioner for Information in the Akwa Ibom, Charles Udoh, in a…

The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. [Photo credit: the Official Blog of THE INK Newspaper - blogger]

Akwa Ibom Assembly says not aware of closure of multi-billion naira hospital

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly says it is not aware that the state-owned Ibom Specialist Hospital has been shut down. PREMIUM TIMES newspaper broke the news on Thursday about the closure of the multi-million dollars hospital which was built and inaugurated just two years ago by the then…

The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. [Photo credit: the Official Blog of THE INK Newspaper - blogger]

N41 billion Akwa Ibom ‘world class’ hospital shut down

The Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been shut down, just two years after it was built and commissioned by the administration of former governor Godswill Akpabio. Almost all the health workers in the hospital were foreigners, mostly from India. Mr. Akpabio had boasted that the hospital,…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Again, Akwa Ibom governor attacks NDDC

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has again hit hard on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, warning the commission not to embark on development projects in any of the Niger Delta states without first seeking the governors’ permission. Mr. Emmanuel, who was addressing a security summit for the…

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria earns N13.5 billion from cashew nuts, as fgovt shores up non-oil exports

Nigeria’s effort to diversify the economy appears to be yielding results with increased revenue from cashew nuts and other agriculture products' export. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, during a presentation on Thursday at the National Economic Council meeting said that the country’s agriculture exports in the…