Akpabio: A ‘Prophet’ Honoured At Home

By Anietie Ekong The people of Akwa Ibom State rewrote the scriptures penultimate week when they trooped out enmasse to celebrate their illustrious son, Senator Godswill Akpabio as the President of the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chairman of the National Assembly and the number three man of the country. The occasion was the civic reception in his honour by the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. The Holy Book says “But Jesus said unto them, a Prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” According to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Umo Eno, himself a Pastor at the pre-event banquet to honour Senator Akpabio, “I wish we had a thermometer to measure the temperature of Akwa Ibom State tonight, you will understand that everyone is happy; happy because you have come home to see your people and that we can see you again in this facility that God used your hands to build many, many years ago. “We have just …

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Akpabio Seeks Collaboration of UK to have peoples centered constitution(Photos)

By Chris Udochukwu FCT – The President of the 10th Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said that Nigeria has a shared history with the United Kingdom and would value their collaboration in having a peoples centered constitution devoid of military type edicts and decrees embedded in the 1999 Constitution. Senator Akpabio stated this when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Richard Mongtgomery led a delegation to pay a courtesy visit on the leadership of the Senate at the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday. A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media/Communication, Anietie Ekong quoted Senator Akpabio to have said, “We are delighted to associate with you, to learn from you and also to strengthen democracy in our country. We need your advice, your counseling, your input in order to enable that to happen. “Ours is a nascent democracy, we are still at a learning point. Even the advanced democracies are still grappling with some challenges. We are learning to run. And we can assure you that standing on the shoulders of a …

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Akpabio charges Scout Association of Nigeria on Ethics, Civic Education

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio has urged the Scout Movement of Nigeria to inculcate in Nigerian youths virtues of national ethics and the need to be prepared for any eventuality in life all the time. Senator Akpabio gave the charge when the Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Nigeria, Dave Padopads-Awunah led other executive members of the Association on a courtesy visit to the President of the Senate at the National Assembly. A statement by the Special Assistant to the President of the Senate, Anietie Ekong quoted Senator Akpabio as having advised the Association on the need for discipline, continuous education on issues like climate change and artificial intelligence. According to Senator Akpabio, “I don’t know at what stage that Nigeria stopped having organizations like yours in primary and secondary schools. In my time, we had Scout Movements in primary and secondary schools. We even use to have the female counterpart, The Girls’ Guide. “These Movements inculcated right ethics and ethos on the young ones, getting them to know their country, …

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We’ ve had more jail breaks since prisons were renamed correctional centres – Akpabio

ABUJA – Senate President Godswill Akpabio says since the name of the Nigerian Prison Service was changed to Nigerian Correctional Service there have been more jailbreaks in the country. Akpabio spoke on the floor of the senate on Tuesday while commenting on two pieces of legislation billed for concurrence. The bills for concurrence were one to repeal and enact the law establishing Revenue Mobilsation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, and another to repeal the Fire Service Act and enact Federal Fire and Rescue Service. Abba Moro, senate minority leader, argued that there was no need to change the name because the “rescue component” is already part of the responsibility of the fire service. “I do not think there is a need for that,” Moro said. In his response, the senate president said there is a need to examine such laws. “This is something to be looked at. When you are convicted, you are supposed to learn a skill,” Akpabio said. “But since we changed the name to the correctional centre, there have been more jailbreaks.” Recall that in 2019, former President …

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53rd Birthday: Akpabio eulogises Ben Kalu, describes him as a rising star

ABUJA – The President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON has felicitated the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu on his 53rd birthday. Akpabio, in a birthday message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh described Kalu as a “rising star, a reliable colleague and outstanding legislator”. He applauded Deputy Speaker Kalu for effectively collaborating with him and other lawmakers to give Nigeria a voice and a place of pride at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) after 49 years. The Senate President stated that as deputy speaker, Kalu has exuded high level of commitment to nation building and support to Speaker Tajudeen Abbas to have a peaceful and resourceful chamber. He commended the deputy speaker for his patriotism and great love shown the people of the South East by leading a peace campaign using his Peace in the South East Project (PISE-P). “Honourable deputy speaker, I can say without mincing words that you’re a patriot. Since your emergence as deputy speaker, you have been preaching peace and unity, …

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2024 World Press Freedom Day: Give Climate Change Reporting Top Priority – Akpabio Charges Media

ABUJA – The President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Obong Akpabio, CON, has charged Nigerian media practitioners to accord special attention to reporting climate change issues. Akpabio’s advice was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day. Speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis”, Akpabio charged the media to make conscious efforts in setting a climate change agenda and engage in aggressive education of the people about the environment and the negative effects of climate change. “The theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day is in sync with the global attention accorded to issues of environment and as the conscience of the society, it behooves the media to be deliberate in their reportage of climate issues. “Environment and climate are life and we must be part of the conservation of the environment for humanity to thrive before we talk about politics and related issues”. The Senate President noted that the …

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Worker’s Day: Akpabio Assures Nigerian Workers of better welfare

…Says tough times will soon be over ABUJA – President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON has assured Nigerian workers that the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government would work collaboratively to give them a living wage and better working conditions. The Senate President gave the assurance in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh to congratulate the workers as they commemorate the 2024 May Day. Akpabio, in the message, extolled the sterling qualities that stood out the Nigerian worker saying “A Nigerian worker is noted for his patriotism, hardwork, resilience, and dedication to duty. “I am happy to be associated with the Nigerian worker in the last more than 25 years and I can attest to the fact that everywhere you go, the Nigerian worker’s spirit resonates profoundly” Speaking on this year’s theme for Workers Day, “Ensuring safety and health at work in a changing climate,” Akpabio promised that the National Assembly under his leadership was more than committed to ensuring the best working conditions for the Nigerian worker …

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Akpabio Felicitates Akwa Ibom Gov, Eno At 60

…Says, He Has United The State Across Party Lines In Eleven Months By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has congratulated the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, on his 60th birthday. Akpabio, in a birthday message personally signed by him, described Governor Eno as as a peace loving leader, who has united Akwa Ibom in the first 11 months of his administration. He described Eno’s tenure so far as encouraging and promising with the numerous developmental strides as well as the accompanying peace and love, enjoyed by the people of the oil-rich state. Akpabio himself, a two-term former governor of the state, assured Governor Eno of his support and that of the 10th Senate in making the state, a reference point in the comity of states. His words, “On behalf of my family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and the 10th Senate, I rejoice with my dear Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, on this auspicious occasion of your 60th birthday celebration today. “It is a truism that when the righteous …

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Akpabio Charges Judiciary On Sustainable Reforms

By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has urged the Nigerian Judiciary to evolve a blueprint for the transformative changes needed to enhance judicial efficiency and ensure the fair administration of justice across the nation. Senator Akpabio made the call at the opening ceremony of a two-day Summit on “Enhancing Justice Delivery in Nigeria” organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and other international development partners in Abuja. A statement by the Special Assistant on Media/Communication to the Senate President, Anietie Ekong, quoted Senator Akpabio to have said that the “collaborative efforts of stakeholders will shape the strategic direction of Nigeria’s justice system, making it more robust, accessible, and equitable.” According to Akpabio, “In the coming months, I will invite my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to deliberate on these proposals with the gravity and diligence they deserve. “Together, with the insights and support of the judiciary, legal experts, and the Nigerian populace, we will embark on this legislative journey to enshrine these …

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Akpabio Felicitates Akwa Ibom Gov, Eno At 60

…Says, He Has United The State Across Party Lines In Eleven Months By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has congratulated the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Umo Eno, on his 60th birthday. Akpabio, in a birthday message personally signed by him, described Governor Eno as as a peace loving leader, who has united Akwa Ibom in the first 11 months of his administration. He described Eno’s tenure so far as encouraging and promising with the numerous developmental strides as well as the accompanying peace and love, enjoyed by the people of the oil-rich state. Akpabio himself, a two-term former governor of the state, assured Governor Eno of his support and that of the 10th Senate in making the state, a reference point in the comity of states. His words, “On behalf of my family, the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and the 10th Senate, I rejoice with my dear Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, on this auspicious occasion of your 60th birthday celebration today. “It is a truism that when the righteous …

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Akpabio, Great Leader, Working for Betterment of Akwa Ibom People – Governor Umo Eno declares

By Chris Udochukwu UYO – Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has described the former governor of the state and incumbent President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio as a “great leader” who has decided to work for the betterment of the people of the state, in a “bipartisan manner.” Eno stated this during a meeting he had with past and present members of the National Assembly across party lines, over the weekend in Uyo, the state capital. According to him, “the Senate President, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio CON, is also a great leader from our dear state, a former Governor, and I respect him and thank him for his pledge to work together with us, to bring development to our dear state. “I have said it severally that I will support and work harmoniously with the President and Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ,GCFR, and I will continue to support him. “I was elected to bring development to our state and not to fight those in constituted …

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Governor Eno charges Serving and Former National Assembly Members on unity, cooperation

…Commends Akpabio for leading from the front By Ugochukwu Osondu UYO – Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom state Sunday enjoined politicians in the state to jettison partisan politics and face governance saying campaigns have since finished. A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President of Senate, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh said Eno, made the call at a bipartisan meeting of former and serving National Assembly members from the state across party lines, which he convened in Uyo, the state capital on Sunday. The governor sought the cooperation and support of the lawmakers saying “We need to rebuild the state beyond partisan cleavages” Pastor Eno commended the outstanding leadership displayed by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio CON and his efforts at recalibrating the strength in the diversity of the state and leading the state in the national political grid. He applauded Akpabio for not deploying national political might to create unhealthy partisanship and sharp divisions in the state. The governor appealed for “Enduring development partnership with the National Assembly and other appointees at the …

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2025: IPU nominates Akpabio, 15 others to prepare grounds for World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – The Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) has named President of the Nigerian Senate, Godswill Akpabio as a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament 2025. A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Senate President, Jackson Udom, said that Akpabio’s nomination was contained in a letter signed by the General Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Martin Chungong and addressed to the Senate President. The nomination letter reads: “I wish to congratulate you upon your nomination as a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (2025) and to invite you to a first meeting of the Preparatory Committee at IPU Headquarters in Geneva on 16-17 May 2024. “As you are aware, every five years since 2000, the Inter-Parliamentary Union has convened a WorldConference of Speakers of Parliament. The Conferences are organized in close cooperation with the United Nations and aim to reinforce the parliamentary dimension in the work of the UN and to bridge the democracy gap in international relations. “At the …

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Akpabio Seeks Parliamentary Collaboration With Serbia Parliament

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has called for Parliamentary Collaboration between the Nigerian Parliament and its Serbian counterpart. Akpabio made the call during a meeting with the President of the Serbia Parliament, Ms Ana Brnabic in London, on Wednesday. A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Jackson Udom said, Akpabio and the President of the Serbia Parliament, Ana Brnabic extensively discussed issues of mutual interest to both nations and how to improve parliamentary collaborations between Serbia and Nigeria. “The Meeting, which was at the request of Ms Brnabić, also discussed matters relating to the International Parliamentary Union(IPU). The two parliamentarians have also agreed to meet again soon. The Serbian lawmaker, used the meeting to formally invite Nigeria’s Senate President to Serbia, on a yet to be announced date,” the statement said. Senator Akpabio, was recently elected into the Executive Committee of the IPU, a role he has been playing successfully in the last few months, specifically his thought provoking speech on the needless blood letting in Gaza, and the call for a cease …

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The Police and Akpabio’s Sermon on the Mount

By Hon Eseme Eyiboh 84-year-old renowned Belgian painter and writer, Erik Pervernagie, says: “People die from lack of shared empathy and affinity. By establishing social connectedness, we give hope a chance and the other can become heaven (“Le ciel c’est l’autre”). No institution has been so disparaged and stigmatised as the Nigeria Police. It is treated with so much contempt and neither appreciated nor celebrated. Rather, anything bad or despicable is attributed to the police. An average policeman is held in utmost and never enjoys any empathy or affinity from most Nigerians. Although the police are the friend of the people, the mutual reciprocity from the people is seemingly non-existent. The compensation is abysmal while the motivation is infinitesimal. That is why in its years of existence, no one has remembered to honour its men and officers who have excelled in their professional outings until the coming of IGP Olukayode Egbetokun. Hence, the maiden edition of the Nigeria Police Awards and Commendations Ceremony held in Abuja last Monday was long overdue and an emotion-laden event. This was the first time …

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Akpabio mourns Ogbonnaya Onu, says he was a man with first in all his life endeavours

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President of the 10th Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio has sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu. Onu, who died at the age of 72 in Abuja on Thursday served as minister under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration from 2015 to 2022. A statement from Akpabio’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, and Official Spokesperson to the President of the Senate, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh described the late Onu as “A perfect gentleman who will be sorely missed for his wisdom, mature composure, zest for excellence and proven integrity” He said Onu was known for coming first in every endeavour he engaged in and played politics without bitterness in all his life. “I am deeply saddened by the death of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a man with first in all his life endeavours. He came first in his secondary school (WAEC), he was the overall best student in the high school (HSc) and made a first class in chemical engineering at the University of Lagos, coming top …

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