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FTAN Felicitates with Akwa Ibom Gov-Elect, Says Tourism Must Define State Economy

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Akwa Ibom state born travel logistics expert and President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria ( ftan), Mr Nkereweum Onung says the coming of Akwa Ibom governor elect, Pastor Umo Enoh, will help deepen the vision of the founding fathers of the state, who spent enormous energy and money to position the cultural tourism economy of the foremost South South state.

In a letter of congratulation to the governor elect who ran his campaign on “The Happy Hour” mantra indicative of his intention to generate tourism traffic to Akwa Ibom, Mr Onung stated that the campaign effort helped swing votes and prayers to Pastor Umo Eno, who stood firm and believed that a thriving creative cultural tourism and hospitality economy will grow Akwa Ibom as the preferred tourism destination in Nigeria.

“We at ftan rejoices with you, your deputy governor elect, senatorAkon Eyakenyi ,and the good people of Akwa Ibom state for the victory at the just concluded governorship election and it is our prayers that your campaign slogan, translates to verifiable and practicable tourism efforts, which will empower, and provide jobs for Akwa Ibomites and Nigerians in general, thus engendering standardisation ecosystem desirable to sustain the industry” ftan President further stated.

He called on the governor elect, to remain steadfast in his vision to transform Akwa Ibom tourism and hospitality resources, praising Governor Udom Emmanuel, and other former governors of the state who committed huge resources to building tourism infrastructure and other livability options, foundations desirable to grow a true, viable socioecultural economy.

Mr Nkereweum onung assured of ftan presence, assistance and collaboration with the Akwa Ibom governor elect, who is not new to progressive hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship; and all that will be needed to move the sector to a refreshing new level and expectations.

“Congratulation, Mr Governor elect, and to your deputy governor elect senator Akon Eyakenyi, and we at ftan no doubt wish to see the tourism reality start in earnest in the state and certainly prays to God to guide and give you and your deputy, the wisdom to rule well in Akwa Ibom state, which must be a reference point in Nigeria tourism trajectory” Mr Nkereweum onung added.

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Gunmen Abduct Channels TV Reporter in Rivers, Demand N30m

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Gunmen have kidnapped a journalist and reporter with Channels Television, Mr Joshua Rogers, at his residence in Rumuosi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday night.

Rogers, who covers the Rivers State Government House for his organisation, was reportedly trailed after he closed from work to his residence.

The miscreants accosted him before he alighted from his car, pointed a gun at him and whisked him along with his vehicle off to an unknown destination at about 9 pm.

A source who said he doesn’t want his name mentioned said the reporter had earlier covered an event in Ndoni in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state where Governor Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated a Primary Healthcare Centre.

The facility was built and donated to the state by the PAMO Educational Foundation, founded by former Rivers governor, Dr Peter Odili, on Thursday.

The source said, “Yes, he was kidnapped last night at his residence in Rumuosi and taken away in his car by some unknown gunmen.

“We are appealing to the kidnappers to release him immediately and unhurt. He is just a journalist doing his job and not a moneybags. So I don’t know the purpose of his kidnap.”

It was also gathered that the hoodlums had contacted his wife and demanded N30m as ransom before releasing him.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, for confirmation, were unsuccessful as she did not pick up several calls put across to her by The Punch.

Iringe-Koko has also yet to reply to a text message sent to her as of publication on Friday morning.

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Bobrisky Goes to Jail! Sentenced to Six months Term, with No Fine Option

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Cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye popularly known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment without any option fine for abusing the Nigeria currency – naira. 

Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in her sentence, said the judgment will serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of abusing and mutilating the naira.

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Odili Endorses Fubara As Rivers Political Leader

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A former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, has endorsed Governor Siminalayi Fubara as the political leader of the State, praising him for defending the interests of the people.

Odili, who served between 1999 and 2007, stated that Fubara, having secured his electoral victory both through the ballot and the courts, is now the political leader of the State.

Odili spoke on Thursday at the unveiling of a Primary Healthcare Centre donated by his PAMO Foundation in Ndoni, his hometown in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area.

He emphasised the strategic importance of Rivers State, warning that if it sneezes, the entire nation catches cold. He urged Governor Fubara to act with this awareness in all his decisions.

Assessing Fubara’s performance in the last 10 months in office, Odili commended him for making significant strides in critical sectors within his first year in office, particularly focusing on the well-being of the people.

He noted that Fubara’s administration is in alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda, especially in the health sector, following the recent launch of the Primary Healthcare Fellows scheme by the Federal Government.

Odili encouraged the governor to maintain this alignment with the President and his policies to attract Federal government attention and support to the State.

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