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Prepping of Views from the Frontline Enumerator for Survey at Abekpi, Esit Eket LGA, Akwa Ibom State

EU Tackles Rural Poverty, Erosion In 6 States

Worried by ravaging effects of poverty and environmental impacts of erosion, the European Union (EU) has earmarked six pilot states in Nigeria for intervention.The beneficiary states include Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Kwara, Imo, Delta and Lagos, where some team of assessors drawn from a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are working to establish disaster-prone areas in the affected communities.The president of the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risks Reduction (NAPPDRR),  Al Mustapher Edoho, one of the coordinating officials for the project, said 50 countries including Nigeria have been listed in the scheme.Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, yesterday, Edoho listed some of the benefitting states to include Ntak Inyang and Abekpi in Esit Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom; Mubi in Adamawa State; Oguta and Nekede in Imo State; Orhie Irri and Aradhe in Delta State and Ilorin in Kwara State.He said the programme is aimed at complementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by alleviating rural poverty through the provision of essential lifeline for the disaster-prone communities.“It’s a global social development initiative and the project helps United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to review the progress towards the implementation of the Sendai, Japan’s framework on disaster reduction globally, as well as climate change,” he explained.According to Edoho, NAPPDRR was selected as one of the participating organisations “after a rigorous understudy of the impacts of disaster risks like flooding, erosion and environmental pollution in two communities in Akwa Ibom.”He disclosed that the findings of the team of investigators and enumerators sent to the affected areas would be heavily deliberated upon at a comprehensive forum of all stakeholders before the commencement of implementation


An NGO(NAPPDRR) Congratulates Gov Emmanuel, Urges Oppositions to Shun Political Wrangling

Governor Udom Emmanuel has been urged to demonstrate fatherly role by being magnanimous in victory and forgive the oppositions for their gutter politics of mudslinging.

Similarly, the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC , Obong Nsima Ekere and other losers in the APC and other political parties have also been urged to exhibit good spirit of Sportsmanship and start preparation for the next poll in 2023, instead of unwarranted media attacks and most barbaric political vendetta.

A non governmental organization in the State, the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction, NAPPDRR, made the call in the congratulatory message to Governor Udom Emmanuel, National and State Assembly members elect, Akon Eyakenyi, Pat Ifon, Usoro Akpanuso, David Lawrence and Nse Essien on their landslide victory at the polls in the PDP.

The NAPPDRR, in a statement by it President, Al Mustapha Emem Edoho, considers their victory as well deserved, considering their efforts in grassroots mobilization, saying the APC only exist in the realm of the social media.

The NGO boss particularly commended the leadership role of the Deputy Director General of Divine Mandate, Elder Ben Udobia, the Executive Chairmen of Eket and Esit Eket local government areas, Hon Frank Archibong and Hon Iniobong Robson for their people’s oriented leadership which, according to the statement, attracted tons of grassroots support to vote for the PDP candidates massively in the in the elections in Eket Senatorial District.

While strongly condemning what it described as mudslinging on Governor Emmanuel by APC leaders in the State, the group used the medium to urge all patriotic citizens of the State to join hands with the  Governor in his strive to develop the State with infrastructure and industries.


Environmental Hazard: NGO Petitions ExxonMobil, Demands Reappointment of Community Coordinators

By Ime Ben

Following the recent retirement of the previous Coordinators for the four core communities of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, namely Eket, Esit Eket, Ibeno a destination Onna local government areas, a non governmental organization in the State, the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction, NAPPDRR, has petitioned the oil company, demanding reappointment of community Coordinators for the four catchment areas.

The NGO, in a communique issued at the end of its stakeholders meeting yesterday in Eket, signed by it President, Al Mustapha Emem Edoho, said appointment of the community Coordinators was a creation of a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and the host communities.

Based on the above, NAPPDRR called on the oil giant to set machinery in motion for the review of MoU to promote healthy industrial relations and robust community engagements.

Also to further ameliorate the impact of unending environmental damages and degradation such as gas flaring, oil pollution, among others, the NAPPDRR also called on the company to partner with the environment and DRR group to embark on tree planting campaign in the areas to restore the degradable environment or ecosystem, following massive deforestation of stubbs creeks forests reserve, saying humanity especially in the core oil producing communities will continue to be in a serious threat and danger if the environment is not protected.