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2023: Prof. Akpan Ekpo harps on role of Local Media


2023: Prof. Akpan Ekpo harps on role of Local Media


…Lauds formation of USDMPF


Ahead of the February 18, 2023 General Elections as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Akpan Hogan Ekpo says the Local media is very important and key in determining the direction of the State’s politics.


Prof. Ekpo made the disclosure in Uyo in his Ewet Housing residence while addressing members of the Uyo Senatorial District Media Practitioners Forum, USDMPF, when he had audience with the forum.


While expressing happiness with the formation of USDMPF and endorsing their plans to identify and support a candidate that will bring more dividends of democracy to the State, Prof Ekpo said, he has worked closely with Governor Udom Emmanuel, who he posited, has a very robust economic development plan for the state.


Ekpo said Governor Emmanuel has done a lot for Akwa Ibom, but particularly commended him for restoring and sustaining peace in the State. He encouraged USDMPF to search for a successor that will sustain the peace


The foremost economist described Udom Emmanuel as a very brilliant administrator, insisting that, the people of Akwa Ibom should go for a man of impeccable character, intellect, experience and capacity for the hilltop mansion, come 2023.

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He charged the people to support Governor Emmanuel in his Completion Agenda. Akpan Ekpo advised that, if at the end, the governor is unable to complete everything he started, he should be applauded for the ones he will be able to complete


According to him, “In the West, if you were given five things to do and you are able to do one, they will sing your praises on that one and project you like an angel. But here in Akwa Ibom, if you were given ten things to do and you are able to complete nine, they will crucify you for that one you didn’t complete.”


On the Security challenges facing the country, Prof Ekpo argued that, every State and Country has it’s own challenges as there is no perfect government anywhere.


He noted that, to end insecurity in Nigeria, intelligence gathering should be intensified.


He said everyone should be concerned about the security situation and not politicize it.


“Everybody should be interested in the security matter because it’s everybody’s business. I feel very sad seeing the way those in opposition are responding to security challenges. If anything happens today it will affect everybody”, Ekpo said.

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He also charged Government to cut down on the high cost of governance in Nigeria and flayed at the unemployment rate, which, according to him, is fuelling insecurity in country


Prof. Ekpo, who was the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Post Covid 19 Economic Reconstruction Committee was the Former Vice Chancellor University Of Uniuyo and Immediate Past Director General, West African Institute For Financial and Economic Management(WAIFEM) between 2009-2018.


Earlier, Chairman of the USDMPF, Deacon Ofonime Isong intimated Ptof Ekpo that, the Forum is a socio-political group with membership drawn from a Coalition of Online, Print and Electronic Media Practitioners of Uyo Senatorial District extraction.


Isong said the Forum is poised to partner with other stakeholders and deploy her media resources to search for a credible candidate for the forthcoming governorship election, so that Akwa Ibom State can get the best.


Isong who solicited for the support of Prof Akpan Ekpo, added that, the Forum needs to tap from his wealth of experience and intellectual depth.


The Forum however, commended Prof Ekpo for his legacy of fighting cultism, examination malpractices and admission racketeering in the University of Uyo, comparing same to the courageous war against cultism by Governor Udom Emmanuel and his spirited efforts at sustaining peace and security in the State despite daunting challenges.

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Isong, who revealed that the Forum is self-sponsored to avoid being subservient to any politician said, the Forum is open to candidates of all political parties from Uyo Senatorial District .


He posited, that “ as critical stakeholders, we cannot afford to make any mistake in our choice of Governor from Uyo Senatorial District. He said the Forum will beam her searchlight on aspirants with a view to guiding Akwa Ibom people to make the right choice.


Also in the meeting was Prof Ntiedo Umoren, a professor of Decision Science and

former Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Uyo, who serves as Coordinator, Prof. Akpan H Ekpo Centre for Public Policy, Uniuyo. Prof Umoren in his goodwill message, expressed .support for the Forum and readiness to work with the Forum to achieve her objectives.

Prof Umoren who works closely with Prof Ekpo also oversees an Economic Think Tank in Akwa Ibom State .


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