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    Akwa Ibom Gov pledges more roads, tourism, health infrastructure for Itu LGA

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    Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to deliver on the campaign promises made to Local Government Areas, assuring the people of Itu Local Government Area of the development of road infrastructure and revitalization of the rich tourism potential.

    Governor Eno was addressing the congregation at The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Itam Central Parish, Ikot Andem Itam, Itu Local Government Area, where he attended service.

    He stated that his administration has made progress in the delivery of promises made to the Itu people, having adopted the area as his second local government area of origin, noting that he has assessed the tourism potential of the area starting from his visit to the Mary Slessor tomb and other tourism sites in the area.

    Governor Eno assured the people that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will revitalise the sites and assured the completion of the Mary Slessor Hospital Road and bridge, Tabernacle Road, adding that the road to the Paramount Ruler’s Palace has been awarded and the contractor will soon be mobilised to site.

    “While we were going around each local government, we made promises to the local government areas. For the avoidance of doubt, I have it all compiled here.

    “In every local Government we went to, we didn’t just make political talks. We did a need assessment, and for each time we came to you, we are saying the things we have observed and believed will be able to assist and compile all.”

    “I have looked at that of Itu, and I have seen that we are making progress already.

    “I told the Itu people that I would adopt Itu as my second Local Government.

    “We told you we would harness the full tourism potential in Itu, and you remember, for those of you who are following us, we have started visiting the tourist sites. We came to Itu and went to Mary Slessor’s tomb, and the Ministry of Tourism And Culture is working on that.

    “One of the things we remember talking about is the Mary Slessor General Hospital Road; we will complete it. Don’t worry about that.

    “It is of strategic importance to us. We also talked about the Tabernacle Road, and as you can see, we are working on it.

    “The other road we said we were going to take was the road leading to the Paramount Ruler’s house. That road has been awarded, and what is left is to mobilise the contractor and fund the project. So we are aware of it. We had assured the Paramount Ruler that we would do it.

    Speaking further, he said work has commenced at the Industrial Park and attested to the massive development going on in the Park, expressing optimism that the park would attract industries to open shop and get the youth meaningfully engaged through various job opportunities.

    He added that he is awaiting the Motor park design, which would facilitate construction of the motor park so as to move the trailers off the road, assuring that the government’s effort at developing Itu will start manifesting in a few months.

    “We are working on the Industrial Park right now, and you can see the massive development that is going on around that park to ensure that industries come in there, and we can assure you that our youths shall be the beneficiaries in terms of jobs.

    “I discussed with your Chairman the other day about the motor park; we are just waiting for the design. Thank God the Commissioner for Special Duty is from here.

    So, if you don’t get the motor park, hold him responsible. When I go to a place, I will announce those who are handling things so that you can know.

    “Please let us look at it and the agreement we are going into, and then we can commence work at that motor park and make sure that we can move all these trailers out of the road.

    For me, in a few months, we’ll be able to see the few things we have done. Other things we feel we need to do will be done when we spread to other Local governments. We will come back and try to do them.

    The governor used the occasion to shed light on the palliatives scheduled for distribution to the people on Monday, September 4th and gave the rice millers a marching order to supply the rice in 72 hours or risk having the supplies contracted to outsiders.

    He said he thought of off-taking the rice from the local producers to sustain the value chain and get the money circulated within the state to boost the State economy.

    “If within seventy-two hours we don’t have them respond, I will give the supply to outsiders.

    Governor Eno asked the Commissioner for Agriculture And Rural Development, Dr. Offiong Offor, to ensure the Rice millers supplied the quantities agreed upon.

    He explained that his choice of worshipping in the villages was to give the rural dwellers a sense of belonging and appreciated the Itu people’s support for him during the elections, urging them to see his worshipping in the village as a mark of appreciation for the support he had earned from them.

    In his sermon, Deputy Clerk General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Aniefiok Ekop, who preached on the theme “Godliness with Contentment”, culled from 1st Timothy 6:6-7, admonished that God does not intend to keep his people from prospering but wants them to maintain balance and moderate the tendencies towards unnecessary battles, needless enmity, exploitation, fear, and loss of peace in pursuit of material wealth.

    The cleric was of the opinion that Akwa Ibom would be a better place if people lived with the understanding that whatever they acquire in life loses value as soon as they cease to breathe, and he advised the congregants to thrive to secure eternal blessings that will count for them after the present life.

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

    A hyena that was loose in the central Nigerian city of Jos has been successfully captured, the local tourism board has reported.

    According to Akonitv, drones and rangers searched for the animal after it escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, causing panic among residents in the area. The hyena had “finally been found, tranquilised, captured and returned to its enclosure”, the tourism board said in a statement.

    It is unclear how the hyena escaped but, according to the tourist board, it had been inside a cage. Many people in Jos were scared, despite assurances from wildlife experts that the chances of the hyena attacking were slim.

    “Hyenas are very fearful of humans – the animal is more likely to run away than attack,” said Abba Gandu, who is based at Kano Zoo in the north of the country, and has worked with lions and hyenas for 50 years.

    “It normally excretes when scared and I foresee that happening when people finally get to it.”
    Wildlife escapes are not new in Nigeria. In 2015, a four-year-old lion was shot dead after it had escaped from the same park.

    At the time, police said the lion was hostile during attempts to return it to its enclosure and was put down before it could harm anyone.

    In nearby Kano state in 2019, a lion also escaped while rangers were trying to return it to a cage after attending a national agricultural show. It was later found after hours of searching.

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

    The management of Plateau State Tourism Corporation has confirmed the escape of a Hyena from the Jos Wildlife Park.

    A statement signed by the General Manager of the Corporation, Mr Chuwang Pwajok reads that” We would like to inform the general public that the Hyena which recently escaped from its cage at the Jos Wildlife Park is currently being tracked by our dedicated team of game guards and Park Rangers with the assistance of drone technology.”

    He assured the public that the corporation are taking all necessary measures to locate the escaped animal and ensure its safe return to its enclosure soonest.”

    “We kindly request the public to remain calm and avoid any approach to the Hyena if sighted,” the statement further reads.

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

    The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has announced plans for its 27th Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 30, 2024, in Abuja.

    While briefing the Travel Press during a zoom meeting, Aliyu Badaki, chairman of the planning committee, disclosed that the AGM is non-elective and holds on the theme, ‘The role of the private sector in the development of tourism in Nigeria’.

    He explained that the theme is timely and in line with the happenings in the sector, the economy and the country at large.

    The chairman also revealed that the meeting would feature a panel session with Philda Nani Kereng, High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, as the lead speaker. He expressed confidence that her wealth of experience in tourism would contribute immensely to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the area of tourism.

    In the face of the economic reality, Badaki said that the AGM would provide another good platform for the government and the private sector to deliberate on challenges and how to drive tourism in Nigeria.

    Dignitaries expected as the event include: Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Hannatu Musa Musawa, Minister of Culture; John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports; Folorunsho Coker, director general of NTDA; Nura Kangiwa, director general of NIHOTOUR; Ifeanyi Okeke, director general, SON; ECOWAS Commissioner of Tourism; Board of Trustees, FTAN, and other key stakeholders.

    According to him, with the calibre of panelists and high-powered dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, result-oriented deliberations and impactful networking are underway, as the AGM is the first time after a long while the industry is going to witness such key players coming together to chart a new course for the sector.

    Meanwhile, the AGM will serve as a flagship event for NTIFE, FTAN’s event, which comes up in November 2024.

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