AKWA IBOM GOV SPEAKS ON AWARDING CONTRACTS TO THE FIRST LADY, HIS BROTHERS

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Akwa Ibom state government has debunked the allegation that Gov. Udom Emmanuel awarded waste evacuation contract to his wife, Martha and his brothers.

The Commissioner of Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien who made the rebuttal at the wake of a newspaper report credited to him tagged, “Commissioner helpless, Governor Udom awards waste evacuation contract to wife and brother”, described the report as absolutely false and called on the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) to ensure that its members adhere to the ethics of the profession.

According to Essien, “For him to say that the Governor awarded contract to the wife and brother is to say the least most unfortunate and very irresponsible journalism.

“Why would I as a commissioner say that I am helpless, helpless in what sense over a job that I am doing regularly, doing continuously.”

The Commissioner explained that waste evacuation is a continuous and regular exercise that is carried out by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources because waste is generated daily.

He pointed out that in a situation where equipment is required to evacuate waste, such equipment is sourced and the intervention carried out.

He emphasized that journalists have a big role to play in the task of nation building and stressed the need for them to report information accurately.

“They must engage in responsible journalism. They should inform the people and I believe that every responsible journalist should do his or her home work properly and inform the people appropriately”, Essien added.

While calling on the people in the state to desist from the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in bushes and on the roadsides, Essien warned that it was hazardous to health and harmful to the aesthetics of the environment.

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