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AKPABIO, HIS #THREATS AND GLOBAL CONCORD’S HEADLINES

29 Jun

By Thomas Tomas
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He that is down needed fear no fall
He that is low, no pride
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide

I am content with what I have
Little be it or much
And, Lord, contentment still I crave
Because thou savest, such.
– John Bunyan (1628 – 88).

About 7 days ago, about 3 hours after I made public my genuine advice to Senator Godswill Akpabio, I received a call from the former Governor, Akpabio, himself. The man was furious, extremely furious with me for writing what he called “insult and destructive article” about him. He vowed to go extra miles to deal with me, especially as he recalled how I used Global Concord in the past against him and his Government. He said he had alerted “security” agencies to track me down… He didn’t give me the chance to talk, only that I was able to tell him that if he was referring to my last article about him that I’m afraid he didn’t read it before he came to roar and barked at me. His utterances that day advertised him as one of those who only read the cover page of Global Concord Newspaper and run to town with stories that can never be found in any page of the Paper (I may be wrong). Can the dethroned Senator points to any libellous statement in the said piece?

Anyway, I’m not bothered about Akpabio’s threats because they will always come insofar as he has not been able to explain why he could not build 31 industries which were captured in his so-called BUDGET OF INDUSTRIALIZATION in 2012. Senator Akpabio will bark all he wants, and threaten me as usual unless he is able to tell me why IBOM TROPICANA has not seen the light of day after all the money budgeted for it had been removed upfront from the State’s coffers, and supplementary sum appropriated for it, and also removed from the treasury. Of course, many other issues in the State are calling for Akpabio’s series of threats. WHO CARES?

Between 2008 and 2015 I was not only threatened by Akpabio but I saw it all. I was hunted by his “security agents”. I was severally chased out of my numerous apartments and I finally found refuge at Calabar. So, what’s new about Akpabio’s threats? If he could threaten me as a Governor without success, will he succeed to do that now that GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM HIM? He told me last Friday that he was going to face me ” man and man, one on one”. I’m here, Sir.Image may contain: 1 person, closeup

Since the threat didn’t suffice, Senator Akpabio immediately resorts to blackmails. What condescension! He sponsored some beggars to write that “I am envious of Akpabio”. Why should I envy a man whose character is luciferous? To envy is to want other places, and I can’t fathom becoming like Akpabio who has polarized the State with his nepotism and clannishness. I can’t be capitalistic like Akpabio, and I can’t humiliate my fellow Akwa Ibom people just because I am opportune. In fact, there are many other negative Akpabios in Akpabio that I don’t like to be associated with, hence, the issue of envy of Akpabio is idiotic!

Still on envy, the disjointed article under reference, purportedly written by one Abasiandikan Nkono goes on to state that “on 28 May 1968 (51 years ago), 53 illustrious sons/political leaders/core intelligentsia of Akwa Ibom origin were publicly slaughtered at Uyo Circus (now Ibom Plaza) before school children – others were killed en masse and dumped in mass graves and ravines around the land for holding a different political view before and during the civil war”, and that the same envy/ hatred is what propelled me to want to “shot down Akpabio by all means”; AND I ASK: AM I FROM IKOT EKPENE SENATORIAL DISTRICT? DID I ASK AKPABIO TO LEAVE THE KNOWN TO THE UNKNOWN? DID I ASK AKPABIO TO FISH POLITICAL ENEMIES FOR HIMSELF ACROSS THE COUNTRY? DID I START HIS WAR WITH AMAECHI, SARAKI, ETC? DID I ASK HIM TO INSULT GENERAL BUHARI IN 2015? AKPABIO SHOT HIMSELF AT THE FEET!

Citing John 4:44, the author of that inordinate article seems to suggest that Akpabio is honoured and respected across the country or in other parts of the country than in his home state, and I ask BY WHO? There is a great difference between bought honour and deserved honour. While as the Governor, Akpabio used our common patrimony to buy awards and honours. He received more than 4 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from four Universities across the country. He bought an award from the US Congress Woman, he spent Millions of Naira on Nollywood, etc. He bought awards/honours from Emirs, Obas, Market women, churches, Traditional rulers, etc. He funded Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and bought buses for the varsity for awards while our own universities were grown with grasses. Shame on such honours! The bought honours by Akpabio were spells in the eyes of Nigerians, and they’ve long thrown them to the pigs because what is not of God cannot stand.

The Akpabio’s rejoinder also insinuates that whether as Governor or Senator, Akpabio has given people reasons not to forget him. THIS IS TRUE! How can people forget a man who manned a regime where people were killed and kidnapped like frogs? How can people forget in a hurry about 300 people that were kidnapped, and about 40 that were brutally killed between 2007 and 2014? How can we forget that he did nothing to curb the menace of kidnapping and poverty in the land despite Billions of Naira in his control? No, we can’t forget!

It is very insulting for Senator Akpabio, through his conversation with me, and through the sponsored rejoinder, to insinuate that I am sponsored to write against him. How? In the so-called rejoinder, he insinuates that I am sponsored by Senator Akpanudoedehe. This is irrational! From the very first time, I met Udoedehe till now he has never sponsored any of my writings. I am a very independent person who doesn’t need help or guidance from anybody. In 2015 I supported Umana Umana (after nomination, though) against Udoedehe’s interest. I stood my grounds, and we parted ways. I write what I feel like writing, but in the best interest of Akwa Ibom people. Senator Akpabio also threatened me that “after insulting him, I WILL WANT HIM TO SUPPORT MY GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT IN 2023”. Wow! How does he know who I will support in 2023?

I laughed uncontrollably when I read the paragraph in that disjointed rejoinder that “Senator Udoedehe recently approached Senator Akpabio with a proposal purportedly written by Thomas Thomas, the Publisher of Global Concord Newspaper”. Thank God the author of that rejoinder uses the word ” purportedly”, meaning he is not sure if it’s true. He goes on to state that Thomas Thomas et al, besides pledging a termination of the media attacks on Akpabio, also promised to henceforth take up Akpabio’s reputation management. That I and my colleagues made this proposal due to dwindling sales of Global Concord and demanded that Akpabio should instead be funding the paper to the tune of N20 Million monthly. That Akpabio turned down the purported proposal and told Udoedehe that he was not interested in 2023 governorship or in Ministerial position. HABA! This is hogwash! Me, Thomas Thomas? Maybe another member of Global Concord has done that without my knowledge because as far as I’m concerned I see nothing good in Akpabio’s bruised image… I did not get a dime from Akpabio as a Governor, is it now that I will? He should rather keep the money to bribe the EFCC and not me. To hell with his stolen cash!

It is insulting for a man who came to Akwa Ibom Government in a night bus, and allegedly stolen every available kobo and brought down prominent Ibibio sons, to say I came begging for money. I will advise him to always look at the face of any person he deals with so that he will not come to the public and disgrace himself as he does. I will never befriend Akpabio… LEST I FORGET, 1ST JULY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

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Thomas Thomas is the General Editor of Global Concord Newspaper and APC Chieftain in Akwa Ibom State.

THE UNTOLD STORY OF #IBOMTROPICANA: How over N68 Billion went down the drain under Akpabio’s watch

28 Jun

#IbomTropicana

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In September 2008, the then Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio had signed a N33 Billion contract agreement with Silver Bird Group for the construction of Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre. The centre was proposed to be modern class leisure and business resort that would provide employment opportunities for over 5000 Akwa Ibom people according to Akpabio. But 11 years after, the project has yet to see the light of the day even after billions of naira have reportedly been sunk into the white elephant project.

During the 2019 electioneering campaigns, members of the opposition party, APC instigated by their state caucus leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio had severally attacked Governor Udom Emmanuel of abandoning the Tropicana project. Defending the allegations levelled against the Governor by the opposition, an inside source privy to the transaction, said the Akpabio administration never wanted to complete the project, as according to the source, “That government was simply using the Tropicana Project as a Conduit pipe”. Another source further revealed disclosed that “based on available records, close to N68 Billion had been spent on Tropicana by the previous administration. So, you can imagine of such an amount of money had been spent on that project, yet up till now it hasn’t been completed”.

Akwa Ibom people in general and in particular members of the host community of Itiam and Afaha-Ibesikpo are worried that a project they welcome excitingly and gave out their land in anticipation of a facility that would change the economy of the area has not seen the light of the day, several years after.
The only component part of the project that is functional at the moment, is the cinema hall which is being managed by Silver Bird.Image may contain: 1 person

It would be recalled that the then President Umaru Music Yar’adua had performed the group breaking ceremony of the proposed entertainment village in October 2008 at a colourful ceremony. Modelled after the Sun City of South-Africa and the famous Disney land in the United States of America, USA, the uncompleted Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre which is located at Udo Udoma Avenue in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, lies on a land mass of 128,227 square metres, (12 hectares of land). It was meant to be a major investment in the hospitality industry complete with an ultra-modern convention centre with a multi-floor capacity of 5000, a five star hotel with 250 rooms, children park, a galleria with cinema, a 10,000 sitting dome, shopping mall, as well as a theme park with various dry and wet rides and many other attraction.

Findings reveal that construction work on the much talked about ‘convention centre’ which was a component part of the project was stalled mid-way during Akpabio’s administration after technical details showed that the foundation of the building was faulty. The contractor was directed to stop work, and nothing was done by that government to continue with the work which led to the contractor leaving the site.

A shopping complex is being built by the current government with a view to getting the shopping mall component of the facility underway.Image may contain: sky and outdoor

AKPABIO AND HIS ALTER-EGO: ANY LESSON IN NEBUCHADNEZZAR FALL? (PART 1)

23 Jun

By Thomas Tomas.

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses and all the kings’ men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again

Thousands of men have fallen from their on-top-of the world positions but had not deserved the attention of history. Not that they refused to clear their way into the reckonings of history; and not that history deliberately refuse to recognize their falls. But, perchance, because while they were on top of the world, they reasoned that a day would come when they would descend from the echelon to the ground, and their actions would either defend or crucify them.
Of a truth, the majority of the people in the world today, especially in this part of the globe are metaphorically like those who are on board an aeroplane – those they see on earth are tiny. Any leader who has an aerial view of his followers or compatriots is arrogant and is bound to fall, and once that happens, he’s gone!
King Nebuchadnezzar is an example of a leader with an aerial view of his followers/subjects. The feelings of his subjects did not matter to him. God was nothing to him either. He also destroyed God’s chosen and refused to heed God’s warning. Nebuchadnezzar was severely punished: his throne was destroyed in Babylon, while he roamed in the bush like an animal for seven years!Image may contain: one or more people and eyeglasses
Leaders like Nebuchadnezzar have a penchant for publicity. They can do anything to get publicized. Their own hypes are often mischievous – to cover up their dirty tracts. It works for them, though. This is the tactics Chief Godswill Akpabio employed while he was holding sway, such that those who were not indigenes of the Akwa Ibom State were swayed by the publicity stunts heavily sponsored by him. The former Senate Minority Leader would seize any available opportunity to reel out drums of his “uncommon transformation”. In the Senate, he abandoned legislation and pursued clownery to the detriment of the State. In fact, majority of the people of Akwa Ibom State, including his former lieutenants, had wished for Akpabio’s uncommon fall, and of course, they knew he would fall, just that they wanted it as quick and sudden as possible to commiserate his atrocious and comic reign in the State and in the Senate. Those who knew he would finally “kiss the dust” politically did not know it could happen “like play, like play” because of who Akpabio made them believe he was. Who could have believed that Senator Godswill Akpabio could be dethroned politically in less than 3 hours before the election was over against his wish? Certainly, it was, and still is, a shock, to so many people across Nigeria. Akpabio defeated?!Image may contain: 1 person, suit and text
How Akapbio fall (or fail in the last election) is not within the scope of the piece. What concerns this piece are the lessons of (or in) his fall. But it is a subject of debate for decades now among historians whether men actually learn from the lessons of history or not, hence Professor Abednego Ekoko once admitted jokingly that “history has no lessons, but the only lesson of history is that men refuse to learn from history”. What are the lessons of Akpabio’s sudden and Nebuchadnezzaric fall?
The main lesson which Akpabio’s fall teaches mankind is a lesson in humility – that is, how not to play God. Senator Akpabio in the past 12 years had carried himself as a demigod. Because of this, lives were wasted, people were humiliated and or made to fall from their grace; ethnicity was data shot with impunity. The former Governor spent the State’s resources to procure awards for himself and his wife to the extent of attempting to fight his way to the Guinness Book of Records just for self-aggrandizement. All these were to aid him in his craze to intimidate the very people he professed to govern. Then, there was so much noise in the State, and bogus names like “Ono Mkpo Inam”, “Uko Akwa Ibom”, “Utueneikang Ibibio”, “Eka Esit Mbom”, “Mother Theresa of our time’, etc. made airwaves.
Senator Akpabio treated so many people in the State like pariahs and with utter disdain. He did what was in his mind at any given time. He was able to coerce Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to always carry out his instructions with immediate effect, and whipped every institution including the judiciary, traditional rulers, etc to his line. Arrogance! Pride! Pomposity! The Bible says “pride goes before fall”.
Secondly, Akpabio’s fall seems to set Akwa Ibom people free and restore hope and decorum (so I think). Many people would not have a chance so long as Akpabio holds sway. He would have still decided who gets what, when, and how. He would have continued to deny people their rights, and turn the minority into the majority overnight. Now, there’s a new lease of life, and Akwa Ibom people now know that they can dethrone any leader who goes against their collective aspirations.
Finally, Akpabio’s fall has taught people to respect one another no matter their status, stature, creed, religion, background, sex, etc. Senator Akpabio has now realized that he should have consulted his people before he took the decision to move to the APC. He has since discovered (though he’s yet to recover) that he has no fools for followers – that those he claimed were fools or his dependants were no fools or his dependants, after all. He has now come to his senses that he should have begged for votes, not going about with the assumption that he had done much for Annang people when he was the governor, therefore, they cannot stop voting for him to return to the Senate.
Like Nebuchadnezzar, Akpabio is now crawling on his knees, begging every Tom, Dick and Harry for leniency and for political recognition. Has Akpabio gone out of his mind like his alter-ego? But packing the entire youths of the State to the Tribunal recently is a clear sign of dementia (I may be wrong), but verily, if Akpabio will repent, and purge his mind of all arrogance and other vices, especially self-assumption, like his alter-ego, his throne may be restored (Daniel 4 verse 34-37).

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Thomas Thomas is the General Editor of Global Concord Newspaper, Uyo

Denmark/NTG Global Fraud/Scam. #NTGglobalScam

7 Jun

This is to give you a synopsis of scammers and fraudsters’ operation using Europian companies to run their scam.NTG Global scam

I was first contacted by a lady who said her manager wanted to talk to me regarding the employment opportunity as a marketing manager because they saw my resume online. A man who claimed to be Martin Olsen later contacted me and did an interview which he later said I got the job. According to him, they are based in Denmark and wanted to open an office in Houston Texas, which is my area. He gave me an appointment letter and said I will be working from home until they have an office here. He continued to give me an assignment based on a market survey and Bitcoins. Last Thursday I received an email with an online check of $1850 which he instructed me to print and deposit it into my bank account via online. On Friday, he asked me to check and withdraw the money if it was available. I told him it wasn’t yet available. This morning, I tried to log in to my online banking but was told I cannot access it. I called the bank and I was informed that my account has been closed because of suspicious activities. The name of the said company is NTG Global and the email that has been used is job@ntgglobal.group. I later tried to find the domain name http://www.ntgglobal.group but could not find it. Our communication thrived much in email, phone calls, and Skype. The phone number used is +45 78 78 58 07. It is a Denmark number. The address on the appointment paper is Hammerholmen 47-49, Hvidovre, Denmark.

As they were using audio in Skype, I requested to communicate with them using video on Skype, but they refused. So my suspicion heightened.

Other communication:

Hello …

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Have a great day! — Martin Olsen, Supervising Manager, NTG Global A/S +4578745807

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You may ask for my assistance at every step of the way to get through the training during your onboarding period. I’ll do my best to introduce you properly to the work process, so you`ll eventually become an expert in dealing with your professional duties! Thank you for taking an interest in joining us! Martin Olsen Supervising Manager NTG Global +4578745807

Hello …,

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Please confirm you got this and drop me a line if you have any questions. Martin Olsen Supervising Manager NTG Global +4578745807

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How are you doing? Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed yesterday. You are definitely a good fit for Customer Service Manager position with us. Now, let us proceed to a simple research test which is meant for us to get first impression of your skills and performance in practice. To this end, you are welcome to review and download mentioned research assignment following the below link: https://1drv.ms/w/s!Am0AQbXtja0Dggq1BSqCoYWyZWC9 It is expected that you put in best of your effort and send your research back within next 48 hours, if possible. It should be noted that if you complete this assignment in a proper and timely manner we’ll pay you a bonus of $150 (to be added to your first base pay). Consider this to be a beginning of your probation period as well as the first step on our way to training you for Customer Service Manager with us. Please confirm you got this and drop me a line if you have any questions. Martin Olsen Supervising Manager NTG Global +4578745807

NB: Anytime a company or an individual gives you a check, be it online check or via mail to cash into your account then withdraw and pay into a particular account, know that it is a fraud, a scam.

Not also that this group operate using different company names and platform.

 

 

 

 

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