“ANNANG FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CULTURE 2019” Promises To Promote & Market Anaañ Language, Industry, Arts And Crafts To The World

With a mission to preserve the Anaañ history, language and culture and to promote our cultural heritage, promote and market Anaañ language, industry, arts and crafts including advancing the appreciation and understanding of Anaañ artistic production, and scholarship, through a yearly cultural event, tagged Annang Festival of Arts and Culture (AFAC), in partnership with other Anaañ organisations, Nto Annang Foundation (NAF) is set to host this year’s edition of the festival, AFAC 2019.

Slated to hold between December 20 and 22 at Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium and Ikot Ekpene Plaza in Akwa Ibom State, activities lined up to mark the cultural tourism festival is according to the organisers a reflection of the theme of the celebration: “Harnessing Anaañ Cultural Assets for Economic Gains.”

The festival, which enjoys the endorsement of the National Council for Art and Culture (NACA), Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, promises to be one of the biggest show stoppers and largest fiesta in 2019.

Now in its third edition, the national President of the NAF, Abom Ephraim Okon, said arrangements have reached an advanced stage for the hosting of the event. According to him, it promises to be a colourful and exciting showpiece of the cultural wealth of the Annang people, with exhibitions spanning both the intangible and tangible heritage of the people and spiced by the culinary display, arts and craft as well as live performances by notable Nigerian musical Icons.

He further disclosed that the theme for the festival is: ‘Harnessing Annang cultural assets for economic gains.’ To this the end, he said efforts are being made to ensure that every component of the festival displays the vast and unique cultural assets of the people of Annangland and how the people can take advantage of them to enhance their living. With endorsement from the state government and the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) among others, he said the three days event is also geared at developing and promoting travel business in the state.

The event shall model strategy for effective travel trade business, cultural synergy and enduring unity through culture and tourism as a special purpose vehicle. This model we intend to replicate for global peace efforts and to mark our cultural product at the international stage,’’ said Okon. He stressed that the festival, which debuted in 2016, has helped greatly in developing the tourism market of the state, as it has gone in a long way in generating tourist traffic to the state and Ikot Ekpene. Therefore, he disclosed that the projected tourist traffic for this year is 15, 000.

According to him, the rich and enlarged content of the festival this year include: Colourful cultural display from over 5, 000 cultural revellers; 800 spectacular masquerades display; Annang warriors trek, drum ensemble of over 5, 000 extinct African drums; art exhibition and colloquium/cocktail party for VIP and foreign envoys.

Others are: Night of legends; Ujai Annang beauty pageant; Annang language essay competition; Annang hall of fame induction ceremonies; inauguration of children royal troupe; and festival theme song/Annang ballad.

This Night of Stars and Beauty comprised the celebration of the Anaañgness the Annang Hall of Fame and the awards of excellence to deserving sons, daughters and friends of Anaañ; dance, poetry, arts and performances by a star-studded squad of renowned artists in Nigeria and this will be crowned with the Ujai Annang Beauty Pageant.

Also speaking on the festival, the Executive Director of Akwa Tourism Development Company Ltd (ATDC), Mr Ubong Ekpe, whose company is consulting for the festival, said it is informed by the need to promote Annang and re-enact its unique cultural heritage, stressing that it is aimed at exposing the Nigerian people to the city of raffia and its colourful and attractive heritage.


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said a United States Southern District Court of New York has delivered a significant judgment in its favour against ESSO Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Shell Nigerian Exploration and Production Company Limited.

A statement from the corporation said the court hearing was held on February 1, 2019 in the protracted litigation arising from the disputes between NNPC and ESSO regarding the implementation of the Production Sharing Contract dated May 21, 1993 covering OPL 209/OML 133. ESSO referred its claims to arbitration in Nigeria and obtained an Arbitral Award of $1.799 billion on October 24, 2011, with annual interest running at plus 4 per cent.

NNPC promptly challenged the Award at the Federal High Court, Abuja, which in May 2012, ordered the set aside of the Arbitral Award. Notwithstanding the decision of the Nigerian Court, ESSO applied to the United States District Court, Southern District of New York for the recognition and enforcement of the Arbitral Award.

NNPC challenged ESSO’s Application and also contended that there was no legal basis for the US Court to exercise jurisdiction over it as it had no presence in the United States, owned no property and does not conduct its businesses therein.

At the close of the Discovery Procedure, the Court ordered NNPC and ESSO to appear for oral hearing, which was held before Honourable Judge W. H. Pauley on February 1, 2019, for parties to canvass their respective positions.

On September 4, 2019, the US Court delivered its Judgment by which it upheld the Corporation’s Application to Dismiss ESSO’s Enforcement Application on ground that a competent Nigerian Court had set aside the underlying Award and directed the Clerk of the Court to terminate and discontinue all motions and processes filed by ESSO in this matter.


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Reps Adopt Bill Banning Use Of Plastic Bags, Prescribe N500,000 Fine — Environmental Watch Magazine

The House of Representatives Committee on the Environment and Habitat has approved a bill prohibiting the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging. The lawmakers on Tuesday passed the bill, Plastic Bags (Prohibition) Bill, 2018, with the hope that it will address the issue of relieving pressure on […]

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Reps peg recruitment age into MDAs at 45

The House of Representatives, yesterday, approved a bill seeking to remove age barriers on employment into Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.

The new law, titled: “A bill for an Act to prohibit discrimination against job seekers in federal government agencies (eradication) and allied matters Act,” sponsored by Sergius Ogun, pegged minimum age for recruitment into the federal civil service at 45 years.

According to section 3 (1) and (2) of the bill, “no citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be deprived of employment into any of the agencies of the federal government, on grounds that he /she is above thirty (30) years of age.

“Any citizen of Nigeria that is thirty (30) years and above but not above forty-five (45) years, shall be entitled to gainful employment within any of the agencies of the federal government of Nigeria.

Section 3 (3) provides “that the provisions of the above subsections shall be subject to the provisions of the laws establishing security agencies, including the Armed forces and other paramilitary agencies with regards to age for enlistment in the relevant security agencies,” while section 3 (4) provides that “where a person to be employed into any of the federal government’s agencies is found to be qualified but of an age that is above the age limit specified for such employment, the abilities and/or qualification of such person shall had recourse to and his age shall not operate as a disqualification.”

Source – Sun Newspaper

Sets June 1, 2019 takeoff date for direct allocations to 774 LGAs Limits daily cash withdrawal from LGA accounts at N500,000 Any transaction above N500,000 must go via cheques/e-transfer

Alarmed by the continuous pillage of cash allocated to local government councils across the country by the state governments through the Stat, Joint Local Government Accounts, the federal government on Monday outlawed the meddling of states into council allocations.

The federal government, through the newly inaugurated Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, which was excised from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, set June 1, 2019, as the takeoff date of the new order, making it compulsory for all LGA allocations to go straight to their respective bank accounts.

The decisions are contained in a guideline released by the NFIU after a lengthy meeting with officials of commercial banks in Abuja.

The notice entitled: Guidelines To Reduce Vulnerabilities Created by Cash Withdrawals from LG Funds throughout Nigeria, Effective 1st June 2019, is said to have been prompted by threats by the international financial watchdog to sanction Nigeria because of abuse of financial abuse.

The NFIU warned banks to comply with immediate effect, saying that any of them that flouts the order would be sanctioned.

The agency said: “The NFIU requests all financial institutions, other relevant stakeholders, public servants and the entire citizenry to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the guidelines already submitted to financial institutions and relevant enforcement agencies including full enforcement of corresponding sanctions against violations from 1st June, 2019.

“Having realized through analysis that cash withdrawal and transactions of the State, Joint Local Government Accounts (SJLGA), poses biggest corruption, money laundering and security threats at the grassroots levels and to the entire financial system and the country as a whole, decided to uphold the full provisions of section 162 (6) (8)of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended which designated “ State Joint Local Government Account into which shall be paid allocations to the local government councils of the state from the federation account and from the government of the state”

“The amount standing to the credit of local government councils of a state shall be distributed among the local government councils of that state” and not for other purposes.

“As far as the NFIU is concerned the responsibility of the account as a collection account is fully reinstated.

“In addition, taking such measures was necessitated by prompting reasons on the NFIU to respond to threats of isolating the entire Nigerian financial system by other International financial systems because of deficiencies in our anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing implementation.

“Therefore, it is no longer possible to allow the entire system to suffer the deliberate and expensive infractions or violations by public officials and/or private business interests.

“Henceforth, all erring individuals and companies will be allowed to face direct international and local targeted sanctions, in order not to allow any negative consequences to fall on the entire country.

“To be precise, with effect from 1st June any bank that allows any transaction from any local government account without monies first reaching a particular local government account will be sanctioned 100%, both locally and internationally.

“In addition, a provision is also made to the effect that there shall be no cash withdrawal from any local government for a cumulative amount exceeding N500,000:00 per day. Any other transaction must be done through valid cheques or electronic funds transfer.

“The complete guidelines have been released to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Chairman, Economic, and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Chief Executive Officers of all Banks and other financial institutions.

“Any state government that is willing to seek any expert economic advice in the unlikely event of these guidelines constituting an inconvenience to the management of the state can work with the NFIU and /or CBN,” the NFIU said.



The Nto Anaañ Foundation, a socio-cultural organization in Annang Nation with the aim to promote her rich cultural heritage is set to host her third edition of Annang Festival of Arts and culture (AFAC) 2018. According to the National President of Nto Annang Foundation, the projector of AFAC, Abom Ephraim Okon, said that, the festival […] […]