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I’m crazy about fashion but can’t dress nude no matter the pay-Williams

Lovely Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the prestigious designing brand, Lee Fashion Empire; she was named one of the youngest inspiring fashion designers in Nigeria. In this interview with Edith CHUKU, she speaks on what inspired her into the world of fashion, her challenges, among other issues.

Excerpts:

Tell us about your brand.

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I don’t know if my former wife is responsible for my present suffering -Calabar Carpenter

Emeka Iyo is always at15 Ekong Etta Street by IBB Way Calabar. Day and night, he is there. He looks more like someone with health challenges. But he is a carpenter, a good one at that. He sleeps in that open shop that was provided for him by an old friend and colleague, having lost his home after an accident. His wife has also left him in the cold. That was what attracted the attention of ROSE IDO who decided to approach him for a discourse.

This is how it turned out:

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I’ve lost sleep because of decaying, non-existent people-oriented projects in my constituency-Alex Egbona

There was jubilation, shock and excitement when Dr Alex Egbona, deputy chairman, petroleum downstream and member representing the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives undertook a tour of his constituency for a census of projects he intends to attract to his constituency as part of his constituency development projects.

In this interview, he lamented the dearth of social amenities from the state and federal government and how he plans to take the constituency to the next level, having now ascertained what the people want.

Excerpts:

Recently, you were reported to have visited some parts of your constituency where you interfaced with the locals on projects to be executed. Give us details on the trip.

When I was campaigning and seeking the support of my people for their votes to get into the House of Representatives, I promised that I will make a difference if they stood by me. So, my people decided to stand by me and gave me victory. I have said many times that my victory did not come easy. So, I owe my people so much gratitude for standing by me, despite all the challenges. I have spoken many times about those challenges. Of course you are aware that I am the only member of the APC in my state that won in any of the elections. So, in keeping with my promises, I decided that rather than use my initiative to decide on constituency projects that I will attract to the people, it was better I interface with my people so that they can tell me exactly what projects they would desire from the federal government. I had to even hire some consultants who have a history of handling issues of constituency development and they went with me to all the places. We saw schools in very terrible state. We saw health centres that have been abandoned, so to say. I wept for the things I saw. There was a particular school they took me to Imabana Ward 2(Ikpalegwa). That should be the worst school in the constituency. I saw stones on the floor and the people told me that the children sit on those stones to learn. One of the two buildings there looked like a place where goats are bred.

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I’ve lost sleep because of decaying, non-existent people-oriented projects in my constituency-Alex Egbona

There was jubilation, shock and excitement when Dr Alex Egbona, deputy chairman, petroleum downstream and member representing the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives undertook a tour of his constituency for a census of projects he intends to attract to his constituency as part of his constituency development projects.

In this interview, he lamented the dearth of social amenities from the state and federal government and how he plans to take the constituency to the next level, having now ascertained what the people want.

Excerpts:

Recently, you were reported to have visited some parts of your constituency where you interfaced with the locals on projects to be executed. Give us details on the trip.

When I was campaigning and seeking the support of my people for their votes to get into the House of Representatives, I promised that I will make a difference if they stood by me. So, my people decided to stand by me and gave me victory. I have said many times that my victory did not come easy. So, I owe my people so much gratitude for standing by me, despite all the challenges. I have spoken many times about those challenges. Of course you are aware that I am the only member of the APC in my state that won in any of the elections. So, in keeping with my promises, I decided that rather than use my initiative to decide on constituency projects that I will attract to the people, it was better I interface with my people so that they can tell me exactly what projects they would desire from the federal government. I had to even hire some consultants who have a history of handling issues of constituency development and they went with me to all the places. We saw schools in very terrible state. We saw health centres that have been abandoned, so to say. I wept for the things I saw. There was a particular school they took me to Imabana Ward 2(Ikpalegwa). That should be the worst school in the constituency. I saw stones on the floor and the people told me that the children sit on those stones to learn. One of the two buildings there looked like a place where goats are bred.

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Residents bicker over deplorable Ikot Awatim-Ikot Ansa Road

Residents, motorist and other road users of Ikot Awatim community in Ikot Ansa, Calabar have decried the poor state of the major access road leading to the area.

They say the deplorable state of the road has worsened the social and economic life in the community especially this rainy season, describing the road as terrible and inaccessible.

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