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AKITA Declares Dividend

May 5, 2009

    CALGARY, May 5 /CNW/ - AKITA Drilling Ltd.'s Board of Directors approved
the payment of a quarterly dividend to shareholders.
    AKITA Drilling Ltd.'s Board of Directors approved an ordinary cash
dividend of seven cents ($0.07) per share on the Outstanding Class A
Non-Voting and Class B Common shares of the Corporation for payment on July 2,
2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business June 18, 2009. This
dividend is an eligible dividend for Canadian Income Tax Purposes.

    AKITA is an Alberta corporation engaged in the contract drilling business
and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AKT.

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For further information:

For further information: Mr. Murray Roth, Vice President, Finance and
Chief Financial Officer, (403) 292-7950