Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has called on every Akwa Ibom person to invest in the Akwa Ibom project and make the state a better place for the generation unborn.
Governor Emmanuel made the call in a State wide broadcast to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State and the first anniversary of the state re-orientation Dakkada philosophy.
He said the Dakkada Philosophy was an initiative of his administration to propagate mental re-awakening, spiritual re-birth, moral transformation and attitudinal re-orientation that would purge the minds of the feelings of incapability and defeatism that before now, kept Akwa Ibom person from reaching his greatest possible heights.
The Governor pointed out that when the visionary forebears first gathered at Afaha Oku, Uyo, in 1954 to demand for State Creation, the baton of that struggle passed from generation to generation.
“Even when we were overlooked in the first State creation exercise in 1967 and in the subsequent one, their faith never flagged. Then on September 23, 1987, as a testament that dreams never die, as a proof that visionaries may die but visions never perish, and evidence that hope can only be deferred, not destroyed, Akwa Abasi Ibom State was created as Nigeria’s 21st State.” He noted.
Governor Emmanuel charged the people be proud that they are heirs of blessed dreamers and should continue to dream big dreams for themselves and the state stressing that it would be a disservice to the heritage and history of the State if the people chose to fight over the State instead of fighting for it.
“We must celebrate our rise from glory to glory and recommit ourselves at this time of celebration and meditation to fighting for the ideals which brought us this gift. Let us fight to imbibe the cherished ideals of unity, brotherhood, love, resilience, faith, prayers and courage and make these the building blocks of the new Akwa Ibom State.”
He advised those fanning the embers of ethnicity, divisiveness, hatred or those who still appeal to the worst impulses in the people, or exploit such fears to score political points, to eschew those tendencies and buy into the new Akwa Ibom State which according to him “is like a city in the hill – inviting and beguiling.”
Governor Emmanuel informed the people that his administration is poised to cement those ideals and ensure that the ladder of growth is steady and firm for others to climb, dream and achieve added that his administration has embarked on several projects and there are more in the pipeline. “Education remains free and compulsory at the basic level and in spite of the lies a section of the media has been peddling, there are no plans to introduce school fees.”
“What this Government is committed to doing is to ensure that our students receive the best education that they possibly can get and at the same time their parents have choices of either sending them to boarding school or utilize other means to educate their children which may be less expensive”
“The State remains one of the States where citizens enjoy regular supply of electricity and has been singled out for the huge investment in the power sector and the corresponding regularity of electricity supply.”
Speaking further the Governor noted “In spite of the economic challenges we have through creative application of resources ensured that our people receive their salaries on time. We have paid workers their 2016 annual leave allowances. ”
” We have ensured that our students sit for and receive their WAEC result by making a payment of almost 600 million Naira to WAEC and as I speak all the result of Akwa Ibom Students have been released. ”
“With the investments we have made in agriculture and the FADAMA Projects, we are hopeful that in the next few months, prices of food in Akwa Ibom State would be one of the most affordable in the nation. ”
“He said Work had begun at the electric metering manufacturing plant in ONNA and over 150 solid jobs would be created alongside other lower level jobs. 32 are on transfer for technology training in China and 10 will be sent to Italy for specialized training . We have also commenced revolutionary Agricultural initiatives in coconut plantation and Refinery. Our intention is to ensure we feed our populace from within in the next few years. ”
He said his administration has embarked on the construction of over 250 Kilometres of roads, 17 bridges and other infrastructural amenities across the State and has commissioned the emergency intervention flood control and completion of outfalls and urban roads in Oron, constructed and commissioned the Information Drive and 6 kilometre road in Atan Offot, Construct of 3.5 Ikot Udom road with 15 meter span bridge in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area and that work is on-going in the dualization of 19.7 Uyo-Etinan Road.
He listed other projects to include construction of Etinan-Ndon Eyo road with 2 bridges and a spur, on-going construction of 7.3 kilometre Ebekpo-Ikot Ebidang Road, on-going construction of 5 kilometre Ikot Usop-Ikot Edeghe-Ikot Ekpuk road, with 30 m span bridge in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, on-going construction of the 5km Mkpok-Okat road in Onna Local Government Area, on-going dualization of Eket-Ibeno road, On-going urban renewal projects within Eket Township, On-going construction of a 2nd runway at Akwa Ibom International Airport and other life touching projects spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Governor Emmanuel who paid glowing tribute to past administrators of the state acknowledged that they are part of the success story and had contributed in no small measure to making the State one of the leading States in Nigeria and particularly thanked all Akwa Ibom men, women and the youths for making the celebration worth wishing them a happy celebration.