Gov. Udom Emmanuel is Working the Talk on Development and Industrialization – Udom Inoyo
The first Akwa Ibom born Executive Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil Subsidiary Companies in Nigeria, Barr. Udom Inoyo last Saturday celebrated the sterling contributions of Governor Udom Emmanuel to the promotion of peace, development and industrialization for job creation in Akwa Ibom State.
Barr. Udom Inoyo made this declaration in Uyo while addressing the electrifying crowd of youths who had congregated for their maiden 2020 Youth Congress at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Uyo under the auspices of Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Uyo Diocese.
He commended the Governor for working the talk on peace, development and industrialization, adding that with what is happening in Akwa Ibom State today under Governor Emmanuel’s leadership, it is certain that the future of Akwa Ibom youths is bright.
Speaking on “The Role of the Youth in Nation Building”, Inoyo defined nation building as the construction or structuring of a national identity using the power of the state and enumerated the youth’s role in the process to include: active participation in a democratic setting, active participation in civil society organizations and active participation in all organs of private and public sector.
Using his personal experience, he reiterated the truth that no youth can make sustainable progress or meaningful contributions to nation building without God, hard work, discipline and integrity.
“In 1954, my father, late Elder Uko Inoyo, had secured admission with full scholarship into an American University but his dream of an American Education was thwarted following his inability to raise two hundred pounds for transportation. He studied at home, becoming an Accountant in 1959. But his experience made him want to sacrifice everything to sponsor any of his children who desired to school overseas.
“While some siblings took up the offer, I never wanted to leave Nigeria, and still don’t. I went to Secondary Schools here, from St. Patrick College, Calabar to Salvation Army Secondary School, Akai, then back to St. Patrick’s to repeat Class 5. I knew early that I needed some dose of discipline and so enrolled in Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene and lived in the school dormitory while I studied for my Advance Level Studies. I attended the University of Calabar, where I studied Political Science and thereafter Law, and of course Law School in Lagos. So, my entire formal education was in Nigeria. Post NYSC, I was so passionate about joining the Nigerian Army but wasn’t recruited probably because I filled “To help change Nigeria” on the enrollment form as my reason for wanting to join the Army.
“Prior to joining Mobil Producing Nigeria in 1989, I did not know how to use the computer and had not worked with people of other nationalities. With no godfather, my naivety and no mentor, it was obvious that I had to recalibrate standards, outlook and approach to life if I needed to succeed. Through hard work, tenacity and God’s unlimited favour, I have reached the pinnacle of my career and have contributed immeasurably to the growth of my community, state and the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Barr. Inoyo, who teaches Business Ethics in Lagos Business School and coordinates Emerging Leaders Academy in his Ikoyi Baptist Church, commended the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) for their comportment, discipline and organization and charged them never to give up on Nigeria. After satisfactorily attending to all the questions raised by the youths, he rested his classical presentation by reechoing the timeless words of the 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.
In his response, the President of CYON, Uyo Diocese, Dr. Iniabasi Asuquo took out time to extol the values of hard work, discipline and integrity for which the Inoyo brand is known for and of which he has so passionately spoken to them of and thanked him for honouring their invitation and for the delivery of such an insightful lecture.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Dr. Asuquo had described the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria, Uyo Diocese as an umbrella body for all youths in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, comprising 8 Deaneries, 81 Parishes and 385 Stations across 21 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State. He had highlighted the achievements and aspirations of his administration and explained the choice of Mr. Udom Inoyo as the Guest Speaker for the organization’s first quarterly Congress for 2020.
Highpoint of the Congress was the presentation of an “Insignia of Appreciation” to Barr. Udom Inoyo for his contributions to youth empowerments and human capacity development in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.