Akwa Ibom at 29: Udom calls for unity irrespective of ethnic leanings
As Akwa Ibom State celebrates its 29th anniversary, Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on the people not to deviate from the foundation of its forebears, which was hinged on unity. He therefore charged the people to eschew all forms ethnicity, divisiveness and hatred because of political alignment, but unite to build a prosperous state.
He made these remarks in a state broadcast to mark the creation of the state. The governor called on the people to be emotionally invested in the Akwa Ibom Project and strive to make the state better for the next generation. Akwa Ibom and Katsina States were created on September 23, 1987 by the then Military Head of State, Ibrahim Babaginda.
The Governor who paid tribute to the founding fathers and those who governed the state in the past said his administration would continue to cement those ideals and ensure that the ladder of growth is steady and firm for others to climb, dream and achieve. In the course of making the state a better place, he said his administration has embarked on several projects saying education remains free and compulsory, as there are no plans to introduce school fees.
He pointed out that in spite of the economic challenges, which has left most states unable to pay workers’ salaries; the government has ensured that civil servants receive their salaries on time. He further assured that he was doing everything possible to ensure rapid industrialization of the state, which was one of his main political campaign issues.
As a step to achieve industrialization drive of the government, he said work had begun at the electric metering manufacturing plant in Onna Local Council area of the state with over 150 jobs to be provided. He called on the indigenes to exercise patience in the industrilisation policy of his administration and not get caught up with quick fixes; saying “ours is a developmental paradigm that is as enduring as it is sustainable”.