Emmanuel tasks Akwa Ibom indigenes on unity, development
Governor Udom Emmanuel has described Akwa Ibom State as great and prosperous, calling on all, irrespective of political leanings, to rally round for its development.
This appeal was contained in his Christmas message to the people of the state. He illustrated the season as that of peace, love and goodwill, charging Akwa Ibomites to always embrace unity and development, a cardinal point the state had pursued and promoted in the last four and half years.
The governor reminded the people that with elections and litigations over, it was now time for governance, urging collaboration for the development of the oil-rich state. In the spirit of the season, he appealed to the people to desist from actions that could de-market the state.
“We have everything to become great and prosperous. We have a wonderful and hospitable people, creative, daring, innovative and God-fearing, all that is needed is for us to rally round a leader who will galvanise these wonderful impulses and get us to see the possibilities that lay out there, and that leadership, I must say without sounding boastful, is what I have worked hard to provide during my first term, and will continue to the best of my ability, to provide in my second term based on our Completion Agenda, predicated on eight critical areas of need,” he stated.
Emmanuel named the eight core areas to include industrialisation; aviation development; rural and riverine area development; small and medium scale enterprises; infrastructure; security; human capacity development and agriculture. The governor continued: “And so, my compatriots, as we celebrate Christmas, the season of peace, love and goodwill, I ask you again to continue to embrace the peace, unity and development which we have pursued and promoted in the past four and half years. I urge you to invest more, by your thoughts, deeds and actions on those things that unify us around our common purpose of living in a prosperous and peaceful state and to forswear indulging in divisive tendencies.”
“Elections and the litigation processes are over. It is now time for governance and I promise you again, that I will continue to work twice as hard to ensure that the legacy I will leave by the time we are done in 2023, will remain a shining example of a leader who came prepared to seize the moment and change the course and direction of our people.
“Let me again, extend my hands of fellowship to my brothers and sisters on the opposite side of the political divide to come join me in building this piece of God’s real estate. There are no redeeming values in antagonising the leadership of the state or working to negate the gains we have collectively achieved or financing the publication of unsanitised materials on the developments and vision we have provided simply because you disagree with the leader or the party that controls the state.”
He further said: “The interest of Akwa Abasi Ibom State is deeper and profoundly more significant than our personal interests. When we de-market our state and the leadership, when we intentionally manufacture non-existent situations aimed at portraying our state in less than attractive manner, we should remember that we are putting in jeopardy the future of our children whom we should all work to secure.
“As we settle down for governance, free from the distractions and claptrap of the political space, let me again assure you that we will continue to invest heavily in education, healthcare, enduring infrastructure, human capital development, aviation, industrialisation, power sector, sports, tourism, women and youth empowerment schemes and of course, our Ibom Deep Seaport.”
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