11 MONTHS TO GO: TIME TO EMPOWER EKET YOUTHS!
Eket Federal Constituency is the immediate constituency of His Excellency, Governor UDOM Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state and it is made up of Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and Ibeno local government areas.
There is no gain saying the fact that since the appointment of our son as Secretary to the state government (SSG) and subsequent election as Governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2015 uptill today, the youths of Eket Federal Constituency has given the Governor immense support and loyalty and it will be totally unfortunate that His Excellency the Governor will complete his tenure without completing the youths of his federal constituency to stand shoulder to shoulder with youths of other federal Constituency and Senatorial district politically, financially, economically and otherwise.
Governor Victor Attah focused on empowering Uyo youths.
Governor Godswill Akpabio did same for Ikot Ekpene youths.
It is imperative that Governor Udom Emmanuel should as a matter of urgency focus on the empowerment of Eket youths within the remaining eleven months of his administration.
We recall vividly how the youths of Eket Federal Constituency joined forces to demobilize and neutralize the Edo youths mercenaries who came to cause mayhem in Akwa ibom state during the 2019 elections.
Eket Federal Constituency youths also defended their units in 2015 and subsequent 2019 elections in the four local government areas in total support for the continuity of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
As we approach 2023, the year the Governor will exit office, with all due respect, can the Governor boast of directly affecting the lives of the youths of his Federal Constituency? Can he say these numbers of youths in Onna, Eket, Esit Eket and Ibeno were employed, appointed into government by him, built houses, bought cars and started businesses courtesy of the Governor’s direct empowerment?
For seven years now i can’t remember the last time the Governor had a private meeting with the youths of Eket Federal Constituency.
This is not the right time to be talking about succession plan when the real successors to our Governor are his children, “the youths of Eket Federal Constituency” who are impoverished, suffering and are in dire need of the Governor’s direct fatherly touch.
Eket Federal Constituency parades prominent members of the inner circle of Governor Udom Emmanuel such as the the Accountant General of Akwa Ibom State, the chief protocol officer Mr.Edmund Uffang, the Chief press secretary, the permanent secretary governors office and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs Mr. Frank Archibong who as of today is unarguably the most powerful member of the Governor’s inner circle.
Hence, the youths cannot and will not accept any ill-fate of remaining the same way the Governor met them seven years ago, not when we have the these men who are to advise the Governor concerning the welfare of EFC youths and the completion of projects in the Federal Constituency.
The remaining eleven months of this current administration is enough for the Governor to right the wrongs of the past and ensure that at least twenty(50) youths each from the four local government Areas are empowered to the fullest and all ongoing project completed to the glory of God and for the completion agenda to be seen as truly complete.
It is better to look for the black sheep when it is not yet dark and a stitch in time serves nine.
UDOM, Our man! UDOM, our man! UDOM, our man!
Ayatollah Uyoata Azam
State Youth Leader
Eket Senatorial district
defunct Akwa Ibom Consolidation Alliance (ACA) 2014