By Emmanuel u umanah
The emergence of Governor Udom Emmanuel as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, the Land of Promise is indeed a blessing to the people of the state. Since he assumed duty as the Governor, Udom Emmanuel has always held the entire Akwa Ibomites in high esteem.
The Governor has ensured that people of Akwa Ibom State, irrespective of their party affiliation, ethnic background, must be positively touched with dividends of democracy, infrastructural development, economic empowerment for a better living of all citizens. The state civil servants, women, youths, as well as retirees, are well catered for with unparalleled respect.
The state under the able leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel has now been put in its proper place in Nigeria’s record as well as the map of the global world.
Akwa Ibom State is now the Agricultural hub, particularly in terms of livestock and food sufficiency. In his bid to promote food sufficiency, the Governor has distributed over 2,000 Goats to livestock farmers in the State.
The distribution was in fulfillment of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s avowed promise to ensure the sufficiency of food and consumables cultivated and reared in the State. Security of lives and property is indeed another area in which Mr. Udom has recorded huge success. All these and myriad tangible and invaluable achievements are recorded as a result of Governor Udom’s thoughtful and proactive leadership.
Just recently, Governor Udom Emmanuel signed a Contract for a $1.4b Fertilizer plant. The agreement which is between OCP Africa, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority and the Akwa Ibom State Government will birth one of the biggest investment platforms in the fertilizer production industry worldwide.
The Governor also approved the capturing and payment of retired civil servants that were abandoned by the previous administrations.
In his efforts to boost youths’ participation in the federal government empowerment and youth employment as well as other intervention programs, the governor approved the training of IBOM 3,000 PROJECT. According to the Trade and Investment Commissioner, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, the training is part of Governor Udom’s effort to prepare youths of Akwa Ibom State for jobs at the Ibom Deepseaport, the Oil and gas free trade zone and Ibom Industrial city, as well as boost SMEs in the State.
This invaluable gesture was part of the unwavering commitment of Governor Udom to ensure that the youths are not left out in the periphery but are fully engaged in all productive sectors.
The Industrialization Governor has successfully established Ibom Air, syringe factory, toothpick factory, pencil production factory, coconut refinery, flour mill, Ethanol plant, just to mention but a few.
A few days ago, the number one medical doctor in the country said the Syringes produced by the Jubilee Syringe factory can be compared to some of the best anywhere in the world. According to the President of NMA, Prof. IAO Ujah, JSM has met all required standards expected of a syringe manufacturing company.
JSM currently produced 1.2 million units of Syringes daily.
Recently, Governor Emmanuel re-mobilized contractors handling road projects in Oron, and the popular Murtala Mohammed Road that has been in bad shape is now being drained and construction is ongoing. The remaining construction work on the main Oron Road to link it to the sea is also in top gear.
The construction of the 9 kilometer Secretariat Road traverses Eyo Ulliong- Edikor- Uduetta in the Udung Uko Local Government area with spurs of about 3 kilometers. The first time a road is being constructed in that area since its creation over 25 years ago.
Also 15.13KM Road Project from Ikot Otomo, through Ikot Udom to Azumini, via Mkpohoeto is currently ongoing in the Ika Local Government Area of the State. The project is handled by a Port Harcourt-based firm, Cossel Engineering, and work is at a rapid rate.
Similarly, another project, the 6.4km road project which links Mkpohoeto in Ika with Utu Ikot Ekpo in Etim Ekpo is progressing with rapid speed. This contract is handled by Wings of Heaven, an indigenous contracting firm, and the focus is on reclamation of the road with solid materials after the excavation of unwanted soil. The road also has a spur to Nkwot in Etim Ekpo and has brought happiness to the people in those rural communities. These scenes are attestations that Governor Udom Emmanuel is vigorously reaching out to several communities in the state through major road intervention projects.
In line with the Slogan : ”Completion Agenda”,
Governor Udom recently reaffirmed that his government is determined to complete all ongoing road constructions and other projects in the state.
Any patriotic follower of events in Akwa Ibom State State can also attest to the fact that the numerous trips of Governor Udom Emmanuel had yielded a lot of tangible fruits for the people of the state.