Extravagantly graced for impact and superlative performance, Gov. Udom Emmanuel is a perfect expression of good leadership. His love for God and visionary leadership style has distinguished him from other governors of the federation, hence his unparalleled feat in the provision of the dividends of democracy to the people. While other governors are complaining of economic recession, Governor Emmanuel is busy dragging investors to the state, culminating into job creation and development of the state.

As a seasoned banker and accountant who rose to the echelon of his career through hard work and devotion, he has brought his experiences to bear in the management of the resources of the state and in the discharge of his duties as governor. Communities who had never felt government’s presence in their entire existence now have reasons to rejoice as Gov. Emmanuel is embarking on a village to village development campaign- the first of its kind of aggressive development strategy.

Since assumption of office, Governor Udom Emmanuel has involved in a number of peacemaking effort in the state. Past leaders who were at loggerheads with one another, seemingly political enemies, past opponents, etc. have closed ranks and come together to work for the overall good of the state. His respect for elders and the traditional stool has brought lasting peace to the state. These are only made possible through the excellent leadership style of governor Udom Emmanuel.

Today, in an effort to sustain and maintain the peace enjoyed in the state, the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM), a pan-Akwa Ibom grassroot mobilisation movement has been launched. It is not only aimed at fostering peace and unity among citizens, but also a channel through which a voice is given to people at the grassroot.

It is a platform where every citizen will have a sense of belonging, contribute to nation building and be heard.

When citizens collaborates with the government in governance, a kind of democratic participant initiative, community development advocated by the United Nations as part of the sustainable development goals, will be achieved.

In terms of turning the state into an industrial hub, Gov. Emmanuel’s industrialization agenda has yielded positive outputs to the state, and the nation in general as a result of peace enjoyed in the state. There is no gain saying the fact development can only thrive where there is peace.

Over the years, Gov. Emmanuel’s administration has witnessed massive road construction projects, establishment of industries, job creation, even distribution of appointments in the three senatorial districts of the state, inclusion of youths in governance, sports development through monetary motivation of players and provision of sporting facilities, building of state of the art sports facility, floating of sport tournaments at inter-schools and inter- local government areas basis, alignment of his policies with the will of God, to mention but a few. The massive investment in sport development by this administration no doubt, led to the winning of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title for the first time since the 25 years existence of Akwa United Football Club.

In the area of education, governor Udom Emmanuel has not left any stone unturned, as he has facilitated the construction of a number new schools in the state, renovation of dilapidated structures, award of scholarship to students in both secondary and tertiary levels, provision of free books, free and compulsory education policy, prompt payment of workers’ salaries, among others.
His love for education which is very visible equally led to the recent approval by the federal government for the siting of a Federal University of Technology in the state.

The governor has also boosted the entertainment and tourism sector of the state in a number ways, not to mention turning of some cities in the state to commercial and tourism hubs. The completion and reopening of Ibom Tropicana by Gov. Emmanuel is a testament of his economic-oriented standpoint. As a catalyst in the economic sub-sector, Gov. Emmanuel has initiated various policies aimed at boosting the economy of the state, and by extension the federal government, even at a time the world is witness recession, and the inflation rate in Nigeria very unprecedented.

It is now incumbent on the good people of the state to support his government, and continue to participate in the building of the Akwa Ibom of our dream. He has also started new and massive people-oriented projects in the state, after the recent inauguration of major projects in the state, including the much-talked about state-of-the-art Ikot Oku Ikono flyover.

At a time like this when other state governments are struggling to impress the public with few projects, commissioning people-oriented projects in Akwa Ibom has become an everyday thing. With a touch of development in all the Local Government Areas in the state, Akwa Ibom has become a destination, a peace haven and a reference point for excellent leadership.


Wisdom Bassey

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