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Governor Udom Emmanuel promises more rapid development in Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel promises more rapid development in Akwa Ibom

Governor Emmanuel Udom signing his oath of allegiance

Governor Emmanuel Udom signing his oath of allegiance

 

Newly sworn-in Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has promised more rapid development as he begins his four year term.

Governor Emmanuel who spoke shortly after he and his Deputy, Mr. Moses Frank Ekpo had taken the oath of office, promised to build on the excellent foundation laid by the  last administration revealed that he seeks to build a state founded on prosperity and justice. 

 Addressing a packed-to-capacity audience at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium,  Uyo in a speech titled ” sustaining superior performance”.Governor Udom delivered a message of hope and a very bright future. 

 According to him “My dear compatriots, our Heavenly Father, history and posterity will not forgive our generation if we fail to continue the search for a better estate and pursuit of a greater Akwa Ibom State. This search we anchor on the timeless promise that whoever asks shall receive, whoever seeks shall find and who ever knocks, it shall be opened unto him. This promise is therefore, God-given”

 Governor Emmanuel then waved an olive branch and extended a hand of friendship to his political opponents.

 “Today we celebrate the triumph of the Akwa Ibom spirit over the murky waters of politics. We were troubled, but we were not distressed; perplexed but we did not despair; persecuted but we were not forsaken; cast down but we were not destroyed. Today we stand tall because the trial of our faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it was tried with fire, was found unto praise and honor and glory. Let us therefore, stand together in the praise and glory of our heavenly father, knowing that he who began a good work in us, is faithful to complete it. Let us give God praise and glory and honor.

 

“To those who stood by us in the long walk to this day, we appreciate your unwavering confidence, steadfastness, loyalty, trust and faith. to the few who were not with us, we remind them that the good people of our state have spoken and the voice of the people is the voice of God. To my former political opponents, I urge them and their supporters to let partisan feelings yield to patriotism. We hold out our hands to them. It is the planting season in the Akwa Ibom family and they are invited to come and plant with us. We do not have to see eye to eye in order to walk hand in hand. I therefore, beckon on us all to please come and let us build together”i

Insisting that he has not come as a master but as a servant, not as a boss but as a co-labourer, he went on to lay out the agenda of his new government.

Apart from leveraging and building on the uncommon transformation of the out-going Governor Godswill Akpabio administration,  he intends to transform the economy of the state through industrialization and sustain public-private sector initiatives, pursue the task of rural development and integration with vigour, bring the benefits of good governance to every nook and cranny of the state and provide basic amenities of life to all.

In addition, he seeks to provide trade, commerce and tourism between Akwa Ibom and the rest of Nigeria,  ensure accountability and transparency in government by fighting corruption as well as  foster, develop and maintain a good working relationship with both the  judicial and legislative arms of government.

Governor Udom also promised to develop and maintain a harmonious relationship with the federal government in a bid to attract Federal presence to the state

He also used the occasion to pour encomiums on the immediate past governor,  Obong Godswill Akpabio who had earlier made a powerful  speech and gone on an emotional farewell lap of honour.

Out-going Governor and wife during their farewell lap of hnour

Out-going Governor and wife during their farewell lap of hnour

Describing the now Senator -elect Akpabio as his mentor and teacher, who became a metaphor for good governance for his uncommon transformation and achievements, Governor Emmanuel then went on to approve the resolution by the State Executive Council a day before to rename the Akwa Ibom International Stadium as Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

He also praised the former First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Akpabio for her unflinching support from the very beginning

According to him “she has lifted up many and transformed many lives”

He thanked his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),the Divine Mandate Campaign Team leader, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga and all indigenes for their immense support.

The colorful occasion which was rounded off with a session of prayers was attended by leading lights of Akwa Ibom State and guests from all over the world such as UBA GMD. Mr. Phillips Oduoza, ExxonMobil s Executive Director, Mr. Udom Inoyo, Group MD, Nanet Hotels,  Mr. Ini Akpabio, Ambassador Ashim Morton (From Ghana) and a large contingent from Zenith Bank where the new Governor was an Executive Director.

Later there was a welcome/thanksgiving reception by the Awa-Onna Community, Governor Emmanuel’s homestead where he reaffirmed his commitment to develop the area.

A member of the family, Mr. Gabriel Nkanang, thanked the people of Akwa Ibom State for electing their son for the exalted position. He said that the family was sure that with the experience, expertise and track record of the new Governor he will deliver on his promises.

The wonderful day was rounded off with a fun-filled and lively inauguration dinner at Le Meridien Hotel. Uyo.

 

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