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Uyo – Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has alerted the people to expect an aggressive industralisation of the state as he is stepping into the second term in office.
He has listed two major projects; the Ibom Industrial City and the Ibom Deep-Sea Port, which he intends to complete in his second term as his signature projects.
Speaking shortly after taking his oath of office for a second term on Wednesday at the Ibom International Stadium, Governor Emmanuel who said he was able to attract 16 industries during his first term in office, pledged to continue to attract foreign investors and to ensure that the environment is made ferment for investments.
Governor Emmanuel said Akwa Ibom in his Second Term will move from a fast industrializing society to a great and rich society, as well as witness an unprecedented growth in all spheres of development and capacity enhancement.
“We will surpass Superior Performance which we recorded in our First Term, and on this noble passion and vision, we strongly rely on the might and guidance of our only God.
“In my 2019 Manifesto which we christened Completion Agenda, I emphasized eight major policy thrusts: Industrialization, Aviation Development, Security, Infrastructure, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Human Capacity Development, Agriculture, and Rural and Riverine Area Development. Most of these areas also formed the basis of our First Term policy direction. In our Completion Agenda, we will raise the bar of performance in all these areas and lift our State to such an enviable height that it will be the pride of the nation.
“It is an acknowledged fact that Small and Medium Scale Enterprises are the drivers of the economies of the developed world. In our Completion Agenda, we will focus on this crucial area and will partner with relevant organizations and agencies both in Nigeria and abroad to execute this policy”.
Governor Emmanuel who identified provision of modern infrastructural facilities as the major driver of economy promised to pursue the policy of infrastructural development with messianic zeal.
“In my First Term, we were able to construct over 1000 kilometres of road across the State and opened up the hinterlands for free -flow of goods and services. We will surpass this achievement with emphasis on commercially- viable roads. We will continue to invest heavily in the power sector, well aware of the importance of having steady electricity supply in our industrialization agenda. We hope to work towards having power for all in our Completion Agenda.
“Education, agriculture and human capacity development will receive the needed boost in my Second Term. The reason developed world keeps inventing the wheels of their development lies in the huge resources they spend on human capacity development. The Akwa Ibom child has all it takes to take on the best in the world; we have seen such manifest already. We will not relent in this drive for excellence. Our youths have already arisen to the faith of greatness, in tandem with our Dakkada philosophy and we will strive even harder to ensure that we encourage the new attitude and mind-set predicated on an entrepreneurial spirit.
“Agriculture will continue to receive the needed boost in my Second Term. We will continue to ensure that staple food items are made available and at affordable price for our people. We will encourage the investments in agro-allied industries as a way of generating employment opportunities and wealth creation”. He said.
He promised to continue to rehabilitate hospitals and procure and distribute health care equipment to hospitals across the state. ” We will continue to train and expose our medical practitioners and bring their expertise to be at par with their counterparts elsewhere. In my Completion Agenda we hope to bring development to the rural and riverine areas. We will do this, as a strategic way to reduce rural-urban migration. In our determined efforts to open up our land, air and sea to aid our industrialization agenda, the Ibom Airline and other investments in aviation will continue to receive great attention.
“Sports, tourism and information technology will continue to form the building blocks of our development as well as housing, women empowerment and social welfare services. We will continue to partner with the vision of Her Excellency, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel’s Signature Pet project FEYReP in providing services to the poor, the needy and the vulnerable in our society.
“We will continue to ensure that we enjoy peace and security in this State which has already been nationally acknowledged. Our zero-tolerance for criminal tendencies will remain in force. We will continue to foster close working relationships and partnerships with our security agencies.
Source; Independent Newspapers Nigeria