Akwa Ibom: Udom’s  Exceptional Performance In Office

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 By Emmanuel Uffot

Not many people had  expected, Emmanuel Udom , governor of Akwa Ibom state and Chairman,  of the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Council, to deliver on his electioneering Campaign promises  to the people of the state between 2015 and 2019.  This is because of where he was coming from: the private sector.

The worry of many was that he has never been into politics. He is a finance person who has been in the bank sector for much of his working life and thus, may not know how ‘’to manage human beings’’.

Goodluck Jonathan, a former Nigerian President who was in the state to join the people in the interdenominational service on the invitation of the state government in celebrating its 35 years anniversary may have hit the nail when head when he disclosed that when Godswell Akpabio, a former governor of the state and one-time minister of ministry of Niger Delta, was leaving office, in 2015, ‘’there was uncertainty over the performance of Udom, who  was the Secretary of the government  as at that time.  Ex- President Jonathan who was impressed by what he saw on the ground in Uyo, the state capital, had said that  the banker turned politician may have achieved that much   over the last seven years in the state because he has  the support of the state Executive Council and the House of Assembly, stressing that it is a good lesson for the politicians.

 Given the developmental stride that had been achieved in the south-south state over the last seven years may have forced the Bayelsa state former Nigerian President  to advise Nigerians  ‘’not to make the mistake  of voting  those he had described as killers  into elective positions at the state and Federal levels in the upcoming 2023, general elections.

According to him, those who will carry knives, guns and all kinds of killer weapons to gain power are enemies of the society’’, insisting that’’ if one kill to become a leader, the person will continue to kill to remain a Leader’’.  He may have alluded to the circumstances that led his defeat in office by President Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressive Congress in 2015.

As part of activities  commemorating the state 35th the anniversary and showcasing what his Administration had achieved  over the last seven years, the Akwa Ibom state, Governor,  had invited Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President , during Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration  and the PDP, Presidential Candidate for the 2023, general elections and Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state and the party Vice Presidential Candidate, were said to have been invited by him to inaugurate one of the landmark projects  in Uyo, the state capital. 

Although, Abubakar, the PDP, Presidential Candidate, could not make in person, but he was said to have sent Ahmed Fintri, the governor of Adamawa, his home state to represent him and commission the road project that was supposed to have been commissioned by him in the state .

Governor Fintri may have spoken the mind of Abubakar, the former Nigerian Vice President when he ‘’commended his Akwa Ibom state Counterpart for his foresight and vision in executing the laudable projects of such magnitude in the state’’.  He had lauded Udom, the Akwa Ibom state governor and the people of the state for the landmark projects, stressing that ‘’the projects were very exceptional and would attract investors  to the state’’.

Gov. Fintri: Commissioning A Road project In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, On Behalf Of Abubakar, Who Was Unavoidably Absent

 One of such projects that was aid to have been inaugurated by the Adamawa state governor on behalf of Abubakar, the PDP, touch bearer for the 2023, general elections, was a ten lane 9.5 Km road constructed in Uyo, the state capital.  Described as ‘‘a super Highway’’,  Governor  Fintri,  had said that Udom ,  has demostrated through his visionary Leadership ’’to make Akwa Ibom state become  a hub for aviation   with Ibom Air  and a hub for infrastructure, healthcare delivery, industrialization, and agriculture which has endeared the governornor to him’’.

He was emphatic that through Governor Udom, Akwa Ibom, state has become a hub for aviation, a hub for  Infratructure, a hub forhealth care delivery, noting that he is also making the state a hub for Agriculture in Nigeria , not to talk of Industrialisation of the state.

The Adamawa state governor may have gladdened the heart of governor Udom, when  he disclosed that  Abubakar, the Party, Presidential Candidate, has directed him  ‘’to convey  his message of hope  that he will  ensure  that the country is  unified, from the north  to the south for the betterment  of the people  in order to derive  that enjoyment in unity’’.He was said to have pledged his continuous support to the party to ensure that it will win the February 25, 2023, Presidential elections.

Governor Finitri, who could not hide his feelings,  was said to have told the people that  Akwa Ibom , alongside , Rivers and other south-south states, is the home of the  PDP and solicited  for their  continued support  to the party  to facilitate  its return    to the state government House  in one hand and restoration of peace  on the other hand.

Quoting Abubakar, he had said that  ‘’the crisis  in the country are artificial’’ , and therefore sued for sustained prayers  from Nigerians , particular, the clergies, , adding that ‘’there are capable hands  in the Opposition PDP,  who are ready to help redeem  the country’’ .

Bukola araki, a former governor of the north central state of Kwara and one-time Senate President, in his goodwill message  had said  he was very proud ‘’ ‘’to be associated with Governor  Udom and to share  in the history of Akwa Ibom state’’. He noted  that   ‘’Governor Udom’s performance  in office over the last seven years  was ‘’a pointer   to the fact  that  Nigerians need  PDP  back  to restore  the country  to its  past glory’’.

He recalled that when Udom, the Akwa Ibom state governor told him   about the Ibom Air, in first instance, which not many people had believed in it. According to him, he had visit the state in February, 2019 to see things himself.

It was therefore not very surprising that when he was invited  to come for the commissioning  of  the Ring road 10, 11, Lanes, that could not be in any part of the country, he wasted no time  in  honouring the invitation . Hear him: I am not surprised at your performance, the people of Nigeria are also not surprised because  you are a governor elected under the PDP  Platform and you want a performing country, so let the PDP, lead the way.

Aminu Tambuwal, a former Speaker of House of Representatives and governor of Sokoto  state, who incidentally is the Director General, of the PDP, Presidential Campaign Council,  and the newly elected Chairman, of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF,  may have been shocked by what he saw on the ground in Akwa Ibom state  that he declared : I am proud to be part of this unveiling  of the 9.5 Km ten lane Highway which is just  one of the laudable projects  of governor Udom’s Administration  cutting across  key sectors of the economy  like aviation, health, industrialization , education,  human capital development , agriculture and infrastructures’’.

A Ten Lane Road Project In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Delivered By Udom’s Administration

He may have taken advantage of the unveiling of the 10 lane  Akwa Ibom state road project to remind the governor in his capacity  as the Chairman of the party Presidential Council, that much is expected of him, ‘’to provide the needed Leadership  to the party Campaigns’’ .

 Umo Eno, a Pastor and the  PDP, governorship Candidate in the state ,  Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Hensek Engineering Limited, the contracting firm, the state Commissioner of Works  and Fire service , Eno Ibanga, a Professor,  Uwemedimo Udo, Chairman, Uyo Local government Area and  Edidem Syvanus Okon, the Paramount   Ruler of Uyo, were said to have also sent  goodwill message to Governor Uom. 

In his speech, welcoming the guests to the state, an Appreciative Governor Udom, hand acknowledged the presence ofAbubakar, the Party Presidential Candidate, who   hadsent Fintri, the Adamawa state governor to represent him, being unavoidably absent, other governors present including the people of the state for the overwhelming solidarity, stressing that ‘’it is a clear sign that PDP, is getting stronger and more united ahead of the 2023 elections’’.

A Durable Road Constructed By An, Indigenous Engineering Fir,In Uyo, Akwa Ibom State With A 5.4 Km. Underground Drainage Tunnel

He had explained  the road project was handled  by  Hensek  Integrated Services Limited,  an indigenous Engineering  firm, promoted  by   one Engineer  Uwem Okoko , noting that the road project  has  a 5.4  Km,  underground drainage tunnel and  three roundabouts,  of which two  have rainbow water fountains.

The good news was that the Akwa Ibom state governor had named the two commissioned roads after late  Clement Isong, the first Civilian governor of the state and Air  Commodore Idongesit Nkanga,  the first indigenous military Administrator of the state .

 while  the portion of the road from Oron  Nnung Oku roundabout in Ibesikpo along  Aka-Nnung  Udo road  was said to have been  named  after late Gov.Isong, the stretch from  Oron road  to Nwaniba  was named  after late  Air Commodere  Nkanga. Vintage Udom.

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