Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has urged local government areas across the state to replicate economic exploits of the state in their council areas.
He made this call at Ikot Akpa Nkuk, headquarters of Ukanafun local government area on Tuesday during the maiden Ukanafun Economic Development Summit to mark 45 years of creation of the council.
Governor Emmanuel said economic activities in the urban areas of the state should be duplicated in the hinterlands through local government chairmen .
Tagged ” Repositioning Ukanafun For Sustainable Development”, governor Emmanuel observed that creation of local government was a journey in economic self advancement and encouraged council areas to make an annual economic assessment so that the purpose of self government at whatever level would not be defeated
” The creation of a state , or in this case , a local government area , is in itself a release for a journey in economic self – advancement , and if all we do on yearly basis is to number the cycles, without counting our blessings on the economic front, the purpose of self government at whatever level , would have been defeated.”
” This is why at the state level, our number one priority is the economy . The second priority has been the economy and third priority is also the economy . Without a vibrant economy , nothing works .” he said
Governor Emmanuel noted that the theme of the summit was in consonance with the vision if his administration which is aimed at transforming the state and fast track its attainment of destiny by means of vibrant economy.
He commended Ukanafun local government area for immortalizing the late state chairman of People Democratic Party ( PDP), late Mr Udo Ekpenyong during their 45th anniversary of its creation adding that the late chairman who was an indigene of the area deserved all the monuments raised for his post humus honour.
The Chairman of the summit planning committee Barr. Aniekan Ukpanah recalled that Ukanafun local government area was created in 1976 during the regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo as military Head of State and appealed to indigenes to develop the area to befit its age and status .
However, Mr. Ray Ekpu; a prominent indigene of the area observed that the state government has not cited any industry in the area to boast economic reneissance at the grassroot .
” Today Ukanafun local government area is 45 year old but the state governor Udom Emmanuel has not considered it necessary to site any cottage industry here. ”
He therefore called on the state government to consider the area in the Industrialization drive in the last stage of the completion agenda of governor Emmanuel’s administration.