By: Emmanuel Cosmas
“Governor Udom Emmanuel’s penchant for quality infrastructural development of the state is unparalleled and deserve commendations” says Anietie Okon.
The founding National Publicity and Organising Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Anietie Okon told journalists after accompanying the governor to commission and inspect several life touching projects executed by the incumbent administration as part
of activities marking thirty one years of the creation of Akwa Ibom.
Senator Okon described the ongoing Eketre modeling project as visionary and well thought out idea which had changed the face of the once degenerating Oil City.
“The underground drainage system which is over 6ft deep designed to permanently solve the problem of flood in the city is a lofty and courageous idea. I understand that several buildings were demolished with compensation paid, but that is in the interest of the people
as they will witness flood free environment with the aesthetics of a modern day city.
The PDP top notch, said the scope of their modeling project can only be done by a leader with deep passion for quality development.
He also described the twenty thousand capacity Eket stadium under construction as an indication of governor Emmanuel’s commitment to raise the standard of sporting infrastructures ,stressing that the state has witnessed astronomical growth in sports development and won several laurels at national competitions with him on the saddle.
“Notwithstanding developing quality sports centers across the 10 federal constituencies of the state, the completion of the Eket stadium will further compliment or rather be a good alternative to the Nest of Champions in Uyo”.
Senator Okon also gave kudos to gov. Emmanuel on the commissioning of AKEES industrial park at Itam Itu Local government council area describing it as a cluster of cottage industries which will not only get several youths gainfully employed but further launch the state into comity of states with the fastest growing economy.
“AKEES industrial park, another commendable achievement of gov. Emmanuel’s led administration is a complete departure from the past of relying on other states or countries for all our needs. Today we are living witnesses to the fact that, plastics, toothpicks, pencils and many other things are produced, consumed and exported from our state, it shows the quality of the vision being interpreted by gov. Emmanuel’s administration. It is not worthy to state that Akwa Ibom is second only to Lagos on foreign direct investment and that is why we have in our
to domain today, a coconut refinery/plant, a flour mill industry, syringe factory, Electricity meter plant among many others”.
Senator Okon maintained that the state is lucky to have a very good administrator as the governor which accounts for up to date payment of salaries and other entitlements to workers while executing several life touching projects notwithstanding the dire times.
Speaking on the several roads commissioned across the state as part of activities marking the 31st anniversary of the state creation, Senator Okon commended gov. Emmanuel for constructing quality roads with life spans of over 20 years with side drainages.
According to him, “it is not just about rescuing communities which hither to were inaccessible by road and linking them up to urban centres with a good network of roads, what we see today are roads done to very high standard with life spans of over twenty years and quality drainage systems that takes water to natural outlets”.
The multiplier effect is that people and goods can now move freely with farmers moving farm products to their targeted markets, tourism and industrialization will also be enhanced because quality infrastructures like roads remains a lure for investors to bring their investment to the state”.
Senator Okon urged Akwa Ibom people to remain resolute in their support for governor Emmanuel’s second term stressing that the current development strides been witnessed under gov. Udom Emmanuel should not be sacrificed for any inordinate ambition of those who never wish the state well.
Published in maiden edition, Lens Newspapers Vol. 1 No. 13.