On the backdrop of the Nigerian Postal Services plans to mark this year’s World Postal day in Akwa Ibom, the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel while promising to sustain collaboration with FG on development, has acknowledged peace as vital to growing the economy of Nigeria.
The governor made the remark while receiving the management of the Nigerian Postal Service, Benin Zonal Headquarters led by the Zonal Manager, NIPOST Benin Zone, Mrs. Loretto Nwakanma, during a courtesy visit to him at Government House, Uyo yesterday.
According to the governor, the relationship between the Federal Government and the states was based on the understanding that every development that comes to the state was for the benefit of the entire country.
“Our concern is the unity, peace, and stability of the country and whether we are praying or working, the concept of this government is that a peaceful nation can grow economically”.
Represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the governor announced his readiness to provide the flagship programmes of the State to be promoted in the postage stamps of the agency, adding that, his government was interested in conversations that would further uplift the living standards and fortunes of the entire citizenry.
Hear him, “I am of the opinion that the NIPOST is still relevant to our development and our economy since the agency requires permanent structures across the nation, the Federal Government should properly invest in NIPOST”.
“I hope the Federal Government will pay greater attention to the development of NIPOST, the advent of the new media does not obliterate the importance of your organisation. NIPOST has a role to play in communicating the culture and economic development of our country and unless you are properly equipped, this may not be possible”, he said.
He commended the Agency for choosing Akwa Ibom for their 2021 World Post Day coming up on October 8, and for acknowledging the contributions of his administration to the growth of Nigeria.
He commended the team for the good things they said about Akwa Ibom State, noting that, such will, “spurs us to do more and contribute more”.
He assured that his administration would do everything to ensure that the peace provided and enjoyed in Akwa Ibom by God’s grace and through the instrumentality of security agencies, permeate other parts of the country for Nigeria to be peaceful and in unity.
Earlier, the Zonal Manager NIPOST Benin Zone, Mrs. Loretto Nwakanma, said they were in Akwa Ibom State to prepare for the celebration of the World Post Day in October 8, adding that, the choice of Akwa Ibom for this year’s celebration was inspired by the outstanding performances of students from the state over the past couple of years.
She acknowledged the developmental strides of the state, describing it as gigantic strides which have culminated in the massive development witnessed in the State.
Nwakanma said that she was impressed by what she called the very transformational education policy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, which she said has enabled students from the State to continue to win laurels for Akwa Ibom in the last couple of years at the nationwide essay competitions sponsored by the Universal Postal Union.
“It’s remarkable to mention that some students of this great state have always done well in the Essay Writing competitions over the last couple of years and it’s not by accident because this state has a transformational education policy”.
She highlighted some of the services of the agency and appealed for patronage, especially with regards to showcasing the exploits of the State to the world on postal stamps.