Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has taken the lead in the enlightenment campaign on the forthcoming voters registration exercise by canvassing effective participation of the people, explaining that the exercise, among other benefits, fast-tracks development by providing data for National Planning .
Governor Emmanuel stated this at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Ibekwe Ikot Abasi Diocese, where he attended the Church service.
He said the number of voters registered aid in the distribution of amenities and allocation of resources by the Central government to the federating Units.
The Governor hinted that Ikot Abasi is an industrial hub and that three major conglomerates are already scrambling for a space to invest in the area which, according to him, is richly endowed.
The State Chief Executive announced that preliminary approvals have been given by the Nigerian Ports Authority and Federal Ministry of Transport for the take-off of industrial city in the area.
Gov Emmanuel frowned at the attitude of youths who obstruct the pace of work at the Refinery Project and Coconut plantation describing it as anti – development, adding that such action discourage investors from doing business in the area and called on the youths to partner the government in its development drive.
He reiterated his determination to implement the blue print of sustainable development in the state and sued for prayers to sustain the industries and projects which would usher in development and provide employment for the youths of the state.
The Governor blamed the epileptic electricity supply experienced in the area on decayed transmission lines assuring that the fault would soon be rectified and and announced a donation of a bus to aid in the evangelism .
In his homily Rev. Levil Nnam, enjoined Christians to avail themselves of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and repent of their old ways in view of the great sacrifice that God made for the transformation of mankind.
He wondered why the world today have failed to show love, compassion and meekness but preferred envy, violence, covetousness while corruption defines the Nation’s culture.
Taking his texts from Acts 2 v 22 to 32, the cleric urged all to appropriate blessings of Christ dead and resurrection by living right with God.
Reverend Nnam lauded the development drive of the Governor and the transformation of the state to an industrial hub praying God to bless the Governor and his cabinet.
Also, the Diocesan Lay President Elder Udo Kierian Akpan, expressed appreciation to the Governor for worshiping in the church and spoke of the growth of the diocese .