Governor Udom Emmanuel has reiterated his resolve to connect every part of Akwa Ibom State to the proposed Ibom Deep Seaport coastal line area to stimulate economic activities in the Seaport and other industrial projects earmarked for the area.
He has therefore sued for more support from the people of the state to enable the lofty programmes of his administration to materialise, maintaining that every project executed in the state is for the benefit of the citizens.
Governor Emmanuel stated this while exchanging views with the executive members of a foremost youth socio – cultural organisation, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, who called on him at Government House, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel explained that the industrialisation programmes of his administration would engage the youths and divert their attention from criminality, restiveness and other anti- social activities and appealed to the organisation not to relent in its duty of checkmating divisiveness and enforcement of decorum in the society.
He explained that the programmes of his administration “are geared towards expanding the economic base of the state to allow for an investment- friendly environment where investors would explore the resources of the state for business growth and sustainability of the state’s economy ”
The governor added that he was evolving a sustainable economic foundation that would generate employment, create wealth and enliven business activities in the state.
Earlier, the International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Monday Etokakpan, who led other Executive members of the group on the visit, said they were in Government House to interact with the Governor on issues of sustainable developments in the State.
He commended the giant strides of the administration, saying that Governor Udom has executed projects that have impacted meaningfully on the lives of the citizenry.
Akparawa Etukakpan described the Governor as a leader who has been able to successfully apply his professional ingenuity in the management of the state’s resources at this critical time that the country is challenged by economic recession.
These, Etokakpan highlighted to include prompt payment of salaries and other entitlements to workers, embarking on capacity building programmes, and several capital projects currently being executed in various parts of the state.
The Ibibio youth group boss appreciated Governor Emmanuel for his commitment to free, compulsory and qualitative education and most recently his efforts at the commencement of a Command Science Secondary School in the State.
Akparawa Etokakpan however appealed to the Governor to address the problem of high tariff by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company saying the charges has brought untold hardship on the consumers.
It would be recalled that a super highway to connect all the coastal communities from Ibeno, Esit Eket, to Uya Oro has been approved while another dual carriage way from the airport in Okobo to Oron is already under construction by the state government.