Akwa Ibom indigene who recently broke a 50-year Japanese academic record, Engr. Ufot Ekong, says the administration of Udom Emmanuel in the state deserves huge applause, for daring to continue with the free education policy of the its predecessor despite the dwindling economy situation in the country.
Ekong said this yesterday while presenting 10,000 branded exercise books to students of selected secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state as part of Ufot Ekong Educational Project, Ibom and projection of the Dakkada initiative of the state Government, said beyond the free education, quality of education is an important aspect in the process.
According to him, to attain sustainable industrialization, which is the basic of the present administration; the importance of education sector cannot be overemphasized, calling individuals, groups and organizations to contribute their quotas towards investment in quality education.
“The Government of Udom Emmanuel has taken its position that even in the midst of a dwindling economy, free education is important. I will like to call on all Akwa Ibomites that it is time as individuals, companies corporations etc that we invest in education. Investing in education is the single most effective way of reducing poverty.
“Everyone has a role to play, you could be a university student who is good in mathematics or physics, you can decide to teach remedial classes on weekends at your community secondary school, whatever we can do for others in our community, let us do. Personally, the more I help others succeed, the more I succeed.” Ekong emphasized.
He said the main objective of his pet project is to motivate young people in Akwa Ibom to rise to the faith of greatness and excel as well as give back to the local communities and the state at large.
As a Dakkada Ambassador, Ekong sees Dakkada as a mindset, culture, way of thinking and understanding that there was no time to sit down, complain or get depressed but a time to put structures in place that would make the children appreciates the state and the essence of its creation in future.
He recognized the fact that the people of the state around the world are excelling, hinting that the only African doctor in Japan is an Akwa Ibom indigene.
“I see myself as opportune that a large number of people heard about my success story but in reality, there are many more Akwa Ibom children who are making us proud around the globe and there are many more stars coming.”
The ambassador preempted. Making a symbolic presentation of the branded exercise books to students from selected secondary schools in the state; Ekong stated that 10,000 exercise books with the Dakkada creed written at the back are meant to be distributed to benefiting schools around the three senatorial districts of the state to give them the opportunity to read, understand and make the words of the creed a part of them.
Christening Governor Emmanuel; the Captain of Industrialization; (COI) he reasoned that industrialization is the solution to most problems in the state ranging from food security to unemployment at the time where the country’s income from oil is low and economy dwindling.
“The top economies in the world especially Japan has no natural resource but industrialization has brought them this far. Akwa Ibom State can be the next Indian or Chinese industrial revolution.” He maintained.