“Our dedication to the improvement of our infrastructure is on course and as most of you have seen, we are constructing numerous roads across the three Senatorial Districts, and these are all aimed at opening up more areas for economic development”.
Those are recent lines that strike the core cord as the administration of Gov. Udom Emmanuel races down to her first significant year in office since assumption of office on 29’05’2015.This and more has paved way for the consolidation of the occupation of the Hilltop Mansion by the right man and Co. Akwa Ibom people gladly and with utmost celebration gave him the keys to that door through their overwhelming votes on April 11,2015.A man of positive history, he was born on an “11th”:Gov.Udom Emmanuel applied his intimidating credentials to stencil and fashion out his name in the hearts of Akwa Ibom people, making him not just the right man but one who has come at the right time. He indeed has come to bridge the gap between gaudy wealth and crushing poverty, believing strongly that the principle purpose of government is the welfare of the people.
Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has come with a background of hi-tech competence. With industrialization, occupying the front seat of his campaign train(then)and even as he settles to govern after the grievous distraction of the ailing opposition, Akwa Ibom in Emmanuel’s hands will implicate the wonders of the Asian Tigers, and fast track to becoming a full blown manufacturing economy. Whether the devil likes it or yes! One thing that stood out as a boost to the successful emergence of Udom Emmanuel is the overwhelming and gut driven success story impacted by the just ended tenure of Senator Goodwill Akpabio, the immediate past Governor of the State. With his immeasurable and lofty achievements, our people were convinced that in eight years the administration of the former had performed creditably well that they were prepared to support the Peoples Democratic Party in their choice of a man who will come to sustain all the developmental efforts of the state in continuity. With a previous tag of uncommon transformation, Udom Emmanuel with his seasoned and well vested clout in productive management of corporate resources has sure fine-tuned the direction of statesmanship and redefines the concept of governance. The party’s decision to zone the governorship race to Eket Senatorial District as a means of inclusion of equity, justice and fair dealing proves no shortcomings with the flagship of Udom Emmanuel. He is a square peg in a square hole and further portends the good-yield that awaits this administration. Akwa Ibom State has indeed become the infrastructural leader among Nigeria’s comity of states.
These gains and momentum of development must be sustained and built upon. All the infrastructures that the state needs to take a leap into the league of highly industrialized states have been put in place. Akwa Ibom is ready for the next stage of development. What will make the difference is leadership that can seize opportunity and build on this great foundation that has been laid.
Since His Excellency’s assumption of office, a lot has been done in various spheres of governance to showcase and substantiate all genuine and committed strides to move the state to greater and spirited status. Gov. Udom Emmanuel is an unlikely revolutionary who within a short time is building on the solid work of his illustrious predecessors. A chartered Accountant and most experienced banker in the country rising to the apex of his profession in his chosen career.
Interestingly, his adventure into the political arena has similar professional attributes of discipline, respect for authority, institutional rigidity, and hierarchical bureaucratic codes and norms. From all indications, judging from his outstanding attributes, the Governor perhaps is the most restless and excitable of the public officers elected on the platform of the PDP in Nigeria.
Me think, it is a painstaking scorecard and it came at a time worthy and due to assess a man whose desire to contribute to the growth and development of our dear state beckons. Aside the various ground breaking and inauguration of projects across the nooks and corners of the state, Udom Emmanuel has awarded and mobilized both local and international experts and contractors to commence the rehabilitation of strategic roads and erosion control projects aimed at easing the inconveniences of Akwaibomites as they traverse in their daily living transactions unhindered.
The name Emmanuel means “GOD WITH US” and means different things to different people in our clime. Some erroneously claim he is brought in to act the script of a certain cabal, while others accuse the administration as an appendage of the former. However, a vast majority of Akwaibomites regard this gentle and meek lamb as a divine gift no matter how he emerged, christening him as the man that can pull the state back from the precipice of self-inflicted destruction to which some persons are pulling and heading to. In Nigeria quite of recent where there is friction and bickering between the various arms of government and most times leading to the retardation of governance, such is not a common occurrence here as the administration has beyond reasonable doubt since inception foster development, maintain a good working relationship with both the legislature and the judiciary arms of government in the state, as well as ensuring an effective local government administration for grassroots mobilization, development and human empowerment.
The administration has made a vow to transform the economy of Akwa Ibom State through industrialization and sustainable public-private sector initiative, thereby opening up more opportunities for growth and improved living standards among our people. Like a breath of fresh air the Governor has clearly pursued the onerous task of Rural Development and integration with all vigor which will and has started bringing the benefits and dividends of democracy. Basic amenities such as electricity and pipe-borne water are springing up in interior LGA’s of Eastern Obolo, Uruan, Okobo and its environs.
Most significant in the life and times of the state, Udom Emmanuel rolled out an optimum state driven philosophy on the 23rd of September, 2015 at the Goodwill Akpabio International Stadium as the state marked her 28th existence since creation in 1987.It was the launch of the moral and spiritual rebirth ideology aimed at repositioning and re-branding the minds of Akwaibomites to contributing towards the advancement of statehood.
The Dakkada (Akwa Ibom Arise) is a boost to an already founded greatness in our existence. A clarion calls and reaches out to all Akwa Ibom sons and daughters across the globe to unify and strategize in achieving life’s zenith despite our differences.
Udom Emmanuel now occupies the driver’s seat and he is sure moving and steering the ship of statehood on course, with over 25 solid years of experience in Nigeria’s Financial Services Sector, creating and managing wealth.
As a young Ibibio man without a godfather, he rose through the ranks and file in one of Nigeria’s leading and most dynamic financial institutions, where he served with utmost loyalty, dedication and integrity. A landmark and benchmark sailing point in Zenith Bank as Executive Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory Services with an unblemished record. During his career at the bank, he handled at various times portfolios relating to research, strategy, financial controls, and managed relationships in the telecoms, conglomerates, multilateral organizations and private banking.
With all the aforementioned rolls of achievement and height attained, the business of governance sure is a smooth sail in his hands and for now he calls the shot.
He came with golden words of hope and today, that hope is hatched for the greatness and sustainable development of Akwa Ibom State. Since his swearing in as Governor on May 29, 2015, Udom Emmanuel has become a beacon of hope for the people. The Deacon is a pillar and a clear manifestation for us to continue testifying that indeed Akwa Ibom people made the right choice.
Whether you hate him or love him, what matters most is that Mr. Emmanuel is rocking steady and the frequency of governance is on the right dial. For the one year heading, the Governor has been in office, he has scored highpoints capable of securing the people’s confidence.
It is a simple and compelling story of immeasurable success and performance unlimited.
*Pat Reuben is Personal Assistant to Gov. Udom Emmanuel (Media) writes in from Awantong -Etinan.