By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Newly sworn-in supervisory councilors and special advisers for Uyo Local Government Council, Akwa Ibom State, have been charged to see themselves as ambassadors for good governance and development of the area.
The chairman of the council, Mr. Imoh Okon who stated this while performing the swearing-in ceremony at the council secretariat on Tuesday in Uyo, also advised them to protect government projects located in their localities against vandals.
He told them to see their appointments as a call to service to both humanity and God, adding that Uyo as the state capital carried the corporate image of the state, hence the need for them to work with integrity that guarantees a peaceful society.
On the 2019 general election, the council boss charged the new appointees to go to their various units to mobilize votes for the party, stressing that in a democratic process, hiring of thugs or bribing electoral officials to win election is undemocratic.
According to him, Akwa Ibom as a Peoples Democratic Party controlled state cannot afford to lose its position to another party, therefore they must adopt the unit base method to win votes for the party at all levels in the election.
“I want to advise all you to see your appointment as a call to serve the people of Uyo diligently. You are therefore required by the oath of office you took to live above board. Develop a synergy and work as a team to mobilize support for the state government. Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife have done well for the people of Uyo, therefore they must be rewarded with our votes during the forthcoming election. Akwa Ibom is PDP state and we cannot afford to lose it to opposition party, this is a task before all of us,” the chairman posited.
He maintained that Governor Udom Emmanuel having performed well in the state with people oriented policies and programmes, has been endorsed by cross sections of stakeholders of PDP in the state to run for a second term in office.
For this position to be achieved Mr. Okon urged the supervisory councilors and advisers to sensitize the electorate in Uyo on the need to posses their permanent voter card (PVC) and keep it safe and clean to enable them vote during the general elections.
He hinted that a voter who posses dirty or defaced PVC will be disfranchised because the card reader machine will reject such cards during the election.
Eight persons including two women were sworn in.