By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has given reasons for not collecting the bailout funds offered by the Federal Government, saying, he did not want to mortgage the future of Akwa Ibom people especially the youth.
Governor Emmanuel who made this known on Tuesday while flagging off the commissioning of internal roads in Uyo as part of activities to commemorate democracy day celebrations, assured that, his administration would continue to deliver on his promises to the people inspite of challenges.
He maintained that inspite of the daunting challenges, his administration has paid salaries of workers and pensioner in the up to date; and challenged any pensioner in the state who is qualified for pension and who has not been paid to come forward with proof.
He said he would continue to plan and implement strategies aimed at building a strong economy for the state hence his reason for a strong industrialization drive.
“We have a blueprint for the development of the state and aggregating efforts toward that and so we should have no excuse not to deliver even in the midst of challenges and constraints. We should be able to do the much we can do,” he said.
The Governor said that the state is blessed with much natural resources adding that it would amount to injustice for the people if the resources are not exploited to benefit them.
He said that in addition to other industrial efforts , machinery have been put in place to process and package food related products with some of the products to serve as sources of raw material for further production by manufacturing firms that would still spring up in the state.
The Governor further stated that arrangements have been concluded for the building if a modern cocoa plant that would compete with others in the international market adding that his emphasis on coconut production and processing is because of over 300 uses the plant has.
According to him, with direct and indirect employment opportunities’ resulting from the multiple chains of activities in the coconut business, over 160,000 jobs would be created for indigenes and residents of the state in the nearest future.
He maintained that his focus on internal and rural roads was to address the socio economic challenges of people at the grassroots, saying, “I want people at the grassroots to also feel the impact of my administration and though these roads are short, their summation will make much impact in the lives of the people”
In a remark the General Manager of Radio Nigeria Atlantic FM Uyo, one of the beneficiaries of the road projects, Mr. Barikumo Adou commended the Governor for his efforts in making motorable roads in the state.