By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has pledged to increase the template of development in Akwa Ibom State, saying, Ibom Industrial City and Ibom Deep-Sea Port will remain his signature projects.
Governor Emmanuel stated this in his second term inaugural speech to the people of the state after taking Oath of Office at the Nest of Champion, Uyo, the state capital on Wednesday May 29, 2019.
The Governor, who was full of praise to God for standing by him, and indeed the state during the hit of 2019 elections, said that in fulfilling his second term pledge, he would strongly rely on the power and guidance of God, almighty.
“In my 2019 Manifesto which we christened Completion Agenda, I emphasized eight major policy thrusts: Industrialization, Aviation Development, Security, Infrastructure, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Human Capacity Development, Agriculture, and Rural and Riverine Area Development.
“Most of these areas also formed the basis of our First Term policy direction. In our Completion Agenda, we will raise the bar of performance in all these areas and lift our State to such an enviable height that it will be the pride of the nation.
“We will aggressively industrialize this State and continue to attract foreign investors, ensuring that the environment is made ferment for investments. We hope to make Akwa Ibom the industrial hub of Nigeria. The Ibom Industrial City and the Ibom Deep-Sea Port will remain the signature projects in our Second Term industrialization plans.”
Acknowledging small and medium scale enterprises as the drivers of the economies of the developed world, Governor Emmanuel said, “In our Completion Agenda, we will focus on this crucial area and will partner with relevant organizations and agencies both in Nigeria and abroad to execute this policy.
“One of the key drivers of economy the world over is the provision of modern infrastructural facilities. We will pursue this policy with messianic zeal. In my First Term, we were able to construct over 1000 kilometres of road across the State and opened up the hinterlands for free-flow of goods and services. We will surpass this achievement with emphasis on commercially- viable roads.”
Also noting the importance of steady power supply to industrialization with its multiplying effect on socio-economical well being of the people, Governor Emmanuel said his administration will work towards having power for all in his completion agenda, adding, “Education, agriculture and human capacity development will receive the needed boost in my Second Term.”
Pledging among others, he said “Agriculture will continue to receive the needed boost in my Second Term. We will continue to ensure that staple food items are made available and at affordable price for our people. We will encourage the investments in agro-allied industries as a way of generating employment opportunities and wealth creation.
Above all, Governor Emmanuel further said that under his completion agenda, he will continue to ensure that the enjoy peace and security in the state.
In this wise “Our zero-tolerance for criminal tendencies will remain in force. We will continue to foster close working relationships and partnerships with our security agencies”, the Governor stated