*seeks God’s forgiveness of sins
By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has cautioned politicians in the state against sponsoring spurious and false allegations against those they disagree with politically, saying at 33 of creation, the state nurtured and shaped by shared love and endless possibilities has become a shining city on the hill.
Governor Emmanuel stated this on Wednesday in a statewide broadcast to the people as part of activities marking the 33rd anniversary celebration of the state created in 1987 by the then General Ibrahim Babangida administration.
The Governor also advised political appointees in the state to focus their energies and wealth of experiences on the jobs they were appointed to serve for the advancement of the state, stressing that his administration has put in place a measure to check such ill-practices in governance.
He also said that his administration would not accept over- heating of polity in the state with 2023 succession plans, noting that God who makes a leader will be kind to elect who He likes when the time comes.
“My dear compatriots, 33 years after her birth, I stand here today to proclaim with a deep sense of humility and responsibility that the land, nurtured and shaped by shared love and endless possibilities has become a shining City on the Hill, looked upon with deep admiration for what we have become, for what we are and for what we would become.
“Let me again ask you my dear people to de-emphasize the flaming passion of partisan politics and come together to build a solid State where our children will look back and say “thank God that we once had a revolutionary and visionary leader who saw things through the prism of the common good as opposed to doing so, through political lenses.”
“I call on our stakeholders across the political divide not to de-market the State or to sponsor spurious and false allegations against those they disagree with politically. We should not poison the well of our brotherhood with vitriolic attacks on our leaders using blackmail and other unwholesome tendencies.
“There is no need to heat up the system with unnecessary and unhelpful agitations for 2023 succession plans. When the time comes, our God, to whom all power belong will guide and direct our footsteps. Let me use this opportunity to caution all those who may entertain certain devious political ambitions to refrain from some of the antics which we already are aware of.
“Akwa Ibom people will be monitoring you to see if you are executing the task for which you were selected out of seven million people or you are busy using government’s time to indulge in a project which time has not yet come.
Assuring the people on his completion agenda plan, Governor Emmanuel said healthcare will remain a key priority of his administration because the state needs a healthy population to drive her industrialization agenda.
He mentioned that so far, his administration has attracted over 18 industries to the state, adding that with the opening of business activities in the country which were earlier stalled in the last eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more industries would be established in the state.
The Governor whose broadcast text titled “33 years of God’s favour and grace” also thanked God for his abiding grace upon the state and her people and prayed for the forgiveness of the sins the people, as a state have committed.
He paid glowing tributes to all the leaders who in the last 33 years have had the privilege and the onerous task of leading the state, nothing that through the leadership they provided, they helped transform the Akwa Ibom from a once rural landscape, whose Capital City of Uyo, was a dusty provincial town into being a destination of choice by all.
On Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Emmanuel urged people of the state to continue to observe the protocols the World Health Organization (WHO)) and the NCDC have introduced, especially the wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands and social distancing. “Together, with your support, we will win the fight against this pandemic”, he said.