The convincing re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel at the just concluded gubernatorial poll in Akwa Ibom State has been attributed to his superlative performance in office.
The member representing Ibiono Ibom state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, who is also the Deputy Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ime Okon asserted while speaking on a live television programme on the Akwa Ibom broadcasting corporation (AKBC) ,” CROSSHAIRS with Tom Monday ” in uyo.
Hon. Okon who is also chairman House committee on information, attributed the victory of Governor Udom Emmanuel at the poll to God’s grace and to his first term performance as Governor. Adding that, the Governor has performed creditably to the admiration of the citizens.
He disclosed that the people of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area and the entire State came out to vote massively for the Governor to return for a second term, because he is naturally loved by the people and his industrialization agenda appeals to them.
” The people voted for Governor Udom Emmanuel to return for a second term, because they were satisfied with his performance and also because the Governor is a man who loves peace and means well for the people of the state” .
He said the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is very supportive of the Governor’s bold initiative at industrialising the State including aviation development and that is why adequate appropriation is made in the 2019 appropriation law to facilitate the process.
Rt. Hon. Okon noted that the facilities and equipment in AKBC begs for urgent attention. Beyond the absence of a corporate office to accommodate both services the obsolete equipment needs urgent replacement to enable the agency to deliver on its responsibilities to government and the people.
He remained optimistic that the Governor Udom Emmanuel being a listening Governor, once there is availability of funds various concerns will be addressed having been provided for in the 2019 Appropriation law.
Speaking on his two terms stewardship as the member representing Ibiono Ibom state constituency, the lawmaker noted that ,his election into the House of Assembly was a rare privilege, and that he took upon himself to discharge his duties effectively so as to leave a legacy that will speak for him.
The lawmaker further stated that, he decided to pay more attention to education, by first initiating the “Ime Okon Quiz competition” where pupils and students drawn from public and private schools within the state constituency actively participated.
Handsome prizes were donated to the winners while students in tertiary institutions from Ibiono Ibom were always paid bursary on the occasion. Okon hinted that the one he carried out last year was the 7th ,with over two million naira paid to students as bursary.
He stated further that as the representative of Ibiono Ibom people, he has given start up capitals to so many people for business as well as sponsoring sons and daughters to be trained in various skills. He said through his constituency projects many communities have benefited from pipe borne water, renovation of schools and civic centres.
Hon. Okon said he had moved a motion for the creation of more clans in Ibiono Ibom as well as the resuscitation of Government Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem.
He called on the incoming 7th Assembly and the people of the State to continue to continue partnering with Governor Udom Emmanuel and give him the necessary backing to enable him to succeed in his completion agenda for the State to the benefit of the people.