GOV. EMMANUEL’S 2nd ANNIVERSARY IN OFFICE : AKWA IBOM HARVEST DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Activities commemorating Governor Udom Emmanuel’s second anniversary in office and 2017 Democracy Day Celebration have commenced in Akwa Ibom State with the commissioning, inauguration and inspection of development projects executed across the state.
Among the projects commissioned by Governor Udom Emmanuel are Toothpick and Pencil Manufacturing Factory, 1.5km Nsikak Eduok Tropicana Outfall Drain along Nsikak Eduok Avenue while the remodeling of General Hospital Ituk Mbang, 3.2km Dual Access road at the Permanent site of the University of Uyo, construction of network of roads within the College of Education Afaha Nsit, construction of 9.76km Ancillary roads in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area were inaugurated.
The Governor also declared open an emergency medical response training programme organised for medical Doctors in the state and inspected a dualised 20.0km Ikot Oku Ikono – Etinan road.
At the General Hospital Ituk Mbang, Governor Emmanuel said the facility when rehabilitation, will take care of gynecology, pediatrics, emergency health care and other general medical services.
He decried the situation where medical attention are sought in the tertiary health institutions and restated his administration’s resolve to provide quality and affordable medicare to the people saying that equipment for the hospital have been purchased and would soon arrive the state to drive home his vision of bringing out the best in secondary health institutions in the state.
On the quality of equipment, Governor Emmanuel said “let me assure you that the equipment we are bringing in are of best quality and world standard ”
He expressed his administration’s readines to partner with international agencies to bring in more equipment and provide healthcare services in accordance with standard best practices.
The Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr.Ekpenyong O. Ekpenyong while expressing appreciation the Governor for the intervention said “It is on record that you are the first Governor that has visited this hospital in the last 23 years, the last time we had a Governor visiting this place was May 6, 1994, when Col. Yakubu Bako came. As the first democratically elected Governor to set foot here, we believe the visit would mark a new beginning in the hospital”.
Governor Emmanuel also flagged off the construction of the 3.2kilometer dual access road at the Permanent Site of the University of Uyo where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating conducive learning environment for students and assured that despite the federal status of the institution, his government would assist in the development of physical infrastructure in the university because it is located in the state.
He tasked the State Commissioner for Works Mr Ephraim Inyang to expedite action and ensure the completion of the project before the next convocation of the institution.
At the State College of Education Afaha Nsit where he flagged off the construction of internal road network, Governor Emmanuel, accompanied by members of the State Executive Council and Political Stalwart, announced that his visit was to underscore his concern for the provision of quality education in the only state institution that offer training to teachers for the basic education programme.
He said : “we want to first of all give a facelift to the main entrance and internal roads,” and urged the students and people of the community to cooperate with his administration to ensure a smooth execution of the project in the institution.
The Governor also commissioned a 1.5km outfall Drain project at the Nsikak Eduok-Tropicana Entertainment Center axis of the State Capital, commissioned a toothpick and pencil manufacturing factory at Etinan Local Government Area as well as flagged off a 9.76km ancillary road in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area.
In all the project sites visited, stakeholders in the communities spoke glowngly on the giant strides of the Udom Emmanuel led administration pledging their solidarity to the government.
Women groups, traditional display added colour to the tour of the projects undertaken by Governor Udom Emmanuel.