The speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assem bly (AKHA) has assured his constituents of continued collaboration with the state government to attract more projects to Uruan Local Government Area.
Mr Aniekan Bassey gave the assurance at a town hall meeting and constituency briefing he organized at the local government council secretariat, Idu, recently.
He thanked them for their massive support during the last general elections in the state, pointing out that the present administration led by Gov Udom Emmanuel will continually bring development to them.
The speaker also assured the people of government's readiness to complete all ongoing projects in the area, disclosing that two new companies including an aviation school facilitated by the state government were underway in Uruan Local Government.
"The position I'm occupying today is because you supported me. I am here to say thank you for the support you gave the governor and the PDP during the last general elections. If you did not support Gov Udom Emmanuel and PDP, Uruan would have been behind and I would not have been the speaker today, Bassey stated.
The lawmaker maintained that the administration of Gov Emmanuel would continue to be of great benefit to the people of Uruan nation as they have all seen the projects started by the government, assuring that all projects will be completed in Uruan.
He announced that some parts of the area which were in total blackout have been re-connected to the national grid through the provision of new transformers, but however added that for development to thrive in Uruan, the people must remain peaceful and united.
"I have to be very frank, it annoys me when people try to sabotage efforts by the government to bring development to a particular area.
I am appealing for peace and togetherness among us, so that more development projects will come to us, he said.
While expressing happiness over the return of peace to some crises-ridden communities in Uruan, the speaker noted that negotiations were ongoing for government to provide relief materials to the affected communities.
He said there were plans to reward those who were yet to benefit from his empowerment programmes as he was just six months in office, assuring that more will come as some of them will be appointed as aides to the governor, and appealed to them not to envy those that have been empowered because what was coming ahead was greater.
The wife of the speaker and president, Legislators' Wives Association (LEWA), Mrs Itohowo Bassey, thanked the women and the entire people of Uruan for their unflinching support.
She commended the wife of the governor, Mrs Martha Emmanuel, for her kindness and benevolence to the women of Uruan and sued for unity among them to keep attracting more life- touching projects to the area.
Others who spoke at the event included the chairman of Uruan Local Government Council, Mr Henry Udofia; chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Okon Okon; chairman of the Akwa Ibom Roads and other Infrastructure Maintenance (AKROIMA), Prince Godwin Ntukude; and the chairman, PDP Uruan Chapter, Mr Obot Essien; among others.
In attendance were the former member for Uruan State Constituency, Mr Usenobong Akpabio, elder statesmen, senior stakeholders, the political class, the clergy including women and youth groups from Uruan.
High point of the event was the presentation of cars, mini buses, tricycles, motorcycles, generating sets, washing and sewing machines, business starter packs, educational grants, wrappers and cash gifts to the people.