he state governor has restated his earlier resolve
not to look for a third
term through a surrogate or impose his successor on Akwa
Ibom people but rather he would
focus on his blueprint and bring
more meaningful developments to
the state before the end of his administration
"As soon as I leave as governor, I would not rule for a third
term through a stooge, I will leave
with my i-phone and laptop. So
people should be patient and God
alone will produce the next governor for the state.
The governor who spoke on
Monday during an interactive
session with journalists at the
Exco Chambers admonished them
to think more of the state than
their personal interest, and support his efforts in driving investments into the state.
"Let's think about the next
generation and forget about Udom
Emmanuel. Once you write and
sent one investor away because
you don't like the face of the governor, it will take the next governor 20 times more efforts to convince and bring back that investor.
He said the collective support of all the journalists would silence
the naysayers and speed up development in the state.
The governor said rather
than rush a project that could
portend danger for Akwa Ibom
people in the immediate future,
he was resolute in ensuring solid
infrastructure for the state.
He has also said that even as
efforts are being made to ensure
timely completion of projects, he
was not going to be distracted on
the issue of succession plan as
only God can decide who succeeds him in 2023.
He said the flyover bridge at
Ikot Oku Ikono which was necessitated by frequent reports of
accidents at the location was
slowed down due to the adverse
effect of COVID-19, but assured
that on completion, it would be
the longest in the state with durability for all categories of commuters.
"I don't want to build a
flyover that would be restricted
to only certain light vehicles as
that will be against the development model of the state.
On the essence of having salary consultants in view of funds
expended in training civil servants
in the state on how to operate the
international public sector accounting standards, IPSAS, the
governor also explained that the
salary consultants play a role different from the IPSAS administrators.
He said several software interface to ensure efficiency in the
administration of the state financial system, and that those who
faulted his administration, did so
"The way payrolls are run differ from organization to organization; the recruitment, the gratuity and pension software are
completely different. So there is
no one person that can give you
one package that can meet all the
needs of the organization.
"Once you purchase a software package, you are expected
to go and acquire other applications to handshake with that software and these things are handled
by experts and they are not free.
"It is a soft infrastructure and
one must pay for the application
packages, pay for training, licensing and one must also pay for
He said since government has
not developed any software or
application that it has a right on,
the only option available would
be to go manual, but that, he
added, would cost even more for
Reacting to the ongoing construction of the State Worship
Centre, Governor Emmanuel said
he was led by Divine ordinance
to build a central worship centre
for all Christians in the state, adding that it was not reasonable for
a state named after God not to
have a unique worship place.
He said the clarion call on corporate organizations, private individuals, and institutions cannot
stop the state from playing its role,
adding that even as governor, he
and his family have made personal
donations to the centre project.
"There are certain things a
leader would do which is not for
himself and his family but for the
spiritual benefit of his people.
He cited the instance when
Nehemiah was opposed by his
people for attempting to build a
temple, but once the temple was
completed, the people came and
celebrated with him.
"The centre is called International Christian Centre and not
Udom Emmanuel Memorial
Church, and is for the benefit of
the entire state.
"Anyone who donates above
one million naira, would have his
name on a plaque in the centre,
the governor assured