Gov Emmanuel Assures A’Ibom People Of Even Development
The Akwa Ibom commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport has assured the people of the state that the governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, was determined to develop every part of the state.
Mr Akan Okon said the governor has begun steps towards fulfilling the social contract that he signed with the people during his campaigns, which was to spread development to every section of the state.
He stated that Emmanuel was living up to expeditions, having made available his counterpart funding for the World Bank Assisted Micro-Project in rural communities in the state.
Speaking during the concluding session of the two-day training for 200 Community Project Management Committee members drawn from 10 communities of five local government areas at the Emerald Event Centre, Uyo, Okon maintained that the gesture would ensure widespread infrastructural improvement, especially in the rural communities.
His words: "Every community requires development. I am delighted that Gov Udom Emmanuel is working hard to keep his social contract with Akwa Ibom people. He told us that he would bring growth to every part of the state. By providing the counterpart funding for this important project, the governor is living up to expectations.
"I thank the leaders of these communities for the peaceful manner they have conducted themselves. I also appeal that they should take the projects seriously. In the next few weeks, officials of the Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development would be going on inspections to see the progress of work done."
Thanking the World Bank for giving the offer to the state, Okon charged the project management committee members to guide their projects jealously as they were solely for the benefit of their communities.
The commissioner who said the projects for the 10 communities cutting across Eastern Obolo, Essien Udim, Etinan, Okobo and Ini Local Government Areas were worth N99, 852, 760, however presented takeoff cheques to each of the community leaders.
The general manager, Akwa Ibom Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP), Mr Ishmael Akpan, explained that the cheques were not released completely so that the agency can continue to monitor and assess the extent of work done by each of the groups before further releases are done.