Gov Emmanuel Bags Another Excellence Award
Gov Udom Emmanuel's firm economic policy and industrialization drive has won him applause from the late Dr Clement Isong Foundation.
At the Yar'Adua Conference Centre in Abuja, Emmanuel received an Excellence Award from the vice chairman of the foundation, and wife of the late former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Nne Clement Isong.
The event which was the presentation of a book written by Dr Udeme Nana in honour of the late Isong, was witnessed by several prominent Nigerians, including Obong Victor Attah, former governor of Akwa Ibom.
The book entitled: Clement Nyong Isong, A Life of Integrity, Discipline and Public Service, unravelled the story of the man who effectively managed the economy of the country during the civil war of 1967 to 1970, and went on to govern the old Cross River, championing an industrial revolution which is currently being replicated in Akwa Ibom under Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Emmanuel appreciated the foundation for the honour and pledged to do his best for the betterment of the state and its people.
He appealed to the Federal Government to support the construction of a natural deep seaport in the state.
The governor said the Ibom Deep Seaport Project (IDSP) which is to be constructed on a 14,400-hectare site, will contribute immensely to the economy of the state and the nation
Speaking in Abuja at the launch of the biography of the late Clement Isong, the second indigenous governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Emmanuel said: "all the state needs is just the approval of the Federal Government as it has investors who are ready to invest".
"The major gateway to industrialise any place on planet earth is what God has created naturally, water, road. Except we fix them, you are not creating access," he said.
According to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), a federal agency overseeing the project, the IDSP project is intended to become a major national and regional economic gateway that will provide additional container handling capacity for the country.
Emmanuel accredited the rise in criminal activities to the growing number of frustrated unemployed graduates in the nation. He said the project could provide employment to a minimum of 5000 youth at the construction stage.
"We want to see how we can also be the hub of logistics and services, where people can connect to the economy of the south region from Akwa Ibom," he said.
A former governor of the state, Obong Victor Attah, was also at the event to honour the former CBN governor who was in that office during the Nigerian Civil War and during the subsequent oil boom. Attah said the deceased lived a life of integrity, discipline, public service and a tremendous accomplishment.
The executive vice-chairman of the board of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU), Mr Udom Inoyo, described Isong as an individual who understood what public service was all about.
"Service for the people and not to self, he brought professionalism into politics and promoted excellence in public administration," he said.
The event which was chaired by the chairman of the board of commissioners, Nigerian Communications Commission, Olabiyi Durojaiye, had in attendance the wife of Mr Clement Isong, Nne Isong, and his first son, Nyong Isong.