Gov Emmanuel Udom

2023: We can’t gamble away Akwa Ibom’s future – Gov Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has urged the people not to put to risk all they’ve achieved or gamble away their future as they call for his successor in 2023.

He added that all he wanted was continuity and sustainability against disruption and stagnation as well as to safeguard what they have already achieved.

The governor, who made the remarks in his broadcast speech marking the 34th anniversary celebration of the state on Thursday in Uyo, the state capital, urged the people to pick a successor that would expand on his developmental strides, adding that the state should not be allowed to go back on the unity, peace and security it has attained for the future of its children, and in making its youths productive.

He also urged the citizens to be strongly united saying the state will achieve a lot when the people are united.

He advised that political interests should not allow decent people to veer off the path of nobility, and should not motivate to destroy the best in the state just to satisfy the political paymasters.

The statement in parts, “As the politics of 2023 beckons, we must be conscious of the moving forward as contained in our State Anthem “forward ever backward never.

“We have to safeguard what we have already achieved. We cannot put to risk what we have; we cannot gamble away our future.

“Why do we appear to be propelled by the destructive impulses or the negating spirit to pull one another down?

“Why have we raised to a disturbing level, the sad and shocking tendencies to de-market our State, and present our Symbols of Authority in unsanitized manner?

“Our founding fathers were united in love, shaped by the ennobling ideals of unity, and propelled by the endless possibilities each felt and believed we were capable of appropriating in unison.

“My fellow Akwaibomites, politics will come and politics will go, but the Akwa Ibom spirit and blood that flows in us all will endure and flourish.

“Political foes you see today may be political allies tomorrow. May our Only God continue to strengthen the bonds of our unity and draw us closer to one another in truth and in spirit, Amen.”

The Governor said in the past six years spent so far in office, he has created impact in the areas of industrialization, infrastructural consolidation, education and human capital development, food sufficiency and agro allied concerns, health care delivery for our people, ease of doing business through land, sea and air, power, aviation development, youth reorientation and empowerment, and rural development.

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