“I don’t know if anything could be scarier for leaders and policy makers other than the prediction that 4years from today; in 2015 to be more precise, 8.5 million Nigerians will enter the nation’s labour market. These 8.5million people will be coming in to meet the about 60 million of our brothers and sisters who currently exist without any meaningful source of employment. Let us even believe that Government, between now and 2015 will reduce this statistics by 20 million. Add the remaining 40 million people to the incoming 8.5 million people and then you will have a mental picture of the amount of work that lies in wait for Governors of the states that make up Nigeria.
Now is not the time to make merry and gallivant around. It is however the time to roll up our sleeves as a government and work. And that is exactly what we have been doing. That is why as the Commissioner for Finance in this state, my core responsibility has been not only to advise the state government, but also assist in the allocation of our resources towards the core execution of core developmental programmes that will address our immediate needs as a people of the state, but also serve as the foundation for pursuing the next phase of our development as a state which will be industrialization”
(Obong Bassey Albert, Friday, October 28, 2011)
If we do agree that one of the most important requirements a tradesman needs to do exploits in his trade is years of devoted learning, if we would also agree that the foundation of the excellent job Joseph did in snatching Egypt from the envisioned famine which would have come upon the land, was laid in the adroitness he brought to bear in his handling of the affairs as the homekeeper in Potiphar’s house, then I am strongly persuaded that:
We will come to agree that the 7years which Obong Bassey Albert had spent as the Akwa Ibom state Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Co-ordinating Committee(which was the committee through which 97 percent of the infrastructures we have see in our Local Communities were delivered to us) has done a fine job in preparing him to take over the rein of leadership of our dear state, next year, in preparation to wage the war against the projected rate of unemployment that is preparing to ambush us.
At the significant age of 42, Obong Bassey Albert, is the ONLY AKWA IBOM STATE 2015 GUBERNATORIAL ASPIRANT I KNOW FOR KNOW, WHO COMBINES THE TWO MAJOR REQUIREMENTS OF YEARS OF INTENSIVE UNDERSTUDY OF THE MAGNITUDE OF OUR PROBLEMS AS A STATE, AND THE YOUTHFUL VIGOR NEEDED TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM.
If the statistics given by the World Bank that 60 per cent of unemployed Nigerians are the youths, would the youths then not wish for a Governor within their age range who not only understands the depth of the problem but has already laid out fool-proof strategies to address these challenges? I bet they will, as that is the only way out of the dungeon of poverty that lies ahead.
Parents on the other hand, will be bequeathing a brighter future to their children laden with opportunities for the materialization of their full potentialities by queuing behind the man who has already folded his sleeves in preparation for the task of addressing the challenge of unemployment through the tool of industrialization.
On this occasion of the birthday of this visionary, dedicated statesman, I urge us as IMPORTANT STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AKWA IBOM PROJECT to rise in toast for this amazon, even as we ask for renewed strength from God for this servant leader in preparation for the task ahead!
Hip! Hip!! Hip!!! Hurray!!
Happy Birthday Sir!!