The Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mr Udom Emmanuel has again extended a hand of fellowship to all Akwa Ibom People to come home and join in developing the state.
At a thanksgiving service in Ibom Hall, Governor Emmanuel said
all those who are genuinely interested in the development of the
state, irrespective of political differences, were welcomed as the
future was pregnant with more blessings for the State.
Udom while re-dedicating the state in his capacity as its spiritual
father, prayed for the destruction of altars of blackmail, pull-him
down syndrome and divisiveness which have bedeviled the
development of the state, and craved for a new era of
industrialization and economic development.
“Our state has enjoyed sheer Grace in terms of development and progress, we certainly know that he who began a good work in it will certainly complete it”.
The governor went ahead to stress that “today our state stands tall in the comity of states as the best in the entire country from
infrastructural Renaissance to education, health and other
amenities. Today I want to restate the slogan of my administration which is sustaining superior performance”.
Udom also noted that he will lead the state transparently with the fear of God and be guided by the tenets of Christianity, and
righteousness, especially since the state is named after God.
Mr Emmanuel declared a three-day fasting for the people of the
state, beginning from Monday to Wednesday, adding that the
prayers shall end each day between 6pm and 7pm at the state
Earlier a clergy in the state, Evangelist Uma Ukpai had charged the governor to continue fostering a bond between the state and God and assured that God who passed through his predecessor, will also use him to develop the State.
Ukpai warned journalists against incessant hurling of insults on
the governor as was the ritual during the tenure of Chief Akpabio, and insisted that only unintelligent people resort to insult rather than objective articulation of ideas.
The widely travelled preacher said that in all his travels across the globe, he had never seen responsible journalists whose practice was characterized by abuses on their leaders and advised media professionals to be more disciplined in their responsibilities.
The former Governor Godswill Akpabio and his wife, the former
deputy governor Valerie Ebe, other former governors, top
government functionaries and political leaders.
The event which took place at the Ibom hall grounds was attended by the CAN President Arch Bishop Cletus Bassey, Rev. Uma Ukpai, prelate Sunday Mbang and other anointed men of God.
The event also featured speeches by the state CAN President
Bishop Cletus Bassey, praise and worship, prayers for the state,
Bible reading taken by the Governor Deacon Udom Emmanuel and other special performances.