Akwa Ibom State Government has lined up several activities to mark 2017 Democracy Day and 2ndAnniversay of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.
A statement by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, tagged ‘Two Years of Working Beyond the Promise’ said activities marking the 2017 Democracy Day in the state and 2nd anniversary of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration will start on Monday May 22 and end on May 29. Within this period, Governor Udom Emmanuel will commission some projects already completed by his administration, flag-off or perform groundbreaking of new projects.
According to the statement, the programme of activities will start on Monday May 22 with the flag-off of an Emergency Medical Response Training Programme, Court premises, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo; Modern General Hospital for Uyo Metropolis at
Ituk Mbang. On the same day, he will commission the 1.5km Nsikak Eduok-Tropicana Outfall
Drain; 1.32km Ntiedo Udosen Street, Uyo; flag-off 3.2km Dual Access Road in University of Uyo permanent site; commission the Toothpick and Pencil Factory; inspect the dualized 20.0km Ikot Oku Ikono-Etinan Road; flag-off Road Network at College of Education, Afaha Nsit, and 9.76km Ancillary Roads in Nsit Ubium.
On Tuesday, May 23, the Governor will inspect the 25.0km dualized Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road; inspect/commission the 6.41km Nto Edino-Ekwere Azu Road with 45m Span Bridge; 4.6km College of Technology Road, NungUkim, Ikono; inspect the 14.1km Ikpe IkotNkon-Obotme-Arochukwu Road with 110m Bridge; commission Modern Girls Secondary School, Ikot Ekan, Abak; inspect the 14.0km Abak Nsekhe-Ikot Akpa Nkuk-Ikot Etim-Ikot Ikara Road (Phase III Section A) Ikot Ikara to Ikot Ibritam; the 6.1km Atan Offot Road, Uyoand; commission the 6.0km Idiaba Nsi-IkotAbasi (NungUdoe) Road, and inspect the 15.317km Anua-Mbak-Ishiet Road.
Still on road projects, the Governor will on Wednesday May 24, inspect the 10.5km dualized Okopedi-Oron Road, Erosion Control Facilities at Oron/Isangedighi Road, 6.3km Emergency Works on Urban Roads, Oron, commission 3.2km Road in Ibaka, leading to Delmar Petroleum Harbour and Tank Farm, inspect remodelling of selected roads in Eket. He will also commission reconstructed and equipped Children’s Ward, Immanuel Hospital, Eket; 19.5km Eket-Ibeno Road, and flag-off 55.1km Super Highway with 3No Spurs, Eket. Later in the day, he will inspect/test the Syringe Factory, flag-off the Flour Mills, Okat; inspect the 29km Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road with 2 Cable Bridges; commission the 5.0km IkotUsop-Ikot Edeghe-Ikot Ekpuk Road with a 30m Span Bridge; and flag-off 9.0km Ibekwe-IkotUnya-IkotMkpenye-Ikot Akata Road and the Coconut Refinery.
May 27 is the International Children’s Day. Beyond felicitating with children all over the world and Nigerian and Akwa Ibom children, in particular, the Governor will take part in the Children’s Day celebration at the Uyo Township Stadium. After the Children’s Day celebrations, he will flag-off the Green House Project by Akwa Ibom Airport main gate, and Cattle Ranch Adadia, Uruan. Later in the day there will be Phone-in/Live chat with His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, which will be aired by AKBC Radio/TV, NTA and other Radio Stations.
On Sunday May 28, there will be thanksgiving service at Qua Iboe Church, Oku, Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo, while the grand finale and high point of the celebrations will be on Monday May 29 – Democracy Day – at Uyo Township Stadium.
Mr. Udoh said the essence of these activities is to showcase the remarkable achievements of Governor Udom Emmanuel within a short space of two years and against the backdrop of limited financial resources occasioned by the sharp decline in revenue accruing to the state on account of the sharp drop in oil prices. He added that it is important to see the Governor’s performance through the prism of his campaign promises which are summed up in his 5-point Agenda – Wealth Creation, Economic and Political Inclusion, Poverty Alleviation, Infrastructural Consolidation and Expansion, and Job Creation.
Categorically, Mr. Udo stated that ‘Akwa Ibom is blessed to have a governor in the person of Udom at this point because despite paucity of funds he can still deliver all these sustainable projects that have positive impacts on the people’.
Mr. Udoh said all these events will be witnessed by the media so that they can have first-hand information of these projects and get the public adequately properly informed.
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Strategy