Gov Emmanuel Playing The Right Wing
By Pat Reuben
The people of the state gladly mandated him to lead through their massive and overwhelming vote on April 11, 2015. A man of viable and positive history. Governor Udom Emmanuel used his intimidating credentials to stencil his name in the hearts and minds of all Akwaibom people; making him not just the right man for the job but mostly one who has also come at the right time. He has come to substantiate the value and essence of good and selfless leadership; convincingly believing that the optimum turn around of any government lies on the progress and welfare of the citizenry.
Mr. Emmanuel has come with a background of competence and supreme manifestations is showing in his day to day running of government since his assumption seven months and counting. With industrialization occupying the banner headline of government’s daily agenda; Akwaibom in the care and warm hands of this super financial expert will confirmatorily implicate the wonders of the Asian Tigers; and possibly move beyond where emerging economic giant’s have leaped. Those words of hope he came along with resonates every moment in the minds of lofty and well meaning persons that indeed that hope is today hatched for the greatness and sustainable development of the entire peace loving people of our great state.
Armed with faith and vision, Mr. Emmanuel has used this period of his stay in office since May 29, 2015 to show without any shred of doubt; that he is fully conscious of fulfilling his avowed electioneering promises and even do more than the promises advanced to the people. As a man shocked in the fear of God; he sees everybody as brothers and stakeholders.
He invites with open arms; irrespective of political differences and ethnic coloration to come and join hands in building a state where everybody is important and can hold he/her head high proudly as an Akwaibom person. Never mind the antics of grievous critics who play the ostrich in not realizing the strides of the Governor in so short a time. Professionals, experts and technocrats in different fields of life have continuously throng the nooks and corners of the state in a bit to partnering with the already conceived idea of moving forward against all odds.
One thing that strikes most in the Governor’s day to day activities of state is his sense of time management and conduct of state functions which is highly commendable and worthy of emulation. This has made him utmostly re brand and redefine the ethics and norms of governance like never before. The Governor is quite aware of the enormous task before him in piloting the affairs of the state and as such his vision is to build an economically sound state that would be robust enough for the future generations of Akwa Ibomites; home and in the diaspora. To achieve his dream; he has launched the Dakkada initiative which is a strong pointer to the moral and spiritual rebirth of the state and her people.#GOAL…
This is simply to change the mindset of over five million people who are in dire need of purposeful leadership against the gimmicks of a few aggrieved fellows whose desire is to sell the hard-earned fortunes of our dear state long fought for in exchange for ‘peanuts’which won’t last long. Gov. Emmanuel’s intention taking the growing population of the state into consideration is to expand and continuously attract high-calibre of people who will create employment; bring in the much-needed capital and most importantly; pass on their key skills in advancing the human and managerial capacity of our people. From his days in the private sector, Udom Emmanuel has displayed flawless dedication to service; unalloyed pursuit of excellence and above all; concerns for the common man and the dedication/passion to serve his people. It is within these contexts that he is perceived to be the leader of the moment in the drive towards a destination of choice.
Armed with the necessary qualification and experience, the people of Akwaibom have reasons to understand the realities of the time. Paramount of such realities Akwaibom people should know that in order to prosper as a people and a state we at this critical state of the nation look beyond ethnicity; oil based revenue; political affiliations especially that being orchestrated by the aggrieved APC folks in the state who failed woefully in the last elections and are looking for short cuts to the Hilltop Mansion; and all other crippling factors that can easily beset us.
A careful look at the crushing and clueless running of government at the Federal level with constant flaunting of court orders; dwindling economic fortunes and near dictatorship in a democracy; political bigotry; selective prosecution of corruption related cases and do or die political manipulation at the centre. Akwa Ibom sure needs a breathe of fresh air; and as such it was divinely crafted to have a seasoned technocrat on the saddle of the affairs of the state. Today His Excellency may mean different things to different thoughts but one striking cord in him is the personae he exudes to the staggering dismay and envy of his critics (soundness in all ramifications ).
In an address presented by the Governor during an interdenominational thanksgiving service; May 31, 2015 few days he as sworn into office I took this excerpt… “There is no disputing the fact that our God has been faithful to us. We the people who lived in darkness have seen the marvelous light of His mercies. Our state has become a showpiece of grace in terms of development and progress. We certainly know that He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it”
Therefore to those who are battling and struggling headneck to unseat him by employing the services of ethnic bigots and hire purchase bidders because living a life outside the corridors of power is what you can’t negotiate with; all attempts will be resisted by the good and loving people of our dear state and it will be null and void.
Akwa Ibom is the land of promise; Governor Udom Emmanuel has come on board towards a fulfilment mission of that promise guaranteed by the almighty. Enter Governor Udom Emmanuel; a competent and courageous leader. History beckons!
Pat Reuben is a Public Affairs Analyst; writes in from Awantong Etinan LGA.