I Will Never Build Bungalow On A Foundation of A Skyscraper –Gov Emmanuel
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his commitment and determination to make the state an industrial hub in Africa, which has been his focus since assumption of office 31 months ago. He has made giant strides to change the face and character of the once civil service state to a semi-industrialised one with the inauguration of several relevant factories in the state.
Governor Emmanuel stated that he inherited an Akwa Ibom with the foundation of a skyscraper, and of such, he cannot and will never build a bungalow on such a formidable foundation.
He disclosed this in his address during the 2018 Interdenominational Solemn Assembly held at the Ibom Hall Grounds, Uyo, on Tuesday, 2 January, 2018, with the theme “I Will Help Thee”, saying that state government is determined to construct a glittering edifice that will stand as a reminder that Government is a force for good and not for ill.
“We have come here today to thank God who kept us through the preceding year, not just 2017 but all the years as a state and individuals. To renew our faith with the covenant-keeping God, we are gathered here today to rededicate our beloved state and hand over this piece of God’s own real estate to the supreme owner. We have come here to bow before His throne of grace because we know that without Him, we are nothing. We have come to ask for His forgiveness for all our sins, whatever we’ve done wrong in the past by our forefathers, fathers even our present generation. I pray that He blesses us this year through His Holy Spirit, forgive our sins, and restore the joy of our salvation.
It was not in error that the state was christened the ‘Land of Promise’. We are confident that the Lord will stand by Akwa Ibom State today and forever. The theme of this year’s event, ‘And I Will Help Thee’, tells us the story better and clearer of what God has in stock for us. God is letting us know that even in the challenging years gone by, in so many forms and dimensions, from recession to high inflation in the previous years, but in all this, He had been our help in ages past.
“While so many states are dribbling and grumbling about lack of payment of salaries for many months, in Akwa Ibom State, we are looking at how many local government areas have touched in different forms of infrastructural development. While others are looking at the federal government that they have built substation, Akwa Ibom remains the only state in Nigeria that runs and maintains a Category Two runway in airport with international standard even in the period of recession.”
He used the opportunity and announced that on or before May this year, Akwa Ibom will be one of the very few states in this country that would be blending fertilizer for our farmers to use. We won’t be importing fertilizers again from anywhere.
Governor Emmanuel called all Akwa Ibom sons and daughters to come and join hands with to build the State that our forebears had environed. He urged them not to allow the fleeting passions of politics or any other ancient animosities create a wedge between themselves.
He noted politics will come and go but Akwa Ibom State spirit will continue to flourish and ascend; political parties will come and go but the people will remain and Administrations will change but Akwa Ibom will not Change.
Earlier, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom chapter, Rev. (Dr.) Ndueso Ekwere, in his opening remarks, commended the governor for the joy, godly pride, intention and consequent declaration to build a special worship centre for God in the State, saying that God is happy with him, and CAN in the State will stand with him in his bid to gladden the heart of God yet in another direction.
Rev. Ndueso, speaking on behalf of the Christian community in the state, thanked Governor Emmanuel for his benevolence so far, and prayed the Lord to prosper his wisdom. “A job well-done needs more job to be done, and one good turn deserves another. The good Lord is by your side, ride on.”
The founder and president of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, a nondenominational gospel ministry, Rev. (Dr.) Uma Ukpai, in his message, stated that Mr Emmanuel is not a traditional governor. But sent by God to wipe away the tears and move the state to her promised land after crawling for too long, adding that what has a beginning must have an end.
He assured the Governor that God is by his side, and said that he has limitless and boundless resources. “Your love for God shows that there is anointing on you, and that anointing can be translated into many things. I have found that God has raised up people who can support you. For the first time we have a Speaker and Chief Judge who are born-again children of God. If three of you meet and ask God to do anything, He cannot fail to do it.”
Rev. Uma charged Gov Emmanuel not to fear any man, and not to doubt God’s ability. “If you must doubt anything, doubt your own doubt. When God’s presence is with you, nothing is impossible. God will help you to cross the land and lead us to reach our place of destination and place of honour and promotion. Whoever curses Akwa Ibom State shall be cursed by God and whoever blesses the state shall be blessed by God.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sir. Etekamba Umoren, while delivering his vote of thanks, commended the Governor for finding it necessary to convene the solemn assembly to rededicate the state to God.
He also thanked the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo; Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA) Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Luke; government functionaries, clergy men, paramount rulers, traditional rulers, family heads, labour leaders, socio-cultural organisations, women and youth organisations and various groups who turned out for the occasion, which, according to him, showed that they are in tune with the government.
Highpoints of the event were intercessory prayers for the country Nigeria, men, women, youths, and children of Akwa Ibom State; choir renditions from Government House Divine Voices and CAN Mass Choir.