2019: Orman Esin Sure Of Victory For Gov Emmanuel
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
The Commissioner for Transports and Petroleum Resources, Rt. Hon. Orman Esin, has expressed optimism that Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, cannot be defeated in the forthcoming governorship elections in 2019.
He disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists on Tuesday in his office in Uyo, following a publication on a local tabloid that stakeholders in the state’s transport sector have lost confidence in him, and that the Governor risks losing their votes come 2019 if he does not sack the commissioner.
Describing the publication as baseless, Hon. Orman said that it is coming from a section of those who do not welcome the developmental stride recorded in the transport sector, adding that some union members, chieftains and stakeholders were comfortably extorting money from transporters.
“They are angry because the state government trashed the huge tariff imposed on motorists. The truth is when you are determined to create a change and have a result to remain focused, naturally, you will have opposition. And off course there will be confrontation. So for me, those publications cannot deter me or for any reason make me lose focus on what I’m sent or set to do in this ministry.
“I’m very determined to ensure that we have a very organised and well managed ministry especially in the sector which we all know in past used to be an all-comers affair. Our streets were loitered with touts, and I refused that this should be the norm in my time. I’m not worried about those publications, but off course the moment you assume a place of leadership, those things are normal especially for those people that are ready and set to do the job of delivering service to the people.”
The transport boss further disclosed that transporters in state are very happy with the government and the Governor that is why they use the “Transporters for Udom” stickers on their buses and tricycles. “That was made possible because they are happy. None of them was forced to use the sticker. They all picked it willingly.
“Governor Emmanuel has given them task-free days. What we are doing is to crack down on extortion and illegal tariffs. They have to maintain the vehicles, fuel it, and cater for their families. That is why when you see them looking angry, it is not because they want to be angry. It is because of the pressure. What we can do is to take off the pressure on them and give them enabling environment to operate. Gone are the days that the tricycle (Keke) operators were complaining task force harassing them. We have been able to arrest that issue and the people are happy.
On if there is possible of the Governor returning into office come 2019, Hon. Orman is optimistic that Governor Emmanuel cannot be defeated. “The battle is not to the swift neither is it to the strong, but by the special grace of God. One thing I have seen and noticed about Mr Udom Emmanuel is that he is a praying Governor. You can’t defeat him. He has handed Akwa Ibom State over to God, and God will hand the state back to him.
“People just need to understand that we lead beyond what the eyes can see. We have been brought here to deliver on mandate and that mandate is to give back to the people. That is what God is all about. The Bible says He (Jesus) went about doing good. So if He sends you to a place, your duty is to make sure you do good to the people.
“Governor Emmanuel is busy striking deals with private investors to see what he can bring to the state. You can see that no matter what you write about him in the tabloid, he doesn’t respond. That is what makes a leader. I’m telling you without any doubt that things will fall back for Mr Udom Emmanuel in 2019 and he will return as Governor for second term.”
It could be recalled that Governor Emmanuel, in his commitment towards alleviating the living condition of the low income earners and boosting their economic ventures, approved downward slash in the tariff of Township transport operators in the State.
Annual registration for tricycle otherwise known as Keke Napep, is now reduced to N2,500 from N3,500; taxi stands at N9,000 as against the former N26,000 while mini buses/buses are to register with just N10,000 against the hitherto whopping N32,000. The annual renewal tariff is now slashed to N1,500 for tricycle operators from N1,700; taxi and mini-buses/buses operators are to renew their businesses with only N5,000 as against the huge N17,000.