By Umoh-Obong Kingsley | 

To further reiterate his undying commitment and passion for development and make Akwa Ibom State an industrial hub of Africa, Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that he was prepared to make sacrifices for anything that has to do with development in the state, even to the extent of selling out his personal belongings.

He made the statement on Wednesday during the commissioning ceremony of the new Nigerian Navy Military School (NNMS) at Ikot Ntuen, Oruk Anam Local Government Area, with a pledge that his administration will always strive to promote education in the State.

The State Executive, who was special guest of the occasion, commended the Navy for the interest to partner the state on a naval secondary school project, and appreciated the serene and loveable atmosphere in the school, adding that the standards were akin to tertiary institutions elsewhere.

Mr Emmanuel, who has also remodelled and donated another school facility to the Nigerian Army, said “with this one and the Army School in Efa which will soon be commissioned, I think we have completed the cycle.

“The Police Force and Air Force have Command Secondary Schools here which are recorded as one of the best in Africa, and Nigerian Army is setting up. With what I’m seeing today in these students who are barely six weeks in the school, we have a future in this country. I’m sure we are in for another best in Africa.”

He charged members of the community for maximum corporation with the school describing it as an asset that they need to protect and promised to continue supporting the development of the school.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-ette Ekwe Ibas, expressed gratitude to the Governor for the long standing relationship between the Nigerian Navy and the State government that made for the auspicious occasion, and acknowledged that the Navy was able to undertake all this because of the tremendous support it receives from government and people of state.

Also speaking, Chairman, Senate Committee on Senate, Sen. Isa Haman Misau, commended Gov Emmanuel for his superlative leadership quality and several developmental projects across the state.

The naval college project is a partnership project between the state Governor and the Nigerian Navy, and is commencing academic programme with over 60 students in the Junior Secondary School first year.

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