By Umoh-Obong Kingsley

A foremost business mogul, Mr Sam Ekpenyong Thomas, has lauded Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for his industrialisation drive and lofty projects across the state, saying that they are steps towards salvaging indigenes of Akwa Ibom people from being cut off from the global economic revolution.

He made the disclosure while playing host to a group of businessmen and women across the 31 local government area of the state under the auspices of Dakkada Entrepreneurs Ambassadors League (DEAL), who called on him in his Shelter Afrique resident over the weekend.

Mr Sam Ekpenyong, who is into Mining, urged citizens of the state to key into the Dakkada philosophy of the Governor in order to catch up with other developing countries.

He commended the Sam Edoho-led DEAL team for the vision to complement the Dakkada philosophy of the governor by bringing together men and women with great business ideas to impart on the younger ones in order to a greater height, and expressed displeasure over unavailability of a single business that is co-owned by a set of Akwa Ibomites as it is being practiced in other parts of the country.

In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Sam Edoho, who is the Chairman of DEAL, stated that many people don’t seem to understand that Stone Age did not end because there were no more stones.

According to him, “The Stone Age ended because man discovered new ways of doing things. Stones were still available but the values diminished. Similarly, oil will not finish on earth by extension, Nigeria at large and Akwa Ibom State in particular, but the value of oil will not remain the same.

“Some developing countries have announced plans to launch electric cars by 2040 to replace the fuel-powered cars. Gov Emmanuel does not want any Akwa Ibom person to get stranded in the future.

“Gov Emmanuel has done creditably well within the last three years in office. He has reignited the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state. He understands that governance is about the people, and that is why he initiated the Dakkada philosophy as a clarion call to every son and daughter of the state to arise and do something for themselves and become independent. That philosophy has recorded tremendous success.”

He lauded Mr Sam Ekpenyong for his character traits, disposition, experience and disciplinary qualities, which he said, inspired the decision to invite him to be Board of Trustees (BoT) member to impart those positive values to the good people of Akwa Ibom State, and to also encourage, support, build and raise successful business leaders in the state who understand the importance and impact of political power.

Also speaking was former Vice Chairman of Eket Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Henry; Hon. Inemesit Okoko, who into fashion designing, saying that when Governor Emmanuel says ‘Dakkada’, it does not mean that people were sitting down, but it is a clarion call to arise from slumber, idleness, think well and reawaken the entrepreneurial spirit.

In the entourage were the Financial Secretary, Mrs Philomena Jonathan; Mrs Glory Asanga; and Mr Cyril Owowo.


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