By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The people of Ntan Ide Ekpe in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were on Monday delighted to receive Governor Udom Emmanuel‘s Divine Mandate Community Service train in their community.
It was an ecstatic atmosphere as men, women and youths who converged on the Government Primary School, Ntan Ide Ekpe, expressed appreciation to the Governor for extending the joy of the festive period to them.
The women led in songs and the latest dance steps as food items were distributed to most of those present in the spirit of the season.
The people also commended Governor Emmanuel for ensuring peaceful coexistence particularly in the community and the state at large, and appealed on the Governor to spread his industrialization drive to their community, as he does not play politics with development, which they said has taken the state from a prominently civil service status to an industrial hub.
The Deputy Village Head, Mr. Rufus Etukudo; Monday Isaac Morison speaking on behalf of the youths and Elder Ekerette Frank, in their responses, thanked the Governor for the surprise visit and the show of love on them, and assured him of their unwavering support to his leadership.
They also wanted the problem of lack of public power supply and inaccessible road to be addressed by the state government.
“We have seen the numerous industries in our neighbourhood, but none of our children is working there. Please tell the Governor to look at this also.”
Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr. Essien Ndueso who spoke to the Community, assured the people that the Governor’s love for the people has been demonstrated in his commitment to the even spread of development across the state.
He said the visit by the team to the community was indicative of Governor Emmanuel’s interest to reach out to every part of the state irrespective of location, and sued for continuous support of the community to the Completion Agenda of the administration.
Also in the team were the immediate past aides to the Governor, Mr. Joseph Okon and Mr. Uwemedimoh Umanah, who reassured the people that Governor Emmanuel will leave no stone unturned until the entire state is developed.