Since Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, proscribed cultism and other violent behavior in the state, there has been this sigh of relief in the state.

This action by the Governor has restored the confidence of the people in the Udom Emmanuel-led administration which is widely perceived as Christ-centric because of its peaceful nature.

People who have come to terms with the seriousness of this administration to get rid of elements that hinder the development, peace, and progress of the state will agree that the Governor has taken a step in the right direction.

Among those who strongly believe in the sustainable peace and progress of Akwa Ibom – the only state named after God, is the Honorable Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh.

It was soothing to see the Honorable Commissioner swing into action immediately after the Governor made the pronouncement, by taking the message to Akwaibomites in the streets and most especially, the higher institutions, which these vices had seem to thrive owing to their vulnerable nature.

The Honorable Commissioner, Sir Charles Udoh, was on ground to speak to students of Akwa Ibom State College Of Education, Afaha Nsit, during a One Day Advocacy and Sensitization Campaign Against Social Vices In Tertiary Institutions In Akwa Ibom State, organised by the Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission (EARCOM). The timely theme of that event was “Focus on Your Purpose, Academics not Vices.”

It is highly commendable seeing a government official take such proactive measures to help curb the menace of cultism in our dear state.

Before now, everyone paid lip service to these vices which was not only eating deep into the fabrics of society but hindered the development of our state as innocent students who would have become innovative leaders and solution providers were lured into groups that endangered their existence.

As a believer in the #CompletionAgenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel, I applaud the Honorable Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh on this remarkable feat and I urge him to do more to save the future of the Akwa Ibom child.

We also have a part to play, as parents and caregivers, in sanitizing our society. There are no two ways to solving or stopping this drama than better parenting for our children and to others in our communities.

Once the passion is right, nothing is impossible.

By Aniekan James Ekah

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