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By IkoraAyungbe, Uyo

Governor Udom of Akwa Ibom has taken oath of office for a of office with a call to the opposition to him to improve the economy and well-being of the state.

Governor and his deputy Mr Moses Ekpo, Wednesday, were administered oath of office by the state chief judge,Justice Godwin Abraham, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, venue of inauguration ceremony.

Emmanuel in his inaugural speech regretted that the last elections that led to his re-election for a as was characterised by bad blood.

He, however, extended to the opposition political parties to him in his effort to move the state forward.

In his words, “We have just concluded an election where the atmosphere of engagement was poisoned by the manufactured instrument of division, where political power was defined as a matter of life and death, where certain tactics and approaches employed by the other side, challenged and called to question the foundational core of what we are known for: a peaceful and hospitable people. The elections have come and gone and the people have made their choices known on whom to govern and represent them.

“The time then has come for the healing of our land. As I said in my victory speech, I extend again my hands of fellowship and bond of friendship to my brothers and sisters on the opposite side of the political divide. I call on them to join me in building a state that we all, irrespective of political affiliations will be proud to call our home. We went to the polls as brothers and sisters and as the 6th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln said in his second inaugural speech on March 4, 1865 “we are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

The governor assured that the industrialization of the state would be done on a faster pace while the provision of modern infrastructural facilities that would act as enablers to industrialisation would be prioritised.

The governor called for a rethink from the political class inorder to restore the fundamental core of peace and unity of the state. “We went to the polls as brothers and sisters and as the 6th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln said in his second inaugural speech on March 4th 1865 “we are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

“Today, we remain the proud sons and daughters of AkwaAbasi Ibom state, and no fleeting passion of politics should break the cords of our brotherhood. We must encourage civility in our daily engagements and not throw bricks and bats at our fellow compatriots.

“It was the iconic former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who once said that “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”  May our land be blessed with leaders who desire to make peace and build than seek to destroy or tear the fabric of our unity.” the governor said.

The governor who used the opportunity to appraise his first term’ maintained that a lot has been achieved in the last four years through prudent management of the lean resources available.

“Four years ago, when you first entrusted us with your mandate, we came emboldened by the Five Point Agenda of: Wealth Creation, Economic and Political Inclusion, Poverty Alleviation, Infrastructural Consolidation and Expansion and Job Creation. 

“Even though the economic horizon was darkened by the clouds of uncertainties due mainly to a deep economic recession that had come upon us, when it was challenging to meet even the basic needs,

“We came determined to rapidly industrialize this State and create employment opportunities for our teeming youths. On that score, we have achieved a lot and are rearing to do more. To date, we have established over 16 industries, most are fully operational, while others are at various stages of completion.

“Our youths have been gainfully employed in those industries and the value-chain has ensured steady income to our people. Our State remains the destination of choice for foreign investors and comes second, only after Lagos in attracting the most Foreign Direct Investments.” He said.

Emmanuel further stated that a lot was done in the area of health, education, power, agriculture, commerce and industry all geared towards the attainment of his five point agenda. “I promise you that we will surpass Superior Performance which we recorded in our first term, and on this noble passion and vision, we strongly rely on the might and guidance of our only God,” he concluded.

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