By Ikora Ayungbe, Uyo
Akwa Ibom state commissioner for economic development and labour, Mr. Ekong Samson has said that Governor Udom Emmanuel won the heart and respect of Nigeria with his leadership style and innovative governance.
Ekong stated this in Uyo while speaking as studio guest on a ministry of information and strategy-sponsored radio programme in Uyo.
Sampson said the peaceful disposition of Governor Emmanuel, his religious standing and passionate appeal for the development of the state in the face of oddities had earned him the respect and love of Nigeria which the people of Akwa Ibom now enjoy.
He said the governor’s commitment to developing the state was demonstrated in his diversification of the economy as encapsulated in his 8-point Completion Agenda adding that the ministry of economic development played key role in providing the roadmap and compass for the development processes of the state.
He disclosed that his ministry was partnering with development bodies and organisations, NGOs and donor agencies on development programmes for the people of the state emphasising that, modalities are underway to tackle manpower requirement of the state.
“With the big industries operating in the state and those coming on stream like the Ibom Deep Sea Port, the Coconut Oil refinery and the industrial parks, there is need for training and retraining of qualified personnel to meet the capacity needs of the industries so I call on all Akwa Ibom people, mostly the youths to take up this challenge”, the commissioner stated.
On the re-election of Governor Emmanuel, he said the governor’s victory at the polls is a reflection of the wishes and prayers of Akwa Ibom people and called on the losers to come out of the trenches and look at the larger matrix by joining in the development of Akwa Ibom state for the benefit of all.
He described the governor as one leader whose actions and activities are guided by God with sound integrity which explains the high level of accountability and transparency prevailing in public offices in the state more than ever before.
Speaking on the new minimum wage, the commissioner assured Akwa Ibom workers of government’s readiness to pay as stipulated, emphasising that the governor was labour-friendly and would not relent in providing the enabling environment and facilities to boost the morale of workers for enhanced performance and maximum productivity.
He urged the people of the state, particularly the unemployed youths, to rise to their faith of greatness stressing that opportunity and fortune meet only the ready man on his feet and not the man sleeping and snoring on his bed.
On what the future portends for the state, Barr. Ekong Sampson said the people were in for a greater Akwa Ibom with sustainable peace and security, progress.