Saturday, December 30, 2017


Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his administration's  commitment to making the state an industrial hub inorder to attract investors, create development and open up employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state. 

 Governor Emmanuel stated this while addressing a mamoth crowd comprising youths of the state who converged on Christ The King Primary School Ground, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo for the end of the year get - together put up for youths in the thirty one Local Government Areas of the state. 

He said, "We are going to open more doors for youth employment. Today, we've started paying the first batch of 3000 employees and I have told the Head of Civil Service to open up for the second batch. As things improve, we must provide more employment opportunities for our people. So be rest assure that in a very short period, the Head of Service is going to call some of you especially those that just finished school". 

Governor Emmanuel stated that the peaceful disposition of the youths has endeared investors to the state and particularly lauded the youths for maintaining peace in the state saying "You have empowered me the more that I should not bother about politics, but concentrate on governance" 

He hinted that the first batch of three thousand employees into the public service have started receiving salaries, adding that he has instructed the Head of Civil Service,  Mrs Ekerebong Akpan,  to create vacancy for the second batch assuring that the youths would soon be invited for a  job interview by the Head of Civil Service. 

The Governor announced that adequate provision has been made in the next year's budget to encourage youths involvement in large scale agricultural production and expressed optimism that the venture would sustain the food sufficiency drive of his administration, indicating that some youths had approached him for assistance in the cultivation of tomatoes, Onions and other food crops. 

Mr Emmanuel who pledged his determination to work tirelessly for the overall good of the youths and the entire Akwa Ibom people,  announced that more industries have been lined up for inauguration in the coming year. 

"We are going to be one of the few States that will start fertilizer blending. So from the  first quarter of next year, we'll start blending fertilizer in Abak. The plastic packaging line has arrived Akwa Ibom State. So, whatever you produce, we can package to the international market, meaning that our youths will be competitive with other youths of the world." He affirmed. 

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke noted with satisfaction the impressive performance of Governor  Emmanuel since his assumption of office,  stressing that the feat has formed the basis for their unalloyed support for his administration as well as his second term bid.

The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko who  spoke of the Governor as "Youth friendly", appreciated the lofty programmes of his administration assuring that the youths would reciprocate the gesture by voting him to sustain the giant strides of his administration in his second term. 

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Matters, Comrade Iwa Udofia presented a portrait on behalf of the youths to Governor Emmanuel at the event attended by members of the State Executive Council,  Legislators, former governor, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga and other personalities.




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