Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom was on Wednesday, May 29, sworn in for his second term.
The governor said he is humbled and grateful for the trust reposed in him by the people of the state, as he added that their faith in his leadership skill is an inspiration.
Governor Emmanuel also expressed his love for the Akwa Ibom people for the strong belief in his capacity to keep running the affairs of the state.
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Governor Emmanuel had said he will continue to focus on industrialisation of the state and will develop other new key areas of investments which were not extensively captured in his first term's five points agenda.
“Our commitment to industrialisation is irrevocable...through industrialisation, we shall rewrite the Akwa Ibom economic story,” he wrote in his completion agenda, 2019 - 2023.
A few of the projects which Governor Emmanuel expressly said he will up-take in his second term include a refinery, gas plant, fertilizer manufacturing plant and a steel production plant.
“In my completion agenda, my major target on industrialisation and investment will be to establish at least one petroleum refinery, thermal plant, petrochemical plant, liquefied natural gas plant, fertilizer manufacturing plant and a steel plant,” he added.
The governor said he will work vigorously to complete the Ibom deep seaport before the end of his tenure in 2023.
He said his administration through the technical committee on the deep seaport has made tremendous success and was at the stage of negotiation of terms with the preferred bidder, Bollore-Power China consortium.
“In the next four years of my administration, the port will commence full operation,” he stated.
New areas which will be at the centre of focus under the completion agenda include, aviation development, rural and riverine area development, small and medium scall enterprises, human capital development, agriculture, security and infrastructure.
The governor stated in his manifesto that with these agenda, he will “successfully reduce dependence on statutory allocation as the main source of revenue to the state, but will equally improve IGR, enhance the already existing enabling environment to encourage more private investments and further create more employment opportunities.”
The governor also promised to development the state aviation sector, power sector, housing sector and have a room for every sector and section of the state.
“My dream is to see that before leaving office in 2023, all the rural and riverine areas of the state are well developed to meet up with other developed parts of the state to improve the standard of living,” he remarked.
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The governor said his completion agenda have “concrete plans to bring about 24 hours power supply in all parts of the state.”
Governor Udom was declared the winner of the March 9 governorship election held in Akwa Ibom state. He coasted to victory having won 30 out of the 31 local government areas in the state and was subsequently declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) state.
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