- Akwa Ibom state is known for its premium hospitality
- Visitors to the south-south state always enjoy the ambience, good roads and welcoming spirit of the people
- A federal government official who was in the state for a retreat could not hide his excitement
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has praised Governor Udom Emmanuel for his development strides and investment in ensuring peace and security of the state.
Malami, who was represented by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Dayo Apata SAN, during the retreat of the presidential committee on correctional services reform 2020, held at Ibom Hotel, Uyo, eulogized the governor's efforts to transform the state.
“When you meet a perfect gentleman governor redefining democratic norms, who would not want to come back to Akwa Ibom? All we are saying is Akwa Ibom, thank you. We are coming back,” he said.
The minister said the retreat was one in the series of activities to aid reform inmates in the correctional services and also improve the quality of the infrastructure at the centres.
He pointed out that the retreat would accord stakeholders opportunity to brainstorm and fashion out recommendations that would aid in the policy framework and evolve adequate guidelines for the correctional service reforms.
In his remarks, Governor Udom Emmanuel commended the federal government for the initiative to change from the prison service to correctional services.
This, he said, signals the reformation of the inmates and sued for a skills acquisition program to enable inmates to acquire skills that would enhance their speedy integration into the society as functional citizens and not jailbirds, who the society would see as liability and threat.
The governor also advocated for proper parenting and education as a panacea to a crime-free society and pledged state government's readiness to partner federal government in the reform of inmates at the correctional centres as is obtained in other climes.
Governor Emmanuel recently stated that the fight to curb insecurity and violent crimes in the country can be won if parents give their children quality time.
The governor also emphasized on the role of good parenting as the panacea of an orderly society.
“The only problem we are having in our society is poor parenting, if parents can spend time with their children the way our parents spent time with us, we will not have the kind of society we are having today. There are so many absentee parents in the name of civilization,” he said.
Meanwhile, an aide to the governor, Prince Emmanuel Sam, has given out 600 sets of uniforms to pupils of Saint John's Catholic Primary school, Eniong Offot, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
Prince Sam, the special assistant to the governor on local media, presented the uniforms to the headmistress of the school on Wednesday, February 26.
According to him, pupils properly dressed in clean uniforms would boost their confidence and excitement to learning.
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