by Mfreke Etuk
In 2015, before assumption of office, Governor Udom Emmanuel, also known by the moniker ‘Mr Industrialization’ came in with lots of promises to help change the narrative of the state from a purely civil service state to an industrial state of the federation.
Mr Udom Emmanuel won the heart of the people during his campaign in 2015 when he said that his administration will create jobs and wealth which will help eradicate poverty in the State and the nation at large. Five years down the lane, Governor Udom Emmanuel has made Akwa Ibom State a true model for democracy in Nigeria through his Industrialization programs and its implementation.
Accompanied with him to the office in 2015 was a five points development agenda with the sole aim of totally eradicating poverty through the creation of jobs thereby turning the state to an industrialized state and making it a destination zone for foreign and domestic investors. So far, the promise keeper has fulfilled most of his promises.
With more than 16 industries created within his five years in office as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. One which has caught the attention of millions of Nigerians is the launch of the first state-owned State of the Art Passenger airline in the country called ‘Ibom Air’, on June 7, 2019, with three aircraft on its fleet at its launch date.
Recently, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an additional new Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft was added to the fleet of Ibom Airline. However, asides from the airline, Governor Udom Emmanuel is already establishing an aviation academy in the state to ensure that Indigenous manpower is trained and certified to take up well-paid jobs in the aviation sector.
Agriculture and manufacturing are some of his other notable achievements the state can boost of. Through the Industrialization policy of Mr Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State is on the Google search engine whenever an African base syringe manufacturing company is sort for. It is on record that Akwa Ibom State host the first Syringe production company in Nigeria with the name “Jubilee syringe company”, A world-class industry on its own.
The Ibom Seaport is also a testament to the fact that Governor Udom Emmanuel is the man perfectly fit for the job. The good news is that Governor Udom Emmanuel is making plans to get the Ibom Seaport started. So far, the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel has been able to complete 21 out of 22 items on the checklist needed to get the approval of the Federal Government for the commencement of the Seaport project, an unimaginable feat.
Indeed, Akwa Ibom State is evolving under Governor Udom Emmanuel administration. Mr Udom Emmanuel has once again restored peace to the once volatile state of Akwa Ibom where people previously lived in fears of the unknown.
Mr Udom Emmanuel truly is a promise keeper and his vision for totally revamping and creating an industrial base state of Akwa Ibom State is a treasure to behold.