By Emma Akpabio

The youths of the former Abak five division, consisting of Oruk Anam, Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo, Abak and Ika Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State, on Friday, 23rd March 2018 officially endorsed Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term in office.

This deserving endorsement, took place at Abak Township Stadium, during the mega rally and grand Reception, organised in honour of the Akwa Ibom State Governor and his Dear wife.

Why many people limit thier reason for the endorsement to being just an In-law of the area, a lot of others still remain in wonderment, on what Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has done for the good people of Abak five, to deserve such wonderful Honour.

The Leading Aspirant in the 2019 race for the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam federal Constituency -Mr Ndiana-Abasi Idongesit Udom, reveals some reasons why Governor Udom Emmanuel deserves a second term endorsement by the youths of Abak Five (His In-laws).

Speaking in an interview on comfort 95.1fm Uyo, during a Friday radio program called “the Promise”, Mr Ndiana-Abasi took time to give in facts and figures, the developmental strides recorded by Governor Udom Emmanuel’s led Administration in the Area.

Starting with Political inclusion, Mr Ndiana-Abasi stated that Governor Emmanuel has appointed the sons and daughters of the area into key political positions. Justifying his statement, the finance Gurrow mentioned that the Deputy Governor -Mr Moses Ekpo and the state Chief Judge -Justice Godwin Abraham are from the area. He also stated that in less than three years in office, the area has also produced two Commissioners of Education, in the persons of: Mr Paul Udofia and the incumbent-Professor Victor Inoka who all hails from Oruk Anam. The State Attorney-General and commissioner for Justice-Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko and many other commissioners, Special Assistants, Personal Assistants, Chairmen/ Board members and lots of others.

On roads and other infrastructures, he said:
“Projects are executed through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA) and indeed Peculiar Concerns limited is doing a great job.”

“Work is also ongoing on the 23.25km Ikot Ekaide-Ikot Okoro-Ikot Ibritam road in Oruk Anam LGA under APFA plus the 18.95km Ikot Ibritam-Ekeffe-Ikot Akpan Afaha road with a bridge also in Oruk Anam and Ukanafun LGAs.”He added.

Nana as fondly called, stated further that Governor Udom Emmanuel is also constructing the Abak-Nsekhe-Ikot AkpaNkuk-Ikot Etim-Ikot Ikara.
5.1 km length of internal roads are wearing a new look at the Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa.

According to Mr Nana, the 4.95km Ibesit Okpokoro/Ikot Ibritam roads is receiving attention and many other roads undergoing constructions.

The House of reps Hopeful also made clear that through the pet project of Her Excellency, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, so many lives too numerous to count, have been touched in various ways. The building of an Ultra modern Urua Anwa market . This does not exclude free medical outreach in the Area, grants to business men and building of new homes to widows

On Education, Mr Ndiana-Abasi stated that it is through the effort of Governor Emmanuel that Ekparakwa can boast of A Navy Military school. “Schools in Abak 5 are part of the 1401 public primary, secondary and technical schools and four tertiary institutions in the state receiving great attention.
In addition to setting up ICT laboratories in some of the public and private schools in the state, Governor Emmanuel has not wavered in funding the free and compulsory education programme, which gives every child of school age resident in Akwa Ibom, regardless of state of origin, access to qualitative education from primary to senior secondary school level.” He added.

Speaking further on Education, Mr Ndiana-Abasi stated that the State government also commissioned a studio among other structures in Akwa Ibom State University Obio Akpa.

In the year 2017, Model Girls Secondary School, Ikot Ekan, Abak was added to the number of schools in Akwa Ibom State, after the commissioning , the school resumed for full academic activities since September 2017 with well furnished Libraries, conducive dormitory and functional computer/ Science Laboratories. So many Primary and secondary Schools are rehabilitated across the five Local Government that make up Abak five.

Speaking to newsmen after the endorsement at Abak Township Stadium, Mr Ndiana-Abasi after thanking God, appreciated the organisers of the program. He applauded the State Governor for the steps taken to restore peace and tranquility in Ukanafun and his environs.He thanked the Governor, not just for assuring the people of the area of a fertiliser company, buy also for promising to build a power sub station in Abak so as to give a permanent solution to electricity challenge in the area.

“These, and many others, are the reasons I say Governor Udom deserves a second term endorsement by Abak 5” Mr Ndiana-Abasi Stated.

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