Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on Akwa Ibom people in the diaspora to maximize their exposure to the International community by attracting investments and contribute to the industrialization drive of the present government.
Governor Emmanuel made the call while exchanging views with members of Ibibio Peoples Union (IPU), United States of America, who called on him at Government House, Uyo.
He noted that their wealth of experience particularly in the area of technology would be of immense support to the industrialisation, employment generation and wealth creation agenda, which his administration was vigorously pursuing to ensure that every Akwa Ibom youth earns a living rather than beg for it.
The governor charged them to use the period of their visit to enlighten the youths on the need to develop their potentials and create a means of livelihood for themselves rather than seek for the proverbial golden fleece abroad.
He announced plans to upgrade Technical Schools with facilities to equip the students with requisite technological skills to drive the industries, stating that expatriates from Germany and India would soon arrive the State to oversee the Skill Development Centres especially Technical Schools in Ikot Adaidem and Ikot Akata.
The State Chief Executive noted with delight that his administration has reposition the health sector for efficient service delivery, adding that the Ibom Specialist Hospital which has commence operations has been providing world – class services and expressed optimism that the Quaternary Health Institution would, through it services, curtail what he described as medical tourism abroad, regretting that such practice has rob the State and the country of manpower as well as substantial revenue.
Still on skill acquisition , the governor added that the pet – project of his Wife, Martha, Family Empowerment And Youth Re-orientation Programme (FEYREP) has been complementing government efforts in vocational training of the Women as well as the youths and particularly thanked the Akwa Ibom indigenes in the United States for the visit.
Besides, he commended them for uniting in together under one umbrella to pilot government and State’s activities abroad in love for the common good of their brothers back home.
Earlier, the President, Ibibio Peoples Union, United States Of America, Ikpafak Edet Udofia, who spoke extensively in his mother tongue, lauded the governor for his industrialization programme, noting that the policy would give viability to the State economy and hasten all round development.
He said the Union has selected some indigent youths for vocational Skill acquisition under the train- the- trainer programme to complement the efforts of the state government.
Ikpafak Udofia commended the governor for blazing the trail in the development of the state within six months of assuming office and thanked him for the facelift given to St. Lukes Hospital, Anua, stating that the governor has shown commitment to the primary responsibility of government, which is on the well-being of it citizens.
Also, Mr Ndanyongmong Etuk, solicited for partnership with the state in the industrial development stating that the Union intended to build an academic block in the Engineering Faculty of the University of Uyo to aid in the training of Engineers who would take over the control of the industries as the State was on the verge of witnessing industrial boom.