In this interview with Iniobong Ekponta in Uyo, a stakeholder in the politics of the aquatic state urges the authority to emphasis development over politicking in the state
For Akwa Ibom State to overcome its challenges of development, the tempo of politics that has been thrown to the front burner must be toned down for real development to blossom.
Expressing his disgust over the elevation of politics as the major agenda in the State over development issues, the Chancellor of the Akpabioism Centre for Leadership Development (ACLD), Mr. Bassey James, said such disposition was detrimental to the vision of the current administration to industrialize the State.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, the State capital, James, who doubles as a security expert, argued that constant political issues could distract investors and bungle government vision for the State.
“Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel meant well for the State and he is God gift, not just for Akwa Ibom but the entire Nigeria and must be encouraged to do more for the people”.
According to him, “Udom represents the face of equity in Akwa Ibom politics”, recalling that at the return of democracy in 1999, the Uyo Senatorial District had taken its turn with Obong Victor Attah, between 1999 and 2007.
It was the turn of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District with the immediate past governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio between 2007 and 2015, giving way to the Eket Senatorial District with the current governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.
“As envisioned by former governor Obong Victor Attah in 2007, power must evolve across the three Senatorial Districts of Uyo, Ikot Ekpene and Eket, for the sake of equity, justice and fair play”, he stressed.
Urging the feuding parties to bury their differences and work for peace, unity and harmony, James noted that development could only thrive when all hands are on the deck for the government to thrive.
He pointed out that governor Emmanuel’s commitment to changing the hitherto civil service status of the State to an industrialized economy has started yielding fruits with the influx of investors into the State.
“Politics spoiled many nations”, he noted and appealed to the people to rally round the government to succeed.
In the last six months, James noted that the administration has achieved a lot in the areas of agrarian revolution, human capital development and infrastructural renaissance as well as the development of efficient workforce. Besides, the governor, according to him, has develop industrial roadmap that would eventually turn the State economy around, especially the commitment to the implementation of the Ibom Deep Seaport project, training of several youths in agriculture and power as well as the plans towards building a refinery in the State.
Also, the governor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a South African firm to establish a coconut processing plant in the State; successfully revamped the moribund Peacock Paint at Etinan and ground breaking for the setting up of an automobile plant in Itu Local Government Area.
While anticipating aggressive implementation of the policies and programmes in line with his pre-election promises, James expressed kudos to the immediate past governor, noting, “Akpabio provided the infrastructure for the current administration to build on”.
With the charting of a new course towards industrialization, the Akpabioism Chancellor noted that governor Emmanuel was on the right paradigm to de-emphasize politics in Akwa Ibom, while creating jobs and wealth for the youths, James who is the Managing Director of Bascon Nigeria Limited and Telecom Masters Limited, urged all Akwa Ibomites in the diaspora to return and support the government drive to reposition the State.