The people of Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State have relished dividends of good governance as Governor Udom Emmanuel, on Wednesday 19th of May, 2021 inaugurated over thirty special intervention projects recently initiated and completed by the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Co-ordinating Committee (IMDLCC) .
Meanwhile, the project intervention scope covers but not limited to classroom construction/renovation, water installations, solar power installations, science/computer laboratories and libraries.
The intervention projects which are scattered across the thirty one Local Government Areas of the state, are mostly executed through direct labour, with about eighteen in Ikot Abasi, nine in Mkpat Enin and five others in Eastern Obolo respectively. While several others are currently under construction.
The ceremonies, which were performed on behalf of the Governor by his Commissioner for Rural Development (at Ikot Abasi), Mrs. Eno-obong Mbobo and her Works and Fire Service counterpart (at Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo), Prof. Eno Ibanga, had several top government functionaries including: members of the state executive council, traditional rulers, the youths, women group and students, who all turned out in their numbers to witness the occasion.
While emphasizing on the benefits of education to the development of the people, Governor Emmanuel also said that his administration was focused on attracting and sustaining development on every sector of the state.
”We have declared state-of-emergency on education, and part of what we are doing to strengthen the sector is the ongoing construction/renovation of schools across the state, employment of teachers and many other initiatives that we are currently working on to ensure that we give our students the best in education”. Gov. Emmanuel said.
”Our industrialization drive on the other hand is opening up the state for many employment opportunities, and to that extend, we need to reposition our education sector in order to be able to produce the required manpower for the industries”. Gov. Emmanuel added.
Furthermore, stakeholder groups from the three locations also hailed the Governor for the projects, especially for ensuring that the projects were initiated and completed within record time.
Similarly, at Eastern Obolo LGA, teachers, students and community leaders also gathered at the Government Primary School at Okorombokho, the contact point for the inauguration exercise to give the Governor a resounding welcome, while also expressing their appreciation to his administration for the numerous projects so far established in the area.
Highpoint of the event was the cutting of tape to mark the official inauguration and handing over of the projects to the various host communities.