Governor Udom Emmnuel is redefining governance in Nigeria with his concept of running the state as a corporate entity with a business outlook.
This much has turned Akwa Ibom into a centre point in investment and industrialization, with the state sitting pretty with 18 industries across key sectors in the state such as power with the Metering Solutions company, health with the Syringe factory, Agriculture with the Fertilizer Blending company and the Rice factory as well as Aviation with Ibomair, among others.
The Commissioner of Information, Sir Charles Udoh, stated these in Uyo while appearing on a live AKBC Radio programme – Akwa Ibom Calling.
Sir Charles Udoh reiterated that, the Governor has turned Akwa Ibom into the centre point of attraction and admiration amongst comity of states in Nigeria adding that, with companies like the Kings Flour Mill with numerous value chain opportunities, the upcoming Coconut Oil Refinery as well as the Ibom Deep Sea Port, Akwa Ibom towers tall as a reference point in governance.
He emphasized that, the pedigree of Governor Udom Emmanuel with sound financial expertise of over 10 years on the pinnacle of one of the top highbrow banks in Nigeria, the Zenith bank, where he served as the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer as well as the Chairman of Zenith Bank UK, has given the state leverage in attracting investments across the globe more than in any other state in Nigeria.
Reiterating that, investors only take their businesses to areas where their hard earned foreign currencies are safe, the state spokesman said, the Governor has not only exhibited integrity, prudence and transparency in governance but has also provided the enabling environment including, security and quality infrastructures for the investors.
Acknowledging with pride that, Governor Emmanuel has achieved so much for the people by galvanizing the economy into a path of new direction, Sir Udoh said, International Oil Companies, IOCs, and other multi-national companies which hitherto had excuses of not having comfortable accommodation for their headquarters are now indicating interest to relocate to Akwa Ibom State with the construction of the 21 storey Smart building in Uyo by the present administration.
He said as a responsible government which attaches importance to public awareness and enlightenment, all state government-owned information and media outfits including Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, AKBC and Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, AKNC have been given a facelift, with AKBC Radio studio being the best studio now in the state in terms of aesthetics, parading the most modern facilities and equipment.
Stressing that, with Governor Udom Emmanuel always having the interest of the people at heart, he has put in much to safeguard the future for our children while in turn preparing the children for the future by ensuring that, they acquire basic qualitative education as well as the right skills to meet the challenges of the ever changing and competitive business and technological world of the 21st century.
Sir Udoh said as a measure towards ensuring that, the right and acceptable code of conduct, ethical standard and moral values are maintained by the Akwa Ibom child as people from a state named after God, the government through the Ministry of Information is doing all to inculcate in the children and the youths the right set of attitudes and virtues as it is coming out with a campaign on attitudinal re-orientation and social order.