Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom said on Friday that electric metering company with the capacity to employ 150 persons has begun operations in the state.The governor said this in a broadcast to the people of the state on the occasion to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom.
The state was created on Sept. 23, 1987 by the erstwhile military administration of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida along side with Katsina State.
Emmanuel said that the metering company sited in Onna local government area was a major step taken by his administration towards attaining industrialisation of the state.
“We shall look back and beat our chest and proclaim that we came, we dreamed and we industrialised our state, creating opportunities and expanding the coast of our dreams.
“We have also commenced revolutionary agricultural initiatives in coconut plantation and refinery, cocoa plantations as well as rice production.
“Our intention is to ensure that we feed our populace within in the next few years,” Emmanuel assured.
The governor appealed to all indigenes of the state to be emotionally involved in the Akwa Ibom project and strive to leave a better state for the next generation.
“To those who still wallow in the valley of ethnicity, divisiveness, hatred or those who still appeal to the worst impulses in our people, I urge them to forsake those tendencies.
“They should remember that our founding fathers laid the foundation of this state on the stone of unity, brotherhood, love, courage and selflessness.
“It would be a disservice to the heritage and history of our state if we chose to fight over this state, instead of fighting for it,” Emmanuel said.
Emmanuel paid tributes to the founding fathers and the past governors, and said that his administration would ensure that the ladder of growth becomes steady and firm for others to climb.
The governor said that his administration had embarked on many projects to make the state better, stressing that education remains free and compulsory at the basic level.
“What this government is committed to do is to ensure that our students receive the best education that they possibly can get,” Emmanuel said.
He noted that Akwa Ibom government had been paying salaries to civil servant salaries promptly through creative application and management of resources.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 29th anniversary held at Uyo township stadium witnessed march past by uniformed organisations and groups with some former governors in attendance.
The PDP factional national chairman , Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), Col. Yakubu Bako (rtd) and Group Capt. John Ebiye (rtd) were present at the celebration.