The Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel says he has delivered unprecedented accomplishments across all sectors of the state in his one year in office.
Udom said he has set sail with emphatic imprints on the geo-political and socio-economic development of the state propelled by the five-point agenda – job creation, poverty alleviation, wealth creation, economic and political inclusion, infrastructural consolidation and expansion.
He equally said his government started-off by putting in place think-tanks for the galvanization of technical and professional inputs that will interpret and bring into concrete realities, the lofty goals of his administration.
Listing his achievements, the governor said there are major roads construction and dualization projects on-going in the state, including the fly-over at Ikot Oku Ikono junction, upgrade of infrastructure, urban remodeling and renewal projects, commercial Agricultural schemes.
He also said he has put in place free and compulsory education policy, free health care service for pregnant women, children between 0 -5 years and the aged as well as the numerous welfare packages for the people, including the less privileged people living with disabilities and victims of natural disasters.
On road constructions, the governor said work has on the emergency Intervention on Gully Erosion ravaging Calabar – Itu Road at Enen Atai, Itu Local Government Area by Direct Labour Work.
Emergency Intervention on Gully Erosion ravaging the School of Nursing, Anua by Direct Labour, construction of 3.5km Ikot Udom Road with 15m Span Bridge in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, construction of 5km Ikot Usop – Ikot Edeghe – Ikot Ekpuk road with 30m Span Bridge in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
Construction of 5km Mkpok-Okat road in Onna Local Government Area. Emergency Works in the completion of Outfalls and Urban Roads in Oron. Construction of underground outfall drains from Mainland Lane/Avenue through Bassey Lane, Effiat Street/Lane to Anwana Esin/Mary Hanney Road with extension to the lowest erosion plain behind Asbestonit Complex.
Underground outfall drain, from Convent Street through post Office Road to Anwana Esin by Oron Road, discharging into the existing outfall down Iyamba Creek. Construction of Uyo outfall drain from Nsikak Eduok/Oron Road to Tropicana Complex, Uyo.
Dualization of Uyo-Etinan Road, construction of Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road with 2No. Bridges and Spur and construction of new Terminal Building at the Ibom International Airport.
Construction of the second runway/taxiway as well as the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. Commencement of design work of the ground/first floor at the Ibom Tropicana entertainment complex, Uyo. Commencement of the furnishing of Ibom Tropicana complex.
In agriculture sector, the governor said he has plunged into massive Agriculture with the following land marks: “Inauguration of a Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Security. Resuscitation and sustainability of Cocoa Production in the State through the establishment of Cocoa Development Committee.
“Establishment of 22 hectares of improved Cocoa Plantations in 6 Local Government Areas namely: Ini, Essien Udim, Mkpat Enin, Ikono, Abak and Ukanafun. Establishment of 35 hectares of improved Oil Palm Plantations in 15 Local Government Areas namely: Ikono, Itu, Ibiono Ibom, Okobo, Ini, Abak, Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Obot Akara, Uruan, Eket, Essien Udim and Ibewsikpo Asutan.
Loan recovery from Commercial Farmers to the tune of N4,062,000.00. Revenue generation of N875,550.00 by the Veterinary Department of the Ministry. Flag-off of 2015 maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in the State.
“Payment of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) to Medical and Dental practitioners in the state with effect from June 2015.
Continuing Professional development for Doctors as a mandatory requirement by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. This development is a prerequisite for the annual renewal of licensee to practice, conducting of basic Life Support Training for Doctors, Nurses, Drivers and Porters.
He said he has also co-ordinate a 21 day free eye care outreach for people in the state, in collaboration with MTN foundation. 15,350 people were screened for various eye diseases. 1150 eye surgeries were performed and 2000 eye glasses were distributed.
“ We kick started a mobile ambulance service in partnership with Nestle Nigeria Ltd, drugs hawking and control programme, registration of paramedical staff nurses and private clinics, training of 48 House Officers from General Hospitals Ikot Ekpene, Eket and Oron.”
In the investment, commerce and industry area, governor Udom said his government has revitalized the Peacock paints industry in Etinan, revitalized Plasto crown, establishment of an automobile assembly plant in Itu and establishment of Blue Marine -Light Emitting Devices (LED) factory at Ikot Ebom Itam, Itu.
He added that he has achieved a ground breaking ceremony of shoprite at the Ibom Tropicana; Uyo, provision of revolving credit scheme by the state government to small scale industrialists and an on-going construction of Ibaka Deep Sea Port.
Rounding off, the governor promised to deliver more as his administration enters its second year.