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As Nigerians celebrate democracy day, artisans spread across the 31 Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State under the aegis of ‘Nigeria Welders and Fitters Union, an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, have applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for changing the status quo of the state in the past six years.

They have accordingly pledged their unalloyed support to his administration in the remaining two years.

In a message of felicitation and solidarity endorsed by the Chairman of the Union in the state, Comrade Etukudo Nsima and the Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Okon, the welders described the governor’s achievements as unrivalled, and said they were proud to celebrate the Governor’s completion agenda, as high in the area of service delivery.

Describing the past six years of Governor Emmanuel’s leadership as eventful and productive, the artisans hailed the industrialization efforts which they noted are targeted at job creation.

The message reads in parts; “As we look back from the inception of your administration, we see six years of productivity, six years of changing dreams to realities, six years of changing labour to favour, we see six years of rugged drives from policy conception to actualization, we see six years of impossibilities made possible — these among others noble reasons — such as the priceless peace that we enjoy in spite of the current security challenges in our country today, we are proud to identify with the industrialization programs and policies of your administration as its continues to manifest in the upstream, midstream and downstream marginal field development start-ups that dots the landscape of our great state, these attributes can only come from a focus and purpose driven visionary leadership as provided by you Sir.

“Your Excellency a day such as this Democracy day is a day of definition and stock taking, it’s a day wherein the govern and the government reflect on the journey so far, the pitfalls if any and to avoid a repeat, and the gaining recorded and projected in our great Akwa Abasi Ibom State, Since the inception of this present administration,- it has been consistently a celebration of excellence with promise kept, exceptional service delivery, robust revolutionary driven industrialization programs guided yet inventive fail-safe and solid policies targeting rigorously the development and welfare of our people”.

“On this Auspicious day we the Artisan Process Welders & Fitters spread across the 31 Local Government of Akwa Ibom State celebrate a great giant of Akwa Ibom emancipation from a civil service based economy to an integrated services & productions based industrial Hub that promises the same sort of dynamics that drove the Dubai dream from a mere desert settlement to what is today a definition for huge industrial investment & tourism destination.

“Your Excellency we the Process Welders & Fitters ins Akwa Ibom State celebrate you, We celebrates your doggedness in the struggle to achieve the license for the Ibom deep sea port project, the numerous life changing industry built and operating in our state, and most recently the foundation laying ceremony of Petrochemical and Fertilizer complexes, your foray into agro-industry has shown that what hinderto was thought to be impossible to grow in Akwa Ibom can actually grow better on our soil Again the numerous intervention infrastructures scattered alli over the state is symptomatic of your uncommon performance.

“Your ingenuity in the struggle that lead to the achievement of the liberty oil & gas free zone with all the multitude of industries that it will house- along with serene peaceful environment which has really endeared these investment to strive in our great state.

“These huge FDI’s and LDI’s as they come on stream gradually as we have started seeing already have the potential of creating intermediate and permanent employment opportunities for Process Welders and Fitters along with other skilled- set and unskilled labour job opportunities for Akwa Ibom People and Nigerians at large in, along with its attendant multiplying economic impact on the economy of our great state.

“Meaning that you, Your Excellency in one fell— swoop has repositioned the state from a civil service based economy to an irreversible path of uncommon industrial prosperity”.

The union advised the state government to ensure that local contents policy in the area of manpower recruitment is strictly adhered to by the companies operating in the state.

“As we celebrate you Your Excellency we are celebrating industrialization, with a stop to personnel rudderless policies.

“As we celebrate you on this Democracy Day, we are celebrating service delivery with an uncommon performance.

“As we celebrate you, we are celebrating VISIONARY CANDOUR, EXCELLENCE & PEACE along with a stop to investing entities pauperization of your policy on job creation for the Akwa Ibom people.

“As we celebrate a labour friendly Governor, we are celebrating our Unflinching Ideological support for your growth bound policy continuity beyond 2023”, the added.

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Governor Udom Emmanuel has called on Ward Councillors in Akwa Ibom State to be agents of peace and discipline expected of them as leaders given the task of community development

Governor Emmanuel made this known while addressing ward Councillors during a two- day Leadership Retreat, with the theme ‘Leadership for Service and Victory’ on Sunday, at Ibom Icon Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo.

The Governor said the essence of organizing the retreat for the 368 Ward Councillors in the State has been a fulfilment of his promise to prepare them with requisite leadership skills for an effective interface with the rural communities.

“The reason we pass this knowledge is that you can also use it to build your families because in your homes, families and wards, you are a leader and once you are a leader there are certain things expect of you.

“Some of you lead groups, committee, communities and you must provide leadership at wards, at any level that you have an opportunity you must provide leadership. I want you to see this as an opportunity to lead a good life”, the governor stated.

Governor Emmanuel harped on the need for Ward Councillors to inculcate loyalty as an essential leadership virtue which can stand them out in future.

Mr Emmanuel who gave reasons for neglect of the Local Government Areas, principally due to poor funding, however advocated the need for Local Government Areas to access more revenue allocation from the federal government, stressing that adequate funding and attention will serve as a major support to build thY oue rural communities.

“You need to know how much you get as a Local Government, I am one of those who still emphasize that if the grassroot must be built we need to look at the revenue allocation, take more from the center and give it to the grassroot because they are closer to the people so that we can build a stronger society”

The Chief Executive however thanked the facilitators Peculiar People Management ( PPM) in conjunction with Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, for organizing the retreat and also commended the orderliness of the ward Councillors during the retreat.

Earlier in his remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, described the councilors as leaders in their various wards and urged them not to give themselves to prejudice or allow it influence their official conduct at any time.

Dr. Ekuwem, further enjoined the councillors to be self- confident in themselves and exhibit a high sense of discipline without inferiority complex so as to lead boldly by example.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Frank Archibong in his welcome remarks thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise with the Councillors and called on the 368 councillors who participated to make the retreat count in order to replicate the knowledge gained at the grassroot level.

In a goodwill message, the immediate past Commissioner for Lands, Pastor Umo Eno, commended Governor Emmanuel for organizing the retreat which he noted will build capacity and ideas of the ward leaders and empower them to harness resources towards the development of the rural communities.

Also in a goodwill message, the National Coordinator, Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) Barr. Enoidem, urged councillors to take advantage of the retreat as leaders at their various communities and apply the knowledge gained positively as they have the onerous task to select leaders that will sustain the legacy of the present administration.

The Chairman of ALGON, Engr. Iniobong Robson, thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for keeping to his promise in approving the retreat for Councillors in the state.

One of the resource persons, Dr. Maxwell Ubah, spoke on the importance of leadership and the four principles of leadership, pointing out that leadership has a generational impact and it is about securing the future of the next generation.

Certificate of participation and souvenirs were presented to all ward Councillors.

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Govt House,Uyo

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All is now set for the commissioning of the St. Gabriel Coconut Refinery sited Mkpat Enin,Akwa Ibom State, following the successful test running of the factory.

The multi-billion naira value-chain facility which would create thousands of job opportunities for Akwa Ibom people wil be inaugurated on Friday by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo,SAN following its completion by the Turkish firm, VKS.

The factory is expected to employ over 3000 direct workers and has the capacity to crack 1,000,000 nuts a day.

The St. Gabriel’s Coconut Oil Factory Project, a major industrial investment by Akwa Ibom State Government comprises of a factory complex complete with administrative offices, production areas, technical spaces, industrial firefighting systems, water treatment plants, effluent treatment plants and residential quarters for technical and managerial staff as well as parking areas for several raw materials bearing vehicles.

The project is located in the serene environment of Ikot Akpan Okop village, along the East West Road in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. The project execution was flagged off by Governor Udom Emmanuel during a ground-breaking ceremony on May 24th, 2017.

Recall that a whooping 2million fast yeilding hybrid coconut trees had been planted on an 11,000 hectare of land at the St Gabriel plantation in a swampland spanning Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo Local Government Areas. Similarly, the Government has ensured that coconuts are cultivated at Okobo, Okon -Eket and other locations in the State.

This makes it the largest coconut plantation in Africa, and the most ambitious coconut project in the world. All this is a conscious effort by the visionary leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel to prepare Akwa Ibom State, which is Nigeria highest crude oil producing State from over reliance on petroleum.

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Govt House, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State


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UGE for President: Gov. Emmanuel Consults BOT/ State Chairmen



The Board of Trustees is the highest advisory organ of the party, saddled with the mandate to ensure the continuous existence of the party. The State Chairmen are the Field Marshals of the Party, whose duty it is to mobilize new members into the party while retaining the old.

These two critical set of people were those the Presidential hopeful and Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, decided to intimate of the philosophical underpinnings behind his Presidential ambition. In their separate responses, they commended the aspirant for his deep seated knowledge of the economy and plausible solutions, wishing him success in his pursuit.

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