The Special Adviser to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Political, Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Rt. Hon (Barr) Ekong Sampson has hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel on his recent award as the Governor of the Year 2016 at the just concluded Leadership Newspaper Awards held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Barr Sampson who spoke with TheMail Newspaper from Abuja where he went to show solidarity with his boss on the honour said with the award, Governor Emmanuel successfully took Akwa Ibom to Nigeria.
“His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel took Akwa Ibom State to Nigeria. The award is symbolic in that it showcases the vision which Udom Emmanuel has demonstrated in governance. Principally, it was a good day for Akwa Ibom State, it was a good outing for the state, it was a good marketing of the Akwa Ibom spirit.
“With the award, it can be seen that the state government has earned the respect of Nigerians through the achievements which the government has recorded so far especially in terms of infrastructure. The Dakkada philosophy was also captured”, the former Commissioner for Rural Development said.
For those who say the governor does not deserve to win the award because according to them he hasn’t done much/anything to merit it, Ekong Sampson said “the governor has created a moral rebirth. In terms of infrastructure, you can see roads under construction. Some of the roads have been fully constructed while others are on-going. In terms of Agriculture, the results are there for all to see. In sports, the governor is building sports centres in the Federal constituencies. The governor is looking beyond the moment. He is looking beyond oil, working very hard to diversify the flanks of the economy. One sure way of doing this is through industrialization. It is this profile that has earned Governor Udom Emmanuel this recognition. The award showcases the strength in the Akwa Ibom character. It was heartwarming to see how Nigeria received Governor Udom Emmanuel”.
The former Assemblyman said he foresees more awards coming to Udom Emmanuel because he will continue to do more things which will earn him such honours.