Governor Emmanuel tours markets, plaza, Awards Road Contracts
Despite insults, vituperations poured on governor Udom Emmanuel and distractions introduced by the baby lawyer Inibehe Effiong via his make-believe protest few days ago, the Akwa Ibom State governor visited the Akpan Andem Market and Ibom plaza on a facility tour to interact, relate with and feel the pulse of the traders as well as share in their experiences and extend his altruistic gestures to them Tuesday this week.
He went to Akpan Andem Market in company of some of the officials of government with his Special Assistant on Trade Matters as well as some commissioners and Akwa Ibom people who cared to join the governor. He took time off to interact with traders, women, men selling foodstuff and other items and also bought some food items.
Governor Emmanuel also visited the Ibom plaza and its environs to do same in the spirit of the times. He was visibly seen trekking around heralded and appreciated by his people.
Official report says Governor Udom Emmanuel also stopped over at the Akpan Andem Market to ascertain the state of the road that leads to the market.
Having received reports of poor water-logged access road, the Governor said the inspection was necessary because he “needed to see the true situation when it rains, and to see what we can do about it”.
The Governor, who arrived the popular Uyo market without prior notice, was spotted purchasing some items in the market with a promise that Government will improve on the access road.
Amidst cheers and echoes of praises on him, the Governor waved and smiled back at the jubilant traders who showed that they have enough reasons to appreciate their Governor.
It could be recalled that a revolving loan scheme of N2bn was floated by the Governor and through this, so many traders have benefited from N100,000 N500,000 each to boost their businesses.
Governor Emmanuel had also declared every Thursday a toll-free day for all the traders, indicating the premium he places on their happiness.
On his way from the market, the Governor also stopped by at the popular city recreational center, Ibom Plaza to assess the challenges of the centre.
Mr Emmanuel said the visit became necessary to check why the electronic board there was no more working and how to make the place serve optimally even during the rains.
He commended the youths in the state for being peaceful and supportive of his administration and promised to continue to provide them with social security.
He used the visits to reassure Akwa Ibom people that his administration will continue to deliver on impactful projects such as witnessed in the electricity which is 23 hours in Uyo and other parts of the State. He promised to extend the gesture to more Local Government Areas before his administration clocks three.
“We are a very responsible government…some people only define democracy from textbooks but we are practical. We are never interested in applause; we don’t do white elephant projects. What we do is touch lives,” the Governor stated.
In the two places visited by the Governor, Akwa Ibom people including, men, women and youths showed solidarity with the caring leader for making the welfare of the people his topmost priority, even as he identifies with them.