SPOTLIGHT ON THE GRAND MEGA RECEPTION OF THEIR EXCELLENCIES, MR. UDOM EMMANUEL & DEACONESS MARTHA EMMANUEL BY YOUTHS OF ABAK FIVE
As all roads lead to Abak today for the grand reception organized in honour of Their Excellencies, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, executive governor of Akwa Ibom State and the First Lady, Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel, the concepts of leadership and service again place themselves in primacy for primary considerations by the public.
It is an unequivocal fact that our politics have developed in the last 19 years since democracy returned in 1999. This development has foisted reasonable level of consciousness on members of the public who constitute the electorate. This has also led to awareness especially in the area of good governance. And youths who are mentally mobile owing to the globalisation the world is experiencing, are contemporary in terms of political awareness. It is therefore difficult for a non performing government to fool them and elicit their plaudits in any way whatsoever. Even when a handful may be benefitting from a dubious government, the fact that their future is in mortgage is not lost on them. They are always quick to reject any non performing government in the knowledge that it is their future that such government would put in peril.
The Youth of Abak 5 are a conscious group made up of well exposed, educated, enlightened and knowledgeable people. They call a spade a spade and not a farming implement. For them to agree across board with such uncommon unanimity means that Governor Emmanuel has delivered convincingly on good governance. And that the wife, the First Lady who interestingly is their daughter has made them proud through her numerous humanitarian services.
In some of the promotional jingles for the event, the Youth have made reference to the numerous achievement of the governor from industrialization to infrastructural expansion and consolidation to free and compulsory education to payment of salaries among others. These may look normal to pessimists but the Youth of Abak 5 who are well travelled know that governance in many States in this same country only exist in name and not in responsibility to the people. That the government of Akwa Ibom State under the able leadership of Mr. Udom Emmanuel is still upholding every content of its social contract with the people is something that has given them boundless joy and compelled their appreciation through the planned Grand Mega Reception for Their Excellencies.
The event which is scheduled for today, March 23, 2018 at Abak Township Stadium has the National Legal Adviser of the People’s Democratic Party, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem as the Chairman. The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, and the State House of Assembly Leader, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan are to serve as Special Guest of Honour and Guest of Honour respectively. The deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr. Moses Ekpo, MFR, will be the Chief Host while the executive chairmen of Abak, Ika, Etim-Ekpo, Oruk-Anam and Ukanafun would serve as hosts. It is pertinent to state that Abak 5, comprise of five local governments of old Abak which are mentioned above.
A statement signed by the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chief Ekpuk Eshiet invites dignitaries from all walks of life to grace the occasion. According to him, “It will be the first reception organized for our son-in-law and our daughter since they assumed leadership roles in the State in 2015”. With the air and people of Abak 5 already agog in feverish excitement, the event is likely to witness a deserving endorsement of Governor Emmanuel for 2019 election.
Joe Iniodu is a public affairs analyst