Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel was at the weekend honoured by the Leadership Newspaper as the 2016 Governor of the year alongside his Adamawa and Anambra states counterpart.
According to the organisers of the event, Governor Udom was nominated for the award considering his seriousness and sustained responsibility to governance as well as crafting the highly successful “Dakkada” philosophy in addition to executing several works of infrastructural development in the state in spite of the recession and dwindling state resources within his period.
Nigerian Pilot reports that one of the cardinal objectives of Udom’s administration is infrastructure consolidation. With a budgetary allocation of ₦65.42billion in the 2015 state appropriation and ₦91.8billion in 2016, infrastructural development and construction of roads, bridges and drainages has remained the cornerstone of his administration.
Having constructed over 160km of roads across the state, his government has continued to tackle road and other infrastructural deficits. It is on record that the attraction of investments to the state has led to jobs’ creation for thousand of Akwa Ibom youths.
In his remark, Governor Udom Emmanuel thrilled by the recognition, thanked the management of Leadership Newspaper as well as every Nigerian especially the Akwa Ibomites for giving him the mandate to serve.
While noting that he was not voted in to office to get applause rather he was voted for a course, he opined that “a good trait of leadership is not measured by using maximum resources to achieve maximum result but by using minimal resources to achieve maximum result”
“I want to call on Nigerians using this platform that our democracy can only be strong if our economy is strong. So we need to have a clear paradigm shift and concentrate on all our policies that would move us forward and not politics that will drag us backward.
“I want to thank you and also say that this is time to believe in ourselves as Nigerians. This is the time to ask ourselves, what can we do for our country? And not always what the country can do for us. All hands must be on deck. We are a firm believers that what we have as a country is more than we need to compete with any other country of the world.” Udom said

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