A’Ibom on the right path, says Gov. Emmanuel

SOKOTO State Deputy Governor,
Ahmed Aliyu, who is also the Amirul
Hajj 2015 yesterday announced
that each of the 138 families of the
2015 hajj stampede victims received
N500,000.
He disclosed the figure today at
event Marking democracy day held
at Government House on Sunday,
Sokoto.
Ahmed Aliyu, noted that Sokoto
contingent has the highest number
of causality of the stampede, going
by the statistics released by the Saudi
kingdom.
Former Commissioner of Health
and now, deputy governor, also
announced number of causality as
he was presenting 2015 report of the
committee to the Governor.
Earlier, in his remark, the
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
enumerated some achievement
recorded since the inception of his
administration to include paying
of school fee’s, declaring state of
emergency in education, recruitment
of 500 teachers and installation of
street lights across the seat of the
Caliphate among others.
“We have about, 114 pilgrims from
Sokoto were confirmed dead, 22 are
still missing while two are injured and
receiving treatment” he explained.
Aliyu said the gesture was in fulfillment of Tambuwal’s promise to
the affected families when the tragedy
occurred in September this year.
Meanwhile, another strong prayer
session was held led by the Sheikh
Buhari Siridawa, who described the
occasion as historic, calling on Nigerian
to support the administration of
Muhammadu Buhari in order to move
the country to a greater height.
He also said Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri
needed similar prayers to move Sokoto
people to a greater height. This is even
as the Governor, presented 265 and
1,356 tricycle and pumping machines
to farmers as loan under Sokoto
poverty eradication programe.
Among those who attended
the event were: Sultan of Sokoto,
Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar
Sa’ad III who was represented by
member of the Sultan Council Alhaji
Rilwanu Sokoto,SSG, Prof. Bashar
Garba, Head of Service, Bature
Shinkafi, Commissioners, Per. Sec’s,
Commissioner of Police Alhaji
Salisu Fagge, Member state house of
assembly.
A’Ibom on the right path
Meanwhile, Governor Udom
Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that
the state remained on the right path
to greatness despite socio economic
challenges.
Emmanuel who made this known
yesterday in a state wide broadcast to
mark democracy day in Uyo expressed
joy that democracy has provided
Nigerians with more economic and
social opportunities compared to the
military era.
“We rejoice that from the dark days
of military dictatorship, God woke us
up to a dawn of hope, and bequeathed
on us the precious gift of democracy
– a Government of the people, by the
people and for the people.” He said.
He further said that his
administration has sought to
provide vision, motivation, direction
and inspiration for a new Akwa
Ibom State packaged as an oasis of
industrialization and good governance
in the county.
According to him more than 200
kilometers of roads, and 15 bridges
across the three senatorial districts have
been constructed by his administration
in the last one year while numerous
foreign investment have been affected
to the area.
“Though our national economy is
experiencing challenges, our dreams
are in expansion. There may be famine
in the land, but right in this land,
because we are dreamers, we are
planting seeds and, like Isaac, we will
reap a hundred fold.
“We have put Akwa Ibom on an
onward journey. The three Technical
Committees on Direct Foreign
Investment, Agriculture and Food
Sufficiency, and Ibom Deep Seaport,
which we formed at the inception
of this administration, have risen to
the challenge of strengthening our economic stakes.
“You have the Automobile
Assembly Plant in Itu, the LED
Industry in Itam, the Metering
Industry in Awa-Iman, Onna. We
have also flagged off the Coconut
plantation and refinery situated
in parts of in Mkpat Enin Ikot
Abasi and Eastern Obolo Local
Government Areas.
“We have also done the
groundbreaking for Petro
Chemical/Jetty Project in Ibeno
and signed numerous MoU’s with
investors who would soon develop
refineries as well as clay refining in
our state.” He said.
Emmanuel maintained that youth
empowerment and revitalization
of the agric sub sector would
continue to receive priority by his
administration.
“Just years ago we were the fourth
largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria.
We lost that position. But we are
back on the move towards topping
the cocoa chart in Nigeria through
programmes to revitalization cocoa
farming. Cocoa, it bears mention, is
more expensive than crude oil in the
global market.
“This is a youth-friendly
government, and we know that
unemployment is the major scourge
of the youths. We are designing
plans to provide opportunities
for our youths and give them
employment.” The Governor said


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