By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has announced a shift in the schedules for the inauguration of projects to July and September this year.
Gov Udom Emmanuel made this known during the month of June edition of Akwa Ibom government executive council prayer service, with the theme, Responsible Fathers, which took place at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo, Saturday.
Emmanuel said that the shift in the schedules became necessary due to the crowded political programmes witnessed in the month of May, explaining that there are so many projects which have been lined up for inauguration,particularly during the anniversary of the state in the month of September this year.
He remarked that his administration was also fast-tracking the completion of mega projects in the economic sectors for the progress of the state, charging individuals and youth groups to encourage the contractors by ensuring peaceful dispositions.
The state chief executive officer said that it was also the expectation of his administration to see passionate interest of community leaders in the protection of projects for the overall good of the people, noting that without a peaceful atmosphere it will be difficult for development to thrive in any of the communities in the state.
Emmanuel called for peaceful coexistence and support among the political class after the primaries of political parties for the House of Assembly, Senate, House of Representatives and governorship positions, remarking that political aspiration are primarily to find individuals willing to serve the people and encourage unity, while acknowledging the contributions of all persons in building the state in the last seven years.
He emphasized the need for politicians to lay foundations of positive things to sustain the path of peace in the state, advising political groups to go about sensitisation activities peacefully rather than losing hopes from unfavourable results at the primaries.
The senior pastor, Insight Bible Church, Dr Sylvanus Ukafia, admonished fathers to desist from acts that can provoke children to anger and resentment over trivial things, reminding that parents are obliged to train children with love, discipline and by divine instructions.
Ukafia, who read from Ephesians 6:4, stated that it was unreasonable to adopt abusive ways or the showing of favouritism in child upbringing, stressing that God is concerned about the method of raising children to produce tangible outcome in the society.