The management crew of ‘Brekete’, a Human Rights Television programme which also airs on Radio 101.1, Abuja, was in Uyo recently for an on-the-spot assessment of the development strides of Gov Udom Emmanuel administration.
The Brekete crew was received by the commissioner for special duties, Mr Okpolupm Etteh, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Efiong Efiakedoho, in company of the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh, and other government functionaries.
The delegation embarked on a tour of numerous projects under the purview of the Ministry of Special Duties including the maintenance, repairs and overhaul facility (MRO), international Terminal and Expanded Taxiway at the Victor AttahInternational Airport (VAIA) as well as the Dakkada Towers at the Central Business District (CBD), Uyo.
Welcoming the crew, Etteh commended them for their decision to visit the state in order to ascertain the level of progress recorded so far in all spheres of development under the current administration, maintaining that they have fulfilled the biblical assertion, “come and see”.
He noted that “although the governor has made successful efforts to intimate the world about the recorded strides in the state through various media channels, there is always the need for individuals or groups to visit and get a firsthand confirmation of the much talked and read about developments in the state. And so the crew is doing just right to visit in order to see, feel and experience the ongoing development process that has fruitfully positioned the state for a greater future”.
The special duties boss expressed his optimism that at the end of the Brekete crew tour of projects in Akwa Ibom , they would have arrived at the conclusion that the governor had a lot to have mentioned to the world, especially in agriculture where the state presently grows all kinds of vegetables including pepper, onion, cucumber, etc, which previously were deemed impossible to cultivate. The ingenious demonstration at the green house gives credence to this actuality, and in a short while, the state will be one of the food baskets in Nigeria”.
On the Dakkada Towers, Etteh said the idea of the 21-storey building came because the government realized that the bulk of crude oil is mined in Akwa Ibom, but the operators of the industry sit in other states and pay taxes but whenever Akwa Ibom urges them to relocate to their operational base the major excuse usually is that of lack of good accommodation, hence the need for the governor to erect the Dakkada Towers at the Central Business District of Uyo.
He further stated that a number of visitors have decided to invest and stay in the state because of the ambience and hospitable nature of the Akwa Ibomites.
The leader of the Brekete delegation, Mr Ehis Agbol, in his response gave kudos to Governor Emmanuel for offering a people-centric service by ensuring that the state records a high-rise rate of development in all areas that affect human life, stressing that the crew was totally impressed with what they sawin the state and that they have resolved to start their transmission realm from Akwa Ibom State on Friday, January 28, 2022 as their own contribution to marketing the state to the world.
Others in the tour were the special assistant to the governor on ICT, Mr Ndueso Essien; Mr Kufre Cristo Ekpoh, head of engineering services; Mr Okon Nkereuwem and head of external collaboration and partnership in the ministry, Mr EkanwanAlale.