By Solomon Umanah
The Akwa Ibom governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has been lauded for creating the enabling environment for all Akwa Ibom persons to excel in their various vocations, irrespective of the academic background.
The special assistant to the governor on trade, Mr Idorenyin Raphael who made the commendation, recently, during the inauguration of the newly constituted state executive of the Akwa Ibom Frontline Market Women Association, which took place at the Women Development Centre, Uyo, observed that “the governor’s gesture has given market women a sense of belonging and has equally demonstrated the present administration’s abiding faith in its policy of inclusiveness.”
He thanked the governor’s wife, Dr Martha Emmanuel, for spearheading the inclusion of women at all levels of development in the state.
While acknowledging the untiring efforts of the commissioner for women affairs and social Welfare, Dr Ini Adiakpan, in adopting strategies for the peaceful conduct of the market women’s election, despite the initial setbacks, the governor’s aide appealed to aggrieved members to bury their hatchets and lend support to the new administration.
Raphael advised the newly constituted executive not to embark on revenge mission, but incorporate all interests while executing the programmes of the association.
The governor’s aide, who advocated for payment of monthly stipends to assist the new executive in the co-ordination of their activities, disclosed the appointment of the immediate past president of the body, Obonganwan Magdalene Udom,into the national executive of the association as the national women leader.
While urging the women to form cooperative society within the association, the governor’s aide sued for peaceful co-existence and unity of purpose among the members.
He appealed to the beneficiaries of the state government’s interest-free loans, who were yet to repay their loans, to do so in order to enable other traders benefit from the gesture.
Raphael pointed out that the various intervention strategies such as floating of interest-free loans, renovation and construction of markets across the three senatorial districts of the state were aimed at creating the enabling environment fortraders to operate, adding that the Udom Emmanuel administration’s achievements in all sectors of the state’s economy will remain indelible in the hearts of the present and future generations of Akwa Ibom people.