Ahead of 2023 general elections, Governor Udom Emmanuel has called for a peaceful coexistence and support for aspirants who won in the primaries, remarking that political aspirations should be geared towards service to the people and consolidating on the unity of the state.
The Governor made this known on Saturday, during the Government House Monthly Prayer Service, with the theme ‘Responsible Fathers’, held at Latter House Chapel, Governor’s Lodge Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel who emphasized on the political season appealed to aspirants to go about their campaigns in a peaceful manner and called on those who were not nominated in the last political primaries not to lose hope as it may be their turn another season.
He urged that they joined hands in supporting a peaceful process that will build the state.
“Let me make an appeal, we’ve done primaries in the state, for House of Assembly, House of Representatives , Senate and Governorship, let’s play this thing as a game, if you didn’t get it, just know that there is only one seat and there are many other opportunities.
“Let’s join our hands together and build the State once we build the state so many other things will follow. Let’s lay a foundation of things that work very well for us and a very peaceful state for that matter’’.
The Chief Executive revealed that some completed projects will soon be inaugurated in the state and made a passionate appeal to community leaders and youths to encourage government provide social amenities by taking active part in protecting the projects meant for the overall good of the people.
‘’There are so many projects we could not commission because May 29 this year came in such a busy political schedule, we will get to commission a whole lot of them. We have lined up some of them for commissioning, so we will do a whole lot of them in the month of July and we will take up some in September during the State Anniversary”.
“We are also trying to hurry to commission some remarkable projects which will be ready by September because we are trying to use that to lay a foundation for our economic growth.
“We make an appeal some of us that are living where some of the projects are ongoing, let’s talk to our youths to remain calm and maintain peace to encourage contractors to complete the projects’’, he noted.
The governor also acknowledged the contributions of Akwa Ibom people in building the state in the past seven years of the present administration.
In his homily, the Senior Pastor, Insight Bible Church, Dr. Sylvanus Ukafia, who tagged his message ‘Responsible Fathers’, read from Eph:6 : 4, urging fathers not to provoke their children to anger over trivial things that may cause resentment, rather they should train up their children with love, discipline and instruction of the Lord.
‘’what does the Bible say, fathers do not exasperate your children to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial, unreasonable, humiliating or abusive nor by showing favouritism or indifference to any of them. God is concern about the method we apply in raising our children. The method we use should be to produce tangible results’’.
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