The leading aspirant for the Hilltop Mansion race in AkwaIbom State at the forthcoming election, Pastor Umo Eno, has assured of his plans to empower fishermen and youths in Oro nation with adequate fishing equipment, including boats to better their lots and to bring in foreign investors to explore the huge economic potentials as well as natural resources embedded in Oron coastal region of Akwa Ibom State.
Eno, who is currently the commissioner for lands and water resources in the state, gave the assurance during a familiarization meeting with Oron Federal Constituency Media Professionals, last Monday at his signature by Royalty Hotels, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.
He said his administration will leverage on abundance natural resources deposited by nature in Oro land, with the view to creating wealth for the people of the area, especially the youth and the generality of Akwa Ibom people.
The frontline gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state maintained that gone are the days when political jobbers would come with their intrigues of donating fairly used cars, all in the name of empowering the people, without any hope of what would be used to service or maintain such cars, but rather they should remain focused and be able to provide jobs to the unemployed youths in the state instead, which he noted will sustain them.
The Nsit Ubium-born businessman and preacher of the gospel told members of the press that he has put in solid good years to invest in Akwa Ibom State, thereby contributing his quota in a bid to reduce unemployment rate as well as putting food on people’s table.
” I started investing in this state some 30 years ago, providing jobs, engaging in wealth creation and putting food on people’s table. I’m not an accidental money maker, I don’t go anywhere, I don’t have government money around me, all my children are here and it shows that I have faith in this state.
“Modesty will forgive me, I don’t need anything in life again, our last child is in the university now. Someone told me last year that I will be running for governorship and I said I was waiting for the governor to endorse whoever God laid in his heart, so that we can work with that person, but it turned out to be myself. This is a burden on me, when you go out and see the number of youths running around without jobs, you’ll know that there is a problem. I see this as destiny calling on me to do something and I am passionate about it.
” All my investments are here, if this state fails, everything I have will also fail. They have alternatives, please look for that man who does not have plan B, that man who says we die here, that man whose only option is Akwa Ibom State”, Pastor Enosaid.
The governorship hopeful promised to do his best to sustain the legacies of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and to ensure that the youth are gainfully employed and empowered, while maintaining the peaceful atmosphere currently being enjoyed in the state.
In his remark at the event, the DG of Pastor Umoh EnoCampaign Organization and former Ambassador of Nigeria to Greece, Chief Asam Asam, SAN, said an average Oro person was known for hard work and dedication to duty and called on the people of Oro nation to embrace and receive Pastor UmoEno, whom he believed has the capacity to turn the fortunes of the state around for the better.
He eulogized the likes of late Senator Victor Akan, who was a colosus in politics of Nigeria; Chief Etim Edet, who was a seafarer; Imason, who was an industrialist and a chemical engineer, Chief Ambe Abasi, who built a white house; Dr Esin, who went to Harvard; Chief Etienam, who started NamobaAutomobile business and other prominent men from Oro who contributed their best to lift people out of poverty and said the time has come for the state to begin to prop up some industrouspersons like Umo Eno to drive the economy of the state.
Those present at the meeting were the commissioner for culture and tourism, Mr Oman Esin, his counterparts in the State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Sir Charles Udoh and Mr John Etim of Power and Petroleum Ministry, the chairman of Oron Federal Constituency Media Professionals, Comrade Marshall Abia, among others.