Impressed with the current spread of development across their state, Akwa Ibom indigenes in Diaspora have risen in overwhelming commendation of their governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, saying he was â€œtruly making the differenceâ€.
Operating under the aegis of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, New York, (USA), the people said their governor deserves â€œa special trophyâ€ for spearheading massive people-oriented programmes that have transformed the landscape of the state.
Thus, at the 2009 Interactive Charity and Appreciation Dinner held on June 26, the body put upÂ an admirable show of positive reception in honour of Governor Akpabio.
According to the organisers, they were most impressed by the governorâ€™s sensitivity to the plights of the masses as well as his focus, especially the introduction of free and compulsory education policy in the state.
To show appreciation, they gave him an award entitled: â€œMaking the Differenceâ€!
The administration has so far taken on the constructionÂ of more than 400 km of roads valued at over N180billion have been awarded in the State in the last two years.
Akpabio, they said, deserved praises â€œfor his commitment and leadership; his vigorous pursuit of programs and activities aimed at providing basic education for Akwa Ibom youth, and for accelerating the pace of infrastructural and rural development in Akwa Ibom Stateâ€.
Governor Akpabio had last year, while attending the convention organised by AKISAN in the United States, announced his governmentâ€™s plan to introduce free, compulsory and qualitative education scheme at both the primary and secondary school levels in the state.
However, many sceptics had dismissed the announcement as cheap political proclamations that would never see the light of day.
So far, Akpabio has spent N7billion per school calendar year to sustain the programme; while he has spent more thanÂ N344.8 million on subventions to public schools for the first and second terms.
In addition, to further show his commitment to educational development, over N375.4m has been paid as NECO/SSCE Examination registration fees for all candidates in Public Secondary Schools and science equipment worth N188m have been distributed to schools, among other things.
Apart from the tourism and economic programmes which Akpabio has initiated, AKISAN was also impressed at the massive rural transformation, which they noted, has been spread evenly across the state.