By Chioma Onuegbu
Eket—GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has reiterated that the unity of the state was non-negotiable.
Emmanuel, who made the remarks yesterday, after swearing in the new Secretary to State Government, SSG, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, said he was poised to unite the state irrespective of ethnicity, as part of his government’s political inclusiveness agenda.
According to Emmanuel, “Akwa Ibom is all one, joined by a common destiny and aspirations and our unity in non-negotiable, our common ethos and fidelity to the Akwa Ibom project remains sacrosanct.”
The governor, who said the greatest asset God has given to Akwa Ibom is her people, maintained that it was the people that will make the difference once they all come together.
He assured that he will do everything possible to ensure that every part of the state feels a sense of belonging, adding: “I enjoin you to celebrate this mutually inclusive tendency and put those naysayers to shame that we will never be derailed from the path of unity we collectively swore to uphold.”
He charged the new SSG on the huge expectations of the Government from Akwa Ibom people, reminding him that he must justify the reason for his appointment which is to add value to the government industrialization process.
Extolling Ekuwem’s qualities, Emmanuel said the state was happy with both his achievement and conduct in the outside world, adding “We are happy that your name has gone across everywhere and it was your integrity that worked for you when you contested for and won as the President of Nigeria Internet Group.”