Governor Udom Emmanuel says the state will commence the implementation of recommendations of the Post- Covic 19 Economic Reconstructions submitted to him recently.
Speaking Sunday during the live radio and television interview monitored by our reporter, the governor disclosed that he has already made his executive summary on the post-COVID-19 Economic Reconstruction of the state and promised to do everything possible to begin implementation of those recommendations.
“There are plans to have the recommendations activated, especially the low hanging fruits so that the people can begin to reap the benefits,” he said.
Mr. Emmanuel wondered why Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC is frustrating his effort in ensuring Akwa Ibom people have access to power at least 21 hours every day.
He noted that there is no single day Ibom Power Company does not generate 115megawatts of electricity, yet PHEDC would not distribute power to Akwa Ibom people.
“I have enough power to give our people a minimum of 21 hours but the PHEDC people are not helping us. They keep taking our power but keep telling us that our people are not paying bills and they refuse to give them power.”
Mr. Emmanuel expressed concern over the closure of schools but assured residents of the state that once there is a green light in conquering COVID-19, schools will reopen.
“I am really concerned about the education of our children. Not all parents can afford smartphones for online learning. And I am not so sure and satisfied that the Radio school programme is sufficient especially for all the final year pupils and Students who are going to write WAEC.
“ We are looking for local solutions. We will localize the intervention. Once we are able to come out with a local solution to this pandemic, we will open up schools. We are still studying the COVID-19 curves.
“I am really concerned about the education of our children I can’t allow our children to stay out of school for such a long time. I want our medical team to localize a solution on how we can open up schools, ” the governor said.
On the newly commissioned Il300-bed isolation Centre, the governor revealed that the facility is well equipped with modern amenities with Professors of Virology working in the place, adding that right from the day his administration commissioned the isolation centre, the state has received two more containers of medical facilities with medical researchers also requesting to use the laboratory for research.
Governor Emmanuel explained that his administration is insinuated with requests from Akwaibomites in the diaspora who are desirous of coming back home to add their own quota to our developmental strides.” The guy running the fertilizer blending plant in our State came in from the USA.
“Today, the fertilizer plant is the one feeding, not only the State but the entire South-South. So if you want to come in, please show us the area you want to help us with and we will be ready to give you the necessary support.”
Gov., Emmanuel reiterated that the coconut Plantation and Refinery is 100% owned by the State Government, adding that components are currently in the port in the Onne, and unable to get to the state because of Covid-19 lockdown.
“Even when we bring them in, we need to bring in experts, because technology is that of four different countries. They need to come and install them and also train some of our people on technology.”
He warned residents of the state that curfew starts from 8 PM to 6 AM, adding that anybody caught around that time will be treated as a criminal.