2011: AKS Indigenes in Lagos throw their weight behind Akpabio
As the 2011 general elections dateline draws nearer, several indigenes of Akwa Ibom state resident in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, have risen to throw their weight behind the re-election bid of Governor Godswill Akpabio.
They made their decision known last weekend during the official inauguration of the Lagos State Chapter of a socio-political organization, “The Godswill Akpabio Youth Frontier Movement” (GAYFROM).
In their separate speeches, the National President of the group, Mr Ephraim Ekpe and the Lagos chapter coordinator, Engr. Monday Udom said GAYFROM which is a symbol of unity of Akwa Ibom youths at home and in the diaspora, with membership existing in the 20 Local Government Areas and 14 local Government development areas of Lagos State is impressed by the remarkable achievement of the Godswill Akpabio led administration in the area of road infrastructure, rural electrification, water supply, airport, Ibom Power, the introduction of free and compulsory education, free and quality health care for children and the aged, completion of inherited projects among other achievements.
The group with membership strength of over 5,000 also reiterated its resolve to work assiduously to ensure the continuity in office of the governor beyond 2011.
The event which was held at the National Gallery of Arts and Culture, Cultural Hall, Iganmu, Lagos also featured the conferment of awards of excellence on some personalities including Obong N.S. Etukudoh,the Provost of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos, Plateau State.
Addressing the gathering, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Social Re-orientation, Mr Aniekan Umanah thanked the state indigenes residing in Lagos for supporting the Chief Godswill Akpabio led administration.
The Information Boss listed the achievements of the present administration in the area of massive infrastructural revolution such as 205 township and intercity roads, an international airport, a power plant project, gas plant, Ibom Tropicana Center, and the e-library project.
HE said the greatest investment of the Akpabio-government has however been in the free and compulsory education scheme and added that with a sound health policy and the massive industrialization plan including the Ibom Industrial City that is underway, Akwa Ibom will soon top the chat as an economic hub in Africa.
Mr Umanah explained that Governor Akpabio has brought transparency, due process and accountability to bear in piloting the affairs of the State in the last 3 years, and urged them to visit the State and see for themselves.
He pointed that the State was witnessing an uncommon transformation as a result of the dogged determination of the governor to spread over 6000 people-oriented programmes and project across the 31 Local Government Areas in the State.
The Commissioner advised members of Godswill Akpabio Youth Frontier movement and entire Akwa Ibom people residing in Lagos to be wary of politicians who are bent on causing confusion in the State through blackmail and character assassination.
While charging them to remain resolute in their support to the government of Chief Godswill Akpabio, the Information commissioner further emphasized the need for them to ensure that they are registered when the electoral body INEC, commence voter registration exercise, in order for them to exercise their franchise during the gubernatorial elections next year.
The Lagos State Chapter of “GAYFROM” has Engr. Monday Udom as coordinator, Elder Solomon Umanah, Deputy Cordinator1, Elder Emmanuel Eto-Abasi, Deputy Coordinator 2, Hon. Emma Mrs Uduak E. Akpan Woman leader among others drawn from Ikeja, Amowu Udofin, Surulere,Kofofe, Ifako Ijaye, Alimosho, Akute, Ajeromi Ifelodun, Apapa, Shomolu and Oshodi/Isolozone of the Lagos.