The Akwa Ibom state governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel has lauded the collective will and resolve of citizens of the state to stand for peace, unity and development.

Governor Emmanuel in a Christmas broadcast aired on the state owned radio on Wednesday 25th December encourage citizens of the state to continue to work for the unity of the state.

“As we celebrate Christmas…I
[urge] you to continue to embrace the peace, unity and development which we have pursued and promoted the past four and half years. I urge you to invest more, by your thoughts, deeds and actions on those things that unify us around our common purpose of living in a prosperous and peaceful State and to forswear indulging in divisive tendencies”.

The governor called on interest groups and political parties in the state to lend support to his administration to work for the overall good of the state, saying that it was unreasonable to hide under the veil of political parties to demarket the state.

“There are no redeeming values in antagonizing the leadership of the state or working to negate the gains we have collectively achieved or financing the publication of unsanitized materials on the developments and vision we have provided simply because you disagree with the leader or the party that controls the State.

“The interest of Akwa Abasi Ibom State is deeper and profoundly more significant than our personal interests. When we de-market our State and the leadership, when we intentionally manufacture non-existent situations aimed at portraying our State in less than attractive manner, we should remember that we are putting in jeopardy the future of our children whom we should all work to secure.”

“Political parties like I said during the Carol night represent vehicles to seek power; we should not allow the flaming passions of partisanship affect the cord of our unity and brotherhood. My doors are wide open and phone lines also are open to engage my brothers and sisters on the other side. Come, let us build our land”.

Gov Emmanuel emphasized that his administration is focused on consolidating on the achievements made through his industrialization agenda, and will continue to invest consciously in critical sectors including education, aviation and the Ibom deep seaport.

“As we settle down for governance, free from the distractions and claptrap of the political space, let me again assure you that we will continue to invest heavily in education, healthcare, enduring infrastructure, human capital development, aviation, industrialization, power sector, sports, tourism, women and youth empowerment schemes and of course, our Ibom Deep Seaport”, Emmanuel said.