2023 Guber: Idemuko Promises to Complete All Govt Projects 

A 2023 Governorship aspirant on the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, Ide Owodiong Idemuko, has promised to complete all ongoing and valuable abandoned projects of past administrations in the State, if elected as governor in 2023.

Idemuko who made the promise on Monday, during an interactive session with journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, said he would set up a Diaspora fund to help in developing the State, noting that governance is a continuum.

He maintained that he would evaluate all the uncompleted projects including the science park, which was initiated by the Attah administration between 1999 and 2007, explaining that his decision to complete all the ongoing projects was to add value to taxpayers money.

“Government is a continuum, all previous projects embarked upon by the previous administration that have not been completed, will be evaluated.

“This is the first thing I will do when I come into office, because I don’t believe that disagreeing with the previous administration should make you abandon projects sponsored by the taxpayers.

“Another issue is that our industrial programme must be tied to specific resources that we have competitive advantage. We have to develop our blue economy as we have the longest coast in the country”, he noted.

Idemuko said he would differ from the previous administrations in the State, by building a strong democracy presence, saying he would run an open and accountable government, where elected officials would be held accountable in a bid to deepen democracy.

Owodiong, who had in 2019 aspired to be a Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, said he would develop the youths and encourage sports in addition to giving much attention to women development.

“With regards to youths, I think that is an area we are really here to advocate human capacity development and we will work for human capacity development.

“I want to keep sports separate, but bring youths and sports together because they are the most vulnerable in our society.

“We will deliver in four thematic areas of human development including economic empowerment for our women and see how we can end the issue of violence in the society.”

He said he was in the governorship race to win, having been involved in leadership positions in all his career including his university days, where he was the first elected Secretary General as well as being a member of the Governing Council of the University of Uyo.

He, however, lauded the present administration in the State for its industrialisation programme, saying a lot has been done as seen in the aviation sector and the establishment of many factories.

He, however, expressed dismay over the fact that people are not involved and as such, are not benefitting from the value chain of the industrialisation programmes of the State.

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