May 23, 2024

Umo Eno sworn in as democratically elected governor

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Governor Udom Emmanuel giving his inaugural speech.

Ini Billie, Uyo

Pastor Umo Bassey Eno alongside Senator Akon Eyakenyi has been sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

Eno was sworn in as the fifth democratically elected governor of Akwa Ibom by the State Chief Judge, Justice Ekaette Obot and took his oath of office at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Monday in Uyo.

Speaking during his inaugural speech, Governor Umo Eno promised a golden era for Akwa Ibom State, saying his government would usher in a new era of peace and security for the state.

Eno who called on the people to support his ARISE agenda to build on the legacies of the immediate past governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, said he would be the governor of all Akwa Ibom people irrespective of their political leanings.

“I am in awe of the grace that has located me. I am in awe of the grace of God upon my life. I am sure together; we will usher in a golden era for our state.

“As we begin this government, we will invite all Akwa Ibomites to arise to the feat of greatness with our ARISE agenda from investment in agriculture, health care services, education; we will ensure that we continue changing the narratives of our state.

“We will continue to support our state civil servants, and we will ensure that their welfare becomes paramount. We will continue to build on the successes of Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel’s administration.

“We will tackle insecurity and we will ensure that Akwa Ibom continues to remain peaceful. We are resolved to ensure we fight insecurity in our state because we have the assurance of the security agencies to continue and improve upon what they are doing currently,” he stated.

The governor who commended the immediate past governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel for supporting him against all odds, applauded the people for choosing truth over Iies and decided to support his candidacy.

He pleaded with Emmanuel not to desert him after he exits the office, saying his efforts and that of past governors of the state have placed Akwa Ibom state on its current pedestal with their achievements.

Eno who said he never believed he could be a governor of Akwa Ibom because he was not aspiring for the position, noted that the grace of God has placed him on the current pedestal to govern the state. 

He also gave credit to his late mother for his upbringing and urged the people of the state to be inspired by his story, saying if he attained the height he did, they would too.

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