MOSES ESSIEN'S POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT BLUEPRINT FOR AKWA IBOM STATE
As God sent Moses in the days of old to deliver the children of Isreal, so has He sent me this day to bring transformation to the people of Akwa Ibom State.
The policy and development blueprint which you are about to read is an eloquent testimony of the vision, mission and direction that God has given to bless the people of Akwa Ibom State, as He prepares me to take over the mantle of leadership come 2007.
Peopleís Democratic Party (P.D.P)
Akwa Ibom State.
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For Government to command the desired respect and support that it very much deserves, the production and distribution of food, particularly the staple food items must be seen and felt in abundance by everybody. Government intends to achieve this through intensive mechanized farming programme. Besides, every citizen will be encouraged to participate in farming.
To this extent, Government will ensure that education is free, qualitative and compulsory all over the State, while necessary steps will be taken to guarantee the award of scholarships and payment of bursaries to students in Tertiary Institutions. In addition, Government will undertake the responsibility of rehabilitating dilapidated structures in schools, construction of new ones, provision of necessary infrastructure including teaching aids and consumables to guarantee effective teaching / learning. Government will also put in place necessary legislation to ensure that children of school age have no business staying out of the school environment during school hours and days.
In view of Government's strong commitment to agriculture and the mass production / distribution of food products, particularly the staple food items, the benefits of this huge agricultural programmes will transform the entire society. Consequently, children will be able to enjoy at least one free meal during school hours. In addition, all children in both primary and secondary schools will be provided with free exercise books.
Government will also ensure the provision of free health care delivery services to take care of the expectant mothers, children, the disabled and the aged population in the State, while others will enjoy similar services at a highly reduced cost.
On completion of the transformation of Uyo into an ultra-modern city, the administration will train and provide the first one hundred motorcyclists with township taxi-cabs. It is envisaged that, not less than five hundred taxi-cabs will be provided by the Government within Uyo, the capital city. Additionally, Government will encourage the full participation of private and corporate bodies in the transport sub-sector. The beneficiaries of these taxi-cabs will be required to pay back to Government on mutually beneficial terms.
To de-congest our network of roads across the State, most of which will be newly constructed and to enhance their life span, Government will work assiduously towards linking the state to the national railway system, for the purpose of facilitating the movement of goods and services. Government will also promote marine transportation in our riverine communities through the provision of modern passenger and cargo ferries.
These industries are expected to be fully managed from inception and fully owned in due course by indigenous investors and business experts. The investors will be provided with the relevant technical manpower, where necessary, from any part of the world. All industries are to be fully completed and equipped with the required raw materials to facilitate production. In addition, Government will ensure the reactivation and full operation of all the ailing industries in the State as a means of strengthening the economy.
It is expected that, at full maturity, not less than one million jobs will be created across the State, through these multiple industrial establishments.
The establishment of Research Institutes will further help the people in business, since researches will be based on proposed products / services which the business people need and in some cases, the researches may be privately funded by the business community.
Some of the Research Institutes to be established include;
(a) Institute for Agricultural Research.
(b) Institute for Petroleum and Gas Research.
(c) Institute for Pharmaceutical Research.
(d) Institute for Technological Research.
(e) Institute for Automobile Research (Car Assembling).
(f) Institute for Aquatic and Marine Research.
(g) Institute for Hydropower Research.
(h) Institute for Electronic Research.
(i) Institute for Medical Research.
All the Institutes are to be provided with facilities to encourage and accommodate foreign partnership. These foreign partners will be expected to assist our domestic experts, and the pattern of events or activities at the Institute are to be mostly the production / fabrication or provision of goods / services that meet the short and long term needs of the people.
This agency will target all male and female non-skilled adults in and out of the State with special emphasis on Secondary School leavers who are unable to go into higher institutions. This centre will be designed to offer both management training and skill acquisition in individual's chosen areas for a period of not less than two years. At the end of training the new professionals will be offered necessary equipment and certificates of qualification / completion in their respective areas of training. During apprenticeship the beneficiaries will be provided with free feeding and hostel accommodation. This is to ensure commitment, discipline and close monitoring of the trainees as well as the effectiveness of the programme.
It is envisaged that the centre will serve as a pool for the supply of skilled manpower to the oil companies and other industries in and outside the State. Not less than eight hundred thousand citizens are expected to be trained within four years.
In this direction, Government will ensure the construction of good road network, provision of potable water and electricity all over the State.
Since it is the plan of Government to develop and break new grounds, what we may see today as rural areas will in no distant future become centre of high industrial activities through the proposed establishment of industries that will foster the coming into existence of subsidiary ones from the people, thereby improving the overall economic fortunes of the people and State.
Also top in the agenda of Government will be the conduct of full fishing activities in the State for both the International and local market and for the improvement in the protein intake of the citizenry.
Consequently, Government will build a befitting International Conference and Trade Exhibition Centre in Uyo, the State Capital. The centre, which shall be a world class edifice, will provide facilities to host International Conferences, Summits, Trade Exhibitions, Seminars and Shows.
The centre will also have multiple first class conference and banquet halls, equipped with hi-tech communication gadgets and foreign language translation systems.
In addition, Government will give necessary support and provide infrastructure and conducive public order for integrated oil activities including exploration, exploitation, production and marketing. Through this partnership, a petroleum training institute of international standard shall be established to train and retrain our graduates and youths in strategic areas of petroleum engineering, technology processing, installation and marketing as well as general management to boost our human capital capacity in the oil and gas sector.
In addition, Government shall review and amend existing waste management policies and legislations to make the laws adequate and appropriate to deal holistically, pre-emptively and decisively with waste and pollution both in urban and rural areas. Similarly, Government shall review, reorganize and strengthen existing waste management agencies to change their focus, rebuild their monitoring and response capability and enhance their service delivery capacity as well.
Government will also facilitate and engender inter-governmental and inter-ministerial cooperation and action to keep Akwa Ibom cities, towns and villages clean, hygienic, beautiful, hospitable and attractive.
People's Democratic Party (P.D.P)
Akwa Ibom State.
Moses Essien is a consultant analyst on Intelligence, Security and Defence matters. He was appointed Commissioner for Education, Youths and Sports and member Akwa Ibom State Executive Council in 1997. He was also appointed Chairman, Federal Government Panel on the Eradication of Secret Cults in Federal Universities and Polytechnics and served as member of the Federal Government Panel on the Monitoring of Federal Universities in Nigeria.
As Commissioner for Education, Youths and Sports, Moses Essien initiated and established the Akwa Ibom State School of Remedial Studies, now Akwa Ibom State College of Arts and Science which today is a centre of excellence. He restored the fundamental values of discipline, sanity and efficiency back to the educational system and ensured the dignity of teachers and the teaching profession in Akwa Ibom State.
Moses Essien, as he would simply want to be called, has pioneered several community projects, awarded scholarships and sponsored Akwa Ibom State indigenes for complete training at various educational levels.
He has distinguished himself as a philanthropist par excellence, a scholar, a successful business administrator, a God fearing Christian, and a loving husband.
In 2003, Moses Essien contested for the Governorship seat of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of the ruling People's Democratic Party (P.D.P) and is now vying for the same office on the platform of the P.D.P.
Moses Essien is a leader of inestimable value, imbued with vision, mission, strength of character and passion to alleviate the sufferings of the masses. He is well known for his humility, result-oriented and God fearing leadership and is poised to transform Akwa Ibom State to one of the best in the world.