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MOSES ESSIEN'S POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT BLUEPRINT FOR AKWA IBOM STATE

MOSES ESSIEN
PREAMBLE
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.

MOSES ESSIEN
Peopleís Democratic Party (P.D.P)
Governorship Aspirant
Akwa Ibom State.


For more copies of Moses Essienís Policy and Development blueprint for Akwa Ibom State, consult www.mosesessien.com

VISION
The Administration's vision is to achieve an economy that is knowledge driven, a society that is egalitarian and a standard of living that is akin to the best in the world.

MISSION
The Mission of the Administration is targeted at effectively harnessing all available human and material resources to actualize societal dreams of good life, collective happiness and improvise, where necessary, tools for solving human, material and environmental problems.

POLICY THRUST
Transparency and accountability shall form the policy thrust upon which the Administration's vision will be vigorously pursued and the mission accomplished.

AGRICULTURE
Any Government, anywhere in the world, that does not desire and apply necessary steps towards achieving food security for its population, however large or small, has no business managing the affairs of the people. To this extent, Government will not spare any effort in attaining self-sufficiency in food production through its conscious agricultural programmes aimed at winning the war against hunger and starvation in the State.

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.

EDUCATION
Education is the pivot upon which the political, social and economic life of any nation revolves, and since it is the responsibility of Government to improve the quality of life of its citizens, education, therefore, which is central to the attainment of this objective, will witness an unprecedented attention since the creation of Akwa Ibom State.

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.

HEALTH
Health is wealth and to have a healthy population is to continue in the production of wealth, as only healthy people can be productive. Accordingly, Government will guarantee qualitative health care delivery services in our public hospitals, including the supply and distribution of necessary drugs.

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.

HOUSING
In view of the importance of housing to its citizens, Government plans to build a minimum of three hundred units of three bedroom apartments in each of the thirty-one Local Government Areas of the State, per year, for four years. This is in addition to Government's efforts at encouraging more private and corporate developer participation in the provision of housing facilities for its citizens.

TRANSPORTATION
To facilitate the movement of people and the workforce, and to enhance productivity within the State, Government will provide transport facilities throughout the thirty-one Local Government Areas of the State.

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.

THE ECONOMY
Government will pursue vigourously those economic policies that will create the enabling environment to attract new investments, promote the efficient management of resources and seek other opportunities that will enhance both individual and corporate economic development in the State. To encourage participatory approach in governance, Government will organize periodic economic summits, where sound representative opinion will be sought in fashioning a strategic model for sustainable economic development of the State as well as the enunciation of steps to ensure the implementation of such plans.

INDUSTRIALIZATION
To achieve the objectives of its economic policies, Government shall embark on the establishment of a minimum of three hundred industries located in modern industrial estates across the State. Efforts shall be geared towards the establishment of those industries where raw materials are available locally.

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.

SUSTAINING THE ECONOMY / INDUSTRIES THROUGH RESEARCH INSTITUTES
In order to achieve our strategic economic and technological advancement, Government will establish Research Institutes that are of International Standard. These Institutes will serve as centres for attainment of productive manpower training, which is considered adaptable to our environmental needs.

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.

EMPLOYMENT
Government will continue to encourage all programmes aimed at promoting self-employment through the provision of necessary training and transfer of skills to its employable population. To achieve this objective, the Administration shall establish an agency to be known as AKWA IBOM STATE PRODUCTIVITY AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, directly under the Governor's Office.

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.

INFRASTRUCTURE
The state of infrastructure is one major determinant of the overall quality of life of the people. Conscious of this fact, Government will not relent in its efforts at putting in place those amenities that will make life more meaningful to the people.

In this direction, Government will ensure the construction of good road network, provision of potable water and electricity all over the State.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Government will not leave any stone unturned in seeing to it that Uyo, the State Capital is transformed into an Ultra Modern City. Under the multi-city development programme, Government will do everything possible to ensure that the former administrative Headquarters of the ten Federal Constituencies are not only converted to cities, but are made to compete favourably with Uyo, the State Capital, in terms of infrastructure.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT
In order to bring Government closer to the people, efforts will not be spared at seeking the speedy transformation of the rural areas in the State. In addition, Government will pursue vigorously the provision of basic amenities such as pipe borne water, electricity and good road network in all our rural communities.

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.

SPORTS
Government will build an Ultra-Modern Stadium in Uyo, specifically a FIFA Standard Stadium Complex, to facilitate sporting activities and competitions. Necessary support and encouragement will be given to our Sports men and women with the aim of propelling them to excellence.

ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE- ORIENTED MARKET
In order to boost trade and commerce, Government will as a matter of priority establish an International wholesale oriented market, which will serve Akwa Ibom State, Cross River State, parts of Benue State and the entire Gulf of Guinea. This market when operational will drastically reduce the amount of capital flight from this region, and at the same time promote the rapid development of human and material resources within the region.

ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEAPORT IN AKWA IBOM STATE
In view of the potential maritime benefits existing in the State, Government will not hesitate to seek negotiations with the Federal Government, primarily to facilitate the establishment of a seaport in the State. The effect of this venture to the State and National economy would be tremendous.

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.

BUILDING OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE EXHIBITION CENTRE
To become the preferred destination for organizers of major political, social, economic and cultural events in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State necessarily requires structures to attract and host such activities.

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.

PETROLEUM EXPLORATION, PRODUCTION AND REFINING THROUGH STATE-PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP
As a leading petroleum producing State in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State is abundantly endowed with oil and gas and other related resources. In the light of this, Government will initiate deliberate policies and actions that will give the State a place of reckoning in the petroleum industry. To achieve this, the State will partner with the Federal Government, foreign institutions and private investors to establish a state-of-the-art petroleum and petro-chemical refinery equipped with tank farm and storage depot in the State.

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.

MAINTENANCE OF EFFICIENT WASTE DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The problem of waste and its attendant environmental and health hazards, will continue to be a cause for concern to Governments all over the world. Consequently, Government will evolved sustained and conscious waste management policies and programmes that will respond adequately and strategically to the problem as is the case in renown cities of the world.

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.

CONTINUATION TO COMPLETION OF ALL PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES INITIATED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ARC. (OBONG) VICTOR ATTAH
To ensure that the people derive maximum benefits from the good intentions and Government investments on the laudable projects initiated by His Excellency Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah, Government will pursue to completion all the projects and programmes already initiated by the administration of His Excellency Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah.


MOSES ESSIEN
MOSES ESSIEN

People's Democratic Party (P.D.P)
Governorship Aspirant
Akwa Ibom State.


A BRIEF PROFILE OF MOSES ESSIEN
Moses Essien was born to the family of Late Okon Udo Essien of Nung Ukim Ikot Udom in Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, on 27th December, 1966. He was educated at Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar and St. Columbanus Secondary School, Ikwen, Ikot Ekpene. He is a graduate of the University of Calabar and the University of Ibadan where he studied for Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Masters Degree in Political Science (International Relations) respectively. He is currently a research fellow of the University of Ibadan.

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.

 


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MOSES ESSIEN

MOSES ESSIEN
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Governorship Aspirant
Akwa Ibom State





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