Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has berated some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for threatening to withdraw their support from him for a second term in office.
Eno said he prefers to achieve an impactful one term in office to having a useless two terms.
He stated that he would rather serve a single term adorned with laudable achievements than serve for eight years with nothing to show for it.
Some aggrieved PDP members had issued the threats after accusing Eno of blocking them from having access to the state’s treasury.
Reacting, the governor, while speaking at a press conference which was part of the activities to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the creation of Akwa Ibom State, stressed that he would rather invest in life-changing projects and programmes for the people of the state than allow a few individuals to hold him captive.
Governor Eno promised to invest massively in projects for the development of the state, saying: “We are trying to ensure that my recurrent expenditure does not run at par with my capital expenditure. Whatever we save is to be put back in the rural areas. Every N500 million I save would give me a school, would give me a hospital.
“I prefer a good first term than a useless two-term. It is only when you account for four years well, that you would be asked to go again. I’d rather put money in rural communities. My job is to ensure that the 7.9 million people are satisfied. I discovered that almost everybody is waiting for the government.
“The challenge before us is to maintain the existing infrastructure. We lack a maintenance culture. That is why we seek to establish an asset management agency to help in the maintenance of our assets. We build new ones when we have to.
“We are working with the 31 Local Government chairmen on agricultural development. We will be using not less than 50 hectares of land per Local Government Area for farming.
“I am not perfect, but I promise that I will not deliberately launch this state into something we would regret. We will do our best.”
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