Political leadership is judged by the ratio of productivity, the input is funding and the output is development. When once the output is commensurate with the input, it becomes distinguishable from the culture of mismanagement of public funds.
And when the question of transparency from the public is not answerable by the Government, it saturates doubt of accountability and the masses will assume corruption is the epidemic ruining the public funds in the hands of few politicians who governs them.
In the past one year and nine months, since H.E. Mr Udom Emmanuel was sworn-in as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, the status of Nigeria’s economy is in total quagmire , putrefying day after day. The inflow of funding into the State through the federation account was between thirty to forty billion naira monthly before he assumed office .
Just like a melting candle , the allocation from the federation account began to shrink from forty billion to between 4 billion to seven billion naira. Nigeria as country has since dropped from its position as the biggest economy in Africa and faltered into recession , with high rate of inflation and devalued
currency( Naira), hence swaying untold hardship on the people.
The economic doom in Nigeria from May 29th 2015 regenerates in the memories of Nigerians, the destitution that they once witnessed between 1983 -1985. During those dark years, teachers were not paid salaries for up to one year and six months.
Instead of Garri, Nigerians diversified to eating strange meals like corn flour because there was strange locust that was eating up cassava, destroying the leaves and stem together.
it was a season of famine , Nigerians died in hundreds of thousands because of lack of food . And it was the first time Naira was devalued from six dollars to a Naira , which later turned to be six naira to a dollar.
Nigerians came back to that cycle of adversity again in 2015 , where some States can’t afford to pay salaries to workers for over one year. Prices of food stuff and other commodities are too high. Naira has gone from 180 to a Dollar, rising to 527 Naira to a Dollar. A clear case and ominous sign of unstable economy .
With all these frustrations in the country, Governor Udom Emmanuel is not perturbed. He is audaciously taking the development of Akwa Ibom State to high heavens, without considering the paucity of funds and the accelerating inflation that is dismantling the strength of Africa’s once biggest economy to mire .
For Akwa Ibom State to take its rightful place and be more relevant in today’s harsh economy, it needs bold, inspiring and visionary leadership, devoid of corruption and cronyism, and Governor Udom Emmanuel is the best agent for such leadership.
He is honest, trustworthy, scrupulous, conscientious, highly-principled, Selfless, content , incorruptible, upright, high-minded, righteous, right-minded, moral, ethical, virtuous, just, noble, respectable, decent and above all prudent.
Akwa Ibom people did not make any mistake in electing a leader who is not corrupt, and who places people over his personal needs and gains. Even with the paucity of funds workers are paid Salaries as at when due and pensioners are not seen queuing for benefits , as they are also paid timely .
In this uncomfortable economic time, to be competitive in all aspects, it demands radical socio-economic transformation and Udom with knowledge gathered in this field, is ushering total economic change, from civil service based economy to private sector driven economy.
The People elected Governor Udom Emmanuel because they knew he has passion and commitment for rapid development, as well as the well-being of the people.
Udom’s Government is confident, assertive, and innovative and committed to promoting and defending the interest of the people first and places more emphasis on developing the human resources of the State.
This can rightly be seen from the training of Youths abroad and internally in both skilled and unskilled acquisition, so far over four thousands youth have benefited from diverse empowerment schemes in the State Government.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is a man with the brain capacity to turn around the fortunes of the Akwa Ibom State for a better. As a professional in corporate governance, he is a trusted hand, and trust is the foundation of sustainable development.
Transparency and Accountability are two of the central pillars of good governance. Transparency is also a necessary precondition for the exercise of accountability, I can rightly say here that, Udom Emmanuel’s Government is accountable and transparent