A contender for the race of Eket chairmanship in the forthcoming Local Government election in Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Emmanuel Akpan Amos has declared his knowledge of Eket’s challenges and their solutions.
He said this on Monday, August 10 at the Grassroot Leadership Chat organized by the Coalition of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom (COOPA) for intending Chairpersons and Councilors in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the State.
The Esit Urua indigene who noted that he was coming on board to do things differently, observed that a lot of people go to the office of a Chairman without knowing what to do.
“Grassroot is the most important level of governance in the country. It is the closest to the people, thus; very important to the system”, he said.
“Since 2012, I have studied the system, I have seen the challenges in Eket and I believe I have the solutions to those challenges.”
“We have to tackle the issue of waste management. Every household in Eket will have a polythene bag to curb their individual waste.”
“In Eket, we have so many illegal structures on the road, so there will be partnership with the government and with the town planners to clear off every illegal structure.”
“Looking at the Marina which is a place that makes Eket look like an Oil City; Marina today is unkept because of the Hausas occupying the place. What my administration will do is to relocate the Hausa merchants somewhere else and make Marina a clean and better place.”
“I have come to restore the dignity of Eket, everything that causes nuisance in the metropolis will be curbed to make Eket better”, the aspirant narrated.
Speaking on his chances of winning, the chairmanship hopeful told COOPA that he was zoning-favoured and believes God for victory.
“I am from Eket Central, so I am favoured by zoning, I believe in God who gives power and through the people who believe in my blue print…if I am given the opportunity, Eket will be outstanding. There will be Fair play, Justice and Equity. I believe in social contract, telling people what I want to do and being accountable to them as regards their mandate. “I don’t believe in Godfatherism politics, I believe in God and just as Governor Udom’s slogan is ‘Only God’ mine will be ‘In God I Trust”, he said.
Amos who touched on social amenities and economic development for his people maintained that his agenda was in line with the Dakkada philosophy of the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
“In 2015, the Governor came on board with a social contract – Dakkada philosophy, my intuition is to compliment the effort of the state government. If given an opportunity I will embark on a completion agenda, such as the 5,000-capacity town hall which the current administration has started. The local government cannot construct roads but can do maintenance to stop gradual destruction of roads caused by Erosion and flood. I will enforce the local content law in every contract with the major oil companies in the area to provide jobs for the people”, he intimated.
Reiterating his plans for the youths, the former Councilor stressed that youths were integral part of the society and would be discouraged from social vices if viably engaged.
“If you empower the youth, you will stop so many young persons from associating themselves with cultism because they will be integrated into the social contract and local content established by the government and companies operating in the city of Eket…even the women in Eket, I want them to be self-reliant”, he expressed.
Counting on his experience as a rotarian, Hon. Emmanuel Amos said he will be guided by the 4-way test of truth, fairness, goodwill and general benefit of others while leading the people.
“I am a member of Rotary Club of Eket, so partnership to do so many projects will not be a problem at all. When I emerge as Chairman, I will be guided by the four-way test of Rotary”.
The aspirant again emphasized his intention to make peace within and among nearby communities to foster mutual coexistence and development.
“I intend to work with the Chairman of Ibeno to bring peace and development to the people of Eket and all areas that have been left neglected will be re-addressed.
Hon. Emmanuel Amos has been in charge of rehabilitation of internal roads in Eket Metropolis; the Senior Special Assistant to Eket Council Chairman /ALGON Chairman Akwa Ibom State; the Supervisor for Finance, Eket Local Government Transition Committee; a former Councilor in the Local Government legislative Council and presently the Community Relations Officer (CRO) Kefam Nig. Ltd January 2020 till date.