The former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has prayed God to give Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel a good successor in order to continue with his development strides in the state.
Obasanjo made the prayer on Friday, during the inauguration of 1km Flyover at Ikot Oku Ikono, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
He said successful administration was not only rated on economic and social achievements but succession plan inclusive, describing any regime without a good succession plan as ‘hollow.’
He said, “Your success does not stop with your economic and social development to your people; but it would be measured by your succession because success without a good a succession is hollow.
“I pray and pray again that you would have a good successor”, the former president said.
He also lauded Gov Emmanuel for not letting him, and those who supported his second term ambition down, saying that the governor’s background as a banker made him to be able to manage the meagre resources well.
He added that the IKm flyover built by the state government was a project worth celebrating any where in the world and described himself as a lucky man to have the flyover built along Olusegun Obasanjo Way, a road previously named after him in 2016 by Victor Attah administration.
Meanwhile, Gov Emmanuel speaking earlier said the execution of the project was not a show of affluence but prudence in the management of the increasing dwindling resources.
“When people see us commission projects like this, they think we have money. We don’t because it is now extremely difficult for some governors to even pay salaries. So we are not celebrating excess wealth but a result of creativity”, he said.
He promised to award contracts for the reconstruction of the adjourning roads and bypasses damages by the diverted vehicular traffic while work on the flyover was ongoing in the past two years.
The governor also said with the advent of dry season coming presently, his administration would kickstart the inauguration of several dual carriage roads such as Ikot Ekpene-Uyo Road and Eket remodelling project.
The state Commissioner for Works, Prof Eno Ibanga explained that the project commenced on July 15, 2019 and since it was billed to be completed in two years, the state had even surpassed the deadline because COVID-19 had disrupted its progress for several months.