Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Udom Emmanuel has tasked the newly sworned-in commissioners on the need to allow state interest come first in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He charged them to abide by their oaths of allegiance and office and be committed to service rather than engaging in acts that serve only their personal motives.
Governor Emmanuel, stated these on Friday, when he swore in six new Commissioners into the State Executive Council to replace those who have left in pursuit of sundry political interests.
He reminded the appointees that they were coming in at a critical time with barely a year left for his tenure to elapse, adding that they were required to bring their ingenuity to their new assignments to ensure a successful landing of the administration.
“This is another call to duty. From your CV, it is obvious that you are combat ready. Give preference to Akwa Ibom people. Do not place your personal interest above the interest of the people. You are coming at a time we have much to deliver. Bring your very best to make sure we land well and safely”, he charged.
He also cautioned everyone to be wary of politicians who exhibit anti-state tendencies and political violence that tend to breach the peace in the state.
According to him, any politician who uses fear, threats and intimidation to seek political power in Akwa Ibom State, shall be rejected by the people and by God.
“Let us play politics with understanding and fear of God. Whoever is opting to serve would never do so through violence, bloodshed and fetish oath.
“We have total zero tolerance for violence. Trying to pull another man down does not qualify you. we can do it more cleaner and peaceful than ever before. Let us know that the ambition of one man is nothing compared to the peace of over 700 million Akwa Ibom people”, he cautioned.
The six new Exco members sworn in and their LGAs include; Dr. Bassey B. Okon – Itu Local Government, Offiong S. Offoh – Ini LGA, Enefiok Isaac – Ikot Ekpene LGA, Iniobong Ekong – Nsit Ubium LGA, Bob Emem – Onna and Engr. Camillus Essien Umoh – Essien Udim LGA