The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has called on United Nations to ensure appropriate documentation of the state’s historic sites, such as the Amalgamation House and the Bridge of No Return.
Amalgamation House is where the proclamation of Northern and Southern protectorates took place in 1914 while the Bridge of No Return at Ikot Abasi, was used as medium of slave trade.
The governor, who made the call in Uyo on Sunday, June 20, when the United Nations SDGs Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, paid him a courtesy visit, added that such would boost tourism as well as the economy of the state.
The governor also sought the support of the United Nations for the passage of the pending Electoral Bill by the National Assembly and subsequent executive assent.
Mr Emmanuel, who thanked the Organisation for acknowledging his efforts in the state said the passage of the Electoral Bill would enhance true democracy and encourage people to have confidence in government as well as the choice of their preferred candidates at the polls.
He said, “I’ll like to hear your voice or see your script adding to our call that the National Assembly should pass our Electoral Bill and our president to assent to that bill; because everything you’ve analyzed will still boil down to the people getting who they believe can implement those things for them by exercising their power at the polls”.
He also called on the UN contingent to extend the benevolence shown other countries and states to Akwa Ibom State in order to help it towards achieving the 17 pillars of SDGs promising to effectively utilize and account for any assistance they may render.
His words, “anyway, anyhow you can help us, we are honestly looking up to it. Whatever support given to us will be well utilised and accounted for.”
Speaking earlier, the United Nations SDGs Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon said the aim of his visit was to partner the state government in promoting peace as well as addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.
Commenting on insecurity and other socio-economic challenges in Nigeria, Kallon said, ‘Nigeria must address urgently the five critical risk factors of security and stability in the country; social cohesion, equality and non-discrimination, internal security, economic stability, justice and rule of law and displacement and migration, to ensure peace and enabling environment for development”.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a UN SDGs Champion Laurel to the Governor for his industrialization and economic transformation strides in the state.