• Sunday, May 26, 2024
businessday logo

BusinessDay

Akwa Ibom governor uses N200 million interest-free loan to thank Arewa community for election support

I will never negotiate with hoodlums, says Eno

Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has announced a N200 million interest-free loan to the Arewa Community, saying the same credit facility would be extended to the Yoruba Community; the Igbo, and the Niger-Delta communities.

The details of loans would be worked out shortly, the Governor said.

Eno announced during a meeting with the Muslim community at his office in Uyo, the state capital.

Read also: Akwa Ibom  to begin screening of passengers at Ibom airport

Led by the leadership of the Akwa Ibom Council of Islamic Affairs (AKCIA) which comprises, the Chairman, League of Imams in the Stare, Abubakar Sadiq, Hassan Sadauki (Sarakin Hausawa, Uyo, Maruf Olobode Sani, Ibrahim Okesina, Bello Dahiru, the Governor thanked the Muslim community for their support during last year’s election and for maintaining the harmonious relationship that has existed in the State.

“Last year, when we had this same meeting in Eket, and I said that, if by the Grace of God, and with your support we win the elections, that this year’s Iftar, will be done in Government House.

“We thank God that He answered our prayers.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank the Arewa Community for your support during the elections. It was a massive support. And so if someone did something profoundly significant for you, it’s always good to reach back and say ‘thank you’, which is what we are doing this evening.

“We hope to go round all the groups; the Yoruba community, the Igbos, and Niger Delta to tell them” thank you”.

“It was a tough election, but you stood your ground and supported us.

“I remain eternally grateful and will always work to improve the living conditions of the poor, the vulnerable, and those in the rural areas.

“We have a long history of living together, doing business together, and trusting each other, and I would like to appeal now that the rains are here, and people are going back to the farms, that we continue to work together to ensure that the herders would conduct their business without destroying people’s farms because we want to grow more staple foods to feed everyone here.

“We are not saying, don’t do your business, but in the business world, we always say: You must mind how your business affects my business so we can all live harmoniously in peace and brotherhood as we have always done.”

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the League of Imams, Akwa Ibom State, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq thanked the Governor for the love and cordial relationship that has existed with the Muslim community in the State.

“We are a people from diverse origins across Nigeria, all living here peacefully and securely in Akwa Ibom State under your leadership.

“We know some states are struggling with cases of insecurity. But here, we have enjoyed the peace, and Your Excellency, in continuing with the maintenance of peace had proactively come up with such a vision as represented by the Community Watch and the setting up of the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways, headed by a retired general of the Nigerian Army, Gen. Koko Essien RTD.

Read also: I’ve not borrowed since becoming Akwa Ibom governor Eno

“We are proud of your visionary approach to governance, especially as it concerns the rural dwellers and we pray Allah should grant you more wisdom to carry on.

“Our gathering here today with you is not the first, second, or third. You have graciously been breaking fast with us as a private citizen, a community leader and a statesman, year in, year out. It is, therefore, not surprising that you extended same invitation for us to join you in Government House for this year’s Iftar.”

The Imam prayed for the Governor and his family, the State, the Exco and the people of the State.

The Governor used the opportunity to announce the appointment, of Emmanuel Ogbole as tte Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Non-Indigenes’ Affairs and Ibrahim Iliya as the Special Assistant, Arewa Community.

The Governor also announced that he will soon appoint Special Assistants for the Yoruba, Igbo and Niger Delta communities.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor, Akon Eyakenyi, the SSG, the Speaker, State House of Assembly, Udeme Otong, Enobong Uwah, Assam Assam, the Director General of the Campaign Organization and of Government Business, Emmanuel Enoidem among others.