ABUJA: THE Akwa Ibom State Government has dismissed the performance rating of Governor Udom Emmanuel by a Lagos based group. The Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) rated him among the lowly performing Governors during October.
The State described the rating as false and misleading. The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Aniekan Umanah, said the purported comparative analysis of Governors’ performance in Nigeria was a “spurious fabrication that insults the sensibilities of Akwa Ibom people.”
These people were witnesses and beneficiaries of the good governance brought to bear by the Governor, said Umanah. “Governor Udom is the best performing Governor in his set,” he said. He accused the CIAPS simply targeted PDP Governors.
A number of these received low ratings. Criteria used included payment of salaries, new projects, education, security and leadership by example.
Umanah said under such yardsticks, Emanuel would score excellent in all. “For the avoidance of doubt, Akwa Ibom State Government has paid all its workers salaries to date and has the most robust project rollout as shown in the 100 days score card of the Governor,” Umanah said. He added that the state is implementing the Free and Compulsory Education Programme and in October, paid subventions to heads of Primary and Secondary Schools for the administration of schoolchildren.
“Akwa Ibom is one of the safest states in the country and Emmanuel has remained exemplary and focused in his pursuit of the wellbeing of the people,” Umanah added. The Commissioner also outlined some of the achievements of Emmanuel to include; ongoing construction and dualization of about 140 km of roads with nine bridges across the state.
He mentioned the Ibom Deep Seaport development drive, the on-going construction of the second runway, massive electrification projects and the ground-breaking for the establishment of different industries. “Five months of his administration, the Governor has spiced up the story of Akwa Ibom as over 50 foreign investors are currently discussing with the government on modalities for setting up businesses in the state.” “If CIAPS had sent its members to visit the State for a first-hand feel of the situation on ground, they would not have released their faulty findings,” said Umanah.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY