A call has been made for the adoption of the 'Dakkada' social reorientation model of Akwa Ibom state to the socio-economic livewire of Nigeria as a panacea to curbing the escalating rate of insecurity and social vices occasioned by the alarming level of unemployment in the country.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Sam Edoho made the call during a paper presentation at the interactive session with participants of the Senior Course 40 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Uyo.
In his lecture, titled; National Security and Youth Unemployment: The Role of Dakkada, the governor's aide enlightened the visiting officers on the DAKKADA philosophy of the state, stating that Governor Emmanuel's Dakkada message which promotes hard work, excellence and the spirit of entrepreneurship had caused a social change in Akwa Ibom, as evident in the peace and reduced level of prevalence of criminal activities in the state.
In his words, “His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel in line with his leadership vision lunched a much celebrated social reorientation cum human development campaign called Dakkada, aimed at reawakening the seemingly dormant enterprising and excellent spirit of the Akwa Ibom youths. Dakkada means 'arise' so we tell our people to 'rise to greatness'.
The campaign which has today been reckoned as the most successful social reorientation campaign and in fact the only surviving one in this country right now was focused to amongst other things to stimulate the spirit of enterprise and lead the people to the path of wealth. The state has been doing this through many avenues including; intensive media campaigns, encouraging of start ups, setting up and giving grants to over three hundred cooperative societies, encouraging commercial agriculture by providing improved seedlings to farmers, creating jobs through industrialization amongst other avenues too numerous to list”.
In his response, the Deputy Commandant of the college, Rear Admiral V. O Adedipe said he was astonished by the success stories of the Dakkada philosophy of Akwa Ibom state government. He advised that the philosophy be given the necessary administrative framework that can enable its sustenance beyond the span of Governor Emmanuel's administration.