An Akwa Ibom State governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr Edet Efretuei has unveiled his plans for the development of the state within just a single tenure.
Efretuei, a London based mechanical engineer from Oron Nation, the third largest ethnic nationality in the state, who made the revelation while speaking with newsmen in Uyo, addressed concerns covering the health, education, agriculture, environment, commerce, industrial revolution, infrastructure, transportation, culture and tourism, social and attitudinal reorientation, and other critical sectors of the state.
He vowed to run an all-inclusive administration where every section of the state shall be accommodated both in representation and projects delivery.
Efretuei explained that he would appoint 31 technocrats made up of commissioners and special advisers who would share in his dogged drive to ensure effective implementation of all government policies that would give the best of development to the state.
Hoping to ensure every formal education unit in the state is regulated and that every individual formally engaged in teaching is officially recognized by the state ministry of education with a valid/renewable certification for the specific services they can offer, Efretuei said he would make private schools less attractive.
Efretuei noted that his administration would develop the Tom Shot Island into a modern Island community on desired terms with Ibaka Seaport community as part of tourism development, while also enforcing social and attitudinal reorientation through the promotion of the culture of timekeeping, dedication and discipline in service delivery.
"It is our plan to facilitate a car/passenger cruise ship service between Lagos and Ibaka Sea Port as an alternative mode of commuting between the south/west and the south east/south south. Also, we will facilitate a car/passenger ferry service between Calabar and Oron as an alternative to the Calabar-Itu Road.
"At the Akwa Ibom Airport, it is our desire to complete the Hangar/Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) facility to enable immediate financial returns from maintenance checks and overhaul of commercial aircraft up to 'D' checks as planned, uphold all agreements/contracts to complete the taxiway and build a modest world class Airport Terminal building.
He said if voted into power, he would "prepare and equip all public officials for the responsibilities expected of the office they (will) occupy" and the state could expect better service from better informed public officials and that people will troop into the state where the drive for excellence would become a reality.