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.
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"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
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.
- CAJ News