The Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has said that the processes for the realisation of Ibaka Deep Sea Port are on course.
According to him, the state government is working on the last stage of technical processes, noting that after the sixth step, the state will select core investors with proof of funds for the mega project.
Speaking in Uyo on Friday evening to herald the forthcoming assemblage of secretaries to 36 state governments as well as that of the federation, Ekuwem added that the meeting would afford the SSGs the opportunity to discuss various issues bordering on social services at national and sub-national levels.
“The Ibom Deep Sea Port is on course. We are on the last stage of technical processes and documentation. After the sixth step, we shall pick the core investors with proof of funds,” he said.
Ekuwem stated that the conference with the theme ‘Improving access to social services at the national and sub-national levels’, would leverage how different states could invest and open up social services for the reach and betterment of their citizens.
He said that the essence of government was to create wealth, empower youths.
He maintained that the secretaries would compare notes on how different state governments fared in the distribution of social services among their citizens.
He said, “You will agree with me that if the SSGs in 36 states gather, they will say what is going on in their states; what their pains and those of their citizens are; their hopes and anxieties. All the SSGs will be here comparing notes and discuss issues that affect the country.
“I can tell you that at the end of each of the sections, ideas will be exchanged with full grasp of what we need to do to address each of the issues that will be catalogued, itemised, or chronicled in the overall programmes of the forum.
“That is the essence of the forum, which is improving access to social services at the national and state levels. How are people accessing these social services, among others?”
Ekuwem added that the second part of the forum would look into the issues of sustainable development goals, especially the primary healthcare delivery.
He reckoned that the state government could not embark on projects that were not sustainable.
He said that Governor Udom Emmanuel had constructed and remodelled many hospitals across the state with hi-tech equipment for the benefit of Akwa Ibom residents.
Ekuwem said, “The second part of the conference will be about sustainable development, especially, access to primary healthcare delivery and free and compulsory education.
“The way he is improving the lots of average Akwa Ibomoite by making sure that those hospitals that he is remodelling, reconstructing, rebuilding, equipping, he is making sure that the hi-tech equipment is available for use in those hospitals because one thing about health care delivery is that both the doctor and the equipment are the most important things there. As a matter of fact, doctors must do good job to avoid fatality in the hospital.”
He also said, “A doctor may be brilliant, very competent but if he is not having the right tools to work with, his experience and brilliance will amount to nothing. What the governor is doing is to increase access to ‘med-care’ in our state. Once you achieve development goals, you then exploit ways to sustain them.
“We need infrastructure for socioeconomic development. That is why the governor is always emphasising it because he understands that funds are what underpin the development of any sector of the economy. Electricity and good means of transportation are such of great efforts to attain development quickly.”