Keeping the promises!

Keeping the promises!

By Kyte Usen

A journey of a thousand miles they say begins with a step. I remember during the launching of the Akwa Ibom State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus AK-CARES program in August, 2022. Attempts were made to paint the program negatively, by those who do not have the understanding of the blue print as designed by the economic think tanks of the state.

Mr Emem Almond Bob, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Economic Development Akwa Ibom State

To make an omelette, you must brake an egg, so a certain kind of quality and understanding is requisite to first proffer solutions, then apply and finally execute to impact positively on the people.

Since the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus AK-CARES program, moments of conversations has been settling around the state, revealing the good deeds of governor Udom Emmanuel and his economic team. Just months, after the inauguration, Akwa Ibom State government has flagged off the disbursements of social funds to over two thousand (2000) beneficiaries. According to the chairman of the steering committee and commissioner for Economic Development, Mr Emem Bob ” The AK-CARES program and the subsequent disbursements of the social funds, would not have been possible, without the commitment, interest and approval of funds by governor Udom Emmanuel”. Also as part of delivering on the promises of governor Udom Emmanuel through the AK-CARES program, farmers received Agricultural inputs, at the event that took place in Oruk Anam local government area, recently. Items distributed includes, 500 day old chick’s, 80 bags of feed, 100 piglets, 80 kids, improved cassava cuttings, fertilizers agro-chemicals and other agricultural inputs.
During his remarks, Honourable Emem Almond Bob, appreciated his boss, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for the rapid authorisation and smooth execution of the program in the state.

The endeavours, of the Akwa Ibom State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus AK-CARES program, so far has been greeted with applause for uplifting the standard of living of the people and enhancing the socioeconomic status of the state. The AK-CARES program is still adding more feathers to achieving on the promises of elevating the poor and vulnerable in the state, as disbursements of livelihood support grants and training of beneficiaries across the state commenced on Friday 4th November, 2022. Four hundred and one (401) beneficiaries across the state received One hundred thousand naira each, from Akwa Ibom State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus AK-CARES program. Honourable Emem Bob at the event reiterated that the AK-CARES program is an emergency operation designed to support budgeted programs of expenditure and intervention in the state level, targeting existing and emerging vulnerable and poor households, agriculture value chains and Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, both the beneficiaries and the people are speaking with one voice, acknowledging the achievements of the AK-CARES program, saying that it is legendary and claiming that truly, governor Udom Emmanuel is a promise keeper.

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