Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, praised governor Udom Emmanuel on Monday for his accomplishments in infrastructure development and urged him to keep up the excellent job.
In Akwa Ibom State, he delivered a speech at the opening of a dual road with two cable bridges that spans a distance of 29 kilometers.
A Chinese company, Wizchino Engineering, built the Etinan-Ndon-Eyo road, which links a number of communities in the Etinan and Onna local government regions with the East-West road and provides access to the state’s industrial belt.
According to the former president, infrastructure development must be accompanied by jobs for the populace so they can properly maintain it. He also stated that the infrastructure should make it possible for people to operate their businesses successfully.
“I don’t know why anything good and very good in Akwa Ibom State, you call me to take part in it. Why? The longest flyover in Uyo, you asked me to come and commission it and I was very very pleased to be the one who commissioned that flyover.
“Again, with the amazing grace of God, you have this, the longest, first class, dualised road in the state. You again asked me to come and commission it. Governor, I thank you.
“Leadership requires character. Anyone who knows you reasonably well will know that you are a man of character. And one of the characteristics of a man or woman of character is to be a man of his word.
“When you say you do it, you do it. I have seen that in you at close quarters. Keep on doing what you are doing.
“These infrastructures that you are putting in place are very very good. When we have good infrastructure, when we have a road like this going through the rural area, there must also be what the people would do to ensure that they make maximum use and take maximum advantage of this infrastructure.
“That is what are they going to do? If they are farmers, they have opportunities to farm more. If they are traders, they have the opportunity to trade more. Whatever you are, you now have the opportunity to enhance whatever you are doing.
“God has given you the enablement, and God will continue to strengthen you. I come here to join them in thanking you,” he stated.
Speaking of his accomplishments to date, Governor Udom Emmanuel expressed his satisfaction with Akwa Ibom State’s continued growth despite the nation’s economic crisis.