Thursday, December 10, 2015

I Never Called Akwa Ibom People Illiterates- Gov. Udom

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has rubbished a publication that claimed he called the people of his State illiterates saying, there is no way he would have called them that. Udom said as a matter of fact, his people, the people of Akwa Ibom are some of the most brilliant people on the face of the earth and wondered why someone would have quoted him to have called them illiterates.

The Governor who spoke through his chief press secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, said;

“It is utterly mischievous for someone to write such a fabrication.”

“At a time the great people of Akwa Ibom State have risen, and are utilising their God-given potential, at a time the spirit of greatness and a distinct Akwa Ibom spirit and identity are being celebrated through the philosophy of ‘dakkada’, it smacks of desperation and malicious intent for a reporter to write such an obtuse and inane story. Continue...

“At the well-received media briefing I had with the great people of Akwa Ibom State last Sunday, I said that I would not be distracted by the antics of people who do not understand the workings of government and how policies are formulated, but who constantly go to the media to say things they are not informed about, or lack proper understanding of.

“How does that translate into my calling Akwa Ibom people illiterates? Akwa Ibom people are some of the most brilliant people on the face of the earth, and I am eminently proud of our people, which is the reason I launched the ‘dakkada’ movement, to show the world that we are great and inspired people.”

The Governor described as preposterous the notion that the recently recruited civil servants would not be paid their salary this year, explaining that he only said that “the civil service would be sanitized to weed out ghost workers and this is in line with his policy of ensuring transparency and integrity in the civil service.”

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