[I]t was a great privilege to be honoured with an award of recognition by the government of my state, Akwa Ibom state. It excites me that my modest effort at leaving our generation better than I met it has been recognised and encouraged on this historic occasion of our 30th anniversary.
Indeed, this award would not come if God, through Akwa Ibom people in particular and Nigerians in general, had not given me, the opportunity to make my little positive contribution towards the realisation of the Akwa Ibom dream. It is for this reason therefore that I heartily dedicate this 30th Anniversary Award first to God Almighty whose Amazing Grace has kept me and whose love has defined the course of my life through the years, and secondly to Akwa Ibom youths and student community, the very community which interest I am glad to represent always.
Let me add that today’s recognition underscores the premium which the administration of His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, places on Akwa Ibom youths. It is a sheer display of appreciation of our energy and a show of trust on the can-do spirit of the Akwa Ibom youth. Above all, it is an invitation to greater partnership and a request that we do not relent our state-building effort. It is an encouragement, and a call on us to position ourselves for greater leadership responsibility. This we will do by God’s grace.
As we join hands with our elders to actualise our growth agenda, it is my conviction that the glory of the years to come will supercede that of the last 30 years.
Thank you Akwa Ibom!
Once again, Happy Anniversary!