Governor Eno @60: Arewa community in Akwa Ibom distributes food items to leprosy patients

The Arewa community in Akwa Ibom weekend celebrated the 60th birthday of the state governor, Pastor Umo Eno, by visiting the Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom, Etinan local government area, to distribute food items to the patients.

The delegation was led by the chairman of the Arewa community in Akwa Ibom state and the senior special assistant to the governor on Non-Indigene Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbole, accompanied by the special assistant, Arewa community, Alhaji Ibrahim Ilya.

Ogbole stated that the visit was a fulfillment of the governor’s instruction that all celebrations for his birthday should be channeled to touching the lives of the indigent in the society.

The SSA who poured encomiums on Pastor Eno stated that the governor has come to the state to change the face of governance by making it more people-centric and participatory. 

He noted that the disposition and exemplary leadership style of Pastor Eno has compelled them to follow suit which has resulted in their visitation to the inmates of the leprosy hospital.

“It could be recalled that the governor gave specific instructions concerning his birthday. It was his wish that all celebrations marking his 60th birthday should be focused on reaching out to those who are less fortunate in our midst.

“It is in the light of this that we are visiting your facility today. Since his coming on board, the governor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the principles outlined in his A.R.I.S.E agenda blueprint is brought to the fore. From agriculture to rural infrastructure to security and education, His Excellency has worked the talk. In agriculture, he has made overreaching intervention to ensure food sufficiency. He has established a Bulk Purchase Agency to subsidise food supplies, thereby ameliorating the hardship occasioned by the current food crisis in the country. Also, he has declared that workers should go to the farm in the first and third Fridays of the month.

“He has not lagged behind in improvement of our rural infrastructure. He has shown remarkable love for those in the rural areas as exemplified in the Arise Compassionate Homes and he has also initiated several road projects, some of which has been commissioned. With regards to security, he has created a a Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways. In education, he has been largely proactive through several interventionist strides which will bring succour to the educational sector. Indeed, Pastor Eno is a man of his words and if he has accomplished this much during his short stay in office, we can only imagine what the state will look like at the completion of his tenure.

“We are also grateful to Pastor Eno for being a father who is blind to ethnic and tribal sentiments. This is our way of thanking him for the appointment of a senior special assistant on Non-Indigene Affairs and a special assistant, Arewa community.”