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Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Newspaper publishers in Akwa Ibom State, Tuesday announced their official endorsement of Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term in 2019.

Coming under the aegis of League of Newspaper Publishers, the journalists cited the numerous development projects of the current leadership of Governor Emmanuel and reasoned that it was in the interest of the state for all them to rally support as strategic partners in the Governor’s development scheme.

The publishers whose position was read by the Chairman of the Management Committee of the league, Comrade Ernest Akpan said further that, they were confounded by the Governor’s skills in navigating the economy of the State through the trying times of the global oil recession that rocked the country three years ago.

 “The league notes with great delight and sense of responsibility your numerous strides in pursuit of people-oriented projects in the state.”

They pledged to partner the Governor and market his brand of leadership as the best for the state in 2019.

“As 2019 beckons, we are committed to deploying our resources and goodwill to ensure that you are re-elected as Governor of this State.”

This, they promised to do through continuous statewide tour of projects executed by the administration and projecting of the reforms in the state through the respective platforms, as part of their corporate goals of promoting good governance and ensuring collective growth of the State.

Governor Emmanuel who appreciated the media professionals on the visit, encouraged them to continue considering the state’s interest above every other sentiments.

He said no successful businessman ever succeeds through blackmail and illegal accumulation of wealth, and promised never to yield to distractions caused from sponsored antagonists of his administration.

Governor Emmanuel said it was a disservice to the state, when after successfully bringing investors to the state, some indigenes allow themselves to be used to launch smear campaigns against such investments and opportunities that would have been of benefits to them and their families.
He said the arrival of more industries in the state in the coming weeks will witness a boost in their print media businesses through media consultancy and advertisements that would come from such industries, as against the current sole dependence on government.

He said his government was opened to partnership with any group or individuals ready to offer its services in the various investment opportunities currently opening up in the state.

The State Secretary of NUJ, Comrade Amos Etuk, the State Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Solomon Bassey, the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the League of Publishers, Ephraim Akpan and the Chairman of the Federated Chapel of NUJ, Comrade Inimfon Silas were among the publishers at the ceremony.

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