Ex-Governor Attah reveals why Akwa Ibom is not on World Technology map
A former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arch. Victor Attah has claimed that the State would have been on the World Technology map by now if his successors never abandoned the Science Park project he initiated or executed the State University as initially conceptualized by his administration.
The ex-governor stated this in his keynote address at the 2nd annual lecture series and journal presentation organized by Nemo Judex Chambers which was held at the Watbrige Hotel and Tower, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The former governor who was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award said “until we are able to make the critical distinction between development projects that touch on the lives of the people and monuments that only edify self, when we are able to infuse the past into the present so that the present becomes the building block for the future, then we will be able to say in unison, it is well with Akwa Ibom State.”
Extracting from the article he wrote while in office, Attah said “I saw certain things around here that if I don’t do them, nobody else will want to do them, so I go and do these things for instance, I have not built a stadium, because I know the next governor will build a stadium. But I can go and build a science Park because the next governor may not think like me.”
He, however, listed the challenges of development in the State to include inconsistencies in projects and public policy implementation and the mad drive for personal aggrandizement.
In his opening remarks, Justice Ifiok Ukana, consultant to Nemo Judex Chambers said the legal firm decided to look beyond legal services and advocacy, to setting an agenda for the next generation in Akwa Ibom State.
He expressed the team’s sincere concern about leadership and the future of the State, especially as the next elections were around the corner.
The Chairman on the occasion and former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Nduese Essien while appreciating Nemo Judex chambers for the initiative, pointed that the way forward for the development of the State was to revisit flagship transformational projects of Obong Attah.
He charged those aspiring to govern the state to learn from the achievements of the former governor “if we must achieve the Akwa Ibom of our dream”.
In his remarks, a former Deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Uwem Udoma sued for “practical separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and the legislature and true democracy, where Akwa Ibom people will choose who leads them.”
He said until Akwa Ibom people chose who would lead them, the quest for sustainable development would remain a mirage
Professor Okon Ansa, while speaking, called for implementation of transformational projects and consultation of the people on what projects they need.
The University don decried the abysmal State of infrastructural decay in educational institutions and solicited for a beneficial relationship between the government and the governed.