The President of the Senate and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, on Saturday, reiterated his commitment to the peace and development of the state.
Akpabio gave the assurance while speaking at the thanksgiving mass held in honour of the Minister of Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, at Our Lady of Mercy Chaplaincy, in the Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
A statement by the Senate President’s Special Assistant on Media, Jackson Udom, quoted Akpabio as saying, “As an elder statesman, my major concern now is to work for the peace and unity of the state and by extension Nigeria.
“I am not interested in any kind of war. I am more interested in bringing development to the state. If there should be any competition amongst us, let it be in the overall interest of our people, like competing for development and life-changing projects for our people.
“If the governor is bringing a project to street or road A, as the President of the Senate, I should be seen working on bringing water or electricity to the street or road B. That is the kind of competition I want to see and not unnecessary bickering that brings no good to our people.”
Akpabio further commended Ekpo for thanking God, saying, “We are who and what we are today because God made it possible for it to be so. It is, therefore, imperative that we give thanks always. I thank you for not forgetting the God who made it possible for you to be who you are today.”
He added, “Let me also use this opportunity to once again thank President Bola Tinubu for supporting an Akwa Ibom son to occupy the number three position in the country. It has never happened since the creation of our dear state.”
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