A socio-political organisation called ARISE Ambassadors has pledged to ensure the implementation of Governor Umo Eno’s policies and programs outlined in the A.R.I.S.E Agenda.
Some of the group’s leaders addressed at the weekend’s official inauguration of the Executive Council of ARISE Ambassadors in Uyo.
Revd. Richard Peters, Chairman of the organization, stated that one of the group’s main goals was to develop public support for the present administration’s A.R.I.S. E Agenda.
Peters further stated that as advocates for good governance, they are committed to giving precise interpretations of Governor Eno’s agenda to the people in the state’s nooks and crannies, particularly the hinterlands.
“We also intend to reintegrate rural dwellers into His Excellency’s agenda by introducing community tours, where community leaders will be engaged on an as-needed basis.” This will be accomplished by holding frequent public debates on radio and television channels in order to interact with the public.
“This group is open to all responsible and selfless supporters of Pator Umo Eno, and all hands must be on deck to ensure the success of this administration and beyond,” said Peters.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr Iniobong Essien, addressed members of the group, lauding the initiative and emphasizing the importance of the decision to sensitize the grassroots on the governor’s vision for the state.
Essien, Chairman Board of Directors, Ibom Airport Development Company Ltd, warned members of the group, however, that they must be ready and willing to sacrifice their time and comfort if the mission is to be completed.
“It is a serious assignment that has been bestowed upon you, and I believe you are capable of dealing with it,” he says. And I believe that as you spread this word throughout Akwa Ibom State, the understanding will spread deeply.
“So I thank you all for taking the time to take on this enormous responsibility.”
Government cannot function in isolation; it must collaborate with citizens. And I feel that we are correctly interpreting Governor Umo Eno’s vision in order to get the desired results.
“The truth is that as this group grows in popularity, more people will want to join it; however, if you abandon your assignment halfway through, we will have a problem.” And I hope you don’t abandon the mission.”
In a message of goodwill, Her Excellency Funmi Idongesit-Nkanga, wife of a former military governor of the state, congratulated members of the group for taking on the responsibility of ensuring that everyone knows and buys into the administration’s agenda.
Mrs. Idongesit-Nkanga, the group’s matron, stated, “I want to thank the group’s initiators.” Of course, those who will travel into the interior and share the vision of the A.R.IS.E Agenda are needed. As a result, you must take this job very seriously.
“Let there be no division among you, let there be sincerity of purpose.” Let the group’s tagline, “Projecting the ARISE Agenda,” be prominent in our minds. Your goal should not be to gain anything from this, but to help the government. I’d like to thank everyone who made time to be here today.”
High Chief Sunny Udonsek, a notable indigenous contractor, said he was pleased to connect with the group and thanked the members for their support of Governor Eno’s government.
Udonsek, a special guest at the event, hailed the governor as a man of the people who knows the state’s problems, emphasizing, “So it is our duty as friends of Pastor Umo Eno to ensure his success.”
“He has demonstrated determination and political will to address the Akwa Ibom problem.” He’s off to a great start, and we need to keep him going.”
Earlier, the organisation’s Chairman Board of Trustees, Comrade Ernest Akpan, expressed gratitude to renowned sons and daughters of the state who have identified with the group, stating, “We call them ARISE Ambassadors’ pillars.”
“They believe in our ability to affect change.” Their trust in us inspires us. We are devoted to exceeding expectations. And may I remind this august audience that participation in this tremendous movement is entirely optional and pro-governor Umo Eno.”