Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that all developing countries pass through challenges and Nigeria is not an exception.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, yesterday,the governor assured Nigerians that the government is working round the clock to ease the situation.
Emmanuel said “, we were mandated by the Governors’ Forum to come and discuss some certain issues with the vice president and that’s why you saw two of us here, we were supposed to be three but the third governor could not make it.
“So that is why we came to discuss some issues with the vice president and it has been a very good meeting and we tackled some issues.
“Everything we do, I keep reassuring Nigerians, we want to be together in Nigeria. So whatever we discussed, it is in the interest of our citizens and we make sure we put our heads together to solve our challenges as a developing nation.
Let me assure Nigerians that there is no developing country that doesn’t go through what we go through and how we make effort to face the challenges, that’s why you see us putting heads together, trying to appraise and find a solution that will be enduring,” he added.
On the 29th anniversary of Akwa Ibom State,he said his administration chose to mark it and thank God, as according to him, a child that was born 29 years ago is already a father .
He further explained that government has the responsibility to give hope to the citizens in the face of the economic recession.
He added that” to make the citizens know where we are going to, there is recession, you must give hope to the citizens and I think we are on the right path and we are going somewhere and where we are going to will bring about prosperity, job creation at the end of the day.
“We just want to improve on the living standard of every citizen and I believe that what we normally say, once the passion is right, nothing is impossible. We are not limited to what we see all over the world, we are not limited by the recession and based on what people see, we go beyond that.
“You can also say you have achieved while you stamp out hunger, unemployment. You cannot be happy when you see a young man that finished school and has not been employed. So, we cannot roll out drums to celebrate but only to thank God and we are going to the Promised Land and we will be there. But mind you, on the way to the promised land, you have to pass through the wilderness,” he stated.