Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has unveiled ARISE Agenda, a visionary plan aimed at propelling the state’s socio-economic growth and transforming the lives of its citizens.
The launch, which served as the culmination of a week-long series of activities organised by the state government, was attended by prominent leaders, including a former Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; and the immediate past Governor of the state, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
Addressing a diverse audience, Eno expressed his commitment to achieving global best democratic practices in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
He emphasised that the ARISE Agenda and its economic blueprints have been holistically crafted to address the challenges faced by the state while fostering sustainable development, according to a statement.
The socio-economic growth and development agenda include agricultural revolution, rural development, infrastructure maintenance and advancement, security management, and educational advancement.
Furthermore, he expressed his support for the creative industry in Akwa Ibom State.
He called on local entertainers to form an umbrella body under the auspices of the “Akwa Ibom Creative Association.”
The governor pledged to pay a premium to the development of local content, recognising the significant contributions of the creative sector to the state’s cultural identity and economic potential.
The governor urged all stakeholders to unite and work together in a concerted effort to achieve the effective actualisation of the ARISE Agenda.
He emphasized that the success of the agenda relied on the collective contributions and dedication of the people of the state.
In her opening remarks, the Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, appreciated the governor for standing out to prove he is a great leader sent by God to usher in a paradigm shift in the governance landscape of the State.
According to Eyakenyi, Eno has availed Akwa Ibom people with the ARISE Agenda as a guiding principle towards contributing to the success of the present administration.