Gov Eno hosts Iftar with Akwa Ibom Muslim community 

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… Institutes N200m interest -free loan

…Appoints SSA on Non- indigenes’ Affairs, SA Arewa Community.

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In continuation of a tradition he has upheld long before he became the Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, last night held an Iftar with the Muslim community in the State, at Government House, Uyo.

Led by the leadership of the Akwa Ibom Council of Islamic Affairs (AKCIA) which comprises, the Chairman, League of Imams in the Stare, Imam Abubakar Sadiq, Alhaji Hassan Sadauki (Sarakin Hausawa, Uyo, Alhaji Maruf Olobode Sani, Imam Ibrahim Okesina, Imam Bello Dahiru, the Governor thanked the Muslim community for their support during last year’s election and for maintaining the harmonious relationship that has existed in the State.

“Last year, when we had this same meeting in Eket, and I said that, if by the Grace of God, and with your support we win the elections, that this year’s Iftar, will be done in Government House.

“We thank God that He answered our prayers.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank the Arewa Community for your support during the elections. It was a massive support. And so if someone did something profoundly significant for you, it’s always good to reach back and say ‘thank you’, which is what we are doing this evening.

“We hope to go round all the groups; the Yoruba community, the Igbos and Niger Delta to tell them” thank you”.

“It was a tough election, but you stood your grounds and supported us.

“I remain eternally grateful and will always work to improve the living conditions of the poor, the vulnerable and those in the rural areas.

“We have a long history of living together, doing business together and trusting each other, and I would like to appeal now that the rains are here, and people are going back to the farms,  that we continue to work together to ensure that the herders would  conduct their business without destroying people’s farms, because we want to grow more staple foods to feed everyone here. We are not saying, don’t do your business, but in business world, we always say: You must mind how your business affects my business so we can all live harmoniously in peace and brotherhood as we have always done.”

The Governor thereafter, announced a 200 million interest-free loan to the Arewa Community, saying the same interest free loan would be extended to the Yoruba Community; the Igbo and the Niger-Delta communities.

The details of loans would be worked out shortly, the Governor had emphasized.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the League of Imams, Akwa Ibom State, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq had thanked the Governor for the love and cordial relationship that has existed with the Muslim community in the State.

“We are a people from diverse origins across Nigeria, all living here peacefully and securely in Akwa Ibom State under your leadership.

“We know some states are struggling with cases of insecurity. But here, we have enjoyed peace and Your Excellency, in continuing with the maintenance of peace had proactively come up with such vision as represented by the Community Watch and the setting up of the Ministry of Internal Security and Waterways, headed by a retired general of the Nigerian Army, Gen. Koko Essien rtd..

“We are proud of your visionary approach to governance, especially as it concerns the rural dwellers and we pray Allah should grant you more wisdom to carry on.

“Our gathering here today with you is not the first, second or third. You have graciously been breaking fast with us as a private citizen, a community leader and a statesman, year in, year out. It is therefore not surprising that you extended same invitation for us to join you in Government House for this year’s Iftar.”

The Imam prayed for the Governor and his family, the State, the Exco and the people of the State.

The Governor, used the opportunity to appoint Mr. Emmanuel Ogbole as tte Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Non-Indigenes’ Affairs and Alhaji Ibrahim Iliya as the Special Assistant, Arewa Community.

The Governor also announced that he will soon appoint Special Assistants for the Yourba, Igbo and Niger Delta communities.

The event was  attended by the Deputy Governor, Distinguished Senator Akon Eyakenyi, the Speaker, State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Udeme Otong, the SSG, Prince Enobong Uwah, Chief Assam Assam, SAN,the Director General of the Campaign Organization and of Government Business, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem SAN, the Chairman of the Maintain Peace Movement ( MPM), Engr. Uwem Okoko of Hensek Integrated Services,  Ekder Aniekan  Akpan, the Chairman of the PDP in AKwa Ibom State, the Political Adviser to the Governor, Prince ( Dr.) Godwin Ntukude, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CP Ayilara Waheed Adedamola, the head of NDLEA, Akwa Ibom State Command, several Commissioners led by the Dean of Commissioners, Sir Monday Ebong Uko among others.

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