Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has expressed happiness at leaving the state in a better condition than when he arrived.
He expressed confidence that the incoming governor, Umo Eno, to whom he is anticipated to turn the reins on May 29, would also leave the State in better shape than he finds it.
The newly appointed clerk of the State House of Assembly, Nsikakabasi Orok, was sworn in yesterday, and the governor, who made this announcement shortly after, charged permanent secretaries and heads of various government agencies to ensure a smooth transition to the incoming government.
In his remarks during the swearing-in ceremony at Government House Uyo’s Executive Chambers, he said.
“For those who are serving, I ask that you do so honorably so that we can create a powerful state. I want to reassure you that I am leaving Akwa Ibom better than I found it, and the next person will do the same when he takes over.
“Make sure that the umbrella you receive from me is intact and not torn. I’m leaving you with one.”.
To ensure a smooth transition to the new administration in the state, I also implore you, serving Permanent Secretaries and Heads of the various government agencies.
Emmanuel also expressed his congratulations to Orok on being chosen to serve as the state House of Assembly’s new clerk and tasked her with working hard to outperform her predecessor.
He added that he was happy for Mandu Umoren, the recently retired immediate past clerk of the House.
“I really want to thank the State House of Assembly’s recently retired clerk for her outstanding professionalism.
She was a powerful and honorable woman. Unfortunately, everything that has a beginning must have an end, and she did so well.
“I want to believe that Mrs. Orok will also build on what she has done and improve on it, and judging from how you performed in the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, I want to believe you will do much better.”.
Nsikakabasi Orok, the newly sworn-in clerk, expressed her gratitude for the chance to serve the State in a more important role to newsmen after the ceremony. She also promised to carry out the duties of her new office to the best of her abilities.