The Ministry of Information and Strategy is out with a Programme for September, Akwa Ibom’s creation month geared towards building bridges and celebrating hardwork.
The programme tagged ‘AKWA IBOM CELEBRATES’, runs as a multimedia campaign across all media platforms and targets the celebration of Akwa Ibom people. It celebrates people who, through their lives have clearly defined to the world the Akwa Ibom spirit.
Comrade Ini Ememobong, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy made the announcement via a phone conversation on different radio stations in the state. He said Akwa Ibom people will nominate by themselves their own people who have exibited such virtues as hardwork, intelligence, honesty and dependability in their different endeavours.
The commissioner also said the platform will allow Akwa Ibom people remind the world of the strategic contributions made by their celebrated sons and daughters in the development of the state, the country and the world.
He said the nominees to be celebrated include: all Akwa Ibomites originating by birth, marriage or residence with no bias to sex, class or creed.
The Information boss said, a website had been created and is open for nominations with the link www.akwaibomcelebrate.com where an in-house analyst will research on the nominees and prepare a brief on them for publication on various media platforms, on a given date, when the nomination reaches a preset bench mark.
Comrade Ememobong also said it is customary for Akwa Ibomites to drop their differences every September, since the state’s creation in 1987, and embrace their commonalities, break barriers and build bridges towards achieving greatness.
These feelings, according to the commissioner, are borne from a foundation of gratitude that God through the Federal Government granted the people’s wishes, by creating a unique state and defining a geographic location that has become to them, God’s own piece of real estate.
So far, thousands of nominations have kept loading on the Akwa Ibom Celebrates website and the in-house analysts have since commenced the celebration of outstanding Akwa Ibom people within and outside the shores of Nigeria including: the First Akwa Ibom son to sit as the President of the World Methodist Council, His Eminence Prelate Sunday Mbang emiritus, the first Lady Minister and Senator of the Federal Republic, Her Excellency Senator Helen Esuene, the first Akwa Ibom son to be elected the National President of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Edmudson Thompson Akpabio, the first Akwa Ibom female Structural Engineer, Engr. Mayen Adetiba and the foremost music producer of the musical frenzy of the 1980s and 90s, Lemmy Jackson, among others.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates campaign continues with more Nominees hitting the website.