Obong Victor Attah At 80: AKHA Wants Two Projects Named After Him
It is of no news that the former Executive Governor of Akwa ibom State, Obong Victor Attah celebrated his 80th Birthday in grand style on the 20th day of November and the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA) on Monday had passed a motion, urging the incumbent state governor, Udom Emmanuel, to name the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo after the second civilian governor of the state, Victor Attah, Kufre Okon, a spokesperson to the speaker stated this in a statement.
The assembly also gave Mr Emmanuel the option of naming the Akwa Ibom State University, at Mkpat Enin, after the former governor.
Ibom Media gathered that the projects are to be named after Mr Attah who celebrated His 80 Birthday on Tuesday, November 20.
The House plenary was presided by the Speaker, Onofiok Luke.
It can also be noted that both the airport and the university were conceived and started during Mr.Attah’s administration as the Governor of the state.
About The Ibom International Airport
The airport conceived by Attah and construction work began in 2006 was completed by Godswill Akpabio, the third democratically elected governor of the state in 2009. The airport was officially inauguarated on September 23, 2009, and the first scheduled passenger service commenced on December 2, 2009, when Arik Air offered flights to Abuja and Lagos.
What To Know About The Current AKSU
The concept of Akwa Ibom State University of Technology(AKSU) was started by Obong Victor Attah in October 2000, when the state government inaugurated a committee which consisted of academics, technical experts and professionals submitted an interim report in April 2001 and a final report to him in September 2001 for its establishment.
However, Dr. Godswill Obot Akpabio, the then Governor of Akwa Ibom felt that the policy thrust of Government should be the establishment of a conventional, multi-campus institution and changed the name of Akwa Ibom State University of Technology (AKUTECH) to Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).
Akpabio signed the bill into law formally establishing Akwa Ibom State University in September 2010 while the university was formally inaugurated on October 4, 2010.
Meanwhile, the state government is planning a state banquet among other events on Saturday, November 24 in honour of Mr. Attah who is widely referred as “the father of modern Akwa Ibom.”
“Let us join in celebrating this illustrious son of Akwa Ibom State, whose vision and selfless commitment to serve his people is precursor of the continued economic prosperity of the state,” Charles Udoh, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said in a statement issued on Saturday, November 17.
Already, some signature projects in the state have been named after their initiators and executors, some who completed and inaugurated the projects.
It Would HAve Been Three:
Notably, it would have been three project named after the former Elder Stateman Could the IBom Science Park had been in optimum functioning. as we can see in the case of the Akwa Ibom International stadium, Uyo named after Senator Godswill Akpabio, while the beautiful state secretariat has been named after Commodore Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga (retd), the former military governor of the state.
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