Akwa Ibom State government has described as deliberate falsehood, the rumour making the rounds on the internet and in some local newspapers that it expended about N4b to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the State.
Speaking to newsmen in his office, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah said, peddlers of such story are political jobbers who are out to misinform the people, with a view to achieving negative ends.
According to the Commissioner, no such humongous amount was spent on the anniversary, during which the Dakkada spiritual rebirth and moral transformation and reorientation Campaign was launched by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
On the allegation that contracts for the execution of various aspects of the celebration were given to non indigenes, while Akwa Ibom people were reduced to 'mere dancers', Mr. Umanah said "purveyors of the falsehood are not attuned with facts of the matter."
He explained that the consultancy firm, which handled the media campaign for the Dakkada launch, "is owned by an Akwa Ibom indigene from Etinan local government area." According to him, "at the risk of sounding immodest, even when it is not an offence, no external group was engaged in the execution of the anniversary events."
Advising Akwa Ibom people to be wary of false and misleading information by people who are bent on creating disaffection between the government and the citizens, the Commissioner maintained that the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel will always work in the best interest of the State.
He maintained that " the Governor did not mortgage the State as the agents of falsehood would have people believe, rather, the financial engineering of the present administration has repositioned Akwa Ibom for greater accomplishments."
According to the Commissioner, the prudence and top notch financial management of governor Emmanuel has resulted in outstanding accomplishments in less than four months of his administration.
Mr. Umanah said, with the rehabilitated and re-commissioned Peacock Paint in Etinan; the newly constructed and commissioned blocks at the St. Luke's Hospital, Anua in Uyo; ongoing construction of over 137km of roads; and several groundbreaking for industrial concerns across the State, "there can be no room for financial mismanagement or wastage in Akwa Ibom State."
The Information Boss admonished politicians the State to engage in more civilised and democratic ways of playing opposition politics, rather than peddling falsehood, with a view to gaining attention from unsuspecting members of the public.
The administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, Mr. Umanah emphasised, "deserves the support of all and sundry, including those who consider themselves as belonging to the opposition, because Akwa Ibom has arisen to the destiny of greatness, and cannot be stopped."