Over three million skilled artisans in Akwa Ibom State are set to endorse Governor Udom Emmanuel for a second term in office.
The endorsement will be done during the 2018 World Youth Skill Day celebration which is billed to take place next month, July, 14, 2018 in Uyo.
According to a report from government house, the chairman of the central planning directorate for the celebration, Sir Daniel Ekwere made the disclosure recently during the maiden meeting which took place in Uyo.
Ekwere was of the opinion that the event which will attract a large turnout off potential electorate will offer them the opportunity to express their support to the governor and equally woo his assistance for the group.
He said the celebration became necessary in view of the contributions of artisans to the economy of the state in particular and that of the world in general.
According to him, “every big man’s life depends on artisans, hence the need to celebrate artisans.”
Ekwere maintained that July 15 of every year was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate artisans with the aim to create skill awareness, encourage skill education and reduce over-dependence on government.
He stressed the need for legislation for healthcare, insurance and protection of artisans as well as inclusion in the budget.
The chairman of the central planning committee who said it was time for the artisans to celebrate themselves, noted that the event will feature pageantry which will produce Miss Skill, Little Miss/Mr Skill, launch of a directory, charity cup match, courtesy call on media houses, road-walk, exhibition and dinner/award night on July 14.
The vice chairman of the committee, Comrade Aniekan-Abasi Denis, said the upcoming event was a process of recognition for the artisans even as he encouraged them to work hard to ensure the success of the event.
To ensure the success of the World Youth Skill Day, five committees were inaugurated, namely: contact and mobilization, Mr/Miss skill, Awareness work/fund raising, charity cup and general strategic committees.