Akwa Ibom State Government has renewed its call on religious leaders and faith-based organizations to partner with the administration in its determination to rid the state of cultism and other forms of criminality in order to make the state an investor’s haven and a safe place for residents.
The state Governor, Udom Emmanuel who made the call during his interaction with the Fathers of Faith who called on him under the aegis of Spiritual Fathers’ Forum, Akwa Ibom State, at Government House, Uyo, decried the upsurge in cultism among youths particularly in secondary institutions in the state, and pointed out that cult activities have given rise to heinous crimes which cannot be tolerated in an otherwise peaceful state.
Citing a recent incident where secondary school students blocked the Oron road axisi of the state and disrupted vehicular movement, the Governor advised that strayed youths should be shown love to win them back to the society, saying that it hurts every parent to see his child go astray.
Earlier, leader of the delegation and Chairman Spiritual Fathers’ Forum, Akwa Ibom State, His Eminence Prelate Sunday Mbang, lauded the achievements of the state administration evident in the infrastructural renaissance across the state and thanked the governor for rejigging the educational curriculum in the state.
Prelate Mbang informed the Governor that the forum has thrown it weight behind the state administration in its decision to proscribe cultism, saying that the administration’s decision not to allow a cultist to succeed the present administration or occupy a public office is wholly supported by the forum.
By Oto-obong Billy
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