AKHA LG C’MITTEE HARPS ON SYNERGY BETWEEN EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATURE
…SUMMONS MBO, ORON LGAs
The House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on its last round of visit to the 31 LGAs in Akwa Ibom State went preaching the message of unity between the executive and legislature at that tier of government upon which development can thrive.
Leading the team on its last round of visit, yesterday, Rt. Hon (Elder) Esset clearly stated that the essence of the visit was to ensure executive/legislature relationship is smoothened so proposed development plan by the respective council leaderships can be achieved.
The committee also looked at respective councils’ projects, cost, challenges and relationship between leaders and subordinates.
The Chairman who was accompanied by other members of the Committee rated leaderships of the 31 LGAs based on their performance since inception of their tenure on December 7, 2017. He specifically commended few Executive Chairmen who run the councils in the spirit of continuity by not embarking on fresh projects and abandoning uncompleted projects of previous administration.
On its last round yesterday, the Committee visited Nsit Ibom, Ibeno, Mbo, Udung Uko and Oron LGAs.
NSIT IBOM LGA
In Nsit Ibom LGA, the Executive Chairman, Hon. Eric Akpan enumerated the achievements to include; Electrification around the council secretariat; Reactivation of borehole for council use; Renovation of legislative chambers; Empowerment of 100 market women with N20,000 cash grant; Payment of full entitlement to the Legislators which include monthly imprests and security votes.
Also, the Chairman has paid furniture allowance and is in phases; Perimeter fencing at 90% completion; Construction of at the cost of N30m; Security Post with granite tiles to befit the entrance of the Council Secretariat; Support for the establishment of immigration operational base in Nsit Ibom LGA at the cost of N350m; Renovation of stadium at N7.5m; Purchase of vehicles to principal officers of the council; Empowerment of 46 youth by engaging as aides with a monthly wage bill of N1.6million, paid out of the Chairman’s stipulated security vote which is N2m monthly; Funds to traditional rulers; In view is to sink three boreholes in each of the wards making the Local Government Area.
He concluded that as an official who was elected by the people on trust, he is committed to serve the people.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee on behalf of other members commended the leadership of the council for the strides and urged him to maintain and even improve upon performance.
“We have gone round to see things for ourselves and I want to assure you that the committee is happy with you on your performance.
Nsit Ibom is one of the few LGAs that this committee has given a pass mark. For members to applaud you, it’s your work that is speaking for you.
“With what you have told us and what we have seen, and for members of the council to affirm to what you have said, it is a kudos to you and I want to urge you to keep up the tempo.”
In Ibeno LGA, the Executive Chairman, Hon. Ifum Udoh complained of the environmental hazards and sea piracy confronting the progress of the local community.
“We are equally faced with the challenges of Sea Piracy. This very security challenge has posed a lot of threat on our people and their businesses. So we are seeking heavy funds to help us curb this very challenge.
“Let me not fail to mention the issues of flooding and breaking of river banks into peoples’ homes. This is an issue we have consistently sought for help and the state government has been assisting but we pray this committee to intervene and give us a lasting solution.”
He also said it is in the plan of the council leadership to facilitate the construction of Government Secondary School which is budgeted to the tune of N100m.
The achievements include; Relief materials to fire incident victims; Free medical services to the people of the LGA; Renovation of council building; Renovation of Legislative Chambers; Construction of trailer park for more revenue to the council; Renovation of health centers in the riverine communities of the LGA; Support to students activities; Support to Education/payment of bursary; Holiday training/lecture for students; Securing of buses through Mobil to convey students to institutions of learning; Hiring of resident Doctors to work in the General Hospitals; Payment of furniture allowance to officers in phases.
The Committee however charged the Executive Chairman to ensure principal officers are given official vehicles to assist in the performance of their duties.
UDUNG UKO LGA
At Udung Uko, the Executive Chairman, Hon Okon Esin Oku said they have been able to achieve the following; Repairs of council vehicles; Construction of 22 number office blocks which is ongoing; Furnishing of legislative chambers; payment of staff entitlement; Payment of furniture allowance to six councillors and four supervisors and support to political office holders.
The Committee however commended the leadership for the serene environment of Udung Uko and the commitment of staff to work. The strides in the area was rated by the Committee to be above average.
The Committee at Mbo LGA frowned at the unkempt premises of the council and the poor condition of the legislative chamber which was without chairs and other necessary furniture to facilitate the plenary sessions of the Legislature.
The Executive Chairman, Rt. Hon. Asukwo Effiong Eyo, who was represented by Vice Chairman, Obonganwan Mary Ating said his leadership has been able to pay accumulated PHED Bill; Provision of vehicles to some principal officers; Electrification of council premises; Grading of internal roads in the LGA; Rehabilitation of water project; Repairs of abandoned council grader; Sinking Of Borehole; Painting of council premises; General sanitation and payment of furniture allowance in phases.
However, the Committee summoned the Chairman and his principal officers to appear before its session on Monday, 11th November, 2019 by 10:00am.
On hand to receive the House Committee members was the Vice Chairman of the Local Government Council, Hon. Charles Etim Bassey who held brief for the Executive Chairman, Rt. Hon. Anthony Bassey Etim who was absent due to an official event outside the council.
The Committee however frowned on the untidiness of the Council premises.
The Chairman and other principal officers of the Council were summoned to appear before the Committee’s session on Monday, 11th November, 2019 by 10:00am to clarify projects undertaken and the cost of those projects.
Other Lawmakers on tour were; Rt. Hon. Godwin Ekpo – Ibiono Ibom; Barr Otobong Bob – Nsit Ubium; Rt. Hon. Uduak Udoudo – Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo; Rt. Hon. David Lawrence – Eket; Rt. Hon. Effiong Bassey – Oron/ Udunguko and Hon. Okon Asukwo Frank – Mbo.