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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has ordered the suspended Chairman of Uyo, Hon. Imo Okon to resume duties immediately at the Council Secretariat after accepting to comply with House directives to address discrepancies in the Council’s administration.

The House resolution came at the heels of the report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs headed by Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, today.

The Hon. Mark Esset’s Committee observed that the suspended Chairman refused to provide vehicles to the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Council.

Also, the Chairman was guilty of not paying due entitlements, furniture allowance and other benefits to the Vice Chairman and other Legislative officers in the Council.

From findings, the Suspended Chairman did not follow financial guidelines in collecting and expending Council’s funds.

That the suspended Chairman apologized for the discrepancies in the management of the Council’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and promised to follow the approved guidelines as advised by the Head of Service and Head of Finance.

After due consideration of the recommendations of the Committee at the Committee of the Whole House, the Executive Chairman was ordered to pay all revenue of the Council into the approved revenue collection account as provided by extant laws and guidelines.

Also, the Chairman should take urgent steps to pay allowances and entitlements of the Councillors and Supervisors within three (3) months and evidence of the compliance should be made available to the House through the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

However, the House considered motions on Relevant Government Agencies for Immediate Intervention on Ikono-Uyo, Ukpom- Abak Road by Pepsi, Idoro Road to make it motorable for road commuters moved by Hon. Udeme Otong representing Abak State Constituency; Concerned over the State of Bridges in Nsit Ibom State Constituency of Akwa Ibom State: A Call for immediate Action by Hon. Ifiok Udoh representing Nsit Ibom State Constituency; and the Gradual Pace of Infrastructural Deterioration at the 65 year old Centre of Academic Excellence, Salvation Army Secondary School, Akai-Ubium: A Passionate call for Government’s Reclamation.

The motions were committed to the House Committee on Works and Transport for on the spot assessment and report to the House within one month.

The bills considered included; the Akwa Ibom State Residents’ Registration Agency Law, 2020; and Akwa Ibom State Administration of Criminal Justice Bill, 2020. The bills were committed to the House Committee on Security, Youth and Sport; and Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petition respectively.

The House however adjourned plenary to reconvene on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020.


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