AKS WOMEN AND SOCIAL WELFARE MINISTRY GETS NEW BOSS
BY EMEMOBONG OKON
Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has appointed Dr. Ini Adiakpan as the new Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare in the State.
Dr. Adiakpan was inaugurated, Monday, alongside seven other nominees into Gov. Emmanuel’s cabinet in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Dr. Adiakpan until her appointment was a staunch development practitioner with many years cognate experience in gender related issues.
She will be taking over from Dr. Glory Edet who has been redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Dr. Adiakpan was greeted with jubilation, especially among development practitioners in the State.
Speaking with our reporter, Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Civil Societies Organization Forum, Mr. Harry Udoh, commending Gov. Emmanuel for the appointment, described Dr. Adiakpan as a square peg in a square hole.
He expressed optimism that the Commissioner will create the needed impact in her assigned Ministry,given her years of experience in development practice.
In his words, “we commend His Excellency, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for appointing one of our own, Dr. Ini Adiakpan into the esteemed executive council of Akwa Ibom State government.
“The commendation isn’t just because Dr. Ini Adiakpan is a key civil society practitioner but that she’s a square peg in a square hole with her appointment as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.
“it is our considered believe that she will bring her extensive experience as a development practitioner, gender programming as well as children and the vulnerable to ensure positive impact in her assigned Ministry.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel has made the right choice and the women Ministry and the state in general would be the better for it”.