GROUP LAUDS GOV EMMANUEL FOR APPOINTMENT INTO STATE PPC
By Ememobong Okon
Umbrella body for Civil Society Organizations in the State, under the aegis, Akwa Ibom State Civil Society Organizations forum, has expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, for the recent appointment of one of their members, Mr. Harry Udoh, as a member of the Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Council.
In a press statement issued by the group’s head of media and publicity, Mr. Kingsley Atang and made available to newsmen on Monday, the group described the appointment of Mr. Udoh as deliberate, noting that the inclusion of civil society representation in the council, demonstrates strong political will to replace corruption, opacity and inefficiency with a regime of openness, especially in the area of public contacting.
“we are confident that Akwa Ibom State has just taken one of the fist steps towards joining the league of jurisdictions across the globe that are embracing open contracting for more efficient and effective public service delivery.
“Oftentimes, dearth of financial resources and political interference have been known to hamper the work of otherwise well-intentioned government initiatives.
“we therefore call on the State government to provide the council with the institutional resources and political space to fulfill its mandate.
“once again, we salute the Akwa Ibom State Government for its goodwill and ongoing partnership with Civil Society and affirm the forum’s commitment to work with government to achieve the stipulated objectives of the Akwa Ibom State public procurement law 2019.” the statement read.
It would be recalled that last week, Governor Emmanuel inuagugurated the Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Council, with Mr. Harry Udoh, as the representative of civil society groups in the State.
Mr. Harry, a development expert with about 30 years cognate experience, has been in the forefront of advocating for meaningful development of the State and the nation at large.
In an interaction with our reporter, Mr. Udoh, while appreciating the State Governor for the appointment, said, “With His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel’s assent to the Public Procurement law and the prompt inauguration of the Public Procurement Council, the governor has laid the bulwark for transparency, accountability and good governance in the state.
” This also indicates the good intent of government for proper management of the state’s resources. “