Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has expressed dissatisfaction over the current economic and security challenges bedevilling Nigeria.
The governor expressed this feelings during the weekly State Executive Council meeting held at the Exco Chambers of the Government House Uyo, the state capital.
He however urged Nigerians to support the federal government and the country through prayers and cooperation.
The governor also charged the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Vincent Umoh to ensure that the Primary Healthcare Centers were functioning optimally to help provide health care services to rural populace.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong said reports were received on the leasing of the Dakkada tower, Eket Urbanization, Power for All, Dakkada Estate, Ibom Plaza Remodelling, state of reconstructed hospitals, especially Ikot Abasi and Ikot Ekpene and the coconut refinery.
He said the Council directed that a strategic stakeholder meeting with all regulators and players critical to the execution of the Power for All programme should be convened to assess the preparedness for the launch of the Power for All project.
According to him, the report from the citizens’ engagement forum on issues related to Ibom deep sea port was also received and the twin issues of name and location change of the deep sea port were raised and discussed while consultations between government and Oro people on the matter will happen in due course.
Comrade Ememobong informed that progress report for Ibom Air Company Limited was presented by a team led by The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Imo Jacob accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer, Captain Mfon Udom, and other top management staff.
He said: “Council expressed the appreciation of government to the company’s management over the professionalism deployed in the management of the airline. His Excellency the Governor charged the company to consider the training of citizens as pilots and airline professionals. Exco expressed satisfaction with the company’s sustainability plan and approved the expansion proposal .
“The report of the state’s participation at the just Concluded National Sports Festival where the state came 7th out of 36, with 20 Gold Medals was received. Council commended the athletes and promised to consolidate investments in sports.
“Also, the report of WAEC performance over a year on year comparison was received and the slight performance improvement was noted.
“Additional works were approved for Abak Ifia-Ikpe Mbak Eyop-Ikot Abia Ossom-Nko Roads in Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara Local Government Areas. Also, the dualization of the Ring Road 2 (Abak Road to Udoudoma) was reawarded to Hensek Integrated Services and the contract should be completed within a year.
“Approval for the revised Bills of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) for Etebe-Enwang Road was granted.
“EXCO directed that the draft bill for the inspection of Agricultural produce for the purpose of enforcement of grades and standards, be sent to the House of Assembly”.