Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has charged the newly inaugurated boards and commissions Members to contribute positively towards the actualization of the vision of wealth creation, economic and political inclusion, poverty alleviation, infrastructural consolidation and expansion and job creation of his administration.
Governor Emmanuel gave the charge when he inaugurated the chairmen and members of the Boards at the Government House , Uyo.
He said he has been painstaking in the selection process to ensure that impeccable hands have been copted to run the machinery of government ” You came at the best time that we expect the best because we have selected the best.” The Governor stated.
He expressed appreciation to the people of the state for allowing him a free hand in the selection process “I thank you all for giving me opportunity to select the best hands and what i’ve done is in the best interest of Akwa Ibom so l offer you all my warmth congratulations and best wishes on your merited appointments and urgd you to use your wealth of experience to create impact in your position of responsibilities”.
The Governor particularly tasked the Governing Councils of the State Polytechnic and College of Education to fast track the accreditation of courses in the institutions and to put in place high moral values to make the students become better citizens.
He recalled that way back in the eighties, foreign nationals aspired to be educated in Nigerian institutions due to the quality of training offered at that time and wondered why Nigerians are today scrambling to be educated abroad.
He attributed the trend to a decline in the quality of educational programmes run by our institutions and charged the Board members to restore the institutions to its pride of place.
Governor Emmanuel explained that the boards of Peacock Paint Limited, Akwa Savings And Loans Limited and that of Akwa Ibom Airport have not been constituted because they exist as Limited Liability Companies and urged those in positions of leadership to build strong institutions that would sustain the country in its quest for greatness.
“Let there be transparency, accountability and service in carrying out your duties. Do whatever you are assigned with the best of your ability and evolve a smooth working relationship with relevant Ministries, Departments And Agencies to work for the success of this administration ” He advised.
The Chairman Civil Service Commission Mr Sunny Akpadiaha who responded on behalf of the appointees described the constitution of boards and Commisions as strategic to the success of the government saying that the effectiveness of government is determined by the ability of the commissions to deliver on its set mandate.
He acknowledged the challenges inherent in the public service pointing out that a motivated public servant renders quality service.
The Civil Service Commission Chairman noted that civil service is the machinery through which government executes all its programmes and charged the appointees to adopt zero tolerance to corruption, inefficiency, indolence and indisipline.
Mr Akpadiaha thanked the Governor for finding them fit for the appointment and promised on behalf of the appointees to work for the success of the administration.
Among the Commission Chairmen inaugurated were the State Chief Judge, Justice Stephen Okon who is the Chairman Judicial Service Commission, Sir Valentine Attah heads Local Government Service Commission, the State Civil Service Commission has Mr Sunny Akpadiaha as Chairman while Bishop Andrew Uwanta heads the House of Assembly Service Commission.
The State Secondary Education Board has Hon. Imoh Udobia as Chairman, Universal Basic Education Board is headed by Professor Maria Ikorok while State Technical Schools Board has Barrister Comfort Etuk as Chairman.
A former Minister of Housing Dr Akon Eyakenyi heads the Governing Council of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic while Mrs Regina Ikpat heads the Governing Council of the state College of Education.
Governor Udom Emmanuel again underscored his gender friendly disposition by appointing a total of twelve Women into the nine boards constituted with four of them emerging heads of the boards and Commissions.
The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor Mr Mosses Ekpo, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke, State PDP Chairman Obong Paul Ekpo, Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, House of Assembly members, Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen, Political Stakeholders and Senior Citizens of the state including Obong Ben Udobia, Distinguished Senator Anietie Okon, Obong Afangide, Obong Otu Robert, Obong Eno Akpan, Wife of former Governor Obonganwan Nne Isong among others.