- The Akwa Ibom state government is already preparing for life after COVID-19
- The government has constituted a committee to ensure the state's economy does not suffer setbacks after the end of the viral disease
- The Post Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction committee is expected to ensure Akwa Ibom remains economically strong after this period
Governor Udom Emmanuel has constituted a 20-man committee to consider the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the state's economy and prepare for the aftermath of the lockdown prompted by the viral disease.
Constitution of the committee was announced in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, dated Tuesday, April 28.
The team called Post Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee is expected to ensure Akwa Ibom remains economically strong after this period.
Part of the statement read: “The current economic challenges, occasioned by COVID-19, have thrown an inexorable necessity on us as a people and Akwa Ibom state has risen to this challenge.
“To this end, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel has directed that a post-COVID-19 economic reconstruction committee be constituted.”
Professor Akpan H. Ekpo, former director-general of West African Institute For Financial and Economic Management is the chairman while Professor Emmanuel Onwioduokit, HOD Department of Economics, University of Uyo will serve as secretary.
Also on the committee are Dr Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman, Zinox Technologies and Mr Akan Okon, commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Sea Port.
The committee will be inaugurated at 12 noon on Friday, May 1.
Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has stated that none of his commissioners has contracted the dreaded COVID-19 infection.
The governor made this known at Government House, Uyo, during a media parley with some journalists in the state, on Monday, April 27.
Some media reports had suggested a number of the governor's aides were carriers of the disease.
Reacting to the report, Governor Emmanuel said claims that nine or more commissioners are secretly receiving treatment of COVID-19 in their residences were a mere figment of the authors.
Earlier, Ephraim Inyangeyen, Akwa Ibom's commissioner for works, recently denied the allegations.
While fielding questions from newsmen in Uyo recently, the commissioner described the report as a malicious, blatant lie and sponsored blackmail.
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