- Akan Okon, Akwa Ibom commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport is in the news again
- The banker turned politician has highlighted what Akwa Ibom is doing in terms of developing communities
- The federal government, has, however, advised Akwa Ibom and other states on how to go about the exercise
Akwa Ibom commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, has stated that speedy development of the state's communities is a key developmental goal of Governor Udom Emmanuel's Completion Agenda.
The commissioner made the comment during the opening ceremony of a workshop hosted by the Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, in Uyo, recently.
The minister of finance, budget and financial planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed alongside community development and finance experts from across Nigeria met in the Akwa Ibom state capital to brainstorm and produce guidelines for sustainable community development practices.
Okon pointed out that apart from providing basic infrastructure to improve the living standard of community dwellers, Governor Emmanuel has consistently and promptly paid counterpart funds and given a hundred per cent attention to donor agency activities.
He also said the governor has shown a remarkable commitment to resolving challenges facing communities.
The commissioner, therefore, reassured the minister and her team of continuous co-operation of the Akwa Ibom state government to community development projects.
In her remarks, the minister who was represented by her special adviser, Mrs Elizabeth Ebosele, commended the governor on his laudable achievements in Akwa Ibom state and for supporting the federal government in its efforts to develop communities.
She charged south-south and south-east stakeholders of Community Driven Development (CDD) to bring their vast knowledge in community development to bear while designing policies that will be in the best interest of future generations and their immediate communities.
Ebosele informed participants that both the presidency and Federal Executive Council await the outcome of their deliberations to be used as a template to execute developmental projects for Nigerian communities.
Experts say such initiatives are part of the reasons why the Akwa Ibom state economy have been very viable.
Recall that four months ago, Governor Udom Emmanuel constituted a 20-man committee to consider the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the Akwa Ibom 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 has so far, ensured Akwa Ibom remains economically strong after the peak period of the pandemic.
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