- The Akwa Ibom state government is already preparing for 2021 as the year 2020 winds up in a few weeks
- The government had presented a budget to the state House of Assembly which has been approved and now assented to by the governor
- Governor Udom Emmanuel used the opportunity to assure the people of the state that all promises made will be met
The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has assented to a N456.2 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year while reassuring that all projects initiated by his administration will be completed.
This follows a N20.5 billion augmentation to the N435.6 billion proposal presented by the governor to the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, October 20 before passage on Tuesday, December 8.
A statement issued by the Akwa Ibom state government and seen by Legit.ng indicates that the augmentation was derived from an addition of N6.1 billion to the proposed N158.4 billion in the recurrent and 14.4 billion to the proposed 226.9 billion in the capital estimates presented earlier.
The governor gave assent to the appropriation bill in an enlarged executive council meeting on Thursday, December 10 at Government House, Uyo.
He expressed satisfaction with the timeliness in state’s budgetary process in accordance with all World Bank deadlines.
Governor Emmanuel thanked the leadership and members of the House of Assembly, especially the House committee on appropriation and finance for their hard work to avail the state with the final appropriation bill for 2021 and their cooperation in setting an economic tone for the state.
“I want to thank you and your entire leadership because I’ve seen the sincerity in your heart to join hands so that we can get things done. I also want to use this opportunity to reassure you that as long as this administration is concerned, all our projects will be completed.”
Fielding questions with pressmen after the session, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and Finance, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh, said the augmentation became necessary following certain dynamics informed by the post-COVID situation and EndSARS protests.
According to him, there was a need to review the proposals presented by heads of some ministries, departments, and agencies to accommodate the restoration of AKBC facilities, furnishing of the traditional rulers' complex, and other needs.
Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has given directives for the immediate employment of 1000 teachers to shore up the manpower in secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state.
According to a press statement issued by the Akwa Ibom state government and seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, November 26, the governor also ordered the release of the 2019 teachers' promotion interview results.
Three months ago, a foremost sociopolitical group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM), commended Governor Emmanuel for creating an array of job opportunities through public-private partnerships, business support schemes, and agricultural programmes in the state.
The group said in a statement seen by Legit.ng:
“So far, more than 18 industries are operating or would soon begin operation in the state, including the Jubilee Syringe factory, King Size Flour Mill, Metering Solutions Company, Ibom Agricon Rice Mill, St. Gabriel Coconut factory, Ibom Airlines, and others.”
The AILM also noted that since the Akwa Ibom government started its industrialisation drive, the state has become a hot spot for employment seekers from all over Nigeria.
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