- The Akwa Ibom state government is kicking-off 2021 with new appointments
- Four new commissioners and 5 permanent secretaries have been sworn-in
- The appointments are expected to further boost the agenda of the Udom Emmanuel-led administration
Governor Udom Emmanuel has sworn in four new commissioner-designates and five new permanent secretaries into his cabinet and the Akwa Ibom state civil service respectively.
The new cabinet members are Uko Udom SAN, Dr. John James Etim, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet and Pastor Umo Eno while the permanent secretaries are Mr. Ini James Ikie, Dr. Ini Jackson Etukudo, Mrs. Esther Aniekan Inyang, Mrs. Grace Paulinus Jim, and Mrs. Abasiekeme Victor Essien.
A statement from the Akwa Ibom state government seen by Legit.ng indicates that the swearing-in ceremony took place at Banquet hall, Government House, Uyo, on Monday, January 4.
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The governor while administering the oath of allegiance to the appointees, charged them on creativity, diligence, and commitment to service in line with his administration's agenda.
“You must serve people diligently knowing fully that you are serving God. In every position and anything we are appointed to do, we must serve diligently with all amount of sincerity.”
Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has announced bold initiatives to jump-start the post-COVID economy of Akwa Ibom state this first quarter of 2021.
The initiatives include efforts to revamp the state education sector, massive investment in infrastructure, further investments in the health sector, and additional support for agriculture and security.
For these, the governor has promised to inject a whopping N50billion as an economic stimulus, beginning from the first quarter of this year.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel assented to a N456.2 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year while reassuring that all projects initiated by his administration will be completed.
The decision was due to 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, 2020, before passage on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
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