Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has embarked on a mission to establish a new law mandating Local Government (LG) chairmen in the State to reside within their respective jurisdictions while serving their terms in office.
This initiative was articulated in one of the four executive bills submitted by the governor to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Among the other proposed bills are the “Bill for a Law to Establish the Ibom Peace Corps and Associated Objectives” and the “Bill for a Law to Provide Special Provisions for Statutory Boards in Akwa Ibom State and Associated Aims.”
Furthermore, the “Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Bureau of Statistics and Akwa Ibom State Statistical System, along with Supplementary Matters” was also presented to the Assembly for consideration and approval.
The four bills, contained in separate letters dispatched by Governor Eno to the State Legislature, were read aloud by the Clerk of the House, Mrs. Nsikak Abasi Orok, during the plenary session held on Friday.
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The motion to accept the governor’s proposals was initiated by Lawrence Udoide, the representative of the Ini Constituency, and was seconded by Uduak Ekpo-Ugot, representing the Etinan State Constituency.
Upon thorough deliberation, the Assembly entrusted the bills to the Committee on Rules, Ethics, Business, and Privileges, which will oversee further legislative proceedings.
In another development during the same plenary session, the Assembly urged the State Government to begin the construction of a Cargo Terminal at the Victor Attah International Airport. This resolution followed a motion introduced by Uwem Peter Imoh-Ita, the representative from the Mkpat Enin State Constituency.
Imoh-Ita’s presentation highlighted the comprehensive design of the Victor Attah International Airport project, which comprises a Passenger Terminal, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities, and an International Cargo facility. While the Passenger Terminal and MRO have already been completed, the construction of the Cargo Terminal and associated structures, expected to stimulate substantial aviation-related economic activities, remains pending.
The establishment of the Cargo Terminal is projected to unlock new business prospects, foster employment opportunities, and generate significant revenue for the State.
House Speaker Elder Udeme Otong instructed the Clerk to formally notify Governor Umo Eno about the Assembly’s decision to prioritize the construction of the Cargo Terminal within the State. The Assembly adjourned the plenary session until Thursday, August 31st.