Okon Bassey in Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has inaugurated a nine-member transition committee to pilot the affairs of each of the 31 local government areas of the state.
Addressing the new council’ chairmen, the governor warned them against abuse of office urging them to deliver quality services and prove their mettle by deploying high level of probity in the administration of the councils.
“The office you are sworn into should not be seen as a path to immediate gratification, or one where you would engage in conspicuous excesses, let it remain true to its foundational principle which is predicated on service to the people.
“If you provide selfless service you will be rewarded and such satisfaction can never be quantified. Let this be your guiding principle,” he stressed.
Emmanuel told the transition committee chairmen that true leaders emerge during hard times an urged them to key into the state’s economic blue print for the well-being of the citizens
“You have been given a chance of a lifetime, run with it, let your talents and skills show, show the people that the choice we had in you was not misplaced. Consider this moment as a platform that can lead you to other possibilities,” he added.
The appointment he said is a lifetime opportunity for the committee members to showcase their leadership potentials and congratulated them on the appointment.
The governor hinted that plans were in place to inject an economic lifeline in the local government system to enable the third tier of government break even in it planned programmes.
According to him, in view of the prevalent economic situation, the state would inject economic stimuli to reduce the hardship in the system. He directed the Ministry of Finance to commence disbursement of Small and Medium Enterprise loans to the people to boost their businesses.
Governor Emmanuel expressed satisfaction with the calibre of persons selected to pilot affairs of the third tier of government and called on the people to lend their support to the transition administration noting that some of the retained members had performed exceptionally in the just concluded administration and that a job well done gives opportunity for more responsibilities.