Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has sworn in new Board members into various boards and commissions in the state.

The new board members and commission chairmen were sworn in on Wednesday at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo.

Governor Emmanuel congratulated the newly inaugurated board members, and charged them to use their pedigrees, professional competence and capacities to add value to the sustainable development agenda of the current administration.

He said that the inauguration of the chairmen and members of various boards and commissions is quite necessary owning the lapses and challenges faced, and urged them to be units and wards defenders in order to give back to the people.

The Governor stressed that it is not the duty of government to manage most boards but those who head them, saying that most of the agencies are good sources of revenue generation for the government rather than depend on statutory allocations.

Gov Udom Emmanuel addressing the newly inaugurated board members

He hinted that there are challenges in the Tourism and Hospital Management, Agric Loan, Education Boards and others both in the existing ones, and however gave kudos to the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development for the successes recorded thus far, winning the Challenge Cup twice within the last three and a half years his administration, and sued not to relent.

“We want our children to be Ronaldos of tomorrow and the only way that can happen is through Continental exposure. We also hope to produce Nollywood stars through the Culture and Tourism board. A state is not only about one man, but about 6.1 million people. I can’t make it alone.”

Governor Emmanuel used the occasion to explain the issue of pension and gratuity in the state, and decried that most times, people rush to radio stations to talk without understanding. “We had contributions from the Contributory Pension Scheme that was abolished, which would have reduced gratuity. Today, somebody who had collected the gratuity that was earlier refunded is now asking me to pay. Am I going to double-pay or double-count?

“There was a contribution done by the state and the law, which was appropriated and the money returned, and people are still going to radio stations telling the governor to refund again. Are you going to collect double? By Appropriation Act, it was not appropriated by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

“I sat with the Head of Civil Service, and they sent a paper to me that they had not had promotions since 2011. In civil service anywhere in world, there is something called Notional Promotion. When you promote, you start paying based on their current grades. Now they want me to go and start again from 2011. As at then, the oil price was 109 dollars per barrel. That is too high a miracle for me to perform.”

Governor Emmanuel expressed hope that the newly inaugurated boards and commissions members would work effectively, maintaining that this government can only look good if everybody puts hands together and do what they ought to do, and do it right, and the state would be better.

The newly sworn-in members of the State Hospital Management Board include Dr David Udo-Umo, Chairman; Dr Christopher Nyong; Mr Iniabasi Ekanem; Elder Idaresit Etete; Comrade Ubon Marcus; Hon Edeke Edeke Member; and Hon (Mrs) Flora Abang as members.

Hotels Management and Tourism Board has Mr Ini Akpabio as Chairman; Barr Ewa Edmund Okpo; Mr Emmanuel Titus, Member; Director of Tourism Ex-Officio; Director of Information Ex-Officio; and Director, Council For Arts and Culture Ex-Officio

In the Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company (APICO), Mr Ekpenyong Enyinna is the Chairman while Mr Samuel Efiok; Elder Stephen Stephen; Sir Michael Essang; and Mr Smart Ben are member

The Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy has Sir Adasi Ubulom as Chairman; Mr Isua Efiok Archibong; Mr Hope Abia; Anyangha Edet Anyangha; Barr Ikpe Udoak; Mr Charles Ndanyongmmong; Barr Maurice Udoka; Comrade Cyril Umoren; Engr Don G.G. Bassey; and Rep Of Ministry Of Women Affairs Member.

Members of Environmental and Waste Protection Management Board are Prince Akpan Ikim (Chairman); Hon Victor Henry Full Time; Prince Lambert Orok; Charles Uwem Ememobong; Engr Ime Akpan Ntem; Hon Victor Bassey; Mr Victor Brown; Hon Friday Ikpo Udoeka; Mr Essien Okon Essien; and Mrs Emilia Akpan Udom (Members)

A cross section of the newly inaugurated board members and commission chairmen.

High Chief William Mkpa (Chairman); Mr Ime Umoh; Prince Emmanuel Oboh; Mr Udo Toby Udobot; Barr Mbetobong Okpongette; Mr Ofonmbuk Ukim; Engr Effiong Essang; Mr Ignatius Ukpe; and Mrs Otobong Aaron are member of the Akwa Ibom State Scholarship Board.

Land Use and Allocation Committee: Prof Peter Esuh (Chairman); Mr Victor Koffi; Barr Cosmas Udoette; Mr Godwin Edinyang; Mr John Job; Mrs Rose Wills; Hon Macaulay Nyoho; and Mr Uduak Okon Jeremiah (members).

Others are:
Akwa Ibom Sports Council
1. Sir Monday Uko Chairman
2. Mr Akan Udofia Member
3. Mr Scott Tommey Member
4. Sir Emem Akpabio Member
5. Mr Paul Bassey Member
6. Coach Aniedi Dickson Member
7. Perm Sect Min Of Youth & Sports Member

Agric Loans Board
1. Mrs Elsie Esara Chairman
2. Prince Ibanga Enoch Member
3. Mrs Glory Effiong Member
4. Elder Ita Iniekung Member

Agency For Adult And Non Formal Education
1. Mrs Ekaette Usip Chairman
2. Hon Innocent Isaiah Udom Member
3. Idongesit Philip Member
4. Mrs Sylvia Ekong Member
5. Edwin Usanga Member

Uyo Capital City Development Authority
1. Mr Peter Effiong Peter Member
2. Mrs Precious Selong Member

Akwa Ibom State Primaryhealthcare Board
1. Dr Martin Akpan Chairman
2. Hon Sampson Unyeawaji Member
3. Mr Michael Bush Member
4. Hon Isaac Ukut Member
5. Mr Okon Effiong Atang Member
6. Provost, College Of Health Technology Member
7. A Representative Of Chairman Of Each Local Govt Council Members, and Ministry Of Econ Development And Planning Member

Permanent Secretary Of:
(I) Ministry Of Health Member
(Ii) Ministry Of Lg & Chieftaincy Affairs Member
(Iii) Ministry Of Women Affairs Member
(Iiii) Ministry Of Information Member

By Ima Akpabio

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