Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has made a minor cabinet reshuffle and approved the postings of the newly sworn-in commissioners with a immediate effect.
In a press release signed by the Secretary to State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to the media by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, almost all the old Commissioners retained their portfolios.
A brother to the former senate minority leader and ex-governor Godswill Akpabio, Prince Ukpong Akpabio, and Sir Udo Ekpenyong are among those sworn-in by Governor Udom Emmanuel as Commissioners in a historic and well attended event held at the state Executive Council Chambers of Governor’s Office, Government House, Uyo.
Barrister Prince Ukpong Akpabio goes to Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry while Mr. Udo Ekpenyong returns to his old portfolio as the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Former Special Adviser, Bureau of Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources, Barr Ekong Sampson, is now deployed as the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Economic Development, Labour and Manpower Planning, while Pastor Sunny Ibuot takes over as the Special Adviser, Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources.
In the new scenario, Housing is separated from Special Duties to stand on its own as a full fledged Ministry with Otuekong Raphael Bassey as the Commissioner while a new Ministry of Special Duties and Aviation Development is created with Mr. Akan Okon at the helms of Affairs.
The Governor wished all members of the reinvigorated and rebranded State Executive Council well in the discharge of the onerous task of joining hands to vigorously pursue Project Akwa Ibom geared at sustainable development for the people of the state.