…AS FINANCE COMMISSIONER SUBMITS ESTIMATES TO EXCO

Akwa Ibom State Executive Council presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel on Monday received the 2021 Budget estimate with a policy thrust on improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Cmrd. Ini Ememobong made this known to Government House Correspondents after the enlarged Executive Council Meeting, at the Executive Chambers of Government House, Uyo.

According to the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, the Executive Council received and adopted the 2021 Budget estimate as presented by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Linus Nkan, with the consideration of improving on the internally generated revenue so as to reduce over-dependence on the federal allocation.

In his words,” today in exco meeting presided over by His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel it was an enlarged exco with Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra Ministerial Departments in attendance, we considered the budget estimate as presented by the Commissioner of Finance and the policy thrust of that budget has to do with improving on the internally generated revenue so that we can reduce over-dependence on the federal allocation”, he said.

Cmrd. Ememobong expressed optimism that the budget when passed by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly will address human capacity development, aviation and rural development as encapsulated in the completion agenda, saying, “the budget also aligned completely with the completion agenda where issues on education falling under human capacity development, aviation development, rural community development and all the sectors of the completion agenda took precedence that is the policy thrust”.

Also resolved at the State Executive Council was the taking over of a community established and managed Secondary School, the Unity Secondary Commercial School, Oduk, Ikono Local Government Area.

This, he explained, was based on state Government’s decision to relieve communities of the burden of running schools, in the interest of Akwa Ibom students.

The information boss also hinted that the Executive Council has considered the need for amendments to the law establishing the Akwa Ibom State College of Education for greater productivity; he also stated that from reports received at Council, schools in the state were faring well in their post-COVID session.

“…We also received reports to amend and also put into consideration the establishing law for the Akwa Ibom State College of Education so that it can help for greater productivity.

The state government also took a decision of taking over Unity Secondary Commercial School, Oduk Ikono LGA; we also received briefing on school reopening how well we have done and the challenges. We also received status update on COVID-19 and other issues”, he stated.

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