Governor Godswill Akpabio has expressed displeasure over the poor state of environmental sanitation in the local government areas of the state.
Akpabio, who bared his mind Monday during a meeting with chairmen of the 31 local government areas in the state, directed the Executive Chairman of Ikot Ekpene to stop motor cycle mechanics and block moulders from working on the covered drains as dirts from repairs or moulding could deface their aesthetic value.
He mandated Sure-P Committee in the state to employ 150 persons and post them for each local government area to handle environmental sanitation of the areas.
The Governor, however, directed the chairmen to forward to his office list of development projects to be undertaken by them this year, comprising those that have been executed and completed and those that are to be executed to enable him to go on visit and commission or to attend ground-breaking ceremony where necessary.
Akpabio pledged to hold a meeting with them regularly to enable them to sit and iron out their differences and problems with a view to finding lasting solutions to such in the overall interest of stable polity and development.
He also vowed to local government councils to overcome some their teething problems especially finances and to direct the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to send a legal amendment to the state House of Assembly to allow them access the one per cent Agricultural Funds now in a fixed deposit.
The State Chief Executive expressed happiness with Akwa Ibom Local Government Commission for feecing employment and indiscriminate posting of staff to councils to alleviate their financial burden and not allowing the councils become mere salary payment centres.
The state Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Nse Ntuen lamented the financial difficulty in local government councils for the past six months, resulting in some councils not paying salaries and others entitlements to staff and political office holders.
Mr. Ntuen said as a result of the financial problem, the councils could not furnish their security villages, and appealed to the Governor to allow them access the one per cent Agricultural Funds in fixed deposit.
On the poor environmental sanitation in their areas, he pledged to re-double their efforts in this direction to ensure the cleanliness of their areas.
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