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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Akwa Ibom State Students in Tertiary institutions set to enjoy government scholarships soon

 

Akwa Ibom State Students in tertiary institutions will soon enjoy government scholarships across board a situation which will go a long way to lighten the burden for parents funding their children or wards' education.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong made this known, Tuesday 12th January, 2021, while briefing Government House Correspondents at the end of the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting.

According to Comrade Ini Ememobong, Governor Udom Emmanuel who presided over the SEC meeting, directed the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, to put up modalities for the institution of scholarship awards to all Akwa Ibom students in tertiary institutions, by liaising with critical stakeholders for actualization of the scheme.

This development according to the State Information helmsman is part of government's efforts toward boosting education, as the sector tops the priority list of Akwa Ibom State government in 2021.

The State Spokesman further disclosed that SEC also approved the Environmental Beautification Policy, as presented by the Commissioner for Environment, Sir Charles Udoh. Ememobong who said, the policy is geared at promoting the beautification of the state, added that, Council charged the Commissioner of Environment to expedite  implementation.

"We also received the environmental beautification policy which was approved and the Commissioner for Environment was charged with the task of speedy implementation, for a beautiful environment, so we can maintain our position as Nigeria’s cleanest state".

Still on beautification of the environment, Comrade Ememobong stated  that, the Executive Council has also directed on the remodeling of Ibom Plaza to enhance the ambience of the heart of Uyo capital city.

Further more, State government has directed the immediate disbursement of funds to contractors handling major projects in the state to ensure early work completion. The directive which was part of the resolutions of SEC is also aimed at
stimulating the state economy.

To this end, Government has approved the the injection of N50 billion into the system for the purpose in the first quarter of the year. 

"The Executive Council has directed the immediate disbursement of funds for major contractors. I am sure you have seen that work has begun in earnest at all the major construction sites not just in Uyo, in Eket and many other places. Work is currently ongoing and Exco is conscious of His Excellency’s promise to stimulate the economy and ensure the completion of projects", the Information Commissioner stated.

"The most important thing is that the contractors have resumed fully from their Christmas vacation and they are doubling efforts to complete the projects as we cannot lose this dry season", Comrade Ememobong added.

He hinted that the Council also granted approval for the award and commencement of Inter- Ministerial Direct Labour Projects and mandated Exco members to ensure that the projects are speedily and qualitatively delivered.

"...also Inter-ministerial jobs will be awarded and His Excellency as Chairman in council has directed the speedy award and monitoring of those inter-ministerial jobs", Ememobong stated.

He  disclosed that it was the resolution of Council to restructure the Akwa Ibom Property and Investments Company Limited (APICO) for efficient and effective service delivery, while Akwa Palms Limited has been earmarked for reactivation.

Speaking further, the Commissioner said, the Chairman in Council also directed a panel to visit and interface with the management of Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU, to find solutions to issues raised by Labour Union of the school.

The Council  also took out time to observe a minute silence for the departed former member of EXCO, the immediate past Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Arc. Ime Ekpo, whose death was mentioned at the meeting.

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