Akwa Ibom State Government has set in motion a machinery for the achievement of its development blue print. This was the focus of deliberation at a special Executive Council retreat, presided over by the State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel.
Briefing Government House Correspondents at the end of the Special Executive Council meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Communications Mr Aniekan Umana said that the council brainstormed on the creative utilization of the abundant economic potentials in the state for employment generation and wealth creation through aggressive Agricultural development and industrialisation for sustainable development.
The Information boss said consultants from the National Transformation Institute and the MIRAI Group in Isreal delivered lectures on how to harness the creativity of Akwa ibom people towards the development of the state in furtherance of the vision of Governor Udom Emmanuel in developing a viable Agricultural base as well as industrial and mental re-engineering of the people towards making the state a model in the development matrix of the Nation.
According to the Information Commissioner, critical memos as it relates to various Ministries, Agencies and Departments were deliberated on and the council also discussed on areas of harmonisation as well as service delivery by the Workforce and chart a course for the actualisation of the state’s blueprint.
Also speaking the Commissioner for Economic Planning Dr. Emmanuel Owodiukut said that the strategic session was aimed at thinking out of the box for the state to take the right strategy in the implementation of the budget in view of the dwindling allocation of funds adding that the time has come to apply requisite know how to achieve the set target
Mr Owodiukut identified a mental re orientation as essential factor that would enable the people partner the administration as stakeholders with confidence in their abilities.
On his part the Commissioner for Rural Develpment and Utilize, Barrister Ekong Sampson said a range of options were also considered to strengthen the sensibilies of the citizens on how to protect available infrastructures in their domain for enhancement of expansion to other areas and listed the key infrastructure to include roads, electricity and water.
The State Executive Council members congratulated Governor Emmanuel on the ingenuity he has brought into governance by reshaping the way things were done to suit international best practice and for drving a new focus for economic transformation of the state.