The State Ministry Of Rural Development Has Drawn Up A Strategic Action Plan To Complement The State Government.
Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
In line with the development plans of the current administration of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Rural Development has drawn up a strategic action plan to complement the State government.
The Commissioner for Rural Development, Hon. Ekong Sampson, announced that the Ministry would soon enunciate a development framework aimed at making the local communities relevant in the scheme of things in Akwa Ibom.
Sampson, the immediate past House of Assembly member for Mkpat Enin State Constituency, said he nursed the rural development idea while serving as the Committee chair in-charge of Rural Development last term.
He explained that the master plan is imbued with the vision of re-inventing the village setting tradition with the touch of modernity, adding that when implemented, the area would be made attractive for rural dwellers.
According to Hon. Sampson, who dropped the hint at his inaugural meeting with officials of the Ministry, modern roads, water, rural sanitation, electricity, empowerment of the rural dwellers and revamping of tourism infrastructures would form parts of the development plans for the villages.
Besides, the former lawmaker emphasized the need for security, adding that the Ministry would invest in community policing for a peaceful social interaction and business development.
When fully implemented, the village development concept of his Ministry, the Commissioner noted, would foist in the rural dwellers what he described as community spirit as well as stem rural-urban migration as people would be meaningfully engaged in their micro enterprises under peaceful and secured atmosphere.
The Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Arit Okpo, who showed the new Commissioner round some facilities in the Ministry, assured him of the resolve of the workers to cooperate in the task of interpreting the policies and programmes of government.