Ini Billie, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Umo Eno has assured members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of 4,000 more political appointments in addition to 368 one-per-ward personal assistants sworn-in today (Monday).
Speaking in Uyo while addressing members of the State Executive Council, political stakeholders, and other government functionaries during the October edition of the monthly Covenant Service, Governor Eno, appealed to PDP members not included in the 368 list to remain calm and committed to the party.
Eno stated that more opportunities are available for deserving members of the party to contribute their quota towards the realization of the A.R.I.S.E. Agenda blueprint and overall success of the administration.
He explained that the 368 appointments was the first in the series of his effort in ensuring an all embracing government as promised during his election campaigns.
He revealed that the 4,000 appointments would include all units for the Neighbourhood City Watch Programme as well as the 40 appointments for the Songhai Model Farm Programme as pending opportunities to accommodate indigenes of the state.
He said the appointees were as qualified and deserving as those who didn’t make the list, and solicited for their understanding, explaining that the appointment could not accommodate everybody in the first instance.
“On Monday we’ll be holding our stakeholders meeting in the evening by 4 pm with each local government bringing 20 persons and I trust that the leaders will not go and take people from one household and call them stakeholders. Please I expect at least one ward leader to be in that list, plus critical people. Everybody, again, cannot be on that list.
“Why are we doing this? It’s just to be able to share what we plan to do in each Local Government Area in three months. So, we want to throw it open for you to go back home, think and within the week tell us the real need to enable us look at them be it school, hospital, water or a market project but it must be a rural development project,” he stated.
Eno further announced his readiness to meet with stakeholders from the 31 local government areas of the state, to share ideas on modalities to best implement the proposed one project per Local Government Initiative.
He said the stakeholders meeting will be followed by an all-women meeting, then a meeting with the male and female youths separately with him to further enhance grassroots involvement in his government.