AKHA Members to Understudy China`s Industrialisation Strategies
04 Apr 2012
A delegation of members of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly is to be sent to China soon to study its industrial set-up with a view to using the knowledge to make laws that will help the state government in establishing industries.
Akwa Ibom State Government that has a robust plan to establish industrial estates in the 31 local government areas of the state made a budgetary provision of N20 billion last year for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Governor Godswill O. Akpabio who gave this hint Tuesday when political, academic and professional elders of Itu State Constituency led by their representative in the House of Assembly, Dr. Ekaette Ebong Okon, paid him a solidarity visit at Governor's Lodge, Uyo said the trip would expose them to the industrial clusters of China.
Akpabio acknowledged the valued contributions made, harmonious relationship existing and supportive role played by the House of Assembly to the success of his administration.
''The House must take credit for passing a lot of bills into laws. If we bring any bill to the House and it is not passed, then it is of no use. If the House did not solidly support the executive arm of government in the state, the government would not have been able to perform creditably'', he stated.
The Governor lauded the Itu people for their vision in sending Dr. Okon to the House a second time whom, he described as ''a Political Amazon, educationist par excellence, and a colossus''.
The State Chief Executive also praised the people for their contributions to the development of the state particularly for their support to the re-emergence of the Governor, observing that this had informed his decision to have constructed three flyovers, dualised Ekim Itam-Ikot Oku Ikono Road, constructed pipe jacking system and renovated primary and secondary schools in the area.
On the forthcoming election of local government chairman and councillors in the area, Akpabio pledged to allow for a level playing field in the emergence of creditable and responsible leaders who will fast-track the development of the area and guarantee peace.
Dr. Okon in her remarks described the Governor as an uncommon transformer, great leader, father, counsellor, role model and teacher who played a great role for her re-election as a member of the House representing Itu.
The Itu representative commended the Governor for constructing three flyovers, dualised road, renovation of schools and sitting a Specialist Hospital, among other projects in the area.
Accompanied by a one-time Secretary to the State Government, Obonganwan Grace Ekong and Professor Effanga J. Usua, a one-time Education Commissioner in the then Cross River State, among others, she assured that during the local government elections, many of them would return to the field to choose leaders of the their choice.