Akwa Ibom Government Calls for increased Revenue Allocation
07 Aug 2009: Usoro I. Usoro
Akwa Ibom Government has advocated for increase in revenue formula for the State from the Federal Government account.
The Governor dropped the message during a courtesy call by the members of the House of Representative Committee on states and Local Government today at Government House, Uyo.
Chief Akpabio pointed out that the visitors should serve the functions of influencing in the National Assembly for a change in revenue allocation to the state as well as informing the Federal Government about the dire need for fund in order to encourage the current infrastructural and industrial progress in the state.
He explained that the government of the state considers it a top priority aligning with the people of the state for the provision of people oriented projects that encourage state-wide and local transformation for economic benefit.
He commended the positive critiques of the state government and explained that such spur the state government to govern in the interests of the generality.
Concerning the free compulsory primary and secondary education programme in the state, the governor emphasized that this could not only increase the intellectual capacity of the pupils and students but would help to check kidnapping and fight against other social anomalies in the state.
Chief Akapbio disclosed that as Akwa Ibom is the most peaceful in the Niger Delta, the state government has been compelled to change its present status from the civil service state to an industrial city, adding that the current Ibom industrial city project when completed would transform the state and attract industries to make Akwa Ibom "a sought-after state in the not very far future in Nigeria". He restated the fair relationship between the state executives and the House of Assembly in the state, which underscores appropriate delivery of democratic dividends in all parts of the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on states and Local Government Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Omotayo Adedeji, had disclosed of his mission to the state to include assessment on the relationship between the state and local government to ensure checks and balances, justice and fair play between the duo in the thirty six states of the federation.
Against what he encountered in other states, the experience in Akwa Ibom is different, he stated, commending the state government for the state-wide programmes especially in road construction, industrial projects, free education policy, amongst others.
He praised the government of Akwa Ibom for providing purposeful leadership by embarking on people oriented projects and aligning the indigenes with basic provisions like pipe born water, electricity and others to enhance their welfare.
He lauded the state governor for the strategic leadership of working in co-operation with the states Executives, Commissioners and Local Government Chairmen to ensure justice and fair play with regard to revenue allocation between the state and the Local Government Areas