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Gov. Udom’s Cabinet: How They Have Fared

It is another Democracy Day Anniversary and a special season in Akwa Ibom State as the inauguration of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State holds on May 29, 2019, his cabinet members were not left out in the recorded success story of his first administration.

In the last four years, the Governor has successfully been able to interpret his vision of his five point agenda and his Executive Council (cabinet) under this timeline have worked in driving their set targets towards meeting the set targets of his administration.

Daily News Wire in this special anniversary edition appraises the work content of most of the Commissioners i.e cabinet members who served in the first term of Governor Udom Emmanuel and their contributions in the success story of the administration as well as their legacies.

EPHRAIM INYANG:  The super performing Commissioner who supervised the Ministry of Works in Akwa Ibom State in the first fours years of this administration. A goal getter and hardworking individual who has successfully interpreted the vision of quality road network delivery and expansion in Akwa Ibom State in four years.

He has been focused and committed in his schedules and has been able to deliver on the set templates and promises of his Principal to sustain the revolution of infrastructure in the State across the 31 Local Government Areas.

The Onna born astute administrator has successfully delivered in opening of the State to more rural areas through good road networks and has fostered more socio- economic development. His performance in the first four years has been excellent.

LINUS NKAN : From the  private financial sector to being an erudite public servant who held sway in the Ministry of Finance and driving the vison of an enhance economic growth in the State and being a key player in the investment process of the success story of the governor Udom Emanuel administration.

A leader of few words and charming smiles, the Ibesikpo born public servant has brought his wealth of financial knowledge to be of great advantage in stabilizing the economic management of the State’s resources and his team work approach has been a great mileage that has made his schedules outstanding.

The prompt passage of the appropriation Bill and the commitment of his Ministry and other relevant financial agencies in enhancing the Internally Generated revenue of the state over the years has been tremendous as his wealth of experience in the financial sector has been an advantage to good governance in Akwa Ibom State. His performance in the first four years of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration has been excellent.

AKAN OKON: Another very active Commissioner in the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration in the first four years who has discharged his scheduled portfolios creditably. He has been very sterling in his duties and his work rate has been wide applauded.

As Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation (cabinet member), he has successfully interpreted his schedules in the narratives of his duties. He has served in the Ministry of Housing within this period were his signature success landmarks include the supervision of the ongoing 21 storey office building and the International Worship Centre. The narrative of the aviation sector in Nigeria changed under his ministry with the arrival of three State Government owned aircrafts which berthed the arrival of the Ibom Air, the State Government Airline.

Operations of the airline is scheduled to commence soonest as demonstration flights have been successful. He has also used his wealth of experience in the financial sector in enhancing good governance. His performance in the first four years of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration has been excellent.

MONDAY UKO: Result oriented, history making Commissioner for Youth and Sports. Under his watch in the Ministry, Akwa Ibom State has excelled in sports development and tourism.

In 2015, Akwa United won the first national laurel for the State winning the Federation Cup. The team has also won the maiden Aiteo Cup and have represented the Nigeria twice at the Confederation of Africa, Confederation Cup. Presently, the team is on course to lift the 2018/2019 Nigerian Professional Football League having topped Group B of the abridged league to qualify for the Super Six. It is the first time an Akwa Ibom State team will top the league table.

Team Akwa Ibom has performed creditably at the National Youth Games, National Sports Festival and has held two editions of the history making Akwa Ibom Sports Festival, the third edition will hold in June this year.

Under his watch, the Super Eagles made Uyo their home in their qualification for the World cup in 2018 with a game to spare and the construction of the Eket Stadium and other sports centres across the Federal Constituencies are milestones of his success story.

The Youths in Akwa Ibom State have also charted a new narrative under his supervision as peace has been steadfast in the State. His performance in the first four years of Governor Udom Emmanuel has been excellent.

CHARLES UDOH: The brand manager who charted a sustained positive image that projected Akwa Ibom State to the world as a land of opportunities and possibilities as well as ensuring that the horizon of greatness of the State remains on course.

He has used his wealth of experience in information management in propagating government policies and programmes and has successfully re-branded the State as destination for investors and tourism.

His team work approach and creativity has endeared him to his immediate Constituency, the media and the support towards meeting the set targets of information management for the State has gone a long way in boosting the image of his Principal and Akwa Ibom State. His love for sports remains a milestone for the Uyo born servant leader.

He is well respected and has a jovial charm that makes him accessible. He has performed excellently in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

INIOBONG ESSIEN: The Ibiono Ibom Medical Doctor turned politician has been outstanding serving as Commissioner in the Environment and Mineral resources Ministry. A committed team player who has a firm grasp of environmental issues bedeviling the State.

Under his watch, he has been able to tackle erosion threats/ menace through Government intervention projects and has been able to ensure that the challenge of poor drainages which has led to flooding has been tackled.

The mineral resources department has been able to chart a new course for new investment opportunities under his watch. His calm mien and accessibility have endeared him to people. He has performed excellently in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

UDO EKPENYONG: An astute administrator, grassroot mobiliser and leader who has taken the vision of uniting the Local Government structure in synergy successfully.

Under his watch, the Ibibio nation successfully installed their traditional patriarch, the Oku Ibom Ibibio and during the build up to the general elections he successfully united families and through the traditional institutions across the 31 Local Government Areas towards the successful re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

He contributed immensely towards the restoration of peace in Ukanafun and other surrounding Local Government Areas.  He has been a committed and trusted team player. He has performed excellently in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

GLORY EDET: The great mobiliser of the women for the administration. A University Don by profession, her foray into politics has been phenomenal. She has sustained the enhancement of the welfare of the less privileged in the State, the aged,  created an enabling environment for the Children activities especially the Children’s Parliament and has been at the fore front of support for the programmes of the government and pet programme of the Governor’s wife, FEYREP.

The Ini born leader has been able to bridge the gap in governance by bringing the people together irrespective of religious and political affiliations. She is loved by her people and well respected. A great team player. She has been excellent in the discharge of her duties under the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.

UKPONG AKPABIO: From Essien Udim Local Government Area is one of the youngest Commissioners of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration. He has been on the saddle for barely a year and has made modest achievements in the Commerce and Investments Ministry.

His foray into politics has given him more prominence and goodwill especially after the outcome of the 2019 general elections. He has performed satisfactorily under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

PROF VICTOR INOKA: A native of Oruk Anam Local Government Area was until his appointment a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt. He came into government at a critical time to re-position the challenges of the education sector in the State. Average performance.

EKONG SAMPSON: Lawyer, Journalist and politician. This former Local Government Chairman, two term lawmaker has distinguished himself as a leader with sterling qualities having served earlier as Special Adviser on Political Matters and Legislative Affairs to the Governor, Commissioner for  Rural Development and later Commissioner Economic Development,  Labour and Manpower Planning.
While serving as Commissioner for rural development, he set the template for the rural development master plan of this administration.

He has ensured that his tenure has had synergy in enhancing the relationship between Government and organized labour and has been an erudite team player that has been of immense value to the present administration. He successfully piloted pioneer symposium bringing stakeholders in government and labour together in
enhancing the synergy in their cordial working relationship. A great team player and eloquent presenter, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson has performed excellently under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.UWEMEDIMO NWOKO: Human rights activists cum politician, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko has discharged his schedules in the Justice Ministry with satisfaction and has ensured that litigations affecting the State are favorable.The Ika born luminary has brought much content to governance and over the course of the last four years has been very vocal on issues bothering on State and national matters and has re-positioned the Ministry with policies that has made the administrative course of the schedules more effective.

He has been an excellent team player and has performed excellently in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

PROF. NSE ESSIEN: From the academia into public service has held sway in the Science and Technology Ministry. Under his watch, he has enhanced capacity building in ICT development. About  200 Akwa Ibom Youths have been trained by Oracle, a renowned  software and they were all given laptops at the end of the programme and duly certified by Oracle.

In addition, 2,800 youths have been successfully trained in digital marketing in collaboration with the Federal Government and Google. Over 2050 Akwa Ibom youths have been trained in waste development and visual designing in partnership with hotel bookings Nigeria (hotel.ng). He has constructed 10 computer laboratories in each of the ten federal constituencies in the State. His performed creditably under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

DR. DOMINIC UKPONG: A core professional who has brought his wealth of experience in changing the face of the Health sector in Akwa Ibom State. The phenomenal changes in this sector with the rehabilitation of health institutions across the State, tackling effectively the challenge and spread of diseases ,infant mortality and others has distinguished him as a professional committed in driving the set visions of his Principal in giving Akwa Ibom State the best healthcare in the past four years.

That Akwa Ibom State health care system under his watch has witnessed a great renaissance shows his utmost commitment in his duties to serve. He has performed excellently under the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

By Amos Etuk

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