Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, has charged the newly sworn-in Commissioners to be diligent while discharging their duties.
Again, he urged them to shun self glorification but to always work in the interest of the 7.2 million Akwa Ibom people who they have sworn to serve.
He gave these admonitions at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo, during the swearing-in of four new Commissioners and five Permanent Secretaries in Uyo yesterday.
He noted that they were brought on board in furtherance of the Completion Agenda of his second term in office and in the duration of this administration.
He advised the Commissioners not to be deterred by criticisms from divers’ quarters but to bring to bear their wealth of experience as stated in their resumé thereby contributing to the success of the Completion Agenda.
The Governor congratulated the newly sworn-in Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries and urged those who could not make it as Permanent Secretaries to brace up for another opportunity emphasizing that it would be improper to appoint a 21st century Permanent Secretary who is still in the mould of a 19th century Permanent Secretary.
Those sworn-in as Commissioners included: Uko Udom (SAN), Dr. John James Edet, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet and Pastor Umo Eno. The five Permanent Secretaries on the other hand are Mr. Ini James Ikie, Dr. Ini Jackson Etukudo, Mrs. Esther Aniekan Inyang, Mrs. Grace Paulinus Jim and Mrs. Abasiekeme Victor Essien.
Meanwhile, the governor has approved the creation of a new Ministry of Power and Petroleum Development in the state. The allocation of ministerial portfolios, as approved by the Governor are as follows: Mr. Akan Okon- Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno- Ministry of Lands & Water Resources, Uko Essien Udom- Ministry of Justice & Attorney General and Sir Monday Ebong Uko-Ministry of Youth & Sports.
Others are, Nsikan Linus Nkan- Ministry of Finance, Okpolupm Ikpong Etteh – Ministry of Special Duties, Sir Charles Udoh – Ministry of Environment, Orman Esin – Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Glory Edet- Ministry of Agriculture Prince Ukpong Akpabio- Ministry of Trade and Investment, among others.