The Akwa Ibom State Government has underscored the need for the Federal Government to carry state government along in the siting and execution of projects in their state, just as it noted that some federal government projects in the state were neither known to the state government nor were their needs and locations assessed and rationalized.
The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel made the observation yesterday when he played host to the Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development during a courtesy call in the Government House, Uyo.
He expressed surprise at the number of federal government’s projects sited in the state and called for closer collaboration between the federal and the state government in the execution of projects in the state.
Governor Udom who was represented by the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, noted that he was not aware that there were as many as 40 federal government projects in Akwa Ibom State, saying that for the purpose of proper synergy and needs assessment, there was absolute need for the federal government and its agencies to always build confidence in the states and ensure proper consultation towards the success of such projects.
He stated that the need for such consultations and periodic reviews had become indispensable in order to enable the two governments to align their resources toward common objectives.
He also expressed surprise at the number of projects to be inspected during the visit and noted that given the present inflationary trend occasioned by uncertainties of the global economy, there was an utmost need to ensure that the government had value for resources committed into projects.
He stressed the imperatives of adherence to timelines in the course of project delivery in order to enhance full benefits to the end-users, adding that these are the very factors that have informed project successes of the Akwa Ibom Government.
He commended the Senate Committee for their visit and described the visit as an opportunity to “eye-mark” what the executive arm of government had earlier “earmarked.
He further used the opportunity to call on the federal government to continue to carry Akwa Ibom State along in the distribution of its developmental projects in the country while assuring them of the state government’s preparedness to partner with them at all times.
The Leader of the Senate Committee and former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu, said they were in the state as part of their oversight function to inspect finished and ongoing Federal Government projects.
He commended the visible developmental projects that Emmanuel’s administration has executed in the state and described the state-owned Ibom Air Services as the best in the nation’s aviation sector.
Other members of the team were; Senator Ashiru Oyelola, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Danjuma La’ah and Senator Cleopas Moses.