Governor Eno’s plea to create transition committees in LGAs is approved by the Akwa Ibom Assembly

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A resolution authorizing Governor Umo Eno to establish interim administration in the state’s 31 local government areas was passed by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Wednesday.

This occurred prior to the current chairmen’s term ending on Thursday, December 7.

In his message to the Speaker dated GHU/AKS/S/104/VOL.1/607, Gov. Eno notified the House that no funds had been allotted for local government elections because there was no provision for them in the 2023 budget.

Reminding the lawmakers that the term of the current local government chairmen has ended and the councils are dissolved by virtue of S.5(1) of the Local Government Administration Law, 2017, he also pointed out that the 2024 budget proposals, which he recently presented before the House, are currently undergoing sectoral defense and breakdown by respective MDAs before passage.

In line with Section 5(2) of the Local Government (Administration) Law, 2017, he said, “I write to request that the House of Assembly pass a resolution authorizing me to constitute interim administration in the local government areas of our state.”

Governor Eno requested that the House give his request favorable consideration, implying that the State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) “has commenced the process leading to the announcement of the date for the election of new Chairmen of Local Government Councils.” As a result, he is left with no choice but to establish temporary governance in the local governments while the elections are being conducted as suggested by AKISIEC.

Following a resolution made by Hon. Dr. Nsidibe Akata, the member representing Eket State Constituency, and seconded by Hon. Precious Selong, the member representing Urueofong Oruko, the House officially received the governor’s message.

Speaking in favor of the message, the deputy leader of the house and member for the Nsit-Ubium State constituency, Rt. Hon. Otobong Bob, asked his colleagues to approve the governor’s request. The Nsit-Ubium legislator added that there was an urgent need to avert a vacuum at the third tier of government because the local government councils’ terms were set to end at 12:pm on Wednesday, citing Section 5 sub 2 of the local government administration law.

Following the motions of the Chief Whip, Rt Hon Effiong Johnson, and the Deputy Leader, Rt Hon Otobong Bob, the House resolution was passed in accordance with Section 5(2) of the Local Government Administration Law, 2017.

In response, Speaker Udeme Otong gave Mrs. Nsikak-Abasi Orok, the House Clerk, instructions to forward the House resolution to the Governor for additional action.

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