The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has passed a resolution authorizing the state executive to obtain a loan facility of Six Hundred Million Naira for the purpose of paying the state’s counterpart funding for the execution of Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, projects across the state.
This is sequel to a request forwarded in a letter by the Governor, Mr udom Emmanuel, to the lawmakers seeking their approval for the executive to access the bank loan to enable Akwa Ibom meet its counterpart obligation. Motion for the receipt of the governor’s message was moved by the Chief Whip Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong Akpan and seconded by Hon. Mrs. Mfon Ekong. In their debate, Rt. Hon. Udo Kerian (Oruk Anam), Hon. Mark Esset (Nsit Atai), Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh (Esit Eket/Ibeno), Hon. Samuel Ufo (Mbo), Idongesit Ituen (Itu) and Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim) all spoke in favour of the governor’s request.
The members urged their colleagues to approve the loan to enable rural dwellers benefit from the MDG projects which they noted are meant to touch lives.
Leading the debate on the governor’s request, the House leader, Rt. Hon. Udo Kerian, explained that it was necessary for his colleagues to grant the loan to enable rural communities in the state benefit from life-touching projects such as healthy facilities, market buildings, school structures, among others.
Member representing Nsit Atai state constituency, Hon Mark Esset, said the loan is being requested at a time that the current administration has raised the bar in governance especially in the area of prompt payment of salaries. Hon Idongesit Ituen of Itu state constituency urged that the fund be approved since the state needs to join other communities in the world where the trend has moved from development goals to sustainable development goals.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke agreed with his colleagues on the need for the state legislature to approve the request for the loan facility saying it is in view of the fact that MDGs projects in the state have helped citizens and residents especially in the area of poverty alleviation.