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UCCDA set to relocate to Permanent Secretariat after 31 years

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UCCDA set to relocate to Permanent Secretariat after 31 years

UCCDA New office

UCCDA New office

By Osondu Ahirika

The Executive Chairman of Uyo Capital City Development Authority, UCCDA, Prince Enobong Uwah has announced plans to relocate to the Permanent Secretariat of the Authority, which has been completed and ready for inauguration by Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel.

Prince Uwah dropped the hint yesterday (Wednesday June 19), when he led a team of UCCDA Staff and News men to inspect the massive edifice, which he said, was embarked upon to save the Akwa Ibom State government enormous amounts spent on the rented apartment for 31 years since the establishment of the UCCDA .

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Mr. Udom Emmanuel laying stone for the building few months ago

Prince Uwah commended the effort of all staff and those involved in the execution of the project for it’s timely completion and building to specifications, maintaining that, this was in line with the vision of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in futherance of truly making UCCDA perform effectively by providing a conducive work environment for the Staff.

The UCCDA helmsman thanked Governor Emmanuel for his unwavering support for the UCCDA, without which, he stressed, the governing Board of the Authority would achieve nothing and the Secretariat project would not have become a reality.

Prince Uwah explained that, there was no justification for the agency not to develop it’s own accommodation through funds generated by the UCCDA, adding that, under his watch, , the UCCDA is humanized, people oriented and has restored public confidence in her operations, with zero tolerance for bribery, graft and sharp practices.

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He also thanked Atan Offot Community, including traditional rulers, youths and women groups, for not disrupting the project, thus enabling it’s speedy completion and for maintaining their reputation as good hosts to so many public institutions sited in their community.

On the ongoing demolition excercise by the UCCDA in Uyo, Prince Uwah explained that, the Airport Road and Goodluck Jonathan Boulevard among other major roads are the entry points to Akwa Ibom State, and as such, the government will not sit idly and watch ramshackle structures, shanties, illegal constructions and buildings or containers deface the beauty of the metropolis.

He charged those who are developing buildings to stick to the appropriate and approved specifications by the UCCDA to avoid demolition of such structures as there will be zero tolerance for abuse of the city master plan. He warned against resorting to give bribes to any UCCDA staff ,warning that the consequences will be dire even as he charged the public to report any UCCDA staff who demands for a bribe to his office.

Prince Uwah also appealed to those who have been trading illegally along the Airport road to stop forthwith and move their wares to the main market as their activities have not only become an environmental nuisance, but a threat to safety of road users, causing serious traffic jams and accidents. He said the UCCDA’s enforcement units are ready to clamp down on all the illegal markets to restore sanity.

In his remarks, the Head of Administration and Secretary of UCCDA, Mr Edwin James lauded Prince Uwah for the hard work and capacity to interpret the vision of the governor for Uyo metropolis. He explained that, Prince Uwah has written his name in gold and carved a niche for himself in history by being the Chairman who built the Permanent secretariat for the UCCDA, describing it as pacesetting.

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Mr James thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for identifying and appointing Prince Uwah to oversee the UCCDA as a competent hand with capacity and the Midas touch to make impact wherever he goes to serve, adding that, Prince Uwah has revolutionized the agency and lifted the UCCDA to greater pedestal in the execution of her operations.

It will be recalled that, Prince Uwah on assuming office on June 2017, described as unacceptable and shocking, that, the UCCDA was operating from a rented facility and vowed to build a permanent Secretariat for UCCDA and relocate the agency to save money for Government.

Accordingly, the foundation stone laying ceremony for Phase one of the Permanent office building of the UCCDA, was performed by Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the erstwhile Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning, Arc. Ime Ekpo on Friday, June 8th, 2018.

The UCCDA was established by the 1988 Edict, to control developments in the Uyo capital city by the Akwa ibom State Government.

The massive UCCDA secretariat complex is located behind the Idongesit Nkanga State Secretariat at Atan Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.

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Akwa Ibom Speaker says 7th Assembly will be People-centric Legislature

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly

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Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly. Speaker Bassey made the promise when Ascend Communications, publishers of Assembly Watch paid him a courtesy visit.

Bassey said he intends to lead an assembly whose legislative engagements will revolve around the constituents, stating that such engagements will be the only way to ensure that the electorate are carried along in the process of legislation.

Speaker Aniekan Bassey said this will be achieved through town hall meetings to gather information on needs of the constituents, constituency briefings to intimate constituents on progress of legislative representation, as well as regular appraisals and briefings. Bassey said these engagements are imperative if the lacuna between the legislature and the electorate is to be bridged.

Speaking earlier, the MD, Ascend Communications, Mr Courage Mbon said the team was in the Assembly to intimate the speaker about “Assembly Watch”, an initiative of Ascend Communications, which aims at informing the general public about activities of legislators both in the State House Of Assembly and the National Assembly.

Mbon said Assembly Watch existed to bridge the communication gap between legislators and the general public; while also appraising performance of legislative representatives both in the state and Abuja.

High point of the visit was the presentation of a commemorative souvenir portrait to congratulate the speaker on his recent election as speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

The Bill titled a Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibit all forms of Violence Against Persons and to Provide Maximum Protection and Effective Remedies for Victims and Punishment of Offenders and for Related Matters will ensure stiffer punishment for persons convicted of rape and other violent crimes

Rt Hon. Dennis, in the lead debate,
condemned recent violent crimes in the State and said the Bill when passed into law, will protect women, children and other persons against abandonment, circumcision, domestic and economic abuses.

He said it will also curb forced financial dependence, sexual exploitation, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and said there must be penalties to discourage offenders from these acts.

The Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko who is a co-sponsor of the Bill, said violent crimes were not only particular to women, maintaining the Bill when passed into law, will also protect the men from all forms of harassment.

Others who spoke in support of the Bill, including the Member representing Ika/Etim Ekpo State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung, that of Ini, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Abak State Constituency, Hon. Udeme Otong;
Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudu and Member Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr. (Mrs) Charity Ido, lauded the lead sponsor, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis for bringing up the bill, saying it will further promote peace in the state.

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey who lauded Members for their interests in the Bill, referred it to the House Committee on Woman Affairs, Social Welfare and Cooperative and directed the Committee to report back to the House within one month.

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Recall in the sixth assembly, Barr
Dennis facilitated a law which seeks to protect Akwa Ibom people from unlawful arrest and detention, the Law amongst other benefits places a ban on the arrest of persons in lieu of suspects, arrests in terms of civil matter and also seeks to eradicate the gender discrimination in bail issues. This was called CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW.

Barr. Dennis also sponsored a bill which seeks to ensure prohibition of female circumcision or female genital mutilation which is commonly practised in some communities in the state and has lasting negative impacts in the lives of women called LAW THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS PROHIBITION BILL.

…….Partial contributions from Press Unit, Office of the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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A’Ibom Assembly seeks State Govt’s Intervention on Calabar-Itu Federal Road

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to i

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by Mfonobong Ukpong

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to intervene on the failed portion of the Enen-Itam axis of the road, with a view of alleviating the plights of the road users and residents of the area.

The House gave the directive, Thursday at plenary sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing ITU State Constituency, Hon. Kufre-Abasi Edidem who informed the House of the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu road, particularly Enen-Itam axis of the road. He said members of his constituents and other road users were expressing difficulties plying the road, and pleaded that the state government be urged to undertake urgent intervention measures on the road in the interest of the people.

Reacting to the motion, lawmakers argued that the current situation of the road was affecting economic activities as the road connects Akwa Ibom with neighboring Cross River State. Members for Ibesikpo-Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, Nsit-Ubium, Barr. Otobong Bob, Etim-Ekpo/Ika, Hon. Mfon Idung, Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka, Hon, Abak, Udeme Otong, Ukanafun, Dr. Charity Ido and the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong in their separate contributions sympathised with residents of the area and other road users who ply the road. They wondered why the federal government was still dragging it’s feet on the said road, years after it publicised that contract had been awarded for the construction of the road. The Assembly Members agreed that it has become expedient for the state government to intervene on the federal road, since majority of those who use the road are Akwa Ibom people.

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Uyo representative, Ekah said “It is disheartening that the federal government seems to be playing politics on the road. It’s high time we separate politics from human lives”.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said though the Assembly was aware that the said road is a federal road, it was necessary that urgent intervention be undertaken to ameliorate the plights of the people. He ruled that the matter be referred to the State Ministry of Works for urgent intervention, and directed the Clerk to communicate the decision of the House to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

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