As part of the oversight functions of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in checkmating and ensuring development of the grassroots, Hon. Mark Esset led members of the Committee on a tour across some local government councils in the state.
Visiting Ibesikpo Asutan, Mark Esset lauded the Chairman, Hon. Sylvester George for keying into the completion agenda of the present administration and living up the vision, dreams and aspirations of electorates at the third tier of government through efficient, effective and purposeful leadership in the area.
Esset also commended George for being the only available council Chairman to receive the team, stating that the committee has seen the helmsman efforts in keeping the vicinity clean and tidy though he decried the council’s inability to generate internal revenue and some dilapidated structures at the secretariat. He urged the Chairman to tackle the lapses for the good and wellbeing of the people.
Earlier, the Chairman, Hon Sylvester George said the council has embarked on the construction of pipe borne water projects in the two clans of the area being Ibesikpo and Asutan respectively.
Hon. George also pledged to revamp pipe borne water within the council premises, give the council a deserving face-lift through renovations and painting of structures as well as doubling up efforts in maintaining a clean and conducive working environment for effective service delivery whilst lamenting paucity of funds as a major setback for council.
Meanwhile, the team on visit to other Local Government Areas met the absence of the Councils’ Chairmen. The Councils were: Ibiono Ibom, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Nsit Ubium, Eket and Nsit Atai.
Members of the Committee on the retinue were: Rt Hon Aniefiok Dennis – member representing Etinan state constituency, Rt Hon Aniekan Nyong Uko – member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt Hon Nse Essien – member representing Onna State Constituency and Rt Hon Uduak Ududoh, member representing Ikot Abasi /Eastern Obolo state constituency.
Others were: Rt Hon Asuquo Achibong, Member representing Urueffong Oruko State Constituency, Rt. Hon Godwin Ekpo – member representing Ibiono Ibom state constituency, Hon Frank Okon, Member representing Mbo State constituency, Hon Charity Ido, member representing Ukanafun state constituency and Rt Hon Effiong Bassey, member representing Oron /Udung Uko State Constituency.