Eket Seeks To Become Cleanest Community In Akwa Ibom | DETAILS
...Convenes townhall meeting to curb insecurity, illegal structures
As Governor Udom Emmanuel continues to reposition Akwa Ibom State into an enviable position as the cleanest state in Nigeria, stakeholders in Eket have vowed to ensure that Eket emerges the cleanest local government in the state.
They have also vowed to partner actively with the local government chairman to bring an end to illegal structures and pockets of insecurity that could hamper the growth of the area.
Addressing a cross section of stakeholders, including elders, village heads, village youth presidents, village council chairmen, women leaders, among others, the council boss whose development strides less than three months in office has continued to attract positive commendations from within and outside the area, said he desired to see the oil city taking the lead as cleanest local government area in the state.
The town hall meeting convened, Tuesday at the council secretariat, saw the council boss announcing that a committee would be set up to go round villages in Eket to monitor and appraise the level of cleanliness in all the villages in the area.
He announced that the first three most cleanest village will be selected for cash presentation.
He tasked Youth Presidents and Village Heads to ensure that their respective villages are kept clean at all times.
Akan Tommey had told his subjects that he was of the opinion that environmental sanitation should not be a monthly exercise, rather a daily routine.
He also registered his displeasure over the erection of illegal structures in Eket and advised the people on the need to protect public infrastructure against vandalism.
Reacting to some security concerns raised at the meeting, the Chairman enjoined youths and community leaders to be vigilant and always monitor the activities of strangers in their neighbourhood.
“We want to make Eket clean and beautiful. I want see things bring done orderly in Eket. We must protect these roads and other infrastructure provided by the government. It is in our hands to make sure we protect these public infrastructures”
“As Chairman of Eket, I believe sanitation should be an everyday thing. It shouldn’t be observed only at the end of the month. Special award will be given to the first 3 villages that would emerge as the cleanest village in Eket.”
Also speaking, an elder statesman from the area, Rt.Hon. Chief Nduese Essien who also double as the Senatorial district leader of Eket Senatorial district, hailed the Council Chairman for convening the town hall meeting to discuss issues that affect Eket.
He lamented that the erection of illegal structures in the area has distorted the master plan and aesthetics of the oil city, and stressed the need for all to join hands with the council administration to restore orderliness in the area.
He said it was difficult for roads rehabilitations on some roads because landlords had built up to gutters and walkways, discouraging development from such places.
In support of the Chairman’s resolve to keep Eket clean and beautiful, Chief Essien, a former Minister of Lands and Housing and former federal lawmaker announced a donation of N600,000 cash prize for the villages that would emerge the cleanest in the first, second and third category for the month of March, 2021.
The village that emerges first is to be given N300,000 the second cleanest village will be given N200,000 while the the village that would emerge third will collect N100,000.
Others who spoke at the meeting include, the Clan Head of Eket-Afaha, Obong Monday Daniel Uwem, Chief Planning Officer for Eket, Mr. Edet Ibiot, an aide to the Governor and Village Council Chairman of Etebi Idung Akpaisang, Chief Udia Duff Edohoeket, the Village Head of Nduoeduo 1, Obong Effiong Ben Akpan, Village Youth President for Ikot Ibiok, Comrade Ime Akpan, and women representative, Mrs. Grace Itauma.
Also in attendance at the town hall meeting were the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr. Essien Ndueso, members of Executive and Legislature in Eket, Heads of Security Organizations, among others.
Akwa Ibom under Governor Emmanuel has in the past couple of years been outstanding as the cleanest state in Nigeria.
Last December, the state was again adjudged the cleanest state by Clean Up Nigeria(CUN).
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