See yourselves as drivers of economic development — Commissioner urges LG Chairmen
Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport has urged Local Government Chairmen to see themselves as key players in the economic recovery and development in the state.
Mr Akan Okon was speaking at a one-day capacity and partnership building workshop on the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Program held in Uyo, the state capital.
The workshop, on Tuesday 8 June, was for Local Government Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and other key stakeholders.
The Commissioner said the NG-CARES was designed to ameliorate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on Nigerians which include dwindling incomes and livelihood of individuals, families and businesses.
He urged local government administrators to have themselves sensitised in order to build an enviable partnership that will be of positive impacts on their people.
Mr Okon also revealed that the NG-CARES program will increase cash transfers, food security and livelihood support to the poor while preventing a collapse of household/micro-enterprises.
He lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for working hard to ensure that Akwa Ibom State is one of the first states to Kickstart the NG-CARES program in Nigeria.
Earlier in his presentation, the General Manager of Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, Ishmael Akpan had stated that the event was aimed at ensuring that local government administrators understand the state government’s contributions under the Community and Social Development Program (CSDP).
He stressed the need for Local Government Chairmen to integrate CSDP into the local government development plan.
Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Iniobong Robson said all Council Chairmen will cooperate for the success of the NG-CARES program in the state.
The event was attended by 31 Local Government Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and Council Secretaries across the state.
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