AKSG Restructures Duties In Two Ministries, Assigns NewCommissioners, Special Adviser
By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has announced major restructuring of functions of two ministries in the state.
In addition, it has assigned ministerial portfolios to commissioners and a special adviser constituting the executive council.
Gov Udom Emmanuel said that the restructuring of functions of the two ministries of economic development and the Ministry of Special Duties as well as assigning of portfolios to commissioners and a special adviser takes immediate effect, adding that the directive was to align with the swearing-in of six new commissioners at Government House, Uyo, weekend.
Emmanuel, in a statement issued by the secretary to the state government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the restructuring was to enable the Ministry of Economic Development focus on its core ministerial responsibilities of economic planning, development and monitoring, explaining that all matters concerning the Ibom Deep Seaport development and oversights have been transferred from the Ministry of Economic Development to the Ministry of Special Duties.
The governor also mentioned that aviation development matters have been transferred from the Ministry of Special Duties to the office of the senior special assistant (SSA) to the governor on aviation development, citing that the decision was as a result of the rapid growth in the aviation industry of the state.
He announced that the members of the state executive council have been assigned portfolios in the respective ministries as follows: Ministry of Economic Development, Bob Almond Emem; women affairs and social welfare, Dr IniAdiakpan; justice and attorney-general, Uko Essien Udom, SAN; youth and sports, Sir Monday Uko; environment and solid minerals, Mr Charles Udoh; finance, Mr Nsikak Nkan; health, Professor Augustine Umoh and science and technology, Dr Imo Moffat.
Others are: Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr IniEmemobong; education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet; culture andtourism, Mr Orman Esin; local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr Frank Archibong; transport, Mr. Uno Uno; housing, Mr Raphael Bassey; power and petroleum development, Dr John Etim; rural development and cooperatives, Mrs EnobongMbobo; works and fire service, Professor Eno Ibanga; lands andwater resources, Mr Iniobong Ekong; agriculture, Mrs OffiongOffor; the labour and manpower planning, Mr Aniefiok Nkom; special duties and Ibom deep seaport, Dr Bassey Okon; trade and investment, Camillus Umoh and the bureau of political and social re-orientation, Elder Amanam Nkanga.