By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has tasked councillors to offer impactful political leadership in the 31 local government councils of the state.
Gov Udom Emmanuel gave the task during the opening of a 2-day retreat for councilors, which took place at the Ibom Icon Hotels and Golf Resort, Uyo, Sunday.
Emmanuel said the retreat for the councillors was timely to marshall out the roadmap of political inclusion of all elected and appointed political officials in the state, stressing that the councillors have the duty to hold firm the political leadership within the existing wards.
He maintained that his administration expects the councillors toutilize the knowledge gained for effective representation of the government, adding that the councillors are expected to take action in addressing immediate needs of the wards through the leadership of the councils and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state.
Emmanuel, accompanied by the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr. Frank Archibong, assured the councillors that issues relating to the smooth working environment at the councils would be timely addressed, soliciting the cooperation, discipline and loyalty of all councillors for the maintaining of peace in communities and the success of the Completion Agenda of the government.
A resource person at the retreat, Dr Maxwell Ubah, said that the organisers have known profiles in leadership and development consultancy, adding that the firm was committed to the mission of assisting leaders make distinctions in industries and government institutions across countries.
Ubah acknowledged the opportunity given them by the Emmanuel administration to build like minds in local government administration, assuring that the intellect of the firm managers would be exerted to improve the skills of the councillors in breaking barriers of leadership at the ward levels.
The retreat with the theme, “Leadership For Service and Victory,” had the Peculiar People Management (PPM) at the lead of facilitation and supervised by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.