Sunday, 1 October 2017

LG Autonomy Vital Part of Restructuring—Fed. Commissioner



Engr. Ben Ukpong, Federal Commissioner, National Population Commissioner, has said that the status
local governments should be treated an important aspect of restructuring.

Ukpong expressed this viewpoint in Abuja at the inauguration of new executive members of the `NLAP ISONG AKPAKIP ORO’ (NIAO) the apex youth organisation of the Oron people of Akwa Ibom State.

Ukpong, who was the chairman of the occasion, lauded the APC-led Federal Government for its projects and impact on the lives of the Oron people.

In this quest for restructuring, the local government should be factored; that is the way the grassroots could be carried along.

The Oron people have been law abiding-working with the government to make sure there is peace in the oil producing Niger-Delta region.

I want to commend Oron youth for their support for the APC-led Federal Government.’’

Ukpong said that from 2013 to 2014, it could take about seven hours to travel from Uyo to Calabar; sometimes, the whole day.

He said, however, that upon on the assumption of President Muhammadu Buhari, a taskforce led by the Niger Delta Development Commission was put in place to handle the road.

As I am talking to you, you can travel from Calabar to Uyo within one hour.

As if that was not enough, few months ago, the Federal Government awarded a contract to Julius Beger to dualise Calabar-Itu road –the major road connecting Calabar and Akwa Ibom State,’’ he said.

He said that unlike before, the people of Akwa Ibom were reaping the dividends of democracy under Buhari.

The federal commissioner said that the state was also having a fair share of appointments in the Buhari’s administration.

Ukong urged the new executive to ensure that the interest of Oron people resident in FCT was protected and also promote peaceful co-existence.

Speaking, the new President of NIAO, Mr Mfon Luke, said it was big challenge to led the association.

``This is a big task because of the situation of things in the country at present.

We will take our youth off the street and make them self-reliant as well making sure they are not short-changed in any form,’’ he said.

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