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Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Architect Ime Ekpo

NetReporters News

The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Apropriations,  Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh,  has commended Architect Ime Ekpo, for contributing to the development of the State through its Ministry's 2019 huge revenue generation.

Odudoh,  who lauded the feats of Architect Ime Ekpo, said the Lands and Water Resources boss is professionally competent to lead his Ministry. Odudoh maintained that he was surprised at the approach through which the Commissioner was able to generate a total of 1.241,887.00 as against N653 million targeted for the year 2019.

"As chairman of Finance and Appropriations Committee,  let me on behalf of my committee members  expressed our delight and  commend you for this excellent presentation. We are very impressed with your record and in the area of revenue generation, you have done creditably well.  This Committee is very hopeful that the idea for the  introduction of a luxury housing Estate will be of greater value to the entire State". Odudoh said.

The Commissioner,  while briefing the committee on the performances as regards his Ministry's 2019 budget, said  approved capital provision for 2019 was N6.353 billion,  while approved  recurrent provision was 440. 488, 240 Million naira making it a total of N6.783 billion.

Architect Ekpo, submitted  that his Ministry's 2020 budget proposal is N2.05 billion,  stating that current provision for 2020 is 494 Million naira making it a total of N2.54 billion.  He explained that  the actual release between January and October 2019 was N1.09 billion, representing about 16℅ of the total budget. He said there some projects handled by his Ministry which requires more releases to ensure expected speed is achieved as projected.

"The approved revenue for 2019 was N653 million naira that we were supposed to have genereted.  From January to October 2019 , we have been able to collect a total of N1.241. 887 billion representing about 190.2℅ and our Proposed revenue target for year 2020 is N653 million as was in 2019. God willing,  we will deliver because the Ministry under my watch is conscious of effective and efficient implemtation processes". Ime Ekpo said.

He went on to explained that the performance  under the period is basically in the areas of review of master plan, implementation of the master plan,  payment of compensations  and development control.

It could be recall that in July 2019, the Water Resources Directorate was added  which resulted to changing the name from Lands and Town Planning to Lands and Water Resources,  which empowers the Ministry to carry our Monitoring and  evaluation of water resources in the State and overseeing the Water company and AKS-RUTWASA.

The 2020 budget proposal according to the Commissioner also has lawyout preparation, payments of  compensation,  development control, implementation of land registry, which he said is long overdue. He complaint that there are a lot of omission not captured in the 2020 budget.  This he said is mainly on the implementation of the master plan in the urban cetres as well as payments of compensation.

He hinted that the Ministry is presently working to ensure the that the Luxury Estate along airport road is realized.
"We have about four bulldozers clearing the area and we are expecting that the   publication for sales will commence by the end of this month". The Commissioner added.

Others in the entourage of the commissioner include; Head of Supply,  Mrs. Bella Ataya,  Director of Accounts and Finance,  Mrs. M.  Essien,  Director of Town and Country  Planning,  Aniekan Akpan,  Director of Lands,  Surveyor Udeme Isa,  Mrs. Patricia Archibong and Head of legal,  Barr.  Emma Udosen.

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