Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has sworn in 22 persons into the State Executive Council, SEC with a charge for them to brace up for hard work.
Emmanuel told them that being a member of the new SEC would demand commitment, dedication and focus because of the high expectations from the people of the state from them.
“This is a defining moment in the history of the state and therefore being appointed into the SEC is not a tea party, so you have t brace up towards bringing prosperity to the people of the state,” he said.
The governor said that merit and competence remained the only criteria used in the selection of the commissioners insisting that competence would no longer be sacrificed for mediocrity in the further appointments in the state.
He urged them to be fair and just to all people while making accountability and discipline their watchword.
“I am ready to fish out competent Akwa Ibom sons and daughters from wherever they are to work for the development of the state because that will be to the best interest of the state.
“We want results not excuses and do not fail to deliver accordingly. I believe that you will add good image and vitality to governance and endeavour to be distinguished as accountants of necessity.”
He explained that the return of 11 of the old SEC members was to enable him start on a strong footing and complete some projects not finished by his predecessor.
“It is in the interest of the state so that we can complete what we started and forge ahead with new ones.”
The new commissioners sworn in include Godwin Ntukudeh, Akan Okon, Aniekan Akpan, Monday Uko, Emmanuel Ibiok, Emmanuel Enoidem, Enobong Uwah, Ekong Sampson, Uwem Etuk, Ephraim Inyang, Etido Inyang and Aniekan Umana.
Others are Dr Mathew Nathaniel, Dr Dominic Ukpong, Dr Iniobong Essien, Dr Emmanuel Ating and Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko, Dr Glory Edet, Mrs Elizabeth Obot, and Mr Victor Antai while Mr Anietie Etuk and Enyinnaya Ekpenyong were sworn in as special advisers.

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