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Gov. Eno Sues For Accountability, Innovation In Public Service

...Swears In 12 New Permanent Secretaries

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno has charged the newly inaugurated permanent secretaries as well as other public and civil servants in the State to embrace the norm of result-oriented service not excuses.

During the swearing-in ceremony of 12 new Permanent Secretaries at the Government House Banquet Hall in Uyo, Governor Eno emphasized that as newly appointed officials and administrative heads of their respective ministries, they should serve and ensure the full implementation of the ARISE Agenda.

The newly sworn-in Permanent Secretaries were Mrs. Grace Akpan, Mr. Emma Udonsek, Dr. Emmanuel Iton, Ignatius Ekwere, Mrs. Elsie Peters, Dr. Igbemi Igbemi, Mr. Edet Nsungwara, Dr. John Orok, Dr. Abraham Inyangudoh, Mrs. Rose Stephen, Mrs. Affiong Ebieme and Dr. Friday Ido.

Gov Umo Eno swears-in 12 new permanent secretaries

Governor Eno noted that the new appointment became necessary to reposition the service to ensure efficiency in government business towards ensuring full implementation of his administration’s ARISE Agenda.

Governor Eno congratulated the new Permanent Secretaries who, according to him, emerged by grace and a dint of hard work, and therefore charged them to see their appointment as an opportunity to serve the people diligently.

“We are a Government of doers, not of excuses. The people of Akwa Ibom State elected us to work for them, therefore, we have no room for excuses, and this applies to everyone who works with me, from my executive members in the council, my aides and all those whom grace has found to be part of this administration,” he stated.

He said his administration was poised to rejig its various agencies towards ensuring accountability and optimum returns on government investments to the people of the State, hence more of such appointments and reshuffling of parastatals should be expected.

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The Governor directed that reports on all government investments from all parastatals be made to the Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation, AKICORP, before the end of June 2024.

“In the last eleven months, we have worked very hard to lay the foundation of our governance blueprint, from Agricultural revolution, to rural development, infrastructural development, advanced security management and educational advancement.

Gov Eno and Public service

“As we begin to take stock of our service to Akwa Ibom State in the last year, we must move to ensure that we put in place the right structure that will continue to help us grow as a State; that is what has informed this swearing– in today.

“We will reshuffle the Permanent Secretaries and assign them to different ministries, to ensure fresh ideas, drive innovation and values in line with our key performance indicators,” he said.

Expressing regrets over the inability of some agencies handling state investments to avail the government with their management reports, the governor said his administration is poised to audit all its parastatals and agencies without fear or favour.

“Let me assure everyone that Government investments must yield dividends to Akwa Ibom people. I will not succumb to blackmail, we will review your operations, where we need to take action, we will take actions,” he assured.

The governor therefore charged the new appointees to work in collaboration with Commissioners, heads of parastatal and agencies they will be deployed to ensure smooth operations.

Speaking with Government House correspondents after the swearing-in, one of the appointees, Mrs. Grace Akpan, thanked Governor Umo Eno for finding her and her co-appointees worthy of elevation, and for the opportunity to serve the State.

She, therefore, promised that they would all bring their expertise and experience to bear in the execution of their duties.

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