Following the giant strides recorded in his service to the people of Uyo Local Government, the Executive Chairman, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo has been declared the winner of the 2021 Local Government Merit Award (LOGMA) with a star prize of a 10-seater bus.
Dr. Udo emerged the National Best Local Government chairman in Rural Water Supply and the award was conferred on him at a well-attended event held at the Merit House, Maitama, Abuja, recently.
Speaking at the event, the Uyo helmsman advocated for the review of the revenue sharing formula by the Federal Government to be in favour of the local government which he noted was involved in the execution of projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people at the grassroots.
According to him, the upward review of the revenue sharing formula will enable the local government administrators to provide the needed dividends of democracy to the people.
Speaking to journalists after the event, Dr. Udo praised Governor Udom Emmanuel for the huge support to the local government councils in Akwa Ibom State, adding that the award would encourage him to do more for the people of Uyo in the remaining years of his administration as the chairman.
Earlier in his remarks, the National Coordinator of LOGMA, Chief Bayode Ojo, said the awards are packaged to reward excellence in grassroots governance.
Three out of the 28 most performing local government chairmen in Nigeria were from Akwa Ibom State. The other two awardees were the chairman of Ikono Local Government Area, Hon. Nyakno Okoibu and the chairman of Okobo Local Government Area, Dr. Sylvester Attah.
Recall that Dr. Udo had within his first 100 Days in office changed the narrative in local government administration with the construction of a 24-room office accommodation consisting 3 open registries, 9 conveniences, 6 exit points with proper landscaping as the new Administrative Block for staff of Uyo Local Government Council, christened “Udom Emmanuel Administrative Block”.
Also within the period, Dr. Udo ensured the procurement and installation of a 300KVA Transformer, grading of rural roads, provision of water supply at Uyo shopping complex, and Health centre at Wellington Bassey Way.
Other achievements of the chairman included; provision of communication gadgets for the mobilisation unit of the Primary Health Centre, installation of renewable energy sources within the council secretariat, renovation of the council multi-purpose hall, building of platform at Akpan Andem market, as well as a review of some development Bye-laws in Uyo Local Government Area.
The delegation from Uyo Local Government that accompanied the chairman for the award ceremony in Abuja comprised the wife of the chairman, Mrs Akaninyene Uwemedimo; vice chairman, Pastor Sylvia Ekong; Secretary of Council, Mr Ubong Udofia; the Leader of Uyo Legislative Council, Hon. Ubong Effiong; the Dean of Supervisors, Mr Linus Effiong; PDP representative, Uyo Chapter, Hon. Victor Raphael, and the SA, Media to the Executive Chairman, Mrs Itoro-Etas Iniobong.