AKHA C’ttee applauds Gov. Emmanuel over plans to revive Ibom Science Park
By Uwakmfon Dan, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Appropriation and Finance has applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel, over plans to resuscitate the moribund Ibom Science Park.
Chairman of Committee and Member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh dropped the commendation on Friday, when the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien appeared before the Committee, to defend his Ministry’s 2019 Budget Proposal.
Continuing, Rt. Hon. Akpanusoh noted that the current state of the Science Park has been a source of worry for many, and showered encomiums on the State Chief Executive for taking giant steps to ensure the project is completed and put to use.
“The Committee is interested in the Ibom Science Park. We want to commend His Excellency for having agreed to complete that project, it has been a source of worry to Akwa Ibom people, having put in so much money for the Ibom Science Park”, he said.
While also lauding Professor Essien for discharging his duties creditably, the Committee Chairman urged him to accord priority to the project, and expressed optimism that when completed, the Park will further boost the job creation policy of the current administration.
“As the Commissioner in charge of the Ibom Science Park, I want you to take it as a priority project. It’s a place that can also generate a lot of employment for Akwa Ibomites”, the Lawmaker added.
Earlier in his presentation, Professor Essien revealed that the sum of N2.8bn has been budged for the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2019, against the N1.7bn Naira budgeted for outgoing year, 2018.
Professor Essien further said that about N300m has been budgeted for the revamp of the Ibom Science Park, adding the State Government will also set up ICT hubs across the various Local Government Areas in the State, next year, to encourage young people learn Science and Technology.
“One of the new project we are going to finance in 2019 is the Ibom Science Park which provision has been made in the 2019 Budget, about N300m”, he said.
Recall that in July this year, the Akwa Ibom State Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SERGE Capital Investment Limited, an Australian based Firm with Chinese affiliation, for the resuscitation of the Ibom Science and Technology Park.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly complex has continued to witness a beehive of activity, with more Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), appearing before the House Committee on Appropriation and Finance to defend their 2019 Budget Proposals.
Some MDAs who defended their 2019 Budget Proposals before the Committee on Friday, included Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Hospital Management Board, Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of Aids, State Technical Schools Board and the Akwa Ibom State Board of Internal Revenue Service.
Others included the State Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Political and Legislative Affairs, Office of the Surveyor General and the State Secondary Schools Board.
The exercise continues on Monday, December 17, 2018, at the Conference Room of the State House of Assembly.