Akwa Ibom State Executive Council has approved a Single Revenue Account for all monies collected by Ministries Departments and Agencies in the State.
Speaking with reporters in his office, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanh, said this was part of the decisions reached at the weekly Executive Council meeting in Uyo, where the Governor in Council, Mr. Udom Emmanuel presided.
According to the Commissioner, the decision to operate a single revenue account was reached by Council, in order to ensure effective monitoring and efficient management of monies collected on behalf of the State Government.
Mr. Umanah also hinted that Council directed the Ministry of Rural Development to “immediately determine the number of villages yet to be connected to the national grid for urgent action,” in view of the fact that the State has achieved about 18-hour electricity supply.
To ensure cleanliness of the environment and develop the consciousness of the citizenry on the maintenance of sound environmental habits, Mr. Umanah said the Exco has approved a statewide environmental sanitation exercise for August 29, 2015, from 7.00 am to 10.00 am. Sanitation exercises, he hinted would be authorized from time to time.
The Governor-in-Council, according to the Commissioner directed the Ministry of Special Duties to ensure daily sanitation and environmental cleanliness within and around the Ibom International Airport, being a major gateway to the State.
The Information Boss also disclosed that the Ministry of Health was directed to review the healthcare laws in the State, with a view to bringing them to acceptable global standards. This, he said, was necessitated by a report on the gaps in the healthcare delivery system in the State.
Also, according to the Commissioner, the Ministry of Environment was directed by Council, to formulate grading standards for billboard structures across the State. The formulated standards, he said would enhance aesthetics, according to the grades each road falls within.
The Commissioner said, as part of his contributions to the Executive Council meeting, he provided information on the recent selection of Executive Council for the College of Commissioners, where the Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem emerged Dean.
He said Barr. Enoidem, who pledged the loyalty and commitment of the executive Council members, thanked the Governor for the opportunity given to them to serve the State.