The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Akwa Ibom has commended Gov. Udom Emmanuel on the inauguration of post COVID-19 Economic Re-construction committee in the state.
Mr Frank Archibong, the ALGON Chairman in Akwa Ibom gave the commendation in a statement made available to newsmen in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Monday.
He specifically saluted the far-sightedness of the Governor as seen in the recent composition and inauguration of the post-COVID-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee.
iReporters report that the post COVID-19 Economic Re-construction Committee was to consider effects of the pandemic on the state economy and fashioned a way out of expected economic doldrums.
The ALGON Chairman expressed optimistimism that with the wealth of experience of members of the Committee, there are assurances that the economy of the state would witness a jumpstart once the pandemic was over.
Archibong said it was profoundly satisfied with and proud of the professional, meticulous and sacrificial style of the Governor in the management of the global crisis.
“Once again, His Excellency has humanised politics and typified empathy in very audacious terms through the provision of large quantities of edible palliatives to both natives and non-native residents of the state across the 31 LGAs to mitigate the biting hardship that the pandemic-induced lockdown has visited on humanity,” he said.
Archibong applauded the Governor on the recent realistic downsizing of the State’s 2020 budget in line with the prevailing economic realities.
He thanked the classic show of thoroughness exhibited by the Governor in the area of setting up and equipping isolation centres in the state.
“We are enthralled by the huge investments your Excellency has made in equipping the isolation centres located at the Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital at Itam and the IDH at Ikot Ekpene with state-of-the-art medical equipment and consumables including a large number of ventilators.
“Your decision to come up with a 300-bed purpose-designed and purpose-built third isolation centre at Ituk Mbang as against setting up tents in open spaces and exposing the Coronavirus patients and medical personnel to the elements is not only topnotch but a laud vindication of our choice of you as our thoroughbred, painstaking leader who pays attention to details,” he said.
Archibong, also the Chairman of Eket Local Government Area, said it was therefore not surprised at the recent over 99% score of the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on contact tracing, describing it as an amasing rating.
The ALGON Chairman urged all natives and residents of the state to adhere to all the precautionary measures spelt out by the Governor as well as abide by all the WHO and NCDC protocols and stay safe.
“We at ALGON are committed to relentlessly supporting and leveraging on the strides recorded by our Leader by doing all that we can to continue to keep our people sensitized, safe and protected throughout the reign of this pandemic.
“Even as we pray our merciful God to heed the pleas of His children and bring this unseen war to an end,” ALGON Chairman said.
He thanked health workers who had sacrificed and put their lives on the line in a bid to contain this pandemic and thanked the Governor for sustaining the prompt payment of workers’ entitlements even in the midst of the dire economic realities that COVID-19 has posed.
iReporters reports that the post COVID-19 Economic Re-construction Committee was inaugurated on April 28th.(NAN)
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