By Uwakmfon Dan
The Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Hon. Dr. Uwemedimo Udo, has said his administration has lived up to expectations, noting he does not trivialise government business as the Council helmsman.
Hon. Udo stated this on Tuesday in his office in Uyo, during a Chat with the Conference of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom State (COOPA).
Udo said he has, since assumption of office, worked to justify the mandate entrusted to him by the people, pointing out that his administration has recorded life-changing achievements in various sectors, including infrastructural development.
“We have graded rural roads around Ikono Ibom and Etoi Clans. We have fixed power in some communities. For instance, if you go to Winners Chapel at Ikot Ebido, we upgraded the transformer at that axis from 300KVA to 500KVA and it is working for that community.”
“When we got into Council, our first duty was to restore public power supply to the Council. We fixed the power substation in the Council and also acquired a 100KVA generator”, he said.
In health, the Chairman disclosed that his administration has constructed a Primary Health Centre and also hosted a free medical outreach in the area.
He listed other achievements to include the payment of students bursary, as well as construction and revamping of administrative buildings within the Council Secretariat.
“We have done a lot in the Education Sector. Recently, we paid bursary to 392 students across 13 institutions. We needed to show that we recognise the students’ community. We have reactivated the Students’ Worldwide body in Uyo and paid Union dues to allow the students go home with their bursary in block. We also give regular assistance to our students.”
“I run a collaborative administration. That is why I haven’t had issues with my Councillors and Supervisors. We get them involved and cross-fertilize ideas. It is not just during budget proposals. Regularly, I sit with my Councillors and its exciting. It is not a one-man show, so you allow the Councillors have a feel of government too.”
“The local government level is where you learn leadership. I have my integrity that I came with into government. I don’t want to hear that I deprived anyone of anything. That is why I make sure that things are sorted out well.”
“I don’t neglect the Civil Service structure. We also invest in staff welfare. We have deep relationship with our stakeholders and accord them all the recognition they deserve. So there is a balanced equation.”
The Council Boss also gave an insight into his style of leadership and relationships with Supervisors, Councillors, civilian servants and stakeholders.
“Today, we have a Primary Health Centre at Uruan Street set up by the Council and is up and running. We realise there was need to take pressure from the health facility at Barracks Road. These are things you can verify.”
“We have done medical outreach in collaboration with Vision Africa and the focus was on eye challenges. Medicated glasses and drugs were given free and beneficiaries didn’t pay a dime.”
“The local government level is where you learn leadership. I have my integrity that I came with into government. I don’t want to hear that I deprived anyone of anything. That is why I make sure that things are sorted out well. I don’t trivialise government business.”