Akwa Ibom State government has approved the implementation of a comprehensive insurance scheme for transport operators in the state.
This was one of the decisions taken at the Executive Council meeting presided over by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, announced this while briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after the meeting which lasted for six hours at the Executive council chamber, Government House, Uyo.
He said that the insurance scheme has become necessary to offset the losses sustained by transporters in event of accident and that the scheme would be founded through a 5 percent deduction from daily ticketing revenue received from tricycle, mini – buses and taxi operators.
His words: the Governor has approved that transport operators should benefit from an insurance scheme. The idea of the scheme is to ensure that their losses are taken care of in event of accident. Five percent of daily tickets would be remitted to the insurance company which would bear part of the risk in case of accident”.
Mr Udoh disclosed that seven community secondary schools originally established and managed through communal efforts have been taken over by the state government.
He said the move is to reinforce Governor Emmanuel’s commitment to the free, compulsory and qualitative basic education in the state
“Although basic education is free and compulsory in public schools, there are several communities that have good private schools that are not benefitting from the policy and government is determined to take this to all nooks and crannies of the State.
“So today, the Council has approved that the seven community schools, from September, becomes government-owned schools to enable students of those schools benefit from the policy” Mr Udoh explained.
He mentioned the benefiting schools to include Community Technical College Ikot Udoe – Ikot Ekpene, Urban High School, Ikot Akpan Essien- Oruk Anam, Excellence Comprehensive Secondary School Ikot Unya – Mkpat Enin, Migrant Secondary School, Emereoke – Eastern Obolo.
Others are Community Comprehensive Secondary School Ekeya – Okobo, Union Secondary School Ibiaku – Ibiono Ibom and Community Secondary Commercial School Urua Obot/Ikot Atasung /Ikot Obong Otoro in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
The Information boss hinted that approval has been granted for the adoption and implementation of rural development master plan, explaining that government has committed huge resources in the execution of more than 150 development projects in the rural communities of the state.
Another key decision taken by the State Executive council, according to Mr. Udoh, was approval for the setting up of a functional Strategy Department in the Information Ministry to reflect it recent renaming as Ministry of Information and Strategy.
He said approval has been granted for deployment of resources to strengthen the Strategy Unit of the Ministry with a view to ensuring the realization of it expected vision.
“it would be recalled that the Ministry was known as Minister of Information and Communication but in the new dispensation, the Strategy replaces Communication so the council has considered it necessary to make the strategy Unit functional and government is hopeful that the unit would deliver on it expected target”. He stated .
The Governor’s spokesman maintained that the decisions are indication of the Governor’s desire to ensure that the five – point agenda of his administration are actualised and that people- oriented governance is fully entrenched.