Ahead of the reconstitution of another Transition Committees in the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom state, Governor Udom Emmanuel is reported to have vowed not to appoint unqualified persons as members of the committees.
The governor’s position came amid growing concern by citizens of the state over the poor performance of the outgoing members of the Transition Committees.
Infact, political observers have blamed the lack lustre performance of the Transition committees on the calibre of persons who were handpicked by political godfathers and imposed on the governor for appointment as a settlement for their support and loyalty.
An Aide to Governor Udom who spoke to The Sensor on condition of anonymity said the governor would assert his authority and insist on appointing persons with academic qualifications and pedigree for good leadership.
He admitted that the governor bowed to pressure from top PDP members to appoint many unqualified persons to head the transition committees just to appease the party stalwarts.
Said he. “Watch out, the governor will not succumb to pressure from any quarter to appoint unqualified persons into the next transition committees. He had set standard which include maturity, academic qualification and a track record in his chosen career, community service and ability to manage scarce resources.
He further stated that Governor Udom was aware of the sentiments expressed by the people over the kind of persons that were appointed into the present Local Government Transition Committees and the noticeable under development of the third tier of governance and was determined to reposition the local government councils to ensure that they meet the yearnings of the people.
According to him, the governor would not hesitate to appoint persons outside his political party provided they meet the standard and also have the capacity to drive the council administration to another level in terms of development.
It would be recalled that prior to the build up to the local government election in the state, Governor Udom was quoted to have set standard for prospective chairmanship aspirants warning that the era of electing drop out, party loyalists and praise singers without basic academic qualifications and managerial capability was over.
Meanwhile, The Sensor gathered that members of the outgoing local government Transition Committees have begun lobbying the state governor, leadership of the state chapter of PDP and the state House of Assembly to approve another extension of their tenure for six months. The present local government Transition committee members were inaugurated in July 2015.