GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
There is no doubt that both governance deficit and institutional weakness cut across the public and private sectors of the State. When such lapses become glaring, the State cannot be attractive for any type of investment, development and progress can also be effectively undermined.
Some of the steps to be taken by our government to confront these lapses include the following:
- Restore financial autonomy to local governments
- Adopt zero-based budgeting in place of envelope style budgeting
- Zero tolerance for corruption and impunity.
- Reforms of regulatory institutions will be undertaken in order to remove outdated laws and replace them with development-friendly ones.
- Law enforcement Agencies will be strengthened to enhance efficiency in their operations.
- Deliberate strategies will be adopted to improve the business competitiveness ranking of Akwa Ibom State. On the World Bank ranking of Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State was missing on the list of five States that made the cut.
- An Executive Bill will be introduced in the State House of Assembly to pass the application of Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) into law.
- An Executive Bill will be sent to the State House of Assembly to institutionalize continuity in development planning beyond a political regime.
- Reposition and ensure that the civil servants will receive their entitlement when due. This is consistent with the place of the Civil Service as the engine room of government.
- Training programmes, promotion and other development issues in the interest of Civil Servants will receive the due attention of government.