2018 budget defence: Akwa Ibom AG, Nwoko, calls for increased funding

. Members of SUBEB led by Prof Maria Ikorok 

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William EFFIONG 

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko, has solicited increased funding of his ministry to enable it carry out enormous responsibilities it is saddled with.

In his budget defence before the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Finance, Tuesday, Nwoko noted that N1.7 billion proposal for year 2018 would not do the ministry much good, stressing that an upward review will be in the best interest of his ministry.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Law Reforms Commission, Nse Ekanem, had expressed worry over the dilapidated state of his office and the commission owing to non release of funds to it in previous years.

. Members of the assembly committee on appropriation & finance. L-R: Ime Okon, Deputy Chairman;  Usoro Akpanusoh, Chairman & Samuel Ufuo

Mr Ekanem also gave a description of how furniture and other materials of the commission are so tattered such that they have become an eyesore.

He appealed for adequate release of funds to the commission which has a budget size of N380 million in the 2018 financial year.

Responding, Chairman of the Appropriations and Finance Committee, Usoro Akpanusoh, pledged to make a case to Governor Udom Emmanuel on behalf of the commission to ensure that funds are released, following the priority and importance of the commission to the state.

Meanwhile, Mr Akpanusoh has expressed worry over the alarming rate of cultism reported among secondary school students across the state.

Addressing the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Maria Ikorok, Akpanusoh described the trend as “threatening” and “worrisome”, a development, he said, demands drastic measures.

While expressing fears of a possible closedown of some public schools if the situation is allowed to continue unabated, Akpanusoh charged the SUBEB boss and her team to put up measures towards checkmating the problem.

He charged SUBEB to establish schools monitoring teams to checkout for cultism and other vices in public schools in the state.

He said that strict monitoring will help curb the high rate of cultism in the state.

Akpanusoh however commended the board on its achievements in the educational sector, urging the management team to continue in keeping the dreams of Governor Udom Emmanuel in the area of making sure that the free and compulsory education policy is sustained positively.

The exercise continues on Wednesday with inspection of facilities at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotels in Ikot Ekpene.

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