By Ekemini Simon
Contrary to fears from some quarters that the N14.5b Akwa Ibom share of Paris Fund will be misappropriated by the Akwa Ibom State Government, owing to the seeming delay in disbursement, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke has doused the fear giving explanation on what have caused the delay in disbursement.
Fielding questions from newsmen recently, the Speaker of the 6th Assembly noted that the recent the Fund is yet to be disbursed is because the 2017 Finance and Appropriation Bill is not yet passed into law.
He explained that although the fund came after the Governor had presented the budget to the House, it will still be passed together with the Appropriation Bill.
He added ” After passing it into law, when we get to Public Account, then ask us if we were doing the right thing.”
Gov Udom Gets Commendation from Onofiok Luke over provision of land for Refinery
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for providing a land for a refinery and depot project.
The Speaker gave the Commendation when Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently.
The Nsit Ubium House Member also described as plausible the decision by the petroleum marketers to site a refinery and a tank farm in the state.
He reiterated the preparedness of the legislature to support the government in the provision of a conducive environment for economic growth.
Earlier, the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, had offered the Speaker insight to their concluded arrangement for the establishment of a modular petroleum refinery and a depot in Ikot Abasi.
The State Chairman of IPMAN, Pastor Ubong Isong, informed that Governor Udom Emmanuel has provided a land in Ikot Abasi for the siting of a Petroleum depot and a modular refinery that would be financed by the independent petroleum marketers in the state.
He said IPMAN decided to embark on the project in order to ensure availability of petroleum products in the state.
The IPMAN Chairman announced that construction work at the site will soon take off, but pleaded the state government to provide some the access road to the provide some social amenities in the area, including access road, and other necessary facilities to enable the smooth take off of the project.
“The 5 private tank farms built in the state cannot bring enough products. Governor Udom Emmanuel has given us a land in Ikot Abasi for the sitting of a petroleum depot and modular refinery. We need the provision of social amenities as we are about starting the investment”.