Mr Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom state.

Abasifreke Effiong – Uyo

Akwa Ibom state government is planning to create a portal to collect data of all unemployed and employed indigenes of the state.

The state government gave approval for the establishment of the E – labour data bank during the state executive council meeting on Friday, presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom state, Mr Charles Udoh, said the data bank is to provide government with relevant information on indigenous manpower composition in the state for proper economic planning.

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“One of the issues we decided on was the setting up of Akwa Ibom E- labour data bank, labour information and mailing system for collation of data of skilled and unskilled unemployed Akwa Ibom state indigenes.

“Data of indigenes employed in federal ministries, departments and agencies , would also be collated. The idea here is for us to have the information at our finger tips to enable us take economic sound decisions for the state, especially when it has to do with manpower planning”, he explained.

Udoh added that to actualise government vision of “power for all by 2021 initiative”, a list of villages and communities without electricity have been collated to enable government work towards restoration of electricity in such communities.

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The commissioner said to fast track the power for all initiative, the council reviewed the list of communities that do not have electricity with a view to ensuring that every household in the state will be connected to the national grid.

He decried the challenge of vandalisation of electrical installations urged communities to protect public facilities in their domain, warning that other communities will not be deprived the opportunity of benefiting from such facilities in the guise of replacing a vandalized installations for communities that had benefited.

“Over the years, the challenge of government has been that transformers given to communities have been vandalized and that is why we have been calling on communities to protect their transformers because government cannot keep recycling transformers within a given community. So, if you protect your transformer and I protect my transformer, other communities will have the opportunity of having one”, he advised.

The commissioner said the council received update on the activities of the Ministry of Health towards mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and reviewed ministerial responsibilities as well as receive updates on ongoing projects by MDAs.