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Akwa Ibom Assembly suspends two Local Government Council Chairmen

Chairmen of two local government areas in Akwa Ibom State have been suspended indefinitely by the State House of Assembly over alleged misconduct and administrative inefficiency.

Suspension of Chairman of Nsit Atai Local Government Council, Lady Emem Ibanga and that of Uyo, Elder Imo Okon was announced on Friday by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey. This came after Victor Ekwere, Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions, and Mark Esset, Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair presented their reports. 

Elder Okon who is facing allegations of mismanagement of the council finances and failing to honour an invitation to appear before the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy, was also accused of refusing to heed Governor Udom Emmanuel’s directives regarding the welfare of council officials. 

Ibanga on the other hand was accused of being involved in defamatory publication, inefficient disbursement of funds appropriated by the house and non-release of official vehicle to the Council’s Vice Chairman. 

The House directed Vice Chairmen of the councils, Mr. Idorenyin Effiong Inyang and Ukai Udeme Emmanuel to take over immediately pending the conclusion of investigations on the allegations.

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