By; VITALIS UGOH, Çalabar
Bakassi Local Government Council has made history as the first council in Nigeria to commission a Smart and digital office in Nigeria to access information within and outside the country.
This feat was performed on when the Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area, Hon Iyadim Amboni Iyadim, celebrated his first 100 days in office with a Thanksgiving.
Taking dignitaries around his office which was earlier declared open by Senator Florence Ita Giwa, aka “Mama Bakassi”, Iyadim disclosed that his office is installed with modern communication equipment which will afford him the opportunity of not knowing what happens within his office and its adjoining surroundings but also across the world
He said by the singular attainment which is the first to be recorded by any local government council in the country the story of Bakassi and its people will be heard globally
According to Iyadim, “Bakassi is not only an international border town but an area which has been neglected ,so the hour has come for it to be projected across the whole world”.
“It is possible for me to communicate with my staff effectively wherever I am as well as conduct our weekly executive council meeting virtually , a feat to be recorded anywhere in Nigeria thereby making us the first digital local council in the country”
He said within his first hundred days in office apart from installing circuit camera units at strategic locations in the council Secretariat, internet facilities have also been installed to enhance a good working environment for council staff to boost productivity and commitment.
According to Iyadim, “we have digitized the council with a website site, Email address, Facebook Handle, Twitter Handle , Instagram, YouTuber Channel, WiFi, CCTV cameras, a Post Office Private Mail Bag , dedicated cell phone lines and established a Marriage Registry”.
Commissioning, the chairman’s office, Senator Florence Ita Giwa aka Mama Bakassi, described it as a landmark and historic because as the seventh local government Chairman of Bakassi, Iyadim has performed impressively within his first 100 days in office.
Ita Giwa therefore called on the people of Bakassi to join hands with Iyadim in his efforts to turn things around in the interest of the area
The Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council and Chairman Bakassi Traditional Rulers Council, HH Etinyin Etim Okon Edet, said he likes and appreciates performers and what he saw on ground as done by Iyadim within his first 100 days in office to change the area was very impressive
Etinyin also commended Iyadim for revisiting the Bakassi story, adding that if those before him had projected this cause , the narrative would have changed for good.
The chairman’s office was consecrated by Cardinal Paul Dominion Effiong Joseph JP , the General Overseer of Dominion Tarbanacle International Church.