By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government’ has taken steps to crash the high cost of food Items in the markets across the state to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
To this end, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Gloria Edet has been mandated to immediately establish agriculture depots in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Commissioner has also been mandated to take strategic steps to cause the prices of garri and rice to be reduced drastically for the interest of the generality of the citizens and in preparation for the Yuletide.
The mandate was part of the decisions reached at the meeting of the State Executive Council, presided by Governor Udom Emmanuel at government House, Uyo on Wednesday..
In a release signed by Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Ini Ememobong and made available to newsmen at the end of the exco meeting, Council further directed the ministry of Agriculture to immediately commence large scale commercial onion production, drawing from their experience during the experimental onion cultivation already executed.
The state government also communicated a decision to declare the post of the General Manager of Akwa Ibom Water Company, vacant, and to advertise same
Council also directed that “That the State COVID-19 Task Force should continue to maintain strict surveillance on COVID -19 spread, in the light of its global resurgence. An action plan for Risk Communication and Community Engagement was presented and reviewed.
“The Next State Executive Council meeting will be dedicated to Education issues, specifically to receive and discuss the 10 year Education roadmap drawn from the Education Summit 2019”.