The much awaited Akwa Ibom state 2017 Capital Estimates Bilateral Discussions with Ministries, Departments and agencies (MDAs) has begun in Uyo the state capital.
Speaking at the ceremony, the state Commissioner for Economic Development, Dr. Emmanuel Ating Onwioduokit restated the resolve of his Ministry to continue to engage in programmes and projects that would help actualize the five –point agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Dr Onwioduokit pledged his position as the Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for the 2017 Bilateral Discussions to give guidance and policy framework to Ministries to ensure that their plans and projects syncs with the vision of the present administration, geared towards revenue generation, fiscal discipline and wealth creation.
He said that his Committee would work towards choosing a mix of best strategies which would speedily address the socio-economic needs of the State and consolidate on the gains made so far to attain inclusive growth and therefore sued for cooperation from MDAs.
Presenting the 2017 Capital Estimates for her Ministry the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Elizabeth Obot said her Ministry would engage more on capacity building and youth training on ICT, as well as ensure the commencement of a digitized State to make e-governance a reality in Akwa Ibom.
Dr. Obot also outlined plans to fast track the completion of the Ibom Science Park, ensure a more organized telecom activities in Akwa Ibom and light up more communities in the State through the mini grid.
She explained that her ministry would source for investors in renewable energy to help improve the internally generated revenue for the state.