By Africa Today
Godwin Akwaji, Member representing Obudu State Constituency, in the Cross River State House of Assembly, on Thursday set up a ten man Local Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy LEEDS, Committee, to assess the needs, challenges and opportunities of his Constituents.
Inaugurating the Committee, Akwaji, maintained that the event is a fulfilment of his electioneering campaign, noting that the baseline needs assessment will ascertain areas which needed urgent intervention.
He noted that a lot needs to be done in Obudu, adding that the Committee will provide a platform for direct conversation with the constituents and to seek better ways of delivering the gains of democracy.
The lawmaker, maintained that with Sen. Ben Ayade, as the Governor of the State, it is incumbent on the Constituency to provide the Governor with the relevant information to develop the area, arguing that Obudu deserves more than what she has now.
Members of the committee drawn from 10 political wards of Obudu have Tony Adah as Chairman, Tony Ulayi, Secretary, Katie Agba Ajibike, and Dr. Starry Ogboaka.
Others are, Justina Aniah, Emmanuel Utande, Mike Ube, Rose Abua, Elijah Ugani and James Ngbe Achu as members.
The committee terms of reference are to look into Education, Health, Roads, Water and Sanitation, Electricity, as well as Security. Other areas include Sports, Empowerment and Training programmes for Youths, Women, the Aged and other vulnerable persons in the Constituency.
He therefore, enjoined the Committee to interact with all relevant institutions and groups, with a view to identifying all areas for possible interventions.
Also speaking, the State Vehicle Inspection Officer-VIO, Paul Bepeh commended Akwaji for inaugurating the Committee while appealing that the transportation sector be included, as part of its mandate.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Sylvia Atsu, an advocate for women and Community mobilizer, expressed joy that the committee is gender sensitive and charged Members to work towards its success.
In a remark, the Chairman of the Committee, Tony Adah, thanked Akwaji for fining them worthy of the task and assured that the Committee will try its best in the discharged of its assignments.