Governor Godswill Akpabio has given local government chairmen in Akwa Ibom State March 1, this year ultimatum to tidy up security villages in their areas and ensure all the occupants move into the villages without fail.
The security villages, which are sited in the 31 local government areas of the state and to be occupied by Executive Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Heads of Local Government Service, Directors of Finance, Divisional Police Officers or Divisional Crime Officers and Heads of the State Security Service, among others, have 14 buildings in each of the residential estate.
Akpabio, who gave this directive Monday during a meeting with chairmen of the 31 local government areas in the state, asked them to go for inspection of the villages and send him allocation plan.
He told the chairmen in some of the local government areas whose villages have completed to move in before the deadline while those that are yet to be ready should furnish same immediately to enable the occupants to move in.
The Governor, who pledged to commission the security villages during a town hall meeting for political stakeholders in each of the three Senatorial Districts soon, mandated them ”Go and take over the security estates and provide security there”.
There are 403 rooms, 31 tennis courts, 31 boreholes, 31 water treatment plants, 31 sound-proof generators, 403 thunder arrestors with 400 kilometres of internal roads with drains, among others in the security villages of the state.
The state Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Nse Ntuen thanked the Governor for holding the meeting, giving them opportunity to serve as chairmen and for positively developing the state, assuring him of their support to complement his effort in this direction.
Mr. Ntuen, however, complained that due to financial handicap confronting them, it would be difficult to furnish the villages, appealing to the Governor to allow them use the one per cent fixed agricultural funds to undertake the project.