The Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Tuesday, passed a bill to establish the State’s Utility Infrastructure Management and Control Agency into law.
The bill, which was entitled, “A bill for a law to establish the Akwa Ibom State Utility Infrastructure Management and Control Agency (AKISMCA) to regulate and control utility infrastructure within Akwa Ibom State public space and for other matters connected therewith” was sponsored by the House Leader, Udo Kierian Akpan.
Speaker of the House, Onofiok Luke commended his colleagues for supporting the Bill and for ensuring its passage, saying that the implementation would consolidate the infrastructure growth agenda of the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.
His words: “the bill for Akwa Ibom State Infrastructure Management and Control Agency arises from the need to provide checks and ensure quality control in terms of ownership and operations of utility infrastructure in line with international best practices.
“The agency will curb the excesses of owners and operators of utility infrastructure in particular respect to the distortion of the state’s building code and ensure compliance with government’s master plan.
“The law on a secondary consideration will boost the internally generated revenue of the state. It will establish a well-structured management system for sustainability, efficiency and accountability in the use and management of utility infrastructure within the State.
“It will also create jobs for the teeming youths of Akwa Ibom State as more hands will be needed by the agency for the discharge of its functions. There is no doubt that the law will complement existing statutory provisions regarding environmental protection in the State.”