In realization of the symbiotic role of the third-tier of government in the development of the State, government has vigorously pursued and maintained a harmonious relationship with the local government and the traditional chieftain. To this end, government has undertaken the following:
- Prompt payment of stipends to Traditional Rulers in the State
- Payment of arrears of Security Allowance and up-to-date monthly payment of stipends to Paramount Rulers
- Payment of Palace Renovation/Furniture Allowance to five (5) Paramount Rulers – Oron, Abak, Ukanafun, Ini and Nsit Ibom LGAs
- Official recognition of 92 (ninety two) Traditional Rulers in the State – 1 Paramount Ruler, 4 Clan Heads and 87 Village Heads
- Appointment and Swearing-in of the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, His Royal Majesty Owong (Dr.) Effiong Bassey Archianga (JP) FCE, FCAI – Akwaha Owong Ibeno
- Presentation of Land Cruiser SUV to the Chairman, State Council of Chiefs
- Provision of financial assistance during the burial of the late Paramount Rulers of Udung Uko, Oruk Anam and Eastern Obolo LGAs.
- Financial Assistance to the Paramount Ruler of Uruan for medical treatment abroad
- Payment of Christmas bonus to Traditional Rulers in the State
- Renovation of the Chambers of Council of Chiefs
- Staff training for Newly Recruited Staff
- Payment of up-to-date Staff Salaries
- Release of Licenses to places of religious worship
- Dakada sensitization tour/enlightenment in the 31 LGAs on the programmes and policies of the State government.
TWO YEARS OF WORKING BEYOND THE PROMISE
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY AFFAIRS
The underlisted have been achieved by government under local government and chieftaincy affairs:
Swearing-in of the 28th Chairman, State Council of Chiefs, Dr. Effiong Bassey Archianga, Akwaha Owong Ibeno of Ibeno Local Government. The occasion witnessed the donation of a brand new land cruiser jeep for official use of the chairman.
Recognition/certification of traditional rulers
A number of traditional rulers received government recognition and certification during the period under review. They include: Two (2) Paramount Rulers; 17 Clan heads; and 115 Village Heads.
Tenure extension for the chairman state council of chiefs
Government approved the extension of tenure to the office of the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, from one (1) year to two (2) years. This explains the re-installation of HRM Effiong Bassey Archianga on 23rd September 2016 as the Chairman.
Settlement of chieftaincy disputes
The State Council of Chiefs, through its Chieftaincy Disputes Committee, settled several chieftaincy disputes, and made recommendations for recognition/certification of Traditional Rulers of the affected villages.
One hundred and thirty four (134) Certificates of Recognition of Traditional Rulers were processed and submitted to the state Governor for approval.
Creation of three (3) new clans
Three (3) Clans were created and duly recognized by government. They
are, Ukana Clan; Awa-Afaha Clan and South East Uruan Clan
Co-ordinating the royal fathers to attend the South-South Monarchs Retreat in Rivers State;
Regular payment of stipends to traditional rulers;
Regular payment of security allowances to paramount rulers;
Payment of palace renovation to paramount rulers
Payment of security votes to paramount rulers
Co-ordination of common services, including; Generating revenue internally through Church Licenses; Conducting one thousand marriages across the 31 Local Government Areas. It is important to note that one thousand, five hundred (1,500) triplicate of marriage certificates have been received by the Directorate, while one hundred and fifty (150) triplicates of marriage certificate were also received from licensed