A’IBOM ASSEMBLY TO PROBE Council CHAIRMAN FEW DAYS TO END OF TENURE FOR ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly says it has mandated its Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate an allegation bordering on misappropriation of councils funds and alleged financial recklessness levelled against Prince Anieokpon Eno Ekpo,the Chairman of Mkpat-Enin Local Government Council by Councilors and Supervisors in the Local Government Area.
This was the resolution of the House during Thursday Plenary sequel to a petition received by the House of Assembly against the embattled Chairman of Mkpat-Enin.
Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions, Prince Aniefiok Attah, had informed the House of a petition by Councilors and Supervisors in Mkpat-Enin against the Chairman of the local government area.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Otong had asked the Ibesikpo-Asutan Lawmaker to read details of the petition, where he disclosed that the petitioners were accusing the Mkpat-Enin Council Chairman of misappropriation of council funds, failure to remit council revenue to the Council account, financial recklessness, alleged refusal to pay their entitlements, amongst other allegations.
Receiving the petition, the House through the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Udeme Otong referred the matter to the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs headed by Etim-Ekpo/Ika representative, Rt. Hon. Mfon Idung to investigate the allegations and report back to the House for further legislative action.
The three year tenure of Prince Anieokpon Eno Ekpo is one that has been submerged in controversies bothering on corruption, financial recklessness and incompetence. He was suspended from office by the 7th Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly in 2021.