Strengthen existing Laws, UCCDA Boss Charges State Legislature
By Ukara Effiong
The Executive Chairman of Uyo Capital City Development Authority, UCCDA, Otuekong Prince Enobong Uwah, has called on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to strengthen existing Laws regulating the operations of the Agency to make it more effective and adaptable to new developments in the increasingly metropolitan status of Uyo.
Prince Uwah who was accompanied by top officials and staff of the Agency made the plea, when he appeared before the House Joint Committee on Lands, Housing and Environment on Wednesday.
The UCCDA Boss while fielding questions from the committee and contributing to the ongoing quest by the House Committee’s to deliberate on matters relating to the proposed bill for a Law for the control of Physical/Urban and regional planning Board and Area Planning Authorities in Akwa Ibom State, submitted that, rather than enacting new laws, existing laws should be strengthened to empower and expand the operational capabilities of existing agencies of Government to avoid duplicity.
Prince Uwah appreciated the House Committee for the opportunity to make inputs as regards the proposed bill and in making his submissions, appealed to the committee to create room for professionals to examine the proposed bill and give their recommendations.
He also advised that the number of Board members should be reduced and the financial implications should be considered before creating new agencies.
The House Leader and Chairman House Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal, Rt. Hon. Udo Kieran in a welcome address, thanked the Chairman of UCCDA for responding to the call, which he said, was an affirmation of his regard for the Legislature. He went further to state the aim of meeting with the Agency.
The Chairman of the House Committee acknowledged the observations and recommendations made by the Chairman of UCCDA, requesting that inputs from the Legal Department of UCCDA be sent in for further considerations.
Other lawmakers who were present during the interaction include, Rt. Hon. Essien Nse, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, Hon. Otobong Bob, Hon. Asuquo Archibong- Chairman House Committee in Environment, Hon. Ifiok Udoh and Hon Charity Ido.