Akwa Ibom proposes N1.05b for digital switch-over, press rehab, others
Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Strategy has proposed N1.05 billion as the total sum for its capital expenditure for the 2023 fiscal year.
Presenting the figures before the committee on bilateral discussions for 2023 capital estimates, on Monday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, said the reason for the increase in the 2023 budget size was due to the need to effectively document, as well as tell the success story of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Completion Agenda.
“For our 2023 capital estimates, we have done a little mark-up because of sporadic increase in inflation. Again, this administration is winding down, and information activities must increase because it is the last opportunity for this administration to tell its success story, which no one else can.
“We are also hoping to market the state through international media houses because that is where the investors are. Therefore, relying solely on the local market for investors may not yield the kind of return on investment we expect on the volume of infrastructure the governor has already provided.
“Aside from the increase in media and Public Relations activities, we also hope to scale up community mobilisation. Also, we have already ordered digital transmitting equipment for the digitisation of Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation and those transmitters have arrived in the country as we speak.”
On the rehabilitation of the building housing AKBC at Udoudoma Avenue, which was damaged by #EndSARS protesters in 2020, Ememobong said: “As a responsible government, we must find a way to assist the owner of the building to recover same, and put it back to use.”
The commissioner also hinted at providing a digital archival system for the Ministry, arguing that it would serve as a central warehouse for all government information materials.