The Akwa Ibom state house of assembly has dissolved the 31 local government councils in the state.
Aniekan Uko, speaker of the assembly, announced this in Uyo, capital of the state, on Thursday, directing the chairmen to handover all government properties to the councils’ head of service by Friday.
He said the development was in line with the 1999 constitution as amended, because the tenure of the present chairmen would expire by 12 midnight on July 10.
Uko recalled that the councils were inaugurated on July 11, 2012 for three years tenure.
He also directed Mandu Umoren, clerk of the house, to communicate the decision to Udom Emmanuel, governor of the state, for necessary action.
Earlier, Udo Kerien, the leader of the house, moved a motion for the dissolution of the councils and the motion was seconded by Usoro Akpausoh of PDP- Esit Eket/Ibeno.
The house also received a notice of motion on the establishment of nuclear plant in Akwa Ibom.
In the motion, Nse Essien of PDP- Onna urged the assembly to pass a resolution directing the national atomic energy commission and indeed federal government to reconsider its desire to build nuclear plants in the state due to its dense population.
The motion also urged the federal government to explore other available and harmless sources of power in the state, including increasing the capacity of Ibom Power Plant.
Uko referred the motion to the committee on environment for indepth study and directed that the committee reports back to the house within one week.