The Acting Chairman of Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, Hon Mercy Bassey has said that the local government is enjoying consultative and inclusive leadership under her tenure.
Hon Bassey, who stated this during an interview session with ace broadcaster, Michael Bush on XL 106.9 FM, Thursday evening, said her administration gives everyone in Mkpat Enin a sense of belonging through inclusiveness.
She started that the essence of her leadership approach is to strengthen unity, love and togetherness among the people of the area.
“We have been able to achieve what we have within these eight months because I try to carry everybody along. In Mkpat Enin right now, we are enjoying consultative and inclusive leadership because every section of the local government is given a sense of belonging.
“As the head of council, before I take some administrative decisions, I consult other council officials like the Head of Local Government Service, Directors, and Councillors. With this, everyone has an input in the administration.
“When it comes to politics, the stakeholders which comprises serving and past political office holders, elders, women and the youths, come together to discuss and agree before political decisions are taken.
“So far, I have enjoyed massive support from all the stakeholders in Mkpat Enin so I have not had challenges. In Mkpat Enin, we are like a family,” she said.
Hon Bassey further commended the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel and wife, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for giving more opportunities to Akwa Ibom women to be relevant in politics and governance.
She revealed that her emergence as vice chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was through the magnanimity of the governor and wife and the support of the stakeholders of Mkpat Enin.
The Acting Chairman also commended the people of Mkpat Enin for ensuring that the PDP recorded a convincing victory at the local government elections which led to her emergence as vice chairman of the local government.
“Women are relevant Akwa Ibom politics, all thanks to our governor and his dear wife. They have given more women opportunities in governance and I am one of them. Today, we have women serving in different capacities and doing very well,” she said.
She further revealed that Mkpat Enin people will always remember Governor Emmanuel for good long after he has left office because of his developmental strides in the area.
“The coconut oil refinery and coconut plantation have provided job opportunities for Mkpat Enin people and these projects will outlive Governor Udom’s administration so long after he has left office, we will always remember him for good,” she added.