The Akwa Ibom State Project Coordinator of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, AKS-RAAMP, Pastor Gideon Akpan has been conferred with an award for Sustainable Grassroots Development.

The conferment was at the instance of the Special Assistant on Logistics to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, during a Regional Stakeholders Summit on Strengthening Local Governance for Sustainable Grassroots Development organised for the South South and South East regions at Enugu state.

An ordained Apostle in the Apostolic Church Nigeria, currently serving as the Area Superintendent, Ikot Isong Area in Etinan Field, Pastor Gideon Akpan is a Geologist and holds a Post Graduate Diploma, PGD in Environmental Management and a Masters Degree in Development Planning. He is widely trained in Donor Funded Project Coordination and Management, currently serving as the State Project Coordinator of the World Bank and French Development Agency funded RAAMP in Akwa Ibom State.

A statement by the event organisers, enumerated a number of attainments by the awardee to justify the conferment thus:

* Planning, implementation and monitoring the provisions of potable water for the 31 LGAs in Akwa Ibom State, funded by the State Government, under the Akwa Ibom State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, AKRUWATSAN.

* Sanitation Officer under the EU/UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Nsit Atai and Obot Akara LGAs.

* Served as Water Supply Officer and Head – Water Resources Department of AKRUWATSAN.

* Project Coordinator for Akwa Ibom State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, AKS-RAAMP – planning and implementation of designs, construction and supervision of more than 200km of rural roads for accessibility of farms and markets.

* Capacity building and development of human resources involved in rural development projects.

* A good support system for the achievement of the ARISE agenda of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

* Dedication to transformation of the people of the rural community as a Pastor, residing right in the Community to engage Youths, Women and the Elderly in positive and kingdom lifestyles to the Glory of God.

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