AK-ASSEMBLY RECEIVES PETITIONS OVER COUNCILS’ MISCONDUCT
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has received petitions by Councillors of Ibiono Ibom and Esit Eket Local Government Councils respectively against their Executive Chairmen over an alleged gross misconduct in handling the affairs of the council.
The petitions were presented by the Chairman of Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petition, Hon. Victor Ekwere during house plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, yesterday.
The case of Ibiono Ibom bothered on what they claimed as ‘unlawful attempt’ to pass the 2020 budget without presenting it for due legislative consideration by the Executive Chairman, Mr. EkomAbasi Akpan.
That of Esit Eket is on an alleged unprofessional conduct and criminal act exhibited by the Executive Chairman, Engr Iniobong Robson.
Meanwhile, the House committed the issues so petitioned to the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs headed by Rt. Hon. Mark Esset for further legislative consideration.
Also, the House during its session moved a motion to boost food sufficiency, subsidize farm inputs for agricultural workers and inject more funds into critical food production in the state.
The motion tagged ‘Post COVID-19 and Fall in Crude Oil Price: A Wake Up Call to Support Akwa Ibom Agricultural Sector,’ was sponsored by the Member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Godwin Ekpo, the House expressed worry over the excessive export of natural resources in the state and further called on government to see the current Covid-19 period as an opportunity to transform the agricultural sector.
The Ibiono Ibom Representative, while acknowledging the recent ban on importation of livestock, stressed the need for government to reduce dependence on imported foods by giving priority to the agricultural sector.
“That issues and requests related to the agricultural sector be given utmost priority and funds injected into critical food production, government should subsidize farm inputs, provide storage and preservative facilities for Agricultural workers and put measures in place to support and protect Akwa Ibom farmers”, he said.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, referred the Motion to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources for indepth Study, directing the Committee to report back to the House within one month.
At Plenary also, A Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service Commission and for Other Matters Connected therewith, sponsored by the House Leader, Rt. Hon. (Sir) Udo Kierian Akpan, Akwa Ibom State Education Development Levy Bill, 2020, sponsored by the Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, and Listed Sites (Preservation) Bill, sponsored by the Member representing Nsit Ubium State Constituency, Hon. Otobong Bob, 2020, all scaled through Second Reading.
Similarly, a Bill for a Law to establish the Akwa Ibom State Information Technology Development Agency (AISITDA), sponsored by the Member representing Itu State Constituency, Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem, was read the first time and committed to the Committee on Rules, Business and Ethics for rescheduling.