The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey has posited that the Bill for a Law to Establish and Regulate Akwa Ibom State Official Symbols, and for other Matters Connected therewith, when passed into law will enhance and strengthen unity amongst Akwa Ibom people through Cultural symbols.

The Speaker made the assertion while declaring open the Public Hearing on a ‘Bill for a Law to establish and regulate, Akwa Ibom State Official Symbols, And For Other Matters Connected Therewith,’ on Monday.

According to the Speaker, “It is noteworthy, that this Bill when passed into law will give us a great sense of pride, it will further unite us, give us hope and clear distinction from other states.”

He called on members of the Public and other stakeholders to give indepth input into the bill so that a comprehensive law will be enacted at the end of the day.

The Chairman, Information Committee of the Akwa Ibom State House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis said in his address that the bill when passed into Law will entrench pride, hope, dignity and glory of the state as a people.

“The bill when passed into law, will entrench pride, hope, royalty, dignity, glory, reverence, inspiration and oneness in our state, the bill will not only create sentiment but psychological and emotional attachment to our dear state, it will patently bring out our history and values which will result in the general consciousness of our heritage.”

He enjoined stakeholders to give inputs to enable the House come up with a legislation that will reflect the wishes of the people.

He thanked the Governor of the State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for the Executive bill which is people oriented.

“I commend the Executive for this piece of visionary legislation (in the making), those persons involved in the artistic design and interpretation to the features in the bill, to the limit of my knowledge did a remarkable job, they understandably,earn our commendation. The House as always, deemed it expedient to subject the bill to debate and public scrutiny, the reason we are all here.”

In his Keynote Address, the Commissioner for Information, Barr. Ini Ememobong said the bill when passed would strengthen the cultural heritage of the state as the symbols will create identity for the people of the state.

He added that the bill is commendable and timely as other states of the Federation have already gotten theirs.

The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Akwa Ibom Chapter, Barr Aniema Etuk in his contribution said the general principles of the bill will be practicalised to give Akwa Ibom people an Identity.

The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Civil Society Organizations Forum, Mr. Harry Udo and his Counterpart of Civil Liberty Organization, Cmd Franklyn Isong in their inputs said the proposed symbols are insightful, focused and purposeful in a time the state needs social, spiritual and economic rebirth.

They suggested that a guiding philosophy and Motto should be added to the features of the symbols as the Anthem, Coat of Arms, Slogan, Flag, Creed are well thought out.

The Curator of National Museum-Uyo, Mr. Udo Sunday acknowledged the legislative move, describing it as unprecedented in the Museum sector of the state.

He also asked that there should be a wooden symbol in the Coat of Arms aside from the two tusks to represent the high and the lower classes of people in the state.

Also, another Curator from National Gallery of Arts, Uyo, Mr. Michael James said there should be a contemporary object in the symbols to identify the state. He suggested ‘Ibom Connection’ or any other physical structure feasible within the state.

The Chairman, Assembly Service Commission, Barr. Goddy Umoh thanked the Governor for his thoughtfulness to bring up the bill to the House.

Represented by Commissioner I of the Commission, Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok, the Chairman said the bill should be given accelerated hearing as it will further promote the image of the state.


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