PUBLIC GALLERY: HOW 26 AKWA IBOM LEGISLATORS FARED LAST LEGISLATIVE YEAR.
After the one week review of the assessment of the Lawmakers of the 7th Assembly by the public, the following were drawn.
Follow the articles of each member and the PUBLIC ASSESSMENT at the end of each narrative.
These categories were used for the Assessment:
•VOP (Very Outstanding Performance).
•OP (Outstanding Performance).
•LP (Low Performance).
•PP (Poor Performance).
Between March 27th 2020 till now, the world experienced a tumbling reality which affected the economic strength of nations. The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a ripple effect which spread across human efforts and existence.
A lot of changes were recorded and no less will be said had a toil on the legislative business of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
This analysis will beg to restrict its scope to the SECOND LEGISLATIVE YEAR of the SEVENTH ASSEMBLY, that is between June 10th, 2020 through June 9th, 2021. But where necessary, a recall or reference may be made to the preceding year.
How has the SEVENTH ASSEMBLY under the leadership of Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey FARED DURING THE COVID-19 PERIOD through the respective roles of the 26 CHARACTERS interpreting the DEMANDS of their people whom they represent in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
• During the pandemic period, the House from June 10, 2020 through June 9, 2021, convened for plenary sessions about 20 times with strict observation to the Covid-19 protocol.
• Also, note that from March 23rd, 2021, the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASSAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter joined the Nationwide strike embarked by this arm of Government. This kept the gates of the State Assemblies under lock and keys. This stalled convocation of plenary sessions of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly from March 23rd, 2020 (which was already announced as date for next plenary) till the moment of birthing this article. That is approximately three months of legislative hiatus.
ON THE STAGE
• Uruan with Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey
This two-time Lawmaker for Uruan State Constituency, aside interpreting the role for Uruan people and voicing their demands on the floor of the house, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey also holds the Gavel being the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly.
As the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly, the roles are enormous to ensure he leads the House on deliberations considering bills, motions, reports, etc, so to activate and strengthen Government’s policies for the good of the masses to match its sobriquet, ‘The People’s Assembly.’
More discreetly than expected, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey according to many, has manifested candour and zest in legislative matters. As the Chairman, Committee on Parliamentary Matters, he has anchored matters of the House strengthening the backbones of respective House Committees of the House in his time.
The House so far under his watch has considered about 52 bills, 42 motions and 18 laws, out of which five have been assented to by the executive arm. But restricting to the last one year, about 22 bills and 23 motions have been considered by the House. More than six of these have been passed.
He has never missed plenary sessions or being represented by his Deputy in the past one year.
As the Chairman House Committee on Parliamentary Matters, bills, motions and other matters before the house follow due legislative process with strict respect to House procedures. Life has been injected to other house committees and organs which allow smooth running of the Legislature.
No gain saying that the Speaker’s representation cut across all the 31 LGAs of the state.
The Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey Youth Entrepreneurship Support Scheme (RHAB-YESS) has encouraged the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Akwa Ibom State.
So far, through the program, 53 businesses covering the 31 Local Government Areas of the state have been sponsored. Support has been given to over 28 artisans in various skills and over 340 Special Support to sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State have been achieved by this Uruan representative.
Many say he is a silent worker. Recently a well furnished bungalow was donated to a widow which was kept behind the media scene. Elders, Women, youth of Uruan and beyond, have a feel of the good gesture of this Lawmaker via his representative function.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: VOP.
• with Hon. Asuquo Nana on Stage
He is a first time Legislator in the State Parliament. Many call him ‘Albino’ due to his very fair complexion. Let’s journey to his Legislative activities in the last one year.
This Ikono representative is not a regular speaker on the floor. If you are a consistent watcher at the public gallery, you will catch him give contributions on few occasions on matters which affect the people of the state.
He has not sponsored any private member bill in the last one year but he is a co-sponsor of several.
He raised a motion on a matter of urgent public importance over collapse bridges in Ikono State Constituency.
The bridges included Nkwot Ikot Nseyen Nung Ukim bridge and Iton Ikot Ito – Iton Mmong Bridge.
He called on Government urgent intervention as about 16 villages make use of the bridges on daily basis.
He was always on seat in the last legislative year except on few occasions when he was absent.
He has been active last year in committee activities.
As Chairman House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Nana collaborated with Ministry of Agriculture in the state to achieve food security through various programs.
In March 2021, on a representative capacity, he flagged off the ‘My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEPG) Community Farm in Ituk Mbang, Uruan LGA.
The Committee went on the spot Assessment of St. Gabriel’s Coconut Factory in Mkpat Enin LGA. During that visit, he encouraged Akwa Ibom people to invest in Agriculture and take advantage of available opportunities like the AKEES vegetable farming.
He is a member of other committees of the House and has participated in other oversight duties.
Not notable is his constituency briefing in the last one year. But his constituents say he keeps close tap with them through the various links he formed to feed him with happenings in the area for swift response.
Recently, he moved in response to the the deadly attack on Ikono Divisional Police at Ibiaku Ntok Okpo Headquarters condemning the attack. He urged indigenes to be security conscious and called on the security agency to beef up security in the area.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Abak with Hon. Udeme Otong on Stage
He is a first timer but strife to make Abak people well represented on the floor of the 7th Assembly.
This Abak representative is not a sleeping Lawmaker. Many see him perform above average in terms of involvement in legislative work. You will see him speak many times either in support of a bill or motion. He moves several motions and sponsor bills in the last one year.
Among is the ‘Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Agency and for other matters connected therewith. This went through second reading February this year.
Also, a ‘Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Anti-Stigma and Discrimination of person living with HIV/AIDs and for other matters connected thereto.’ This also went through second reading last year.
He moved the following motions; ‘Relevant Government Agencies should carry out immediate intervention on the Ikono-Uyo, Ukpom-Abak Road by Pepsi, Idoro Road to make it motorable for road commuters’; and ‘Upgrade of Infrastructures at Government Model Girls Secondary School, Ikot Ekang, Abak LGA.’
Aside these, he co-sponsored several bills and support people-oriented motions in the House.
He endeavoured to attend plenaries through last legislative year.
He is the Chairman Committee on Health.
The Lawmaker in the last one year participated in several committee activities.
Early this year, he organised a Public Hearing on one of the bills he Sponsored. That is; ‘A Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State College of Nursing and Midwifery.’
Before 2020 elapsed, he organised a constituency briefing at Annang People’s Primary School, Utu Abak. He reached out to his people through cash and material gifts including; 5 mini buses; 5 Refrigerators, 200 bags of rice etc.
He keeps in touch with his people on regular basis through different platforms.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Oruk Anam with Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan on the stage
This three-term member breaks record in Akwa Ibom Legislative history, superseding former member for Ibeno/Esit Eket state constituency, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh who by sheer grace completed the first tenure of Late Hon. Okochio and did two term in addition.
He is called the ‘stabilizer’ due to the maturity he exudes in legislative business.
As the Leader both in the sixth and seventh Assembly, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian has championed not just Executive bills but private member bills and cosponsored several.
In the last one year, this longest serving parliamentarian in the state Assembly ensured 2021 Appropriation bill, several letters from the Executive for appointments of Nominees into Executive Council, Boards/Commissions were duly received by the House. All these were given legislative attention which oiled the wheels of governance in the state.
His voice is not strange on the floor of the hallowed chamber except to first-timers in the public gallery.
Severally, he has provided informed legislative direction on complex matters before the house. The results always proved his legislative acumen. Hence, his colleagues gave him the name ‘stabilizer,’ right from 6th Assembly. A case was when the House handled the suspension of two Local Government Chairmen.
His presence in the sessions of the House as a leader becomes sacrosanct. Only on few occasions he has been absent in plenary due to other official responsibilities which took him out of the state.
Not much have been heard of the Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal oversight duties. Aside the internal interface of the committee with its members, the committee has not engaged in regular official outing.
He chaired the Adhoc Committee set up by the House to investigate the discrepancies in the 2019 audited account of the Akwa Ibom State Government. This committee set out to work within time frame. After indepth interface with affected MDAs, the Committee came up with a report which informed the ratification of the account by the House.
It could not be ascertained his reach to his people within this one year. Many of his constituents say he is a quiet giver.
One will quickly suffice that this may have earned him the goodwill which manifested through his election to the Assembly for the third time.
Recently, a feather was added to his cap by the traditional stool of the area conferring on him “Obong Uforo.”
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Esit Eket/Ibeno with Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh
A second timer in the 7th Assembly and he is not a neophyte. Not a ‘yes or nay’ member because he is watched few times took stand on matters even with a minority opposing view.
Within last legislative year, no notable bill or motion sponsored or moved by him. He has co-sponsored several bills and supported lofty motions by other members. A case was when he threw weight behind Akwa Ibom State Lottery board bill.
He attends plenary but not on a regular basis.
As the Chairman, Committee on Rural Development and Public Utilities, he embarked on oversight duties to inspect work at Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company. He was accompanied by other members of the Committee.
Also, the Committee visited Tropicana Mall, Uyo to see the level of ongoing work at site before its official inauguration.
Many committee activities he has supported. He joined the Committee on Special Project Monitoring/Implementation and Aviation Development on oversight recently.
Nothing has been heard of his constituency briefing last one year. But without cameras, he has met with his constituents on different capacities.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Mbo with Hon. Effiong Johnson on Stage
He replaced the former elected Member of the area, Hon. Okon Asukwo Frank of the PDP through Court of Appeal ruling of November 2019.
As an APC member, the journey many opined will be difficult for him as a ‘lone-voice,’ was the reverse. His PDP colleagues in the Legislature engaged in legislative business without Party divide. They conferred on him ‘The Paramount Ruler’ of the 7th Assembly.
The Member has not sponsored any private member bill within the year but he is a co-sponsor of other private member bills.
He does not speak often yet he is not a silent member in the House. He gives support to other people- oriented motions moved by other members.
Amongst the motions moved by him in the year include; ‘Boundary crisis in Mbo and other lingering Boundary crises in Ibiono Ibom, Ibesikpo and Ini LGAs respectively.’
He also raised matter of urgent public importance over wanton destruction of lives in Okopedi, Amammong in Okobo LGA; and Uko Apan Enwang and Uko Nteghe of Uda in Mbo LGA.
He is regular on sitting days.
He is the Chairman, Committee on Boundary and Conflict Resolution. As Chairman, the Committee wades into boundary crises in the state.
Recently, his committee intervened in the boundary crises between warring communities of Okobo and Mbo. The parties were invited to appear before the Committee and its members for an enduring solution to the conflict.
The Lawmaker also in the year has participated in other oversight duties of other committees.
Nothing has been heard of his constituency briefing within the last legislative year. Notably is his accessibility to his people.
Recently, he went in to calm the embers of war between the Naval Base and the community because of the alleged incessant killing by Naval officers in the area. He had interface with the Naval Base Commander, respective families and the Village Head of the area.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP
• Okobo with Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey on the Stage
Her voice stands out on the floor of 7th Assembly as the Deputy Speaker. Representing not just Okobo people but the female folk. Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey strikes a balance in the composition of the 7th Assembly and the then 6th Assembly.
This Okobo representative is not a ‘yes’ or ‘nay’ member of the Parliament. She voices the stand of her people, women, children and the less-privileged in the state. This is evident in the ‘Bill for a law to protect the physically challenged persons against discrimination and other purposes connected therewith.’ Also, ‘A Bill for a law to provide for the compulsory medical treatment and care for child victim of sexual violence and for related matters,’ which passed through second reading and at committee level.
She has co-sponsored several bills and supported people-oriented motions on the floor of the House.
On very few occasion within the year has she been absence on the floor of the House to represent her people. Mostly, it is when higher demands of the office takes her out.
Through the Committee of Women Affairs, Social Welfare and Cooperatives, the Okobo representative has been able to lend her voice against abuse of women and children. Recent, is when she walked with other women across the state to say No to Rape and other forms of abuses against females. This was on the occasion of the protest against the cruelsome murder of Late Miss Iniubong Umoren.
The Committee has interfaced with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare and other relevant agencies to tackle several decay in the social wellbeing of the state.
The February 10, Public hearing on the ‘Bill for a law to provide for the compulsory medical treatment and care for child victim of sexual violence and for related matters,’ provided a galvanizing point where actors in this sector gave inputs to boosting the content of the bill to fight against the menace in the state.
Aside her previous records, the Deputy Speaker within this period has intervened in the community clash between Amamong and Okopedi villages of Okobo LGA which lives and properties were lost. The return of calm in the area is as a result of that step.
Last year December, the member reached out to her people including women, children, youth, elders and socio-cultural groups. She doled out food items, cash-gift, wrappers and other items to Okobo indigenes.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Essien Udim with Hon. (Barr) Esse Umoh on Stage
After long election battle for Essien Udim House of Assembly seat, he arrived later as the voice for Essien Udim people on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party.
In the last one year, this member has given Essien Udim people a place on the floor of the 7th Assembly. He is not an ‘Everyday’ speaker on the floor.
Resuming duties on February 11, 2020 and the outbreak of the pandemic in March, 2020, may have reduced his legislative performance below expectation within the year under review.
No new private member bill he has sponsored within the year but he co-sponsors other bills. Also, no motion traceable to him within the year but support other people- oriented motions.
There are bills sponsored by him earlier before the year which are in various stages of consideration. Among them include: “Establishment of Akwa Ibom State Consumers Protection Agency Bill 2020” and the “The Motion for Urgent Need to Resuscitate Ikpe Annang General Hospital, Essien Udim Local Govenrment Area.”
His presence at plenaries is notable though he misses dew sessions.
He is the Chairman House Committee on Economic Planning and Development.
The Committee has in the year interface with relevant agencies. Recently, was when he represented the Committee at the flag-off of Ibom 3000 project by Ministry of Trade and Investment.
He joined several House Committees which he is a member on oversight duties.
Within the year, the member has reached out to his constituents by purchasing Nursing forms for all Essien Udim indigenes interested to build a career in Nursing.
Commenced skill acquisition programme for 50 indigenes every year in various vocations. He paid a visit to displaced Essien Udim people at IDP camp in Ikot Ekpene.
They say he is a silent achiever because not notable is an organised constituency briefing within the year.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
•Urue Offong/Oruko with Rt. Hon. Asuquo Archibong on Stage
Member for Urue Offong/Oruko is an second term representative of the area in the state legislature.
But watchers from public gallery wonder if the people of Urue Offong/Oruko have a voice at all defending them on the floor of the 7th Assembly.
Atleast, it could be said he was better in his first term by speaking once or twice and giving response of ‘yes’ or ‘No’ to matters considered. He is virtually missing in the second term and many pray it should never be on health grounds.
There is no way his absence will not affect the expected Lawmaking role of this member.
He is rarely around on the floor of the House to push for matters concerning his people. When around (on very scarce occasion), no one hears or sees him stand up to speak on matters in the interest of his people.
For the last one year, he has not sponsored a bill or moved a motion. He is a co-sponsor of few bills in the House.
On representative capacity, his Committee on Environment organised a Public hearing on a Bill: ‘Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency.’ This was subsequently passed by the House.
He has on few occasion joined Committees which he is a member on oversight duties including Committee on Works and Transport.
It could not be ascertained of the member’s reach to his people in the last one year except for the April, 2020 donation of relief materials to his constituents to alleviate the effect Covid-19 which took a toll on them.
On record is the intervention move he made recently for a cease-fire between the two warring communities of Umume and Ukuko in Urue Offong/Oruko LGA.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: PP.
• Ibiono Ibom with Hon. Godwin Ekpo on Stage
As a first timer in the state Assembly, Hon. Ekpo has given the people of Ibiono Ibom a voice and a place in house activities.
• Lawmaking Role:
He is an active member on the floor of the 7th Assembly.
He sponsored the following bills: “A Bill for a law to provide free tuition and examination fees for public primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state.” This bill was passed into law.
Also, “A bill for a law to establish Akwa Ibom State Resident Registration Agency and for other matters connected therewith,” is attributed to him last legislative year.
However, on its desk is the ‘Akwa Ibom State College of Education Law 2020 for indepth study.
He moved the motion requesting the state government for the ‘Reactivation of of Covid-19 monitoring team.’ Hon. Ekpo has supported other motions and he is a co-sponsor of several bills in the House.
Also, motions for the ‘Need to address incessant Hoarding and hike in price of Petroleum Products by Akwa Ibom Petroleum marketers,’ and that of the ‘Tension in Ikpanya clan of Ibiono Ibom LGA over wanton killings and destruction by neighboring Ugbo village of Arochukwu community in Abia State,’ are attributed to him.
His attendance is notably commended in the public gallery.
As Chairman Committee on Education, a lot of interfaces of the committee within the year with relevant Ministries, Boards and stakeholders in the education sector have been achieved.
It was at the wake of the motion of proliferation of illegal tertiary institutions raised by Nsit Atai lawmaker that the committee summoned the then Commissioner for Education to verify the fact.
The Ibiono Ibom lawmaker is a member of other Committees of the House and has been up to duty in those committees.
Many give the impression he is a silent giver and has been rendering positive gesture towards his constituents in the last one year. But nothing has been heard of any constituency brief organised by the lawmaker to his constituents in the last one year.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: VOP.
• Uyo with Hon. Anietie Eka on Stage
He is referred to as the ‘Landlord’ of the Legislature being the representative of the state capital city.
He is not a passive member of the Parliament. He is placed a little above an average-speaker by watchers at the public gallery.
This Lawmaker has throughout the last one year added to the legislative content of the 7th Assembly.
He sponsored the ‘Bill for a law to provide for the preservation and promotion of the use of Akwa Ibom local dialects in Akwa Ibom State and for connected purposes.’
He moved the motion for the ‘Urgent need to rid the premises of former Uyo main market of miscreants and other Dangerous Human Elements using the neglected structure as a hideout spot to commit crimes like armed robbery, rape and such nefarious activities by juvenile delinquents and subsequently utilize the space for a profitable enterprise.’
A case was made by him before the Governor for the inclusion of Ikono clan of Uyo LGA in the Uyo Capital Development Act during the commissioning of the permanent office of Uyo Capital City Development Authority.
He attended plenary sessions but missed few.
Not much has been heard of his Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission in the last one year. But internal meetings with committee members have been held.
He attended other oversight duties of other committees being a member of those committees.
He has empowered his constituents with Jamb, Neco forms. Also, school fees and scholarships are part of his educational reach to his people. The Edet Etaha market project in Mbak Etoi, Uyo LGA is on course as he is set to deliver it to his people in the nearest future.
During last year festive period, he gave out gift, food, and material items to his constituents.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: LP.
• Nsit Ibom with Hon. O. S Udoh on the Stage
He is a first time Legislator on the floor of the 7th Assembly who contributed to the end of ‘My leader’ singing boys in the present Assembly.
He did not take it kindly with one of the boys who approached him at the corridors one of the days with the ‘Halleluia’ song as he headed towards his office. When he thundered “Will you stop that nonsense,” was when everyone’s head around turned to witness the end of the ‘Halleluia’ song before it rose in tempo.
Regular followers of Assembly plenaries know Nsit Ibom Lawmaker scarcely stand to speak for his people even while he is around in plenaries. He is alive to respond to the ‘yes’ or ‘nay’ chorus of all members on bills or motions.
Within the last one year, he moved a motion expressing ‘Concern over the state of bridges in Nsit Ibom State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State: A call for immediate action.’
He has not within the year sponsored any private member bill but co-sponsored other bills in the House and support people-oriented motions.
The Nsit Ibom seat was not occupied everytime on plenary days.
The Nsit Ibom State Lawmaker, Hon. Ifiok O. S. Udoh is the Chairman, Inter-Governmental Committee, Political and Special Matters. He has Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh as his Deputy Chairman.
Out of the 26 Standing Committees of the House, Hon. Udoh is a Deputy Chairman in one other committee and member in ten other Committees.
Nothing special has been heard of the Inter-Governmental Committee Oversight duties within the last one year. But he is active in other committees which he is a member.
No constituency briefing organised within the period. Some of his constituents say he has been touching lives quietly.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: LP.
• ONNA with Rt. Hon. (Otuekong) Nse Essien on Stage
The second coming of this ONNA representative gave the Deputy Chief Whip’s seat of the House to ONNA people.
As the Chairman, House Committee on Security, Youth and Sports, no space has been given to ‘Halleluia-Boys.’ They seem to go extinct as none is seen around the corridors which before now were often congested with youth signing “You are a Leader…”
This member is not a regular speaker on the floor of the House. But when he stands up to speak or throw a caution-look at any of his colleague, know there is a heated matter of concern.
A watcher of the House plenaries will attest to the ‘Commando’ air around this Lawmaker.
He sponsored a ‘Bill for a Law to make Provisions for the collection of Revenue from Transportation of Goods by Road to, in or from Akwa Ibom State and for single haulage fees payable at the point of loading and discharge of Goods in the state and for other matters connected therewith.’
He raised a motion for the Passage of 2020 Local Government Councils’ Budget by the Legislative Councils throughout the 31 LGAs. This was a concern taking in cognizant that the 2nd quarter of 2020 was elapsing without LG Councils passing their budgets.
He is a member of other committees and co-sponsored other bills.
Watchers many times see the Deputy Leader’s seat empty during plenary.
Not much have been heard of the Security, Youth and Sports committee official outings. But the committee was able to manifest commitment during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
The Committee controlled the population at the public gallery during the time and even in the post Covid-19 era. The environment has been decongested with no loitering by visitors. Numerous visitors per sitting day was an alarming situation within the premise which raised concern.
In the area of youth and sport, he has been able to organise inter-team contests amongst football groups in the state. This has helped groomed talents and given them platforms to excel.
The member has been able to use his football passion and club (FC One Rocket) and the Carabana Football Academy to empower youth by grooming and fixing talents in positions to excel.
He also sponsor several indigent youth through their academic pursuit in higher institutions.
Not much have been heard of his empowerment program last year.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Mkpat Enin with Hon. Victor Ekwere on Stage
Many see him as a Lawmaker of his class. He moves with such gait that strikes a Lawmaker who knows his onions. Let’s look at his strides in the last one year.
He is an active Lawmaker in the 7th Assembly and proves to know legislative business when he stands to speak. Though he is not an everyday speaker on the floor but several occasions throws him up to speak as the Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petition.
He has sponsored a private member bill and moved three motions. The bill is the ‘Amendment of Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission Law 2007.’
Through his legislative role, he openly queried the then Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen over the poor quality of roads delivered by construction companies in the state.
His presence noticeable from the public gallery. Only on very few occasions that he has not been on his seat.
As a Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petition, several petitions and clearance of nominees for appointment by the state government are handled by his Committee.
In the last one year, the Committee handled such during the nomination of persons into Boards and Commission; and the nomination of Commissioners/SAs into the Executive Council.
It is with its report that the Assembly is given direction on its legislative fuctions.
He is a member of other committees and has been active in those committees’ oversight duties.
In the last one year, he has renovated a 2 No. Four Classroom blocks and about 600 desks are to be distributed to schools in his constituency.
In December, 2020, he gave out 13 motorcycles to women to help in their rural businesses and other gifts to mark the Yuletide. On his list are indigenes where he pays their school fees.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Itu with Hon. Kufreabasi Edidem on Stage
Many say he understands the language of the street and they love him like that with ‘low-hanging’ fruits for all to pick from.
Within the year, he sponsored: ‘A bill for a Law to establish Akwa Ibom State Tourism, Arts and Culture Endowment Fund (AKSTACEF) and for other allied purposes.’
The bill went through first and second reading and a Public hearing conducted for the two bills by his committee.
The member also moved a motion calling for ‘Introduction of Marine Patrols in Riverine Communities of Oku Iboku, Itu Clan, Mbiaso, Uruan and its environs.’
He was not only present but averagely active on plenary days except on few days which he was not on seat.
As the Chairman, Committee on Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the member led his committee on oversight duties to Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort to interface with the management.
He also organised a Public Hearing on the ‘Bill for a Law to Provide for Preservation and Restoration of Historical Properties and Cultural Heritage Sites in Akwa Ibom State and for connected purposes’; and ‘A bill for a Law to establish Akwa Ibom State Tourism, Arts and Culture Endowment Fund (AKSTACEF) and for other allied purposes.’
He is an active member of other committees which he is a member.
In the last legislative year, the member donated a two-bedroom bungalow to 73 aged widow, Madam Akon Edet of Ikot Obio Atai-Itu LGA on Christmas day.
He renovated a eight classroom block and a Principal office at Community Secondary Commercial School, Ibiaku Itam, Itu LGA with solar-powered borehole as his constituency project to Itu people.
Also, about 70 indigenes of Itu received cash support for their businesses as he feted many too recently at his Osongama residence.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Ukanfun with Hon. Dr. (Mrs) Charity Ido
She is one of the active voices on the floor of the 7th Assembly which gives not just Ukanafun people a place but women of the state. Being a first timer not withstanding, this female Lawmaker has been competing favourably with her male counterparts in legislative business.
During the year, the Lawmaker sponsored the ‘Bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Road Traffic Authority and for other matters connected therewith’. The status of this bill is that it is in its second reading.
‘A bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State Mortgage creation, foreclosure and Enforcement of Mortgages in Real Property and for other Matters Connected therewith,’ is also attributed to her within the year.
Also, several reports from her Committee were presented before the House which directed the House to ratify audited accounts of the 31 LGAs and the Covid-19 Budget Execution of the Akwa Ibom State Government.
She has been present and active in House deliberations during the last year.
With her Committee on Public Account, she has been having interfaces with MDAs in the state concerning their accounts.
Her Committee on Public Accounts met severally to scrutinize financial accounts of the state government, MDAs and 31 LGAs which reports were tendered before the House to guide its resolutions.
As a member of other Committees of the House, she has been an active participant in those Committees.
Within the year, she organised a three-day medical outreach to her people between 21st-23rd of Dec, 2020. This came along with an empowerment program where 51 students, 169 women, 40 youth were beneficiaries of various gitf packages.
Also, in the Constituency outreach program, about 50 indigenes of Ukanafun benefited from the free medical surgeries.
Her constituents claims she touches lives individually without pomp and pageantry.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: VOP.
•Etim Ekpo/Ika with Hon. (Elder) Mfon Idung
The member is a first time Legislator on the floor of the 6th Assembly and many see him as level-headed gentleman.
• Lawmaking Role:
In the last one year, the member has been active in pushing for people-oriented laws, motions brought to the floor of the House.
He sponsored ‘A Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State Waterfront Infrastructure Development.”
He is vocal and his attendance was commendable from public gallery in the last legislative year.
He is the Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Matters. Though this Committee has not engaged in noticeable oversight duties, findings revealed he has been engaging in internal meetings with members of the Committee and Oil Companies to adhere to the tenets of Local Content Law.
As active member of other Committees of the House, the Etim Ekpo/Ika Lawmaker has been up and doing in those committees.
The Lawmaker reached out to over 900 of his constituents during his constituency briefing in March, 2021. This covered youth, women and elders of the area.
He gave out 5 mini buses; 24 motorcycles; 22 Sewing machines; 3 Keke Courier trucks; 5 Generators; 800 wrappers; Clippers and Pressing irons.
A constituency office was inaugurated during the event.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: OP.
• Nsit Atai with Rt. Hon. Mark Esset on the Stage.
This is the first Lawmaker to break the second term jinx in the area. He is very vocal and active on the floor of the 7th Assembly.
This member for the last one year has been engaging in pushing people-oriented laws and motions.
Attributed to him is the ‘Bill for a Law to amend the Law establishing the Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service Commission Law and for other matters connected therewith.’ This was passed into Law after due legislative amendment procedure.
Also, he sponsored ‘A bill to Establish AKS Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency,’ which was recently passed into Law.
Motion he has raised in the last one year is the ‘Proliferation of illegal Tertiary Institutions in Akwa Ibom State: A call for immediate action to save innocent youth and parents from self-centered proprietors.’
He is a member of several committees and has co-sponsored several bills.
Last year, it is observed he made up attendance of the House on every session except on one occasion he was found absent on seat.
Last one year had ripple effect of the oversight duties of the 31 LGAs of the state in 2019.
As the Chairman, Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset was busy with his committee members intervening in councils where there were red-flags so there could be peace amongst council officers and effective Local Government administration.
This gave birth to welfare improvement in specific areas where officers complained of poor work motivation and improved staff attitude to work. Most of the Councils whose work conditions were appalling had braced up with the demand for such to be improved by the committee.
The Lawmaker in the last one year continued to reach out to his people through human capacity development schemes, provision of business empowerment fund and educational advancement grants.
Recent was the grading of 12.8km rural roads and feting his constituents during last year yuletide.
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•Eket with Rt. Hon. David Lawrence on Stage.
He is stable in nature and his white-bearded hair portrays a picture of a wise-man.
In the last one year, the member has been active in contributions to House proceedings by encouraging people-oriented bills and motions to see the light of the day. He is a second-comer in the present Assembly.
He moved a motion to ‘Reposition the State Fire Service with functional utility vehicles, adequate trucks and fire fighting equipment.’
He has been present and active on plenary days though absent on seat on few days.
His Committee on Works and Transport is one of the active ones in the 7th Assembly.
It has engaged Construction companies handling road projects in the state by ensuring quality work are delivered on time to the people of the state.
This was evident in its routine inspections to road project sites across the state which included; ‘Anua-Mbak- Eshiet Road, Eket-Etinan Road dualisation etc.
Through this function recently, the Committee of Works and Transport summoned VKS construction Company to appear before the Committee over delay and poor project delivery as its concerns road projects.
The member is said to have touched lives previously but within the year, no constituency briefing has been organised by him to his constituents.
However, he has been commended for attracting China Market project to the area.
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• Ini with Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong on stage
This is a second-term lawmaker for Ini State Constituency. God served the 6th Assembly from losing one of her members. He escaped Reigner’s Church mishap of 2016 to fulfil his mandate of representing his people. He is the Chief Whip in the 7th Assembly.
This Lawmaker is not a silent member. In the last one year, he sponsored a Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State Economic Advisory Council and for other Matters Connected therewith.
He had raised several motions on the urgent needs of his people. Inclusive are; the request for the immediate take over of Methodist College Edem Edim Ibakesi by Akwa Ibom State Government. This is due to the closure of the institution which met the educational needs of four communities in the area. The need to resuscitate the institution by the state government take-over becomes imminent in his plea.
Also, his request by way of motion to ‘Checkmate the upsurge in street begging and hawking by underage children within Uyo metropolis,’ gave him not a passive voice.
He is a member of many committees and a co-sponsor of several bills.
On very few occasions he has been absent from plenary sessions. ATTENDANCE: 90%
As the Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, the lawmaker spearheaded the building of a functional website for the Assembly. He carried out familiarization visit to Root hub, an ICT firm in Uyo for collaboration.
He joined several other committees which he is a member on oversight duties. Example is when committee on Works and Transport embarked on oversight duties on road projects in the state.
He has empowered his constituents to be self-reliant. This include sponsoring of over 20 indigenes on Telecommunications business, secured employment for youth both in state and private firms, car gifts to constituents, drilling of solar a powered borehole, clearing of medical bills of incapacitated constituents, etc.
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•Nsit Ubium with Hon. (Barr) Otobong
This is the youngest lawmaker in the 7th Assembly. There is a rumour going round that he has a mentor in Ibiono Ibom Legislator, Hon. Godwin Ekpo.
Within the year, he sponsored a ‘Bill for a Law to Provide for Preservation and Restoration of Historical Properties and Cultural Heritage Sites in Akwa Ibom State and for connected purposes.’
Also, a ‘Bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of the office of the public defender, its functions and other connected matters,’ is attributed to him within the year.
Motion moved by the member include: ‘motion for a thorough investigation into the gruesome murder of a 23 years old Engineering student of University of Uyo, Late Gabriel Bassey Edward; ‘The Gradual pace of infrastructural deterioration at 65 year old centre of Academic Excellence, Salvation Army Secondary School, Akai Ubium: A passionate call for Government’s Reclamation’; ‘Opposition of Bail plea bargaining proposal for Gender Based Violence,’ a Co-mover with Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Denis.
He was regular and active in the last legislative year.
He is the Chairman, Committee on Rules, Business, Ethics and Privileges.
This committee is concern with the scheduling of bills for consideration; the offer of the modus-operandi and adherence is a buried responsibilities of this committee.
All the bills considered by the 7th Assembly get through this committee as it determines dates for it hearing on the floor of the House through right legislative process.
The Lawmaker is an active member of several other committees of the House.
In the last one year, the member has reached out to his constituents by way of Agricultural training to 100 youth to be gainfully engaged. Also, there was an organised sensitization program by the Member on Covid-19 pandemic to his constituents throughout the LGA.
He also donated water projects in Ikot Ekpene Udo, Ikot Akpanabia and Nung Obong-Ubium, all in Nsit Ubium LGA.
PUBLIC ASSESSMENT: VOP.