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On the heels of the rampage staged by students of Government Technical College Ewet Offot, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the State Assembly moved against the act and disapproved cultism in the educational stream and governance.

The House had a heated session deliberating on the issue of cultism in schools and governance after the Member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Godwin Ekpo raised a motion on the ‘immediate intervention on the scourge of cultism in Akwa Ibom Secondary Schools,’ yesterday.

According to member representing Nsit Atai people, Rt. Hon. Mark Esset, “We should call a spade a spade. There is no smoke without a fire. We should discourage cultists holding any political office because that is the bait they are using to deceive the young Secondary School Students. In March 12, 2018, the State Government signed a Law prohibiting cultism.

“The campaign against cultism should go beyond Secondary Schools. Let it be part of the prayers of the motion that any known cultist should be sanctioned whether elected or appointed.”

Ibesikpo people through their voice in the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko said “we can’t sit down here to blame the students alone. We should start from the home because parental guide is the key. We have to be honest with ourselves; are we doing well as a government to discourage cultism?

“These children do they have what to keep them engaged in school? Some of the teachers are known cultists. What do you expect from the students? Some of the policemen called to address the issue are still cultists. Some parents when these children are growing, you buy gun and give them. What do you expect them to become? It is time teachers should swear to affidavit in a court of law that they are not cultists during recruitment before they are employed.”

People of Esit Eket/Ibeno through their representative, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh came with a suggestion of proper sensitization in Schools which Lawmakers should form teams spreading the message across the State.

The moral decadence in the society according to the mover of the motion, Hon. Godwin Ekpo can be affected by peer group influence, parental upbringing, teacher-student influence and other influences as posed by the environment of a child.

He expressed displeasure towards teenagers in secondary schools carrying axes, cutlasses and other violent weapons in their bags instead of learning materials that would aid their studies.

He said “Most of our Secondary schools students have become more involved in cultism and violent activities than ever before in the history of the state.

“The offers by secret cult groups give these teenagers false hope of euphoria and illusion with a sense of belonging to a true family ”

Ekpo, therefore urged security agencies and other relevant law enforcement agencies to deploy their personnel to man violence prone schools during learning hours.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey referred the motion to the joint committees on Education and Security, Youth/Sports and report to the House within a month after interfacing with the Ministry of Education, State Technical Schools Board and the State Secondary Education Board.

Earlier the House received a Motion on ‘The Need to Improve the Habitable Condition of the 1500 Housing Estates in Akwa Ibom State’, Sponsored by the member representing, Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State Constituency,Rt.Hon. Idongesit Ntekpere.

It was referred to a joint committee on Lands /Housing/Urban Renewal and committee on security for Indepth study, after members made their contributions.

Also, a motion on ‘The Non-inclusion and Non-recognition Of Oro Communities as Oil-producing Communities was brought by the member representing Mbo State Constituency, Rt.Hon Effiong Johnson.

Still in, “A Bill for a Law to Impose An Education Levy to be Used in Accelerating and Enhancing The Educational Development of the State and for Other Matters Connected Thereto”, sponsored by the member representing Ibesikpo Asutan state Constituency, Rt.Hon. Aniekan Uko and 9 others was read the first time , and was referred to the house committee on Education for rescheduling.

Similarly, “A Bill for A Law to Protect the Physically Challenged Persons Against Discrimination and Other Matters connected Therewith” sponsored by the Deputy Speaker and Member representing Okobo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Princess Felicia Bassey, scaled through Second Reading, and as members rose in support,the bill was committed to the committee on Women Affairs and Social welfare,for Indepth study.


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