A Human Rights activist, Mr Saviour Akpan has blasted members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly over the hasty passing of bill for the amendment of laws governing the administration of local government areas in the State.
The outspoken rights activist while answering questions on a radio programme in the State said that the transition Committee set up by the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration is not only illegal but a deliberate attempt to deny the people to freely chose leaders that would be accountable.
He noted that AKHA in supporting the illegality in a bill sent to House by the Governor which they hastily passed into law without consulting members of the public that elected them there means that they do not have interest of the people at heart.
He called on the Governor to do the right thing by conducting an election in which the electorates will freely chose those that they want.
On the performance of the House in the last legislative year, Mr Akpan said. “I will not say that they did well because majority of the business of the House was not made public.” He noted that as long as members of the public were not informed of the content and the spirit of the bills’ that they passed, the House was only trying to embark on frivolities as their performance could not pass 27 percent.
He also chided the State lawmakers for not reporting back to their constituents since they were elected. Citing the case of Oruk Anam local government area, he said that the State House member representing the area has totally failed the people that elected him as he has not given the electorates reports of his performance. He added that the essence of sending him to the House has been defeated.
Meanwhile, the present Local Government Transition Committees in Akwa Ibom State whose tenure expires next month would soon be dissolved and a new set of Committees set up to administer the councils pending the conduct of election for the third tier of government.
The State Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel announced this during the June edition of monthly prayer meeting held at Latter House Chapel, Governors Lodge, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel premised the proposed dissolution on the need to align with the constitutional provisions regulating Local Government administration in the state and said that the new Committee would comprise men of requisite pedigree and proven integrity who would be selected from various zones in their respective area councils to avoid acrimony.
He dispelled as rumour the purported reshuffle of the State Executive Council peddled by a section of the media and called on those serving in that capacity to carry out their duties with renewed zeal and diligence.
Governor Emmanuel informed the people that despite the reduction in the fiscal allocation accruing the state, his administration would continue to ensure that the welfare of it work force is given priority and that he would deploy his expertise to ensure that workers salaries are paid and that projects earmarked for execution are carried out for the benefit of the people.
Mr. Emmanuel however wandered the source of the whopping allocation the State is said to receive as speculated and urged the people to cross check their facts in order not to misinformed the people for their selfish interest.
The Governor announced that fabrication for syringe Manufacturing and Coconut Refinery are on course and would soon be installed at the sites and that God has made provision for the state to survive the economic challenges stress that the challenge is to rekindle the entrepreneurial spirit in us.
In his sermon, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters, Rev. Daniel Akwatang charged the people to reconcile with God noting that Nations have either by omission or commission offended God by enthroning carnality and other bastial life style which tends to attract the prevailing drought in economy of the world.
Reverend Akwatang who culled his text from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 32 verse 9 said that spiritual complacency attract a closed haven and that poverty is an indicator of the consequences of sin.
While calling on people to seek God in repentance for healing and material break through, the Minister thanked God for the vision and guidance o the Governor which has able him discharge the programmes envisioned despite the economic crunch.
The service which featured song rendition, prayers for the state, nation and various arms of government was attended by the first family, members of the State Executive Council and other appointees in the government.