Eket State Constituency, My stewardship – Hon. David Lawrence
As the representative of the good people of Eket State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, I have by the grace of God,been able to effectively represent my people,by my personal relationship with my constituents, community development, as well as my ability to attract human capital development projects to the area,for the benefit of my people.
When I was inaugurated into office in 2015, as the member representing Eket State Constituency, I made a promise to my people, that the victory at the poll was not just a personal victory, but a collective victory to all Eket sons and daughters, who were agitating for good leadership and effective representation,which were eluding the people, prior to my emergence.
I took over the mandate of the people with utmost loyalty to all and sundry, and in the course of discharging my duties both as a legislator and a representative of the people,I have not been found wanting. The successes I have recorded so far since I got into the house of Assembly, as a member of the sixth Assembly, became a reality because my people believe in me,and their support is what has strengthen my faith in all my developmental strides.
From the day I was inaugurated into office, till today,I have within my power been able to effectively represent my people, whose mandate am holding in trust. As a lawmaker, I have been actively involve in the business of lawmaking, oversight function,and representation, which is community base,and my people are happy that they voted for just a legislator, but one who knows his Job.
The joy of every lawmaker is to contribute in the business of legislation, by sponsoring bills,co-sponsor bills,move motions,carry out oversight functions,and effectively represent the people. By the grace of God,I have a bill to my name,which was passed by the house,one law that if well implemented, will generate revenue to Akwa Ibom State. That is ” A bill for a law to establish Akwa Ibom State Signage and Advertisements Control Agency”.
To me,i came into politics because i saw it as a call for service and not for my own interest,that is why i always carry the interest of my people along in the policies i make as regard the people. For instance,i initiated the Ultra Modern Market project in Eket,which CICASA west Africa company Ltd is in charge of the remodeling, to replace the old Urua Nka ,which aimed at creating jobs for the people,create an impact in the local government,thereby ensuring self- reliance among the people. The Ultra modern market was estimated at 9billion naira with a total capacity of 5,000 shops.
Before I joined politics,I had worked at Kalis Airline as an Administrative officer/personal Assistant to the managing Director from 1992-1995, Oscar Marine Limited as Admin Officer/Personnel Assistant to the Managing Director 1995 – 1996, Admin/Operations Manager 1995 – 1997, as well as General Manager 1997 – 2002 managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Goldwater Marine International Limited between 2002 – 2014,so I had a profession before joining politics, and also the charisma to effectively discharge my duties,at whatever position I have found myself, and I have never been found wanting.
One thing that I know is that,posterity will speak for me,because I have so far done my best,to carry the people of my State Constituency along, and I have also given room for feedbacks from my people,on the projects I have attracted to the constituency. The construction of the Ibom super highway, construction of Ekid stadium, the relocation of the Eket motor park,to a more befitting place, are things that gets me excited ,that I succeeded in those areas,that others before me failed. The relocation of Urua Nka market to the Ultra modern market is one of the tough decision I made ,as the member representing the area at the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly,because other authorities tried and it was an act in futility.
The last time I stopped by the Timber market at Ikot Uso Ekong,I was happy,because of the decision I made to construct shades at the timber market,all for my to have a standard timber market, after moving from the old site,which was too depilated. The new face of the timber market came with new toilets, borehole and other amenities, to ease the stress of doing business at the market.
Am always excited to know that ,I have broken the jink for representation of the State house of Assembly in Eket State constituency, on the grounds that,for more than 20years,this is the first time,a first timer from Eket State constituency has been given a portfolio as a principal officer in the house of Assembly. And I know this is because of the effective representation that I have given to my people,and my cordial relationship with my colleague to sustain development by supporting the efforts by the Executive arms of the government, to move Akwa Ibom State forward.
As a listening and effective representative of the good people of Eket State constituency, I took interest and fixed up the erosion menace at AME Zion primary school,Usung Inyang Eket ,that was taken over by flood. I did that because it was a burden on the neck of my constituents, that I took an oath to look at for,as their representative. The flood and erosion control project,was handled by Nigerpet,today the story is different.
The renovation of Administrative Block, Government secondary school,Afaha Eket, construction of Ultra modern ICT centre at Idua, provision of 150 writing desks and chairs to the pupils, payment of monthly stipends ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 to my constituents from 2015 till date,floating of 100,000 grants each 25 women for small scale trading, award of scholarship to 12 undergraduate students of Eket in some specific disciplines effective 2018/2019 session,are things that when I look back,I feel fulfilled as a representative of the people
Without any gainsaying,for the interest I have in the future of youths of my state constituency, I have during the past three years of my representation,recommended over twenty of my constituents for NCE employment in SUBEB,five recommended for oil and gas servicing company in Baker Hughes Nigeria limited Lagos. Training of youths on pipe fitting and welding, fashion and design.
As a result of my effective representation,my people are of the opinion that i should return for a second term to the house of Assembly to represent the people and continue in the good works am doing for the constituency. To them bring in a fresh hand to my position in 2019,may not be in the interest of the people,because some of the capital projects I have initiated, like the Eket Modern Market project, may suffer setback,because am the one the Chinese company managing the market have been dealing with,and have established some level of trust,to help sustain that project.
As the chairman house committee on environment, my committee has been able to effectively support the vision of the sixth Akwa Ibom State house of,that is christened the ” peoples Assembly”, in ensuring that erosion menace in the state is given a serious attention,like the one at Etim Umanah in Anua, which we inspected,proffer a workably solution, and very many other environmental issues facing the state,especially when Novak Investment Company,the only indigenous rubber production company in the state was under threat of gully erosion.
When I look back at the level I have so gotten involve in the activities of my local government, especially when it bothers on my constituents,I feel fulfilled as a representative. My interest in the welfare of students in the constituency, led me into establishing an undergraduate bursary assistance scheme for the students, all aimed at encouraging them to be focus and take their studies serious.
By the grace of God, i directed the disbursement of forms from the 24th- 30th of April ,2018,for my undergraduate students bursary assistance scheme to commence,so that more students will have the opportunity and access to the package and make use of it. 198 undergraduates students of Eket origin were paid the bursary assistance in the first phase, at my constituency office at Eket.
In very many cases,I attribute my successes to my people,who irrespective of some paid derogatory news stories,articles on social media just to tarnish my image,which any reasonable person will know are false and should not be taken seriously have stood by me. The market men and women,the okada riders,the church community, the students,the traditional institutions ,as well as the stakeholders in the politics of Eket local government are happy with my representation.
Few weeks ago,I was given a royal blessing by my monarch to contest for a second term ,to represent the good people of Eket state constituency, not because he was under pressure or induce to do it,but he is satisfied with my performances as his representative. So many groups, individuals on a daily bases are calling on me to contest in 2019,but I keep telling them that I will take their advice for the sake of the Eket people, who are interested in seeing that some of the capital projects initiated by me are completed. And most importantly, that power comes from God. That is why,I, David Lawrence,believes in nothing else to succeed in politics than God,who has so far protected and guided me throughout my days as a Vice Chairman of Eket local government till today.
As part of my continuous exercise of giving back to my people,i called for a constituency briefing, which took place at Eket local government Secretariat ground,with the theme ” Boundless Grace”, on Friday,8th June,2018,where gifts items were given out to my people, while thanking God for his grace to represent them.
At the Constituency briefing which was the first of his kind ,with distinguish sons and daughters, coming out in their numbers to appreciate God for his Grace. I gave out 28 Motor cars,35 Freezers, 4 hair dryers, 31 Television set,35 Generators ,11 Motorcycles, 14 Sewing Machines.
I thank my able Governor,Deacon Udom Emmanuel, who has contributed so much to the Eket people to ensure,that a new Eket local government is born,whose inspiration I stand to arise for the interest Eket State Constituency.