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Oku Ibom To Buhari: Listen To The Voice Of Conscience

Nteyin Etuk who is also the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium local government area, made the call today when he hosted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom State chapter in his palace.

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Oku Ibom To Buhari: Listen To The Voice Of Conscience

Nteyin Solomon Etuk receiving a gift from Rev Ndueso ,CAN Chairman

Nteyin Solomon Etuk receiving a gift from Rev Ndueso ,CAN Chairman

…as CAN Rejects Ruga Settlements In A’Ibom

By Kenneth Jude

The Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence, Nteyin Solomon Etuk, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the voice of conscience.

Nteyin Etuk who is also the Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium local government area, made the call today when he hosted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom State chapter in his palace.

The monarch who decried the state of homicide in the country, urged the President to stop the killing of Christians and Muslims in the country. “We’re all one,” he said.

He maintained that there’s the need for the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to curb the insecurity ravaging the nation so that Nigerians can co-exist peacefully with one another.

He also called on the President to spread appointments to cover all ethnic groups in Nigeria and not tailor it to a particular section of the country.

According to the revered monarch, “engage our sons and daughters in your administration. Let it cut across all ethnic groups. Let appointment not be tailored to a section of the country so that we can continue to live in harmony.”

Nteyin Etuk who joined his voice with CAN to reject any plan to create Ruga settlements in the state, added that there’s no part of the country that is greater than another.

While praying God to give President Buhari the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the nation, he called on CAN to collaborate with the traditional institution to build a better society.

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He said by working together, it’ll help both institutions tackle burning issues like insecurity, cultism among youths and other critical matters.

While calling on CAN to use their pulpits in calling the attention of young people to the dangers of cultism and lack of education, he appealed to them to keep praying for the state.

“I appeal to you to synergize with Gov. Udom Emmanuel and the traditional institution to succeed. Pray for the wellbeing of the state. We want Akwa Ibom to stand out. Let’s chart a new course. Use your pulpits to tell our young people to learn skills, go to school and develop themselves. Pass the message of love to them. Tell them to quit cultism.”

On his part, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom State chapter, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere, who described Nteyin Solomon Etuk’s ascension to the Oku Ibom stool as one of the greatest things that has happened to the state, added that CAN will support his reign and “constantly pray for you for continued wisdom and success.”

While noting that his ascension to the throne remains mysterious given what he described as his humble beginning, the CAN boss appealed to the Royal Father to use his good offices to dissuade traditional rulers and their subjects from selling their lands to strangers for obscure purposes.

“This mistake has already been made in many areas for many years now, it is now time to stop,” he said.

Rev. Ndueso Ekwere also appealed to the Oku Ibom to gather traditional rulers of all categories “for us to organise a seminar for them on the dangers of giving out lands to strange fellows for obscure purposes.”

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He condemned plans by the Federal Government to create Ruga settlements across the country, maintaining that CAN is totally against the move especially as it concerns Akwa Ibom State.

According to the cleric, ” many states have rejected this attempt by whatever means. Akwa Ibom State is purely a Christian state whose indigenes survive on their farmlands and coastal waters just as the Fulani survive on their cattle. No one trade is superior than the other. All we are saying as the mouth piece of Christians is No to Ruga in Akwa Ibom State.”

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Akwa Ibom Speaker says 7th Assembly will be People-centric Legislature

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly

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Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey receiving a souvenir from Mr Courage Mbon

The speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey has pledged to run a people-centric 7th Assembly. Speaker Bassey made the promise when Ascend Communications, publishers of Assembly Watch paid him a courtesy visit.

Bassey said he intends to lead an assembly whose legislative engagements will revolve around the constituents, stating that such engagements will be the only way to ensure that the electorate are carried along in the process of legislation.

Speaker Aniekan Bassey said this will be achieved through town hall meetings to gather information on needs of the constituents, constituency briefings to intimate constituents on progress of legislative representation, as well as regular appraisals and briefings. Bassey said these engagements are imperative if the lacuna between the legislature and the electorate is to be bridged.

Speaking earlier, the MD, Ascend Communications, Mr Courage Mbon said the team was in the Assembly to intimate the speaker about “Assembly Watch”, an initiative of Ascend Communications, which aims at informing the general public about activities of legislators both in the State House Of Assembly and the National Assembly.

Mbon said Assembly Watch existed to bridge the communication gap between legislators and the general public; while also appraising performance of legislative representatives both in the state and Abuja.

High point of the visit was the presentation of a commemorative souvenir portrait to congratulate the speaker on his recent election as speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

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ETINAN LAWMAKER SPONSORS BILL TO CURB RAPE, OTHER VIOLENCE CRIMES IN AKWA IBOM STATE

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency

Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan, member representing Etinan State Constituency today sponsored a bill to curb rape and other violence crime in Akwa Ibom State.

The Bill titled a Law to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, Prohibit all forms of Violence Against Persons and to Provide Maximum Protection and Effective Remedies for Victims and Punishment of Offenders and for Related Matters will ensure stiffer punishment for persons convicted of rape and other violent crimes

Rt Hon. Dennis, in the lead debate,
condemned recent violent crimes in the State and said the Bill when passed into law, will protect women, children and other persons against abandonment, circumcision, domestic and economic abuses.

He said it will also curb forced financial dependence, sexual exploitation, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and said there must be penalties to discourage offenders from these acts.

The Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko who is a co-sponsor of the Bill, said violent crimes were not only particular to women, maintaining the Bill when passed into law, will also protect the men from all forms of harassment.

Others who spoke in support of the Bill, including the Member representing Ika/Etim Ekpo State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung, that of Ini, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Abak State Constituency, Hon. Udeme Otong;
Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudu and Member Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr. (Mrs) Charity Ido, lauded the lead sponsor, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis for bringing up the bill, saying it will further promote peace in the state.

Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey, Speaker AKHA

In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey who lauded Members for their interests in the Bill, referred it to the House Committee on Woman Affairs, Social Welfare and Cooperative and directed the Committee to report back to the House within one month.

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Recall in the sixth assembly, Barr
Dennis facilitated a law which seeks to protect Akwa Ibom people from unlawful arrest and detention, the Law amongst other benefits places a ban on the arrest of persons in lieu of suspects, arrests in terms of civil matter and also seeks to eradicate the gender discrimination in bail issues. This was called CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW.

Barr. Dennis also sponsored a bill which seeks to ensure prohibition of female circumcision or female genital mutilation which is commonly practised in some communities in the state and has lasting negative impacts in the lives of women called LAW THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS PROHIBITION BILL.

…….Partial contributions from Press Unit, Office of the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

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A’Ibom Assembly seeks State Govt’s Intervention on Calabar-Itu Federal Road

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to i

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A’Ibom Assembly seeks State Govt’s Intervention on Calabar-Itu Federal Road

by Mfonobong Ukpong

Worried by the sufferings encountered by commuters, residents and other road users plying the now deplorable Calabar-Itu federal road, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has directed the state Ministry of Works to intervene on the failed portion of the Enen-Itam axis of the road, with a view of alleviating the plights of the road users and residents of the area.

The House gave the directive, Thursday at plenary sequel to a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Member representing ITU State Constituency, Hon. Kufre-Abasi Edidem who informed the House of the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu road, particularly Enen-Itam axis of the road. He said members of his constituents and other road users were expressing difficulties plying the road, and pleaded that the state government be urged to undertake urgent intervention measures on the road in the interest of the people.

Reacting to the motion, lawmakers argued that the current situation of the road was affecting economic activities as the road connects Akwa Ibom with neighboring Cross River State. Members for Ibesikpo-Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, Nsit-Ubium, Barr. Otobong Bob, Etim-Ekpo/Ika, Hon. Mfon Idung, Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka, Hon, Abak, Udeme Otong, Ukanafun, Dr. Charity Ido and the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong in their separate contributions sympathised with residents of the area and other road users who ply the road. They wondered why the federal government was still dragging it’s feet on the said road, years after it publicised that contract had been awarded for the construction of the road. The Assembly Members agreed that it has become expedient for the state government to intervene on the federal road, since majority of those who use the road are Akwa Ibom people.

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Uyo representative, Ekah said “It is disheartening that the federal government seems to be playing politics on the road. It’s high time we separate politics from human lives”.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said though the Assembly was aware that the said road is a federal road, it was necessary that urgent intervention be undertaken to ameliorate the plights of the people. He ruled that the matter be referred to the State Ministry of Works for urgent intervention, and directed the Clerk to communicate the decision of the House to appropriate quarters for necessary action.

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