Akwa Ibom Politics: Performing Lawmakers Deserve Second Term- Onofiok Luke
The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Onofiok Luke has charged Akwa Ibom people to make performance a criteria to determine which lawmaker deserves a second term.
He made the charge during an empowerment and constituency briefing programme by the member representing Etinan State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr. Aniefiok Dennis in Etinan.
Speaker Luke while addressing the crowd, stressed that second term should not be sought with empty hands or renewed promises, but with records of what was done with the first mandate, where the constituents will have the discretion to decide who performed well and who deserves a second term.
He also used the occasion to commend Barrister Dennis for his kind gesture informing the people that no provision was made in the budget for constituency briefing by lawmakers, but that the funds that made the event possible must have come from the Etinan Rep’s personal savings and support from firms and from the state governor as well.
“I want to tell you here that all lawmakers who have performed to the satisfaction of their constituents will have an easier ride to a second term mandate from their people.
I also want to state here that there is no money allocated in the budget for constituency briefing and empowerment to House of Assembly members and so today what you see and will continue to see from Barrister Dennis comes from his personal savings and support from firms and from the Governor”, he said.
He also rebuked house members who use recession as an excuse not to empower them, hinting that recession had ended since 2016, and that anyone who does not brief or empower them is just being stingy.
“Let me tell you that whosoever uses the excuse of recession to deprive you of anything is just being stingy. Recession ended since 2016, and if till today, your lawmaker has not empowered you or planning to do so, the person is just being selfish”, the speaker said.
The Speaker further called on Etinan people to be supportive of the second term ambition of Governor Udom Emmanuel come 2019 as this, according to him, is also the position of those in the House of Assembly, adding that the Governor deserves it based on his performances so far.