Gov. Udom, Onofiok Luke Applaud Abak lawmaker Over Empowerment
By Victoria Anietie
Friday 9th February 2019 will remain ever green in the minds of the people of Abak State Constituency as the member representing them in the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, Rt. Hon(Elder) Friday Iwok, reports back progress with massive empowerment items worth millions of naira and over 400 people benefited from Iwok’s kind gesture .
The Constituency briefing took place at Eastern Annang Development Centre, Abiakpo, Otoro, Abak Local Government Area.
In his remarks, The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel applauded the member representing Abak State Constituency in the the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, Rt Hon Elder Friday Iwok, for empowering his people.
He said what the lawmaker has done is” creating jobs for the youths so as to be self-reliant and it’s represents what the governor stands for( the five points agenda of his administration ) by bring the people from the streets and making them self employed.”
The governor who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government , Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, further urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the items received and to also use the items to the benefits of others while calling for regular monitoring of the beneficiaries to ensure proper use the items.
On his part, the Speaker Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, Rt Hon Barr Onofiok Luke, commended Elder Friday Iwok, for eating and remembered his people. He said he is happy to identify with him, particularly over his passion in touching the lives of the people of his constituents.
Hear Him ” I use this opportunity to commend my brother and colleague, Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok, for giving it back to the people not considering the had times. ”.
The Speaker who was represented by the Leader of the House Sir UdoKierian Akpan,said what the lawmaker is doing is laying a good foundation by seeing that the youths are self employed
The Speaker used the opportunity to informed the people that funds used in purchasing the items are not provided by the state Government but solely the effort of the lawmaker as such, the people of Abak should have a heart of appreciation to their lawmaker .
”Lawmakers are not given Constituency funds by the government to host Constituency Briefing, you used your little savings and what you gather around to brief your constituents. What we do in the State House Of Assembly is to support ourselves.”
The number three man used the opportunity to reassure the governor that the sixth will continue to support his administration to enable him succeed and also return him as governor come 2019 .
In his welcome remarks, The executive chairman of Abak Local Government Area, Barr Imoh Williams, while welcoming everyone to the briefing said the day was put aside by the lawmaker to give back to his people and congratulated Elder Friday iwok for taking the lead in briefing his people and promised to pray for him to continue representing them.
“This is not the first time he has done this, and each time he does it, abak people always goes home happy. We in abak will continue to pray for God to give you wisdom in representing us ” Bar Imoh said
On his part, the PDP Legal Adviser Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem,while congratulating Elder Iwok, commended him for giving back to the people that elected him and added that with his performance he has broken the trails by returning to represent his people for the second time which has never happened in the history of Abak politics.
Barr. Enoidem, charged political office holders to emulate Friday Iwok as there is no place in politics for a stingy man and pray God to bless the lawmaker.
“There is no place for a stingy man in politics. At any given opportunity, give to the people and that is exactly what Elder Friday Iwok has done today”.
He used the occasion to urged PDP family not to loose hope in the party but should go out enmass and register for their PVC to enable them vote out APC come 2019.
He assured party faithful that PDP will take over power in 2019 because the party(PDP) has bounce back and ready to take back governance at the centre.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio represented by Hon. Nse Ntuen, the state Chairman of PDP Obong Paul Ekpo, represented by PDP vice chairman, Ikot Ekpene senatorial districts Mr. Uko Claus Eshiet, the former chairman of Abak Dr. Innocent idong and many others commended the Abak lawmaker for coming back to show appreciation to the good people of Abak for the support they ‘ve been him.
Noting that, they have gone round other states, it is only in Akwa Ibom State that “you will see a lawmaker returns to reports progress .”
They tasked Abak people to continue to support him and also have faith in the present administration by voting Governor Udom Emmanuel back to power come 2019.
Briefing his people, the member representing Abak State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly, Elder Friday Iwok and wife, thank God Almighty for making the day a reality . He said what he is doing is not a new thing as he is the first lawmaker in Akwa Ibom state to host a constituency briefing barely 6 months in office. In the said event cars and empowerment materials were distributed and officially opened his constituency office.
He added that he is also the first lawmaker to host a mega constituency briefing after a full one year in office in 2012. A feat that is yet to be broken and in the year 2017, he single handedly organized reach out and Touch Initiative Empowerment programme for his people in which many people benefited from it.
The lawmaker thanked the people of Abak for sending him to represent them for the second time. said he decided to sponsor his people to learn hand work so as to enable them stand alone tomorrow without depending on people for assistant .
He further make known to the people that politics is not all about noise making on social media but it is action and promised to do more for his people.
The empowerment items given out by the lawmaker worth millions of naira and the Items includes 30 computers, 33 Fashion Designing Machines, 23 Hair Dressing Machines, 14 Welding Machines, 2 Aluminum Machines,11 Poultry farm Equipments, 8 Catering Equipments , 3 Barbing clippers,3 Vulcanizing machines,6 Building Machines, 6 Mechanic kites, 4 Video Coverage Cameras, 200 Wrappers to women,4 Motorcycles, 5 Mini Buses, 3 Shoe Making Machines,
20,000 naira Bursary to 35 Students of different institutions in Nigeria and 1 Million Naira donated to the People’s Democratic Party party (PDP) Abak.
Speaking on behalf of over 400 beneficiaries, Mr. Bright Friday udoka, thanked Elder Friday Iwok for his show of love towards them and pray God Almighty to bless him and strengthen him to do more for his people.
He promised to make good use of the items given them to also help people .