Udom Emmanuel Focusing On Transparency, Equity And Justice

By Akwa Ibom State Govt House Press Centre

Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel says transparency, equity and justice will form the bedrock of his administration.

Mr. Emmanuel who gave this assurance Friday when the outgoing members of the fifth Akwa Ibom House of Assembly led by their Speaker, Rt. Hon Sam Ikon, paid him a courtesy visit at Governor's Office, Uyo, remarked that “Ethnicity will be relegated to the background during his administration”.

He, however, applauded the Assembly for their peaceful conduct of their legislative duties during the past four years, saying "What endeared me to the 5th Assembly was the peaceful conduct of their legislative sittings, whereas some assemblies were always in chaos during their sittings. I use this platform to say thank you for working harmoniously together, one can see that congruence between the legislative and executive in the immediate past administration, they were moving in the same direction".

"Most of the resolutions and bills you deliberated passionately and passed, touched the lives of the people and the common man on the streets. So, I must thank you all for playing the role well in the legislative duties of the state and for being complete till the end of the Session".

"I must use this opportunity to reassure all those who were not re-elected to the house, that there is still much time to reach your destination; for destiny follows one throughout life and I believe destiny will follow you till you reach your destination. So, for those who are coming back to the house, you are meant to continue in carrying your legislative duties effectively and to induct the new incoming members on the duties of the house”, he said.

The governor, who applauded the Speaker for his good leadership that comes with good followers, and for holding the House together; members of the house for working together to make resolutions beneficial to the people of the state, and hoped that the sixth Assembly would be peaceful as the 5th assembly, predicting close working relationship, mutual respect and agreement between the executive and the legislative arms of government in the next Assembly.

Emmanuel, who also commended the state House of Assembly for building and dedicating a befitting place of worship for God, expressed the hope that the sixth Assembly billed to be inaugurated next week would show capacity and competence in legislative duties.

Ikon announced that the fourth Assembly commenced on June 6, 2011 and passed 75 resolutions, 22 bills including Customary Court Bill for dispensation of justice while 13 were pending.

He thanked the executive and judiciary arms of government for their cooperation with the Assembly, which, he noted, was responsible for the success the Assembly had recorded.

The Speaker congratulated him on his recent ascension as the governor and called on the governor to always tap the wealth of experience of some outgoing members, assuring “We will remain committed to the development of the state”.