Iniobong Ekponta in Uyo reports on the 100 scorecard of lawmakers in Akwa Ibom State
Determined to redefine representation in his Constituency, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Otuekong Nse Udofot Essien, has rolled out achievements within his first 100 days since the inauguration of the 6th Assembly in June.
The lawmaker representing the Onna State Constituency drew politicians and stakeholders of the state to his inaugural Constituency briefing at the weekend where he reeled out his scorecard in the last 100 days in office and promised to do more to sustain the legacies of democracy in Nigeria.
The event held at the Onna Council secretariat at Ndon Eyo, was graced by the Speaker, Hon. Aniekan Uko; House of Representatives member for Eket, Hon. Owoidighe Ekpoattai and other House of Assembly members including Uduak Ududo (Ikot Abasi\Eastern Obolo); Idongesit Ituen (Itu); Mark Esset (Nsit Atai); Otobong Ndem (Mkpat Enin).
Within the first 100 days in office, Otuekong Essien, told his people of his strides in the areas of people-oriented legislations and the delivery of dividends of democracy to the constituency.
For instance, no fewer than 93 people from Onna and another 23 from other Local Government Areas, according to him, are on his payroll as beneficiaries of social security stipends running into over N2million monthly, assuring that the empowerment regime would run throughout his first four years in the House.
Besides, the lawmaker, who promised to raise the bar of representation by empowering his people with cars and other sustainable development schemes, appealed to his constituents to continue to support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government under Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel to run for eight years.
Essien, who also commissioned his Constituency Office, reminded the people that more dividends of democracy could only thrive under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of rancour and inclination to the propaganda ploy of the opposition to distract the development plans of the State government.
He explained that the need to create the enabling environment for development in the State forced him to oppose the Federal Government’s plans to locate a nuclear plant in Akwa Ibom through a Bill currently being studied in the House.
In the Bill, the lawmaker had argued that the State and Nigeria lack the capacity to manage the crisis of nuclear
accident and recalled similar cases in advanced countries like Japan and others still struggling to get out of the mess even with efficient facilities to handle such situations.
His other major Bill has to do with the strategic Ikot Akpatek-Ikwe Road, which was abandoned by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contractors and Essien moved for all of such roads to be probed with a view to re-mobilizing the contractors to sites.