The resumption/first plenary session of Akwa Ibom State Parliament for year 2020 which commenced January 21, 2020 was heralded with a notice of motion, presentations of four different private Members Bills, and second reading of a private Member Bill, respectively.
The motion which was moved by Member representing Etinan State Constituency/Deputy Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Aniefiok Dennis was tilted: “proliferation of Liquified Petroleum Gas, LPG, sales outlets within residential areas in Akwa Ibom State: A ticking time bomb waiting to explode”.
The motion was generally accepted by all members of the House as they took turns in lending their supports to the motion and the Clerk of the House was directed by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey to relate the resolution of the House to relevant stakeholders.
Bills read the first time were: “A Bill for a law to establish the Akwa Ibom State Neighbourhood Saftey Corps Agency for the Regulation and Control of the Safety Corps Activities, to Assist Security Agencies in Maintaining Law and Order in Alwa Ibom State and for connected purposes”, sponsored by Hon. Anietie Eka, Member Uyo State Constituency and 11 others.
The second Bill was: “A bill for a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Professional Counselling to Conduct Qualifying Examinations and Regulate the Counselling Profession and for Related Matters”, sponsored by Hon. Charity Ido of Ukanafun State Constituency and 16 others.
Thirdly in the series was: “A bill for a law to Protect the Physically Challenged Persons Against Discrimination and other Purposes connected therewith”, sponsored by Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey/Deputy Speaker of the House and 11 others.
The fourth Bill was: “A Bill for a Law to make provision for the Establishment and Administration of Customary Courts and for Related Matters”, sponsored by Hon. Dr. Charity Ido of Ukanfun State Constituency and 10 others.
Also, Akwa Ibom State Urban and Regional Planning Bill, 2019, sponsored by Rt. Hon. (Sir) Udo Kierian Akpan of Oruk Anam State Constituency/House Leader and 12 others was read the second time and committed to House Committee on Environment and Mineral Resources to report back to the House within the period of one month.