The Member representing Ikono State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Asuquo Udo today, Tuesday July 2020, during plenary raised concerns over collapsed bridges in Ikono State Constituency and called for government’s urgent intervention.
Hon. Asuquo Udo Raised Concerns Over Collapsed Bridges In Ikono State Constituency
Hon. Asuquo Udo raised the concerns on the floor of the House by way of motion titled: Collapsed Bridges In Ikono State Constituency: Urgent Call For Government Intervention”.
In a two prayer motion, Hon. Udo prayed the House to “Urge Akwa Ibom State Government to direct relevant agencies to intervene by taking steps to inspect Nkwot Ikot Nseyen – Nung Ukim and Iton Ikot Eto – Iton Mmong collapsed Bridges in Ikono Local Government Area to better understand the plight and ameliorate the sufferings of my affected constituents”.
He also prayed for Government to “ensure remedial measures is immediately taken to enable pedestrians access between communities and to avert any loss of life”.
Hon. Udo said the people of Ikono State Constituency are predominantly traders and farmers
who “rely on access roads linked by bridges to transport their goods and services to neighboring villages and markets in order to earn a living”.
He itemized the two collapsed bridges in Ikono State Constituency as: Nkwot Ikot Nseyen – Nung Ukim bridge and Iton Ikot Ito – Iton Mmong bridge, respectively.
The Ikono State Constituency Lawmaker expressed concerns that the two collapsed bridges has rendered his constituents in 16 villages stranded and economic viability of thr area hindered.
Collapsed Bridges In Ikono State Constituency Affect 16 Communities
The affected 16 villages are: Nkwot Ikot Akpa Isiak, Ikot Ette, Ikot Umoessien, Nkwot Nko, Ikot Enie, Ikot Okpo, Ikot Nseyen, Nung Imo, Ikot Idomo, Ikot Obio Ata, Ikot Udo, Obio Ediene, Etip Ediene, Iton Ikot Ito, Iton Mmong and Nnung Ukim.
Moving forward, the lawmaker sympathised with residents of the two communities of Itong Mmong and Iton Ikot Ito who now traverse Ini Local Government Area to access other communities in the locality due to the collapsed bridges in Ikono State Constituency.
Hon. Udo also worried that if urgent step is taken by relevant authorities, it may result in countless accidents leading to loss of lives and our students may be unable to attend schools in nearby villages on resumption.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey committed the motion to House Committee on Works and Transport for assessment of the affected bridges and present possible recommendations to the House.
Also at plenary, the House also received a motion titled: “urgent Need To Resuscitate Essien Udim General Hospital -Ikpe Annang, Essien Udim Local Government Area, moved by Hon. (Barr.) Esse Umoh, Member representing Essien Udim State Constituency.
The House presided by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey committed the motion to House committee on Health for on the sport assessment to report back to the House within one month interval.
Equally, during plenary, Matter of Urgent Public Importance was presented before the House by Hon. (Chief) Effiong Johnson, Member representing Mbo State Constituency.
He presented on the title: “Udessi Bridge Collapsed: Untold Hardship; Uncountable Deaths, Complete Breakdown of Economic Activities in Udessi and Neighbouring Communities in Mbo L.G.A. Save Our Soul”.
Similarly, speaker Bassey in his ruling committed the Matter of urgent public importance to House Committee on Works to carry out on the spot assessment of the bridge and to report back to the House in one month time.
Also, three new bills were presented to the House and read the first time.
The Bills are: “A Bill for a Law to amend the College of Education Law and for other Matters connected therewith”, sponsored by Rt. Hon. (Otuekong) Nse Essien, Deputy Chief Whip of the House with 13 other co-sponsors.
“A bill for a law to amend the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission law 2007 and for matters connected therewith”, sponsored by Hon. Victor Ekwere, Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency with 11 co-sponsors.
And “A bill for a law to establish the Akwa Ibom State Road Traffic Authority and for other matters connected therewith”, sponsored by Hon. (Dr.) Charity Ido, Member representing Ukanfun State Constituency with 13 co-sponsors.
The three Bills were committed to House Committee on Rules, Ethics and Privileges for rescheduling.
In the same development, on orders of the day, three reports were presented at plenary by two House committees and a Ad-hoc committee of the House.
The reports are as follows: “Report of the House Committee on Education, on A bill for a law to provide for Free Tuition and Examination Fees in Public Primary and Secondary Schools in Akwa Ibom State and Related Matters”.
Report of the House Committee on Works and Transport on A motion Captioned “The Abysmal Performance of the Akwa Ibom State Fire Service Unit in Oron Local Government Area”.
And “report of the Ad-hoc Committee on allegations of gross misconduct against Hon. Emem Ibanga, the suspended Chairman of Nsit Atai Local Government Area”.
Today’s Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly’s plenary was still in session as of the time of filling this report.