The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke on Monday hosted members of the House of Assembly Press Corps of the Assembly where he appreciated them for their effective coverage of the Sixth Assembly which would be brought to a close on Thursday.
While thanking them for their dedication to duties in the past four years, the outgoing Speaker who is National Assembly Member-elect for Etinan Federal Constituency, prayed God to bless the Press Corps Members for their contributions to the success of the Sixth Assembly.
“Given the next opportunity, I would love to work with you. So, I want to tell you a big thank you on behalf of myself, on behalf of my family, the members and leadership of the Sixth Assembly, on behalf of my State Constituency because you did not only report me in my capacity as Speaker of the House of Assembly, but also reported me in my capacity as Member representing Nsit-Ubium State Constituency.
“On behalf of the respective Committees I chaired from 2011 till date I want to say a very big thank you. The first award I got was from the Press Corps of the State House of Assembly; As at then I was not even the Speaker yet”
“The world would not have heard that we were not a rubber stamp, that we were actually a legislature that performed our work, asked questions when we needed answers on the activities of government. We interrogate situations, ideas and policies of government in a bid to ensure that the outcome would be to the benefit of Akwa Ibom people”.
“I want to say a very big thank you for reporting activities of the lawmakers, for reporting even our constituency engagements, reporting our consistency briefing. All I would say is may God strengthen you, may your pen never run dry. May God continue to imbue you with wisdom and knowledge to be able to discharge your responsibility in any capacity you may find yourself in Jesus name”.
Responding on behalf of the Assembly Reporters, a correspondent with the Nigerian Empire News, Mr. Asuquo Edem thanked the Speaker for deeming it necessary to appreciate the Press Corps, saying he would be greatly missed by them. He particularly congratulated Luke for successfully leading the Sixth Assembly, and also for the many people oriented bills churned out by the legislature under his watch, and wished him well as he moves to the National Assembly.
The Assembly Press Corps which is headed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Kufre Okon, has membership drawn from the Speaker’s Media team, Reporters from TV and Radio Stations, Correspondents from some national dailies, Reporters from State based active Newspapers, Online Reporters and bloggers, Video Camera Men and Photographers from the Information Unit in the House of Assembly.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the Press Corps to bid the Speaker farewell as he would be moving to Abuja to the National Assembly from next week where he would be Speaking for the people of Etinan Federal Constituency.
The valedictory sitting of the sixth assembly holds on Thursday, 6the June, 2019 at 10:am.
By Eman Akpan