The outgoing Member representing Nsit-Ubium State Constituency and Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke has splashed various empowerment packages worth Millions of naira on the people of Nsit-Ubium as he winds down his tenure in the State legislature.
The package includes a N 1 Million special education intervention programme for ten Nsit-Ubium students, Start-up expansion grant of N500,000 for 10 widows and N 1 Million for 20 enterprising youths from the constituency. Another set of 10 Women were also announced as beneficiaries of another N500,000 start-up fund from the Speaker. Physically challenged persons were not left out in the lawmaker’s empowerment programme, as 10 of them are beneficiaries of a N500,000 business start up support scheme from Mr. Speaker.
The empowerment package were unveiled, Wednesday at the Nsit-Union Council headquarters, Ikot-Edibon by Barr. Luke during the occasion of his constituency briefing and thank you visit to his people, having completed his eight year term in the state assembly.
The Speaker thanked his constituents for the confidence they had reposed in him as their representative by voting him into the State House of Assembly, where he served the fifth Assembly against all odds in 2011and the second term mandate they gave him in 2019 from where he rose to become the Speaker of the Sixth Assembly.
Before proceeding to the Council headquarters for the constituency briefing, the outgoing Assembly Member had worshiped with his people at the regular monthly Constituency fellowship at his country home, Ikot-Etopo where he returned thanks to God for seeing through in the State legislature.
He later moved to the palace of the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of Nsit-Ubium, and Oku Ibom Etinyin Solomon David Etuk, where he reported progress to the royal father and members of his TRC.
Unveiling the empowerment programme at the constituency briefing, Luke said “Today, we will be launching the Special Education Intervention Programme and the Start-up Expansion Grant.
For the education programme ten students will be getting a total sum of One million Naira at 100,000 Naira each. Under the start-up category, we are offering 500,000 Naira to ten widows at 50,000 Naira each, while there is One Million Naira for 20 enterprising youths at 50,000 Naira each”.
“Ten women will receive 500,000 Naira at 50,000 Naira per woman, and another 500,000 Naira will be given to 10 physically persons at 50,000 Naira per person. I promise that from time to time we shall continue to inject funds into our new and flagship empowerment programme in order to continue to accelerate growth in economy and skills among our constituents”.
Speaking on why he decided to host the briefing and Thank You tour, he further stated ” I came from a family that goes back to give feedback on errand sent. I came to tell Nsit Ubium thank you. Tomorrow (Thursday ) I’ll be bowing out not only as a speaker but as a member representing Nsit Ubium. You stayed with me through out my tenure, your eminence, I came to say thank you and through you thank the council of chiefs for their support.”
He was full of appreciation to the people of Nsit-Ubium including the Political Leader, Senator Effiong Bob, other political chieftains and stakeholders, Elders, royal fathers, religious leaders, women, and youths for their sacrifices and support which saw him through his political sojourn in the House of Assembly.
He particularly appreciated the PDP for giving him the platform to serve his people and also thanked former Governor Godswill Akpabio, former SSG, Mr. Umana Umana and host of others who contributed in one way or the other to his emergence as a lawmaker in the state legislature. Barr. Luke who is Member-elect for Etinan Federal Constituency, promised to use his position in the National Assembly in partnership with Governor Udom Emmanuel promote legislative engagements that would be beneficial to Etinan Federal Consistency Akwa Ibom and Nigeria.
Luke used the opportunity to list his legislative achievements in the State House of Assembly in the past 8 years.
Reacting, the Paramount Ruler of Nsit-Ubium, Etinyin Solomon Etuk, Political Leader of Nsit-Ubium, Senator Effiong Bob, Chairman of the Council, Mr. Udeme Obong Sylvanus, House of Assembly Member-elect, Barr. Otobong Bob, Immediate past Commissioner for Lands in the State, Arch. Ime Ekpo, Clan Head of Ubium, Etebom Ukpong Noah all praised the legislative prowess of Barr. Luke, describing him as the best thing that has happened to Nsit-Ubium. They commended him for his selfless service to the area and prayed God to strengthen him the more as he moves over to the National Assembly.
Speaker Onofiok Luke finally bows out of the Sixth Assembly, Thursday after a valedictory sitting of the House which holds, 10:am.
By Mfonobong Ukpong