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Akwa Ibom assembly passes 23 bills, 75 resolutions in 4 years – Speaker

Samuel Ikon

Samuel Ikon

The Speaker, Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Mr Samuel Ikon, on Friday said the fifth Assembly, under his leadership, passed 23 bills and 75 resolutions in four years.

Ikon disclosed this at the valedictory session in Uyo to mark the end of the assembly term.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly was inaugurated on June 6, 2011.

The speaker said that during the period under review, the house received 35 bills most of which were privately sponsored.

“I thanked all of you for the support given me during my tenure as the Speaker of this honourable House.

“My journey would have been dismal without your cooperation.

“We passed 23 bills out of the total of 35 bills received, most of them were private-member bills,” Ikon said.

The speaker described the outgoing assembly members as men of proven integrity who put in their very best to deliver dividends of democracy to their constituents.

“We did not allow self interest to override our collective decisions,” he said.

Ikon solicited support from the legislators of the forthcoming sixth assembly to the new executive to ensure affective and efficient governance.

He urged the incoming lawmakers to do their best and surpassed the fifth assembly by making laws that would bring benefit to the good people of Akwa Ibom.

NAN also reports that the sixth assembly would be inaugurated on June 8, with 25 members under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and one member under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Six members from the fifth assembly would return to the sixth assembly as ranking members.

In contrast, only one female member, Mrs Felicia Bassey, (PDP-Okobo), is returning as against three female members that were in the fifth assembly.

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