The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke has commended retired Permanent Secretaries in the state for the labour of love which they exhibited while serving in the Civil service.
Receiving the retired technocrats, Monday in the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Luke, who acknowledged the various roles played by the retired Permanent Secretaries during the struggle for state creation, said members of the House are willing to tap from their wealth of experience, and also enjoined them not to relent in their support to the government of Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
While thanking them for the visit, the Speaker assured of the preparedness of the assembly to assist them in their secretariat project, and assured that government will look into their demands for harmonization of pension. He appreciated them laying a solid foundation for the growth of the civil service in the state, and enjoined them to support the industrialization programme of the present administration in the state to enable it succeed. He pledged the continuous support of the legislature to the other arms of government in the state, assuring that the assembly remains people oriented and will never derail in its avowed commitment to always be on the side of the people.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, and President, Association of Retired Permanent Secretaries, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Francis Ikpe, said he and members of the group were in the assembly to show solidarity with the leadership of the House, and commended the Speaker for effectively piloting affairs of the House. “The role of the assembly over which you preside is enormous and challenging; especially in the consideration and passage of legislative bills into laws which finally help in stabilizing the polity”.
“Furthermore, the association is rest assured that with your wealth of experience over the years in legislative issues, your election as the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is well timed and merited. In retrospect, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has earned the enviable record of being one of the best, if not the best rated house of assembly nationwide, in terms of decorum, stability functionality and responsiveness to public interest and well beign”. Present during the visit were, Hon. Mark Esset, Hon. Otobong Jonathan, Chief J.J.Obot, Elder. O.E.Akpan, and Obong Edem Akpainyang