UBONG SAMPSON- UYO
The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke has said that the 6th Assembly under his leadership is concerned about stabilizing the polity in the state, adding that so far, the House has done its best in achieving this, which according to him, is necessary for development to thrive in the state.
The Speaker said this on Thursday in Uyo, while addressing the Youth Wing of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Akwa Ibom State Council during a courtesy call on him in his office.
Addressing the callers, Speaker Luke stressed on efforts invested by the House to stabilize the polity which he said, aimed at giving other arms of government the necessary and enabling environment to discharge the core mandate of their responsibilities which on the part of the executive, includes implementing the laws made by the legislature.
He also commended the youth wing of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in the state for sustaining the impacting efforts of the state at the national front, adding that the state is already know for making impact at the national level.
He commended the youth friendly disposition of the Ayuba Wabba led national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC as well as the Akwa Ibom State leadership of the labour body under the watch of Comrade Etim Ukpong for recognizing the place of the youths in the scheme of things in the NLC.
He described the creation of a youth wing in the NLC as a step in the right direction.
In his words “Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the national leadership and the State leadership of the NLC for recognizing the place of youths in their scheme of things to the point of creating the youth wing of NLC. Any organisation that wants to grow must consciously give a place for the youth population”.
“That is what the NLC has done, and I congratulate Comrade Victor Ekpo on his emergence as the National President of the Youth Wing of the NLC. I am happy that he has imbibed the DAKKADA spirt which is the faith of greatness. I represent the interest rate of the youths as Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly”
Describing the youth wing of the NLC as the live wire of the labour body, Speaker Luke advised the members of the NLC youth wing to submit themselves to the State leadership of the NLC, and cautioned them against acts capable of undermining the State leadership of the NLC.
“I want to plead with you, i don’t want you to see yourselves as a parallel group in the NLC, but as a sub-set of NLC. Please submit yourself to the leadership of the NLC and support the leadership of the NLC to grow in the State”, he admonished.
In his speech, the President of the NLC, Youth Wing Akwa Ibom State Council, Comrade Joseph John, informed the Speaker that the youth wing of the NLC was founded on the ideological principles of preparing the youths of today for future leadership roles. He hinted that an Akwa Ibom son by name, Comrade Victor Ekpo emerged as the pioneer President of the youth wing of the NLC in Nigeria during the formal inauguration of the body and election at the national level in 2017.
Comrade John hailed Barr. Onofiok Luke for uniting the 6th Assembly and for ensuring speedy passage of previous state budgets and for enacting laws that promotes the wellbeing of Akwa Ibom people.