Esit Eket/Ibeno MP raises hope on Udom Industrialisation Drive
The Member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno state constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, has assured the people of his constituency that the area would not be left out in the industrialisation drive of the present administration.
Usoro gave the assurance in Esit Eket at his constituency briefing.
Usoro, who also chairs the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, disclosed that in keeping with the industrialisation mantra of the state government, the AkwaPalm project captured in the 2016 budget was on course, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a foreign firm to take over the project.
He also mentioned that the menace of erosion which has threatened the area for long would be tackled in the 2016 fiscal year.
He noted that the decision to brief his constituency less than 10 months in office was predicated on his regards for the people and for the mandate they gave him as their representative in the House of Assembly.
He added that the briefing was organised to afford the people the opportunity to share ideas on the development needs of the area, and to articulate a common position in pursuing the aspirations of the people of the oil rich area.
He used the occasion to sue for support for the Udom Emmanuel administration in its industrialisation drive.
Presenting his score card, Usoro listed among his achievements to include: providing financial assistance to aid the educational fortunes of students studying in various institutions across the country; provision of empowerment items to youths across the constituency; liaising with the appropriate agencies of government to secure relief materials for victims of the fire incident in Ibeno; and cash donations to youths and widows among others.
He appealed to the people for their continuous support in the onerous task that was ahead of him, confessing that the position of a lawmaker was quite demanding and challenging. Usoro acknowledged with appreciation the level of support he has enjoyed so far from the people.
Expectedly, the people presented a basket of requests which they said needed urgent attention of both the federal and state governments, namely: the need to accord the area a special development status as a major oil producing community, which has suffered negative impact of oil exploration and exploitation for years now; increase presence of the state government in the area; and increment in the stipends paid to traditional rulers in the state.
The event which coincided with the lawmaker’s 45th birthday was attended by key stakeholders in the constituency, including, Senator Etang Umoyo; a former chairman of Ibeno local government area, Okon Afaiko; PDP stalwarts, political leaders, youth groups, the traditional institution and women groups.
By Evelyn AFFIA