“Send Mark Eset to training school on legislation” – Aniekan Uko warns
The Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA) , Hon. Aniekan Uko , has called for the immediate re-orientation and training of the Member representing Nsit Atai, Hon Mark Eset and other Lawmakers in the sixth assembly who he said are not well-vested with the ethics of legislation as contained in the Standing Order of the House.
The call came after a ‘Point of Order’ was raised by the Member representing Nsit Atai in the AKHA, Hon. Mark Esset, objecting to Mr Uko’s attempt to speak against a Bill on the establishing of Law regulating Hotels and Tourism Licensing in the state, which was sponsored by the Member for Mbo, Hon. Samuel Ufuo.
Mr Eset had argued that Uko should have waited for the Speaker to open the floor for those opposing the bill to speak before he took the floor.
But in a swift reaction, Aniekan Uko who doubles as the chairman of the House committee on Rules, Business, Ethic and Privileges took a swipe at Mr Eset, saying he (Uko) had the floor after being duly recognised by the Speaker.
He noted that the Speaker had said that Mr Eset was the last person to speak in support of the Bill. According to Uko, it implies that after Eset, the next person to speak is presumed to be against the Bill.
He contended that Mark Eset’s Point of Order which was overruled by the Speaker was made out of ignorance of the legislative rules and called on the speaker to see the need to send some legislators to more training and orientation abroad in order to enhance their knowledge on the legislative business.
“I observe that while some members of the 6th Assembly are busy trying to see how to make meaningful laws that will benefit the people of their constituencies and the state at large, some are lacking behind in issues that has to do with the Standing Order of the House,” Uko added.
According to Hon. Uko, “Mr Speaker, we should be our brother’s keeper by letting them know what they don’t know”.
Reacting to Uko’s submission, the sponsor of the Bill, Hon. Samuel Ufuo, said that Aniekan Uko was “confused as to know when to speak for or against a Bill,” he noted that the former Speaker had even ended up confusing other members on his submission.
As the House of Assembly “Nollywood drama” continued, the Speaker ended up adopting the argument of Mr Aniekan Uko who had argued that the Bill be referred to the House relevant committee to look into the grey areas, especially as there are other federal laws in the country regarding the operations of Hotels and Tourism and its licensing.
By Ememobong OKON