The chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, has commended the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly for seeking to make a Law for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Professional Counselling Commission, saying that such a law is long overdue in the State.
Comrade Isong who made this assertion while fielding questions from newsmen in Uyo on the activities of the seventh Assembly, noted that the Bill which is sponsored by the member representing Ukanafun state constituency, Hon. Charity Ido and 15 other state lawmakers when pass into law, creates a Commission saddled with the responsibility of conducting qualifying examinations for counselling practitioners; regulates the practice of counselling profession within the State among others.
The CLO boss stated that from his analytical and critical look at the contents and components of the Bill, he is of the view that the Bill which has passed through first and second reading on the floor of the House of Assembly, is timely and should be given the speedy attention it deserves by the lawmakers.
Franklyn Isong applauded the seventh assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey as Speaker, for always carrying members of the public along in the process of lawmaking by organising regular public hearing, saying; “although public hearing is not a constitutional requirement for lawmaking but, a legislative convention everywhere in the world that offers members of the public an opportunity to be part of the process of making laws that will govern and guide their affairs.”
He urged the state lawmakers to be selfless, committed and patriotic in their services to the people, adding that, “the people of Akwa Ibom State expect the assemblymen to make good laws for the good of the society and for the well-being of the masses, because the legislature is the fulcrum of democracy and hope of the common man.”