The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, on Monday, said as Head of the legislature, he is committed to serving the people and not in for self-aggrandisement.
The Speaker stated this when he received stakeholders from Uruan Local Government Area in his office at the Assembly Complex.
“When you see people seeking for positions and they make it a do or die affair, check very well, he is not going to serve the people, but for self aggrandisement. I was want I am for service, not for self aggrandisement.
“Most people are happy, but because Aniekan Bassey is the Speaker, but because an Uruan Man is the Speaker. An Uruan man brings unity and development. I believe that God has set me aside to promote peace and justice in Uruan LGA and Akwa Ibom State”, he said.
While thanking the Elders for their support since his emergence as the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey hinted that he will host a Town Hall Meeting before the year runs out and revealed that the event is aimed at identifying problems faced by his constituents.
Speaker Bassey said he remains committed to ensuring peace and unity among his constituents, and appealed for cooperation from the stakeholders to enable him succeed in his assignment.
“I am so humbled and elated today. Let me specifically thank you for this visit. I have heard all you have said, there is nothing I need now than good advice and with good advice, we will move Uruan and Akwa Ibom State forward”, he said.
He said the 7th Assembly, aside from making people-oriented laws, is committed to developing rural communities across the state.
“As lawmakers, we have agreed to return to our various communities to know what issues our people are facing, so we can address them.
Personally, I will have a Town Hall meeting, where we will meet with the four zones in Uruan. There is peace in the 7th Assembly and the people are happy”, he stressed.
“God knows why he kept me. I keep on saying that I wasn’t better than those who sought for the same office, but your prayers saw me through. Since I assumed office as the Speaker, I have had great support.
Earlier, the Political Leader of Uruan LGA and Uyo Senatorial District, Obong Peter Atakpo, lauded members of the 7th Assembly for choosing their son as Speaker and expressed hope that Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey will attract development to the area, using his good office.
On his part, a former lawmaker from the area, Rt. Hon. Usenobong Akpabio, thanked God for the emergence of Rt. Hon. Bassey as Speaker of the State Assembly and urged the number three citizen to see his new office as a unifying factor in Uruan LGA.
Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Roads and other Infrastructure Maintenance Agency, Prince Godwin Ntukude, urged the Speaker to carry the four zones of Uruan along in the scheme of things and also ensure wide consultations in his decision making process.
Also, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mr Okon Okon, commended the Speaker for hitting the ground running on assumption of office.
Other speakers, including the
Political Leader of Central Uruan, Engr. James Effiong, Political Leader of Northern Uruan, Engr. Offiong Akpabio, State Woman Leader of PDP, Mrs Meme Akpabio, among others, all congratulated the Speaker on his new office and prayed for his success.