The member Representing Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency in the National Assembly Honourable Onofiok Luke on Wednesday at plenary drew the attention of the House of Representatives to the need to develop other sea ports within the country particularly the Ibom Deep sea port in Akwa Ibom state.
Hon. Luke who stated this while speaking on a motion on the need to address the perennial Traffic gridlock in Apapa ,moved by Hon Egberongbe Adewale said that palliative measures to check the gridlock in the area cannot solve the problem as conscious efforts must be made by the Federal Government to develop other Seaports in the country. He said the Federal Government should support the licensing of other Seaports. He drew the attention of the House to the Ibom Deep Seaport that has a natural draught which can accommodate Still on the motion Hon. Luke that the Federal Government should expedite action on the Aba – Ikot Ekpene – Oron Rail project. He advocated for the development of a coastal rail lines to connect Calabar, Oron, Eket, Ikot Abasi, Port Harcourt, Warri, Benin and Lagos to open up the Eastern economic corridor.
Also during plenary, Honourable Onofiok Luke called on his colleagues at the National Assembly to view the issue of security of lives and property of Nigerians as paramount.
According to him security of the country must be taken seriously by the House not just because of the attempted invasion of the National Assembly by the Shiite group on Tuesday 9 July 2019.
Hon Luke urged that the issue should be viewed as a threat to every part of the nation not just the National Assembly. He added that the protest of the movement must be treated from the root. He said the House should impress on the Federal government to obey several court orders which had ruled that the leader of the Shiite group should be freed.
On the issue of the alleged skewed mode of employment into the Federal Civil Service, Hon. Luke aligned with the motion to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegations of skewed recruitments into Federal Parastatals. He decried the lack of engagement of Akwa Ibom people by these parastatals.
The member Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency charged those saddled with the responsibility of recruiting into the Federal Parastatals to do what is right in the overall interest of Nigeria.
The former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly received commendation from the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon.Femi Gbajabiamila for his immense contribution on the motion. Some other members also lauded Hon. Luke for his contributions and totally aligned with him on it.