By Ubong Inyang
The member representing Etinan, Nsit Ibom and Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Barr. Onofiok Luke has reiterated his commitment to modelling how best public service can be offered to the people.
Luke stated this during the opening of a 4-day health intervention programme in collaboration with his predecessor, Hon. Sam Ikon in Nsit Ubium.
The lawmker disclosed that his experience in public service right from his days in service to former Gov. Godswill Akpabio to his current office as the Member representing Etinan Federal Constituency, has always been that which places premium on selfless and impacting service to the people. This, according to him is because he knows and understands exactly what the people expect from public office holders and without mincing words, he’s been able to address the challenges faced by the people because he faced similar challenges growing up, hence he knows where the shoe pinches.
“Let me state here that from my time as Personal Assistant to His Excellency, Chief Godswill Akpabio till date, I’ve always been on the side of the people in a bid to ensure that they feel the impact of public office holders and it is known everywhere that I do my best to positively affect the lives of those that come across me through empowerment and other life touching projects. And let it be known that I’m determined to remain a perfect model of public service” he said.
The health intervention programme according to Luke was captured in the 2019 budget by his predecessor, Elder Samuel Ikon, and, unlike some his fellow first timers, he chose not to scrap it off even when the opportunity arose. This, he said, is due to the fact that he enjoys a cordial relationship, as well as support and cooperation of his predecessor, reason he thought it necessary for the project to go ahead, adding that Ikon had chosen Nsit Ubium to start off the exercise in his honor as the sitting member.
He further briefed constituents on the importance of having a good relationship with predecessors because it is a panacea for development in any given area as those who engage in war of words or blame games only do so out of their selfish desires and their constituents will be the ones suffering the effects.
He further revealed that the Health Project was domiciled in the Federal College of Dental Therapy in Enugu with 30 percent funding released so far, and will not only end with dental care services, but will have collaborations with other health organizations in the state to ensure that surgeries are carried out as well as eye treatment.
Luke who is immediate past Speaker of the House of Assembly in Akwa Ibom also charged constituents to make the most of the intervention programme in Nsit Ubim adding that upon the release of the remaining funds, it will extend to the other two local government areas that make up the Federal Constituency.
In a separate remark, the five star lawmaker aporeciated his constituents for the support they gave him and further stated that he has no regrets adopting a bipartisan approach by endorsing the the sitting Speaker of the House of Representives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as he will always do it again and again if presented with the opportunity. “Etinan Federal Constituency is enjoying the benefits of that endorsement I did for the Speaker, because without their recognition at plenary, I will not be able to have the platform to ventilate and draw the attention of government to issues affecting you in the federal constituency and the state at large”, he added.
He appealed to them to always pray for the leadership of the House of Representatives, as President Buhari and Gov. Udom Emmanuel, stating that he will not hesitate to support the agenda of the president and governor for as long as they are of benefits to the people of his Federal Constituency and the State at large.