By Emmanuel Sampson
From his entrance into the hallowed Chambers of the Akwa Ibom State House Of Assembly on April 1, 2015, courtesy of the massive votes given to him by his constituents, the good people of Ini local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Bassey, Member Representing Ini State Constituency and Chief Whip of the 7th Assembly, has undoubtedly redefined the concept of true representation in governance.
On all fronts, especially in the aspect of law making to that of humanitarian services, education and infrastructure, Hon. Bassey has demonstrated a representative panache that is people-centric and driven by his love for his constituents at the grassroots.
I make bold to say that, Hon. Bassey’s strides at the AKHA had a well prepared agenda to ensure that there is an effective interplay of law and regulations which protect the rights and freedom of his constituents.
Interestingly, within six years of his stewardship at the Assembly as a lawmaker, Hon. Bassey has drawn rounds of applause for his representation, which has written his name on the sands of time, as a lawmaker vested with the dynamics and rudiments of legislative business. Here are some of his notable achievements:
Hon. Bassey has shown great zeal and competence in representation. He has so far sponsored four (4) Bills, Co-sponsored Fifty three (53) Bills and raised 14 Valid Motions. Some of such Bills are:
“A BILL FOR A LAW TO ESTABLISH AKWA IBOM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FUND”
“A BILL FOR A LAW TO ESTABLISH AKWA IBOM STATE ECONOMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL AND FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH”
“A BILL FOR A LAW TO PROVIDE MINIMUM SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN AKWA IBOM STATE AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH”
The first Bill was passed into law by the 6th Assembly and it is awaiting Governor’s assent.
The second Bill when passed into law, will help the state to; have a strong economic blueprints that will enhance her State economic stability, sustainability, an economic continuity for her overall benefits, accelerate her economic growth, maximise and manage her economic resources, as well as accelerate her manufacturing and industrial capacity. The third bill had scaled through first reading on the floor of the house and had since been referred to the House Committee on Rules, Ethics and Privileges for further legislative work.
The following motions are also to his credit:
➡Relocation Of Head Offices Of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR),and National Petroleum Investment Management services (NAPIMS) to Akwa
➡Request for immediate take-over of Methodist College, Edem Idim Ibakesi by Akwa Ibom State Government, to carter for the increased number of students yearning for qualitative education in the area.
In another motion which seeks to secure the future of young Akwa Ibom children, Hon. Bassey: ➡prayed that the state Assembly Check and Control Street Hawking by underage children in Uyo metropolis.
Hon. Bassey in one of his motions has raised the Need to Establish an Export Desk Office in Akwa Ibom State
Ini indigenes have praised Hon be. Bassey for his motion asking federal and state government to bring to an end the lingering communal crisis between the Usaka Village in Abia State and Nkari people in Ini local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, which has bastardized the economic fortunes of the local Government Area.
Human Capacity Development:
Human Capacity Development is one of the key drivers of effective representation. Hon Bassey sees this as non negotiable indices to giving back to his constituents. Bassey has given out 10 Mini buses to Ten co-operative societies across the wards to aid transportation. He has given Saloon Cars for divine Mandate & Ekemini-Abasi Ward Coordinators, 15 Motor Cycles to 10 PDP Ward Chairmen and village Youth Presidents. 50 Farm tools and Implements to Ini farmers.
Records show that he has so far released N150,000 Cash each for 20 youth, N20,000 Cash each for 100 women, 2 Shea Butter Mobile Shops for two operators.
On Skills Acquisition, the speaking member has presented
20 Sewing Machines for Women Leaders,10 Dryers for women, and
10 Clippers for Ini youth.
On several occasions, he has donated good number of cars and buses to his constituents for private and commercial uses respectively.
It is also on record that Hon. Bassey has donated parcels of land in Uyo to his constituents to help them own houses of their own. Moreso, he does not stop at just donating the lands, he also makes some financial commitments to help the beneficiaries start something on the lands.
On monthly basis, a good number of Ini youths are benefiting from him as he ensures that he gives them stipends to help take care of their spendings.
On Education, apart from taking full responsibility for the tuition fees of the beneficiaries, Hon. Bassey for several years has bankrolled the studies of students from Ini. Just recently he has assisted two law students, Abasiama Obukponta and Iniuwem Edet get a placement in the Nigeria law school, Kano campus.
Hon. Bassey has;
- paid processing, fees supports for school of nursing students,
- donated books to students and pupils,
- given out scholarships and many more, which have stood him out as a man who understands the value of education.
As Chairman House Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Bassey has shown commitment to the provision of power to all nooks and crannies of his constituency, in which he led a delegation of the State Ministry of Power and Prado Powers Abuja, to visit his constituency on a mission to connect villages in that enclave to national grid.
Rt. Hon. Bassey has an infrastructural ideology that has to do with investing in visible and workable projects. On this note, Bassey has attracted the following, but not limited to:
- The Facilitation of the construction of Ikpe Ikot Nkon – Arochukwu Road.
- Immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation of Nna Enin collapsed road portion.
- Construction of perimeter fence at Methodist Primary School, Mbiabong Ikot Udofia.
- The two term member has facilitated the drilling of a high solar powered borehole which serves the five villages (Okpoto, Obotme, Edemurua, Ikweme and Ukpakon) making up Iwerre clan.
- Facilitated the award of contract for construction of the 17.4km Odoro Ikpe -Mbiabet Ikpe –Mbiabet Ikot Udo Road, which he is still making efforts to ensure that contractors for the said road return to site to complete the road.
These and many more are the signature projects of Otuekong Emmanuel Bassey.
Six years down the line and still counting, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Bassey, member Representing Ini State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, is already adjudged by many to be selfless and people centric. Many have spoken of his stewardship as being so committed and reliable person who has sacrificed self indulgence, egocentricity on the altar of simplicity and service to his constituents. Ini people should see this gesture by Hon. Bassey as a huge sense of responsibility and the need to look at his antecedents for his higher calling.