Assembly not in supremacy battle with Akpabio, says Speaker

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Aug 26th, 2014
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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is not in a supremacy battle with Governor Godswill Akpabio, the Speaker, Sam Ikon, said yesterday.

Speaking with reporters on the beginning of the 2014/2015 legislative year, Ikon said the Assembly would not succumb to pressure by critics, who describe it as a “rubber stamp”.

He said the House should not be opposing every policy of the executive to prove that it was active.

Ikon, who chairs the Speakers’ Conference of Nigeria, said incessant disputes between the legislature and the executive were unhealthy for democracy, adding: “Such fights are meant to achieve personal political interest and not the interest of the people. The Fifth Assembly will continue to bury parochial political interest and work for the good of the people.”

He said all standing House committees were dissolved at plenary, adding that the State Traffic Management Authority Bill, which seeks to address traffic congestion in Uyo, passed through its first reading.

On the Assembly’s achievements in the last legislative year, the Speaker said seven bills were passed into law and many resolutions made.

On the contributory pension scheme, he said the Assembly had extended the deadline given to the committee looking into it.

Ikon said the committee was verifying the amount contributed by civil servants.

He said the State Infrastructure Maintenance Agency was being re-organised for optimal performance.

Ikon said the Assembly would maintain a robust partnership with other arms of government.

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