The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke says the sixth assembly is committed to the strengthening of the educational system in the state for effective quality service delivery.
He stated this, Thursday, while declaring open a one-day interactive session between the joint House Committee on Education and Labour Matters with stakeholders in the education sector in response to petitions forwarded to the House of Assembly by some aggrieved persons and groups.
The stakeholders included retired primary school teachers, some lecturers in the College of Education, Afaha-Nsit who said their salaries and allowances were stopped in June 2013, the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, as well as the Council of Unions in state-owned tertiary institutions among others.
The Speaker said the state legislature is passionate about good quality education in the state as well as the welfare of those who serve in the education sector.
“My passion for education stems from the fact that I am a product of public schools which had great teachers. We in the House of Assembly have a passion for the functionality of the education sector. We will therefore do all within our power to make sure that the system works efficiently for everybody. Apart from the fact that I was taught by great teachers, my own mother is a teacher. This enforces my passion for the welfare of service providers in the education sector”.
“Another thing which has fueled our passion as a House for quality education in the state is the drive of the state governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel who has come to continue with the free and compulsory education policy that His Excellency former Governor Godswill Akpabio implemented in 2007, and which was backed by the free and compulsory education law that His Excellency Arc Obong Victor Attah initiated in 2005. So that commitment and passion for quality education by Deacon Udom Emmanuel gives us the drive as a House of Assembly.”
The Speaker urged every Akwa Ibom person to forward genuine concerns to the House saying that the House is the voice of the people and will not hesitate to stand by the masses at all times. He added that the House is also passionate about the welfare of the workers.
Rt. Hon. Luke commended representatives of the various unions in the education sector and other parties in the matter for agreeing to sit on a round table to discuss issues, and assured of the preparedness of the House of Assembly to find a lasting solution to issues raised. He also thanked honourable members for using the recess period to look into critical issues affecting the state. He said the prompt response of some members of the executive to the joint committee invitation is exemplary and makes for a healthier executive-legislature relationship.
|Rt. Hon. (Elder) Friday Iwok|
In his comments, the Chairman of the Education Committee of the House, and Head of the Joint Committee, RT. Hon. Friday Iwok explained that the essence of the interaction was in line with the resolve of the sixth assembly to always defend the interest of the people of the state, saying “the House cannot overlook what affects our people”.
He frowned at the attitude of some desk officers in government employ who fail to carry out their duties thereby contributing to the sufferings of retirees in the system. The lawmaker called on the Head of Service not to hesitate in sanctioning such erring staff to serve as deterrent.
After listening to explanation by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Aniekan Akpan, his Finance counterpart, Mr. Akan Okon, Special Adviser, Bureau of Labour and Productivity, and the Head of Civil service, Mrs. Ekere Obong Akpan, and Provost of the College of Education, representative of the Rector of the State Polytechnic and representatives of the affected unions, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Iwok thanked them for honouring the House invitation and assured of the readiness of the House of Assembly to find lasting solutions to the issues raised. Also present at the parley was the Chairman, Committee on labour and productivity, Hon Samuel Ufuo of Mbo state constituency and other members of both committees.
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