President Goodluck Jonathan, flanked by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi (at his right) and Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima at (center of the picture), gestures as he speaks to internal displaced people from Bag ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Uyo - The Speaker, Akwa Ibom House of
Assembly, Mr Samuel Ikon, on Friday said the fifth Assembly, under his
leadership, passed 23 bills and 75 resolutions in four years.
Ikon disclosed this at the valedictory session in Uyo to mark the end of the
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly was inaugurated on
June 6, 2011.
The speaker said that during the period under review, the house received 35
bills most of which were privately sponsored.
"I thanked all of you for the support given me during my tenure as the Speaker
of this honourable House.
"My journey would have been dismal without your cooperation.
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"We passed 23 bills out of the total of 35 bills received, most of them were
private-member bills,” Ikon said.
The speaker described the outgoing assembly members as men of proven integrity
who put in their very best to deliver dividends of democracy to their
"We did not allow self interest to override our collective decisions,” he
Ikon solicited support from the legislators of the forthcoming sixth assembly
to the new executive to ensure effective and efficient governance.
He urged the incoming lawmakers to do their best and surpassed the fifth
assembly by making laws that would bring benefit to the good people of Akwa
NAN also reports that the sixth assembly would be inaugurated on June 8, with 25
members under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and one member
under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Six members from the fifth assembly would return to the sixth assembly as
In contrast, only one female member, Mrs Felicia Bassey, (PDP-Okobo), is
returning as against three female members that were in the fifth assembly.