The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Tuesday, November 18, tasked the State Government to take concrete steps to address the challenge of perennial flood disasters in parts of the state.
The House particularly called on the state Ministry of Works, Ministry of Environment and related agencies to urgently provide lasting solutions to flood crisis in the state through construction of drainage systems to control flood water.
This followed the adoption of a Motion entitled “Urgent Need of Intervention on Gully Erosion Encroachment, Imposing Serious Threat to Abak Independence Hall Building, Abak Local Government Council Secretariat and Its Environs”, sponsored by the Member representing Abak State Constituency, Hon. Udeme Otong.
Otong in his motion, informed the House that the Abak Independence Hall Building and Local Government Council Secretariat were gradually being overtaken by gully erosion, thereby causing serious threat to lives and structures and rendering the said places inaccessible.
He pointed out that his constituents and activities at the Council Secretariat would be adversely affected, if buildings at the Secretariat are brought down by the disaster.
The Lawmaker therefore prayed the House to move that the state government intervene and take steps to remedy the gully erosion to prevent unforeseen circumstances.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, said most erosion cases were occasioned by flood water and described the situation as a state-wide challenge which required urgent attention.
He called on National Assembly Members from the state to help in attracting government attention to the various flood issues affecting their constituencies.
The Speaker thereafter directed the House Committee on Environment to assess the situation in various parts of the state and also interface with National Assembly Members from Akwa lbom State, to alert the Federal Ministry of Environment on the issue.
At Plenary also, the House received a Motion on Threats to Lives, Properties and Businesses in Uyo Metropolis by Recent Activities of Hoodlums and Armed Gangs, sponsored by the Member representing Uyo Constituency, Hon. Anietie Eka.
The Motion was referred to the House Committee on Security, to interface with Commissioner of Police and Director of DSS for necessary action.
Similarly, A Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology, Nung Ukim, Ikono, 2019, scaled through First Reading, while the House adjourned Plenary till Tuesday, November 26, 2019.