"We are looking at a new generation, and as far as I am
concerned, you must also have the necessary road infrastructure for them to move
on. Akwa Ibom people, for many years, go to Umuahia and Aba to go and hire lorries
for the transportation of onion, tomatoes and other goods from the North, but now
they can do that with their own government assisted trucks. I believe that when
they come to Akwa Ibom we will 'convince and confuse' them with projects"
"As I speak today, this administration, in just one year in office has commissioned
at least, 256 projects. One major issue is that we are not developing Akwa
Ibom for people to praise us, we are developing Akwa Ibom for ourselves. I live
here, my house is here, my children come from here, I have moved my things from
Lagos to Akwa Ibom, if I do not have good roads, where will I drive my cars, if
there are no good schools here, where will my children go to, if there are no good
hospitals, if Iam sick where will I go to, so, people don’t understand, we must
have recreational facilities, so that we can take time to relax, bring international
events into the state, and turn AkwaIbom to an exhibition that people would come
The efficient dispensation of justice has further been enhanced with acquisition of official vehicles, building of new courts, rehabilitation of dilapidated ones and the re-assignment of cases from tribunals to the relevant courts for adjudication.
The Fourth Assembly: 2007 - 2011
In June 2007, the Fourth Assembly of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly was inaugurated.
Like its predecessors, this Assembly did not totter but started work straight away.
Four of its members were members of the previous assembly, including the Speaker
who was Chairman of House Committee on Public Accounts in the Third Assembly. The
Assembly is blessed with a rich pool of experienced and highly motivated staff,
a great building with impressive chamber
and individual offices, and world class ICT infrastructure, including internet access. The House enjoys great calm and stability
within itself and a cordial relationship between it and the Executive arm of government,
and the Judiciary.
Complementing the machinery of government is the Judiciary, headed by Justice Effiong D. U. Idiong. This arm of the State has successfully adjudicated in several disputes between the various units of government or among citizens. Having survived the onslaught of decay and disintegration under past military dictatorships, the process of self-renewal and rehabilitation is afloat.
The Fifth Assembly of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly was inaugurated on
6th June 2011. Ten members of the previous assembly, including the Speaker and
sixteen new members make up the new 26-member assembly. To endow the house with
their experience, the returning members were elected as principal officers.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Hon. Sam Ikon (Etinan) emerged Speaker of the Akwa
Ibom State House of Assembly, while Comrade Udo Kirian Akpan (Oruk Anam) emerged
as the Deputy Speaker. Rt. Hon. Okpolupum Ette (Ibeno/Esit Eket) was elected
Leader of the House, while Hon. Alice Ekpeyong (Mbo) clinched the position of
Chief Whip. Rt. Hon. Emman Akpan (Essien Udim) was returned as Deputy Whip with
Hon. Dr. (Mrs) Ekaete Ebong (Itu) elected as Deputy Leader.
Two weeks later Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Elder Samuel
Ikon, constituted 26 standing house committees of the 5th Assembly. In
presenting the committee Chairmen and members, the Speaker charged them to work
assiduously in their respective committees for the overall progress of the
assembly in its legislative functions. Elder Ikon used the opportunity to
re-state the preparedness of the Fifth Assembly to support the executive arm of
government in providing more people oriented programmes and projects aimed at
alleviating poverty in the State.
Third Assembly: 2003 - 2007
Second Assembly: 1999 - 2003
1992 - 1993
On June 2, 2003, the Third Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly was inaugurated.
Unlike its predecessors, this Assembly did not toddle but started working straight
away because it had a rich pool of seasoned staff, two members of its immediate
predecessor, a Speaker who was the Chief whip in the First Assembly and 2 members
who also served in that legislature. No doubt, the Third Assembly has so far performed
with great clan enjoying peace and stability both within itself and between it and
The Third Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly also made history when a spouse Hon.
Mrs. Sarah Esitikott succeeded her late husband, Hon. Joseph Esitikott represnting
Nsit Ibom State constituency. Another member, late Hon. Ernest Ukochio II representing
Ibeno State Constituency who died within the period was replaced by Hon. Okpolupm
The Second House of Assembly was inaugurated on Wednesday, June 2, 1999 and it enjoyed
the grace of a full four year life span. It comprised of 26 members and had 2 Speakers.
This Assembly pioneered the movement of the Assembly to an Ultra-mordern spacious
complex with a state of the art chamber and gallery as well as ample office spaces
for each of the 26 members well furnished to taste. With such a beffitting office
accomodation, staff of the Assembly having grown full stretch could function with
little or no inhibitions.
In the course of the four years tenure of that Assembly, the House received a total
of 53 Bills. Of this number, 47 were executive bills while 6 were private member
bills. Forty-five of these bills were passed by the House and 39 of them assented
by the Governor.
The creation of Akwa Ibom State in 1987 imposed on the new state, the need to effectively
lay a foundation preparatory to implementing the then transition to civil rule programmes.
Consequently, the clerk of the First Assembly, Late Obong Enobong Essien and Mr.
Eno Ikpe, Assembly's Editor in Chief were seconded to the constituent Assembly by
the state government between June 1988 and May 1989 to observe the process of drafting
the 1989 Constitution.
That Assembly comprised of mostly young people who earned high marks
for the period they lasted. This was complemented by the sound professional staff
structure most of whom boasted of enormous legislative experience right from Cross
The First Assembly was short-lived by yet another military intervention. It lasted
from January 20, 1992 to November 17, 2003. During that period, the Assembly witnessed
three Speakers and several House Officers and comprised of 48 members with Late
Obong (Elder) Enobong Essien as the pioneer clerk. A total of 28 Bills reached the
floor of the House, out of which 10 were passed by the House and 8 signed into law
by the Governor.