Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly yesterday July 26, 2017, declared war against illegal road task forces in the State in order to maintain peace and orderliness among road users.
The Speaker of the House, Hon Onofiok Luke, stated the determination of the house to tackle illegal road task forces, when he declared opened a public hearing by the house Ad hoc committee on road task force in the State. The speaker rued the activities of the illegal road task forces and declared that the house would not fold its arms and allow such illegalities to cause havoc among road users in the state.
The Speaker noted that “The ultimate aim of this exercise is for us to have a more holistic insight into the case of lawlessness which led to the unfortunate and untimely death of an Akwa Ibom daughter some weeks ago”.
Luke Stressed that what led to the death of Mrs AnwangAbasi Enang was ostensibly, one case of lawlessness and rascality in the State that must not be overlooked.
“Let me reiterate that members of the 6th assembly are saddened by the avoidable death of that innocent mother of two young children and because we place premium on the lives of our people, this house is determined not to let those responsible for that act to go unpunished. As I said last week, we are not in a lawless society. We believed that our first duty and one of the highest obligations of any responsive government is to ensure the safety of its citizens is guaranteed.
“let me urged you stakeholders to be open to this committee as information given by you would, in part, informed the resolution of the entire house. You must understand that you owe Akwa Ibom people, by your oaths of office and allegiance, the duty to defend its interest above every other. Let me resound that this house would not fail to take hard measures to ensure that the ugly incidence at Nung Udoe road does not repeat anywhere in this state,” he warned.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong, described the Ad Hoc committee as a Committee saddled with the responsibility of investigating the cause of the accident that happened recently along Aka-Nung Udoe Road and the circumstances that leads to the death of Mrs. Anwanabasi Esshiet.
According to him, the Committee is also mandated to investigate the activities Of road task force in the State and the Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources and report back to the House for further legislative actions.
On his part, the Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Hon. Orman Esin emphatically stated that the incident is not acceptable by the Ministry, he maintained that the Ministry had already put machineries in place to ensure the people that caused this ugly incident are brought to book.
Hon. Esin pleaded with the members of the public to always go to approved park by the government, in other to help the government fight touting in the State.
While consoling with the family members of the deceased, the Commissioner said his ministry’s would ensure that those people found to have participated in the activities leading to the death of the mother of two along Aka-Nung Udoe would not go unpunished.
He applauded the State House of Assembly for setting up the ad-hoc committee that would carry out the investigation, describing the 6th Assembly as a proactive assembly.