Posted by News Express | 21 January 2018 | 2,326 times
Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, has urged politicians to consider the plight of the less privileged and always strive to better their living conditions instead of accumulating wealth for themselves.
Senator Akpabio made the call over the weekend when he inaugurated constituency projects he had executed in Obot Akara, Etim Ekpo and Oruk Anam local government areas of his senatorial district. The projects included school blocks, solar-powered water projects, market stalls and a civic centre.
“When God gives you the opportunity to serve, do not move your pocket forward, but move your community forward. That is why I must do my best to ensure that the 10 local government areas in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District benefit from my constituency projects,” Senator Akpabio said.
The people rolled out drums to celebrate Senator Akpabio for attracting life-touching projects to their communities and assured him that they will always stand by him as their leader.
The Senator, who had flagged off the inauguration of his constituency projects the previous week in Ikono, Ini, Ikot Ekpene and Abak, continued the exercise last weekend with the commissioning of a three-classroom block built by him at the FIDA Secondary Commercial School, Urua Offiong Etor Udo in Obot Akara Local Government Area.
He thereafter moved to Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, where he inaugurated a fully furnished three-classroom block at Government School, Uruk Ata Ikot Ekpau, Utu Etim Ekpo.
Akpabio also unveiled a solar-powered 3.5 km radius reticulated water project in Utu Idung Akpan Udom Village, a community which shares boundary with two local government areas: Etim Ekpo and Ika. The water serves seven communities. A 20 open-market stall in Urua Mboho Annang was also inaugurated.
While in Oruk Anam, Senator Akpabio commissioned a three-kilometre radius, solar-powered water project in Ikot Ekpuk and equally inspected the ultra-modern civic centre built by him in memory of the late former Senator and Governor of the old Cross River State, Chief Donald Dick Etiebet – also in Ikot Ekpuk. He promised to restore public power supply to the community within the next one month.
Inaugurating the facilities Senator Akpabio hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, for facilitating the constituency projects. He said the projects were sited in the benefitting communities in response to the yearnings of the people. He promised to use his position in the National Assembly to attract more people-oriented projects to the 10 local government areas in the senatorial district.
The Senator thanked the people for the confidence reposed on him as their representative at the National Assembly, and pledged to double his effort in bringing succour to his constituents. He advised the benefitting communities to guard the facilities against vandals and cautioned youths of the senatorial district not to engage in social vices.
“Projects are located where the people need the projects. This should serve as a reminder to those who are aspiring to be Senators in the future that you must bring something home any time you have the opportunity to serve your people,” Senator Akpabio said.
Welcoming the Senator to Obot Akara, Chairman of the local government council, Mr. Anietie Udo Udo, and the Member House of Assembly from the Area, Hon Idongesit Ntekpere, described Akpabio as a performing legislator whose representation has impacted positively on the people of the Senatorial District.
This was echoed by the Chairman of Etim Ekpo, Hon Udeme Eduo, and that of Oruk Anam, Prince Ubong Idiong, both of whom pledged the support of the people for his return to the Senate.
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