Our Committee Is Not To Witch-hunt Anybody - Esset

The member for Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has reiterated that the duties of committees was not to witch-hunt anybody and they will never attempt to do so.  Elder Mark Esset who said this when he received members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) during a courtesy call on him in his office at the Assembly Complex recently, added that the committees were only carrying out their constitutional responsibilities of checkmating the activities and the administrative excesses of the third tier of government and not to witchhunt.  Esset who is the chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, welcomed members of the council to his office, commending them for exhibiting sensitivity to issues of the state.  He, however, declined making comments on the suspension of the two councils chairmen, saying it was out of his purview, hence his inability to speak on the matter.  "on the matter of the suspension of the councils chairmen, the position was taken by the committee, but was later presented and ratified by the entire House, therefore, by the House standing orders, I am not qualified and not in the position to speak on that anymore, Esset stated.  The lawmaker informed the council that the prerogative now lies on the chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Aniefiok Dennis, whom he said has repeatedly given elaborate insights and clarifications on the issues both on print and electronic media including the social media.  He maintained that the 7th Assembly led by the speaker, Mr Aniefiok Bassey, was people sensitive and oriented as the Assembly does not play to the gallery of the public, but are set to carrying out their responsibilities objectively.  Esset lauded them for their concerns on issues bothering the state, urging them to set aside political party inclinations and join hands in building an Akwa Ibom State where everyone can be proud of.  The leader of the delegation, Mr Dick Dick said they were in the Assembly on a factfinding mission on various issues in the state and therefore decided to have an interaction with the chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to have first hand information.  He commended the 7th Assembly for the people oriented bills and motions that they have been passing, assuring that IPAC will keep supporting them in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities for the good of the people.

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