The Akwa Ibom House of
Assembly (AKHA) recently paid last respects
to their departed colleague, late
Mr Ndifreke Idung, in its emergency valedictory plenary,
describing him as a selfless
politician and a community
builder whose priority was interest of other people and his
community at large.
The speaker, Mr Aniekan
Bassey, who presided over the
session, had both past and present members speaking
over the life and times of the
deceased which they unanimously described as legendary, a consummate and astute
politician who was committed
to his legislative duties and
selfless in his activities to his
The late Idung was further
described as a complete
gentleman, an epitome of peace
and harmony, a founding
member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Essien
Udim Local Government Area and a seasoned legislator who
performed his duties creditably well, as well as serving
meritoriously and successfully.
The present member for
Essien Udim State Constituency, Mr Esse Umoh and his
Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State
counterpart, Mr Idongesit
Ntekpere said the departed legislator was a consummate politician and a gentleman who
contributed to the growth of
democracy in the state.
They added that his selfless and humanitarian lifestyle pointed to the quality Christian background he had.
Past legislators of various
Houses of Assembly in the
state took turns to pay glowing tributes to their fallen colleague.
The chairman, congress of
past association of legislators,
Mr Saturday Akpan, who represented Ukanafun State Constituency in his tribute, maintained that the late Idung was
a community builder and an
active politician who added
value to the early democracy
of 1999 to 2003 while he served
as the member for Essien Udim
A former speaker in the Second Assembly, Mr Bassey
Essien, who represented Eket
State Constituency, described
late Idung as a fine gentleman
who was committed to his legislative duties, including serving as the chairman, House
Committee on Lands and
prayed God to grant him eternal rest in his bossom.
A former majority leader in
the Third Assembly, Dr Etido
Ibekwe, who represented
Essien Udim State Constituency and Senator Aloysius
Etok who represented Ikono
State Constituency unanimously described the late legislator as a selfless, consummate politician and a gentleman who contributed effectively to the growth of his
community, Afaha Ikot Ebak,
Essien Udim Local Government
They thanked the speaker
for his selfless contribution
and the members for cutting
short their recess break to
honour their departed colleague who performed well for
his constituency and the state
Etok specifically appealed
for a special welfare package
for former legislators.
The deceased was said to
have contributed to the
struggle of the 13 per cent offshore/onshore derivation benefit for the state.
The late Idung after serving in the State House of Assembly suspended list of his
political interests for the common good of the people and
made his last political outing
in 2007 when he contested for
the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District seat.
In 2008 he was appointed
to serve as a board member of
the Ahmadu Bello University
Teaching Hospital by the late
President Umaru Musa
High point of the valedictory session was when the
speaker led past and present
legislators who were present
to file past the casket of the
deceased lawmaker as a sign
of their last respect.
He is survived by wife, Mrs
Mary Ndifreke Idung, five children, family members, colleagues and a host of friends
to mourn his death.