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AKHA Pays Last Respect To Departed Colleague

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 constituents. 

 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 State Constituency. 

 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 Area. 

 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 at large. 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 Yar'Adua.

 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.

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