The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, on Tuesday, announced minor changes in the leadership of some Standing Committees.
In the new arrangement, the House Committee on Science and Technology which had Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey as the Interim Chairman, is now headed by the Member representing Ini State Constituency and Chief Whip of the House, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpeyong.
Also, the Committee on Petroleum Matters previously headed by the former Member representing Mbo State Constituency, Hon. Okon Frank is now chaired by the Member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Hon. Mfon Idung who was before now, the Chairman, Committee on Economic Planning.
Similarly, the Member representing Mbo State Constituency, Hon. (Chief) Effiong Johnson, is now Chairman, House Committee on Boundary and Conflict Resolution which was formerly headed by the Member representing Ini State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong.
The Speaker also appointed Hon. (Chief) Effiong Johnson as a Member into seven Standing Committees, including Economic Planning, Health, Women Affairs, Works and Transport, Environment and Mineral Resources, Petroleum Matters and Special Duties, Project Monitoring, Implementation and Aviation.
While pointing out that the re-adjustments were necessary in view of the need to ensure political inclusion and effective service in the 7th Assembly, the Speaker noted that the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Members of all other Special and Standing Committees of the House as earlier constituted, remain the same till further notice.