The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, on Monday during a special Thanksgiving Service, said the Seventh Assembly, under his leadership, will remain peaceful and also make laws that will foster the progress and development of the state.
At the event, held at the Assembly Chapel and which also marked the lawmakers’ 100 day in office, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, while thanking God for His grace and sustenance, reiterated the current Assembly’s commitment to bettering the welfare of members and staff of the Assembly and solicited for more prayers and support, to enable the Lawmakers deliver on their mandates.
The Speaker further renamed the Assembly Worship Centre from Chapel of Repentance, to Chapel of Peace and described the Seventh Assembly as that of peace, rest and perfection.
On her part, Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, thanked God for preserving the lives of Members and Staff of the Assembly and the Speaker, for hitting the ground running since he assumed office.
She also thanked the Speaker for the recent rehabilitation works at the Assembly Complex and sued for more commitment from staff of the Assembly.
In his homily, the Guest Minister at the event, Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Ekong, who preached from Mark 10: 30, urged the Lawmakers to remain united and visionary, while discharging their duties.
The Cleric while praying God to grant the Lawmakers the grace to succeed, advised them to seek God’s guidance and wisdom in the task of representing the people.
The event which featured choral renditions, special prayers for the success of the 7th Assembly and the 40th Birthday Celebration of the Speaker’s Aide on Religious Matters, Mr David Gospel, was attended by Lawmakers from various State Constituencies, Members of the Legislators Wives Association (LEWA), including management and staff of the state Assembly.