Member Representing Nsit Atai State constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Honourable Mark Esset goofed when he asked the Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke to read Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Supplementary budget in summary.
Hon. Esset was interrupted a reading during a Committee of the Whole Chaired by Hon Onofiok Luke on Thursday to observe that Hon. Luke had spent too much time reading the document in detail, which, according to him, was boring and tedious. Hon. Esset also added that Speaker Luke could break down if he attempted to read all the items on the schedule of the Supplementary budget presented by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
While responding to the Observation that got members of the gallery murmuring and laughing, Speaker Onofiok Luke retorted that he will not break down, assuring that he has the energy to do the job he is paid to do. “I will not break down. As important as your observation is, it is not correct to make excuses for a job we are paid to do. We will have to read all the items especially for the benefit of the reporters at the gallery” said Speaker Onofiok Luke.
Following the Speaker’s response, order was restored in the House, allowing Hon. Luke to complete the reading of all the items on the schedule numbering about two hundred before proceeding for a third reading.
He completed the task without breaking down and the Supplementary budget was passed.