Onofiok Luke flags off free medical and surgical outreach in his constituency
The Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke in collaboration with the immediate past Member, Mr Samuel Ikon have flagged off a 3-day free medical and surgical outreach for the benefit of people of the constituency today at the Health Centre , Ikot Edibom in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area.
Mr Luke in his address to the people commended his predecessor for the spirit he has demonstrated and the support he has continued to enjoy from him which has also helped him to navigate his path in the quest to deliver effective representation to his Constituents.
“There is something good in continuity. The situation where an incumbent and his predecessor fights in office is not always to the benefit of the people, it is because of their selfish and personal interest. Why am I saying this? Right from when I took over office from Rt Hon. Sam Ikon we have been cooperating because our agenda is not how we can better ourselves, it is how we can better the lot of our people”
“And that led me to the fact that when I saw the things he enlisted as part of constituency intervention in the 2019 budget which was approved. I had an opportunity to have changed it. Some of my colleagues did change their own to have new projects but I said , I am standing and I am endorsing all the projects that my predecessor had in the 2019 Budget”. He said collaboration is key for development to be achieved.
The Lawmaker told his Constituents that his endorsement of the Speakership of Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and his Deputy , Mr Ahmed Wase has yielded dividends for the Federal Constituency. “Today I can tell you that this Federal Constituency is reaping the benefits of that endorsement that I did for Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. Because without the recognition of the Speaker, I would not be able to be recognised on the floor to ventilate the issues that bother the Federal Constituency, the State and the people at large” Luke said
“Tomorrow give me another responsibility, I will always endorse the leadership of Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Wheresoever you are , I want you to ask God to bless the Speaker, bless the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Comrade Ahmed Idris Wase and the entire leadership of the House of Representatives”.
“The Speaker has been good with our federal constituency, the leadership of the House of Reps has been good with me, the management of the House of Representatives has been good with the Federal Constituency. They have given me the opportunity to bring your issues to the front burner for discourse about what is happening ”
He said that he would continue to pursue bipartisan approach in his engagement in the National Assembly. ” I do not have regrets in supporting the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari that will deliver dividends of democracy to the people of my Federal Constituency and the people of Nigeria. The ones that are not good, I don’t have any apologies for kicking against them. What I do is to stand on the path of right and justice. And justice demands I must go on a bipartisan approach, to support the effort of Mr President to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Nigeria and back home here too to support the efforts of Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel to be able to deliver the dividends of democracy”. Luke added.
The immediate past Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Samuel Ikon while addressing the people said that free medical and surgical outreach was designed to cover only dental care but after due consultation with his successor , it has been expanded to cover other ailments . He thanked Mr Luke for the mutual understanding and respect that they share.
It is the first phase of the outreach. The other phases will hold in Etinan and Nsit Ibom Local Government Areas. However the free medical outreach is open to all from Etinan Federal Constituency.